Estate of Denial news clips (4/11/16)

John Steinbeck Heirs Now Feuding Over Steven Spielberg ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Adaptation

The Hollywood Reporter

April 4, 2016

Over the years, major Hollywood studios have flirted with making new adaptations of John Steinbeck’s major works including The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and East of Eden. But the long-running, messy dispute among the author’s heirs has provided a headache for any film producer daring to move forward. On Friday, new court papers were filed that put alleged interference on movie deals front-and-center, including a Steven Spielberg adaptation of Grapes of Wrath potentially starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

On one side of the battle are those who succeeded Elaine Steinbeck, the author’s late third wife, who was the primary beneficiary of copyrights in her husband’s will. In particular, Elaine’s daughter, Waverly Scott Kaffaga, and agents at McIntosh & Otis see themselves as being entitled to controlling Steinbeck’s literary properties thanks to the will and later settlement agreements.


Roberts: R.B. and Marge showed us love has no expiration date (AZ)

The Arizona Republic 

April 6, 2016

I’m thinking of R.B. Sleeth today. Of finding love when you least expect it and fighting for happy endings.

I’m thinking of R.B., who had a good life — except when the state of Arizona tried to protect him.


Redstone Case Spotlights Rise in Competency Litigation

The Wall Street Journal

April 6, 2016

A high-profile legal dispute over the mental health of media mogul Sumner Redstone is shedding light on what many legal and medical experts say is a growing trend: messy litigation that questions the competency of the elderly.

Typically, beneficiaries wait until after a person’s death to challenge a will or trust. But as life spans lengthen and wealth accumulates among the aging, impatient family members and other close contacts increasingly look to secure inheritances before death, fueling disputes.


West Maui families to protest sale of Kahoma Valley land (HI)

Lahaina News

April 7, 2016

LAHAINA – Some 270 acres above Lahaina in Kahoma Valley are not up for grabs. So say a force of local families standing up last weekend claiming the land, Apana 3A, is not for sale.

Led by Archie Kalepa, the list of ‘ohana gathering together along the Keawe Street Extension and Lahaina Bypass roadway Saturday morning represented hundreds from West Maui families in peaceful demonstration of their rights.