HARVEY WEINSTEIN – ARRAIGNMENT
NEW YORK (AP) – New indictment, new arraignment for Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced movie mogul is due in court today in New York to answer for charges that he committed a sex crime against a third woman. An updated indictment in the case was filed last week – and it accuses Weinstein of a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006. The new charges also carry a pair of counts of predatory sexual assault – which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, if Weinstein is convicted. His attorney says he will plead not guilty.
WEINSTEIN CO. – BANKRUPTCY
NEW YORK (AP) – A deal reached in the sale of Harvey Weinstein’s movie studio won’t leave Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep holding the bag. The company that is buying up the assets of the Weinstein Company says it has agreed to make payments to unsecured creditors in the case. That would include actors seeking residuals from projects released by The Weinstein Company. Lantern is seeking a $289 million deal to purchase what’s left of the production firm. A judge must approve the deal. A hearing is set for this week in Delaware – and Lantern hopes to close the deal by the weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) – Though it’s relatively small, the ant is considered one of the most powerful creatures roaming the earth. And the box office. The old adage that big things come in small packages was proven in the nation’s multiplexes over the weekend as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” took in $76 million in ticket sales. The triumph of the bugs is typical of the strength of Marvel movies; there have been 20 films in the Marvel movie enterprise so far – and each has opened at No. 1 at the box office. The “Ant-Man” sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America.
SHERYL LEE RALPH HONORED AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Many people know Sheryl Lee Ralph as an actress. But she says what she finds “absolutely amazing” is that she has been honored for her activism, not just her acting. Ralph was given the McDonald’s 365Black Award for her work in fighting against HIV and AIDS. She was given the award during the weekend Essence Festival in New Orleans. Ralph describes her efforts to fight HIV/AIDS “is work that had to be done” – and that she’s grateful that it is being recognized.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN – ESTATE
NEW YORK (AP) – Globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month. That’s according to court papers filed last week in New York City. The foodie leaves most of the estate to his 11-year-old daughter. Documents filed with the court system show Bourdain’s assets include $425,000 in cash and savings, $250,000 in personal property, $500,000 in intangibles like royalties and residuals, and $35,000 in a brokerage account. The documents also list a $1.1 million mortgage. Bourdain was found dead June 8 in his hotel room in France, an apparent suicide.
TRUMP AND THE SUPREME COURT SHOW
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) – It’s got the look and feel of another reality show TV cliffhanger. But in this case, the show will be one that will affect the judicial direction the nation will take in coming decades. Tonight, President Donald Trump is to announce his pick for the Supreme Court vacancy left when Justice Anthony Kennedy resigned. It’s expected Trump will pick a conservative. As he did when he announced Neil Gorsuch as his first high court pick last year, Trump has ordered his aides to keep the name under wraps so Trump himself can reveal the name.
“SPIDER-MAN” ARTIST DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who gave us the look of Spider-Man and other popular comic book heroes has died. Steve Ditko was the Marvel Comics artist who drew the webby superhero, as well as Doctor Strange and others. Ditko was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday. He was 90.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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