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JUL
22
9 HRS

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
12 HRS

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 day

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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JUL
21
2 DAYS

Octavia Spencer Headed to Trial Over Weight Loss Endorsement

Octavia Spencer Headed to Trial Over Weight Loss Endorsement

Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in The Help and who will next appear in Fox's Red Band Society, could soon be involved in a unique showdown spotlighting exactly how sponsors expect celebrities to use social media. The dispute concerns a $1.25 million deal the actress made to endorse the Sensa Weight Loss System. The relationship didn't work out, and now the parties are on the verge of a trial that will determine who is at fault.

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JUL
21
2 DAYS

Sony Music Fights Lawsuit Alleging Cheating of 'American Idol' Stars

Sony Music Fights Lawsuit Alleging Cheating of 'American Idol' Stars

Five months after the record company founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller brought a blockbuster lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, a New York federal judge is being asked to make an early determination about the claims.

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JUL
18
4 DAYS

Anthony Pellicano Back in Court, Agrees to Deposition in Michael Ovitz Case

Anthony Pellicano Back in Court, Agrees to Deposition in Michael Ovitz Case

Anthony Pellicano made a rare appearance in court via teleconference Wednesday to discuss Anita Busch's case against him and other defendants.

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JUL
18
5 DAYS

'The Purge' Studio Hit With Idea Theft Lawsuit

The premise of 2013's The Purge — a box-office smash that grossed nearly $90 million worldwide — is this: In the very near future, the American government has established an annual 12-hour period where all crime is legal, including murder and, presumably, copyright infringement. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, opened in theaters yesterday — and according to a complaint filed that same day in California federal court, the lawlessness hasn't been confined to the big screen.

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JUL
17
5 DAYS

FCC Ruling Shows Agency's Ability to Prevent a Sports Network Blackout

As consolidation has suddenly become hot in the media world, regulatory authorities are being asked to judge mergers (AT&T/DirecTV, Comcast/Time Warner Cable) with potentially more (Fox/Time Warner) to come. If recent history is any indication, we shouldn't expect thumbs down on the M&A, but rather conditions imposed as the terms of acceptance.

Those conditions often get overlooked, but can mean something if regulatory agencies are willing to flex their authority. On Wednesday, the FCC made a ruling that might demonstrate a willingness to do just that.

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JUL
17
5 DAYS

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

On Wednesday, Landmark Entertainment Group, which developed popular features in the Candy Land board game, filed a lawsuit against Hasbro, contending that the toy company doesn't have the right to license Sony's Columbia Pictures to make a film based on Candy Land characters and environments.

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JUL
17
6 DAYS

Aereo Hits Roadblock in Effort to Become Cable System

Aereo Hits Roadblock in Effort to Become Cable System

The U.S. Copyright Office has told Aereo in a letter that it won't process the upstart tech company's paperwork aimed at paying a statutory license as a cable operator.

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JUL
17
6 DAYS

Why TV Broadcasters Should Get Behind NCAA Athlete Unionization (Analysis)

Why TV Broadcasters Should Get Behind NCAA Athlete Unionization (Analysis)

This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JUL
16
6 DAYS

'Wolf of Wall Street' Financier Gets Racketeering Claim Dropped

'Wolf of Wall Street' Financier Gets Racketeering Claim Dropped

Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler have withdrawn a racketeering claim against Red Granite Pictures as part of a settlement of litigation.

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JUL
16
7 DAYS

Apple to Pay Up to $450 Million to Settle E-Books Pricing Lawsuit

Apple to Pay Up to $450 Million to Settle E-Books Pricing Lawsuit

On Wednesday, attorneys for 33 U.S. states detailed the terms of a settlement made with Apple Inc. to resolve claims that the computer giant worked with publishers to illegally raise the price of e-books.

The deal could be worth as much as $450 million if a federal appeals court affirms a district judge's ruling from last July that stated that Apple violated antitrust laws. If Apple has success on the appellate level, the settlement would shrink to $50 million, and possibly to nothing if Apple is eventually exonerated back in trial court.

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JUL
15
1 week

'Ted' Studios, Seth MacFarlane Sued for Stealing Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear (Exclusive)

'Ted' Studios, Seth MacFarlane Sued for Stealing Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear (Exclusive)

A California production company is claiming that Seth MacFarlane and his company stole the idea for the R-rated talking teddy bear in the hit movie Ted.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bengal Mangle Productions created a screenplay called Acting School Academy in 2008 that featured a foul-mouthed, womanizing teddy bear named Charlie.

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