Fat Cat Michael Moore Demands More Millions in Profit

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Michael Moore says Weinstein brothers owe him millions for ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

3/9/2011 COMMENTS (3)


March 9 (Westlaw Journals) – Filmmaker Michael Moore has sued movie moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein for allegedly using “classic Hollywood accounting tricks and financial deception” to cheat him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from his hit documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

The Weinsteins and their company promised but failed to deliver on a 50-50 split of profits for the movie, Moore says in the complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“This is the first time Michael Moore has ever sued anyone in his 20-year career as a filmmaker,” Moore’s attorney, Larry Stein, said in a statement.  “That should be some indication about how serious this is.”

The winner of the Palme d’Or award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, “Fahrenheit 9/11” takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the war on terror.


According to the complaint, the Weinsteins’ company, Fellowship Adventure Group LLC, agreed to finance, sell and distribute the movie and split the profits equally with Moore.
In 2008 Moore conducted an audit for the film, which so far has grossed more than $222 million worldwide, the suit says. The audit allegedly revealed “highly irregular accounting practices,” including charges for the cost of private jets to fly one of the Weinsteins and his assistant to Europe.


Other irregularities include an allegedly secret deduction in revenue that the Weinsteins said was paid to buy an interest owned in “Fahrenheit 9/11” by a predecessor company, according to the complaint.

The Weinsteins also deducted $1.2 million from profits for advertising costs that they never incurred, Moore says.
Bert Fields, an attorney for the Weinsteins, dismissed the allegations in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “The Weinsteins have paid everything they should have paid,” Fields said.  “Mr. Moore has received a huge amount of money from the film and we believe he is overreaching.  He should be ashamed of himself.”
The lawsuit seeks damages for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. Moore is represented by Larry Stein, Edward A. Klein and Daniel R. Gutenplan of Linder Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor in Los Angeles. The defense attorney is Bert Fields of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger in Los Angeles.
Westside Productions LLC v. Fellowship Adventure Group LLC et al., No. BC454501, complaint filed (Cal. Super. Ct., L.A. County Feb. 7, 2011).


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0 responses to “Fat Cat Michael Moore Demands More Millions in Profit

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  2. Add GREED/AVARICE to his sin of GLUTTONY that has made him morbidly obese.

  3. Maybe he’s just trying to get more of our “natural resources” to spread around the wealth…/sarc

  4. lowtechgrannie

    I’m no psychologist; but, could it be that Moore was one of those awkward, pathetic kids who was always picked last when they chose up teams for sports in school? I’m wondering if all he’s doing is expressing that suppressed rage of his inner-child when he goes off on those wild rants, inciting violence and class warfare. ………………… Nah!

  5. Moore’s fantasy scene… (and he gets to be played by Michael Douglas)

  6. $2.7 mil will buy a lot of hot dogs – even after he pays his lawyers. 🙂
    But, he has to win first, and something tells me he is in way over his head here.

  7. Libtards want to grab your money to fund follies and lost causes.
    Libtards are consistently stingy and always want more money for selfish pursuits, no matter the source.


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