The week’s biggest stories surrounded the courtroom as the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial dominated headlines, and now, TikTok. After amassing millions of views, video and audio clips from Heard’s testimony have taken the social media platform by storm, with dramatic reenactments by its users. As the trial rages on, are there any winners or losers in this case, in which the former couple is airing each other’s dirty laundry?

In other legal news, Mario Batali was found not guilty in a sexual assault case in Boston. Where does the celebrity chef’s career go from here?

The Emmy submission deadline has passed, and there are huge shows angling for love from the Television Academy, including “Euphoria,” “Ted Lasso” and Hulu’s newly released “Candy” starring Jessica Biel, with a surprise appearance by husband Justin Timberlake. In addition, networks and streamers are kicking off their campaigns, with Netflix sending “Squid Game” messages for its FYSEE event, and “Hacks” giving out T-shirts and sodas out of its Deborah Vance tour bus.

Finally, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” grossed $550 million at the global box office in nine days. Was the superhero movie’s PG-13 rating appropriate? Is it time for the MPA to get consistent on what it deems acceptable for children, or are ratings even more arbitrary nowadays?

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