PRISON RELEASE IMMINENT FOR REALITY STAR ‘THE SITUATION’
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is about to regain his freedom.
The Federal Bureau of Prison’s website says the reality television star is scheduled to be released from prison in Otisville, New York, on Thursday. His publicist confirmed his pending release to NJ.com.
Sorrentino has served about eight months for tax evasion. He and his brother pleaded guilty last year to tax offenses related to nearly $9 million in income. Marc Sorrentino was sentenced to two years.
At his sentencing last fall, “The Situation” told the judge that he was trying to overcome years of drug and alcohol abuse.
“The Situation” appeared on all six original seasons of the reality show from 2009 to 2012, chronicling the lives of rowdy housemates in the town of Seaside Heights.
LAWSUIT OVER PROFITS FROM FOX SERIES “BONES” IS SETTLED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit over profits between the producers and stars of the show “Bones” and 21st Century Fox has been settled.
The two sides in the long-running lawsuit over the hit Fox TV show filed documents saying the lawsuit was settled in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.
The terms and other details of the deal are confidential.
A private arbitrator had awarded “Bones” stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel (deh-shuh-NEHL’) along with the show’s producers about $178 million after trial.
A judge then threw out $128 million of the award — the portion that was for punitive damages — leaving the plaintiffs with about $50 million. The plaintiffs were appealing the reduction when the lawsuit was settled.
Neither side had any comment, saying only that the lawsuit was settled amicably.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: “HUSTLERS” IS ABOUT POWER AND FRIENDSHIP
TORONTO (AP) – Jennifer Lopez says the point of her new movie, “Hustlers,” is to show the power imbalance.
Lopez says “Hustlers” is about Wall Street guys stealing people’s pensions and spending the money on strippers, who steal money from them, but the strippers get in trouble. She says the film is also about friendship and survival.
Lopez says she likes movies that affect her in some way. She feels “Hustlers” is one of those films.
“Hustlers” co-stars Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, and Julia Stiles. It opens tomorrow.
STEINBECK KIN GETS BREAK IN COURT PENALTY, BUT STERN WARNING
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out $8 million in punitive damages against the daughter-in-law of author John Steinbeck in her long-running copyright spat with the late author’s stepdaughter.
But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a $5 million verdict against Gail Steinbeck and told her it’s time to end her legal saga.
Waverly Scott Kaffaga, whose mother, Elaine, was married to Steinbeck when he died in 1968, won a lawsuit two years ago showing Gail Steinbeck meddled with plans to make money off his most famous works.
Kaffaga said Steinbeck helped kill plans to remake films of the “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden.”
The 3-0 ruling said a lower court could issue an injunction to end what it called Steinbeck’s “recidivist litigation.”