Newswire: CBS is just crowdsourcing its police procedurals now

Because nothing says “crime-solving genius” like a million people shouting “FIRST” over a picture of a severed head, CBS has announced that it’s picked up a new pilot about crowdsourcing murder investigations via the internet. Based on an Israeli series of the same name, Wisdom Of The Crowd is just the latest TV procedural to follow the trend of brilliant tech billionaires “disrupting” the world of public services. (See also: CBS’s already canceled medical drama Pure Genius, and Fox’s upcoming high-tech cop show APB.)

This time, the innovator in question has a personal motive for his fancy new techniques: solving his daughter’s murder. To that end, our hero creates his own “cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub” in order to allow San Francisco residents to start solving their own damn crimes for a change. The Good Wife’s Ted Humphrey will write the series; he’ll serve as an …

Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement From Touring

If you want to see Aretha Franklin in concert, you best buy your tickets now.

The legendary soul singer has announced that she will cease touring after this year. “I am retiring this year,” Franklin told WDIV Local 4 in Detroit. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” she continued. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

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Franklin also said that she would return to the studio this year to record a new album, noting that it will be “multi-directional.”

“We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said. “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie [Wonder]. There’s only one Stevie, right?”

Franklin is one of the most celebrated performers of the 20th century. Her hits such as “Respect,” “Think” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” remain classics to this day, with each song topping the R&B charts upon its release.

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In her career, Franklin has won 18 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin, who turns 75 this year, has been recently suffering from ill health: in 2010, she had to cancel shows for medical reasons and underwent emergency abdominal surgery. Last year, she also cancelled shows due to illness.

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Katherine Jackson Accuses Her Nephew of Abuse in Court Docs

Katherine Jackson, the mother of deceased pop superstar Michael Jackson, has obtained a temporary restraining order against her nephew, who she says has been abusive to her, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.

The request for the restraining order says that Jackson’s daughter and other family members have witnessed “ongoing abuse” by Trent Lamar Jackson, and that “years of mental/emotional abuse have left Mrs. Jackson in a constant state of fear and confusion.”

The request also claims that the younger Jackson has accessed her bank accounts and credit cards without authorization. The court papers also claim that he’s made himself a core custodian of Katherine Jackson “to control her every move.”

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“Trent’s abuse has been deliberate and calculated for years to manipulate Mrs. Jackson so that he could assume control of her finances, stay rent-free in her guest house, and estrange her from her children,” the papers read.

The papers claim that Jackson, 86, is fearful of how her nephew will react since she’s terminated his employment as her driver.

The younger Jackson has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from his aunt, and has been told not to enter the gated community where she lives.

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He’s also been instructed to return all keys, passwords and combinations to her property, and to not use her credit cards or bank accounts.

A hearing on the matter has been set for March 1.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Short Documentary Oscar Nominees on Earning Trust, Telling Life and Death Stories (Exclusive Video)

Making a documentary often requires directors to gain the trust of their subjects, which can be a delicate process. Dan Krauss certainly knew that would be the case when making “Extremis,” a film about the tough decisions families and doctors have to face when dealing with ICU patients who are being kept alive on respirators.

“You have to imagine approaching people on what may be the worst day of their life and ask them if you can film it,” Krauss told Steve Pond at TheWrap’s Screening Series. “I approached it very gingerly, always without a camera, and always with the introduction of a physician.

“I had a conversation about the goals of the film, and people for obvious reasons felt uncomfortable with participating in the film,” he said. “I got a lot more ‘no’ than I did ‘yes.’ But for the people who did say ‘yes’ … they saw the camera not as an intrusive presence but as an opportunity to connect to other people.”

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For his hard work, Krauss has earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, and Tuesday night he spoke to TheWrap at the Landmark Theaters at Westside Pavilion about his work with his fellow nominees. Joining Krauss were directors Daphne Matziaraki (“4.1 Miles”), Marcel Mettelsiefen (“Watani: My Homeland”), Orlando von Einsiedel (“The White Helmets”), and Kahane Cooperman, along with producer Raphaela Neihausen (“Joe’s Violin”).

The other directors also talked about how convincing people to let them tell their story on camera took months or even years. For “4.1 Miles,” Matziaraki wanted to film the efforts of a rescue boat on the Greek island of Lesbos as they aid refugees from the Middle East in danger of drowning while crossing the Aegean Sea. She says that these boats were originally used for tourist cruises and their crews had to undergo CPR and other medical training before they could go out and rescue refugees.

“When I realized that the captain and the coast guard was a great place to tell this story, I had to get access on this boat,” Matziaraki said. “I tried for months and months to get access, but I couldn’t because it’s a very bureaucratic process with the ministries of Greece … The footage that you see on these boats comes from a single day. I was on the boat for three weeks and this was from the first day.”

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Mettelsiefen told the story of Syrian refugees from a more grounded perspective. His film, “Watani, My Homeland,” shows the struggle of the refugees who do make it into Europe by following three children who start a new life in Germany after their father, Syrian rebel commander Abu Ali, was captured by ISIS. Mettelsiefen said he had been covering the conflict in Syria for several years and decided in 2013 that he wanted to change gears and talk about how the war affects children. That is when he met Ali, several years before the violence escalated, and after a brief discussion he was allowed to follow Ali’s children for three years.

“I started not knowing what’s going to happen,” he said. “Obviously it was not easy to go in and out and follow these children as it became more dangerous. Then, when [Ali] disappeared, I took this decision to leave again. The most difficult decision I had after filming was how I was going to end this with the jeopardy so high in Syria. Then they ended up in Germany … and I realized that it’s time that needs to dictate the speed of the film to show how all these characters changed.”

Von Einsiedel also had to deal with the danger of the Syrian crisis while making “The White Helmets,” which chronicles the deadly missions undertaken by a team of volunteer rescue workers from the Syrian Civil Defense as they rescue civilians from collapsed buildings in Aleppo after Russian bombings. Einsiedel said the White Helmets were very willing to speak about their work, but the film crew was not allowed to follow the rescue team during their missions in Aleppo because they risked being targeted by ISIS, who have hunted down and killed foreigners and journalists in Syria. Instead, the footage taken from Aleppo was filmed by the White Helmets themselves.

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“When we began this project, we thought it should be a feature because there is so much story to tell,” Einsiedel said. “But it just didn’t feel right spending two years making a film about what’s going on in Syria. We felt we really needed to make this film as quickly as possible because it’s just so urgent. With a short, we manage to make it in seven months.”

The most uplifting offering on the list is “Joe’s Violin,” a story about Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and his beloved violin. Director Cooperman says that she learned about Joe and his violin shortly after ending an 18-year run as a segment producer for “The Daily Show.” She heard on the radio about how a violin belonging to a Holocaust survivor had been donated to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls (BGLIG), which gives young New York girls a chance at an in-depth arts education.

Producer Neihausen said that it took several months of negotiations with BGLIG to get the opportunity to bring their cameras into the school and to talk with Brianna Perez, the daughter of Dominican immigrants who was presented with Joe’s violin as a reward for her hard work mastering the instrument.

“We had to get about three hundred or four hundred release forms from the parents of every girl in the school before we could film,” Neihausen said.

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But once they had access, Cooperman and Neihausen were able to show the passion for music that Joe and Brianna shared. When the two finally met for the first time, Brianna showed her appreciation for Joe’s gift by playing a piece by Edvard Grieg whose lyrics Joe’s mother sent to him in a letter after their family was separated by the Holocaust. Joe’s mother did not survive, as she was killed in the Treblinka death camps.

Cooperman said that after a career in TV comedy, she wanted to get back to what originally drove her to get behind a camera: the belief that every person has a story to tell. To her, Joe Feingold and Brianna Perez are a testament to that belief.

“Growing up, I would look at buildings with lots of windows and wonder ‘Who lives in there? What’s their life like?’ I believe that behind every window is a whole story,” she said. “Making this film was two stories that combined into one. It’s not really about a violin, it’s about how people survive and get through life. Documentaries have the ability to show us … the choices people make, and how they open themselves up to cameras and to filmmakers is the most generous thing in the world.”

All the Oscar nominated short films in the live action, animated, and documentary categories are arriving in theaters for a limited time starting this Friday. Click here to find a screening near you.

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Newswire: Nathan Fillion to guest star on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as an actor from a cop show

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Nathan Fillion is set to appear on an episode of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it sounds like his whole character is based on a famous TV character that Fillion used to play. No, he’s not a space cowboy, he’s an actor working on a cop show—you know, like the one Fillion was on for eight years until CBS unceremoniously axed the show last May. In other words, self-referential Castle jokes are the new self-referential Firefly jokes.

The episode will revolve around a murder happening on the set of a TV show called Serve & Protect, with Fillion’s character offering to help Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz solve the case by drawing on his years of experience as an actor who pretends to solve crimes. Ally McBeal’s Greg Germann will also be there playing the Dick Wolf-esque executive producer of …

President Trump’s Anti-Nordstrom Tweet Polarizes Twitter

President Donald Trump divided Twitter on Wednesday morning when he called the department store Nordstrom “terrible” after it announced last week it would stop selling Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessory line.

My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017

Trump’s tweet briefly impacted Wall Street, as shares of Nordstrom tumbled a few cents before quickly recovering.

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The message by POTUS quickly made Nordstrom the top trend on Twitter, with some calling for a boycott of the brand and others expressing concern over Trump’s priorities and ability to affect the stock market.

Former CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted, “Man defends daughter against pathetically petty act of political spite by corporate entity – and HE’S the villain,” while another user wrote, “If liberal elites would get out of their coastal bubble they would know rural white working class voters are obsessed with Nordstrom.”

Meanwhile, a different user wrote, “Really don’t need anything from ‪@Nordstrom today but it feels like a beautiful day to spend some money there.”

The brand responded, writing, “Based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”

Check out some of the polarizing reaction:

Any shareholder of Nordstrom now has standing to take legal action against Trump for using the office of the President to benefit his family

— NatlParksUnderground (@NatParkUndrgrnd) February 8, 2017

Next time you think about buying at Nordstrom, just remember they hate you.#BoycottNordstom@Nordstrom#KeepEvilOut

— Redeemed Suzy (@suzydymna) February 8, 2017

Cue all the rednecks who’ve never stepped foot in a Nordstrom’s to announce they’re boycotting Nordstrom’s.

— Madame Ovary (@JaneErrrr) February 8, 2017

While Trump tweets about @Nordstrom and #FAKENEWS
What’s #PresidentBannon doing?

Slight of hand is not just for magicians.

— Claudia (@theClaudiaInez) February 8, 2017

@POTUS: It’s called business. You act crazy, demand drops for her line, @Nordstrom must adjust supply & demand. ECON 101. ????

— Kirk Patrick Miller (@Chaos2Cured) February 8, 2017

I shop at Nordstrom and would never buy Ivanka’s brand because of her father. Others like me = declining sales. Not surprising! #Nordstrom

— karenfinder (@kfinder) February 8, 2017

Just Cancelled my Nordstrom credit card that I have had for 10 years

— Deplorable Infidel (@DanaRuxi123) February 8, 2017

Following and buying @Nordstrom now. ???????????????? #UniteBlue #PDMFNB #p2 #resist

— Laurel Davila (@laureldavilacpa) February 8, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump Frederick Douglass manages the Nordstrom in Bowling Green. You might want to check that one out.

— Chris Weeks (@_chrisweeks) February 8, 2017

Yeah, the way Nordstrom detained her, separated her from her family, defied the constitution and…oh wait, that’s what you did to refugees.

— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 8, 2017

Official @POTUS acct retweeted Trump’s personal acct tweet trying to benefit his daughter financially by attacking Nordstrom:#CORRUPTION

— …she persisted. ???? (@leahmcelrath) February 8, 2017

Isn’t this tweet about Nordstrom a conflict of interest, and a violation of Emoluments Clause?..(asking for a friend)

— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 8, 2017

I’ve waited years for the day to come where I could count shopping at @Nordstrom as my patriotic duty ????????

— Marjan Charness (@marjanelise) February 8, 2017

Trump: Nordstrom Has Treated My Daughter So Unfairly

Me: Oh rly? *Goes to Nordstrom website*

— The NYC Film Chick (@TheNYCFilmChick) February 8, 2017

@realDonaldTrump seriously you have nothing better to do but whine about Ivanka and Nordstrom? Well, that’s just the start! #GrabYourWallet

— SOSAmerika (@1973USC) February 8, 2017

Reading the replies to @Nordstrom from all the people who live in the middle of nowhere and have never shopped at Nordstrom speak of boycott

— Carlin (@CarlinChase) February 8, 2017

Really @Nordstrom?? Call it what it is! How dare you try and punish Ivanka Trump because you disagree with her dad’s policies. #Absurd.

Pink Lady 4 Trump♥ (@pink_lady56) February 8, 2017

If liberal elites would get out of their coastal bubble they would know rural white working class voters are obsessed with Nordstrom.

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 8, 2017

Man defends daughter against pathetically petty act of political spite by corporate entity – and HE’S the villain. #nordstrom #trump #ivanka

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2017


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Newswire: R.I.P. Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch

Bleeding Cool reports that Richard Hatch, the star of the original Battlestar Galactica, and an important part of its celebrated mid-2000s reboot, has died. Hatch—a former soap opera star who became a nationally recognized face thanks to his work on the sci-fi show, and who struggled for years to find success on his own terms—was 71.

A California native, Hatch made his way into acting in the 1970s, working as a guest star on everything from Barnaby Jones to The Waltons. He got his first big break in 1976, taking over the lead role on cop drama The Streets Of San Francisco when star Michael Douglas departed the series to pursue his film career. But the change was unpopular, and the show was quickly canceled. That seeming disappointment opened Hatch up for the opportunity that would come to define his career, when Glen A. Larson tapped him to …