by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
SCANDAL - From Deadline: Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan slams "toxic" fans in the wake of actress Melissa McBride exits "The Walking Dead" spinoff that will be set in Europe and star Norman Reedus.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Although he has reportedly signed a one-year extension, James Corden will stop hosting CBS' "The Late Late Show" before the Summer 2023.
From Variety: Warner Bros. Discovery has "paused" scripted programming development at both TBS and TNT. Thus far, that has not affected series like "Snowpiercer" and "American Dad."
DISNEY - From Variety: At CinemaCon 2022, Disney unveiled "visually dazzling footage" of the upcoming "Avatar" sequel, "Avatar: The Way of Water," which is due in theaters, Dec. 16th, 2022.
AMAZON - From Deadline: Both MGM motion picture group's chairman and president are leaving the company as MGM folds into its new owner, Amazon.
MOVIES/SCANDAL - From Deadline: Star and director Olivia Wilde has CinemaCon buzzing with the first trailer for her 1950s set thriller, "Don't Worry Darling."
From Deadline: Olivia Wilde served with child custody papers by her ex, Jason Sudeikis, while onstage at CinemaCon to preview her film, "Don't Worry Darling."
From NBC: According to sources, Emmy-winning actor Jason Sudeikis did not know that his ex, Olivia Wilde, would be served with papers while on stage at CinemaCon 2022.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Justin Lin has stepped aside as director of "Fast X," the next installment of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, due to creative differences.
COMICS TO FILM - From Variety: Warner Bros. has announced "The Batman 2" with star Robert Pattinson and director Matt Reeves returning.
MOVIES - From BloodDisgusting: Sony Pictures has announced a sequel to its 2021 film, "Ghostbuster: Afterlife." It would be the fifth installment the "Ghostbusters" franchise.
MOVIES - From Deadline: J.J. Abrams and his banner, Bad Robot, are producing a live-action movie based on Mattel's "Hot Wheels" toy line. [I'm stuck between "God help us" and being very curious. - Leroy]
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 4/22 to 4/24/2022 weekend box office is DreamWorks Animation's "The Bad Guys" with an estimated take of 24 million dollars.
From Here: Negromancer's review of "Sonic the Hedgehog 2."
SCANDAL - From Deadline: David Hollander is out as showrunner of Showtime's upcoming TV series re-imagining of the 1980 film, "American Gigolo." Hollander, known for his acclaimed series, "Ray Donovan," is out because of comments that he made that are not of a sexual harassment nature.
From Deadline: Sharon Osbourne talks about the fallout from her departure as a cohost on the CBS talk show, "The Talk."
DEPP V. HEARD:
From Variety: Johnny Depp says that Disney has wanted to cut ties with him regarding the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, even before Amber Heard wrote her infamous op-ed for "The Washington Post" that accused Depp of abusing her.
From YahooEntertainment: Johnny Depp says that his ex-wife Amber Heard once "severed" his finger.
From LATimes: The lawsuit explained: Johnny Depp (58) is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard (35), over a 2018 Washington Post piece she wrote that Depp believes falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser. Heard is counter-suing Depp accusing his lawyers of defaming her.
From Deadline: Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp's 50 million dollar defamation law suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has begun in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia.
From PerezHilton: Amber Heard lawyer says that Heard's ex, the Oscar-nominated actor, Johnny Depp, held her hostage in Australia for three days. This is one of many claims made in Depp's defamation law suit that has gone from 50 million dollars to 100 million.
From Deadline: James Franco, "WandaVision" star Paul Bettany, Elon Musk, and representatives of the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, and the LAPD could end up in the court in Johnny Depp's defamation case against his former wife, Amber Heard.