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Gerard Butler Charged with Criminal Battery in Los Angeles

Law of Hollywood Land

300 ’s Gerard Butler was charged in Los Angeles county courts earlier this week for criminal battery against a photographer.

Pauly Shore sues brother over control of Comedy Store

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni A family feud over the future of Los Angeles' venerable Comedy Store spilled into court today. Actor/comedian Pauly Shore sued brother Peter Shore alleging Pauly was improperly removed from the family company's board of directors and suggesting.

Courtney Love loses motion to dismiss Twitter defamation case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied Courtney Love's attempts to throw out what may be a precedent-setting Twitter defamation lawsuit. In March, clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir sued Love for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction.

Jack Klugman sues Universal again over 'Quincy' profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni Actor Jack Klugman is accusing Universal Studios of hiding millions in profits from the classic NBC medical series "Quincy, M.E." In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Klugman claims his deal with NBC to.

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'Precious' lawsuit tossed; no signed writing for copyright transfer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni A Federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a key portion of The Weinstein Co.'s litigation over rights to the Sundance hit "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire." We've been following this case since January, Tags: Litigation

MANNY PACQUIAO TO ATTEND 2009 PABA INSTALLATOIN DINNER

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Individuals responding on or after March 6, 2009 should bring checks for their admission on the night of the event, payable to “PABA Foundation.”.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. Warners is not alone. warner brothers wip

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. Warners is not alone. warner brothers wip

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. Warners is not alone. warner brothers wip

IP Law, Cultural Norms, and Traditional Knowledge

Media Law Prof Blog

Munzer and Kal Raustiala, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, have published The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge, at 27 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 37 (2009). Stephen R. Here is the abstract

Cannes Day Six: New Media Panel

Thompson On Hollywood

He also admitted that the LAT 's balkanized print vs. online situation is not ideal. shot a little flipcam video at the start.

LAT Makes Entertainment Changes

Thompson On Hollywood

Los Angeles Times. Tags: Los Angeles Times Craig Turner Los Angeles Times Sallie Hofmeister The LAT is finally making the threatened changes in their entertainment coverage. Here's the announcement story. Because entertainment is the hometown industry, we need to be a clear number one in our coverage.

"KABABAYAN LA" TELEVISION APPEARANCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

PROMOTING THE 2009 PHILIPPINE BAR ASSOCIATION DINNER Here's the video of my appearance on the "Kababayan LA" television show on KCSI-TV 18 in Los Angeles hosted by the lovely, Jannelle So.

JUDGE MICHAEL J. O'GARA TAKES THE BENCH

Entertainment Litigation Blog

O'Gara, was enrobed as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge earlier this week. A good friend from UCLA, Michael J.

LA Film Fest Appoints Director Yeldham

Thompson On Hollywood

The Los Angeles Film Festival has nabbed producer Rebecca Yeldham as their new fest director. PRESENTED BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.

Risky Business at UCLA February 20, 2009

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The 11th CineVegas Film Festival was held June 10 - 15, 2009 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas Mark will present his "Risky Business: Financing & Distributing Independent Films" seminar at at UCLA on February 20. The seminar is all day Saturday. Limited Enrollment. Registration number: V4464B.

L.A. approves incentive package

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approves incentive package : “Runaway Production: City aims to keep film, TV productions in town — There’s no tax credits in there yet, but the Los Angeles City Council has approved a package of incentives aimed at keeping film and TV productions in Los Angeles.

Recession Red: LACMA Shuts Down Film Program

Thompson On Hollywood

The cash crunch is hitting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has quietly been letting go of many of its curators.

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Don Johnson Earns First Paycheck in Years

JetLawBlog

A Los Angeles County jury recently awarded Don Johnson $23.2 Currently, the show is syndicated in over forty countries around the world.

LAFF Film Fest Wrap

Thompson On Hollywood

FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS OF 2009 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL. Here's Variety's review.) premieres. Cast: Simon J.

Operating Broadcast Stations in an Emergency - AM Operations at Night, STAs and Other Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The threat from the recent fires to the tower farm on Mount Wilson from which many of the radio and television stations serving the Los Angeles area operate highlight the need for broadcasters to have an emergency plan in the event that some local catastrophe affects their tower site.

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LAT Hires Fritz, Variety Adds Morris

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Boxoffice Los Angeles Times Terminator Ben Fritz blogs Chris Morris Dana Harris LA Times Variety

LA Observed Rooftop Party

Thompson On Hollywood

Hot topics: Jay vs. Conan, Twitter vs. Facebook, Melton vs. Rachlis at Los Angeles Magazine, getting into Comic-Con, and making money blogging.

LAFF: Public Enemies is Centerpiece

Thompson On Hollywood

Film Critics: The Films That Got Away (3): Co-presented by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Finke's Peters Exclusive: Masters Had It A Month Ago

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Bloggers Books Los Angeles Times Jon Peters Kim Masters Nikki Finke Patrick Goldstein

LAFF: Yeldham Leads Charge

Thompson On Hollywood

It's crucial that new Los Angeles Film Festival director Rebecca Yeldham programmed an indie opener for Thursday night's LAFF launch.

Saving Journalism: from Obama to Pincus

Thompson On Hollywood

He wished them well as they reinvent journalism. agree that her solution would work. And the same basic principles could apply to many other mags.

Star Stories, Google Trend Traffic

Thompson On Hollywood

The new metric in journalism is online traffic. It didn't matter if Lions for Lambs sucked: Time still ran a story about Cruise, Redford and Streep.

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Thompson On Hollywood

I'm enjoying Wired , More , Los Angeles Magazine , even Vanity Fair. We all know that newspapers are on the ropes. This is so wrong.

LAFF: Paper Man So-So, Indie Financing, Stoning of Soraya M.

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Film Festivals Adam Yauch LAFF Laura Bickford Los Angeles Film festival Robert Teitel Ted Mundorff

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The Laurel Canyon Goats are Leaving!

Digital Media Law

Her 2009 email message also noted that the couple had “more milk and cheese than we can consume.” During my visit, they went loping up the street past several parked cars and clambered onto the Frescos’ guesthouse roof, where they lay down amid the solar panels and relaxed in the hot Los Angeles sun. Has anyone seen them?”

Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

Digital Media Law

The AFTRA Los Angeles results are in. Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board).

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SAG Stalemate Update

Digital Media Law

All seven incumbent AFTRA Los Angeles Officers were named candidates for re-election by the AFTRA Los Angeles Nominating Committee and will run unopposed for additional two-year terms. Elected Los Angeles Officers and Board members will begin their terms July 1. The Screen Actors Guild stalemate grinds on.

Dueling Journo Divas

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Media Claudia Eller Lionsgate Los Angeles Times Nikki Finke Sharon Waxman Summit The Wrap

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: JURY DUTY

Entertainment Litigation Blog

COMMENTARY ON A CITIZEN'S OBLIGATION TO SERVE Last month, I was summoned to jury duty in a not-so-desirable area of Los Angeles County. I was happy to serve and fulfill my obligation. For a trial lawyer, serving on a jury -- and even just appearing for jury duty and being a part of a jury pool -- is educational.

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

Digital Media Law

In 2009, Handel published a short book titled “ How to Write LOI's and Term Sheets ,” and will be publishing his new book ” Hollywood on Strike!” His op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. also continue as of counsel at TroyGould.

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: HOWARD K. STERN'S DEFAMATION CLAIM SURVIVES SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

NY FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT ALLEGEDLY DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS ABOUT ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S ATTORNEY/COMPANION SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO A JURY Last Wednesday, on August 12, 2009, a federal district court judge in New York ruled that the defamation case filed by Anna Nicole Smith's former attorney and companion, Howard K. Legal Decisions

“Octomom the Musical” Opens in LA to Sellout Crowds

Digital Media Law

A play loosely inspired by the LA-area mother who had octotuplets opened last Saturday to standing-room only crowds in Los Angeles. at Heliotrope, Los Angeles, CA 90029. The show has garnered enormous publicity, even including a segment on the CBS Early Show, and generally strong reviews. Running time: 65 mins.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: SUNDANCE FILM "PUSH" SPARKS MULTIPLE LAWSUITS OVER FILM RIGHTS

Entertainment Litigation Blog

And now, "Push" has spawned dueling lawsuits in New York and Los Angeles filed by the two suitors for North American distribution rights, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Lionsgate. BATTLE OVER THIS YEAR'S SUNDANCE FESTIVAL PHENOM REVIVES AGE OLD QUESTION: WHEN IS A DEAL CONSIDERED A DEAL? So the deal was done, right? Not so fast.

SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

White has assumed his role as interim national executive director and will work from the Guild’s national headquarters office in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday, January 27, 2009. He also serves as a Mayoral-appointed commissioner of Los Angeles for urban area planning and development. McGuire as chief negotiator.