Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Wolverine’ Pirate Sentenced to Prison, James Franco and the Low-Grading Professor, ‘Little Giants’ Inspires NFL Trick Play

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Wolverine’ Pirate Sentenced to Prison, James Franco and the Low-Grading Professor, ‘Little Giants’ Inspires NFL Trick Play

Dec 20, 2011

 

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Movie Pirate Headed to Prison: Gilberto Sanchez, 49, was sentenced to one year in federal prison for “illegally uploading and distributing a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Let this be a warning to all would-be movie thieves. (Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

The Professor and the Movie Star: A former New York University professor has filed suit against the school, alleging that he lost his job because he gave James Franco a grade of “D.” José Angel Santana says that the actor missed most of his classes and then ridiculed the professor for his low grade; NYU says the claim is “ridiculous.” (New York Post / The Hollywood Reporter)

Kids Movie Inspires NFL Coach: The NFL’s Carolina Panthers ran a trick play on Sunday, and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski credits 1994’s Little Giants for inspiration. The hidden-ball trick play resulted in a touchdown for the Panthers, giving the team a 21-0 lead over the Houston Texas in a game that they ultimately won, 28-13. (Ultimate Texans)

Blacklisted Writer Finally Gets Credit: The late, great screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 and subsequently served 11 months in a federal prison before being blacklisted in Hollywood, finally received official credit from the Writer’s Guild of America for his script work on Roman Holiday in 1953. The film won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. (Entertainment Weekly)

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