FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

RAY LIOTTA died yesterday in the Dominican Republic.  He was 67 years old.  Ray was filming a movie called “Dangerous Waters”.  He passed away in his sleep, but there’s no word on the cause of death. Ray is survived by his fiancée Jacy Nittolo and a daughter he shared with his ex-wife.  —   Keyboardist and founding Depech Mode member, Andy Fletcher passed away.  He was 60 years old.  No details are available.  YES drummer Alan White also passed away after a short illness.  He was 72.

Wax figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will rejoin the ones of the Royal Family next month, as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London

AMBER HEARD took the stand yesterday for the final time in her defamation battle against JOHNNY DEPP, and told the court what a NIGHTMARE her life has been since the trial started. She said she’s received THOUSANDS of death threats . . . some of which were directed at her 1-year-old daughter. “I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day.  Even just walking into this courtroom. . .  Johnny threatened . . . promised me . . . that if I ever left him he’d make me think of him every single day that I’ve lived. ……..  I just want Johnny to leave me alone.” Closing arguments begin this morning, then the case goes to the jury.

After 19 seasons, ELLEN DEGENERES signed off for the last time yesterday.  She said, “To all of you who have watched the show and supported me.  Thank you so much for this platform. “I hope that what I’ve been able to do in the last 19 years has made you happy and that I was able to take a little bit of pain away from a bad day or anything you’re going through.” In her opening monologue, Ellen remarked that she wasn’t even allowed to say “gay” when the show premiered 19 years ago.

At the end of “Ozark”, it seems like the Byrde family makes out okay.  But JASON BATEMAN isn’t so sure. Asked where the characters would ultimately end up, he said, “They’d either be dead or in prison.  It’s good for them that the camera shut off now.” He added, “There’s something sticky about [the ending].  Because once we fade to black, we see that they got away with it but at what cost?” That being said, Jason would return to the show “in a second,” because everyone had so much fun making it.

We got more info yesterday on the upcoming horror movie “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”, and it comes straight from the writer-director. The plot sounds kind of like “Toy Story” gone very, very wrong.  Basically, Pooh and Piglet go on a bloody rampage because Christopher Robin has abandoned them to go to college. “Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral.  So they’ve gone back to their animal roots.  They’re no longer tame:  They’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey.” Still no release date, but the movie’s already filmed.

41-year-old JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE just sold off his music catalog and pocketed $100 MILLION. The deal only covers Justin’s publishing rights, so it only includes songs he had a hand in writing . . . which covers around 200 songs.

The NRA’s “Grand Ole Night of Freedom Concert” in Houston may not happen, because no one is left to perform.  Almost all of the artists have canceled out of respect for those affected by Tuesday’s school shooting. Don McLean dropped out Wednesday, and yesterday saw cancellations from Larry Gatlin, Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, Larry Stewart, and Danielle Peck. As of last night, the only remaining performer was Jacob Bryant.

DIERKS BENTLEY and ELLE KING will be hosting this year’s “CMA Fest:  The Music Event of the Summer”.  The three-hour concert special will air August 3rd on ABC. (The performances will be taken from the four-day CMA Fest, which is going down June 9th through the 12th in Nashville.)

With her second child on the way, Gabby Barrett is turning to fans to help name her son. On Thursday, Gabby took to Instagram to ask fans to submit suggestions for baby boy names via Instagram stories. Using the question box feature on the social media app, Barrett encouraged fans to submit baby boy names in the box. “Southern or biblical is preference,”

Keith Urban recently wrapped the European leg of his The Speed Of Now Tour wearing a kilt! When his tour rolled through Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, he fully embraced the local culture, and his mother’s Scottish heritage, by wearing a kilt on stage. In fact, his entire band wore kilts for the occasion. A publication asked Keith if wearing a kilt posed a hazard on stage. “Only for the people in the front row, I think,”

On the latest episode of “The Kardashians”, KIM apologized to her family about all the nonsense KANYE has put them through.  Kim also has become the Chief Taste Consultant for Beyond Meat

KEVIN SPACEY has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men in the U.K. 

ALEC BALDWIN and his siblings announced that their mother passed away.

 MEGAN MARKLE visited a memorial for the slain students and teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

JACK BLACK will receive the Comedic Genius Award at the “MTV Movie and TV Awards”.

Lily-Rose Depp is 23.  Johnny Depp’s daughter

Chris Colfer is 32.  He was Kurt, on “Glee”.

Shanola Hampton is 45.  Veronica Fisher on “Shameless”.

Todd Bridges is 57.  “Diff’rent Strokes” superstar.

Peri Gilpin is 61.  Roz on “Frasier

Richard Schiff is 67.  Dr. Glassman on “The Good Doctor” and Toby Ziegler on “West Wing”.

Louis Gossett Jr. is 86. 

Lee Meriwether is 87.  One of the three Catwomen to Adam West’s “Batman”. 

Henry Kissinger is 99.  Former Secretary of State under Nixon and Ford.

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