Rocker Tom Scholz has been ordered to pay a Massachusetts publication's legal fees after losing a defamation lawsuit. The Boston founder claimed editors at the Boston Herald had suggested that he was partially responsible for his late bandmate Brad Delp's suicide in 2007 after they cited evidence he took his own life when Scholz fired his close friend, Fran Cosmo, from the group's touring line-up.
The 66 year old denied the allegations and took the journalists to court over the story, but he lost the case in March (13) and has now been ordered to cut the newspaper a $132,000 (£85,161) cheque.
Handing down the ruling, U.S. Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre stated columnists would suffer a great financial burden if forced to pay for their own defence following each court victory, explaining, "This court favours allowing costs in order that the expenses of litigation do not induce an unnecessary and undesirable self-censorship."
And a statement from Boston Herald publisher Patrick Purcell reads, "Judge McIntyre's decision is a reminder of the chilling effect that merit-less defamation lawsuits can have on journalists, and of the harmful impact such suits can have on the public at large."
Boston founder Tom Scholz has been given permission to sue the widow of late bandmate Brad Delp for alleged defamatory remarks she made in a newspaper interview. The guitarist's original defamation lawsuits against Micki Delp and the Boston Herald were thrown out in 2011 and earlier this year (13), respectively, but Scholz's case against the wife of his late pal was reinstated by the Massachusetts Appeals Court on Tuesday (14May13).
In his suit, Scholz claims that remarks Micki Delp made to the Herald about her husband's 2007 suicide could be construed as blaming the guitarist for his death.
In the newspaper article, Delp claimed her husband was still upset about the break-up of the band in the late 1980s at the time of his death, and was torn between former bandmates and Scholz.
Boston star Tom Scholz is suing the band's former guitarist Barry Goudreau over allegations he is using the group's name to promote his solo career. Goudreau played with the rockers for three years before quitting the line-up in 1979 following a legal battle with their manager.
According to editors at TMZ.com, Scholz offered the guitarist a severance package to leave the band, including 20 per cent of the royalties for the group's first two albums.
In exchange, Goudreau reportedly agreed to not use the Boston name, but Scholz has now taken legal action against his former bandmate over allegations he is boosting his solo career by using his connection to the stars.
Scholz also claims Goudreau is performing the group's songs at his shows.
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.