FAMILY OF SLAIN CINEMATOGRAPHER SUES ALEC BALDWIN, “RUST” PRODUCERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s a major development in the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” The family of the cinematographer who was killed is suing actor Alec Baldwin and producers of the Western. The suit claims Baldwin, also a co-producer on the film, showed a “callous” disregard for safety that led to Halyna Hutchins’ death. Among the suit’s claims: that Baldwin refused training for the type of “cross-draw” he was rehearsing when he fired the shot that killed Hutchins last October. The suit is filed by Hutchins’ husband and their 9-year-old son.
SUPER BOWL RATINGS SPIKED DURING HALFTIME SHOW
UNDATED (AP) – Despite the griping by anti-rap fans online and conservative talking heads on TV, the Super Bowl halftime show was a big hit. In fact, the numbers show that for some, the show was a bigger draw than the game itself. Samba TV says close to 400,000 households tuned in just to see the halftime show, then tuned right back out when it ended. Samba also says another 3 million people started watching at halftime, then hung around for the rest of the game. The halftime show featured hip-hop stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar – and Eminem.
ACADEMY CONFIRMS TRIO OF HOSTS FOR OSCARS
UNDATED (AP) – The producer for this year’s Oscars broadcast says the ceremony is aimed at bringing movie fans together. To do that, the show will bring together three women with acting and comedy chops as hosts. The lineup: Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. We’ll find out March 27 if they can drum up a bigger TV audience for the show, which last year set an all-time low for an Oscars telecast. It’s part of a persistent trend in declining ratings for televised awards shows.
CNN EXEC LINKED TO ZUCKER ALSO LEAVING NETWORK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another executive head has rolled at CNN. WarnerMedia says Allison Gollust is now leaving the cable news outlet. She’s out a week after CNN chief Jeff Zucker left under pressure after it came out they had a personal relationship they didn’t disclose to higher-ups. Their departures come after CNN host Chris Cuomo was fired – after an internal probe exposed the extent to which he helped his brother, ex-New York governor Andrew Cuomo, navigate a sexual harassment scandal that led Andrew Cuomo to resign.
DISNEY WORLD EASES MASKING RULES FOR VISITORS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – New rules at Disney World: if you have your shots, you don’t need a mask. The Orlando, Florida theme park says starting tomorrow, face masks are optional for fully-vaccinated visitors. The mask-less protocol applies to all outdoor and indoor locations. The only exception: enclosed transportation like the monorail, buses and the sky gondola. There, those 2 years old and older will need face coverings. Those who are unvaccinated must wear masks at indoor locations at Disney World.
PRINCE ANDREW SETTLES WITH ACCUSER
NEW YORK (AP) – Prince Andrew has settled a lawsuit against him by a woman who says the British royal family member sexually abused her as a teen. A court filing says the deal will see Andrew make a large donation to his accuser’s charity and declare he never meant to malign Virginia Giuffre’s character. This avoids a trial that would have brought further embarrassment to the royals. A lawyer for Giuffre says because of the the deal, both sides will now seek dismissal of the lawsuit she filed against Andrew.
FORMER ALASKA GOV. SARAH PALIN LOSES LIBEL LAWSUIT VS. NEW YORK TIMES
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a double legal defeat for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. A jury in New York has rejected her claim that The New York Times libeled her in a story linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting. Yesterday’s jury decision comes a day after the trial judge declared he was tossing the case anyway, since Palin hadn’t proved the Times’ error was done maliciously, a key requirement in any libel case. Palin says she’s “disappointed” by the twin defeats – and hopes there will be an appeal.