Sony Must Pay $1.5 Million Due to Fake ‘David Manning’ Movie Blurbs

By: E&P Staff

David Manning is back! The antics of the infamous fake movie critic who implausibly raved about Rob Schneider and ?The Animal? will cost Sony Pictures Entertainment $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit, it was announced last night.

Moviegoers who feel they were misled by fake blurbs into seeing the films ?The Animal,? ?Vertical Limit,? ?A Knight’s Tale,? or ?The Patriot? during their original theatre runs must file a claim to be eligible for a $5 per ticket reimbursement, lawyer Norman Blumenthal said, according to AP. He represented a group of filmgoers who sued Sony Pictures in 2001.

It use quotes from ?Manning? in ads, listing his publication as the Ridgefield Press, a Connecticut weekly. That paper does exist, but had no Manning, as Newsweek revealed.

Sony Pictures did not admit any liability under terms of the agreement.

After the dispute came to light, the studio temporarily suspended two executives and began monitoring its publicity and advertising more closely.

The lawsuit, originally filed by two California moviegoers, claimed the ads fooled the plaintiffs into seeing ?A Knight’s Tale.?

In an ad for ?The Animal,? Manning was quoted declaring, “The producing team of Big Daddy has delivered another winner!”

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