Is Apple's iPad Copied From '2001: A Space Odyssey'? (Video)

August
25

Is Apple's iPad Copied From '2001: A Space Odyssey'? (Video)

Who's more of a visionary -- outgoing Apple CEO Steve Jobs or legendary film director Stanley Kubrick?

The question is more than academic. This week, Samsung challenged Apple's patent claims over tablet devices by pointing to a scene in Kubrick's 1968 classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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War of the Simons: Fuller Lawyer Says Cowell 'Does Not Understand' 'X Factor' Lawsuit

August
25

War of the Simons: Fuller Lawyer Says Cowell 'Does Not Understand' 'X Factor' Lawsuit

American Idol creator Simon Fuller's attorney is responding to criticism by Simon Cowell of Fuller's lawsuit over the U.S. version of The X Factor

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Judge Rejects Gilbert Arenas' Attempts to Block VH1's 'Basketball Wives' (Exclusive)

August
24

Judge Rejects Gilbert Arenas' Attempts to Block VH1's 'Basketball Wives' (Exclusive)

A California federal judge has rejected NBA superstar Gilbert Arenas’ attempts to block VH1’s Basketball Wives and turned down a request to stop former fiancé Laura Govan from appearing on the show and mentioning his name.

Further, Shed Media, the producers of the show, have successfully got the judge to grant an anti-SLAPP motion that strikes all of Arenas’ claims as an impingement of free speech except for allegations of a publicity rights infringement. There, the judge dismisses the claim, but is allowing Arenas to file an amended complaint.

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Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator Simon Fuller (Exclusive)

August
24

Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator Simon Fuller (Exclusive)

Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off The X Factor.

Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed an executive producer credit and millions of dollars in fees from the Cowell-produced X Factor, which bows in the U.S. in September.

“I'm surprised this has happened,” Cowell tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “Because you can't give someone an executive producer's title if they didn't executive produce the show.”

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Sign Pre-nup; Lawyer Breaks Down What It Means

August
24

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Sign Pre-nup; Lawyer Breaks Down What It Means

E! reality TV star Kim Kardashian and new husband Kris Humphries have signed a pre-nuptual agreement. A knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the negotiations, which had been widely reported, are now done.

But what does that mean? Most people probably assume it means that Kardashian's estimated $35 million net worth will now be protected against the double dribbling of an NBA player who is only worth somewhere between $8-16 million. Perhaps, but as we learned from Laura Zwicker, a family wealth planner at LA's Greenberg Glusker law firm, drawing up a pre-nup in a post-reality TV universe is a tad more complicated than just that.

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Talent Agency Defections Spark Trade Secrets Lawsuit

August
24

A Hollywood talent agency is brawling with three of its former agents who left for a competitor, but not before allegedly stealing confidential information to poach clients.

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Judge: Writer Must Pay Fox $40,000 for Claiming 'Alien vs. Predator' Stole His Script

August
24

Judge: Writer Must Pay Fox $40,000 for Claiming 'Alien vs. Predator' Stole His Script

In another sign that Hollywood studios are willing to go to the mat against writers who dare claim to have their ideas stolen, 20th Century Fox has won $40,000 in attorney's fees from a writer who sued the studio in 2009 over Alien vs. Predator.

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Hot New Hollywood Trend: Crazy Defamation Lawsuits (Analysis)

August
23

Hot New Hollywood Trend: Crazy Defamation Lawsuits (Analysis)

Is it just us or are defamation lawsuits getting more insane by the month?

Celebrities have long sued tabloids over things written that nobody believes anyway, but these days, lawsuits stretch from the outrageous to the plain ridiculous. The idea that public figures will have a tough time proving the required "actual malice" and therefore shouldn't bring defamation lawsuits almost seems like an antiquated notion now.

Just this past week, defamation suits were filed involving Lindsay Lohan vs. a rapper, insurance executives vs. Eliot Spitzer, a record executive vs. former New Edition singer Johnny Gill, and last but not least, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher vs. brother Noel Gallagher. Is there some sort of thread that connects these wild lawsuits?

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Fox Responds to Reports of 'Piracy Surge' Following Hulu Policy Change

August
23

Fox Responds to Reports of 'Piracy Surge' Following Hulu Policy Change

Last week, Fox Television went ahead with a plan to delay the online availability of its TV shows until eight days after original airing for everybody except those who subscribe to Hulu Plus or who are customers of TV distributors making special deals with Fox. The move signalled that the network intends to hold onto retransmission fees from cable and satellite companies at the risk of alienating those who have grown accustomed to watch TV content online soon after it airs.

In rolling out the new program in the dog days of August, the network picked a time that would discourage its viewers from showing up at News Corp. headquarters with pitchforks, but nevertheless, the change brought strong reactions, including reports of a triple-digit percentage "surge" in piracy.

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Green Day Defeats Legal Claim Over Concert Video Backdrop

August
22

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by an artist who claimed that the band Green Day used an unauthorized reproduction of his art as a concert backdrop. The judge found that the band's use of the copyrighted work was "transformative" in a decision that continues to show just how tough it is to pin down "fair use" rules, except on a case-by-case basis.

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Food Network Settles 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Lawsuit

August
22

Food Network Settles 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Lawsuit

Food Network has settled a heated lawsuit with the former producer of its popular show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, starring Guy Fieri.

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Director of New Richard Gere Film Beats Producer in Nasty Lawsuit

August
22

Nicholas Jarecki, the writer and director of the forthcoming film Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, has scored a big win against a producer who was accused of attempting to hijack his film during its making by claiming joint authorship. On Thursday, a Los Angeles District Court judge proclaimed Jarecki to be the sole author of the film about a troubled hedge fund magnate who gets caught in a tricky financial situation. 

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Why the 'Christmas Story' Child Actor Sued Warner Bros. Over Figurines

August
22

Those who have seen A Christmas Story a gajillion times on TBS will recognize the character of Scut Farkus as the kid who threw a snowball at Ralphie and got pummeled with Ralphie's fists.

News that the actor, Zack Ward, who played Farkus, is suing Warner Bros. for misappropriating his likeness in a figurine had us scrambling to find those prized objects in question (as well as the complaint). How exactly did Ward, who was 12 years old when he appeared in the 1983 film, manage to one-up his fellow actors by purportedly retaining the right to his image in the film's merchandise?

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