Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.
Sylvester Stallone is suing Warner Bros studio over profits he says he is owed from the 1993 movie Demolition Man.
The star says Demolition Man made at least $125 million at the box office, and under his deal with the studio, he is entitled to at least 15% of that.
Sylvester Stallone’s lawsuit says “motion picture studios are notoriously greedy” and Warner Bros “sat on the money owed” for years “without any justification”.
Warner Bros has not commented on the legal action.
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Sylvester Stallone‘s legal papers say his representatives raised the issue of owed money with Warner Bros in 2014 but were told by the company that they didn’t have to pay him anything because Demolition Man had lost $66.9 million.
He queried this, and in April 2015 the studio sent the actor a cheque for $2.8 million.
The lawsuit alleges: “WB just sat on the money owed to [Sylvester Stallone’s company] Rogue Marble for years and told itself, without any justification, that Rogue Marble was not owed any profits.”
In the lawsuit, which was filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, Sylvester Stallone is seeking a full accounting of the movie’s proceeds, in addition to interest and damages.
The legal action also seeks “an end to this practice for all talent who expect to be paid by WB for the fruits of their labor”.
Sylvester Stallone starred in Demolition Man alongside Wesley Snipes. They played a cop and criminal who are cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life in the future into a world without crime.
In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, the Murphy family said their “hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie”.
“Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers,” the statement said.
Charlie Murphy arrived in Hollywood after working as a bodyguard for Eddie at the beginning of his career.
He has said that he was so fond of Eddie and found him so funny that he would not hesitate to confront people who did not laugh during his appearances.
However, it was not just a celebration: a number of artists chose to use the occasion to make impassioned pleas and remember lost friends.
Late rapper Tupac Shakur‘s award was collected by his friend, fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.
Joan Baez – as known for her activism as her singing – made a rallying call for resistance in the face of “the new political cultural reality”.
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The 76-year-old folk singer, who admitted most younger people had never heard her work, made a return to the spotlight this week when her song Nasty Man went viral.
Joan Baez – imitating Donald Trump’s particular way of speaking – told the audience gathered at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: “Let us together repeal and replace brutality and make compassion a priority. Let us build a great bridge, a beautiful bridge, to welcome the tired and the poor.”
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder tackled climate change, saying: “We cannot be the generation that history will look back upon and wonder, why didn’t they do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest crisis of our time?”
Snoop Dogg was on hand to collect Tupac Shakur’s trophy, more than two decades after he was shot dead in Las Vegas.
Calling Tupac “the greatest rapper of all time”, Snoop Dogg recalled how they were just “two black boys struggling to become men”, adding: “To be human is to be many things at once: strong and vulnerable, hard-headed and intellectual, courageous and afraid, loving and vengeful, revolutionary and, oh yeah… gangsta!”
Tributes were also paid to 1986 Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Berry, who died last month aged 90, with ELO playing one of his best known hits – Roll Over Beethoven.
Meanwhile, Nile Rodgers – lead guitarist of disco band Chic – was recognized for his contribution to production.
Bob Dylan failed to attend the December ceremony, citing previous commitments. In a speech read on his behalf, he said it was “truly beyond words” and he thought his odds of winning were as likely “standing on the moon”.
This May is the one-year anniversary of one of the worst bounce house injury incidents in recent memory.
In England, high winds swept a large bounce house off its moorings and carried it about 150 yards through the air while a 7-year-old was trapped inside it. Summer Blackie was rushed from an Easter celebration in Essex, which is about 30 miles outside London, to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. At the time, authorities stated that the people in charge of the bounce house failed to secure it properly, but there were also some concerns over the inflatable playhouse’s structural integrity.
Less than a year earlier at that same park, several children were trampled when a bounce house suddenly and unexpectedly deflated.
Bounce House Injuries in California
Inflatable playhouse safety has improved a little since 2014, when a national magazine first shed light on the ongoing bounce house safety epidemic. According to one study, thirty-one children a day received treatment in hospital emergency rooms because of bounce house injuries; the average victim was seven years old and had typically sustained either a serious fracture or a spinal cord injury.
Unfortunately, many of the inflatable playhouses at today’s birthday parties, end-of-season sports team celebrations, and other assorted get-togethers were all made during this period. Experts point to several reasons for the uptick in injuries since 1995:
Bounce houses are much more popular than they were in the 1990s.
Many inflatable playhouses are much larger than they once were. Their steep slides and extremely big play areas greatly increase the risk of serious falls and of children playfully careening into one another.
While toy manufacturers make bounce houses bigger, they also make them from rather flimsy materials that are easy for parents to assemble.
As a result, many advocates say that bounce houses are just as hazardous as backyard trampolines, one of the most infamous dangerous toys to ever come off an assembly line.
Pass Without Objection: If the buyer expresses concern about a potential defect, the seller cannot insist that the buyer is worried about nothing.
“Fair Average Quality”: Essentially, the good must be reasonably consistent with any written product description.
Conform to Promise or Affirmation: Similarly, if the label makes any claim about the product’s safety, use, or whatever, the product must meet or exceed the expectations that the manufacturer creates.
Fit for Ordinary Purpose: In this context, bounce houses must be able to accommodate lots of giggling children on a sunny afternoon, no matter what “warnings” the manufacturer affixes to the label.
These warranties cannot be waived unless the seller includes written language like “as is” or “without warranty.”
In a suit for damages against the manufacturer, the toy maker often hides behind the unintended use doctrine. This tactic is especially common in bounce house injury cases.
In this context, the “unintended use” is essentially a failure to follow safety instructions. Many bounce house manufacturers routinely include safety warnings with their products, such as only allow one child at a time into the bounce area, do not set up the inflatable if winds are higher than 10mph, and so on.
However, the manufacturer is still liable in situations that involve a foreseeable unintended use. The classic example is people who use screwdrivers to open paint cans. Even if the manufacturer warns people not to use screwdrivers in this way, they will still do it, so the use is foreseeable. Instead, the unintended use doctrine usually only applies if the product is used in a clearly unsafe and unforeseeable manner, something like using a gas-powered lawn trimmer to cut hair.
If the jury determines that the manufacturer sold an unsafe toy, the plaintiff is entitled to significant compensation for both tangible losses, such as medical bills, and intangible losses, such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages are available as well, in many product liability lawsuits.
Joni Sledge, who formed Sister Sledge with her three siblings in 1971, has died aged 60.
She was found unresponsive by a friend at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, her publicist said.
Joni Sledge had not been ill and the cause of death is unknown.
The singer, who was best-known for the disco anthem We Are Family, is survived by her adult son and last performed with the band in October.
Joni Sledge’s death was announced on social media on March 11 – a week before the group were due to perform in Los Angeles.
A statement released on Facebook read: “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family.
“We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday.”
The statement added: “We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved and embraced life.”
Aside from the Grammy-nominated We Are Family, the hit which sold more than a million copies after it was released in 1978, Sister Sledge also was known for He’s the Greatest Dancer, Lost in the Music and a cover of the Motown classic My Guy.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants who muddled up the main award envelopes at this year’s Oscars ceremony, have been given bodyguards following reports they have received death threats on social media.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said security has been beefed up at the residences of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz following the mistake.
According to TMZ, the pair were in fear of their lives.
The error briefly saw La La Land named as best picture instead of Moonlight.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants responsible for muddling up the main award envelopes at this year’s Oscars ceremony, will not be employed to do the job again, the academy president has announced.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that the relationship with the accountancy company PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was also under review.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the Oscars’s mishap.
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La La Land musical was mistakenly announced as the winner of the best picture award.
A big mistake has happened at the 89th Academy Awards – La La Land was announced as the best picture winner, then organizers revealed that Moonlight won the award.
It appears Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error.
The La La Land team was in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.
Emma Stone said backstage afterwards: “Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”
The musical won six Oscars including best director and best actress. Moonlight also won adapted screenplay and best supporting actor.
La La Land director Damien Chazelle became the youngest filmmaker to win a best director Oscar at the age of 32.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land had taken the best picture prize – but then the musical’s producer Jordan Horowitz announced there had been a mistake.
Jordan Horowitz said: “This is not a joke. Moonlight is best picture,” and showed the camera the card that revealed the winner.
Two La La Land producers had already given their acceptance speeches before the mistake was revealed.
This year’s Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel joked that he knew he would mess up compering the ceremony, and added: “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to Harvey’s mistake in announcing the Miss Universe winner in 2015.
Warren Beatty had opened the envelope but hesitated to read out what it said in side, leaving it to Faye Dunaway to announce La La Land.
He returned to the microphone to say: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said <<Emma Stone, La La Land>>, and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you.
“I wasn’t trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture.”
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said: “Very clearly even in my dreams this can’t be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It’s true, its not fake.”
Paying tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, he said: “We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.”
Emma Stone, who won the coveted best actress prize, said backstage.
“I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land and I would love to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time.
“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”
She also said that she still had the envelope for best actress in her hand, although there are always two envelopes (one for back-up), which might explain why the mistake occurred.
La La Land also picked up best cinematography, best score and best original song for City of Stars.
The movie also won best production design.
Casey Affleck won best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while the drama also won best original screenplay.
Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor, for Moonlight.
He thanked his wife in his acceptance speech, telling the audience she gave birth to their daughter four days ago. It also picked up best original screenplay.
Best supporting actress went to Viola Davis for Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.
The movie is an adaptation of August Wilson’s play of the same name.
Jimmy Kimmel put on a strong performance, with much of his patter unsurprisingly relating to the current political climate.
In a reference to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Meryl Streep following her criticism of him at the Golden Globes, Jimmy Kimmel joked that the actress was “uninspiring… mediocre… underwhelming and lackluster”.
Jimmy Kimmel asked the audience to give a round of applause for “the highly overrated Meryl Streep. Great dress, is that Ivanka?”
He also joked that Hollywood doesn’t discriminate – apart from “on age and weight”.
The first political speech of the night came from Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of the make-up and hairstyling winners for Suicide Squad, who said: “I’m an immigrant, I’m from Italy, this is for all the immigrants.”
Colleen Atwood won an impressive fourth Oscar for costume design for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having won previously in 2011 for Alice in Wonderland, in 2006 for Memoirs of a Geisha and in 2003 for Chicago.
Kevin O’Connell finally picked up an Oscar after 21 nominations for Hacksaw Ridge. He was first nominated back in 1984 for Terms of Endearment.
The movie also picked up best editing.
Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman was named best foreign film.
Asghar Farhadi chose to stay away from the ceremony following President Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.
Zootopia won best animation, beating films such as Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana.
Other winners included The White Helmets, which picked up best documentary short.
The US denied entry to 21-year-old Syrian Khaled Khatib behind the movie because of problems with his documents.
The a 40-minute Netflix documentary follows volunteers who risk their lives to rescue civilians in Syria.
Bill Paxton has died from complications following surgery at the age of 61.
The actor was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens.
Bill Paxton’s biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies and Titanic.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.
Bill Paxton won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.
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He also earned three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his starring role in the HBO drama Big Love, where he played a suburban polygamist juggling three wives and families.
At the time of his death, Bill Paxton was working on a crime thriller TV series – Training Day – for CBS.
He played a morally dubious LAPD officer, Detective Frank Rourke.
Fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Bill Paxton as news of his death spread –
Bill Paxton’s family said in a statement: “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.
“Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
Actors Jodie Foster and Michael J. Fox have led an anti-Trump protest two days before the Oscars in Beverly Hills.
The United Voices rally was staged by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency instead of its usual pre-Oscars party.
Jodie Foster said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now “time to show up”.
Michael J. Fox told the crowd “we are the lucky ones” and that he wanted to “share a bit of that luck” with refugees who want to enter the United States.
The Canadian-born star, who became a US citizen two decades ago, showed only relatively small signs of the Parkinson’s Disease he has lived with since 1991.
Michael J. Fox added that he believed “in the power of the arts to change not just our hearts but the world”.
Jodie Foster, who has won Oscars for The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused, said the rally was “exactly the way to celebrate our industry, to celebrate all of you, to celebrate artistic expression and our commitment to humanities on screen and off”.
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The actress did not air her views in public often, she told the crowd during her impassioned speech.
“I’m not somebody who’s very comfortable using my public face for activism.
“And so in my life I’ve found the small ways, much like most of you, to serve and to show up and to give somebody a lift at the bottom of the hill when they’re going to the top.
“But this year is a very different year and it’s time to show up. It’s a singular time in history. It’s time to engage.”
The rally comes ahead of an Academy Awards ceremony that is likely to be highly politically charged.
President Donald Trump has previously been dismissive of celebrity protests and of stars who have criticized him, such as Meryl Streep.
The rally was also shown a video message from Oscar-nominated Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, who has said he is staying away from February 26 ceremony following President Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.
Also on February 24, all the nominees for best foreign language film – including Asghar Farhadi – issued a joint statement denouncing the current “climate of fanaticism and nationalism”.
Ex-Partridge Family idol David Cassidy has confirmed he is diagnosed with dementia.
The revelation comes after performances in California in which David Cassidy, 66, forgot his words and appeared physically unstable.
David Cassidy, a teen idol in the 1970s with hits like How Can I Be Sure?, has told People magazine that he will stop touring as a musician to focus on his health.
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He said: “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”
His mother also suffered from the disease.
David Cassidy told the magazine: “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been, without any distractions… I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Videos on social media of David Cassidy’s performances over the weekend at Agoura, west of Los Angeles, raised concerns about his health.
David Cassidy, whose hits include I Think I Love You and Cherish, has struggled with drinking and financial troubles recently, in 2015, he filed for bankruptcy and between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested three times for drunken driving, and was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014.
Tarek El Moussa, one of the hosts of HGTV’s popular Flip or Flop house makeover and resale program, demanded spousal support from soon-to-be-ex-wife and series co-host Christina El Moussa.
The couple, who married in 2009, apparently began having problems several years ago. Those issues came to a head in May 2016, when officers responded to a disturbance call at the couple’s Yorba Linda residence. Allegedly, the couple had a row and Mr. El Moussa fled the residence with a firearm in a suicidal state of mind. After he convinced officers that he was simply blowing off steam, they departed the scene, no arrests were made, and no charges were filed. Nevertheless, the couple formally separated shortly thereafter. In the divorce papers, Mr. El Moussa offered no basis for his request for spousal support.
Meanwhile, HGTV network executives, who apparently relied on the couple’s marriage to help this show stand out from the slew of similar reality programs, have supposedly threatened to sue the couple for breach of contract if they do not either reconcile or at least work together amicably.
Nontraditional Spousal Support
According to the Census Bureau, 40 percent of American households feature female “breadwinner” spouses who provide the primary, or only, source of income for the family. Yet less than 3 percent of divorced men receive spousal support payments. Observers say that many men are “shamed” into not asking for support because either they or their peers consider such requests to be emasculating. Furthermore, breadwinning female spouses often fight such requests, and the limited-income husbands sometimes have little financial resources with which to fight such court battles.
There may be a different dynamic as well. Divorced men usually rebuild wealth faster than divorced women, so they are often more optimistic about future financial prospects and see less need for spousal support. Many people, both men and women, are also more than willing to make financial sacrifices if they believe that such moves will foster a better co-parenting relationship.
Alimony Factors in California
According to Hossein Berenji, an attorney at Berenji & Associates Divorce Lawyers in Los Angeles, CA, “Spouses are not automatically entitled to alimony in California, although there is a strong legal presumption in favor of spousal support.” That presumption has changed over the years. Whereas many spouses once received support payments based on little more than the obligor spouse’s ability to pay, “most courts now balance that element with the obligee spouse’s financial need, and specifically what amount and duration of payments is needed to help obligee spouses become economically self-sufficient,” says Mr. Berenji
The primary factors, which are designed to give obligee spouses basically the same standard of living in divorce as they had while married, are laid out in Section 4320 of the California Family Code. Some of the major ones are:
Future Earning Potential: In addition to considering employment prospects and the current level of marketable skills, the court may also consider the time and money required (if any) to enhance these skills to the level that the person is self-sufficient.
Noneconomic Contributions: Many “caretaker” spouses put their careers on hold to assume this role, and people with extended gaps on their resumes are often at a competitive disadvantage in terms of both hireability and compensation.
Relative Health and Age of the Parties: If one spouse probably has significantly more working years ahead of him or her, the court may adjust the amount of spousal support accordingly.
Spousal Agreements: Most California judges honor voluntary pacts between husbands and wives, as long as such agreements are not blatantly one-sided.
Other factors include prior domestic violence convictions, the amount of both community and separate property awarded to each spouse, and custody provisions for minor children (especially if they are disabled).
Amount and Duration of Payments
California’s alimony system is highly subjective in terms of necessity, amount, and duration of payments, and although such systems have come under scrutiny in many other states, there has been very little reform effort in the Golden State.
To determine the amount of payments, most judges apply the 4320 factors, specifically with an eye toward self-sufficiency. As for the duration of payments, there is a rebuttable presumption that obligor spouses should pay support only until obligee spouses can become self-sufficient, and according to 4320(2)(l), that self-sufficiency must occur within “a reasonable period of time.” Courts have consistently defined this phrase to mean half the length of the relationship if the marriage lasted less than ten years; this presumption does not apply in longer marriages.