Actor Sherman Hemsley died in July 2012 of lung cancer at the age of 74, but he was not buried for four months thanks to a dispute between the business manager he lived with and a long-lost half-brother who each claimed the right to dispose of his remains. Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson, was finally buried in El Paso, Tex., in November 2012, but the dispute continued for two years thereafter until late last week. A Texas appeals court has decided that it is best to leave Hemsley in the spot where he now rests in peace.
Breakdown Services has detailed a "scheme" by which three individuals, allegedly working under various guises, misled talent managers and took advantage of vulnerable actors and actresses.
The plaintiff is a company that has been in operation for about four decades. Breakdown Services analyzes scripts for television shows, movies and video games. The company gets the information from some 300 casting directors, and the "breakdowns" are then distributed to licensed talent agents and qualified personal managers for the purposes of connecting actors to jobs.
SAG-AFTRA and the broadcast television networks and producers reached agreement Friday on a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact, a contract that covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs, the union announced.
For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be limited to California — the scene of earlier losses — plus bad news for Pandora and terrestrial radio operators.
Warner Bros. has scored a success in arbitration in its battle with Harvey and Bob Weinstein over money from the second and third Hobbit films.
The Weinsteins signed away motion picture rights to the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy to WB subsidiary New Line in 1998, when the brothers ran Miramax. The deal promised the Weinsteins (via Miramax) five percent of the "first motion picture" based on the books.
Lee Daniels has delivered a scathing rebuttal to Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit claiming millions of dollars and credits on The Butler, Precious, and the upcoming Fox drama, Empire. The film director says that Dash's claim is an "unintelligible, self-contradicting shell game."
Wrestling in court with celebrities like Hulk Hogan doesn't come cheap for media outlets. Although Gawker got a Florida appeals court to reverse an injunction on its story of a Hogan sex tape, the gossip site paid a hefty amount for the First Amendment victory.
An audacious lawsuit against Lionsgate Entertainment and its subsidiary Summit Entertainment has been whittled away, but perhaps surprisingly, there's one claim of misbehavior surviving against the makers of Twilight that could be tested at a jury trial later this month.
Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, Boston, Foreigner, John Lennon, Smokey Robinson, Chris Cornell, and George and Ira Gershwin could soon be removed from YouTube.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has voted to rehear actress Cindy Lee Garcia's dispute with Google over whether YouTube must remove Innocence of Muslims.
This past February, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinskiissued a ruling that turned heads in both the entertainment and tech industry by determining that Garcia could assert a copyright interest in her performance in the film.
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match over whether Dash deserves millions of dollars and credits on The Butler, Precious, and the upcoming Fox drama, Empire. But it deserves some attention in its own right, especially after Sheffield lodged a provocative motion to dismiss in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday.
For more than five years, Gary Simson has been attempting to make a documentary about Waddy Wachtel, a noted session musician who has worked with such musical stars as Keith Richards, Roger Daltry and Robert Plant.