February 22, 2004 |
We talk about it as if it were a storm front, or a rock band, some highly concentrated force of nature given to predictable patterns of behavior offset by sudden inexplicable shifts in direction and secret internal activity -- this year, small films are hot, comedies are not.
March 6, 2005 |
In the annals of Hollywood movie piracy, Russell Sprague won't go down as the biggest offender. But he may be remembered as the most slippery. Federal authorities say he started copying movies illegally in the fledgling days of the home videocassette recorder, driving around Southern California in his 1975 Ford to deliver tapes of "Star Wars," "The Godfather" and James Bond movies.
March 24, 2004 |
A man accused of illegally copying more than 40 Academy Award "screeners" agreed to plead guilty to one count of copyright infringement, but a few hours later he unexpectedly balked at consummating the deal. A federal grand jury had indicted 51-year-old Russell W. Sprague of Homewood, Ill., on charges that he illegally copied movies he had received from actor Carmine Caridi. Appearing before Judge George H. King, Sprague admitted that he had made and redistributed more than 10 illegal copies.
February 13, 1989
More than 5,000 people, most of them men and many of them homeless Vietnam War veterans, were fed turkey or beef dinners Sunday at the Third Annual Homeless Heroes Feast sponsored bythe Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation. The event at Patriotic Hall, on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, was marked by the award of $80,000, raised from private sources by the organization, to 10 Vietnam veterans' organizations from throughout the country.
January 17, 2004 |
The FBI has joined the investigation into how a screener tape sent to an Oscar voter, actor Carmine Caridi, became the source of a pirated Internet copy of the romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give." An FBI spokesperson confirmed the bureau was looking into "the entire screener matter." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it would continue its own inquiry into how screeners intended for two academy members, Caridi and Ivan Kruglak, made it onto the Internet.
January 29, 2004 |
Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against actor Carmine Caridi and his friend Russell W. Sprague in connection with the piracy of Academy Awards "screener" tapes. The studios, which accused Caridi and Sprague of unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted material, are seeking minimum damages of $150,000 per pirated film from each defendant. The movies include "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" from Warner Bros.