Spiderman Musical Director Suing Producers

You may have heard of a tragic little debacle known as Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. It’s been billed as Broadway’s most expensive musical and opened last year amid all kinds of disasters: injuries, delays and more. And apparently there was more going on behind the scenes. Director Julie Taymor says the producers of the show violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into the show.

She filed a copyright infringement suit, seeking $1 million in damages. Lead producers say they have, in fact, given her her money: “the production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer.”

The lawsuit is seeking half of all profits from the book she co-wrote for the musical as well as requestings a jury trial to determine her share of profits.

Believe it or not, the show is still on Broadway and is apparently making enough to more than break even.

Lindsay Lohan actually wins a legal battle

Lindsay Lohan has been involved in yet another legal issue – yes, it’s about her addictions again, but this time she was the plaintiff and not the defendant.  Lohan sued E*Trade, and online stock trading company, for $100 million, claiming violation of her rights via the unauthorized use of her name and identifiable characteristics in one of E*Trades television commercials.  The ad shows a toddler named Lindsay trying to steal the boyfriend of another toddler.  The Lindsay toddler is further described as a “milkaholic,” and of course if you have the word “Lindsay” and the suffix “-holic” anywhere within a few sentences of each other, everyone on the planet is going to know exactly what you’re referring to.  Sad, but true, and E*Trade probably knew they didn’t have a chance in hell if it went to court, so they settled the suit for an unknown amount.