Wednesday, January 19, 2011

“Billionaire Ronald Perelman, ex-wife Ellen Barkin settle dispute over movie company - Los Angeles Times” plus 1 more

“Billionaire Ronald Perelman, ex-wife Ellen Barkin settle dispute over movie company - Los Angeles Times” plus 1 more


Billionaire Ronald Perelman, ex-wife Ellen Barkin settle dispute over movie company - Los Angeles Times

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 01:23 PM PST

New York —

Cosmetics magnate Ronald Perelman has ended his legal fight with ex-wife Ellen Barkin over a movie production company they started while married but squabbled over for years after divorcing, according to court records and Barkin's lawyers.

The Revlon Inc. chairman and the "Sea of Love" actress settled the lawsuits over Applehead Pictures, according to Barkin's lawyer, Jacob W. Buchdahl. Court records show the cases were closed Friday.

"The case is over," Buchdahl said, declining to discuss the terms or comment further. Perelman's spokeswoman, Christine M. Taylor, declined to comment Tuesday.


The settlement came after an appeals court ruled against Perelman last month in one of the lawsuits, saying he owed more than $4.3 million to Applehead. The sum represented contributions he'd promised the company, plus interest. At the time, Taylor said Perelman planned to keep pressing his claims.

Perelman — whose net worth Forbes estimates at $11 billion — had acknowledged that he didn't pay $3.4 million he'd pledged to put into the company, but he said Barkin and others mismanaged it and didn't honor their own commitments to it.

Barkin's camp has called his allegations frivolous and said he was reneging on a business deal.

Barkin, 56, and Perelman, 68, married in 2000. The "Ocean's Thirteen" and "The Big Easy" actress was Perelman's fourth wife.

When they divorced in 2006, Barkin received a settlement that Perelman's spokeswoman has described as "enormous" but declined to quantify. Barkin also sold jewelry Perelman gave her at an auction that fetched more than $20 million; she told an interviewer that the pieces were "not memories I want to wear out every day."

The Applehead Pictures dispute at times took on a personal tone. Perelman had argued, for instance, that the actress had broken their separation agreement — and therefore his continuing responsibilities to Applehead — by not taking steps to obtain a "get," or a Jewish divorce document.

Applehead was a producer of last year's "Letters to Juliet," a romantic comedy starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Redder? A sequel to Bruce Willis action movie Red is in the works - JoBlo.com

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 06:32 PM PST

The Bruce Willis action-comedy RED turned out to be a minor hit thanks to global box office figures -- enough to make Summit sufficiently satisfied to get a sequel going. The movie even got a perplexing nomination for a Golden Globe, which must count for something, right? Ahem.

According to Collider, the company has set original writers Jon and Erich Hoeber (who loosely adapted Warren Ellis' comic miniseries) to work on a way to bring back Willis' retired CIA agent, his new gal and his gang of elderly ex-spies.

This is merely the first step -- there's no guarantee a sequel would even go further than the script stage, but it's safe to assume that at least some of the cast from the first RED would show up to help or hinder Bruce. Or maybe he'd round up some other familiar and respectable aging actors for chuckles and gunplay.

The Hoebers also penned the script for Summit's upcoming Sam Worthington thriller MAN ON A LEDGE, and somehow figured out a way to make the decades-old board game BATTLESHIP into a $200 million summer action movie.

Source: Collider

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