'Wolf' associate sues over 'Wall Street'

Posted: April 10, 2014

WHO KNEW that wealthy Wall Street types were so sensitive?

According to TheWrap.com, an unhappy broker has filed a $25 million defamation suit against the producers of "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Productions are asking a New York federal judge to dismiss the suit by Andrew "Wigwam" Greene, a former employee of Stratton Oakmont, noting that just because the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff has a receding hairline doesn't mean it was inspired by him.

Greene said in his February filing that the character of Nicky is clearly based on him due to jokes about the character's toupee and certain biographical details.

He said that the film's depictions of "him" consuming drugs, seeing hookers and engaging in financial fraud have hurt "his" professional reputation.

Hurt it? They probably enhanced it. Whore-mongering, blow-snorting con men are the type of characters who are the bedrock of our financial system.

The producers' defense: "The viewers who had read the underlying Book would know that the Book described two financial executives affiliated with Stratton Oakmont who used ridiculous hairpieces," the suit reads.

(They capitalized Book. The Book is not the Bible.)

At least we now know that when these thieves were pulling the rug out from under the U.S. financial system, they were putting that rug on their heads.

A whale of a vote

A closely watched California bill that would ban SeaWorld from using killer whales to perform tricks at its San Diego park was effectively killed yesterday, as state lawmakers called for more research.

The bill was introduced by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, who has said that he was inspired by the documentary film "Blackfish," which tells the story of an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld's Orlando, Fla., park in 2010.

The decision to send the bill back for further research allows the state assembly to sidestep a tough issue in an election year, because the study will not be complete until the middle of next year.

Pollsters will now have more time to focus-group the beluga vote.

TATTBITS

* TheWrap.com says that Drew Goddard ("The Cabin in the Woods") is close to inking a deal to direct "Sinister Six," the "Spider-Man" spin-off that he is writing for Sony Pictures.

It's about Spidey's baddies.

* TheWrap.com also reports that "Revolution" alum Daniella Alonso has been cast as Kevin James' love interest in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2."

It's official. Hollywood is out of ideas.

* A Nevada jury is awarding comedian George Wallace $1.3 million in damages for a leg injury he says he suffered while performing at the Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino in 2007.

Yesterday's verdict from an eight-member jury comes after two weeks of testimony in Clark County District Court and about 12 hours of deliberations.

Bellagio attorneys denied that the hotel and its employees were responsible for Wallace's Achilles tendon injury.

Wallace testified that he's permanently hobbled after tangling his leg in wiring onstage while he was giving a private performance for HSBC Card Services.

* The upcoming Broadway musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs will star Saul Williams, the poet and singer best known for the film "Slam."

Producers said this week that the rest of the cast of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and John Earl Jelks.

The musical is not a bio, but uses Tupac's songs to explore the story of two friends who live in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. It will feature "California Love," "Keep Ya Head Up" and "Me Against the World."

The musical begins performances May 29 and will open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.

* The orange-and-black outfit that Marian Anderson wore on Easter Sunday 1939 to sing at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied access to a Washington concert hall because she was black, went on display at the Smithsonian yesterday.

The two-piece concert attire that the Philadelphia native wore to make history was uncovered among the late singer's belongings. It will be at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History through September. Today marks the 75th anniversary of Anderson's performance.

That day became national news, though, after Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution in protest for keeping Anderson out.

The clothes are part of a collection recently donated to the museum by Ginette DePreist, of Scottsdale, Ariz. DePreist is the widow of Anderson's nephew, the late music conductor James DePreist.

* On the heels of its fourth-season premiere, HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for two more years. The network promised more "dazzling storytelling" in those fifth and sixth seasons.

Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones" is set on the exotic, often war-torn continent of Westeros.

Sunday's season debut was seen by 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO's most-watched program since the finale of "The Sopranos," in 2007.

* ABC News reports that on Future's new song, "I Won," Kanye West raps about fiancee Kim Kardashian:

"You the number one trophy wife/ so it's only right to live the trophy life."

"You grew up on J. Lo, Timberlands by Manolo now/Till one day I put an angel in your ultrasound."

Oh, Kanye, you old romantic.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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