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February 3, 2007 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
A hotly contested Hollywood trial kicked off Friday with attorneys for bestselling author Clive Cussler and Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz offering starkly different accounts of who was responsible for the financial failure of the movie "Sahara." Lawyer Bertram Fields blamed Anschutz's production company, Crusader Entertainment, for gutting Cussler's novel by turning action hero Dirk Pitt into a "treasure-hunting rogue."
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May 16, 2007 | Kim Christensen and Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writers
After a marathon battle of big egos and a long-winded 14-week civil trial, author Clive Cussler and billionaire industrialist Philip Anschutz both claimed victory Tuesday, but neither walked away with the huge financial win he'd sought. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that Cussler breached his contract with the producers of the 2005 adventure film "Sahara," awarding Anschutz's Crusader Entertainment $5 million.
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May 16, 2007 | Kim Christensen and Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writers
After a marathon battle of big egos and a long-winded 14-week civil trial, author Clive Cussler and billionaire industrialist Philip Anschutz both claimed victory Tuesday, but neither walked away with the huge financial win he'd sought. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that Cussler breached his contract with the producers of the 2005 adventure film "Sahara," awarding Anschutz's Crusader Entertainment $5 million.
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February 3, 2007 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
A hotly contested Hollywood trial kicked off Friday with attorneys for bestselling author Clive Cussler and Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz offering starkly different accounts of who was responsible for the financial failure of the movie "Sahara." Lawyer Bertram Fields blamed Anschutz's production company, Crusader Entertainment, for gutting Cussler's novel by turning action hero Dirk Pitt into a "treasure-hunting rogue."
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December 8, 2006 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
PHILIP Anschutz made his first big splash in Hollywood five years ago when he cut a deal considered outlandish even by movie industry standards. The Denver industrialist not only agreed to pay $10 million per book for rights to the best-selling Dirk Pitt adventure novels, he gave author Clive Cussler extraordinary creative control over "Sahara," the movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz.
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May 3, 2007 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
After a small Hollywood production company teamed up with billionaire Philip Anschutz in 2000, Clive Cussler and his literary agent wasted little time upping their $3-million-per-book asking price for the popular Dirk Pitt adventure series. "What they really wanted was 10 million bucks per book," Anschutz's lead attorney, Marvin Putnam, said Wednesday during his closing arguments in a bruising legal battle over the film "Sahara." "And they lied to do it. They thought they could get away with it.
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