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Disney Is Considering an ‘Aggressive’ Expansion Into Sports Betting; Ariana Grande Seeks a Restraining Order Against a Man Accused of Threatening Her Life; Brad Pitt Is Again Suing Angelina Jolie For ‘Vindictive’ Actions ; Tom Cruise Surprises Hikers After Alighting a Helicopter and Parachute Jumping off a Cliff; ‘Frankenstein’ First Edition Sells for a Record-Breaking $1.17 Million


Disney Is Considering an ‘Aggressive’ Expansion Into Sports Betting Through ESPN

The Walt Disney Company, a family-oriented Fortune 500 company, is attracted by the idea of sports wagering and wishes to participate in the action.

On Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors at a conference that the company intends to be “aggressive” in extending its footprint in sports betting. It is considering expanding licensing relationships with gambling companies via ESPN, the sports broadcasting behemoth.

ESPN has already struck partnerships with several of these organizations that enable it to frequently display point spreads and other betting lines during games. ABC, another Disney-owned network, has been doing the same thing with some of its sports programs.

When asked during the conference whether ESPN will go beyond licensing its name to gambling companies and fully integrate wagering into the company, Chapek declined.

“There’s a long way between being embedded into the ESPN business model and licensing out,” he said. “Let’s just say that our fans are really interested in sports betting. Let’s say that our partners — with the leagues — are interested in sports betting. So we’re interested in sports betting.”


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Disney and ESPN appear to be at ease with the prospect of gambling agreements. There is plenty of money to be made. The cable television market is fraying. Disney wants to strengthen its ties with cord-cutting younger viewers, particularly those who prefer wagering on their mobile devices rather than walking into a brick-and-mortar casino or tracking down a back alley bookie.

Disney has undoubtedly been aware of gambling’s destructive repercussions and has attempted to walk a tight line when it comes to wagering. As recently as 2019, Disney’s previous CEO, Bob Iger, stated that he did not see the corporation “getting involved in the business of gambling, in effect, by facilitating gambling in any way.” However, Iger, like Chapek, stated that the corporation felt comfortable cooperating with providers of betting information.

ESPN is now allegedly negotiating with sports betting companies such as Caesars Entertainment Inc. and DraftKings Inc. for licensing deals worth at least $3 billion. These deals could result in the establishment of ESPN-branded bookies. Additionally, Disney owns a sizable stake in DraftKings, and ESPN broadcasts a daily wagering special called the “Daily Wager.”


Ariana Grande Seeks a Restraining Order Against a Man Accused of Threatening Her Life

Ariana Grande, 28, has filed a civil harassment restraining order against a man she accused of repeatedly visiting her Los Angeles home, making death threats, and brandishing a large hunting knife.

The pop star, whose real name is Ariana Grande-Butera, alleges in the document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 14 that Aharon Zebulun Brown, 23, terrorized her home for seven months despite never providing him with her address.

Brown allegedly showed up at Grande’s residence on September 10, “brandishing a knife and yelling threatening statements,” Grande stated in her court order request statement. When confronted by her security, Brown is alleged to have remarked, “I’ll f—ing kill you and her.”


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Brown attempted to flee on foot after officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrived at Grande’s residence but was later apprehended and taken into custody, detective Peter Doomanis stated in his statement.

“Upon conducting a pat-down search of Mr. Brown, LAPD officers recovered a knife from Mr. Brown’s front pant pocket,” he said.

According to online prison records, Brown is held at the North County Correctional Facility on a $140,000 bond.

Grande’s manager detailed Brown’s “sporadic” visits since mid-February this year in a court order request statement. However, in the past two to three weeks, he stated, “Mr. Brown has come to Ms. Grande’s residence nearly every day,” continuing that the pop star has never met or talked with him.

According to Grande’s manager, the occurrences began when Brown visited her home three times in a 12-hour period in early September.

Brown began kicking Grande’s security vehicle with a knife during his second-to-last visit on the evening of September 9, her manager said. He exited the area after being pepper-sprayed by her security personnel.

Brown allegedly returned to her home three hours later with the knife and began making threats, causing security to phone 911. Authorities arrested Brown after attempting to flee.

“The fact that Mr. Brown has been regularly coming to my home for over six months terrifies me. I am also fearful because Mr. Brown has recently been coming to my home every day, has threatened violence, and has brought a weapon to my home,” Grande stated in her statement.

“Based on his threats, I am fearful for my safety and for the safety of my family. I fear that absent a restraining order, Mr. Brown will continue to come to my home and attempt to physically harm or murder me or members of my family,” she added.

A court date has been scheduled for October 5.


Brad Pitt Is Again Suing Angelina Jolie For ‘Vindictive’ Actions After Their Divorce

Apart from their current custody struggle, it now appears as though Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wine vineyard may be added to their legal battles—which can only indicate their divorce is about to become considerably worse.

Brad and Angelina have apparently rekindled their spat over Château Miraval, a $164 million vineyard in Correns, France, that they jointly control.

This time, Brad, 57, sued Angelina, 46, on Tuesday, September 21, accusing her of attempting to sell her stake in their estate without first consulting him—a move that could ultimately result in a massive profit at the expense of the actor, according to court documents obtained by Hollywood Life.

According to public records, Quimicum owns Château Miraval, a company in which Angelina previously held a 40% share through her company, Nouvel. Brad, for his part, once owned 60% of the estate through his company, Mondo Bongo. Prior to their 2016 divorce, Brad moved 10% of the estate from his firm to Angelina’s Nouvel, ensuring that they are now equal shareholders.

Angelina allegedly intended to sell her whole 50% ownership in Château Miraval without allowing Brad to object or buy her out first, according to court documents obtained by Hollywood Life. According to Page Six sources, this contradicts what the former couple purportedly agreed upon before their 2016 divorce, who stated that the two previously agreed to contact one another before selling their shares.


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“It is worth mentioning that, for the last four years, Nouvel did not act in the best interest of Quimicum by systematically delaying the approval of the annual accounts and the renewal of the manager,” court filings stated. Angelina is accused of “systematic obstruction” in the suit. Brad’s attorneys also allege that Angelina did not act in the “best interest” of the company that owns Château Miraval.

Additionally, a source familiar with the matter described Angelina’s conduct as “consistently vindictive” and “another example of this person trying to circumvent the rules.” According to the source, “This is pretty consistent with this person’s behavior and is why she has been deemed ‘not credible’ based on the testimony of numerous experts, medical professionals, therapists and others who know her best in the recent ruling of the custodial case.”


Tom Cruise Surprises Hikers After Alighting a Helicopter and Parachute Jumping off a Cliff

Tom Cruise, 59, stunned some hikers in England’s Lake District when his chopper landed near their walking trail. Cruise evacuated the helicopter alongside a few other passengers and then parachuted from a nearby cliff. The actor was rehearsing for a stunt.

The hikers told The Sun they were “totally flabbergasted” by the meeting. “I certainly wasn’t expecting to bump into Tom Cruise during my hike,” said Andras Katica.

“But he was really friendly and offered to have his picture taken. He looked like he was having a great time but was also clearly involved in some serious work for the filming,” said the hiker.

Cruise, who is infamous for performing nearly all of his own stunts regardless of how dangerous they are, is presently filming “Mission Impossible 7” in several places throughout Europe.

“By the time he parachuted away, there was a little crowd gathered, but Tom didn’t show any sign of nerves. He obviously loves the thrill of being involved in his own stunts,” Katica continued.

Cruise recently made a family’s day by landing his chopper in their garden.

According to BBC News, the actor required a location for his helicopter and chose Alison Webb’s Warwickshire yard. Not only did Cruise had picture with Webb’s husband and children, but he also had a pilot fly the family to a meeting.


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Webb told the BBC that she received a call from a “VIP who was running late” in need of a spot to land due to the closure of the local airport.

“I thought it would be kind of cool for the kids to see the helicopter land in the garden,” she stated. “[Tom Cruise] basically arrived and got out and it was like ‘Wow.'”

Webb explained, “He went straight over to the children for a chat, then came over and elbow bumped us and said thank you very much. Then he said if the kids would like, they could go up in the helicopter.”

“It turned out to be an incredible day,” she excitedly shared. “It was surreal; I still can’t believe it happened.”


Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ First Edition Sells for a Record-Breaking $1.17 Million

Last week, the first edition of Mary Shelley’s renowned Gothic novel Frankenstein broke expectations when it fetched a stunning $1.17 million at Christie’s. According to sources, the three-volume collection shattered the previous auction record for a woman’s printed work. The pre-sale estimate for the lot was between $200,000 and $300,000.

The previous record for a printed book by a woman was in 2008, when the first edition of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel Emma fetched around $205,000, according to Alison Flood of the Guardian.

The record-breaking edition of Frankenstein is notable for its preservation of the original boards. These blueish gray pasteboards cover each volume. Publishers in the nineteenth century utilized these temporary covers to bind and sell books, anticipating that the tomes’ new owners would soon replace them with a permanent cover.

“The [book] is incredibly fragile and as a result very scarce, so a copy like this, particularly in fine condition, is highly desirable to collectors,” Christie’s spokesperson tells the Guardian. “Overall, it’s a very strong market, and we are seeing increased demand for fine examples of literary high spots.”

According to Christie’s, this is the first edition of Frankenstein to sell at auction since 1985. It is one of the rare first editions offered by the auction house to sell out of Theodore B. Baum’s antique book collection. Additionally, copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day (1919), and James Joyce’s Dubliners (1919) were sold (1914). According to the statement, sales from Baum’s collection totaled more than $9 million.

In 1816, while on a trip to Lake Geneva with her soon-to-be husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friend, the renowned poet Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin wrote the first draft of her breakthrough novel. Stuck indoors during a chilly summer in the aftermath of an Indonesian volcanic eruption, the writers raced to craft the most captivating ghost story.


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“I busied myself to think of a story,” Shelley later recalled, “… [o]ne which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart.”

Shelley was attempting to sleep when inspiration hit. Inspired by her foreboding surroundings and recent discussions of galvanism, which suggested that scientists could use electricity to simulate life or resurrect the dead, the 18-year-old writer began writing the story of Victor Frankenstein, an obsessive scientist who brings a humanoid “creature” to life, and the subsequent tale of terrifying consequences.

Frankenstein is now widely considered a fundamental, prescient work of science fiction.