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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

There were no celebrity piano performances on the third day of the "Blurred Lines" trial. But there was discussion of a mashup that never came together.

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Hollywood Docket: 'Selma' Raises Wage Lawsuit From Casting Assistant

In Selma, Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated film , Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in a historic march for civil rights.

It obviously took a feat of casting to round-up those extras. The responsibility for doing this fell to Cynthia Stillwell.

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Courtney Love Fails to Get an Appeals Court to Dispense Defamation Lawsuit

Courtney Love Fails to Get an Appeals Court to Dispense Defamation Lawsuit

A California appeals court sees no evidence that Courtney Love's fame is on par with Marlon Brando's. As a result, the rock star will continue fighting a lawsuit from a fashion designer who claims being defamed by Love on social media and Howard Stern's radio show.

Dawn Simorangkir, a.k.a. the "Boudoir Queen," is the plaintiff who's fought Love on and off (and on) for the last six years.

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Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Outlandish films breed silly merchandise triggering oddball lawsuits like one filed on Wednesday over the special-edition Blu-ray/DVD of Seth MacFarlane’s talking bear romp Ted, which is said to come with a talking bottle opener.

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Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt, connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol.

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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley In Court

'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley In Court

The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by Robin Thicke.

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Power Lawyers Returns: Nominations Now Accepted for Top Entertainment Attorneys List

Power Lawyers Returns: Nominations Now Accepted for Top Entertainment Attorneys List

Power Lawyers, The Hollywood Reporter's ninth annual special issue revealing the top entertainment attorneys in America, will publish in the magazine hitting newsstands and tablets on April 29. The annual Power Lawyers breakfast is also set for April 29 in Beverly Hills.

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Hollywood Docket: 'Walk of Shame'; Viacom Settles With B. Scott; 'Fifty Shades' Publishing

Hollywood Docket: 'Walk of Shame'; Viacom Settles With B. Scott; 'Fifty Shades' Publishing

One of the producers of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks, is attempting to defeat a lawsuit alleging a stolen script.

The complaint was filed by Shame on You Productions, operated by Dan Rosen, who wrote a screenplay called "Darci's Walk of Shame" and allegedly had a pitch meeting with Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, who produces films through Brownstone Productions.

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'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom.

On Tuesday, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were on hand for the start of the proceeding examining whether "Blurred Lines," one of the biggest songs of the century, was improperly derived from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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Ron Howard's 'The Good Lie' at Center of Exploitation Lawsuit by Sudanese Refugees

Ron Howard's 'The Good Lie' at Center of Exploitation Lawsuit by Sudanese Refugees

In Atlanta, Georgia, thousands of miles away from a war-ravaged homeland, there exists a community of Sudanese refugees. Many of these individuals have been dubbed the "Lost Boys of Sudan" by aid workers who have likened them to the wandering youth in Peter Pan. Many of the refugees survived starvation, disease and militia attacks in Darfur, and when civil war broke out in Ethiopia around a refugee camp, they came to America.

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Equity Proposal to Pay Actors Roils Los Angeles 99-Seat Theatre Producers

Equity Proposal to Pay Actors Roils Los Angeles 99-Seat Theatre Producers

A proposal by Actors Equity that actors in 99 seat theatre productions in Los Angeles be paid for their work is stirring controversy among producers – and even among Equity members. The seemingly modest requirement – that actors be paid at least the legal minimum wage for rehearsals and performances – generated almost uniform expressions of rage and contempt at an overflow meeting of producers Saturday.

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Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Even though the FCC hasn't yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, one group has already filed a lawsuit claiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media.

The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.

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Bob Marley's Heirs Preserve Multimillion-Dollar Trial Win Against Merchandisers

Bob Marley's Heirs Preserve Multimillion-Dollar Trial Win Against Merchandisers

On Friday, Bob Marley's children got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a trial victory against merchandisers. The win presents good news for celebrities who might find their faces unwillingly be used on a T-shirt.

Marley's heirs are behind a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, which controls the late reggae star's likeness for licensing endeavors. In 2008, Fifty-Six sued A.V.E.L.A. and others for using Marley photographs in merchandise sold at Target, Walmart and other large retailers.

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Tess Gerritsen Tries Again in 'Gravity' Lawsuit Against Warner Bros.

Tess Gerritsen Tries Again in 'Gravity' Lawsuit Against Warner Bros.

Having failed the first time, best-selling author Tess Gerritsen has lodged an amended complaint against Warner Bros. for allegedly breaching the terms of a 1999 deal by failing to pay her back-end profits on Gravity.

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