Sci-fi author Alan Dean Foster says Disney has been behaving just like the evil empire from his “Star Wars” novels by stiffing him on royalties for a few of his common books.
The prolific creator says the Mouse Home hasn’t paid him a penny for his novelizations of the enduring franchise since its 2012 buy of Lucasfilm, the studio that birthed Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
In an open letter addressed to “Mickey,” Foster stated he’s owed royalties for his 1976 e book model of the primary “Star Wars” movie, which he ghost-wrote for collection creator George Lucas, and the 1978 sequel “Splinter of the Thoughts’s Eye.” He’s additionally lacking charges for his trio of novels primarily based on the hit “Alien” movies, which turned Disney’s after it acquired 20th Century Fox final 12 months, he stated.
“When one firm buys one other, they purchase its liabilities in addition to its belongings. You’re actually reaping the advantages of the belongings,” Foster, 74, wrote within the letter launched this week by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. “I’d very very similar to my miniscule (although it’s not small to me) share.”
Foster added that Disney has ignored his brokers’ and authorized reps’ efforts to gather the money and pressed him to signal a non-disclosure settlement earlier than even beginning negotiations — one thing nobody else has ever requested him to do.
Foster stated he might use the cash as he battles “a complicated type of most cancers” with which he was recognized in 2016. His spouse can also be grappling with “critical medical points,” he stated.
“I do know that is what gargantuan companies usually do. Ignore requests and inquiries hoping the petitioner will merely go away. Or presumably die,” Foster wrote. “However I’m nonetheless right here, and I’m nonetheless entitled to what you owe me.”
Different authors and “Star Wars” followers rallied behind Foster on Twitter, with some noting that he helped the franchise turn into the beloved money cow it’s at this time. Disney raked in additional than $4.Four billion on the world field workplace from the three newest “Star Wars” sequels, and the spinoff TV collection “The Mandalorian” helped draw viewers to its Disney+ streaming service.
Disney didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday. However the Mouse Home informed The Verge that it has been in talks with Foster for greater than a 12 months in regards to the “Alien” books and hadn’t beforehand heard any complaints in regards to the “Star Wars” titles. The corporate additionally reportedly claimed non-disclosure agreements are commonplace for such negotiations.
Mary Robinette Kowal, president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, stated it was “unprecedented” for the group to talk out publicly a couple of author’s dispute with a writer — particularly one as massive as Disney.
“They imagine they’ve the appropriate to publish work, however will not be obligated to pay the author it doesn’t matter what the contract says,” Kowal stated in a press release. “If we let this stand, it might set precedent to basically alter the way in which copyright and contracts function in america.”
Catherine O’Hara’s ‘Dwelling Alone 2’ throwback goes viral
Actress Catherine O’Hara has set the web alight after recreating the enduring scream scene from “Dwelling Alone 2” practically three a long time after the movie’s launch.
The nostalgic callback was first featured in a Youtube tribute to the movie’s late director John Hughes, however has since been shared by a TikTok fan account, the place it’s amassed about 3.5 million views.
The clip exhibits O’Hara, 66, recreating the well-known second from “Dwelling Alone 2: Misplaced In New York” the place Kate McCallister appears into the digicam and shrieks “Kevin!” after realizing her son is certainly misplaced within the Massive Apple. The “Beetlejuice” star then hilariously faints similar to she did within the 1992 Christmas traditional.
Her cinematic shoutout made a splash amongst “Dwelling Alone” followers — and her newer “Schitt’s Creek” following.
“She nonetheless did it precisely the identical! I really like this,” fawned one fan of O’Hara, who performed Moira Rose on “Schitt’s Creek.”
One other commented, “I hope she is aware of what an icon she is.”
“Repeat after me ICONIC,” wrote TikTok influencer thatboycollins.
Regardless of the landmark function, many “Schitt’s Creek” followers had been fully unaware that O’Hara starred within the “Dwelling Alone” collection.
“I simply came upon that Kevin’s mother in Dwelling Alone.. and Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek.. are performed by the identical actress,” wrote one flabbergasted fan on Twitter.
One other lamented, “It took me 5 seasons of watching Schitt’s Creek to understand that Moira is Kevin’s mother from dwelling alone.”
Talking of which, O’Hara memorably honored her “Schitt’s Creek” character Moira Rose in the course of the Emmys 2020 digital award present in September by sporting a face masks embroidered with a small rose in reference to the household’s floral surname.
Millie Bobby Brown breaks down over ‘uncomfortable’ encounter
Millie Bobby Brown burst into tears whereas explaining how a pushy fan made her really feel “uncomfortable and disrespected” by filming her with out her consent.
The “Stranger Issues” star stated the encounter occurred when she was out Christmas buying along with her mother.
“She stated, ‘Can I take a video of you?’ I stated, ‘Um, no,’” Brown, 16, stated on her Instagram tales, in line with E! Information. “However why would anybody wish to be taken a video of? Of me? It’s not like of the each of us.”
“I don’t must justify it to anybody. If I don’t wish to be taken a video of, I don’t need to be,” she added.
However as Brown was paying, the fan continued and commenced filming her anyway.
“And I stated, ‘I’m a human being. Like, what extra can I ask from you?’ She stated, ‘So, I can’t take a video of a human being?’ And I stated, ‘No, not once I stated no.’
“It simply makes me upset when folks attempt to push the boundary. I want folks had been extra respectful.”
The English actress, who gained in a single day fame for her function as Eleven within the hit Netflix sequence, admitted she’s “nonetheless attempting to navigate this all and it’s nonetheless overwhelming.”
She ended with a message to her practically 40 million followers.
“I’m making this video to say you need to present extra respect for others, irrespective of who they’re, what they do,” she stated. “Present respect, human being to human being.”
Brown later wrote on Instagram that she was “completely nice now. However was emotional within the second as a result of I felt uncomfortable and disrespected.”
Chris Kattan is up for ‘A Evening on the Roxbury’ sequel
Chris Kattan is raring to star in a “Evening on the Roxbury” sequel regardless of saying final 12 months that he destroyed his friendship with Will Ferrell whereas filming the unique.
In his explosive 2019 memoir, Kattan claimed that “SNL” honcho Lorne Michaels pressured him to have intercourse with the movie’s would-be director Amy Heckerling, which in the end put a pressure on his friendship with Ferrell. (An “SNL” spokesperson denied the accusation).
Nonetheless, Kattan, 50, instructed Web page Six in a brand new interview that working with the “Elf” star is “one of many coolest issues to do” and that he’s “a type of guys who’s simply as humorous off-screen as he’s on-screen.”
“I believe it’s a no brainer that it will be a enjoyable film to do, I believe,” he stated. “I don’t suppose it will be tough to be made and tough for it to make some huge cash. I might up for it. I believe it will be a variety of enjoyable.”
Kattan added that the 1998 cult traditional, starring Kattan and Ferrell as nightclub-obsessed brothers, “deserves” a sequel.
Kattan has been busy throughout lockdown engaged on new initiatives and in addition binge-watching exhibits, with “90 Day Fiancé” being his clear favourite.
“Whenever you watch it, you can swear it’s written by David Mamet,” Kattan stated. “It’s that good, you possibly can’t consider how good the occasions are which can be unfolding in entrance of your very eyes … It’s so unhealthy that it’s good.”