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Beatty Hangs Onto "Dick Tracy"...

4 December 2009 5:58 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

After years of inactivity, following his starring/directing turn in the 1990 Disney feature "Dick Tracy", actor/producer Warren 'Clyde Barrow' Beatty recently sued a unit of Tribune Co, to prevent Tribune from taking back film/TV rights to creator Chester Gould's newspaper comic strip detective character.

Budgeted at $47 million, "Dick Tracy" earned $103,738,726 domestic and $59,000,000 foreign for a worldwide box office of $162,738,726.

According to court documents, rights would revert to Tribune if "a certain period of time" lapsed without Beatty having produced another Dick Tracy movie, TV series or TV special.

Tribune sent Beatty a letter November 17, 2006, giving him two years to begin production on new "Dick Tracy" programing.

"Tribune asserted it still wanted to terminate Beatty's 'Tracy' Rights and effect a reversion, and purported to do so," the lawsuit said, with Beatty seeking a declaration that his work on a developing Dick Tracy documentary TV special precludes Tribune from »

- Michael Stevens

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Is Warren Beatty Working on a 'Dick Tracy' Documentary?

3 December 2009 1:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Actor/director Warren Beatty's long legal battle with Tribune Company over the rights to the character Dick Tracy revealed an interesting kernel of information on what might be Beatty's next film project -- a documentary on the comic strip detective. Tribune Co. tried to claim the Dick Tracy rights as an asset in a recent bankruptcy hearing, but Beatty holds the rights to the character as long as he makes "productive use" of the property. It's a sweet deal for Beatty and an absolute nightmare for Tribune Co., as the wording of the agreement doesn't seem to put any time table on when the agreement expires.

This isn't the first time Tribune has tried to wrest control of their character from Beatty. in 2005, Beatty announced that he was interested in pursuing a Dick Tracy sequel/reboot/remake/cash grab with the apparent intention of getting Tribune off his back over the rights. »

- John Gholson

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Birthday Suits, Well Directed

30 November 2009 6:05 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Lights. Cameras. Birthday Action (for this, the 30th of November). Only one month left to go and it's 2010. How crazy is that?

Ridley, Terrence (in the 70s) and Marc

1835 Mark Twain's books have been adapted into movies ever since the movies began. Most notably The Prince and the Pauper and any tale of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer

1920 Virginia Mayo 40s and 50s star, frequent Danny Kaye foil

1926 Richard Crenna, character actor

1927 Robert Guillaume, "Benson"

1929 Dick Clark, seemingly immortal creature who may finally be destroyed by the rise of his spiritual offspring Ryan Seacrest. It's all very Cronos vs. Zeus, only without the thunderbolts

1937 Ridley Scott, manly director whose movies are usually way better when they're shot through with a strong female presence. Consider the three classics: Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Alien. The rest of the filmography surely has its moments but that's the trinity right there.

1943 Terence Malick, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Birthday Suit (With Bright Yellow Trench)

20 November 2009 7:08 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today is the 109th anniversary of one Chester Gould the creator of Dick Tracy. Every time Dick Tracy (1990) comes up, I think "you should watch that movie again!" but I never do. I think I'm still mad that Warren Beatty kept cutting away from Madonna's "More" performance... which should've easily been one of the best movie musical numbers of the 90s (sigh). Otherwise I quite like the movie

Trivia Alert! Dick Tracy is one of Oscar's two favorite comic book movies along with The Dark Knight (2008). Their Oscar track was very similar. Dick Tracy had 7 nominations and 3 wins. The Dark Knight had 8 nominations and 2 wins and in mostly the same categories, too.

Supporting Actor (both, and the only two comic book performances ever nominated*: Al Pacino and Heath Ledger, winner)

Cinematography (both)

Art Direction (both)

Costume Design (Dick Tracy only)

Sound (both)Sound Editing (The Dark Knight only, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Comic-Con Founder Sheldon Dorf Dies at 76

12 November 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Wrap Staff

It will be interesting to see what shows up at the funeral.

Sheldon Dorf, a passionate collector of comic books who in 1970 founded the fanboy delight, Comic-Con, died on Nov. 3 in San Diego. He was 76.   The cause was complications of diabetes, said his brother, Michael.   Dorf was an avid reader of newspaper comic strips and would send fan letters to cartoonists, including Chester Gould, who created “Dick Tracy,” and Milton Caniff, who created “Ter »

- Lew Harris

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Warren Beatty Sues For Dick Tracy Rights

11 November 2009 9:03 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Dick Tracy himself is fighting his latest battle in the courtroom instead of on the stylish and colorful streets of a 1930's Chicago. Warren Beatty, who directed and starred in the 1990 comic strip adaptation, is suing the newspaper mogul Tribune Co. to retain the rights to the Dick Tracy character. According to Tribune, Beatty was warned in November of 2006 that he would forfeit the film and TV rights back to them if he didn't get the ball rolling on a new Dick Tracy production by the same time in 2008. Beatty waited until the last minute, but in 2008 provided .evidence. that a new TV special was under way, which appeased the judge but apparently not Tribune. Until now Tribune's Chapter 11 claims have been mumbling up the process of ironing out all the kinks, but a Delaware judge has finally ruled to move the case forward. The Variety article is unclear whether »

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Warren Beatty Sues Tribune Co. Over Dick Tracy Rights

11 November 2009 4:40 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Variety writes that a Delaware bankruptcy judge has given Warren Beatty the go-ahead for a lawsuit against Tribune Co. to retain the TV and movie rights to the Dick Tracy character. Beatty directed the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, which was adapted from Tribune's comic.

Apparently, Tribune Co. gave Beatty an ultimatum in November 2006, saying that if he did not begin production on a new Dick Tracy project within two years, the company would take back the rights. In November 2008, Beatty claims he informed Tribune that production had begun on a Tracy TV project, but Tribune denies that Beatty gave such notice.

The judge ruled in Beatty's favor after Beatty produced evidence that the judge called "sufficient, under the circumstances, to support a slight showing of the probability of success on the merits." Beatty had tried to get the lawsuit underway a year ago, but Tribune's recent bankruptcy slowed the process down. »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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Beatty Given Permission To Sue Over Dick Tracy

10 November 2009 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran actor Warren Beatty has been given the go ahead to sue a media company over the ownership rights to Dick Tracy.

Bosses at Tribune Media Services, a unit of bankrupt newspaper publisher Tribune, took legal action against Beatty, alleging he "wrongly claims" to have exclusive motion picture and television rights to the police detective brand - even though he bought the broadcast rights in 1985.

He took on double duty when he directed and starred in the 1990 film alongside Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and Al Pacino - but new plans to turn Dick Tracy into a comic strip have stalled.

Tribune executives claim Beatty "made no productive use" of the rights for more than a decade and therefore they should revert back to Tribune.

A separate lawsuit filed by Beatty against Tribune in a California court last year was put on hold as a result of the company's bankruptcy proceedings, but Delaware federal judge Kevin Carey ruled on Monday that the actor could press forward with his legal action.

However, Carey refused to dismiss Tribune's case for the franchise rights.

Carey said, "Arguably, granting the stay motion to permit this dispute to move forward in the 2008 California action may very well leave nothing to do in the adversary proceeding." »

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AFI Fest 2009: Something’S Gonna Live, North By Northwest

26 October 2009 12:41 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cary Grant in North by Northwest Among the highlights of AFI Fest 2009 is the Nov. 2 screening of AFI Conservatory Alumnus Daniel Raim’s documentary Something’s Gonna Live, which profiles several behind-the-scenes Hollywood veterans — most of whom have already passed away — including production designers Robert Boyle (who turned 100 this past Oct. 10), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting), Harold Michelson (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Mommie Dearest, Dick Tracy), and Albert Nozaki (When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), in addition to cinematographers Conrad L. Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Road to Perdition) and Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In the Heat of [...] »

- Andre Soares

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[TV] Alvin and the Chipmunks: Star Wreck

19 September 2009 8:34 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I thought I was tripping, that I’d at some point eaten a shroom mixed amongst the Cheetohs in the bowl in front of me. But no. I was clear-minded and the spectacle I was witnessing entirely real: the chipmunks were dressed like Star Trek characters and singing a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising”. Now, when I first saw this on television maybe 18 years ago I’m not sure I was struck by the sheer insanity of that moment. I see it now, though, and the mindscrew that was Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Many cartoons vied for the attention of kids back in the golden age of Saturday morning that was the 90s. Some of them appealed to the fascination with superheroes while others touched on the zany creativity of youth. A few just slipped between the cracks of classification and became genre-crossing chimeras that just had no rhyme or reason. »

- Lex Walker

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[DVD Review] Alvin and the Chipmunks: Star Wreck

19 September 2009 8:34 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I thought I was tripping, that I’d at some point eaten a shroom mixed amongst the Cheetohs in the bowl in front of me. But no. I was clear-minded and the spectacle I was witnessing entirely real: the chipmunks were dressed like Star Trek characters and singing a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising”. Now, when I first saw this on television maybe 18 years ago I’m not sure I was struck by the sheer insanity of that moment. I see it now, though, and the mindscrew that was Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Many cartoons vied for the attention of kids back in the golden age of Saturday morning that was the 90s. Some of them appealed to the fascination with superheroes while others touched on the zany creativity of youth. A few just slipped between the cracks of classification and became genre-crossing chimeras that just had no rhyme or reason. »

- Lex Walker

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Walter Hill: The Hollywood Interview

9 September 2009 12:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Walter Hill.

Kicking Ass with Walter Hill

by Jon Zelazny

Action flicks. Two-fisted tales. Guy movies. Whatever you want to call them, writer, producer, and director Walter Hill is one of the living masters, with a resume full of classics from The Getaway (1972), to the Alien series, and the definitive eighties action-comedy blockbuster, 48 Hrs. (1982).

2009 marks the 30th anniversary of The Warriors (1979), Hill’s surreal “street gang on the run” cult classic, and his breakout success as a director.

Jon: A couple years ago, you did an audio commentary and on-camera intro for a new DVD edition of The Warriors. It was the first time I’d ever seen you; is it my imagination, or have you kept a low profile over the years?

Walter Hill: I’d never done a commentary before on one of my films. I don’t like the idea of explaining a movie; I »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Come Join the Party!

17 August 2009 5:47 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello, Jose here to remind you all that it's Madonna's birthday!

The Queen of pop/ businesswoman/ kabbalist/ mother/ 90's tabloid fodder/ safe sex advocate/ sex advocate/ entrepeneur/ icon is celebrating her 51st birthday today (and with those arms!). But along with everything she's done, many people forget (on purpose mostly...) that she's also an actress/director. The notorious perfectionist has never been able to master the cinematic arts, even if she tries and tries and tries. But since it's her birthday we should acknowledge that not all she's done for the silver screen is bad and since we can't take a holiday to get into the groove with her, here's...

51 Reasons to Celebrate Madonna... in the Movies!

51. Daring to take on a role created by Katharine Hepburn...sort of in Who's That Girl.

50. Her endorsement of Michael Moore.

49. Setting a whole new clothing trend with Desperately Seeking Susan.

48. Her deep love for classic films. »

- Jose

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Beatty 'doesn't want deposition filmed'

17 July 2009 2:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Warren Beatty has filed court documents forbidding cameras be allowed to document his Dick Tracy lawsuit. On Thursday, he entered an emergency motion in a Delaware court to ask that his July 23 deposition not be filmed. Beatty argued that the filming would be an invasion of his privacy, The AP reports. The actor, 72, is suing Tribune Media Services for $$30 million (£18.4 million) over (more) »

- By Tim Parks

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Beatty Bids To Ban Cameras From Court

17 July 2009 5:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran star Warren Beatty filed papers on Thursday in a bid to ban cameras from his upcoming Dick Tracy court case.

Beatty is due in a Delaware, U.S. court on 23 July in an ongoing case with Tribune Media Services - a unit of bankrupt newspaper publisher Tribune - in relation to the ownership rights of the police detective character.

The company alleges Beatty "wrongly claims" to have exclusive motion picture and television rights to Dick Tracy - even though he bought the broadcast rights in 1985 and went on to act and direct the 1990 film of the same name, which also starred Madonna and Al Pacino.

Tribune Co. claims Beatty "made no productive use" of the rights for more than a decade and therefore they should revert back to Tribune as the franchise is potentially worth millions.

Beatty is set to appear in court later this month to fight the case - but he wants to make sure cameras are not allowed access.

His attorneys filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking the judge to prohibit the videotaping of the actor's deposition, arguing that videotaping is unnecessary and could result in a violation of his privacy.

Tribune has offered to negotiate a protective order restricting dissemination of any tape, but Beatty insists the order would be inadequate to prevent Internet distribution. »

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Treknobabble #71: A Reappraisal of Star Trek: The Motion Picture

13 July 2009 1:11 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Treknobabble [1] is a continuing series of columns written by uber-Trekkie Reed Farrington about Star Trek and how it has influenced his life. When I first watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Sttmp) in a theatre in 1979, I must admit that I thought that Gene Roddenberry could do no wrong. I was one of those Trekkies who were eager for new adventures after years of watching reruns. I think I watched the theatre screen with rapt attention even with the interminable fly-throughs of the V’Ger spacecraft. I must admit that I didn’t clue in to the twist even when the crew approached the Voyager type spacecraft. I remember being disappointed by the simple resolution of the threat. And I did miss the fun factor even though I had thought most of the humor in the television series was hammy. Visually, I liked the monochromatic design with the gray and muted colors. »

- Reed

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The Mad(onna) Hatter

23 June 2009 10:52 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A friend of mine kept saying that the new photos of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter reminded him of none other than Madonna. So, he followed up with morphthinged evidence to prove his theory...

Hmmm, musta been that endearing gap tooth that tipped him off. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Madonna in Wonderland coming to theaters... never.

Come to think of it... maybe this was Madonna's problem with the acting side career in the the late 80s and early 90s. She needed to be doing small bits in weirdo movies like Alice... She kept trying to play characters that any actress might essay when an outsized offscreen celebrity persona actually requires a larger-than-life / fantastical character to contain it -- in the absence of a true acting gift, that is, which only rare pop stars (Cher and, hmmm, Sting? Dolly?) turn out to have. The roles that fit »

- NATHANIEL R

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$100 Million. No Questions Asked.

26 April 2009 6:47 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Twitch asked a great question on Friday that has been dancing around in my head naked all day: which auteur would you like to see handed a huge pile of money ($100 mil') and complete freedom to make whatever the hell kind of picture they wanted to make with it? Our pal Ja answered (always worth a read) and I should, too.

My five.

Jonathan Glazer. Birth and Sexy Beast are both so well directed and imagined with limited budgets. They're also the kind of features that scream 'this director will have trouble getting his films financed!' Imagine how pissed the cinephiles of 2050 are going to be if his feature career ends with Birth, only his second, a movie that will undoubtedly be revered by then.

Terry Gilliam. He makes every list like this... and that's out of more than pity. Even when he doesn't have a lot of money, »

- NATHANIEL R

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7 Villains More Likeable Than Their Heroes

30 March 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

This whole entry probably suggests more about me than it does about the failings of any of these particular films (granted I have not even seen the entirety of A Few Good Men, but don’t really think I need to to make a judgment like this), but I have the strangest feeling that there are many more people who feel exactly the same way that I do about this. I mean, let’s be honest.

The point is that each of these clips left me with the same exact feeling: this hero sucks. He’s whiny, he’s moralizing, and he takes all of the fun out of wanton greed and careless self-absorption. This wouldn’t be such a problem (let’s face it: lots of movie protagonists are like that) if they weren’t placed against such commanding leading men as Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, and Michael Douglas. »

- Anders Nelson

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Film Junk Weekend Wrap-Up: Paramount Still Loves J.J. Abrams, Genndy Tartakovsky’s New Series, Fred Durst Teams Up with the Writer of Seven

29 March 2009 5:49 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

By and large, the past week in film was dominated by discussion over two major news stories: the casting of The Three Stooges feature film, and the release of the first trailer for Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are. While the first seemed to baffle a lot of people, the latter seemed to inspire nothing but positive endorsements across the board. We also got our first look at Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock this week, and Warner Brothers dropped a bombshell with the announcement that they would be opening up their vaults to the general public. Elsewhere, Stone Cold Steve Austin landed another acting gig, Fred Durst secured his next project as a director and Paramount locked down J.J. Abrams for another 4 years. Can you blame them? Top Headlines Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro Sign for The Three Stooges [1] The Coen Brothers to Remake True Grit »

- Sean

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