Channel 4 Threatened With Lawsuit Over Ryanair Report
In the past year, the BBC has been the subject of harsh criticism — and legal action — over some of its reporting. Now it’s Channel 4‘s turn. A report by the network’s news program Dispatches has flown in the face of low-cost airline Ryanair, marking the second time in seven years the pair have butted heads. The investigative show’s Monday episode included concerns from unidentified pilots over the airline’s fuel policy and safety measures. Ryanair now says it plans to sue. “Ryanair has instructed its lawyers to issue legal proceedings against Channel 4 Dispatches for defamation,” the no-frills airline said. The program highlighted three occasions in which Ryanair pilots called in emergency alerts because they were low on fuel. Ryanair says the incidents occurred because of bad weather and that EU regulations were met in each case. The Dublin-based carrier serves 30 countries in Europe and North Africa. In 2006, it was the subject of a separate Dispatches report, “Ryanair Caught Napping,” which criticized its safety, training and hygiene practices. Ryanair denied the allegations. Channel 4 told Deadline today, “We stand by our journalism.”

‘Real Sex Season’ Coming To Channel 4
In other Channel 4 news, the network says it wants to be “very un-British and talk about what really goes on in Britain’s bedrooms.” To do so, it’s planning a thematic series of shows to form the Real Sex Season beginning in September. The focus will be the effect that pornography is having on people’s expectations of sex. Included among the new shows are Porn On The Teenage Brain, a study of the impact of readily-available, explicit content on adolescents; The Week The Women Came, produced by ITV’s The Garden, about a group of women on a mission to confront loss of libido; and Date My Porn Star, which gives three porn-obsessed men the chance to meet and date their favorite adult movie stars to see if they can distinguish between the fantasy and the reality.

UK Bans Bruce Willis’ Sky Ad As Being Misleading
Bruce Willis recently said he was getting bored of doing action films. Well, one endeavor in which he trades on his action background has now been shelved. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad he made last year for Britain’s Sky broadband for being misleading. The ad was deemed not sufficiently clear when it came to the extent of the commitment consumers had to make in order to obtain the service at the advertised price. A voice-over in the ad says the service cost £7.50 a month, but small onscreen text said the deal was only for existing Sky TV customers. Text in the ad also stated that the purchase of other services was necessary. The ASA ruled, “The ad must not appear again in its current form.”

Hans Zimmer Set For Honor At Classic Brit Awards
Hans Zimmer will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at this year’s Classic Brit Awards. The Oscar-winner has scored the music for more than 100 films over a 30-year career including Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Lion King. His upcoming work includes Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The awards are organized by the British Phonographic Industry to honor classical and crossover music. The event will take place in London in October. Star Wars composer John Williams received the prize last year.

Boundless Pictures Acquires ‘Timeless’
Boundless Pictures, the company behind upcoming diamond heist pic Foolproof and Wesley Snipes starrer Gallowwalkers, has acquired the London-set Timeless, a script by the UK’s Michael Bartlett. Bartlett is also the director and writer of the Zombie Diaries trilogy, whose first two installments were sold to The Weinstein Co. Timeless takes place in a dystopian future and follows a hitman haunted by the past and fatally addicted to a street drug that allows him to time travel. The project first surfaced a few years ago, but I’m told the script has been reworked.

Encore Film Has a Case Of ‘Linsanity’
Encore Film has taken rights to Jeremy Lin documentary Linsanity in a deal with Fortissimo Films. Director Evan Jackson Leong’s film premiered at Sundance and follows the rise of the unlikely NBA star. Ketchup Entertainment is releasing domestically in October. Lin, who now plays for the Houston Rockets, is the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent and has gone from being overlooked to becoming an international basketball icon during the past few years.

‘Desolation Of Smaug’ NZ Symphony Toured Canceled
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled a planned fall tour in light of commitments to Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Recording sessions for the film will take place throughout September, meaning the schedule coincides with the orchestra’s Heights Of Passion concert series. The NZSO says it is offering a full refund of the tickets.