Gael Garcia Bernal Set To Direct His Second Feature Film

Another successful creative from beyond the US borders.

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‘Out of the Furnace’ Producers Beat Defamation Lawsuit By 17 Native Americans – Hollywood Reporter

‘Out of the Furnace’ Producers Beat Defamation Lawsuit By 17 Native Americans – Hollywood Reporter

Members of a Native American tribe unsuccessfully sued ‘Out of the Furnace’ for defamation. How far does the First Amendment protect filmmakers? 

– JD

Inmate is suing everybody

http://www.complex.com/tv/shows/complex-news/jay-z-beyonce-kanye-west-rihanna-and-chris-brown-sued-for-24-billion#ooid=5hNHJxbTqcOASgVvCB8BZ6ASyKn5ZTcd

Check out this Complex Video of a man suing the biggest stars in urban music.

– JD

Godzilla; Importance of a Signed Agreement

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Certain producers won a small battle in the dispute surrounding the upcoming Godzilla feature film being produced by Legendary Pictures.

Legendary moved to compel arbitration, citing a clause in an unexecuted draft of an agreement. The CA Appeals court refused to compel arbitration based on the fact that the draft agreement had not been executed, despite containing a binding arbitration clause.

If I had to guess, the producers will be offered a healthy sum of money to put this one behind them. The lesson to be learned, make sure you get signed documents.

Catch the full article here: http://hosdi.eu/1f3OIio

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Robinson Crusoe; Public Domain; Protectable Elements

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Claude Robinson is $4MM richer, thanks to the high court in Canada.

The short of the story is that Claude pitched an animated educational children show that contained elements of the “Robinson Crusoe” story, which was originally published in 1719.

The production companies who received the pitch later produced a show that, according to the Canadian courts, was substantially similar and contained elements that warranted protection despite Claude’s project having been based on a property that is based on a property that is within the public domain.

For a further explanation, see the full article HERE.

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Sues AMC for Profits

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Sues AMC for Profits

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Frank Darabont has slapped AMC with a bombshell lawsuit alleging that the cable channel breached his contract and deprived him of tens of millions of dollars in profits from the hit series by making a sweetheart deal licensing the show to itself.

– JD