Monday April 22, 2019

Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Steven Spielberg faces backlash for urging Academy to block Netflix from Oscars

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been drawing backlash for actively campaigning to have Netflix-backed films removed from consideration at the Academy Awards. The “Jaws” director has long been outspoken about Netflix, which he claims has negatively affecting the theatrical experience. But since Netflix made a big splash at this year’s Oscars ceremony, Spielberg is taking his concerns to the Academy’s board of directors.  More…

Oprah’s Fortune Takes Another Hit on Latest Weight Watchers Rout

The fresh batch of bad news from Weight Watchers lopped an additional $39.2 million from the fortune of its biggest individual shareholder. Oprah Winfrey, who owns more than 8 percent of Weight Watchers, saw the value of her stake drop to $122.7 million after the wellness company forecast that 2019 profit will be well short of Wall Street estimates.  More…

How Patriots owner Robert Kraft could get off in prostitution case

The prostitution case against Patriots owner Robert Kraft linked to a Florida sex-trafficking ring could be a long shot for prosecutors — partly because the women he was caught on video getting services by two women who are not victims of human trafficking — the 45-year-old manager of the spa Lei Wang, and 58-year-old spa employee Shen Mingbi, also believed to be an operator of the business – both licensed masseuses and Florida residents.  More…

Jerry Seinfeld sues classic car dealer over allegedly fake $1.54 million Porsche

Jerry Seinfeld has filed a lawsuit against a classic car dealer alleging that it sold him a Porsche with a bogus backstory that he was accused of flipping to another collector under false pretexts. The “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” star purchased the 1958 356 A 1500 GS/GT from European Collectibles in Costa Mesa, Calif., for $1.2 million in 2013, after being assured it was all original.  More…

Jeffrey Skilling released from prison after 12 years

Jeffrey Skilling, the CEO of Enron ahead of its stunning collapse, has been released from prison after serving 12 years of a 24-year sentence.  More…

This Idaho teenager is making $50,000 on Seattle slush

When David Holston’s friend told him Seattle wouldn’t be prepared for all the snow, he got into his plow truck and drove from Idaho. The trip has paid off.  More…

Why Amazon’s Queens fiasco is reminiscent of an old Bronx flub

It’s déjà vu all over again. A decade ago, The Bronx was poised for the retail redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. There were many neighborhood critics, including unions, at the time. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. railed against the plan for future stores to pay the demanded $10, stating in effect that no jobs were better than low-paying jobs.  More…

Nick Sandmann’s Lawyers File Massive Lawsuit Against The Washington Post

Lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann filed a massive $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday and warned, "this is only the beginning."  More…

Is this 26-ingredient, $38 cocktail worth it?

It’s everything but the kitchen drink. The 90-proof A-Z Cocktail, now on offer at the Times Square W hotel’s Living Room Bar, is one powerful potion. It’s made of 26 different elements, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet (angostura bitters from Trinidad to start, Zoco pacharán liqueur from Spain to finish). Of the 26 ingredients, only three are nonalcoholic.  More…

Amazon pulls out of $3 billion deal to bring HQ2 to New York City

Amazon said Thursday it was bailing on locating its new campus in Queens, dealing a devastating blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio and costing the region up to 25,000 high-paying jobs.  More…

Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoe to Be Pulled from Shelves

Katy Perry’s shoe that is under scrutiny for resembling blackface is about to be yanked. Katy’s got a whole shoe line for sale at retailers like Dillard’s and Walmart — and a couple of her designs feature what looks similar to blackface.  More…

Golden Globes Fiji Water model is suing the brand

The model who went viral after photobombing red carpet photos at the Golden Globes while holding a tray of Fiji Water bottles is reportedly going after the brand for using her newfound fame as a marketing tool without her permission.  More…

Video shows man faking fall to get insurance money

Police have arrested a New Jersey man who they say faked a slip and fall at a business to get insurance money. Authorities say surveillance video captured the man grabbing ice and throwing it on the floor before lying down.  More…

Amazon officials reconsidering HQ2 in NYC due to opposition

Online retail giant Amazon is reconsidering its plans to open a headquarters in Queens due to opposition from local lawmakers. “The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming.” The company had said it would bring 25,000 new jobs and generate some $27 billion in tax revenue to New York.  More…

How the top detective in NYPD history became a pizza man

Ralph Friedman never expected to spend his golden years behind the counter of a slice joint. But if you drop into Bleecker Street Pizza on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll find the retired cop standing guard. Tattooed and muscular, Friedman, 70, is part night manager, part cashier, part keeper of the peace at the busy New York pizzeria.  More…