May 2, 2007 |
Veteran lawyer Bertram Fields drew sharply contrasting portraits during his closing argument Tuesday of two entertainment titans who have spent millions waging a fierce legal battle over the film "Sahara." Clive Cussler, 75, author of the popular Dirk Pitt adventure series, spent nearly every day of the 13-week trial in a downtown courtroom and several days taking "a pounding" on the witness stand, Fields said. "You really got to know him," Fields told the jury of nine women and three men.
May 1, 2007 |
As Clive Cussler stumbled through seven days of trial testimony during his legal showdown with billionaire Philip Anschutz, Judge John P. Shook expressed skepticism about the 75-year-old novelist's performance on the witness stand. "Mr. Cussler is smart like a fox," Shook said. "He has got an iron-trap mind. He knows what is going on here." The judge made the statement April 20 when he huddled with lawyers to discuss Cussler's responses before the jury.
April 26, 2007 |
The legal showdown between media mogul Philip Anschutz and novelist Clive Cussler over the film flop "Sahara" took a dramatic turn in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday when Anschutz's lead attorney unexpectedly rested his case.
April 23, 2007 |
For years, author Clive Cussler has boasted on his website that his Dirk Pitt adventure series sold more than 100 million books. He made the same claim in a 2005 legal document signed under penalty of perjury. But when pressed Friday on the witness stand, Cussler acknowledged he had been warned in the late 1990s that the 100 million number was unreliable.
April 11, 2007 |
In the film "Adaptation," a screenwriting instructor named Robert McKee humiliates a struggling scribe played by actor Nicolas Cage. Launching into an obscenity-laced tirade, the McKee character screams, "You, my friend, don't know crap about life! And why are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie? I don't have any bloody use for it!" The real-life McKee turned in an equally dramatic performance last week in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
April 5, 2007 |
Since Philip Anschutz became one of the nation's youngest billionaires at 42, he has enjoyed a low profile. The publicity-shy tycoon routinely refuses to talk to reporters, even though he owns daily newspapers in San Francisco, Washington and Baltimore. The last time he sat down for an on-the-record interview was in 1974. Anschutz also prefers to stay out of courthouses, despite spending a small fortune on litigation and attorney fees.