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Actress Adrienne Shelly's Widower Loses Lawsuit


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The widower of tragic actress Adrienne Shelly has lost a civil suit against the company which employed his late wife's killer.

The Unbelievable Truth star was murdered in her New York City apartment in 2006 by Diego Pillco after the actress caught the then-20-year-old worker looking through her purse while taking a break from overhauling her Greenwich Village building.

Pillco, who was employed at Bradford General Contractors, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime.

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Shelly Death Suit Dismissed


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The husband of murdered filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly has lost his legal battle with the company which employed the man who killed his wife.

Ecuadorian labourer Diego Pillco, who was in America without proper documentation, was jailed for 25 years in 2008 after he was convicted of strangling the Waitress star two years earlier when she caught him trying to burgle her New York apartment.

He had been renovating another apartment in the building at the time and Shelly's husband, Andrew Ostroy, subsequently filed a wrongful death suit against the construction company which employed Pillco, alleging the actress would still be alive if bosses at Bradford General Contractors (Bgc) hadn't hired an illegal immigrant.

However, the lawsuit has been thrown out of court after a New York judge dismissed Ostroy's allegations.

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Shelly's Husband Wins Legal Ruling


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The husband of murdered filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly has won a crucial victory in his legal battle over his wife's death - a judge has ruled evidence heard at her killer's grand jury proceedings can be included in his lawsuit.

Ecuadorian labourer Diego Pillco was jailed for 25 years in 2008 after he was convicted of strangling the Waitress director in November 2006 when she caught him trying to burgle her apartment.

He had been renovating another apartment in the New York building at the time and Shelly's husband, Andrew Ostroy, subsequently filed a wrongful death suit against the construction company which employed Pillco.

Ostroy alleges his wife would still be alive if bosses at Bradford General Contractors (BGC) hadn't hired an illegal immigrant.

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Murdered Shelly's Garden To Grow In New York


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A memorial garden honouring murdered actress/writer Adrienne Shelly is to be unveiled in New York next week (03Aug09).

Shelly was killed by a construction worker in November, 2006.

The garden, located in Abingdon Square Park at at 8th Avenue and 12th Street, faces the late actress' office, where she was murdered.

Shelly's widower Andy Ostroy says, "This has been a long but very satisfying journey to honour my late wife in the park she loved so much, across from the building in which she lived for many years, worked and died."

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New York Officials' Tribute To Shelly


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New York City officials will pay tribute to murdered Hollywood screenwriter Adrienne Shelly with a memorial just yards from where she was strangled.

The Waitress writer was found dead in her New York apartment in 2006. Construction worker and illegal immigrant Diego Pillco later confessed to the killing and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars last year (08).

The Parks Department has put the finishing touches to a memorial garden in the West Village's Abingdon Square Park - across the street from the apartment where Shelly died, reports the New York Post.

A plot of flowers which Shelly's widower, Andy Ostroy, helped design will be dedicated to Shelly with a plaque on 3 August (09).

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Hines Battled Emotions Directing Shelly's Movie


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Cheryl Hines had mixed emotions about her new movie SERIOUS MOONLIGHT - she was delighted to wrap her directorial debut, but sad friend and screenwriter Adrienne Shelly was not there to share in the celebrations.


Shelly, who befriended actress/director Hines on the set of Waitress, was found dead in her New York apartment in 2006. Construction worker and illegal immigrant Diego Pillco later confessed to the killing and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars last year (08).


The project stars Meg Ryan as a spurned wife who holds her husband captive after he declares he's leaving her for a younger woman.


Hines was approached to helm the film by Shelly's widower Andrew Ostroy months after the tragedy. But the Curb Your Enthusiasm star admits she had no idea how difficult it would be battling her emotions on set.

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Shelly Honoured Two Years After Murder


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Late filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly will be remembered next week (beg17Nov08) when a script she wrote before her tragic murder has its first public reading at a New York ceremony in her honour.


Shelly was killed in November 2006 by construction worker Diego Pillco - convicted to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to strangling the Waitress director.


Pillco had been renovating another apartment in the New York building at the time and was caught by Shelly trying to rob her apartment before the tragic incident.


Her satire entitled The O Letters is set to be unveiled at the second annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation gala at New York University on Monday (17Nov08).

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Shelly's Widow Sues Construction Company


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LATEST: The husband of slain filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly is taking legal action against the employers of his wife's killer DIEGO PILLCO, insisting she would still be alive if the construction firm hadn't hired an illegal immigrant.


Ecuadorian labourer Pillco was jailed for 25 years in March (08) after he was convicted of strangling the Waitress director in November 2006 when she caught him trying to rob her apartment. He had been renovating another apartment in the New York building at the time.


Now Shelly's husband, Andrew Ostroy, has filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming Bradford General Contractors (BGC), as well as the owners and managers of the building, should be held responsible for her death as they are "vicariously liable" for employing Pillco.


The suit notes that "Pillco was an undocumented immigrant", and alleges that BGC bosses were "careless and negligent" in the "screening, hiring, training and supervision" of its employees.

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Waitress Review


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Keri Russell had a certain low-key, empathetic quality as the sensitive coed on the WB series Felicity, but nothing about that whispery, earnest role indicated she could carry a movie herself, especially as a different character altogether. In Waitress she plays Jenna, an unhappily married young woman who channels her frustrations into the creation of fantastic pies, and taps a reservoir of star quality; it takes considerable charisma for an actress to likably cuss out her unborn child (she doesn't fantasize about a son or a daughter; she writes the child letters that start with "dear baby").

The film, written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, opens with Jenna discovering this pregnancy, and despairing over the fact that it ties her to her surly, controlling husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto). She dreams of escape plans, squirreling away tip money from her titular job and soliciting advice from her two friends and co-workers, while peevishly and secretly attending doctor's appointments with Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion). In the back of her mind, Jenna seems to know that keeping secrets and extra cash may not be enough; her escape is attempted through a series of half-measures.

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Rock The Boat Review


Grim
Rather vapid corporate mystery has Amanda Donohoe investigating a little corruption, a little murder as she retakes control of the company she founded. Too bad none of the stories is very interesting.
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