JUDGE: BRAD PITT, OTHERS CAN BE SUED OVER NEW ORLEANS HOMES
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A judge has denied actor Brad Pitt’s request to be taken off a lawsuit that says his Make it Right Foundation built shoddy homes in the New Orleans area that was hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.
The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reports Pitt and other foundation directors asked the court to remove them from the lawsuit, saying they weren’t personally responsible for the construction.
Judge Rachael Johnson denied the request last week.
Two homeowners filed the suit. Their attorney, Ron Austin, says the homes built by the foundation in the Lower Ninth Ward have infrastructural issues and residents have reported being sick.
More than 100 green Make It Right houses were built in 2008. The foundation sued the principal architect last year saying his designs were defective.
ATTY: TRUMP CALENDAR HELPS PROVE WOMAN’S 2007 GROPING CLAIM
NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for a former “Apprentice” contestant who accused President Donald Trump of unwanted kissing and groping in 2007 say records from his own calendar help support her claim.
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz responded Thursday that Summer Zervos’ claims are “entirely meritless and not corroborated by any documents.”
She’s suing Trump, saying he defamed her by calling her a liar.
She has said he invited her to the Beverly Hills Hotel in California in December 2007 for what she thought was a professional dinner, sexually assaulted her, then asked her to meet him at his nearby golf club the next morning.
The calendar records emerged in a filing Thursday. They show Trump was to be at the hotel on Dec. 21, 2007, and the club the following morning.
The records don’t include anything about Zervos joining him in either place. But Zervos’ lawyer Mariann Wang says the documents “strongly corroborate” the former “Apprentice” contestant’s allegations.
PATTINSON AND DAFOE ON THE ODDITIES OF ‘THE LIGHTHOUSE’
TORONTO (AP) – “Weird” is a vague and imprecise word but it’s probably fair to say it can be applied to a boxy black-and-white movie about the feverish psychological battles and explicit mermaid-infused visions of two isolated and increasingly mad lighthouse keepers in 1890s Maine.
For writer-director Robert Eggers, real and mythic collide in strange and hallucinatory ways. He makes rigorously researched period films that nevertheless have an otherworldly fairy tale quality. His first film, the 2015 horror hit “The Witch,” wasn’t just set in 1630 but grew out of the real folktales and period-authentic nightmares of a family in puritanical New England.
Now, he has moved slightly north and up the coast for “The Lighthouse,” a gothic tale of even greater and frothier intensity, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.
“THE KILL TEAM” REVISITS “THE KILL TEAM”
NEW YORK (AP) – Director Dan Krauss felt there was more story to tell from his 2013 documentary, “The Kill Team,” which is about war crimes during the War in Afghanistan.
That’s why he turned it into a feature film starring Alexander Skarsgard and Nat Wolff. It’s also called “The Kill Team.”
Krauss says while he’s proud of the documentary, it focused on the events after they happened. He says the feature film is in present tense and asks the audience to face the same “impossible decisions” the soldiers did.
Krauss acknowledges he took some liberties with the stories, but he says the facts of the story are still true.
“The Kill Team” feature film opens today.
NEW CRUISE SHIP STARS A RAFT OF BONA FIDE TONY AWARD WINNERS
NEW YORK (AP) – Tony Award-winners Alan Cumming, Norbert Leo Butz and Laura Benanti are headlining an interesting venue for a clutch of Broadway stars – a cruise ship.
The trio of performers will be joined by Sierra Boggess, Jenn Colella, Norm Lewis and Taylor Louderman for the inaugural sailing of The Broadway Cruise from New York City to Bermuda from Oct. 10-14, 2020.
The cruise will borrow the Norwegian Pearl, which accommodates 2,000 people. The stars will perform multiple unique shows on the main pool deck. Cabin prices begin at $995 per person.
Makeup designer Joe Dulude II will do demonstrations and interactive sessions with guests, costume designer Paul Tazewell will discuss his creative process and choreographer Kelly Devine will teach daily dance classes.