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The Cricket’s Daily 3: Tabloid apologizes, and pays up

First Published      Last Updated Feb 27 2014 07:12 am

Here's what's being talked about today in pop culture:

• A New York playwright and friend of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has received an undisclosed settlement from The National Enquirer, after the playwright sued the tabloid for $50 million over printed accusations that were quickly proved to be false. The playwright, David Bar Katz, is using the money to start a foundation for emerging playwrights. [The New York Times]

• PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien had his left arm amputated, after a minor accident while in Asia turned into a life-threatening problem. [Entertainment Weekly]

• The rank-and-file of the movie industry is showing support for Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old film-crew member killed in an on-set accident last week in Georgia. There's an online petition to get Jones included in the "In Memoriam" tribute at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, and there's a Facebook page called "Slates for Sarah" in which film crews from all over have memorialized Jones on their camera slates. [Care2, Facebook]