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JUL
28
52 MINS

Paramount Slams Opposing Lawyers in Film Investment Lawsuit

Paramount Slams Opposing Lawyers in Film Investment Lawsuit

On Friday, Paramount Pictures renewed its bid to have a New York federal judge dismiss a nearly six-year-old lawsuit that alleges the film studio committed fraud in raising financing for its "Melrose I" slate of movies, including Mean Girls, Elizabethtown, Collateral and remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, The Stepford Wives and Alfie.

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JUL
28
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'Conjuring' Producer Calls Warner Bros.' $750,000 Check Insufficient for Sequels

'Conjuring' Producer Calls Warner Bros.' $750,000 Check Insufficient for Sequels

When Warner Bros. made it official on July 7 by announcing that the sequel to The Conjuring would be titled Annabelle and come out this autumn, it might have been under normal circumstances a celebratory moment for those involved in building the budding horror franchise.

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JUL
28
4 HRS

Record Industry Targets General Motors, Ford Over Music-Copying Vehicles

Record Industry Targets General Motors, Ford Over Music-Copying Vehicles

In efforts to collect money over the copying of music, the record industry has reached as high as the skies and as far as New Zealand, but the latest target is a moving one.

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JUL
25
3 DAYS

Bryan Singer Dismissed from U.K. Teen's Sex Abuse Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Bryan Singer Dismissed from U.K. Teen's Sex Abuse Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Bryan Singer has been dismissed from the federal teen sex abuse case brought against him by an anonymous British actor.

"We are pleased the case was dismissed," the director's attorney Marty Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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JUL
24
4 DAYS

Florida Launches Explosive Lawsuit Over Visual Effects Company's Blow-Up

Florida Launches Explosive Lawsuit Over Visual Effects Company's Blow-Up

After handing over a substantial amount of tax incentives only to watch Digital Domain falter, Florida is now taking action in an effort to recover tens of millions of dollars from the VFX company's former executives and board members, including leader John Textor. On Tuesday, the state filed an expansive, politically explosive fraud lawsuit that opens in an incendiary manner:

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JUL
24
4 DAYS

Hollywood Docket: Chubby Checker Settles Penis-Size App Lawsuit

Hollywood Docket: Chubby Checker Settles Penis-Size App Lawsuit

Hewlett-Packard has settled a trademark infringement suit regarding the name of a penis-measurement app sold in its app store.

Ernest Evans, the singer-songwriter who performed as Chubby Checker, sued HP last year for selling the app under the punning title "The Chubby Checker." In the settlement, filed July 22, HP admits no liability but agrees not to make use of the singer’s stage name, related trademarks or likeness.

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JUL
23
5 DAYS

Former Asia Singer, Fired Las Vegas Musical Director Sues Casino

After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander.

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JUL
23
5 DAYS

Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer prompted a courtroom battle now destined to make its mark in the annals of music history.

PHOTOS 'The Voice': Meet Season 7 Coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

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JUL
23
5 DAYS

A&E Television Sued Over 'Duck Dynasty' Camo Clothing (Exclusive)

A&E Television Sued Over 'Duck Dynasty' Camo Clothing (Exclusive)

On an episode of A&E's Duck Dynasty, Uncle Si Robertson proclaimed, "My favorite color is camo."

The line soon made its way onto T-shirts and hoodies, but according to a lawsuit filed in Florida on Tuesday, A&E couldn't camouflage its role in participating in trademark infringement.

PHOTOS Redneck TV: 'Honey Boo Boo,' 'Duck Dynasty' and Cable's Blue Collar Boom

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JUL
23
5 DAYS

Fox Wraps Up Legal Dispute Over 'Chipmunks' Movie (Exclusive)

Fox Wraps Up Legal Dispute Over 'Chipmunks' Movie (Exclusive)

It took a few years and was very expensive to defend, but 20th Century Fox has largely come out on top in a lengthy battle over the Alvin and the Chipmunks property.

When Bagdasarian Prods., the family company that licensed the Chipmunk characters, sued Fox in 2010, an incredible amount of money was on the line. A year earlier, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came out and grossed more than $443 million in worldwide box office. The Bagdasarians demanded half of the profits.

The lawsuit would feature several claims.

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JUL
23
5 DAYS

James Garner: A Lawyer Reflects on the Actor's Legal Legacy (Guest Column)

James Garner: A Lawyer Reflects on the Actor's Legal Legacy (Guest Column)

This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

"You can never have too many friends," James Garner wrote to me on a picture of him as Bret Maverick when I asked for an autograph back in 1960. Garner indeed was a friend to actors in a way he might not have realized at the time: He was the rare thespian who dared engage in lawsuits with studios while he was a working actor.

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JUL
22
6 DAYS

John Travolta Can't Stop Former Pilot's Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

John Travolta Can't Stop Former Pilot's Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court.

PHOTOS Hollywood's Private Jets: From Oprah Winfrey to Tom Cruise, Who Owns What

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JUL
22
6 DAYS

Judge Won't Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in 'Hobbit' Fight

Judge Won't Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in 'Hobbit' Fight

In the midst of a grueling fight over whether Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz Co. have infringed copyright and breached contract by licensing Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit slot machines and video games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien will get to keep its lawyers.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUL
21
1 week

Peter Hoffman Can't Escape Prosecution in Film Tax Credit Fraud Case (Exclusive)

Seven Arts Entertainment CEO Peter Hoffman has failed in a bid to have a Louisiana federal judge throw out the government's fraud case against him.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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