Oscars org seeks to block ticket sales

LOS ANGELES

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles on Monday to block Phoenix-based McMurry Inc. from selling a luxury ticket package to the Feb. 22 show. The seven-night package starts at $175,000 according to the lawsuit and McMurry's Web site.

The Academy's suit claims that McMurry plans to sell at least four of the high-end packages that promise pampering and a strut down the red carpet.

Oscar tickets are not transferrable, a policy the Academy says is aimed at keeping out stalkers and terrorists.

An e-mail sent to McMurry seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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