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Judge Rules in Favor of "Alpha Dog"

Posted: December 14th, 2006 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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After hearing arguments and personally screening the film, a federal judge ruled that "Alpha Dog" can be shown in theaters in wide release as planned. The ruling came despite objections from murder suspect Jesse James Hollywood, who the film is based on.

Even though characters' names have been changed in the film, Hollywood's attorney, James Blatt, believes that the movie could taint the jury pool, and that it would be impossible for his client to get a fair trial. "It is the first time ever that a deputy district attorney has released the contents of an entire criminal file to a motion picture company while a case is pending," Blatt said.

Universal fought for the right to distribute the film on First Amendment grounds, and U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner agreed with the argument. "The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that government restriction of speech in the form of a prior restraint against the media constitutes the most serious and least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights," Klausner wrote. "Prior restraints may be justified only in the most exceptional circumstances, such as to prevent the dissemination of information about troop movements during wartime (or) to suppress information that would set in motion a nuclear holocaust."

This is great news for Universal, since they only recently attained the film, after it was going nowhere under New Line Cinema.

Hollywood was the mastermind behind the August 2000 kidnapping and murder of a teenager, whose older brother was in debt to him for over $1200 in drugs. After being charged with murder, Hollywood fled to Brazil, where he was eventually captured.

"Alpha Dog," which stars Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake and Emile Hirsch as Jesse James Hollywood (since the names are changed, he stars as Johnny Truelove), hits theaters on January 12th, 2007 in wide release.

Click here to read our exclusive "Alpha Dog" preview.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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