Tarantino sues Gawker for screenplay leak

Posted: January 29, 2014

QUENTIN TARANTINO is going all "Reservoir Dogs" on Gawker.com.

According to TheWrap.com, Tarantino filed a copyright-infringement suit against Gawker yesterday for leaking his screenplay for "The Hateful Eight."

The suit alleges that "Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally" on Defamer.com, a part of the Gawker online empire.

"The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire Screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the Screenplay illegally with the invitation to 'Enjoy!' it," the suit states.

"There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public's violation of Plaintiff's copyright in the Screenplay, and [its] conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity."

Philly Phile

Philly guy Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me," producer of "Bat Out of Hell") was honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award on Friday at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, held during the National Association of Music Merchants Convention, in Anaheim, Calif. The Les Paul Award was named for the industry's most revered innovator and is sponsored by the Les Paul Foundation. Past recipients of the Paul include Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, Steve Vai and Lindsey Buckingham.

* Penn alum Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games," "30 Rock") has been tapped to direct "Pitch Perfect 2," aca-cording to the Hollywood Reporter.

It will be her first feature film as a director.

All the Bellas, including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson (but not the Daily News' Sleigh Bella), are expected to return for the sequel, as is screenwriter Kay Cannon.


Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or is that Frank Sinatra?), is getting a new 1 p.m. daily talk show at MSNBC on Feb. 24.

Farrow's new gig is part of a shake-up of MSNBC's daily sked.

* The Grammy haul of Daft Punk has made France proud.

(That's nice, because the anti-Semitic march through Paris yesterday [more punk than daft] was pretty shameful.)

Congratulations poured in yesterday from French media, tweeters and bloggers - and even the U.S. Embassy in Paris. "See, France is capable of winning!" said commentator Jean-Jacques Bourdin, on BFM-TV.

The multiple wins for the electronic-music pioneers Sunday night were a rare bit of good news in France amid bleak reports on unemployment (stuck around 11 percent) and the president's personal life (complicated).

* Oscar winner Helen Mirren, whose roles have ranged from a hardnosed detective to Queen Elizabeth II, is to receive the British Academy Film Awards' highest honor.

The academy announced yesterday that Mirren, an ageless 68, will collect the BAFTA Fellowship at a London ceremony next month. Chairman John Willis said Mirren was being honored "as one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation."

Previous fellowship recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor and Judi Dench. Mirren said that "to join that list of legendary names is overwhelming."

Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal for the year's best work of children's literature. Brian Floca won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Locomotive.

The awards were announced yesterday by the American Library Association. The ALA didn't want to announce the awards Sunday and overshadow the Grammys. DiCamillo, a popular and acclaimed author, won the Newbery a decade ago for The Tales of Despereaux. The Library of Congress recently named her National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Marcus Sedgwick's Midwinterblood received the Michael L. Printz Award for best young-adult book. Rita Williams-Garcia's P.S. Be Eleven won the Coretta Scott King Book Award for the best African-American book. The King award for illustration went to Bryan Collier and Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me.

* "The View" announced yesterday that former host Rosie O'Donnell will be a guest on the daytime gabfest on Feb. 7. Following her stormy tenure on the show, O'Donnell said that she had experienced something like post-traumatic stress disorder, and show creator Barbara Walters said she resented the way O'Donnell dumped on the show.

Walters said yesterday that she has great affection for O'Donnell. She called O'Donnell a lively and engaging guest who is a part of the show's history.

* The BBC reported that an opera adaptation of "Brokeback Mountain" will premiere in Madrid this week.

Composer Charles Wuorinen completed the opera in 2012 after exploring the Wyoming mountains with writer Annie Proulx, who also wrote the libretto for the opera.

* Movie-theater owners issued guidelines yesterday calling for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes.

This comes nearly a decade after Daily News film critic Gary Thompson called for limiting the length of the actual movies.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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