Michael Moore, Weinsteins in Legal Battle

2/11/2011 Posted by Admin

Michael Moore, Weinsteins in Legal Battle

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By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover

Michael Moore is taking the Weinsteins to court over nearly $3 million he alleges they owe him in profits according to the BBC and others. Moore's suit regards his 2004 film ("Fahrenheit 9/11"), which made more than $220 million at the world-wide box office and remains the highest grossing documentary of all time. Comments from Moore indicate that an audit disclosed accounting issues which entitle him to the amount he is seeking. According to the Weinsteins, Moore has to date received more than $20 million for the film.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" was released through the Fellowship Adventure Group, an enterprise the Weinsteins created specifically to release the film after Miramax's parent company Disney refused to distribute it. The film remains Moore's largest success, netting him the Palme d'Or at Cannes and grossing more than "Bowling for Columbine" and his most recent work, "Sicko," combined.

Moore has worked with the Weinsteins since 1997, when Miramax distributed "The Big One", the documentary which found Moore returning to the spotlight after the debacle that was "Canadian Bacon." The Weinsteins' lawyer, Bert Fields, has stated that Moore's claims are "hogwash" and "baloney," and that Moore has been paid every cent he was entitled to. As well as the nearly $3 million in profit Moore alleges he is owed, the filmmaker is also seeking an undisclosed amount for punitive damages.

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