Filmmakers Richard Halpern and Leo Grillo have separately made films with similar titles: Zzyzx and Zyzzyx Rd.
Although the similar titles have led to lots of confusion, trademark lawyers have worked out a deal allowing both filmmakers to use their separate Z titles.
Still, Halpern says showbiz insiders keep confusing the titles; a problem that worsened when Zyzzyx Rd. debuted in a Dallas theatre a few months ago, and reportedly earned $30 in box office receipts and the dubious honor of being the lowest grossing movie of all-time.
That led to a flurry of interviews for Grillo, and Halpern claims hes using the publicity to discredit Zzyzx.
Grillo insists hes merely pointing out that Zyzzyx Rd. is a big screen feature starring Greys Anatomy star Katherine Heigl, while Halperns is a personal project made with a handheld camera.
Halpern believes his film is better, and wants to post both films online and let fans vote, with the loser agreeing to a name change.
Dont expect that to happen. Grillo says Halpern signed a document that precludes him from making that offer.
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