Australian actress Kym Valentine is suing the producers of soap opera Neighbours. The star played Libby Kennedy from 1994 until 2004, but took time out of the show to raise her daughter.
She returned in 2007, but took indefinite leave in 2011, just months after she checked into a private hospital to be treated for exhaustion.
Valentine has now taken legal action, accusing production company FremantleMedia Australia, legal director Steven Rosser and former Neighbours producers Susan Bower and Neal Kingston of engaging in unlawful discrimination.
The 36 year old claims FremantleMedia failed to provide "a working environment that was safe" and that it breached "the relationship of trust and confidence".
Valentine is seeking compensation for lost wages and "pain, hurt, suffering and humiliation", as well as an apology and an acknowledgement that she suffered unlawful discrimination, according to documents obtained by Fairfax Media. The actress also wants to be rehired in the role of Kennedy.
A spokesperson for FremantleMedia states, "We don't comment on matters before the courts."
Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal's son Redmond has reportedly piled on 65 pounds (29.48 kilograms) since kicking his longrunning drug habit. Redmond O'Neal became a free man last October (12) after successfully completing a year-long court-ordered rehab stint following a number of spells in and out of jail and treatment centres to deal with substance abuse issues.
He stepped out for a topless stroll with his actor father on a beach in Malibu, California earlier this month (Jul13) and was almost unrecognisable with his shaved head and pudgy frame.
A source tells the National Enquirer his once-skinny frame has ballooned to an estimated 225 pounds (102 kilograms), and says, "He seems to have swapped one addiction for another."
Redmond, 28, had been battling addiction to narcotics for years and was behind bars when his mother died in June, 2009.
He regained his freedom last year (12) after a judge suspended his jail sentence for a 2011 arrest for heroin and firearms possession following the completion of a court-ordered inpatient treatment programme.
For an episode called "The Genoa Tip," there wasn't much mention of the top-secret operation that gets the whole newsroom in trouble. But there was still plenty of drama to go around, which was all wrapped up by a solemn country song.
This wasn't a good week for Maggie, but then again, it almost never is. She decides to creepily track down Erica, the girl who posted her Sex and the City-fueled tirade online, by finding her on Foursquare. Maggie and Sloan confront Erica in a laundromat in Queens, which is not weird or stalkery at all. Erica is understandably freaked out, but then gets excited as she recognizes Maggie from her video and starts asking her questions. Sloan offers to tweet about Erica's SATC fanfiction if she takes the video down.
Despite the tweet, Erica does not take the video down, and instead decides to blog about the laundromat showdown. Lisa finally sees Maggie's recorded outburst, and subjects her to the scariest hug of all time. Calm but noticeably upset, Lisa accuses Maggie of setting her up with Jim because she knew things would never get serious between them.
After losing her boyfriend and her best friend, Maggie sets her sights on Africa. She gets the go-ahead from Mac to travel to Uganda for a story, but we already know that doesn't end up going too well. Poor Maggie.
Feeling Under the Weather
We got a little more of Will McAvoy's backstory in this episode. This is a man who took the anchor desk for the first time on 9/11 and promised his audience that he wasn't going anywhere. Ten years later, he has to watch two other people cover the anniversary of that day and read the words that he wrote for them. The audience no longer trusts him like they used to, and he craves their approval. He's so ashamed that he tells the staff that he took himself off the 9/11 coverage, just to save face (although no one believes him).
When it's reported that an American was targeted and killed by a drone strike in Yemen, Mac and Charlie want Will to go on air and demand that the administration release the memorandum authorizing the strike. Will doesn't want to alienate his audience even more by looking like he's defending a terrorist, but the argument is interrupted by a phone call from Neal. He attended an Occupy Wall Street rally and was arrested. Will goes to bail Neal out of jail and basically throws a little hissy fit at a police officer. The officer asks him "Are you feeling alright?" like any sane person would, and Will replies "Yeah, I just had the flu for a while."
Swing Votes and Lobbyists
Don has been following the case of Troy Davis, a black man who was convicted of killing a white cop in Georgia. Davis has been in prison for 20 years and is soon to be executed unless he receives clemency. Don believes there is reasonable doubt in his case and wants Will to cover the story, but Will refuses.
Don gets more desperate as he hears from a source that the Georgia parole board has been lobbied and the swing vote is now voting against clemency. He wants to report on the development but doesn't have his source on the record. He briefly considers threatening to reveal his source's name, but knows that's going too far. That night, Don receives a report that Davis was executed.
Like the Headsail on a Boat
Jerry gives Mac the full details of Operation Genoa that he heard from Cyrus. Two soldiers were held in a village in Pakistan, and the Marines sent in to rescue them used sarin gas on civilians. Mac thinks the story is ridiculous and couldn't possibly be true, but Jerry spends the rest of the episode trying to contact Gunnery Sergeant Eric Sweeney. Once he finally gets him on the phone, Eric confirms to Jerry and Mac that Genoa was real and that American troops did indeed use sarin gas on civilians. Mac and Jerry look at each other in shock, and then Willie Nelson finally stops singing (seriously, that song went on forever).
Jim finally gets on the Romney campaign bus, courtesy of a reporter named Hallie. Fun fact: that's Meryl Streep's daughter! He also receives a breakup email from Lisa and ignores Maggie's call about Africa.
Why is Sorkin under the impression that all women love Sex and the City?
Will reads online hate about himself during his own broadcast. Pull yourself together, man.
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If you're inclined to see RED 2, it means you probably enjoyed RED. Already, you're a leg up on this reviewer, who didn't find the original all too stimulating. But my experience catching the sequel, situated in a theater surrounded by vehement fans of Bruce Willis' first turn as a former CIA man branded with the "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" label, was a wholly refreshing one. As with any sequel — especially those in the action- or adventure-comedy genre — half the fun is revisiting old favorite characters. That's the gambit of the opening act of a film like RED 2: to entertain questions of "Where are they now?" with the most delightful answers possible.
And even in the subdued reunion of Frank Moses (Willis) and his old partner and pal, certified loon Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), there's a sort of hearty warmth present. Laughter erupts when the latter emerges, incognito, from the aisles on a department store, on the prowl for his buddy in hopes of reattaching him to the mad glory of their younger days. There's nothing outstandingly funny going on, but you laugh and smile, already connected to these men and their relationship by the good graces of the first film.
While not accomplishing anything altogether new, this is the phenomenon that makes sequels such a spirited treasure: that feeling of "the gang's back together," in which the audience includes itself in that denomination. It's not only the people onscreen who are reteaming with old friends, but the fans who so engaged with RED in the first place — the sequel succeeds in making lovers of the original feel "involved" with the reunion, rewarding fandom with character-driven gags about Willis' stealth, Malkovich's madness, Helen Mirren's awesome frigidity, and Mary-Louise Parker's crazy-eyed bloodlust.
In fact, it's only when RED 2 gets away from its central gang that the film really crumbles. Setting its attention on a behemoth-concept plot, riddled with inexplicable twists and turns, the film comes off more mentally maligned than its characters at some point. When we are forced to spend time with newbie characters — charmless big bad Neal McDonough, disgruntled rookie Byung-hun Lee, and even the great Anthony Hopkins as a senile former agent — we await the return of the charismatic stars. Really just Malkovich, in fact.
Yes, the laughs aren't exactly overflowing in RED 2, but there is no short supply of joy in watching John Malkovich contort his face and worm through difficult conversations as the manipulative, maniacal Marvin. With such a command over nuanced comedy, Malkovich can turn the lackluster script into something of delightful flavor. Whether he's pleading with Willis to join him in the barracks, faking his own death, struggling to disarm a bomb, or draped inexplicably in Carmen Miranda garb, Malkovich is, indubitably, funny. In every other corner of this discombobulated picture, what with its stock characters and alarmingly nonsensical plot, you'll question what the hell these filmmakers are up to... and why, in fact, you're sticking around for the long haul. But as long as Malkovich is on screen, playing zany or basking in the fun familiarity of the RED team as constructed by the first movie, there is fun to be had.
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The Newsroom Season 2 premiere didn't waste any time getting down to business. After a shiny new opening, we immediately find out that Will McAvoy and the rest of the News Night crew are being sued for making allegations that the U.S. military used nerve gas as a weapon, which is a war crime. When the story turned out to be wrong, they had to retract it, and anyone who helped to broadcast the story could lose their job. Whoa, s**t just got real incredibly fast.
Lawyer Rebecca Halliday is trying to get the full details of the situation out of Will (which isn’t going very well) when we're hit with another shocker. Maggie has ditched her long blonde hair for a short, auburn 'do. What happened? According to Will, she went to Uganda for a story and saw some terrible things, and "came back a little messed up." But how did we get here? (Here being October 2012, 14 months after the Season 1 finale.) Well, as Will says, it all started around the time Reese Lansing got kicked out of the Capitol Building, back in August 2011.
Chips are Falling
Reese, the president of AWM, wasn’t allowed into House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning SOPA, an anti-piracy bill. This was just one week after Will had gone on-air and called the Tea Party the "American Taliban," and apparently some members of the Tea Party hadn’t taken it too well. Given the controversy of Will's statements, Charlie told him that he was taking him off the 10-year anniversary coverage of 9/11. Will says he's fine with it, but come on, you know that had to put a dent in his giant ego.
Is This Brutally Awkward?
A reporter named Ben who was on the Romney campaign bus stupidly jumped off the second floor of a hotel and missed the pool, breaking his ankle. Mac tells Jim to find a replacement for him, but all Jim does is stare pathetically over at Maggie and Don. Maggie tries to smooth things over with Jim, wanting to go back to the way things were before she confessed her feelings for him. But Jim, still hurt that Maggie choose Don over him, blows her off, and then begs Mac to let him go to New Hampshire to cover the campaign in Ben's place. But he isn't actually able to get on the bus because, you know, that whole "American Taliban" thing.
Period. Period. Period.
Mac gets Jerry Dantana from Washington D.C. to cover for Jim, and he's just as obsessed with drone strikes as Sloan. He suggests holding an on-air panel about drones, and wants to use a military analyst named Cyrus West instead of Jim's usual contact. Cyrus is an adamant drone supporter and keeps saying "period" like he's trying to make it his catchphrase or something. Will lets Cyrus be an obnoxious douche instead of speaking up, despite Mac urging him to jump in. Looks like someone was bothered about being pulled from the 9/11 coverage after all.
After the broadcast, Cyrus tells Jerry that he has some intel about a black op named Genoa (not Geneva), and that it’s the kind of story "that makes careers and ends presidencies." Hmmm, something tells me that we'll be getting back to that….
The YouTube Video Strikes Back
Maggie's crazy cousin sends Don a YouTube video of Maggie freaking out in front of the Sex and the City tour bus. He tries to pack his things and go to a hotel while Maggie's sleeping, but he wakes her up. He shows her the video (titled "Another New Yorker Loses It") and basically laughs in her face. He tells her that he thought he was the bad guy for not being in love with her, when actually she was in love with Jim. Oh give me a break Don, stop being so self-righteous. You said yourself that you've only tried to be a good boyfriend for like 2 weeks, so don’t guilt trip Maggie for having feelings for someone else, especially when she gave you another chance.
Soooo….if Ben hadn't broken his ankle, if Jim hadn't gone to New Hampshire and Jerry hadn't filled in for him, and if Cyrus hadn't been on the drone panel, then News Night wouldn't be facing this lawsuit? Pretty much. So basically, this is all Ben's fault. Way to go, buddy.
The flashback device that the premiere introduced was pretty effective. It got me interested in seeing how the characters will get from Point A to Point B throughout the season.
Not that I'm surprised, but the show is just as smug as ever.
The beginning and end of the episode were quite Social Network-esque. Sorkin sure loves those deposition scenes.
Blast from the past: Will singing Rebecca Black's classic hit, “Friday.”
Sloan's crush on Don was briefly addressed, but now that Don and Maggie are broken up, we'll probably see more of that relationship.
Neal decides to investigate Occupy Wall Street in its early stages. Looks like you might be on to something there, kid!
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Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has become the latest star to rework his back catalogue in the studio with a bunch of famous friends. Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock have already signed on as featured artists on Sammy Hagar & Friends, the rocker's first album of collaborations.
Dunn will duet with him on Bad on Fords and Chevrolets, while Kid Rock will sing Knockdown Dragout with Hagar.
Heart's Nancy Wilson, Journey's Neal Schon, former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony and his Chickenfoot bandmates Chad Smith and Joe Satriani will also hit the studio with the rock star.
Actor Ryan O'Neal has paid a touching tribute to his late partner Farrah Fawcett to mark the fourth anniversary of her death. The Charlie's Angels star lost her battle with cancer on 25 June, 2009, and O'Neal took to his Twitter.com account on Tuesday (25Jun13) to remember the actress.
In a post, he writes, "I know my angel is with me today. Always."
O'Neal also shared a black and white image of the couple with followers on his Facebook.com page and added, "A fan found this photo and sent it to me...one of my favorites. makes me ache for my darling."
Fawcett passed away on the same day as Michael Jackson.
Old-school assassins prove they've still got it in Red 2, the sequel to 2010's action comedy.
The movie hits theaters on July 19, reuniting the questionable crew of retired world-class operatives of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, and John Malkovich on a global search through the U.S., Paris, London, and Moscow for a missing portable nuclear device. The sequel also stars Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough.
If you can't wait until the July release date to watch these geriatric killers in action, check out the six clips below. Keep an eye out for Willis being spooned and Mirren's unbelievably badass, shoot 'em up car chase (which seems to be the highlight of the film).
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Actor Ryan O'Neal has become a great-grandfather. The Paper Moon star, 72, posted a family photo from a Memorial Day weekend party on his Facebook.com page on Monday (27May13) and revealed to fans the family had welcomed a new member.
In the picture, O'Neal holds a baby boy on his lap and adds, "Happy Memorial Day to all. I had a great day with friends and family, including new edition (sic), baby Sidney O'Neal."
O'Neal did not specify whose child he was holding but editors at People.com claim Sidney is the grandson of the actor's son Griffin.
Country star Carrie Underwood is helping residents in her tornado-devastated home state of Oklahoma with a $1 million (£645,000) donation. The singer, who grew up in Muskogee, was left distraught after twisters swept through the region around Oklahoma City on Monday (20May13), leaving 24 people dead, including nine children.
Now she is aiding the relief effort in a big way by handing over a cheque to the Red Cross.
A statement from Underwood reads, "I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness. With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."
Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross, adds, "The impact of the tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families. Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery."