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Judge Rejects Amber Heard’s Request For New Trial Against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s recent attempt to get a new trial in her case against Johnny Depp has been denied. Heard filed a motion for a mistrial to be declared and a new trial ordered on the grounds that one of the jurors was not the person who was actually summoned during the trial. The actress lost the defamation case against her, filed by Depp in 2019 after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post, which alluded to her former spouse being a domestic abuser and allegedly cost him roles in high-profile projects like Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Depp and Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009 and began dating in late 2011 before marrying in 2015. Heard filed for divorce in 2016 with a $7 million settlement reached out of court and a non-disparagement clause put into the document, prohibiting either party from saying anything negative about the relationship. In 2018, Heard wrote the op-ed that sparked the court battle, which prompted The Sun tabloid to run a story calling Depp a “wife beater.” Depp sued The Sun for libel, but lost the case. The actor then sued Heard for defamation, leading to the 2022 trial that saw him emerge the victor. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages, while Depp was ordered to pay Heard $2 million in damages for her countersuit.

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After the trial, Heard’s legal team filed the motion to have the case declared a mistrial with a new trial requested, due to a juror mishap over a mixed-up last name, despite the individual being vetted by the court and the legal teams of both parties. Judge Penney Azcarate, the Fairfax Country judge who presided over the 6-week-long trial, denied all of Heard’s motions (via Deadline), stating that “There is no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing.” Both Heard and Depp’s legal teams were given the jury list five days prior to the trial start date and had every opportunity to object prior to or during the trial, but did not. Judge Azcarate finalized the decision, saying:

The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the Court’s instructions, and orders. This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.

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Judge Azcarate also stated that “a party cannot wait until receiving an adverse verdict to object, for the first time, on an issue known since the beginning of the trial. The issue has been waived.” Despite the denial of a mistrial, Heard’s legal team can still appeal the verdict, which they have previously said they would, calling the ruling “excessive” and “indefensible.” Both Heard and Depp issued statements after the verdict, with Heard saying it was a “setback” for other women who have suffered domestic abuse. Depp said that he was “humbled” by the jury’s ruling, which gave him his life back.

While Heard’s legal team is sure to file an appeal for the verdict, it’s questionable if it will have any kind of effect one way or another in the public’s eye. If anything, it could possibly get Heard out of paying the full amount to Depp she now owes, but it’s unlikely to sway public opinion over the case unless there’s new evidence to strengthen her case. After two trials, however, it seems like a third would be doubtful, especially after so much evidence has already been gathered for both trials already. In the meantime, Depp is preparing to get back to acting with the period film Jeanne du Barry, while Heard may (or may not) appear again as Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom next year.

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Source: Deadline

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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