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The SEC is Charging Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, and Other Celebrities For Promoting Cryptocurrencies

The Securities and Exchange Commission has just charged eight celebrities tied to a crypto scheme involving Justin Sun and his companies Tron Foundation Limited, BitTorrent Foundation Ltd., and Rainberry Inc.

The celebrities involved were charged with promoting cryptocurrencies that were associated with Sun’s companies, “without disclosing that they were compensated for doing so and the amount of their compensation.”

The SEC is charging Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, Kendra Lust, and rappers and singers Soulja Boy, Ne-Yo, Lil Yachty, Akon and Austin Mahone.

Gurbir S. Grewal, the director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement stated, “As alleged in the complaint, Sun and others used an age-old playbook to mislead and harm investors by first offering securities without complying with registration and disclosure requirements and then manipulating the market for those very securities, At the same time, Sun paid celebrities with millions of social media followers to tout the unregistered offerings, while specifically directing that they not disclose their compensation. This is the very conduct that the federal securities laws were designed to protect against regardless of the labels Sun and others used.”

So far the SEC has explained that besides Mahone and Souja Boy, the rest of those charged have agreed to paying a penalty of over $400,000, without admitting or denying charges.

Meanwhile, other investors of bankrupt cryptos such as FTX sued the firm’s celebrity endorsers including Tom Brady and Larry David. They alleged that they were defrauding investors through convincing them to invest in FTX while promoting it as being a safe space in crypto.

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Courteney Cox Decided to Clean Her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

58 Year old Courteney Cox visited her freshly added star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recently in order to clean it. On Instagram Reels, Cox cleaned her star to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” while using products from her Homecourt line that she calls “beauty products for the home.”

Cox captioned the clip, “Someone’s gotta do it,” Cox jokes in the video, “Literally right on the star. You can go around!” as she seems to be in character, speaking to a group of pedestrians who walked on the star.

Cox also decided to clean off the stars of Laura Dern, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. With Witherspoon commenting on her post, “Thanks for keeping us clean, Court!!,” and David Spade adding, Do mine! Wtf!”

Meanwhile, her Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow commented, “Only the best thing ever,” and is currently the only lead actress from the 1990s sitcom to not have a star on the Walk of Fame.

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Movies Opening in Theaters This Week, 03/22/2023

This week there are 12 films opening in theaters. Below is a list of each and every film along with details for each individual movie.

  • Title: All of Those Voices
  • Category: Documentary
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
  • Summary: A member of One Direction to a solo artist, capturing the challenges and triumphs that defined his path.
  • Director: Charlie Lightening
  • Star: Louis Tomlinson
  • Title: Furies
  • Category: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 49 minutes
  • Summary: A mysterious woman trains a trio of girls to take revenge on a criminal gang that abuses females. The three lady warriors risk everything to challenge this corrupt empire.
  • Director: Veronica Ngo
  • Writers: Nha Uyen Ly Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Nguyen Truong Nhan
  • Stars: Veronica Ngo, Song Luan, Thuan Nguyen
  • Title: The Portable Door
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 35 Minutes
  • Summary: Paul Carpenter is an intern at a mysterious London firm with unconventional employers, including a CEO who wants to disrupt the ancient magical world with modern corporate practices.
  • Director: Jeffrey Walker
  • Writers: Leon Ford, Tom Holt
  • Stars: Patrick Gibson, Christoph Waltz, Sam Neill
  • Title: Johnny
  • Category: Biography, Drama
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
  • Summary: Love for the world and other people and about the fact that everyone deserves a second chance. When Patryk receives it from a priest Jan Kaczkowski does not even suspect how it will change his life.
  • Director: Daniel Jaroszek
  • Writer: Maciej Kraszewski
  • Stars: Dawid Ogrodnik, Piotr Trojan, Beata Zygarlicka
  • Title: John Wick: Chapter 4
  • Category: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 49 Minutes
  • Summary: John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.
  • Director: Chad Stahelski
  • Writers: Shay Hatten, Michael Finch, Derek Kolstad
  • Stars: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård
  • Title: A Good Person
  • Category: Drama
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
  • Summary: Follows Allison, whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident.
  • Director: Zach Braff
  • Writer: Zach Braff
  • Stars: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Celeste O’Connor
  • Title: School of Magical Animals
  • Category: Adventure, Family
  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
  • Summary: Ida must transfer to a new school, where she soon realizes the students are unkind to each other. However, that all changes when a new teacher, Miss Cornfield, begins to educate them on the value of friendship and magic.
  • Director: Gregor Schnitzler
  • Writers: Viola Schmidt, John Chambers, Margit Auer
  • Stars: Emilia Maier, Leonard Conrads, Loris Sichrovsky
  • Title: Drain Away: Is Pure Longing a Sin?
  • Category: Action, Horror, Romance
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
  • Summary: A young woman Kaname is possessed by a ghost of a Japanese samurai Saki whose goal is to make history repeat itself in the death of those she loves.
  • Writers: Reila Aphrodite, Wes Laurie
  • Stars: Reila Aphrodite, Galen Howard, Tim Neff
  • Title: The Worst Ones
  • Category: Drama, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
  • Summary: A group of teenagers from the same neighborhood are selected to act in a feature film during the summer.
  • Directors: Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret
  • Writers: Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret, Elénore Gurrey
  • Stars: Mallory Wanecque, Timéo Mahaut, Johan Heldenbergh
  • Title: Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV
  • Category: Documentary, Biography
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
  • Summary: The life and times of Nam June Paik, the father of video art, who coined the phrase “Electronic Superhighway.”
  • Director: Amanda Kim
  • Stars: Vaibhav Gohil, Nam June Paik
  • Title: Tehranto
  • Category: Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
  • Summary: In Toronto, lively music, intricate textiles and vibrant colours paint an unlikely story of love and family when, Badi and Sharon, two young students with very different upbringings from a divided Persian community, accidentally fall in love.
  • Director: Faran Moradi
  • Writers: Faran Moradi, Nathan Martinak
  • Stars: Sammy Azero, Mo Zeighami, Navid Negahban
  • Title: Myanmar Diaries
  • Category: Documentary
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
  • Summary: How does it feel to be forgotten by the world? After the military coup in 2021, these film diaries of young opposition activists in Myanmar use the cinema screen to communicate with the world in a different way than allowed TV news.
  • Director: The Myanmar Film Collective
  • Writer: The Myanmar Film Collective

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Demi Moore Posted A Video of Bruce Willis With His Family Celebrating His 68th Birthday

Demi Moore wished Bruce Willis a happy 68th birthday via Instagram on Sunday. Bruce Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore posted a video of Willis celebrating with her, his daughters, current wife Emma Heming Willis, and others. The video displays the family singing “Happy Birthday” to Willis who was previously diagnosed with dementia.

Moore captioned the video, “Happy birthday, BW! So glad we could celebrate you today. Love you and love our family. Thank you to everyone for the love and warm wishes — we all feel them.”

Willis’ daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah all posted on Instagram as well, wishing Willis a happy birthday. Scout reposted the video with the caption, “Today has been PROFOUNDLY JOYFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!! HAPPY BW’S BIRTHDAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE !!!!”

She also separately posted herself on her dad’s shoulders sleeping and called Willis “one of my best friends, the Pisces king, the master of duality, both action hero icon and gentle girl dad,” she said it’s been “a privilege” to have him as her father.

She went on to admit it wasn’t only a celebration, “Today is not necessarily an easy day, because it’s a day full of so deep love, and our grief really does show us the depth of our loving for someone, So I’m trying to be with both today. Grief is a price I’ll always pay to know what it is to feel such love. I’m sending my love to anyone who has ever felt their capacity stretched by the enormity of love and the humanness of grief. I love you.”

Emma also posted two videos to Instagram stating in her video, “I have started the morning by crying as you can see by my swollen eyes and snotty nose. I just think it’s important that you see all sides of this, I always get this message or people always tell me that like, ‘You’re so strong. I don’t know how you do it.’ I’m not given a choice. I wish I was.”

She continued to say, “So sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on, and get to it, and that’s what I’m doing, But I do have times of sadness every day, grief, every day, and I’m really feeling it today on his birthday.”

She added that she put work into a video montage to post for his birthday saying, “I don’t know why I do that to myself because the videos are like a knife in my heart, But as much as I do it for myself, I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband and — don’t cry Emma, but it means so much to me.”

Her second post displayed the montage that she created along with a caption that reads, “My birthday wish for Bruce is that you continue to keep him in your prayers and highest vibrations because his sensitive Pisces soul will feel it, Thank you so much for loving and caring for him, too.”

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Viola Davis Recently Opened Up About Her Role as Michael Jordan’s Mom in “Air”

When Michael Jordan and Ben Affleck initially met to discuss Air, the director’s movie that focuses on a key moment in the basketball legend’s story. Jordan requested one thing, “Viola Davis. That’s my mom,” the filmmaker recalled.

Air tells of how Michael Jordan’s family and Nike revolutionized the business with a historic sneaker deal. The film premiered Saturday at the South by Southwest film festival, prior to Amazon releasing it theatrically on April 5th.

Davis stated about the film, “Mothers are the most important figures in anybody’s life, so I was very flattered and deeply moved to be asked to play Michael’s mother, I know Michael Jordan but didn’t know that Deloris brokered this deal to get him a huge stake in the shoe and in turn, protected her son’s legacy. I wanted to know more about this woman who had the strength and courage to fight for her son’s worth. For Deloris to have this insight and progressive vision, to stand her ground in the negotiation room – which I know can be the hardest part of the job – makes her an incredible woman. That made me lean into this project.”

Originally Davis’ role was minimal, but was eventually expanded due to input from Jordan and advice from Affleck’s wife, Jennifer Lopez.

One of Davis’s pivotal scenes is a phone call between Deloris and Damon’s character, Sonny Vaccaro, the Nike exec who is trying to sign her son to a contract. The scene is seven pages in the script, which Affleck shot with four cameras on each actor.

Affleck has spoken about recording the film stating, “I want to play the scene so they can get up, they can do whatever they want, they can move around, We did two takes and I said, ‘That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. I’m done. If you want to go again, I’ll shoot all day.’ [Davis] went, she watched the playback. When she came out, it was the first time I saw her smile and I just felt like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was the most lovely, rewarding moment.”

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