Birdman, the acclaimed film starring Michael Keaton, is already a commercial success, reaping more than $25 million to date, but some of the revenue will be sitting in a bank account rather than being distributed to some of the film's investors.
Next month, many ears will be attuned to a federal courtroom in California where the family of Marvin Gaye will do battle against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over the controversial creation of the mega-hit song, "Blurred Lines."
In the two years since United States authorities caused the shutdown of Megaupload and lodged a criminal indictment against Kim Dotcom for allegedly aiding and abetting massive copyright infringement, the case has taken many twists and turns. But perhaps nothing is as shockingly personal as court papers filed by the U.S. government Dec.
Viacom is about to become the latest media giant to stage an exit from the messy litigation over unpaid internships. On New Year's Eve, attorneys informed a New York federal judge that the company had come to a deal in principle to settle a class action lawsuit challenging whether its old intern program violated minimum wage and other labor laws.
Michael Egan — who sued X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others earlier this year for 1997-1999 teen sex abuse in Los Angeles and Hawaii, only to drop his suits within months in the face of his own contradictory sworn statements — allegedly told at least one individual before filing suit that his money-making plans included going after "Gay Hollywood" with false claims of abuse and that "God, no," he had never actually been abused.
Sony Pictures is readying its defenses for the slew of class-action lawsuits filed against it over the recent hack into employees' personal information. The studio has hired attorneys from WilmerHale to defend it in several of the new lawsuits.
While the company abandoned by comic book genius Stan Lee has proven that decision after decision won't deter it from attempts to vindicate rights to iconic superheroes like Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man, Tuesday's ruling against SLM from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals feels like the final nail in the coffin barring any unexpected intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Six class action lawsuits were filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment last week on behalf of employees and former employees whose personal data was breached by hackers linked by the U.S. government to North Korea, but they’re not the only ones potentially aggrieved.
It's no secret that YouTube stars have gotten so successful, they are being courted by Hollywood managers, agents and producers. With burgeoning popularity comes business headaches, like that of One Management's digital distribution division, which allegedly has hit such hard times that it has refused to turn over revenue.