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ON THE MEND! Clare Crawley is feeling "amazing" after undergoing surgery to remove her breast implants. The Bachelorette alum shared: "Surgery is officially done I am on the road to healing! ••• I am so thankful first and foremost to @davidrankinmd and @dee.hicks_explant_liaison for making me so incredibly comfortable throughout this whole process!" she wrote, alongside a photo of her at the hospital "It wasn't an easy decision, but they truly are the most compassionate team who truly want to help women like me heal from BII (Breast Implant Illness)."

TRADING SPACES STAR REPORTS POST-VAX COVID: Genevieve Gorder says she has COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. The Trading Spaces star wrote on social media: "As a kid with asthma, an adult with autoimmune, covid was not something I took lightly. In fact, we were more careful than anyone I knew. But here I am after being double vacc'd in March (Pfizer)."

BOB ODENKIRK CONFIRMS HEART ATTACK: While filming Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk had a "small" heart attack, the 58-year-old confessed on social media. He added, "And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It's overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much."

BACK AT IT: Combustible exes Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack are reportedly back at filming again after El Moussa blew up at Haack on the set of HGTV's Flip or Flop, reportedly calling her "crazy."


INDUSTRY NEWS

BROADWAY TO REQUIRE VACCINATIONS: The Broadway League has announced that all 41 Broadway theaters will require vaccinations for audience members, performers, backstage crew and staff for all performances through 2021. Mask will also be required for audiences inside the theaters. Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League said, said in a statement that a uniform policy across all New York City Broadway theaters "makes it simple for our audiences and should give even more confidence to our guests about how seriously Broadway is taking audience safety."

JUDD HIRSCH, AMY SMART, CARSON MINNIEAR STARRING IN RALLY CAPS: The cast has been set for Rally Caps, a baseball themed family film from Lee Cipolla. Judd Hirsch, Amy Smart and Carson Minniear have signed on. The story follows a youth baseball player, devastated by an injury.

NETFLIX RELEASES FIRST IMAGE OF IMELDA STAUNTON AS QUEEN: Netflix has shared the first look at Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II on Season 5 of The Crown. Production is currently underway. She replaces Olivia Colman.

AMAZON FINED FOR VIOLATING DATA PRIVACY: Amazon has been fined about $887 million for allegedly violating a European Union data-privacy law with targeted ads. "The decision relating to how we show customers relevant advertising relies on subjective and untested interpretations of European privacy law, and the proposed fine is entirely out of proportion with even that interpretation," Amazon said in a statement.


DID CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN SELL ACCESS TO PRINCE CHARLES? + FAMILY SUPPORTS QUEEN

The chairman of the Conservative Party in England has been accused of selling access to Prince Charles. Ben Elliott, 45, the Duchess of Cornwall's nephew, introduced a member of his luxury concierge business, Quintessentially, to Charles, in exchange of tens of thousands of pounds, the UK Times reports.

Mohamed Amersi, 61, a millionaire who made his fortune working in telecoms, reportedly met Charles for a private dinner in Scotland in 2013, after paying up.

SUPPORTING QUEEN

Peter Phillips, meanwhile, the son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, spoke out about how he's trying to support the Queen amid her grief over losing her husband Prince Philip. He is their eldest grandchild.

"Our thoughts immediately went to my grandmother," Phillips said. "We've been trying to support her as much as we can. Everybody saw the image of Her Majesty sitting alone at the funeral. It would have been the same for any other family; the hardest part is not being able to hug those closest to the person who's been lost."


AMANDA KNOX SLAMS 'STILLWATER' FOR PROFITING OFF HER TRAUMA

Amanda Knox is speaking out against Stillwater, saying it's profiting from her personal trauma, while also distorting her image. In the film, Matt Damon, 50, plays an Oklahoma construction worker named Bill whose daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) is charged and convicted of murder while in France.

Damon's character fights to get the case overturned. Fourteen years ago, Knox was convicted for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher while in Italy; the conviction was later overturned, but the prosecutors claims that she and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollicito killed her in a sex game gone wrong landed her in jail for four years.

Knox, now 34, has been open about her personal journey, and is now speaking out against Stillwater. She tweeted: "Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER."

She continued: "Everyone else in that 'saga' had more influence over events than I did. The erroneous focus on me by the authorities led to an erroneous focus on me by the press, which shaped how I was viewed. In prison, I had no control over my public image, no voice in my story."

Director Tom McCarthy admitted to being inspired by her case. He told Vanity Fair: "There were so many characters around the case that I really followed pretty closely. But really the first thing that I took away from it was, what would that be like as an American student to go over to Europe for what should be one of the most exciting moments in a young-adult life and to find yourself in that tragedy? There were just so many layers to that story that kept anyone who was following pretty riveted. … What's the story around the story?"

McCarthy said, "We decided, 'Hey, let's leave the Amanda Knox case behind,' but let me take this piece of the story — an American woman studying abroad involved in some kind of sensational crime and she ends up in jail — and fictionalize everything around it."

Knox said the filmmakers did not "ask me how it felt to be in my shoes," saying that "I have a lot to say about that, & would have told McCarthy...if he'd ever reached out."

"And if you're going to 'leave the Amanda Knox case behind,' and 'fictionalize everything around it,' maybe don't use my name to promote it," she added. "You're not leaving the Amanda Knox case behind very well if every single review mentions me."


'JUNGLE CRUISE' TOPS B.O. WITH $34.2M

Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt, has topped the box office with $34.2 million domestically, or $91.8 million counting Disney Premier global spend. Many blame the pandemic and the PVOD release on the week numbers.

"There's too much evidence that the model diminishes the aggregate streaming revenue as well as cuts into a movie's theatrical gross," an insider groused to Deadline.

Meanwhile Black Widow's fourth weekend out earned the lowest ever for a Disney-released Marvel pic, at $6.4 million.


RARE LEGAL VICTORY FOR JOHNNY DEPP

Johnny Depp scored a legal victory in his bid to establish whether his ex-wife Amber Heard followed through and donated her $7 million divorce settlement. She pledged to donate the money to the ACLU and L.A.'s Children's Hospital.

Depp's lawyer Andrew Caldecott argues that her claim was "a calculated and manipulative lie" that "tipped the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning".

The pair, as fans doubtless know, have been wrangling in court since they split in 2016 over claims and counter-claims of psychological and physical abuse. Caldecott also says that the hospital has informed Depp's team that Heard never made the donations.

A New York judge is granted a petition that will force the ACLU to release information regarding the donation.

Last year, Depp lost a libel suit against the Sun after it labelled him a "wife beater."


WOMEN IN FILM, REFRAME, TIME'S UP CONDEMN DISNEY FOR 'GENDERED CHARACTER ATTACK' ON SCARLETT JOHANSSON

Several groups have come out swinging Scarlett Johansson after she filed suit against Disney for breach contract. Disney responded to the suit, dubbing it a "callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," and revealing her $20 million salary in the process.

Women in Film, ReFrame and Time's Up weighed in, writing: "While we take no position on the business issues in the litigation between Scarlett Johansson and The Walt Disney Company, we stand firmly against Disney's recent statement which attempts to characterize Johansson as insensitive or selfish for defending her contractual business rights."

"This gendered character attack has no place in a business dispute and contributes to an environment in which women and girls are perceived as less able than men to protect their own interests without facing ad hominem criticism," the statement continued.


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