HEROIC CAPTAIN PHILLIPS SUED BY SHIP'S CREW
Captain Richard Phillips, whose ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates has become a critically-acclaimed Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks, is being sued by the ship's crew members who blame him for putting their lives at risk.
The film, called simply Captain Phillips tells how the skipper of the freighter Maersk Alabama spent two days in 2009 as a hostage on a lifeboat after being taken from his ship.
However, while he is portrayed as his crew's savior, nine former shipmates have launched a multimillion dollar court battle claiming he was responsible for what happened. They say he ignored warnings to sail clear of the pirate-infested waters of
East Africa and their lives were put on the line so the ship could take a faster route and save money.
Captain Phillips was at the helm of the vessel when it was seized by pirates and offered himself as hostage in return for the twenty members of his crew remaining unharmed.
The ship and its crew were rescued unharmed by Navy Seals who mounted a mission that ended with the Seals shooting dead three of the pirates during a successful nighttime mission.
The lawsuit which will be heard in an Alabama court this December has not been brought against Captain Phillips personally but targets Maersk Lines, the owner of the Alabama.
Just another instance of the old saying "No good deed goes unpunished". Stay tuned.
GRAVITY IS NOT A DOCUMENTARY---IT'S A HUGE HIT!
The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney lost-in-space odyssey looks to be the over-the-Moon smash hit of the year, grossing $55million over the past weekend alone.
BUT the movie has its detractors. Notably an astrophysicist who felt compelled to point out:
- nearly all satellites orbit West to East, yet all satellite debris portrayed orbited East to West
- Ms. Bullock's hair remained close to her head, seemingly unaffected by weightlessness
When a film is successful, it inevitably will receive criticism. Note to aforementioned astrophysicist; in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,
Elliot and E.T. are on a bicycle that suddenly starts flying through the air. So chill, Professor. Scientifically, that's not possible either!
AND NOW, IT'S THE FIRST BACON FILM FESTIVAL
No kidding. The insatiable hunger for all things bacon-related has unleashed the Bacon Film Festival to be held in New York City on October 17th.
Coincidentally, the date for the potential Government Shutdown, the paen to porky indulgences will be held on one night only. The event is comprised of eleven shorts, all revolving around the world of smoky meat.
According to organizers, hundreds of films were submitted ranging from comedies to romances, all with bacon playing a starring role. No, Kevin Bacon films will not be screened.
Chopped judge and chef Chris Santos, who sports a bacon tattoo and MTV News film correspondent Joshua Horowitz are hosting the festival which takes place at the Gotham's Sunshine Cinema
and includes an $11 thousand prize. That's enough for alotta bacon!