Spielberg vs. Universal

Thompson On Hollywood

As Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider prepare to take their DreamWorks deal to Disney --an announcement is expected today--Kim Masters lays out more details on just what happened. It does seem a blunder to me that secret negotiations with Disney should have blown up Spielberg's old relationship with Ron Meyer at Universal. Tags: Steven Spielberg Studios DreamWorks Reliance Ron Meyer Stacey Snider Steven Spielberg Universal

Spielberg Update: Tintin and DreamWorks

Thompson On Hollywood

Here's new info on Spielberg and Jackson's unusual collaboration on Tintin , plus an update on DreamWorks raising their funding which basically lays out much of the same info we know--while nailing down the time table. Tags: Steven Spielberg TinTin DreamWorks Peter Jackson Steven Spielberg Tintin

John Steinbeck's Feuding Heirs Head to Trial Over Steven Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Potential witnesses include Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and James Franco. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Indie Spirits, Spielberg, Oscar Rant, Watchmen Alert

Thompson On Hollywood

DeMille award-winner Steven Spielberg saw his first C.B. DeMille Golden Globes Oscars Steven Spielberg Watchmen Tags: Awards Season Oscars Steven Spielberg Theaters C.B. The Golden Globes are behind us. Still to come before the Oscars: the BAFTAs and Guild awards like SAG, Writers and Directors, and the Indie Spirits. Here, IFC's Matt Singer, Cinematical's James Rocchi and I parse the Indie Spirit noms.

John Steinbeck Heirs Now Feuding Over Steven Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is a decades-old war over rights to legendary literary properties coming to a big ruling? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

John Steinbeck's Son Breached Contract in Talks Over Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a summary judgment ruling last month, a judge also found that Thom and Gail Steinbeck had slandered the title to several more of the famous author's works. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Judge sides with Spielberg/DreamWorks; 'Disturbia' not too similar to 'Rear Window'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A message to all those who are thinking about suing a Hollywood studio for ripping off an idea: Unless the studio agreed to hear your pitch, or unless you've got concrete evidence that your copyrighted material was.

THE SHELDON ABEND REVOCABLE TRUST, Plaintiff, v. STEVEN SPIELBERG et al., Defendants.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

New York, NY, Attorneys for Defendants Steven Spielberg, Paramount Pictures Corporation, DW, Studios LLC, Viacom Inc., as well as common law breach of contract claims against Defendants Steven Spielberg; DW Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Viacom, Inc.; 08 Civ. 7810 (LTS)(JCF). United States District Court, S.D. New York. September 21, 2010. HANLY CONROY BIERSTEIN, SHERIDAN FISHER & HAYES, LLP, By: Steven M. Hayes, Esq., New York, NY, MORGAN & MORGAN, P.A., By: Clay M.

THE SHELDON ABEND REVOCABLE TRUST, Plaintiff, v. STEVEN SPIELBERG et al., Defendants.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

New York, NY, Attorneys for Defendants Steven Spielberg, Paramount Pictures Corporation, DW, Studios LLC, Viacom Inc., as well as common law breach of contract claims against Defendants Steven Spielberg; DW Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Viacom, Inc.; 08 Civ. 7810 (LTS)(JCF). United States District Court, S.D. New York. September 21, 2010. HANLY CONROY BIERSTEIN, SHERIDAN FISHER & HAYES, LLP, By: Steven M. Hayes, Esq., New York, NY, MORGAN & MORGAN, P.A., By: Clay M.

The Bail Out

DealFatigue

Sucker money traditionally flows to Hollywood because investors want to meet girls, attend parties with movie stars and say they’re business partners with Steven Spielberg. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis. However, the severity of a bust is based in part on group (read: global market) psychology and bad, unregulated choices (don’t get me started on so-called “free market&# thinking!).

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The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Lavery : Any thoughts on Indian financing opportunities like the recent Spielberg-DreamWorks deal? Me : The Spielberg-Reliance deal is viewed by many as the high water mark of Indian investment in film. Pickle Magazine , a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood, recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition.

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New HBO 'Luck' Court Filing Claims Rampant Hollywood Animal Abuse

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An amended lawsuit comes with graphic pictures and allegations against ''Life of Pie,'' ''The Hobbit" and Steven Spielberg. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Television Business

Dragon Ladies, Tattooed Athletes and BOTUS – Entertainment Law Update Episode 96

Gordon P. Firemark

s ‘SpielBurger’ movie tie-in isn’t tasty for Steven Spielberg. . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Dragon Ladies, Tattooed Athletes and BOTUS – Entertainment Law Update Episode 96 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. s ‘SpielBurger’ movie tie-in isn’t tasty for Steven Spielberg. . The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment.

Transformers' LaBoeuf: Troubled Star

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Celebs in Trouble Indiana Jones Sequels Shia LaBeouf Steven Spielberg Summer Movies Transformers Indiana Jones sequels Shia LaBeouf Steven Spielberg summer movies Transformers

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The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Lavery : Any thoughts on Indian financing opportunities like the recent Spielberg-DreamWorks deal? Me : The Spielberg-Reliance deal is viewed by many as the high water mark of Indian investment in film. Pickle Magazine, a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood, recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition.

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The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Lavery : Any thoughts on Indian financing opportunities like the recent Spielberg- DreamWorks deal? Me : The Spielberg-Reliance deal is viewed by many as the high water mark of Indian investment in film. Pickle Magazine, a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood , recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition.

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'Indiana Jones' Lawsuit Seeks Hollywood Profits from Alleged Crystal Skull Theft (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An archeologist alleges a national treasure was stolen from Belize 88 years ago and the "likeness" exhibited in the 2008 Steven Spielberg film. read more. The Business Harrison Ford Indiana Jones Movies The Walt Disney Company THR, Esq. Lucasfilm Business

DreamWorks and Disney Announce Distrib Deal

Thompson On Hollywood

Why did Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider--and their reps, Alan Levine and Skip Brittenham-- secretly chase the Disney deal, risking the wrath of Universal honcho Ron Meyer? What happens to the Spielberg/Universal theme parks arrangement going forward? Finally, not only Steven Spielberg, but India-owned Reliance, are dealing with a very nasty credit-scarce economy. So the DreamWorks distribution deal with Disney is done. The full release is on the jump.)

The Bail Out

DealFatigue

Sucker money traditionally flows to Hollywood because investors want to meet girls, attend parties with movie stars and say they’re business partners with Steven Spielberg. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis. However, the severity of a bust is based in part on group (read: global market) psychology and bad, unregulated choices (don’t get me started on so-called “free market” thinking!).

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The Bail Out

DealFatigue

Sucker money traditionally flows to Hollywood because investors want to meet girls, attend parties with movie stars and say they’re business partners with Steven Spielberg. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis. However, the severity of a bust is based in part on group (read: global market) psychology and bad, unregulated choices (don’t get me started on so-called “free market” thinking!).

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DreamWorks Seeking New Distrib Deal

Thompson On Hollywood

DreamWorks heads Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider have faced an uncertain economic climate as they try to raise hundreds of millions in debt against the $550 million in equity promised by India's Reliance, which they cannot use until they raise bank funding against it. But DreamWorks was asking for more, and when they were not able to score the terms of their old HBO deal, Universal would only give up a few slots to Spielberg and Snider--not the six a year they needed.

Abend Trust Files Yet Another Suit Over "Disturbia"

Media Law Prof Blog

A judge dismissed the Trust's 2008 lawsuit against director Stephen Spielberg. The Sheldon Abend Trust has filed another lawsuit over the film "Disturbia," which stars Shia Leboeuf, this time against the Alfred Hitchcock estate. The Trust claims that "Disturbia" is

Monsters vs. Aliens Brings 3-D Invasion

Thompson On Hollywood

Time Magazine talks to 3-D boosters Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Spielberg is collaborating with Peter Jackson on 3-D performance capture movie Tintin. Tags: 3D Animation Film Festivals 3-D animation Coraline James Cameron Jeff Katzenberg Monsters vs. Aliens Steven Spielberg One of the surprises of the year so far is how well Henry Selick’s 3-D animated gothic fairy tale Coraline lasted at the b.o.;

ShoWest: Roger Ebert Honored

Thompson On Hollywood

After a video montage in which directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Oliver Stone paid tribute to Roger Ebert, Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker presented ShoWest's Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award to the Pulitzer-Prize winning critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. Tags: Clint Eastwood Critics Directors Oliver Stone Showest Steven Spielberg Theaters Chaz Ebert Roger Ebert ShoWest

Produced By Conference: Are Boomers Abandoning Movies?

Thompson On Hollywood

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's TinTin will open overseas two months before it comes stateside. Tags: Clint Eastwood In Production Steven Spielberg Studios Clint Eastwood Doug Wick James Cameron Kathleen Kennedy Lucy Fisher Mark and Larry Gordon Peter bart Produced By Rob Lorenz

Cut!

Media Law Prof Blog

Some wannabe Steven Spielbergs in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are getting a crash course in film and the law. Specifically, they are learning the importance of letting local law enforcement know that they are making a film within the city

Top 25 Active Directors: Did EW Get it Right?

Thompson On Hollywood

Steven Spielberg. Nipping at Spielberg's heels. Tags: Directors List Clint Eastwood EW Jon Favreau list Peter Jackson Steven Spielberg Top 25 Active Directors EW loves lists like this one, the top 25 active directors, designed to inspire healthy debate. Did they get it right? And what do they mean by active, exactly? Most talented, in-demand directors behind the camera today?"

Coming soon: a comprehensive guide for filmmakers

Gordon P. Firemark

Whether you're following through with your passion and living out your dream of becoming the next Spielberg or finally putting together a film that tells the stories so many miss, indie filmmaking comes with many obstacles unknown to any other in the entertainment industry.

SPEILBERG PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Southern District Court in New York has found that director Steven Spielberg's film "Disturbia" does not infringe the copyright in the short story "Rear Window," which was the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock movie with the same title. Spielberg and the other defendants produced and distributed the motion picture Disturbia; in 2007. Steven Spielberg et al., The U.S.

SPEILBERG PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Southern District Court in New York has found that director Steven Spielberg's film "Disturbia" does not infringe the copyright in the short story "Rear Window," which was the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock movie with the same title. Spielberg and the other defendants produced and distributed the motion picture Disturbia; in 2007. Steven Spielberg et al., The U.S.

Jon and Kate’s Eight Are Not the Only Octet in Town

JetLawBlog

Robyn, whose settlement package could total nearly $500 million thanks to California community property laws, will continue to battle her husband about the exact amount owed to her; but it is certain that her piece of the pie will be larger than that of other well-known ex-wives such as Juanita Jordan (who was married to NBA star Michael Jordan), or Amy Irving (who was married to Steven Spielberg). Mel Gibson just cannot seem to keep himself out of the news.

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Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, was the number one offshore hit with a gross of $55.8 The movie is in 3 D and comes from Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winning producer Peter Jackson. Tintin a Hit Congratulations to our client Moulinsart SA on the success of the movie version of its classic comic book series Tintin.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog - Untitled Article

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, was the number one offshore hit with a gross of $55.8 The movie is in 3 D and comes from Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winning producer Peter Jackson. Tintin a Hit Congratulations to our client Moulinsart SA on the success of the movie version of its classic comic book series Tintin.

Transformers:ROTF Passes $300 Million

Thompson On Hollywood

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the Paramount Pictures release trails only “The Dark Knight” in this record-setting achievement. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has passed the $300 million in 14 days. The sequel is so hugely successful that it encourages the studios to keep pursuing the same dispiriting tentpole dream. It's not a question of Michael Bay being a crap director. He's clearly in the zone of knowing what audiences want to see.

Angels & Demons: Guilty Pleasure

Thompson On Hollywood

But Ron Howard, like Steven Spielberg, is that rare studio hybrid--the quality/commercial filmmaker who likes to turn out both mass-audience blockbusters and Oscar contenders. Most studio movies aim at your pleasure center; they're not trying to challenge your brain.

Lucasfilm Starts Red Tails

Thompson On Hollywood

Outside the Star Wars Saga and the Raiders of the Lost Ark franchise (in concert with director Steven Spielberg), George Lucas's track record is not consistent. So eyes are on his next production, the World War II epic about the all-black Tuskegee aerial combat unit, Red Tails , which Lucas has been wanting to make for two decades. It finally starts shooting in Europe with a strong ensemble cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker and David Oyelowo.

Knowing: Proyas/Cage Thriller Will Wow Audiences

Thompson On Hollywood

Producer Jason Blumenthal developed the project for ten years, and Proyas was on board for six; distrib Summit should make a mint on this smart sci-fi doomsday thriller with elements of Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow , Steven Spielberg's The War of the Worlds and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Knowing is an intense, smart sci-fi thriller that stops just short of being great.

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Golden Globes: Slumdog Wins All

Thompson On Hollywood

DeMille award-winner Steven Spielberg sounded a note of concern in these economically trying times: he asked the studios not to just try to make movies for more people, he said, but for "an audience of individuals." Fox Searchlight's party at Craft was the place to watch the Golden Globes Sunday night if you weren't at the Beverly Hilton awards dinner.

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

Thompson On Hollywood

I'm struck at how fast the entertaining blockbusters are moving up the chart--Pixar, James Bond, Spielberg, Burton, Zemeckis, Cameron, Hitchcock and The Godfather films. Inflation is a huge factor in figuring out the best box office performers of all time. Bloomberg's new inflation-adjusted chart places Gone with the Wind at the top of the U.S. top box office list, along with Star Wars , The Sound of Music and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Where's the mighty number one b.o.

HOBBIT TITLES: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY IN CONFUSION

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Wells' The War of the Worlds , which was released the same year as Steven Spielberg's film based on the same 1898 public domain book. 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. The target of their ire was The Global Asylum's ("Asylum") film The Age of Hobbits.

Creative Studio Heads Can Be Both Risky and Rewarding

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

In 1994, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen launched Dreamworks SKG to create an artist-friendly studio. The following article written by Mark Litwak was recently published in the L.A. Daily Journal, the primary legal newspaper for the Los Angeles legal community. Hollywood suffers from many of the same problems that plague other American industries. Professional managers have taken the reins of control.

Creative Studio Heads Can Be Both Risky and Rewarding

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

In 1994, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen launched Dreamworks SKG to create an artist-friendly studio. The following article written by Mark Litwak was recently published in the L.A. Daily Journal, the primary legal newspaper for the Los Angeles legal community. Hollywood suffers from many of the same problems that plague other American industries. Professional managers have taken the reins of control.

CAA Memo Makes Rounds

Thompson On Hollywood

Even Steven Spielberg has had to beg, borrow and steal to get his company financed. An email purportedly from CAA has been going the email rounds. Variety.com's Dana Harris breaks it down for you. The full-length memo is on the jump. Dear Clients, I wanted to take a moment and give you a number of important updates. Before I begin, however, I wish to tell you all that I am so very proud of you all for your dogged determination during these most difficult times.

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