Remember back in August, when Abercrombie & Fitch declared that they would pay The Situation money to not wear its clothing on Jersey Shore? We all had a good laugh about it. Then Abercrombie’s stock dropped 9 percent, a fact which made The Situation giggle with malicious glee. But Sitch is not satisfied with seeing his enemies merely defeated. He will not rest until he crushes Abercrombie, and he sees the board of directors driven before him, and he hears the lamentations of their women. Thus, on behalf of MPS Entertainment — a company founded by The Situation and his brother, Marc — lawyers have filed a Florida lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch for $4 million. READ FULL STORY
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Hugh Grant talks to EW about his role in the 'News of the World' phone hacking scandal: 'They hacked me, I hacked him'
There are many remarkable, tragic, and history-making strands to the News of the World phone hacking scandal which continues to dominate British public life more than a week after it was announced that the Rupert Murdoch-owned, 168-year-old paper would close. Just today came the news that senior Murdoch executive and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has resigned because of the furore surrounding the title, which stands accused of hacking the phones of thousands of people, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, and a 13-year-old murder victim named Milly Dowler. And yesterday, the New York Times reported that the FBI has a opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations that the News of the World attempted to gain access to the phone records of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Murdoch has also publicly apologized for “serious wrongdoing” in a written ad which is being placed in several British newspapers this weekend.
The most unlikely plotline in this complex saga is the involvement of Hugh Grant, who over the past few months has emerged as one of the most high profile critics of the Murdoch organization. READ FULL STORY
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not be a Duke Nukem gamer, but the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the video game industry in an important ruling on Monday that struck down a California law preventing the sale of violent games to children. In a 7-2 ruling in the case, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, the Court said the 2005 California law that would have fined stores $1,000 for selling violent video games to customers under the age of 18 violated the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
The video game industry applauded the result, as did the movie industry, which potentially could’ve been effected if the ruling had gone the other way. READ FULL STORY
Not entirely. Though Holmes’ rep issued a statement Tuesday announcing the actress had filed a libel lawsuit against Star‘s publisher, American Media Inc., after the magazine printed a cover story “falsely suggesting that she is a drug addict,” the story itself doesn’t outright label Holmes as a drug addict. At least not inside the magazine. The cover, however, is emblazoned with a headline that gives Holmes’ lawsuit some heft: “Katie Drug Shocker!” On the cover is also a small chip: “Addiction Nightmare.” Inside, the story suggests Holmes might be addicted to Scientology’s well-documented e-meter “auditing,” a treatment that, according to Star, gives church-goers a natural high. But nowhere does the cover clarify that Star is referring to Holmes alleged e-meter use, something noted duly by the actress’ lawyer, Bert Fields. “Star magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical, and unlawful,” Fields said in a statement released Tuesday. “Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside. Someone should bring a class action to get all buyers their money back.” (American Media, Inc., is sticking to Star‘s story in a statement released Tuesday in response to the suit: “The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes. Many ex-scientologists have testified that the e-meter sessions have mood elevating effects. The cover and the inside article discuss these effects.”)
Even though Star‘s piece never absolutely calls the actress a drug addict, the article is, however, crafty about its word choice, using terminology to describe Holmes’ alleged e-meter usage that normally is associated with drug addicts. READ FULL STORY
The Walking Dead, who believes both aforementioned groups are full of hooey. “Well, it depends on the zombie’s mood,” says the Shawshank Redemption director. “If they’ve recently fed, they’re a little less interested, a little more shutdown. Other times, they’re riled to a predatory state and can get a little faster.” So, they’re mostly walking — but sometimes they jog in the manner of an arthritic grandmother? “Yes, exactly,” laughs the filmmaker, who also directed the Walking Dead pilot, which debuts, appropriately, on Halloween. “This all goes back, by the way, to the original Night of the Living Dead. The Internet adherence to zombies never running clearly ignores the first 10 minutes of that movie. Because the first zombie you see is pretty spry. He’s obviously rather hungry and worked up.”There are people who believe zombies should only walk. And there are people who believe they can run around like steroid-injecting track stars. Then, there’s Frank Darabont, executive producer of the new AMC zombie show
Darabont was in junior high when he first saw George A. Romero’s 1968 tale of bloodthirsty, reanimated corpses and the bickering band of still-breathing humans they besiege — a low budget black-and-white gore fest that invented the modern-day zombie horror genre. “I remember it vividly,” says Darabont. “It was 1974, and it came to one of the revival houses in L.A. My friends and I were very affected by it.” Darabont’s fellow Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Abyss) says that she first saw Night of the Living Dead “through my fingers. I’m pretty sure I had to leave the room quite a few times. I’m one of those people who is highly suggestible. I do tend to believe, after I’ve seen something, that zombies are about to exist and somehow they’re going to come find me first. I’ve had therapy for this. [Laughs] But I’ve seen it a number of times and it really holds up.”
Well, it appears Adrien Brody’s lawsuit to stop the producers of the Dario Argento film Giallo from releasing it on DVD has yet to work its magic. A quick check shows Giallo is available for purchase online today as scheduled. A rep for Brody had no comment when contacted by EW for an update. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brody isn’t upset over the quality of the film but the fact that he hasn’t gotten paid for it. The suit says Brody threatened to walk off the set a week after production began when he realized the movie was underfunded and producers had yet to pay his $640,000 salary. Brody claims producers told him they’d secured new funding and asked him to postpone his payday in exchange for having the “absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the Picture.” He tried to exercise that right and was apparently shot down. Now Brody is asking for his salary (plus $2 million for breach of contract, fraud, etc.) and for the film to be permanently shelved, the trade reports.
Below, watch the trailer. Brody appears to play an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer who poses as a cab driver and targets beautiful women that he mutilates and kills. The only thing that truly intrigues me is whether Brody’s hair will get messed up during the course of the film. (Don’t you want to mess it up?) READ FULL STORY
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