In the most important legal battle since Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier has been cleared to wear his “Hollywood”-inspired mask.
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Earlier this afternoon we spoke with Christine Sovich of Global Icons, the counsel/agency representing the trust overseeing the Hollywood sign and the Chamber of Commerce in these types of matters.
According to Sovich, whose company also represents brands like Ford, Cold Stone creamery and Motorola, the entire thing – in part – was a misunderstanding on their side.
“This has now been brought to my attention and we’ve looked into it further,” she began. “The Chamber has no objection to the use of it in that nature (referring to Bernier’s use on his mask).
“Therefore, a letter has already gone out – prior to me calling you back – letting them know…that we apologize for the inconvenience of the original letter. The Chamber has no objection to the use. He can continue to use it that way.”
Yesterday, it was reported Bernier’s mask ran afoul of the commerce chamber — not because the word “Hollywood” was trademarked, but rather due to “certain trademark rights” for usage of the sign and/or its likeness.
(To avoid conflict, Bernier temporarily taped over the Hollywood sign on his helmet.)
But now it appears the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding, meaning we can all go back to focusing on more important things like how Bobby Ryan is trying to get with the blonde from Glee.
For all the well-deserved accolades Judd Apatow’s comedies often receive for finding some heart behind the typical Hollywood shenanigans, they often have their fair share of jaw-dropping set pieces as well. Apatow’s upcoming comedy “This is Forty” apparently includes a gag that involves a man with fake teeth, so it only makes sense that he called up a hockey player to fill that role. It’s somewhat heartening that he turned to well-liked Philadelphia Flyers grinder Ian Laperriere for the role after receiving that recommendation from a Flyers official, according to Dan Gross.
Laperriere enlisted the help of Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk to help him portray a group of hockey players who end up dancing and … playing with his false teeth, for some reason. (We will now pause so that you can make your own “Dry Island” jokes.)
Lappy admitted to Gross that he’s the worst dancer of the four, with Carle apparently coming in second place while Hartnell and JVR apparently “had some moves.”
“I made a fool of myself, but it was fun,” Lappy told us yesterday. “I like to try different things.”
In an odd note, Lappy apparently put off dental work because of the role in the movie, which is slated to open in December 2012 and stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Megan Fox. If the cameo is as good at it sounds, it might be up there with other athletes’ appearances in comedies, from Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s piloting in “Airplane” to Brett Favre’s stitled performance in “There’s Something about Mary” and Dan Marino’s bizarre turn in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
On a more hockey-related note, Laperriere said that although he’s feeling “great” physically, he’s still dealing with blurred vision and isn’t sure that he’ll return to the ice. To be honest, it might be for the best if he hangs up his skates – especially if his fling with Hollywood goes especially well.
(H/T to Puck Daddy, which has a must-see Photoshop of Laperriere on the “Knocked Up” movie poster.)