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Winter Beauty Trend Alert: Slicked-Back Hair

Between Zendaya and Tom Holland, HoYeon Jung, Timothee Chalamet, and more, our hair inspo boards say slick it back

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Thinking about: heartthrob hair.

Each era has its own iteration of fashion and — alongside that — unique beauty and grooming trends. Yet somehow, between the mess of mullets and man buns and more, heartthrob hair is a constant.

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Stop Acting Like You Know What Happened Between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

We don't know these people, and the more we forget about them, the happier we'll all be.

It seems like every day there's a new headline emerging from the fallout of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's disastrous marriage.

More than four years after Heard filed for divorce, entertainment "news" outlets with names like PopCulture and PopSugar and PopCrush (and maybe some other sites I can't think of at the moment) continue to pore over every court transcript and deposition in various unfolding legal cases, like vultures picking the last shreds of rotten flesh from a long-dead carcass.

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A video has recently leaked via DailyMail.com showing Johnny Depp describing a physical fight he had with ex-wife, Amber Heard, that resulted in his losing a portion of his finger.

While the deposition was actually a part of his already settled case against his lawyer of 18 years, Jake Bloom, it's just another example of the bevy of evidence coming out to support Depp's claims that Heard made up allegations against Depp.

In 2016, after filing for divorce, Heard claimed that Depp had been physically and verbally abusive to her. The end of their marriage was legally finalized in January 2017, but, in 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post once again accusing Depp of severe abuse. This led Depp to file a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, which includes claims that Heard began having an affair with Elon Musk just a month after marrying Depp.

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It seems the saga of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's toxic marriage will never end.

Recently, images were leaked that seemed to indicate that Heard was having an affair with Tesla CEO Elon Musk shortly after marrying Depp in 2015. Depp accused Heard of infidelity as a part of his $50 million dollar defamation case against her, and he also subpoenaed Musk for his text messages with Heard. This follows accusations from both Heard and Depp that the other was habitually abusive.

Now, more evidence has emerged in the form of a video of Depp detailing a March 2015 incident in which Heard threw a broken vodka bottle at Depp, consequentially severing off a portion of his finger. The videoed deposition is from 2018 and details a fight that erupted when Depp brought up post-nuptial papers to sign.

Heard's account of events differs dramatically. She claims the fight was over her former co-star Billy Bob Thornton. According to Heard, Depp hit her with one hand, while "slamming a hard plastic phone against a wall with his other until it was smashed into smithereens. While he was smashing the phone, Johnny severely injured his finger, cutting off the tip of it." According to Vanity Fair, Heard also claimed, "At some point later that night, Depp had written on the walls with a mixture of paint and the bloody finger, 'Billy Bob' and 'Easy Amber.'" Depp denies this version of events.

Bizarrely, this new video is not a part of Depp's case against Heard but from a lawsuit against Depp's former lawyer, Jake Bloom. Depp filed the suit against the lawyer on the grounds that Bloom collected $30 million during their 18 years working together. A settlement was reached, but Bloom reportedly only paid a portion of the amount Depp asked. According to the Daily Mail, the finger incident was brought up in the deposition because Bloom drew up the post-nup that Depp claims caused Heard to physically assault him, resulting in the loss of his finger.

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The internet is currently overflowing with what seems like endless dire news and existential dread.

In a time like this, vapid celebrity gossip actually comes as a welcome relief from the otherwise dark churn of the media engine. Especially really, really, really juicy celebrity gossip.

You're likely already familiar with the twisting story of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's failed marriage. As previously written on our site, "In truth, we love it when celebrities have terrible relationships." It makes us feel like maybe we aren't so bad after all. We think, "Look at them! They have all the money and fame in the world and they can't get it right, either!" In truth, celebrities are just like us, even the bad parts.And in the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, there are plenty of bad parts.

Even though their divorce has long been settled, the two A-listers have repeatedly aimed to defame one another in the public eye. It started when Heard wrote an op-ed accusing Depp of ongoing physical and emotional abuse. In response, Depp "filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Heard for defamation of character, referring to the 33-year-old actress calling Depp 'the Monster' in court documents and alleging that he often threatened to kill her throughout their two-year marriage."

Now, new evidence has emerged in the form of incriminating pictures of Amber Heard cuddled up to none other than billionaire Elon Musk.


Amber Heard and Elon Musk elevator photos



Amber Heard and Elon Musk elevator photos


The images, obtained by the DailyMail.com, capture Heard and Musk embracing as they ride the elevator at the luxury downtown LA apartment complex where Heard once lived with Depp. Of course, Musk has claimed he only began seeing Heard after her split with Depp, and the relationship only became romantic later on. But Depp is not buying it. He has accused the pair of becoming romantically involved just one month after he married Heard in 2015. As a part of his $50 million dollar case against his ex-wife, Depp has subpoenaed Musk for his text messages with Heard.

As the DailyMail writes, there is no clear way of telling when the images were taken, but "security guards have previously gone on record to state that Musk visited Heard on multiple occasions before and after she filed for divorce in May 2016."

The formal suit that Depp and his legal team have brought against Heard reads as follows: "'Only one calendar month after Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard were married - while Mr. Depp was out of the country, filming in March 2015 - Eastern Columbia Building personnel testified that Ms. Heard received Musk ''late at night'' at Mr. Depp's penthouse."

'Specifically, Ms. Heard asked staff at the Eastern Columbia Building to give her 'friend Elon' access to the building's parking garage and the penthouse elevator 'late at night,' and they testified that they did so.

'Building staff would then see Ms. Heard's 'friend Elon' leaving the building the next morning."


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Taika Waititi is one of the most creative, talented directors currently working in Hollywood, and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most beloved children's books of all time.

So naturally, Taika Waititi helming two animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series for Netflix should be a match made in heaven, right? Well, maybe we should slow down a bit first.

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On one hand, Taika Waititi has proven himself as a genuine auteur, capable of stamping his signature shade of irreverence on everything from original indie comedies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople to blockbuster Marvel films like Thor: Ragnorok to book adaptations like JoJo Rabbit. But here's the problem: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory already has a definitive adaptation––Tim Burton's 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.

There's no doubt that whatever Waititi chooses to do with the franchise will be fun, imaginative, and patently him. The issue is that, no matter how good it is, it can never live up to the best possible version of the story, which features traditionally handsome actor Johnny Depp wearing very white makeup and pretending to be a germaphobe. Undoubtedly, no actor could possibly step into Willy Wonka's shoes with the same gravitas as Depp. (In fact, Hollywood rumor has it that some former actor who played Willy Wonka in an older adaptation quit the industry after seeing Depp's performance and realizing that his own paled in comparison).

Perhaps best known for turning Dahl's book into a fantastical musical, Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features a slew of memorable songs that have stuck with viewers for an entire generation. As each of the rotten children fall victim to their own character flaws during the tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the Oompa-Loompa songs serve as eulogies, instilling viewers with morality lessons that they can carry with them through their life journey.

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If you watched that video closely, you might notice one of the boldest directorial choices that Burton made for his film: All of the Oompa-Loompas are played by the same person! Through the use of flawless digital effects and split screen photography, Burton was able to capture actor Deep Roy performing the roles of dozens of little orange men. And while Roy may not have won the Oscar he deserved for such a diverse array of character work, at least he gets bragging rights for being in the greatest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie ever made.

Unfortunately for Taika Waititi and Netflix, no amount of talent can surmount the sheer impossibility of conquering an everlasting classic. The truth that Hollywood still fails to realize is that sometimes there's an artwork so stupendous, so memorable, and so definitive that it really doesn't need to ever be rebooted. Even if Waititi creates an adaptation that feels surprising and original, people will still say, "Yeah, that's okay, but is it as good as the 2005 Tim Burton version?" Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had it all––the songs, the sense of wonder, Johnny Deep feigning mental issues. Waititi is welcome to reach for the stars, but he might just miss and find himself falling into a chocolate river.