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“Doctor Strange” and its multiple universes continued to top the North American weekend box office while Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” loomed large.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was the highest-grossing weekend movie for the third consecutive week, grossing $31.6 million on 4,534 screens in North America, according to distribution company estimates released on Sunday.

That will change with the release of the much-anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel that arrives next week on Memorial Day weekend, 36 years after the original film and cultural landmark.

Star Tom Cruise witnessed the film’s screening at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday with a quick appearance at the film’s European premiere, which included flights of French fighter planes and an honorary Golden Palm award.

But while the world waits, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” crossed $800 million in gross worldwide, overtaking “The Batman” to become the highest-grossing film of the year.

Released by Walt Disney and directed by Sam Raimi, “Doctor Strange 2” benefited from being the first Marvel movie to follow “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, in which the wizard character played by Benedict Cumberbatch played a central role.

It’s also based on the popular Disney Plus series “Wanda Vision” and contains the cameos that fans didn’t want to spoil.

The “Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” family films ranked third and fourth.

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Comedian Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault

A Los Angeles court has found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting Judy Huth in 1975, and ordered him to pay $500,000 to the victim.

The jury found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Hoth, who was under 18, and that his behavior was motivated by an abnormal or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.

The decision ends one of the last remaining legal cases against Cosby, 84, who has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault over five decades.

Hoth testified to the court that she and her friend met Cosby in a park, and that the actor later took her and her friend to the Playboy mansion. She testified that Cosby, who was 37 at the time, assaulted her and forced her to perform a sexual act without her consent, an allegation the actor denied.

Huth, who first sued Cosby in 2014, said the incident occurred in 1974 when she was 15, but later concluded that she was wrong about the year and that it happened in 1975.

Cosby, who did not appear personally at the trial, denied the claim. In a video affidavit presented to the jury, Cosby said he did not remember Hoth but said the incident could not have occurred because he would not have had sexual contact at the time with someone who was under 18.

Huth’s attorney thanked the jury for her verdict and praised her client for her “courage and sacrifice to win this case.”

The trial took place nearly a year after the actor was released from prison in Pennsylvania, when his conviction for drugging and sexual assault of another woman was overturned.

The state’s Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction on technical grounds last year and he was released after just two years in prison, dealing a heavy blow to his accusers, at the time.

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The case of “defamation” returns to the fore after Amber Heard appeals the verdict

The legal team of the star Amber Heard has filed an appeal against the ruling against her in the “defamation” lawsuit that star Johnny Depp had filed against his ex-wife, Heard.

Heard and Johnny Depp’s legal teams met in a Fairfax, Virginia courtroom with Judge Benny Azcaret, and instead of finalizing a settlement between the two parties, Heard’s lead attorney, Elaine Bridehoft, sought to establish a briefing schedule and more for her client’s proposed appeal.

Virginia District Court Judge Penny Azcaret told attorney Eileen Bridehoft that if she wanted to appeal the verdict of the seven-person jury, the attorney would have to file motions with the court. Percentage of annual interest on any appeal to proceed formally.

Eileen Breedhoft explained that Heard will appeal the ruling, and cannot pay the money to Depp, and added that she has a right and will never give up.

The jury had found both Amber Heard and Depp liable for defamation in lawsuits against each other, and awarded Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The agency awarded Amber Heard $2 million in damages and non-punitive damages.

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Pique explodes in the face of a journalist and breaks his phone

Spaniard Gerard Pique is experiencing a tense period after his level with his club Barcelona last season, and his separation from his girlfriend, the famous Colombian singer, Shakira, in the past weeks.

A report carried by the Spanish newspaper “Marca” indicated that the Spanish international is experiencing a period of anger and tension that overshadowed his behavior with the media, as he attacked photographers while trying to take pictures of him.

Journalist Jordi Martin from the Maria Patiño program had dared to ask Barcelona star Pique to announce the separation from Shakira, which caused hundreds of news to be published about them.

The program presented by Maria Patiño revealed that Pique, according to her words, was not appropriate in dealing with the press that pursued him, and that he may not have a happy time at all at the present time.

According to the “Socialité” program, Pique broke the mobile phone of photographer Jordi Martin, while journalists were photographing the player.

Speaking to Socialité, Jordi Martin said: “He threw my cell phone on the ground and ran away in the car, crossing the red light.”

Barcelona had asked Pique to focus on football and stay away from his personal problems and his own business, otherwise he would not be welcome within the Catalan team.

Shakira is also not having a good period, in recent days, as the singer was forced to contact the Catalan police after two fans wrote some words on the walls of her home.

The report indicated that the police managed to arrest one of the accused of harassing the Colombian artist, but he was released for lack of convincing evidence.

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