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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated November 16, 2018)
Michael B. Jordan thinks he can hold his own in a fight(11/16/18) Micahel B. Jordan — who stars in “Creed II” — is modest about his fighting skills off-screen.
“Yeah, my hands are cool,” he told us at the film’s premiere when asked if he could handle himself in a fight.
His longtime pal and former E News! host Terrence J chimed in, “It depends on who we fighting. Michael definitely has hands in real life but he also has a career. So it depends on where the fight is, how many cameras are around. That all determines how bad we gonna go in on this fight.”
Designated Survivor Adds Lauren Holly for Season 3 on Netflix(11/16/18) Designated Survivor has added NCIS alum Lauren Holly as well as former L.A. Complex resident Benjamin Watson for Season 3, which will stream on Netflix.
As reported by our sister site Deadline, Holly will recur as Lynn Harper, the wife of President Kirkman’s new Chief of Staff, Mars Harper (played by ER vet Anthony Edwards). As the result of her recuperation from a back injury, Lynn suffers from an opiate addiction.
Watson meanwhile will recur as Dontae Evans, the West Wing’s new Digital Officer. As a gay black man, he doesn’t shy away from doing what he can to see that Kirkman’s administration keeps its eye on issues that affect African Americans and LGBTQ individuals.
Other, previously announced castings for Season 3 include Elena Tovar (General Hospital) as Isabel, the White House’s director of social innovation.
Holly’s previous TV credits include Motive, Chicago Hope and Picket Fences, while Watson recurred during Season 3 of The Killing.
Tamara Braun Shares the Inspirational Story of How She Rescued Her Dog(11/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun met her dog, Little, last June, the poor guy was a bit of a mess. “He was hit by a car and found on the side of the road near USC by a student after her class,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth of the cutie, who had broken his pelvis. “I got him three days after his accident. He couldn’t walk. He was highly medicated. He was scrawny and malnourished. I fell in love.”
After the L.A. Pet Clinic fixed him up, Braun signed on to foster the little guy back to health and almost a year later, she hasn’t let go. “I love just being with him, cuddling, getting kisses, playing fetch — he’s still learning that you have to bring the toy back!” she laughed. “I enjoy taking him on walks and watching him run around.”
Little even goes on errands and tools around town with his mom, who is an outspoken advocate for animals. “They don’t have a voice, so someone needs to be their voice,” Braun declared. “They are vulnerable and innocent creatures, like children, and we need to protect the innocent. We need to care for and give love to the vulnerable, innocent and voiceless.”
While there are countless admirable rescue organizations, Braun has an affinity for The REAL Bark, where she got her first foster dog. “They do absolutely incredible, selfless work with dogs,” she raves. “Jf, who runs it, and his team are angels on earth.”
Braun adds a reminder that little humans also sometimes need our help. “The Tanzanian Children’s Fund is an organization so dear to my heart,” she shares. “I sponsor a couple of children and have spent some of the best days of my life at their children’s village.” Wether talking humans or four- legged friends, Braun concludes, “Love them. Be kind. Be gentle.”
Morning Show Appearance(11/11/18) Good Morning America - ABC
Monday, Nov. 12 – actor Michael B. Jordan (“Creed II”)
Dishing with Digest - 11/9/18 - Peter Bergman(11/9/18) Y&R’s Peter Bergman Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)
Peter Bergman talks about his incredible Y&R run as Jack, his emotional ALL MY CHILDREN exit, how he never expected to do a soap and more with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss actors who found popularity in multiple daytime roles.
B&B’s Young Cast In Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie(11/9/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) has been cast in the Hallmark Channel movie CHRISTMAS MADE TO ORDER as Jeff. The movie will debut on the Hallmark Channel on December 23 at 8 PM EST/7 PM C. The actor stars in the film alongside Jonathan Bennett, who, like Young, also played JR on ALL MY CHILDREN.
Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong Set For Broadway’s ‘Celebrity Autobiography’; Rachel Dratch, Susan Lucci In Line-Up(11/8/18) Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong, Rachel Dratch and Susan Lucci are among the stars heading to Broadway for a four-night stand of Celebrity Autobiography, the comedy in which celebrities read the memoirs of other celebrities.
The show will run on four consecutive holiday-season Mondays at the Marquis Theatre beginning Nov. 26. Each performance will include a different line-up of the rotating cast members (see below for the complete roster).
In addition to Baldwin, Strong, Dratch and Lucci, the cast includes Lewis Black, Mario Cantone, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel and Antoni Porowski.
The teaming of Baldwin, Strong and Dratch reunites the Saturday Night Live players. The Baldwin casting is his first announced gig since his arrest in New York last week for allegedly punching a man over a parking space dispute. Yesterday, ABC moved The Alec Baldwin Show from Sundays to Saturdays.
Created by writer-performer Pack and developed by Pack and Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features cast members performing from actual celebrity memoirs.
The show features “mashups” with the entire cast performing multiple memoirs covering themes such as fitness, music, food, sports, politics, celebrity poetry, and Hollywood love triangles. For example, the love story of Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, and Richard Burton is told from all sides.
Various productions of Celebrity Autobiography have played Off Broadway, London’s West End, Edinburgh, and Australia’s Sydney Opera House over the past 10 years. The show is produced on Broadway by MagicSpace Entertainment, Angelo Fraboni, Carl Pasbjerg, Dayle Reyfel and EP Productions. (On other nights during the holiday season, Broadway’s Marquis Theatre plays host to The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays.)
Though individual performance lineups are subject to change, the four Monday-night line-ups are:
Riverdale Enlists Kelly Ripa to Play Hiram Lodge's [Spoiler](11/6/18) Hiram Lodge is cheating on his TV wife with his real-life wife! Riverdale star Mark Consuelos’ spouse Kelly Ripa will guest-star on the CW series as Hiram’s alleged mistress.
Ripa broke the news via an Instagram post on Tuesday evening, writing, “It’s a family affair. Hiram’s mistress. 23 years of auditioning for a role I was born to play.” (Ripa and Consuelos’ son Michael appears in this Wednesday’s flashback episode — get scoop on the installment here — as a younger version of Hiram.)
According to Us Weekly, Ripa’s character, the confident Mrs. Mulwray, is “a beautiful, icy femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.” (Anyone else hoping for a Mrs. Mulwray vs. Hermione Lodge face-off?)
Of course, this is not the first time that Ripa and Consuelos have shared the screen: The married couple met on the set of All My Children.
Kathy Bates on The Big Bang Theory 11/8/18(11/3/18) “The Consummation Deviation” – Sheldon tries to bond with Amy’s father, but when Wolowitz lures Mr. Fowler (Teller) away with magic tricks, Sheldon has no choice but to bond with Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali and Anu try to get physical for the first time, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Date Night | Justin & Chrishell Hartley(11/2/18) (Video) “Our lives can get a little crazy and hectic. And sometimes we just need to escape for some alone time.” - Justin Hartley Watch what happens when we send Justin Hartley and his wife, Chrishell off-the-grid for an unconventional date night. Shop the collection here: https://www.columbia.com/testedtough
LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Hosts AMC Reunion For Halloween(11/1/18) (Video) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN’s annual Halloween show was ALL MY CHILDREN themed this year, with an AMC “reboot” featuring Pine Valley alumni Susan Lucci (Erica), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall), Mark Consuelos (Mateo) and Eva La Rue (Maria) and a few new faces, including Ryan Seacrest as a recast for Walt Willey’s Jack and Bravo star Andy Cohen taking over the role of Mateo. Check out the antics below.
ABC Nabs Comedy ‘Work Wife’ Inspired By Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest As Put Pilot(11/1/18) ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Work Wife, a half-hour multi-camera comedy inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s real-life friendship, from writer Michael Ian Black, Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ NY-based Milojo Productions and ABC Studios, where both Ryan Seacrest Prods and Milojo Prods are based.
Written by Black, Work Wife is an ensemble half-hour multi-camera comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding our “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.
Black executive produces with Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Seacrest via Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo. ABC Studios is the studio.
Milojo also has half-hour comedy series, The Gomez Way, in development at ABC under its ABC Studios deal.
Seacrest joined Ripa as co-host and fellow executive producer on the Disney|ABC syndicated entertainment TV talk show Live with Kelly & Ryan last year. The two have been long-time friends, and Seacrest had previously guest hosted on the show. Seacrest also hosts American Idol on ABC and is host and executive producer of ABC’s annual program Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
As an actor, Black recently recurred on Netflix’s Insatiable, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He also wrote episodes and appeared on Another Period for Comedy Central.
Milojo Productions is reped by CAA and attorney Jake Levy with Franklin Weinrib. Ryan Seacrest Prods is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobsen. Black is repped by UTA and Schachter Entertainment.
James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94(10/24/18) James Karen (Dr. Burke, As The World Turns/Linc, All My Children) , who is best known for his roles in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, died October 23 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife Alba confirmed the news. He was 94.
Born in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Karen served in the Air Force during World War II and then went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. in addition to his popular roles in film, he appeared on television and the stage. He got his break when he was the understudy for Karl Malden in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.
From there, he appeared on As the World Turns as well as All My Children and Eight is Enough. He starred in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition and then made appearances in various iconic sitcoms and television shows including The Golden Girls, The Jeffersons and the final TV movie for Little House on the Prairie.
A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, Karen would go on to appear in a variety of films. He had a role in The China Syndrome opposite Jane Fonda as well as Wall Street, which was one of three collaborations with Oliver Stone. He also appeared as Secretary of State William Rogers in his 1995 pic Nixon as well as the football drama Any Given Sunday in 1999. He had roles in noteworthy movies All the President’s Men (1976), John Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), Up Close & Personal (1996), Apt Pupil (1998), and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). His other credits include the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith as well as Bender and Cynthia.
His role in the classic horror pic Poltergeist became a memorable milestone for Karen. Co-written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Karen portrayed the real-estate developer who built community of Cuesta Verde atop a cemetery.
Don't Miss the ALL MY CHILDREN "Reboot" on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN(10/24/18) (Video) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN are not going to want to miss the Oct. 31 episode of LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN because there’s going to be a special Halloween “Reboooot” of the beloved ABC soap! “We have actors coming from AMC,” Kelly Ripa previewed on a recent episode, “and then certain people are playing other actors.” Her former castmates Susan Lucci (Erica) and Eva LaRue (Maria) will be joining her for the special segment where she will be reprising her role of Hayley, and Ryan Seacrest will be playing the role of Jackson Montgomery, who was played on the soap by Walt Willey.
Ripa admitted she was impressed that Seacrest was the only one who memorized his lines, even though he wasn’t an actor, and he confessed he just didn’t want to be the one to screw up the scene and make a legend like Lucci have to redo the scene! “Isn’t it amazing how iconic she is?” Ripa marveled. “She walks in and immediately everybody’s like, ‘Erica Kane is here!’ And right away, I went back to being intimidated in the best way. Not in a scary way. Because she’s so iconic that you can’t believe that she’s standing there.”
LaRue also shared a tease of the Halloween shenanigans on her Instagram and you can see in the photo that not only is Maria wearing her doctor’s coat, but Hayley looks like the punk teen she was when Ripa first debuted on the soap! So be sure to check your local listings and set your DVRs so you don’t miss the fun in the special segment of the LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Halloween episode!
Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’(10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.
Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).
Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.
Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.
Dishing with Digest - 10/19/18 - Elizabeth Hendrickson(10/19/18) Elizabeth Hendrickson Weighs In On New GH Role (Listen/download)
Elizabeth Hendrickson talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her new role as GH’s Margaux, working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), her AMC past, how she really feels about Chloe’s Y&R exit and more. Plus, we debate how long secrets should last in soap stories.
B&B Stars Reunite On Stage(10/19/18) B&B alums Jeff Trachta (ex-Thorne) and Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy) will reunite for a concert in Rotterdam at the Niewe Luxor Theater on September 28, 2019. The duo previously performed in the Netherlands city in 1994 and 1995 when they starred on B&B as star-crossed lovers Thorne and Macy, and their concerts were taped and incorporated into the soap. For more information on the show, click here.
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Announce LIVE'S BEST HALLOWEEN SHOW EVER: THE REBOOOOT(10/19/18) "Live with Kelly and Ryan" always sets the standard for Halloween, and this year, daytime duo Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will prove that what's old is definitely new again when they present "Live's Best Halloween Show Ever: the ReBOOOOt" on Oct. 31.
The 2018 Halloween extravaganza is all about the latest film and TV craze: the reboot. With so many classics returning to the big and small screens, Kelly and Ryan will reinvent and modernize nostalgic favorites in never-before-seen ways. They'll cross decades, bringing the pop-culture phenomena of yesteryear back to life, in "Live's" truly unpredictable and irreverent Halloween style. There will be no shortage of twists and turns throughout the hour as Kelly and Ryan tackle mega-hits such as "Friends," "Top Gun," "I Love Lucy," "The Brady Bunch," "Saved by the Bell," "Laverne and Shirley," "Charlie's Angels" and many more.
Plus, an epic update of "All My Children," the soap opera where it all began for Kelly, will reunite some of its former stars, including MARK CONSUELOS, SUSAN LUCCI, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR and EVA LaRUE. Kelly and Ryan also enlist the help of actress BUSY PHILIPPS and actor JENSEN ACKLES as they audition for an unexpected reboot of the hit 1990s series "Dawson's Creek." Among the others making appearances will be superstar CHRISTINA AGUILERA, "Watch What Happens Live" host ANDY COHEN, actor JOHN STAMOS, actress FAITH FORD, "Property Brothers" DREW and JONATHAN SCOTT, and actress and comedian CAROLINE RHEA.
The morning kicks off with a special Facebook Live pre-show, capturing all the backstage excitement and final preparations in the moments leading up to the start of the show. The pre-show will give viewers at home an exclusive first-hand look at what lies ahead during the action-packed hour.
The show culminates with "Live's Halloween Costume Contest," when members of the audience will wow with their intricate, almost unbelievable, creations. This year's winners will go home with prizes totaling $10,000. And for those who are unable to make it to the studio, "Live" has teamed up with Amazon Prime for "Live's Halloween Boxtume Contest." To enter, viewers must send in a photo of their homemade "boxtume" - a costume made out of boxes - for the chance to win a $5,000 Amazon.Com gift card. The four finalists will be featured during the Halloween show, and viewers will vote on their favorite. For further details and to submit a photo, viewers can visit https://kellyandryan.com/live/lives-halloween-boxtume-contest-landing/.
"Live with Kelly and Ryan" is distributed in national Syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Visit "Live" on the web (KellyandRyan.com), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat (@LiveKellyRyan).
Michael B. Jordan To Star In, Produce Hitman Tale ‘The Silver Bear’ For Lionsgate(10/18/18) Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan will play the deadly assassin Columbus in The Silver Bear, a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate based on the book series by Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma screenwriter Derek Haas. Frank Baldwin (The Godmother) has written the script that tells the formative story of a man who becomes the most feared and respected hit man in the criminal underworld.
The film will be produced by Jordan through Outlier Society and Nickel City Pictures’ Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta. Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.
Haas wrote three followup novels featuring an assassin who is so effective he becomes what Russian criminals call a silver bear: he never fails, and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. But he comes up against his own nightmarish origins when he takes on the job of killing the Speaker of the House, who is also a leading presidential candidate—and Columbus’ father. Beyond playing strong physical roles in Black Panther and the upcoming Creed sequel, Jordan has been gathering steam for his Outlier Society, the production shingle he formed in 2016 with Alana Mayo heading production and development. He’s shooting the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Just Mercy, and Outlier Society has a slate of percolating projects that includes Gen:Lock, Raising Dion and David Makes Man.
Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and hired Baldwin, who also scripted the Liam Neeson-starrer Hard Powder.
Said Nickel City’s Rungta: “We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus.”
In confirming the story exclusively for Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake called The Silver Bear “the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus.”
Jordan is represented by WME and attorney Greg Slewett. Haas is WME and Adam Kaller; Baldwin is Syndicate Entertainment, Leverage Management and Stuart Rosenthal. WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal represent Outlier Society and Endeavor Content and Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo represented Nickel City Pictures.
‘Write When You Get Work’, With Finn Wittrock & Rachel Keller, Gets Theatrical Date Via Abramorama(10/11/18) Abramorama has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Write When You Get Work, the new movie from My New Gun writer-director Stacy Cochran. The romantic comedy starring Finn Wittrock and Rachel Keller, who play former lovers whose paths cross years later (with a heist thrown in for good measure), will bow in New York beginning November 23 ahead of a cross-country rollout in which Cochran will be on hand for a Q&A following each city screening. Emily Mortimer also stars.
Cochran calls her first feature since 2000 a “comedy, a love story, and a portrait of New York, a city where people live and walk in unexpected combinations, in their own heads but also together.” Set in New York at a private school for girls and in the world outside its exclusive walls, the pic centers on Ruth Duffy (Keller), a woman working to put her tumultuous days behind her and establish a career on the lower rungs of the Upper East Side. Jonny Collins (Wittrock) is the man she least wants to see, but whose efforts to infiltrate her life seem unimpeded by locks or windows. And Nan Noble (Mortimer) is a member of the entitled class whose pronouncements reveal the fears and cluelessness of life on the inside. Scott Cohen and Jessica Hecht co-star.
Producers are Alison Beckett, Adam Gibbs, Jesse Ozeri and Cochran, with Karoline Durr, Eric N Heffron, Raife Burchell and Henry Hall executive producing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) was the DP.
“We’re honored to be involved with Stacy Cochran’s return to feature filmmaking,” Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz said. “Write When You Get Work will play across the country, often with Stacy present to engage directly with the audience, as we continue to find new ways to put quality films into the theatrical arena.”
Kelly Ripa Dishes Her Love For Digest(10/11/18) This morning on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, Ryan Seacrest told the audience about catching co-host Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) reading Soap Opera Digest in her dressing room. Check out her explanation, and their hilarious exchange here.
Josh Duhamel & Leslie Bibb Topline Indie Drama ‘The Lost Husband’ From Six Foot Pictures(10/7/18) Transformers star Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb, who was last seen in the WB comedy, Tag, are set to star in The Lost Husband, an indie film which is being directed by Vicky Wight. Nora Dunn (The Oath), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (BlacKkKlansman), and Herizen Guardiola (Dare Me) will also star in the film, slated to go before cameras next week in Austin. Based on the novel by Katherine Center, the film was written by Wight, who is also producing under her Six Foot Pictures banner.
The story centers on Libby who, trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband, moves to her estranged Aunt’s goat farm with her children in Central Texas.
Bibb and Bridget Stokes are also producing the project with Wight.
Duhamel’s recent credits include the USA true crime true crime anthology series Unsolved and Fox 2000’s comedy/drama Love, Simon. Bibb currently recurs on ABC’s American Housewife and co-stars opposite Nicolas Cage and Laurence Fishburne in the upcoming film, Running with the Devil.
Duhamel and Bibb are both repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Guardiola is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and TMWRK Management.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Buffy Reboot Amid Fan Backlash(10/5/18) Sarah Michelle Gellar is here for the much-talked-about Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot.
The upcoming Joss Whedon-produced show was first confirmed in July with a black actress in the starring role of Buffy Summers, which Gellar made famous for seven seasons until 2003.
Following the announcement, the Buffyverse has become a divided fanbase as many continue to share mixed reactions over the reboot that will not feature Gellar in the titular role.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” Gellar, 41, tells PEOPLE. “If a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”
Gellar’s positive comments about the Buffy reboot came hours after her former costar David Boreanaz addressed a packed room of Buffy fans at New York Comic-Con, where rounds of audible boos were reportedly heard when the reboot was discussed.
“Come on, guys. It’s a good thing. Let’s just embrace [it]. I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. … I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful,” Boreanaz said at a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Lynette Rice, according to multiple outlets.
And Gellar agrees with Boreanaz, telling PEOPLE: “I’m with David.”
The fan backlash was so strong it previously prompted the reboot’s showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen to release a statement assuring the Buffyverse that “there is only one Buffy.”
In July, Owusu-Breen tweeted: “They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, twenty years later… and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer.”
Last March, Gellar and Boreanaz reunited with Whedon, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Seth Green, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristine Sutherland, Alexis Denisof and Nicholas Brendon in celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20 years old.
“I’m so incredibly proud of what we all created. Sometimes you need distance to really understand the gravitas of that,” Gellar told Entertainment Weekly, who organized the get-together. “I appreciate everything about that job. As an actor, all you ever want to do is leave your mark — you want to do something that affects people.”
Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T. 10/11/18(10/5/18) “Fire and Smoke” – The SWAT team is enlisted by Hondo’s new romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), to protect the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial, after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Oct. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes : Nikiva Dionne (Nia Wells), Joseph Lee Anderson (Tony), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.)
Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake(10/4/18) Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake.
Lifetime said today it has greenlit two movies for 2019 to add to the network’s collection of originals. The first is Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, which will be executive produced, narrated, and co-written by the real-life Victoria Gotti. The second is a remake of Death of a Cheerleader, the cult hit that< originally starred Kellie Martin, who will be back for the new iteration.
Victoria Gotti takes us deep into the world of what it was like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Chelsea Frei will play the titular Victoria as she shares never-before-revealed stories about her life, from being a sensitive child growing up with her father (Maurice Benard), the tragedy of her younger brother’s death, and her relationship with a the man who would become her husband — a relationship her father did not approve of.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti. Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) will serve as executive producers. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directed the script co-written by Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.
Inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate, Death of a Cheerleader stars Aubrey Peeples as Bridget Moretti, a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. She believes that her key to all of this would be the rich and popular Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), who is the leader of the school’s most prestigious clique. When Bridget tries to develop a friendship with Kelly, things don’t go as planned as she gets rejected. It leaves her humiliated and fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder.
Martin starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, and returns to play the FBI agent who cracks the case.
Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs the script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Frei is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency.
Matt Bomer Joins DC's Doom Patrol, Kaley Cuoco to Voice Harley Quinn(10/4/18) The upstart DC Universe streaming service kicked off New York Comic-Con on Wednesday night by announcing that Matt Bomer has boarded its live-action Doom Patrol series.
Bomer (White Collar, The Last Tycoon) will provide the voiceover performance for Negative Man, and also appear as the superhero’s alter ego, Larry Trainor, in flashback scenes. (Matthew Zuk will provide Negative Man’s physical performance, on set in costume.)
Brendan Fraser leads Doom Patrol as the voice of Robotoman/playing Cliff Steele in flashbacks, while Joivan Wade will play Victor Stone/Cyborg, Timothy Dalton is Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby is Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero is Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk will play Mr. Nobody.
DC Universe also used the occasion of Titans‘ world premiere screening to announce that The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco will voice Harley Quinn in its upcoming “adult animated comedy” of the same name.
Cuoco, who will also serve as an EP on Harley Quinn, leads a voice cast that also includes Tudyk, Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Ron Funches (Undateable), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Wanda Sykes (black-ish), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Natalie Morales (Parks and Rec), Jim Rash (Community), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Tony Hale (Veep) and Chris Meloni (Happy!).
Mischa Barton joins ‘The Hills’ reboot(10/4/18) Troubled actress Mischa Barton is getting a chance to reinvent herself after years of setbacks and scandals.
RadarOnline.com can confirm Barton, 32, will join the cast of The Hills reboot, which is set to premiere in 2019.
Barton will star alongside most of the original cast, as well as their children, friends and some new faces.
Confirmed stars include Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Jason Wahler, Stephanie Pratt, Justin Bobby and Frankie Delgado.
Barton quickly rose to fame at 17 for her starring role on The O.C., which premiered in 2003 and became a cult phenomenon almost overnight. The FOX hit series inspired MTV’s reality show Laguna Beach, which eventually spun off into The Hills.
The new gig will offer the actress a chance at finally reinventing herself.
The troubled actress’ career has been on the skids since her stint on The O.C. ended in 2007.
Since then she’s faced a slew of setbacks. In June 2017, she was forced to drag ex Jon Zacharias to court to ban him from circulating their sex tape.
In the same year, Barton was rushed to the hospital for a mental evaluation after cops were called to her West Hollywood home.
The 31-year-old actress was reportedly spotted in her backyard hanging over the fence, babbling about her mother and spitting out “incoherent statements.”
Barton claimed her meltdown started after she was given the date rape drug GHB. But as Radar has reported, those close to Barton suggest her personal demons run deep.
But that incident was just one of many.
A pal close to Barton told Radar last year Barton was allegedly caught doing mushrooms at a dinner party in recent years. “It wasn’t the kind you eat either. Who does shrooms at a dinner party?” the insider revealed.
Then, just two weeks later, the source revealed Barton was at a bar in NYC smoking pot and doing coke. “She was openly using her hand to snort coke off of in this tiny space,” the snitch claimed.
Sources told Radar at the time “Mischa has been on this downward spiral for years now.”
An insider told Radar exclusively, “Her attempts at getting healthy have always failed. She took on Dancing With The Stars to make some money and try to clean up her act — but that didn’t help.”
Get Shopping! Susan Lucci Auctions Designer Pieces For Charity Starting At $1(10/3/18) How fun! Susan Lucci is arguably one of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood, so when we heard she's auctioning off her designer items starting at just $1, we were ecstatic. The All My Children star's closet clean out includes red carpet gowns, signed memorabilia, accessories, and more!
The 71-year-old has partnered with auction house Everything But The House (EBTH) to benefit the charity Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York. The non-profit voluntary agency serves families and individuals with developmental disabilities in NYC and Long Island.
During a sit-down with People, Susan joked about the auction process. "Everything But the House sent me pictures of what was going up for auction, and I was like, 'Really? Did I give them those Alaïa boots with the little studs? Really? Why did I do that? Okay then. Well... okay. They’re gone,'" she said laughing.
But while the actress is one of the fittest stars out there (she credits Pilates and a healthy diet for her impressive figure), there's no need to worry — you don't have to be as slim as her to shop at this auction! "You don’t have to be my size to shop, there's a whole lot of jewelry from my HSN collection and a lot of accessories and handbags that are Chanel, and Jimmy Choo, and Valentino, and Prada. If you are a size six in a shoe, you’re going to have a treat," she confessed to the news outlet.
And while we're delighted to get our hands on some of Susan Lucci's prized possessions, her husband, Helmut Huber, feels quite the opposite! In fact, he was relieved about Susan's auction. "My husband is not a saver. I am a saver... not a hoarder, but a saver," she says. "And I take good care of things. So, things are in really good condition." We'll be shopping from now through Oct. 10 if you need us!
Susan Lucci booked for 'Celebrity Autobiography' in Stony Brook(10/3/18) Celebrities’ lives are open books, so who better than the queen of daytime soaps to do a “dramatic” reading of them?
Actress Susan Lucci, best known as the devious Erica Kane on the ABC soap “All My Children” from 1970 to 2011, is among the performers who will appear in “Celebrity Autobiography” at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts on Oct. 27. Joining the Garden City High School graduate in the popular comedy production will be actor-comedian Mario Cantone, “Feud” actress Jackie Hoffman, and “Celebrity Autobiography” creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel.
The show gets it laughs from the actors’ sincere interpretations of such literary passages as the poetry of Suzanne Somers, romantic advice from Tommy Lee, and words of wisdom from Cher, Britney Spears and the Kardashian clan.
The performance is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $48. For reservations, call 631-632-2787 or go to stallercenter.com
Video: Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher(10/3/18) Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher Facebook Live: Video.
Susan Lucci, 71, spills her secrets to aging beautifully(10/2/18) (pagesix.com) It’s rare that a celebrity commends the paparazzi for their work, but perhaps even rarer that a star looks as stunning in a swimsuit at age 71 as Susan Lucci does.
During a trip to Barbados with her husband last winter, the soap opera icon “had no idea” she was being followed by cameramen until photos of herself in a swimsuit popped up online — and swiftly went viral, thanks to Lucci’s age-defying appearance.
“I wanted to thank them because they took such nice pictures,” Lucci told Page Six of the stealthy photogs. “I never heard of anybody looking for the paparazzi to thank them!”
But the “All My Children” alum is the first to admit that she didn’t stumble into her sculpted physique by accident: She works out “almost every day” using her beloved Pilates Pro Chair, and wakes up extra early to ensure she squeezes in her daily sweat session.
That way, Lucci said, “All day long, no matter what happens, I know I’ve done something good for myself. And I have more energy!”
The Emmy winner also sticks to a diet she describes as “a balancing act,” full of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. She’ll treat herself to the occasional glass of champagne or plate of spaghetti (“I’m half-Italian — I will start shaking if I don’t have pasta!” she exclaimed), but Lucci typically skips the sweets, instead sipping hot water with lemon throughout the day.
“You get the comfort of a warm liquid, but it also helps balance your pH, boost your immune system [and] metabolism, and certainly it hydrates,” she explained of her favorite beverage. “So it’s good for your skin, it’s good for your body and it’s good for your well-being.”
Speaking of skincare, Lucci confessed that “there’s some discipline involved” when it comes to getting her youthful glow.
“No matter how tired I am, I will take off my makeup thoroughly,” she said, “because your skin repairs itself overnight. I use my Clé de Peau Beauté foaming cleanser, my SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum and La Mer eye cream and moisturizer.”
When she’s not striking a pose in a swimsuit, Lucci is stepping out in stylish looks from the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Valentino, and recently decided to part with hundreds of her many designer treasures for a good cause, partnering with Everything But the House for an auction benefitting Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York.
Among Lucci’s personal favorites from her closet cleanout? “There’s a gorgeous emerald-green Gucci bag that I just love, a beaded Valentino day-into-evening bag… I mean, some of these things, I look at and think, ‘Did I really put those Alaïa boots up for auction?'”
And fans don’t have to be the star’s size to shop her sale, which will run through October 10 — “although if you’re a size 6 shoe, you’re gonna find a lot of Louboutins and be a very happy person!” she said with a laugh.
‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Canceled By Showtime After 2 Seasons(9/29/18) Showtime has opted not to proceed with a third season of dark comedy series I’m Dying Up Here, executive produced by Jim Carrey.
I’m Dying Up Here had difficulty attracting a wide audience from the get-go. Yet, Showtime brass gave the show another chance with a Season 2 renewal and shortly thereafter greenlighted Kidding, a new series starring Carrey. That series recently launched to so-so linear ratings but has been driving subscriptions to the Showtime digital service and is looking good for renewal.
As for I’m Dying Up Here, the comedy-drama started its second season with 168,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere and ended with 162,000 for the finale. There was some promising signs early on when the show’s viewership jumped to 232,000 for Episode 2 but the uptick was short-lived.
Created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Carrey and Michael Aguilar, I’m Dying Up Here explored L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene, with an ensemble cast led by Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor.
'Creed 2’ Trailer: Adonis Creed & Viktor Drago Get Ready To Rumble(9/27/18) (Video) MGM and Warner Bros have released the newest trailer for Creed 2, the follow-up to the hit Rocky franchise reboot that stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, now training Jordan’s Adonis Creed. The studios are ramping up toward the pic’s November 21 release date.
The sequel, which has Steven Caple Jr taking over for Ryan Coogler in the director’s chair, takes a mighty swing at evolving the arc of one of the original series’ best characters: Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo in the ring, setting up one of the franchise’s most epic fights when Drago and Rocky met.
In the new pic, written by Stallone, Drago (reprised by Dolph Lundgren) is training his son (Florian Munteanu), who wants a piece of Adonis. Adonis takes the fight as he and Rocky confront their shared legacy. Tessa Thompson stars as Creed’s wife, and Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward and Russell Hornsby co-star.
Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Stallone are producers. Coogler is aboard as executive producer with Jordan and Guy Riedel.
Check out the new trailer above.
Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer(9/25/18) We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.
“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and LMN. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays.”
Some of this seasons movies feature reunions of cast members from such popular bygone TV series as The Cosby Show, A Different World, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister. Also on tap is the previously announced hourlong special ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, in which cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti from the 2003-12 WB/CW series regather for an evening that also will include a few surprise special guests.
Among the stars set for Lifetime’s 2018 holiday movies are Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew, Marissa Winokur, Loretta Devine, Cheryl Ladd, June Squibb, Sharon Lawrence, John Schneider, Jason London, Tiya Sicar, Diane Ladd, Towanda Braxton, Conchata Ferrell, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Boston, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea, Michael Gross and Melissa Gilbert.
Here is the full slate of original holiday fare from Lifetime, including premiere dates, followed by its acquired films:
It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? In this special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, we will be taken on a journey that explores how terrible life would be without Lifetime Christmas movies to bring us holiday cheer. Melissa will be visited by the “host” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and along the way, she will preview the 14 exciting movies that are coming to Lifetime this holiday season. Once this special is over, you won’t be able to imagine a world without the magic of Lifetime Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.
The Christmas Contract
It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime. In this special one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner of The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas, reunite for a special evening that will include a few surprise special guests. ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
Poinsettias for Christmas
It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.
Every Day is Christmas
Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.
Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.
A Very Nutty Christmas
Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room. A Very Nutty Christmas is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Colin Theys serves as director with a script written by Juliet and Keith Giglio.
A Twist of Christmas
In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process. A Twist of Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson and Nancy Bennett executive produce. David Winning serves as director with a script written by Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.
The Christmas Pact
Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta.
Christmas Lost and Found
After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. It’s a race against time as Whitney reclaims the family ornaments, finds romance and learns the lesson Grandma Frances imparts. Christmas Lost and Found is produced by Stephanie Germain Productions and Front Street Productions, with Stephanie Germain and Harvey Kahn as executive producers. Michael Scott directs from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.
When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa at the store this year. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find Nick with only one clue – his misplaced black boot. Santa’s Boots is produced by Front Street Pictures, with Barbara Lieberman and Charles Cooper as executive producers. Shawn Tolleson directs with a script written by Shannon Phipps and Shawn Tolleson.
A Christmas in Tennessee
Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge), a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements. Eventually, sparks fly as the two begin a budding romance, and Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart? Christmas Around the Corner is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment. Danielle Von Zerneck serves as executive producer. Megan Follows directs with a script by Michael Murray.
Christmas Pen Pals
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Sarah Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected. Christmas Pen Pals is produced by Pen Pals Films, Inc. and Christian Bruyere. Linda Kent, Jack Grossbart and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers. Siobhan Devine serves as director with a script written by Carley Smale.
Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away. Hometown Christmas is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Emily Moss Wilson and Marcy Holland serve as writers and Emily Moss Wilson directs.
A Christmas Arrangement
Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.
Every Other Holiday
Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true. Every Other Holiday also stars Dee Wallace, Glenn Morshower, Abby James Witherspoon and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing. A Christmas Harmony also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield, Sally Struthers and is produced by June Street Studios.
As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Christmas Perfection also stars James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Love for Christmas
When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, Love for Christmas stars Shantel Vansanten, Rob Mayes, Nikki Deloach, Mark Famiglietti, Alex Peters, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy, Maxim Knight and Orson Bean.
A Star for Christmas
Cupcakery owner Cassie can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays? Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Star for Christmas stars Corey Sevier, Briana Evigan, Karissa Vacker, Travis Van Winkle, Jeremy Howard, Sean Stone and Brooke Burns.
A Christmas Kiss
High-end interior designer Priscilla and her assistant Wendy, vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Christmas Kiss stars Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr.
A Golden Christmas
Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Golden Christmas stars Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison, Elisa Donovan, Jason London and Alley Mills.
3 Holiday Tails
David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment,3 Holiday Tails stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, KC Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.
Kelly Ripa goes after troll who called her too old for Mark Consuelos(9/25/18) Kelly Ripa showed off her savage side on Instagram again, clapping back at a troll who said she looked too old for husband Mark Consuelos.
Consuelos, 47, posted a photo on Instagram supporting the #HeForShe campaign.
Ripa, also 47, commented, “You make me so proud.”
Comments By Celebs screengrabbed a troll’s reply to Ripa’s comment in which the rude user wrote, “Yes he is so handsome but you need to go kelly you look to [sic] old for him sorry but you do.”
Ripa ripped into the user, writing, “You need to learn how to spell the word ‘too’ sweetie. As in you’re too stupid to be with my young, handsome husband. Ps, he likes proper grammar too, you dope.”
It’s not the first time the fit blonde and her husband of 21 years have hit back at haters.
In March, they blasted users who shamed Ripa for rocking a bikini during their vacation and claimed that Consuelos was angling his photos so he looked taller.
“Please tell me how it is I can try to look taller,” Consuelos replied to one critic at the time. “I’m dying to know.”
Ripa quipped, “He’s tall where it counts, babe.”
Victoria Platt on NCIS: New Orleans 10/16/18(9/25/18) “Legacy” – After a petty officer is found murdered under a shrimping boat, the NCIS investigation uncovers a conspiracy in the tight-knit local fishing community. Also, Lasalle awaits the final results of the tax fraud investigation into his family’s company, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The episode is directed by LeVar Burton.
GUEST CAST: Anthony Nguyen (Eddie Dao), Emily Shaffer (Leila Addison), Victoria Platt (IRS Agent Michelle Silvera).
'Melrose Place' Star Jamie Luner Won't Be Charged in Sexual Assault Case(9/23/18) "Melrose Place" star Jamie Luner will not face charges for the alleged sexual assault she was accused of committing on a then-16-year-old boy ... TMZ has learned.
The L.A. County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Luner after Anthony Oliver filed a police report earlier this year claiming she sexually assaulted him at a house party nearly 20 years ago.
Prosecutors cited a few reasons for refusing to move forward with the case, including ... Oliver's late reporting (more than 19 years), Oliver's credibility problems, lack of corroborating evidence and the bare facts as presented.
The credibility issue has to do with the story TMZ broke ... that Oliver had already been flagged by the court system for filing a crap ton of lawsuits, at least 22 over the past several years. He insists the suits were actually filed by his brother, and not himself.
As we first reported, Oliver's $250 million lawsuit against Jamie was dismissed last month. In other words ... clean sweep for Jamie.
Mischa Barton’s personal items at risk in U-Haul lawsuit(9/23/18) “The O.C.” fans may be able to get Mischa Barton’s personal items through a U-Haul sale.
The moving truck company filed papers in their ongoing battle against Barton and her boyfriend, Adam Spaw, asking the court for the right to sell Barton’s belongings at an auction if she doesn’t pay the $5,827.65 that she owes them, according to The Blast.
The actress infamously slammed her U-Haul truck into an apartment building in February 2017. She was heard saying, “Everything I own is in this U-Haul …What are we even going to do about this?” at the scene.
U-Haul currently has the possessions that were in the truck at the time since she hasn’t paid her bill, per their rental agreement.
Barton, 32, was first sued for $26,991.55 over the incident by the homeowner’s association at The Park Wellington in West Hollywood in October 2017, so her legal battles are far from over.
Barton’s rep didn’t immediately get back to us. U-Haul didn’t return a request for comment.
Kelly Ripa's voice on American Housewife(9/22/18) Kelly Ripa will lend her voice to at least two Season 3 episodes of ABC’s American Housewife as Katie’s new boss at Parties By Whitney, whom Katie has yet to meet, Variety reports.
Dishing with Digest - 9/21/18 Tamara Braun(9/21/18) (Listen / download) Tamara Braun chats about her GH comeback, her current Kim story, her past soap roles and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss emergency recasts and why being a veteran actor, writer or executive producer is a plus.
Law & Order: SVU Star Kelli Giddish Pregnant With Baby No. 2(9/21/18) New baby alert!
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Kelli Giddish is expecting her second child with her husband Lawrence Faulborn. Their 2-year-old son, Ludo Faulborn, will soon become a big brother. Giddish debuted her baby bump on the red carpet at the season 20 premiere of Law & Order: SVU in New York City on Thursday night, telling E! News that the pregnancy will be written into the show.
Giddish and Faulborn tied the knot in the summer of 2015 and soon welcomed their son after. The actress has shared a number of pictures on her Instagram account of her son and their sweet family moments, including riding a red Radio Flyer down the beach or playing with Play-Doh in a Spiderman costume.
The Law & Order actress broke a barrier on the series when she was pregnant with Ludo. The show made her pregnancy a major part of the story line, which was unprecedented for the show. "I looked up when I first got pregnant what other TV shows did and…I guess on The X-Files, she went away. She got abducted by aliens," Giddish said at the time. "So I was like, 'That can't happen on SVU. Can't pitch that idea.'"
Her character, Amanda Rollins, grapples with a gambling addiction and a haunted past, which includes rape.
Giddish's character Rollins announced her pregnancy on the first episode of season 17, and the hunt was on for discovering the father's identity. As it turns out, it was Lt. Declan Murphy (Donal Logue).
Law & Order: SVU is heading into its 20th season, which makes it the longest-running primetime drama on television, according to NBC.
Congratulations again to Giddish and Falbourn!
Michael B. Jordan tapped as face of Coach menswear(9/21/18) Following the success of Coach’s partnership with Selena Gomez, the company announced that Michael B. Jordan will be the face of menswear.
The “Black Panther” actor, 31, will not only represent the brand but also design his own capsule collection in the future. He will meet with creative director Stuart Vevers next month to begin brainstorming ideas for his own designs.
In the meantime, Jordan appears in advertising campaigns for the brand’s men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance beginning with the spring 2019 season. “I liked what Stuart was doing so we decided to move forward with me being the face of the brand,” he told WWD.
When asked about his personal style, Jordan said he feels equally comfortable in a “very pristine” suit as he does in streetwear, but ultimately spends more time thinking about roles he plays. “As an actor, I’m always putting on somebody else’s shoes and becoming someone else,” he said. In fact, Jordan said that he keeps his stylist busy because he’s constantly gaining muscle mass then slimming down for roles in “Creed,” where he plays a boxer alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, and upcoming project “Just Mercy,” in which Jordan will play a lawyer.
As for what to expect from Jordan’s designs, he’s staying mum. In fact, the actor won’t even name an athlete or fellow celebrity whose looks inspire him. “There are a lot of people whose style I like, but I wouldn’t want to dress like them,” he said.
Michael B. Jordan In Talks To Topline John Clark Films At Paramount(9/21/18) Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan is in negotiations to star in and produce a film series based on the popular John Clark character from the Tom Clancy novels for Paramount Pictures. The deal is expected to close soon with Akiva Goldsman producing the pic alongside Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec. The word is the studio is developing two films based on the novels Rainbow Six and Without Remorse, with the latter serving as an introduction of the character and his backstory. John Clark, a.k.a John Terrence Kelly, first appeared in the 1987 Jack Ryan novel, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, before getting his own standalone story with Without Remorse in 1993. Clark is a former Navy SEAL who became an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and at one point served as Ryan’s bodyguard. On the big screen, the character has previously been portrayed by Willem Dafoe (Clear and Present Danger) and Liev Schreiber (The Sum of All Fears). Variety was first to report the news of Jordan’s attachment.
Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year(9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.
Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!
Saturday, Oct. 27
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Thursday, Nov. 4
Film: Marrying Father Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Thursday, Nov. 11
Film: A Soldier's Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Film: A Godwink Christmas
Thursday, Nov. 18
Film: Return to Christmas Creek
Friday, Nov. 19
Saturday, Nov. 20
Sunday, Nov. 21
Monday, Nov. 22
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Thursday, Nov. 25
Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Thursday, Dec. 2
Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Film: Memories of Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 9
Film: Christmas Wonderland
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Thursday, Dec. 16
Film: Reunited for Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Film: Small Town Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 23
Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
Saturday, Dec. 25
Wednesday, Dec. 29
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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