Actress Nicollette Sheridan has been denied a retrial in her wrongful termination case against Desperate Housewives producers for the second time in as many months. The star initially filed suit against creator Marc Cherry and producers at ABC and Touchstone in 2010, claiming her TV character was killed off in 2009 after she complained to show bosses that Cherry had hit her on the head during a rehearsal in September, 2008.
Her sexual harassment, assault and wrongful termination allegations were reduced to wrongful termination and battery before the trial, while Cherry was dropped as a defendant.
The case was eventually ruled a mistrial in Sheridan's favour.
An appellate court later determined the trial judge should have issued a different verdict and suggested Sheridan re-file under California's labour code, which she did - only for her case to be disallowed last November (13) because she had waited too long to take action.
However, in January (14), Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Stern gave Sheridan hope by granting a motion for reconsideration, which was then declared invalid by appeal court judges last month (Aug14), amid allegations Stern no longer had the jurisdiction to revive the matter.
The issue returned to court on Tuesday (23Sep14), when Stern officially vacated his order for a new trial.
Sheridan's lawyers are still determined to fight the case and are working on an appeal.
Actress Nicollette Sheridan has lost her bid to take Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and the show's producers back to court to retry her wrongful termination case. An appellate court has overturned a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's decision to allow the retrial based on Sheridan's allegations that Cherry assaulted her and ABC bosses wrongfully fired her from the show.
The actress was given hope in January (14) when judge Michael Stern reversed his November (13) judgment that the case would be dismissed, but a three-person Court of Appeal panel has insisted his latest decision was invalid.
Sheridan sued Cherry, ABC and Touchstone executives in 2010, alleging that her Housewives character was killed off because she had complained to producers that Cherry struck her on the head during a rehearsal in September, 2008.
Her initial sexual harassment, assault and wrongful termination claims were reduced to wrongful termination and battery before the trial, which was eventually ruled a mistrial in Sheridan's favour.
An appellate court later determined the trial judge should have issued a different verdict and suggested Sheridan re-file under California's labour code. She did, but Stern disallowed the case, ruling that she had filed her claims too late.
Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has been given fresh hope in her longrunning legal battle against her ex-TV bosses after landing a new trial. The actress sued chiefs at ABC and Touchstone and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry in 2010, claiming she was unfairly dismissed from the show after complaining about an altercation with the writer, during which he allegedly struck her.
The case went to trial in 2012, but the Los Angeles jury failed to agree on a verdict and it was declared a mistrial.
Her request for a retrial was rejected later that year (12), but she has continued to fight and returned to court earlier this month (Jan14) to outline her arguments for another legal challenge, citing new laws which have given her an advantage in the case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern rejected the request on 16 January (14), insisting she filed the papers too late, but her lawyer lodged a motion for reconsideration, and now the same judge has had a change of heart and ordered a new trial.
Touchstone lawyer Adam Levin is planning to appeal the decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Moviemakers Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels and Wes Craven are set to direct a 10-part mini-series inspired by the Ten Commandments. The trio will team up with Jim Sheridan and Michael Cera to each direct one episode of the series.
Silver Linings Playbook's Bruce Cohen and Bob Weinstein are producing the project.
Weinstein says, "Each of these directors is acclaimed for their own unique brand of style and genre, so it's clear that we can expect 10 wildly different episodes from this series."
Cohen adds, "With each helmer choosing his or her own creative team, it will be exciting to see their visions come together."
Additional directors will be announced at a later date.
British funnyman David Walliams is set to reunite with actress Sheridan Smith for a new West End production of My Fair Lady. Walliams first appeared alongside the Quartet star in a stage version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in London earlier this year (13).
They are now teaming up again for a West End production of the classic musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, with Walliams taking on the role of Professor Henry Higgins and Sheridan playing the character of Eliza Doolittle.
The characters were made famous by Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film of the same name.
The new show is set to be directed by theatre mogul Michael Grandage.
Considering that every award show leading up to the Academy Awards helps predict who will take home the Oscar in each category, it's quite a good sign for both American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave that each film received 13 nominations for the 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
American Hustle grabbed nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy (Christian Bale), and Best Actress in a Comedy (Amy Adams). And 12 years a Slave nabbed nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, and Best Score.
Not far behind in the nominations race is Gravity with 10 nods and Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street with six each.
The Critics Choice Awards ceremony will be hosted by Aisha Tyler on The CW Jan. 16 at 8 PM.
Best PictureAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraskaSaving Mr. Banks12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street
Best ActorChristian Bale – American HustleBruce Dern – NebraskaChiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a SlaveTom Hanks – Captain PhillipsMatthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers ClubRobert Redford – All Is Lost
Best ActressCate Blanchett – Blue JasmineSandra Bullock – GravityJudi Dench – PhilomenaBrie Larson – Short Term 12Meryl Streep – August: Osage CountyEmma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Best Supporting ActorBarkhad Abdi – Captain PhillipsDaniel Bruhl – RushBradley Cooper – American HustleMichael Fassbender – 12 Years a SlaveJames Gandolfini – Enough SaidJared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting ActressScarlett Johansson – HerJennifer Lawrence – American HustleLupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts – August: Osage CountyJune Squibb – NebraskaOprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Best Young Actor/ActressAsa Butterfield – Ender’s GameAdele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest ColorLiam James – The Way Way BackSophie Nelisse – The Book ThiefTye Sheridan – Mud
Best Acting EnsembleAmerican HustleAugust: Osage CountyLee Daniels’ The ButlerNebraska12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street
Best DirectorAlfonso Cuaron – GravityPaul Greengrass – Captain PhillipsSpike Jonze – HerSteve McQueen – 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell – American HustleMartin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original ScreenplayEric Singer and David O. Russell – American HustleWoody Allen – Blue JasmineSpike Jonze – HerJoel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn DavisBob Nelson – Nebraska
Best Adapted ScreenplayTracy Letts – August: Osage CountyRichard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before MidnightBilly Ray – Captain PhillipsSteve Coogan and Jeff Pope – PhilomenaJohn Ridley – 12 Years a SlaveTerence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki – GravityBruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn DavisPhedon Papamichael – NebraskaRoger Deakins – PrisonersSean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave
Best Art DirectionAndy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) – GravityCatherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great GatsbyK.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) – HerDan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugAdam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) – 12 Years a Slave
Best EditingAlan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American HustleChristopher Rouse – Captain PhillipsAlfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – GravityDaniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – RushJoe Walker – 12 Years a SlaveThelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Costume DesignMichael Wilkinson – American HustleCatherine Martin – The Great GatsbyBob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDaniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. BanksPatricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave
Best MakeupAmerican HustleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugLee Daniels’ The ButlerRush12 Years a Slave
Best Visual EffectsGravityThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugIron Man 3Pacific RimStar Trek into Darkness
Best Animated FeatureThe CroodsDespicable Me 2FrozenMonsters UniversityThe Wind Rises
Best Action MovieThe Hunger Games: Catching FireIron Man 3Lone SurvivorRushStar Trek into Darkness
Best Actor in an Action MovieHenry Cavill – Man of SteelRobert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3Brad Pitt – World War ZMark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action MovieSandra Bullock – GravityJennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching FireEvangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugGwyneth Paltrow – Iron Man 3
Best ComedyAmerican HustleEnough SaidThe HeatThis Is the EndThe Way Way BackThe World’s End
Best Actor in a ComedyChristian Bale – American HustleLeonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall StreetJames Gandolfini – Enough SaidSimon Pegg – The World’s EndSam Rockwell – The Way Way Back
Best Actress in a ComedyAmy Adams – American HustleSandra Bullock – The HeatGreta Gerwig – Frances HaJulia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough SaidMelissa McCarthy – The Heat
Best Sci-fi/Horror MovieThe ConjuringGravityStar Trek into DarknessWorld War Z
Best Foreign Language FilmBlue Is the Warmest ColorThe Great BeautyThe HuntThe PastWadjda
Best Documentary FeatureThe Act of KillingBlackfishStories We TellTim’s Vermeer20 Feet from Stardom
Best Song"Atlas" – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"Happy" – Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2"Let It Go" – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen"Ordinary Love" – U2 – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"Please Mr. Kennedy" – Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis"Young and Beautiful" – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby
Best ScoreSteven Price – GravityArcade Fire – HerThomas Newman – Saving Mr. BanksHans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave
Actress Nicollette Sheridan has lost her latest bid for a new trial against Desperate Housewives producers, ending a three-year battle over allegations of wrongful dismissal. The star has been fighting for damages since 2010, when she filed a $20 million (£13.3 million) lawsuit against TV bosses, claiming her character, Edie Britt, was killed off after she complained to ABC network executives about an alleged physical altercation between herself and creator Marc Cherry.
The case ended in a mistrial in March, 2012 after a jury deadlock, and subsequent attempts by the actress to appeal the dismissal were rejected.
However, she amended her complaint in an effort to win a new trial and scaled back her original allegations, claiming she was fired from the show for simply speaking out against working conditions.
The altered lawsuit won her a new trial date in April (13) from Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Stern, who scheduled the case for 2 December (13), but on Friday (18Oct13), he sided with bosses at ABC and production firm Touchstone TV and dismissed the case in a summary judgement.
His ruling was mainly based on the fact that Sheridan had not filed a complaint with the California Labor Commission in the six months after the September, 2008 onset incident with Cherry.
Sheridan and her lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.
A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
Stage play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was the toast of the 2013 Olivier Awards on Sunday (28Apr13), taking home seven trophies. The London production, about an autistic boy who tries to uncover who killed his neighbour's dog, landed the title of Best New Play, Best Director (Marianne Elliott), Best Actor (Luke Treadaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Nicola Walker), as well as mentions for sound, set and lighting design.
Dame Helen Mirren was crowned Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which also earned her co-star Richard McCabe the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role as late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton won Best Actor and Actress in a Musical for their stints in Sweeney Todd, which also received the title of Best Musical Revival.
Billy Elliot took home the Audience Award for Most Popular Show, Top Hat was recognised as Best New Musical, Best Entertainment and Family went to Goodnight Mister Tom, and Long Day's Journey Into Night nabbed Best Revival.
The winners were announced during the 37th annual ceremony, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville at the Royal Opera House in London.