Bam Margera Sues Johnny Knoxville, Paramount And Spike Jonze After ‘Jackass Forever’ Firing

For Bam Margera, ‘Jackass Forever’ was more like, ‘Jackass Occasionally‘ after he was fired from the movie last fall. He allegedly tested positive for Adderall, which violated the terms of a “wellness agreement” he signed with the producers of the film.

During this time, Margera started acting bizarrely on social media, which had everyone wondering if he relapsed once again. He was bad mouthing Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the ‘Jackass’ crew, even threatening to sue, and now it looks like he has delivered on his threat.

According to his lawsuit, Jonze, director Jeffrey Tremaine and Knoxville coerced him into signing the ‘wellness agreement’ while he was in rehab in 2019 and said that if he didn’t he would be excluded from ‘Jackass Forever.’ The suit claims that he signed the agreement without being given the chance to run it by an attorney. The agreement required regular drug and alcohol tests, as well as a prescription medication regime, according to the suit.

Bam claims the firing over Adderall is bullsh*t because he has been taking the prescription drug for 10 years now. He claims he has been victimized as a result of his mental health issues.

The lawsuit claims:

Paramount’s inhumane treatment of Margera cannot be countenanced. Margera was made to endure psychological torture in the form of a sham Wellness Agreement, and then ultimately terminated for his protected class status due to his medical condition, and his complaints about Defendants’ discriminatory conduct towards him.

Back in May, during an interview with GQ, Knoxville said he wasn’t interested in getting into a public back-and-forth with Bam. “I just want him to get better,” he said.

We’ll see what happens with the lawsuit. Can’t imagine Bam getting anything if he signed a contract. Also, his erratic behavior on social media probably won’t help his case.

Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney For Breach Of Contract Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

Hearing about a celebrity, who is worth nearly $200 million, suing a corporation worth billions might elicit an immediate eye roll from the average person. And for good reason. Rich people fighting other rich people doesn’t sound all that important.

But this Scarlett Johansson vs Disney drama is interesting because it could impact how lower level people in the industry are treated as well.

The ‘Black Widow‘ star is suing Disney for not honoring the contract they had in place, specifically the language regarding the release of the film. Johansson’s attorney claims when Disney opted not to debut the film exclusively inside theaters, they breached the contract.

It’s a move they claim depressed ticket sales for the Avengers spinoff. Much of Johansson’s compensation was tied to the box office performance of ‘Black Widow’ — if it hit certain benchmarks, bonuses would kick in.

And that’s the important thing here. Most studios will give directors/actors/writers bonuses when it comes to box office performance, but the language surrounding streaming bonuses hasn’t really advanced yet. Many entertainers are getting screwed when it comes to streaming, while Netflix, Disney, and Amazon take in lots of cash.

Disney announced in March that ‘Black Widow’ would premiere simultaneously on the studio’s subscription-based streaming service, for a premium $30 price, as well as on the big screen. The move was made as the movie theater industry was rebounding from COVID-19 closures and capacity restrictions. Ticket sales steeply declined in subsequent weeks and currently stand at $319 million globally, putting ‘Black Widow’ on track to become one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies of all time.

So what does Disney have to say about all this? Well, they’re firing back hard and calling the filing “especially sad” and “distressing”

Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Obviously Johansson doesn’t NEED any extra money, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean she should just allow Disney to do whatever the hell they want. This lawsuit could prevent them from doing the same thing to someone else who may not have the money/power to sue.

Robert De Niro Is Being Sued For $12 Million By Former Assistant Because Of Gender Discrimination

You may remember hearing a story a month or two ago about Robert De Niro suing his former employee, Graham Chase Robinson.

The 76-year-old actor sued her for $6 million for alleged embezzlement. 

He claimed she used a credit card provided by his company to buy expensive lunches and also binge-watched 55 episodes of Friends over the course of four days.

Well, now Robinson is firing back with her own lawsuit, and she’s doubling De Niro’s amount. She’s suing the actor for a cool $12 million for alleged gender discrimination and wage violations.

She says she started working for the actor when she was 25 back in 2008. She started as an executive assistant. Eventually, she was promoted to his production company’s Vice President of Production and Finance.

But she claims she quit this past April because of De Niro’s continued inappropriate behavior.

Robinson claims that during the course of her job, he called her derogatory names such as ‘bitch’ and ‘brat,’ went on drunken tirades in which he ‘denigrated, berated, bullied, and hurled expletives’ at her, and made vulgar and inappropriate comments such as joking about his Viagra prescription, asking her to imagine him on the toilet, asking her to scratch his back or tie his ties, and suggesting she could get pregnant by using sperm from a married male coworker.

She also says he’d routinely meet her while wearing only a robe and directed her “to come to his bedroom to wake him up” and “to meet alone with him in empty apartments and hotel suites.”

She continues by saying he made “sexually-charged” comments to her during her time at his company.

Robinson claims she typically worked 11-hour days with no meal breaks and no overtime pay. She is seeking $12 million in damages, including back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, and punitive damages.

It’s difficult to tell if this is just an angry employee who is mad about being called out, or if De Niro knew this was coming, and tried to make her look bad by putting out a lawsuit first.

We’ll keep you posted.

‘Resident Evil’ Stunt Double Suing Producers Over Horrific Injury She Suffered On Set

Some bad news for the producers of the latest ‘Resident Evil‘ film, The Final Chapter. The movie was released back in 2016 and had poor reviews from critics, but still managed to make over $300 million at the box office.

But some of that money might be headed to a stunt performer named Olivia Jackson. She performed stunts for Milla Jovovich’s character in the film.

And during filming back in September of 2015, Jackson suffered “horrific” injuries while filming a dangerous motorcycle stunt.

When she says “horrific” she really means it

In the complaint, she says she was slated to shoot a fight scene, but at the last minute she was asked to perform a ‘dangerous and technically complex motorcycle scene in adverse weather’ that involved speeding toward the camera, which was supposed to be lifted by a crane before she reached it.

Jackson says the crane operator didn’t lift it in time. and she collided with the camera, which resulted in it ‘slicing through the bone of her forearm and tearing the flesh off her cheek, leaving her teeth exposed.’ She also suffered other ‘catastrophic’ injuries, her left arm had to be amputated and she was put into a medically induced coma, according to the complaint.

Jesus. Her teeth were exposed? That’s the scariest sh*t I’ve read all week.

Jackson claims producers misled her into believing their insurance would cover any injuries sustained while filming, but they only paid $33,000, which probably didn’t even cover her first night at the hospital.

Now Jackson says she’ll never be able to work in her chosen profession again, according to her complaint. She claims that The Final Chapter grossed more than $300 million and the Resident Evil franchise has topped $1.2 billion but says the company skimps on safety. Jackson also notes that crewmember Ricardo Cornelius was killed during filming on the same movie, and 16 background actors were injured in a previous installment.

No word on how much money she’s looking to get, but whatever it is, it’s not enough. GIVE HER ALL $300 MILLION…HER F**KING TEETH WERE EXPOSED!

A Man In Texas Is Suing His Date For Texting During ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

We all hate those people who pull out their phone at the movie theater. It’s incredibly annoying, the light from the screen is distracting, and it just doesn’t make any freaking sense.

But you know what else doesn’t make sense? Suing someone just to get attention. A 37-year-old man named Brandon Vezmar from Texas is suing his date for $17.31, which is the price of a ticket for a 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The unidentified 35-year-old woman being sued reportedly was on her phone during the entire movie. She responded to text messages multiple times, according to Vezmar.

The court documents state that they met online and this was their first (and obviously last) date. A local newspaper managed to track down the woman, but she did not want to give out her name. She did admit to being “shocked” by the lawsuit.

By the way, director James Gunn saw this ridiculous story trending on Twitter and decided to have a little fun with it…

But for real, Brandon needs to suck it up. Bad dates happen all the time. If you end a first date with your limbs still attached, you should be grateful.

Warner Bros. Hit With $900 Million Lawsuit Over ‘The Conjuring’ Franchise

Damn. This is not good. A writer by the name of Gerald Brittle, who published a 1980 book on the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, claims that he had an exclusive deal with Lorraine and producers working with Warner Bros. “substantially lifted” his work.

He claims all three films in the franchise (The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and Annabelle) infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on the cases presented by the Warrens’.

In a 1978 agreement for his book, the couple reportedly agreed to a no “competing work” provision that has not yet expired.

Attorney Patrick C. Henry II explains…

“[W]hen Lorraine Warren granted the Defendants the right to use the Warren Case Files, which the Defendants themselves repeatedly state their movies are based on, she could not have done so because she had years earlier contractually granted that exclusive right to use those same Warren cases, Warren Case Files and related materials to the Plaintiff.

It is very hard to believe that a large conglomerate such as Warner Brothers, with their army of lawyers and who specializes in intellectual property rights deals, would not have found The Demonologist book or the deals related to it, or Brittle for that matter.”

Brittle is seeking $900 million, and he’s trying to stop the release of Annabelle 2. If he wins, he’ll also shut down all production on any other future films connected to the Warrens.

You can read more by clicking this link.

Writer Wants To Block ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ From Being Released, Claims Film Series Ripped Off His Stage Play

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The first Barbershop film hit theaters back in 2002, starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer. The success of the first film made it easy for the studio to agree on a sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, which was released in 2004.

One year later, you had the Beauty Shop spinoff, and the short-lived Barbershop TV series on Showtime. Now the film series is finally coming back with Barbershop: The Next Cut. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this Friday (April 15) but a man by the name of JD Lawrence is trying to block the release.

The writer/director is suing Warner Bros and Showtime for at least $20 million. He claims all three movies and the TV series were clearly direct copies of his stage play Scissors. He wrote the play and toured around the country with it from 1998 to 2001.

He claims the play was set in a barbershop in a black neighborhood and focused “on the shop’s importance to the community.” He also says his play had an elderly owner looking over the shop who is just like Cedric the Entertainer’s character.

“He added that both feature similar discussions about the O.J. Simpson murder trial and white barbers who get clowned for being white.”

It’s hard to see this lawsuit being successful for him. Nothing mentioned above is exactly “original” material. Sounds like the projects were similar, but it doesn’t sound like it’s a direct copy.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Hit With Ridiculous Defamation Lawsuit By N.W.A Manager Jerry Heller

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Jerry Heller, the former manager of N.W.A, is raising some hell because he believes the box office smash Straight Outta Compton falsely portrayed him as responsible for the break-up of the successful group. He also claims he never took advantage of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube or Eazy E.

He’s seeking at least $110 million in damages. Of course, the lawsuit is taking on the most powerful people involved in the making of this film. There are several defendants listed, including Legendary Pictures, director F. Gary Gray, Universal Studios, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube.

Heller claims the film failed to get his consent, refused to give him any of the profits, and completely ruined his reputation in the business.

You can read a portion of the lawsuit below…

“The insidiousness of Defendants’ behavior is underscored by the fact that the Film may well become the largest globally grossing music-story based film ever. The larger the success of the film, the greater the damages to [Heller], who has been and continues to be defamed, ridiculed, and robbed of his personal and financial rights to the extent that the intentional and egregious behavior of Defendants demands the imposing of punitive damages.”

The fact that Heller is suing and asking for over $100 million almost proves his character in the movie was accurate, considering he was portrayed as a sleazy businessman who was never afraid to threaten someone with legal action.

We’ll see what happens. So far, lawyers for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have refused to comment on the lawsuit.