Week In Review: Disney, Gun Control & More Sexual Harassment Claims
(Vista’s Week in Review is a weekly column highlighting interesting reads and media across the web. This week we focus on politics and the entertainment business.)
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1. The start of this week brought another troubling case of mass murders in a nation so much in turmoil it’s reached a numbing point. A quick check of your milieu would bring up very few still thinking and talking about this event that happened a mere six days ago. Much has been said about the issue of bump-stocks and AR-15’s yet next to nothing has been done. Certain pundits propose that it is not the right time and the dust needs to settle before gun deaths are “politicized”. Some chose to focus on the gun-toting men who chased the assailant down, praising them as heroes. Others chose to focus on the documented mental instability of the shooter. CBS News, gave voice to those who often get clumped together and overlooked in these rampages; the victims.
"There were just so many babies in there. It was a church. It was families," said Torie McCallum, the former sister-in-law of Crystal Holcombe, the pregnant woman. "Watching them take person after person after person out was so heartbreaking." Take a look at their story here
2. It’s no secret that the President is losing popularity everyday. From his choice of rhetoric to his lack of legislative wins, many across the country are growing to see him as an ineffective leader. Almost as if to add injury to insult, the Democratic party had a sweep of wins this week on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s electoral college win. In a karmic bite, CNN reports of The Dems picking up governorships in races in states including New Jersey & Virginia where the first openly transgender lawmaker stole the seat from a self-proclaimed “chief homophobe”, and a supporter of anti-refugee laws in Montana lost the position of mayor to a Liberian refugee among many others. Jump to CNNpolitics to read more on this story here
3. This week has seen no shortage of sexual harassment allegations of beloved public figures -- Roy Moore, Louie C.K., Ed Westwick etc. But perhaps most shocking have been the growing allegations against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey. The Observer reports that Spacey, who was to star in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World as billionaire J. Paul Getty, will be replaced. In an unprecedented move, the studio, which is still poised to release the movie in December, will do extensive reshoots using actor Christopher Plummer in place of Spacey. Meanwhile, nothing can replace the trauma brought upon the many alleged victims. Read more
[update: This article now reports that the studio may delay the film's release date].
4. Lastly, in the business world, The New York Times released some juicy info about backstage dealings between Disney and 21st Century Fox.
“21st Century Fox recently held talks with the Walt Disney Company about a significant chunk of Fox’s entertainment business, including its movie and television studio, entertainment cable networks and overseas television businesses [being bought].”
It was disclosed that this potential deal would not include appendages such as Fox News and Fox Sports. Although the legalities of this move are questionable (as it appears to approach a form of studio monopoly), fans of Marvel Studios are no doubt overjoyed at the possibility of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and all other Marvel properties finally being under the same Mickey Mouse umbrella. It’s hard not to admit that the chance to see a character like Black Widow punch one like Deadpool in the face isn’t an exciting one.
AND NOW THIS:
5. Have you ever wondered how long it takes Kim Kardashian to make your annual salary? Well, grab a bottle of whiskey and keep away from any high ledges because the answer could be pretty "depressing". Mashable’s Chloe Bryan reports of a new calculator that can help you find out. Check it out here