The MPAA's Title Registration Bureau said Weinstein Co. could not go forward with the title for its upcoming Lee Daniels White House drama. In the MPAA's title registry, Warner Bros. reserves the rights to the title due to a so-named 1916 short.
But Weinstein Co. will be allowed to use the title "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which the company said it would switch to immediately. The MPAA stipulated that the letters in "Lee Daniels" must be at least 75 percent the size of "The Butler."
For violating the MPAA's earlier ruling, the Weinstein Co. was ordered to pay $400,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation and $150,000 to Warner Bros. in legal fees.
Though Hollywood titles can't be copyrighted, a certain number are protected by the Title Registration Bureau. Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. voluntarily subscribe to the registry, agreeing to be bound by its rules to prevent public confusion over similarly titled films. And fans of the 1916 film were sure to get confused if they mistakenly bought a ticket to Lee Daniels' film.
In a statement yesterday, Harvey said he was "thrilled this has all come to an end."
Philadelphia native "Lee Daniels' The Butler" will be released Aug. 16.
* Following in the footsteps of "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff, Spike Lee has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his next film. The Brooklyn filmmaker has unveiled a bid to raise $1.25 million over the next month.
Lee offered few details, but said the movie would be about "the addiction of blood."
Kickstarter, which takes a percentage of donations, has found both supporters enamored by the ability to circumvent the usual means of film production, and critics who call it digital panhandling and lament that backers, unlike typical film investors, get no cut of any eventual grosses.
Tattle is sort of with the critics, but believes it's only a matter of time until some Kickstarter project makes a fortune, the "investors" who got a coffee mug rebel and some online equity-hybrid investment program is launched.
In Spike's case, contribution levels range up to $10,000, which earn a trip with Lee to a New York Knicks game in his courtside seats.
"Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level?" implored Lee. "How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C'mon People, please get behind this Joint."
Tattle likes Spike and wishes him well, but if you can afford to spend $10,000 with no payback on a pitch that's "the addiction of blood," you can probably afford your own Knicks tickets.
* Rita Moreno, who was great 60 years ago in "Singin' in the Rain," 50 years ago in "West Side Story" and 10 years ago in "Oz," will receive the Life Achievement Award for career and humanitarian accomplishments at the 20th annual SAG Awards.
Rita, 81, won a best supporting actress Oscar for "West Side Story" and also won two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy Award, one of the few artists to win all four top show-business awards.
She currently appears in TV Land's "Happily Divorced."
The SAG Awards will air Jan. 18 on TNT and TBS.
* Filmmaker Michael Moore has filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage to Kathleen Glynn, his collaborator on the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" and other projects.
Moore filed a divorce complaint June 17 in Michigan's Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home. It says their relationship has broken down and "there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved."
* Amnesty International says that more than 100 musicians - including Adele, U2, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Radiohead, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ke$ha, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting - are calling for the release of jailed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot.
The musicians say in the letter that the impact of Pussy Riot's "shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world."
They urged the Russian authorities to free (but not necessarily spell) Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, and Maria Alekhina, 25, who received 2-year sentences last August for an irreverent punk protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral. Their parole appeal hearings are due this week.
* Andrew "Dice" Clay has a deal with Touchstone for a memoir titled "The Filthy Truth."
The book is scheduled for May.
"The Filthy Truth" will be co-authored by David Ritz, who has assisted on books by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and others.
Tattle guesses that listening to Aretha talk about her life has got to be considerably different from listening to the Diceman.
- Daily News wire services
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