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Emmett/Furla Sued by 'Motor City' Second-Unit Director for Breach of Contract

16 August 2013 2:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Producers Randall Emmett and George Furla were sued this week for allegedly failing to pay the second-unit director from "Motor City," a film that was canceled before shooting even began.  Charles Parish is suing the producers (above), their company Emmett/Furla Films and the limited liability companies set up for the production for $65,000 in damages. He alleges breach of oral and written agreements and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap. In the suit, filed in California Superior Court, Parish claims »

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Thomas Jane: I've Never Fit The Hollywood Mold

12 March 2013 12:18 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

He's jumped genres, decades and mediums throughout his 20-plus year career and on March 23, Thomas Jane's work -- The Punisher in particular -- will be celebrated at The Gasparilla Film Festival when they bestow him with their International Career Achievement Award.

Jane, who will accept his award following a screening of The Punisher (which was filmed 10 years ago in Florida), recently sat down with ETonline to talk about this unexpected honor, explain how he perfected The Punisher and reflect upon the very intentional diversity of his career.

ETonline: First of all, congratulations on the Career Achievement Award!

Thomas Jane: Thank you. I have to say, I was very surprised. A lifetime achievement award is not something I ever expected ... isn't that the kind of stuff they give you when you're an old man? Maybe I'm underestimating how old I am [laughs]. I just feel like I have a lot left to do.

ETonline: Well, you »

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Gerard Butler Sues Producers of 'Motor City' for $5.1M (Exclusive)

15 February 2013 5:13 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Gerard Butler is suing the producers of "Motor City" for $5.1 million in damages, claiming he was not paid after the film was scrapped last summer. Butler is alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in a suit filed this month in California Superior Court. Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films, which financed "Motor City," is named as a defendant, as is the limited liability company, Motor City Productions, that was established for the film. Also read: Vendors, Crew Angry Over Money Owed on »

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Gerard Butler Suing Motor City Producers for $5.1 Million

14 February 2013 4:08 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Movie or no movie, Gerard Butler wants what he claims is his promised payout.  The star, who is considered "one of the most sought after and bankable actors in Hollywood," filed a lawsuit against the producers from the film Motor City for breach of contract after cancelling his movie and failing to pay him $4 million, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this month.  Butler and Comrie Inc., a management company, are suing Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films after Butler agreed to be the lead actor for revenge thriller, where he was offered a fixed guaranteed compensation of $4 million. Exclusive: Gerard Butler on almost dying, rehab: »

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'Motor City' Producers Face Lawsuits from Gerard Butler, Film Financier

14 February 2013 6:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Last September, production on Motor City was suddenly halted just as it was about to begin shooting. The film was to be directed by Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, Book of Eli) and had stars Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody attached. Perhaps most importantly, it had the backing of Randall Emmet/George Furla Productions, which has become an important producer in Hollywood. Less than six months after production on Motor City was suspended thanks to scheduling difficulties, Randall Emmet/George Furla Productions is now facing multiple legal actions for the move. Video: Gerard Butler Protects the president in 'Olympus Has

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Gerard Butler sues 'Motor City' producers over unpaid salary

14 February 2013 2:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gerard Butler is suing the producers of scrapped crime drama Motor City.

Butler, who was attached to play the lead role of a small-time crook who sets out for revenge after being framed for a crime, alleges that he was never paid after the film stalled last summer when its backing fell through.

The Wrap reports that he is suing the producers for $5.1 million in damages, alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

The defendants are named as Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films, which financed Motor City, and limited liability company Motor City Productions which was established solely for the film.

Joel Silver was also a producer on Motor City while Warner Bros were set to distribute, but neither party is named as a defendant in the suit.

Butler's salary reportedly included a $4 million pay-or-play clause, meaning that »

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