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March 18, 2021 GMT

AMC THEATERS CLOSE TO FULL OPENING

UNDATED (AP) — It’s a big step toward getting Hollywood back on track. AMC Theaters says it will have nearly all of its theaters open by Friday. The nation’s largest movie chain says it will open a bunch of its theaters in California — adding to the total number of screens it will have available for moviegoers. Movie theaters all over shuttered their doors a year ago as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe. Last June, AMC warned that it might not survive the pandemic as patrons stayed away — and movie studios put their new releases online instead.

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JOHNNY DEPP TRIES TO APPEAL DIVIRCE SETTLEMENT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp is back in court. Lawyers for the actor were in a courtroom in London today, asking the British Court of Appeals to flip a ruling that he assaulted his ex wife, Amber Heard. One of the arguments Depp put before the judge was that Heard didn’t donate all her $7 million divorce settlement to charity as promised. Last summer, Depp and Heard had in a pitched court battle in which Depp sued The Sun newspaper for calling him a “wife beater.” Heard testified on behalf of the tabloid, telling the court about their volatile relationship.

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME VOTING OPEN

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Wanna help determine which titles will end up in the Video Game Hall of Fame? Here’s your chance, as voting is now under way for the latest batch of inductees. Among the games on the ballot are Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Animal Crossing. Also up for votes are FarmVille, FIFA International Soccer, Mattel Football, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Pole Position, Portal, StarCraft, Tron and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. Winners will be chosen by an international panel of journalists and scholars — and fans can weigh in on some of the choices, too. Fan voting ends March 25.

DAN BONGINO TO GET RUSH LIMBAUGH’S OLD RADIO SLOT

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has been penciled into the radio slot that Rush Limbaugh used to hold. Westwood One says Bongino will start a new three-hour radio show from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. eastern, the same slot Limbaugh had before he died last month. Bongino’s show will air in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — and will launch May 24.