paramount consent decrees

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department is moving to completely wipe out the Paramount consent decrees, a ruling which, for the past 70 years, has regulated how movie studios distribute films to movie theaters. If those decrees are indeed overturned (and it looks like they will be), it could have devastating consequences to the theater industry as we know it, and the entire movie landscape could shift as a result. Here’s what this means in practical terms.
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X-Men cartoon theme song

It’s been 22 years since X-Men (aka X-Men: The Animated Series) went off the air, but arguably the most famous aspect of that show – its stellar opening theme song – is now at the center of a lawsuit that was filed against companies like Marvel, Apple, Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, and more. The suit claims that the iconic instrumental opening rips off the theme song from a 1980s Hungarian TV show called Linda, and you can listen to both songs below to see if you think he has a point. Read More »

stranger things lawsuit withdrawn

The Duffer Brothers can breathe a sigh of relief, because a lawsuit against them has gone kaput. The Stranger Things creators were on the cusp of heading to trial after writer Charlie Kessler accused them of stealing the idea for their hit Netflix series from a script he wrote. Now, only days away from trial, Kessler has withdrawn the lawsuit, claiming he was mistaken. More on the Stranger Things lawsuit below.

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stranger things trial

As Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer head to trial over plagiarism charges, they’re worried about something worse than litigation: spoilers. Charlie Kessler is suing the Duffers, claiming they stole the idea for their hit Netflix series from a script he wrote. The Duffers deny this. In addition to fighting to prove their ownership of the show, the Duffers are also hoping to avoid Stranger Things season 3 spoilers from getting out due to the trail, and have brought a motion to seal portions of the record to stop this.

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bandersnatch lawsuit

Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch got a lot of people talking when the interactive movie debuted on the streaming platform two weeks ago, but it also drew the attention of Chooseco, LLC, the children’s book publisher who owns the “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark. Chooseco filed a lawsuit in federal court today, saying that Netflix infringed on their trademark and is “causing confusion, tarnishing, denigrating, and diluting the distinct quality of the Choose Your Own Adventure mark.” Read more details about the Bandersnatch lawsuit below.
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Bambi punishment

We know the CIA has used “enhanced interrogation techniques” like playing songs at loud volume to torture detainees, but has a judge ever ordered a prisoner to repeatedly watch a movie as a form of punishment? I guess there’s a first time for everything, because Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered a convicted deer poacher to watch the Walt Disney Animation movie Bambi as part of his sentence – and the prisoner has to watch it more than once. Get the details below.
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walking dead lawsuit

Eight years after its premiere, The Walking Dead is still one of AMC’s biggest hits as its surviving human characters continue their battle against undead walkers and keep a wary eye on other humans they encounter. But one of the people who helped turn the show into a huge success is still fighting his own battle against the network itself.

Frank Darabont, who developed the series for television and served as its first showrunner, filed a Walking Dead lawsuit back in 2013 that has finally made its way before a judge – and it sounds like a jury is going to decide whether the network screwed Darabont out of over $250 million. Get the latest update below.
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jurassic world lawsuit

Remember the Dinosaur Protection Group from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? It’s the organization founded by Bryce Dallas Howard‘s character that was designed to educate people about dinosaurs and keep the genetically-created creatures safe – a mission that becomes especially urgent when a volcano threatens to erupt on Isla Nublar.

Well, it turns out there’s a real preservation group called The Dinosaur Project, and now the leader of that organization is suing the producers of Fallen Kingdom over the use of one specific phrase. Read more about the Jurassic World lawsuit below.
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Robert Durst trial

America’s obsession with true crime stories continues today, but the genre may have peaked back in 2015 with The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the HBO limited series that made headlines because of the show’s extraordinary ending. I won’t spoil it (yet), but suffice it to say that the final seconds contain one of the most astounding moments in television history.

Now there’s a new development in the case: the prosecution have asked the judge handling Durst’s case to allow them to use the DVD commentary track for a movie called All Good Things as evidence. Read the latest about the Robert Durst trial below.
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moviepass probe

MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription service that was flying high in early 2018, has been barely clinging to life for the past few months. Their financial failure and series of bone-headed decisions have been well-documented, but if you thought things couldn’t get any worse for them, think again: parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics is under investigation in New York for potentially misleading investors. Yikes. Read More »