Harry Shearer sues studio over Spinal Tap, says he's received $98 in royalties over 30 years


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/19/harry-shearer-sues-studio-over.html


#2

It’s like, how much more black could their hearts be? And the answer is… none.


#3

It’s as if he had Ian Faith as his manager in real life…


#4

I say it’s a movie definitely worth stealing.


#5

Mr. Shearer’s attorney said the studio’s claims are “bass-less”.


#6

“net”? Now there’s your problem right there. Hollywood is even more innovative in accounting that the record industry. If a movie turns a profit the accountants haven’t done their job. For a business whose products never seem to be profitable, it is surprising that they still make movies.


#7

“That’s the trouble with nets, they’re mostly holes!”

- Crocodile Dundee, probably


#8

What do you mean? Who could ever forget such box-office bombs as Return of the Jedi, Forrest Gump, Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?

How dare you accuse the studios of doctoring the numbers of these movies, sad failures and write-offs whose dismal box office performance never exceeded the money spent to make and promote them?


#9

Yep. Came to post the same thing. I mean they are still charging shit to accounts from movies made over 30 years ago! IIRC they still charge shit to Star Wars’ production and it hasn’t made a profit technically either. At least pre-Disney sale.


#10

In most of the world, industries that produced as many “unprofitable failures” as the Hollywood studios do would be riven with repeated bankruptcies, like the airlines are. But the studios make money, it’s just that the individual movies don’t. Everybody makes money creating, promoting, showing, licensing…well except for people who take a share of “net profits.”


#11

At this point, I’d like to raise a practical question… :thinking:


#12

Why run a picture of Christopher Guest, and not Harry Shearer?


#13

…Big dockets big dockets, talk about filings, my court’s go 'em!


#14

He deserves so much more than $98:


#15

I hope Shearer’s demand from the studio was all

Stop wasting my time
You know what I want
You know what I need
Or maybe you don’t
Do I have to come right flat out and tell you everything?
Gimme some money, gimme some money
I’m nobody’s fool
I’m nobody’s clown
I’m treating you cool
I’m putting you down
But baby I don’t intend to leave empty handed
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Oh yeah! Go Nigel, Go!
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Don’t get me wrong (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
Try getting me right (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
Your face is okay
But your purse is too tight (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
I’m looking for pound notes, loose change, bad checks, anything
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money
Gimme some money, gimme some money


#16

The saddest thing is that they still haven’t monetized the IP on the dial that goes to 11.


#17

God knows Soldano has.


#18

Amongst the complaints about dishonest bookkeeping designed to cheat him out of money owed was the charge that the bread included with the deli platters at promotional events was too small to make a proper sandwich. It just falls apart when you try to fold it. Would you eat that?


#19

Is a parade of horribles anything like a basket of deplorables?

I’m not sure how principles would get paid for anything. Maybe principals.

And Derek Smalls was the man behind Bass Odyssey.


#20

Surely it’s time for the revolution, and for some of these rat bastard motherfuckers to be up against a wall.