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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robin Williams v. Frank & Beans: A Couple of Dicks

Robin_williamsE! Online reports that Robin Williams is suing a production company by the name of Frank & Beans for $6 million. E! also provides the complaint, which alleges causes of action for breach of contract and promissory estoppel here. According to the complaint, Williams was to be paid $6 million for making a film called "A Couple of Dicks." The filming was supposed to begin in April. In March, defendant Frank & Beans and its parent company Gold Circle Films (also a defendant) notified Williams that the film had been shelved. Williams alleges that his agreement was "pay or play," and that defendants had agreed to pay him his $6 million whether or not the film was produced.

Nice work if you can get it.

The contract also allegedly specified that Mr. Williams would get top billing. I wonder how the other Dick felt about that.

[Jeremy Telman]

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Fiat Risus translates loosely as "let there be laughter." Not a bad name for a comedian's production company.

Posted by: 10803 | Oct 22, 2008 6:29:17 AM

Williams must have had a solid education in the classics. The old name of his production company was "braccae tuae aperiuntur" which is sort of an after-the-fact translation for "your fly is open." It's one of those expressions where someone wanted to figure out how you'd say an English expression in Latin, even though it never would actually have been said. I forget what that's called.

Posted by: 10803 | Oct 22, 2008 6:33:00 AM

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