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Showtime’s ‘SMILF’ Facing Probe From MA Politicians Over Civil Rights Violations

A little over 48 hours before the second season of SMILF debuts, the Showtime series finds itself under siege from Massachusetts politicians seeking an "independent investigation" into allegations of "harassment, civil rights violations and unfair labor practices." Led by state Senator Nick Collins, about half a dozen representatives in the Codfish State signed a letter on January 16 to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development demanding that the acclaimed F… Read

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Greenberg Glusker Ups Entertainment Lawyers Sally James & Mark Muir To Partners

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The big table at one of Hollywood's biggest law firms just got a little bigger with Greenberg Glusker promoting Sally James and Mark Muir to partners. "We are pleased to elevate these four attorneys and welcome them to the firm's partnership," said Greenberg's Managing Partner Bob Baradaran said in a statement on the advancement of the Entertainment Group’s James and Muir, along with estate planning lawyer Brian D. Berman and business lawyer Lori L. Werderitch. "Each one… Read

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Harvey Weinstein And Main Defense Lawyer Officially Split – Update

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UPDATED with official statement of split: After days of speculation, Harvey Weinstein and his primary defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman have officially parted ways. The anticipated move comes less than five months before a criminal trial involving multiple rape claims against the disgraced producer is expected to begin. If found guilty, Weinstein could face the rest of his life behind bars in a New York state prison. Both parties said in a statement (read it in full below)… Read

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Lantern Wins Test Case In Attempt By Hollywood Stars To Collect On Weinstein Co.’s Debts

Lantern Entertainment likely won’t be liable for the unpaid royalties that the bankrupt The Weinstein Company owes several Hollywood stars, based on new bankruptcy court ruling in the case. A group of prominent actors, directors and producers are seeking to recover profit participation payments that the indie studio owes for their work on four films, Silver Linings Playbook, St. Vincent, August: Osage County and Scary Movie 5. This group, which includes Bradley Cooper… Read

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Rajkumar Hirani, Acclaimed Indian Film Director, Faces Sex Harassment Accusation

Bollywood fans reacted in shock today at a report that Rajkumar Hirani, one of India’s most successful and acclaimed filmmakers, has been accused by an actress of sexual harassment. Hirani has denied the allegations and no lawsuit has been filed. He is best known as the director of Hindi language films Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK, and Sanju. The films have won multiple awards in India and are regarding as groundbreaking. The allegation arises… Read

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Alex Jones Must Turn Over Materials Related To His Sandy Hook Claims

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Internet personality and radio host Alex Jones has to hand over emails and other materials that will shed light on his past claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was the work of so-called crisis actors. Connecticut State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis made the ruling as she presides over a defamation case filed by the families of seven of the 26 children and adult staff killed in the shooting. Jones, a huge conspiracy theorist, has claimed… Read

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Tom Sizemore Arrested For Illegal Narcotics Possession

Actor Tom Sizemore, the Twin Peaks actor whose long history of drug troubles were on display in the 2010 season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, was arrested in Burbank last week on misdemeanor drug possession charges. Burbank Police Department records indicate the actor’s car was pulled over for failure to display current registration, and that Sizemore consented to a vehicle search. “Various illegal narcotics” were discovered, according to the arrest log. Bail of… Read

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Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Sued Over Use Of “Choose Your Own Adventure”

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A Vermont children’s book publisher has sued Netflix for trademark infringement over its use of the phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure,” seeking damages of at least $25 million. In a suit (read it here) filed in federal district court, Chooseco says it has sold in more than 265 million copies of its popular Choose Your Own Adventure books, where the reader’s decisions influence the narrative’s plot and outcome. The company uses childhood nostalgia to market its books to… Read

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Jeff Bezos Divorce Draws Shrugs From Amazon Investors, But Intrigue Swirls Around Ownership Stake

After Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage, Amazon investors have reacted with a shrug, with the company’s stock price essentially flat in mid-day trading today. Even so, the news puts the fortune of the world’s richest man and the ownership structure of an era-defining, global powerhouse in a state of flux. The Bezoses tweeted Wednesday that after “a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Gets Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed

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(UPDATED with Weinstein lawyer statement) Harvey Weinstein is still facing potential life behind bars in a multi-claim rape case in New York City, but the disgraced producer succeeded today in having Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against him in another case tossed to the legal curb. However, with a trial penciled in for 2020 before U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, Judd’s allegations against the much accused Weinstein for defamation and intentional… Read

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Showtime Hit Again By Right-Wing Lawyer; Seeks $750M For Roger Ailes Series

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First it was Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? late last year, and now Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman is going after Showtime for $750 million and an injunction to shut down the premium cabler's upcoming Roger Ailes series starring Russell Crowe as the now deceased Fox News Channel boss. Representing ex-FNC booker and alleged victim of Ailes's pervading sexual misconduct Laura Luhn, the conservative attorney is utilizing many of the arguments that failed Olivia de… Read

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Sumner Redstone & Ex-Companion Reach Multimillion-Dollar Truce Just Before Trial

With just days to go before everyone went to trial, Sunmer Redstone and Manuela Herzer have finally laid down their legal arms. In a January 4 dated agreement announced today just before a scheduled hearing in downtown Los Angeles, representatives for the 95-year old media mogul and his former long-time companion now have ended almost all of their court battles after over three years of filings flying back and forth. Coming less than a month after probate attorney Samuel… Read