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Johnny Depp Loses Bid To Delay $25M Fraud Trial On Heels Of Train Wreck Rolling Stone Profile

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros escaped a potential Fantastic Beasts PR nightmare today as Johnny Depp was soundly denied an attempt to push back the trial over his $25 million fraud suit against his former business managers. The rejection this morning by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge for the Pirates of the Caribbean star comes just after a lengthy profile in Rolling Stone that was far more train wreck that testimonial for the lately much sued Depp. What is perhaps equally… Read

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Bill Cosby Former Attorney: His Conviction “A Travesty Of Justice”

Former Bill Cosby attorney Tom Mesereau has spoken out against the conviction that may send the actor to jail for the rest of his life. Speaking on Friday’s Inside Edition to Jim Moret, Mesereau called the Cosby verdict “a travesty of justice” and said judges are running scared from the #MeToo movement. In late April, a Pennsylvania jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the 2004 drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand at his… Read

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The Weinstein Co. Drops Purchase Price, “Creditors Feel Thrown Under The Bus”

The Weinstein Co. has dropped its price by 7% to complete the sale to Lantern Capital, provoking howls of protest from the unsecured creditors who said they feel “thrown under the bus.” The lead attorney for the Dallas-based private equity firm said The Weinstein Co.’s board agreed this morning to reduce the price from $310 million to $287 million in order to close the sale, according to a recording of today’s hearing. The 7% price cut reflects the number of claims… Read

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Johnny Depp’s $650M Film Fortune “Almost All Gone”, New Rolling Stone Exposé Says

Johnny Depp — “alternately hilarious, sly and incoherent” in a major new Rolling Stone profile focusing on the actor’s legal and financial woes — has, according to the article, made $650 million on films that netted $3.6 billion. “Almost all of it,” says the magazine, “is gone.” The piece, titled “The Trouble With Johnny Depp” and written by Stephen Rodrick, details Depp’s lawsuits against The Management Group, run by Depp’s longtime business manager Joel Mandel and his… Read

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CBS Battle With Shari Redstone Moves Forward; Judge Combos Suits, Declines Stay

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A group of shareholders will be fighting National Amusements on the same schedule as CBS after a Delaware judge denied NAI's motion to stay the class action lawsuit and ruled it could be tried with the television company's. The decision from the Delaware Court of Chancery is the latest in the saga involving CBS' desire to issue a special dividend to shareholders that would greatly diminish National Amusements' voting interest. The shareholders, represented in a class… Read

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Netflix’s ‘One Day At A Time’ & Starz’ ‘Vida’ Demand End To Border Family Separation; Ask Other Series To Donate

On a day when Donald Trump and his chorus of sycophants have doubled down on tearing apart families at the southern border and tossing children in caged detention centers, two series have thrown down to Hollywood to stand up for what's right. "One Day at a Time and Vida are teaming up to end family separation at the border," wrote executive producer Gloria Kellett on Tuesday online. "In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated… Read

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WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey: No More Top Exec Exits Expected Soon

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Ahead of a series of town hall meetings this week, new WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey told Deadline he did not expect any more high-level management departures in the near term. In the wide-ranging conversation, he did acknowledge some layoffs would result from the $85 billion merger, though most of them would be in administrative roles such as human resources or accounting. A series of rapid-fire announcements last week followed AT&T’s resounding June 12 victory over the Ju… Read

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Fox Sports, USGA Apologize For Graphic Language Inadvertently Broadcast

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Fox Sports and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have apologized for the airing of some graphic language on a sexual encounter by some fans that was picked up by a network microphone during the US Open. The audio of the conversation was published by Awful Announcing and can be heard here. Fox has dozens of microphones strategically placed on the course and picked up a conversation between two fans talking about an encounter. "Today, during the live FS1 broadcast… Read

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Washington Post Staff Issues Open Letter To Jeff Bezos As Labor Dispute Heats Up

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An ongoing labor negotiation between Washington Post publisher and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his employees has ramped up, as an open letter has been issued by more than 400 Washington Post staffers asking for better pay and benefits. The signees included editorial, advertising, production, drivers and managers, as well as such prominent staff as White House reporter Ashley Parker and politics reporter Dave Weigel. The labor dispute between Bezos and the union that… Read

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Chicago Teamsters Ex-Boss John Coli Sr. In Plea Talks Over Cinespace Studios Extortion Charge, Faces 20 Years In Prison

Former Chicago Teamsters boss John Coli Sr. is engaged in "ongoing plea negotiations" on federal charges that he extorted $325,000 from the Windy City's largest film studio, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Coli was indicted last summer on charges of extortion "by the wrongful use of fear of economic loss from threatened work stoppages and other labor unrest unless such payments were made" (read that superseding indictment Read

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Bill Cosby Fires Entire Legal Team As Sentencing Looms

EXCLUSIVE: With just more than three months before his sentencing for assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Bill Cosby has given the boot to his entire legal team. Far from the first time the once beloved and now much accused actor has fired his lawyers, Deadline has learned that Cosby has now retained Pennsylvania attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. The established local lawyer takes over from the high-profile team led by Tom Mesereau. Brought on board in August 2017, the efforts… Read

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Stan Lee Claims Elder Abuse, Seeks Restraining Order Against Biz Manager As LAPD Investigates

After expressing nothing but support for Keya Morgan as recently as last week, Stan Lee is now taking his embattled business manager to court with claims of elder abuse. The 95-year old comic legend and Marvel movie cameo king today saw paperwork filed in LA Superior Court seeking an extension of a prior restraining order against Morgan. Submitted by Lee's former lawyer Tom Lallas and without a signature from Lee or a declaration, this move, I’ve learned, came as the… Read