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Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” prequels, was dealt a blow Tuesday in his lawsuit against USA Network over its “Royal Pains” series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
According to the New York Post, a judge tossed out the suit brought by Mr. Christensen and his brother, Tove, along with Forest Park Pictures.
In the suit, filed in December, the brothers alleged that they brought the idea for a concierge doctor show titled “Housecall” to USA and met with Alex Pepiol, who at the time was manager of original scripted series programming at the network. They said they also sent him materials including a treatment, character biographies and show ideas.
They claimed “Royal Pains” misappropriated characters, concept and story lines from the “Housecall” treatment.
On Tuesday, Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon said in court that the breach-of-contract claims were overruled by federal law “concerning materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas.”
Reinhardt, CNN pioneer, former president dies
Burt Reinhardt, one of CNN’s first presidents and a television pioneer who is credited with helping build the global news network in its formative years, died at his home near Atlanta on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. He was 91.
Mr. Reinhardt suffered from a series of strokes before his death in Marietta, Ga., said his daughter, Cheryl Reinhardt.
“Without Burt Reinhardt, it is doubtful that CNN would exist today,” said Tom Johnson, who in 1990 succeeded Mr. Reinhardt as the 24-hour network’s chief.
Mr. Reinhardt joined CNN in 1979 as the start-up network prepared to launch its new idea, his daughter said. Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner named Mr. Reinhardt as president in January 1982. During his tenure, he oversaw the beginning of “Larry King Live” and much of the network’s expansion.
• Compiled from Web and wire reports.
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