'Dumb and Dumber' Producers Sue New Line Over Sequel

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This lawsuit follows an ugly legal battle between the producers and Red Granite. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Warner Bros. Fights Licensing Lawsuit Over 'Laws of Attraction'

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The Business Movies Business THR Online Netflix New Line Cinema Warner Bros Plus a class action over song subtitles and profit participation claims from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' filmmakers. read more. THR, Esq.

'Age of the Hobbits' is Now 'Clash of the Empires'

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New Line Cinema MGM BusinessMeanwhile, the screenwriter reveals the movie’s original title. read more. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq.

'The Hobbit' Producers Sue 'Age of the Hobbits' Studio for Trademark Infringement (Exclusive)

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New Line Cinema, MGM and producer Saul Zaentz seek to stop the low-budget film for allegedly violating their rights in the 'Hobbit' name read more. New Line Cinema MGMWarner Bros.,

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New Line Claims 'Conjuring' Partner Committed Trademark Fraud

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New Line Cinema Television The Conjuring Business The Warner Bros. subsidiary isn''t happy that the producer who sold rights to the forthcoming film then made a deal with Lionsgate for a TV show with the same title. read more. Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq.

With Tolkien settlement, Warners moves beyond New Line's old tricks

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By Matthew Belloni The heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien aren’t the only ones raising their goblets to celebrate Tuesday’s settlement of the “Lord of the Rings” litigation. Fans of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” can toast to the news that Peter Jackson and.

Director Nick Cassavetes sues New Line; says bumped from directing 'Peaceable Kingdom'

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By Matthew Belloni Writer-director-actor Nick Cassavetes is suing New Line Cinema, claiming he was promised a job helming the planned elephant conservationist biopic "Peaceable Kingdom" but was booted from the project after delivering a full rewrite of the script without.

Weinsteins File Lawsuit Against Time Warner Over 'Hobbit' Sequels Profits

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and its New Line division initiating arbitration proceedings. UPDATED: The move comes on the heels of escalating tensions between the two camps, including Warner Bros. read more. Movies THR Online Warner Bros. THR, Esq.

Weinsteins Want Dispute Over 'Hobbit' Profits in Public Court

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Bob Weinstein New Line Cinema The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein Business The brothers file a motion to suspend an arbitration initiated by Warner Bros. read more. The Business The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies THR Online Warner Bros.

‘Age of the Hobbits’ Set for Cambodian Release Under New Title

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New Line Cinema Heat Vision MGM BusinessThe Cambodian-made mockbuster will get a theatrical release in Cambodia as “The History of Mankind.” read more. The Business The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq.

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Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

With the box office success of Slumdog Millionaire , indie films are the new darlings of the movie business after decades of being relegated to the wilderness of limited theatrical distribution and even more limited marketing budgets.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

With the box office success of Slumdog Millionaire , indie films are the new darlings of the movie business after decades of being relegated to the wilderness of limited theatrical distribution and even more limited marketing budgets.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

With the box office success of Slum Dog Millionaire , indie films are the new darlings of the movie business after decades of being relegated to the wilderness of limited theatrical distribution and even more limited marketing budgets.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

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Tolkein, the author of the massively popular trilogy, has not received any profits from New Line Cinema, the distributor of the three films which have grossed nearly $6 billion. The suit claims that New Line has engaged in various “bookkeeping” practices in order to avoid paying the trust and other gross revenue participants, including director Peter Jackson. New Line subsequently acquired the rights. The trust that manages the estate of J.R.R.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

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Tolkein, the author of the massively popular trilogy, has not received any profits from New Line Cinema, the distributor of the three films which have grossed nearly $6 billion. The suit claims that New Line has engaged in various “bookkeeping” practices in order to avoid paying the trust and other gross revenue participants, including director Peter Jackson. New Line subsequently acquired the rights. The trust that manages the estate of J.R.R.

'Conjuring' Dispute Will Be Handled in Arbitration

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Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund is alleging that New Line violated rights on the blockbuster horror franchise read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

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According to today''s filing, New Line Cinema participated in "money laundering to acquire and conceal their victims'' assets and to cheat their victims of their income."

Onit App-ifies Legal Process Management

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At LegalTech last week, the company revealed that it is moving in a new direction, away from a single, soup-to-nuts process-management platform in favor of a new line of task-specific apps, each designed to address a specific business process. Onit just may be onto something.

Red Granite Sues to Exclude 'Dumb and Dumber' Producers From Sequel

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Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland’s company says it has no contract with Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, who insist they still have rights through their original New Line deal.

"The Hobbit" Greenlighted

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Even though labor problems continue with regard to "The Hobbit," it and a companion film have been greenlighted by New Line and Warner Brothers. More here

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 21 – Tough Cookies and Heart Attacks

Gordon P. Firemark

Copyright Preemption: A Royal Pain For Idea Submission Plaintiffs in New York. New Rock Theatre Productions Opinion is here. Nothing Like a Brando: Harley-Davidson Sued Over Name of New Line of Boots (jonathanturley.org). Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231.

Lawyers and the Shire

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The search for the Ring can continue, after producers for New Line Cinema settled a dispute with J. Mr. Jackson's new project, The Hobbit, is due out Tolkien's heirs over royalties for the Lord of the Rings films.

Chuck DeVore again tests limits of fair use in campaign videos with 'Austin Powers' clip

Copyrights & Campaigns

DeVore has released a new video mocking his opponent, Sen. And the video includes a clip of about 8 seconds from "Austin Powers": Over to you, New Line. Thought Don Henley's lawsuit against California state Assemblyman and U.S.

Tolkien settlement: More than $100 million

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By Matthew Belloni and Eriq Gardner Today's resolution of the litigation between New Line Cinema and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien (right) over “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is shaping up as one of the biggest profit participation.

LegalTech Report: Onit Unveils Legal-Process Apps

Media Law

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York last week.]. Just after the 2012 LegalTech, I wrote about the new direction taken by Onit , a developer of process-management applications for legal and business uses.

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

Digital Media Law

The pact sets out how the unions will address organizing efforts, deal with jurisdictional issues and establishes new lines of communication aimed at strengthening the relationship. Teamsters Locals 399 (Los Angeles) and 817 (New York) represent motion picture and television drivers and others. IATSE represents most below the line crew.

Daily Read: Movie Mom, New Freddy, Celluloid Closet

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New Line was looking for a new unknown to cast as Freddie in their relaunch of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, until they found Jackie Earle Haley. Showing the growing power of frank blog-talk, Movie Mom is a movie reviewer with a huge following.

Trademark Basics Part 4: Trademark Housekeeping 101 – Conducting a Trademark Audit

Broadcast Law Blog

This can help you identify (1) new brands that can be exploited, potentially opening up new lines of licensing revenue, (2) vulnerabilities in your current trademark practices that could expose you to the risk of litigation, and (3) cost savings by identifying marks that are no longer in use and discontinuing their maintenance and enforcement. Last week, we discussed the benefits of federally registering your trademarks.

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

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Bloomberg's new inflation-adjusted chart places Gone with the Wind at the top of the U.S. This reminds me of my current revelations on Flickchart , a new ranking site that doesn't ask you to rate movies with stars. 2005 Revenge of the Sith 10 The Lord of the Rings: New Line $377.0

HOBBIT TITLES: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY IN CONFUSION

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Warner Brothers, New Line, and its affiliates (“Plaintiffs”) recently achieved a rare courtroom victory by obtaining a court order restraining distribution of a film they claimed unfairly competed with one of its titles. Asylum was set to release its film on December 11, 2012, three days before New Line rolled out its film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” New Line's film revolves around the Hobbit characters, which first appeared in J.R.R.

BUSH’S BRAIN PREMIERES

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In the past seven years over 600 industry professionals have participated as panelists in the conference, including executives from Columbia/TriStar, Fox Searchlight, MGM Studios, Miramax, NBC, New Line, Paramount Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Co., It opens in New York on August 27, three days before the start of the Republican convention.

BUSH’S BRAIN PREMIERES

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In the past seven years over 600 industry professionals have participated as panelists in the conference, including executives from Columbia/TriStar, Fox Searchlight, MGM Studios, Miramax, NBC, New Line, Paramount Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Co., It opens in New York on August 27, three days before the start of the Republican convention.

MARK TO TEACH AT UCLA OCT. 2-3

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CLIENTS This Friday marks the Los Angeles theatrical opening of “Bush’s Brain,” an explosive new documentary film that introduces the country to Karl Rove, the man known as “Bush’s Brain,” the most powerful political figure America has never heard of. September 3, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK TO TEACH AT UCLA OCT. 2-3 Mark will be teaching a UCLA Extension course on Financing Independent Features and Negotiating a Distribution Agreement, Oct.

MARK TO TEACH AT UCLA OCT. 2-3

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CLIENTS This Friday marks the Los Angeles theatrical opening of “Bush’s Brain,” an explosive new documentary film that introduces the country to Karl Rove, the man known as “Bush’s Brain,” the most powerful political figure America has never heard of. September 3, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK TO TEACH AT UCLA OCT. 2-3 Mark will be teaching a UCLA Extension course on Financing Independent Features and Negotiating a Distribution Agreement, Oct.

Oscar Rule Change Follow-ups

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First Vice President – Robert Rehme, Executives Branch A former president of Universal Pictures and CEO of New World, Mr. Rehme has served two separate terms as president of the Academy. She also served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema.

iHOLLYWOOD FORUM PRESENTS “THE DIGITAL STUDIO” AT AFM

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In the past seven years over 600 industry professionals have participated as panelists in the conference, including executives from Columbia/TriStar, Fox Searchlight, MGM Studios, Miramax, NBC, New Line, Paramount Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Co., September 30, 2004 In this newsletter: iHOLLYWOOD FORUM PRESENTS “THE DIGITAL STUDIO” AT AFM On Nov.

iHOLLYWOOD FORUM PRESENTS “THE DIGITAL STUDIO” AT AFM

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In the past seven years over 600 industry professionals have participated as panelists in the conference, including executives from Columbia/TriStar, Fox Searchlight, MGM Studios, Miramax, NBC, New Line, Paramount Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Co., September 30, 2004 In this newsletter: iHOLLYWOOD FORUM PRESENTS “THE DIGITAL STUDIO” AT AFM On Nov.

Creative Studio Heads Can Be Both Risky and Rewarding

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Inventors, like Steve Wozniak, may find it more satisfying to tinker in their garages and invent new products than attend board of directors' meetings and manage a large bureaucracy. Movies don't lend themselves to assembly-line manufacturing. He/she doesn't expect the product to entertain him/her or provide a new experience. Agents conceive ideas for movies, discover new talent, and decide which writers, directors, and stars shall work together in the packages they create.

Creative Studio Heads Can Be Both Risky and Rewarding

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Inventors, like Steve Wozniak, may find it more satisfying to tinker in their garages and invent new products than attend board of directors' meetings and manage a large bureaucracy. Movies don't lend themselves to assembly-line manufacturing. He/she doesn't expect the product to entertain him/her or provide a new experience. Agents conceive ideas for movies, discover new talent, and decide which writers, directors, and stars shall work together in the packages they create.

Reflections on the State of Radio - A Month of Discussions at The Radio Show, State Broadcasters Meetings and Digital Media Conferences

Broadcast Law Blog

At each of these conferences, in listening to the discussions of the issues facing all the new media (like how to make money), the dark view of radio seemed overblown. As with any new line of business, there will always be bumps. Legal and regulatory obstacles have scared some broadcasters away from aggressive on-line efforts. What broadcaster, after years of dealing with the FCC and its attitudinal fluctuations, can’t handle some new regulatory wrinkle?