January 23, 2014
LAWT Wire Services
NEW YORK — NBC is confirming that Bill Cosby is developing a possible new sitcom he would star in.
The deal brings the 76-year-old entertainer together with a writing staff to create a script for a comedy that casts Cosby as the patriarch of a multigenerational family.
An NBC spokesman said Wednesday that, as yet, there is no series order, nor even a deal to produce a pilot episode.
Cosby’s greatest TV triumph began at NBC three decades ago, when “The Cosby Show” launched in September 1984. It ran for eight seasons.
Less successful was “Cosby,” another sitcom that aired on CBS for four seasons starting in 1996.
His latest TV venture is “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished,” a stand-up comedy special that premiered on Comedy Central in November.
Cosby’s new project was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
January 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES- A lawsuit over the payout of a $17.5 million policy related to Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts has been settled, attorneys told a judge on Wednesday.
Lawyers for Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's of London and Jackson's estate announced the settlement before a hearing that would have altered what evidence would be presented at trial. Lawyers for the insurer and Jackson's estate did not know how the judge was planning to rule before announcing they had resolved the case.
Lloyd's sued Jackson's estate in 2011 seeking to nullify a non-appearance and concert cancellation policy that it issued roughly two months before Jackson's death in June 2009. The insurer contended that an examination of Jackson that was required for the policy was not completed and the promoter of the "This Is It" shows did not disclose everything it knew about the singer's health when it took out the policy.
Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson's estate and Paul K. Shrieffer, who represented Lloyd's, said both sides are pleased the case was resolved. "Terms of any settlement are confidential," Weitzman said.
The case, if it had gone to trial, would have put the focus once again on Jackson's health in the weeks and months before he died.
A trial had been scheduled for Feb. 24.
The insurer had initially sued Jackson's concert promoter, AEG Live LLC, but the company was later dismissed.
The case was one of several that continue to be heard in Los Angeles courts focusing on Jackson's life and untimely death. A judge on Monday refused to order a retrial in a lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against AEG Live that contended it negligently hired the doctor convicted of killing her son.
The former cardiologist, Conrad Murray, also has an appeal of his involuntary manslaughter convictions pending.
The settlement of Jackson's estate also remains pending, with claims by the singer's former manager yet to be ruled upon.
LAWT News Service
Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are among the first round of presenters announced for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The four were also nominated for SAG Awards this year.
Winfrey and Whitaker are both nominated for their individual work in and as part of the cast of “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler.”
Washington is nominated for a SAG Award for her role in ABC’s “Scandal.” Cheadle is nominated for best actor in a comedy series for his part in Showtime’s “House of Lies.” He’s been part of two SAG Award-winning film casts, in “Crash” and “Traffic.”
Other presenters announced today include Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey.
The 20th Annual SAG Awards will be broadcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Keep focused. Your energies are likely to be spread out this week. Your attention is likely to be pulled in many directions. Let yourself be seduced by the things that interest you most. Concentrate on your affairs. Others need you, but they can wait. Soul Affirmation: I find a source of strength in someone I love. Lucky Numbers: 7, 20, 21
Hardly anyone alive learns new skills in an instant, so cut yourself some slack if you feel you’ve made a beginner’s mistake somewhere. Mistakes are part of the learning process that is called Life, so self-correct and proceed with happiness. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control. Lucky Numbers: 20, 42, 54
This week will bring a tendency to dwell on a past betrayal. Your feelings of suspicion are well founded. However, do not personalize it. Work against the harmful act but not against the person who committed it. Soul Affirmation: I am what I consistently do. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 23
Look forward to excellent financial news based on something you’re likely to do this week. Wow! It’s about time. This week might be an excellent week to window shop for a dream vacation or luxury purchase. You can even window shop in your imagination for the best possible dream vacation location! Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week. Lucky Numbers: 8, 14, 44
You’ll have a busy week, as the energy around you seems super-charged. With everyone rushing about, you’ll wonder how you’ll get anything done, much less the things you feel you must get done. Not to worry. Stay calm and flexible and a way will be found. Soul Affirmation: Slow and steady is an enjoyable way to go. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 55
Stand up and get ready. Be a public speaker this week. Any subject you choose is ripe for your “rap.” Spin the tale. Tell the story. People will be fascinated by the way you see things. They’ll be impressed. Watch out for a jealous friend when attention is on you! Soul Affirmation: I make the first step and the universe will come to my aid. Lucky Numbers: 25, 32, 53
Be as sharp as you can be this week. Make being alert a personal challenge. Watch carefully for details that might otherwise escape your notice as you search for the best way to get things done at work. Be steadfast in your determination and don’t be pulled into conflict with coworkers. Soul Affirmation: There are other fish in the sea waiting for me. Lucky Numbers: 17, 23, 27
You may feel a bit crabby about your health this early this week. If you feel you need a physical checkup, make the appointment this week. If you want to feel and look better this week, skip lunch and take a walk instead. Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand. Lucky Numbers: 29, 41, 52
Like-mindedness is going to be hard to achieve among your coworkers, but there are likely to be a few who see things as you do. Choose carefully and find someone to walk with you on this week’s journey. Some words of encouragement might be needed to enlist the person you choose. Soul Affirmation: My needs will be met if I just ask. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 43,
Where are you going in such a hurry? What you want you already have. Stop looking around yourself trying to find out what’s missing. Nothing is missing. The best kind of discovery this week is self-discovery. Soul Affirmation: I get because I give. Lucky Numbers: 3, 18, 45
Get out and enjoy the sunshine this week. Remember that the sun is always shining somewhere in our big island home, so use your imagination if the weather isn’t perfect where you are. You can still enjoy your week and the sun that is shining whether you see it or not! Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the love that others have for me. Lucky Numbers: 6, 25, 47
Look for an increase in your personal prosperity this week, my little darlings. You’ll either be receiving a long-overdue debt, an unexpected bonus, a lucky lottery ticket, or you may just find cash laying at your feet as you are out for a stroll. Lucky ! You love feathering your nest and this week the Universe is helping you. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 14, 21
American Promise” spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, the documentary exposes truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
“All American families want to give their children the opportunity to succeed. But the truth is, opportunity is just the first step, particularly for families raising black boys. We hope American Promise shines a light on these issues, ” says Stephenson. Adds Brewster, “Our goal is to empower boys, their parents and educators to pursue educational opportunities, especially to help close the black male achievement gap.”
“American Promise,” winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, will premiere Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 p.m. on the POV (Point of View) documentary series on PBS. (Check local listings.) Watch the film on POV’s website, www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise, from Feb. 4- March 6, 2014.
Coinciding with the documentary, Spiegel & Grau has published PROMISES KEPT: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson with Hilary Beard. Where American Promise raises provocative questions, the book Promises Kept delivers answers, combining insights Joe and Michèle derived from their own experiences with the latest research on closing the black male achievement gap.
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