Hertz to buy 65,000 electric cars from Polestar

new York CNN Business — Swedish electric car maker Polestar is selling up to 65,000 electric vehicles to Hertz over the next five years, the companies announced Monday. The move follows an order Hertz placed for 100,000 electric cars made by Tesla in October 2021. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath previously told Automotive News Europe that … Read more

Disney-branded hand sanitizers recalled due to carcinogen

CNN — Two lots of Disney-branded hand sanitizer featuring Mickey Mouse and baby Yoda from The Mandalorian have been voluntarily recalled by Best Brands Consumer Products, according to a company statement shared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA testing detected the presence of benzene in The Mandalorian branded product and methanol in the … Read more

NCAA Women’s Final Four: Stanford vs. UConn is the match to watch

CNN — This weekend, the three most successful NCAA college basketball coaches take to the sidelines hoping to guide their teams to a championship. One of those coaches, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, has received the lion’s share of the attention, but it’s actually on the women’s side of the game where the match-up of coaching titans … Read more

Chris Rock didn’t want Will Smith removed, Oscars producer Will Packer says

CNN — Like many people who watched the encounter that ended with Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage Sunday at the Academy Awards ceremony, Oscars lead producer Will Packer thought it was a planned bit. But as Smith – angered by a joke Rock told about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith – yelled obscenities … Read more

Amazon union vote counts are underway for two warehouses

CNN Business — Amazon has gone 27 years without a union in the United States. Now it’s about to find out whether workers at two warehouses have voted to unionize. Vote tallies in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, and a do-over election at facility in Bessemer, Alabama, are … Read more

Academy initiates ‘disciplinary proceedings’ against Will Smith over Oscars incident

CNN — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has “initiated disciplinary proceedings” against actor Will Smith over his actions at Sunday’s Oscars, the group announced on Wednesday. “Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, … Read more

US oil briefly sinks below $100 after Russia says it will ‘drastically reduce’ assault on Kyiv

new York CNN Business — Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday after Russia indicated it will dial back its assault in parts of Ukraine. The developments eased energy supply fears that sent oil prices skyrocketing earlier this month. US oil tumbled as much as 7% to a low of $98.44 a barrel Tuesday morning. Brent, … Read more

Will Smith appeared to strike Chris Rock on Oscars telecast

CNN — Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which did not appear to go over well with her husband Will Smith. While presenting the award for best documentary, Rock joked, “Jada I love you, ‘GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.” The camera cut to Pinkett Smith, who rolled … Read more

Three times when real events challenged The Oscars

CNN — Like any awards show, the Oscars are built on the inherently self-absorbed notion that what happens in the room and who takes home the trophies matters, in what should be a welcome distraction from the outside world. Occasionally, though, world events have cast such a large shadow that they can’t be ignored. And … Read more

Netflix has been trying to win best picture. This might finally be the year

new York CNN Business — Netflix has accomplished a lot in Hollywood: It’s partnered with notable filmmakers, produced buzzy hit films and launched the streaming craze that revolutionized the industry. Yet there’s one coveted Tinseltown accolade Netflix (NFLX) hasn’t received: the Academy Award for best picture. That could change this weekend. Netflix’s film “The Power … Read more