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A federal court judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against The Walt Disney Co. filed by Oscar-nominated producer Stuart Benjamin and three others, finding the movie Sweet Home Alabama was not based on their screenplay, Rescue Me.
In his 22-page decision issued Dec. 12, U.S. District Court Judge George Schiavelli ruled that while there may have been some limited access to the Rescue Me screenplay by Disney executives, no "substantial similarities" between the two scripts exist.
"The general stories of 'Rescue Me' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' are similar only at the most abstract level," Schiavelli wrote. "Abstract story ideas, such as those here, are not copyrightable."
Benjamin, a producer on the Oscar-winning film Ray, along with Alise Benjamin, John Schalter and Sheldon Cohn sued Disney in 2005, claiming that the 2002 movie starring Reese Witherspoon was an unauthorized adaptation of their screenplay.
The lawsuit alleged that the film's producer Stokley Chaffin and writer C. Jay Cox had access to the script via a tracking system in place at Chaffin's production company. »
Amy Adams blames herself for her foot injuries on the set of hit new Disney film Enchanted - she should have done a better job of teaching co-star Patrick Dempsey how to dance. The actress, a trained dancer, took over ballroom scenes with her onscreen Prince Charming and was left bruised and bloody by the Sweet Home Alabama star. She explains, "Patrick did take off two of my toe-nails but it was my fault because I was a trained dancer and so I thought I knew what I was doing. I was not a good partner and I had a hard time surrendering to Patrick's lead. He moved and I didn't and I refused to let him lead, so I just stood my ground and he just tore them off. So I ended up with the loss of some toe-nails and sore feet but that was the extent of my injuries." The pain and effort was worth it - the family film shot to the top of the box office at the weekend with a staggering $50 million five-day take. »
NEW YORK -- CBS won in both key audience measures in an all-repeat primetime lineup Thursday.
There wasn't much to trumpet this holiday between Christmas and New Year's with viewers having seen all of the shows before. CSI (13.8 million, 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 was the night's most-watched program and its highest-rated in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.
And CBS took 10 p.m. »
3 items from 2007
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