Last month, just as Dario Argento's 'Giallo' was gearing up to hit DVD shelves, star Adrien Brody stopped the flick right in its tracks.

Why would the star of a film stop it from being seen? As the story goes, Brody signed on, started production, and a week in he found out that the film was underfunded and his pay had not been put into an escrow account as planned. To keep him from leaving the project, Brody was told that new funding was secured and got him to sign a new agreement that if he didn't get paid, he would have the "absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the Picture."

The film wrapped, and when it geared up for a stateside DVD release with Brody's face on the cover, the actor still hadn't received all of his pay, so he decided to exercise that convenient new agreement and stop the film. Fast-forward a month, and he's won the first battle of the war.

The AP reports that a federal judge has ruled that 'Giallo' cannot use the actor's likeness -- the DVD cover features his face -- to promote and sell the film, and cannot "distribute, market or sell 'Giallo' in the United States." This ruling doesn't clear up the monetary aspect of Brody's suit, but it sure suggests that the courts are on his side as the battle continues.

'Giallo' follows an American model in Torino who is abducted by a taxi driver, and the sister (Emmanuelle Seigner, 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly') who tries to save her by enlisting the help of an FBI agent (Brody) hunting the killer. The actor took over the role in early 2008, after Ray Liotta left the project.

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