NY lawsuit vs. Anna Nicole Smith book's author OK'd
NEW YORK - A New York City judge said a jury can decide whether the author of a best-selling book about the death of Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith defamed her lawyer by calling him a pimp.
Federal Judge Denny Chin found plenty of reasons Wednesday to let the jury hear the facts behind a $60 million libel lawsuit brought by lawyer Howard K. Stern against 'Blonde Ambition' author Rita Cosby.
The judge said the veteran television news anchor's book contains allegations that may be too explosive to be true, such as claims the lawyer had sex with one of Smith's former boyfriends and acted as her pimp.
Academy: All Emmys to be presented live
LOS ANGELES - The television academy is scrapping its 'time-shifting' plans and will present all 28 Emmy Awards during the September telecast.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced last month that it would pre-tape eight awards presentations and acceptance speeches, including some in the writing category. Members of the Writers Guild of America blasted the academy for the plan in a letter signed by some of the top TV showrunners.
The academy says the decision was made to 'mend relationships within the television community' and allow the telecast producer to focus on 'creative elements' during the live show.
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 on CBS.
Redbox sues 20th Century Fox in dispute
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. - DVD rental kiosk company Redbox said Wednesday it has sued 20th Century Fox over the movie studio's attempts to delay its titles from appearing in Redbox vending machines.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., marks the latest escalation in a fight over Redbox's service, which has divided Hollywood studios.
Last week, Fox, a unit of News Corp., joined General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures in a bid to preserve more lucrative DVD retail sales by keeping movies out of Redbox's $1-per-night rental kiosks for some period after they go on sale.