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Lawsuit over 'Midnight in Paris' Faulkner quote dismissed

In the case of the lawsuit between Sony Pictures Classics and Faulkner Literary Rights, the past may be dead after all. Yesterday, a judge dismissed the case, which had claimed that Woody Allen’s 2011 movie, Midnight in Paris, had infringed on a copyright by quoting from William Faulkner’s novel Requiem for a Nun.

In the movie, Owen Wilson’s character says: “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party.” Faulkner Literary Rights argued that the use of the line from the 1950 novel was unauthorized. The original passage from the book reads, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

In his opinion, Chief Judge Michael P. Mills of the United States District Court in Mississippi stated that the rights-holders provided limited facts in the complaint beyond descriptions of Requiem for a Nun and Midnight in Paris, and that the court concludes that “no substantial similarity exists between the copyrighted work and the allegedly infringing work.”

In determining the final opinion, Mills both viewed the film and read Faulkner’s original novel. His memorandum opinion reads that the court “is thankful that the parties did not ask the court to compare The Sound and the Fury with Sharknado.”

Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore settle 'Walking Dead' lawsuit

Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, who worked on the early issues of the zombie title, have settled their respective lawsuits. In February, Moore filed suit against Kirkman seeking allegedly unpaid royalties from The Walking Dead and other properties and filed another suit in August seeking a determination that he is the co-author of the long-running zombie comic. In turn, Kirkman launched a counterclaim against Moore, alleging the artist had violated a confidentiality provision of their agreement and that he had in fact overpaid his onetime collaborator.

In a joint statement released today, Kirkman and Moore announced that they have “reached an amicable agreement in their respective lawsuits and all parties have settled the entire matter to everyone’s mutual satisfaction. Neither side will be discussing any details but will instead happily and productively spend their time focused on their own work and move on in their lives.”

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The Saturn Awards to honor Frank Oz, Robert Kirkman, James Remar, and 'The Simpsons'

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films has announced that this year’s 38th Annual Saturn Awards will honor Dark Crystal director and Yoda-voicer Frank Oz, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Dexter actor James Remar, and The Simpsons. Both Oz and Remar are to get Life Career Awards, Kirkman has won this year’s Innovator Award, and The Simpsons is to receive the Milestone Award. The Saturn Awards will take place on July 26 at the Castaway Event Center in Burbank, Calif.

Poland's Nobel-winning 'Mozart of poetry' Szymborska dies

Poland’s 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, has died. She was 88.

The Nobel award committee’s citation called her the “Mozart of poetry,” a woman who mixed the elegance of language with “the fury of Beethoven” and tackled serious subjects with humor. While she was arguably the most popular poet in Poland, most of the world had not heard of the shy, soft-spoken Szymborska before she won the Nobel prize.

She has been called both deeply political and playful, a poet who used humor in unforeseen ways. Her verse, seemingly simple, was subtle, deep and often hauntingly beautiful. She used simple objects and detailed observation to reflect on larger truths, often using everyday images — an onion, a cat wandering in an empty apartment, an old fan in a museum — to reflect on grand topics such as love, death and passing time.

Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said on Twitter that her death was an “irreparable loss to Poland’s culture.”

Her poetry was wildly popular with her Polish readers, who snapped up each new volume upon release. Polish rock singer Kora turned her poem “Nothing Twice” into a popular song. The tune was a 1994 hit in Poland, leading Poles to sing: “nothing can ever happen twice/in consequence, the sorry fact is/that we arrive here improvised/and leave without the chance to practice.”

She published her last book, “Here,” in 2008.

After arriving in Stockholm to receive her Nobel, reporters at the airport asked Szymborska about the first poem she ever wrote.

She replied with modesty and humor familiar to her readers.

“It’s hard to say what the first one was about because I started very early to write poems. I was about 4 years old,” she said. “Of course they were clumsy and ridiculous. But when one poem was right, my father took it and gave me some money to buy chocolates.

“So I can say I started living by my poetry when I was 4.”

Bil Keane of 'Family Circus' dies

Bil Keane’s Family Circus comics entertained readers with a simple but sublime mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. The appeal endured, the author thought, because the American public needed the consistency. Keane, who started drawing the one-panel cartoon featuring Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, P.J. and their parents in February 1960, died Tuesday at age 89 at his longtime home in Paradise Valley, near Phoenix. His comic strip is featured in nearly 1,500 newspapers across the country.

Jeff Keane, Keane’s son who lives in Laguna Hills, Calif., said that his father died of congestive heart failure with one of his other sons by his side after his conditioned worsened during the last month. All of Keane’s five children, nine grandchildren and great-granddaughter were able to visit him last week, Jeff Keane said. “He said, ‘I love you’ and that’s what I said to him, which is a great way to go out,” Jeff Keane said of the last conversation he had with his father. “The great thing is Dad loved the family so much, so the fact that we all saw him, I think that gave him great comfort and made his passing easy. Luckily he didn’t suffer through a lot of things.” READ FULL STORY

Former Sarah Palin adviser plans tell-all memoir

A former trusted adviser to Sarah Palin is planning a tell-all memoir. An early draft of the manuscript to Frank Bailey’s Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years was leaked to reporters on Friday. Bailey began his tenure with Palin as a campaign volunteer when she ran for Governor, eventually rising to her Chief of Staff until her resignation in 2009.

“This is a fact-finding, truth-reporting endeavor,” one of Bailey’s co-writers Ken Morris tells EW. “The source data for this book comes from Frank Bailey’s experience and his own email accounts.” On her blog, Bailey’s other co-writer Jeanne Devon, a progressive Alaskan blogger known as AKMuckraker, declared that “Frank Bailey was one of the few true Palin ‘insiders.’ He and a circle of half a dozen people were there in the Palin campaign from day one, until the end of her administration. He’s the kind of guy you’d pick to write an insider memoir, if you could choose.”

Both Morris and Devon insist that neither the authors nor their literary agents at the New York-based Carol Mann Agency played any part in leaking the draft manuscript. “We on this end are shocked and horrified that this has happened,” writes Devon, “but the toothpaste is out of the tube as they say.” Blind Allegiance has yet to secure a publisher and has no scheduled release date. Messages to Sarah Palin’s camp for comment weren’t immediately returned Saturday.

'Harry Potter' plagiarism suit dismissed

A lawsuit claiming that J.K. Rowling had copied another author’s work to write Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was dismissed this morning in New York, according to Reuters. The estate of the late writer Adrian Jacobs had claimed that Rowling’s work was oddly similar to his 1987 book, Willy the Wizard, especially parts describing train travel and a wizarding contest. Scholastic, Potter‘s U.S. publisher, said in a statement: “The Court’s swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd.”

'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' director lands new project

CBS films has signed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev to make The Keep, an adaptation of Jennifer Egan’s 2006 best-seller, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The haunting book tells the tale of two cousins who renovate a medieval castle that makes nightmares real. The Danish director’s version of Dragon Tattoo grossed more than $100 million overseas.

Steven Spielberg to direct 'Robopocalypse'

Steven Spielberg will direct Robopocalypse, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s not-yet published novel about a robot rebellion. DreamWorks announced that shooting will begin in January 2012, with the hopes of a 2013 release. Wilson’s novel is due in 2011, and Drew Goddard (Lost) is working on the film script.

Tom Clancy's 'Without Remorse' lands 'Shield' scribe

The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is tackling Tom Clancy’s 1993 thriller, Without Remorse, for Paramount, according to New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog. The rare Clancy novel not starring Jack Ryan, Remorse tells the story of American operative John Kelly, who comes back from an operation overseas to seek vengeance against the drug ring that shattered his home life.

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