‘Iron Man’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Has Weak Links In Its Claims
As Avatar director James Cameron and Fox can tell you, copyright infringement lawsuits can fly fast and furious around blockbusters. How far they get in the courts is often a mixed result of the statute of limitations; proximity; if the asserted similarities are unique, benign or generic; and financial resources for lawyers. In the case of a potentially multibillion-dollar complaint filed this week by Horizon Comics against Marvel and Disney over the Iron Man movies, a… Read
Fox Searchlight Sets Fall Release For ‘He Named Me Malala’, About Youngest Nobel Winner – Update
UPDATED, 2:25: Fox Searchlight said today that it will open Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala on October 2 in select theaters.
PREVIOUSLY, March 30: Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for… Read
Whipclip Adds Pop with Daytime Emmys, ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ 4 More Series
EXCLUSIVE: Mobile app Whipclip has signed a deal with the Pop network to provide easy video clipping and sharing for this Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards and five series, including Eugene Levy‘s Schitt’s Creek and Alan Thicke‘s Unusually Thicke.
Whipclip is designed to make it easy, and legal, for viewers to grab bits of video from network TV shows and quickly share them on social media, email and text message. The Read
Eric Idle: “We’re Funnier Than Scientology” – Monty Python Invades Tribeca Film Fest
They’re grizzled and jowly but barely less quick with the sardonic retort, the five surviving members of Monty Python. The recent concert reunion of Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin in London (sixth member Graham Chapman died in 1989) is the subject of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary, having its premiere as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s tribute on the 40th anniversary of the release of M… Read
Monty Python, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams Comedy ‘Absolutely Anything’ To Screen For Studios
As the Monty Python crew reunites on stage at the Tribeca Film Festival today, their most recent film – a comedy Absolutely Anything – is getting its final touches as it readies to find distribution in North America. Outside of documentary films, the Monty Python troupe have not worked on a feature film together in a film since 1983 when The Meaning Of Life debuted, said the producers of the latest comedy film in which John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones… Read
Ex-‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Harry Potter’ Star Added To White House Correspondents’ Dinner Guest List – Update
UPDATE, 2:06 PM: Looks like a former Time Lord and a Hogwart wizard will be sitting down for supper with President Barack Obama tomorrow night. The Guardian will be bringing ex–Doctor Who star David Tennant and Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter pics among his many roles, to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington D.C. on Saturday. New Guardian Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner as well as various staff members of the UK-based paper will… Read
‘Adaline’ Leading Friday, But ‘Furious 7′ Should Zoom Ahead For Weekend Win — Midday Box Office
UPDATE, 1:48 PM, Midday Industry Estimates: Universal’s Furious 7 is currently clocking a $4.7M fourth Friday, tailing Lionsgate/Lakeshore’s period romance The Age Of Adaline which looks to woo the bulk of today’s audiences with $5.5M (that includes last night’s $575K). Despite the Blake Lively win, F7 looks to pull ahead for FSS with $15.7M at 3,808 venues and a total cume by EOD Sunday of $318M. Age Of Adaline with 2,991 engagements is projected at $13.6M per industry… Read
Saban Films Acquires Tribeca Title ‘Backtrack’
Saban Films is acquiring U.S. rights to Backtrack, which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy. Michael Petroni wrote and directed the film, which premiered at Tribeca. Saban Films earlier acquired Man Up, another Tribeca title. Brody is a troubled psychotherapist who goes home to confront long held demons from his past. CAA brokered the… Read
Jeff Bewkes Made $32.9M In 2014, +1.2%
Regardless of what you think about the size of the award, it’s a modest increase for Jeff Bewkes in a year when Time Warner shares appreciated 30% — handily beating the Standard & Poor’s 500 which was up 11.4%. The company’s net income came in at $3.8 billion, +3.7%, on revenues of $27.4 billion, +3.4%.
The CEO’s package, according to the proxy just filed at the SEC, consists of $2 million in salary, $8 million in stock awards, $8 million in option awards, $14.5 million… Read
Charter Prepares To Pounce On Time Warner Cable
You shouldn’t be surprised by multiple reports this afternoon that Charter Communications is beginning to craft a bid for Time Warner Cable now that Comcast has left it at the altar. “Obviously, we’d be interested,” Charter CEO Tom Rutledge told analysts in February when asked whether he’d step up if Comcast’s $45 billion deal collapsed. His largest shareholder, Liberty Media’s John Malone, was even more enthusiastic when the question was posed to him in November. “Hell, y… Read
A24 Acquires William Monaghan’s ‘Mojave’ After Tribeca Bow
A24 has sealed a seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Mojave, writer-director William Monahan’s drama that world-premiered at Tribeca last week. The story: Armed with little more than a knife and some vodka, an on-edge Hollywood director (Garrett Hedlund) sets out for the Mojave Desert, where he finds a drifter (Oscar Isaac) brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the devil.
Mark Wahlberg, Louise Bourgoin and Justified alum Walton Goggins also star in Mojave, the second… Read
Another CAA Agent Defects To UTA, Bringing Total Up To 12
It ain’t over yet. The defections from Creative Artists Agency continued Friday as United Talent Agency confirmed that it has brought another agent into their company. UTA has hired former CAA agent Harold Froget who will be part of the team inside UTA's comedy and music touring practice division. Froget had spent 11 years — specifically in corporate and private booking — with CAA before exiting. He will now focus on his new agency's corporate and private events… Read