Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz is expected to testify in the band's copyright infringement case against Monster Energy Drink this week (begs26May14). The rapper, Mike Diamond and their bandmate Adam Yauch's widow, Denchen Yauch, filed a suit against the company in 2012, claiming bosses had used a number of songs, including Sabotage and Make Some Noise, in a promotional video at the Ruckus Festival in Canada without permission.
Horovitz is scheduled to appear appear at Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York City on 27 May (14), when he'll represent the Beastie Boys, who are seeking financial damages of $150,000 (GBP94,000) for each infringement, as well as a permanent injunction.
In their suit, the band's lawyers state, "The public was confused into believing that plaintiffs sponsored, endorsed and are associated with defendant Monster in promoting defendant Monster's productions and promotional events".
The court battle comes just months after the Beastie Boys settled a copyright infringement suit over the use of their song Girls in a viral ad for toy firm GoldieBlox.
Company bosses issued an apology to the group, published in small print at the bottom of their website, admitting they should have contacted the band before deciding to use the song in their advert.
Tobey Maguire is attached to star in The Crusaders, a drama about the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, Variety reports. Gary Ross, for whom Maguire starred in Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, is attached to direct the Universal film.
The project is based on Jack Greenberg's memoirs Crusaders in the Courts. Maguire would play Greenberg, an idealistic lawyer fresh out of law school who joined with NAACP Legal Defense Fund head and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to win a Supreme Court case that ruled segregation in American schools was illegal.
Ross will next direct Universal drama The Free State of Jones, about rebellion in Mississippi during the Civil War and Reconstruction, Variety notes.
Danny Strong, who wrote the Emmy-nominated Recount for HBO, has been hired to write the script.
Recount was Strong's first script credit, but he is also known as an actor. Aside from recurring roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls, he also played small parts in Pleasantville and Seabiscuit.