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Tobey Maguire settles bizarre poker lawsuit for $80,000

Tobey Maguire settles bizarre poker lawsuit for $80,000 (photo)

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Along with other Hollywood notables, Tobey Maguire used to take part in “high-stakes poker games at luxurious Beverly Hills hotels with Brad Ruderman, the CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners.” Trouble is, the pots Maguire (and possibly others) won in those games were actually comprised in no small part with money Ruderman made off of Ponzi schemes. Now, in the midst of litigation to trying to win back the money of the scheme’s victims, Maguire has agreed to settle for $80,000.

For his part, Ruderman is already cooling his heels in a Texas prison, as he was convicted of both wire fraud and investment fraud. But before he got locked up, Ruderman lost $25 million in poker games with Hollywood pals, and now Ruderman Capital is trying to track it all down as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

The legal eagles at The Hollywood Reporter have all the gritty details, including claims that the poker games also included folks such as Nick Cassavetes, Cody Leibel, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and somewhat oddly, “Welcome Back, Kotter’s” Gabe Kaplan.

Maguire apparently did pretty well for himself at Ruderman’s table, allegedly pulling in more than $300,000. However, since the poker games were unlicensed, and the money won came from a Ponzi Scheme, the judge presiding over Ruderman Capital’s bankruptcy classified it as unlicensed gains, eligible for reclamation for the victims of the fraud. Claiming that all he won was a meager $80,000, Maguire has offered to pay it back while also promising “not to make any claim on the bankrupt estate.”

What do you think about Tobey Maguire’s proposed settlement? Think he still has enough “Spider-Man” money to keep him happy? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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