Spinal Tap band­mates join law­suit over film’s profits

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES - Spinal Tap has re­united - this time in a Los An­ge­les court to chal­lenge the French stu­dio Vivendi S.A. for mil­lions in profits from the mock­u­men­tary “This Is Spinal Tap.” Christo­pher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner on Tues­day joined a fed­eral law­suit filed last year by band­mate and Spinal Tap co-cre­ator Harry Shearer. Shearer, who also voices nu­mer­ous char­ac­ters on “The Simp­sons,” sued Vivendi S.A. and its sub­sidiary Stu­dioCanal in Oc­to­ber al­leg­ing that the com­pa­nies fraud­u­lently with­held profits from the 1984 film. Reiner di­rected and nar­rated the clas­sic satire of a fic­tional Bri­tish rock band on the de­cline. An email mes­sage sent to Vivendi seek­ing com­ment was not im­me­di­ately re­turned. The com­pany has said it does not com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

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