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Filmmaker Upset Cable Channels Showed Porn Instead Of His Film

A South Carolina filmmaker is suing cable TV channels HBO and Showtime because they promoted his film, only to show a soft-core pornographic movie with the same title instead.

James 'Bubba" Cromer' claims the mixup between his low-budget comedy 'The Hills Have Thighs' and the adult feature defamed him and caused emotional distress. He is accusing the networks of negligence and seeking unspecified damages.

Cromer said it started when he was looking at the TV listings for March 1 and noticed 'The Hills Have Thighs' was set to make its television debut. The Movie Channel
listing included the description of his movie and the names of its actors.

Since the 1:30 AM premiere was just hours away, he called all of the cast, his friends and family to tell them to set their recorders and told his more than 4,000 friends on Facebook that "The Hills Have Thighs is on The Movie Channel all month!!!"

Cromer was so excited he stayed up even though he had a meeting at 8:30 AM. And that only went up a notch when he heard his description of the movie in a voiceover before the feature: "Bubba Cromer later tonight does it again with his second feature film 'The Hills Have Thighs.' Deliverance in reverse."

But as Cromer puts it, then he "saw a set of thighs and realized instantly that wasn't my movie."

That's right. Instead of his comedy, the channel was instead showing a different movie that focused on thighs and a whole lot else.

The movie's description says it best: "A group searches the desert for a missing friend but instead find a trio of crazed, sex-starved mutant women."

Cromer says the mix-up caused him numerous sleepless night answering calls and messages from all those he had told to tune in. Several of his colleagues at work even thought he was actually the man behind the flick and accused him of embarrassing the South Carolina House, where he works.

"It's been the most disturbing and frightening thing that has happened to me. Associating my name with pornography is the last thing I would ever do," explains Cromer. "That's just nuts. I could care less about marketing. I want my name back."

March 24, 2010 |




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