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Better Call Saul Season 6, Episode 5 Recap: Brawling Barristers!



Got all that? 

Jimmy’s impersonation of Howard and gonzo performance art with Wendy the prostitute was convincing enough that Cliff confronts Howard after the meeting about his alleged drug problem. It takes Howard about 30 seconds to piece together what’s happening. “I do have a problem, just not the problem you think. I have a Jimmy McGill problem,” he huffs to Cliff, before calling his assistant and telling her, “Cancel my week.”

So now Jimmy and Kim have a crazed drug lord and a hyperactive law partner coming for them.

Next we have a fun little fan-service scene where Saul Goodman’s trusty secretary, Francesca Liddy, shows up for her first day of work at the toilet room and almost walks. Jimmy has to bribe her, basically, and then she demands a say in the decor. Cute.

And the lore just keeps on coming. Who is this nice woman eating lunch with Kim? Why, it’s Viola Goto, of course, Kim’s paralegal from Mesa Verde. The ostensible purpose of the meeting is for Kim to apologize to Viola for leaving her in the lurch at Schweikart & Cokely, but really she’s fishing for information—specifically, the identity of the judge handling the Sandpiper case. Which Viola obligingly coughs up just before shaming Kim by telling her what an inspiration her decision to go totally pro-bono was. Oh, well!

Now here comes one of those semi-brilliant, semi-absurd set pieces that you can imagine a writer’s room deciding to go ahead with because, hey, it’s the last season and why the hell not? Howard lures Jimmy to [checks notes, confirms this wasn’t a hallucination from drinking coffee laced with bullet lead] an empty boxing ring and invites him to get all his aggression out once and for all, if that’s possible. Yeah, that really happened.

Jimmy almost walks away, but then decides to enact his own personal Rocky Balboa fantasy after all. For a minute, it looks like Jimmy will get the better of Howard, but then Howard knocks him flat. Afterward, Howard huddles with some kind of private eye (I’m sure this person has some significance in the Breaking Bad Cinematic Universe but, honestly, I’m so tired of googling, guys) and instructs him to tail Jimmy for a week and record all his movements and interactions. So I guess the pragmatic purpose of staging this brawl between bulging barristers was to lure Jimmy and set up a tail on him.

Kim’s ripping another butt on the balcony when Jimmy slinks home. Back in the apartment, he’s desperately experimenting with eye-makeup solutions to hide his shiner, but Kim, as usual, is all “S’all good, man” about it. She fills Jimmy in on the intel she gathered from Viola, and goes to grab a photo of the new Sandpiper judge. From Jimmy’s reaction (“Love the ‘stache—that’s a lot less face to worry about”), we can infer that they’re planning to impersonate the guy. And from Kim’s reaction when Jimmy kicks himself for letting Howard suck him into his game (“You had your reasons…because you know what’s coming next”), we have to at least wonder if she and Jimmy wanted to be caught pulling the stunt with Wendy and the NAMAST3 Jag. As Howard said to Jimmy before the clash of the crepuscular counselors, “You didn’t even try to cover your tracks!”

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Broadway Extends Audience Mask Mandate Through June



Broadway will continue requiring audiences to mask up at least through June, the Broadway League announced today.

Audience masking protocols for July and beyond will be announced in June.

““We’re thrilled that nearly a quarter of a million people are attending Broadway shows weekly in this exciting spring season,” said League president Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “As always, the safety and security of our cast, crew, and audience has been our top priority. By maintaining our audience masking requirement through at least the month of June, we intend to continue that track record of safety for all, despite the Omicron subvariants.”

The Broadway decision comes as New York City is seeing rising Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations. So far, Mayor Eric Adams has staunchly resisted re-instituting a citywide indoor mask mandate, saying at a press briefing Wednesday that the city has “done an amazing job” of informing people about vaccines and boosters.

The Broadway League is the trade organization representing theater owners and producers. The mask mandate was set to expire on May 31 before today’s extension was announced.

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The Devotion of Suspect X: Kareena Kapoor Khan’s pics leaked



Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen in The Devotion of Suspect X. She is currently shooting for the film in Darjeeling. There are some leaked pics from the sets that have emerged. We can see Kareena in work mode. She is also glowing in the pics. Actor Naisha Khanna, who is also a part of the film, had also shared pictures with Kareena on her Instagram handle. Sharing the pictures, Naisha wrote, “Day 1. So happy to work with @kareenakapoorkhan Ma’am for my upcoming movie. #DevotionofSuspectX.” Have a look: Also Read – Trending celeb pics of the day: Shamita Shetty and Raqesh Bapat appear in public together, Helly Shah’s day 2 look at Cannes 2022 wins hearts

Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, the film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat and Vijay Varma. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Kareena spoke about the film and said, “I’m very excited to be a part of this project for several reasons. This film will mark my streaming debut and it’s my return to acting after my second child with a stellar cast and crew. The film is a screen adaptation of a work which was a global bestseller. It has so many aspects to it murder, mystery, thrill and much more, which put in the hands of our inimitable director Sujoy Ghosh is something I am eager to start work on.” Also Read – Cannes 2022 Day 3 Roundup: From Deepika Padukone in red to Aditi Rao Hydari’s glam debut and more

Kareena is also promoting Laal Singh Chaddha along with Aamir Khan. The film is directed by Advait Chandan and is scheduled to release on August 11, 2022. It is inspired by the 1994 American film Forrest Gump and will see Naga Chaitanya making his debut. Also Read – Uri, Kabir Singh, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and more small films that unexpectedly became massive blockbusters; will Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 join the list?

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Johnny Depp’s Former Agent Testified That He Lost Out On Movies Because Of His “Unprofessional Behavior”



The agent’s testimony contradicted Depp’s argument that he lost out on work due to Amber Heard’s op-ed about being a victim of domestic violence.

Johnny Depp’s former agent testified about the decline of his Hollywood star-power.

Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, are currently embroiled in a highly public courtroom battle, taking place in Fairfax, Virginia.

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The 58-year-old is suing Heard for $50 million, citing defamation over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018.

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The article detailed Heard’s experience as a survivor of domestic abuse, and was headlined: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

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Though Heard didn’t name Depp in the op-ed, the actor and his attorneys argue that she indirectly framed him as an abuser and significantly damaged his reputation and career as a result.

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In turn, Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim of her own, alleging that Depp and his legal team defamed her by discrediting her abuse allegations as “fake” and a “hoax.”

The case got underway on April 11, and is headed into its 20th day of trial.

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A large portion of Depp’s defamation claim centers around the demise of his acting career — namely, a role in the sixth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Depp, his legal team, and his current talent agent claim that he lost out on a role in the movie — and a reported $22.5 million payout — because of the allegations in Heard’s op-ed.

However, Depp’s former longtime agent testified Thursday that the actor’s struggle to land leading roles was a result of his own actions.

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Tracey Jacobs is a top agent at United Talent Agency and represented Depp for 30 years. He fired her — along with his longtime lawyer and management firm — in October 2016.

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Testifying via video link as a witness for Heard, Jacobs said that representing Depp became “far more complicated” in the last 10 years that they worked together, claiming that he developed a poor reputation for his “unprofessional behavior” on movie sets.

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Depp was “showing up late to set consistently on virtually every movie,” Jacobs said, adding that she had warned Depp about how his actions could impact his career.

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“I would get yelled at,” she testified. “I never said to him, ‘You’re a difficult client.’ I never used those words. But I was very honest with him and said, ‘You’ve got to stop doing this. This is hurting you.’ And it did.”

Despite confronting her client, Jacobs said his behavior on set didn’t change.

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“Initially, crews loved him because he was always so great with the crew. But crews don’t love sitting around for hours and hours and hours waiting for the star of the movie to show up,” she said.

When asked by Heard’s attorney if part of his unprofessional behavior included the increased use of alcohol and drugs, Jacobs testified that it did, later adding that “people were talking” within the industry about his behavior.

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“His star had dimmed due to it getting harder to get him jobs,” Jacobs said. “People were talking. The question was out there about his behavior.”

Because of this, Jacobs said studios had become “reluctant” to cast Depp in their projects.

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“It also got around town. I mean, people talk; it’s a small community,” she said. “It made people reluctant to use him toward the end [of our time working together].”

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Jacobs’ testimony contradicted Depp and his team’s argument that he was axed from the sixth Pirates movie because of the fallout from Heard’s op-ed.

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Depp’s current talent manager, Jack Whigham, previously testified that he had “closed a deal” for his client to star in the sixth Pirates installment, but that in early 2019, “it became clear [producers at Disney] were going in a different direction” that did not include Depp.

He attributed this decision to the fallout from Heard’s op-ed, which he said was “catastrophic” for Depp’s career.

“After the op-ed, it was impossible to get him a studio film, which is what we normally would have been focused on in that time period,” Whigham testified.

During his cross-examination, Heard’s attorney argued that there was no written proof of evidence stating Depp’s involvement in the sixth Pirates movie.

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Whigham — who previously claimed that Depp was set to earn $22.5 million for the role — responded that he would occasionally use verbal agreements when negotiating a client’s pay for a potential project.

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“It would be fair to say I have never seen a document…I have not seen ‘22 million’ written down on a page, you’re correct about that,” Whigham said.

In her testimony, Jacobs also said that she did not recall ever being involved in negotiations regarding Depp’s future involvement in the sixth Pirates movie.

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