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 »
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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 »
Going to the movies can be extremely expensive and one Detroit resident is doing something about it. Twenty-something Joshua Thompson was so upset over paying $8 for a soda and candy at his local AMC that he filed a class action lawsuit against the theater in hopes that prices would be dropped.
Does this man think he’s being forced to buy food at the theater? Does he not realize a theater makes the majority of money from concessions? Before anyone rallies behind Thompson, consider these questions and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The remake of Alex Proyas‘ The Crow has suffered numerous stops and starts since it was first announced a few years back, to the relief of fans uninterested in seeing a “gritty reboot” of the 1994 goth classic. However, it now appears that at least one of the roadblocks standing in its way has ceased to be, and that work on the film will resume in earnest.
Last year, The Weinstein Co. filed a lawsuit against Relativity, claiming that the latter had breached a contract giving TWC global rights to distribute the picture. But the two companies have now settled the lawsuit out court, and will reportedly “continue to work on the film together as planned.” Hooray. More details after the jump.
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The Dictionary.com entry on the word “Brave” lists ten different definitions. Number one is the most common usage: “possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.” Such as in Pixar’s 2012 movie, Brave. Move down the list and number four is “a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.” As in Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. And while former usage is more common than the latter, the baseball organization has been around longer, owns the trademark on “Braves” and they’ve “formally filed an objection to many of the trademark applications” Pixar is seeking for their upcoming film. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Netflix’s shares may have dropped over the past several months, but as a news topic, the company is as popular as ever. After the jump:
- Netflix supports a bill that would allow it to share your video rental and streaming choices with your friends
- Rumor has it Verizon may be looking to buy Netflix
- Netflix takes yet another step into original programming with Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
As the frequent targets of damaging rumors, Hollywood actors sue for defamation all the time. But apparently, there are cases in which the truth can be every bit as harmful — and possibly illegal — as a juicy lie. An actress identified only as “Jane Doe” is suing Amazon.com subsidiary IMDb for posting her true age and legal name, on the basis that the website obtained the information through unlawful means and that the subsequent exposure has been damaging to her career. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
The Hangover Part II is causing all sorts of legal trouble for Warner Bros. Back in April, tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill sued the studio over its use of a tattoo he’d designed for Mike Tyson, and late this summer a stunt double sued over significant head injuries he’d sustained during the production. Now another lawsuit has popped up concerning the film, this one by a California resident named Michael Alan Rubin who claims the movie was ripped off of a script he’d written based on his own life story.
Part of me wonders why Rubin would want to admit something like that even if it were true — the characters in the film mostly come across as jerks and dumbasses — but most of me understands that the potential for a fat financial settlement is a pretty compelling draw. More details after the jump.
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