Not so 'Happy Days'...
Potsie, Joanie, Mrs. C and Ralph Malph mean business.
Four cast members of the iconic 1970s sit-com "Happy Days" on Tuesday filed a $10 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against CBS Corp., alleging that the television giant has cheated them out of millions of dollars in merchandising revenue. The plaintiffs include Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph) and Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), as well as Patricia Bosley, wife of Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), who died last fall.
Two notable cast members -- Henry Winkler (Fonzie) and Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) -- are not party to the lawsuit.
"We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue," CBS said in a statement.
Contracts with the show's producer, Paramount Television, which has since been folded into CBS, said the actors would be paid when their "name, voice, likeness or endorsement was used in connection with merchandising rights," according to the suit. But one actor hasn't received payments in more than a decade, and the others have not been paid at all, Pfeiffer said.
Warhol for sale...
A 1986 self-portrait by Andy Warhol that was among the last of his paintings to be exhibited while he was alive is heading for the auction block, where it is estimated to sell for up to $40 million.
The stark red-on-black "Self-Portrait" is scheduled to be sold at Christie's post-war and contemporary art sale May 11, the auction house announced Wednesday. The owner is a private American collector who purchased it in 1996 and wished to remain anonymous.
Old Vic cast set...
Producers have revealed the full cast of Sam Mendes' trans-Atlantic production of "Richard III," which opens in London in June with Kevin Spacey in the lead role.
The Old Vic Theatre said Wednesday that the cast includes British performers Haydn Gwynne, Gemma Jones and Chuk Iwuji, as well as United States actors Maureen Anderman and Chandler Williams.
Shakespeare's play forms the third and final season of the Bridge Project, which brings together British and American actors on classic plays directed by Mendes.
The production will open June 29 at the Old Vic, then tour to Greece, Hong Kong, Spain and Singapore before moving to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January.
The art of giving...
Ben Stiller is getting some of the biggest names in contemporary art to help Haitian children affected by last year's earthquake.
The actor and comedian announced Wednesday that he is partnering with New York art dealer David Zwirner on a benefit auction called "Artists for Haiti," scheduled for Sept. 22 at Christie's auction house.
Some of the artists who have already donated works include Chuck Close, Paul McCarthy, Jasper Johns, Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
"Over a year after the massive quake in Haiti, there remains a huge need to rebuild and help the country," Stiller said in a statement. "David and I are working to help raise funds so that the children of Haiti have an opportunity to receive the education they need to lead a better life and fulfill the potential of this vibrant and important culture."