AMC Sued for Allegedly Mischaracterizing Seasonality of Box Office

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Business Business THR Online AMC Box OfficeSummer doesn't encourage moviegoing as much in Europe as it does in the U.S., and AMC should have said so, according to a class action lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq.

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This disconnect of a mediocre film doing well at the box office got me thinking of my UK client Fred Hogge’s post on his blog cinelogic about how box office success builds audience interest regardless of the merits of a particular motion picture. People like horse races and the weekend box office is just that. Indeed, that why Beverly Hills Chihuahua was – as Variety put it – “top dog at the box office” this weekend.

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DealFatigue

This disconnect of a mediocre film doing well at the box office got me thinking of my UK client Fred Hogge’s post on his blog cinelogic about how box office success builds audience interest regardless of the merits of a particular motion picture. People like horse races and the weekend box office is just that. Indeed, that why Beverly Hills Chihuahua was – as Variety put it – “top dog at the box office” this weekend.

Box Office

DealFatigue

This disconnect of a mediocre film doing well at the box office got me thinking of my UK client Fred Hogge’s post on his blog cinelogic about how box office success builds audience interest regardless of the merits of a particular motion picture. People like horse races and the weekend box office is just that. Indeed, that why Beverly Hills Chihuahua was - as Variety put it - “top dog at the box office&# this weekend.

Six Lessons of Summer Box Office

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Movie Investors Sue Over 'One of the Greatest Box Office Flops of All Time'

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How two financial institutions put up nearly $22 million on a vampire spoof that wasn't really a vampire spoof and walked away with $100,000. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business

Book Publishers Will Escape Legal Blame for Box Office Bomb 'Sahara'

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The Colorado Supreme Court makes the latest ruling in an eight-year-war over the Matthew McConaughey film. read more. The Business Matthew McConaughey Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

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Congress has driven a stake through the heart of movie box office futures trading — banning the practice. In the news… Federal court finds senatorial candidate Charles DeVore’s political campaign advertisements utilizing Don Henley’s music are not Fair Use. Federal Trade Commission settles with Twitter in privacy case. Japanese court orders protesters to stay away from theaters screening “The Cove.&#.

Gone with the Wind Knocks Titanic Off B.O. Chart, Dark Knight Leads Flickchart Rankings

Thompson On Hollywood

Inflation is a huge factor in figuring out the best box office performers of all time. top box office list, along with Star Wars , The Sound of Music and E.T.: Source: Box Office Mojo. Gone with the Wind Star Wars The Sound of Music The Ten Commandments Titanic top ten all-time box office grossers Tags: Boxoffice Classics Web/Tech box office E.T.

Scalping No Longer Sketchy

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Box offices becoming relic of the past. Tags: JETL Uncategorized advertising courts entertainment financial games government lawsuits legislation media music privacy progress sports New York Ticketmaster Broadway law Scalping 30 Rockefeller Plaza ticket sales Anti-scalping Box office paperless ticketing New York is one of the few states where ticket scalping is perfectly legal, or at least was legal until this month.

Transformers:ROTF Passes $300 Million

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'Zootopia' Lawsuit Redrawn Against Disney in State Court

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The writer of 'Total Recall' says Disney didn't create 'Zootopia' from scratch, and used his ideas as the basis for the box-office hit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Transformers: ROTF's Bay Has Nothing to Worry About

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Boxoffice Up, DVDs Down

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Will Open Huge

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Bruno: Good Opening, Bad Buzz; Harry Potter Clips

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Paramount Scores Orci and Kurtzman Project

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How 'American Sniper' Could Complicate the Murder Trial of Chris Kyle's Killer

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In the wake of the record-breaking box office for the Clint Eastwood film, the defendant''s attorney asks, "Can there be a fair trial?" read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq

Universal's Donna Langley: 'Fifty Shades' Sequel Will Be "More of a Thriller"

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"Failure is a great learning tool," the studio's chairman said at THR's annual Power Lawyers breakfast of the road to her recent box-office successes. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Paul Walker Columbia Pictures Donna Langley E.L. James NBCUniversal Sam Taylor-Johnson Sony Tom Rothman Universal Pictures Vin Diesel Fifty Shades of Grey Furious 7

'Last Samurai' Trial Begins: What's the Value of a Good Idea in Hollywood?

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Eriq Gardner What made 'Last Samurai' a box-office smash: Was it the script ideas or was it Tom Cruise's acting and Ed Zwick's directing? read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business Ed Zwick Tom Cruise

Benjamin Bratt Sues to Collect Film Bonuses

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Eriq Gardner Producers of "La Mission" allege that distributor owes them money for film's box office performance. read more. Movies Movies Business THR exclusive

Are Movies Like Onions?

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From the New York Times, a discussion of the debate over trading in futures on movie box-office grosses. To cry or not to cry

China's Looming Entertainment Problem: Not Enough Lawyers

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Local box office smash "Lost in Thailand" also drew a record-breaking copyright lawsuit -- the lack of clear IP laws and experienced attorneys could pose new issues for growth. read more. Home International Movies THR, Esq. Asia Business

Philip K. Dick Estate Slams 'Adjustment Bureau' Producers Over Dueling Lawsuits

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A judge is asked to correct the course of litigation involving royalties from the 2011 film 'The Adjustment Bureau,' which grossed $128 million in worldwide box office. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business The Adjustment Bureau

Appeals Court Refuses to Award Attorneys Fees in 'Sahara' War

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An appellate court decides there is "no prevailing party" and no reason to award more than $20 million in attorney fees over the 2005 box office flop. read more. Movies THR, Esq. Business

Hollywood Docket: Nicollette Sheridan's 'peace package'?; 'Titans' most pirated; Dixie Chick wins legal fees

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Federal regulators have granted unanimous approval for the trading of box office futures despite vehement objection from the MPAA, DGA and other industry groups. But the financial reform legislation currently being debated in Congress contains a provision that might nix.

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Paramount Wins 'No Country' Trial Over Payout to Tommy Lee Jones

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million box office bonus to Jones from its profit participation. Matthew Belloni A judge has issued a tentative ruling against Morgan Stanley-backed Marathon Funding, which claimed that Paramount improperly deducted a $17.5 read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men

'Avatar' tops most-pirated movie list

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By Eriq Gardner "Avatar" is proving just as popular in the piracy underground as it has been at the box office. The James Cameron epic ranks as the most downloaded film on BitTorrent. Some believe that online pirates want to.

Hollywood Docket: China yanks 'Avatar;' who owns Sherlock Holmes?; Jay-Z loses to Rockafella

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Entertainment law news this morning: The 2D version of "Avatar" has been pulled from the Chinese market just as the movie has set a new box office record in the country. The move was made at the urging of governmental.

Paris Hilton's 'Best Judge Forever' lets her off the hook

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million for avoiding promotion of the box office flop "National Lampoon's Pledge This!" By Eriq Gardner A Florida judge has ruled that Paris Hilton does not have to pay $8.3 In the case, Judge Federico Moreno went to painstaking lengths.

Tom Clancy Dies

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From CNN: Novelist Tom Clancy, whose espionage-themed books have sold in the millions and whose works were turned into such box office hits as The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games, and The Hunt for Red October, has died at

Harvey Weinstein Threatens to Sue Warner Bros. Over 'Hobbit 2' Profits

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percent cut of the sequel''s box-office take. On the heels of the fight over "The Butler," the studio''s lawyers are disputing the mogul''s legal letters claiming he''s entitled to a 2.5 read more. Movies THR Online Warner Bros. THR, Esq. Bob Weinstein The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Harvey Weinstein Business

Recommended Readign: What Dealmakers can learn from Sandra Bullock

Gordon P. Firemark

Appleton’s premise is that folks who’ve previously gotten rich front- and back-end deals may have to give ground on some points, but if willing to share some of the risk of a flop, they can still find ways to share in the rewards from a box-office and/or DVD success. Entertainment Lawyer Dina Appleton’s guest post today in THR, Esq. Blog is an excellent discussion of how win-win deals can still be made for high-level talent, in today’s risk-averse climate.

Getting a tattoo? If you’re in the media you need to get the copyright too!

Gordon P. Firemark

avoided the preliminary injunction, and was thus allowed to release the movie (garnering tremendous first weekend box-office revenues), in denying the injunction, the Judge make an important statement. Things just got more complicated for on-camera folks who have tattoos, body art or other adornments.

'Angels & Demons' debuts but can't top 'Fired Up' on most-pirated movie list

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By Eriq Gardner "Angels & Demons" may have taken the top spot at the box office last weekend, but it's only the sixth most pirated film on BitTorrent, according to Torrent Freak. The top spot belongs to "Fired Up," a.

'Star Trek' boldly debuts on most-pirated list

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner "Star Trek" opened Friday to great reviews and solid box office receipts. Now, predictably, the movie has gone where plenty of blockbusters have gone before: onto torrent channels. The film places in the Top 10 of the.

'Crank,' 'Paul Blart' can't top 'Fast & Furious' on most-pirated movie list

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By Eriq Gardner Debate over how much piracy impacts box office performance continues to flourish. But can a film still be successful while being stolen in mass numbers online? Judging by the record of "Fast & Furious," the answer seems.

Producer Credit in Lieu of Compensation: Trouble in the making?

Gordon P. Firemark

Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the production, the GM will, in consultation with the Producer(s), of course, supervise the preparation of a budget for the show, along with the activities of the accountants, press agent, Company Manager, box-office, advertising, marketing, promotions, contract negotiations, staffing and personnel matters, and any other business matters that may arise.). It’s quite frequent in my practice.

The Royalty Pool

Gordon P. Firemark

Until a few decades ago, in the mid 1980’s, the usual approach was that Authors and other creative personnel were paid a percentage of the Gross Weekly Box Office Receipts (“GWBOR”) from productions of the show. The Royalty Pool is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. What is the Royalty Pool? One of the most confusing terms in theatrical production agreements is the discussion of the “Royalty Pool”.

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In April, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved the creation of markets for trading box office futures, essentially contracts investors can buy or sell based on individual films’ box office receipts. Contracts traded on the exchange operated by Cantor Fitzgerald would enable any investor to profit from predictions about box-office receipts for the first four weekends of a film’s release.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: WARNER BROS. SETTLES “HANGOVER II” LAWSUIT

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settled the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the tattoo artist who designed the tatoo which appears on the face of former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. million at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over half a billion dollars in worldwide box office – eclipsing the $467.5 STUDIO SETTLES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM BROUGHT BY TATTOO ARTIST. Late last month, Warner Bros.

Believe It or Not: This Blog Turns 17 Today

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At the box office, a Spider-Man movie was a big hit. It was a much-different world in 2002. A Republican occupied the White House. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl , led by a quarterback named Tom Brady. And the news cycle was taken up with talk of whistleblowers. But one thing has not changed: This blog. It was born exactly 17 years ago today, with the goal of keeping readers up to date on the latest in legal websites and technology.

Subsidiary Rights Clauses in Theatrical Production Contracts. What’s the big deal?

Gordon P. Firemark

Producers argue that they are investing vast sums to mount a production of a new work, and their potential box-office revenues are unlikely to meet these expenses. One of the most heatedly negotiated provisions in theatrical production licenses these days is the Subsidiary Rights Clause. In this post, I’ll briefly explain what subsidiary rights are, and why they’re such a big issue for producers and authors alike.