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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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 »