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Aramid wins injunction halting film auction

31 March 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A day after a local bankruptcy court put David Bergstein's main movie companies under the control of a trustee, another federal court in Los Angeles granted Aramid Entertainment Fund an injunction to stop another entity controlled by Bergstein and his show business partner Ronald Tutor from auctioning off the movie "Black Water Transit."

The U.S. District Court of California issued an order Wednesday for a temporary restraining order to stop Tfc Library from selling rights to the crime drama, which stars Laurence Fishburne, Brittany Snow, Stephen Dorff and Aisha Tyler and was directed by Tony Kaye.

Noting that Bergstein's attorneys Tuesday told a bankruptcy judge that a key part of his business is foreclosing on distressed film libraries, Aramid managing director David Molner said, "It would seem the courts are disrupting that business model."

Based on the novel by Carsten Stroud, the movie was long in development and »

- By Alex Ben Block

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Black Water Transit Lawsuit Settled, But We Still May Never See It

5 January 2010 9:45 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Tony Kaye is no stranger to movies that come with controversy-- he famously sued New Line for $275 million when they wouldn't allow him to use the pseudonym "Humpty Dumpty" on American History X, and has openly criticized both the studio and star Edward Norton for taking the film away from him. And even though his next film, Black Water Transit, is finished, it's still tangled in a series of lawsuits that may keep the film from ever being released. THR has an update on the latest lawsuit, between producers David Bergstein and Chris Roberts, which has been quietly settled. Still Bergstein reportedly considers the film "unreleaseable," and it's unclear when the film might see the light of day, and who might release it. Black Water Transit is a noir thriller set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, starring Stephen Dorff and Fishburne (who, you may recall, stepped in after Bruce »

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Capitol settles 'Black Water Transit' suit

4 January 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The legal wrangling over the crime drama "Black Water Transit" has taken another turn, with indie producer-distributor David Bergstein quietly settling a $3.1 million lawsuit brought by a producer on the eve of trial.

Ascendant Pictures and principal Chris Roberts filed suit in February 2008 against Bergstein's Capitol Films and other entities for breach of contract, claiming Bergstein kicked him off the project without paying agreed-upon producers' fees.

"Ascendant got cut off at the knees and wasn't able to do anything," said Glen Rothstein, the company's attorney. "They basically told us to take our ball and go home."

A trial in the case had been scheduled to begin Monday, but Bergstein personally negotiated a settlement with Ascendant lawyers during the holidays, and a request for dismissal of the case was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Bergstein, whose banner is now Pangea Media Group, did not respond to requests for comment. »

- By Matthew Belloni

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