Hollywood Docket: Bergstein explains himself; Frankie Valli vs. 'Jersey Boys'; 'Slap Shot' writer vs. Hanson bros

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Hollywood Docket: Bergstein explains himself; Frankie Valli vs. 'Jersey Boys'; 'Slap Shot' writer vs. Hanson bros

Wed Apr 14, 2010 @ 09:55AM PST
  • David Bergstein speaks! The embattled film exec tells THR's Alex Ben Block that the mountain of litigation against him stems from the 2008 collapse of his biggest lender, the DB Zwirn hedge fund, and aggressive legal tactics by creditor Aramid Entertainment Fund. "None of this would have happened if Zwirn had stayed in business," he says. [THR]
  • The stars of "Desperate Housewives" have issued a joint statement expressing support of show creator Marc Cherry in that nasty lawsuit filed by Nicollette Sheridan for assault and wrongful termination. [People]
  • A number of organizations, including the American Library Assn., EFF and the Center for Democracy and Technology, have filed an amicus brief backing YouTube in its defense of Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit. [EFF] 
  • Singer Frankie Valli has filed a lawsuit against six former cast members of "Jersey Boys" for taking copyrighted songs, stage elements and logos on a concert tour. [NYP
  • Nancy Dowd, the screenwriter of the cult classic "Slap Shot," is trying to stop the actors who played the Hanson brothers in the film from doing personal appearances in character. She claims to own the rights to live representation. [NYT]
  • BONUS LINK: Cable is less regulated than traditional broadcast television, so here are seven things Conan can do on cable that he couldn't do on NBC. [NYM] 

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