1. From Cinemablend, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been battling in court for months, most recently with Depp suing The Sun after the publication referred to him as a "wife-beater." The judge ultimately sided with The Sun, resulting in Warner Bros. asking the actor to step away from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movies. This has also put Mads Mikkelsen atop the list of actors being considered to replace Johnny Depp in the David Yates-directed Fantastic Beast 3, the third installment of the Harry Potter spinoff based on the JK Rowling fantasy franchise. And now nearly 1 million moviegoers have signed a petition for Heard to be fired from her role in the Aquaman franchise.
2. Clea DuVall had been a ubiquitous actor in movies and on television for years when she got the idea for “Happiest Season,” a holiday romantic comedy with a lesbian couple at its center. “I had never seen a movie that really represented my experience,” she says. “Any LGBTQ+ characters were, if they were there at all, side characters.” It’s delightfully conventional, all while being completely subversive because of the movie’s queer spin on the genre. And if everything goes well for “Happiest Season,” Abby and Harper should take their place alongside the couples of “Love Actually” and “The Family Stone,” ensconced forever in cozy holiday viewing. Happiest Season stars Kristen Stewart (Abby) and Mackenzie Davis (Harper) coming out November 25th.
3. YouTube Experiences Widespread Technical Problems Playing Videos. user-reported YouTube problems spiked at around 7 p.m. ET. The issues appeared most acute in the Northeast U.S. and Western Europe, as well as in Mexico, Australia, and South America. Outages are rare for YouTube, which boasts more than 2 billion monthly logged-in users and claims it streams more than 1 billion hours of video daily.