Tom Cruise's lawyer has shot down allegations the actor stole the plot for his Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol film, branding the $1 billion plagiarism lawsuit "bizarre". Timothy Patrick McLanahan claims the Hollywood superstar based his 2011 action movie on a copyrighted script, titled Head On, that he had tried and failed to shop to agents at the William Morris Agency in 1998.
He alleges WMA executives then forwarded it to representatives at the Creative Artist Agency, where Cruise and his agent, Rick Nicita, reportedly picked up the idea for the sequel.
However, Cruise's longtime attorney Bert Fields has dismissed the accusations filed against the actor and a number of production company officials.
He says, "Tom Cruise has never stolen anything from anyone. This bizarre lawsuit against 13 people... will be quickly dismissed by the court."
The film grossed a little less than $700 million (£438 million) at the global box office.
Tom Cruise is facing a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit over the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol screenplay. In court documents filed in California in December (13), screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan claims he came up with the basis for the film in 1998.
In the legal papers, obtained by RadarOnline.com, McLanahan alleges he copyrighted a screenplay, titled Head On, and shopped it to agents at William Morris Agency, but they passed on it.
He alleges WMA executives sent it to another firm, Creative Artist Agency, where Cruise and his agent, Rick Nicita, picked up the idea for the 2011 film. Nicita is married to Cruise's former producing partner Paula Wagner.
The court documents read, "I immediately recognized that the scripts for this movie had been illegally written and produced from Head On's 1998 copyright."
McLanahan is now seeking monetary damages from the actor and executives at Paramount Pictures and several production companies.
Jerry Bruckheimer is set to become the first producer to receive the 27th American Cinematheque award. The Top Gun filmmaker will be feted at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on 12 December (13) .
American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, says, "Jerry's monumental accomplishments as producer of many of the most popular and iconic movies of all time... made him an obvious choice as the American Cinematheque's first producer honoree."
Bruckheimer was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee to receive the accolade, which is given annually to filmmakers who are committed to making significant contributions to the art of the motion picture.
Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer on 22 January (12), aged 85, and he was remembered by celebrities and sport fans alike for his successful career as the Pennsylvania State University head coach for 46 years.
His legacy was tarnished last year (11) when he was fired for allegedly failing to take action against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys, and his life story story quickly became the subject of a best-selling novel, Paterno.
Now film bosses are planning to adapt the project for either a TV or big screen movie, with The Godfather icon playing the lead role and his manager, Rick Nicita, slated to produce, according to Deadline.com.
In Dream House – the new suspense thriller from Jim Sheridan (In America My Left Foot) – Daniel Craig plays Will Atenton a successful New York publisher who disavows his high-powered Manhattan lifestyle and relocates along with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters (Taylor and Claire Astin Geare) to a picturesque New England hamlet. Their new home a quaint fixer-upper bears imprints of the family that lived there previously: Old tools and other belongings are strewn about the basement a secret room abutting the children’s bedroom is filled with discarded toys. Will and Libby see the items as charming artifacts signs that their house has a history a soul.
The new neighborhood is not so bucolic as it seems. The children complain of a man peering in on them from the front yard – a suspicion confirmed when Will discovers footsteps in the snow the next day. If that weren’t ominous enough Will later learns that five years earlier his new home was the site of a grisly murder spree in which the previous owner Peter Ward was alleged to have killed his wife and two daughters. Acquitted due to a lack of evidence Ward spent a brief time at a psychiatric facility before being released. Could the shadowy figure glimpsed outside the window be Ward returning to the scene of the crime preparing to kill again?
At this point Dream House pulls off a whopper of a mid-game twist that effectively re-frames the entire narrative. (I won’t spoil it for you but if you want to know what it is just watch the trailer which rather stupidly gives it away.) Until now Sheridan has worked steadily to foster the guise of a relatively conventional haunted-house tale presenting a portrait of idyllic domesticity while simultaneously building an atmosphere of looming peril. After the story drops its bombshell the film morphs into a sort of supernatural murder mystery with Craig’s character scouring for clues within his own tortured psyche. Characters and scenes that might have been dismissible as red herrings – a neighbor (Naomi Watts) appears oddly stand-offish; her ex-husband (Martin Csokas) cartoonishly gruff; the town cops inexplicably apathetic – gain sudden relevance.
It’s a clever gambit; it is also patently absurd. A talented cast helps make the twist easier to swallow but the film’s second half sheds credulity seemingly by the frame at points devolving into schlock. Which in a different film might bode well for some silly fun but Sheridan aims for a restrained tone that seems more suitable for a somber character study than a flagrantly preposterous suspense thriller. As it is Dream House is neither thrilling nor suspenseful.
Steven Spielberg, Penelope Cruz, Larry King and Jennifer Lopez were amongst a host of stars who gathered to celebrate the marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on Saturday night.
Cruise's producing partner Paula Wagner and her husband Rick Nicita hosted a post-wedding bash for the newlyweds in their Beverly Hills mansion--three weeks after the Mission: Impossible actor wed Holmes in Bracciano, Italy.
The party gave the couple a chance to party with friends who couldn't make the romantic castle ceremony in Italy.
Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony, who also attended the Bracciano wedding, arrived at Saturday's party in a Rolls Royce, while Cruise's ex, Cruz--who split from the actor in January 2004--arrived alone.
Stars at the bash included Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, directors Oliver Stone and Ed Zwick, Orlando Bloom, James Van Der Beek, Derek Luke, Catherine Bell, Diane Sawyer, Brian Grazer and former Paramount studio boss Sherry Lansing.
Oprah Winfrey was a notable absentee at the party--her spokesperson confirmed last week the TV titan had not been invited.
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Tom Cruise and his business partner Paula Wagner have hit back at "offensive" Paramount Pictures, after the studio failed to renew its producing contract with the actor, blaming his controversial off-screen behavior.
The Top Gun star's company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, worked with the studio for 14 years, jointly producing blockbusters such as War of the Worlds, Minority Report and the Mission: Impossible movies.
On Tuesday, the chairman of Viacom--Paramount's parent company--Sumner Redstone announced the deal was not being renewed.
Redstone told the Wall Street Journal, "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.
"As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal."
Cruise received a barrage of negative publicity last year due to his public displays of affection with fiancée Katie Holmes, his promotion of his controversial religion Scientology and his verbal bashing of actress Brooke Shields for her "misguided" use of prescription drugs to treat her postpartum depression.
However, Cruise and Wagner claim they decided to withdraw from Paramount, with Wagner saying, "For some reason, Paramount has chosen to negotiate in the press.
"It's not really the most businesslike approach. We've had virtually no dealings with Mr. Redstone.
"With War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible 3, Cruise helped earn nearly $1 billion for Paramount this year alone."
Cruise's agent Rick Nicita adds, "What this says about Paramount is self-evident. It was graceless and it was shocking and offensive."
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Academy Award winner George Clooney will pick up the 21st American Cinematheque Award in October.
The honor is given each year to a film artist "who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture."
Cinematheque board chairman Rick Nicita has hailed the new recipient, insisting, "George Clooney is truly a Renaissance man.
"In a relatively short time he has proven his talents as an actor, director, writer and producer.
"He has managed to blend entertainment with political commentary as well as combining charm, eloquence and good old-fashioned movie star charisma.
"His personal commitment to trying to make the world a better place is reflected both onscreen and in his off-screen social activism."
The prize giving will take place at a star-studded gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
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Actress Katie Holmes has dumped her manager John Carrabino--just a week after
The Batman Begins beauty remained with the CAA agency, but ditched her
representative Brandt Joel last week, in favour of Rick Nicita
and Kevin Huvane--who also represent Holmes' new lover Tom Cruise.
Carrabino will now be free to devote more time to his other clients,
including Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger.
A spokesperson for Carrabino confirmed to Pagesix.com that Holmes is no
longer a client.
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