Taylor Swift was the golden girl at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday (24Nov13) as she took home four top honours, including Artist of the Year. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker, who wowed in a shimmering gold Julien Macdonald mini dress, earned Favorite Female Artist accolades in both the Pop/Rock and Country categories, while the blonde beauty also scored best album for Red in the latter genre.
Justin Timberlake enjoyed a stellar night too, claiming a trio of trophies, while British boyband One Direction celebrated their first ever AMAs for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Pop/Rock for their second release Take Me Home.
Rihanna was feted with the inaugural Icon Award in recognition of her massive global success and she received a standing ovation from the celebrity-packed audience at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Her mentor and Roc Nation label boss Jay Z paid tribute to his charge in a pre-taped video message, while Rihanna's mother, Monica Fenty, was on hand to play the proud parent as she presented the honour.
In her acceptance speech, Rihanna recalled terrorising her mum with her "annoying little man voice" as a child, before going on to express her gratitude to her devotees and her team, saying, "My fans, you have no idea. You keep me driven, you keep this thing special and right now I can't believe that at 25 years old I'm holding an Icon award, that is weird to even say out loud...
"I can't thank everybody but if you know me, you know that I love you and that I thank you and that I'm grateful. You all play such an important part and I'm only as good as my team so I love you guys so much, thank you."
Katy Perry kicked off the event by performing her new single Unconditionally dressed as a geisha in a set made to look like a Japanese cherry blossom garden, while One Direction, Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Arianna Grande and the surviving members of TLC also hit the stage, as did show host Pitbull, who teamed up with Timber collaborator Ke$ha.
Other performance highlights came from Jennifer Lopez, who dazzled in a special tribute to late Latin music icon Celia Cruz; Lady Gaga, who played a receptionist as she seduced R. Kelly as president for Do What U Want, and birthday girl Miley Cyrus, who donned a pink leotard adored with cats to close the show with a powerful and emotional rendition of Wrecking Ball.
The full list of winners for the 41st Annual American Music Awards, which are voted for by fans, is as follows:
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year - Arianna Grande
Single of the Year - Cruise, Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock - Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock - One Direction
Favorite Album - Pop/Rock - Take Me Home, One Direction
Favorite Male Artist - Country - Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist - Country - Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country - Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album - Country - Red, Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop - The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B - Rihanna
Favorite Album - Soul/R&B - The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock - Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary - Maroon 5
Favorite Artist - Latin - Marc Anthony
Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational - Matthew West
Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM) - Avicii
Top Soundtrack - Pitch Perfect
Icon Award - Rihanna.
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.
Teri Hatcher is keen to reprise her Desperate Housewives role on the big screen as she's adamant her character has unfinished business. The actress, who starred as Susan Delfino for eight seasons, insists that the show "still had life" left in it when it ended last year (12), despite series creator Marc Cherry denying any plans for a movie revival.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "I certainly would be (up for it). I never felt like all the stories were done when it wrapped up. I felt like it still had life."
However, the 48-year-old added that she is unsure of what story is left for Susan following the death of husband Mike Delfino, played by James Denton, in the final season.
She adds "Of course, they killed Mike. I don't know what the story would be for Susan and how she could divorce herself from the sadness of how that ended for her. Maybe the movie would be before Mike died."
Actress Eva Longoria has defended her upcoming TV show Devious Maids from critics over allegations the drama perpetuates negative stereotypes of Latino women. The new series, produced by Longoria and created by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, features five Latinas working as domestic servants in the homes of Hollywood's rich and famous - and although it has yet to premiere in America, the show is already drawing criticism from officials at heritage groups, who claim the storyline is offensive and demeaning to their culture.
Longoria has been bombarded with tweets from those who fear the new drama will put Latinas in a bad light and now she has spoken out to address the controversy in a promotional video for the show.
She says, "When we get any backlash for playing the stereotypical maids, my immediate response is, 'So you're telling me those stories aren't worth telling? That those people are lesser than?'"
The cast members agree, with actress Roselyn Sanchez saying, "We don't think that (by) playing maids we're being demeaning to the Latino culture." And co-star Ana Ortiz insists, "The more that we talk about it, the more people are aware of it, the better."
Devious Maids is set to air on cable network Lifetime on Sunday (23Jun13).
Desperate Housewives creator/writer Marc Cherry called on his former leading lady Eva Longoria for a crash course on Mexican culture after signing up to create a new TV show about Latina maids. Cherry is set to premiere Devious Maids, about the housekeepers who work for the rich and famous, on U.S. network Lifetime on 23 June (13), but the Emmy Award winner confesses he wouldn't have been able to get the project off the ground without help from actress Longoria, who recently received her Master's degree in Chicano studies and agreed to executive produce the series.
He tells the New York Post, "I knew I might raise a few eyebrows by casting an all-Latina cast. I thought that would be kind of ground-breaking. I knew I was going to be writing parts that were about multi-dimensional, fun, interesting, ambitious, somewhat flawed women. And I just thought, 'I know I'll get a little criticism, but I want to do this'.
"I also called my good friend Eva Longoria and said, 'I'm going to need some help learning about this culture - what things I need to stay away from, what things I need to stress.' So Eva came on board immediately."
Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan is heading back to court after a judge gave her the green light to revive her legal battle with the show's executives. The actress' initial claims of unlawful termination against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry were dismissed last year (12) in Los Angeles Superior Court, and the case ended in a mistrial.
Her request for a retrial was rejected last August (12) and she was also denied the right to appeal by California's Supreme Court in November (12).
However, Sheridan is refusing to let the case drop, and on Monday (22Apr13), Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Stern set a new trial date for 2 December (13) after the star amended her complaint.
She is now only seeking damages for loss of wages and benefits. Sheridan's legal team originally wanted $6 million (£3.8 million) over claims her character, Edie Britt, was killed off because the actress complained to producers about an alleged altercation between herself and Cherry.
On the Hunt: The can't-believe-it's-actually-real manhunt for the second Boston Marathon bombing subject drew nearly 42 million people to their TV screens on Friday night. The Nielsen company said that staggering number of people tuned in to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel during the dramatic hour that saw police finally capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who had been hiding in a boat in a family's Watertown, Mass. backyard. [Entertainment Weekly]
A Happy Ending: ABC pre-empted its two April 19 episodes of Happy Endings to cover the manhunt for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, and the network has officially rescheduled them for Friday, April 16. That means the show's season finale will air on Friday, May 3 instead. [TVLine]
Disgruntled Housewife: Nicollette Sheridan's first trial against her former Desperate Housewives boss Marc Cherry ended in a mistrial, but the former housewife has just gotten a new trial date. She'll face off against Cherry in court again starting Dec. 2. [Deadline]
Psych Out: While Season 7 of Psych just premiered in February, USA has already ordered an eighth season of its hit comedy — and is considering adding even more episodes. The network ordered five more scripts in addition to the show's eight-episode Season 8 order, meaning the possible final season of the show could contain a full 13 installments. One problem — Maggie Lawson has already signed on for an ABC pilot, and if her new show goes to series, she'd only be able to star in five of Psych's (possibly) final eight — or 13 — episodes. [Deadline]
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The ruling marks another loss for Sheridan as her initial claims of unlawful termination against the show's creator Marc Cherry were dismissed earlier this year (12) in Los Angeles Superior Court, and a case against TV bosses ended in a mistrial.
Her request for a retrial was rejected in August (12), so the actress took an to appeal to California's Supreme Court.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the court's chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has now ruled against her, saying, "The petition for review is denied."
Anyone following the most dramatic show of the season? No, not Homeland. Because unlike Showtime's popular thriller series, this ongoing saga is actually not on television. It's the continuation of former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan's legal battle with the show.
As of Friday, the California Supreme Court has denied the actress' latest appeal in her legal battle against Touchstone Television and ABC. The ruling comes only two months after the judge denied Sheridan's request for a rehearing of the initial case.
All of this started three years earlier when the actress claimed she was wrongfully terminated and physically assaulted by the show's creator, Marc Cherry. The case was ruled a mistrial, but it looks as if this might be the end of it. For now.
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The actress' wrongful termination case against ABC bosses ended in a mistrial earlier this year (12) in Los Angeles Superior Court, and, in August (12), California's second appellate district court officials ruled that she was not unlawfully terminated when her character Edie Britt was killed off at the end of season five of the hit drama.
Sheridan maintained she was fired for complaining about a backstage altercation with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, during which he allegedly struck her.
Her claim was disallowed but she was instructed to refile her case and allege a violation of the California Labor Code.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, her legal team asked for a rehearing but that request was denied last week (07Sep12).