Hollywood Docket: Undercover actor; 'Simpsons' opening pulled; 'Hobbit' divides Kiwi actors

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Hollywood Docket: Undercover actor; 'Simpsons' opening pulled; 'Hobbit' divides Kiwi actors

Tue Oct 12, 2010 @ 08:09AM PST
  • Picture 4Larry Wilcox, former star of the television series "CHiPs" pleaded guilty to securities fraud and then used his acting chops to go undercover to assist federal law enforcement in an investigation of stock price manipulation. [NYT]
  • Remember when Paramount was raising a stink to the FCC that a presentation on piracy by COO Fred Huntsberry had been posted online without permission? Well, Huntsberry has turned his "geek to sleek" thesis into a road show. [THR]
  • Actors in New Zealand are split on whether it makes sense to unionize or risk losing the "The Hobbit," set to be produced in the country at a cost that could top $500 million. [THR]
  • Fox has asked YouTube to pull the much-buzzed-about opening credit sequence of "The Simpsons" recently directed by graffiti artist Banksy. It's still up on Hulu. [WP]
  • Major record labels were handed a defeat in Ireland when the country's High Court ruled that it couldn't force ISPs to adopt a "three strikes" rule to punish copyright infringement. [Irish Times]
  • Sherba Industries, makers of an inflatable gorilla, are suing Google for violating their copyrighted image. The complaint is embedded after the jump.


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