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Tom Petty’s daughters file suit as estate battle continues

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Tom Petty’s daughters filed suit against his widow on Wednesday, as a struggle continues for control of the late singer-songwriter’s catalog.

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Adria Petty and Annakim Violette allege that their father’s wife, Dana York Petty, has deprived them of their rightful role in determining how Petty’s works are released. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $5 million in damages.

Petty died in October 2017 of an accidental drug overdose, leaving his widow as the trustee of his trust. The terms of the trust entitle the daughters to “equal participation” in decisions about how Petty’s catalog is exploited. The daughters have interpreted that to mean that they get two votes out of three, giving them majority control.

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Dana Petty filed a petition in probate court in April, seeking to put Petty’s catalog in the hands of a professional manager. She argued that Adria Petty had been erratic and abusive, and had made it difficult to conduct business in an orderly way. Adria Petty filed a separate probate petition in an effort to claim control of the estate.

The new lawsuit, filed by attorney Alex Weingarten, accuses Dana Petty of usurping the estate’s assets at the daughters’ expense.

Adam Streisand, Dana Petty’s attorney, issued a statement calling the suit “destructive nonsense.”

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“This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate,” he said. “Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy.”

Since Tom Petty’s death, two compilations have been released, “An American Treasure” and “The Best of Everything” — both of which involved a good deal of conflict between Petty’s widow and daughters, over content, release dates, credits and liner notes. In her probate petition, Dana Petty said Adria had interfered with plans to release a third album, “Wildflowers — All the Rest,” which would include outtakes from the original album and coincide with the original’s 25th anniversary.

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Hollywood mourns Peggy Lipton

“Twin Peaks” and “Mod Squad” star Peggy Lipton died Saturday from cancer, her daughters Rashida and Kadida Jones announced. Lipton had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004.

Lipton won a Golden Globe and was Emmy-nominated four times for her role as flower child Julie Barnes in “The Mod Squad,” in which she starred from 1968 to 1973.

Lipton’s “Twin Peaks” co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Madchen Amick were among those who paid tribute to Lipton’s death.

“I lost a sister today,” wrote Amick. “She was a true angel on earth…You couldn’t fit anymore love into that gorgeous soul of hers and she shared her heart generously with everyone around her.”

“I had the opportunity to work with Peggy for a few days on a film,” Griffin wrote. “I absolutely fell in love with her. I’ve honestly always thought of Peggy as…perfect.”

Helen Hunt wrote simply, “She’s the one I always wanted to be.”

“21 Jump Street” star Holly Robinon Peete called her death a “simply heartbreaking loss” and shared that her “Jump Street” character was inspired by Lipton’s role on “Mod Squad.”

Rosanna Arquette wrote that Lipton, who she had known for many years, “was an exquisite human being on all levels.”

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ stars reflect on series ending

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After 12 seasons and 279 episodes, “The Big Bang Theory” will sign off on Thursday, May 16. But the decision to end the comedy came in August of 2018, which has allowed the cast and creative team to have a long goodbye to the series — for better or worse.

“It’s like a long, drawn-out death,” says Mayim Bialik, who has played Amy Farrah Fowler since the third season finale. “It’s one thing to have a personal experience where a job of nine years — or 12, for some of the cast — ends, but we’ve done it very publicly.”

Additionally, the fact that the “Big Bang” writers famously approached the show on an episode-by-episode basis throughout the years was “nerve-wracking” for the cast, adds Bialik, because although there was an awareness that they would be saying goodbye on-screen, they didn’t know how they would be signing off until the last minute.

To properly service the entire ensemble — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Bialik — executive producer Steve Holland says the writers crafted the final three episodes as a “road to the end.”

“When we found out this was going to be the last season, we sat together and started talking about the landing place. We knew what was going to be the last piece of the finale for a long time,” he says. “One of the things that was important to us, and also the most challenging, was to make sure everyone got to shine in these last episodes.”

Kicking that off is the return of Christine Baranski as Leonard’s (Galecki) mother, Beverly, on the Thursday, May 9th episode. Although Baranski has been a frequent presence on the series, it has often been via Skype as the actress filmed “The Good Fight” (and “The Good Wife” before that) in New York. This time, they were able to make things work in-person: “The Good Fight” wrapped its season a week before she was needed in Los Angeles for “Big Bang,” so Baranski was able to film her scenes on the Warner Bros. soundstage alongside the rest of the cast.

“It was an absolutely beautiful episode,” Galecki says of the episode entitled “The Maternal Connection.” “I felt so dear about it, at the last minute I flew my [real] mother in from Chicago for the live audience taping, so she could be a part of it.”

Galecki says the episode is “outside of any sitcom pattern” but also one that he thinks ” will be my favorite Leonard episode.”

For Sheldon (Parsons) and Amy, much of the final season has seen the duo campaigning for a Nobel Prize. And while the audience may be rooting for the duo to be successful, “I would find it really delightful if they didn’t win,” Bialik says. “There’s something very sweet to the imperfection of these characters. I would welcome that kind of up in the air resolution. As a scientist who plays a scientist, I think [the attempt is] really significant. Some of the dynamics have highlighted what it’s like to be a female in this field, and I think that’s pretty special. It’s a lovely compliment to all of the fun and silliness we’ve also had.”

After spending much of the early half of the series too frightened to talk to girls while he was sober, one of the big mysteries about Raj’s (Nayyar) final few episodes is whether he will make it work with his off-on love Anu (played by Rati Gupta). Prior to reading the finale, Nayyar speculated his character’s true happy ending might be more of a twist.

“A very fitting ending would be if he realized the one thing he was always searching for was himself,” he says. “It would be very fitting for him to realize he is enough. So much of his evolution has been him trying to search for things on the outside. It would be very fitting if he were to come home to himself.”

No matter how the show ends, the team behind the show says the episode will be emotional but not necessarily wrap everything up with a bow.

“We have earned it,” Cuoco, who has played Penny since the pilot, says. “Even over the years, there have been emotional moments and there have been hilarious moments. The bottom line is people just love the characters. They love when they laugh and they’re OK when they cry and get sad. At the same time, I know the writers want these characters to live on in our lives; they don’t want some dramatic ending.”

Off-screen, parting after a life-changing experience has been a slow process for the team.

“It’s such a luxury as an actor to stay within one character and, in this case, tell 270-something stories. Though it’s been the same character, it’s broadened me over the years. Personally, it’s changed my family’s lives; it’s changed everything,” says Galecki.

“Someone likened it to the amount of time you spend with people you go to kindergarten to high school with. It’s an interesting point to make — but that’s time spent when you’re with a kid. You spend that time in adult years [and] you’ve been together for deaths, weddings, divorces, for the nitty gritty of life. And on top of it, a show that is world-widely received. Both the gifts and the complications that come with that. That’s a bond that no one else outside of [the show] could really understand.”

The group has gone through things like award shows, conventions, studio dedications, getting their hands and feet imprinted at the Chinese Theater, and other glamorous events over the show’s dozen-year run, but the actors all single out the charity work they were able to do because of “Big Bang” as one of its biggest perks.

“Getting to meet and work alongside the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the people we get to meet every month who come to tapings, the bond we’ve made with young kids whose lives are going to be cut short, was one of the most memorable things,” Nayyar says. “That [experience] was always something I looked forward to. Yes, the other things are nice, but it was a really beautiful system we had in place where we got to do this. I’m going to miss that.”

Although it’s bittersweet, the team also realizes bidding farewell to a show that impacted them so much was always going to hurt.

“As Kaley [has] said, we could do this 25 seasons, and it would still be difficult saying goodbye,” Galecki says. “There’s not going to be a time that comes when any of us are sick of it. This feels as right as it’s ever going to feel.”

Danielle Turchiano contributed to this report.

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ stars reflect on series ending

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After 12 seasons and 279 episodes, “The Big Bang Theory” will sign off on Thursday, May 16. But the decision to end the comedy came in August of 2018, which has allowed the cast and creative team to have a long goodbye to the series — for better or worse.

“It’s like a long, drawn-out death,” says Mayim Bialik, who has played Amy Farrah Fowler since the third season finale. “It’s one thing to have a personal experience where a job of nine years — or 12, for some of the cast — ends, but we’ve done it very publicly.”

Additionally, the fact that the “Big Bang” writers famously approached the show on an episode-by-episode basis throughout the years was “nerve-wracking” for the cast, adds Bialik, because although there was an awareness that they would be saying goodbye on-screen, they didn’t know how they would be signing off until the last minute.

To properly service the entire ensemble — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Bialik — executive producer Steve Holland says the writers crafted the final three episodes as a “road to the end.”

“When we found out this was going to be the last season, we sat together and started talking about the landing place. We knew what was going to be the last piece of the finale for a long time,” he says. “One of the things that was important to us, and also the most challenging, was to make sure everyone got to shine in these last episodes.”

Kicking that off is the return of Christine Baranski as Leonard’s (Galecki) mother, Beverly, on the Thursday, May 9th episode. Although Baranski has been a frequent presence on the series, it has often been via Skype as the actress filmed “The Good Fight” (and “The Good Wife” before that) in New York. This time, they were able to make things work in-person: “The Good Fight” wrapped its season a week before she was needed in Los Angeles for “Big Bang,” so Baranski was able to film her scenes on the Warner Bros. soundstage alongside the rest of the cast.

“It was an absolutely beautiful episode,” Galecki says of the episode entitled “The Maternal Connection.” “I felt so dear about it, at the last minute I flew my [real] mother in from Chicago for the live audience taping, so she could be a part of it.”

Galecki says the episode is “outside of any sitcom pattern” but also one that he thinks ” will be my favorite Leonard episode.”

For Sheldon (Parsons) and Amy, much of the final season has seen the duo campaigning for a Nobel Prize. And while the audience may be rooting for the duo to be successful, “I would find it really delightful if they didn’t win,” Bialik says. “There’s something very sweet to the imperfection of these characters. I would welcome that kind of up in the air resolution. As a scientist who plays a scientist, I think [the attempt is] really significant. Some of the dynamics have highlighted what it’s like to be a female in this field, and I think that’s pretty special. It’s a lovely compliment to all of the fun and silliness we’ve also had.”

After spending much of the early half of the series too frightened to talk to girls while he was sober, one of the big mysteries about Raj’s (Nayyar) final few episodes is whether he will make it work with his off-on love Anu (played by Rati Gupta). Prior to reading the finale, Nayyar speculated his character’s true happy ending might be more of a twist.

“A very fitting ending would be if he realized the one thing he was always searching for was himself,” he says. “It would be very fitting for him to realize he is enough. So much of his evolution has been him trying to search for things on the outside. It would be very fitting if he were to come home to himself.”

No matter how the show ends, the team behind the show says the episode will be emotional but not necessarily wrap everything up with a bow.

“We have earned it,” Cuoco, who has played Penny since the pilot, says. “Even over the years, there have been emotional moments and there have been hilarious moments. The bottom line is people just love the characters. They love when they laugh and they’re OK when they cry and get sad. At the same time, I know the writers want these characters to live on in our lives; they don’t want some dramatic ending.”

Off-screen, parting after a life-changing experience has been a slow process for the team.

“It’s such a luxury as an actor to stay within one character and, in this case, tell 270-something stories. Though it’s been the same character, it’s broadened me over the years. Personally, it’s changed my family’s lives; it’s changed everything,” says Galecki.

“Someone likened it to the amount of time you spend with people you go to kindergarten to high school with. It’s an interesting point to make — but that’s time spent when you’re with a kid. You spend that time in adult years [and] you’ve been together for deaths, weddings, divorces, for the nitty gritty of life. And on top of it, a show that is world-widely received. Both the gifts and the complications that come with that. That’s a bond that no one else outside of [the show] could really understand.”

The group has gone through things like award shows, conventions, studio dedications, getting their hands and feet imprinted at the Chinese Theater, and other glamorous events over the show’s dozen-year run, but the actors all single out the charity work they were able to do because of “Big Bang” as one of its biggest perks.

“Getting to meet and work alongside the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the people we get to meet every month who come to tapings, the bond we’ve made with young kids whose lives are going to be cut short, was one of the most memorable things,” Nayyar says. “That [experience] was always something I looked forward to. Yes, the other things are nice, but it was a really beautiful system we had in place where we got to do this. I’m going to miss that.”

Although it’s bittersweet, the team also realizes bidding farewell to a show that impacted them so much was always going to hurt.

“As Kaley [has] said, we could do this 25 seasons, and it would still be difficult saying goodbye,” Galecki says. “There’s not going to be a time that comes when any of us are sick of it. This feels as right as it’s ever going to feel.”

Danielle Turchiano contributed to this report.

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Hollywood Democrats largely supporting Joe Biden, but reluctant to rally behind single candidate

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When Joe Biden made one of his first treks to Hollywood for his last presidential race, in 2007, his fundraising had been paltry, he was having trouble getting donors’ attention, and much of showbiz was siding either with the presumed front runner, Hillary Clinton, or the historic upstart, Barack Obama.

“I haven’t asked for anything in 20 years, and I am coming into this at a moment when the klieg lights are on, and instead of seeing Batman and Superman up there, it is Hillary and Barack,” Biden told Variety back then. “So it is going to take a little time.”

On Wednesday, the showbiz spotlight finally will be on Biden as a presidential candidate when he holds his first Hollywood-centric fundraisers since getting into the 2020 race. As early and recent polls show him leading all other candidates, it’ll be a much different scenario than 12 years ago.

A who’s who of Hollywood’s longtime Democratic political class has signed on for an evening reception at the home of James Costos, a former HBO executive and U.S. Ambassador to Spain, and Michael Smith, the designer, with tickets priced at $2,800 per person and 200 guests expected. Earlier in the day, Biden will be at a lunchtime event at the home of Joe Waz and Cynthia Telles, and he will attend a public event later in the afternoon with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Other fundraising meetings were said to be in the works.

Biden’s campaign is tapping a network of donors and fundraisers who raised millions for the Obama-Biden ticket. They include Costos and Smith, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jon Vein, producers Bradley Bell and Colleen Bell, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary; producer-manager Eric Ortner and Tennis Channel president Ken Solomon. Rufus Gifford, who was finance director of the Obama reelection in 2012 and later U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, also is a co-host along with his husband, Stephen DeVincent.

The one difference is that this year, showbiz figures are taking their time to commit to one candidate. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who hosted Biden for an event for his political action committee last October, has co-hosted for Kamala Harris and will do so for Cory Booker, who has a fundraiser planned for May 29. Even the hosts of Biden’s big event, James Costos and Michael Smith, also are hosts of the Booker event.

A lot has to do with longtime personal relationships that donors have with individual candidates that extend back to prior congressional campaigns or, in Booker’s case, his days as the prominent mayor of Newark. But the sheer number of candidates — 23 and counting — also has made potential donors a bit more hesitant to commit, at least until the contours of the race are clearer. A number of donors say that they are looking to the first Democratic debate for clarity.

“The lines have been somewhat clear in past primaries. With fewer candidates, everyone’s favorite parlor game was seeing which Hollywood mogul or business titan lined up with whom,” said Solomon. “It was not exactly a brain teaser. Now everyone is dying to see the psychology dynamics in motion.”

He added, “It’s wide open, and in our little but loud world, where every move is being watched, the buzz is growing louder by the day, some just one, but many spreading their bets. All do agree on one thing: This is a must-win election, no matter the eventual candidate.”

Donna Bojarsky, the Los Angeles-based political consultant, said that “people are still narrowing down their choices,” and she too hasn’t committed to backing one candidate. Since he announced, though,“Biden is coming into sharper relief. More people are talking about Biden. People were waiting to see how he came in.”

She said that Biden has a “reservoir of good will” built through his years as Vice President and before that as one of the longest serving members of the Senate. At one of a number of events he headlined in L.A. during the Obama presidency, at the home of HBO executive Michael Lombardo and his partner, architect Sonny Ward, in 2012, Biden privately revealed that he favored same-sex marriage. He recalled the meeting several weeks later on “Meet the Press.” That sent Obama’s team scrambling, and the president revealed his own support days later.

On the business side, Biden also was involved in two key issues for the industry — copyright infringement and trade. He held several White House events to address the problems of online piracy, especially with the suspicion that the administration was too pro-Google. On trade, Biden led negotiations in 2012 with Xi Jinping, then vice president of China, to increase China’s film quota. The move helped soothe industry anger at the Obama administration after it had refused to support a major piece of anti-piracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, earlier that year.

As big of a show as Biden has made in the early weeks of his campaign, other candidates are still enjoying healthy support from Hollywood. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who collected more from showbiz than any other candidate in the first quarter, before Biden was in the race, is planning a number of events later this month, including one co-hosted by Peter Chernin.

If there is an emerging split in showbiz, it’s between backers of Biden or other Democratic contenders, and those of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has shunned the splashy fundraising scene. Biden’s backers believe he’s a heavyweight who can “land the plane,” as one supporter described it, after the tumult of Trump. Some of Sanders showbiz supporters doubt Biden’s chances, and dismiss him as not the kind of figure of change the moment needs.

“Free slogan for Joe Biden’s campaign: ‘You’ve heard my name before,’” writer-director Adam McKay wrote on Twitter. But like other donors, he’s also backing other contenders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Others wonder if the 2020 race calls for a generational shift, and no other candidate who fits that bill is getting more attention at the moment than Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He has been meeting with studio moguls and celebrity figures such as Oprah Winfrey, and the recent buzz around his candidacy has helped jump start a fundraising blitz.

He has four events planned on Thursday, including one at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow and writer-producer Brad Falchuk, and another at West Hollywood nightspot The Abbey. He, too, will hold a public event with Garcetti, at SEIU Local 99, to support a ballot measure to raise the parcel tax for Los Angeles schools. Buttigieg also is planning another trip to L.A. in June, with another series of fundraisers, including one at the home of Ryan Murphy and David Miller.

Skip Paul, senior adviser at Centerview Partners and a pioneer in the video game business, said that there is a stark difference to this cycle versus previous ones, as donors scrutinize the field carefully, weighing who can take on Trump.

“It feels very different because the stakes are so much higher. None of us has had this experience before. We have looked into the abyss, and what stares back has orange hair….This is what happens when people aren’t motivated to vote in large numbers.”

Paul supports Biden, Harris and Buttigieg, and he probably will give to other candidates as well.

“People are really interested in the field,” he said. “They are really interested in producing a candidate out of this process who has the highest possibility of defeating Trump.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators reveal what drives Daenerys Targaryen

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve seen Episode 4 of Season 8 of “Game of Thrones,” which aired Sunday May 5. 

The fourth episode of “Game of Thrones’” final season, titled “The Last of the Starks,” pushed the plotline forward to King’s Landing and hinted that Daenerys Targaryen might be headed towards the mad queen plotline that some fans have speculated is in store for the final season.

Creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff gave some insight into the Breaker of Chains’ mindset during the episode, which saw her grapple with the information imparted at the end of episode two — that Jon is actually her nephew and has a claim to the Iron Throne — and suffer the loss of her right-hand woman, Missandei, and her dragon, Rhaegal.

“Dany kind of structures the feast scene, in a way,” said Weiss, speaking about an opening celebratory scene in Winterfell. “She’s really the person whose emotions and choices are guiding the scene.”

“Things start to shift a little bit when Daenerys calls Gendry forward and names him the new lord of Storm’s End,” Benioff continued.

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This photo released by HBO shows Kit Harington as Jon Snow, left, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” which is in its eighth and final season. (HBO via AP) (HBO via AP)

As the feast scene continues, Daenerys doesn’t join in the revelry.

“She’s scarred by the events that just took place but she’s also very much thinking about what Jon Snow told her and she’s really shaken when she sees everyone celebrating with him and talking about what a mad man and what a king he is for getting on a dragon,” Benioff said.

“He has love and respect from these people that even with the gesture she just made, she can’t ever equal,” Weiss continued.

“She realizes his true identity is a real threat to her if it comes out,” Benioff concurred.

When the pair retire from the main celebration area, Daenerys begs Jon not to tell anyone about his true heritage.

“Once Dany introduces the idea that everything can be as it was if Jon keeps this secret buttoned down and tells no one, she’s introducing a conflict that plays forward,” Weiss said.

As the episode moved from the North to King’s Landing, Dany suffered two losses in quick succession — first that of Rhaegal, shot down from the skies via three Scorpion bolts, and Missandei, who is captured when Eron Greyjoy’s fleet attacks Daenerys’ and executed on Cersei’s orders.

“Dany’s other enemies have not just been sitting still, they’ve been planning for the final battle,” Benioff explained. “We saw in Season 7 that Qyburn had invented this giant, dragon-killing Scorpion. Qyburn went back to the drawing board and he made even larger, more powerful Scorpions. Dozens of them are now lining the walls of King’s Landing and dozens more are lining the decks of the Iron Fleet.”

“While Dany kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet and Euron’s forces, they certainly haven’t forgotten about her,” he continued.

“In some ways, the most important thing that happens to Daenerys in four is the death of her second dragon,” Weiss said. “Now she’s got one dragon and that dragon presumably is just as vulnerable as Rhaegal was. So there’s this mourning of a child, which is very real to her, and then her best friend is taken. Dany knows that once Cesei has Missandei, she’s not going to see Missandei alive again.”

“She’s really back where she was at the very beginning,” he continued. “Emotionally, she’s alone in the world and she can’t really trust anybody. Unlike then, she’s extremely powerful and unlike then she’s filled with a rage that’s aimed at one person specifically.”

“I think what’s echoing in Daenerys’ head in those final moments would be Missandei’s final words,” Benioff explained. “Dracarys is clearly meant for Dany. Missandei knows that her life is over and she’s saying, you know, light them up.”

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‘Stranger Things’ lawsuit dropped ahead of trial

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Charlie Kessler has dropped his idea theft lawsuit against Matt and Ross Duffer on the eve of trial, acknowledging the brothers came up with the idea for the Netflix show “Stranger Things” on their own.

Kessler had alleged that the Duffer brothers stole his idea for the series after the trio got to talking at a reception for a 2014 screening of “Honeymoon” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Kessler said he pitched the brothers an idea for a project based on urban legends about a decommissioned military installation in Montauk, New York. He said he was stunned a year later when Netflix announced the Duffer brothers’ show, which contained similar themes and was originally titled “Montauk.”

The trial was set to begin on Tuesday, but in a statement on Sunday afternoon, Kessler acknowledged that the brothers have demonstrated that they conceived the idea independently. The brothers produced emails and Google documents showing that they were working on the concept as early as 2010. Kessler pared back his suit last week, dropping allegations that the brothers cribbed from his feature screenplay.

“After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of ‘Stranger Things,’” he said in the statement. “Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”

The Duffer brothers maintained all along that they came up with the idea independently, and had no memory of even meeting Kessler at the fateful cocktail party.

Netflix was not a party to the suit, but issued a statement Sunday saying the company is pleased the case has been dropped.

“We are glad to be able to put this baseless lawsuit behind us,” a Netflix spokesperson said in the statement. “As we have said all along, ‘Stranger Things’ is a ground-breaking original creation by The Duffer Brothers. We are proud of this show and of our friends Matt and Ross, whose artistic vision gave life to ‘Stranger Things,’ and whose passion, imagination and relentless hard work alongside our talented cast and crew made it a wildly successful, award-winning series beloved by viewers around the world.”

In Kessler’s account of the 2014 cocktail reception, Matt Duffer said, “We should work together. What are you working on?” He said he told the brothers a short film he had made about a mysterious disappearance in Montauk, and said he was seeking to produce a feature. He told the brothers where to find more information about the project online. He never heard from them again, and assumed they had no interest.

The Duffer brothers showed that they, too, had been exploring the Montauk conspiracies for years, and had even planned to take a scouting trip to Montauk around the time of the film festival.

“This is not some deep cut conspiracy,” Matt Duffer testified in a deposition, saying he had first heard about it in high school. “If you know anything about urban legends, you know this. You know about the Montauk Project.”

The setting for the show was later changed to a fictional town in Indiana due to the difficulty of shooting at Montauk, and because there were several other works about the same conspiracies with a similar title.

Idea theft lawsuits are fairly common, but they are usually thrown out before they reach a jury. Judge Michael Stern, however, found Kessler’s claims sufficiently plausible to send the case to trial. Had Kessler’s suit prevailed, it could have had a chilling effect on Hollywood social gatherings.

“It would create a situation where any reputable director or producer should never go to cocktail parties,” argued Aaron Moss, a partner at Greenberg Glusker who specializes in intellectual property cases. “If the mere act of asking somebody ‘What are you working on?’ and saying ‘We ought to work together’ is going to give rise to an obligation to pay for whatever happens to come out of the person’s mouth, I think we’re all in trouble.”

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Shelved Woody Allen film ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ to be released in Italy

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After being put on the shelf by Amazon, Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” is to be released in Italy in the fall via distributor Lucky Red, with other European territories also believed to have closed local distribution deals, a source familiar with the situation told Variety.

Following Amazon’s decision to halt the film’s release and cut ties with Allen, the romantic comedy starring Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, and Jude Law is now being sold by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment, the source said, adding that other European deals had also been closed.

FilmNation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Italy’s Lucky Red has confirmed Italian press reports that it will release “A Rainy Day in New York” on Oct. 3, leading to local speculation that the film could launch in September at the Venice Film Festival. The fest could not be immediately reached for comment. Lucky Red previously released Allen’s 2017 “Wonder Wheel,” starring Kate Winslet.

Allen’s  “Anything Else” screened as the Lido opener in 2003.

Not much is known about the plot of “A Rainy Day in New York” except that it’s an ensemble romcom involving two young people who arrive in New York for the weekend and that it may include a narrative strand in which an older man, played by Law, has a relationship with a young woman, played by Fanning, who was 19 during production. The film was completed in 2018.

The Allen film has become toxic in the U.S. because of the renewed attention to the sexual molestation allegations leveled at Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow. Allen denies the allegations.

Last June, Amazon broke its four-picture deal with Allen, which included “A Rainy Day in New York,” reportedly allowing Allen to dispose of the film as he pleased. In response, Allen recently sued the shopping giant’s streaming service for at least $68 million.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the resurfaced allegations that Allen molested his daughter nearly three decades ago, several actors have distanced themselves from the director, including Chalamet and Gomez, who donated their salaries for the film to Time’s Up and other organizations.

However, in an interview with The New York Times published last November, Law said that the shelving of the film by Amazon was a “terrible shame.” “I’d love to see it,” Law said. “People worked really hard and put a lot in, obviously himself [Allen] included.”

Allen is currently working on a new film being backed by Barcelona-based Mediapro, which has financed several other of his films, including “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris.”

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2019 Billboard Music Awards complete winners list

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TOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Drake (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”
Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, “Girls Like You” (WINNER)
Post Malone, “Better Now”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Kane Brown, “Heaven”
Luke Combs, “She Got the Best of Me”
Dan + Shay, “Speechless”
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” (WINNER)

TOP ROCK SONG
Foster The People, “Sit Next to Me”
Imagine Dragons, “Natural”
Imagine Dragons, “Whatever It Takes”
lovelytheband, “broken”
Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes” (WINNER)

TOP RAP SONG
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It” (WINNER)

Drake, “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone, “Better Now”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake (WINNER)

Post Malone
Travis Scott
Ed Sheeran
XXXTentacion

TOP DUO/GROUP
BTS (WINNER)

Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

TOP NEW ARTIST
Bazzi
Juice WRLD (WINNER)
Lil Baby
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
XXXTentacion, ?

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Imagine Dragons (WINNER)

lovelytheband
Panic! at the Disco
Queen
twenty one pilots

TOP R&B ARTIST
H.E.R.
Khalid
Ella Mai (WINNER)
The Weeknd
XXXTentacion

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2019 Billboard Music Awards complete winners list

TOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Drake (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”
Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, “Girls Like You” (WINNER)
Post Malone, “Better Now”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Kane Brown, “Heaven”
Luke Combs, “She Got the Best of Me”
Dan + Shay, “Speechless”
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” (WINNER)

TOP ROCK SONG
Foster The People, “Sit Next to Me”
Imagine Dragons, “Natural”
Imagine Dragons, “Whatever It Takes”
lovelytheband, “broken”
Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes” (WINNER)

TOP RAP SONG
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It” (WINNER)

Drake, “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone, “Better Now”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake (WINNER)

Post Malone
Travis Scott
Ed Sheeran
XXXTentacion

TOP DUO/GROUP
BTS (WINNER)

Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

TOP NEW ARTIST
Bazzi
Juice WRLD (WINNER)
Lil Baby
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
XXXTentacion, ?

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Imagine Dragons (WINNER)

lovelytheband
Panic! at the Disco
Queen
twenty one pilots

TOP R&B ARTIST
H.E.R.
Khalid
Ella Mai (WINNER)
The Weeknd
XXXTentacion

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