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S. Epatha Merkerson Files $9 Million Lawsuit In NYC Apartment Dispute

September 21st, 2012 7:40pm EDT
S. Epatha Merkerson
Longtime Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson has filed a $9 million lawsuit over allegations her life was endangered by risky renovations on her New York City apartment.

The actress, who left the hit cop show in 2010 after 16 years on air, has sued the co-op board and manager of the building where she lives in Manhattan's Riverside Drive, claiming she was put at risk when ventilation to her gas stove was sealed off without her knowledge.

Merkerson filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court alleging the respondents left her "in jeopardy of her life as the gases could have backed up, exp...
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Q&A: Meet 'Mike & Molly' Star Nyambi Nyambi

February 27th, 2012 11:00am EST
Nyambi Nyambi
On the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, he's the sharp-witted Samuel...but don't let the fact that he plays a waiter fool you. Actor Nyambi Nyambi has a lot to say.

"The way I like to say it is I've been an actor all my life, but I never called it acting," the Oklahoma native tells me. "I was always cutting up. I'd make fun of our relatives that would come over. I was always doing the loud Nigerian, the quiet Nigerian. Doing skits from In Living Color [and] random impressions. That was how I liked to be around my family."

It wasn't until his senior year at Bucknell University, when he was giving ...
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'Terminator 2': 20 Years Later

July 3rd, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Terminator 2
Can you believe that sci-fi epic Terminator 2: Judgment Day is now two decades old?

July 3, 1991, the sequel to 1984's The Terminator stormed into theaters, and has since become one of the biggest science-fiction films of all time. Fans and critics alike embraced the second chapter of the story, which took a unique tack: turn the villain of the first flick into the hero of the second. A T-800 model Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was sent back in time again - not to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), but to protect her and her son John (Edward Furlong) from being killed by the ...
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S. Epatha Markerson Leaving 'Law & Order'

April 2nd, 2010 5:36pm EDT
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"Law & Order" star S. Epatha Merkerson is bailing out of the hit U.S. crime show, after 16 years.

Merkerson plays Lieutenant Van Buren on the NBC series, but her contract is up and she has no plans to renew after the ongoing season.

She tells EW.com, "It's the end of my contract his year, and the story line has been so perfect. I've given it my best for 16 years. It's time to move on. I'm doing other things, and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig."
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Underappreciated TV Stars

March 9th, 2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...
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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 1

July 8th, 2008 11:55am EDT
Boston Legal
Last week, I helped the Emmy panelists decide upon which series to cast their vote for, and now it's the actors' turn.

The Emmy blue ribbon panel received a group of lists from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last week. These were top ten lists from which they were to select the five nominees for the big Emmy show. They will view select episodes from each nominee and base their decision on what they see.

It's nigh on impossible to glean an accurate impression from a small sample, especially when it comes to acting. Many characters are given complex arcs from which the...
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Andrea Bowen & Jennie Garth To Star In The Lifetime Original Movie 'Girl, Positive'

May 23rd, 2007 2:29pm EDT
Andrea Bowen
Lifetime explores the world of teen love, sex and gossip in the Lifetime Original Movie "Girl, Positive," the story of Rachel, a high school senior who fears she may be infected with HIV and must come to terms with the life-altering news.

The telefilm stars Andrea Bowen as Rachel and Jennie Garth as a teacher in Rachel's school who has been secretly living with the virus for years. S. Epatha Merkerson also stars in the movie as an AIDS clinic worker.

In "Girl, Positive," seventeen-year-old Rachel Sandler's (Bowen) carefree world is jolted when word spreads through the internet t...
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Jackson, Ricci & Timberlake Star in 'Black Snake Moan'

February 24th, 2007 8:00am EST
Black Snake Moan
There was a time when Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) played the blues; a time he got Bojo’s Juke Joint shakin’ back in the day. Now he lives them. Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a shattered marriage, Lazarus’ soul is lost in spent dreams and betrayal’s contempt…Until he meets Rae (Christina Ricci).

Half naked and beaten unconscious, Rae is left for dead on the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her. The God-fearing, middle-aged black man quickly learns that the young white woman he’s nursing back to health is none other than the town tramp from the small Tennessee town w...
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Prism Awards Honor 'Walk the Line,' 'Without a Trace' & More for Accurately Depicting Drug Abuse

April 28th, 2006 3:19pm EDT
Walk the Line
Walk the Line took top honors at the 10th annual Prism Awards on Thursday. The awards were presented by the Entertainment Industries Council in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health for works the groups believe do the best job of accurately portraying drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.

Walk the Line, about Johnny Cash's music career, won for best drama. Neal Baer, the executive producer of the TV drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, won a leadership and inspiration award. Brad Paisley's hit song "...
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Whoopi Goldberg Lands Recurring Role on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

April 6th, 2006 11:23am EDT
Whoopi Goldberg
Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Grammy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star in the first episode of a new recurring role on NBC's drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a foster mother gone very bad. Goldberg's appearance will be broadcast in May and in this episode, her character, Chesley Watkins, will be a criminal nemesis to Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth).

"I love the show and have wanted to come on forever. I told the writers, 'I want to be dead-eye bad,' so I hope they're ready for my 'Criminal Intent,'" said Goldberg.

"Whoopi never gets to be the bad guy in t...
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This Wednesday NBC's 'Heist' Debuts, 'Law & Order' Changes Time Slot

March 21st, 2006 10:58am EST
Steve Harris stars in Heist
The premiere of NBC's new drama Heist kicks off on Wed., Mar. 22, at 10-11 p.m., following an all-new episode of Law & Order debuting in its new time slot at 9-10 p.m. "Heist" is a fast-paced, serialized drama that follows a team of expert career criminals as they attempt to pull off one of the biggest heists in history.

Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, Seymour Cassel, Marika Dominczyk and David Walton star as the burglars hell-bent on pulling off the impossible to simultaneously rob three of the most renowned jewelry stores on Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive during Academy Awards week. ...
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'Empire Falls,' 'Boston Legal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Lead SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:58am EST
Boston Legal
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. In the television categories, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls garnered four nominations, including one for Paul Newman and one for Ed Harris. Boston Legal is tied with Grey's Anatomy, both of which lead with three nominations.

The television nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick

Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shep...
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Van Buren Crosses the Line on 'Law & Order,' Nov. 30

November 29th, 2005 9:00am EST
S. Epatha Merkerson
Coming up on Law & Order:

Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson gives a scorching performance as Lt. Anita Van Buren when a case close to the lieutenant provokes her to overstep the boundaries of the law -- and a friendship -- in pursuit of a serial misogynist on Wed., Nov. 30, at 10 p.m. on NBC. "This episode tests this character in a way I don't think she's been tested before," said Merkerson. "She really does cross the line."

In the episode entitled "Acid," a young woman, her face horribly scarred, is found hanged inside her apartment. Lt. Van Buren recognizes the victim as t...
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