BEN AFFLECK and MATT DAMON are making a movie about Nike’s efforts to land a partnership with MICHAEL JORDAN in the mid-1980s.  Ben will play Nike co-founder Phil Knight, Matt will play salesman Sonny Vaccaro, and as for who will play Michael?  Well, he apparently won’t even be seen.

 

JOHNNY DEPP took the stand yesterday in his $50 million defamation trial against AMBER HEARD, and said he’s never hit a woman in his life, including her.  He also talked about how abusive his mother was when he was young, and his history of drug use.

 

BOB ODENKIRK got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

NICOLAS CAGE says he turned down “Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix” to be with his family.

And that movie, “Jackass 4.5”, hits Netflix on May 20th.  It’s a full-length movie, with all-new footage, and possibly some surprise guests.

 

This is tabloid trash but it’s out there so I’m reporting it: A British tabloid says WILL SMITH and JADA PINKETT have barely spoken since the Oscars.  Supposedly, they’ve been having problems for years, but it’s on another level now.

 

EZRA MILLER from “The Flash” was arrested early Tuesday morning in Hawaii for second-degree assault.  They’d thrown a chair at a woman and left her with a cut on her forehead.  Ezra was released a few hours later pending further investigation.

 

Season 2 of “Bridgerton” is even bigger than Season 1.

 

BLAC CHYNA’s civil case against the KARDASHIANS began yesterday.  She’s suing them for allegedly sabotaging the reality show she and ROB KARDASHIAN had.

 

DRAKE posted a throwback photo with TAYLOR SWIFT, and people think it means they’re working on new music.  They’re not.

 

KID CUDI and KANYE appear on a new track by PUSHA T, but Cudi says that’s the last time they’ll work together.  Quote, “He’s not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz that’s my guy.”  Cudi and Kanye had a falling out because Cudi is friends with PETE DAVIDSON.