Hollywood Docket: Michael Moore wins free speech ruling; Stanley Brooks vs. guilds; Letterman extortionist free

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Hollywood Docket: Michael Moore wins free speech ruling; Stanley Brooks vs. guilds; Letterman extortionist free

Wed Sep 08, 2010 @ 08:35AM PST

  • Studio lawyers take note: In the first high-profile decision applying Washington state's new anti-SLAPP law, a federal judge has tossed invasion of privacy and misappropriation of likeness claims against filmmaker Michael Moore over his film "Sicko." The judge ruled that Moore's use of 71 seconds of film owned by an area man was based on his exploration of a topic of significant public concern (health care) and therefore protected by the First Amendment. But a copyright claim remains. [Seattle Times]
  • An attorney for embattled producer Stanley Brooks has sent a letter to AFTRA and WGAW demanding that they remove Brooks from their "Do Not Work" list. The guilds were allegedly telling members not to work with Brooks after he failed to pay residuals on a recent project. [THR]
  • A federal judge in New York has ordered "Crude" filmmaker Joe Berlinger to submit to a deposition in the ongoing Chevron litigation. [NYT]
  • What's more surprising: that the TV news producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman is out of jail already, or that he's already plotting a return to TV? [THR]
  • No parole for John Lennon's killer. Maybe the seventh time will be the charm. [BB]

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