Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Operator

Netflix has something new… Disney’s first openly-LGBTQ animated character… Harvey Weinstein convicted of two sexual assault charges… Bachelor update… and Vanessa Bryant sues helicopter operator

Your Netflix account will have a new row of options when you log in today. Have trouble deciding what to watch next? Netflix will now give you a Top 10 list of the most popular movies and shows. Until now, they’ve been kinda secretive about their most popular titles. In a press release, Netflix says, “This new row will enable you to see what is most popular on Netflix in your country. It will be updated every day and the position of the row will vary depending on how relevant the shows and films are to you.” To find the new Top 10 list, just click on the TV Shows or Movies categories and BOOM.

“Onward” hits theaters on March 6. The movie features the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, who play two elf brothers trying to bring their father back from the dead. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, how about this? “Onward” is the first Disney movie to feature an openly gay character. Remember, there was a big hoopla that the live version of “Beauty and the Beast” was going to feature an openly gay character, but it ended up being two men dancing together for a hot second and that blew over. Then some fans thought they’d give Elsa a girlfriend in “Frozen 2,” but that didn’t happen. But in “Onward,” Lena Waithe will be the voice of a cyclops police officer who happens to be a lesbian. However, members of the LGBTQ+ community aren’t exactly thrilled about it because it’s such a small part and the officer only makes a very brief reference to her girlfriend. As one person tweeted, “im tired of disney being cowards. give us a gay prince/princess you corporate infidel. make it LOUD so i can hear it. longer than 3 seconds please.”

Although close to 100 women have come forward with accusations, Harvey Weinstein was on trial in NYC for what happened between him and two of his accusers. And yesterday, after five days of deliberation, a jury of 7 men and 5 women found Harvey guilty of two out of the five charges of sexual misconduct. He was acquitted of three of the most serious — two counts of predatory sexual assault and one of 1st-degree rape. Those carried a possible life sentence. He was found guilty of a 1st-degree criminal sexual act and 3rd-degree rape, and now faces anywhere from 5 to 29 years in prison. While Harvey had been free on $2M bail, with the guilty verdict, the judge ordered hi to be held in prison until sentencing on March 11th. But Harvey complained of chest pains and was taken to the hospital, which is where he remained this morning.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!! In another infuriating episode of “The Bachelor,” even though she said is wasn’t an ultimatum, Madison basically told Peter that if he slept with either Hannah Ann or Victoria F. in the fantasy suites, she was out of there. She left out the part about saving herself till marriage, but that would come later. So after obviously sleeping with BOTH of the other women on their overnight dates, Madison reveals that she’s saving herself for marriage, tells Peter, “Hey, it’s none of my business, but it kinda is….Did you sleep with someone else?” Peter admits to being intimate — and we know it was with both of them — causing Madison to shut down, walk off, feign tears but manage some sniffles, and FINALLY walk away. So next week is Women Tell All, and then the week after that, we’ll be back to see who Peter’s mama is crying over. We have to assume now that’s Madison, right?

Yesterday was the memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna — two of 9 people who were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. Among the celebrities filling Staples Center were Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, and SO many more. Vanessa Bryant gave a beautiful eulogy, honoring both Gigi and Kobe. And on the same day as the memorial, Vanessa also filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the helicopter that crashed. Her lawsuit claims the helicopter never should have flown in such extremely foggy conditions, that the pilot was flying too fast and failed to check several weather and flight conditions, and that the pilot had been disciplined in 2015 for violating the visual flight rule minimums. No specific amount is listed, but Vanessa is seeking punitive damages for a list of losses — love, affection, companionship, financial support…She is also seeking damages for the pre-impact terror that Kobe and Gigi suffered. The lawsuit also wants compensation for burial and funeral expenses.

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