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Jesse Eisenberg files lawsuit hoping to bury B-movie Camp Hell

11.30.2011

Once upon a time, before he was an Oscar-nominated actor, Jesse Eisenberg starred in the schlocky horror movie CAMP HELL. It was a favor to some friends and the actor worked one day on the film for $3000. Cut to two years later, Eisenberg has found himself with a bit more name recognition and now Lionsgate is looking to capitalize by splashing his face on the cover of the DVD and naming him the star. Not cool, says Eisenberg.

The actor has filed suit in Los Angeles County Court asking for a permanent injunction on the DVD release of the film as well as $3 million in punitive damages. Whoa. (If it sounds excessive, the suit was filed by attorney Martin Singer, who has a reputation in Hollywood as "Mad Dog Marty.")

Eisenberg isn't looking to stop CAMP HELL from ever seeing release, just perhaps a little peeved that his image and name are being used to sell a movie he appears in for less than five minutes. (And also because it's shit like CAMP HELL, which makes him look bad.) I mean why not market Andrew McCarthy? He is was a big star...

Whether Eisenberg has a case or not remains to be seen but I'm sure Lionsgate would rather settle the case, bury this crappy movie and call it a day.

Source: E! Online

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8:55AM on 12/01/2011
Look Jesse, I banged one or two ugly chicks in my time. I'm not proud of it, but they're happy because I'm probably the best looking guy that waxed them out, so they look at me as their trophy and probably still tout me to their ugly friends. Unfortunately, I'm forever associated with them, but I'm not going to sue them over it.
Look Jesse, I banged one or two ugly chicks in my time. I'm not proud of it, but they're happy because I'm probably the best looking guy that waxed them out, so they look at me as their trophy and probably still tout me to their ugly friends. Unfortunately, I'm forever associated with them, but I'm not going to sue them over it.
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7:12AM on 12/01/2011
I don't blame him, but is he really suprised by something like this? It's hollywood buddy.
I don't blame him, but is he really suprised by something like this? It's hollywood buddy.
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9:15PM on 11/30/2011
Too bad for Jesse, this has been out for months. Looks like he's a little late.
Too bad for Jesse, this has been out for months. Looks like he's a little late.
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6:54PM on 11/30/2011
You better lawyer up because I'm coming back for everything. (how was I the first person to use that. tsk tsk.)
You better lawyer up because I'm coming back for everything. (how was I the first person to use that. tsk tsk.)
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6:17PM on 11/30/2011
Not as bad as those Pepsi commercials he did in the 90s.
Not as bad as those Pepsi commercials he did in the 90s.
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5:18PM on 11/30/2011
I can understand Eisenberg's logic that his image is being used to sell a film that he hardly appears in. I hate buying a film with a popular actor on the cover (many STD-releases are guilty of this) only to have them as a secondary or in the worst of cases a passing glace character.
I can understand Eisenberg's logic that his image is being used to sell a film that he hardly appears in. I hate buying a film with a popular actor on the cover (many STD-releases are guilty of this) only to have them as a secondary or in the worst of cases a passing glace character.
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4:36PM on 11/30/2011

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Like to hear everything Eisenberg has to say about this. I don't know if there's a contract and/or how detailed, but bottom line is it's not his movie. It's only false advertising if he didn't appear in the flick and he does. Big woops, he should be suing the team behind 30 Minutes or Less.
Like to hear everything Eisenberg has to say about this. I don't know if there's a contract and/or how detailed, but bottom line is it's not his movie. It's only false advertising if he didn't appear in the flick and he does. Big woops, he should be suing the team behind 30 Minutes or Less.
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4:30PM on 11/30/2011
Wish my friends would pay me $3000 for a days work.
Wish my friends would pay me $3000 for a days work.
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3:54PM on 11/30/2011

I understand Eisenberg's situation

he did a favour for a friend and now his name's getting used to sell a movie that he only got $3k for. Can't blame him for wanting a bigger piece of the action.
he did a favour for a friend and now his name's getting used to sell a movie that he only got $3k for. Can't blame him for wanting a bigger piece of the action.
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3:17PM on 11/30/2011

lmao Jesse

trying to bury this movie?

I had never heard of it until this. The only thing you've done is gotten thousands and thousands of people who never would have saw it to now watch it, way to promote a movie you were trying to do the opposite of #idiot
trying to bury this movie?

I had never heard of it until this. The only thing you've done is gotten thousands and thousands of people who never would have saw it to now watch it, way to promote a movie you were trying to do the opposite of #idiot
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2:50PM on 11/30/2011
I hate all movies that do this. When I walk into Blockbuster, I hate being bothered by the display of straight to DVD movies and wannabes, and ones like this where the most popular actor will have their face plastered on the cover, and they appear for a second.
I hate all movies that do this. When I walk into Blockbuster, I hate being bothered by the display of straight to DVD movies and wannabes, and ones like this where the most popular actor will have their face plastered on the cover, and they appear for a second.
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1:21PM on 11/30/2011
get over yourself, brother. lots of stars have their names and pictures used to sell shit they were in before they were famous.
get over yourself, brother. lots of stars have their names and pictures used to sell shit they were in before they were famous.
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12:21PM on 11/30/2011
Isn't it ironic how no one would have given a shit about this movie, Eisenberg or not, if he hadn't pulled this lawsuit stuff? He just gave this movie all the marketing it needs. It won't see any big bucks, but it'll see a lot more now compared to when it wasn't being the topic of a lawsuit.
Isn't it ironic how no one would have given a shit about this movie, Eisenberg or not, if he hadn't pulled this lawsuit stuff? He just gave this movie all the marketing it needs. It won't see any big bucks, but it'll see a lot more now compared to when it wasn't being the topic of a lawsuit.
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11:50AM on 11/30/2011
Why don't they use the same cover art displayed on IMDB ? It's much better. Though they would need to change the title, cause on that poster it was still called Camp Hope.
Why don't they use the same cover art displayed on IMDB ? It's much better. Though they would need to change the title, cause on that poster it was still called Camp Hope.
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11:49AM on 11/30/2011
Look, its unfortunate that he was trying to be a good guy and now is the centerpiece of the marketing, but unless his contract said otherwise, thats the price you pay when you do a movie, why shouldnt the people that made it use him to promote it? Other then what sounds like complete false advertising.
Look, its unfortunate that he was trying to be a good guy and now is the centerpiece of the marketing, but unless his contract said otherwise, thats the price you pay when you do a movie, why shouldnt the people that made it use him to promote it? Other then what sounds like complete false advertising.
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9:52AM on 11/30/2011

This is pretty sad!

Its a decent movie, and the producers really shouldn't be using Eisenberg's name and reputation the way they are. Although his role is pivotal, it is not substantial enough to warrant his face front and centre of the DVD case.

I'm with Jessie! The film should see the light of day on DVD, just with more appropriate cover art!
Its a decent movie, and the producers really shouldn't be using Eisenberg's name and reputation the way they are. Although his role is pivotal, it is not substantial enough to warrant his face front and centre of the DVD case.

I'm with Jessie! The film should see the light of day on DVD, just with more appropriate cover art!
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9:41AM on 11/30/2011
Who gives a shit if you were in a crappy movie? Jessie is overreacting in my opinion. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bullock, just to name a few have all done movies they regretted. unless it's a porno, no one cares!
Who gives a shit if you were in a crappy movie? Jessie is overreacting in my opinion. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bullock, just to name a few have all done movies they regretted. unless it's a porno, no one cares!
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9:47AM on 11/30/2011
Read slower.

"Eisenberg isn't looking to stop CAMP HELL from ever seeing release, just perhaps a little peeved that his image and name are being used to sell a movie he appears in for less than five minutes."
Read slower.

"Eisenberg isn't looking to stop CAMP HELL from ever seeing release, just perhaps a little peeved that his image and name are being used to sell a movie he appears in for less than five minutes."
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