French Court Orders eBay to Pay $61 Million for Sale of Counterfeit Goods

June 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A French court today ordered auction giant eBay to pay 38.6 million euros (about $61 million dollars) in damages to the French luxury goods company LVMH, maker of Louis Vuitton bags and Dior perfumes.  This judgment was a huge setback for eBay in one of several legal battles over the sale of counterfeit goods through their auction service. Read more

“Star Trek: The Experience” to Close September 2008

June 30, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

As reported back in May (see “Star Trek: The Experience” May Close at End of 2008), the contract between CBS and Cedar Fair regarding the “Star Trek: The Experience” attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton ends December 31,2008.  At the time of the last report, there were “currently no plans to renew” it following a decline in attendance and interest in the attraction. Read more

Potential Actors’ Strike Looms: “Sequel” to Writers’ Strike?

June 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Only months after the 100-day writers’ strike was settled this past February (see Writers’ Strike Ends), a potential actors’ strike threatens to bring a halt to film and television production yet again.  The contract between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires June 30, following weeks of unproductive negotiations. This scenario includes additional real life drama in that many notable actors are choosing one of two trade unions and their respective platforms to ally with in resolving this matter. Read more

Julien’s “The Godfather” Movie Prop Clapperboard

June 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

As reported in past articles, Julien’s held their “Entertainment Sale Hollywood Memorabilia” auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 21 (LINK).  One of the items featured prominently in their marketing raised some questions on the Movie Prop Forum, with Rick Spector of Stairway to the Stars questioning the date on the clapboard (or clapperboard) attributed to use in The Godfather, as well as the “I” in the film title.  I’ve since picked up a copy of The Godfather Legacy by Harlan Lebo which seems to raise further questions about the markings on this piece that realized $4,500.00 at auction (plus 25%-27.5% Buyer’s Premium). Read more

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Second Amendment Rights

June 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As reported back in March (see U.S. Supreme Court Examines Constitution’s Second Amendment, Right to Bear Arms), there has been much anticipation since last year over the U.S. Supreme Court’s examination of the Second Amendment to the Constitution – the “right to bear arms”. The case stems from a challenge to the constitutionality of the handgun ban in Washington D.C. Read more

Terminator Endo Skull on eBay, Part 2 (Blu-Ray Stills, The Winson Effect)

June 26, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

This is a continuation of the first article looking at the “SCREEN-USED ENDOSKELETON HEAD FROM THE 1984 FILM “TERMINATOR” STARRING ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER”.  I have compiled high resolution screen captures from The Terminator Blu-Ray Disc.  I have also researched the great detail about the development and filming of the Terminator endoskeleton and skull by Stan Winston Studios in the book, “The Winston Effect” (see Book Review: The Winston Effect).  These images and information are compared and contrasted with the endo skull offered at auction that is “MADE COMPLETELY OUT OF METAL”. Read more

Profiles in History “Hollywood Auction 32″ Catalog Available Online

June 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The Profiles in History website has updated it’s main page for the second time today, and the catalog is now available (as a download in PDF) for the next auction, Hollywood Auction 32, to be held at their offices in Calabassas Hills, CA July 31 & August 1, 2008. Read more

Profiles in History “Hollywood Auction 32″ Featured Items

June 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The Profiles in History website has updated it’s main page, showcasing the “Featured Items” for the next auction, Hollywood Auction 32, to be held at their offices in Calabassas Hills, CA July 31 & August 1, 2008. Read more

Charity Auction: Angelina Jolie’s Leather Jacket from Wanted

June 25, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

A leather jacket worn by Angelina Jolie in the new film Wanted is up for auction on both eBay and, with proceeds from the sale benefiting Plan!t Now. Read more

Star Wars “Prototype” Stormtrooper Helmets

June 24, 2008 by · 8 Comments 

Over the past several years, one issue that has been discussed among hobbyists from time to time relates to questions about Stormtrooper helmets characterized as “prototypes” and attributed to the production of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. A number of hobbyists do not believe these helmets are indeed prototypes (precursors to the helmets made for and used in A New Hope) but made following that production, which would classify them as non-Original or replicas. Read more

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