Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Ghost Rider movie franchise is laying dormant for now, but the battle over the original comic book character is rearing its ugly head once more.
A federal appeals court has just overturned a 2011 ruling which stated Marvel Comics, not author Gary Friedrich, owns the character. After reviewing the copyright case, Judge Danny Chin determined that Friedrich’s original contract with the publisher was “ambiguous” and therefore required further investigation. More on what this means for Ghost Rider and other comic book properties after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Who exactly is G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Cobra Commander? Find out after the jump. Also:
- Expect the cast to return for Oz The Great and Powerful 2
- Josh Duhamel will make a cameo in Transformers 4
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- Don’t hold your breath for a Simpsons Movie sequel
- A Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance stuntman is suing Sony
- V/H/S 2 gets a release date and some new images
- See images and video from the Star Trek scoring studio
- Just what is in that new Star Trek Into Darkness teaser?
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When people talk about 3D movies, the debate is typically oriented around the divide between native 3D and 3D post-conversion. Native 3D is believed to be better, but conversion gives the filmmakers more options on set. The problem is that conversion can be a more complicated, time consuming process. If done poorly, it can really be distracting and awful.
As if that wasn’t complicated enough, Disney is leading the charge against a new legal action which could leave them open to lawsuits for future 3D conversions. The patent for 3D conversion was secured by a company named In-Three, which was then bought by Digital Domain, a company founded by James Cameron in 1993. Digital Domain declared bankruptcy last year, and many of its assets were sold to Galloping Horse America and Reliance MediaWorks.
That sale didn’t cover all of Digital Domain’s debts, however, and Digital Domain now hopes to sell that 3D conversion tech, which remains among its most valuable assets. So the keys to that 3D conversion tech could now land in new hands.
Disney believes, if certain measures aren’t taken, the new owners could sue them any time they attempt to do a 3D conversion, which might mean that some 3D conversions would have to stop — 3D conversions such as ones that are in the works on movies like Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and potentially many others. Read some more details below. Read More »
The day a movie turns a profit, the vultures come out to pick. More often than not when a movie becomes a hit, people accuse the filmmakers of stealing their ideas and sue them for a taste of the profits. A recent example is the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. Writer director James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment are reportedly fighting multiple lawsuits concerning the film, one in particular from a man named Gerald Morawski who accuses Cameron of stealing his pitch about a war between a native tribe and a mining company.
To combat this lawsuit, the filmmaker wrote a 45-page text for the court, nearly a small autobiography, detailing all the points in his life where Avatar began to blossom into an idea. They date back to his childhood. One of the biggest examples, though, is a short film he created in 1978 called Xenogenesis, which Cameron says in the document, contains material that “may be used in the Avatar sequels.” What could that mean? Watch the film yourself and discuss below. Read More »
In the latest chapter of “Disney Owns Everything,” rumor has it the company is in talks to acquire Hasbro, the world’s largest toy and game company. Hasbro brings with it a significant amount of licences in addition to the lucrative merchandising, such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Magic The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Tonka, Nerf, Clue, Candyland, My Little Pony and almost everything you can imagine.
According to MTV, who first reported the news, “serious discussions are happening at the highest levels” between the two companies. Not to mention, Hasbro already has a relationship with Disney, developing toys and games based on several of their properties (Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel etc.) and has a long standing, albeit it rocky, relationship with Hollywood (Transformers, Battleship, etc.). Read more after the jump.
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One of the biggest fan questions surrounding Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm has been answered. While Disney now owns the rights to the Star Wars universe and all future films going forward, 20th Century Fox has retained the rights to the first six movies. The original film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is theirs forever, and they’ll own the final five films, Episodes I-III, V and VI, through May 2020. This makes the fan dream of releasing the original, unedited trilogy box set very difficult. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Whether comic book fans knew it or not, Wednesday was the day they officially got a Justice League movie. That’s the day a California judge ruled in favor of Warner Bros. in a complex case involving the rights of Superman, clearing the way not only for Man of Steel to hit its June 14, 2013 release, but for Justice League as well.
The Los Angeles Times reports Warner Bros. is hoping shoot the film next year aimed for release during the Summer of 2015. They also confirm Justice League will precede any other new DC Comic book movies.
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Hope you finished catching up on Pawn Stars on Netflix Streaming last week because if you went back this weekend, it was gone. 800 hours of content from A&E and History was removed from Netflix Friday as the companies could not come to a new agreement over terms of service. According to reports, this not only marks one of the biggest deletions in Netflix history, it might mark the beginning of a shift in company priorities from non-fiction to fiction programming. Read what shows were removed and more after the jump. Read More »