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39 posts from November 2009

11/30/2009

Former agent sues WME

Former WME agent John Ferriter is suing the agency for $25 million, claiming board members Ari Emanuel, Rick Rosen and Mark Itkin forced him out and subjected him to a campaign of lies to destroy his reputation. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges that Ferriter was kept in the dark about the impending WMA-Endeavor merger when he negotiated a new three-year employment contract, signed in January. After returning from a two-month illness, he claims the newly merged WME "demoted and marginalized" him within the agency and on industry blogs. He eventually was fired last month, after other agents allegedly were assigned to represent his clients. Read Ferriter's full lawsuit at THRESQ.com.

Vampire pirates

Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" has become a hot commodity in piracy circles. On Thanksgiving eve, lawyers for the studio filed a lawsuit against unidentified individuals who allegedly uploaded a portion of the film to YouTube. Full story

'Lovely Bones' gallery

Check out photos of "The Lovely Bones" star Saoirse Ronan, director Peter Jackson and others hitting the red carpet at the film's London premiere. View the gallery

Tough month

Despite packing 'em in for blockbusters like "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," Carmike Cinemas had the worst-performing stock among the 50 companies making up THR’s Showbiz 50 index in November. Other losers include Blockbuster and Warner Music Group. On the flipside were overperformers like World Wrestling Entertainment and the satellite TV providers. Full story

11/29/2009

What's up with Tiger?

Tiger Woods’ car crash has fueled speculation about what really happened with the golfer, who is considered the world’s biggest sports brand. Full story

Stockholm honors

Sundance faves "Sin Nombre" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" scooped the bulk of awards at the 20th Stockholm Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday. Full story

'Duty' calls up $3 bil

Activision Blizzard Inc. said its "Call of Duty" video game franchise has pushed past the $3 billion mark in global retail sales. Overall, the series has sold more than 55 million units since its launch in 2003. Full story

11/19/2009

Most gross

"Dark Knight" leads the list of top-grossing films for the decade in the U.S.; THR's Carl DiOrio breaks down each of their boxoffice appeal. Take your best shot, "Avatar."

D-cinema battle

German theater owners and the German Federal Film Board are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken with the future of digital cinema in the country hanging in the balance. Full story

'Enthusiasm' curbed

Check out a clip from Sunday's finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in which Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld give Jason Alexander a hard time.


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