'Hangover' Heat For Tattoo Tiff, Anticipated BO

Late Development May 24-A federal judge declined to issue a temporary injunction to delay The Hangover: Part II's theatrical release but said he would consider a permanent injunction to block release to downstream media; the lawyer for the tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill reportedly suggested a $30m settlement from Warner to drop the case before losing the temporary injunction motion. Also, May 24 Warner statement paragraph added below...  
May 24, 2011-The Hangover Part II is experiencing its own cliffhangers. The tattoo artist who created ex-boxer Mike Tyson’s facial tattoo is suing to block theatrical premiere of Hangover 2 alleging copyright infringement because the distinctive tattoo appears in the film. The raunchy R-rated comedy is scheduled for Thursday premiere (at midnight) and Hollywood Reporter says audience tracking surveys are predicting a boffo $100 million three-day opening in domestic weekend box office.
  A Hollywood Reporter article says Warner Bros. “dispatched two of its top executives to St. Louis on Monday to testify during a four-hour federal court hearing on whether a judge will issue an injunction preventing the planned Thursday rollout of the highly anticipated comedy sequel... According to sources who attended the hearing, the Warners execs told the court that the studio has spent roughly $80 million on marketing the sequel to 2009’s The Hangover and that blocking the film's debut in theaters would cause irreparable financial harm. Also, thousands of theaters are in the process of receiving the film.”

 “The very copyrightability of tattoos is a novel issue,” the Warner Bros. Legal brief says. “There is no legal precedent for plaintiff’s radical claim that he is entitled, under the Copyright Act, to control the use of a tattoo that he created on the face of another human being.” The tattoo artist The Hollywood article is by

   Late Add to story: A May 24 statement from Warner Bros. says, “Plaintiff's failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted.”

no R-rated film has ever opened to $100 million.” The 2009 predecessor is the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time having grossed $277.3 million in domestic box office and $190.2 million internationally.
   Hangover 2 has lots of buzz and legions of fans that include ex-President Bill Clinton, who visited the set of the film during production and some news reports suggest Clinton will be seen in the film.
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