Tattle: Anheuser-Busch, Stolichnaya vodka distributor protest 'Flight' appearances

Rihanna's new album includes a duet with abuser Chris Brown.
Rihanna's new album includes a duet with abuser Chris Brown. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: November 08, 2012

WHEN TATTLE learned there were organizations unhappy with their appearances in the new Denzel Washington movie, "Flight," we assumed it was either an airline or the pilots union - Denzel plays a hero pilot who's also a drunk and drug addict.

The aggrieved parties, however, are Anheuser-Busch and the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka.

Anheuser-Busch said that it has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Denzel's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

"We would never condone the misuse of our products, and have a long history of promoting responsible drinking and preventing drunk driving," Budweiser VP Rob McCarthy wrote to Paramount. "We have asked the studio to obscure the Budweiser trademark in current digital copies of the movie and on all subsequent adaptations of the film, including DVD, On Demand, streaming and additional prints not yet distributed to theaters."

William Grant & Sons, which distributes Stolichnaya in the U.S., also said it didn't license its brand for inclusion in the film and wouldn't have given permission if asked - Stoli is just one of many brands that wets Denzel's whistle.

A drug cartel also wanted to make it clear that Denzel's character does not snort its cocaine.

Experts say the film is unlikely to run afoul of trademark protections, as courts have ruled that products may be featured in films regardless of whether the companies approve, as long as they have some artistic relevance.

* Director John Singleton and Paramount, meanwhile, have settled a lawsuit over his claim that the studio broke an agreement to let him produce two films in exchange for the rights to distribute the Oscar-nominated movie "Hustle & Flow."

Attorneys for Singleton and Paramount said the settlement terms are confidential, but the matter was amicably resolved.

Ooh, baby, baby

A new baby model was introduced Tuesday on the "Today" Show and she's 8-month-old Mary Jane Montoya.

Sorry, Savannah Guthrie, they want an even younger demo.

People magazine reported that Sara and Billy Montoya, from Fresno, Calif., entered Mary Jane in Gerber's Facebook contest, in which she beat out 300,000 other babies and small children whose parents refuse to admit they're growing up.

Mary Jane's winnings, $50,000, will go into a college fund.

"It's so exciting; you're just bursting at the seams with pride for your daughter," said Billy Montoya.

Mary Jane, however, will not replace the Gerber Baby food photo of Ann Turner Cook, now 85.

Cook has been on every Gerber label for more than 80 years, and this was just clever PR.

TATTBITS

* Conservative British legislator

Nadine Dorries was suspended by her party Tuesday after taking part in the reality-TV show, "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here."

The show, which didn't make it in the U.S., strands C-list celebrities in the Australian wilderness, subjects them to gross stuff and lets viewers vote them off one by one.

The Conservatives, who lead Britain's coalition government, said Dorries was being suspended from the party's parliamentary caucus until she could return and meet with Chief Whip George Young, who is responsible for party discipline.

Fellow Conservatives criticized Dorries for taking up to a month off from her duties to appear on the show. A former Conservative member of Parliament, Harry Greenway, called the decision "outrageous," and Home Secretary Theresa May said a lawmaker's job "is in their constituency and in the House of Commons."

If British lawmakers are as well-respected as U.S. lawmakers, constituents would probably prefer she stay in the jungle.

* Hurricane Sandy ravaged

Broadway box offices last week, with shows losing more than $6 million.

And Mary Poppins? Just blew away. Poof.

Who takes an umbrella out in a hurricane?

Taylor Swift is again feigning

shock, this time at the huge response to her latest album, "Red."

Speaking at a London shopping mall Tuesday, where she was switching on the Christmas lights (on Nov. 6?), Taylor said: "I had hoped that my fans would get what I was doing there - that they would embrace it. And the fact that they celebrated that and 1.2 million of them went out and bought it the first week and it became my first U.K. No. 1 album, it is absolutely unbelievable."

Not really.

Bruno Mars says he had so

much fun hosting "Saturday Night Live," he'd be happy to do it again.

"Whatever 'SNL' wants from me, they can always call me," Bruno said. "I don't know who told them I can act or anything 'cause I can't. I don't know what they saw. [But] whatever they need from me, they can get."

* On Rihanna's upcoming

album, "Apologetic," the 10th track is "We Found Love," a duet with Chris Brown.

Critics say it has a nice beat, and you can punch to it.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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