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Jared Kushner’s Property Management Company Is Trying to Evict Hundreds of Tenants in the Middle of a Pandemic

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“This is the warning shot—do you want to have your stuff just thrown out on the street, or do you want to just go?” Georgetown University law professor Adam Levitin told the Post. “I suspect in many cases landlords are hoping to move people out without having to go through the actual formal eviction.” Zafar Shah, a lawyer with a Baltimore-based legal aid nonprofit, said that even small fees “can make the difference between the eviction going through or not, or the tenant being able to take the bus to work.” Tashika Booker, a resident of a Westminster property who lost her job in May and received an email last month from the property manager saying, “we have filed on you with the District court of MD, so court fees will be added to your account,” called the eviction notices “heartless” coming from a company owned by the son-in-law of the president of the United States, who was paid $1.65 million by Westminster in 2019. “The way they’re treating us is just making us feel like we’re nothing. It feels like we’re…what’s the word…disposable,” she said. “They just want us gone so someone else can come in.”

As the Post notes, data from prior years suggests that evictions disproportionately affect minorities, with Black renters having evictions filed against them at almost twice the rate of white renters between 2012 and 2016. To that end, some of Westminster’s tenants facing eviction are Black. As a reminder, Kushner’s feelings about Black people were neatly summed up in an interview on Fox News last month in which the first son-in-law said that it’s not 400 years of systemic racism that have held “complaining” Black people back, but their lack of ambition. “President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about,” Kushner said, “but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.”

As for the pandemic—which has disproportionately affected Black people in both the rate at which they have been killed by COVID-19 and have lost jobs—Kushner obviously has a little hand to play there too, having put together a team of private sector volunteers with almost no relevant experience whatsoever to try to mitigate the pandemic’s economic impact. (One person who worked for Kushner’s group before quitting called the response team’s effort “a family office meets organized crime, melded with Lord of the Flies.”) And as we found out last month, in April he bragged to Bob Woodward about having cut health professionals out of the response to a public health crisis, and claimed that the U.S. was at the beginning of its “comeback.”

And yet no one is evicting Kushner (except in the sense that he and his boss are very likely to lose their jobs on January 20, 2021). Even though his company has fallen behind on some payments of its own:

Before Trump ran for president, Kushner had taken over his family’s real estate company from his father, Charlie Kushner. Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, reported combined assets valued at between $204 million and $783 million last year.

Kushner has passed on some chances to avoid conflicts of interest. He planned to divest his stake worth between $25 million and $50 million in the real estate start-up he cofounded, Cadre, and received an approval in February from the Office of Government Ethics to do so tax-free. But in June he withdrew the request, according to a filing with the office. Kushner’s company has struggled to pay some of its own debts, including by missing payments to one of its lenders on the retail space at the old New York Times building on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, according to securities filings. Kushner Cos. did not comment when asked about the property.

In a statement, Kushner Companies general counsel Christopher Smith told the Post that Westminster “has comprehensively abided by all federal, state, and local orders regarding residential tenancies during the COVID-19 pandemic…and will faithfully continue to do so.”

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DR. DRE ‘ANGRY’ AFTER BEING SERVED WITH $1.5 MILLION DIVORCE PAPERS AT FUNERAL

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DR. DRE ‘ANGRY’ AFTER BEING SERVED WITH $1.5 MILLION DIVORCE PAPERS AT FUNERAL

According to TMZ, Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s seemingly never-ending divorce has taken a tragic turn after Dre was served with divorce papers while attending his grandmother’s funeral.

On Monday (October 18), the music producer was reportedly at a cemetery in Los Angeles to lay his grandmother to rest when a process server for his ex-wife handed court documents.

Sources close to Dr. Dre say he was approached at the burial site while standing near his grandmother’s casket, while Nicole Young says he was served at the cemetery’s parking lot after the burial.

Being served in these circumstances, understandably, did not go down well. Dr. Dre is said to have “recoiled in anger” and refused to accept the documents in person. According to Dre sources, the documents were placed near the tomb, whereas Young sources claim they were dropped at the parking lot.

The documents in question concern Young’s attorney costs and contain the judge’s ultimate order of $1,550,000. According to reports, $325,433 has been paid, but Dr. Dre believes this is an error and that he has already paid the full sum. According to Young, another $1,224,567 is still owed.

Nicole Young filed for divorce in June 2020, and the procedure was fraught with complications. Dr. Dre was accused of having a child with Kili Anderson, one of three alleged mistresses in the divorce lawsuit, earlier this month, with their relationship allegedly dating back to 2013.

According to the records, Anderson “to have been in a relationship with the famous rapper Dr. Dre, with whom she had a child, and therefore she required all at-will employees to sign a confidentiality agreement that they would not pry into her life and would keep all things that they learned about her life private.”

“Plaintiff constantly violated this term of his employment by asking other employees what they knew about Ms. Anderson, her child, and what was the nature of her relationship with Dr. Dre.”

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Teaser of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ has been released by Netflix

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Teaser of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ has been released by Netflix

Cowboy Bebop, the first live-action adaptation of the influential and well-loved anime series from the late 1990s, is one of Netflix’s most anticipated shows for 2021. So far, the reaction has been enthusiastic with the recent revelation of the Netflix series’ opening credits, which recreate the original Tank introduction from the anime. Nonetheless, there is some doubt about Netflix’s attempt to remake Cowboy Bebop.

Fortunately, Netflix has just published a teaser   ahead of the show’s Nov. 19 premiere, which provides us our first look at the wonderfully stylized action while also revealing the crew of dysfunctional space-traveling bounty hunters in their environment. The show’s Twitter also indicated that the first trailer will be released in one week.

The brief episode, titled the Lost Session, follows Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), and Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) as they pursue a fleeing target while squabbling about how best to fulfil the mission. This special session (the original series’ term for episodes) effectively captures the original’s rapid, sleek aesthetic. It was also exciting to see the cast’s chemistry for the first time. So far, they’re doing fantastic, capturing the characters’ banter and bickering.

While the bite-sized plot in this episode is a new perspective, there are some references to the original. Along with a glimpse of Spike’s enemy and major antagonist Vicious (played by Alex Hassell), we also get a brief interlude with the song Green Bird, which was used in the original show’s most iconic episode, Ballad for Fallen Angels. The brief episode concludes with our first glimpse of the crew’s starship, the Bebop, in space.

One thing that surprised was the quick pacing and flow of the action. This show, thankfully, is not a more grounded take on the original Cowboy Bebop, which always had the tempo and flow of a Hong Kong action film choreographed to the beat of a rollicking jazz band. It appears to be faithful in that aspect, albeit it may be a little too similar to the original programme in certain ways, which will attract awkward comparisons.

So far, what we have seen has piqued our interest. Although live-action anime and manga adaptations fare significantly better than most live-action video games, there is still some scepticism regarding Cowboy Bebop. And it’s easy to see why, given the tradition that this live-action show must uphold. Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of the original anime/manga, is serving as a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno has returned to score the programme as well. So there’s some legacy talent behind the show’s rebirth.

So far, the programme appears to strike a good mix between literal adaptation and intelligent reworking of what made the anime so entertaining and exhilarating. As a fan of the original, I’m excited to see how this version reinterprets the programme for a new medium, but I’m hopeful the series doesn’t go too far in attempting to recreate the original’s glory.

Cowboy Bebop’s live-action version will release on Netflix on November 19, with the complete 10-episode season available for bingeing.

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Zombie is directing a new film adaptation of the 1960s sitcom.

The first image of The Munsters’ cast has been released. Rob Zombie (Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects) is directing the remake of the popular 1960s sitcom.

Zombie shared the photo on Instagram. It depicts the three main characters, notably Herman Munster played by Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lily Munster played by Sheri Moon Zombie, and Grandpa Munster played by Dan Roebuck. The three are posed in front of the set of their landmark home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Check out below:

The film is now in production in Budapest, Hungary. Over the last two months, Zombie has been releasing a constant stream of behind-the-scenes footage, including these makeup experiments, clay makeup for Herman Munster, and a plan for the Munsters House. The Munsters does not yet have a premiere date, but it is rumoured that it will be a Peacock streaming exclusive.

The Munsters, which debuted in 1964, was about the family lives of a gang of affable monsters. It aired for 70 episodes over the next two years, and was followed by a number of made-for-TV features. The Munsters Today, a four-year-long sequel show, premiered in 1988.

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