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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is suing a Beverly Hills auction house to get some prized possessions back, claiming they're holding his property "hostage."

According to the suit, Julien's Auction House had initially been contracted in 2012 to sell 400 of Abdul-Jabbar's treasures, but the deal fell through when he decided not to sell some of the pieces, reports TMZ. One of the items in contention was a poster for the movie "Game of Death" signed by Bruce Lee, who made the film with Abdul-Jabbar.

Will Abdul-Jabbar pry his poster from Julien's kung-fu grip?

Former Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre is suing state and national scholarship pageant associations for telling her she was too old to maintain her title.

And by old, Longacre means that she is 24. Miss America pageant rules state that "contestants must be 17 to 24 years old," and Longacre, who is gunning for the Miss America crown, will turn 25 in October. The News Journal reports that not only is Longacre suing to reclaim her crown, titles, and scholarships, but she is part of a $3 million suit that includes other contestants who were certified by the pageants and then disqualified.

Is Longacre really "too old" for Miss America?

Actress Evan Rachel Wood is being sued for $30 million by the makers of "10 Things I Hate About Life" for refusing to work -- allegedly after she'd already been paid.

The movie was slated to be a follow-up to the '90s hit "10 Things I Hate About You," and producers allege that Wood was paid $300,000 for a seven-week shoot beginning December 2012, according to Variety. The production halted halfway through the shoot, but when it resumed, producers allege that Wood demanded more money to continue working.

Is this all Hollywood contract mumbo-jumbo, or do the producers have a case against Wood?

Three ex-producers of the newest "Godzilla" movie have sued Legendary Pictures for cutting them out of a deal to secure the movie rights.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison allege that they were responsible for bringing "Godzilla" to Legendary, and that the production company orally agreed to pay them cash and a percentage of the film's "first-dollar gross receipts," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Are these three the victims of fraud, or just bitter for missing a monster of an opportunity?

'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?

Valerie Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, and had been silently fighting her battle with the disease until she disclosed it in her autobiography in 2013.

As if having cancer weren't bad enough, now Harper is facing a $2 million lawsuit filed by Broadway producer Matthew Lombardo, The Associated Press reports.

How did the situation unravel and get this bad? Here's a breakdown of the lawsuit:

John Mayer Sues Charlie Sheen's Friend Over Fake Watches

John Mayer is suing Charlie Sheen's best friend, a watch dealer to the stars, who allegedly sold seven fake Rolex watches to the singer.

Mayer claims he bought $656,000 in counterfeit watches from Sheen's pal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The cheesy legal reality: From Canal Street in NYC to Hollywood, phony Rolex watches crop up time and time again.

Could Shia LaBeouf Face Legal Action for 'HowardCantour.com'?

Shia LaBeouf's new film, "HowardCantour.com," is coming under fire for allegedly plagiarizing content from a graphic novel.

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes is accusing LaBeouf of ripping work directly from his comic, entitled "Justin M. Damiano," for LaBeouf's short film, which was posted online Monday.

So what can LaBeouf do to "transform" his film in order to avoid legal action?

'Hobbit' Producers Slapped With $75M Suit for Splitting Film

Miramax and the Weinstein brothers are drawing their legal swords in a $75 million lawsuit against New Line Cinema and Warner Bros, in a contract dispute over "The Hobbit" movies. The lawsuit centers on Warner Bros. and New Line executives' decision to split "The Hobbit" into a trilogy.

Sadly, the lawsuit isn't about drawing out the epic tale into a criminally boring pace. It is, as always, about money.

Kim, Kanye Sue YouTube Co-Founder Over Leaked Proposal Video

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are suing YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for allegedly posting a video of their proposal online.

If you're imagining some guy creeping on the couple during a private moment, think again. The proposal took place at AT&T Park (which Kanye rented from the San Francisco Giants), and another company had exclusive rights over the footage of the romantic moment.

The suit is more about allegedly violating a private contract than interfering with a private moment.