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Meanwhile, in 'Superman' movie news...

2 September 2009 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

If you ever wonder why DC can't catch a break in movies while Marvel's going gangbusters, consider this piece from the New York Post about the producers of Superman:

Movie mogul Jon Peters has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from his "Superman: Man of Steel" co-producer, Brian Quintana -- for allegedly threatening to kapow! him.

The battle between the producers flared up on Aug. 12 when Peters was giving a deposition at a Los Angeles law office for a sexual harassment lawsuit Quintana filed against him. According to a transcript of the deposition, Peters shouted, "I am going to cross this table and beat the [bleep]ing [bleep] out of you. I am going to kick your ass."

Quintana, 41, told Page Six that Peters lunged at him during the session, adding, "His lawyer had to hold him back."

A police report Quintana filed Aug. 14 reads: "Mr. Peters threatened to break my legs. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Peters Handed Restraining Order

31 August 2009 5:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood filmmaker Jon Peters has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from his Superman: Man Of Steel co-producer Brian Quintana after allegedly threatening to break his legs.

Peters, who has previously had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by Quintana, is accused of hurling abuse during a bust-up at a Los Angeles law office.

It is claimed he screamed, "I am going to cross this table and beat the ****ing **** out of you. I am going to kick your a**."

In legal papers filed by Quintana on 14 August, he alleges: "Mr. Peters threatened to break my legs. I am afraid, nervous and anxious that Jon Peters is going to hurt or kill me."

In August, Quintana received a court order forbidding the producer from threatening, assaulting or harassing him.

It's not the first time the pair has come to blows - Quintana previously filed another lawsuit last November alleging Peters subjected him to "continuous and pervasive sexual harassment," including "multiple instances where he was physically (and) sexually harassed by Peters" during the filming of the Superman movie.

Peters' lawyer, Joe Yanny, has slammed the new order, branding it "ridiculous" and insisting his client "lost his temper" at the testimony because Quintana was blowing kisses at him.

He says, "This restraining order is ridiculous. Mr. Peters did not threaten Mr. Quintana. He is trying to manipulate the system."

A hearing is scheduled for 9 September to determine how long the order will remain in effect. »

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Superman To Get New Owners - What About a New Movie?

10 July 2009 8:48 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

This week, a U.S. District Court Judge made yet another ruling in the decade-long legal battle between DC/Warner Bros. and the estate of late Superman co-creator, Jerry Siegel. The latest ruling (in this convoluted case) stated that all was fair (legally at least) regarding the licensing fees WB paid to DC comics in 1999, in order to develop properties like Superman Returns and Smallville.

Here’s the part you’ll care about: while the judge found that the deals between WB and partner DC weren’t illegal, he did state that WB should’ve paid 3-4 times what they did, and that if WB doesn’t produce another Superman film by 2011, the heirs of creators Siegel and Joe Shuster (who will jointly own 100% of the rights to Superman come 2013) will be able to sue the studio to “recover their damages.”

So, will Warner Bros. try to get another Superman »

- Kofi Outlaw

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Superman Producers Considers Political Run

13 January 2009 5:30 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The producer of the next Superman movie is considering a run for political office if Xavier Becerra signs up to become President-elect Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary, as reported.

Former Hollywood nightclub boss and socialite Brian Quintana has stated his interest in a run for California's 31st Congressional seat if Becerra steps down.

A former servant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Quintana will have much of Hollywood on his side as he has many famous friends.

He first ran ran for public office in 1992, when his supporters included movie studio executive Sherry Lansing, Martin Sheen, Anjelica Huston and entertainment mogul David Geffen. He received 5,744 votes for California's 45th Assembly district.

He ran again in 1994, but withdrew to endorse then Assembly candidate, and current Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa.

Of his plans to take over Becerra's seat, the Superman: Man of Steel producer says, "I have been urged to explore a run, and will be talking to past supporters of my political, charitable, and entertainment endeavours. My commitment to public service and strengths in district are well documented, but ultimately my decision will come down to money." »

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