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Report: Amber Heard Withdraws Spousal Support Request in Domestic Violence Case

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amber Heard has withdrawn a request for temporary spousal support from Johnny Depp in her domestic violence case against her estranged husband.

The actress said in court documents filed Monday and obtained by People magazine that the request is being “used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence.” She claims the media has misrepresented the request.

Heard, 30, had asked for 50 thousand dollars per month in spousal support from Depp, 53, when she requested a temporary restraining order last month due to allegations that he abused her. The request would have been addressed at a hearing regarding the restraining order scheduled for this Friday.

As People magazine notes, Heard can still request spousal support in the couple’s divorce case.

Heard filed for divorce days before she was granted a restraining order. Under the terms of the order, Depp must stay 100 yards from Heard.

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Christina Grimmie’s Private Funeral to Take Place in New Jersey

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — Singer Christina Grimmie will be laid to rest in a private funeral in her home state of New Jersey later this week, a source tells People magazine.

“It’s just going to be a small, intimate gathering for her family and close friends,” notes the insider.

The Voice star Adam Levine, who was Grimmie’s coach on the show, has offered to pay for her funeral.

A GoFundMe page created by Grimmie’s manager Brian Teefey to support her family has raised over $164,000 as of Wednesday morning, and a Change.org petition urging Nintendo to memorialize Grimmie in the next Legend of Zelda game — a favorite of hers — has received more than 34,000 signatures.

The YouTube sensation and The Voice season-6 finalist was only 22 when she was fatally shot on Friday by a deranged fan during a meet-and-greet session after a show at the Plaza Live venue in Orlando, Florida.

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: Kids Once Again Rule

The Russian Bar Trio on “America’s Got Talent”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday night with more singers, comedians and dancers.

Tuesday’s showcase included a 13-year-old stand-up comic and a 12-year-old country singer, both of whom advanced to the next round.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Also back this season is “The Golden Buzzer,” which gives each judge one opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Good Girl are four ladies ages 21-23 who have a dream of being the American Spice Girls. Their performance of En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love)” pleased former Spice Girl Mel B, who thought the routine was “flawless.” Heidi loved the band’s “attitude.” Simon thought the girls definitely had talent, but called their performance “copycat.” He believed there was definitely a “hole” in the market for them to fill, but urged the group to do something more “quirky” next time. The quartet earned four “yeses” and move on to the next round.

The John Rothman Dancers, led by 79-year-old Rothman, consisted of him and four ladies whose ages range from 70-80. The dancing impressed the judges, especially Rothman’s cartwheel at the end of the routine. Simon said the troupe brought to mind the film Cocoon, about a group of retirement home residents who discover a fountain of youth. Howie was amused, but wondered how the act would stand up to the rest of the talent on the show and voted “no.” However, the crew received “yeses” from the rest of the panel, and move on to the next round.

The Russian Bar Trio tried out for the show once before during season three, but had to bow out when one of its members suffered an injury. Determined to bounce back, they tried again on Tuesday, with a much better result. Their routine featured the female of the group performing a series of dangerous flips and jumps on a bar, held by two men. Heidi thought the routine was “incredible.” Mel B declared that her heart was pounding out of her body. Simon noted it was “more than a comeback, it was a triumph.” They got a unanimous “yes” from the judges and advance in the competition.

Texas native Kadie Lynn Roberson, 12, is a big-voiced singer who performs at churches around her hometown. She sang Merle Haggard’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” and impressed the judges, including Mel B, who was amazed at the control Kadie had over her voice, declaring the performance “a home run.” Howie was impressed with the way Roberson tackled a song about love at such a young age. Heidi marveled at Kadie’s confidence. Simon noted that after digging and digging, they found a diamond, adding that in a few years we’ll remember this as the moment Kadie was discovered. She earned four “yeses” from the judges.

Duo Guerrero – consisting of Aura and her husband Werner — is a duo in their 50s who performed a high-wire act outside the theater. After doing a split, Werner jumped over her. Next, Aura balanced on a chair on the tight rope. For their finale, Werner balanced on Aura’s shoulders as she walked across the wire, then jumped off, onto the rope. Back in the theater, Howie said he was more terrified than ever. Simon thought the act was “extraordinary” at their age. The panel all agreed to move them on to the next round.

One Voice is a high school cappella group from Tennessee who performed Rozzi Crane’s “Half the Man.” Simon teased the group by saying, “I didn’t like it,” before adding, ”I loved it.” Mel B was pleased that she could hear all 12 voices in the group, explaining that it’s not easy to do. Afterwards, one of the members of the group provided an “aww” moment, when he recreated a scene from the TV show The Office and handed a female member a teapot with a note inside. It was an invitation for her to be his date for their school prom. She said yes – as did the judges — who sent the group on to the next round.

Lori Mae Hernandez is a 13-year-old comedian who took up comedy after her dad was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, which paralyzed half his face. She was determined to make him smile, something that had become nearly impossible for him. She not only succeeded in making that happen, but also brought a smile to the AGT judges and audience members. Her act, which centered on her experience as a babysitter, included a poke at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. After noting that her only qualification as a babysitter is that she was once a baby herself, she said it was like asking, “Weren’t you the host of a reality show? You wanna be president of the United States?” Simon declared Lori could be the next Tina Fey. He and the other judges all voted to send her to the next round.

Sal Valentinetti, 20, delivers pizzas on Long Island, New York, and is determined to bring back the classic songs of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as a means of keeping the memory of his late grandmother alive. Sal crooned Sinatra’s “My Way” and drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Simon, who called Sal “an old soul,” noting songs like this require genuine dedication. Mel B praised him for his power, control and tone. Howie called Valentinetti a “good-hearted, loveable guy who has a real talent.” Heidi hit her “Golden Buzzer” for the singer, guaranteeing him a spot in the live shows.

America’s Got Talent airs again next Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Jordana Brewster’s a New Mom

Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Congratulations to Jordana Brewster! The Fast & Furious franchise star is a new mom.

The 36-year-old actress and her husband, Andrew Form, welcomed a son named Rowan Brewster-Form via a gestational surrogate last Thursday, her rep tells People magazine.

The couple also has a 2-year-old son, Julian, born via surrogacy.

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Ellen DeGeneres Drew Upon Real-Life Sadness for “Finding Dory” Role

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — The animated film Finding Nemo made an enormous splash when it was released 13 years ago and its sequel, Finding Dory, is headed to theaters this weekend, with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as the voice of Dory — the blue tang fish with short-term memory loss who’s trying to find her family.

DeGeneres said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America that she hoped people were inspired by the film to “just keep swimming.”

“There’s always another way, that’s a new message in this movie. And that is the truth. There’s always another way,” she said. “Don’t ever just, you know, put up with something or just say, ‘Well, that’s the way it is.’ And then your disadvantage can actually be your strength. So if you have a disability, you should embrace what it is that — it empowers you in a different way.”

As a comedian, DeGeneres said she was extremely sensitive and had “lots of sadness” in her to fuel a portrayal of sorrow. To depict Dory feeling lost, DeGeneres said she drew upon real-life experiences from the earlier part of her life.

“I didn’t realize I was lost until I started really doing some soul-searching and you know, reading the right books and going to therapy,” said DeGeneres. “And then I look back and I go, ‘Oh, boy. I didn’t have anybody to help guide me.’ And I was lost. And I just found my way on my own.”

Part of finding her way was coming out as a gay woman in the 1990s.

“When you’re gay and you’re successful in this business, your whole team says, ‘Don’t rock the boat. You know, you’re doing fine. You know, we know you’re gay, but, you know, just keep it down’ … And I just thought, you know, what’s equally as important as my career is living my life without shame,” she said.

She added: “The fear is that you lose your career. And it turned out, I did for a while. And three years seemed like forever. It seemed like I was — I didn’t have any money left, I wasn’t getting any jobs. I didn’t have anything. And I thought, ‘I’ll never work again. So I’ll start doing standup.’

She returned to standup. Slowly, people were reminded that she was “a writer and a funny person,” said DeGeneres.

Kate McKinnon, Idris Elba, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Dominic West, Bill Hader, Eugene Levy, and Kaitlin Olson also appear in “Finding Dory.” The Disney/Pixar film opens June 17.

Disney is the parent company of both Pixar and ABC News.

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“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Will Return for Season Nine

Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO announced Tuesday that Larry David’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season.

“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of CURB and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming said in a statement.

As expected, David himself was characteristically less ebullient about the news: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.'”

The Seinfeld co-creator isn’t totally accurate, however. He was a semi-regular guest on Saturday Night Live this past season, getting big laughs for portraying his doppelganger, Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

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Bill Murray to Receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — He’s been making us laugh ever since the second season of Saturday Night Live, in 1977. Nearly 40 years later, Bill Murray will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The honor is presented annually by the Kennedy Center to a person who’s had an impact on American society in ways similar to its namesake.

Murray’s unique persona and brand of humor has been featured in dozens of films — from modern comedy classics like Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, to later, more eclectic fare including critically-acclaimed roles in Lost in Translation, Moonrise Kingdom, Hyde Park on Hudson, and St. Vincent.

Murray, 65, will be celebrated in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., October 23.

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Some of Whitney Houston’s Cherished Mementos for Sale at Auction

Scott Gries/ImageDirect(NEW YORK) — Whitney Houston is the latest late celebrity to have some of her most treasured possessions offered to the highest bidder.

Many of the late singer’s deeply personal items will go on the auction block June 24 and 25 in Beverly Hills via Heritage Auctions.

“There will be tears,” Heritage’s Garry Shrum told People magazine. “It’s a very moving time for the family.”

The items were chosen by Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, and her sister-in-law, Pat Houston.

“It’s been in the works for a long time,” Shrum said. “We’ve got brilliant pieces that really re-create the highlights of her career. Dresses, an array of her awards…of course not nearly as many awards as are in her collection, though.”

He adds, “There was nothing we turned away. The family gave us the best stuff. There’s her favorite ‘Nippy’ jacket that she wore on all her tours — you can’t get more personal than that.”

Items include Houston’s Marc Bouwer wedding gown, with an opening bid at $3,500. Her 1985 passport has an opening bid of $1,000, while a pair of Air Jordan sneakers gifted to Houston after Michael Jordan wore them in a game starts at $10,000. Also on the auction block are a 1999 Dolce & Gabbana fur coat with a $1,500 opening, and a 1985 MTV Video Music Award for “How Will I Know,” expected to fetch at least $4,000.

You can view the items, and even make a bid, online now at the Heritage Auction House website.

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Janet Waldo, Voice of Judy Jetson, Dead at 97

John Heller/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Janet Waldo, who provided the voice of Judy Jetson on the show, The Jetsons, has died, ABC News has confirmed.

Lucy Lee, Waldo’s daughter, confirmed that the actress died on Sunday morning.

She was 97 years old.

According to Lee, Waldo had been diagnosed with a benign but inoperable brain tumor five years ago.

Waldo’s career spanned several decades, though it was her voice work for which she was most famous. In addition to playing Judy Jetson for the series, TV movies and subsequent film, she also voiced characters in The Flintstones, Josie and the Pussycats and Alvin & the Chipmunks, among others.

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Navigating Egos Comes with Anthony Anderson’s “To Tell the Truth Hosting” Gig

ABC/Ron Tom(NEW YORK) — Black-ish star Anthony Anderson is keeping busy during the show’s hiatus. In fact, he’s hosting another ABC show — the reboot of the 1950s game show To Tell the Truth, debuting Tuesday night.

The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture, with Anderson presiding over panelists including legend Betty White — who has appeared on previous versions of the show — reality TV diva NeNe Leakes,and NBA star turned ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose.

Anderson’s mother, Doris Hancox, served as a scorekeeper throughout the game. Anderson goes the extra mile to include her in his projects, because doing what he does was actually her dream.

“My mother is a failed actress. And a horrible, horrible actress,” Anderson told ABC Radio. “And you would ask her why and she’d say, ‘because I gave all my talent to you,’ which she probably did.”

Anderson says there were a lot of big egos on set while recording the shows, egos Anderson didn’t mind checking.

“Between NeNe and my mother, both of them thinking the show is about them…I have to remind them, ‘Actually I’m the guy with the mic. I do the opening monologue and I close the show. So technically it is my show. But I appreciate both of you being here. But NeNe, mom, it’s not about you.’”

The game show genre remain special for Anderson, who shared that it meant family time when he was a kid.

“I grew up watching The Newlywed Game, The Price is Right, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune. Anything that was competitive on television we watched as a family because we’re a competitive family.”

To Tell the Truth airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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