April 19, 2014

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‘Housewives of OC’ star wins big in lawsuit with ex

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Gretchen Rossi can finally put her messy legal case with her ex-boyfriend behind her as she has come out a winner in it.
Rossi was suing her ex, Jay Photoglou, for defamation and more, and it seems that the jury agreed with her lawsuit, states TMZ. The jury ended up awarding her $500,000 along with $23,250 in punitive damages.
She originally filed the lawsuit in 2010 as he had been trashing her to the media.
The case dragged on for some time as it went back and forth, but the jury finally sided with the reality TV star.
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Russell Brand sued for allegedly hitting pedestrian

HollywoodNews.com: Russell Brand is dealing with some new legal issues as he is being sued over allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his vehicle.
The pedestrian claims that Brand was negligent when he drove his car into him back in January, states TMZ. The man is now suing for more than $25,000 in damages as he claims he suffered injuries and lost work as a result of the accident.
Brand has not yet responded to the lawsuit claims and accusations against him.
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‘Housewives of OC’ star being sued by alleged business partner

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Gretchen Rossi is apparently finding herself in even more legal trouble in regard to her beauty line and alleged business partner.
Rossi and her beau, Slade Smiley, are reportedly being sued by RonAnn Meyers over Gretchen Christine Beaute, states DBKP. The lawsuit reportedly claims ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’ and ‘fraudulent conspiracy.’
Meyers is reportedly asking for a trial before a jury and in excess of $100,000 in damages. The business venture was reportedly supposed to be a 50/50 deal, but it sounds like that isn’t how it turned out when it came to profits.
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2010 Primetime Emmys Roundup

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Well, Neil Patrick Harris did not win the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy but with two already at home, he seemed to be in terrific spirits during the telecast.
Neil also managed one of the funnier lines of the evening when he said: “I’d like to thank the Academy for allowing a gay man to host show two years in a row. Congratulatons Jimmy [Fallon] you’re doing a great job!”
It was a pretty wonderfully gay Emmys starting with that glorious opening musical number where cast members from “Glee” including Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Amber Riley were joined by Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Jorge Garcia, Kate Gosselin (nooooo!) and a hilarious Betty White.
The first award went to Eric Stonestreet who plays one-half of the gay couple on ABC’s “Modern Family” followed by a win for openly gay Jane Lynch for role of straight cheer coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Archie Panjabi, who plays lesbian law firm investigator Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s “The Good Wife” won for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
Openly gay “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy won the Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series and said: “I’d like to dedicate this to all my teachers who taught me to sing and fingerpaint.”
I’m thrilled that Kyra Sedgwick finally, finally, won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “The Closer.”
She had lost the Emmy four straight years but finally managed to win despite stellar combination that included Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Glenn Close (“Damages”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”) and first-time nominee Connie Brittan (“Friday Night Lights”).
I love that Kyra asked presenter Tina Fey to hold her Emmy as she gave her speech in which she thanked her “kids who let me fly away when I needed tyo and who now are flyng away themelves.” She also thanked “my one and only love Kev [husband Kevin Bacon]. and to quote him, ‘Let’s all be good to each other.”
In the outstanding drama series actor, there seemed to be utter shock when Michael C. Hall was, once again, inexplicably passed over so the Academy could give Bryan Cranston his third consecutive Emmy for “Breaking Bad.” In another threepeat, “Mad Men” won for outstanding drama series. I’d be happier for the show if its only gay character, played by Bryan Batt, not been written out.
But “Modern Family,” [...]

Kyra Sedgwick beats out frontrunners to win her first Emmy

HollywoodNews.com: “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgwick is having the night of her life. She has just beat out frontrunners Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Glenn Close (“Damages”) to win her first Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama.
She beat out all predictions in a win that will sure to be a memorable one for the actress. In addition, “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi also became a first time winner for Supporting Drama Actress.
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Paris Hilton sued for allegedly wearing the wrong fake hair

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Paris Hilton has a hard time keeping her end of the deal on bargains. The actress has just been hit with a new lawsuit that allegedly claims that she wore the wrong fake hair back in 2008.
According to the Associated Press, Hairtech International Inc., who manufactures hair extensions, claim that she “breached her contract to wear and promote their product when she sported the fake locks of a competitor.” They are seeking $35 million in damages, which is “10 times what she was apparently paid under the contract.”
They also claim that she missed attending one of their parties because she was currently serving time in jail in 2007, in which they claim cost the company $6.6 million.
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DirecTV acquires ‘Damages’ from FX

HollywoodNews.com: “Damages” has been saved just in the nick of time.
After a series of negotiations that has run on for months, DirecTV has finally reached a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire “Damages” from FX. The series that stars Glenn Close will air two additional seasons, “each consisting of 10 episodes – beginning in 2011,” reports Entertainment Weekly.
Patty Ishimoto, general manager of The 101 Network and vice president of entertainment for DirecTV said, “We’re excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television as we breathe new life into this outstanding drama. It’s a win for our customers because only they will be able to see these new episodes and another great step forward for DirecTV as we continue to build our growing portfolio of exclusive, award winning programming.“
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Hollywood TV Roundup: A look at the Emmy Noms

HollywoodNews.com: “Glee” fever is so strong that it swayed Emmy voters who lauded the TV show with 19 nominations. But that wasn’t the only show to catch their eye: HBO’s miniseries “The Pacific” harpooned 24 nods.
In years past, the Emmys use to favor those series which were on the air for seasons on end, often times honoring them later in their run. But in recent years, the organization has become open minded to frosh shows, evident in its embrace of Fox’s “Glee,” ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”
That said, the Emmys continue to have its favorites, i.e. “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock.”
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on August 29 on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. For the first time in 30 years, the awards show will air live all over the nation.
In terms of those series that aired season finales, Emmy voters favored ABC’s “Lost” in the top categories over Fox’s “24.”
New shows predominantly received some love in the supporting actor categories which saw a majority of the “Modern Family” cast in competition: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara were recognized. “Glee” co-stars Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer received nods. “Good Wife” co-star Christine Baranski was lauded.
The nominees for best reality included CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” Fox’s “American Idol,” ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Bravo’s “Project Runway” and “Top Chef.”
Among those in the best variety, music or comedy series slot, Conan O’Brien from NBC’s “Tonight Show” will vie against seven-time winner Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” as well as “The Colbert Report,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Some outlets are reporting a reduced number of snubs, but that’s not true, for they abounded — greatly. TNT’s drama-edy “Men of a Certain Age” and its leading man Ray Romano were shut out of the drama and best actor categories (though co-star Andre Braugher earned a supporting actor nod). FX’s “Justified” was unjustly not recognized. ABC’s comedy “Cougar Town” and leading gal Courteney Cox didn’t find a destination on the list. And HBO’s “Treme” and “Big Love” were overlooked. Please let us know what favorite shows of yours weren’t honored.
Below is a list of Emmy nominees in major categories for the [...]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Killers,’ ‘Splice,’ ‘Marmaduke’

By Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: A soft May could turn into June gloom at the box-office if the pre-”Toy Story” (June 18) releases all fail to break out. Four new movies debut this week, but will all likely fall behind the ogre who looking to three-peat at number one.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
A spinoff of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” from producer Judd Apatow and director Nicholas Stoller, the raunchy comedy features Russell Brand‘s naughty rock star character Aldous Snow being shepherded to L.A.’s famous open-air ampitheare by record company flunky Jonah Hill for a concert. Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Rose Byrne of “Damages” and “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss co-star along with the usual array of Apatow stock company cameos. Stoller scripted.
Despite the high raunch factor, “Greek” is earning surprisingly good reviews. The sentiments of the Chicago duo of Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times and Michael Phillips of the rival Tribune are largely echoed in the words of A.O. Scott of the New York Times who writes that the signature “bawdy-sweet mixture”of Apatow films works here. Finding less to cheer about are Slate’s Dana Stevens, the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who dubs it a “buzz-kill.”
Apatow and company are hoping for some R-rated, “Hangover”-like magic, but will be thrilled with half of that film’s $45 million opening. Positive word-of-mouth might help nudge it past Kutcher and Heigl into the number two spot, but if the overall numbers are down and “Prince of Persia” and/or “Sex and the City 2″ minimize their second-week drops, things could get mighty crowded behind “Shrek 4.”

KILLERS
An action comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a newlywed who suspects that hubby Ashton Kutcher is an assassin and their new neighbors have been contracted to rub them out. “Legally Blonde’s” Robert Luketic directed. Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara offer support. The screenplay was written by Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin, credited as T.M. Griffin
Lionsgate didn’t bother to preview their most expensive movie ever for critics, a fairly certain sign that they wouldn’t have liked it anyway. When the reviews do roll out this afternoon you can count all the unflattering references to “True Lies” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
The negative buzz from not being screened could have an impact in the crowded marketplace with audiences opting for the more touted “Greek.” The Los Angeles Times quoted a Lionsgate exec as saying if “Killers” clears $20M this weekend, [...]

Glenn Close prepares for new season of “Damages”

BY GREG HERNANDEZ
Glenn Close doesn’t want to give away too many secrets about the third season of her legal drama “Damages” which premieres Monday night on FX.
But she does quickly offer up this tidbit about some of the changes her character of Patty Hewes has undergone since we saw her last: “Her hair is looser and longer! ” Close says, laughing. “It’s been deconstructed a little bit.”
Of course there is far more going on with the brilliant yet ruthless Patty than her terrific hair. After all, it’s a part so meaty that Close has won two consecutive Emmy Awards playing her. This season, the high-profile litigator takes on a case involving a kind of Madoff-like Ponzi financial scheme. Patty is the court appointed lawyer trying to recover any hidden money so she has her work cut out for her.
“I think she’s back on her game,” Close told a small group of reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “I think last season she was very, very off-balance and disturbed. But I think now she’s back but back after having gone through some pretty traumatic experiences.”
Among those experiences were Patty being stabbed in an elevator in the second season finale. But she survives to litigate and manipulate another day.
This season brings some new cast members to the drama who are quite familiar to television audiences, but more for their comedic roles: Martin Short and Lily Tomlin.
“I was thrilled,” Close said of the cast additions. “I think they’re both geniuses. And I actually think comedy is harder than drama so if they can do comedy they can certainly do drama. And I also think it’s very important for drama to have a sense of wit. It’s very, very delicate. If you take yourself too seriously, then that’s too much. They bring the right balance.”
Close has long been used to the pace of television which is far quicker than most feature films. Each episode of “Damages” takes eight days to complete and her presence is required for about an average of four of those days. Filming on season three is due to wrap in late March and, Close says, “If they renew it again, I guess we’ll start again in the fall.”
She hopes to do a movie during the hiatus but has always been content to act in whatever medium has the best part to offer.
While female movie [...]

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