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Weinstein Attorneys Object to Paperwork in Los Angeles Extradition

Weinstein Attorneys Object to Paperwork in Los Angeles Extradition

’s attorneys objected on Monday to the paperwork submitted to seek his extradition to face sex assault and rape charges in Los Angeles.A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., set an April 30 court date to hear the objections.Monday’s hearing was only the second time Weinstein has appeared in court since being sentenced in March 2020 to 23 years in prison. He appeared remotely from Wende Correctional Facility, the maximum security state prison where he is serving his sentence. He used a walker, but smiled while chatting with his attorneys before the hearing. He answered a few simple questions from the...

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Apr 12
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Google Copyright Case Appears to Have Little Hollywood Impact

Google Copyright Case Appears to Have Little Hollywood Impact

Hollywood would not exist without copyright law. So when the took up what was billed as the “copyright case of the century” — the multibillion-dollar fight between and — the Hollywood trade groups rushed to the barricades.The joined with other pro-copyright organizations in support of Oracle, which accused Google of ripping off thousands of lines of Java code for its Android operating system. In an amicus brief, the MPA warned that if the court accepted Google’s “fair use” defense, and applied it to Hollywood, it could “potentially eviscerate” the ability of studios to make spinoffs and...

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Apr 8
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Harvey Weinstein Appeals Conviction on Rape and Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein Appeals Conviction on Rape and Assault Charges

filed an appeal on Monday of his conviction on counts of sexual assault and rape, arguing that the judge made numerous errors that resulted in a rigged trial.Weinstein’s attorney, Barry Kamins, should have excluded Juror 11, saying she could not have been impartial because she had written a novel that involved sexual exploitation by predatory older men. Kamins also argued that Justice James Burke improperly excluded testimony that could have been helpful to Weinstein.He also challenged Burke’s decision to allow three women to testify about uncharged sexual assaults involving Weinstein. Such...

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Apr 5
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L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week at 25% Capacity

L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week at 25% Capacity

in Los Angeles will be able to reopen early next week, public health officials said Thursday. The announcement punctuates nearly a year without cinemas in the film capital of the world, and is welcome news to the exhibition industry, which has struggled over the past twelve months since COVID-19 upended daily life.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday that theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity sometime between Monday and Wednesday of next week.Last week, movie theaters in New York City were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.In Los Angeles,...

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Mar 11
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Disney Keeps 80% of Streaming Revenue By Calling It 'Home Video'

Disney Keeps 80% of Streaming Revenue By Calling It 'Home Video'

For years, Disney has been keeping 80% of the revenue from older shows that it distributes to streaming platforms, leaving only 20% to be available to stars and other profit participants.It does so by classifying the revenue as “home video.” Under a formula dating from the introduction of the VCR, Disney subtracts an 80% royalty to its in-house distributor to cover the costs of distribution.In 2017, , star of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” challenged that practice, calling it yet another example of Hollywood accounting.In a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, Nye argued that the actual...

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Feb 23
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Three North Koreans Indicted in Sony Pictures Hack and Financial Crimes

Three North Koreans Indicted in Sony Pictures Hack and Financial Crimes

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the indictment of three North Koreans who are accused of perpetrating the 2014 hack of , along with numerous other cyber intrusions and financial crimes.Arrest warrants were issued for three defendants — Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il, and Park Jin Hyok — all of whom are believed to be in . Park was in a case unsealed in September 2018.Prosecutors , a wing of North Korean military intelligence. They allegedly carried out the cyberhack of Sony Pictures in November 2014, in retaliation for “The Interview,” the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy that...

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Movie Theaters Fear Hike in Minimum Wage: 'That Would Kill Us'

Movie Theaters Fear Hike in Minimum Wage: 'That Would Kill Us'

Battered by the pandemic and the collapse of exhibition windows, the movie theater industry now has one more thing to worry about: a hike in the minimum wage.The industry relies heavily on part-time workers who make at or near the local minimum rate. Cinema operators say that an increase to $15 an hour nationwide — which Democrats in Congress are pushing for — would make it much harder to turn a profit.“That would kill us,” said Byron Berkley, owner of Foothills Entertainment in Kilgore, Tex., where workers make $8 an hour. “We couldn’t justify raising our admission prices and concession...

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Britney Spears Hearing: Judge Overrules Father's Objections to Joint Conservatorship Order

Britney Spears Hearing: Judge Overrules Father's Objections to Joint Conservatorship Order

A probate judge on Thursday overruled Jamie Spears’ objections to an order establishing Bessemer Trust Co. as a co-conservator of daughter ’ estate.Judge Brenda Penny appointed Bessemer as co-conservator along with Jamie Spears on Nov. 10. At the same time, Penny also denied Spears’ request to remove her father entirely from the conservatorship.Subsequently, Britney Spears’ attorney, Samuel Ingham, submitted a proposed order effectuating the co-conservatorship. Jamie Spears’ attorney objected to the language of the proposed order, saying it improperly reduced his powers over his daughter’s...

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President Biden Faults Trump on Vaccine Rollout: 'More Dire Than We Thought'

President Biden Faults Trump on Vaccine Rollout: 'More Dire Than We Thought'

President Biden faulted the Trump administration’s handling of vaccine distribution in an interview with “ Evening News” that aired before the Super Bowl on Sunday.Biden was asked about the time frame for getting to herd immunity, saying the country cannot afford to stay at the current pace of COVID-19 vaccination. He also said it would be difficult to reach herd immunity before the end of summer.“The circumstance relating to how the [Trump] administration was handling COVID was even more dire than we thought,” Biden said. “We thought they had indicated there was a lot more vaccine...

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No Rival Bids Received for Alamo Drafthouse, Clearing Way for Fortress Takeover

No Rival Bids Received for Alamo Drafthouse, Clearing Way for Fortress Takeover

A bankruptcy auction for the theater chain has been canceled, after no rival bids were received for the company.The cancelation clears the way for and to take control of the company, in a deal that also includes Alamo Drafthouse co-founder .Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on March 3, among a wave of theater chains that have gone under due to the pandemic. Studio Movie Grill and Cinemex have also declared bankruptcy, and earlier this month Pacific Theatres, which owns Arclight Theatres, announced that it would not reopen.Alamo Drafthouse went bankrupt after being unable to renegotiate $105 million...

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Apr 26
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