Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied Make it Official; Marvel Sued for Avengers Briefcase: Biz Break
Also in Monday morning's round-up of news briefs, a slew of stars and moguls expected in an Obama fundraiser. Celeste and Jesse Forever triumphs at the specialty box office and a rom-com heads to Phase 4 Films.
Harvey Weinstein, Aaron Sorkin and Anne Hathaway to co-Host Obama Fundraiser
Weinstein's Westport, CT home will be the site for the $35,800 per ticket fundraiser, billed as an intimate dinner for 50 people including Hathaway, Paul Newman's widow Joanne Woodward, Deadline reports.
Natalie Portman Marries Benjamin Millepied
The couple married in a nighttime ceremony along the California Central Coast are of Big Sur following a 14 month engagement. They have a son, Aleph. The couple met in the fall of 2009 while prepping for their 2010 film, Black Swan, which made $329 million worldwide and earned Portman an Oscar, THR reports.
Specialty Box Office: Celeste and Jesse Forever Hot in Debut; Killer Joe Solid in 2nd Weekend
Most specialty newcomers had a rough go in their rollouts over the weekend, but one film Celeste and Jesse Forever managed a spectacular debut. Magnolia Pictures' 360 also enjoyed a respectable opening, while others failed to gain traction, Deadline reports.
Marvel Studios Sued over Avengers Briefcase
German company Rimowa GmbH apparently gave its permission for the Disney-owned film studio to use its Topas briefcase in the film. However, the company claims Marvel took the look of its design for a plastic replica case that is due to be sold as part of a forthcoming Blu-ray box set, The Guardian reports.
Phase 4 Films Nabs Miss Dial
The company picked up U.S. and Canadian rights to David H. Steinberg's romantic comedy Miss Dial. The pic is the feature directorial debut of Puss in Boots writer Steinberg and stars Robinne Lee and Sam Jaeger, Variety reports.