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Paramount, John Singleton Settle 'Hustle & Flow' Litigation (Exclusive)

Paramount, John Singleton Settle 'Hustle & Flow' Litigation (Exclusive)
On the verge of going to trial, Paramount Pictures and director John Singleton have reached a settlement to end litigation emanating from a 2005 deal for the breakout hit Hustle and Flow. Singleton sued Paramount and MTV Films in October 2011, originally claiming he was owed at least $20 million for alleged breaches of contract and fraud. According to the lawsuit, Singleton and his Crunk Pictures took Hustle and Flow to the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it became a breakout hit. Several offers were made on the film but Singleton said he chose Paramount because of a promise to

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John Singleton Sues Paramount for $20M+ Over 'Hustle & Flow' Deal

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John Singleton Sues Paramount for $20M+ Over 'Hustle & Flow' Deal
"Hustle & Flow" producer John Singleton filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films Wednesday, claiming that they reneged on elements of the deal that they struck at the Sundance Film Festival for the 2005 film. According to the suit, Singleton allowed Paramount to distribute the film in exchange for a modest $9 million fee, provided they finance and distribute two other films. (The suit alleges that Paramount agreed to this, provided the follow-ups didn't cost more than $3.5 million each.) Read the full lawsuit here. The suit further states that, because
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Howard Can't Get His Story Straight About Iron Man Sequel

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Howard Can't Get His Story Straight About Iron Man Sequel
Actor Terrence Howard has left fans confused about his departure from the Iron Man sequel after talking about the shock of hearing he had been replaced in one radio interview while explaining he quit the film in a magazine chat. Speaking to National Public Radio in America last year, the Hustle & Flow star revealed it was "the surprise of a lifetime" when he learned Don Cheadle would be replacing him in Iron Man 2.

He added, "There was no explanation... I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes.

"Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."

But in a new Ebony magazine article, which hit the streets on Thursday, Howard suggests he walked away from the film after taking advice from his friend Will Smith.

Howard says, "I was simply on the wrong path with that movie."

Cheadle will take over the role of Jim Rhodes in the 2010 sequel.

Craig Brewer set to roll on 'Trucker' film

Craig Brewer set to roll on 'Trucker' film
Craig Brewer is double-shifting.

The "Hustle & Flow" writer-director has signed a development deal with New Regency to write and direct "Mother Trucker," based on a Maxim article written by Steven Russell.

Peter Jaysen of Moving Pictures Amg and Maxim is producing. Writer Gary Scott Thompson ("Knight Rider") is exec producing.

Pegged as an updated take on "Smokey and the Bandit," the classic 1977 Burt Reynolds-Jackie Gleason chase movie that spawned two sequels, "Trucker" is an action comedy about a man who escapes from jail, steals an 18-wheeler and heads across the South to see his dying mother with police on his trail.

After talking with several suitors, Brewer sold the pitch to New Regency exec Amy Israel, who worked with him when she was at Paramount Vantage. She will oversee for the company.

Moving Pictures also has "Mardi Gras" in production and "Fired Up" hitting theaters next month.

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Hustle + Flow Star Saves New Orleans Family

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Hustle + Flow Star Saves New Orleans Family
Hustle + Flow star Taraji P. Henson was so devastated by the sight of families struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when she filmed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button in New Orleans, Louisiana, she 'adopted' a single mother and her kids.

The actress, a single mother herself, admits she couldn't just buy toys for the homeless kids or offer support, she had to get involved in rescuing the family from despair.

Henson tells WENN, "This woman lost everything during Katrina and came back and got her little apartment. She had two daughters she was raising by herself and then her apartment caught on fire, so she lost everything twice.

"I wanted to give her something besides toys because where would they put it? They didn't have anywhere to stay. So I collected three months' worth of rent to make sure she got a place to stay."

Howard: 'Cosby Row Nearly Destroyed Me'

Howard: 'Cosby Row Nearly Destroyed Me'
Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard almost destroyed his promising acting career when he was axed from The Cosby Show.

The Crash star landed his first acting part in the legendary comedy show in 1988 - but he was sacked before any of his scenes were aired.

He explains, "I was 19 and had just moved to New York from Cleveland, I got on The Cosby Show on my second audition ever."

Howard was so angry that his scenes were cut, he confronted the show's star and producer Bill Cosby - who he claims subsequently blacklisted him in the entertainment business.

He explains, "I told him, 'I'm a man just like you.' He didn't like it, and the casting agent never took my calls again."

Howard didn't work for four years, but recovered to forge a successful acting career - landing an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for his role in Hustle + Flow.

'Hamlet 2' to be Focus feature

'Hamlet 2' to be Focus feature
One of the biggest sales in the history of Sundance appears to have been sealed, with Focus Features reportedly nabbing world rights to the high-school satire Hamlet 2 for what sources say is about $10 million.

The deal, closed at the CAA condo at about 8 a.m. after a night of intense negotiations, would mark the biggest bidding war of the festival to date and one of the biggest in fest history, rivaling Little Miss Sunshine, Hustle and Flow, and Happy, Texas.

Hamlet stars Steve Coogan as an overly dramatic drama teacher who attempts to salvage his high-school theater department by staging a controversial sequel to Shakespeare's play.

Andy Fleming's pic, a late edition to the fest, had top film execs gushing outside the Library after the Monday night screening, with the Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight and Par Vantage all interested in the picture. A post-screening dinner at Main Street eatery Jean Louis saw a number of execs huddling with the sales agent and the producers, which include L&E's Eric Eisner as well as Little Miss Sunshine producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

Three actors go to school for 'Madison'

Frances Conroy, Taryn Manning and Will Patton have boarded the psychological thriller Waking Madison.

They join Elisabeth Shue and Disturbia's Sarah Roemer, who already have been cast in the indie film written by Katherine Brooks, who also is directing.

Madison tells the story of a woman (Roemer) who, after trying all traditional means to cure her mental illness, locks herself in her apartment for 30 days with no food, telephone or outside stimuli.

Conroy will play Dolly, Madison's mother and a religious zealot who has her own mental-health issues.

Manning plays Margaret, a fellow patient with sociopathic tendencies who resides at the psychiatric hospital with Madison. Patton plays Madison's loving but emotionally absent father.

The film is a joint production between Annapurna Prods. and Fixed Point Films. Megan Ellison, Jonah Hirsch and Ted Schipper are producing.

Shooting is set to begin today in New Orleans.

Conroy, whose credits include Shopgirl, Broken Flowers and HBO's long-running Six Feet Under, is repped by ICM.

Manning's credits include Hustle & Flow and A Lot Like Love.

Howard Saved Choking Reporter's Life

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Howard Saved Choking Reporter's Life
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard can add lifesaver to his resume after stepping in to help a choking journalist in a restaurant. The movie star was dining with Los Angeles magazine writer Margot Dougherty at the Four Seasons Hotel when she began choking on a piece of sushi. Howard, recalling a Heimlich maneuver scene in Mrs. Doubtfire, calmly took charge of the situation, folding his arms around the reporter and pumping her stomach to remove the blocked fish. Grateful Dougherty says, "He wraps his arms around me from behind, makes a fist at my solar plexus and gives two quick tugs. Bingo, I am breathing." When the gasping journalist asked her lunch guest how he learned about the Heimlich manoeuvre, the actor said, "I saw it on Mrs. Doubtfire. She saved Pierce Brosnan."

Howard Refuses To Date "Unclean" Women

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Howard Refuses To Date
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard refuses to date women who don't use moistened tissue on visits to the toilet - as they are "not completely clean." The Oscar-nominated actor insists potential female suitors must not rely solely on toilet tissues in the bathroom, and even goes to the trouble of advising any partners to make the switch to baby wipes if they don't already use them. He tells Elle magazine, "If they're using dry paper, they aren't washing all of themselves. It's just unclean. So if I go inside a woman's house and see the toilet paper there, I'll explain this. And if she doesn't make the adjustment to baby wipes, I'll know she's not completely clean."

Howard Has Difficulty Dating in Hollywood

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Howard Has Difficulty Dating in Hollywood
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard has found dating in Hollywood rough after getting snubbed by a string of hot women. The Oscar nominee has recently been linked with supermodel Naomi Campbell, but insists he was only looking after her at the request of mutual friend Quincy Jones. And he admits he has been forced to swallow his pride many times when it comes to chatting up ladies in Los Angeles. He reveals, "I tried to talk to Halle Berry for a bit. Didn't call me back. Tried to talk to Gabrielle Union. Didn't call me back, either." But Howard believes he hasn't been able to establish a new relationship because he still has feelings for his estranged wife Lori. He adds, "The only woman I really love is my wife. The hardest thing to do is to let go of somebody you really care about."

Screenwriters find answers for Google

Screenwriters find answers for Google
How the Internet has changed the creative process, the life of a film and its distribution pattern were the topics discussed by a panel of notable Hollywood screenwriters at the first in a new speakers series hosted by Google on Monday night.

Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Lauren Greenfield (Thin), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) spoke specifically to how they each use the Web's resources for development, how blogging communities now serve to promote films online and the impact of digital technology not only on a film's aesthetics but the industry at large to a mostly packed theater inside the Mann Criterion and close to Google's Santa Monica location.

"It used to be that reviews came out on Friday, then they were lining everybody's birdcage but now they're there forever," quipped Griffin about the power behind the interactive nature of blogging on the Net.

Brewer, whose 2005's "Hustle & Flow" garnered Terrence Howard an Academy Award nomination for best actor credited the social community aspect created through blogging as responsible for creating greater momentum for the film.

Sundance starts on cool note

Sundance starts on cool note
PARK CITY -- The dropping temperatures at the Sundance Film Festival seem to be tempering the acquisition fever that usually accompanies the annual Utah confab. While acquisition executives are looking at a healthy number of films premiering at the event, no one title has sent any firm into an unreasonable bidding war.

That being said, a number of titles have been sold or are in the process of being sold to a wide array of distributors.

Although opening-weekend deals didn't reach the stratospheric heights of last year's $10.6 million price tag for Little Miss Sunshine or the $6 million sale of The Science of Sleep, or 2005's Hustle & Flow, which went for $9 million, they still retained some of the late-night negotiating hustle that has become a Sundance staple.

James C. Strouse's John Cusack starrer Grace Is Gone lived up to its prefest buzz, luring the likes of the Weinstein Co., Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics into an all-night bidding war. The Weinstein Co. nabbed worldwide rights to the movie for $4 million, closing the sale at 4:30 a.m. in co-seller Cinetic Media's Deer Valley condo.

Dan Klores' documentary Crazy Love marked the first sale of the festival, fetching mid-six figures from Magnolia Pictures for North American rights excluding television. The film tells the bizarre, half-century love story of Burt and Linda Pugach, a New York couple who got married decades after Burt spent years in jail for blinding Linda.

Negotiations also heated up Sunday afternoon on the George Ratcliff-directed Joshua, with multiple parties entering the talks. Fox Searchlight was among several distributors vying for the psychological thriller, which centers on a precocious child who wreaks havoc on his family. Although the deal hadn't closed by press time, Searchlight is almost certain to be the buyer. UTA and attorney Andrew Hurwitz are co-selling the project.

Despite repeated denials that they were buying the feature, sources said late Sunday that the Weinstein Co.

Comedies dominate MTV Award noms

The comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers lead the nominations for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards with five mentions apiece. Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hustle & Flow, Sin City and Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith followed with three nominations each. Vying for best movie are Virgin, Begins, King Kong, City and Crashers. Virgin's Steve Carell will compete for best performance with Walk the Line's Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal, Red Eye's Rachel McAdams and Flow's Terrence Howard. (This is the first year that actors and actresses will compete against each other in all of the categories.)

Three 6 Mafia Pimp Out Oscar for Club Access

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Members of Oscar-winning musical group Three 6 Mafia are 'pimping out' their Oscar around Los Angeles in order to gain access to the hottest nightclubs. The rappers, who won Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow, have made their Oscar statuette an official member of their entourage. The rap group rolled up to hot spot Lobby last Thursday and were told only four people would be allowed per table, because the club was already crowded. One of the group's members pulled the statue out of a paper bag and asked, "This little man count?" A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "Mr. Oscar sat on prime club real-estate, neatly placed on the centre of the group's table, surrounded by gazers observing that glowing complexion in awe."

Three 6 Mafia Thank Foxx for Oscar Inspiration

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Hip-hop outfit Three 6 Mafia credit Jamie Foxx with giving them the confidence to deliver a barnstorming performance at Sunday's Oscar ceremony. Rapper Jordan 'Juicy J' Houston, who picked up the Best Song Academy Award for the track "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" featured in Hustle & Flow, was terrified by the prospect of appearing in front of the star-studded audience and billions of television viewers. But the sight of Ray actor Foxx smiling up at him gave Juicy J the inspiration to hit all the right notes. He tells MTV, "We were in the dressing room and they called us, 'Three 6 Mafia, 10 minutes. Three 6 Mafia, five minutes.' I walked up and I was relaxed, then I started getting a passing-out feeling. There was so much going on, I was so excited. You're talking about the Oscars, billions of people. That's all that was going through my head, 'Billions of people.' Then they said, 'Three 6, to the stage.' When I got up there it was like I was in a boxing match or something. I was moving around and getting myself some heat, body heat. I peep up into the crowd and saw Jamie Foxx looking up smiling. I was like, 'Aww s**t, Jamie Foxx' It was like he was giving us props. When I saw Jamie Foxx doing that, my confidence went back up. After (the performance) I was planning on leaving and going to the bar - then bam, we won the Oscar."

Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars
Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section.

Renegade pulse drives indies to Oscar success

This was not your ordinary Oscars. It was the year that the independent spirit crashed the Academy Awards, from the gritty hip-hop best song winner "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow and edgy, New York cable host Jon Stewart to honorary Oscar winner Robert Altman, who looked shocked to be winning anything from the establishment he had been fighting all his life. This year's winners sent a signal that movies with a renegade pulse and a few brain cells were most likely to come from the likes of the indie Lionsgate (which released best picture Oscar winner Crash) and Focus Features (the specialty division of Universal Pictures that backed Brokeback Mountain, which won three Oscars) than the major studios.

Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars
Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section.

Three 6 Mafia Promise "Clean" Performance

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Hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia have vowed that their performance of "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" during Sunday's Oscar ceremony will be suitable for a family audience. The songwriters have reworked the lyrics of their controversial Oscar-nominated song, which was performed in the film Hustle And Flow by Terrence Howard. Singer Jordan 'Juicy J' Houston says, "We took out all the cuss words, dotted some 'i's and crossed some 't's. It's going to be a clean show. You can let your kids watch it, and they don't have to wear ear muffs." The Memphis, Tennessee band will be the first hip-hop group to perform during the Oscar ceremony. Houston considers it bad luck to prepare a thank you speech before the ceremony saying, "I'm not gonna jinx myself. If I was to win, then I'll just deal with it when I get on that stage."
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