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Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling

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New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… Read


‘American Idol’ Reboot Legally Moves Closer To Reality

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No word if Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will be back as judges, but the resurrection of American Idol less than a year after the once ratings blockbuster ended its 15-season run on Fox looks like more of a done deal – at least legally. As talks with NBC over a possible Idol revival still going on, producers FreemantleMedia and the Core Media-owned19 Entertainment submitted a plan late last month to the federal judge overseeing the April 2016 filed bankruptcy of the… Read


Roman Polanski Gets New Court Date That May See Him Return To U.S.

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EXCLUSIVE: Almost 40 years after he fled the U.S. to escape a long jail stretch for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski may be one step closer to coming back to Los Angeles to face justice on his own terms. It's a Hail Mary step that the Oscar-winning director, now 83, only intends to take if certain old testimony becomes public and he is assured he won't end up behind bars again, Deadline has learned. "Once we unseal the secret transcript and the Court… Read


NBC & Sony’s Move To End ‘Timeless’ Ripoff Suit Rejected – For Now

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Time could march on in the battle over the TV series Timeless, even though a federal judge today rejected a move by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, NBCUniversal, Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke to toss out a lawsuit over the time-travel show. "The court denies this motion," Judge Steven Wilson of the U.S. District Court said Wednesday, cleaning the defendants’ clocks a bit. On one level, it’s a win for plaintiff Onza Entertainment, which claimed in its in… Read


EEOC: Major Studios Failed To Hire Female Directors; Lawsuit Looms

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The iconic Hollywood sign is shown after it was fixed after pranksters changed letters for it to read 'Hollyweed' in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, 01 January 2017.
Iconic Hollywood sign changed by pranksters to read 'Hollyweed', Los Angeles, USA - 01 Jan 2017

EXCLUSIVE: The EEOC is in settlement talks with the major studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against female directors. "Every one of the major studios has received a charge contending that they failed to hire women directors," a knowledgeable source told Deadline. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating allegations of Hollywood's discriminatory hiring practices against female directors in October 2015, but the… Read


ESPN Slammed By Ex-Tennis Analyst Fired Over Venus Williams “Gorilla” Remark

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Less than a month after pink-slipping tennis analyst Doug Adler for a seemingly racist remark about Venus Williams, ESPN was hit today with a wrongful-termination lawsuit by the veteran commentator. Adler insists he did nothing wrong, did not call the Grand Slam champ a "gorilla" and that the sports media giant knows it. "In fact, ESPN, GROSS, and REYNOLDS and Does 1-50 knew that Plaintiff used the word 'guerrilla,' and not 'gorilla,'" asserts the 18-page, jury seeking… Read


Donald Trump Blasts Appeals Court’s Ruling Against Reinstating Travel Ban – Update

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UPDATE, 3:41 PM: President Donald Trump was quick-fingered to respond to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today which unanimously ruled to keep his so-called travel ban halted. The ex-Celebrity Apprentice host took to social media within minutes after the ruling against his Executive Order of January 27 was made public. SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017 Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer also… Read


Banker Gives Up On Relativity; Investor Officially Pushes For Chapter 7


Investment banker Houlihan Lokey has given up on finding any takers for Relativity and, as we reported late last year, the company is on the verge of Chapter 7, which means liquidation. An investor in the company officially motioned the U.S. Bankruptcy Court today to change Relativity’s Chapter 11 status to Chapter 7. This comes less than a year from when Relativity emerged from bankruptcy making big promises of financial stability to the court. “The Plan contemplated a… Read


Suit Against Makeup & Hairstylists Union Includes Claim Celebrity Hair Was Sold As Souvenir At Its Offices


Hairdressers and makeup artists come into close personal contact with celebrities more often than anyone else on set, but Deadline has found that sometimes that intimacy has been exploited for personal gain. A well-known makeup artist acknowledges that he has sold snippets of celebrities' hair to souvenir hunters, and a former dispatcher at the Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706, claims that several years ago he witnessed a fellow office worker selling… Read


‘Spinal Tap’ Suit Against Vivendi Cranked Up To $400M As Rob Reiner, Michael McKean & Christopher Guest Added


Nearly four months after Harry Shearer went solo against Vivendi for $125 million profits for This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons voice actor has been joined by his co-creators of the beloved and much-cited 1984 mockumentary – and they want $400 million from the French media conglomerate. In an amended complaint filed late Tuesday in federal court, co-stars Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, director Rob Reiner plus their mutually owned Spinal Tap Productions have plugged… Read


The Weinstein Co. Sued Over Distribution Of ‘The Founder’ By FilmNation And Its Subsidiary


The Weinstein Company has been sued by the co-fi company (and subsidiary) of FilmNation, which financed the Michael Keaton-starring The Founder. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court claims that the subsidiary, Speedee Distribution, had an agreement that no film would be released within a week before or after the biopic about Ray Kroc. Speedee — a single purpose entity established by FilmNation — put up most of the $25 million total budget for the film. It was that… Read


“Ridiculed” Plastic Surgeon Sues E! & NBCUniversal To Have His ‘Second Wives’ Appearances Shelved

NBCUniversal & E! sued over Second Wives reality show

This likely isn’t the first case of a reality TV show not going as a cast member had envisioned. E!, NBCUniversal and Bright Roads Productions are being sued by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who thought that appearing on Second Wives with his current spouse would be a good way to showcase his “happy marriage” and “promote his business.” But that’s not the way it turned out, he claims. Described in the filing as “one of the most respected and prestigious plastic surgeons… Read