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Quick Takes: 'Bachelor' suit dismissed

October 16, 2012

A class-action lawsuit filed by two Nashville men who alleged that ABC's dating shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" intentionally excluded people of color has been dismissed.

Lawyers for Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson had claimed in U.S. District Court that both shows over the last 10 years and 23 combined seasons had never featured a person of color in the central role.

The defendants, including ABC and Warner Horizon Television, which produces the franchise, defended the casting on First Amendment grounds. Judge Aleta A. Trauger agreed, saying that the plaintiffs "seek to drive an artificial wedge between casting decisions and the end product, which itself is indisputably protected as speech by the First Amendment."

—Greg Braxton

'2016' movie is made available

With a tightly contested presidential election less than a month away, the successful right-wing documentary "2016: Obama's America" is available for purchase and rentals.

The producers of the movie, which grossed a surprisingly strong $33.3 million at the box office this summer (the fourth-highest amount ever for a documentary), announced the film would be offered on DVD on Tuesday. It became available for purchase and rent online in the last few days.

In addition, the filmmakers are making a special license available for groups, including churches, to screen the picture — a clear effort to provide entertainment for conservative organizations looking to rally ahead of the election.

—Ben Fritz

Industry eyes for screenwriters

Struggling screenwriters searching for a way into Hollywood have been handed a new opportunity courtesy of Franklin Leonard, the creator of the Black List, an annual compendium of the best unproduced screenplays.

The list, which has become a barometer for quality screenwriting and launched its own website last year (www.blcklst.com), now allows screenwriters to upload their scripts to the site for $25 a month. The scripts will be available to the 1,000 industry professionals who currently subscribe to the site monthly.

Should these aspiring screenwriters want more access to Hollywood insiders, they are able to pay $50 for an evaluation by one of Leonard's professional script readers.

—Nicole Sperling

'Wimpy Kid' diaries go digital

Jeff Kinney is one of the most popular children's book authors on the planet. More than 75 million copies of the first six books in his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series are in print in 41 languages. They just haven't been available in a digital format. But that's about to change.

The series' publisher, Amulet Books, announced Monday that it would release the first six titles in the illustrated series as Wimp-E-Books. The e-books will be available for download on Oct. 30 and are available for pre-order now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

They haven't been available digitally due to a combination of technical issues and Kinney's personal reservations. He said both have now been overcome to his satisfaction.

—Susan Carpenter

Rolling Stones set four dates

After postponing a planned 50th anniversary tour to 2013, the Rolling Stones have set concert dates to celebrate the occasion in London and the New York area.

The small run of shows start on Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, followed by Dec. 13 and 15 outings at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The concerts will be the band's first shows as a complete act — with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood — in five years.

—August Brown

Finally

Globe hosts: NBC funnywomen Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes on Jan. 13.

"Idol" album: "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips will issue his debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," on Nov. 19.

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