Editor’s Note: The initial version of this story said that Disney was “suing” Brightspark, which is not yet the case. They have actually only taken the first legal step of contacting the company to stop selling their film. Those changes have been made in the headline and body below.
Who hasn’t been in a supermarket, walked past the discount DVD rack and done a double take? Is that really the latest Hollywood blockbuster? No, it’s some cheap, imitation knockoff meant to fool consumers who don’t know better. Most of us think, “How can they get away with that?” The answer, we’re finding out, is they can’t. A few months ago, Universal sued Asylum over their obvious Battleship knockoff and now Disney could possibly sue Brightspark Production Ltd. over Braver, a film that’s in no way related to Disney/Pixar’s hit film Brave. It just has an oddly similar title and eerily similar poster.
Which is likely the case, too, for Brightspark’s other titles Tangled Up (nothing to do with Tangled), The Frog Princess (obviously different from The Princess and the Frog) or Little Cars (it’s not Cars, it’s smaller). Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Streaming content is all the rage this days and there’s plenty of tasty news about it today. After the jump read about the following:
- Troma Entertainment has about 150 of their repertory films available on YouTube, for free – including Cannibal The Musical (above).
- EPIX has partnered with Amazon to allow 3000 new movies to stream on their service.
- The EPIX/Amazon deal has already changed the value of Netflix‘s stock.
- Hulu is not available on Apple TV in Japan.
- BBC iPlayer now allows for mobile downloads of BBC content – to users in the UK.
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The next two statements are totally true. World Wrestling Entertainment is producing an animated Scooby-Doo film centering on a murder mystery at Wrestlemania, and a man shot himself in the ass while sitting down in a screening of The Bourne Legacy. After the jump, read the details on the crazy but true stories. Read More »
Internships are a complicated thing. In certain industries, they’re a crucial way to gain experience and contacts before being eligible for paying jobs. On the other hand, interns are sometimes working just as hard, if not harder, than employees in order to get noticed and believe compensation should be given. Most internships do that in the form of college credit. Others, it’s just for a line on a resume. But with the cost of college increasing annually, it’s harder and harder for a college grad to accept a position that won’t immediately help pay off their loans.
In 2011, two interns who worked on Black Swan sued Fox Searchlight because they felt the internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. We wrote about it here. Now, the plaintiffs are looking to expand their case into a class action lawsuit again Fox Entertainment Global as a whole because the Fox Searchlight intern program has the same standards and practices as the one in place the bigger entity. There are more details and some healthy room for debate after the jump. Read More »
When it was revealed a movie called Raging Bull II was actually being made, most of us were just waiting for the lawsuit to happen. Then it did. The producers and owners of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull sued the Martin Guigui-directed, William Forsythe-starring picture, which was endorsed by the film’s subject, boxer Jake LaMotta, and virtually no one else. The lawsuit ordered them to put a halt to production and never release any of the footage.
Now MGM, which owns the original film, has agreed to drop the lawsuit on the grounds that the film no longer be called Raging Bull II and that the film completely disassociates itself from the Scorsese picture. The new title is The Bronx Bull, and though it’s still the story of Jake LaMotta after the events in Raging Bull, it will not play up that angle. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The latest ruling by the United States Supreme Court says it’s okay to curse or show nudity on network TV…if it happened by accident early last decade. Thursday the nation’s highest court ruled unanimously to throw out fines the Federal Communications Commission levied against broadcast companies for two specific incidents of cursing on awards shows and an instance of brief nudity on ABC’s NYPD Blue in 2002 and 2003.
The ruling, however, did not extend to any larger discussion of what the FCC means when they call things objectionable and is being viewed as unfortunately inconsequential. Read more below. Read More »
Though he’s not even old enough to watch The Dark Knight Rises by himself, Bart Simpson’s got the kind of ex-girlfriend roster most of us can only dream about — and many of them, including Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway will be back in his life for the upcoming 24th(!) season. Also after the jump:
- Has HBO started casting for Season 3 of Game of Thrones?
- TNT’s Southland and Showtime’s Borgias renewed
- AMC orders two more murder mystery pilots
- Dish Network will drop AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WEtv
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One stars Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna as Naval Officers trying to save the world from aliens. The other stars Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers as Naval Officers trying to save the world from aliens. If those two descriptions sound somewhat interchangeable to you, you aren’t alone. The company behind the former, which obviously is Universal’s upcoming mega-budget blockbuster Battleship, is suing Global Asylum, the company behind the latter, a film called American Battleship. One will be released on thousands of screens May 18. The other will hope to fool thousands of people into believing its the former on DVD shelves May 22. Read more about the situation below. Read More »