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Katherine Heigl, Duane Reade end lawsuit over actress’ photo
Actress Katherine Heigl and Duane Reade have come to an agreement in a lawsuit accusing the New York pharmacy of improperly posting to its social media accounts a paparazzi photograph of her leaving one of its stores.
A lawyer for Heigl, who starred in the film “Knocked Up” and television show “Grey’s Anatomy,” confirmed Wednesday a deal was agreed with the Walgreen Co-owned chain to resolve the lawsuit, filed in April in New York federal court.
The terms are confidential, but a statement from Heigl’s lawyer Peter Haviland called it “mutually beneficial.”
As part of the deal, he said, Duane Reade will make a contribution to a foundation focused on animal welfare, established in 2008 after Heigl’s brother was killed in a car accident.
According to the lawsuit, Heigl was photographed in March near a Duane Reade store while she was in New York filming a pilot episode for a new television series.
Duane Reade posted the photo on its Twitter and Facebook accounts with captions advertising the store without her approval, the complaint said.
The 15-page lawsuit cited a tweet that Heigl claimed Duane Reade posted in March. “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore,” it said.
The lawsuit sought at least $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Representatives for Walgreen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Heigl is set to return to television in November in a new NBC series, “State of Affairs,” in which she plays a CIA analyst who advises the president of the United States.
From chilling thrillers to books on meditation, Katherine Heigl, our August cover star, reveals to us her top 5 reads. Here’s Marie Claire’s rundown on them…
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl forces us to ask that important question – who can we really trust? The film adaptation, due for release this October, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is set to thrill us all over again. Watch this space.
Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos
When Cornelia Brown makes the snap decision to move to the suburbs with her husband, some neighbours are more welcoming than others. As time goes on, it becomes clear that there is more to this corner of suburbia than Cornelia could ever have imagined. A compassionate and exhilarating read.
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Arlene Fleet makes a pact with God that, if she changes her ways, he will keep her terrible secret buried. But an unexpected visitor forces Arlene to excavate her long kept secret. Prepare to be amazed by this darkly comedic and frank novel.
Listening to Your Life by Frederick Buechner
See, hear, and feel your way through Buechner’s beautiful little reminders that spirituality is the key to happiness.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
We’ve all had that moment, when we look at a piece of art and think, ‘I wish I could have made that!’ This spectacular guide by Julia Cameron helps us to dig deep and discover the creative energy which exists in us all. For Cameron, rage, jealously, guilt and self-destruction can all be transformed into something beautiful.
Katherine Heigl drama plus 2 more get NBC series orders
In the wake of its success with The Blacklist this season, NBC has given series orders to a trio of intrigue-heavy political-tinged dramas that bring Katherine Heigl, Anna Friel, and Hope Davis into prime-time.
First up is Allegiance, a show that will remind some of FX’s The Americans, except it’s set in present day. The show stars Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness) and Davis (The Newsroom) as deactivated covert Russian spies living in America (full descriptions below).
Then there is State of Affairs, which returns former Grey’s Anatomy star Heigl to series TV. This one is about a CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. Affairs marks Heigl’s first regular prime-time gig since she exited Grey’s in 2010.
Next is Odyssey, an ambitious project that’s told in three disparate stories. From the logline: “This is the thrilling tale of families torn apart when a female Special Ops soldier in North Africa, a corporate lawyer, and a Wall Street activist each uncover the same conspiracy between a U.S. corporation, the government, and terrorism.” Odyssey stars Anna Friel and Jake Robinson. This order is a bit surprising because concepts this complex are considered tough for a network to market, but we heard NBC really loved this pilot.
NBC also picked up at one comedy to series, details on that show here. The pilot-to-series pickups are in preparation for NBC’s presentation to fall TV schedule presentation to advertisers next week. There will be more to come this week (including, yes, verdicts on existing bubble shows like Community).
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 February 6th – One For the Money Berlin Photocall
 June 7th – 40th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine
 October 5th – Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Women Event