Donna Gianell, 54, had been selected to take part in a trial which has seen Citigroup banking bosses accused of committing fraud by over-estimating the value of British record label EMI when it was sold to private equity company Terra Firma for $6.4 billion in 2007.
Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed Gianell when he found out she had received a credit in Moore's documentary, which was fiercely critical of the banking industry. She was interviewed for the movie, but her scene was cut from the final edit.
After the film's credits were played to the Manhattan courtroom, the judge called the film a "one-sided, scurrilous appeal to anti-bank passion," adding, "In the 1950s, a movie like this would be subject to criminal prosecution. I wonder if we are not engaging here in guilt by association, which is another of the faults of the 1950s."
And Moore admits he's furious with the judge's decision, telling the New York Daily News, "It seems like the person that should be dismissed from the case is the judge. He clearly seems to have a bias against anyone that might be critical of our Wall Street banks."
The Quaids were due in court on Tuesday (02Nov10) to face charges they have been illegally squatting at a California home they once owned.
The actor and his wife are seeking asylum in Canada, insisting they fear for their welfare if they return to California.
Quaid's attorney insists his client has been advised to stay in Canada for an immigration hearing on 8 November (10).
Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck agreed not to issue a bench warrant for the Brokeback Mountain star, but insisted Evi Quaid would be subject to such punishment with prosecutors threatening to seek extradition.
The couple was arrested in September (10), when deputies discovered the actor and his wife living in the guest house of a home they formerly owned. They were charged with felony vandalism.
The Quaids missed an arraignment last month (Oct10) and were arrested days later in Vancouver, Canada, where they sought refugee status.
The couple has maintained the property on which they were living still belongs to them.
The Nanny McPhee star picked up the Role Model prize at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London on Monday night (01Nov10). Thompson was honoured for her work as an actress, producer and writer, as well as her human rights campaigning.
Florence And The Machine star Welch took the Breakthrough of the Year trophy, while artist-turned-director Taylor-Wood was named Renaissance Woman of the Year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Scottish singer Annie Lennox, while supermodel Christy Turlington was named among the magazine's International Women of Influence, along with designer Donna Karan and Queen Rania of Jordan.
The Hollywood actor helped launch the Global Poverty Project's new awareness movie 1.4 Billion Reasons at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in front of a star-studded audience which included Gerard Butler and fashion designer Donna Karan.
Jackman urged the crowd to send a text message donation to the charity and offered his services as a "technical adviser" in case any guests were unable to figure out the system, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The Australian star also offered up a personal training session with him as an auction prize to help raise money, joking, "Don't worry, we'll make the workout aerobics."
S07E04: This really is the end, isn’t it? Michael Scott is really leaving us and we’re going to have to say goodbye very soon and I don’t know how well I am going to handle this and no I’m not crying my eyes are just sweating, gosh.
Our episode this week took us back in time on a journey; a journey through the dating and sex life of Michael Scott. The impetus behind such an adventure flared up like all great adventures do: a herpes scare. Michael wanted to do the chivalrous thing and alert everyone he has slept with for the past six years that he might have herpes but also figure out if it was them that gave it to him. In doing so, we get updates on every single failed relationship we have seen Michael stumble through and we also get to see what he is heading towards in his final homestretch.
Michael calls Holly first (well second after Donna, but nothing really happens with that convo so we’ll gloss over it), but I want to talk about her later...but she drops something important on Michael so I’ll mention it now. Holly calls Michael delusional and tells him that he romanticizes everything which causes him to question every relationship he has been in. He takes this criticism to heart and while he’s supposed to be talking about herpes with all his exes he ends up talking about himself.
First we get a visit to Jan who seems to be back on the right track. Or at least is heading there. She’s back in a high powered job at a hospital and is raising her daughter on her own. But she also released an album of Doris Day covers on her own label. She hasn’t quite gotten all the crazy swept under the rug, but perhaps she has found the balance she needed. Unfortunately that involves singing about everything and yeah, that shouldn’t happen around non-deaf people. She goes on to tell Michael that their relationship was based on danger like a princess hiding her trysts with the stable boy from the queen and she was the princess and the queen in the relationship. That plus the over zealous singing finally shows Michael the light that Jan is in fact insane. The realization that he used to think she was “the one” really bothers Michael and it underlines his remaining reunions with his exes.
Next is Pam’s mother, Helene, who he meets in the park. After mistaking her for a very elderly lady he has what was perhaps his best conversation with all his exes. Of course, it ends with him slightly pissed off and calling her a jerk, but still, it was his best. Then he meets with Carol and it goes about as well as Helene’s but since he interrupted her from showing a house I’m going to judge that one as less successful as Helene’s. Both reiterate what Holly mentioned about Michael’s faults and it seems Michael starts to realize that there might just be something wrong with the way he views the world. It still doesn’t stop Michael from questioning Oscar about their kiss all the way at the beginning of season 3, but we couldn’t have Michael completely transform in one episode.
The failed journey through past relationships causes him to call Holly back and confront her about what she said. He has to leave her a message but he still spills his guts to her. And he’s basically right. He argues that while he might have been delusional about all his other girlfriends he definitely felt something real between the two of them. And his evidence is legit. Despite the fact it has been over a year and a half since they dated (she and AJ have dated that long) she was happy to hear from them and when he joked, she played right along. It was like what Jim said when Michael and Holly first started going at it; she’s just as weird as he is. She just seems to see the world through less rose colored glasses.
So will he end up with Holly? Of course he will. Or at least he’ll go after her. He knows she fits exceptionally well with him and we can all tell there are at least some feelings left over for her, too. But will it be a happy ending? I think so. The show goes to some very dark places in life but it generally gives happy endings to those who deserve it. And who deserves a loving relationship more than Michael Scott? That’s all he’s ever wanted. That’s all he cares about. Plus we know Amy Ryan comes back to set, so that’s some pretty good evidence too. Also, the original Office ended with a happy ending for David Brent (who was a far less likable character than Michael Scott), so the precedent is there.
The other storyline was a sex-ed seminar that Andy felt he should give because people were making fun of Meredith too much. I had a few problems with this storyline, although I found it generally hilarious. My first problem was the intention behind it. In the beginning it looked like Andy was doing this because he wanted to stick up for Meredith and impress Erin. But then it turns out he was fishing to see if Gabe and Erin had upped their relationship to a sexual one. There was never any indication that was the purpose of everything and when it came to that it just felt off. Second, there wasn’t any real resolution to the story. Sure we found out that Andy had given Gabe permission to date Erin (in a funny accent, of course) but when the episode ended I couldn’t help but think “that’s it?” I thought there would have been another beat to it at least.
All in all, a good episode for The Office. I think there are some soon-to-be-classic episodes coming up with Michael’s departure getting closer and closer each week. While I’ll hate to see him leave, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.
Donna West's case against the actor/screenwriter was dismissed two years ago (08) after jurors in a Texas court found she did not have enough evidence to support her claim that Perry lifted material from her play, Fantasy of a Black Woman, to use in his 2005 blockbuster.
The playwright launched an appeal against the verdict but on Monday (23Aug10), the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was no improper conduct in the trial, according to the Associated Press.
West's play was performed three times in 1991 in Dallas, and she contended Perry could have gained access to the script in 1998 when he presented his plays at the Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Perry's film took in more than $50 million (£33 million) at the box office.
The star passed away on Monday (09Aug10) in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
DiCenzo established himself as a character actor and appeared in over 30 movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, and The Exorcist III.
He starred as Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the trial of serial murderer Charles Manson, in the 1976 TV film Helter Skelter.
He became a Broadway star in the early 1990s when he appeared opposite Nathan Lane in the play On Borrowed Time, while he also became known for his TV roles in Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue.
DiCenzo also carved out a career as a voice actor and his vocals were used in commercials and cartoon series, such as She-Ra: Princess of Power, in which he played villain Hordak, reports Daily Variety.
He is survived by his wife Donna, a son, three grandchildren and a sister.
The Wild One star's remains were divided up among members of his family following his death from respiratory failure in 2004.
Brando's son Christian received some of the ashes, and following his death in 2008 they were allegedly kept by his then-girlfriend Donna Lopez Geon.
Now Christian's mother Kashfi, who divorced Brando in 1959, wants them back - she's filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court demanding Geon returns "a portion of the cremated remains of Marlon Brando."
Kashfi also claims Geon has her son's St. Christopher's medal, but Geon tells TMZ.com, "Christian wasn't close with his family and wouldn't have wanted his mother or anyone else to have his property when he died... When I found out they were coming after the property, I took some of the ashes I have and spread them in Franklin Canyon (Los Angeles)... Marlon loved that place."
The foursome, who rose to fame as Los Angeles County lifeguards in the '90s series, will co-star in Back to the Bay, a docu-comedy about the actress' new careers.
The series will chronicle Eggert's efforts as she works on exercise DVDs and raises her 12-year-old daughter, while Bingham is setting up her own dating service.
Nolin will also be followed as she promotes her a book about postpartum depression, having just given birth to her third child, while D'Errico is said to be "a conspiracy theorist" whose goal is to climb Turkey's Mount Ararat and search for Noah's Ark.
Executive producer Scott Stone tells trade paper Daily Variety, "These amazing women have all embraced the nostalgia of the 'Baywatch' phenomenon and are ready to show us all how to have a blast again."
An air date for Back to the Bay has yet to be set.