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  1. Bergstein fires back at hedge fund

    1:34 pm 4/29/2010

    <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201348041d332970c-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Bergstein,david" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201348041d332970c " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201348041d332970c-120wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" /></a><p>David Bergstein and Ronald Tutor have filed a countersuit against D.B. Zwirn, blaming the bankrupt New York hedge fund for most of their financial problems in the movie business. </p><p> They allege that the Zwirn Special Opportunities Fund, its founder Daniel Zwirn and various affiliates promised them $250 million in financing to make and distribute movies but then lied, committed fraud, piled on excessive charges and failed to deliver the money needed to meet obligations to filmmakers, vendors and others.</p> Read more

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  2. Ambassadors pitch New Mexico to H'wood

    12:58 pm 4/29/2010

    The Amigos, New Mexico's traveling band of goodwill ambassadors, came to Los Angeles on Wednesday offering up silver roadrunners for guests' lapels and a good-natured warning to filmmaking rivals.Read more

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  3. Conan: I would not have done the same to Leno

    10:55 am 4/29/2010

    CBS has released an excerpt from its interview with Conan O'Brien: Read more

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  4. ABC Family cancels '10 Things'

    10:31 am 4/29/2010

    ABC Family confirms the network has canceled "10 Things I Hate About You." Read more

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  5. 'Lost' producer: Ending will prompt more questions

    10:12 am 4/29/2010

    <p> <a style="float: right;" href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0ff8f1970b-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0ff8f1970b " alt="Lost answers" src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0ff8f1970b-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 198px; height: 250px;"></a> "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof tells THR the crew built new sets for the final moments of the ABC hit drama and that fans should expect to ask themselves, "What did they mean by this?" after the show ends.&nbsp; </p>Read more

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  6. Oprah Winfrey net orders 'Rehab' show

    10:12 am 4/29/2010

    Oprah Winfrey's cable network OWN has announced another show for its lineup, "Inside Rehab," set inside an eating disorder treatment facility.Read more

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  7. Sky1 to launch 'Music' competition series

    9:16 am 4/29/2010

    After years of watching rival ITV win blockbuster ratings with shows like "X-Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent," Sky1 is putting its weight behind a new music talent-hunt format "Must be the Music," promising "a competition with a unique edge" as a highlight of its summer schedule.Read more

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  8. Hollywood Docket: Bergstein gets 'Nailed'; appeals court backs Seinfeld; porn vs. piracy

    8:59 am 4/29/2010

    Kim Masters at the Daily Beast goes after THR, Esq. favorite David Bergstein in a piece called &quot;Hollywood&#39;s Biggest Hustler.&quot; Masters follows the path of the troubled Bergstein-backed comedy &quot;Nailed&quot; through Hollywood purgatory. [<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-28/hollywoods-biggest-hustler/?cid=hp:beastoriginalsL2">TDB</a>] On May 3, the British Columbia Securities Commission will hear Lionsgate&#39;s appeal of a decision to annul its proposed poison pill defense.Read more

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  9. What the tabloid media knows (and Gawker doesn't) about celebrity sex tapes and stolen iPhones

    8:58 am 4/29/2010

    <p><a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20134803efe9c970c-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Gawker_logo" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20134803efe9c970c " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20134803efe9c970c-pi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 200px;" title="Gawker_logo" /></a> One of the interesting things about <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5524843/">Gawker&#39;s letter to police</a> in the wake of a raid in <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-official-verdict-in-the-stolen-iphone-case-2010-4?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Falleyinsider%2Fsilicon_alley_insider+%28Silicon+Alley+Insider%29">the lost iPhone investigation</a> is the identity of the letter-writer. </p>The missive arguing that police had violated California&#39;s strong journalist shield law was written by Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire. Judging by <a href="http://gabydarby.blogspot.com/">her personal bio</a>, it appears Darbyshire was a lawyer in London, mostly handling environmental cases and the appeal of some death row inmates. She&#39;s been involved in new media for years, but mostly on the strategic and operations side.If Gawker had an experienced media lawyer involved in its shenanigans, perhaps it could have avoided this situation. How so? Read more

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  10. Marvel wins round in Jack Kirby showdown; case to be litigated in New York

    8:55 am 4/29/2010

    <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0e3587970b-pi.png" style="float: right;"><img alt="Picture 37" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0e3587970b " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133ed0e3587970b-800wi.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="Picture 37" /></a> EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Entertainment has scored an important win in its ongoing litigation with the estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book icon whose family is trying to terminate a copyright grant on such iconic characters as Iron Man, X-Men, Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk.In January, Marvel sued Kirby&#39;s estate in New York district court after receiving <a href="/2009/09/toberoff-marvel.html?cid=6a00d83451d69069e20120a5920cfb970b">45 notices of copyright termination</a>, looking for a declaration that the creations were &quot;works-made-for-hire&quot; and not eligible for termination. In March, the Kirbys responded by <a href="/2010/03/kirby-marvel-lawsuit.html">filing their own lawsuit</a> against Marvel in California district court.Now, thanks to a decision by New York District Judge Colleen McMahon and a court filing yesterday by the Kirby estate, it appears that the billion-dollar battle for the future of the Marvel universe will take place in New York.Here&#39;s why it matters. Read more

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