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TELEVISION Q&A

Question: I would like to know if Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Harrison Ford, get extra money now that (at least) two of their three Star War movies are in release again.

Answer: I wouldn't doubt it. Unlike the old days when actors rarely reserved any of the rights beyond a movie's first release, today's entertainment lawyers make sure their clients' future earnings would be protected if their films or TV shows, etc. were released into any format: theater, TV, or video, or any medium not yet developed.

It's a far cry from when actors such as William Boyd would get nothing when television started using their work. Boyd, who developed the Hopalong Cassidy character into one of the big Hollywood money makers, was, reportedly, not legally entitled to claim a cent when his movies went on TV and made pots of money for that medium as well. Since no one who advised him could foresee this phenomenon, he never reserved any electronic rights.

Question: What was Michael Landon's pet name for Melissa Gilbert's character in Little House on the Prairie?

Answer: Charles Ingalls (Landon) often called daughter Laura "half-pint." Later, Gilbert used the name for her own own company, Half-Pint Productions.

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