March 7, 2001 |
A small Detroit publishing firm won a $19-million lawsuit against 20th Century Fox after a jury in Michigan agreed that the movie studio had stolen the script for a hit Christmas movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Murray Hill Publications claimed in the lawsuit that the script for the 1996 movie "Jingle All the Way" bore a remarkable resemblance to the screenplay "Could This Be Christmas?" written by high school teacher Brian Alan Webster.
December 22, 2000 |
German entertainment company Intertainment and flamboyant film producer Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures sued each other on Thursday as a long-simmering feud among the partners spilled into the courts. Intertainment sued Franchise in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging it was duped by Franchise into overpaying by $75 million for the European rights to such films as "Battlefield Earth," "Get Carter" and "The Whole Nine Yards." Intertainment lawyer Scott A.
November 12, 2000 |
They color over the gray, fudge birthdates, drop shows prior to 1997 from their resumes and buy trendy outfits for meetings with producers. One sitcom veteran said that, before she attends a meeting, she goes to a salon to have her eyebrows plucked, her make-up applied and her hair blown out. That's nothing, she said, compared with her friends who try to vanquish wrinkles with collagen injections. Aging actors trying to win parts written for ingenues? Nope.
July 11, 2000 |
"Austin Powers" star Mike Myers returned fire Monday in an intensifying legal battle over aborted plans to make the movie "Sprockets." The star countersued Universal Pictures for damages in excess of $20 million alleging assault and invasion of privacy, as well as fraud. The countersuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, follows a $30-million breach of contract suit filed last week by Imagine Entertainment, which was producing "Sprockets" for Universal.
June 8, 2000 |
It's hardball time again in Hollywood. Universal Pictures has sued "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers for breach of contract, angered that the comedian has abruptly walked away from his new film, "Sprockets," which was due to begin shooting in early August. The movie, Myers' first project since last summer's runaway hit "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," was slated to be Universal's big summer comedy for 2001.
December 2, 1999 |
A black film director's race-discrimination lawsuit against the major film studios and television networks will continue after an appellate court reversed a district court's decision to dismiss the case. Jamaa Fanaka sued the film and TV companies after they decided not to hire him as a director. A separate district court decision to dismiss a similar suit brought by Fanaka against the Directors Guild of America was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.