Clint Eastwood’s downed plane off Point Reyes subject of search

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Somewhere under the undulating Pacific Ocean, two to three miles off the coast of Point Reyes, is the airplane Army Pvt. Clint Eastwood was aboard when the pilot ditched it in 1951.

Now more than 66 years later, the search is on for the aircraft that was part of a real-life drama for Eastwood, long before he would become a Hollywood star.

“What was going through my mind was just a stark fear, a stark terror, because (in the) first place, I didn’t know anything about aviation at that particular time — I was just hopping a ride,” the actor said in 2015, recalling the incident in which the pilot also survived.

The future actor and director — 21 at the time — was en route back to Fort Ord after visiting his parents in Seattle when the Navy bomber he was on crashed into rough seas.

“In those days, you could wear your uniform and get a free flight,” he said in a talk at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV. “On the way back, they had one plane, a Douglas AD, sort of a torpedo bomber of the World War II vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally we ran out of fuel up around Point Reyes, California, and went in the ocean. So we went swimming. It was late October, November. Very cold water. (I) found out many years later that it was a white shark breeding ground, but I’m glad I didn’t know that at the time or I’d have just died.”

The incident, which was reported in a front-page story …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


The 15 biggest questions going into Westworld’s second season

I found Westworld’s first season equal parts stunning and frustrating. The acting was superb, the world-building was exquisite, and the cinematography was world-class. And yet — as exciting as it is to read about the new directions the second season seems to be moving in (including Shogun World), I’m more interested in figuring out answers to some of the first season’s loose ends. Here are a few of those lingering questions:

1. What happened to Elsie Hughes, the programmer who uncovers corporate espionage in the park and is later shown being strangled by Bernard in one of his memories ? I still don’t believe she’s dead.

2. What consequential differences are there between the 3-D printed hosts and the older, mechanical models?

3. Why does that distinction matter so much to the Man in Black (a.k.a Billy) in particular? He seemed singularly unimpressed with the park’s co-creator Robert Ford (who arguably master-minded the shift toward more “anatomical” 3-D printed bodies) when they meet, and makes a particularly odd crack about “opening him up” — a phrase he also used in his speech to Teddy about once slicing a mechanical host open to see its insides. Whether that referred to Maeve or Logan’s vivisection of Dolores is unclear. What is clear — and hard to reconcile with the nested Billy-Dolores love story — is Old Billy’s appreciation of the old hosts’ mechanical beauty. Is there more to this tension between the old and new robots than Billy’s aesthetic preference? If so, where is it going? It’s repeatedly asserted that Dolores was the oldest host in the park — she’s experienced both kinds of bodies. Will this matter?

4. This is minor, but: Young Billy seemed surprised when he got shot by a host and it hurt. Old Billy doesn’t react to being shot …read more

Source:: The Week – Entertainment


‘Distressed at recent events’ in Israel, Natalie Portman pulls out of Jerusalem ceremony

By Ruth Eglash | The Washington Post

JERUSALEM – Natalie Portman has pulled out of a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring her as the recipient of a $2 million prize, dubbed by some as the “Jewish Nobel,” the organization said on Thursday.

The Genesis Prize Foundation, which annually honors individuals for “Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity,” announced in November that Portman, known for her roles in films such Black Swan and the Star Wars prequels, was selected as its 2018 laureate.

Portman moved to the United States as a child but was born in Israel. She still has strong ties to the country. Her 2015 film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” is set in Israel.

But a statement from the organization, said the actress had pulled out of the June ceremony, where she would have officially received her prize from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after becoming distressed by recent events in the country.

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“The Genesis Prize Foundation was notified by a representative of Ms. Portman that ‘recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,’ and that ‘she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony,’” said the statement.

It was not immediately clear what events Portman was referring to but over the past three weeks, Israel has come under increasing pressure from international organizations and human rights groups for using excessive force in dealing with Palestinian civil unrest in the Gaza Strip.

More than 30 Palestinians have already been killed by Israel’s military in the weekly demonstrations held along the border fence separating the blockaded coastal enclave from Israel. The Israeli military has …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Scott Baio was never ‘inappropriate’ with me, one of his ‘Charles in Charge’ co-stars says

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actress Josie Davis attends a reunion for "Two Days In The Valley" at NeueHouse Hollywood on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actress Josie Davis has come to Scott Baio’s defense after Nicole Eggert, their “Charles in Charge” co-star, alleged that he demanded Davis pull down her pants in front of him while they all worked together on the 1980s family sitcom.

Josie Davis in 2016. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Davis, who would have been around 14 when she began co-starring with Baio and Eggert on the show, called Eggert’s allegations “completely false.” She tweeted about her time with Baio, saying: “I only had a positive and a professional relationship with him.”

Eggert, now 46, has accused Baio of sexually abusing her from the time she was 14. Baio, a former teen idol from his time on “Happy Days,” was in his 20s when they worked together on the show, which ran from 1984 to 1990.

Baio, now 57, has vehemently denied Eggert’s allegations.

On Wednesday, Eggert brought Davis into her complaints against Baio, TMZ reported. Eggert was having a Twitter exchange with someone when she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “Ask Scott Baio why he demanded Josie Davis pull her pants down when she was 13 …”

Attorney Lisa Bloom speaks during a press conference with Nicole Eggert and Alexander Polinsky regarding sexual harassment allegations against Scott Baio. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Davis, now 45, took to her own Twitter feed Thursday to refute Eggert’s claim, finishing with, “Out of respect for those involved I will not be responding further on the matter.”

For his part, Baio responded to Eggert’s tweet about Davis by retweeting a comment put out by his attorney Brian Glicklich: “From the beginning, @NicoleEggert’s inconsistent stories have proven her claims to be untrue. She has tripped over her words again, and it is time to recognize this as a charade. Scott is profoundly grateful …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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