According to a contractual agreement between Disney and Scarlett Johansson, box office ticket sales would largely determine the actress’s salary for her Black Widow performance. Following Disney’s decision to debut the film on the company’s streaming service, Disney+, on the same day as the theatrical release, Johansson filed a lawsuit for breach of contract on July 29. In her argument, Johansson claims a prior agreement to exclusively release the movie to theaters was not honored. She is alleging loss of compensation and financial opportunity. Continue reading
Fans of the Toy Story movies may recall the character Duke Caboom and his striking resemblance to Evel Knievel. The likeness of Evel Knievel is owned by K&K Productions, the company that is now suing Disney and Pixar, as well as subsidiaries that helped in the production of Toy Story 4. The character, portrayed by the voice of Keanu Reeves, was adapted into the film without prior authorization from the company that owns the branding rights to Knievel, who passed away in 2007. The movie itself is not only mentioned in the lawsuit, but also promotional toys sold in 2019 are included. Continue reading
It’s happening as we speak. The pulse rate of Twilight fans are beginning to increase at a rapid pace; the mere thought of Edward’s perfectly coiffed hair and Jacob’s well defined physique excites fans to a state of pure ecstasy. As you spend endless hours in line, wrapped around street corners just to get a front row seat to watch the finale chapter unfold, let’s look back on the studio that fought for the franchise.
Some quirky news out of Kansas City today. The Kansas City Business Journal blog reports that Dickinson Theatres Inc. has settled a suit with the promise to pay $1.5 million in popcorn coupons. You read that correctly. The lawsuit concerned Dickinson Theatres’ non-compliance with a law requiring companies to truncate debit and credit card information on receipts. It’s unclear to whom the coupons are going, most likely one each for every debit and credit card customer affected from a certain time period. I doubt the three named plaintiffs in the suit would find much use for $500,000 worth of popcorn, but you never know. I know what I’d do: build a swimming pool entirely filled with golden, buttery popcorn and dive into it Scrooge McDuck-style.