In 2011, Mark Tughan, whose Comic Enterprises owns four Glee Clubs in the UK, filed a lawsuit against Fox over musical dramedy Glee, claiming the name of the show infringed on his trademark, creating a confusion that his venues are somehow associated with the series. On Friday, Britain’s High Court ruled that the show must change its name. The Associated Press reports a judge told 20th Century Fox that it had to re-name the series in Britain, though the order has been stayed until an appeal has been heard. Comic Enterprises is also seeking damages, with a final amount to be determined later, the AP said. In the interim, the judge ordered Fox to pay £100,000 ($171,000). A Fox spokesperson told Deadline, “We are pleased that the trial judge agreed to let the Appeal Court rule before ordering any relief that would adversely affect fans’ enjoyment of Glee in the UK. We look forward to the next stage of this case and remain confident in the merits of our argument.” Season 6 of Glee will be its last, so the title issue could be moot for the show’s primary run given the length of the appeal process, though it would affect Glee’s syndicated run in the country.
Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese’s venerated and longtime editor, will receive a Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, as will documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Schoonmaker’s credits intclude three Oscars (Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Departed) and two BAFTAs (Raging Bull, Goodfellas). Her collaboration with Scorsese began in 1967 when she edited Who’s That Knocking At My Door. This is the first time that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been awarded to an artist in the field of film editing. Wiseman has made 39 documentaries and two fiction films including Titicut Follies (1967), Welfare (1975), Public Housing (1997), Near Death (1989), La Comédie Française Ou L’Amour Joué (1996), La danse – Le Ballet De L’Opéra De Paris (2009) and At Berkeley (2013). His most recent work is National Gallery (2014), presented at the last Cannes Film Festival. Venice runs from August 27-September 6 with the full lineup announced next week.
The Deauville Festival of American Film is lining up some heavy hitters for its 40th edition. On the heels of announcing it will give a special honor to James Cameron, the fest says it will also pay tribute to Jessica Chastain in September. The festival called the tribute “a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient.” She previously was awarded the fest’s New Hollywood prize in 2011 when she appeared in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter which won the Grand Prize that year. The actress is next up in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.
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