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Los Angeles, California (X17online) - A number of individuals involved in the 2005 film Crash, including director Paul Haggis and co-star Brendan Fraser, have won a $12 million lawsuit against the film’s producer Bob Yari. L.A. Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Buckley charged Yari with diverting profits from the film and its participants by "diverting funds to third parties; adopting bogus contractual interpretations; refusing to correct accounting errors in a timely manner; adopting inappropriate accounting procedures that were contrary to industry standards; and, ultimately, using all of these to avoid paying plaintiffs money due under contracts." This isn’t Yari’s first legal woe regarding the Oscar-winning film: he was sued in 2006 and 2010 for withholding funds from two producers and actor Matt Dillon, respectively, and in 2010 his production company Bob Yari Prods. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. »
A Los Angeles judge has awarded $12 million to Crash director Paul Haggis, co-star Brendan Fraser, writer Bobby Moresco and others as a result of the film's producer Bob Yari employing "creative accounting" to divert money from the Oscar-winning best picture. Since Crash was released in 2005, financier Yari has been involved in all sorts of litigation, from a lawsuit he pressed against the Producer's Guild over credit on Crash to defending claims made by a variety of parties, including co-star Matt Dillon, over owed compensation. One of the biggest lawsuits came from the film's director, writer, and lead star over ways that Yari
- Eriq Gardner
In 2007, Haggis launched legal action against the movie's producer Yari, claiming he had breached a profit sharing agreement made in 2002 and failed to give him the correct money he is owed.
Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Buckley ruled earlier this year that Yari had breached his contract by "diverting funds to third parties" from the profits of the $100 million (£63 million)-grossing movie.
And Yari has now been ordered to pay $12 million to Fraser, who played Rick Cabot in the film, and Haggis - although it is unknown how the damages will be split between both parties.
Judge Buckley said Yari had used "bogus contractual interpretations" and "inappropriate accounting procedures" to avoid paying the correct amount of cash to Haggis and Fraser, as well as co-writer Bobby Moresco and producer Mark Harris.
But Yari's attorney Behzad Nahai has slammed the ruling, saying, "We obviously and respectfully disagree with the decision. The effect of this decision is that the person who took the risk and financed and proceeded with the making of this movie, is in essence being penalised by this court."
It's not the only legal dispute Yari is facing over the film - actor Matt Dillon, who played officer John Ryan in the production, launched a lawsuit last year claiming he was also cheated out of $100,000 (£63,000) in profits. »
In the race of the competing Linda Lovelace biopics, Lovelace – i.e. the one starring Amanda Seyfried as the iconic (and reluctant) star of the 1972 porn film Deep Throat — just took a big leap forward.
As production on the film begins today, the producers announced a bevy of new costars. Hank Azaria has signed on for the role of Deep Throat director Jerry Damiano. Chris Noth and Bobby Cannavale (pictured) will play the film’s financial backers, Anthony Romano and you-can’t-make-this-name-up Butchie Peraino, respectively. And Robert Patrick will star as Linda’s father, John.
- Adam B. Vary
Update: Variety also reports that James Franco is in talks to reunite with his Howl directors and do a small cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the film. He was originally circling the Chuck Traynor role, but don’t expect him to have a big cameo role, as he will only shoot for one day. Check out the original story below.
Lovelace, the story of the sexual revolution and the birth of the feminist movement as viewed through the experiences of Deep Throat actress Linda Lovelace, has added four new performers to its already impressive cast. According to Variety, producers on the film have confirmed that Hank Azaria, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and Bobby Cannavale have all been signed to join the film, which will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The filmed works of David Fincher aren't limited to the cinema. In fact, Fincher has made more music videos and commercials than he has movies and today I've decided to highlight a selection of Fincher's music videos from those that will have you nodding your head saying, "Yup, that looks like something Fincher would have directed," and others that will have you saying, "What? Really? The guy that made Zodiac, Seven and Fight Club made that?" I did my best to find a few quotes for some of the videos, a few facts on others and I can also suggest you look for the likes of Djimon Hounsou in Madonna's "Express Yourself" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up", Christopher Walken in Madonna's "Bad Girl" and you can also find supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford in the video for George Michael's "Freedom! »
- Brad Brevet
A Black List spec script written by Lauryn Kahn may have found its director in Jake Szymanksi (Saturday Night Live). Kahn, who had previously worked as an assistant to Adam McKay at “Funny or Die,” had her comedy effort picked up by Fox 2000 earlier this year. Szymanski, a director of numerous shorts at “Funny or Die,” has been eyed by the studio to helm the project, He’s Fuckin’ Perfect. The plot follows a girl who is savvy in the ways of social media but hesitant when it comes to romance. Using her tech skills to vet her friends’ dates, she happens to stumble upon the perfect guy and decides to turn herself into his ideal woman. Emma Stone was previously reported to be circling the role. He’s Fuckin’ Perfect will be produced through Gary Sanchez, the production company of Will Ferrell and McKay, who also helped Kahn hone and shape her script. »
- Dave Trumbore
Juno Temple has been on the verge of breaking out for quite a while. This year’s “Dirty Girl” should have been a big moment for her, but it didn’t get much of a release by the Weinstein Company. But not to worry, as Christopher Nolan is going to shine a spotlight on her in next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” This winter, though, Temple will be filming “Lovelace,” the biopic of the infamous porn star, playing the best friend of Linda Lovelace, a role earmarked for Amanda Seyfried. “American Beauty” actor Wes Bentley has also joined the film, and will take on the role of Linda’s second husband, Larry Marchiano. This film is not the one Lindsay Lohan was previously attached to. You’re thinking of “Inferno,” which has cast “Watchmen” actress Malin Ackerman as Linda and Matt Dillon as her husband. Both films start filming in January, »
One director brought the smell of napalm in the morning to our screens. Another took us to a Galaxy far, far away. One brought Dinosaurs back to life and into our cinemas. We all know who they are: Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg. All of them seen above, minus Marty, have cracking beards, but that’s not the point. With the man holding the smaller Golden man, Martin Scorsese, having recently released the critically acclaimed Hugo into the cinematic realm we’re left to wonder; what’s happened to the rest of them? Their once almighty talents now seem to be focused upon diminishing their own legacies, the desire they once had to create and maintain their filmic reputations seem to be diminishing with every new feature they release. With Spielberg about to unleash his disappointing technological imagining of the Euro-centric Tintin on the American market this Christmas.
Let’s start with Coppola, »
- Dan Lewis
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright will star in The Grandmothers for director Anne Fontaine (Coco Avant Chanel). According to THR, The Grandmothers is "the erotic tale of misguided love"—and stop right there. I think this is a picture for everyone who sees movies when they only know the title (yes, these people exist; you probably know at least one or two of them). Continue, THR: "—a tale of misguided love and a celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship." Aww. That's actually kind of sweet. So what's the actual plot? "The Grandmothers tells the story of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons." Holy crap. Anne Fontaine is unintentionally turning The Lonely Island's "Motherlover" into a movie. Hit the jump for more. I'm just going to pretend this flick is based on "Motherlover" even though The Grandmothers is actually based on »
- Matt Goldberg
Let's all be adults; this is not a puerile discussion of the male member. We're merely noting that throughout history, while paintings and sculptures have depicted the nude male body with regularity, film has a limited number of offerings (not counting the XXX variety, of course), whereas leading ladies (even Oscar-winning ones) drop cover again and again.
Michael Fassbender, however, has no qualms about showing what God gave him. In Steve McQueen's new drama "Shame," Fassbender plays a sex addict who's in the buff so often his body is naked nearly as often as its clothed. In honor of Fassbender's courage to reveal everything, we're celebrating the movies -- and actors -- who've dared to go full frontal.
9. 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' (2011)
- Sandie Angulo Chen
The 1990s were quite a turning point for society as a whole. After a decade of conservative politics, neon colors, feel-good music, corporate greed and the entire “Me” generation, we as a collective whole hit a brick wall and said “enough”. Suddenly bands who were labeled “college rock” were hitting the popular stations, Grunge put Seattle back on the map. And suddenly no one knew who they were anymore. Clothiers stole from every imaginable source for inspiration, songwriters eschewed the party scene for lyrics that delved deep into the darker recesses of the soul, and the tough guy made way for the sensitive, caring man who wasn’t afraid to show emotion.
As always, film is a wonderful time-capsule, capturing the present and preserving it for us to look back on and take a new look at what was going on in the world. Here, I present ten films that »
In 1960′s Oklahoma the leather and denim-clad Greasers and the richer, preppy Soc’s (pronounced “So-shers”) are constantly and at times literally at each others throats. As their confrontations escalate, a tragic turn of events forces Greasers Johnny (Ralph Macchio) and Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) to flee the town and hide out, until further tragedy brings them back to town for a bitter-sweet reunion with family and friends.
Like a proto-Brat Pack movie (Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Macchio, Howell, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon and Patrick Swayze all appear), The Outsiders comes loaded with expectation and baggage and it is a load it struggles to bear up under. Director Francis Ford Coppola was white hot off the back of an unprecedentedly successful decade that had given the world two Godfathers, one Conversation and an Apocalypse, working from a book that was apparently widely read and much beloved by those at Junior »
- Dave Roper
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2011
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $54.99
Timed for Oscar season, the Best Picture Academy Award Winners Five Film Collection packages together Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Chicago, No Country For Old Men and Crash in one set on either DVD or high-definition Blu-ray.
None of these films need any introduction, but in case you want a reminder, here’s the lowdown on each:
1998′s romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love explores what might have been the renowned playwright’s inspiration for many of his romances. Joseph Fiennes (The Red Baron) plays the bard, who falls in love with Gwyneth Paltrow’s (Country Strong) Viola, a lady who’s scheduled to marry Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) but would »
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Kristen Wiig has had the kind of summer one might imagine to be life-changing. For four years, she and Annie Mumolo, her friend and co-writer, slaved over a comedy script commissioned by Judd Apatow about a woman whose best friend is getting married. It was the 38-year-old's first lead in a film, and her first full-length script to be produced. As an indication of how it played with audiences, I watched it on a plane last month with a friend who, during the scene in which the bride squats in the street to relieve herself after a bad kebab, laughed so long and hard a woman »
- Emma Brockes
Actress Angelina Jolie is known these days as much for her on-screen work as her humanitarian efforts, and her next project will combine both.
THR reports that Jolie is attached to star in the biopic Gertrude Bell, based on the life of the English writer, archaeologist and explorer known for her British Intelligence work in the Middle East during the early 20th Century. Her intelligence work was instrumental in administering the creation of the modern state of Iraq after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Despite traveling and working in a predominantly male world, Bell has been described as "one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection".
Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is working to tailor the script for Jolie, which could be directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator), who is already producing through his Scott Free production company. Reportedly, the »
- Ryan Gowland
Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal Oscar-nominated Songwriter Julie Taymor, in the news after suing Broadway's Spider-Man producer and for berating U2's Bono and The Edge, is seen next to Oscar-winning Composer Elliot Goldenthal on the red carpet at the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie series) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree; makeup artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, House on Haunted Hill), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Julie Taymor's film credits include Frida, with Salma Hayek; the musical Across the Universe; The Tempest, with Helen Mirren; and Titus, with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins. Elliot Goldenthal's credits include Titus, Michael Mann's Heat, with »
- D. Zhea
Sharon Stone is set to star in 'Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story'. The 'Basic Instinct' star will portray the mother of Linda Lovelace in the biopic about the late Us pornographic actress - who starred in 1972 film 'Deep Throat' - and her turbulent relationship with her husband Chuck Traynor, who will be played by Matt Dillon. 'Watchmen' actress Malin Akerman will star as the titular character in the film, which is due to be written and directed by Matthew Wilder. Controversial actress Lindsay Lohan was previously lined up to play Linda in the »
Dressing up is a surefire way to feel good, but a number of notable men in the worlds of entertainment, sports and music are doffing their ties to help raise money as part of the Career Gear Celebrity Tie Auction.
Career Gear is a nonprofit organization that assists disadvantaged men in finding and retaining employment through workshops and wardrobe donations. Just in time for the holidays, the organization is auctioning off autographed ties donated by celebrities such as Zach Galifianakis, Jay Leno and Carmelo Anthony to raise funds to sustain its job retention services. In these troubled economic times these gentlemen and others are showing their character by helping men get back to the security and satisfaction of gainful employment.
Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story has received a dose of welcome star-power, with the announcement that Sharon Stone has signed on to play Lovelace's mother. One of two Lovelace biopics currently in production, Inferno will star Malin Akerman as the former porn star turned feminist campaigner, with Your Name Here helmer Matthew Wilder in place to direct. Matt Dillon will play husband Chuck Traynor, whilst Lost star Harold Perrineau and real-life porn actress Sasha Grey are also set to appear. Lovelace was famed for her...
- George Wales
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