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Women Film Critics Circle praises 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Royal Affair'

Women Film Critics Circle praises 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Royal Affair'

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- America's Women Film Critics Circle awarded several prizes to "Zero Dark Thirty," a drama about the female CIA agent who led the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
'Moonlight' to get December release

'Moonlight' to get December release

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnolia Pictures said Tuesday it has acquired the North American rights to the film "Serious Moonlight."
Hines directs film based on Shelly script

Hines directs film based on Shelly script

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Actress Cheryl Hines says she felt proud, not pressured, in making her feature film directorial debut with a script penned by the late Adrienne Shelly.
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Widower producing Shelly screenplay

Widower producing Shelly screenplay

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- The widower of the late U.S. filmmaker Adrienne Shelly is developing and producing a movie based on one of her screenplays.

Adrienne Shelly's husband sues contractor

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Adrienne Shelly's husband is suing the New York contractor who hired the illegal immigrant who killed the actress and filmmaker during a robbery gone awry.

Adrienne Shelly's killer sentenced in N.Y.

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- The husband of slain filmmaker Adrienne Shelly spoke at her killer's sentencing in New York, telling him he had taken away "the love of my life."

Man pleads guilty to strangling filmmaker

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An illegal immigrant from Ecuador has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2006 strangling death of "Waitress" filmmaker Adrienne Shelly in New York.

Stars line up for Shelly Foundation gala

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A foundation created to honor the memory of filmmaker Adrienne Shelly is planning an inaugural benefit in New York to help female writers and directors.

Hines to direct Shelly's screenplay

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Cheryl Hines is set to direct a dark comedy based on a screenplay written by her late "Waitress" co-star and director Adrienne Shelly.

'Waitress' release bittersweet for cast

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- The stars of "Waitress" say promoting their film is bittersweet, since their friend Adrienne Shelly was killed in New York shortly after directing it.

Female filmmakers get a boost

HOLLYWOOD, March 28 (UPI) -- A series of initiatives honoring slain Hollywood actress-director Adrienne Shelly has been launched to help give the careers of female filmmakers a boost.

Sundance stars remember slain director

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Cast members and others at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah honored "Waitress" director and co-star Adrienne Shelly, killed in New York last year.

'Felicity' Keri Russell pregnant

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and former "Felicity" star Keri Russell is pregnant and is expected to marry her fiancé. Russell and Shane Deary, a contractor, are expecting their first child during the summer, People magazine said Friday.

Noise dispute led to NYC actress' death

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A simple dispute over noise in a New York apartment building escalated into the alleged murder of actress Adrienne Shelly, police said.
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Adrienne Shelly (June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006), sometimes credited as Adrienne Shelley, was an American actress, director and screenwriter. Making her name in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1990's Trust, Shelly transitioned to a writing and directing career in subsequent years. She wrote, co-starred in, and directed the 2007 film Waitress, which won five awards, including the Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival for narrative feature, and the Audience and Feature Film awards at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Before the film was even released, however, Shelly was murdered by a construction worker who had entered Shelly's Greenwich Village apartment intent on robbery. Her murder was initially speculated to be a suicide, the murder scene staged to resemble a hanging. Shelly's husband vehemently denied she would have committed suicide and claimed that money was missing from her wallet.

Ultimately, police unraveled the crime, arresting Ecuadorian illegal immigrant Diego Pillco, who later confessed that Shelly had confronted him while he was in the act of stealing money from her purse. Pillco was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Following her death, Shelly's husband started a foundation in his wife's name which awards various grants and scholarships, and gives an annual award for films that oppose violence against women.

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