x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Plus: Murphy announces end of Glee; Nicollette Sheridan suffers a setback; Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard get hitched; and TLC get the biopic treatment from VH1.

Alexander Skarsgard is considering the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey. EPA / Warren Toda
Alexander Skarsgard is considering the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey. EPA / Warren Toda

Skarsgård in the Fifty Shades running

Alexander Skarsgård is the latest name to be linked to the male lead in the screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, now that the Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has backed out. The True Blood actor is one of the actors reportedly considering the lead role of the billionaire Christian Grey. One actor who definitely won’t be part of the project is Robert Pattinson. The Twilight star said he was not up to being part of another high-profile franchise.

Murphy announces an end to Glee

Glee’s next season will be its last, its co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed last Wednesday in an event honouring FX Networks. The ending will have to be redrafted after the death in June of the actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn on the hit show. “I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was,” he said. “When a tragedy like that happens you have to figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.”

Sheridan’s case over firing dismissed

Nicollette Sheridan’s long-running US$6million (Dh22m) wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC over her departure from the hit television series Desperate Housewives was dismissed by a judge on Friday. Without ruling on the facts of the case, the Superior Court Judge Michael Stern determined the actress should have exhausted her claims to a labour commissioner before pursuing a trial. The ruling stalled Sheridan’s push for a retrial on claims filed in 2010 that she was fired after she complained that the show’s creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head in 2008. Cherry said he tapped her on the head for artistic direction. “It’s the right result,” ABC’s Adam Levin said after the hearing. David Crochetiere, a lawyer for Sheridan, said the ruling would be appealed.

Bell and Shepard get married

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have finally tied the knot. The Hollywood couple exchanged vows last Thursday in a small ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office. The Veronica Mars actress and the Parenthood star have been engaged since 2009. Bell’s next project has her teaming up with Idina Menzel for the Disney animation Frozen, where both will do their fair share of singing. Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen and is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

TLC’s story comes to life in VH1 biopic

For Rozonda Thomas and Tionne Watkins, the surviving members of the Grammy-winning R&B group TLC, there were several uncomfortable moments watching Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora play them in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a new biopic made for the cable network VH1. But it was especially strange to watch Lil Mama play the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. “The resemblance was just crazy at times,” Thomas said of Lil Mama, who wore contacts to mimic Left Eye’s distinctively large pupils. “It was kind of eerie at times for us.”

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