March 18, 1992 |
If Art Buchwald won the first two phases of his breach-of-contract trial against Paramount Pictures, many Hollywood insiders agree that he fared poorly in the third. Given Judge Harvey A. Schneider's determination that "Coming to America" was based on Buchwald's treatment and the judge's conclusion that the studio's net profit formula is essentially unfair, the award of $150,000 to Buchwald and $750,000 to his producing partner Alain Bernheim was seen as surprisingly low.
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March 17, 1992 |
In a decision closely watched by Hollywood, a Los Angeles judge Monday ordered Paramount Pictures to pay humor columnist Art Buchwald and his producing partner $900,000 in a breach of contract suit over the Eddie Murphy film "Coming to America." The ruling by Superior Court Judge Harvey A. Schneider was far lower than the $6.2 million sought by attorneys for Buchwald and producer Alain Bernheim, but sizable nonetheless.
March 7, 1992 |
Film critic Michael Medved was paid $200 an hour to assist Paramount Pictures in defending the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by syndicated columnist Art Buchwald, he testified Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Medved, co-host of "Sneak Previews," a weekly program carried nationally on public television, said he is a sometime "script doctor" who occasionally writes screenplays, although none has been turned into a film. He said he sometimes gives movie producers marketing advice.
March 7, 1992 |
Barry Blaustein, the co-screenwriter of "Coming to America," denounced writer Art Buchwald and producer Alain Bernheim for claiming credit for "creating" the 1988 hit comedy, as testimony in the long-running civil case ended Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. "Ideas do not make a movie--a successful movie," said Blaustein, going public with his anger for the first time since Buchwald filed the suit against Paramount Pictures in 1988.
March 3, 1992 |
Humorist Art Buchwald and producer Alain Bernheim should receive between $5 million and $10 million for their contributions to the 1988 hit comedy, "Coming to America," their attorney told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday as the third phase of their trial against Paramount Pictures began.
March 2, 1992 |
Some of the scenes are likely to run on too long, and a few of the performances may well be less than scintillating. But the story line for the long-awaited Buchwald vs. Paramount Pictures: Part III, which debuts today, promises to have plenty of audience appeal. It is being billed as a rare inside glimpse into just how money is made in Hollywood.