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Cinemark Sued For Allegedly Shorting Customers On Beverages

The movie theater chain's 20-ounce cup allegedly represents a better deal than the 24-ounce container.

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Cinemark Sued For Allegedly Shorting Customers On Beverages

Shrinkflation has come for Cinemark, with a proposed class action accusing the movie theater chain of duping customers on concessions for its largest beverage container. The lawsuit, filed in Texas federal court on Tuesday, claims Cinemark’s 24-ounce cups aren’t true to size and can only be filled with a maximum of 22 ounces of liquid. […]

Les Moonves’ Fine Upped to $15K Over Interference in LAPD Sexual Assault Probe

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has approved a $15,000 settlement by the city with Les Moonves, the former president and CEO of CBS who conspired with a now-retired LAPD captain to prevent an explosive sexual assault allegation from going public. The settlement, passed Wednesday, represents the maximum amount Moonves could’ve been charged in an administrative […]

Hugh Grant Settles Illegal Snooping Lawsuit Against Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun

Actor Hugh Grant has settled a lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the publisher of The Sun newspaper, out of court. The trial was to have determined whether the News Corp. tabloid carried out unlawful information gathering, including tapping Grant’s landline phone, bugging his car and breaking into his home. But Grant in a post on […]

Producer Sues Al Roker Over DEI Policy Failures

Al Roker and his production banner have been sued by Bill Schultz, a former executive producer on an animated kids TV series in development. Schultz (The Simpsons, King of The Hill, Garfield) claims he was fired for objecting to the company’s failure to follow a diversity initiative intended to bring minority writers onto PBS television […]

Online Audition Platform Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Pay-to-Play Tactics

Talent listing service Casting Networks is facing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing it of exploiting actors by charging them for opportunities to audition for roles. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, claims the pay-for-play model violates a California law aimed at protecting performers from predatory practices in Hollywood by prohibiting […]

O.J. Simpson’s Lawyer Reverses Opinion on Payments to Goldman Family (Exclusive)

O.J. Simpson’s longtime attorney, who was named executor of the former NFL star’s will ahead of his death last week, has said he will ensure that any claim the parents of Ron Goldman make to retrieve the millions they were awarded in a 1998 civil judgment against the accused killer will be accepted by the […]

‘Rust’ Armorer Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term for Involuntary Manslaughter

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the Rust armorer who loaded the live round into the gun Alec Baldwin was holding when it discharged and killed the film’s cinematographer, will serve 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The decision from Santa Fe judge Mary Sommer, delivered on Monday, comes after a jury found Gutierrez-Reed guilty, making her the […]

Studios Are Going After Piracy Again, Potentially Reigniting Fight Over Free Speech

In 2011, at the tail end of the golden age of digital piracy, Hollywood mobilized to crack down on copyright infringement through a pair of bills that would’ve restricted access to sites that host pirated content. The legislation was met with fierce opposition from Silicon Valley and online free speech advocates, who argued that it […]

How SAG-AFTRA’s AI Road Map Works in Practice

Last year will likely go down as the moment that artificial intelligence came of age. In November 2022, OpenAI released the first iteration of its chatbot, ChatGPT. The world spent 2023 amazed by the potential of ChatGPT and grappling with its consequences. But, in the entertainment industry, the introduction of ChatGPT upended the 2023 collective […]

Hollywood Labor Backs AI Transparency Bill That Could Offer Firepower to Creators

As generative artificial intelligence tools push into the entertainment industry, Hollywood is throwing its weight behind a bill that will require heightened transparency from AI companies. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, will require firms to disclose copyrighted works used to train generative AI systems. If the bill passes, OpenAI, for […]

Paramount Wins ‘Top Gun’ Copyright Lawsuit

Paramount has prevailed in a copyright lawsuit, brought by the heirs to the author of a 1983 magazine story that inspired the original Top Gun, accusing the studio of forging ahead with the blockbuster sequel without renegotiating a new license. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, in an order dismissing the case on Friday, found that […]

Faith Stowers of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Files Lawsuit Alleging Racial Harassment on Set

In the latest of a string of lawsuits indicating serious trouble in Bravoland, former Vanderpump Rules cast member Faith Stowers is accusing NBCUniversal of racial harassment, according to a complaint filed on Friday. Stowers, who appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the reality series offshoot of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, claims in the suit that castmate Lala […]

Disney, ABC and John Ridley Sued For Discrimination By Former Development Executive

Disney has been hit with a new lawsuit from a development executive over allegations that she was underpaid because she’s an Asian American woman.  Asta Jonasson, in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims she was discriminated against by director John Ridley, whose production house has an overall deal with Disney […]

George Carlin’s Estate Settles Lawsuit Against Podcasters Over AI Special

A settlement has been reached between the estate of George Carlin and the makers of a podcast who used generative artificial intelligence to impersonate the late stand-up comic’s voice and style for an unauthorized special. Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen, hosts of the podcast Dudesy, and George Carlin’s estate notified the court on Tuesday of […]

Disney’s DEI Efforts Targeted by Trump Aide’s Legal Group Amid Proxy Fight

Disney’s efforts to boost diversity are under attack ahead of a key shareholder vote to elect its board that will shape the direction of the company. Stephen Miller’s America First Legal foundation, in a letter sent to Disney’s top brass March 27, claims that initiatives to boost diversity and inclusion violate civil rights laws and […]

Michael Kassan Files $125M Defamation Lawsuit Against Bryan Freedman Over UTA Case

The feud between Michael Kassan and UTA over the MediaLink founder’s departure is intensifying, with Kassan suing the agency’s lawyer for defamation. Kassan, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, accuses attorney Bryan Freedman of trying to tarnish his reputation at the direction of UTA in a bid to prevent employees […]