According to the Hollywood Reporter, March 9th is the date for what could be one of the most significant trials in Hollywood history. The stakes could not be higher. Not since the Twilight Zone movie has the principals of a production company been sued and held liable for the death of a crew person(s). But after months of investigating the state of Georgia has set a trial date on the involuntary manslaughter case of assistant camera person Sarah Jones.
A quick follow up to my previous post regarding the ongoing feud between Marvel Comics and one of the fathers of the Marvel Universe Jack Kirby.
The family of the famed artist had been working for years to assert creative rights over key Marvel characters such as Spider Man, the Hulk and Captain America. Infamous lawyer Marc Toberoff even sent cease and desist letters to Sony, Fox and others asserting the family’s intents.
Although Nate Silver’s prescient blog FiveThrityEight left the New York Times over a year ago, its spirit remains in the form of The Upshot and its MidTerm Calculus. Like Fivethrityeight before it, the Upshot tries to calculate the odds are of wining or losing during an election season. They do this through sophisticated calculations and observations of polling data.
Knee Defender – According it CBS News, a United Airlines flight out of Newark Airport was diverted and two passengers ejected, because one passenger was preventing the other from allowing his/her seat to recline. Using a device called the Knee Defender, the passenger was able to physically block the seat from moving back.
I was a fan of Property Wars on The Discovery channel. The show, set in Arizona, follows four teams of “expert” real estate investors who are basically glorified flippers. They buy distressed homes at auction and flip them for a potential profit in the tens of thousands.
It appears the show was canceled after the second season and I wondered what ever became of these guys. Turns out one of the investors and stars of the show, John Ray (known as “the veteran” for his years of doing business in the Arizona market) has been in financial hot water for over a year.