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Prankster Rushes Brad Pitt at 'Maleficent' Premiere, Gets Arrested

A serial prankster was arrested after allegedly rushing Brad Pitt at his partner's "Maleficent" premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday.

Vitalii Sediuk, a veteran annoyance to celebrities, was booked by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of misdemeanor battery for apparently making "contact" with Pitt on the runway, reports the Los Angeles Times.

What's the deal with this prankster?

Maya Angelou Lacked 'Do Not Resuscitate' Order: TMZ

As the world mourns the loss of poet Maya Angelou, TMZ is reporting that the woman who called 911 was hesitant to perform CPR on the dying Angelou because she had expressed a desire not to be resuscitated.

However, since Angelou's wishes were apparently not spelled out in an advanced directive or living will, the 911 operator instructed Angelou's caretaker to perform CPR.

Although the caretaker's life-saving measures were unsuccessful, the incident still sheds light on an important issue for people of any age: how to ensure that end-of-life wishes are honored.

Spike Lee Sued by Artist over 'Oldboy' Movie Poster

Director Spike Lee has been sued in federal court by a movie poster artist for copyright infringement, claiming Lee used his poster design for "Oldboy" without permission.

Juan Luis Garcia, who says he worked on posters for "The Great Gatsby," "12 Years a Slave," and "Lincoln," alleges that Lee used his artwork for the movie "Oldboy" without permission or pay, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

What does Garcia have to back up his copyright infringement claim?

5 Legal TV Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

Don't let anybody tell you that summer isn't the perfect time to binge-watch television shows.

Why drive all the way to the beach to just sit and roast in the sun all day, when you can bask in the warm glow of some of television's finest legal series from the comfort of your own couch? There are a ton of different ways to get hurt during the summer, but watching too many awesome TV shows isn't one of them.

Here are five legal-themed TV shows you can, and should, binge-watch this summer.

Fox News' Gregg Jarrett Arrested at Minn. Airport Bar

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested at an airport bar on obstruction charges, which may have resulted from a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Jarrett, 59, was picked at around noon at the Northern Lights Grill at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after an employee called police about the "very intoxicated" reporter.

Can Jarrett walk away from this drunken arrest?

Willow Smith's Bedroom Photo Triggers CPS Investigation: Report

Willow Smith may already have a burgeoning career as a singer and actor. But at 13, she's still just a kid.

Which is why Los Angeles County's Child Protective Services has opened an investigation into her equally famous parents -- Will and Jada Pinkett Smith -- after 20-year-old actor Moises Arias posted a picture of himself shirtless in bed with the teenage Willow.

Her parents just do understand, but will CPS investigators?

For Sandra Bullock, Time to Settle Lawsuit Over 'Bullock Watch'

Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has settled a lawsuit with a watch maker over a product advertised as the "Bullock watch."

Company ToyWatch USA was sued two years ago by the actress after it began promoting a diamond-encrusted watch as "the Sandra Bullock watch." The white-banded timepiece was described by ToyWatch USA as identical to the one Bullock wore in her Oscar-winning role in "The Blind Side."

The terms of the "Bullock watch" settlement were not revealed, but what was Bullock's beef with this watch?

'The Shield's' Michael Jace Arrested After Wife's Shooting Death

"The Shield" actor Michael Jace has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing his wife April Jace.

Jace, who played a police officer on the popular FX television series, allegedly called police Monday night and told law enforcement that he had "pulled the trigger" and that "I shot my wife," reports TMZ.

What remains for this TV cop-turned-murder suspect?

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Sentenced for Plotting to Kill Wife

As frontman for acclaimed metal band As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis was known for his brutal vocal delivery and imposing stage presence.

Now, he's perhaps even more well known for a more dubious distinction: convicted felon. Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison Friday in a San Diego courtroom after pleading guilty to felony solicitation of murder.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 22

"The Good Wife" closes off Season 5 with promises of change and evolution, but with very little action in the courtroom.

The finale, "A Weird Year," fairly captures how we feel about the show in general. Here's what happened:

Jason Patric Can Seek Paternity of Son Born via IVF: Court

"Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric has won the right to argue for paternity of a son born through in vitro fertilization (IVF), thanks to a California court decision.

Patric is battling his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber over custodial rights to their 4-year-old son Gus. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patric and Schreiber had tried to conceive naturally before Schreiber was able to use Patric's sperm to conceive through IVF.

How can fathers like Patric retain rights to their children when IVF is involved?

Kylie Jenner Tattoos Lionel Richie's Son: Yes, That's Illegal

Kylie Jenner, younger half-sister of Kim and Chloe Kardashian, made like her sisters and did something stupid legally suspect while a camera was rolling.

Jenner, 16, was filmed last week giving a tattoo to Miles Richie, son of the famous Lionel, at a Hollywood recording studio. Unlike most of her sisters' chronicled stupidity, however, the underage Kylie's turn behind the tattoo gun could have real-world legal consequences.

Jenner may soon be asking local authorities, "Hello. Is it me you're looking for?"

Why Is Porsche Being Sued Over Paul Walker's Fatal Crash?

Automaker Porsche Cars North America is being sued for wrongful death over the crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas.

The lawsuit by Rodas' widow comes a little more than six months after the fiery crash in Santa Clarita, California. An investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol found that the accident was caused by unsafe speed.

So why is Rodas' widow suing Porsche?

Alec Baldwin Arrested After Wrong-Way Biking Incident in NYC

Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested this morning after police stopped him for allegedly riding his bike in the wrong direction on a street in Manhattan.

New York City police say Baldwin was riding a bike while facing traffic near Union Square Park about 10:15 a.m. When officers stopped him and asked for identification, Baldwin allegedly refused to show ID and became belligerent, prompting his arrest, reports The Associated Press.

Baldwin may have an anger problem, but was he right about this bike thing?

Casey Kasem Gets a Conservator, but Whereabouts Unknown

For more than 30 years, Casey Kasem was the voice of American pop music as host of "America's Top 40" and "Casey's Countdown."

But after years of failing health and an ongoing dispute between his children and current wife Jean, The Associated Press reports that a Los Angeles judge has named Kasem's daughter Kerri as his temporary conservator, giving her limited control over his finances and healthcare decisions.

There's just one problem: No one can find him.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 21

The closer we get to the finale, the closer "The Good Wife" gets to its political story arc... and a bit further from the law.

Remember Occupy Wall Street? This week's episode, entitled "The One Percent," will help you refresh your memory.

For Mother's Day: 5 Legal Lessons From MTV's 'Teen Mom' Series

How better to celebrate Mother's Day than by recognizing those institutions of American motherhood that are MTV's "Teen Mom" and its same-yet-different spin-offs "Teen Mom 2" and "Teen Mom 3"?

Among the valuable life lessons taught by the shows and their assortment of real-life teen mom stars, there have certainly been several that have involved the law.

Here are our Top 5:

Elizabeth Banks Sued Over Indie Film 'Walk of Shame'

Elizabeth Banks' "Walk of Shame" is getting her sued. An indie producer is fighting Banks in court, accusing her of stealing the recently released comedy from him.

"Walk of Shame" is hardly a smash hit, but did Banks steal the movie idea?

Britney Spears Sued for Allegedly Breaking Dancer's Nose

A dancer is suing pop star Britney Spears, claiming the oft-troubled singer hit her, baby, one more time, fracturing her nasal bone and resulting in "permanent disability."

The complaint was filed by dancer Dawn Noel, NBC News reports. It alleges that Spears committed battery and negligence when she showed up to a rehearsal for her "Work B**ch" music video in what the complaint describes as "a disheveled and confused state." Spears then allegedly "twirled in an unbalanced and reckless manner... and forcefully backhanded (Noel) in the face" while performing a basic dance move.

What will the dancer have to prove to win against Britney?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 20

"The Good Wife" lives most comfortably in the intersection between the law and technology, even when Alicia is struggling with streaming movies at home.

Time to get up to speed with the news cycle and a rare lawyer's day off in "The Deep Web":

Rapper Meek Mill Loses Racial-Profiling Lawsuit Against Philly PD

Racial profiling? Like Meek Mill, we can't believe it.

Last Thursday, the young and gettin' it rapper, born Robert Williams, lost a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department and its individual officers.

Williams argued that the officers turned his dream into a nightmare on October 31, 2012. Feeling like a young king with his record riding high on the charts, Williams was headed to the airport in a Range Rover with three other African Americans when he was pulled over, cuffed, and detained for 10 hours, causing him to miss the release party for his debut album, "Dreams and Nightmares."

The officers, one of whom has since been fired for lying about traffic stops, claimed that they smelled marijuana, and that the car's occupants were only detained while a search warrant was obtained.

Did 'Judge Judy' Get Fooled by a Fake Dead Cat Case?

A group of indie musicians have come clean about selling a fake case about a dead cat to "Judge Judy"... about four years after their episode aired.

In an interview with Vice, one of the four culprits of the dead cat con, Jonathan Coward, said it was a quick way to make money and snag a free trip to Los Angeles, where "Judge Judy" is recorded.

So how did these fakers manage to punk "Judge Judy," and could they face any legal consequences for their dead-cat hoax?

'Gravity' Lawsuit: Author Tess Gerritsen Seeks $10M From Warner Bros.

Things are looking grave for Dr. Ryan Stone -- now the studio behind her movie is being sued by author Tess Gerritsen.

The poor, fictional lady has the worst luck ever. First her daughter falls and dies. Then she goes up in space and gets pelted by rocks. Her studly astronaut buddy drifts off into the black abyss and leaves her stranded and alone in the void. Satellite after satellite poops out on her. She crash lands in a lake. The landing pod catches on fire. She almost drowns. She fights off a shark. She wades up on shore only to be met by the North Korean Army. Now this.

What is Gerritsen's "Gravity" lawsuit about?