Marvel wins lawsuit, Joe Pesci sues "Gotti" producers
Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 02:03
July 29 - The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including Marvel wins copyright suit, Joe Pesci sues over Gotti film and Hefner gets an apology. Lindsay Claiborn reports.
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Marvel has won a legal battle to retain copyright of its lucrative comic book characters including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. The comic-book powerhouse sued the family of late co-creator Jack Kirby last year after they laid claim to copyrights for work he created from 1958 to 1963. However a New York judge ruled Kirby's illustrations of characters like Iron Man had been created "for hire" and that the characters were made at Marvel's expense. A lawyer for Kirby's estate has said they will appeal the ruling.
Actor Joe Pesci has sued the makers of a movie about crime boss John Gotti and his son, accusing producers of reneging on a contract after he gained 30 pounds to play the notorious crime boss' right-hand man. Pesci's lawsuit could be an early roadblock for the film that has gained widespread attention due to its subject matter and a cast that includes John Travolta, Al Pacino and Lindsay Lohan. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Pesci said he came to an oral agreement to play Angelo Ruggiero and was promised $3 million for his part. But he was later told that he would be playing a lesser role and would receive only $1 million. Pesci is seeking damages of at least $3 million.
50 Cent claims to have shelved his new record, saying he will not put out another album due to an ongoing dispute with his label. 50 Cent has been complaining about Interscope Records for more than a month, accusing them of bungling the lead-up for what would be his fifth studio LP. The rapper threatened to leak a single by one of his bosses, Dr Dre, but eventually backtracked. 50 Cent's most recent record 'Before I Self Destruct" was the lowest-selling album of his career.
Hugh Hefner's ex, Crystal Harris, has apologized for the comments she made, mocking her sex life with the Playboy founder. Her apology came after several other Playboy Playmates came to Hef's defense. Hefner responded on Twitter saying he appreciated the apology.
Lindsay Claiborn, Reuters.
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