Archive for the ‘Culture’ category

Impeached Ill. Gov. Blagojevich to appear on ‘Apprentice’

October 9, 2009

Rod Blagojevich is currently facing federal corruption charges for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

But that won’t stop the impeached Illinois governor’s pursuit of reality stardom.

Blago has will appear on this season of Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice and try to avoid being fired from this gig…



Psystar claims Apple has invalid Mac OS X copyright

December 23, 2008

In an aggressive response, unofficial Mac clone builder Psystar has made a controversial claim that Apple doesn’t legally own the US rights to protect Mac OS X, invalidating a major component of its lawsuit.

The addition to Psystar’s mounting defense was filed last week in the Northern District of California San Francisco court playing home to the legal entanglement.

In its new submission, the Florida-based PC builder argues that Apple’s complaint should be tossed outright as Apple didn’t use proper procedures to register the copyright for Mac OS X. Without that copyright, the Mac maker is “prohibited from bringing action” against Psystar for DMCA violation claims and other copyright-related allegations.

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D.C. Trembles as Judge Lifts Gag Order on Madam

July 6, 2007

You can almost hear the teeth chattering.

A federal judge in Washington is allowing “D.C. madam” Deborah Palfrey to release the names and phone numbers of her clients.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler vacated two previous orders that had forbid Palfrey from selling or distributing phone records for the escort service she founded in 1993, according to

Grace Case Goes to Court

June 20, 2007


A judge ruled that a wrongful death suit against CNN’s Nancy Grace will move forward toward a federal court trial.

The lawsuit filed by Melinda Duckett’s relatives claims that Grace pushed Duckett, the mother of a missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning on her show.

Grace grilled Duckett on her CNN Headline News show in September 2006 about the disappearance of Duckett’s 2-year-old son, Trenton. Duckett fatally shot herself before the network aired the pre-taped interview.

The question is: Will Grace cover her own case?

Hollywood Movies Play Role in Marine Testimony

June 18, 2007

The names of a couple of movies have surfaced in the Article 32 hearings (the military version of a preliminary hearing) for the Marines accused in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

The hearings will determine if any of the four officers and three enlisted Marines will go to court martial.

Marine Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt is accused in the deaths of three civilians. However, his defense asserts that he acted in self-defense when confronted with a man pointing an AK-47 at him.

During the hearing for Sharratt, a defense expert witness pointed out in testimony that Hollywood movies have distorted the public’s perception of death and dying.

“Hollywood too often deceives the public on what is an ability to fire or inflict death or grievous injury,” said Air Force Lt. Col. David Bolgiano.

Lt. Col. Bolgiano explained that people don’t fall to the ground and remain motionless after being shot, but rather it can take 20 to 40 minutes to bleed to death and the wounded individual is still a danger.

Lance Cpl. Sharratt also referenced a Hollywood film in his testimony. The Marine officer testified that before the battle in Fallouja in late 2004, a Marine recited one of the rousing speeches from Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” to help Marines find courage in the upcoming battle.

Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace is best remembered for the last word he uttered: “Freedom!”

For the sake of that one word, if these brave young men are not exonerated, President Bush better have his pardon pen ready.

Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway Show Accused of Racism

May 21, 2007

Shawnique Hill, a former stylist for Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway show, “The Color Purple” (from the film of the same name), has filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.

“My client is a true heroine . . . for the rights of all people of color who are underrepresented and mistreated behind the curtains on Broadway even when the most powerful black woman in America is the key investor,” Hill’s lawyer, Christopher Serbagi, told the press.

Hill’s suit claims that she was fired after making a complaint that there were too few “people of color” working behind the scenes.

In addition to discrimination, Hill is suing for breach of contract and wrongful termination.

The producers of the show responded with a statement to the New York Post: “We are confident that there has been no violation of the law.”

Steven Spielberg Pleads with China on Darfur Crisis

May 13, 2007

After receiving criticism over his involvement with China’s 2008 Olympic Games, director Steven Spielberg is now using his relationship with China to set something in motion that could save countless lives.

Spielberg has sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao calling on China to pressure Sudan into accepting U.N. peacekeepers in order to stop the killing in the Darfur region.

China imports Sudanese oil. As a member of the U.N. Security Council, China used its veto power to stop U.N. peacekeepers from being sent to Darfur.

Spielberg acknowledges that he will play a role in China’s Olympic Games as an “artistic advisor,” something for which the director has received quite a bit of flack.

“I add my voice to those who ask that China change its policy toward Sudan and pressure the Sudanese government to accept the entrance of United Nations peacekeepers to protect the victims of genocide in Darfur,” Spielberg wrote.

The director also noted that the issue of genocide is especially close to him because of his work with the Los Angeles-based USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

Spielberg has asked to meet with Hu but so far there has been no response from the Chinese president.