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Woman with middle name 'Skywalker' told she infringes copyright

theguardian.com – Laura Matthews tried to renew her passport with the signature L. Skywalker, referencing the Star Wars character, but was told that her adopted name is a trademark and cannot be accepted More on Star Wars: Episode VII 19 hours 15 min ago via jetli
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Sony Estimates $488 Million Full Year Loss

variety.com – Troubled electronics giant Sony has flummoxed nay-saying analysts with a rise in six-fold increase in net income in the three months to June of JPY26.8 billion ($261 million). 21 hours 16 min ago via brucelee
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Summit Knocks 'Twilight' Money Lawsuit Out of U.S. Court (Exclusive)

feedproxy.google.com – The film company, using a Winston Churchill quote, successfully convinces the judge that if the dispute is going to be tried, it should be in England. 1 day 6 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Kodak Will Continue To Produce Film Stock Following Pleas From Hollywood

deadline.com – Celluloid lives to film another day: “After extensive discussions with filmmakers, leading studios and others who recognize the unique artistic and archival qualities of film, we have in place a plan that will enable us to continue production” of film stock, Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke says. 1 day 9 hours ago via jackiechan
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Lawyer who launched sexual-abuse case against Bryan Singer withdraws

theguardian.com – Michael F Egan III, who claims the X-Men director raped him in 1999, has been dropped as a client by Jeff Herman after refusing to settle for $100,000, according to reports LA court dismisses sex abuse claim by UK actor against Bryan Singer 1 day 11 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Writing dispute for film 'Belle' bubbles up again

feedproxy.google.com – A spat between the director and the screenwriter, who earlier received sole credit after WGA arbitration, resurfaced at the film's British release, and it could affect the movie's awards chances.A spat between the director and the screenwriter, who earlier received sole credit after WGA arbitration, resurfaced at the film's British release, and it could affect the movie's awards chances. 1 day 21 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Congressional Democrats Urge California to Expand Production Credit

variety.com – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and more than two dozen other Democratic members of California’s congressional delegation are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would expand film and TV tax credits. AB1839 passed the state Assembly 76-0 in June and is scheduled to come before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Aug. 1 day 21 hours ago via brucelee
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SEC Investigating DreamWorks Animation’s $13.5 Million ‘Turbo’ Writedown

variety.com – During its second quarter earnings call, DreamWorks Animation disclosed an ongoing investigation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the $13.5 million writedown of film inventories the studio took on “Turbo” in February. The studio’s stock was down 7.3% in post-market trading after the studio disclosed its losses. Immediately after the SEC announcement, shares... 1 day 21 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Runaway Production Has Cost California $2 Billion Since 2010

variety.com – For the first time, there’s a calculation of just how much coin California is losing as a result of runaway production — and it’s not a pretty picture. According to the California Film Commission, the state has lost $2 billion in production spending since 2010. The org’s just-released annual report on the state’s production tax-credit... 1 day 21 hours ago via jetli
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Women Prevailing Despite Sexism in Slowly-Changing Below-the-Line Industry

variety.com – When Rita Lundin was working as a driver on “Men in Black 3,” the message from her Teamsters coordinator was blunt: We don’t like to work with women. “He told me he wouldn’t be able to sleep, thinking I wasn’t going to make it to the set and that I wouldn’t be able to do... 1 day 21 hours ago via brucelee
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