GEO Group sues Netflix for trademark infringement over use of logos in 'Messiah' series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The GEO Group, a Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention centers, is suing Netflix over the streaming provider’s depiction of its “misappropriated trademarks and name” in its original series “Messiah.”The suit says the series “falsely accuses GEO of detaining immigrants in overcrowded overheated rooms with chain-link fences and depriving them of beds, bedding, sunshine, recreation and educational opportunities.”It goes on to say that “Unlike in ‘Messiah,’ GEO does not house people in overcrowded rooms with chain-link fences at its Facilities, but prov...
Michael Imperioli of 'The Sopranos' shot his new movie guerrilla-style in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — If you were under the Market Frankford El last summer watching a bunch of people who claimed to be shooting a movie, it’s confirmed — they really were shooting a movie. It’s the ultra low-budget “Between Wars,” available to stream this week, co-starring Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos.”Rapper Boskoe 100 and Harley Flanagan, front man for hardcore rock band the Cro-Mags, also have roles in the movie.“Between Wars” is the passion project of New Yorker Tom Phillips, who shot half the movie in Philadelphia because he needed a place to shoot without permits with locations that cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Taylor Swift slams Trump for 'stoking the fires of white supremacy' in tweets about George Floyd protests
Taylor Swift isn’t mincing words about President Donald Trump.The songstress slammed the commander in chief on Twitter Friday morning for inciting violence with one of his latest tweets, which he fired off after chaotic protests in Minneapolis overnight following the police killing of George Floyd on Monday.“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?” the 30-year-old wrote. “‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump.”Earlier Fri...
New York Daily News
Switchfoot set for Petco Park drive-in concert, new record and virtual Bro-Am surf contest/concert
SAN DIEGO — Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot is ready to kick off the summer with an ambitious triple play, designed as a musical response to the coronavirus pandemic.On June 7, Switchfoot will headline the first drive-in concert in the history of Petco Park. Attendance will be limited to 250 vehicles for the 7 p.m. concert, which will be preceded by a noon concert featuring B-Side Players, SM Familia and Los Sleepwalkers that will also have a 250 vehicle limit.Then, on June 19, Switchfoot will release “Covers,” a six-song EP on Fantasy Records which features the band’s arresting versions ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mayor calls Minneapolis unrest 'unacceptable'; President Trump promises action
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twin Cities convulsed with chaos for a third straight night of violent unrest Thursday in the wake of the Memorial Day death of George Floyd as he was being restrained on the neck by a Minneapolis police officer.Late Thursday and early Friday, rioters invaded and set fire to Minneapolis police’s Third Precinct headquarters and for a second overnight, torched and looted many other buildings in the Lake Street corridor, many of them housing small businesses with minority owners.The unrest got the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted he “can’t stand back & watch this...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus: Fox News largely ignores death-toll milestone
As most of the nation’s media organizations on Wednesday somberly reflected on a grim coronavirus death toll milestone, Fox News largely downplayed the story during its prime-time programs, and on the network’s website.“If historians were to go back and watch Fox News on the night the country passed 100,000 deaths, they’d be forgiven if they didn’t know it happened,” CNN Business reporter Oliver Darcy wrote in an analysis of the coverage.Darcy pointed out that, while major mainstream media networks, publications and websites acknowledged that the U.S. surpassed 100,000 coronavirus-related deat...
The Mercury News
Brandi Carlile to perform her entire catalog of albums in virtual concert series
SEATTLE — Brandi Carlile’s birthday weekend return to the Gorge Amphitheatre may be off this year, but fans will still have a chance to see her play next week. At least virtually.A day after word came on Wednesday that Carlile will participate in a major home-state COVID-19 relief concert, the Grammy-stacking folk-rocker has announced a new livestreaming series of her own. The Maple Valley music star will perform each of her albums in a string of virtual concerts to support her band and crew, who are otherwise out of work while touring is on hold. The series begins 6 p.m. PDT Monday with Carli...
The Seattle Times
George Floyd was once part of Houston hip-hop legend DJ Screw's crew
Adding even more national attention to George Floyd’s tragic death Tuesday in the hands of Minneapolis police officers, it turns out the 46-year-old Minneapolis resident was an early member of legendary Houston hip-hop innovator DJ Screw’s crew.The Houston Chronicle brought to light Floyd’s ties to the Screwed-Up Click and the city’s celebrated hip-hop scene in its coverage of the Houston native’s death Wednesday, after talking to his family members who live there. Floyd moved to Minneapolis from the city in 2018, according to the Chronicle’s report.A recording of him freestyle rapping over a ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
CNN news team released from custody after arrest while covering George Floyd protests on live TV
A CNN reporter and his production crew were released from custody less than two hours after being arrested in Minneapolis Friday morning during a live broadcast about the ongoing protests over the officer-involved death of George Floyd.News correspondent Omar Jimenez and his team were taken into custody because they allegedly didn’t heed a police request to move, according to the news outlet.“A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves — a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” CNN said in a st...
New York Daily News
Taiwan bookstore Eslite to open first Southeast Asian outlet in Malaysia
TAIPEI, NNA – Eslite Corp., Taiwan’s major bookstore chain operator, plans to open a store in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur next year, its first foothold in Southeast Asia.The move follows its inroads into Japan in September last year, its first outlet outside Chinese-speaking markets – Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. The 2,870-square-meter space in Tokyo also houses cafes and retail stores.Eslite is seeking a large space of 3,300 to 6,600 sq. meters in downtown Kuala Lumpur for the planned store.The bookstore chain will run the Malaysian store “either through a consultancy rol...
NNA Business News