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Anna Nicole to E!: You Screwed Me

3/10/2008 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The new E! show "Pop Fiction" sounds like a complete rip off of another pitch -- "Celebrities Strike Back." Oh, by the way -- it was pitched by Anna Nicole Smith more than three years ago and there could be a lawsuit.
Read the treatment
"Pop Fiction," produced by Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Television, debuted last night. It seems identical to a treatment obtained by TMZ that Anna Nicole registered with the Writers Guild in 2004. Now get this -- in 2004, Anna Nicole and Howard K. Stern met with Jeff Shore and Jay James, both programming execs for E!. They pitched the show and sent Shore the treatment.

We're also told Anna Nicole and Howard K. met with then E! Prez Ted Harbert in 2004 and also raised the show.

Ashton's show sounds like a carbon of Anna's treatment -- "...what happens if Anna Nicole Smith and other celebrities turn the tables and capitalize off of the overzealous media? What if the next big supposed scandal is not a scandal at all? What if everything is staged, but the media (and the public) don't know it?" It continues, Anna Nicole and other celebrity guests take aim at the media and push all the limits."

That's Ashton Kutcher's show and we're told Howard K. has already threatened suit. What is really pissing him off is that he and Anna had multiple meetings with E!. Two months ago, Stern spoke with E! again on behalf of the estate and the network seemed intrigued by making Larry Birkhead the celeb to do the first prank and then host the show. Ultimately Jay James said it just wouldn't work. Oh really?

UPDATE: A rep for E! tells us, "'Pop Fiction' is a program independently created and developed by Ashton Kutcher's company, Katalyst. 'Pop Fiction' is not based on any idea or concept that may have been pitched to E! by any other party."

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91.

passing thru    

Script protection:
http://www.screenwritersfederation.org/copyright.asp#12

What is the registration fee and how long is my work registered?
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The major question for me is: Does this registration expire when some one dies?

2386 days ago
92.

TIA    

test

2386 days ago
93.

Attention Ho    

85. 81. At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Posted at 7:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Peppermint

That we know of and it wouldn't surprise me.

Posted at 8:04PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Ms. Kitty

I'm sure she had a wide selection in the duffel bag o' drugs. Isn't that right Howard?

2386 days ago
94.

Test    

87. Script protection:
http://www.screenwritersfederation.org/copyright.asp#12

What is the registration fee and how long is my work registered?
Our $18.95 fee is for ten-year registration. We accept Mastercard, Visa & American Express and use secure servers to protect your privacy. At any time in the registration period, you can renew for an additional ten-year term by mailing us the appropriate fee. Renewals are accepted up to one-month prior to expiration. At the time of registration, you authorize National Creative Registry to destroy your file without further notice to you on the expiration date in the event you choose not to renew. ProtectRite does not make comparisons of registration submissions or give any legal advice or confer any statutory protections.

How does ProtectRite compare to the Writer's Guild registration?
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The major question for me is: Does this registration expire when some one dies?

Posted at 8:41PM on Mar 10th 2008 by script protection

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The co-author is not dead.

2386 days ago
95.

Lala    

You guys are only reporting something negative about the show as a way to get back at them for making you guys LOOK LIKE FOOLS!!AhAhAh

2386 days ago
96.

Allred Tree    

This sounds as stupid as her reality show and will probably be cancelled shortly. I don't know who would want anything whatsoever to do with Larry Birkhead or Howard K. Stern at least until after the INQUEST.

2386 days ago
97.

Inquiring Mind    

If Anna were still alive, it might be a different story, and the public might care if the network did her wrong. But nobody cares that Stern/Birkhead will not benefit from this project. I believe Anna would be disgusted if Birkhead was trying to weasel his way into the celebrity spotlight on her dime. Birkhead is not a celebrity. Stern cannot force the public to accept Birkhead as a celebrity.

Where would the money be coming from for attorneys for Stern/Birkhead to sue E! ?

This news is of no importance compared to the significance of the resuming Inquest into Daniel’s death. Will Birkhead testify? And testify truthfully?

2386 days ago
98.

passing thru    

The co-author is not dead.

Posted at 8:51PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Bai




Was there a registered co-author?

2386 days ago
99.

dummy    

I don't think HKS learned properly in law school. He's not the one who's supposed to be suing, he's the one who should be representing those that are being sued or who are doing the suing.

2386 days ago
100.

Allred Tree    

Larry Birkhead got punked by Howard and possibly sucked too!!

2386 days ago
101.

Canuck    

testing testing

LOL

tmz is deleting my posts WTF?

2386 days ago
102.

show me the $$    

How can they screw Anna Nicole? She’s dead. Did they screw Howard? Who cares.

I think it’s amusing that Howard’s trying to pimp Larry out now. Don’t these guys know their 15 minutes of fame are up? It never was about them; it was about Anna Nicole and the baby, and the paternity. Once that was settled, the majority of Americans lost interest. It's all about revenue. The owners of the show want a celebrity to host it, not some guy who won a baby lottery.


2386 days ago
103.

repost    

Larry is about as famous as a hamburger loaded with Ecoli.
Give me a break he is a nothing and Howard is as popular as a case of the runs.

Money is the only thing they are after.

2386 days ago
104.

Behind the Lens    

It appears Howie has a new client. Birkhead will now likely be known as "Larry Nicole".

2386 days ago
105.

Maxine    

97. testing testing

LOL

tmz is deleting my posts WTF?

Posted at 9:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by

Getting the hint?

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