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Cameron Mathison Medical Update(9/13/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) posted an update on his fight against kidney cancer this morning and shared a shot from his hospital bed surrounded by his children, Leila and Lucas. “Feeling loved and supported by my family and friends, including each and everyone of you,” he wrote on social media. “I’ve been very overwhelmed and so grateful for all of the supportive comments and prayers. The surgery went very well. The tumor is gone and I even got to keep 80% of my kidney?? We are all optimistic. Keep you updated. So grateful for all of you ??”
Amanda Seyfried In Talks To Star In ‘Things Heard & Seen’ Film For Netflix(9/13/19) Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to topline the Netflix film, Things Heard & Seen, which is being directed by American Splendor helmers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.
The pic is an adaptation of the book All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. It follows recent transplants to a small town who find their new home is cursed by the tragic murders of its former owners. As one haunted secret peels away to uncover others, their marriage reveals itself to have a sinister darkness of its own.
Pulcini and Berman will adapt the screenplay, while Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu and Peter Cron will produce with Julie Cohen.
Production is slated to take place Hudson Valley, New York next month.
Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 10/6/19(9/13/19) “Hail to the Chief” – Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency, on the sixth season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, First Gentleman Henry squirms after his appearance on THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (with guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple’s marriage. Wentworth Miller guest stars as Senator Mark Hanson, a canny political operator.
GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Colbert (Himself), Wentworth Miller (Senator Mark Hanson), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson).
AMC Alum Cameron Mathison Shares Cancer Diagnosis(9/11/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, he shared on his talk show, HOME & FAMILY, and on social media. In his post, Mathison reported, “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs???? They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years????. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET?? My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) ????.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!
Dirty John Season 2: Amanda Peet and Christian Slater Set to Star, Succeeding Connie Britton and Eric Bana(9/10/19) Dirty John has found a new tainted love to embrace — and a new set of stars to bring it to life.
TVLine has learned that TV vets Amanda Peet (Brockmire) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) have been tapped to headline Season 2 of the USA Network-bound anthology thriller, succeeding Season 1 leads Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Additionally, we can confirm that the new season will be based on the sordid real-life tale involving suburban housewife Betty Broderick, who in 1989 was convicted of killing her ex-husband and his second wife.
Bearing the new title Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, Season 2 will unpack Broderick’s “epic true tale of love gone wrong — a story that spans the 1960s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of ‘America’s messiest divorces’ even before it ended in double homicide,” per the official logline.
Peet will portray Broderick, described as the “perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother.” Slater, meanwhile, will play her immensely charming — and ill-fated — husband Daniel. The gig keeps Slater in the USA Network fold following his four-season run on Mr. Robot, which kicks off its final season on Oct. 6.
Back in May, shortly after Dirty John was renewed for a second season, it was announced that the series would shift from Bravo (its Season 1 home) to sister NBC Universal cabler USA Network. Dirty John was a breakout hit for Bravo, finishing its rookie run as one of last year’s top 10 cable scripted shows in the 18-49 demo.
‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Obba Babatundé To Recur In Hulu Series(9/10/19) Daytime Emmy winner Obba Babatundé (Dear White People) is set for a recurring role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt and Joshua Jackson in Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book.
Developed and written by Casual‘s Liz Tigelaar, the series hails from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Babatundé will play George Wright, a devoutly religious father of two who does his best to support his strong-willed daughter Mia (Kerry Washington) as she heads off to art school. But when his daughter’s decisions conflict with his morals, George finds himself having to make a choice that he was never prepared to.
Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson), Megan Stott (Izzy Richardson), and Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren) also star.
Babatundé will be returning to Season 3 of the CBS drama series S.W.A.T. in his recurring role of Daniel Harrelson Sr., the father of Hondo (Shemar Moore). He also stars as Dean Fairbanks in Season 3 of Netflix’s drama Dear White People.
Babatunde’ won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Julius Avant on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and received a Supporting Actor Primetime Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO drama Miss Ever’s Boys. Babatundé is repped by Artists & Representatives.
Michael B. Jordan reveals his superhero at Toronto film fest(9/8/19) They may be two of the hottest names in Hollywood, but Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx bonded on playing mere mortals in the Q&A after their new movie, “Just Mercy,” at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday.
Jordan, who’s a sweat-glistened stunner as Adonis Johnson in the “Creed” movies and as antihero Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” talked about suiting up (literally) to play crusading Alabama lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the heartbreaking courtroom drama “Just Mercy,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term Twelve”).
Clad in a glittering overcoat for the film’s premiere night at the film fest, Jordan cut a glam figure as he talked about getting into character to play Stevenson.
“He’s a real life superhero for me,” Jordan told the crowd at Toronto’s Elgin Theater. “It was very intimidating. I felt like I had a lot of pressure to get it right. I get emotional thinking about it. Because I think this is gonna help him fight the fight … I lost my words.”
In the film, Jordan-as-Stevenson forgoes a tony law career after a Harvard education to move to Alabama to defend men on death row he believes have been wrongly accused. One of them, Walter McMillian, is played in the film by Oscar winner Foxx.
“When they asked me to get into the skin of Walter McMillian, which any black man will tell you… I understand what it is to be called [N-word],” Foxx told the audience. “I come from a small town in Texas. In 2008 there was a young man named Barack Obama … in my town, the newspaper’s only six pages, and [his win] was not on the front page of our paper. So I understand what Walter was feeling.”
Foxx went on to say that despite his A-lister status, he still looks over his shoulder when he sees blue lights in the rearview mirror. “Even today. if I’m driving in my nice car, if I see a policeman — not to demonize all policemen — I still feel like something could happen,” he said.
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Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.
Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
‘A Mouthful Of Air’: Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama(9/5/19) Production gets underway next week in the U.S. on feature drama A Mouthful Of Air, starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Amy Irving (Yentl), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways).
Written and directed by Amy Koppelman (I Smile Back) and based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the script is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression.
Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.
The film is being produced by Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD and Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Jenny Halper brought the project into Maven. Cinetic arranged financing and is repping North America.
Frankie DeMarco (All Is Lost) is the DP. Mark Samsonovich, who designed the animated segments for We The Animals, is working with Koppelman on the animation.
Maven is heading to TIFF this year the Marc Meyers’ remake Human Capital, scripted by Oren Moverman and starring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger, Betty Gabriel and Alex Wolff.
Seyfried recently starred alongside Milo Ventimiglia in Simon Curtis’ adaptation of The Art Of Racing In The Rain. Next year, she will star opposite Kevin Bacon in David Koepp’s You Should Have Left. She will also lend her voice to the Warner Bros animated film Scoob. She is repped by Innovative and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.
Wittrock will next be seen starring in Judy opposite Renee Zellweger, Semper Fi alongside Jai Courtney and Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched. He is represented by James Weissenbach and CAA.
‘Just Mercy’ Trailer: Real-Life Story Makes Case That “We Can Change This World For The Better”(9/4/19) (Video) Warner Bros has released the official trailer for Just Mercy, the uplifting awards-season drama starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Jordan plays young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and the pic follows Stevenson’s real-life battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, he had his pick of lucrative jobs but heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal (Tim Blake Nelson) with a motive to lie.
In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
Cretton co-wrote the pic with Andrew Lanham based on Stevenson’s bestselling memoir. Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Karan Kendrick also star.
Gil Netter and Jordan are producers on the pic, which Warner Bros will release in limited theaters on December 25 before taking it wide January 10, 2020. Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King are executive producers.
Check out the trailer above.
Kelly Ripa Opens Up About the Unexpected Emotional Impact of Dropping Off Daughter Lola at College(9/3/19) Kelly Ripa is reminiscing on her daughter Lola‘s first college drop-off — and the impact it had on their family.
During Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the mother of three, 48, opened up about helping Lola, 18, move into her dorm and leaving her at New York University for the very first time.
For the milestone event, which occurred over the Aug. 24-25 weekend, Ripa said she was joined by her husband Mark Consuelos and their youngest son Joaquin, 16. (The couple’s eldest son, Michael, 22, also attends NYU and was moving into his own apartment in the Big Apple.)
But while Ripa expected the drop-off to be emotional for her and Consuelos, she was particularly taken aback at how much it affected her younger two children, who are only 20 months apart.
“We moved Lola into her dorm and it’s one of those things that you don’t realize how close [the kids are],” Ripa admitted. “The younger two are really close in age. Like, I didn’t even know I was pregnant with the third one because I was still nursing the second one!”
“I just assumed that, you know, I was just gaining weight from nursing. I was that one person who was gaining weight from nursing,” Ripa continued. “So they really are very, very close and I didn’t realize how close they were until it was time to say goodbye.”
The talk show co-host went on to share a number of photos from the drop-off, including one of Lola in her new dorm — complete with ombre pink bedding and her “old school” refrigerator, which Ripa said “looks like it’s from the ’50s.”
“She has four roommates so it’s quite crowded in there,” Ripa shared of the room. “[They] all just met, it’s all brand new. Scary and exciting … The room is so tiny, you just forget how tiny it is!”
Other photos featured an “overwhelmed” Joaquin sleeping on his sister’s bed as the family continued to set up the “tiny” dorm room, a sweet group shot of Lola with her parents, and a touching snap of Joaquin and Lola hugging as they said goodbye.
Aside from the sentimental moments, Ripa said there were plenty of jokes to go around.
The mom of three revealed that her husband’s words of wisdom to his only daughter prior to leaving were: “Don’t forget to get the syllabus, the syllabus is your best friend! Let the syllabus be your guiding light [and] time management is your friend.”
As for whether or not Ripa and Consuelos shed any tears at the final goodbye?
“There weren’t real tears but there were lots of ‘Don’t think I’m gonna be home before Thanksgiving because I’m not. I’m not gonna be home before Thanksgiving. You won’t see me before Thanksgiving,'” Ripa said, mimicking Lola.
“To that, I said, ‘I’ll see you in four hours when you come home because you don’t know how to use the washing machine!'” the actress quipped.
From left: Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Lola, Michael, and Joaquin | Kelly Ripa/Instagram
This isn’t the first time that Ripa has opened up about leaving her daughter at college.
Late last month, Ripa and Consuelos helped Lola moved into her dorm and commemorated the moment with a sweet photo on Instagram.
“The nest is getting roomy…??,” Ripa captioned a heartwarming photo of herself giving her second-born a hug and kiss during the drop-off.
Consuelos, 48, also shared the same photo of his two ladies, writing, “2 down… 1 to go…????????.”
A few days prior to dropping Lola off at her new home, the mom of three shared an emotional throwback of her daughter.
In the Instagram post, a young Ripa and her husband cradle their then-newborn daughter at her christening in 2001 — both parents looking down lovingly at their baby girl.
She included the fitting Throwback Thursday hashtag, writing, “#tbt 2001 from your Christening to college. In the blink of an eye. I’m not crying. You’re crying ?? (actually Daddy’s sobbing) ??.”
The Riverdale star confirmed Ripa’s caption by commenting a crying face emoji on the post, accompanied by hearts.
Aside from her college departure, the proud parents have also recently shared moments from other big milestone events in Lola’s life, like her senior prom and graduation.
Ripa later revealed that Lola made alterations to her emerald prom dress designed by New York-based tailor Raza Wijdan “behind [their] backs,” adding, “That’s why the girls are fully on display.”
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Christian Slater and wife welcome daughter(8/30/19) Christian Slater has welcomed a daughter with his wife of five years, Brittany Lopez, Page Six has confirmed.
This is the first child for the “Mr. Robot” star and his wife.
Slater, 50, is already a dad to 20-year-old Jaden Christopher and 18-year-old Eliana Sophia with ex-wife Ryan Haddon.
Slater and Lopez were married in December 2013 after three years of dating. They tied the knot in an impromptu ceremony at the Coral Gables, Fla. courthouse.
People was first to report the baby news.
Obba Babatundé Recurs On S.W.A.T. 10/2/19(8/28/19) “Fire in the Sky” – The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl (Deshae Frost), his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in, on the third season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/26/19 - The Return Of AMC & OLTL?(8/26/19) (Listen / download) Could All My Children and One Life To Live really be making a second return from the great soap graveyard in the sky? On this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, hosts Charlie Mason and Richard Simms ask that very question. From what form the shows might take to where they could wind up airing, they look at the rumors, the facts and throw in a little speculation of their own. Plus, what characters and stories they’d make central in a potential reboot, and what soap tropes they would try to put to rest! All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.
Colin Egglesfield Opens Up About Facing Testicular Cancer 13 Years Ago(8/25/19) (people.com) Now that actor Colin Egglesfield is officially cancer-free, he wants to inspire others who may be going through health crises.
The All My Children star, 46, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2006 just months after he began his role as Josh Madden on the soap opera, he told Fox News in a new interview.
He admitted when he first started to notice his symptoms, it wasn’t something he wanted to open up about. “It’s not something that men normally like to talk about, and for the longest time, I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s something very personal,” said Egglesfield.
“I just noticed that my left testicle had swelled up, and I went to see the doctor and he said that we needed to do some tests, ultrasound, a blood test. And they discovered that it was at a pretty advanced stage, and did the surgery and found that some of the cancer cells had gone through the veins and arteries to the kidneys,” he continued to tell Fox News.
A year into his initial diagnosis, Egglesfield shared, the doctors found that the cancer had spread to his other testicle despite going through surgery to remove it.
Luckily, Egglesfield recovered — and has turned his story into a call to action, now volunteering with St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Egglesfield shared that he is able to easily relate to the children and families going through similar treatments.
His work also inspired him to write his new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons from Hollywood and Beyond, which details his health journey and was released in June.
“This was 13 years ago, so thankfully I am cancer-free,” he told Fox News in the new interview. “I feel like at this point in my life, it made sense to put it down on paper.”
In the book, Egglesfield said he talks about “how to go after what really matters to you in life,” and also overcoming “challenges.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar to Headline Fox Dramedy Series From Ringer Creators(8/23/19) Fox could soon be staging a reunion (of sorts) for the one-and-done drama series Ringer. Sarah Michelle Gellar is reteaming with the show’s co-creators for Other People’s Houses, a dramedy currently in development.
Gellar is slated to star in and exec-produce the potential series, which is described as a cross between Big Little Lies and Catastrophe. Based on Abbi Waxman’s 2018 novel, the project follows nine people living in the quiet, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont Village. Through the lens of social media, the characters will navigate emotional ups and downs “as they try to figure out their lives as partners, parents, friends and neighbors,” the logline reads. Gellar will portray Anne Porter, a working mom and social media influencer who is at the center of the neighborhood’s drama. She’ll serve as an EP alongside Ringer bosses Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, as well as Neil Meron, best known for NBC’s recent live musical productions.
Other People’s Houses would mark Gellar’s first regular primetime gig since the 2013 CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after one season. More recently, she’s lent her voice to Star Wars Rebels and Robot Chicken, and she made a brief cameo in The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale in May. Gellar was also attached to star in the limited series Sometimes I Lie, announced in January, though there’s currently no word on whether the project is moving forward.
Christian Slater, YaYa Gosselin, Akira Akbar, Pedro Pascal And More Join Robert Rodriguez’s ‘We Can Be Heroes’ At Netflix(8/22/19) Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming superhero pic We Can Be Heroes has justed added a flood of talent to their robust ensemble. Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, The Wife), YaYa Gosselin (FBI Most Wanted, The Purge), Akira Akbar (Captain Marvel, This Is Us) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Wonder Woman 1984) are set for the movie which is currently shooting in Texas.
The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.
In addition to Slater, Gosselin, Akbar and the previously announced Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, the pic will also feature Andrew Diaz, Andy Walken (The Kids are Alright, A Christmas Story Live!), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Hala Finley (Man with a Plan, Backroads) Isaiah Russell-Bailey (Family Reunion, SWAT), Lotus Blossom (Magic Max), Lyon Daniels (Patriot), Nathan Blair (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Better Luck Tomorrow),Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box, Waco), Adriana Barraza (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Babel, Cake, Penny Dreadful), Brittany Perry-Russell (13 Reasons Why) and Christopher McDonald (Mr. Iglesias, Wetlands).
Rodriguez, a genre-centric filmmaker, isn’t a stranger to action pics starring kids. He previously directed, wrote, and produced the Spy Kids franchise as well as the superhero pic The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also recently directed Alita: Battle Angel as well as Sin City and the follow-up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
General Hospital Casts All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight in Mystery Role(8/21/19) Now this is more than a tad interesting: All My Children vet Michael E. Knight has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser, General Hospital.
SoapOperaDigest.com first reported the news.
No details on Knight’s GH role are being made available; TVLine hears, though, that he will begin taping scenes when the soap returns from its mid-summer production hiatus.
A seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee — and three-time winner — during his AMC run, Knight first played Tad “the Cad” Martin in 1982, and save for the occasional break stuck with the soap through both its ABC and online revival finales. (He also played Ted Orsini on AMC, but… we don’t really talk about that.)
In addition to his time as AMC‘s Tad, Knight’s previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless (where in 2015-16 he played Dr. Simon Neville) plus episodes of NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland (as himself).
Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL(8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.
Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”
Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”
Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.
Randall Emmett’s ex slams Lala Kent for sharing pics of her kids on Instagram(8/21/19) There’s drama brewing between Lala Kent and her fiancé’s ex-wife, actress Ambyr Childers.
Childers, who shares two daughters with Kent’s soon-to-be husband, Randall Emmett, called out the 29-year-old “Vanderpump Rules” star for posting a batch of videos and photos of their girls on her Instagram story on Monday.
“Since you don’t want to answer my text messages, I’ll try here,” Childers wrote on her own Instagram story, strangely alongside a photo of her daughter. “LaLa, I appreciate your love towards my children but until you’re officially their stepmother please refrain from posting my children on social media! I hope [you] understand where I’m coming from. Many thanks.”
Kent who posted pics and videos of numerous activities with their daughters — London, 9, and Rylee, 5 — including hanging by the pool, working out and drawing, seemed undeterred by the warning as she was joined by the two girls in a selfie video on Tuesday.
The latest video was followed by another clip of Emmett talking to the camera — perhaps Kent has his approval to post.
The couple got engaged last year and have set a date to say “I do” in 2020.
Childers most recently starred in Netflix’s “You” and also has a jewelry company.
Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."
Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."
And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.
Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Dishing with Digest - 8/16/19 - Eva La Rue(8/16/19) Eva La Rue On Y&R Present And AMC Past (Listen / download).
Eva La Rue talks about her latest role as Y&R's Celeste, shares her memories of All My Children, jokes about the book she'll write with Kelly Ripa and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest dual roles on daytime and how actors feel about playing them.
‘Coming 2 America’ Sequel: Shari Headley Officially Returning(8/13/19) Shari Headley rounds out core cast of the original Coming to America film set to return for Paramount’s sequel. She’ll reprise her role as Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife to Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Returning from the original in addition to Murphy and Headley are Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and John Amos.
Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Rick Ross, and KiKi Layne also co-star in the Craig Brewer-directed pic.
Slated to hit theaters December 18 of next year, the plot follows former Prince Akeem who is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crowned prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris.
Headley credits include OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, Fox’s Star, and Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. She next appears in Showtime’s new dark comedy series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, with Kirsten Dunst.
Michael B. Jordan stops for late-night tacos in Miami(8/13/19) Michael B. Jordan had a bad queso the munchies.
The “Creed” star was seen grabbing late-night tacos at Keith Menin’s joint Bodega Taqueria y Tequila on Saturday, an insider told Page Six.
We hear 32-year-old Jordan, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, rolled up to the casual taco shack at around 1 a.m. in a black SUV accompanied by his bodyguard and four friends.
“He was hanging out like a regular dude with his friends,” and “chowed down on a plethora of tacos, burritos, guacamole, and, of course, frozen margaritas,” said the insider.
Meanwhile, a spy told us “a lot of girls noticed him,” and as they walked by, the actor “flashed each one his famous smile.”
“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the spy. “Very low key. Very nice all around.”
Jordan made his exit at around 2:30 a.m.
That '70s Show Reunion! Debra Jo Rupp to Join Kurtwood Smith in ABC Pilot(8/11/19) We’re all alright after hearing this casting news: Debra Jo Rupp is reuniting with her That ’70s Show husband Kurtwood Smith for an ABC comedy pilot.
The untitled pilot stars stand-up comic Nate Bargatze and follows him and his wife Laura (played by The League‘s Katie Aselton) as they move with their six-year-old daughter from California to Nate’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. “They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined,” according to the official description. Rupp and Smith will play Nate’s parents, who still live in Nashville.
Rupp and Smith, of course, already spent eight seasons as TV husband and wife on Fox’s That ’70s Show, playing Eric’s parents Kitty and Red Foreman. The hit sitcom went off the air in 2006.
Since then, Rupp has appeared on This Is Us, The Ranch (reuniting with Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson), NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary and Hart of Dixie.
Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin & Christian Slater To Star In ‘Dr. Death’, UCP Limited Series Based On Podcast(8/9/19) “First do no harm.” Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater are set to star in Dr. Death, a limited drama series from UCP based on the Wondery podcast about a sinister doctor who treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients.
With the high-caliber talent on board, UCP is shopping the project to networks and streaming platforms. The studio took the same approach with two other series based on podcasts, Homecoming, which was sold to Amazon with Julia Roberts attached, and Dirty John, which landed at Bravo with Connie Britton in negotiations to star. Both those projects scored two-season pickups.
Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. It tells the disturbing true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, he was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons (Baldwin and Slater) and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.
Baldwin plays Robert Henderson, a quiet, deliberative and methodical neurosurgeon who believes wholeheartedly both in the system in which he rose through the ranks and that anything worth doing shouldn’t be rushed. It should be gotten right. Slater is vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, who, on the other hand, is brash, impulsive and more than willing to burn that system to the ground in the name of justice. There’s a time and a place for deliberation and there’s a time and a place to just get things done.
Together, they form something of a Woodward-and-Bernstein duo who constantly will be at odds in terms of their personalities and their methods but on the exact same page as it relates to their endgame.
Dr. Death is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (Happy!) under his overall deal with UCP, the studio behind The Act, Homecoming and Dirty John, which is shopping the project. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery, whose Dr. Death podcast has been heard by more than 50 million people.
UCP acquired the rights to Dr. Death before the podcast had premiered.
Dornan is repped by UTA, Troika and Sloane Offer; Baldwin with CAA and Cavalry Media; and Slater is repped by UTA. Wondery and Escape Artists are with UTA.
Netflix Orders ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Ballet Drama Series Based On Book; Sets Main Cast(8/6/19) Netflix has given a 10-episode order to Tiny Pretty Things, an hourlong drama series based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, from writer Michael MacLennan (Bomb Girls,The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Insurrection Media, Mojo Films and Peacock Alley. The Internet TV network also has announced the series regular cast with shooting currently underway in Toronto for a 2020 premiere.
Cast includes Lauren Holly (Designated Survivor, Dumb and Dumber), Kylie Jefferson (Davido’s Fall, SchoolboyQ’s Chopstix), Casimere Jollette (Code Black, Dirty John), Daniela Norman (Cats), Brennan Clost (The Next Step, Creeped Out), Michael Hsu Rosen (Jessica Jones, Broadway’s Torch Song), Damon J. Gillespie (Rise, The Society), Bayardo De Murguia (Shooter, Hombre), Barton Cowperthwaite (Center Stage: On Pointe, Fosse/Verdon), Tory Trowbridge (Broadway’s The Cher Show, American in Paris) and Jess Salgueiro (The Boys, Letterkenny).
Written by MacLennan based on the book, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet. The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a rare talent and passion for dance, a loyal sense of community… and when it comes to their dreams, no Plan B.
MacLennan also serves as showrunner and executive produces with Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Jordanna Fraiberg, and Deborah Henderson of Insurrection Media, Gary Fleder, who directs the first episode, and Gabrielle Neimand of Mojo Films, and Carrie Mudd of Peacock Alley.
Insurrection had optioned the book through its strategic relationship with the publisher HarperCollins and spent a year developing the project before taking it to Netflix. Insurrection put together the creative team, including showrunner MacLennan and Fleder.
Holly portrays Monique, a former dancer turned The Archer School director. Driven by ambition and a true belief in ASB’s value, Monique holds unique power over the school, using her dark capacities not only to defend her institution, but also to bring about the best in her students regardless of her means.
Jefferson plays Neveah, the rebel with raw talent and fierce determination who looks to rise above her roots and find a future in the world of ballet laurent without losing her unique and fiery approach to dance. Neveah is staring down the greatest opportunity of her life – a chance to be a student of the Archer School of Ballet as a last-minute replacement.
Jollette is Bette, a ruthlessly perfect, supremely confident, ambitious “music box ballerina.” She’s rich but not entitled, works harder than anyone else –due in part to spending her life playing second fiddle to her older sister Delia.
Norman plays June, a sweet and petite dancer raised by a strict businesswoman mother. The Archer School of Ballet is the only place she feels like she belongs. After what feels like a lifetime playing back-up, she is ready to earn her time in the spotlight, proving to her mother that ballet is where she belongs.
Clost portrays Shane, stacked and fiery, from a small town, he grew up tormented for loving dance, and has become a hot-headed scrapper – and his family’s greatest hope.
Rosen is Nabil, a man with the swagger of Baryshnikov and the cold eyes of a potential killer. This new recruit is worldly, strange, and has a wicked technique. Born in Malaysia before moving to Paris, Nabil comes with intimidating levels of power and potential.
Gillespie plays Caleb, a lean and handsome dancer who uses his ready humor and undeniable talent, in order to mask his struggles with a profound loss — and a secret that could unravel the institution.
De Murguia portrays Ramon, a lean god with a deep baritone, Ramon is a former bad-boy dancer turned visionary choreographer. He’s not big on criticism, especially from students, which produces friction within the Archer School of Ballet and with his girlfriend and muse of the moment, Delia.
Cowperthwaite plays Oren, a strapping prince of a man, wealth and good looks gave him great roles, Bette as a girlfriend, and primed him for success, but beneath this veneer lies crippling anxiety, a dysfunctional obsession with his body, and a need for physical perfection.
Trowbridge is Delia, Bette’s older sister, and dancer of supreme caliber and beauty, Delia is the Whitlaw Family’s first prodigy, returning to Chicago after two years dancing abroad. With her newfound success, Delia relishes her new role as a diva, triumphantly returning to the school that scorned her when she was a student.
Salgueiro plays Isabel, a cop with a dancer’s ram-rod discipline from two tours of duty in Afghanistan before she traded in one uniform for another. With her ambition and keen moral compass, she’s uniquely qualified to search for the truth of what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy.
De Murguia is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and GVA Talent. Gillespie is repped by Gray Talent Group. Salgueiro is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and GGA. Cowperthwaite is repped by Lakey Wolff & Company and Peikoff Mahan. Trowbridge is repped by Bernard F. Bunye of Forte Artist Management and Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates. Holly is repped by Gilbertson Entertainment, The Characters Talent Agency and Mavrick Artists Agency. Jollette is repped by Luber Roklin and Management by Morgan. Rosen is with CESD and TMT Entertainment Group. Jefferson is repped by Julie Medeiros at GTA. MacLennan is repped by Kaplan/Perrone.
Rebecca Budig Reflects on Leo and Greenlee's Tragic End on ALL MY CHILDREN(8/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s hard to think about ALL MY CHILDREN’s young Greenlee without also remembering the yin to her yang, Leo. “I really loved the sense of humor and passion in their relationship,” Rebecca Budig (Greenlee; now Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was natural between them.” Having developed a friendly rapport while Greenlee was entangled with Jake and Leo remained in a marriage of mercy with a dying Laura, the lovelorn duo breathed a sigh of relief when they were finally free to be together.
Alas, more obstacles — amongst them, Leo’s maniacal mom, Vanessa — got in the way. In fact, it was in trying to save a kidnapped Greenlee from her that Leo died tragically. Rather than giving Vanessa the diamonds demanded in exchange for his lady love's release, Leo dropped them one by one over Miller's Falls. The day those scenes were taped remains burned in Budig’s memory. “Josh [Duhamel, Leo] came to my room to run lines, and he was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ We couldn’t even look at each other,” she confided. “I’d woken up that morning crying because it was so painful to think of saying goodbye to him, and I couldn’t stop. It was crazy!"
Summoning their courage, the actors took their places on the realistic outdoor set that had been built. Just as Leo’s instinct had been to protect Greenlee by struggling for Vanessa’s gun — inadvertently plunging over the falls with her as a result — Greenlee’s instinct was to protect her guy. The difference was, Leo’s brother, Trey, pulled her to safety. “I was really hanging from that thing, which was great because it helped,” Budig reflected. “It was high up enough that it felt like I was really watching someone go over a cliff. It was horrifying!” As it turned out, Greenlee wasn’t the only one left bereft in the aftermath. “Oh God, I was exhausted!” Budig shares. “When you cry, it doesn’t matter if you’re acting or not. You’re still crying, and your body is telling you that you’re sad. I was depressed for a week!”
Unlike her character, Budig got to keep Duhamel in her life beyond that fateful event, and, though he’s gone on to star in such movies as Transformers and Love, Simon, they remain connected to this day. “We text occasionally, and we met once with our kids,” she revealed. “He’s still lovely as can be. He’s still the same Josh!” The actress went on to be paired with one leading man after another during her 11 years of playing Greenlee. But there’s just something about that romance with Leo that stands out, she maintains. “With him, it was hot, fiery and passionate.”
‘Grand Hotel’: ABC Will Make Renewal Decision After Summer Run Although Karey Burke “Wished” Ratings Were Stronger – TCA(8/5/19) Grand Hotel fans will have to wait until the soapy drama’s summer run is over before discovering whether there will be a second season.
ABC’s President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the network hadn’t made a renewal decision on the Eva Longoria-exec produced show.
Burke did, however, point to the show’s soft ratings, which may not be a great sign for its future.
“We’re going to wait until the end of its run. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we’ll make that decision after its run,” she said.
Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
The Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez-fronted series is a contemporary adaptation of a “period piece” format from Spain with an Upstairs/Downstairs tone. Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who show up to visit the family-owned hotel.
Morning Show Appearance(8/5/19) Today – NBC
Thursday, August 8
(9-10 a.m.) Heart Smarts with Susan Lucci.
Talk Show Appearance(8/2/19) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS - NBC
Wednesday, August 7: Guests Amanda Seyfried
Melissa Leo, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Alice Englert And Jack Kilmer Set For Crime Thriller ‘Body Brokers’(7/31/19) John Swab’s forthcoming crime thriller Body Brokers has set an impressive roster for its cast including Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (ex-Linda, All My Children), Emmy nominated actor Michael K. Williams (When They See Us, The Wire), Frank Grillo (ex-Hart, The Guiding Light) Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Them That Follow) and Jack Kilmer (The Nice Guys, The Stanford Prison Experiment).
Written and directed by Swab, Body Brokers is the true and untold story of the multibillion-dollar drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former drug addicts and dealers become millionaires as fly-by-night “body brokers”, recruiting other addicts to seek treatment and selling these patients off to facilities paying the highest price. Utah (Kilmer) and his girlfriend Opal (Englert) are drug addicts living on the streets in rural Ohio. After getting recruited by a body broker, Wood (Williams), and offered treatment in Los Angeles, Wood takes Utah under his wing and introduces him to treatment center mogul Vin (Grillo). Wood and Vin bring Utah in on their lucrative and illegal dealings, where saving lives comes second to the bottom line. Leo plays the treatment center’s resident shrink, Dr. White.
The film is being produced by Jeremy M. Rosen (Dog Eat Dog, Charlie Says), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, All Is Lost) as well as Swab for Roxwell Films.
Swab’s credits include Let Me Make You a Martyr starring Marilyn Manson which was released by FilmRise in 2017. His latest feature, Run with the Hunted starring Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman and Dree Hemingway is set for a fall festival run with domestic sales being handled by CAA Media Finance.
Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Grillo is repped by CAA and Paul Hastings; Williams is repped by WME and Silver Lining Entertainment; Englert is repped by CAA and Kilmer is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
Body Brokers is set to commence principal photography in August 2019. CAA Media Finance will handle domestic sales on the film.
Catching up With ALL MY CHILDREN's Cady McClain(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The glow on Cady McClain’s face says it all. The actress who spent the better part of three decades playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s beleaguered Dixie Martin has been totally fulfilled while pursuing a long-held dream: telling her own stories! “In my very early days with Michael E. Knight (Tad) on the show, most of the writing was really wonderful,” she shared with Soaps In Depth, “but Mike had a very particular sense of humor and sensibility, so he and I would often attack the scripts and rewrite them.”
Being able to successfully do that while also being mindful of the tale being told helped McClain determine that, in the future, she wanted to work behind the camera! “I’ve never been really that satisfied with only being an actor,” she admitted. “I learned things like ‘all glory to the story.’”
Now a director, she’s been touring film festivals while sharing the fruits of her labor. That’s how she connected with Artists For Change founder Julia Verdin and agreed to help turn her short film into a full-length feature. McClain says that Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, the movie she recently produced, is “about a teenager who is kidnapped into the sex-trafficking trade and how she meets other girls and fights her way out.” The goal is to use the gripping picture to help communities raise awareness.
Also coming soon is Paint Made Flesh, a film that McClain directed about a female artist who revisits an old relationship in order to rekindle her passion. “In the process, some very intense truths are revealed that they’ll have to wrangle with,” McClain offered. The twist to the production is that it’s based on a stage show. Explaining her interest, McClain said, “I’m really entranced by the idea of filming theater because it’s not that different from daytime, which we call doing ‘a play a day.’”
Next up is a noir mystery/thriller that the visionary is writing and planning to direct. Additionally, she said, “I’m working with my husband, Jon [Lindstrom, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kevin/ Ryan], and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC) on a project as a producer.” But is she still interested in acting? “There are a couple things burbling on the horizon,” she teased, “that I might say yes to.”
In the meantime, the Emmy winner has been encouraging the next generation of filmmakers via speaking engagements. “One young woman came up to me and said, ‘I’ve been directing with my friends, but now I’m seeing that I could actually do this for a career!’” she confided. “I said, ‘Yes, you totally could.’”
Laura Wright Says She Always Knew Kelly Ripa Would Be a Star(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since taking over as co-host of what’s now LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN in 2001, Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) has gone from daytime starlet to morning talk show icon — and the transition was no surprise to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright (Carly). “Kelly’s a friend of mine from when I was [Ally] on LOVING and she was on AMC” in New York during the 1990s. “We were inseparable for the longest time.”
When Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she was leaving what was then LIVE! WITH REGIS & KATHIE LEE, Wright thought her pal would be perfect as Regis Philbin’s new co-host. “I just knew this was Kelly’s job. I had no idea she was even in the running. I was talking with a friend and said Kelly should have the part. There was no one else that quick and funny on the spot.” So when Ripa called to share the big news, Wright could have easily told mutual friends that she’d predicted the casting news. “It’s just so her!”
Sarah Michelle Gellar has been organizing meal deliveries for Selma Blair(7/24/19) No “Cruel Intentions” here — Sarah Michelle Gellar is just helping Selma Blair in her time of need.
In her cover story with People, Blair, 47, spoke candidly about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and the support system she relies on since learning about her condition in August 2018.
One of her biggest champions is close friend and former co-star Gellar, who has organized a weekly “food train” for Blair and her eight-year-old son Arthur.
“I get weekend meal packs like I’ve never feasted on before from Reese Witherspoon, from Constance Zimmer and so many people I don’t even know through Sarah,” Blair said. “Her friends are just doing this to feed me and Arthur.”
Although her diet has changed to accommodate more lipids since her diagnosis and she admits she “feel[s] like throwing up all the time,” she appreciates the outpouring of support from others.
“They’ve stood up in ways I never would have been comfortable with before,” Blair said.
This isn’t the first instance of celebrity support Blair that has received since her diagnosis. The “Legally Blonde” actress has posted on Instagram how she has bonded with Michael J. Fox and Jack Osbourne over living publicly with nervous system conditions.
Gellar, 42, has been an advocate for Blair since her diagnosis. In addition to organizing her meal deliveries and joining her on a Disney outing with their children in March, she took to Instagram to express the pride she has for her co-star-turned-bestie.
“When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers,” Gellar wrote. “But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on.”
“I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her,” she ended. “This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her.”
Dishing with Digest - 7/19/19 - Rebecca Budig(7/19/19) GH's Rebecca Budig (Hayden) Traces Her Career Path (Listen / download).
Rebecca Budig talks about coming back to GH as Hayden, her previous soap roles on GUIDING LIGHT and ALL MY CHILDREN, answers burning Qs from soap pals and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how favorite characters coming back to a show affects the canvas as a whole.
Mario Van Peebles Signs With Buchwald(7/18/19) Actor, writer and director Mario Van Peebles, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has signed with Buchwald.
Van Peebles’s directorial credits include the Roots miniseries and episodes of Empire, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. His acting resume lists feature films Ali, Panther, and Baadasssss!.
His television credits also include creating and starring in SYFY’s Superstition, along with major recurring arcs on Bloodline for Netflix and Damages on FX.
Up next, Van Peebles has teamed with Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller to direct and star in Outlaw Posse, a follow-up to Posse, the 1993 film which he directed. Described as a cowboy drama set against the rolling hills and lawless towns of the American Wild West in the late 1800s, Van Peebles will play Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth and justice.
He will also continue to produce his own independent content under his MVP Films shingle. He continues to be managed by Matt Luber and Michael Adler at Luber Roklin.
Irizarry Joins B&B(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.
Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.
Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.
Amanda Seyfried calls out Arielle Charnas for promoting ‘unrealistic’ body expectations(7/12/19) Amanda Seyfried took to Instagram on Wednesday to blast social media influencer Arielle Charnas, alleging that in “flaunting her lifestyle,” she endorsed unrealistic and harmful body expectations.
The spat began when Arielle, 32, posted a bikini photo of herself captioned, “Proud of my body after two kids.”
While she received some positive feedback from her followers, others felt she was promoting an unhealthy and unattainable body image goal to her 1.2 million Instagram followers.
An unnamed friend of Seyfried’s commented on the image, “Totally fine that you’re privileged and thin, good for you (I am too-ish!) BUT if you don’t acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible, you’re just perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare (which is almost everyone in this country).”
Seyfried, 33, posted a screenshot of her friend’s comment and added her own commentary, writing, “If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting.”
“We have to back ourselves up- not run away from the issues it presents. There are gray areas everywhere,” the actress continued. “Each of us has a chance to back ourselves- especially on this platform. If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture.”
In a second Instagram post, Seyfried, a mom herself to 2-year-old Nina, posted a selfie captioned, “INFLUENCE = POWER. And if you’re taking advantage of that- EMPOWER.”
Earlier on Thursday, Charnas’ fiancé, Brandon, defended her on Instagram. He satirically wrote that Charnas’ body is “not attainable” regardless of one’s workout regiment, and that if one does attempt to do so, “you must have at least three nannys [sic] and be sure to not only pay them but also thank them in a minimum of 4 shoutouts a week on Instagram.”
“If you can’t afford a nanny, please do not attempt to have a very successful career in order to do so,” he continued. “Only ages 30 and older are allowed to view this post, youth must be accompanied by a therapist.”
Charnas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Susan Lucci & John Fugelsang Chat About "Celebrity Autobiography"(7/11/19) (Video) The award-winning hit comedy show in which celebrities act out other celebrities' jaw-dropping memoirs verbatim. "Celebrity Autobiography" is the international smash-hit comedy (London's West End to the Sydney Opera House). Susan Lucci and John Fuglesang stopped by BUILD to talk about the show.
Melissa Claire Egan Previews Her New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'(7/11/19) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”
The guy she’s referring to is her co-star in the seasonal romance, actor Marc Blucas, as she shared an on-set photo of them looking all ready to open some Christmas presents. "Audrey is a hard worker," Egan previews of her character. "She owns her own sweet little coffee shop with her best friend, Jade, and she starts writing love letters to First Sergeant Matt Evans." After she sends him some of her coffee, he writes a thank you note that starts off an exchange that eventually leads to a face-to-face meeting. "Audrey and Matt's relationship is really special because they got to know each other through letters and they got to know each other as people, as human beings, before they ever met face to face," the actress explains. "So it's a very rare, unique, beautiful, romantic story." You can watch a special behind the scenes look at Holiday for Heroes at Hallmark's official website.
Daytime fans first fell in love with Egan when she played Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN from 2006-11. She then joined the cast of Y&R as Chelsea Lawson, where she remained until 2018. Fans were thrilled when she returned to Genoa City in July of 2019, and they can now look forward to seeing even more of her in this romantic new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel until probably November at the earliest!
Don’t worry — we’ll keep updating you as more information is released, including an air date.
Mario Van Peebles Saddling Up For ‘Outlaw Posse’(7/3/19) Last seen on horseback in a period film in the 1993 film Posse, Mario Van Peebles is set to direct and star in Outlaw Posse. He wrote the script. Peebles has teamed with Emmy-winning filmmaker Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller’s The Money Pool on the cowboy drama. The film is in preproduction and Van Peebles has begun casting leads for early next year, with Konwiser and Miller producing.
Outlaw Posse is set against the rolling hills and the lawless towns of the American wild west in the late 1800s. Van Peebles plays Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth & justice.
Van Peebles aims to uphold the spirit of the earlier film, in which his character led a group of black infantrymen after the Spanish-American War to find the men who lynched his father.
“Folks have been after me to do another Baadasssss multi-cultural Western for years and the time is now,” says Van Peebles, son of Melvin Van Peebles, writer/director/star of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. “This time we have badass and tough women riding tall in the posse alongside homages to notable real-life personages of the wild west. This is a posse of outlaws because “when the laws were unjust, sometimes the just were the outlaws. We are living in our version of the wild west, and these films represent the heroes who fight for our daily survival as individuals.”
Said Money Pool co-founders Konwiser & Miller: “At a time when African American cinema can expand its perspective, the barn doors are off the hinges for the most compelling filmmakers. Van Peebles is back in the saddle with another classic, and Outlaw Posse is exactly the project for which the Money Pool was created!”
The Money Pool was founded two years ago to produce content and provide equity, bridge, gap, mezzanine and tax credit lending to structured feature films, television, and new media. It has completed four films so far.
Van Peebles is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.
‘Sweet Magnolias’: Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears & Justin Bruening Join Netflix Series(7/2/19) Chris Klein (The Flash), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101, All That) and Justin Bruening (Good Behavior) are set as series regulars opposite Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley in Netflix’s upcoming series Sweet Magnolias.
Based on Sherryl Woods’ popular series of novels published by Harlequin imprint MIRA books, Sweet Magnolias is set in the charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina. It centers on three women (Potter, Elliott and Headley), best friends since childhood.
Klein will play Bill Townsend, Serenity’s leading pediatrician who struggles to navigate life in a small town after an unexpected fall from grace.
Spears will portray Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who came to Serenity to work as a nurse. After a sequence of bad choices, she is determined to build a new life in her new city.
Bruening will play Cal Maddox, a former professional baseball player who arrived in Serenity looking for a fresh start.
Woods will executive produce with Sheryl J. Anderson, who also serves as showrunner. Dan Paulson, whose Daniel L. Paulson Productions is producing, also serves as executive producer. Norman Buckley serves as co-executive producer and will direct six episodes.
Klein, who most recently recurred as super villain Cicada on CW’s The Flash, is repped by ICM Partners and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.
Known for her starring role in Zoey 101 and All That, Spears is repped by CAA and TriStar Sports and Entertainment.
Bruening’s credits include recurring roles on Good Behavior and Grey’s Anatomy. He’s repped by APA and Power Entertainment Group.
Jordi Vilasuso Reveals Why He Doesn't Like Reality TV(6/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While unscripted television programs like THE BACHELOR still attract huge ratings, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) admitted that he hasn’t really watched much of it. “I like documentaries, but I don’t watch any reality TV. I think I’ve had an animosity towards that type of programming because they’ve taken so many jobs away from actors,” he shared candidly to Soaps In Depth. “And I grew up loving storytelling, so I haven’t been able to get behind unscripted shows.” That is not to say Vilasuso doesn’t enjoy competition-based shows such as THE VOICE or MASTER CHEF. “I thought Gordon Ramsay’s show was great, because there was a lot of creativity involved,” he grinned. “And we cook in my house, so that one was cool!”
Y&R Star Weds(6/30/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) and longtime love Rob Meder are married! The duo eloped to St. Bart’s and wed in front of close friends including celeb designer Jeremiah Brent.
Susan Lucci Talks 50th Wedding Anniversary With Her Husband Helmut Huber(6/28/19) (closerweekly.com) On September 13, 1969, Susan Lucci married Helmut Huber. Now, 50 years later, the iconic soap star and the Austrian-born chef are set to celebrate and look back on just how far they’ve come.
“It will be, if we play our cards right,” Susan, 72, told Closer Weekly exclusively at Broadway Sings’ yearly benefit for Pride on Monday, June 24, when asked about their big relationship milestone.
As for their big plans, Helmut, 81, hinted that they’re still figuring out how to commemorate the occasion. Susan was a little more specific and revealed that they’ll “probably be in Austria.”
“We’ve been there many times because he’s from there but there are places I haven’t been,” the All My Children star noted. “It should be a great trip.”
Just because these two have been together for quite some time doesn’t mean their admiration for each other has waned. In fact, Susan knows exactly why Helmut is her forever love.
“He always made me laugh and he still does,” she gushed. “Helmut doesn’t look like somebody who would make you laugh. He looks very imposing, but then he’s very funny. The combination is great.”
Susan and Helmut have welcomed two children into the world, daughter Liza Huber and son Andreas Huber. From those two kids, they have amassed five grandchildren to spoil and shower with affection.
“Everybody’s great,” the Devious Maids star said. When asked how she would describe her nature as a grandmother, Susan painted an oh-so-cute picture: “a kissing, hugging, feeding, tickling kind.”
It’s great to see Susan in such good spirits as just earlier this year she revealed that she was “lucky to be alive” after undergoing an emergency heart procedure. On top of that, Susan never told her mom about her health scare. Don’t worry, though, because Susan exclusively told Closer Weekly last year that she has no plans to retire because that word isn’t even in her vocabulary.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).
This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.
2019 BET Award Winners(6/24/19) Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Talk Show Appearance(6/21/19) The Talk – CBS
Monday, June 24
Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Melissa Claire Egan, Mark Grossman and Michelle Stafford (n)
James Patrick Stuart Opens up About Making His First Album(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As the son of a British folk-rocker, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s James Patrick Stuart has always loved making music. Now, Valentin’s portrayer is releasing his debut album to honor his father, Chad Stuart — known for being half of the hitmaking ’60s duo Chad & Jeremy. When not scheming as Valentin, Stuart has been busy writing, recording and producing The Apple Tree. “It’s taken over everything,” the actor admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like an animal that got poked and woken up. The fun part was writing and playing the songs. Then the rest is all post-production. You’ve got to sweeten this, take the noise out of that, and, ‘How about if we put a sitar in there?’ I’ve been caught in the moment, deep in mixing and very outside of my comfort zone. There’s been a lot of sleepless nights!”
Stuart’s definitely not complaining, however, because this has been a labor of love. “This is a tribute, gift and salute to my father,” he explained. “He always wanted me to release an album… and I always thought I’d get around to it.” Once GH teamed Stuart up with cellist/violinist Christine Wu for the Nurses Ball, it all started to come together. They collaborated on a version of Nat King Cole’s “That’s All,” and, said Stuart, “Once my father got wind of that, I realized, ‘Oh no, here we go!’ I knew in that moment that time was not unlimited and that one day, it’ll be too late. So if not now, when? As soon as I realized that, all the musicians I knew in the world said, ‘It’s about freaking time. How can we help?’”
Stuart admitted making The Apple Tree "all started with me wanting to record a couple of my father's songs." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Patrick Stuart)
So late last year, Stuart dug into Chad & Jeremy’s music. “My father had a few hits in the ’60s, but he also had some songs I’ve always loved that didn’t make it to the top of the charts,” he said. “So I recorded my interpretations of them, and all of a sudden, we had three Chad & Jeremy songs, ‘That’s All’ and two of my own originals… and then we had eight songs! Well, here’s the record.” And Stuart does it all on his new album. “I sing, I do the bass and drums, I produce, I’ve written, and I play some of the piano and some of the guitar."
Stuart also called on some of his professional pals — including French horn and sitar players, Wu, and his father’s former partner, Jeremy Clyde. “I told him I was making an album called The Apple Tree, and he said he’d be happy to come climb a branch. It was amazing, because I have a voice very similar to my father. We did this great a cappella version of their final hit ‘You Are She,’ and we both got choked up. It was a nice moment.”
Stuart gets a thrill out of pressing play and hearing his own music, but seeing a new side of his father has been an unexpected highlight of this adventure. “It was like time-traveling and embracing him as a young man,” he marveled. “What I’ve loved was getting into his songs and breaking them apart. I would listen to guitar parts and learn them and realize how incredible he was. I took him for granted growing up. It didn’t matter that he was famous — he was just my dad. But I learned his brilliance.”
The song “Rest In Peace” left Stuart particularly awed. “My father was able to play it all in one take, just by pressing record and playing one guitar,” he explained. “I had to do it in three different tracks!”
Stuart has finally fed another of his passions, but that doesn’t detract one iota from his love of acting. “This is just another branch on the tree,” he maintained. “There are moments where certain branches get more sun and produce more fruit,” he suggested. “Now, the joy will be flying up to Sun Valley and putting this album in my father’s lap and telling him how much I love him.”
After that? “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself,” admitted the Renaissance man. “I think I’ll have to reintroduce myself to my wife and my children!”
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos honored at TrevorLIVE gala(6/19/19) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were honored at the TrevorLIVE gala, which raised money to help end suicide among LGBTQ youth.
“I’m a little bit uneasy accepting this award,” Ripa revealed onstage. “What did we do really? We are two cisgender heteros married for 23 years. What could we possibly know about alienation from community or fear of having our rights taken away?”
Consuelos pointed out, “Well, you are a woman,” and Ripa replied, “And you are a Mexican.” (The crowd laughed.)
The pair have been supporters of the Trevor Project for more than a decade.
AMC Alum Releases Book(6/18/19) Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN) just released a new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood And Beyond. In the book, the actor writes about surviving cancer twice, his struggle to make a career in Hollywood, his Ground Zero experience on 9/11, and his time on ALL MY CHILDREN playing Susan Lucci’s (ex-Erica) on-screen son, Josh. The tome can be purchased on amazon.com or through his website.
Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk(6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).
Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.
Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch, & More Set For CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY in NY(6/16/19) For 2 special performances in July, Celebrity Autobiography will celebrate its 10th anniversary as winner of the Drama Desk Award. The show are Sunday, July 14 at 7pm at the Patchogue Theatre in Long Island (71 East Main St.) and Monday, July 15 at 7pm in NYC at the show's original home, The Triad (158 West 72nd St). Both shows will feature stars of stage & screen Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch (Netflix's Wine Country), Ralph Macchio (YouTube's Cobra Kai) and his daughter Julia Macchio (who stars in the national tour of the musical Flashdance), comedian John Fugelsang, and show creators, Emmy nominee Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. 5-time Emmy-winner Alan Zweibel will appear in the July 15 NYC show. This past November & December, Celebrity Autobiography enjoyed a residency at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.
Tickets for the 7/14 Patchogue show are $29-$59 and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.
Tickets for the 7/15 NYC show are $80, $60 & $40 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.
How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone store in his freezer? Why did Justin Bieber get stuck in the trunk of a car? What does Hasselhoff reveal about the beauties of Baywatch? Get ready to find out. Running for 10 sold out years in New York and touring the world and seen on Bravo TV, Celebrity Autobiography features top performers bringing to life the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers...to tips from the Kardashians...to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history--Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher--told from all sides! And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious - it's all "in their own words". From the words of CELINE, ZAYN, ELVIS, TIGER, ARNOLD, BRITNEY, MILEY, DOLLY, CHER, OPRAH, BIEBER, BEYONCE and BEYOND!
Created by Eugene Pack, and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel, audiences at Celebrity Autobiography are treated to an entertaining evening of non-stop laughter as an eclectic mix of talented, hilarious performers act out classic excerpts from a range of celebrity tell-alls by Bieber to Barbra to Beyoncé and Beyond! This unique, no holds-barred show is unlike anything else in New York and has played for sold-out crowds all around the world including London's West End, Edinburgh, Australia's Sydney Opera House and Broadway (Marquis Theater). Celebrity Autobiography is produced by Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, EP Productions and Dayle Reyfel.
Kathy Bates Joining Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’(6/14/19) We hear that the Misery Oscar winner is joining Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.
Bates will play the role of Bobi Jewell, Richard’s mother who was an insurance claims adjuster.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement that I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser will play the title role as the security guard whose life was turned upside down after he was believed to be a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Sam Rockwell is playing Jewell’s defense attorney in the film.
Eastwood’s movie, scripted by Billy Ray, centers on Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives that day, but after he was falsely accused he became a pariah. Even though the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, the true American hero never fully got his reputation back or his confidence in himself, and his health was forever damaged. Jewell, who later became a police officer, died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.
Producing Richard Jewell are Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson. Production companies are Malpaso, Misher Films, 75 Year Plan, and Appian Way.
Bates is repped by ICM.
Sylvia Miles Dies: ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Farewell My Lovely’ Star Was 94(6/12/19) Sylvia Miles, who earned two Oscar nominations – one for her memorable role as a poodle-owning Upper East Side matron who hooks up with Jon Voight’s hustler in Midnight Cowboy and one for a five and a-half minute scene with Robert Mitchum in Farewell My Lovely – has died.
Her friend, publicist Mauricio Padilha, confirmed to The New York Times that Miles died Wednesday in Manhattan. Padilha said she died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. She was 94.
Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her roles in Midnight Cowboy and in 1975’s Farewell My Love She also appeared in Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among numerous other movies, plays and TV series.
Miles was also a long-time fixture on the New York party scene, often carousing with Andy Warhol and his Factory crowd. She was notable for her continuing appearances at entertainment events and openings well into her 80s.
Miles began her career on stage in 1947 and segued to TV and film in 1954. In the early ’60s, she was the first to play the role of Sally Rogers in the pilot episode of what would become The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role later taken over by Rose Marie for the series.
Despite her being on-screen for only six minutes, Miles snagged her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. In the unforgettable scene, she picked up hustler Joe Buck (Voight) – unaware he was a prostitute – and, when he asked to be paid up, she broke into tears.
She received her second Oscar nomination for her role as Jessie in Farewell, My Lovely in 1975. She co-starred with Factory regular Joe Dallesandro in director Paul Morrissey’s 1972 film Andy Warhol’s Heat. Her other film credits include 92 in the Shade, Critical Condition, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Crossing Delancey, and the 1989 comedy She-Devil, in which she played the mother of Meryl Streep’s character.
On television, Miles guest-starred in numerous series including Sex & The City, The Equalizer, NYPD, and also appeared in daytime soaps One Life to Live and All My Children.
Over the years, Miles became a cult figure and beloved New York social figure, both for her ties to avant garde personalities, including Warhol and Morrissey, and her enthusiasm for attending nightlife events.
Maurice Benard Takes a Pie in the Face to Rase Awareness for ALS(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, there’s a new version of that going around social media to raise awareness for the disease, and it involves getting a pie in the face! GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a video of himself participating in the challenge to do his part. “You’re probably wondering why I’m in the shower,” the shirtless actor began. “It’s because Kelly Clark challeneged me to the ALS challenge which means throwing this pie in my face… that I’m looking at right now. It’s for my friend who passed away, Dwight Clark. Great man, great football player…”
Benard then hesitates as he prepares to smack himself in the face with a pie, and you can hear his wife, Paula, behind the camera giggle and say, “Now or never, baby!” He then declares: “For the awareness of ALS and for everybody who has this really terrible disease.” Benard then smushes the pie into his face a little gently, and it looks like it was a delicious lemon meringue.
Dwight Clark was a championship football player who spent nine season with the San Francisco 49ers, winning two Super Bowls. He then moved off the field, acting as the general manager for the 49ers and later the Cleveland Browns. In March of 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and he passed away in June of 2018, survived by his wife, Kelly.
As with all of these social media challenges, when you do it, you have to challenge other people to do the same thing, and Benard selected his GH castmates, particularly singing out Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax). But only time will tell if any of them rise to the challenge and pie themselves as well!
Tamara Braun Responds to Online Haters(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Social media is a great way for fans to stay in touch with their favorite stars, but sometimes there are “fans” who use it to spread negativity and make rude comments. GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) was on the receiving end of such an attack on Twitter, and handed the situation with grace and class. The offending tweets are not viewable because the user — a Drew and Sam fan — has their posts protected so they are only visible to confirmed followers, but Braun’s responses give a pretty clear picture of the story.
“Hi there,” the actress replied. “I have a question for you. Why do you follow me on social media if you find me so irritating and want to write unkind things about me?” After the “fan” responded, Braun added, “Yes I did. ‘[barf emoji] and spastic squirrel’ are what you wrote. I think you have forgotten that I’m a person with feelings who plays Kim. You don’t have to like what I do but maybe think about the person at the end of the tweet before being mean. Just a suggestion.” She also added the hashtag “#BeKind.”
Clearly, this particular “fan” didn’t feel like apologizing. “Okay, sweetheart,” Braun tweeted later, “I see you’re not someone who can accept responsibility for your actions. It’s hard. My intention was to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask. Maybe you didn’t get it? You don’t. Think it’s best to end this. Have a good one. #BeKind”
Fans rallied to Braun’s defense online, as did some of her GH castmates. “Good for you for calling them out,” posted Laura Wright (Carly). “It’s crazy how people will tweet something so nasty. People need to stop.”
After blocking that particular “fan,” Braun shared a message to all her followers, one which she pinned to the top of her Twitter page so everyone would see it because it’s good advice. “Hey kind ones,” she wrote. “Thank you for your words. Thanks for the love and support. I appreciate you.” Let’s remember that we don’t have to be unkind back because someone else was. Ask honest questions, try to share something of value, and if there is no acceptance, then let it go.”
Back in August of 2018, Braun fired back at a fan who made fun of the glasses that she wore in an episode of GH as Dr. Nero, revealing that those particular specs were her own real-life pair and she loves them. Hopefully, one day all soap fans will learn how to behave properly on social media, but until then, these kind of reminders will continue to be necessary.
For more about Braun, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, July 1!
Michael B. Jordan On Balancing Socially-Driven & Commercial Fare At His Outlier Society Studio(6/10/19) Making inclusive movies is organic for Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan.
“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing,” said the actor on developing movies at his new Outlier Society production company this afternoon during the Produced By session titled “Content With a Conscience: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms.”
“I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often,” Jordan explained.
Since his breakout role in Ryan Coogler’s 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, Jordan said that scripts revolving around “every historical black figure have come across my desk.”
“As much as I would love to play all of them, I can’t,” he said.
Jordan and his President of Production Development, Alana Mayo, who was also present on the panel, expounded on their decision-making process when it comes to socially-driven projects and pure entertainment ones.
Recently it was announced that Kung: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts would direct an original monster movie shot in Detroit produced by New Regency and Jordan’s Outlier Society.
“Starting in front of the camera, from the actor’s perspective, it’s all about the heart. It’s about wanting to create bodies of work and tell stories that will make people go home and think thoughts that will weigh heavily on their heart,” said the actor.
“We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about,” he added.
“We struggle with the happy, mindless entertainment that doesn’t feel like it has some sort of substance to it,” Mayo added. “And sometimes we just want to hit an issue that I think the both of us we will continue to make content about until we feel like we start to see the impact and the change in the real world.”
Also sitting in on the session with Jordan and Mayo was ShivHans Pictures Founder & CEO Shivani Rawat, The Report filmmaker Scott Z. Burns; and Bonnie Abaunza, Founder Impact/Producer Abaunza Group.
AMC's Cornelius Smith, Jr. Stars in the Romantic New Movie "Love, Take Two"(6/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Hallmark Channel is celebrating brides (and grooms) with their annual “June Weddings” series of original movies. Cornelius Smith Jr., who soap fans will remember as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Dr. Frankie Hubbard, stars as Scott Meyers in the romantic romp Love, Take Two, which premieres on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. ET. Heather Hemmens (ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO; GREY'S ANATOMY) is his gorgeous co-star and love interest in the movie, playing Lily Bellenger.
Shot on location in Squamish B.C, whose magnificent mountains and locale glow in the background of the dramedy, Love, Take Two tells the tale of a pair of exes who reconnect under unusual circumstances. Lily is the executive producer of THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN, a reality competition show; for each episode, three engaged couples go head to head vying for a cash prize of $50,000, and they’re judged by whose nuptials is the most spectacular and romantic of the three.
When one of the couples in the latest episode backs out, Scott and his fiancée are recruited to participate in the competition, but neither of them knew that Scott's old flame is the beautiful producer. Thrown together due to the show, will the two rekindle their long-lost love as they revisit memories from their shared past, and what will happen to Scott's fiancée? Come on, this is a Hallmark Movie — you know where this is going!
Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria(6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
“Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.
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