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Filmmaker Says ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Stole His Ideas In New Lawsuit

Filmmaker Charlie Kessler is suing “Stranger Things” show creators Matt and Ross Duffer for allegedly stealing ideas for their hit Netflix show after he pitched a similar project to them. According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, Kessler met the brothers at a Tribeca Film Festival party in April 2014 and introduced the concept of a feature based on his supernatural short film “Montauk” that had premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival two years earlier. He later handed over the script, ideas, story and the short film to the siblings. Now, Kessler claims they took his ideas without his permission or knowledge. “Stranger Things,” which originally was titled “Montauk” when it was sold to Netflix, has become a huge hit and a third season in the works. The filmmaker is now seeking damages and lost profits. Both “Montauk” and “Stranger Things” followed The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, a 1992 science fiction book about secret government experiments.  ...Read more

Cynthia Nixon Appears On Wendy Williams Show For Her First Interview Since Announcing Her Run For NY Governor

Cynthia Nixon took her political aspirations to “The Wendy Williams Show” when the former “Sex and the City” star gave her first sit-down interview to the talk show host in a chat that aired on Wednesday. Nixon recently announced her candidacy for governor of New York. She is set to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary in September.  Nixon spoke to Williams about her love for New York and said she has gotten endorsements from some major celebs, including her former “Sex and the City” co-stars. “People talk a lot to me about being a celebrity entering this race,” Nixon said. “But I have to say when Andrew Cuomo ran eight years ago he was a celebrity because he was the son of Mario Cuomo.” Nixon also hinted that she chose Williams to talk to by expressing the need for support among African-American women. “They are the cornerstone, the backbone of the Democratic Party,” Nixon said. “We need to let them lead.”  Nixon also said, “we have such an appetite now, that’s why I’m running. There’s such an appetite for real progressive change in New York state.” ...Read more

YouTube Shooter Claimed Platform Discriminated Against Her

A 39-year-old woman who alleged that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her videos has been identified as as Nasim Najafi Aghdam of San Diego. Aghdam opened fire Tuesday at the company’s California headquarters, injuring three people before turning the gun on herself.  Aghdam, a resident of Southern California, appears to have a prolific presence on YouTube. In a harrowing video posted in January 2017, she claims YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her videos. Aghdam’s video links to a website, Nasimesabz.com, on which she railed against YouTube for restricting her videos. “Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” one post on the website reads. Multiple YouTube channels that belonged to Aghdam, where she frequently posted about animal rights and veganism, were terminated Tuesday night after she was named as the shooter.  ...Read more

Taylor Swift’s Stalker Has Been Sentenced To 10 Years Probation

A 39-year-old man accused of stalking Taylor Swift was arrested in October 2016, and now following a years-long legal battle he was sentenced to probation. Frank Andrew Hoover was accused of following the singer’s motorcade to the airport, sending Taylor’s father frightening emails that included threats to “end” her family, and violating a lifetime protective order against him. After pleading guilty to repeatedly violating the protective order, the stalker was sentenced on Monday to a 10-year probation, but there are many legal strings attached to make sure that he can no longer harass Swift. As part of the conditions of his probation, Hoover must stay one mile away from Swift and her family, and his location will reportedly be monitored by GPS for at least the first year of his probation. He will also reportedly have to complete psychological testing, attend substance abuse classes, surrender all firearms, and undergo random drug testing. If he does not comply, he will be immediately sent to jail. ...Read more

Dutch Attorney Implicated In Mueller Probe Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who lied to U.S. federal agents investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison in the first punishment handed down in special counsel’s Russia investigation. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 US fine. Van der Zwaan’s sentence could set a guidepost for what other defendants charged with lying in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may receive when their cases are resolved. Among them are a former White House national security adviser and a Trump campaign foreign policy aide. Van der Zwaan had faced zero to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, and his attorneys had pushed for him to pay a fine and leave the country. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the need to deter others from lying in an investigation of international importance, said incarceration was necessary.  ...Read more

Tony Stewart To Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Family Of Racer Killed On Track

Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart has agreed to settle with the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. five weeks before the wrongful death lawsuit over Ward’s death was supposed to go to trial. Ward died after being hit by Stewart’s car at a race during the Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Speedway in on August 9, 2014. Ward was struck by Stewart’s car after leaving his own vehicle on track during a caution period of a race to express his displeasure with Stewart, as he’d wrecked while battling for position with Stewart. Stewart’s car hit Ward, tossing him 25 feet. Ward died 45 minutes later from blunt force trauma. He was 20 years old.  Stewart had sought to dismiss the wrongful death and gross negligence claims brought against him in the Ward family lawsuit as both Ward and his father had waived their right to legal claims when they acknowledged the risks involved in racing in signing a waiver for the event.  ...Read more

Villanova Fans Celebrate Around Campus After NCAA Win

Students at Villanova flooded the streets around campus to celebrate the Wildcats’ second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years, and police reported two arrests following the partying. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday’s title game in San Antonio and the celebration began on and around campus. As soon as the game ended, fans streamed into the streets, cheering and chanting. Light poles around the university had been greased in anticipation of celebrations, but that didn’t stop some fans from climbing. News helicopter video showed students climbing trees and grabbing branches to add fuel to a small bonfire that was set. Police moved in to get people away from the flames. Police said early on Tuesday there were two arrests, but no other details were available. ...Read more

Actors Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Split After Nearly 9 Years Of Marriage

Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, are separating after nearly nine years of marriage. The couple released a joint statement late Monday saying, in part … “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.”  The actors met in 2005 on Step Up, the dance film in which they played high schoolers from different sides of the tracks who fall for each other. The couple, who were married on July 11, 2009, share a 4-year-old daughter, Everly. ...Read more

NY Jets Claim Ex-Raiders TE Clive Walford Via Waivers

Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders, tight end Clive Walford  has been claimed by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon. Walford departed Oakland after a disappointing 2017 season that also included Jared Cook and Lee Smith at the tight end position. Walford recorded just nine receptions for 80 yards in 13 games and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to a concussion.  With Cook dominating the role of No. 1 tight end, Walford was let go. The Jets are welcoming Walford, who replaces Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Combined with second-year tight end Jordan Leggett (who missed all of 2017 due to a knee injury) the Jets hope to have a good group at the position. ...Read more