- ELLEN BARKIN CLAIMS JOHNNY DEPP GAVE HER DRUGS AND THEN ASKED FOR SEX
Since thousands of Depp v. Heard pre-trial documents were unsealed last week, more details from Ellen Barkin's 2019 deposition are available. One of Barkin's claims that didn't make it to trial is that Depp gave her drugs before asking if she wanted to have sex.
During the trial, the jury was shown footage of the Sea of Love actress testifying about her relationship with Depp. Barkin said Depp was "controlling" and "jealous" and "drunk... a lot of the time," when they were together.
The pair were costars on the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and their relationship later became romantic. Describing the first time they slept together, Barkin said, "He came on to me in the living room of my house, pulled me onto his lap and said something like, 'Oh, come on Ellen,' or whatever. I protested a little and then, not too much. And that was that."
According to Entertainment Tonight, the Animal Kingdom actress clarified that by "protested," she did not mean that Depp assaulted her. However, she said, "He gave me a Quaalude and asked me if I wanted to f---."
Barkin added that there was "always an air of violence around" Depp. "He's a yeller. He is verbally abusive," she claimed. "There was just a lot of yelling. A lot of yelling."
- LESLIE GRACE SPEAKS OUT AFTER WARNER BROS. SCRAPS 'BATGIRL'
When the news broke earlier this week that Warner Bros. was shelving Batgirl, it turned out to be the first time the cast and crew were hearing about the decision as well. On Wednesday night (August 3rd), Leslie Grace, who plays the title role in the film, took to Instagram to address the issue.
"Querida familia! On the heels of the recent news about our movie ‘Batgirl,' I am proud of the love, hard work, and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over seven months in Scotland. I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!" she wrote.
Grace added that she's her "own damn hero," and thanked her fans. "To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn hero!'" she wrote.
- JOHNNY DEPP EXPLAINED 'WHAT HOMOSEXUALITY WAS' TO CHRISTINA RICCI WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD
Christina Ricci recently shared that when she was nine years old on the set of Mermaids, starring Cher and Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp taught her "what homosexuality was."
In an interview with Andy Cohen, Ricci said, "There was something going on on set and someone was not being nice to someone else. And they were like, 'Oh, well, he might be homophobic.' "
Ricci explained that she was confused about what that meant. "And then I was like, 'Well, I don't understand what that is,' " she said.
The Yellowjackets actress continued, "And I was in Winona's trailer and she was like, 'I don't know how to explain.' So she put me on the phone with Johnny, and Johnny explained it to me." Ryder and Depp were a couple at the time.
Depp made it simple for Ricci. "He was like, 'It's when a man wants to have sex with a man and when a woman wants to have sex with a woman.' And I was like, 'Ah, okay,' " she said.
Cohen responded with a joke about Cher, who has been a gay icon for decades. "I love it that Winona Ryder had to put you on the phone with Johnny Depp to get that story that she couldn't spit it out in some way, or, I mean, you've got Cher in the next trailer," he said.
"I know, we should've run right over there," Ricci said.
- ELLEN POMPEO SAYS 'GREY'S ANATOMY' NEEDS TO BE 'LESS PREACHY'
Grey's Anatomy has tackled numerous social issues over the years, but the star of the show thinks this should be handled a little differently. During the most recent episode of her Tell Me podcast, Ellen Pompeo said things could be done more "subtly."
"I think if I had any desire honestly it would be to be less sort of preachy in one episode about certain things," she said.
The Old School actress continued, "It's like, we do one episode about let's see… Asian hate crimes is one that we did this past season that was really moving. I think I'd like to see things happen a little more subtly and over time. You know, consistently and less sort of hit you over the head for just one hour and then we never talk about it again."
Pompeo added, "I wish we could touch on these social issues that are important and have them be threads throughout."
- JO KOY COMMENTS ON BREAKUP WITH CHELSEA HANDLER
Jo Koy is making the case for staying friends with exes. On Today Thursday (August 4th), the Easter Sunday actor shared that he and Chelsea Handler remain friends—following the news of their breakup last month.
"Her and I have been friends forever, and it's just like, we're at that stage where we just realized that being friends is best," Koy said.
The comedian continued, "Just because it's a breakup doesn't mean we have to, like, hate. It doesn't even make sense! We were friends before this, so we're always going to be friends."
He added that he's "best friends" with his son's mom as well—and that they're neighbors.
- CELEBRITY GOSSIP
SOPHIE TURNER SHARES BABY BUMP PHOTO AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO SECOND CHILD: On Instagram Thursday (August 4th) Sophie Turner shared a throwback photo to when she was pregnant with her second child. The Game of Thrones star captioned the photo exposing her belly: "Full of baby." She and Joe Jonas welcomed their new baby to the world on July 14th.
SIMU LIU SAYS MEETING BRAD PITT WAS ‘THE GREATEST MOMENT' OF HIS LIFE: Simu Liu is a big fan of Brad Pitt. The Kim's Convenience actor took to Twitter on Wednesday (August 3rd) to share a photo of himself meeting Pitt at the Bullet Train premiere in Los Angeles. "I think that maybe this was the greatest moment of my life yes definitely that's it right there sorry mom," he captioned the post.
HEATHER RAE YOUNG SUES STRIP CLUBS FOR USING HER IMAGE IN ADVERTISEMENTS: According to TMZ, Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young is suing the strip clubs Platinum West in South Carolina and Platinum Plus in Pennsylvania for using her photograph on advertisements for NFL viewing parties. Amber Lancaster and Jaime Edmondson Longoria are on the lawsuit as well. Lancaster works on The Price is Right and Langoria worked for Playboy and as a Dolphins cheerleader.
BLAKE MOYNES SHUTS DOWN COMMENTS ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS' WITH KATIE THURSTON: Us Weekly reports that when a fan asked former Bachelorette star Blake Moynes about his split with Katie Thurston, saying that it "seems so unfinished," Moynes made it clear it's over. "It's very finished. No need to go there again. It's an exhausting topic. Appreciate it," he replied with a peace sign emoji.
- INDUSTRY NEWS
WARNER BROS. STILL MOVING FORWARD WITH ‘THE FLASH' DESPITE EZRA MILLER CONTROVERSY: According to The New York Post, Warner Bros. will not be shelving The Flash like it did Batgirl, even in light of the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller. On Thursday (August 4th), producer Barbara Muschietti reportedly wrote in a private Instagram message that was later leaked, "All is well in Flash land."
HBO MAX AND DISCOVERY PLUS TO BECOME ONE STREAMING PLATFORM: Variety reports that HBO Max and Discovery+ are set to merge in the summer of 2023. JB Perrette, CEO and president of global streaming and interactive for Warner Bros. Discovery, said, "At the end of the day, putting all the content together was the only way we saw to make this a viable business."
KEANU REEVES TO STAR IN ‘DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY:' Entertainment Tonight reports that Keanu Reeves will play the lead in the Hulu series Devil in the White City. The true-crime series comes from executive producers Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it will be Reeves' first TV role since appearing in Swedish Dicks in 2016.
JODIE COMER, AUSTIN BUTLER, AND TOM HARDY TO LEAD ‘THE BIKERIDERS:' According to Deadline, Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, Elvis actor Austin Butler, and Venom actor Tom Hardy are set to star in The Bikeriders for New Regency. Jeff Nichols will direct the film, which is inspired by the photography of Danny Lyon and his 1967 book of the same name.