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What’s nostalgia worth? B.C. men make $600 pizza order from Windsor, Ont. |



How far would you go for a taste of your youth — and how much would you be willing to spend.

For two Victoria men, the answer is about 4,000 kilometres and more than $600.

The taste they were seeking? Pizza from Windsor, Ont., a regional specialty known for several distinctive qualities.

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“Some of the unique features are that they use canned mushrooms, which for most pizzerias are a real taboo, they want fresh everything,” explained pizza aficionado and transit worker John Palmer.

“Another unique feature is they shred pepperoni instead of the round disks, that way you’re guaranteed to get a mouthful of pepperoni every bite. And the cheese is different as well, it’s made locally … and it gives it a very unique flavour.

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“Of course the biggest variable is that its from my childhood, so of course it’s going to have a fond place on my taste buds.”

Palmer grew up in Windsor, leaving at age 17 to join the military. His colleague Nigel Couch emigrated to Canada in 2005, and Windsor was his first stop.

When the pair met at work, they bonded over the famous pie.

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“We started immediately making a connection over Windsor pizza. For years we talked about trying to get Windsor pizza out here, but the logistics were just really challenging,” Palmer explained.

This week, the duo realized that long-running dream, and had Windsor pizzas — 10 of them in total — delivered from the Southern Ontario city to British Columbia’s capital, at no small expense.

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It wasn’t easy. Palmer said he had to phone numerous pizza shops to find one that would do the deal over the phone.

Eventually, he found Antoninos Original Pizza, where he said staff went above and beyond — agreeing to half-bake, then freeze the pies, and even coordinate with UPS to get them shipped.

To make it happen, Palmer had to look up an old friend he hadn’t spoken to for years in Windsor get them from the pizza shop to the courier.

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On Thursday, the work paid off and the pies arrived and the pizza partners divvied up the spoils.

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Palmer invited his father and sister-in-law over, all former Windsorites, and the group chowed down and reminisced.

“We talked about Windsor, remembered our time there and old friends … as well we shared some darned good pizza,” he said.

“So it was really, really worth it for me.”

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Couch, who took four of the pies home, said he is guarding them jealously.

“The problem for me is I have to share it with two grown boys,” he said.

“Normally John and I share food with colleagues at work but this isn’t going anywhere near work.”

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While delivering pizzas nearly 4,000 kilometres may sound extreme, it’s not out of the ordinary for Windsor pizzerias.

People seeking a taste of home have been known to have them shipped across Canada and the U.S., while Antoninos said it’s even accommodated an order from someone in Dubai.

Despite the cost, both Palmer and Couch said they wouldn’t hesitate to place another order, that is after they’ve replenished their current pizza stash.

“I think I’d have to speak to my wife about how much we’re going to pay for it,” Couch joked, adding that the purchase was “worth every penny.”

“It’s like opening a bottle of fine wine,” Palmer added.

“I would not suggest to you it was cost effective to have it shipped from Windsor, this was more of an emotional decision.”

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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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Britney Spears Is ‘So Grateful’ for Fans’ Support After Miscarriage



One day at a time. Britney Spears sent a message to her fans after she and fiancé Sam Asghari announced she suffered a pregnancy loss.

“I’ve never been more happy in my life … in the past several months since [my conservatorship has] been over besides my miscarriage!!!” the pop star, 40, wrote in a lengthy Instagram note posted on Thursday, May 19, alongside a photo of a pink flower in a teacup. “My spirit feels lighter and I genuinely laugh and smile now and my eyes are hungry for more each day.”

The Grammy winner continued, “I want to share my story for one reason and one reason only … to let people know you’re not alone and trust me I KNOW if you’re going through something and you feel so distant from everything … it’s hard to confront your mind and say … oh you’re not alone … it’s easier said than done, but I need to share through it all.”

Spears said she “hung onto” her positivity and the support of her fans as she fought to end her 13-year conservatorship, which was finally terminated in November 2021. “Although it was hard as hell I got through it !!!” she wrote on Thursday. “And the one thing I wish someone would have told me is you are not alone … my fans showed me so much love and assertiveness through it all … their hearts knew.”

The “Toxic” singer concluded, “There’s not a single day that goes by that I’m not aware of that and I’m so grateful to have my fans … remember you are not alone and God bless you all !!!”

Less than one week prior, Spears announced via her Instagram Story that she suffered a “devastating” miscarriage of her “miracle baby.” The Crossroads star is already the mother of Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, whom she shares with ex-husband Kevin Federline, announcing last month that she was expecting her first child with Asghari, 28.

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The couple, who got engaged in September 2021, noted in their joint statement on Saturday, May 14, that they were “grateful” to have a strong support system through their challenging time. “This is a devastating time for any parent,” Spears and the actor wrote. “Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along however we were overly excited to share the good news. Our love for each other is our strength. We will continue trying to expand our beautiful family. … We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult moment.”

While speaking about her conservatorship publicly for the first time in a June 2021 hearing, the “Womanizer” performer expressed her dream to welcome another child. “I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby,” she claimed to the court. “I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children — any more children.”

After announcing their struggle to conceive, Asghari promised fans that he and his fiancée weren’t giving up. “We have felt your support. We are taking things positively and moving forward with our future,” the Can You Keep a Secret? star wrote in a Monday, May 16, Instagram Story. “It’s hard, but we are not alone. … We will be expanding our family soon.”

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KAMAUU Reveals A Desire To ‘Share The Therapeutic Nature’ Of Music Drives His Artistic Journey



What is happiness? And how does one achieve it? If KAMAUU holds the answers to both, expect him to share them, especially when he takes the stage during the Sound Mind Music Festival for Mental Health on Saturday, May 21. Taking place in Central Park’s SummerStage in New York City, the festival features KAMAUU, American Authors, Wrabel, Allison Russel, and Cold War Kids, with Outkast’s Big Boi headlining the event. “I think the name of it, in general, is very beautiful,” KAMAUU tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “It’s not ‘happy mind.’ It’s not ‘peaceful mind.’ It’s ‘Sound Mind.’ ”

“I think one thing that’s beautiful about martial arts, it’s not about violence or peace,” adds KAMAUU. “It’s about harmony preservation. And one of the goals of martial arts is to be able to create an inevitably sound mind. We can feel all the feelings, but can we have the mental clarity to see what the feelings are for, what they’re from, and how we can use them?

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“And so Sound Mind Festival, I think, there’s so many names that you could have used to talk about a festival that is promoting and spotlighting the importance of mental health, and a lot of the names that I think could have been used could have been well-intentioned, but not as effective,” he adds. “I think that ‘Sound Mind’ is very effective. So just in its name, I think this was really a well-articulated event.”

Well-measured in thought and verse, KAMAUU has infused his music with unparalleled levels of heart and soul. It’s hard not to come away from a KAMAUU song unchanged, as his voice alone summons a bevy of emotions in each song. Add the lyrics of a curious mind, one who is unafraid to show vulnerability and humility, and it’s easy to see why many consider KAMAUU to be a magnificent talent unlike any other.

One of his best songs – arguably the funkiest – is “MANGO,” his collab with Adi Oasis. While R&B is littered with songs about scornful rejection and tracks about winning a former lover back, “MANGO” sees KAMAUU respectfully move on from a relationship out of love for the other.  (“If he loves you truly / how could I not love him too / if he improves you / more than I used to.”) It’s a monumental statement not often found in song. Where exactly does this understanding, this healthy mind-frame, come from?

“I think, in general, culture is the connecting piece, and the function of culture is to preserve a people. So health is an essential function of culture,” KAMAUU tells HollywoodLife. “Obviously, a lot of culture, and the traditions that make up a culture, come out of those practices that, at least one point, were thought to have a beneficial impact on the practitioner. If someone’s throwing salt on a window sill, it’s because, at that time, they thought it was helping ward something off. So, in general, a massive underlying theme of culture is to preserve the people and encourage growth in that people.”

“A lot of the music that I think we find culturally around the world is, at least, not destructive, especially traditionally. I think that, let’s say, the common special understood necessity of… and that responsibility to maintaining your own wellbeing so that you can contribute to the communal wellbeing.”

“So health, more important than happiness is health and strength, because happiness is a bit of a feeling, and all the feelings are inevitable and necessary,” he shares. “And the point is not necessarily to experience happiness exclusively but to be able to move through all the emotions and be able to use the nutrients that we get from those emotions to make productive out of them so that we can grow from all of them. And I think music can be therapeutic for me.”

“There’s a big desire for me to share the therapeutic nature that I have listening to and creating music with other people,” he says. “So if I don’t know necessarily the exact right perspective to have, at least I could share the fact that it’s therapeutic and at least make music that is therapeutic.”

Connecting back to KAMAUU’s comments about balance, he points out that destruction is “necessary” as much as creation to achieve that balance, that harmony. “I think within health, all of that exists and has a place,” he explains. “I think destruction, to me, is necessary, as long as it’s not destroying the person. If it can be destroying something within the person, I think that’s okay. And I think that aggression, violence, and all of these things have a place.”

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“I think the danger comes when we’re dealing with an inability to cope, deal with, and make productive of these inevitable things,” he says. “I think that wanting to do more than anything is not necessarily a model of goodness or happiness or just creation, but at least I want to be productive. And I want to contribute to the health of the community of the people who are listening to my music.”

Speaking of which, what’s next for KAMAUU after the Sound Mind Music Festival? “A lot of new music,” he shares. “A whole album that we just finished shooting a crazy video that actually is very mental health-centered. The song itself is about intimacy and sex as escapism, how sometimes it’s used in place of legitimate mental therapy, and how unproductive it can be when things like that are used out of place. So you see a lot of that, and the spiral of that, in the video. It’s like a little story. So, I’m excited to share that. It’s called ‘Flings.’ But yeah, a whole album’s coming out.”

Expect to get a preview of “Flings” and the rest of KAMAUU’s music – along with his insightful perspective – when he plays the Sound Mind Music Festival for Mental Health on Saturday, May 21. Find information on that here.

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