Spinal Tap creators hope to rock Hollywood accounting

The practice of so-called Hollywood accounting which has divided movie studios and artists for decades

23rd October, 2016
Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest perform "Hell Hole," a song made famous by 1984 film "This is Spinal Tap," back in 2005 Pic: Getty

Like his alter ego, Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls, actor Harry Shearer is intent on making an ear-splitting racket.

Shearer and his Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner are suing the entertainment conglomerate Vivendi, which owns the rights to the classic 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.

The four claim they have been stiffed by the studio on royalties from music and merchandise sales linked to the film. The complaint, filed in...

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