Archive for January, 2014

Mitra’s All Access Interview with Charles Michael Davis from The CW’s “The Originals”

Mitra sits down one-on-one with Charles Michael Davis, the star of the hit CW show “The Originals”. Charles shares how he got started in acting, fun stories from the set and his thoughts on love.

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Mitra All Access with Charles Michael Davis

Mitra sits down one-on-one with Charles Michael Davis, the star of the hit CW show “The Originals”. Charles shares how he got started in acting, fun stories from the set and his thoughts on love.

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Shorter Movie Trailers?? Nooooooo!!!!

Shorter Movie Trailers?? Nooooooo!!!!

The National Association of Theater Owners has released voluntary guidelines calling for movie trailers
to be no longer than two minutes – 30 seconds shorter than is the norm.  This is sure to cause a debate in Hollywood–where moviegoers and industry folk make a point of getting to theaters early to watch the trailers.  Trailers are an important part of the movie-going experience (not to mention give us a bit of leeway if stuck in traffic or parking is a mess).  Anyone else not looking forward to this?

Studios aren’t happy either.  Despite ubiquitous internet trailers, TV ads and theater trailers are still the most effective movie marketing. Even though the guidelines are voluntary, studios worry that theater owners will point to the new guidelines to refuse to play trailers that are over 2 minutes.  So even though some theaters may choose not to follow the guidelines, studios may just play it safe and cut trailers down to 2 minutes. 

The guidelines apply to titles opening on or after October 1st, and  also specify that a trailer cannot be shown for a movie more than five months before its release.

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Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Leaked Script

Famed director Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright infringement suit against Gawker Media for its alleged involvement in the dissemination of copies of his script, ‘The Hateful Eight’. The complaint contends that Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself as the first source to read the entire  screenplay illegally. The article contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through an anonymous URL with a caption that says “Enjoy!”. After several demands for removal which Gawker has reportedly chosen to ignore, Tarantino has commenced a lawsuit that is seemingly designed to counter Gawker’s potential “safe harbor” defense under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  John Cook, the editor for Gawker, has responded to the lawsuit by asserting the website did not leak the script. Cook claims that Tarantino deliberately turned the leak into a story and wanted the script published online and Gawker published the link because it was newsworthy. 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/quentin-tarantino-suing-gawker-leaked-674424

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Courtney Love Triumphs in Twitter Defamation Suit

After eight days of testimony, a California jury decided on Friday that Courtney Love should not be held liable for a tweet directed at her former attorney, Rhonda Holmes. The lawsuit is considered to be a trailblazing case as it is believed to be the first trial in a U.S. courtroom involving allegations of defamation on the Twitter platform. Love retained Holmes in 2009 to handle fraud allegations against the executors of Kurt Cobain’s estate. After the relationship between Love and Holmes deteriorated, the rockstar tweeted about Holmes who in turn sued for defamation claiming the tweet hurt her reputation.

The court found that the attorney was a limited-purpose public figure because of her involvement with a celebrity client and thus Holmes was burdened with demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that the statement was made with actual malice. Actual malice, sometimes referred to a Constitutional malice, was defined in the the landmark 1964 lawsuit New York Times Co. v. Sullivan,  as knowledge that the statement was false or reckless disregard for the truth. Love contended that the tweet as intended to be sent as a direct message and when she learned it was tweeted to the public, she quickly deleted the comment. Love further testified that she believed the tweet to be true when she sent it. The jury ultimately concluded that Holmes did not meet her burden of proof in this case. 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/courtney-love-wins-twitter-defamation-673972

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Lil’ Kim Attacked Over Zombie Makeup Photo

After posting an image on instagram, rap star Lil’ Kim was sued over a photo of zombie makeup by a Vancouver artist. Samantha Ravndahl is claiming that self proclaimed Queen Bee “splashed” a photo of Ravndahl modeling zombie-style makeup across the internet, including on the rapper’s social media pages, and is prepared to go to court to protect the image and stake some claim in her “original makeup design”. The Ravndahl allegedly posted the image on instagram and other social media outlets as part of a step by step “how to” tutorial. The artist alleges that Lil’ Kim put her name and copyright notice on the artist’s face and makeup design prior to distributing it on the internet. The lawsuit claims that Lil’ Kim’s alleged exploitation of the image is unfair and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lil-kim-sued-zombie-makeup-673437

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Disney Successfully Ices Phase 4 Films

Disney has emerged victorious in their trademark infringement suit against Phase 4 Films. The studio successfully thwarted Phase 4 Films’ alleged attempt to take advantage of the success of ‘Frozen’. Only one month after the lawsuit commenced, Phase 4 has thrown in the towel, settling the case with a stipulated judgment that includes a $100,000 payout and requires the movie to go back to its original name, ‘The Legend of Sarila’.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-lawsuit-ices-frozen-land-673259

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