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OSCAR ENDS PANDEMIC CONCESSIONS FOR MOVIE ELIGIBILITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Oscars are making a return to normal in one key way. After two years of making concessions to the pandemic, it is reinstating its rules for what movies are eligible for Oscar consideration. The upshot is that for any movie to be eligible, it must be released in a theater in one of six designated large cities – and run for at least seven consecutive days. During the lockdown, when many theaters were closed, the Motion Picture Academy made an exception for movies that went straight to streaming services. But the old rules are back now; they go into effect for movies that want to qualify for Oscar’s attention next year.

 

AMBER HEARD’S SISTER TESTIFIES AT DEPP LIBEL TRIAL
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – For the first time, a jury near Washington D.C. has heard from someone other than Johnny Depp or Amber Heard about whether there was violence in their relationship. In this case, the testimony came from Depp’s former sister-in-law. Heard’s sister Whitney yesterday became the first person to testify they saw Depp hit Amber Heard. Whitney Heard Henriquez says once she literally ended up between the pair as they fought. She says before a bodyguard broke up the fight, Depp used one hand to grab his ex-wife by the hair and used to other to repeatedly strike her in the face. Another witness testified while she didn’t personally see Depp hit Heard, she saw her injuries and took photos after a December, 2015 incident in which Heard claims Depp head-butted her, injuring her nose. The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing Heard for libel for calling herself a victim of domestic abuse in a Washington Post op-ed.

 

TOM CRUISE CONTROLS THE SCENE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
CANNES, France (AP) – There was no control for “Cruise mania” at the Cannes Film Festival. The actor made a whirlwind appearance at the event yesterday. He strolled the red carpet and watched a squadron of French fighter jets streak across the sky to mark the European premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick.” The festival paid tribute to Cruise by giving him a rare, on-stage interview – and an honorary Palme d’Or – making him one of just over a dozen film legends to get one. As he was handed the honor, the audience gave Cruise a standing ovation. It was his first time attending Cannes in three decades.

 

SELENA GOMEZ VISITS WHITE HOUSE TO PROMOTE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
WASHINGTON (AP) – Selena Gomez has joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House for a conversation about youth mental health. Gomez has been public about her struggles with the issue – and acknowledged in 2020 that she’s been diagnosed as bipolar. Gomez, the first lady and Surgeon General chatted in the East Room with several young people who told how they were able to improve their mental outlook. Gomez said mental health is “very personal” to her – and says she wants to use her platform to “help others feel less alone.”

 

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS TO RETURN
MIAMI (AP) – “The Greatest Show on Earth” is making a comeback – this time without the animal acts that caused it to be “canceled” five years ago. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey says talent teams have fanned out across the globe to recruit more than 1,000 performers to take part in a 50-city North American tour. It’s due to begin in September of next year. The circus will also expand to do some international dates once it gets re-established.