JOHNNY DEPP denounced “cancel culture” with a stark warning for all of us at the opening press conference of the San Sebastián Film Festival. The actor also blasted the “chaos” of a Hollywood system controlled by ‘large corporations who grotesquely underestimate the audience.”
Sir Tom Jones has been in show business for almost 60 years and displays no signs of stopping. The 81-year-old recently released his new album Surrounded By Time and occasionally shares some of his greatest moments through his social media accounts. Most recently Sir Tom’s uploaded a 1969 performance of Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode from his TV show This Is Tom Jones.
Sir Tom Jones’ fans praised his performance from over 50 years ago in the comments on his official YouTube channel.
One wrote: “Almost 60 years and that sound hasn’t faded one bit… and never will.”
Another commented: “I watched this show every week with my family. My mom sat on the edge of her chair!”
While one added: “Tom, you knocked this Chuck Berry classic out of the park! Love it!”
Johnny B Goode was first written and recorded by Berry in 1958 and became a big hit, peaking at No 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Sides.
One of the most recognisable songs in recent music history, it was even covered by Elvis Presley.
While Johnny B Goode ranked seventh on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Earlier this year, Sir Tom shared another performance from his TV show with the late Janis Joplin, less than a year before her death at just 27-years-old.
It turns out Janis didn’t fancy walking and singing through a room of plastic raindrops.
So ABC, who Sir Tom says had spent a lot of money building the set, completely scrapped it.
The 81-year-old added: “So we had to strip the set down. She did it bare bones. Then we did the duet together.
“And she looked at me and said, ‘Wow, you can really sing!’ I said, ‘Well, thank you. So can you.’”
Solinger had previously said that he was suffering from liver failure according to multiple reports. No official cause of death was immediately released.
Former Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger, who was the longest-tenured one the band ever had, died Saturday at the age of 55.
The band announced Solinger’s death late Saturday on their Instagram page writing, “We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us.”
Rachel Bolan, ZP Theart, Snake Sabo, Rob Hammersmith and Scotti Hill signed the message with “Much love.”
Bassist for Slash, and friend Todd Dammit Kerns, wrote on Twitter, “He was a big, bold flash of life. He will be dearly missed. Keep the mic warm for me when I get up there so we can rock together.”
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my brother in music Johnny Solinger. He was a big, bold flash of life. He will be dearly missed. Keep the mic warm for me when I get up there so we can rock together once more 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/Il78fZRDeK
After Solinger’s liver failure diagnosis announcement, a GoFundMe page was set up asking fans to help pay for his mounting medical bills. On the GoFundMe page Solinger wrote, “I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.”
The Arkansas-born entertainer joined the metal band Skid Row when it got back together in 1999 after the group too a three-year break, and replaced their earlier singer Sebastian Bach, Newsweek reported.
Solinger was fired from the band in 2015. He made an appearance on some of Skid Row’s most successful albums, NME reported, including ‘Thickskin’ and ‘Revolutions Per Minute’.
Johnny Depp was reportedly dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean series after beginning a public court battle against a British publication. The court battle, which involved Amber Heard claiming Depp was a “wife-beater”, prompted Warner Bros to request the actor step down from the Harry Potter series Fantastic Beasts. While no confirmation on Depp’s exit from Pirates has been provided by Disney, he is not involved with any new films in the series at the moment. However, his reported exit from the series may have come a lot sooner than that.
In December 2018, Disney’s Production Chief Sean Bailey spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the company.
During the conversation, he briefly touched upon what will happen to the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
At the time, news broke that the next Pirates film would be a reboot penned by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and would not involve Depp.
Bailey was asked if the series could survive without the Jack Sparrow actor, to which Bailey said: “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality.”
Asked what he thought of Depp being fired from Fantastic Beasts 3, Ellis said: “Part of it is the fear of media.
“Whether it be broadcast, whether it be movie studios, whether it be publishing, there is a fear that the perception of someone is negative, so they don’t want to be associated with that.
“I do find it ironic that a man who is revered and loved and respected by so many people in the entertainment industry – and have nothing but great things to say about him – should be forcibly removed from a movie.”
As for a Hollywood return, the 53-year-old reckons that the Jack Sparrow star will be back in some form before too long.
Greg Ellis played Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves in three of the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies opposite Johnny Depp. During their time filming the two actors became friends, with Ellis having repeatedly defended Depp during his recent legal issues and supporting his return as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. Aside from the film franchise, both have had difficult experiences in the US divorce courts and now Ellis has written a new book called The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law, which Depp has written an introduction for.
Johnny Depp’s dedication begins the book, which is published on June 29, and reads: “The Respondent is both a chilling reminder and essential therapy for anyone navigating the recrimination and trauma that is modern American divorce.
“It is also both diagnosis and prescription, mediating on the depths of the crisis and the way out.
“Greg Ellis sets the record straight and shatters the myths of divorce court. This is Greg’s story.
“It’s your story. And it’s our story. If you’re trapped in the dungeon that is the family court system, The Respondent should be your constant companion.”
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Ellis said of the Jack Sparrow star’s contribution to his work: “Well I’ve said for a while now that Johnny Depp is The Respondent; the name given to someone who is called upon to give a response.
“The term is used in legal contexts in psychological conditioning. The silver bullet playbook of high-conflict divorce, the smoking gun of our corrupt legal system has become the go-to strategy for divorce lawyers and raging anti-male feminists, that guarantees a win before you even go into court.”
The actor is a staunch defender of Depp in his recent defamation case, in which the Jack Sparrow star was found by a UK civil judge to have committed domestic abuse against his former wife Amber Heard.
Ellis added: “He was kind enough to write an introduction for the book and Alec Baldwin, [the forward].”
Ellis said how The Respondent is part memoir, meditation and manifesto, arguing that the default in child custody during US divorce proceedings should be 50/50.
The book comes from a deeply personal and painful place for the actor, who shares his story within its pages including how he hasn’t seen his sons for a number of years.
The 53-year-old said: “For me, the one big thing I’m trying to change through my launching the book and my charity CPU (Children & Parents United) is to highlight that the only branch of [the US] legal system where there is no presumption of innocence is Family Law.
“And one would think in a civilised society that that would be the first branch of our legal system that would have a presumption of innocence and due process. Murderers, rapists, paedophiles all get more legal rights than decent law-abiding parents.”
Ellis continued: “So what I’m doing is calling on politicians, policy-makers, and influencers to come together to reform the one branch of our legal system that has no due process, no presumption of innocence; where parents are found guilty until proven more guilty.
“And having looked into this, and which I talk about in my book, this nearly $ 60 billion a year divorce machine is incentivised to keep the presumption of guilt at the expense of families.
“And particularly given the recent bias against men and fathers, I think the question we need to be asking is how can we celebrate Father’s Day when we don’t have any left.
“There is a bias in our cultural conversations right now; it’s the narrative that’s being driven by this radical strain of feminism. Not true equality, factual feminism – which I support – but unfortunately there’s this radical strain of it that perpetrates victimhood and false allegations far too often at the expandability and devaluation of men and fathers.”
Ellis added: “And it really, really affects families in Family Law. I think particularly in America, where I live, we’re in the grips of an epidemic that rages in plain sight yet remains invisible to so many.
“The shocking reality is that 4000 children a day are being ripped from their parents in American courtrooms. 1 in 3 children don’t live with their biological father in the home and 40 per cent of those children haven’t seen their fathers in more than a year. And when you think about the fact that the US is the world leader in single-parent families, there’s a correlation here.
“Too many children are growing up in single-parent families without their parents unnecessarily because of a system that is incentivised to money over morality.”
The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law (with introduction by Johnny Depp and forward by Alec Baldwin) is published on June 29, 2021.
Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life trailer stars Captain Jack Sparrow
Over the past year, Johnny Depp fought in court against a British publication that claimed he was a “wife-beater”. During this case his ex-wife, Amber Heard, also testified about her experience with the actor. Following this, Depp was asked to step down from his role of Gellert Grindewald in the Harry Potter series Fantastic Beasts. At the moment, nothing has been announced regarding his spot in the Disney series, Pirates of the Caribbean.
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This week, during the annual video game event the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft announced their new slate of titles coming out in the next 12 months for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.
One of their first announcements came from game company Rare, who made smash-hit title Sea of Thieves.
They announced the game’s next expansion, A Pirate’s Life, included Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones.
Jack Sparrow’s likeness is taken from the Pirates films, but not all of Depp is present in digital form.
Over the past year, Johnny Depp has met a lot of issues. His ex-wife, Amber Heard, testified against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor during a lawsuit against a British newspaper over “wife-beater” claims. Shortly after this lawsuit began, Depp was asked to step down from the Harry Potter series Fantastic Beasts. Further rumours suggested the Hollywood star had been dropped from his Disney role of Jack Sparrow.
With no film roles on the horizon, Depp has a lot of work ahead of him if he is going to return to the big screen.
According to industry insider Daniel Richtman, the actor’s luck may have just changed.
The noted leaker recently suggested Depp is being eyed for the next Sherlock Holmes film project by Robert Downey Jr.
The Avengers Endgame actor has played the titular character in the first two Sherlock Holmes movies thus far and is reportedly now working on the third film in the series.
Johnny Depp‘s role in the next Pirates of the Caribbean has not yet been revealed. Disney have remained quiet about what will happen in the sixth outing for the billion-dollar franchise so far, except for a couple of key details. Disney insider Daniel Richtman has now claimed a new key part of the new film will focus on making Captain Jack Sparrow a joke.
The insider has spoken out about some upcoming Disney projects in the past with middling results.
His latest claims read: “Disney wants [the] new Pirates movie to make fun of Jack Sparrow.”
As usual, the tipster hasn’t left any further details about what this means, but a lot of information can be gleaned from his comment.
First of all, it is important to note that Depp has not yet been officially removed from the franchise.
Rumours have circulated repeatedly that Depp will not be reprising his role in Pirates of the Caribbean 6, following a public court battle.
The Hollywood star fought a newspaper’s claims he was a “wife-beater”. These claims were backed up by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
In the midst of the court battle, Depp was asked by Warner Brothers to step down from his Harry Potter role of Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series. Since then, it has been speculated Depp would also be asked to leave the Disney franchise, but no official word has come yet.
Also, further rumours have suggested the next Pirates of the Caribbean film is going to be a reboot.
What’s more, the new film will be penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.
On her casting, Robbie explained there will be lots of “girl power” in the series. She added: “It’s too early to talk about it. I love Christina, obviously.
“I’m not a producer on Pirates, so I’ll sit back and kind of wait for the process. We’re really, really excited at the prospect of adding obviously a very key female element to that world.”
Again, news of Depp’s involvement with Robbie’s film has been scarce.
Last year executive producer of the Pirates series Jerry Bruckheimer mentioned the legendary character’s part in the new film.
He told Collider: “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be.”
He added: “So, we’re going to have to see.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean films are available on Disney Plus now.