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"Malcolm" Kid in Middle Over "Escobar" Flick

8/5/2008 6:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

No, this isn't an "Entourage" storyline -- it's a real tussle about a Pablo Escobar movie.

Justin Berfield -- the second-oldest boy in the "Malcolm in the MIddle" household -- is getting legal heat from a production outfit that claims he and his partners let a movie about the Colombian drug lord fizzle out, even though they had H-wood kingpins Oliver Stone and Antoine Fuqua lined up for the flick. Essential Entertainment says they're owed at least $150K for their trouble.

Berfield's company -- J2 pictures -- has a different take.

J2's Jason Felts tells TMZ, in a statement, "The recent claims brought by Essential Entertainment have come as quite a shock considering we were under the impression that they were acting as the foreign sales company for the picture. What is even more shocking is that they are naming parties and companies such as ours which are not even liable for any of their claims. Justin and I were brought on and hired as Producers on the project just like Oliver Stone. Further, I was under the impression that one had to actually do something wrong to get sued."
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BabyDaddy    

Hey dumb asses at TMZ: It's "Colombian" not "Columbian." Sheesh. Where did you guys go to school?

2272 days ago
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mike    

by the picture you posted, thats reese, and he is the oldest son on malcom in the middle but not the main character.

2272 days ago
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ME    

OMG HE IS A HOTTIE, I"VE ALWAYS HAD A MEAN CRUAH ON HIM!!! NOT PABLO, JUSTIN BUT I WOULDNT HAD MIND DATING PABLO IF HE WAS STILL ALIVE>>>$$$

2272 days ago
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pennylane    

Its Colombia, NOT COLUMBIA!! you guys, people keep making the same mistake!

2272 days ago
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ME    

He is not the eldest you dumb booty. the eldest was neil patrick harris he was just never home so before you post something that you think you are sure of, make sure to do some research mike!!!!!

2272 days ago
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ME    

just kidding his name is Christopher Masterson but dont they look the same hahaha

2272 days ago
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someone    

Me, you need to do your own research. It isn't Neil Patrick Harris that was the oldest, it was Christopher Masterson.

2272 days ago
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smitty    

The country is spelled ColOmbia Geniuses, Not ColUmbia!!

2272 days ago
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MJ ROCKS    

All I know is Justin is a total hottie! Yeowza baby!!

2272 days ago
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alex    

Y can't anyone ever write COLOMBIA.. JESUS! It must be people from California that work for TMZ because I am Colombian and I lived in California for 18 years and people there half my age didn't even know where Colombia was nor how to spell it.. IGNORANT WORLD

2272 days ago
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someone else    

Someone, you should read Me's #6.

2272 days ago
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Sandra    

Just want to make sure you guys get it right for next time!!!! It's spelled Colombia not Columbia. Thanks!

2272 days ago
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An-G    

Way to tell it, Argonaut! You know who this is.

2272 days ago
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Punky Brewster    

The oldest boy is Francis you dumb ass

2272 days ago
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Elise24    

Umm wouldn't the second oldest boy BE Malcolm in the Middle....

2272 days ago
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