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Billionaire Elon Musk has warned America that it may face a fate similar to that of Japan, if the declining fertility rates there do not improve, according to his opinion.
In a conversation with owners of his electric car company, Tesla, he confirmed that “as soon as the birth rate starts to drop, it starts to accelerate,” according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”.
Last year, Japan saw its population decline by more than 600,000, as a result of low fertility rates and a rapidly aging population.
Musk warned that “if this trend continues, Japan will disappear completely,” expressing his hope that this will not be achieved.
The head of SpaceX also predicted that China might face a similar fate to Japan, due to its policies on family planning.
China’s fertility rate continued to decline, even as the country allowed families to have up to 3 children, after abandoning the one-child policy, according to one analysis.
Elon Musk noted that “as societies tend to become wealthier and less religious, couples have fewer children.”


Johnny Depp to direct his first film in 25 years with Al Pacino co-producing

Actor Johnny Depp will go behind the camera again after 25 years to direct Modigliani, about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Based on a play, the movie will also see Depp co-produce alongside actor Al Pacino and seasoned producer Barry Navidi.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honoured, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” said Depp, 59, to entertainment portal The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph; a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”

While best known as an actor in movies such as the Pirates Of The Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises, Depp is also a seasoned producer with 10 films under his belt.

In a statement emailed to The Hollywood Reporter, Pacino said he and Depp had been involved in this project for a number of years and it will start principal photography in spring 2023.

In his directorial debut in 1997, Depp directed both himself and Marlon Brando in The Brave. In the critically panned film, Depp plays a Native American man who is paid a large sum of money to star in a snuff film directed by Brando’s character.

Besides the upcoming Modigliani biopic, Depp is also playing King Louis XV in French movie Jeanne Du Barry, which started shooting in late July.

It will be Depp’s first feature in three years after the conclusion of his high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, in June, which he won.



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The Flash star Ezra Miller breaks silence on recent troubles, seeks mental health treatment

The Flash star Ezra Miller has made headlines in recent years for troubling behavior. According to a statement given by a representative to entertainment portal Variety, the 29-year-old actor is finally seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues”.

Miller, who is non-binary and uses “they” and “them” as pronouns, also apologized for behavior which has led to a series of legal issues as well as assault and abuse allegations.

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” said the actor.

“I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

Last week, Miller was charged with felony burglary in Vermont for allegedly stealing bottles of alcohol from a home.

This latest incident follows a pattern of disturbing behavior dating back to at least 2020, when the star allegedly choked a woman in Iceland. No charges were filed.

The embattled actor was arrested twice in Hawaii this year for assault and harassment and is also facing allegations of abuse and grooming of minors.

Miller, who appears in the Fantastic Beasts franchise (2016 to present), headlines the upcoming The Flash movie, out in 2023.

Variety said he movie studio supported Miller’s decision to seek professional help, according to an insider source.



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Jackson Wang says he learnt a lot about Singapore as he bids farewell after whirlwind visit

K-pop idol Jackson Wang bid a fond farewell to Singapore on Sunday (Aug 14) as he left after his whirlwind visit here.

In multiple social media posts on Instagram and Twitter over the weekend, he thanked Singapore for a good time, saying it was “too amazing to leave”, before departing for Los Angeles.

The Got7 singer, who arrived to hordes of fans at the airport on Aug 2, had been busy on his trip, such as shooting a series of travel vlogs as part of a collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). The vlogs will be released around the end of the year on STB’s social media channels.

The 28-year-old also hosted a party at nightclub Marquee, which saw snaking queues at the door, and opened a pop-up concept store for his streetwear line at Voco Orchard.

He was spotted all over the island in places such as Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands and Pasir Ris and raved about his experiences here which included eating bak kut teh and drinking kopi. He also visited Kusu Island and St John’s Island, and posted a snippet of himself out at sea.

In his Twitter post, he wrote: “I always wanted to experience local local local lifestyle. I learnt a lot and love it.”



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