The Academy Awards are only 48 hours away. So before it begins, here are my Oscar predictions. Please take note that these are NOT my personal choices for who SHOULD win, but are only my guesses as to who WILL win.
But if you are entering an Oscar Pool and use my predictions to win, please send 10% of your winnings to my office.
The 2014 OSCAR PREDICTIONS
Best Picture: Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Continue reading
To The Board Members of the WGA.
My name is Larry Zerner. I am a copyright attorney in Los Angeles. In my practice, I represent screenwriters in lawsuits against production companies and studios for copyright infringement.
I am writing to you directly because of something that I believe should be addressed by the WGA and that is the fact that WGA Script Registry is costing your members money and is acting as a detriment, not an asset, to screenwriters. I know that sentence sounds extreme, but please let me explain.
The problem with the Script Registry is that many writers are using it as a substitute for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. As a result, in the event that their work is infringed, the writer will almost certainly lose thousands of dollars. And, in many cases, a writer who only registered with the Script Registry will be precluded from filing a lawsuit because the economic realities of litigation.
2013 is almost done, so I thought I’d jot down my favorites things in entertainment this year. Overall, 2013 was a fantastic year in movies and television, maybe one of the best ever. As you read the list, keep in mind that I’m not saying that these are the “best” of 2013, merely my favorites.
10. Iron Man 3 – A perfect Summer action movie.
9. Saving Mr. Banks – What can I say, it made me cry.
8. The World’s End – I love all the Cornetto Trilogy. Not quite as good as Sean of the Dead, but Close.
You may have seen the quickly going viral Carrie based “prankvertisement” in which a NY coffee shop was rigged to make it appear that a woman could move things with her mind. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at it above. It’s terrific.
And I know a lot of you are thinking, this seems like a really great way to promote your movie/tv show/webpage etc. And it is, when done right. But a project like this raises a lot of possible legal issues that must be dealt with. You may not see them in the video, but I’m sure there were a lot of lawyers who weighed in before, during and after the filming. Let’s discuss some of the issues that I can spot right off the bat. Continue reading
I am a late addition to the “Comic Book Law School” panel at Comic-Con with Michael Lovitz. We will be speaking about recent updates in entertainment law including the Batmobile case I worked on.
Although I normally write about copyright and entertainment issues, as an avid gamer, I thought I would put my 2 cents about the new console war. I read a lot of reports saying that Sony clearly won the battle of E3. Why? Because the PS4 will 1) not require an internet connection, 2) will allow the sale of used games and 3) cost $100 less than the XBOX One ($399 vs $499). While these are all fine points, let me push back a little on the idea that these reasons alone will cause the PS4 to emerge victorious.
First, one change Sony made that got lost in the shuffle is that they will no longer allow free multiplayer. Instead, consumers will now have to pay $50 a year for a subscription. At least for the first year or so, because there will be so few games available for either system (neither are backwards compatible), gamers will be holding on to their XBOX 360′s and PS3′s to keep playing the games they love. XBOX gamers who want to keep their 360 (to play Halo online) but also get the PS4 will end up paying $110 a year in subscription fees ($60 to Microsoft and $50 to Sony). But if the 360 owner gets the XBOX One instead, he only pays the $60 fee. So, for gamers who are keeping the 360 but getting the PS4, the net saving is only $50 in the first year. Continue reading
The Most Famous Horror Actor You Probably Know Nothing About.
Here’s an interview I did with Max It Magazine about my early acting career and my current work as an entertainment attorney.