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OCT
30
10 HRS

'American Hustle' Sparks $1 Million Libel Lawsuit by Former New Yorker Writer

'American Hustle' Sparks $1 Million Libel Lawsuit by Former New Yorker Writer

It's a very brief exchange in American Hustle: Jennifer Lawrence's character Roslyn tells her husband, Irving, played by Christian Bale, that microwaves take the nutrition out of food. "That's bullshit," Irving replies, and his wife shows him a magazine and says, "It's not bullshit. I read it in an article. Look, by Paul Brodeur."

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OCT
30
12 HRS

James Franco Settles Lawsuit Over Charles Bukowski Biopic

James Franco Settles Lawsuit Over Charles Bukowski Biopic

James Franco has figured out a way to resolve a lawsuit over Bukowski, possibly leading to the release of the film about German-born author Charles Bukowski, once called the "laureate of American lowlife."

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OCT
30
13 HRS

Paramount Beats Movie Investors' Fraud Claims at Trial (Exclusive)

Paramount Beats Movie Investors' Fraud Claims at Trial (Exclusive)

After a week's worth of trial proceedings, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest has heard enough and has issued a decision in favor of Paramount Pictures in a long-running case over its "Melrose 1" film slate.

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OCT
30
15 HRS

Stan Lee Media Precluded From Asserting 'Spider-Man' Ownership

Stan Lee Media Precluded From Asserting 'Spider-Man' Ownership

Stan Lee Media Inc., the company founded by Stan Lee in 1998 and then abandoned by him three years later, has lost its second big decision in as many days and probably its best hope of ever being adjudicated the rightful owner of "Spider-Man" rights.

This time, the decision comes from a Pennsylvania judge who was tasked with figuring out what to do about SLMI's somewhat innovative attempt to intervene in Disney's lawsuit against a theatrical producer.

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OCT
30
17 HRS

Judge Rejects Bid of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams to Win 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Judge Rejects Bid of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams to Win 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit that explores the origins of the blockbuster hit "Blurred Lines."

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OCT
29
1 day

Judge Nixes Playwright's Bid to Free 'Zorro' From Intellectual Property Grip

Judge Nixes Playwright's Bid to Free 'Zorro' From Intellectual Property Grip

What's the difference between masked vigilante Zorro and detective Sherlock Holmes? Answer: Tyranny and diligence.

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OCT
29
2 DAYS

Stan Lee Beats Namesake Company in Fight Over 'Spider-Man' Rights

Stan Lee Beats Namesake Company in Fight Over 'Spider-Man' Rights

Stan Lee will forever be a comic book legend, but the company he left behind will also be a bit of an embarrassment to his legacy. The latest news about Stan Lee Media Inc. comes on Wednesday in the form of a short memorandum by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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OCT
29
2 DAYS

FCC Proposes Treating Online Video Providers Akin to Cable

FCC Proposes Treating Online Video Providers Akin to Cable

On Tuesday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler threw his support behind a rule change with the potential to transform the television industry — one that would give online video providers the same access to programming that cable and satellite operators currently enjoy.

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OCT
29
2 DAYS

'Titanic' Bit Actor's Lawsuit Over Back Pay Survives in Lighter Form

'Titanic' Bit Actor's Lawsuit Over Back Pay Survives in Lighter Form

The actor who says he was bumped up from an extra to a principal performer on James Cameron's Titanic is traveling a little lighter in his lawsuit over whether he is entitled to back pay from the 1997 blockbuster.

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OCT
24
7 DAYS

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

In many ways, the modern film industry derives from a 1948 Supreme Court antitrust decision that dealt with how big Hollywood studios were controlling both movie distribution and exhibition. As a result of the case, studios had to divest themselves of their theater chains. Now, more than 65 years later, the Justice Department's Antitrust Division is reportedly investigating "clearance" pacts between studios and theater chains that carve out exclusivity on first-run films in certain geographical regions. Today's question: Is the practice really illegal?

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OCT
23
1 week

Two Wayans Brothers Sue New York Law Firm Over Alleged Unfair Charges

Two Wayans Brothers Sue New York Law Firm Over Alleged Unfair Charges

There's nothing funny about a new lawsuit from Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans in which they allege they’re being scammed for tax law services by lawyers not licensed to practice in California. The comedic siblings filed their claims against the New York law firm S&E Azriliant PC and its principals Sidney and Evan Azriliant in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.

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OCT
23
1 week

Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting

Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan has issued the long-awaited injunction over Aereo, the upstart service that once promised to pry open the delivery of television signals so that customers could access the major networks on digital devices.

In a ruling on Thursday, she writes that "in light of the Supreme Court's holding, Plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits, and Aereo has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its novel affirmative defenses."

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OCT
23
1 week

NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal has decided to make the historic step of settling claims of violating labor laws through its unpaid internship program by agreeing to pay $6.4 million.

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OCT
22
1 week

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

Halloween cometh early for Warner Bros., which has been hit with a new lawsuit over The Conjuring horror franchise. In this instance, the big scare was delivered in a Houston, Texas, courtroom in the form of a claim that its subsidiary New Line Cinema violated a federal racketeering law by defrauding the creator of The Conjuring, by swindling Harvey Weinstein on The Hobbit and cheating other victims.

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