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Disney’s ‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ Rights Reaffirmed By Appeal Court

21 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Well that’s sweeter than honey. Disney Enterprises  today had its trademark ownership rights to Winnie-the-Pooh reconfirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeal. In a 2-1 ruling (read it here), the Federal Circuit said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeals board was correct to dismiss a challenge to Disney’s rights from publisher Stephen Slesinger Inc. “Accordingly, the Board correctly applied collateral estoppel to prevent Slesinger from asserting a claim that its 1983 grant of rights to Disney was a license as opposed to an assignment,” said judges Randall Ray Radar and Kathleen O’Malley of the Appeals Court in their majority opinion Friday. The Slesinger family has been arguing for more than 20 years that it is entitled to royalties from Disney’s Pooh merchandise, DVDs, movies and other related material. The roots of the case go back to 1930, when Pooh creator A.A. Milne gave Slesinger exclusive merchandising »


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9 Unintentionally Terrifying Moments in Movies

31 October 2012 10:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I've already talked about intentional thrills in Tuesday's Best Movie Ever? subject Halloween, so to celebrate All Hallow's Eve, we're inspecting the flipside: nine unintentionally scary movie moments. I couldn't handle these as a kid, and I still can't handle them now. They're scrumdiddylumptiously traumatizing!

1. Willy Wonka's climactic freakout in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Plenty of Willy Wonka moments qualify as frightening -- the perilous ferry ride, Violet Beauregarde's blueberry explosion, the austere presence of Slugworth -- but angry Gene Wilder is a scary thing. His freakout at the chocolate factory's sole survivor Charlie has been turned into an ever-present internet meme, but I still can't shake the chills of his screamy "You Lose! Good Day, sir!" Trivia note: Did you know that Gene Wilder was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968 for The Producers but lost to The Subject Was Roses' Jack Albertson, who »

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"The Tigger Movie" Rebounds from Weak Songs with a Strong Message

22 August 2012 5:35 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Up until 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, Disney’s solid effort in taking the pudgy yellow bear back to his classic roots, A.A. Milne’s lovable characters from the Hundred Acre Woods had devolved into little more than a cash cow franchise for Disney thanks in no small part to Eddie Guzelian, the man responsible for Disney's descent into direct-to-dvd sequel doldrums. They were churning out half-baked movies every year that still amused the kiddies but felt like a money grab to those who grew up with the classic stories and television cartoons. The Tigger Movie unfortunately falls in that spree of Winnie the Pooh movies lacking in merit, and the forced musical numbers would almost be unbearable if it weren’t for the film’s strong message about the broader meaning of family. That theme combined with some great animation redeem it at least a little.



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Pooh Corner (and Rolling Stones) house for sale for $3.2 million

15 May 2012 11:16 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Help me if you can I've got to get/ back to the house at Pooh corner by one./ You'd be surprised there's so much to be done,/ count all the bees in the hive,/ chase all the clouds from the sky./ Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh.

Author A.A. Milne's Cotchford Farm, the setting for Milne to write the children's stories of Christopher Robin (named after his son) and Winnie the Pooh, has come up for sale in East Sussex, England for £2,000,000 (about 3.2 million dollars).

Places in the books like the 100-acre wood, Poohsticks Bridge and Pooh Corner are all based on nearby locations. But that is not the only claim to fame of the property. In later years, musician Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones resided in the house until his death in 1969.

This is the first time in over 40 years the property has been for sale. »


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Martha Stewart's Granddaughter Jude Celebrates Her First Birthday

12 March 2012 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Some first birthday parties include homemade birthday cakes and photos of babies with frosting all over their faces - but few babies have Martha Stewart for a grandmother. Last Thursday, Stewart and her daughter Alexis hosted an intimate celebration at Perry St., a restaurant in New York, to toast Alexis's daughter Jude's first birthday. Catered by legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son, Cedric, who is also the executive chef at the eatery, the pièce de résistance was a trio of homemade birthday cakes in a variety of flavors topped with marzipan animals. Meanwhile, the party had whimsical »

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