Suck on this Warner Bros, Hari Puttar FTW!

If you’ve already been to this site, you’ve probably heard about the Harry Potter/Hari Puttar lawsuit Warner Bros initiated about a month ago. If not, the gist is that Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against Indian company Mirchii Movies over the latter’s film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors, complaining it resembled its Harry Potter property a tad too much. Of course, Hari has nothing in common with Harry and is actually more of a Home Alone ripoff. You can read more about it here (including Hari Puttar‘s trailer) and here.

As I predicted, Warner Bros succeeded only in embarassing themselves, as Indian courts rejected the complaint yesterday on grounds that the stories are in no way similar and that Warner knew of the film since 2005 (!). Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors will now come out this Friday in India, instead of the September 12th release originally planned.

In related Potter news, 25 minutes of the sixth film’s IMAX presentation will be converted for a 3D presentation. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will open worldwide in mid-July 2009.

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The Hollywood shuffle game continues

Release dates just won’t stop changing ever since Warner Bros moved Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince to next July. The latest “victim”? Australian war drama Australia (actually an American co-production), which was pushed back from November 14th to November 21st in the US.

The epic, which is set to be one of the big events of 2008’s last quarter, will mark the return of acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) and stars Nicole Kidman (The Golden Compass) and Hugh Jackman (Deception). The movie, which Luhrmann co-wrote with Stuart Beattie (30 Days Of Night), tells the story of an English aristocrat, played by Kidman, who inherits a ranch in northern Australia at the dawn of World War II, and hires Jackman’s character to protect it from a takeover. Then, the Japanese start bombing.

The American change shouldn’t affect other release dates, and as far as I know, Australia will still premiere in Australia on November 13th.

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Harry Potter wants to kick Hari Puttar’s ass, doesn’t care about Harvey Putter?

Yesterday I reported about Warner Bros’ legal battle with Mirchi Movies over the forthcoming Indian film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors (read more about it here). Today I find out that an American movie called Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise has finished filming this August, and not only does Warner not care, the film actually has the support of the Harry Potter cast, crew, and fanbase!

The 30,000 dollar movie, from the people who brought you The Dork Of The Rings (huh?) features characters with names such as Dumpy The Houseschmuck, Hernia Grunger and Wand Fu Master and takes place at the “Snogwarts School Of Witchcrap”. According to the IMDB, the self-professed spoof’s story goes like this:

Celebrity teen wizard Harvey Putter and his friends learn that they are merely characters in a best-selling book and must magically escape their world before the final chapter.

The thought that Warner is freaking out over a Home Alone ripoff that most international Potter fans will never see (Indian films still being a very niche market) while Harvey Putter, which sounds like it’s going to be as funny as a Friedberg/Seltzer film (Disaster Movie), actually has the support of the Potter community, is baffling, and kind of sad really.

Dear Warner Bros, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors‘ title is equal parts Harry Potter and William Shakespeare (The Comedy Of Errors, anyone?), so unless you can somehow get the Bard’s corpse to join you in your quest for “justice”, please give it up, you’re only embarassing yourselves.

Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise is expected to premiere sometime in 2010, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors is slated for release on September 12th 2008, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince was recently moved to July 17th 2009.

Tragedy befalls Helena Bonham Carter

Our condoleances go out to Mrs Carter and her family as four members of the Carter clan brutally died this week after their tour bus blew a tire and flipped over during a South African safari. MSN Movies reports:

Carter’s aunt, 74-year-old Brenda Bonham Carter, and her husband Francis Kirkwood, 75, were killed along with Marcus Egerton-Warburton, the 14-year-old son of Carter’s cousin, Fiona. Fiona is said to have suffered a broken collarbone in the accident. Her other son, Piers, reportedly suffered whiplash injuries. The fourth victim is believed to be Kay Boardman, the wife of Fiona’s brother Graham.

Helena Bonham Carter, a British actress, is best known in recent years for her roles in husband Tim Burton’s films and her part as dark witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies. She will next be seen on the big screen in 2009, in the blockbusters Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Terminator Salvation.

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Harry Potter attacks Hari Puttar

In what can only be labeled a bitch move, Warner Bros has filed a lawsuit against Indian production company Mirchi Movies regarding the forthcoming film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors. The reason? Warner feels the movie is taking advantage of the Harry Potter name. WB spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln tells The Hollywood Reporter:

“We have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled ‘Hari Puttar’. Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation.”

Mirchi CEO Munish Purii retorded:

We registered the ‘Hari Puttar’ title in 2005 and it’s unfortunate that Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film’s release. In my opinion, I don’t think our title has any similarity or links with ‘Harry Potter.’

The irony here? Mr Purii is actually the one who’s right. From the looks of Hari Puttar‘s trailer, the movie has nothing to do with the world’s most famous teenage wizard and is actually eerily similar to the Home Alone franchise, a property owned by Twentieth Century-Fox. So if anyone should file a lawsuit against Hari Puttar, it ought to be Fox, a company currently tangled with Warner in a messy battle over the Watchmen rights (god, it’s like a vicious circle).

Article continues after the jump. Also, Hari Puttar trailer.

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