BILL COSBY APPEAL HEARING TO BEGIN TODAY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – It will be months before we know how it will all turn out. But starting today, attorneys for Bill Cosby begin their effort to overturn his sexual assault conviction on appeal. The main issue involves a matter courts have had to grapple with in other high-profile cases: can a judge allow additional witnesses to testify about similar crimes against a defendant, even if the allegations didn’t produce in charges. Prosecutors have used such “prior bad act” testimony to help win convictions against Cosby and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Defense lawyers, however, denounce the practice, saying it tips the scales of justice too far toward the prosecution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule on the Cosby appeal for several months.
“MULAN” GETS FREE SHOW ON DISNEY+
UNDATED (AP) – Ever pay full price for something you thought was worth the money – only to find out that some people end up getting the same thing for free? That’s the feeling some people have who shelled out $30 to see the new live-action version of Disney’s “Mulan” when it first showed up on Disney Plus. On Friday, the streaming service will be offering “Mulan” for free to its subscribers. Subscribers when the movie made its debut on Sept. 4 had to pay an additional fee for the Mulan rental.
“THE CROODS” SEQUEL: UNIVERSAL APPEAL
NEW YORK (AP) – As you have probably figured out by now, Hollywood tends to be a copycat industry – in that if something works for one studio, you can expect other studios to follow suit. So you can imagine the movie studios will be watching closely to see how Universal Pictures makes out with its release of “The Croods: A New Age.” The animated sequel took in $14.2 million in its opening weekend, one of the biggest of the pandemic age. The movie is being released under a new deal Universal struck with AMC and Cinemark theaters. It limits how long a movie must play in a theater before being moved on to the video-on-demand market. The timing of the “Croods” release makes it possible for Universal to have it on the rental market in time for Christmas.
TWO DICTIONARIES SETTLE ON SAME WORD OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – In a year when there have already been a lot of strange things – here’s another to add to the list. This year – for the first time – two separate dictionary companies have declared the same word as the “word of the year.” Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com chose “pandemic” as their top word of 2K20. Both dictionaries say searches for the word spiked incredibly the day the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a global health emergency.