When I flutter around the Internet to find trade news, I usually look at The Hollywood Reporter last, because a huge quantity of their news is about the legal and business side of the industry, which is like watching porn for the interior decorating. I’m not sure who is the target consumer for articles about disposable executives getting contracts renewed other than the mothers of said executives. But that can’t be right either, because it’s a well known fact that disposable executives hatch from the spontaneously generated leathery eggs that grow in the slime pools underneath Fox Studios. Yeah, but some days THR produces gems in the rough. Today: Hollywood Lawsuit updates.
First, the lawsuit by Dave “Yuuup” Hester against A&E and “Storage Wars”. And I refuse to investigate why that is his nickname, because reality cannot top the reasons I can think of. Anyway, a judge has ruled that the suit is full of crap because a non-gameshow cannot be rigged because if the whole thing is fake and all the players are getting paid anyway, there’s nothing to rig in violation of those old gameshow laws. At that point it’s not fraud, it’s just plot. Just like you can’t sue “The Walking Dead” for rigging who escapes from the zombies.
Also, as part of filing the lawsuit, Hester had to reveal how much he was paid for the show. And it turns out that if you’re getting paid $25,000 per episode, the judge really doesn’t feel sorry for you when you complain that the network stuck an extra couple hundred bucks of shiny stuff in the storage lockers. Yes, that’s $650,000 per season for cameras to follow him around doing what he was doing anyway. Hey Hester, the police have some questions about the golden egg laying goose they found tortured to death in your storage locker.
In other lawsuit news, Keith Olbermann has settled his $50 million lawsuit out of court with Current TV. Presumably the settlement was that they gave Olbermann his old MSNBC coffee mug, since no one has ever seen Current TV on an actual television.
Finally, and this is my favorite one, Iran is suing various film companies for movies that “portray the Islamic Republic in a negative and unrealistic light.” It’s starting the ball rolling with Argo and also is declaring that 300, The Wrestler, and Not Without My Daughter have all misrepresented the delicate and peaceful history of the country. Yes, the country that calls America the Great Satan and openly urges the eradication of Israel is getting touchy about being called names. And just in case fatwa starts getting tossed around, Dustin totally published this under my name, just so everyone is clear on that.