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March 1, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Hollywood, movie deals involving millions of dollars are routinely made with a simple handshake. It's often the case that a film has been completed before the lawyers work out the details and the star signs a contract. This may be common in industry circles. But will it make sense to a jury of Los Angeles County residents? That's the question this week as actress Kim Basinger confronts charges that she backed out of a movie she allegedly had agreed to star in. Main Line Pictures Inc.
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June 26, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Woody Allen's longtime friend and movie producer Jean Doumanian claims the director overspent on films that failed to make money, according to a countersuit the producer filed Monday. Responding to Allen's breach-of-contract suit filed against her last month, Doumanian denied ever cheating Allen.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1993 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of actor Brandon Lee has filed suit against the Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. and 13 other corporations and individuals, alleging that their negligence was responsible for her son's "agonizing pain, suffering and untimely death" last March on the set of the movie "The Crow."
BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | Reuters
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1994 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of Geoffrey Bowers, a lawyer who brought one of the first AIDS employment discrimination cases in the United States, has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Hollywood producer Scott Rudin, TriStar Pictures and the creators of the movie "Philadelphia," charging that the film is substantially based on Bowers' story.
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March 9, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she first perused the script for "Boxing Helena," actress Kim Basinger testified Monday, she felt it was the strangest piece she had ever read. After all, she told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, it was a story about a woman with no arms and no legs, a character who basically was "just a head." "When I read the piece," Basinger said, "I just felt I had to meet the mind behind this idea."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Actor Jean Claude Van Damme has lost his effort to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he "willfully" injured a man during the filming of a fight scene. The ruling clears the way for a possible trial in February. Jason (Rock) Pinckney of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit in July, 1991, claiming Van Damme struck him in the left eye with a sword during a fight scene for the movie, "Cyborg." The suit, which seeks more than $10,000, says Pinckney suffered permanent eyesight loss in the eye.
BUSINESS
June 4, 1993 | ALAN CITRON
With the exception of Frank Sinatra, it is tough to imagine anyone who has been up and down and over and out more than producer Robert Evans. He was Hollywood's golden boy in the 1970s, before drugs and a thorny murder case knocked him off his lofty perch. Now, just as he is supposed to be staging his comeback with the movie "Sliver," trouble is trailing him again.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1992 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two executive producers of "Batman" on Thursday sued Warner Bros. and the producing team of Peter Guber and Jon Peters, contending that they were cheated out of millions of dollars when the fifth-highest grossing film of all time showed a supposed net loss of $20 million. In two companion suits filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan seek $8 million in damages.
NEWS
September 25, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL and EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sondra Locke wrested a fistful of dollars Tuesday from former lover and co-star Clint Eastwood, settling a fraud suit against the Academy Award-winning director she contended sabotaged her career after their 1989 split. The amount of the monetary settlement was not disclosed. The 48-year-old Locke said that she felt vindicated by what she considers a victory for "the little person." During the trial, she referred to Eastwood as "The Unfightable One."
BUSINESS
December 22, 2000 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2000 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jury is still out on exactly what media consolidation means to those who actually watch television shows, but one group already appears to be making out handsomely because of it--lawyers. Such concentration of the media is known as "vertical integration," because massive corporations control every aspect of programming, including its production, distribution and exhibition.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Jeffrey Katzenberg's expert witness and a Walt Disney Co. lawyer clashed Tuesday over how rosy the future is for Disney products since the profit will be used to calculate Katzenberg's lucrative bonus. Katzenberg, the former head of Disney's movie studio, is suing the company for at least $250 million, representing what he contends is his share of future profits of all films and merchandise generated during his 10 years there.
NEWS
May 20, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A court referee on Wednesday ruled that Walt Disney Co. breached former studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg's contract in 1994, should pay interest on a bonus withheld from him after he left the company and also should include sales from Disney-generated merchandise in computing how much money he is owed. Disney had argued that Katzenberg was not entitled to a special bonus because he left the company two years before his contract expired. But retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul G.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Los Angeles jury on Thursday awarded Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola a hefty $20 million in a lawsuit against Warner Bros. claiming the studio interfered with his plans to make a version of the classic tale "Pinocchio." Coppola--acclaimed director of the "Godfather" movies and "Apocalypse Now"--argued that Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1991 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paramount Pictures has announced the extension of its relationship with Eddie Murphy with whom they have been associated since the actor's 1982 motion picture debut in "48 HRS." Under the terms of the agreement, he will continue to produce in television as well as feature films and star in four films for the studio--two of which he owed Paramount under terms of his existing deal plus two additional movies.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg's breach-of-contract lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. took an explosive, bitter turn Tuesday as Chairman Michael Eisner acknowledged in testimony that he may have once said of Katzenberg, "I hate the little midget," and that he thought a Katzenberg contract demand was "greedy."
BUSINESS
February 27, 1999 | Associated Press
A federal judge rejected Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s motion for summary judgment in a legal fight with Sony Corp. over rights to the lucrative James Bond movie franchise, clearing the way for an April trial. MGM asked the court for a summary judgment in its lawsuit accusing Sony of attempting to steal the Bond franchise. U.S.
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