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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 19, 2018)
Susan Lucci, 71, sizzles in unretouched swimsuit photos(9/19/18) (Photo1, Photo2) Age is but a number for soap opera legend Susan Lucci.
The “All My Children” actress, 71, stars in a new unretouched swimsuit spread for Harper’s Bazaar, showing off her Pilates-honed physique in two sultry one-pieces.
“I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically,” Lucci told the magazine, adding that she’s approaching the aging process “kicking and screaming all the way.”
To that end, the star relies on “very natural”-looking Botox, her beloved Pilates Pro Chair (she’s been practicing for over two decades) and a disciplined diet plan to maintain her ever-youthful appearance.
“I rarely eat dessert, never snack, and I don’t eat a lot of bread and pasta,” Lucci explained. “I’ll have one glass of champagne when we go out to dinner, but I don’t drink at home.”
The actress’s beach body made waves online earlier this year after paparazzi captured Lucci on a vacation in Barbados, and fans immediately clamored for her anti-aging secrets.
“What I’ve learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you’ve got going against you,” Lucci told Harper’s Bazaar. “People look at me and say ‘Wow, she doesn’t seem old, but she is old.’ Meanwhile, the reality is if you’re strong, you’re beautiful, no matter what age you are.”
And as for those internet-breaking beach candids? “[They] were so good!” Lucci exclaimed. “By the fourth day I was looking for the paparazzi. I wanted to thank them.”
Y&R Fave Opens Up About Miscarriage(9/19/18) Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, Y&R) shared a personal post on social media, revealing that she suffered a miscarriage in January. “I’m very candid about my miscarriage with my friends and family and speak openly about it to anyone that asks if we want kids,” she wrote. “It’s never been a secret. And I was so lucky to have my incredible husband and best friends and family in the world there for me, every step of the way. It’s so hard, and takes such a toll on you emotionally and physically, hormonally, all of it. But I hadn’t shared it publicly. Not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t.” Egan went on to explain that she decided to go public after speaking with a friend who, after suffering a miscarriage of her own, “told me she had felt alone and like a failure, and less-than, because she hadn’t heard other people speak about it. This made me SO SAD, and made me want to share my story. With anyone and everyone. Just so no one feels alone. I promise you you’re not alone. Also, @carrieunderwood’s recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning was so beautiful and had me in tears. I was in the thick of my last and final days on Y&R at the time, so I feel her pain over having to ‘cry pretty.’ (only a very small group of people knew at the show, and they could not have been more wonderful and took great care of me). I also got such strength from @hilarieburton and @claireholt’s posts last year. They were so open and honest and supportive and I really admire that and am grateful. So now I’m happy to do the same. Please don’t feel alone. Or like a failure. You’re everything, and I’m here with you.”
Maurice Benard Lands Plum Lifetime Gig(9/18/18) GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be putting his years of playing Port Charles’s don to good use: The Emmy-winning actor has been cast as famed mobster John Gotti in Lifetime’s THE VICTORIA GOTTI STORY. The actor posted the news on social media, noting, “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”
Michael B. Jordan on 'Creed 2': 'It's not just about revenge'(9/18/18) When Creed II needed a villain, Sylvester Stallone couldn’t think of anyone better to bring back than Rocky bad boy Ivan Drago.
“Sly was very adamant about this one having a villain,” Michael B. Jordan, who plays Adonis Creed in the Rocky spinoff, says during the Sun’s visit to the set earlier this year.
The Rocky movie franchise turns 42 this November. It made a star out of Stallone and spawned five sequels and one spinoff — 2015’s Creed.
It’s always been a story about families and staying true to yourself, but one of the franchise’s most surprising, and saddening, moments came when Rocky Balboa’s friend, Apollo Creed, was killed in the ring in Rocky IV by the merciless Captain Ivan Drago.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler used the harrowing moment as the jump off for Creed, giving new legs to the Rocky series by focusing a story on Apollo’s son struggling as a fighter to make peace with the dad he never knew.
Creed was a critical and box office hit with Stallone earning a Golden Globe win and Oscar nod for his reprisal as Balboa.
Coming back, though, Jordan says they needed to have a storyline that would be personal and further thread itself into the earlier Rocky mythology. So having Drago return to the series with a son, Viktor (played by Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), as a rival for Adonis made the most sense artistically.
But it takes Stallone’s Balboa and Jordan’s Creed in new and dangerous directions.
“You’ve got everything to lose,” Balboa tells Creed in the trailer for the film, which opens Nov. 21. “This guy has nothing to lose. This guy — he’s dangerous.”
Tessa Thompson, who was also on set the day we visited, is reprising her role as Creed’s aspiring-singer girlfriend. During the scene we saw being shot, Thompson’s Bianca sings Creed’s entrance song, as he makes his way to the boxing ring.
“Drago was so huge in Rocky IV and he really (put a stamp) on the franchise at that time,” Jordan says after shooting the sequence. “So we wanted to make a sequel that was bigger. It’s always tough to shoot a number two to anything, but we wanted to do a fresh take. We didn’t have a real villain the first time around. That was more of an origin story with Adonis fighting himself to figure out who he was. This time, I think we found the perfect vehicle to build on that and take it to the next level.”
With a new director in place, Steven Caple Jr., who Forbes listed in its 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment last year, and a story by Stallone and Luke Cage scribe Cheo Hodari Coker, Jordan says Creed II isn’t just about Adonis trying to rewrite history.
“Really, it’s about life,” he says.
Along with a group of international journalists, the Sun spoke with Jordan about what makes Creed II a unique sequel, how he trained to take on such a formidable opponent and why the Rocky saga has endured for 42 years.
If you thought Jordan looked in killer shape for Black Panther earlier this year, wait til you see him now
“(Gaining muscle) was easier when I was younger. I’m 31 and I shot the first one when I was 26, 27. I’m not saying I’m old by any means, but the process of getting in shape was a bit harder for Creed II. For Black Panther, I had to get bigger… I’m probably the biggest I’ve ever been… But I knew I was fighting someone who is a lot bigger than I am, so I wanted to try and catch up as best I could, and I killed myself in the gym to do that.”
Florian is 6’4” tall and weighs 245 pounds. Is it scary stepping into the ring with him?
“He’s scary — he really is. But he’s a big teddy bear. He’s a really, really nice guy.”
Yup, it’s true: Sly really is a fountain of knowledge
“He always has a lot of gems when it comes to the boxing; punching up the fights, making things look better, the rhythm of punches, the fighting sequences. He’s a genius when it comes to those things. Sly is always around to kind of give his knowledge and his two cents on anything. He’s a pivotal role in this project.”
The 1976 original Rocky is still a classic
“I was maybe 15, 16 when I saw the first one. It was a great underdog story. It represented the everyday guy; the American dream, what hard work, dedication and passion and heart can do for you. It had a never give up, no quit attitude. I was always a fan of it.”
It’s not just about beating Ivan Drago’s son
“Victor’s storyline is very layered. The two guys are similar in a lot of ways… Adonis feels, naturally, a certain animosity towards Viktor and Ivan, and then there are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes Creed so special. It’s not just about revenge. It’s about a lot of things… If we get that lesson across, then I think we’ve made a pretty special movie.”
Sly has been playing Rocky for 42 years. Is Adonis still going to be kicking around four decades from now?
“If I’m lucky. I want to keep making them as long as they’re good. I always want to keep my finger on the pulse. Forty two years, I mean, who knows?”
Creed II opens Nov. 21.
How 'This is Us' Star Justin Hartley Found Love With Wife Chrishell Stause Following His Divorce(9/17/18) (countryliving.com) When This Is Us heartthrob Justin Hartley married actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017, the ceremony was held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch on the fourth anniversary of their first date.
The two attended a concert together at the urging of a mutual friend. Chrishell, who has since changed her last name to Hartley, said it was love at first sight. "The next day I texted my friend: 'I found him,'" she told People.
Justin agreed. "I drove her home and called the next day. We haven't been apart since," he added. "I knew right away [and] was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.'"
Justin's This Is Us castmates, including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz, were on hand to help the couple celebrate their big day.
Justin, 41, stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series as the troubled Kevin Pearson, one of the Big Three at the heart of the show. This Is Us, which debuted in 2016, has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking ratings records and kicking Justin's career into high gear (and it returns for a third season in September).
Longtime fans know he started out on a soap opera, logging four years on Passions before taking the role of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the CW series Smallville. In later years, Justin returned to soaps on The Young and the Restless and appeared on ABC's Revenge and Mistresses. He's also graced the big screen, most recently in 2017's A Bad Moms Christmas.
Justin married fellow Passions alumni Lindsay Hartley (née Korman) in 2004, but the couple divorced in 2012. They share a daughter, Isabella Justice (Bella for short), born in 2004 and now age 14.
Chrishell, 37, is also an actress known for roles on soap operas All My Children and Days of Our Lives, and most recently played Bethany Bryant on The Young and the Restless. She's also appeared on the web series Youthful Daze.
Although they're only coming up on their first wedding anniversary, the two have settled into a comfortable, married life and enjoy spending time together at home when they aren't working. "We really are all about staying in recently, cooking together, watching movies, and that sort of thing," Justin told US Weekly.
He also knows the secret to starting his wife's day off right. "I'm an early riser, so when I hear her coming down the stairs in the morning, I turn on the coffee maker for her and get espresso going," he explained to the publication.
For her part, Chrishell helps her husband to stay on track with his fitness routine, he noted to People.
"She makes it easier. She's a big motivational factor for me because she's in such great shape," Justin said. "I try to keep up with her. To have somebody in your life that can motivate you is really, really good."
Building a life together is a top priority for the couple. As Justin told the publication after their wedding, "At the risk of sounding cheesy, I look forward to sharing life experiences and growing old together. Someday, we can talk about all the things we did together 30 years ago!"
Susan Lucci Works Out 6 Times A Week—And She’s 71 Years Old(9/14/18) (womenshealthmag.com) Susan Lucci is an Emmy-award winning actress for her role in "All My Children," and her memoir All My Life is a New York Times best seller. Another thing to add to her list of accomplishments: fitness badass.
At 71 years old, Susan works out six days a week. "I try to take one day off, because you're supposed to take a day off," she says. "But I’ll always do something, because I find my body craves it."
Her secret to maintaining such a diligent workout schedule? "I like to work out first thing in the morning," says Susan. "Because then I know, no matter what happens for the rest of the day, I’ve done something good for myself."
Susan upped her workout game even more while prepping to appear on Dancing With The Stars two years ago. "I knew I’d have to step up my program, to get an even stronger core to be dancing on the show," she says. Now, she says she's very proud of her flat abs.
And to make sure she maintains those abs, Susan notes that she focuses on eating food that will fuel her body, not hurt it.
Susan does most of her workouts using a Pilates Pro Chair (as demonstrated in the video above), which is a workout tool designed to help you target certain body parts like your abs, thighs, and butt—using Pilates moves. She does 10 moves a day on this machine, for 30 to 100 reps each, once through.
Her next fitness goal? "I want to be 5'8"," she laughs. "And I’m hoping I can get there through stretching—right now I’m five foot two on a good day."
Melissa Leo & Bella Thorne To Star In ‘Leave Not One Alive’(9/13/18) Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne have been tapped to topline Leave Not One Alive, an indie revenge thriller written and directed by Jordan Galland. The pic, which is currently filming in New York, hails from Ace Pictures Entertainment and DeerJen. Jake Weary (It Follows), Michael Potts (The Wire), Benedict Samuel (Gotham), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed), and Adrian Martinez (I Feel Pretty) co-star.
The plot follows a theater actress, Lillian Cooper (Leo) whose son (Weary) dies mysteriously. When the investigating officer (Potts) rules the cause of death an accidental overdose, Lillian conducts her own investigation which leads her to an unlikely alliance with her son’s former drug dealer (Thorne). On her quest for answers, Lillian hallucinates some of the iconic characters she’s played on stage which serve as her inner voice, urging her to avenge her son’s death.
Producers are Jen Gatien, Peter Wong, and Timur Bekbosunov with Ace Pictures Entertainment’s Johnny Chang and Emma Lee serving as exec producers. CAA is handling North American sales.
Leo, who earned an Oscar for her performance in The Fighter, was recently seen on the big screen in Sony’s The Equalizer 2, opposite Denzel Washington. Throne starred alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger in Midnight Sun and next appears in Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation and Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, while Thorne is also with CAA as well as Thirty Three Management.
Galland is repped by Gersh and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.
Maurice Benard Stars as John Gotti in a New Movie!(9/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, the actor will soon be portraying another mob boss — the infamous John Gotti! During the soap's recent break, the stars were freed up to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And Benard was definitely up to something, shared a photo on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon."
A couple weeks later, the Daytime Emmy winner shared another Instagram pic that officially revealed he will be playing the head of the Gambino crime family in the upcoming film, The Victoria Gotti Story! “Thank you Lifetime and everyone involved for a beautiful opportunity,” he declared.
Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.
Of course, as the movie is still early in production, scant other details are known right now, but you can believe that we will be sure to let you know when you will be able to tune in to see Benard as another powerful mob boss when the Lifetime movie airs. And for more details on the role straight from the actor himself, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Benard in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Sept. 24!
Actor Christopher Lawford, Dies of Heart Attack at 63(9/5/18) (dailymail.co.uk) Christopher Lawford, the nephew of John F Kennedy, has died. He was 63 years old.
Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Sources said his death appears to be from 'natural causes'. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
Lawford leaves behind three children and his widow Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher who the actor married in 2014.
Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency. He is pictured here with JFK and cousin Maria Shriver in 1962
Lawford was the son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford, a Hollywood actor and member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.
Patricia Kennedy was one of nine children in Joseph P Kennedy Sr's clan. She was the younger sister of JFK and a year older than Bobby Kennedy.
Kerry Kennedy, Bobby's daughter, tweeted photos of Lawford on Tuesday and said the family was mourning his loss.
Lawford, one of Patricia and Peter's four children, was born in Santa Monica in 1955 and moved to New York City with his mother after they divorced in 1966.
He would go on to attend boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was first introduced to drugs.
Lawford eventually became hooked on heroin and contracted Hepatitis C.
He was also arrested in 1980 for impersonating a doctor in order to get prescription medication in Aspen. He was given probation and the charges were dropped.
Lawford decided to go to rehab after his cousin, David Kennedy, died of a drug overdose in 1984.
That same year he married Jeannie Olsson, his first of three wives and with whom he had three children.
In 1988 Lawford, who also earned a law degree from Boston College and a master's certificate in clinical psychology from Harvard, decided he wanted to be an actor.
He went on to appear in a slew of shows include General Hospital and a three-year stint on All My Children.
Lawford also appeared in a number of films including Thirteen Days, Slipstream, and two of the Terminator movies with former cousin-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He also worked as a producer, acquiring George Lucas' hit film American Graffiti for Universal Studios in the 1970s and later became a correspondent on EXTRA.
Lawford was never shy about his past substance abuse issues.
He wrote two books, including Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption - which became a New York Times bestseller - and, more recently, When Your Partner Has An Addiction.
His cousin Maria Shriver praised the latter book, saying: 'This complex issue affects the lives of millions of people and their families every day.'
'Christopher and Beverly [Engel] should be applauded for approaching a delicate subject with true compassion.'
Lawford also released Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, which included essays from celebrities who have struggled with substance abuse.
Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79(9/3/18) Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.
Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.
Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.
Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway production of James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams and received a Tony nod for her role in Stepping Out.
It wasn’t until the late ’90s when she expanded her talent to the world of stage musicals, replacing Elaine Stritch as Parthy in Show Boat. In 1998, she stepped into the role of Fraulein Schneider in the Cabaret revival. She played the character of Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of Wicked in 2003 before opening Billy Elliot The Musical in 2008 where she played the Grandma, a role which earned her a fourth Tony nomination. Her final bow on Broadway was in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
In addition to her role in the film and TV adaptation of The Odd Couple Shelley lent her voice talents to numerous animated Disney films including The Aristocats in 1970, Robin Hood in 1973, as well as Hercules in 1997. Her credits spanned across the decades and included The Boston Strangler in 1968, The Super in1991 as well as 1994’s Quiz Show and The Road to Wellville. In 2005 she starred opposite Nicole Kidman and her Broadway peer Kristin Chenoweth in the 2005 movie adaptation of the classic sitcom Bewitched. On the TV side, she appeared on All My Children, The Avengers, The Cosby Show, Frasier, and Law and Order: SVU.
Mr. Robot to End With Season 4(8/30/18) Mr. Robot is powering down: The USA Network drama will end after its upcoming fourth season, TVLine has confirmed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news of Mr. Robot‘s conclusion, the final season has been expanded to 12 episodes, up from an initial eight-episode order. (A representative for the series would not confirm the episode count for TVLine.)
Though the show’s Season 4 renewal was announced in December 2017, Mr. Robot is not expected to return until 2019.
Showrunner Sam Esmail addressed the series’ conclusion in the following statement to THR:
When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following. Over the past three years, it has become so much more, and I am continually humbled by the show’s recognition and by the amazing cast and crew that work tirelessly to help bring my vision to life. Since Day 1, I’ve been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here. Everyone on the creative team, including the amazing people at USA and UCP, didn’t want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot’s journey to extend past its inevitable ending. Therefore, Season 4 will serve as the final chapter of the Mr. Robot story. To fans of the show: Thank you for the past three years, and I can’t wait to share this exciting final season with you.
Mr. Robot, which stars Rami Malek as brilliant but troubled hacker Elliot Alderson, debuted in June 2015 to critical acclaim. In 2016, it won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, while Malek and co-star Christian Slater have respectively nabbed an Emmy and Golden Globe for their work.
Earlier this month, Slater hinted to Collider that Season 4 may be the series’ last, acknowledging that “Sam always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline.”
In last fall’s Season 3, the thriller averaged 530,000 weekly viewers and a 0.22 demo rating (in Live+SameDay numbers), down sharply from its sophomore run (742K/0.3). Season 1 averaged 1.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.
OWN’s ‘David Makes Man’ Adds Five To Cast, Sets Directors For Season 1(8/27/18) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is rounding out the ensemble cast of its upcoming coming -of-age drama series David Makes Man, from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, and has named the directors who will helm Season 1.
Joining the cast as a series regular is Alana Arenas, (L.A. Confidential, Chicago P.D.), while Gillian Williams (The Girlfriend Experience), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Quad, Billions), Elvis Nolasco (American Crime) and Randy Gonzalez (Bloodline) are set for recurring roles. They join previously announced cast Phylicia Rashad, Akili McDowell, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams and Travis Coles.
Directors joining the hour-long drama include Michael Francis Williams, Kiel Adrian Scott, Daina Reid and Cheryl Dunye.
The series, currently in production in Orlando, Florida, is set for a 2019 premiere on OWN.
David Makes Man centers on David (McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.
Arenas will play Gloria, David’s young, hardworking, single mother who wants better for her children. A now-sober, former drug user, she worries that social services might take her sons away.
Williams will recur as Jessica Kelly, David’s former music teacher who is the mother of his best friend, Seren. Santiago-Hudson is Dr. Bree, a clinical psychiatrist who challenges David to examine the trauma of his past and his hopes for the future. Nolasco will play Tio-Teo, the uncle to David’s strained acquaintance, Raynan. He aims to expand his illegal prescription med operation . . . no matter what the cost. Gonzalez is Mr. Lopez, a teacher of remedial math who believes in David more than David believes in himself.
Williams, known for his compelling short films, is making his TV directorial debut with David Makes Man. He recently wrote and directed Black Star: Mila and Stay Woke, and he previously helmed commercials for brands including Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s and Sony.
Spike Lee protégé, Scott’s films have screened internationally, winning several major film festivals, including the American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition. His film Samaria was recognized for outstanding directorial achievement at the DGA Student Film Awards and was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. He participated in Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation directing mentorship program, where he shadowed Angela Bassett. Most recently Kiel directed the two-part miniseries The Bobby Brown Story for BET.
Reid’s recent directing credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Hunters, The Spanish Princess and Sunshine, which won the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best telefeature or miniseries, in addition to Reid receiving the Australian Directors’ Guild Award for best direction. In 2016, she directed and co-produced the miniseries adaptation of The Secret River, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and won The Silver Logie for most outstanding drama series.
Dunye is considered the most influential African American filmmaker to emerge from New Queer Cinema wave of the mid-1990s. Her groundbreaking first film, The Watermelon Woman, won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlinale in 1996. Her 2002 follow-up, HBO’s Stranger Inside, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. Since 2017, she has directed episodes of Queen Sugar and Love Is___ for OWN and Warner Horizon, Claws for TNT, and The Fosters for Freeform. She is now set to write & direct The Wonder Of All Things for Lionsgate.
David Makes Man is produced by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Nolasco is repped by Paradigm and Silver Lining Entertainment. Gonzalez is repped by Lisa Lax Agency, Smith & Hervey/Grimes Talent Agency, and Red Baron Management. Santiago-Hudson is repped by Gersh.
Tonya Pinkins on Elementary 9/10/18(8/27/18) “Fit to Be Tied” – Holmes and Watson’s deadly conflict with Sherlock’s former friend Michael (Desmond Harrington) intensifies when their newest victim looks to be the serial killer’s latest prey, in the first part of a two-episode season finale event on ELEMENTARY, Monday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Parminder Nagra (Special Agent Mallick), David Pittu (William Bazemore), Tonya Pinkins (Judge Marilyn Whitfield)
Dorothy Lyman on FBI 9/25/18(8/24/18) “Pilot” – After a bomb explosion devastates a residential apartment building, special agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate a possible war between rival gangs – that is, until their prime suspects are discovered brutally murdered, on FBI, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.
GUEST CAST includes: Connie Nielson (Ellen Solberg), Dallas Roberts (Robert Lawrence), Dorothy Lyman (Jilly Peters)
Kathy Bates on Big Bang Theory 9/24/18(8/24/18) “The Conjugal Configuration” – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Kathy Bates (Mrs. Fowler), Teller (Mr. Fowler), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Himself), Bill Nye (Himself)
Will & Grace: Matt Bomer to Guest-Star as Will's Smug Suitor in Season 10(8/24/18) Will Truman is making a date with TV’s erstwhile Neal Caffrey.
White Collar vet Matt Bomer will guest-star on a Season 10 episode of Will & Grace, NBC announced Thursday.
He’ll appear on the sitcom as a smooth-talking, self-satisfied TV news anchor who dates Eric McCormack’s character.
Speechless star Minnie Driver also will be back in that episode as Lorraine Finster, Karen’s stepdaughter and nemesis, whom Karen seeks out at the strip club where Lorraine works to try and get more money in her divorce settlement.
Rounding out the installment’s guest roster is Olympic figure skater (and soon-to-be Dancing With the Stars: Juniors judge!) Adam Rippon, who will make a cameo appearance.
As previously announced, Friends alum David Schwimmer will recur in Season 10 as a love interest for Debra Messing’s Grace, while Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Handler, Jon Cryer and Mary McCormack are also slated for guest appearances.
Will & Grace returns on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9/8c on NBC.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions & ABC Developing Comedy Series ‘The Sanchez Way’(8/23/18) ABC and Milojo Productions announced today the development of a new half hour comedy series, The Sanchez Way, produced through Milojo’s first-look deal with ABC Studios.
Writer Isaac Gonzalez (Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Mr. Iglesias) joins Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, and Albert Bianchini as the show’s executive producers from Milojo.
The Sanchez Way is an irreverent comedy about a loud, proud, Mexican-American family that lives by a very strict working class code. Show centers on Pedro Sanchez, the patriarch of the family, whose code is threatened when his “fresa” brother-in-law (a Mexican yuppie) moves to town and wants to be part of the family.
Milojo Productions is represented by CAA and attorney Jake Levy with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo P.C.
Isaac Gonzalez is represented by CAA and attorney Adam Cooper at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ NY-based Milojo Productions has developed and produced for networks including, Bravo, Logo, VH1, E!, CMT, HGTV, WeTV, TLC and Discovery. They are behind the Emmy-nominated documentary, The Streak for ESPN, and critically acclaimed documentary Off The Rez for TLC, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their newest docu-series for Logo, Fire Island, premiered in 2017. The company has been involved in such projects as Masters of Reception, Homemade Millionaire, Dirty Soap, Cheer, Secret Guide To Fabulous, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Secret Guide to Summer, and the New Now Next Vote election specials with Wanda Sykes.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Casts Up Flight School Saga Around Tom Cruise(8/21/18) Paramount Pictures is in talks to add a diverse coterie of talent to Top Gun: Maverick.
Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) are being set to join the ensemble opposite Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.
The Joseph Kosinski-directed film is slated for release July 12, 2019, with script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing with Cruise and Skydance’s David Ellison.
McKenzie, who’ll play the daughter of Connelly’s character, is repped by UTA, Industry and Untitled; Parnell, who’ll play an admiral, is repped by Greene & Associates; Ellis, who’ll play a pilot, is UTA and Rise Management, Salahuddin, who plays an engineer, is CAA, Ramirez, who’ll play a pilot, is Abrams Artists and Industry, Barbaro, who’ll play another Top Gun pilot, is Innovative and Main Title Entertainment.
How Kelly Ripa fell for Mark Consuelos before they met(8/16/18) It was love at first sight … kind of.
Kelly Ripa knew she had a future with husband Mark Consuelos after seeing his picture for the first time, she revealed in a recent interview with Bruce Bozzi on his “Lunch with Bruce” show.
“I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him [in person] and I knew,” Ripa, 47, told host Bozzi on the SiriusXM show.
At the time, the “Live” talk show host was an actress on ABC’s daytime soap opera “All My Children,” and was helping to cast the role of Mateo Santos.
After auditioning every Latino “in the city, and around the city, and then California,” the show’s casting director, Judy Blye Wilson, approached Ripa with the perfect fit for the role, she explained.
“[Wilson] showed me [Consuelos’] picture — and Bruce, I’m not this person — like at that point I was not a hopeless romantic,” she said. “I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single-girl life in the city … I had no responsibilities and I was earning a good living on the soap opera because I was there for almost seven years before Mark got there. I was a baby when I got my job.”
She continued, “So when I saw him, the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash before [me.] Like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment.”
Soon after Consuelos, 47, joined the cast of “All My Children” in 1995, he and Ripa fell for each other.
The power couple married in 1996 and have three children together, Lola, Joaquin and Michael.
Morgana King Dies: ‘Godfather’ Actress And Jazz Singer Was 87(8/15/18) Morgana King, who is best known for playing Marlon Brando’s wife in Godfather I & II, died March 22 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 87.
According to the Washington Post, her death was not previously reported. The Riverside County coroner’s office confirmed her death.
Born Maria Grazia Messina on June 4, 1930, in Pleasantville, NY, she grew up with five siblings in New York City. Her parents were from Italy. She was recognized for her singing talents at a young age and continued to hone her skills which led to a scholarship at the Metropolitan School of Music.
For more than 50 years, King was a jazz singer who performed in clubs and recorded nearly 20 albums. Her talent was admired by such greats as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington and opera star Eileen Farrell. In 1964, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.
She performed on The Andy Williams Show and The Hollywood Palace in 1964 and continued TV appearances on television talk and variety shows including The Mike Douglas Show, The Dean Martin Show, and The David Frost Show.
She appeared in the Frances Ford Coppola 1972 classic as Carmela Corleone, the wife of Brando’s Don Vito Corleone. Her lines were minimal, but her musical talents were used in the wedding scene when she sang the Italian song “Luna Mezz’o Mare.” She reprised her role in The Godfather: Part II, where her character died. After her roles in The Godfather films, she took the occasional acting role in film and television including a role on All My Children.
She continued to perform in clubs and concerts and appeared on variety shows. Her was public performance was in 2000.
Billy Miller Returns to SUITS — Watch the Dramatic Preview!(8/14/18) (Video) If you can’t get enough of Billy Miller as Drew Cain on GENERAL HOSPITAL, be sure to tune in to SUITS on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. ET to watch him reprising his role of Marcus Specter on the USA primetime series. And it looks like he’ll certainly be bringing the drama when he calls on older brother Harvey (series star Gabriel Macht) to defend him.
“What Mom did is nothing like this,” Marcus says in the preview for the episode. But Harvey shoots back: “You asked your kids to lie for you. How is that different?” And Marcus looks awfully guilty as he finds himself under attack by his brother.
Miller’s character was first introduced in the fourth season finale of SUITS and then made subsequent appearances in episodes in the fifth and sixth season. Now, in the middle of the eighth season, he’s back for more. “Billy Miller and I had a good time working together,” Macht told Collider following his first appearance on the show. “He was excellent.”
While appearing on GH, Miller has also made appearances on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, and has filmed some episodes of the upcoming series ARE YOU SLEEPING with Octavia Spencer and Elizabeth Perkins.
Check out this tease for Miller’s new episode of SUITS and be sure to tune in Wednesday night to check it out! (Or watch it on the USA website when it’s uploaded the following day if you forget to set your DVR or miss it.)
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Riverdale Casts Mark Consuelos' Son to Play Young Hiram in Season 3(8/11/18) Riverdale is keeping it all in the family, casting Mark Consuelos’ real-life son Michael to play a young version of Hiram Lodge in a Season 3 flashback episode, TV Insider is reporting.
The flashback episode — first revealed at the CW drama’s Comic-Con panel last month — will travel back to when the Riverdale gang’s parents were in high school, with the young cast playing teen versions of their onscreen parents. (KJ Apa will play a young Fred, and Lili Reinhart will play a young Alice.) “We’re gonna learn about a really, really dark secret that the parents have been keeping since they were” in high school, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has teased.
Michael Consuelos, the eldest son of Mark and wife Kelly Ripa, only has a few acting credits so far as a voice performer on shows like Go, Diego! Go! and Duck Dodgers. Series star Camila Mendes (Veronica) will play the young version of Hiram’s future wife Hermione.
The flashback episode, titled “The Midnight Club,” will be the fourth installment of the upcoming Season 3 — which debuts Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Timeless' Abigail Spencer to Star in Hulu Revenge Drama Pilot Reprisal(8/8/18) No more Ms. Nice Time-Traveler.
Abigail Spencer has signed on to play a badass femme fatale in the pilot of Hulu’s upcoming Reprisal.
The Timeless actress will play Katherine Harlow, a woman who was left for dead but survives and takes on the new persona of Doris Dearie. After years of relative peace and quiet, Doris’ niece is taken by the same gang that tried to kill her, which prompts Doris to go on a revenge-filled rescue mission.
Josh Corbin (StartUp) will write the potential series, which is produced by A+E Studios and The Littlefield Company.
Spencer’s other TV credits include Rectify, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective and All My Children. She’ll next be seen reprising the role of Prof. Lucy Preston in Timeless‘ recently ordered, two-part finale wrap-up movie, which is slated to air during the holiday season.
'Melrose Place' Star Jamie Luner Gets Dismissal in Sexual Assault Lawsuit(8/6/18) Jamie Luner is off the hook in that massive -- $250 million -- sexual assault lawsuit she was facing ... TMZ has learned.
The judge dismissed the lawsuit Anthony Oliver filed earlier this year. TMZ broke the story ... Oliver claimed the "Melrose Place" star had plied him with alcohol and drugs at a party in 1998 -- when he was just 16 -- and then had sex with him.
The judge tossed it based on statute of limitations ... pointing out Oliver had waited 20 years to file the suit. It needed to be filed within 8 years after turning 18, or within 3 years of discovering a repressed memory.
Jamie's reps told us the whole allegation was unfounded, and believed it was part of a "targeted extortion scheme." The rep also said Oliver had a sordid history with the courts ... filing 27 federal lawsuits.
Worth noting ... he's appealing the dismissal.
Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital'(8/6/18) Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital': read the interview here.
Killer Twin - August 4, 2018 - 8pm - Lifetime(8/4/18) Killer Twin
8:00 PM Lifetime
August 4, 2018
A schoolteacher (Passions‘ Lindsay Hartley) has her life turned upside down when her long-lost twin sister returns, vowing to ruin her perfect life. Which surely was a Passions storyline. Or two.
‘Erase’: Donald Faison & Eric Nelsen Cast In Denis Leary’s USA Network Drama Pilot(8/2/18) Donald Faison (Ray Donovan) and Eric Nelsen (A Walk Among the Tombstones) have been cast in key series regular roles opposite Denis Leary and Callie Thorne in Erase, USA Network’s crime thriller-with-a-twist drama pilot.
Created by Leary and Alex Cary, Erase is the story of Donal O’Neal (Leary), a dirty ex-cop who decides to do the right thing and bring down his complicit superior officers. In this gritty crime thriller, laced with elements of black comedy, Donal races against time to repair the damage he’s done to his estranged family while trying to avoid being killed by his enemies.
Faison will play Raffi Dumauge, Donal’s (Leary) ex-partner and closest friend. Now retired from the NYPD, he has reinvented himself as a family man.
Nelsen will portray Sean O’Neal, Donal’s (Leary) son who works as a DJ a couple nights a week, surrounded by booze and blow in a Long Island club, raking in enough cash to put a strut in his step. At this rate, he risks heading down the same path as his father.
Leary and Cary executive produce, along with Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti for Universal Cable Prods.
Faison recurs on Ray Donovan and was recently seen on Unsolved at USA Network. He’s repped by UTA and Fuller Law.
Nelsen is best known for his role opposite Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones and for his lead role in Coming Through The Rye. He currently recurs on Showtime’s The Affair. His other TV credits include NCIS, The Good Wife, The Blacklist, Girls & Blue Bloods. Nelsen is repped by Bryan Leder of Authentic Talent and Literary Management and attorney Hayes Robbins of SGSBC.
Chrishell Hartley Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/1/18) Look out, Salem, Chrishell Hartley is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway! “Like sands through the hourglass,” the actress tweeted after the news broke. Of course, because the NBC sudser tapes so far ahead, she won’t actually be appearing on screen until early 2019.
Don’t be confused by the name chance. This is the same Chrishelle who went by her maiden name of Stause when she appeared as Amanda on ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She married daytime alum and THIS IS US star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) in October of 2017.
Jordan first appeared on DAYS in August of 2013 as a physical therapist hired by Kate to treat Rafe. She and the cop started a romance, but Kate was suspicious of her and dug into her shady past. Jordan was stunned when her brother, Ben Weston, arrived in Salem, but things got worse when Kate brought their father, Clyde Weston, to town. She was horrified to see him again and wanted to keep him away from her brother, but Clyde threatened to tell Ben that Jordan was responsible for the accident that killed their mother, so she backed off.
After a brief fling with Chad, Jordan accepted a job offer in England in 2015, and hasn’t been seen since. What brings her back to Salem? Jordan wasn’t around for Ben’s reign of terror as the Necktie Killer, so she and her brother would certainly have a lot to catch up on!
Timeless Lives! NBC Revives Cancelled Drama With 'Two-Part Finale'(7/31/18) Timeless has miraculously cheated death for a second time. One month after cancelling the cult drama (again), NBC announced Tuesday that it has ordered a two-part finale that will give “closure to the globetrotting series.” The Peacock net did not specify an air date beyond confirming that the two-hour event will premiere during the holidays.
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing,” said executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”
Per NBC, the entire cast — including Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit — are on board for the finale.
NBC floated the possibility of producing a wrap-up movie in late June when it announced that Timeless would not be returning for a third season, but the odds of the project snagging a green light — given the logistics and financial hurdles — were considered remote. Earlier this month, Ryan seemed to hammer the last nail in the series’ coffin when he tweeted that efforts to find Timeless a new home “have sadly failed,” adding that a finale movie was similarly looking unlikely, “While Sony will continue to look at any and all options, actor deals have expired and it appears there will be no Season 3 or beyond.”
Timeless of course made headlines last year when it was axed after its freshman season — and then uncancelled just three days later by NBC. Following a year-long hiatus, the 10-episode second season premiered last March in its new Sundays-at-10 time slot to less-than-stellar ratings.
The Season 2 finale, which aired May 13, ended with a doozy of a cliffhanger: Future versions of Lucy and Wyatt arrived in the present-day bunker with a potential plan to save their dead teammate Rufus.
“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to all – our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”
Comments by Celebs podcast with first guest Kelly Ripa(7/29/18) (Download / listen) Comments by Celebs founders Emma & Julie kick off the podcast with their first guest, Kelly Ripa. The three discuss the lurking conspiracy theory that Kelly secretly runs the account, as she’s been such an avid supporter. At 2:54, they dive into the Hailey Baldwin/Justin Bieber engagement news and all three give their take. At 30:36, Kelly texts Andy Cohen to alert him of a new show idea the three of them came up with mid-podcast. At 45:17, they start playing games - where the three discuss their ideal celebrity dinner party (each get to invite three guests.) Simply, this was the kickoff episode we could have only dreamed of.
Susan Lucci To Star In Hallmark Mystery Movie(7/27/18) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has closed a development deal with Susan Lucci. She will star in and executive produce a mystery movie based on the novel Charley’s Web by Joy Fielding. It will focus on a columnist who uncovers the truth behind the crimes in the community.
“We are honored to begin a mystery movie partnership with television icon Susan Lucci,” said Vicary. “We are excited to bring her creative storytelling, enthusiasm and passion for television to our viewers and bring her perspective to the mystery genre.”
Lucci became famous for her Emmy streak, winning her first Daytime Emmy after 19 nominations for All My Children. Her series credits also include Devious Maids and Hot in Cleveland.
Home & Family: Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Co-Host(7/26/18) Debbie Matenopoulos won’t be flying solo at Home & Family much longer: Hallmark Channel has tapped Cameron Mathison to serve as co-host of its lifestyle series, replacing Mark Steines.
According to our sister site Deadline, Mathison — who has served as a guest co-host on the show multiple times, particularly after Steines’ exit — will start co-hosting full-time in September, when the show kicks off its seventh season.
“Cameron Mathison, always a fan-favorite in Hallmark Original movies, brings his enthusiasm, zest and spirit to the liveliest how-to show in all of daytime television,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Crown Media Family Networks. “TV viewers have come to know Cameron on All My Children and as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, and we cannot wait to welcome him to our Home & Family family when Season 7 begins.’
The news of Mathison’s co-host gig comes less than two months after Steines was abruptly let go from Home & Family. Matenopoulos addressed his exit on the series’ June 1 episode, fighting back tears as she said, “We are grateful to Mark, and we want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for six of the most incredible years that he has had here hosting this incredible show that he helped build.”
Josh Duhamel and Eiza Gonzalez Break Up After Five Months(7/25/18) After five short months, Josh Duhamel and Eiza González are calling it quits.
According to multiple outlets, the two are no longer dating due to their conflicting schedules. "Their work schedules were tough on the relationship," a source told People.
And despite being spotted together in Mexico over the Fourth of July weekend, an insider told Us Weekly that the duo broke up just weeks ago, claiming "they just drifted apart."
In June, the Baby Driver actress and her beau went public with their romance after months of speculation. The two were spotted leaving the Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, with eyewitnesses telling E! News at the time, "Josh was trying his best to stay under the radar, but Eiza had her hand on his waist and a big smile on her face."
Things quickly heated up as the actor, who announced his divorce to Fergie just last year, went to the actress' home country of Mexico for a romantic getaway. It was there that the 45-year-old and his 28-year-old girlfriend engaged in some heavy PDA while taking in the sights of the Muyil Lagoon, near the Mayan ruins.
But alas, all good things must come to an end.
'Dukes of Hazzard' Star Tom Wopat Pleads Guilty to 'Annoying' Female Cast Members(7/23/18) Ex-'Dukes of Hazzard' star Tom Wopat is dodging possible prison time by pleading guilty to a lesser charge in his felony indecent assault case from last year.
Wopat pled guilty to annoying or accosting a person, and got a year of probation. TMZ broke the story ... he was busted last summer in Waltham, MA for groping multiple women in the cast of the play in which he was starring. Police reports said he had put his finger between the buttocks of one woman.
His original charges were indecent assault and battery, both felonies, plus cocaine possession and 2 charges of accosting annoying. Prosecutors dropped the felonies Friday as part of his plea deal.
As for the coke -- that charge will be dropped if he keeps his nose clean, literally and figuratively, for one year.
Tonya Pinkins on Fear The Walking Dead(7/22/18) Fear the Walking Dead underwent a major change in its fourth season when it essentially blew its cast up. Actors like Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman were added, while mainstays from the show's original concept were shockingly — even by franchise standards — killed off. Adios Kim Dickens. G'bye Frank Dillane.
In Season 4B, the changes will continue as Fear the Walking Dead is adding a handful of actors, including 12 Monkeys' Aaron Stanford. This is what we in the business call "good casting." Stanford is a genre star, having also starred in Nikita and X-Men: The Last Stand, and in addition to being a great actor, he just looks like a guy who would be wandering the desert after a zombie apocalypse, right?
Also joining the cast will be Stephen Henderson (Lady Bird), Tonya Pinkins (Gotham), Mo Collins (MadTV) and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Galaxy Quest). Collins and Mitchell are interesting choices as they're primarily known for their comedy chops. Collins has a background in sketch comedy and was a scene stealer in Lady Dynamite, while Mitchell played the one and only Tommy in the best sci-fi comedy of all time, Galaxy Quest.
But hey, Elfman — best known for network sitcoms — joined Season 4 and was good, so maybe Collins and Mitchell can show another side of their talent, too. There are no details on their characters, so your guess is as good as ours.
Season 4B will continue the survivors' stories after a creative reboot in the first half that saw two timelines, a time jump, a crossover as The Walking Dead's Morgan (Lennie James) came onboard, new characters, a new Western-themed tone and the loss of two major characters, Madison and Nick.
Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, Aug. 12 on AMC.
Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R(7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.
Moon Bloodgood and GH's Billy Miller Join Apple's Are You Sleeping Thriller(7/20/18) Falling Skies alum Moon Bloodgood has booked a series regular role on Are You Sleeping, a thriller series for Apple’s yet-to-be-named, coming-some-day streaming service. Meanwhile, three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless) is set to recur.
Based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping — which counts Reese Witherspoon among its EPs — centers on Octavia Spencer’s Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Lizzy Caplan plays Josie and Lanie, twin sisters whose father was the murder victim.
Bloodgood will fill the series regular role of Poppy’s best friend, Cath, while Miller will recur as Lanie’s husband Alex.
Additionally, Brett Cullen (Narcos) will recur as the father of convicted murder Warren Cave.
Kelly Ripa Reveals She and Mark Consuelos Broke Up 1 Week Before Eloping in Las Vegas in 1996(7/15/18) Quick celebrity engagements are on their way to becoming a summer 2018 trend with couples like Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin putting a ring on it after whirlwind romances.
But Kelly Ripa revealed that she and husband Mark Consuelos actually had a similarly nontraditional trip to the alter ahead of their May 1996 nuptials.
“Right before we got married, we broke up,” the Live With Kelly and Ryan host, 47, told Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer on the debut episode of Betches‘ Comments by Celebs podcast, released this week. “We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped. Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married.”
Ripa and Consuelos, 47, met while working together on All My Children in the ’90s, and the soap opera actually brought them back together when they took that brief break after a year of dating.
“We broke up the week before we got married … He popped the question the day before we got married, but that day, that very day that we got back together, we were at a taping of Regis and Kathie Lee,” she recalls. “It was their Mother’s Day special. They were pretaping it, and one of the dreams of one of the mothers was to meet Mark and me. We were her favorite characters on All My Children.”
“She wanted to meet us, and I think we drove out a new car or pushed out a new pool table or something,” Ripa adds. “She got a present from her kids and we brought it out to her. It all is so connected.”
Ripa, of course, went on to join Philbin, 86, as the cohost of Live in 2001, and she and Consuelos are now the parents of Michael, 21, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 15. They couple also just announced that they’ll produce a TV series for Freeform together based on the How the Other Half Hamptons novel.
2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations(7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
Freeform Developing Hamptons Series From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Kapital(7/11/18) Freeform has put into development How the Other Half Hamptons, an hourlong series from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions.
Based on the book by Jasmin Rosemberg, which was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2008, How the Other Half Hamptons explores the Hamptons sharehouse, an annual ritual with a camp-like culture that scores of Manhattan twentysomethings take part in every summer.
Best friends Rachel (the good girl), Jamie (the wild one), and Allison (the suddenly single serial monogamist) are about to find out How The Other Half Hamptons. For 16 weekends, they’ll inhabit a 10-bedroom house with 40 strangers and juggle endless parties with regrettable hookups while dodging unexpected twists of fate. They’ll encounter shared bathrooms (three or more women to a mirror,) discover what passes for entertainment (beer pong,) and face sticky dilemmas (having your ex show up at the same house.) If nothing else, they’ll learn at least one valuable lesson — how to do it better next year.
Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producing alongside Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo Productions. As longtime New Yorkers, husband-and-wife Ripa and Consuelos have been Hamptons regulars and have owned a place in the posh oceanside enclave.
Kapital has a long history at Freeform and its predecessor ABC Family that includes multiple pilots and two series, Chasing Life and Kevin From Work. Additionally, Kapital and Milojo have developed several projects together.
Kapital Entertainment’s series portfolio includes A Million Little Things and American Housewife at ABC; The Neighborhood, Fam and Life In Pieces at CBS; Divorce at HBO; Santa Clarita Diet at Netflix; The Chi at Showtime; and Tell Me a Story at CBS All Access.
Milojo’s TV credits include documentaries The Streak for ESPN and Off The Rez for TLC (both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival) as well as Fire Island on Logo. In the digital space, the company did Joffrey Elite for YouTube’s AwesomenessTV. At Freeform (then ABC Family), Milojo previously developed a musical comedy. The company is repped by CAA and attorney Jake Levy.
Jacob Young Is "Pretty Sure" He Broke His Ankle!(7/11/18) Please join us in sending best wishes for a speedy recovery to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacob Young (Rick), who injured himself shortly after returning home from filming a movie! “Dang!” he shared on Instagram. “Just arrived at home and started doing some work outside, rolled my ankle and pretty sure it’s broken.” But he also assured fans that he’s being well taken care of by his better half. “Christen Young has got it under control!” he promised. He also joked: “I’m sure I’ll milk it for all it’s worth.”
It looks pretty painfully swollen, and fans flooded his comments with messages urging him to be careful and make sure to go to the doctor. Young responded that X-rays are definitely on the agenda for the following day. Hopefully he had returned home because he was all finished filming his upcoming movie, They Call Him Angel, where he’s playing the mysterious Mr. Jones.
Young has been a part of the daytime community since 1997 when he first joined the cast of B&B. He has also played Lucky on GENERAL HOSPITAL and JR on ALL MY CHILDREN. He dropped to recurring status with B&B back in April in order to pursue outside projects like this film and his new music. With all of his other opportunities, hopefully this injury won’t keep him out of commission for too long! “All I wanted to do was be at home and sit back and put my feet up,” Young admitted. “Not like this!”
Hopefully, the doctor will have some good news and it won’t be too bad. Get well soon!
A First Look at GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in His Exciting New Movie Role(7/11/18) (Video, Photos) New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”
Then on July 9, the Emmy-winning actor shared a shot of himself in costume side by side with the movie poster where he is featured prominently alongside the film’s other stars. “Always great to play different characters,” he confided. “In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”
Equal Standard tells the powerful story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).
East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.
As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Dancing With The Stars winner JR Martinez weds Diana Gonzalez in Mexico after splitting briefly in 2014(7/3/18) (Photo) They split briefly in 2014 just three years after he came to fame as the winner of Dancing With The Stars.
But over the weekend JR Martinez and his baby mama Diana Gonzalez-Jones proved they are not only back together, but ready to settle down for a lifetime as they made their union official by getting married in Tulum, Mexico.
Also at the splashy beach nuptials was their daughter Lauryn Anabelle, aged five.
The two have been dating for about a decade and became engaged in November 2017.
Martinez, 34, an Iraq war vet, looked handsome in a light grey suit that was tailored perfectly. He added a pink tie and handkerchief with a rose in his pocket and went barefoot.
But all eyes were on his lady love as she showed off her impressive curves in a low-cut white gown with a mermaid finish and plenty of lovely, feminine details on the fabric.
There were crystals all along the neckline that went perfectly with her long diamond earrings and diamond bracelet.
Her hair was worn down but pulled back on top. A long white veil flowed in the wind as she stood at the altar with her TV star love.
And she had a pretty light pink manicure that went well with her overall look.
In 2014, the sad news spread fast that he had broken up with the beauty.
'J.R. called his team together on December 30 to discuss the breakup and how they planned to handle it with the media,' RadarOnline reported.
'They didn’t talk about why the two broke up, but more how this would affect J.R.’s image.'
'The shock breakup comes less than two years after the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez, reported the site.
One source close to the star told Radar, 'Gonzalez-Jones is taking primary care of their child in the wake of the split.'
The beauty was often seen cheering on her boyfriend from the audience as he waltzed and tango'd with Karina Smirnoff on Dancing With The Stars, a show that won him a big fan following.
'People change it's a part of life, but sometimes it's easier to hold on to the memories of who they were rather then to realize who they have become,' the actor wrote on Facebook.
He also added, 'Our lifetime offers us unlimited opportunities for spiritual growth until the end, The Road Less Traveled. M. Scott Peck.'
The Army corporal turned actor, who survived a 2003 Iraq bombing, has also appeared on the soap opera All My Children.
The couple met in 2008 and two years later started dating.
When he popped the question in 2017, he shared the news on social media. 'It wasn’t easy but we did it. Now we’re doing it. Who cares that our daughter was crying due to the fact that she fell right before and hurt her knee. We were basking in joy!'
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