093008corn.jpgA judge has thrown out an insurance broker's lawsuit against AMC Lincoln Square Cinema over a fractured tooth he incurred from an unpopped kernel in a tub of popcorn. 46-year-old Steve Kaplan broke the tooth last year during a screening of Superbad, and wanted the theater to cover the cost of his $1,250 in dental work. Judge Matthew Cooper tossed out the claim yesterday, having some fun in the process: "Until such time as the same bioengineers who brought us seedless watermelon are able to develop a new strain of popping corn where every kernel is guaranteed to pop, we will just have to accept partially popped popcorn as part and parcel of the popcorn-popping process. [Or] resist the urge to devour the bag by the handful in favor of more cautious nibbling by the piece."