'Soul Men' Defamatory? Another Weinstein Project Legal Claim

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'Soul Men' Defamatory? Another Weinstein Project Legal Claim

Mon Nov 03, 2008 @ 08:19PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

MooresamGrammy-winning singer Sam Moore's lawyer has sent cease-and-desist letters to The Weinstein Co., claiming that its upcoming comedy "Soul Men" is a thinly-veiled portrayal of the career of Moore and former music partner Dave Prater.

The letters claim the film, starring Samuel L Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, is defamatory and infringes the trademark over the duo's most famous song, "Soul Man." The film is filled with sex and course language, and Moore particularly objects to one sex scene concerning false teeth. Moore's lawyer says that litigation is a "last resort."

"Months ago, we received Mr Moore's claim and told him he had none," says Bert Fields, representing TWC.

Speaking of current Weinstein movies, it's apropos that on the 40th anniversary of the MPAA's movie ratings system, Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" has been having a bit of trouble with censors.

Many newspapers and TV stations are refusing to accept ads for the R-rated film. Some theaters won't screen it, and others have cut out the words "Make a Porno." The box office returns this past weekend were decent (it took in $10.7 million), but rival distributors say that TWC might be too optimistic on its Sunday numbers.

Add all this to the Project Runway troubles, and surely Harvey Weinstein has been keeping close concert with his lawyers of late, and we know Bert Fields isn't cheap.

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