Gwyneth Paltrow testifies in ski crash trial

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Gwyneth Paltrow has taken the stand in the civil trial for a ski accident that occurred on February 26, 2016.

Terry Sanderson, a retired optometrist, filed a lawsuit in January 2019 accusing Paltrow of crashing into him on the slopes at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah, claiming he was left "seriously injured" as a result.

Sanderson's original complaint claims that Paltrow allegedly "skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill, knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries."

In an amended complaint filed in February 2019, Sanderson changed the value of damages he is seeking in the lawsuit from $3.1 million to $300,000.

Paltrow filed a countersuit in which she claimed it was Sanderson who crashed into her, delivering a "full 'body blow'" when he "plowed into her back."

The award-winning actress called Sanderson's lawsuit an "attempt to exploit her celebrity and wealth."

Paltrow said her injuries were "relatively minor" and that she is only seeking "symbolic damages" of $1 plus costs for lawyers fees from Sanderson for defending herself against "this meritless claim."

So far in the trial, the jury has heard opening remarks from both Paltrow's and Sanderson's attorneys, as well as testimony from a slew of doctors and a person Sanderson's defense claims is the sole witness of the crash.

Sanderson's ex-girlfriend and two of his daughters have also taken the stand, as did the brother of Sanderson's son-in-law.

Paltrow's attorney said the Goop CEO's husband, Brad Falchuk, who was her boyfriend at the time of the accident, and her two children, daughter Apple and son Moses, will take the stand in the trial.

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Music notes: Alanis Morissette, Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran and Adele

Alanis Morissette will headline the 2023 RBCxMusic Concert Series on June 10 in Toronto. She will be the closing act of the festival and said in a statement, "It's always a great feeling to perform back home in Canada." 

Lewis Capaldi is out promoting his new album, Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent, due May 19. He shared a clip of his press tour to TikTok, where he jokingly tells fans not to buy the album and to buy Ed Sheeran's instead: "It's a complete and utter joke that I've been allowed to make a second one."

Speaking of Ed, he opened himself up to a Q&A on Instagram and was asked by a fan if he'll check out Taylor Swift's Eras Tour. "I'd love to see it. It looks like the greatest show on planet earth," he confirmed. "It's incredible what she's doing!" No word yet on which show he might possibly crash.

Adele might be pioneering a new kind of audio experience for concerts. Billboard reports she's using a 3D soundscape system, L-Acoustics, which allows for "hyper real sound" that can be heard practically anywhere, no matter where she's standing — and, more importantly, allows her voice to move with her. Unfortunately, it costs more money to use such a system, but fans are apparently loving it, so more artists might use it in the future.

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'John Wick: Chapter 4' already killing it at the box office


Fans are apparently ready for John Wick to be back. The fourth chapter of the hit franchise has already broken a series record, and it only officially hit theaters on Friday.

Variety reports John Wick: Chapter 4 snagged some $8.9 million in sneak preview ticket sales in this country on Thursday alone.

By comparison, the last film in the series, Chapter 3: Parabellum, earned $5.9 million in its domestic sneaks, John Wick 2 earned $2.2 million and the original made $950,000 during its Thursday night screenings, according to the trade.

The latest installment's huge sneaks have put Keanu Reeves' latest adventure as Baba Yaga on track for not only a record opening for the series, but an impressive weekend open overall, with an expected take of up to $70 million.

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Adam McKay arrests Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams and more for serial killer satire

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Director-writer Adam McKay, who recently called the shots on Netflix's environmental disaster movie Don't Look Up, starring Oscar winners Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, has lined up some major stars for his next big comedy.

Deadline reports Oscar-nominated screenwriter McKay has netted Robert Downey Jr., The Batman's Robert Pattinson, Till's Danielle Deadwyler, and Oscar winners Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker for a dark comedy centering on a serial killer.

The trade reports Average Height, Average Build will have Pattinson playing a killer who turns to a Washington DC lobbyist, played by Adams, in an effort to help change the laws so that he could literally get away with murder.

Deadline says Downey will play a retired cop who still wants to bring the killer to justice. The film will reportedly start production later this year, bound for either theaters or streaming.

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Sam Asghari open to starring in a movie with Britney Spears: "That would be a dream come true"

Sam Asghari says starring in a movie alongside wife Britney Spears "would be a dream come true."

The actor, who stars in the upcoming series Lioness, chatted with TMZ about his acting ambitions and whether or not they'd include his wife.

"I think she’s a great actress," he said, adding, "I hope one day. That would be a dream come true."

TMZ asked what kind of project he can see himself doing with Britney and if it comes down to it being the right script. "Maybe [I'd] write the script," he responded.

Sam doesn't think he'd want to do a rom-com with the pop star, adding, "Maybe it's an action film, because she’s very athletic. She's able to jump up and ... do a bunch of stunts. I think she'd be really good at that."

He also thinks Britney would do her own stunts.

The hitmaker previously starred in the movie Crossroads, and made memorable cameos in the shows like How I Met Your Mother and Glee.

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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth divorcing after 12 years of marriage

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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth are divorcing after 12 years of marriage.

The Legally Blonde actress took to Instagram on Friday, March 24, to share a joint statement from herself and Toth announcing the split, which comes days before their 12th anniversary on March 26.

"We have some personal news to share," the statement began. "It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness, and mutual respect for everything we have created together.

"Our biggest priority is our son and our entire family as we navigate this next chapter," the statement continued. "These matters are never easy and are extremely personal. We truly appreciate everyone's respect for our family's privacy at this time."

Witherspoon and Toth married in March 2011 and share son Tennessee, who turned 10 last year.

Prior to Toth, Witherspoon was married to her Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Phillippe from 1999 to 2008. She and Phillippe share two children, daughter Ava, 23, and son Deacon, 19.

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Chris Kirkpatrick says NSYNC stood out from other boy bands because they embraced pop culture

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Friday marks the 25th anniversary of NSYNC's eponymous debut album, one of the bestselling albums of all time.

Chris Kirkpatrick spoke with ABC Audio at 90s Con in Hartford, Connecticut, about how he and his bandmates created their unique footprint when boy bands were all the rage.

"We understood who we were and we didn't try to be anything that we weren't," Chris said, adding the only thing he and his bandmates wanted to change was the stigma around groups like theirs.

As for how they shaped the mold, Chris said, "Mostly it was us looking at it like, 'What would we do to have fun? What kind of music would we listen to? What kind of clothes would we wear? What kind of shows would we want to go see?' And that was it ... everything we did, we did as a fan first."

Another part of their plan was to embrace pop culture. "We were a pop band," Chris said, but they still wanted to define what their style of pop was. "Bubblegum pop kept getting thrown in our faces ... and I was like, 'Man, this isn't bubblegum pop ... It's darker than that. It's like dirty pop." 

Chris said that criticism led to Justin Timberlake writing the band's 2001 song "Pop" with record producer Brian Transeau

"[It was] freakin' awesome," the singer winked. "It was still pop music, but it wasn't your parents' pop music."

Chris continued, "We just embraced it. We just said ... 'We're going to come out here and get in your face until the end. And you guys are going to be tired when you leave the shows.'"

He said the NSYNC song he wishes he had written is "I Thought She Knew," off the No Strings Attached album.

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Ed Sheeran to perform new album "all the way through" at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre

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If you want to be among the privileged few who get to hear Ed Sheeran's new album, -, pronounced Subtract, in its entirety before it's released, then you should plan on heading to New York.

The singer announced Friday that he and the album's producer, Aaron Dessner, will take over the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on April 10, announcing they "will be playing Subtract all the way through with a full band."

"These shows are gonna be some of the most magical of my career, I can’t wait for this one. We rehearsed this on Monday and I can’t describe how excited I am," he said.

Fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show if they presave Subtract now. The album arrives May 5, and the first song off the album, "Eyes Closed," was released Friday.

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New music Friday: BTS' Jimin, Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld and more

It's Friday! Let's see who's out with new tunes ...

BTSJimin is out with his debut solo album, FACE, and he also released the official music video for the album's main track, "Like Crazy."

Demi Lovato updated their 2013 hit "Heart Attack" by giving it a mosh-ready rock makeover. The singer also rerecorded their vocals for the rebooted song, which features a bumping drum beat and heavy guitars.

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding dropped the music video for their new techno song "Miracle." The video sees Ellie standing in a desert as a storm rolls in, as well as people who are seemingly worshipping her.

Hailee Steinfeld released new song "SunKissing," which appears to be designed to make fans think about the summer months. Critics are already hailing the song as a contender for a summertime smash.

Trevor Daniel dropped "SYL" and its music video. He said in a statement, "To me, this record is special - it’s about finding myself and finally being true to that version of me that maybe I’ve suppressed for a while."

The estate of the late Whitney Houston released I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston, which includes 15 tracks — six of which are never-before-heard songs. The album showcases Whitney's deep love of gospel music.

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James Cameron is concerned AI "could be the end of the world"

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Oscar-winning director James Cameron knows a thing or two about artificial intelligence — after all, he conceived of Skynet, the AI system that tried to end humanity in the Terminator films.

However, in real life, he tells Sean Hayes, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman's SmartLess podcast that we also have something to fear about the technology.

"I'm not afraid but I'm certainly pretty concerned about the potential of misuse of AI,'' the Avatar director said. "I think AI can be pretty great. I think it could also literally be the end of the world."

He agreed that experts in the field "start laughing" at him when he brings it up, given his Terminator bona fides, but he clarifies, "The point is that no technology has ever not been weaponized."

Cameron asks, "And do we really want to be fighting something smarter than us that isn't us? On our own world? I don't think so."

He also added, "Look, an AI could have taken over the world and already be manipulating it but we just don't know because it would have total control over all the media and everything. And what better explanation is there for how absurd everything is right now?" he said. "Because nothing makes a damn bit of sense to me, I don't know about you guys," he said to his hosts.

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