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January 1, 1990 | From United Press International
Producer Sues MGM/UA Over TV Rights: The movie company that produced "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" filed a $28-million breach-of-contract suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against MGM/UA Entertainment Co. The Saul Zaentz Co. of Berkeley accused MGM/UA with licensing two of its films--"Cuckoo's Nest" and "Lord of the Rings"--in packages with lesser films and of failing to pay Zaentz its fair share of the proceeds. (Filed Dec. 28, 1989, Case No. C747745)
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January 1, 1990 | From United Press International
Producer Sues MGM/UA Over TV Rights: The movie company that produced "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" filed a $28-million breach-of-contract suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against MGM/UA Entertainment Co. The Saul Zaentz Co. of Berkeley accused MGM/UA with licensing two of its films--"Cuckoo's Nest" and "Lord of the Rings"--in packages with lesser films and of failing to pay Zaentz its fair share of the proceeds. (Filed Dec. 28, 1989, Case No. C747745)
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June 14, 1985
A judge has decided the Oscar-winning movie "Amadeus" doesn't belong to producer Saul Zaentz, sued for divorce by his wife who claims the film is community property. Superior Court Judge Isabella Horton Grant ruled this week that the movie about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the property of the Saul Zaentz Co., a Berkeley film company. According to court records, Saul Zaentz directly owns 5.6% of the company and is a beneficiary of 35% in common stock held by a trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1985
A judge has decided the Oscar-winning movie "Amadeus" doesn't belong to producer Saul Zaentz, sued for divorce by his wife who claims the film is community property. Superior Court Judge Isabella Horton Grant ruled this week that the movie about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the property of the Saul Zaentz Co., a Berkeley film company. According to court records, Saul Zaentz directly owns 5.6% of the company and is a beneficiary of 35% in common stock held by a trust.
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December 13, 1991
"Academy Standard Screenings" continues at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Milos Forman's 1984 multi-Oscar winner "Amadeus," starring Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham. An original 70-millimeter, six-track stereo print, courtesy of the Saul Zaentz Co., will be shown in the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Information: (213) 247-3000.
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June 6, 1985 | From Associated Press
"Amadeus" takes center stage Thursday in court as a judge begins the task of determining who owns the rights to the film and whether the producer's wife is entitled to a cut in a divorce settlement. Saul Zaentz, Berkeley-based producer of the Oscar-winning film, says the rights and $16.5 million were vested in the Saul Zaentz Co. "from the moment it committed to provide the production funds for the film."
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December 10, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Warner Bros. has succeeded in blocking the release of a low-budget knockoff the same week that "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Tuesday's scheduled  DVD and online release of "Age of the Hobbits" from "mockbuster" factory Global Asylum. The judge in Los Angeles found that "Age of the Hobbits" violates plaintiffs Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Saul Zaentz Co.'s "Hobbit" trademark, based on fantasy author J.R.R.
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December 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before pumping myself full of medicine. The Skinny: On Monday I said I wanted to stop my cold in its tracks. With that in mind I'm working from home today. One benefit is I won't have "Zero Dark Thirty" spoiled for me by all my co-workers who were at Monday's premiere. (I'm not that cool.) Tuesday's stories include a sports surcharge from DirecTV, a judge putting the brakes on a Hobbit knockoff and gossip heating up about what new chief Jeff Zucker has in store for CNN. Daily Dose: Clear Channel, the big radio station owner, is donating the license and transmitter for WDTW-AM in Detroit to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, a partner with Clear Channel in an initiative to increase minority ownership of radio stations.
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December 6, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Producer Saul Zaentz was so captivated when he read Peter Matthiessen's elusive, poetic novel "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," he yearned and burned for more than 20 years to turn it into a film. Finally, he succeeded, and though the finished product has some impressive virtues, it is not going to have the same effect that the book had not only on Zaentz but on an entire culture.
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March 19, 2006 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
DIRECTOR Matthew Warchus used to joke that it would be easier to toss a ring into a volcano than to mount a musical stage version of "The Lord of the Rings," the sprawling J.R.R. Tolkien literary epic. But lately he's discovered that it's no joke. At least not now that the $23-million production of what the creative team is labeling "a play with music" has begun previews at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre on its way to Thursday's highly anticipated opening.
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