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WATCH – Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez grills Amber Heard for ‘lying on the stand’

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Testimonies in the Depp and Heard defamation trial have come to a dramatic end

Heard was called back to the witness stand on Thursday to testify as a rebuttal witness for her counterclaim against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

The cross-examination got heated as Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez questioned Heard for the second time.

The actress is visibly frustrated under cross-examination and turns to the jury to give each answer but stand her ground.

The Aquaman star also denies leaking footage of Depp smashing kitchen cabinets to TMZ.

Appearing vexed, Heard fires back at Depp’s attorney, telling her to look at the metadata on a photo when asked about the date of it.

Depp’s lawyer told Heard that “your lies have been exposed to the world”.

On the stand, Heard got emotional as she testified that Depp “promised” he would ruin the actress and says she receives hundreds of death threats daily.

She told the court not only does she get harassed daily, but is also very upset that she receives threats directed at her baby too.

Heard is firm that she wrote the Washington Post op-ed because Depp is a powerful man, saying that people would come out of the woodwork to support him.

This follows Depp’s rebuttal for his defamation claim on Wednesday.

The actor described the experience of listening to his ex-wife’s testimony in the trial as “insane”.

He flat out denies Heard’s allegations of abuse.

The actress reiterates that she did not fake her abuse allegations.

Heard’s witnesses on Thursday included a forensic expert, and a clinical psychologist who diagnosed Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Both sides rest their cases ahead of closing arguments on Friday, followed by jury deliberations.

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs

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Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split

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Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’

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Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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