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Lawsuit claims Seth MacFarlane stole the idea for 'Ted'

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It appears that Ted might not be the only foul-mouthed teddy bear on the planet.

In a new lawsuit, Bengal Mangle Productions claims that Seth MacFarlane stole the idea behind Ted. The Hollywood Reporter got a copy of the complaint, which also names Fuzzy Door Productions, Media Rights Capital, and Universal Studios, and says the character of Ted was taken from a screenplay titled Acting School Academy, which came out in 2008 and featured another foul-mouthed teddy bear named Charlie. In the screenplay, Charlie lives in an adult world with his human friends and “has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes.” READ FULL STORY

'The Butterfly Effect' production company sued for share of profits

Ashton Kutcher’s 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect is still making ripples a decade later: The production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that it’s still owed shares of the film’s profits. The suit names FilmEngine, Highwire, Roulette, and Rhulen as the “interrelated film production companies” involved in the matter, THR reports. READ FULL STORY

'Midnight Rider' accident: Gregg Allman, film's producers named in wrongful death lawsuit

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The family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed while shooting Midnight Rider last February, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming several defendants, including Gregg Allman (the subject of the biopic), director Randall Miller, the movie’s producers, and the companies who own the railroad tracks where she died, Variety reports. READ FULL STORY

Gregg Allman sues 'Midnight Rider' producers over the right to tell his story

Gregg Allman has issued a lawsuit against the producers of Midnight Rider, a biopic of the rocker’s life that has been thrown into turmoil following the on-set death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones. The battle concerns whether Unclaimed Freight, director Randall Miller’s production company that he runs with wife Jody Savin, still has the right to make the movie. READ FULL STORY

'Rizzoli & Isles' author sues Warner Bros. for $10 million over 'Gravity'

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is suing Warner Bros. for $10 million for breach of contract, claiming the studio ripped the story for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity from her 1999 novel, also titled Gravity.

In 1999, Gerritsen — perhaps best known for a series of crime novels that inspired TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles – sold the film rights to Gravity to Katja Motion Picture Corporation and its parent company, New Line Productions, for $1 million. According to a breach of contract complaint filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Gerritsen was entitled to a $500,000 production bonus and 2.5 percent of 100 percent of the net proceeds if the film was made. Since 2008, Warner Bros. has owned and controlled New Line and Katja. The 2013 Warner Bros. film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has made more than $716 million worldwide.

Gerritsen claims that she wrote and submitted additional material for the film, including “scenes of satellite debris colliding with the International Space Station, the destruction of the ISS, and the surviving female medical doctor/astronaut left drifting n her space suit, alone and untethered, seeking the means to return to Earth.” She says that to her knowledge, efforts to develop the film ended in 2012. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' lawsuit suffers setback

A U.S. District Court judge in California dealt a blow to Quentin Tarantino’s case against Gawker for promoting a leaked online copy of his script for The Hateful Eight. The Honorable John F. Walter ruled on April 22 that Tarantino “has failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate [Gawker] either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers.”

Tarantino had planned to make The Hateful Eight his next film, but the director angrily vowed to abandon the project after a script leaked online in January. Gawker was one of multiple web sites that covered the news and linked to the leaked screenplay, and Tarantino sued the site for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. In court papers courtesy of Deadline, Walter ruled that Tarantino failed to “allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement. Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.”

The court left the door slightly open for Tarantino, giving his attorneys until May 1 to amend and refile the secondary claim for contributory infringement against Gawker.

Bryan Singer's accuser names three more Hollywood executives in lawsuits

Michael F. Egan, the 31-year old plaintiff who sued Bryan Singer last week for sexual abuse for events that occurred when he was 15, came forward again Monday to file similar charges against three additional men: former president of BBC Worldwide America Garth Ancier, former president of Disney TV David Neuman, and Gary Goddard, a designer who created theme park attractions for Universal Studios.

None of the new defendants have yet responded to the suit. READ FULL STORY

'Office Space' lawsuit: Actor fights Fox over 'flair'

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Looks like somebody’s about to have a case of the Mondays. Todd Duffey, who played Chotchkie’s waiter Brian in the 1999 comedy Office Space, just lost a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Film over the use of his face in merchandise.

The piece in question is part of a box set called the “Office Space Box of Flair“, which includes a 32-page book and 15 “flair” buttons, a reference to the pieces of flair that Jennifer Aniston’s character is required to wear by her boss at Chotchkie’s restaurant. Duffey claims they took the joke too far by putting his face on both the book’s cover and one of the buttons, which, according to Dufrey, under the Lanham Act would be a false endorsement violation. READ FULL STORY

'Wolf of Wall Street' hit with $25 million defamation suit

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Andrew Greene, who worked with notorious broker Jordan Belfort at Stratton Oakmont, is suing Paramount Pictures and the producers of The Wolf of Wall Street, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, for $25 million because he claims the Oscar-nominated film defames his reputation. In the film, actor P.J. Byrne plays Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, a character with a ridiculous toupee that is portrayed as “a criminal, a drug user, and a degenerate” that Greene claims is falsely based on him.

In Belfort’s 2007 memoir, on which the film is based, Greene’s real name was used, but according to the lawsuit, Greene never gave the filmmakers his consent for his involvement in the film — perhaps explaining the character’s name change. Greene claims that he has been maliciously and willfully defamed “as a criminal and drug user with misogynistic tendencies. Mr. Greene is portrayed as an individual with no moral or ethical values, which is injurious to him in his trade, business, or profession.” READ FULL STORY

Lynne Ramsay denies receiving 'Jane Got a Gun' lawsuit

Last week, word broke that the producers of Jane Got a Gun — the troubled Western that stars Natalie Portman as a vengeful gunslinger — were suing the project’s original director, Lynne Ramsay, for breach of contract. The suit alleges that Ramsay accepted $500,000 of her $800,000 salary before she failed to show up for the film’s first day of production; additionally, it claims, Ramsay “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew, and was generally disruptive.”

Now Ramsay has fired back, denying both the allegations made in the suit and the fact that she’s received the suit in the first place. “Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media,” a rep for the director said in a statement released Saturday and obtained by EW. “That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false. Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum.”

After several false starts and a revolving door of big-name actors — Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper each signed on for and subsequently dropped out of a role that eventually went to Ewan McGregor — Jane Got a Gun finally began shooting in New Mexico last spring. Ramsay left the film in March; she was replaced by Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor.

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