After the shows very rocky accident filled start, she was fired. This lead to the previously reported suit and counter suit between her and the shows producers. Now former Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark director Julie Taymor can finally put the ugly mess behind her. The New York Times is reporting that the lawsuit has been settled and to sooth Taymor’s tortured soul, she will be paid $10,000, per week, every week that the multi-million dollar show runs and seeing as the show is still selling out week after week, that’s going to be awhile.
Let’s do some math. On average the show earns around $1 million per week, making it the most profitable show on Broadway right now. Popular shows stay on Broadway for years, so when it’s all said and done, Taymor could easily rake in a million or more. Not to shabby for getting fired after a few weeks of work.
How do the producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, feeling about signing all those checks?
“We are very happy to have reached an amicable compromise with the SDC that will allow us all to move on,” the pair said in a joint statement reported by The New York Times. “Now we can focus our energies on providing an amazing entertainment experience for our audiences, who have come to see the show in record numbers and made it a tremendous hit.”
So, if anyone has any connections on Broadway, I am totally willing to mess up and almost derail a $75 Million dollar production. For the record I would also be totally willing to settle for just $5 grand a week.
Think of the money you’d save Broadway!
Before the hit AMC TV show, before the countless trades and over 90 comic books and counting, The Walking Dead was a humble little zombie tale created by two long time friends, Robert Kirkman and and artist Tony Moore. The first six issues were drawn by Moore and he hung around to do the covers for another 18 before moving on. I guess that’s about when things went south. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Moore is suing Kirkman now, claming that back in 2005 he started a plot to trick him into signing over his copyright interests and swindle him out of money related to the comic book properties meteoric success.
Moore is not saying he hasn’t been paid, he just doesn’t think he’s been paid enough. Purportedly the agreement said that Moore would be able to view profit statements to make sure he was being fairly compensated for his work on the comic book and also included at small slice of any movie proceeds that should arise. Notice the lack of any mention of TV rights? According to Moore, he new about a TV deal in ’05 but was told that if he didn’t sign over the rights, the deal might collapse, and therefore tricked him out of any money from the now hit AMC TV show.
Beyond that, Moore questions the money he has received since he alleges he’s never really got to look at any financial records, “indeed, they have not issued a single statement or allowed access to their books and records in accordance with the reporting obligations of the agreement.”
Kirkmans lawyer say? He called it “totally frivolous. Mr. Moore is owed no money at all. And Mr. Moore’s contract has an attorneys’ fees clause in it so we will be going after him to collect attorneys’ fees. We are taking this matter very seriously.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A while back CBS, those guys that keep making spin-off’s of CSI, announced a pilot re-imagining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. Wait a tick, doesn’t the BBC already have a show based on Britan’s infamous crime solving duo of Sherlock and Watson? Yes, and the BBC is more then a little upset about it.
Sitting down with the UK’s The Independent, Sherlock executive producer, Sue Vertue recently spoke about being approached by CBS with hopes of licensing a U.S. version of the BBC series. Vertue was less then enthusiastic about the offer, turning it down in the process. Guess CBS didn’t enjoy getting told “no” by the company that makes Doctor Who because shortly after that CBS announced Elementary, a modern day retelling of Holmes and Watson in New York City.
We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes,” she said. “It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.
Even Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat spoke up about CBS’s supposed idea, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion:
“We are very proud of our show, and like any proud parent will protect the interest and well being of our offspring,” Sue went on to say and all the power to her and the BBC for it. Who wouldn’t want to protect something they’ve put their name to and stuck their neck out for? If this keeps up and CBS moves forward in their attempt to create their own Holmes, legal action is definitively around the corner.
Additional details about Elementary have yet to be released, smart move CBS.
Source: You Bent My Wookie
On December 20th X-men arch enemy and metal bending mutant Erik Lehnsherr, better known by the name Magneto, will be given a new character skin for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. These new duds of his has the nation of Spain pissed off.
According to Spanish reports, Zarzuela Palace and the royal house may seek a lawsuit if game company Capcom releases their latest DLC next month. Based on his appearance in The Pulse: House of M Special Magneto’s royal gear nearly matches that of King Juan Carlos. As king, and Captain General of the Armies, this look is his part of his royal appearance and worn for special occasions. You just can’t make a copy of it and have nobody notice.
Koch Media, the game’s distributor in Spain, has been warned that the depiction may infringe on the copyright of the royal figurehead, but this is a strange case. Usually, a lawsuit like this can only be done for physical products and the uniform worn in game is a digital production of the king’s royal dress. Capcom has refused to comment on this yet, but maybe they never even noticed the mistake. For all we know their copyright police were off on a donut run at the time.
The look between the two is almost uncanny though, just look at the medals and that shitty looking wallpaper. The only difference is that Magneto has a chin of Bruce Campbell proportions and you can’t copy that.