The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019
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16 ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 A JUDGE cleared a Los Angeles courtroom of media and other audience members yesterday at a hearing on the extension of a restraining order obtained by Britney Spears against a former associate. Attorneys for Spears and her father argued that media reports of private details that would be revealed would bring emotional harm to the singer in a moment of serious vulnerability. The anxiety caused would be great, said Samuel D. Ing ham III, an attorney for Spears who did not appear at the hearing. Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny strongly agreed and cleared the courtroom for the testimony of three witnesses, including Spears father Jamie Spears, who controls most of the 37-year-old singers affairs through a court-ordered conservatorship. The courtroom is commonly cleared for hearings on her conservatorship, when private financial information and details about her minor sons are discussed, but the media was barred based almost entirely on the mental effects the airing of the testimony would have on Britney Spears. Jamie Spears had reportedly been in such poor enough health in recent months that his daughter put her career on hold to be with him, but there were no outward signs of ill ness as he appeared in court amid a team of lawyers and spoke to the judge before the courtroom was emptied. The hearing was to seek an extension of a temporary restraining order against Sam Lutfi, a former Britney Spears confidante who has said he once had a contract to be her manager. The family has been in legal fights with him for a decade, including a restraining order taken out in 2009. The new order issued May 8 demands that Lutfi stay at least 200 yards (183 meters) from Britney Spears, her parents and her two sons, and to refrain from contacting or disparaging them. Lutfi and his attorney argued in documents opposing the order that the court is violating his First Amendment rights by prohibiting his making comments about Spears and her family. Lutfi, 44, states Court cleared for Britney Media barred from popsters restraining order hearing in the papers that he had notcontacted Britney Spears in 10 years, and that her lawyers had not shown that he did her harm. There has been no psychological, or other evidence offered by Ms. Spears that she has actually suffered any distress, argued Lutfi. Lutfi acknowledged in documents he had sent text messages to Britney Spears mother Lynne and called her once. He has been critical on social media of the conservatorship that has left the singer under the control of the court and her father for 11 years. AP Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie in Disney's live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated classic Aladdin Picture: AP Aladdin soars atop box office DISNEYS Aladdin soared at the North American box office over the holiday weekend raking in nearly $117 million and leading all other offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said yesterday. The film, released on the American four-day Memorial Day weekend, earned $116.8 million from Friday through Monday and $91.5 million from Friday to Sunday, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million. The live-action movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Will Smith as the genie and the Egyptian-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the wily charmer who pretends to be a prince to catch the attention of the lovely Jasmine (Naomi Scott). The new version is an adaptation of Disneys 1992 Aladdin, which featured the unforgettable voice of Robin Williams. Kaling turns to Amazon MINDY Kaling is taking a different path with her next book. The actress and writer plans to release her third collection of essays through Amazon.coms Amazon Original Stories imprint. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for the summer 2020. Amazon announced that topics will include Kalings experience as a single mother and working with Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. Amazon is the countrys leading bookseller but has struggled at times as a publisher because rival stores are reluctant to stock its books. At Brookline Booksmith, in Brookline, Massachusetts, the stores co-owner and manager, Peter Win, says the general policy is to avoid Amazon releases. But Kaling has a special history at the Booksmith, where she appeared on one of her first stops while promoting the collection Why Not Me. A possible compromise: Dont stock the new book, but agree to order it upon request. BOOK NOW FREE LIVE MUSIC Scott Bywater | THIS FRIDAY 31st MAY Scott Bywater is a kind of a music guy who writes a bit: a poet and a singer songwriter who plays guitar and dabbles in harmonica and anything else lying around. He writes songs about life, love and destiny. And water, lots of songs about water. BAR OPENS 4:30PM | LIVE MUSIC 5PM 7PM | FREE ENTRY BROWNS MART COURTYARD, 12 SMITH STREET, DARWIN CITY brownsmart.com.au
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