Quick Hits: J.B. Smoove for 'The Dictator,' 'Final Destination 5' Poster, More Good News for Spike Lee

Quick Hits: J.B. Smoove for 'The Dictator,' 'Final Destination 5' Poster, More Good News for Spike Lee

Jul 06, 2011

J.B. Smoove

J.B. Smoove, perhaps best recognized as Larry David's hilarious brother-in-law on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," will join Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, directed by "Curb" regular Larry Charles.

French distributor TF1 Droits Audiovisuels has lost its ongoing lawsuit with the producers of The Miracle at St. Anna, and now owes the filmmakers some $46 million for breach of contract for failing to distribute the film.  This is great for Spike Lee and friends, considering the damages awarded are over 6x what the film actually made at the US box office.

Patrick Doyle (Thor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has been hired to compose the score for Brave, Pixar's next film. [via The Playlist]

David Schwimmer has optioned the rights to The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's novel about the meat-packing industry of 1904 Chicago.  

Warner Bros. has won a crucial copyright battle that may impact a number of future films.  The Hollywood Reporter has a clear explanation of what's at stake, but the basic gist is this: even if a literary work is in the public domain, a film studio can copyright the property and its characters if the visual depiction of said property is what the public generally associates with said property.  It's still confusing, but it may actually have an affect on any of the nine upcoming remakes of the Wizard of Oz, which is now officially copyrighted by Warner Bros.

Curious how New Line Cinema would keep its skull trend going with Final Destination 5?  No?  Too bad, because here's the new poster: [via JoBlo]

Final Destination 5

Speaking of posters, head to artist Dan Skubal's blog to read his account of designing two original posters for Super 8 only to have Bad Robot ultimately pass on them. [via /Film]

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