News: Billboard Queen Files Lawsuit Against "Notorious" Movie Makers

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 12:15PM

Written by Biz Jones

Billboard Queen Angelyne has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures and Bad Boy Films for the unauthorized usage of her poster in 2009's Notorious movie.

According to the model, her image was used without permission.

Angelyne -- the woman who has plastered herself all over the billboards of Hollywood -- is suing FOX Searchlight Pictures for allegedly using her billboard image in the movie "Notorious" without permission. In the federal lawsuit, Angelyne calls herself "a world renowned celebrity" who is world famous "for her eye-catching and highly visible billboards and photographs..." Angelyne says after the January 2009 release of "Notorious" -- a movie about Notorious B.I.G. -- several of her fans saw the flick and told her the famous billboard was shown in the movie for at least 12 seconds. (TMZ)

The complaint seeks at least $100,000 in damages.

"At no time has Angelyne authorized any of the defendants to reproduce, adapt or distribute any image containing her copyrighted billboard for use in the `Notorious' motion picture," according to the complaint. As a result of the billboard's use in the film, Angelyne claims she has suffered "loss of reputation and standing in the community," the lawsuit contends. The suit seeks not less than $100,000 in damages. (KPCC News)

She is most known for being featured on billboard posters throughout California.

Angelyne is an American model and occasional actress who ostensibly became an icon of Hollywood and Los Angeles, best known for purchasing billboards advertising herself. Her billboards have gained more fame than she has, and have appeared in several television shows and movies, including the opening titles of the 1980's television series 'Moonlighting' and a quick parody during the credits of 'Futurama.' She was also featured in a song called "Culver Moon" on Jackson Browne's 1996 album Looking East. (Wikipedia)

Notorious opened at No. 4 when released in January 2009.

Notorious, a biopic of slain rap artist Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., grossed an estimated $21.5 million from 1,638 theaters to post the best per-location average -- $13,126 -- of the weekend. Film was distributed by Fox but produced and marketed by Fox Searchlight. Opening is the biggest ever for the specialty unit. (Variety)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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