The daily gossip: Jodie Foster to star in True Detective, Kendall Jenner makes another attempt at cutting a cucumber, and more
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Jodie Foster to star in 'True Detective' season 4
Clarice Starling is ready to get back in the field. Jodie Foster has been cast in the fourth season of HBO's True Detective, titled True Detective: Night Country. The Silence of the Lambs star plays the lead role of Detective Liz Danvers, who alongside detective Evangeline Navarro must "solve the case of six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanishing without a trace," according to Deadline. Foster is also producing the show, as is Barry Jenkins, the acclaimed director of Moonlight. True Detective was last on the air in 2019 with a third season led by Mahershala Ali, which was generally seen as an improvement on an underwhelming second season but not as good as the iconic first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. There's no word yet on who will play Foster's partner, but might we suggest a full-on Panic Room reunion with Kristen Stewart? Time is a flat circle, after all.
Kendall Jenner makes another attempt at cutting a cucumber
Will Kendall Jenner one day be able to accomplish the simple task of cutting a vegetable without incident? The 26-year-old Kardashians star went viral earlier this month after looking completely ill-equipped to simply cut a cucumber in an episode of the Hulu show. Almost immediately after she starts doing so, she says she's "kind of scared," and her mom, Kris Jenner, calls out for help from their chef. "Kendall Jenner trying to cut a f--king cucumber is the most tragic thing I've ever witnessed," a fan wrote at the time, to which Jenner responded, "Tragic!" Weeks later, Jenner took to Instagram to share a photo of a cucumber and a knife in her kitchen along with the caption "here we go again" — without actually showing herself successfully slicing up said cucumber. Hey, no pressure Kendall, feel free to take the rest of the year mentally preparing yourself for this taxing assignment.
Jury deliberations begin in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial
At long last, it's almost time to move on from the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial. After six weeks, the closely watched trial in which Depp is suing his ex-wife for writing an article about being the victim of domestic abuse headed into jury deliberations on Friday after hours of closing arguments. Depp's attorneys told jurors "there is an abuser in this courtroom, but it is not Mr. Depp," calling the Pirates of the Caribbean star a "well liked man" whose life was destroyed by Heard's "vicious lie" and was actually abused by her. Meanwhile, Heard's team urged the jury to hold Depp "accountable for his actions," "stand up for victims of domestic abuse everywhere who are suffering in silence," and "give Amber Heard her life back." They'll have to decide whether her 2018 article meets the high standard for defamation, and a verdict could come as early as Tuesday — which, regardless of the outcome, might be a great day to take a social media hiatus.
Kevin Spacey movie producers dismiss 'negative press' after new charges
The producers of one of Kevin Spacey's comeback films don't seem too bothered by the fact that their star was just charged with sexually assaulting three men. The disgraced actor was hit with new sexual assault charges in the U.K. Thursday, which would seem to be terrible timing for Peter Five Eight, a movie starring Spacey that's being shopped at Cannes. But in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the film's producers said it's "unfortunate" but "expected" that the "increased negative press is timed with Kevin returning to work." They went on to claim those who "wish for" Spacey "not to act" are "outnumbered by fans worldwide who await" his return, describing their movie as one for "fans who care more for the art than the scandal." Based on the film's extremely cheap looking trailer, though, it may also be for fans who feel the production value of SyFy original movies is a little too high.
'Top Gun: Maverick' is speeding toward a big opening weekend
After all this time, do audiences still feed the need for speed? Boy, do they ever. Top Gun: Maverick grossed a massive $19.3 million in previews, which included Thursday night showings and some early Tuesday screenings. Not only is that the best preview number for a Paramount Pictures movie, but it's also the biggest for a film released over Memorial Day weekend. Maverick should have a four-day opening of over $100 million, which would be the best of Tom Cruise's whole career. The sequel's release comes after an absurd number of pandemic delays, and it was pushed back so many times that the first trailer debuted five months before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters. But critics say it was worth the wait, and some have even floated Maverick as a potential Best Picture nominee, possibly making it the only summer movie that will get that kind of buzz — though we won't count out DC League of Super-Pets just yet.