Screen Junkies » lawsuit http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:40:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Seth MacFarlane is Being Sued for Stealing the Idea of a Potty-Mouthed Teddy Bear http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/seth-macfarlane-is-being-sued-for-stealing-the-idea-of-a-potty-mouthed-teddy-bear/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/seth-macfarlane-is-being-sued-for-stealing-the-idea-of-a-potty-mouthed-teddy-bear/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:58:54 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263072 No word yet whether or not the creators of Greg the Bunny will turn this into a threeway sue-off.

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In news that will likely fill a lot of you with joy, Seth MacFarlane is being sued. In news that will bring you right back down to earth, there is no way in Hell that the lawsuit will stick.

That’s because the copyright infringement suit, filed by California production house Bengal Mangle Productions, alleges that the idea of a potty-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for prostitutes depicted in MacFarlane’s 2012 smash-hit was actually a blatant ripoff of “Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear,” a character from a web series of the same name as well as the web series Acting School Academy. You can read the whole suit here, if you have that kind of time. If not, Deadline has the details:

“Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand,” the suit claims. “Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude.”

Additionally, the suit alleges that whoever is running Ted’s Twitter account is also stealing jokes from Charlie’s Twitter, listing several absolutely pathetic examples:

Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “What the f**k is Twitter?”

Ted 2012 Twitter post: “Hello, Twitter. Kindly go fuck yourself.”

Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “I like Fox News. They’ve made s**t talking an art form.”

Ted 2012 Twitter post: “I like Game of Thrones for tits and blood and Fox News for laughs.”

Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “I don’t like cocaine. I just like the smell of it.”

Ted 2012 Twitter post: “Just acid, and coke, and Ex, and DMT. That’s where I draw the lines.”

MacFarlane, Fuzzy Door Productions, Universal Studios, and whoever else is named in this lawsuit will, of course, crush it like the shit-grubbing bug it is. That, or the creators of Greg the Bunny will get involved and turn this into a threeway sue-off. Honestly, I say they place the rights to a concept as clearly original and brilliant as a talking teddy bear in a briefcase, hang it from the rafters, and have MacFarlane and whoever the f*ck created Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear compete in a ladder match for it. Then have Alf waterboard the winner to death.

Here’s a clip of Charlie in action, if you still aren’t sold on how much of a stretch this transparent attempt at a cash grab is.

Meanwhile, filming for Ted 2 begins next Monday in Boston, uninterrupted. Chalk up another one for the deep pockets of Hollywood.

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Masseur Sues John Travolta For Trying To Sex Him Up http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/masseur-sues-john-travolta-for-trying-to-sex-him-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/masseur-sues-john-travolta-for-trying-to-sex-him-up/#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 12:39:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248511 Look who's talking.

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There have been suspicions about John Travolta’s sexuality for years. Now, he’s being sued for masturbating in some guy’s face or something.

A male masseuse is suing Travolta for $2 million after the actor allegedly tried to have sex with him. When those efforts were rebuffed, Travolta tried to feel the guys penis and masturbated in front of him. Details of the suit from Daily Mail:

The lawsuit includes explicit details of the alleged encounter which is said to have occurred after the actor responded anonymously to an online ad for $200 an hour appointment.
The masseur claims he was instructed to meet with the actor in a black Lexus SUV.
Travolta, who allegedly had Trojan condoms in the console of the car, is then said to have driven to the Beverly Hills Hotel and entered Travolta’s bungalow.
The suit claims Travolta stripped naked and appeared aroused (then) began rubbing the masseur’s leg an hour into the session, then touched his scrotum and his penis.
The masseur claims when he told Travolta he did not have sex with clients, the actor offered to do a ‘reverse massage.’
The suit claims Travolta then masturbated.

What’s unclear to me is how Travolta had access to the masseur’s scrotum and penis. Is he a naked masseur? If so, that sends a certain message. At any rate, I can’t help but feel bad for the masseur. Asking a massage professional for sex really undercuts the services they provide. It would be like asking Travolta to do the Vinnie Barbarino voice.

And yes, this article is a bit more gossipy than we tend to get around here but I post for good reason. In matters like these, it’s important that we consider all angles and not impugn the accused without verifiable evidence. If you ask me, this sounds much more like the work of Nicolas Cage wearing Travolta’s face.

It actually makes a lot of sense when you don’t think about it.

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‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Mom Suing Media For Sexualizing Her Daughter http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/toddlers-tiaras-mom-suing-media-for-sexualizing-her-daughter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/toddlers-tiaras-mom-suing-media-for-sexualizing-her-daughter/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:45:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243608 Her money would be much better spent on getting a clue.

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The mom of a Toddlers & Tiaras contestant is suing media outlets for sexualizing her daughter. Susanna Barrett is suing TMZ, the Huffington Post, and London’s Daily Mail over a video posted of her 5-year old daughter, Isabella (whose totally single, guys), performing to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.”

The suit reads:

“Isabella Barrett did not act or portray herself sexually, erotically or provocatively; she was not ‘gyrating’ at a ‘nightclub’ or singing ‘about her sex appeal.’ On the contrary, it is the defendants who, through their articles, have thrust these false and vulgar characteristics on to Isabella,”

Those monsters! They took a perfectly harmless video of a tot singing the song which features lyrics, “When I walk in the spot, this is what I see. Everybody stops and they staring at me. I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it… I’m sexy and I know it,” and totally made it sexual. How dare they go ahead and write down an exact description of a situation presented to them? And they call themselves reporters. (NY Daily News)

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