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Depp blames ex-managers

Johnny Depp has accused his former managers of costing him more than $6 million in tax penalties and fines as part of their ongoing legal battle.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star sued bosses at The Management Group (TMG) for fraud last month, alleging they mishandled his finances by collecting $28 million in fees he never agreed to, repeatedly failing to file his taxes in a timely manner, and loaning roughly $10 million of his money without being authorized to do so.

TMG heads Joel and Robert Mandel fired back with their own complaint, blaming the 53-year-old's tendency to live beyond his means for his money issues.

Depp's lawyer has now filed new papers in the dispute in a bid to have the countersuit dismissed.

In the documents, the actor provides a string of receipts from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) detailing the tax troubles he found himself in from 2000 to 2015 as a result of TMG's alleged "negligence and misconduct".

According to TMZ.com, the actor also had to deal with a costly mistake they reportedly made on his California state taxes.

He has since settled all the IRS bills, but maintains he wouldn't have fallen foul of tax authorities if TMG representatives had done their jobs in the first place.

After TMG bosses filed their countersuit, Depp's attorney Adam Waldman wasted no time in hitting back, accusing the fired managers of using the actor's worldwide fame to their advantage by attempting to turn the public against him.

"(TMG) have chosen to employ a reprehensible 'blame the victim' strategy in a transparent attempt to save their own skin and deflect away from their malfeasance, which is chronicled in Mr. Depp's 48 page complaint," Waldman wrote in a statement to People.com.

"Mr. Depp did not sue his former business managers for his own personal investment decisions or the 'financial distress' they wildly allege - Mr. Depp sued them for fraud and multiple breaches of their fiduciary duty, among other claims. Gaslighting the public with global press releases will not save the defendants in court from their gross misconduct set forth in the complaint."





Longoria went fully grey

Actress Eva Longoria has been hiding a "full head" of grey hair with bi-weekly dye jobs since she was 18.

The former Desperate Housewives star is known for her luscious brunette locks, but she reveals it's all one big cover up - because she followed in her mother's footsteps and lost the dark color in her hair at a young age.

"I've had a full head of grey hair since I was, like, 18 - thanks mom!" she laughed on talk show The View. "And because my hair's black, you can see it so fast, it shows! So I have to get my hair colored every two weeks. It grows so fast..."

Eva, a L'Oreal beauty ambassador, has since found a more convenient way of keeping her grey hairs hidden away, thanks to the cosmetics brand's Root Cover Up spray, which she insists has been a real life-changer.

"I've tried everything," she lamented. "I've tried the mascara ones, I get black eyeshadow and I cover (the grey hairs up), so this is a spray that is not wet, it has every color range, it's for all textures, it's for everybody and so it's really revolutionary how it can save you time, how it can save you money. It's so good..."

She added, "The great thing about this is it has no residue, no stickiness... and it lasts until your next shampoo, so super temporary, but really does the fix."

The actress, who turns 42 next month, has plenty of reason to keep herself looking youthful - she and her new husband, Mexican TV executive Jose Baston, will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in May.



Red Dot Players

Jane Austen is coming to Okanagan College in March, via the College’s very own theatre troupe – the Red Dot Players – who are staging a popular new adaption of one of the author’s best known works.
 
Featuring a cast of veteran players and newcomers, and under the direction of OC English Professor Jeremy Beaulne, the curtain will rise on Sense and Sensibility for a four-night run from March 9-12 in the Lecture Theatre at the Kelowna campus. 
 
The play follows the Dashwood Sisters, Elinor (played by Amy Williams) and Marianne (played by Zoë Sommerfeld), as they navigate travails of the head and the heart in Victorian era England.
 
Audience members can expect a fun and fast-paced look at Austen’s classic 1811 novel, thanks to a spirited new script by playwright Kate Hamill which has already been produced to acclaim on some of the world’s leading stages since it was published in early 2016.
 
The production marks Beaulne’s sixth time in the director’s chair for the Red Dot Players. He is also no stranger to the source material.
 
According to the director, one of the factors that makes the play a challenge to stage is one of the reasons it continues to excite audiences.
 
Ticketholders will be treated to sweeping hand painted vistas by local artist and OC employee Marie Bartlett. A series of immense canvases set the stage for the action and are intended to transport the audience to the English countryside. Actors will be outfitted in beautiful period costumes sewn by Christine Caumartin and OC employee Karen Tessier.
 
The Red Dot Players troupe was formed in 2010 and have produced six plays leading up to Sense and Sensibility: The Beaux' Stratagem (2011), Blithe Spirit (2012), Les Belles-Soeurs (2013), The Government Inspector (2014), The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (2015), and A.K.A. Fangirl (2016). The troupe provides students and employees with an opportunity to contribute to the Okanagan’s bustling creative arts scene.
 
Tickets are available at Mosaic Books, the Okanagan College campus store and will also be available at the door ($18 for adults and $15 for students/seniors). Learn more on the Red Dot Players website www.reddotplayers.com/.





Adele's 'best year yet'

Adele gushed about her amazing year as she accepted the Global Success gong at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old singer couldn't attend the star-studded ceremony at the O2 Arena in London, as she is currently on tour in Australia. However, she did appear via video link to thank her supporters for the latest in a string of honours.

"Hello London, thank you so much it means the world to me," Adele said in the video, clearly struggling to control her emotions.

"You have all been amazing to me this past year. It's been amazing this year, the best one yet. Have a good time!"

The mother-of-one also encouraged the guests at the ceremony to "get a bit swervy (drunk)", referencing the abstract nature of the BRITs trophy.

Adele took to her Twitter page later in the evening to once again explain her absence from the ceremony, writing: "Thank you @BRITS. I actually am on the other side, of the world! I'm in Australia, that's why I'm not there. Have a great night x"

It comes as little surprise that Adele took home the Global Success award, after her latest album 25 became the fastest-selling record ever in the U.K.

Adele also marked a victorious year with several wins at the recent Grammy Awards, taking home all five awards she was nominated for.

While Adele emerged victorious as the Global Success at the BRITs, she missed out on the Best British Video award to One Direction, who claimed the honour for their video for hit song History.

Liam Payne collected the prize as he made a surprise appearance at the awards, and told the cheering audience: "I mean this is amazing. Thank you so much! We cannot believe we are still winning these. Thank you very much.

"We have been taking some time out working on our solo music, but One Direction is who we are and who we will always be."



Lovato worries about fighter

Demi Lovato gets nervous every time her new boyfriend, mixed martial arts fighter Guilherme 'Bomba' Vasconcelos, squares off against an opponent in the cage - because he could be seriously injured.

The 24-year-old singer has been dating the scrapper since the end of last year and admits she loves his sport.

"It's cage fighting... it is dangerous," she said during a taped appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which airs on Wednesday. "Of course (I worry about him)."

But she has no sympathy for the opponents he destroys in the cage, adding, "I don't feel bad. It's a sport."

However, Lovato does admit she often has a deep pit in her stomach when it comes to other concerns " the potential for making a fashion faux pas weighs on her nerves heavily.

The Cool For the Summer singer was reluctant to wear the see-through crocheted Julien MacDonald gown she donned at the Grammys earlier this month, especially since she walked the red carpet with her dad, but her stylist and friends insisted she looked too good in it to choose something else.

"I tried on the dress and I was like, 'I'm not wearing this; it's completely see-through', and my stylist was like, 'It looks amazing', and everyone was like, 'It looks amazing'," Demi recalls. "Then I convinced myself. But I was on the red carpet with my dad - and that was awkward... He said he approved, but I don't know if he realized it was see-through!"

The singer also performed onstage at the Grammy Awards as part of a tribute to the Bee Gees, as the band's only surviving member Barry Gibb watched from the audience.

Demi admits she didn't know much about the band before she was asked to be part of the 50th anniversary salute, alongside Tori Kelly and Little Big Town, but she has always loved the Gibb brothers' songs like Stayin' Alive, Saturday Night Fever, and How Deep is Your Love.

"I didn't know much (about them) but I knew the songs," she says. "They're huge."



Ed Sheeran heaps praise

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is deeply impressed with Harry Styles' solo efforts, insisting his debut album will be a smash.

Harry has been working on new music since his boy band One Direction kicked off a hiatus at the end of 2015, and, according to fellow British pop star Ed, Styles is doing a good job.

"I've heard a little bit," Sheeran tells U.K. magazine Heat of Styles' upcoming album. "It really shows him off as an artist and a singer, which is what it was always going to be. I can't say too much about it as it's not my project, and I've got no idea when it's coming out. It's quality."

Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer revealed earlier this month the release of Harry's album is not far off. The record label boss also stated the 23-year-old heartthrob is doing his label bosses proud with the tunes he's working on for his upcoming solo effort.

"We're close and we're very excited," Rob smiled to Billboard. "We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it's not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay. Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic."

Harry's album may be reaching listeners ahead of LPs from bandmates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne's solo offerings, but he'll be following former One Direction star Zayn Malik into the charts - he dropped out of the group for good in 2015 and set the charts alight last year with his edgy new sound and hit album Mind of Mine.

Music isn't the only thing Harry is working on - the star is also carving out an acting career for himself and will be seen in director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated war movie Dunkirk, which reaches cinemas in July.



David Bowie triumphs

The late David Bowie was the big winner at the 2017 BRIT Awards at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday.

The rock icon, who passed away aged 69 after a battle with cancer in January last year, won two of the night's most prestigious prizes, the Mastercard British Album Of The Year and the British Male Solo Artist statuettes.

David's son Duncan Jones accepted the album of the year award on behalf of his father, and gave an emotional speech spanning three generations of his family.

"I lost my dad late year but I also became a dad and I was...thinking what would I want my son to know about his granddad and I think it would be the same thing that most of my dad's fans have taken away over the last 50 years."

Referencing his father's quirky 1971 track Kooks, he added, "He's always been there supporting people who are a little bit weird or a little bit strange or a little bit different. So this award is for all the Kooks and all the people who make the Kooks. Thanks."

Michael C. Hall, the star of Bowie's stage musical Lazarus picked up the late rock icon's other award, and also gave an emotional tribute to him.

The other major moment of the night came when Little Mix won the Best British Single prize, with their song Shout Out To My Ex winning ahead of Pillowtalk, a song by bandmember Perrie Edwards' actual ex-fiance Zayn Malik.

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall gave the girl group's exes a shout out herself during their acceptance speech, while after her band's first BRIT Awards victory, Perrie was seen cozying up to her new beau, Arsenal soccer star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Zayn also lost out to his former One Direction bandmates in the British Artist Video of the Year category, as the group, who went on hiatus at the start of last year, won for the video promoting their nostalgic hit History.

Last year's biggest winner, Adele, did not go home entirely empty handed, winning the Global Success Award, while Emeli Sande succeeded her as Best British Female Solo Artist.

The 1975 won the Best British Band award, while Drake and Beyonce took home the International Solo Artist honors.

Little Mix opened the ceremony with a spectacular performance of their song Shout Out To My Ex. Other performers included Bruno Mars, The 1975, Katy Perry, Skepta and Ed Sheeran, who was joined on stage by British grime star Stormzy to collaborate on Ed's new hits Castle on the Hill and Shape of You .

Bowie was not the only late musician celebrated on the night as Andrew Ridgeley and Chris Martin led a moving tribute to George Michael, who passed away on Christmas Day last year.

Chris combined with footage of George to duet on a rendition of the late star's song A Different Corner, while Andrew gave a speech outlining how much his former bandmate meant to him.

Eighteen time BRIT Award winner Robbie Williams closed the show, performing a medley of his hits and picking up the prestigious Icon Award.



Armstrong Metalfest

Nestled in the Okanagan valley, the town of Armstrong has become British Columbia's largest mosh pit. Trembling the Rocky Mountains and creating a gathering of metalheads like no other in Western Canada, ARMSTRONG METALFEST, now in its ninth year returns with a 2017 line up that metal fans from across country will feast on from sunrise till way past sunset on July 14th and 15th at the Hassen Arena.

This year's headliners include Boston's tech death / thrash titans REVOCATION, Vancouver's ska-metal champions NINJASPY, Canadian 80's thrash legends AGGRESSION and the 2017 Whammy awards "best metal" winner GOLERS among many more from across the country.

Weekend pass available for $120 CAD regular pre-sale with camping included in ticket price. Weekend of festival, the weekend pass will be $160 CAD at the festival gate. Day pass will be available at the festival gate only for $70 CAD. Camping is an additional $20 CAD for day pass per night. Please visit  ArmstrongMetalfest.ca/tickets for details and to purchase tickets.



Diana's life in fashion

The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favoured shortly before her death.

It's been 20 years since Diana died in a Paris car crash at the age of 36, but the public's fascination with her life — and her clothes — lives on. A new exhibition that opens Friday at Kensington Palace, her home for many years, will give the public a chance to see extraordinary fashion pieces up close for the first time.

The workmanship is refined, some of the designs are simple in concept and execution, while others clearly took careful thought and meticulous preparation.

One room features designers' sketches for Diana dresses, offering insight into the vision behind many of her choices.

Deirdre Murphy, senior curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, said Diana was unique in the way she used clothes to communicate — and also a risk-taker willing to challenge the unwritten conventions of royal dress. She said Diana captured the "mystique" of being a princess even as she occasionally dressed down in jeans and a baseball hat.

"Somehow women all over the world saw a piece of themselves in the princess," the curator said. "She got her image across and her ideas across using clothing in a really sophisticated, really smart, really thoughtful way."

The display opens with a lacy party dress Diana wore to a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and includes many of her most famous outfits.



Britney's umbrella auction

The umbrella Britney Spears used to attack the paparazzi in 2007 is set to go up for auction.

The now 35-year-old singer was undergoing a mental breakdown at the time of the infamous incident, which saw her use the green umbrella to hit out at photographers who swarmed her at a gas station, yelling "F**k you" as she lashed out with the device.

She then dropped the umbrella, at which point a photographer picked it up and handed it to fellow snapper Daniel Ramos.

The attack came just days after Britney shaved her own head at a Los Angeles salon, during a difficult time in which she was battling ex-husband Kevin Federline over custody of their two sons.

But now Daniel Ramos is marking the 10th anniversary of the incident by selling off the umbrella, and donating half of the proceeds to a charity of the singer's choice.

"It was a bad moment in her life," he said of Britney's meltdown. "Unfortunately it was captured. They thought I was just out to make money at the time, (but) it was just a moment I captured."

Britney had been on good terms with photographers up until her issues began. And when they spotted her at the gas station on the night of 21 February, they were unaware that anything was wrong to begin with.

However, as the umbrella situation unfolded, Ramos knew he was onto something, and added to Broadly he thinks the incident has gone down in history because it has a beginning, a middle and an end.

"(All paparazzi) know they have to tell a story because if not it's not going to be big enough," he said. "That's what I was able to capture with Britney Spears. I was able to catch a story and finish it."

In July that year, Britney posted a message on her website about the umbrella incident, writing: "I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn't get the part."



Chris Brown accused

Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran has obtained a restraining order against the singer amid allegations he threatened her life.

Model and TV personality Tran filed her request for the protection order in court earlier this month, expressing her fears Brown would act on comments he reportedly made about ending her life.

In her sworn statement to the judge, the 28-year-old claimed Brown "told a few people that he was going to kill me", and suggested he was still so upset by their 2015 split, he threatened to "shoot" Tran so no one else could have her.

According to papers obtained by TMZ.com, the beauty also revealed she had been a victim of domestic violence during her four-year on/off romance with Chris, alleging the R&B star "punched me in my stomach twice" and "pushed me down the stairs".

If the assault accusations are true, the incidents would have occurred while the Forever hitmaker was serving five years on probation for his infamous 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. His probation ended in 2015 after it was extended following violations for drugs and other altercations.

Tran goes on claim she recently became genuinely fearful for her safety after Brown reportedly made threats to harm one of her friends, and even threw a drink at them during a night out.

Brown, 27, has yet to respond to the explosive allegations, but he appeared to give credence to Tran's side of story in a chilling video he posted online last month, when he confessing to stalking women he falls in love with.

In the Instagram rant about women and relationships, he said, "Ladies, y'all be complaining about n**gas being, like, stalkers and in love with y'all, kinda crazy and s**t and you get tired of it. Well, guess what? I'm one of them n**gas (sic)!"

He then added, "If I love you, b**ch, ain't nobody gonna have you. I'm gonna make you miserable (sic)."

The haunting clip was subsequently deleted from Brown's social media page, but only after it went viral and sparked a backlash from other Instagram users.



An evening with authors

Nationally acclaimed poet Judith Pond from Calgary will join two emerging homegrown talents for an evening of readings at Okanagan College on Thursday.

One Night: Three Writers will see Pond assembled with current Okanagan College student Pip Dryden, winner of this year’s OC 3-Hr Short Story Contest. Rounding out the trio of speakers will be author Cole Mash, an Okanagan College alumnus and current graduate student at UBC Okanagan. The event starts at 7 p.m. in Room B112 at the Kelowna campus.

Pond’s fiction and poetry have been featured on CBC Radio and a variety of Canadian literary magazines and journals, including The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire and Prism. She has published fiction and four collections of poetry: An Early Day, Dance of Death, Lovers and Other Monsters, and A Shape of Breath.

She holds a Master’s degree in German Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MFA in creative writing from UBC. She teaches in Calgary and is currently working on a novel.

Dryden’s story “This Time” was chosen as the overall winner for the 2016 3-Hr Short Story Contest out of 22 stories submitted across the College’s four campuses.

Mash is the recipient of a UBC Undergraduate Student Research Award and is currently at work on a biographical study, The Poetics of Teaching.

The event is free and open to the public.



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