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Bret Easton Ellis: I was invited to one of Bryan Singer's parties

Bryan Singer, director of the X-Men franchise, was recently accused of sexual abuse. American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis has something to say about the claims — and he’s not quite making a case for Singer’s innocence.

In a podcast with Alan Ball, Ellis brought up the allegations against Singer, saying that it’s common to find underage boys at Hollywood parties. “There is the notion that Hollywood, by its very nature, kind of encourages this behavior in a way,” Ellis says, before recalling a time he was invited to what he calls one of Singer’s “underage parties.”

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James Franco sued for violating film rights with Bukowski movie

Who owns the rights to an autobiography?

That seems to be the question in the center of a lawsuit against James Franco and production company Rabbit Bandini, accusing them of violating film rights for Franco’s upcoming film Bukowski, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cyril Humphris is accusing Franco of infringing on Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel Ham on Rye, which Humphris claims he owns the film rights to. Franco has asserted in the past that the film is based on Bukowski’s childhood and not the novel, despite the similarities. The lawsuit states Franco’s film “borrows the novel’s themes of childhood loneliness; adolescent self-consciousness; the failures, hypocrisy, and cruelty of adults; and, in an unflinching depiction, the crude interest teenage boys take in sex.” It also claims that entire scenes and pieces of dialogue had been taken from the book. READ FULL STORY

NCAA to stop putting name, logo on EA video game

Hang on to NCAA Football 2014, all you video game fans. It will be a collector’s edition.

The NCAA said Wednesday it will bar Electronic Arts Inc. from using its logo and name beginning next year. The move ends a lucrative, eight-year business deal with the gaming industry giant and it comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.

The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won’t stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, and the Redwood City, Calif.-based company made that clear.

“EA Sports will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks,” said Andrew Wilson, executive vice president. “Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Co. is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports.”
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Julie Taymor settles 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' litigation

The very long, very involved legal battle between Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark creative teams past and present finally has been resolved: Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and 8 Legged Productions LLC have settled all their pending claims against each other, they announced today.

“We’re happy to put all this behind us,” 8 Legged’s Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris said in a statement. “We are now looking forward to spreading Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in new and exciting ways around the world.”

According to the statement, “The parties’ settlement agreement resolves Ms. Taymor’s claims against 8 Legged in connection with her work on the book of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions.” READ FULL STORY

Chubby Checker sues over 'Chubby Checker' app that sizes up manhoods

In the late 1950s, a young singer called Ernest Evans began going by the name of Chubby Checker, a handle bestowed in part by Dick Clark’s wife (seriously!). Because it was a less vulgar time, nobody thought to warn young Chubby that his new moniker was just begging to be used as a lame double entendre (example: “Chubby Checker? I barely know ‘er!”).

But 60-odd years later, times have most definitely changed. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. wins latest court battle with heirs of Superman creator

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Back in October, Warner Bros. defeated the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster in a lawsuit regarding the ownership of the character. Today, the studio was handed a victory in their legal tussle with the heirs of Superman’s other co-creator, Jerry Siegel. As reported by the New York Times, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif. overturned a 2008 court case that granted the Siegel estate half-ownership over the character. (Deadline has a full copy of the six-page ruling, which also briefly mentions the ownership of the comic book character The Spectre, like anyone cares.) READ FULL STORY

Skechers Shape-ups won't make you look like Kim Kardashian after all

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If you really want to keep up with Kim and co., wearing Skechers Shape-ups won’t give you an extra boost. The Los Angeles Times reports that Skechers has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a lawsuit brought against the company by the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of 44 states. The plaintiffs’ complaint: Skechers’ Shape-ups don’t live up to the company’s hype. The shoe giant said their rocker-bottom sneakers deliver greater fitness benefits than other workout shoes. This suit follows a similar case brought against Reebok last year.

Both Kardashian and ex-quarterback Joe Montana appeared in ads for Skechers’ toning trainers. In his commercial, Montana claimed that Shape-ups improved his shape and posture; in hers, Kardashian flirtily cooed that they did more for her than her personal trainer. And this isn’t the first time the reality star has been connected to a shady product — in 2010, the State of Connecticut led an investigation of the Kardashian Kard, a debit system that apparently charged its users with numerous, excessive fees. Maybe this is why that guy on IMDB is so mad at her.

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' producers reach settlement with Julie Taymor's directors' union

8 Legged Productions LLC, the producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has reached a settlement with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the union representing the show’s creator Julie Taymor.

According to a press release sent to EW by Spider-Man production spokesperson Rick Miramontez, the producers of the show have agreed to pay Taymor full royalties for her services as director and, once the show recoups, as a collaborator. They also withdrew litigation in which the producers challenged the SDC’s jurisdiction and the SDC arbitrated against the producers.

However, this settlement is strictly between the producers and the directors’ union, not Taymor herself; the lawsuits between Taymor and Spider-Man’s producers regarding authorship are still ongoing.

Taymor filed a suit against the producers in November after being fired from the production, alleging that she had not been properly compensated for her work on the musical and that her ousting violated her creative rights. In January, the show’s producers fired back with a countersuit that accused Taymor of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations when she refused to work with collaborators to improve Spider-Man after the show’s much-admonished debut in previews.

'Triple Town' creator David Edery talks copycat apps, Zynga, and the future of original gaming

L: 'Triple Town'; R: 'Yeti Town'

All is not well in Triple Town. The much buzzed-about puzzle game, which successfully launched on Facebook and Google+ in October and on iOS and Android in January, is engaged in a fierce legal battle with a rival company accused of ripping it off.

Triple Town co-creator David Edery confirmed on his blog last Sunday that the development studio filed a copyright infringement suit against competing studio 6waves Lolapps (also known as 6L) in response to Yeti Town, a virtually identical game released two months after Triple Town, which one review called “the exact same game, only this time with snow.” Edery alleged that, among other offenses, 6L entered into a nondisclosure agreement with Spry Fox, only to abruptly end negotiations when Yeti Town was released. Today Rex Ng, the CEO of 6L, fired back, telling Venturebeat, “This accusation is unjustified and plainly not true. We have not broken the NDA signed between 6L and Spry Fox.” 6L also released this statement to EW: READ FULL STORY

Newt Gingrich sued for using 'Eye of the Tiger'

Last week I interviewed the iconic folk singer-songwriter Paul Simon at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting the new documentary Under African Skies. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking and controversial album Graceland – groundbreaking because it fused American and South African folk pop; controversial because Simon broke the international cultural embargo against the South African apartheid regime to record the album. At Sundance, Simon talked about how he still bristles when politicians attempt to co-opt mainstream music for their own gain without giving any consideration or deference to the musicians who created that music. (You can watch our interview at EW’s Sundance hub.) His point is a compelling one: Politicians are happy to vilify pop music, until they need that music to make themselves seem hip and culturally relevant.

Which brings me to to the news this week that one of the co-writers of “Eye of the Tiger” is suing Newt Gingrich for using the song as part of his presidential campaignREAD FULL STORY

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