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Friday, March 3, 2006

"Crash" In Court; Independent Producer Sues Others, Academy Over Credit for Film

Bob Yari, Cathy Schulman and Tom Nunan have ended up in court over who should get producer credit for Academy Award Best Picture nominee "Crash". Schulman and Nunan allege that Yari has withheld profits at Bulls Eye Entertainment, their joint venture--Yari says the other two aren't handling finances properly at the company. What makes matters worse is that the Producers Guild of America decided that of the six people listed as producers on the film, only Schulman and Paul Haggis should actually get credit (and walk to the stage) should "Crash" win an Oscar on Sunday night. Read more here and here. Finally, Yari has now sued the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences over his omission from the list of "Crash" producers. Meanwhile, "Crash" has surpassed several other nominees (and Best Picture Oscar winners) for the number of curse words used in a film--according to Familymediaguide.com. The tally?  182. Read more here.

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