First she said that the movie had nothing to do with her book, but today Tess Gerritsen is suing Warner Bros over the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Gravity. In a breach of contract complaint filed in federal court in LA, the prolific author upon whose books TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles gravity is based now says she wants millions from the Oscar-winning movie. Gerritsen alleges that she is owed a “based upon” credit, a $500,000 production bonus and a 2.5% of the net proceeds from any film derived from her 1999 novel Gravity, which New Line optioned the year it came out. Being that the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starrer has made more than $716 million worldwide since its October 4 release, Gerritsen could be aiming for some big bucks if her lawyer ever gets the real final figures from WB accounting. And the fact is her Gravity does share some details with the movie: Both are about a female astronaut trapped in space and fighting for her life, though the book involves a virus on the International Space Station and the film does not.
Still, the book does sound a lot like the pic Cuaron co-wrote with his son Jonas, but today’s suit takes a very different line than Gerritsen was giving as recently as October. “Yes, Gravity is a great film, but it is not based on my book,” the author bluntly told the Banner Graphic of Greencastle, IN. There’s no detailed explanation in today’s filing as to why that has changed, but it obviously has. A WB spokesman today had no comment on the suit except to say the studio had not even been served.
The courts in LA are littered with plaintiffs certain that their work was stolen by the studios or networks. Some are right or at least on the right path, but many are dreaming and, to some extent, hoping. However, very few of them have the credentials or the credits of Gerritsen. With two dozen novels to her name plus a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week screenplay and the broad-strokes similarities between her work and the movie, this likely will not be one of those cases that is dismissed quickly or easily. Doesn’t help that the novel and film have the exact same title.
Glen Kulik of Sherman Oaks firm Kulik Gottesman & Siegel LLP is representing Gerritsen in the legal action.
Sandy also translated the part of the article talking about Jane and Maura from Télé Loisirs :
Rizzoli & Isles
Reasonable lesbian ?
Rizzoli & Isles is on everyone's lips. While the season 3 carries good ratings on France 2 (4.7 millions of viewers on average), the season 5 will start on June 17 on U.S. channel TNT and its first two episodes will be dedicated to Barry Frost's death, interpreted by Lee Thompson Young. As a reminder, the 29 year old actor committed suicide last August in Los Angeles.
And the evolution of the duo Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles? It will be "deeper", says Sasha Alexander aka Maura. Enough to feed rumors of a future homosexual relationship between the detective and the medical examiner! It all started with a declaration of the actress in the American press, who confided that "their relationship might take a sexual turn." Rizzoli and Isles in love with each other ? Angie Harmon said to the New York Daily News that she would not be against it. "Whatever. Anyway, I'm the man in this very lesbian relationship". It is said!
This theory makes gay fans react, who comment on Twitter the slightest glance or suspicious gesture of the duo under the hashtag #gayzzoli. "The lesbian theory amuses me. To me, they are heterosexual but I do not disagree with the imaginative ideas of my viewers," commented the creator of the tv show, Janet Tamaro. The door stays open to interpretations. And maybe more!
Rizzoli & Isles are about to run into a real doll.
Dollhouse vet Enver Gjokaj will guest-star on Season 5 of the TNT drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.
So with which leading lady will he be connected?
Gjokaj — who appears in roughly three episodes — will play Jack Keystone, a charming Boston University professor who enters the lives of Jane (played by Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander) in a new and exciting way. Specifically, the intelligent and funny prof meets Dr. Maura Isles while she’s preparing to give a lecture for her new seminar.
In addition to the late Joss Whedon series Dollhouse, Gjokaj’s TV credits include stints on Witches of East End, Vegas and Made in Jersey.
Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Sexy Hair are pleased to announce that Angie Harmon is the recipient of the 2014 “Caring is Sexy” Award. The AWMF and Sexy Hair “Caring is Sexy” Award will be presented at the 39th Annual Gracie Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Reflecting AWMF and Sexy Hair’s commitment to giving back to the community, the “Caring is Sexy” Award honors an individual who practices exceptional acts of kindness.
Angie Harmon is best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on NBC’s Emmy-winning drama "Law & Order." Her recent credits include the series "Women’s Murder Club" and the original Lifetime Television Movie "Living Proof," in which she played the role of real-life breast cancer activist and philanthropist Lilly Tartikoff. Harmon is currently starring on TNT’s "Rizzoli & Isles" as the title character ‘Jane Rizzoli,’ based off the popular mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen. "Rizzoli & Isles" will enter into its fifth summer 2014.
Harmon was appointed UNICEF Ambassador in January 2013, and is committed to using her talent and recognition to fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. For the past two years, she has appeared as the spokesperson for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project, raising awareness about child trafficking and mobilizing communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. She travelled to Nicaragua in January 2014 to bring attention to the horrors of child trafficking within the Central American country and across the globe. During her trip Harmon witnessed UNICEF programs to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse and spoke with adolescent girls and boys about their experiences. In addition to her work on End Trafficking, she has used her social media networks to garner support for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children in Syria and the Philippines as well as promoting the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.
Harmon is also on the board of The Alliance for Children's Rights & The Children's Institute, an organization that works to provide free legal services to children who have been abused and neglected and as a result are living in foster care. The Children’s Institute, helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.
“Sexy Hair believes that sexiness comes from within. It is about being confident, strong, graceful, giving back, and most importantly, a role model,” said Jennifer Parks, Senior Vice President, Sexy Hair. This year’s recipient of the ‘Caring is Sexy’ Award truly exemplifies the ‘Caring is Sexy” spirit. She is tremendously accomplished as an incredible wife, mother, actress, philanthropist, and business woman and is an inspiration not only to her own family but to all. Angie is a UNICEF Ambassador, where she fights for the human rights against trafficking. By being an ambassador, she gives females of all ages a voice and a chance for a better life. Sexy Hair is honored to give the 'Caring Sexy' Award to Angie Harmon.”
“Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is proud to partner with Sexy Hair to promote the important message that caring is what truly makes a person exceptional, amazing, and sexy,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “Not only does Angie Harmon take on roles that portray strong women on television, she takes on the powerful role of children’s advocate in real life.”
Introduced at the 2013 Gracies Gala, the first “Caring in Sexy” award recipient was E! News co-anchor Giuliana Rancic, who has championed several causes that have affected her personally, including infertility and breast cancer. Sexy Hair is also the Title Sponsor of the Gracie Awards Luncheon. The luncheon honors the best and brightest in local, public, digital and student media. The 2014 Luncheon will be held on June 11, 2014 at the New York Hilton.
The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable, and new media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multi-faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features, and other programs.
For more information about the 2014 Gracies, please visit http://www.thegracies.org. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies. For more information on Sexy Hair, visit http://www.sexyhair.com and follow them on Twitter @SexyHair.
On how an epic joke landed him a role on "Rizzoli & Isles":
I was at a TCA event at the Beverly Hilton last year. An actor had invited me out, it was the 25th Anniversary gala, and I didn't have a suit. I was traveling, I was just in LA clothes. I had to go that morning and get a suit. I'm flying around town, I'm getting it tailored and it was not that expensive, and there I am at this -- it's top three billed cast only at this thing, and I'm standing around, people are coming up to me, talking about this suit and I really don't feel like a million bucks. Suddenly, the ego is gone and people are talking to me, and then they start asking which of the shows I'm on, because they assume if I'm dressed up, I must be talent. "No, no! I'm nobody interesting. I'm just a writer." Finally, I think the third time, I just jokingly said, "Have you never watched the show before? I play Chip on 'Rizzoli & Isles.'" I happened to make this joke to the senior vice president of scripted programming and the director of all marketing for Turner Entertainment and they thought it was hysterical. So, I get invited out to some filming in Atlanta for other stuff they're doing. They ask me to create a Twitter account, I get a box at my doorstep from the set with robe, slipper, Kindle Fires, M&Ms, all "Rizzoli & Isles" mugs. Then, this joke just kept going. Patrick Duffy gets in touch with my wife through his nurse who knew him in Oregon, asking me to come to dinner because he'd heard about this thing and knew I was signing in Oregon -- it was just this whole thing. To me, it was a joke that ran away.
I was in town this week and they said, "We know you're going to be in town, would you like to do a walk-on on the show?" And I said, "Yeah, it'd be fun." I went out to Paramount and they said, "Unfortunately, we can't do a walk-on. We're close to hiatus --" and it was clear -- "We have no idea what this is. We don't know what's going on with this joke and this Twitter thing." Because word had come in from on high, "Help this guy out," but I don't want screen time, I just thought it was fun.
Yesterday, I got onto the set, and Michael Kettleman is the director I knew, who is overseeing all the directors on the series. He saw me, and pulled me in, and he hadn't heard the story. I told him, he brings me to the exec producer, she thinks it's the greatest thing that's ever happened and she immediately gets Rizzoli and Isles to start Tweeting pictures of "Chip just dropped by the set!" They do a little video of me and Angie Harmon doing a scene, and then they say, "Well, look. If you come back in a month, we're going to write in a scene, we're going to write you into the show, you're going to get credited as Chip." They're going to do this whole marketing campaign. It's totally bizarre. But everybody's so fun.
Lorraine Bracco had a very personal reason for wanting to lose weight.
Like many people, the former "Sopranos" star, 59, found herself caring for her aging parents. Seeing their health failing changed her outlook on being in shape. After their deaths three years ago, Bracco said she knew she needed to make a change.
"We were sitting there, dividing these medications, who gets what when. It was insane. I watched and realized, 'I don't want to go like that,'" she said. "I said, 'I want to be the best I could be.' I want to live every day the best I can be."
So, Bracco, who at the time weighed 183 pounds ("The last person on the take care of list was me. I let myself go," she admitted), sought the help of a life coach friend who helped her put together a weight loss plan.
Now, the "Rizzoli & Isles" actress is putting those tips into a new book, "To the Fullest," which will be published by Rodale Books in 2015.
"The book will have recipes, a liver cleanse and ways to manage [one's weight]," she said. "It's a body-mind-spirit thing."
For the actress, it's important to eat balanced meals devoid of sugar and dairy. She also substitutes most grains for quinoa and watches her portions. To satisfy her sweet tooth, Bracco will indulge in fruit, gluten-free cookies and Kind bars.
"I was a huge Twizzler eater. I love licorice," she said. "The other day I said, 'I haven't had this in three years,' and I had half a piece. I ended up spitting it out because I no longer have a taste for it. It was so sugary, it was almost like poison to me."
As for exercise, Bracco relies on Pilates to stay in shape. Having a class of people who are working out with her helped her stay motivated.
"I started off very slow. My feeling is also, you sign up to go to the gym and you go to two classes and then you can't walk. It's just not the way to do it," she said. "Now, I go to Pilates class three times a week. I love that there are women who are in their 80s in my class and there were kids who are 23."
Bracco is happier with what she sees in the mirror and more importantly, she has more energy to play with her grandchild.
"I am still a vibrant, contributing human being and I am not dead yet," she said. "I laugh because I used to wake up and everything ached before I got out of bed. Now I jump out of bed! I'm doing something right."