“Captain Phillips” Up For Six Oscars – Update

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Update: "Captain Phillips" unfortunately walked away with no Oscars wins tonight. Update from original article posted January 16, 2014 The blockbuster film "Captain Phillips" is up for a total of 6 Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for the first-time Somali actor who played the pirate leader, Muse. "Captain Phillips", … [Read more...]

Heroin Abuse Linked to Deaths of Maersk Line Security Contractors

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The Seychelles Police released the autopsy report today on the two American security contractors who died aboard the containership Maersk Alabama last week, concluding that the cause of death was "respiratory failure, with suspicion of myocardial infarction (heart attack)," according to the report. The Police preliminary investigation report includes suspicion of drug use … [Read more...]

Drugs Found On Maersk Alabama Where Security Contractors Died

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An investigation into the deaths of two American security contractors by the Seychelles Police Force has confirmed the presence of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the cabin of the Maersk Alabama where the bodies of the two men were found Tuesday. A statement from Maersk Line, Limited late Thursday confirmed what some had suspected about the mysterious deaths onboard the … [Read more...]

Mystery Cloaks Maersk Alabama Deaths -UPDATE

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Update: Drugs Linked to Maersk Alabama Security Contractor Deaths  The discovery of two dead American security contractors in a cabin onboard the U.S.-flagged containership Maersk Alabama has left the entire maritime industry wondering what exactly happened. The two men, who were part of a privately-contracted security team providing counter-piracy protection services … [Read more...]

Captain Phillips Movie Hero or Lawsuit Villian?

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By Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg The big movie this weekend is the well-reviewed Captain Phillips, a high-seas piracy drama based on a 2009 hijacking in which Tom Hanks plays the eponymous Richard Phillips. In real life, some of Phillips’s former crew members are complaining about how Hollywood told their story. The unhappy seamen allege that the filmmakers, in their … [Read more...]

‘Captain Phillips’ Torn From the Headlines, But Tells an Old Story

A team from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tows the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama to Boxer to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, April 13, 2009. U.S. Navy Photo

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Paul Greengrass' new thriller, "Captain Phillips," is torn from the headlines, but the British director sees the story of an American ship captain's ordeal with Somali pirates as a timeless tale of poverty-stricken criminals and a run-in with the law. "These young men get involved for the same reason that young men got … [Read more...]