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Sep 12, 2012

U.S. casino mogul’s award grows to $40 million against “Girls Gone Wild” founder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. casino owner Steve Wynn won $20 million in punitive damages for defamation on Tuesday, doubling his total judgment in a lawsuit accusing “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis of slandering him by falsely claiming that Wynn had threatened his life over a gambling debt.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching its decision in the second phase of a defamation trial that capped a protracted, high-stakes legal feud between the two men.

Sep 12, 2012

US casino mogul’s award grows to $40 mln against ‘Girls Gone Wild’ founder

LOS ANGELES, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. casino owner Steve
Wynn won $20 million in punitive damages for defamation on
Tuesday, doubling his total judgment in a lawsuit accusing
“Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis of slandering him by
falsely claiming that Wynn had threatened his life over a
gambling debt.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for
about two hours before reaching its decision in the second phase
of a defamation trial that capped a protracted, high-stakes
legal feud between the two men.

Sep 11, 2012

Casino mogul Steve Wynn wins $20 mln in slander lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Casino owner Steve Wynn was awarded $20 million in damages on Monday in his defamation suit against “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis, whom Wynn accused of slander for falsely claiming the Las Vegas mogul wanted him killed over a gambling debt.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, which began its deliberations on Friday, also found that Francis acted with malice, setting the stage for a second trial phase – due to open on Tuesday – to determine whether Francis should also pay punitive damages.

Sep 10, 2012

Casino mogul Steve Wynn awarded $20 million in slander suit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Casino owner Steve Wynn was awarded $20 million in damages on Monday in his defamation suit against “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis, whom Wynn accused of slander for falsely claiming the Las Vegas mogul wanted him killed over a gambling debt.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, which began its deliberations on Friday, also found that Francis acted with malice. The verdict set the stage for a second phase of the trial – due to open on Tuesday – to determine whether punitive damages should be ordered.

Jul 31, 2012

Gay marriage foes ask Supreme Court to uphold California ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gay marriage opponents asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to uphold a California ban on same-sex matrimony that was struck down by a lower court as a violation of the Constitution.

The petition from supporters of Proposition 8, the voter-approved state constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman, moves the politically charged case one step closer to a potential high-court review in the weeks before November’s U.S. presidential election.

Jul 14, 2012

Sylvester Stallone’s son found dead at Hollywood home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Aspiring actor and filmmaker Sage Stallone, the son of action movie star Sylvester Stallone, was found dead on Friday at his home in Hollywood, authorities and his attorney said.

Police and a lawyer for Sage Stallone, 36, the younger of two sons from his father’s first marriage, gave conflicting accounts of how he was found, but police said there was no sign of forced entry or foul play.

Jul 14, 2012

Film producer Richard D. Zanuck dies at age 77

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (Reuters) – Veteran Hollywood executive
Richard D. Zanuck, the prolific producer behind the blockbuster
shark thriller “Jaws,” the best-picture Oscar-winner “Driving
Miss Daisy” and a string of Tim Burton fantasies, died on Friday
of a heart attack at age 77.

Zanuck, son of famed 20th Century Fox chieftain Darryl F.
Zanuck, who was named by his father at age 28 as Fox’s head of
production, making him Hollywood’s then youngest-ever studio
boss, died at his home in Beverly Hills, a spokesman said.

Jul 9, 2012

Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Ernest Borgnine, whose barrel-chested, bulldog looks made him a natural for tough-guy roles in films like “From Here to Eternity” but who won an Oscar for playing a sensitive loner in “Marty,” died on Sunday at age 95, his publicist said.

The real-life U.S. Navy veteran who became a household name during the 1960s by starring as the maverick commander of a World War Two patrol boat in the popular television comedy “McHale’s Navy,” died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, longtime spokesman Harry Flynn said.

Jul 8, 2012

Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95 in L.A

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Ernest Borgnine, whose bulldog appearance made him a natural for tough-guy roles in films like “The Wild Bunch” but won an Oscar for playing a sensitive loner in “Marty,” died on Sunday at the age of 95, his longtime publicist said.

Borgnine, who also starred as a maverick World War Two patrol-boat skipper in the popular 1960s television comedy “McHale’s Navy,” died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had gone for a medical checkup on Tuesday, spokesman Harry Flynn said.

Jul 7, 2012

Justin Bieber cited for speeding on L.A. freeway

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Justin Bieber was pulled over for speeding down a Los Angeles freeway in his flashy but environmentally friendly sports car on Friday, and police said they were investigating reports that he was being chased by paparazzi photographers.

The 18-year-old singer was driving his chrome-bodied Fisker Karma, a luxury hybrid-electric roadster, west of downtown Los Angeles, when he was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers at about 10:45 a.m. pdt (1:45 p.m. edt/1745 GMT).

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      "Joining Reuters in 1994 as a member of the broadcast/online desk in Washington, Steve later moved to Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years covering the entertainment industry, and the past two years as a general news correspondent. Steve began his career at United Press International in Washington. He also spent three years on Capitol Hill as editor of a weekly news journal published by a congressional caucus, the Environmental and Energy Study Conference."
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