The unnamed husband and wife from London sued Yune, who played gang leader Johnny Tran in the 2001 movie, over allegations they agreed to buy 10 Hermes Birkin purses from him last year (11).
They claim they handed over $198,000 (£124,000) for the first eight bags, but the goods never arrived.
Yune has now filed suit against the couple, claiming the bags were given to a man who works for them in Dubai and he is owed $95,000 (£59,000) for the final two accessories, which was promised upon their delivery, according to TMZ.com.
The lawsuit was filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court and suggests the star is seething after being painted as a "criminal" by the couple.
The unnamed husband and wife from London are suing over claims they negotiated a deal with Yune, who played gang leader Johnny Tran in the 2001 blockbuster, to buy 10 Hermes Birkin handbags in October 2011.
According to the new lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiffs allege they wired $198,000 (£124,000) for the first eight bags, and promised to pay him another $95,000 (£59,000) for the final two accessories upon delivery.
The couple claims the purses were never received and Yune failed to return the cash, but a spokesperson for the star has denied their allegations - insisting the bags were delivered to one of the pair's employees, who may have taken them.
The representative tells TMZ.com, "Rick is not only a very successful actor and businessman, he is one of the most honest people out there. It's a shame someone is trying to tarnish his name and he has fallen victim to a scam."
Top Story: Sopranos Frontrunners for Emmys
With three previous nominations and nothing to show for them, could this be the year HBO's critically acclaimed series The Sopranos finally gets its Emmy for best drama? Nominations for the 55th annual Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday and fortunately for the network, the mob drama is looking like an early frontrunner for television's highest honors. The Sopranos, which returned last season after a yearlong production hiatus with a fresh crop of episodes, faces stiff competition from NBC's three-time winner The West Wing; returning NBC nominee Law & Order; Fox's espionage thriller 24; last year's most nominated show, HBO's funereal drama Six Feet Under; CBS' ratings hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; and HBO's newcomer series The Wire.The 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be telecast on Fox.
Exorcist Settled at 11th Hour
Warner Bros. and Exorcist director William Friedkin and author William Blatty announced Monday they settled their lawsuit over profit participation--just one day before the trial was scheduled to begin in L.A. Superior Court. According to Variety, neither side disclosed any of the financial details of the settlement. The case revolved around Friedkin's and Blatty's profits on The Exorcist--The Version You've Never Seen. The duo claimed the studio breached its fiduciary duty by self-dealing the rights for a newer version of the film. They also claimed the studio would sell the rights to its sister cable TV networks TNT and TBS for little to no profit.
Diana Ross Breath Tests OK'd
A judge has ruled that results of breath tests taken during Diana Ross's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving Dec. 30 in Tucson, Ariz., are admissible as evidence in court, AP reports. Ross, 59, has pleaded innocent to the three DUI-related charges. Her lawyer was seeking to have the tests results thrown out on the grounds that police didn't have a search warrant and intimidated Ross into taking the test, but the judge denied the motion, saying the singer didn't look scared. Officers on the scene wrote in their report the singer was unable to walk a straight line and fell while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10.
Firm Offers IPO To Finance Film
Civilian Pictures Inc., an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Civilian Capital, plans an initial public offering of shares in a company whose sole purpose will be to produce a movie based on the novel Billy Dead, Reuters reports. The Los Angeles firm said on its Web site (http://www.civilian.com) it would offer 900,000 shares at $8.75 per share for Billy Dead Inc. Investors must purchase at least 100 shares. The company hopes to raise about $7.3 million to make the pic. Barry Poltermann, Civilian's founder and chief executive, says, "You should purchase shares only if you can afford a complete loss" since indie films are a risky venture.
ABC Gets Lesson in Reality
At the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Hollywood Monday, ABC executives said they walked away from the 2002-03 season with two valuable lessons: 1) don't move an established drama, and 2) reality TV is not a cure-all. ABC Entertainment Television Group chairman Lloyd Braun admitted that the network's decision to switch the hit legal drama The Practice from Sundays to Mondays not only ticked off the show's writer/producer David E. Kelley, but led to a plunge in the ratings (the series will be back at its 10 p.m. Sunday slot for the 2003-04 season). Braun also said the network learned from last spring's reality series Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People that reality TV actually has to be good to make it. One show the alphabet net is revamping is the drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park, like an Upstairs, Downstairs set in New York's posh Upper West Side.
Will the Real Shady Please Stand Up?
Eminem is facing a lawsuit from a Nevada-based sports apparel company over the use of the name Shady Ltd. for the rapper's new clothing line, Launch.com reports. Shady Inc., which sells T-shirts and hats in Nevada stores and over the Internet, claims that they've been using the name, which they trademarked in 2001, for four years. The company filed a lawsuit in January in Nevada federal court after learning Eminem intended to launch a clothing line using the Shady name. Eminem, who is also known as Slim Shady, has since launched his Shady Ltd. clothing line in more than 400 stores.
Role Call: Betty Thomas Helms Smoker, Weaver Joins Woods
I Spy director Betty Thomas will helm The Smoker for Paramount Pictures. The pic, developed as a potential starring vehicle for Natalie Portman, is about a senior at a prestigious all-girls school who wants to arrange her own marriage--to her English teacher ... Sigourney Weaver joins Ashton Kutcher, Joaquin Phoenix and William Hurt in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's The Woods ... Johnny Messner is in negotiations to star in Anacondas, a sequel to the 1997 horror-thriller Anaconda. Messner joins Morris Chestnut, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eugene Byrd, Salli Richardson, Kadee Strickland and newcomer Carl Yune in the film's cast.
This turbo-charged film centers on street racing and the people who live for it. Dominic Toretto (the aptly named Vin Diesel) is one of them rebuilding high performance racecars by day and racing by night. Since the money he makes for winning a race (up to $10 000) barely covers his overhead costs Toretto and his band of staunch followers supplement their incomes by hijacking electronics-filled 18-wheelers. The FBI which has narrowed down the suspects to either Toretto or his arch rival Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) sends in undercover officer Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) to get the evidence they need and arrest the right guy. O'Connor gets a job at a local high-end auto supply store and soon infiltrates Toretto's gang despite repeated warnings from its leader's steadfast cronies. He wins Toretto's respect and after predictably falling for his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) begins to question his loyalties. It's a stale story line with all the typical elements but who cares? In The Fast and the Furious the story is a mere formality.
Most of the actors in this film have been typecast but for once that's not a limiting thing. It almost seems as though Diesel (Boiler Room Pitch Black) was born to play commandeering ringleader Dominic Toretto. With his gravelly baritone voice and menacing screen presence he dominates every scene he is in. Unfortunately the script calls for him to utter obvious lines like "You break her heart I'll break your neck." Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight) is in her element as his cagey girlfriend but could almost be mistaken for a rottweiler on a leash. She scowls and glares over the rim of her shades one too many times but demonstrates once again that she can pack a mean punch. There is a small but surprisingly funny performance by Chad Lindberg as Jesse the mechanical genius whose ADD drove him to a life of crime. But Walker (The Skulls) is as bland as his white-bread character O'Connor and the object of his affection Mia (Brewster The Invisible Circus) is equally unimpressive. But as with the story The Fast and the Furious is not about the acting.
Furious makes up for what it lacks intellectually with pure and unadulterated action. The overly choreographed scenes of cars driving in V-formations are eclipsed by the cars themselves which are the highlight of the film. The race sequences alone will practically leave you feeling compressed and the souped-up Nissans Hondas and Toyotas will make this film an instant cult classic within the car culture. Craig Lieberman one of the import car consultants on the film even provided his own 1994 Toyota Supra--complete with Greddy Turbo and NOS nitrous upgrades three TV screens VCR Sony Play Station 19" Dazz wheels and a $7 000 custom paint job. If the car didn't actually belong to a real person it might be too decadent to be believed. All in all Furious is a dizzying frenzy of noise and speed that serves up what films like Gone in 60 Seconds and Driven promise but never come close to delivering. Despite its screeching drag races and hair-raising crashes Furious probably won't appeal to the masses but expect it to fly when it gets released on DVD.