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MGM denies blackmail in threat to cut AUSTIN's GOLDMEMBER

MGM says New Line putting out untruths

By Christopher Allan Smith     February 04, 2002
Source: Hollywood Reporter


Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) and Mike Myers (Dr. Evil) play a couple of jail birds in AUSTIN POWERS 3.
© 2002 New Line Cinema

The fight between MGM and New Line Cinema over AUSTIN POWERS' GOLDMEMBER got uglier today, if you can imagine, with MGM accusing New Line of lying about its alleged blackmail.



In a report in Friday's HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, New Line claimed MGM floated this offer: If New Line moved the release of its JOHN Q away from the same weekend as MGM's HART'S WAR, MGM would drop its legal fight against New Line's naming of the new POWERS movie AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMBER.



This is Monday, so round four (seven? ten?) begins with MGM telling the REPORTER New Line's claims about the title "deal" were "erroneous reports." No such deals were ever on the table, according to MGM's senior executive vice president and general counsel Jay Rakow.



What else probably isn't on the table is Mike Myers' work on MGM's hoped for PINK PANTHER remake.



New Line has not yet decided on a new name, as evidenced by the AUSTIN POWERS Super Bowl commercial which displayed no name other than AUSTIN POWERS.

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