Hollywood has developed many great -- and not so great -- traditions over the years. The Big Opening Weekend, the Summer Blockbuster, taking small, obscure films and exploding them into the mainstream, marketing tie-ins with fast food restaurants -- all these and many more have become as expected in Hollywood as death, taxes, plastic surgery and pictures of female celebs without underwear. Another such tradition in Hollywood is lawsuits. What would Hollywood -- and really, America -- be without the ability to sue someone?

There have been several famous lawsuits in Hollywood over the years: Peter Jackson vs. Newline, Art Buchwald vs. Paramount over Coming to America, Sharon Stone vs Mario Kassar and Andrew Vanja over Basic Instinct, Katzenberg vs Disney over The Lion King and, of course, the MPAA vs Everyone. All are examples of those in Hollywood exercising their right to a day in court. And now, according to a recent Variety article, German film fund Filmstiftung NRW is looking to get its day in court as well, having recently filed a lawsuit against Roland Emmerich over profits from the 1999 movie The Thirteenth Floor.

According to the article, the dispute centers on the movie's profitability. If the movie made a profit, then the fund would be entitled to money. "The film wasn't a blockbuster but it made a profit, which must be paid back," Filmstiftung managing director Michael Schmid-Ospach said in the article. Emmerich's lawyer Helge Sasse responded that the film "made a small loss," to which Schmid-Ospach responded, "Their counting is wrong." Well, with words like that it doesn't look like this one is going to be settled very soon. But really, I can't imagine the movie made much money either. I did see it with a couple of friends when it first came out, but if I recall correctly, we were pretty much alone in the theater. Its too bad Filmstiftung can't sue for profits from a movie that clearly made a lot of money like Independence Day.
categories Movies, Cinematical