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Jim Carrey will answer questions about his late girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide in a sworn deposition next month.

The actor is being sued for wrongful death by White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, and her mother, Brigid Sweetman. The two complaints were consolidated into a single case on Thursday, with both claiming that Carrey obtained the drugs that killed White under the false name “Arthur King” and provided them to her, despite knowing she was prone to depression and had previously attempted suicide. Furthermore, they allege that Carrey gave White “three STDs without warning her.”

Michael Avenatti, Sweetman and Burton’s attorney, tells PEOPLE that he has been demanding Carrey’s deposition for months, adding, “He will now be forced to answer questions about how he gave Ms. White three STDs, humiliated and demeaned her, and then gave her the drugs she used to kill herself. We are counting the days until the truth is known.”

Ray Boucher, Carrey’s attorney, tells PEOPLE, “The truth has been known for sometime. A troubled woman took her life and Jim Carrey had nothing to do with it. He’s looking forward to his deposition being taken because the truth ultimately will prevail, and there’s nothing in his deposition that is going to change the truth.”

Both parties will also enter into mediation, although Boucher does not believe the case will be settled before trial. He expects Carrey will be deposed in late August.

Carrey has previously spoken out about the pending lawsuit, calling it a “shakedown.”

“What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world,” Carrey, 55, said in a statement.


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13 Reasons Why star Justin Prentice understood the responsibility of playing the controversial series’ villain, which is why he did an extensive amount of research to prepare for the role.

“I did a lot of research,” Prentice, 23, tells PEOPLE about playing bad boy Bryce Walker. “I had a psychiatrist and a sexual assault expert on speed dial.”

Since the show hit Netflix on March 31, audiences learned throughout the 13 episodes of the drama series why high school sophomore Hannah Baker, who left behind a collection of cassettes for her fellow classmates to listen to after her death, chose to commit suicide. Bryce, who raped Hannah at a party, is one of the subjects of the graphic tapes.

“Like most people, I think it’s very normal when you hear about a case of rape or sexual assault to immediately be angry at the person doing the rape, which of course I still am. And it’s an important thing. But I think it gave me deeper insight into what’s wrong and why these things are happening — having to force myself to get into the mind of these people and how they’re capable of doing what they do,” Prentice tells PEOPLE about taking on the role of a rapist.

“It’s a lack of education,” he explains. “These people, one, they may have a sense of arrogance in that they can get away with whatever they want to due to the sports or money or power or what have you. But then on top of that, they’re not properly educated on what consent is and what sex should look like and what a healthy relationship should look like.”

In the final episode of the inaugural season, viewers witnessed Hannah commit suicide in the bathtub by slitting her wrists and arms. Though the scene was extremely graphic — and raised the question: does the show glamorize suicide? — Prentice stands behind the creators’ decision to detail how Hannah chose to end her life.

“We wanted people to have these conversations because at the end of the day, they decide to take that first step towards changing things,” says Prentice.

“One of the main points of everyone — and the months and months even before we as actors jumped on board locking down script and plot ideas and how certain things would be covered — one of their major key points was: how do we not glamorize this? So I stand by what they all did,” he adds. “I think they made the right choices.”

“It’s dark and it’s brutal and that’s what suicide often is. And so the writers didn’t want to convey this as an easy thing. They don’t want to make suicide look easy. They felt that if they shied away from showing it, it’s not going to resonate with people, like actually watching her do the act in the bathtub,” Prentice admits. “It is hard to watch, it is very difficult, but suicide’s difficult.”

Of the key people behind the scenes who brought the 2007 young adult novel, written by Jay Asher, to the screen was Selena Gomez, who serves as an executive producer. Though Gomez, 24, didn’t appear on-camera, she worked closely with the cast and crew throughout filming to bring it to life.

“She’s so young, but you forget that when you meet her, because she’s a power player in the industry. She’s this huge superstar,” Prentice says of Gomez. “She was fantastic. She and her mother, Mandy Teefey, were there since the get go and talking to us, phone calls, we would go out to dinner, talk about the characters, flesh things out. She’s a really cool person. Very intelligent and super passionate about this project, which is really cool, because we wouldn’t have it without she and her mother.”

Looking to season 2, which will hit the streaming service next year, Prentice says that justice will be coming for Bryce.

“I know Brian Yorkey talked in an interview that he wants Justice for Bryce, so I’m assuming that means justice is coming for Bryce,” he says of what writer Brian Yorkey has in mind for the continued storyline.

“I’m assuming he’s going to get what’s coming to him, which is great,” he says, and adds, “I think we all want that. I think we’re all on the same page when it comes to Bryce facing consequences for the first time in his life.”

13 Reasons Why season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix, and season 2 is set to hit Netflix in 2018.


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It is simply a fact that every priest in ministry today is likely to have to preside at the liturgy for a victim of suicide. While they have to deal with churning emotions, they owe it to the suicide victim, the family and the friends, to plan and celebrate a liturgy that will be appropriate and worthy of the occasion, which has some very special characteristics and sensitivities. As well as covering every aspect of the liturgy itself, this book also deals with issues like the connection between the symbolism of baptism and that of Christian funerals, the offertory procession, the choice of music, selecting appropriate readings, and so on. Overall, the book aims to help those involved to be more sensitive to the particular pastoral and liturgical needs of people at the time of a suicide.

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Suicide Squad star Jared Leto put a lot of effort into playing the Joker. In preparation for the role, the actor met with “psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes.”

Maybe that’s where Leto picked up the used condoms and anal beads?

Leto told Entertainment Weekly when he takes on a role like the Joker, he becomes “part detective, part writer.”

“I knew I had to be committed as much as possible,” Leto said. “I had to be committed beyond belief. And I did what I needed to do deliver the best I possibly could.”

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Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

One number: 22. That’s all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. “When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That’s almost one every hour. I had to do something,” she said. Goosenberg Kent was already a strong voice on veterans’ issues. In 2007 she partnered with the late James Gandolfini to create Alive Day Memories, a heartwrenching documentary in which soldiers from the Iraq War reflected on the days they almost died in combat.

But suicide, that was a silent epidemic, one that needed to be addressed head-on. “I kept thinking: How can I make that number real for people? When I learned about the Veterans Crisis Line,” a suicide hotline created by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007, “I realized that this was an opportunity, a chance to capture a glimmer of hope in a sea of suffering.”

The director convinced the V.A. to grant her access to the crisis line’s Canandaigua, NY., facility, where she spent the next three months filming trained responders as they answered calls from suicidal veterans, some of them armed and ready to act. Goosenberg Kent spliced her footage into a 40-minute film that crackles with a disquieting, nervous energy. The movie has more drama than any action picture released this year and a greater grasp of the soldier experience than most of the war films of the last decade.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 premiered on HBO last November. In February it won the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject). And today, Independence Day, as millions nationwide honor our vets, Americans have the chance to watch the film with family, through HBO Go, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Goosenberg Kent spoke with me about her film, the importance of the suicide hotline, and what each of us can do to help our veterans.

Kors: I have to challenge you about that statistic: 22 veteran suicides a day. It comes from the V.A., and you cite it in the beginning of the film. But how can we possibly know a number like that?

Goosenberg Kent: It’s an estimate. We spent a lot of time trying to vet it. But it’s very difficult to reliably gather suicide statistics. My sense is that the real figure may be much larger, that veterans’ suicides are widely underreported. But even if it is just 22 — one is too many. So 22 is insane.

Kors: And yet your film spends no time casting blame, not on the administration, not on the V.A. It’s focused on the crisis hotline responders, who display such intelligence and empathy as they to talk these veterans down from the brink.

Goosenberg Kent: That’s right. There’s a lot of blame to go around when it comes to these suicides. And exploring who is to blame is important. But I realized, we had an opportunity here, a chance for a fresh perspective by focusing on the good guys, the responders who are using compassion, training and focus to save lives. As a filmmaker, I wanted to do more than present the problem. I wanted to offer a lifeline of hope. That’s what the Veterans Crisis Line is.

Kors: It’s Ground Zero for the epidemic.

Goosenberg Kent: Absolutely. At the call center, it’s wave after wave of veterans, alone, in the dark, crying out for help. You spend a little time there, and you really get the scope of the problem.

Kors: How did you get access to the facility?

Goosenberg Kent: Well, the V.A. had let the New York Times in for a piece they produced in 2010. But what we wanted was a whole different level of access. Basically, we wanted to embed, to be there for three or four months and just watch the place work, to hear the soldiers in crisis and watch the responders as they assist them.

Kors: That’s one of the amazing ironies of the film: it captures the voice of veterans better than so many other movies, and yet the only voices in the movie are the responders’, not the callers’.

Goosenberg Kent: Because the V.A. doesn’t tape the calls.

Kors: It doesn’t?

Goosenberg Kent: No, it doesn’t. That surprised us too. We thought it would be like 911, which records all of its calls. But veterans’ conversations with the responders are just between them. To get access to the call center, we had to commit to not taping those calls either. Which meant that, with one side of the conversation, we didn’t know what we had. We didn’t know if there was enough to make a film.

Then we came back from our first few days of shooting and watched the footage. There was a call from a 20-year-old veteran whose best friend died in his arms. Maureen, [one of the crisis hotline responders], talked to him in a way that was incredibly moving. He thought this life was over, and she was able to seize on his ambivalence, keep him from acting on his impulse. She bought him some time to reconsider living, to realize that he wasn’t responsible for his friend’s death. On another call, Luis, who was an Army sergeant before becoming a responder, he talked about going through combat in such a powerful way. The caller was crying so loudly, you could hear it over the phone. Luis was emphatic. He told him: “If you ever feel like this again, you pick up the phone.” I thought we were going to be hearing phone therapy, but wow, this was different.

Dana Perry, who produced the film, her son committed suicide. When we first got to call center and started watching the responders, she got so silent. I asked her what’s going on, and she said, “It never occurred to me to call a hotline. Maybe if he had a hotline on the day he killed himself, maybe he wouldn’t have done it.” I realized, this is a message we had to get out to military families: There’s a place you can call, a place where you can be heard.

Kors: Were you worried that your film would look like a 40-minute commercial for the V.A.?

Goosenberg Kent: I was. But the failures of the V.A. have been amply reported. I was more concerned that there was this hotline out there, a bright light with top-notch people ready to help, and many military families didn’t even know it existed.

Kors: It is amazing how many veterans I talk to who are in crisis but don’t know about the hotline or have never thought to call.

Goosenberg Kent: Exactly. The longer we filmed at the call center, the more urgency I felt to tell soldiers what a resource they had there. I remember one call, an Army sniper who said, “I saw a child get blown away.” He wasn’t able to tell that story to his buddies or his wife. But to the responder, he could. It was an amazing moment. It was the beginning of something.

Kors: In the film, none of the calls end in suicide. Did you film any calls that ended unsuccessfully?

Goosenberg Kent: No, we didn’t capture anything like that. I know that occasionally it does happens. But not as often as you might think. When it does, usually the responder will find out much later: “You took a call a few weeks ago from a Marine in crisis. He didn’t make it.” But that didn’t happen while we were there.

Kors: Recently the Crisis Line has drawn fire from vets who say they called, needing immediate assistance, and instead were put on hold. I know Senator Bill Nelson has been looking into this. Was this a problem that you saw during your time at the call center?

Goosenberg Kent: No, I didn’t see anything like that. Believe me, if I saw responders putting veterans on hold, I would not have ignored that. But that’s not how the call center is set up. Responders don’t have a queue, with blinking lights for callers they have to get to. The center has 255 responders. And when each of them is talking with a veteran, the calls are rolled over to backup centers, which are also staffed with trained responders. I met several of them.

Kors: Did you ever meet a veteran who called the Crisis Line?

Goosenberg Kent: I did. The New America Foundation was screening our film, and a veteran at the screening told me she called the Crisis Line. She had been sexually assaulted while serving and was struggling with that. She said the Crisis Line saved her. To hear that from a veteran, in person, it was wonderful. She said that after the call, she got herself to a better place and got involved with [the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America].

Kors: It is tough, though, for veterans to get to a place where they’re ready to call and ask for help.

Goosenberg Kent: I think it is. That’s part of the culture that I was hoping to chip away at, this idea that only the weak pick up the phone and ask for help. I remembering reading a series of articles about soldiers being bullied for seeking help, including soldiers at Fort Carson who were actively discouraged from seeking help. That was heartbreaking to me, and when I made this film, those articles very much in my mind. I wanted veterans to see that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. It’s an act of courage, one that doesn’t make you any less of a hero. In fact, it’s the beginning of getting your life back together.

Kors: Nonetheless, I bet a lot of civilians will see the movie and say, “It’s sad to hear that so many vets are in crisis. And it’s good that these responders are helping some of them. But either way, there’s not really anything I can do about it.”

Goosenberg Kent: No. That’s not true at all. In fact, that’s exactly the opposite of what I hope people will take from the film.

Kors: What do you want them to take from the film?

Goosenberg Kent: That they can be part of the solution. Even people with no training in psychology or counseling. You can ask a veteran how he’s doing. Let him know that you’re available to listen.

The worse feeling in the world is a sense of isolation. That’s what I learned from my time at the Crisis Line. You don’t have to have gone to war to understand pain or trauma, or empathy or understanding. The responders provide an example of how to open the lines of communications, how to be part of a conversation that all of us can engage in.

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Margot Robbie Celebrates Her Birthday As Harley Quinn On The Set Of ‘Suicide Squad’

The most surprising thing about Margot Robbie’s birthday cake on the set of “Suicide Squad” is that it actually looks edible.

The cast of the movie has been known to give each other peculiar gifts, such as the rat that Jared Leto previously sent to Robbie that was then “adopted” by other celebs, but that wasn’t the case for the actress’s birthday celebration.

Robbie, who just had a birthday July 2, shared a photo of her in Harley Quinn makeup with a caption reading, “Harley’s cake – thank you squad!”

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News recently broke that movie director David Ayer has an on-set therapist for the cast since the actors have to work with pretty dark material. So, at least in the case of Robbie, it looks like it’s working. The actress also shared a photo of balloons on her actual b-day, saying that she was “Spoilt rotten today”:

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Yep. There’s nothing too disturbing about balloons. Unless, of course, that means there’s a scary clown around, too. In that case, we might all need to use that therapist.

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Joey Slotnick (in coffin) and the Cast of Dying for It. Photo: Ahron Foster

“Suicide is painless” goes that innocuous-but-satirical ditty written for the 1970 movie “M*A*S*H.” Suicide was also painless in Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 play The Suicide, but the satire was so severe that the Soviet authorities cancelled the production and sent the author off to Siberia. This despite, apparently, a plea from the great Stanislavsky to Stalin himself on Erdman’s behalf. The Suicide was sent into a deep freeze so deep that it went unproduced in Russia until decades after the author’s death. The Atlantic Theatre Company now gives us Moira Buffini’s adaptation of The Suicide, at the Linda Gross Theater. Dying for It was initially produced by The Almeida Theatre in London in 2007.

Erdman’s piece was an absurdist comedy, falling somewhere between Gogol’s The Inspector General and Marx’s “Duck Soup.” (Not that Marx, but the subversive brothers from East 93rd Street–who in any event didn’t make their film until Erdman was already in exile.) Semyon Semyonovich is a henpecked failure who decides to end it all. His neighbors are scandalized; this was 1928, when suicide wasn’t quite so common as today.

Once accepting the notion, the locals realize that Semyonovich’s death can support their own individual causes. A member of the intelligentsia sees him as a hero for the former elite; a free-spirited floozy wants him to die proclaiming his love for her; the priest thinks the suicide will drive people back to the church–and they each provide Semyonovich with suicide notes to that effect. In the end, the hapless hero doesn’t commit suicide and in a farcical climax bursts out of his coffin.

This makes for an intriguing evening of ideas, and a dangerous one in 1928 since Semyonovich’s complaints were not-too-obliquely aimed at the Soviet government. (The language is fairly direct in this adaptation, although it’s impossible to know just how seditious Erdman was without reading the Russian original.) In any event, the play–which in its time was a dangerously-sharp satire–now has the danger removed, making it a farce of ideas. As such, it has its points but eventually runs out of comedic steam. The Atlantic’s Dying for It is a play that you want to like and support, but after a while you reach the point where it starts to wear down.

Let it be added that Buffini–an English playwright whose recent Elizabeth II/Thatcher satire Handbagged was an Olivier Award-winning comic delight–has given us a far more engaging adaptation than the one that landed on Broadway in 1980 at the ANTA. That production, called The Suicide, featured Derek Jacobi–at the height of his stardom–as the hero, and is remembered by this viewer as somnolently lethargic. After seeing Dying for It, one concludes that Jacobi was severely miscast.

Joey Slotnick, in the present production, does better as Semyonovich. Even so, the 2007 London production of Dying for It apparently got an enormous lift from the actor in the role, which does not happen here. Jeanine Serralles as the wife, Mary Beth Piel as the mother-in-law, Peter Maloney as the priest, Mia Barron as a café owner and CJ Wilson as the thuggish boarder all offer amusing portrayals; the entire cast, in fact, does an admirable job. There is also a superbly decrepit set from Walt Spangler. But while the production under the direction of Neil Pepe offers numerous sparks, it never quite catches fire.

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Dying for It, Moira Buffini’s adaptation of The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, opened January 8, 2015 and continues through January 18 at the Linda Gross Theater
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Joey Slotnick (in coffin) and the Cast of Dying for It. Photo: Ahron Foster

“Suicide is painless” goes that innocuous-but-satirical ditty written for the 1970 movie “M*A*S*H.” Suicide was also painless in Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 play The Suicide, but the satire was so severe that the Soviet authorities cancelled the production and sent the author off to Siberia. This despite, apparently, a plea from the great Stanislavsky to Stalin himself on Erdman’s behalf. The Suicide was sent into a deep freeze so deep that it went unproduced in Russia until decades after the author’s death. The Atlantic Theatre Company now gives us Moira Buffini’s adaptation of The Suicide, at the Linda Gross Theater. Dying for It was initially produced by The Almeida Theatre in London in 2007.

Erdman’s piece was an absurdist comedy, falling somewhere between Gogol’s The Inspector General and Marx’s “Duck Soup.” (Not that Marx, but the subversive brothers from East 93rd Street–who in any event didn’t make their film until Erdman was already in exile.) Semyon Semyonovich is a henpecked failure who decides to end it all. His neighbors are scandalized; this was 1928, when suicide wasn’t quite so common as today.

Once accepting the notion, the locals realize that Semyonovich’s death can support their own individual causes. A member of the intelligentsia sees him as a hero for the former elite; a free-spirited floozy wants him to die proclaiming his love for her; the priest thinks the suicide will drive people back to the church–and they each provide Semyonovich with suicide notes to that effect. In the end, the hapless hero doesn’t commit suicide and in a farcical climax bursts out of his coffin.

This makes for an intriguing evening of ideas, and a dangerous one in 1928 since Semyonovich’s complaints were not-too-obliquely aimed at the Soviet government. (The language is fairly direct in this adaptation, although it’s impossible to know just how seditious Erdman was without reading the Russian original.) In any event, the play–which in its time was a dangerously-sharp satire–now has the danger removed, making it a farce of ideas. As such, it has its points but eventually runs out of comedic steam. The Atlantic’s Dying for It is a play that you want to like and support, but after a while you reach the point where it starts to wear down.

Let it be added that Buffini–an English playwright whose recent Elizabeth II/Thatcher satire Handbagged was an Olivier Award-winning comic delight–has given us a far more engaging adaptation than the one that landed on Broadway in 1980 at the ANTA. That production, called The Suicide, featured Derek Jacobi–at the height of his stardom–as the hero, and is remembered by this viewer as somnolently lethargic. After seeing Dying for It, one concludes that Jacobi was severely miscast.

Joey Slotnick, in the present production, does better as Semyonovich. Even so, the 2007 London production of Dying for It apparently got an enormous lift from the actor in the role, which does not happen here. Jeanine Serralles as the wife, Mary Beth Piel as the mother-in-law, Peter Maloney as the priest, Mia Barron as a café owner and CJ Wilson as the thuggish boarder all offer amusing portrayals; the entire cast, in fact, does an admirable job. There is also a superbly decrepit set from Walt Spangler. But while the production under the direction of Neil Pepe offers numerous sparks, it never quite catches fire.

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Dying for It, Moira Buffini’s adaptation of The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, opened January 8, 2015 and continues through January 18 at the Linda Gross Theater
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Pat Robertson Blames ‘God Of The Heathen’ For Robin Williams’ Suicide

Pat Robertson thinks he knows what could’ve saved Robin Williams: More Jesus.

On his show “The 700 Club” on ABC Family Wednesday, Robertson warned viewers of the consequences of chasing “gods” such as fame and money:

“You see these very popular people in the media who commit suicide like Robin Williams recently and you say, ‘What is the deal with him? What happened?’ You find people who are at the top of the game in music and they’re strung out on drugs. What happened? What was their God?

You see, the god of the heathen are idols, and everything that you seek in life can ruin you unless that something and somebody is God himself.

He can fill your every need, and he won’t disappoint you and you won’t want to commit suicide after you have come to him.”

Williams killed himself at his home near San Francisco on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. He had been battling severe depression and had recently spent time in rehab.

His wife, Susan Schneider, later released a statement saying the actor’s “sobriety was intact” at the time of his death and that he had been struggling with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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When Older Adults Consider Suicide, Depression May Not Be Main Reason

Study suggests health, money, family problems more likely to trigger troubling thoughts
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