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Johnny Depp Claims He Punched Film Crew Member in Self-Defense

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Johnny Depp Claims He Punched Film Crew Member in Self-Defense
Johnny Depp has claimed he punched a film crew member on the set of “City of Lies” in self-defense in a new lawsuit filed last week.

In the documents obtained by TheWrap, Depp said his actions were “provoked” by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks.

“The acts complained of by Plaintiff were provoked by Plaintiff’s unlawful and wrongful conduct in that Plaintiff willfully and maliciously acted out and conducted his activities in such a manner as to cause, Defendant Depp to fear for his safety, and according to Defendant Depp’s observations, Defendant Brad Furman for his safety,” read the lawsuit.

Also Read: 'City of Lies': Johnny Depp's Biggie, Tupac Thriller Film Yanked Month Before Release

Moreover, the documents read, “the Complaint and each of its causes of action are barred, or recovery reduced, by Plaintiff’s own carelessness, recklessness and/or negligence.”

Brooks, who said he was working as
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Hills Revival Eyed at MTV?

Hills Revival Eyed at MTV?
The Hills are alive with the sound of… revival chatter? The cast of the seminal MTV reality series are set to reunite on the red carpet at Monday’s Video Music Awards to make what People.com is calling a “big announcement.”

Rumors about a Hills reboot/revival have been percolating on and off since the show went off the air in 2010. Back in June, cast member Kristin Cavallari told People that E! was trying to get the gang back together again for a reunion special. “I was about to sign a deal to do a Hills reunion with E!
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AHS: Apocalypse: Ryan Murphy Posts Coven Cast Reunion Picture

AHS: Apocalypse: Ryan Murphy Posts Coven Cast Reunion Picture
Something wicked is brewing on the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy posted a very special photo to social media on Sunday, giving fans their first glimpse of the reunited cast of AHS: Coven. The picture features returning stars Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga and Stevie Nicks.

As previously reported, the forthcoming Apocalypse will unite the stories of Murder House and Coven as part of a nightmarish tale that “begins with the end of the world.” Fellow returning AHS alumni include Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter,
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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’

Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’
Australia’s two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver heads the cast of sci-fi series “Bloom.” An original commission for Australian streaming platform Stan, the six-part series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Playmaker.

The story takes place a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, and when a mysterious new plant appears. The plant’s phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values. It is a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

With finance from Stan and federal funding body Screen Australia, production is
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Yes, You Should Definitely Stay For the Credits When You See Crazy Rich Asians

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Yes, You Should Definitely Stay For the Credits When You See Crazy Rich Asians
The much-anticipated movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians is here, and it definitely lives up to the hype. From the sweet love story to the important Asian representation, the movie is easily one of the best rom-coms of the Summer. While the film is filled with some dramatic moments, one of the most exciting scenes doesn't happen until the very end of the movie. Crazy Rich Asians has a quick midcredits scene that perfectly sets the film up for a potential sequel.

Warning: major spoilers for Crazy Rich Asians ahead.
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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide

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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide
The Meg” swam past the competition at the international box office for the second week in a row.

Warner Bros.’ shark thriller generated $67 million in 55 territories abroad this weekend for an overseas tally of $230.4 million. It picked up another $21.5 million in North America, bringing its global tally over $314 million.

The Meg,” which was a co-production with China, just crossed the $100 million mark in the Middle Kingdom. It opened in Korea with $3.2 million in 601 locations, followed by Australia with $2.5 million on 413 screens. Top holdover markets include Mexico, the United Kingdom ($2.8 million on 720 screens), Russia, and Brazil ($1.5 million on 806 screens).

Another Warner Bros. title, “Crazy Rich Asians,” pocketed $730,000 when debuted in six international territories. Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy opened at No. 1 in North America with a five-day tally of $34 million. The studio is staggering its release overseas in weeks to come. Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book, the movie — which stars Constance Wu,
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‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office

‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend.

The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784. Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater average.

Ethan Hawke had two films out this weekend, one in which he stars and another he directed. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Juliet, Naked with Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd launched in four theaters, grossing $60,922, averaging $15,230. Sundance Selects opened Hawke’s Blaze, which he co-wrote and directed, in three locations exclusively in Austin, TX over the weekend. The Sundance premiere grossed $45,342, averaging slightly lower than Juliet, Naked at $15,114.

Music Box Films, meanwhile, opened Emmanuel Finkiel’s French-language,
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Media Reacts to Asia Argento Payout: ‘Two Things Can Be True at Once’

Media Reacts to Asia Argento Payout: ‘Two Things Can Be True at Once’
Updated: Most celebrities have not been vocal so far about the news that Asia Argento paid a young actor a settlement after a sexual encounter when he was 17.

The New York Times broke the story Sunday evening that former child actor and musician Jimmy Bennett had received $380,000 from Argento after the 2013 encounter in a California hotel.

Rosanna Arquette repeatedly warned her followers on Twitter that the Bennett settlement was a case of extortion.

I know many many rape and trauma survivors who act out sexually The wounds they carry run deep. I pray for them. the timing of this story is suspect. Asia was still raped by Harvey Weinstein.

— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) August 20, 2018

Tarana Burke, the activist who founded the Me Too movement, cautioned not to let people discredit the movement because of the allegation.

People will use these recent news stories to try and discredit this movement – don’t let that happen.
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Watch Cardi B Rap Inside Floating Telephone Booth in New ‘Ring’ Video

Watch Cardi B Rap Inside Floating Telephone Booth in New ‘Ring’ Video
For a song that starts off painfully real – “Should I call first? I can’t decide/ I want to, but a bitch got pride” – the video for “Ring” is delightfully surreal. Cardi B raps about the emotional heft of having no missed calls from the inside of a floating telephone booth over a peaceful ocean.

On the chorus, Kehlani sings echoes about the age-old tribulations of waiting for a neglectful lover to call (“You don’t hit my line more/ You don’t make it ring, ring, ring”). The vocalist
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Lucinda Williams Plots ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road’ Anniversary Tour

Lucinda Williams will mark the 20th anniversary of her Grammy-winning LP Car Wheels on a Gravel Road with a 10-city tour this fall. Launching November 2nd in Collingswood, New Jersey, the trek includes a two-night stand at the Paradise in Boston, with stops in New York, Chicago and Toronto, Ontario. Williams will perform the critically acclaimed album in its entirety, followed by a second set of songs from throughout her career.

The late Nineties recording — then shelving and re-recording — of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is now the stuff of legend.
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Trump’s Lawyers May Have Already Bungled the Obstruction of Justice Issue

Trump’s Lawyers May Have Already Bungled the Obstruction of Justice Issue
John Dean was the White House’s legal counsel under President Nixon. When Nixon was forced to resign in 1974, it was in part because of information Dean provided to investigators regarding Nixon’s efforts to cover up his involvement in the Watergate scandal — or, in other words, how the president obstructed justice. The Trump White House has a legal counsel, too. His name is Don McGahn, and over the weekend the New York Times reported that he has been a fully cooperative and “fruitful” witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,
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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bottoms Out With Measly $618 Box Office Debut

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bottoms Out With Measly $618 Box Office Debut
Kevin Spacey’s “Billionaire Boy’s Club” grossed an abysmal $618 its opening weekend from 11 theaters in select states.

It’s by far the worst opening of Spacey’s career, which peaked in 2006 with the $52.5 million debut of “Superman Returns.” His new crime drama earned just $126 on opening day from eight locations, and grossed $287 from 10 screens in its first two days in theaters.

Filmed in 2015 and released with no publicity following a VOD release last month, “Billionaire Boys Club” was one of Spacey’s final projects before he was hit with more than two dozen sexual misconduct accusations last fall.

Also Read: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Bombs With $287 in First Two Days at Box Office

Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to come forward, others followed, including members of the crew of the Netflix show “House of Cards” and by anonymous accusers who called a hotline set up
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Unreleased Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan Songs Lead Appleseed Recordings Comp

Unreleased Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan Songs Lead Appleseed Recordings Comp
Unreleased cover songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan and Tim Robbins highlight the massive compilation celebrating the 21st anniversary of protest music label Appleseed Recordings.

In addition to Springsteen’s take on “We Shall Overcome,” Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches exclusively features the rocker’s rendition of the Pete Seeger folk classic “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song).” Morello contributes his version of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” while Donovan covers Joan Baez’s “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

John Wesley Harding, John Stewart,
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Kyle Buchanan Takes Over as The New York Times Oscar Column The Carpetbagger

One of the legacies the late great journalist David Carr left to his beloved The New York Times was the awards column “The Carpetbagger.” Initially, it was the forward-looking media columnist’s way of exploring the use of video and blogging software as he covered the Oscar season as a neophyte. After a few years, he passed the torch to Times staffer Melena Ryzik, followed by Cara Buckley, who both returned to their regular beats outside the awards season.

This year, recent Carpetbagger Buckley recommended someone outside The Times to take over the gig, New York Magazine’s Vulture Senior Editor Kyle Buchanan, a charming show business insider who can more than hold his own on the competitive awards beat. The New York Times’ new pop culture reporter will get started August 29 with the onset of fall film festivals Telluride, Toronto and New York, when the lion’s share of
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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Jack’s Future After Season 2 (Video)

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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Jack’s Future After Season 2 (Video)
This story about Milo Ventimiglia first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Milo Ventimiglia hogged the tear-jerking moments during the second season of “This Is Us”: It’s hard to think of a more heartbreaking scene than the death of his character, Jack Pearson, and impossible to top the bittersweet dream sequence that showed us what a world with an old Jack would be like. And going into Season 3 — with Jack’s on-screen demise finally behind us — Ventimiglia is ready to flashback and, maybe forward, again.

“It is funny, I have nothing that I look forward to on the show other than just being there,” Ventimiglia said. “It’s one of those jobs that I’m going to compare every other job after this to. And if they were to say, ‘Hey, we’re going back to Old Man Jack,’ great. If they say,
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Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Sparkle’ (1976)

Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Sparkle’ (1976)
Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling Stone’s music staff is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the Queen with tributes to our favorite Aretha LPs. Next up: Mosi Reeves on the creative sparks that flew when Aretha met Curtis Mayfield.

When Aretha Franklin’s revelatory Southern soul collaborations with producer Jerry Wexler cooled in the early ’70s, she spent
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Asia Argento Allegedly Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser Following Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Asia Argento Allegedly Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser Following Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault last fall, setting off a flurry of other allegations against the movie producer, ending his career and sparking the #MeToo movement. At the same time, according to the New York Times, Argento was allegedly scrambling to quiet her own accuser – former child actor Jimmy Bennett, who claims that Argento assaulted him in 2013, shortly after his 17th birthday when she was 37 years old. The Times have allegedly obtained legal documents sent between Bennett’s and
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‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: Watch Chris Pine Fight for Scottish Independence

‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: Watch Chris Pine Fight for Scottish Independence
Chris Pine plays the iconic Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s Outlaw King. The thrilling historical movie directed David Mackenzie follows Pine’s struggle to regain Scotland’s independence.

Living under Edward I of England’s occupation of medieval Scotland, Robert the Bruce rallies a crew of men to fight back against their oppressive ruler. “I’m done with running, and I’m sick of hiding,” he says, as the clip previews beheadings and hangings. Later on, he inspires his army with an impassioned speech, shouting, “You can fight for God,
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Ratings: J Lo’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Ends With a Hush, Though Series Finale Ties Season High

Ratings: J Lo’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Ends With a Hush, Though Series Finale Ties Season High
Jennifer Lopez’s “Shades of Blue” aired its series finale on Sunday, when it managed to tie a season high in Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, that season high was still pretty low.

CBS ended up winning a pretty unspectacular Sunday night outright, thanks to the older-skewing “60 Minutes” and younger-skewing “Big Brother.”

ABC came in second place in terms of primetime averages, NBC was third.

CBS was first in ratings with a 0.8 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” had a 0.6/3 and 6.2 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 put up a 1.6/7 and 5.8 million viewers. Reruns followed.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.3 million. After repeats, “The $100,000 Pyramid” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell
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Noah Cyrus, Lil Xan Pledge Romance Forever on New Song ‘Live or Die’

Noah Cyrus, Lil Xan Pledge Romance Forever on New Song ‘Live or Die’
Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan pledge romantic loyalty on their new collaborative single “Live or Die.” “On our way to the sky, we’re gonna look down on tight/ When we die, you and I: two heartbreak soldiers,” Cyrus croons over rumbling synthesizer and plinking electronics. “When you lay by my side, I see the whole world through your eyes/ Ride or die, you and I.”

Lil Xan drowsily rap-sings that he’d “go insane” without his duet partner. “They threw me in, and now I’m drowning in the deep end,
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