He's Got Their Number, Almost

A writer scores against a studio, but where's the money?

"I'd hire the devil himself as a writer if he gave me a good story."

-- Sam Goldwyn

Movie moguls crave good scripts, but they hate to pay for them. So goes the age-old gripe among disgruntled Hollywood screenwriters, but it took an outsider like columnist Art Buchwald to put the allegation to the test. In a star-studded courtroom drama, Buchwald cast a bright light on the machinations of Hollywood's power brokers. Last week a Los Angeles judge ruled that Paramount Pictures used Buchwald's script proposal as the basis for its 1988 blockbuster Coming to America and failed to pay him...

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