Two Movie Fans Settle Lawsuit Over Yesterday’s Ana De Armas False Advertising Claim, and More News

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In a twist worthy of a Hollywood plot, the case between Universal Pictures and two disgruntled movie enthusiasts, Peter Rosza and Conor Woulfe, has finally found its resolution. The contention began when Rosza and Woulfe took legal action against the studio for what they deemed “false advertising” after noticing that Ana de Armas, despite being featured in the movie's trailer, did not make an appearance in the final cut of Yesterday.

The legal battle, which sparked debates over the expectations set by movie trailers, initially kicked off in 2022. The pair alleged that they were coaxed into renting the film solely on the expectancy of seeing de Armas—whom they are avid fans of—in action. Asserting they were misled, their legal argument hinged on the accusation of Universal Pictures luring viewers under a pretense that did not hold true.

Cut to the present, a settlement has been brokered, confirmed by a joint filing in court by Rosza, Woulfe, and Universal. The details of the settlement remain under wraps, leaving the public to speculate on the terms agreed upon behind the silver screen of confidentiality.

This lawsuit spotlighted the larger industry issue of moviegoers feeling bamboozled by trailers that don't match the end product—a scenario as old as the cinemascape itself. Universal had defended its trailer-making process as “artistic expression,” safeguarded by the First Amendment and thereby untethered to commercial speech regulations. However, their claim was overruled by U.S. District Judge Steven Wilson, who emphasized the inherent promotional nature of a trailer.

“Universal is correct that trailers involve some creativity and editorial discretion, but this creativity does not outweigh the commercial nature of a trailer,” Wilson wrote in a ruling. “At its core, a trailer is an advertisement designed to sell a movie by providing consumers with a preview of the movie.”

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