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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated January 14, 2019)
Jane Krakowski on Match Game 1/30/19(1/14/19) “410” – It’s Wednesday night and that means BLANK! Alec Baldwin is at the helm with Chris, Whitney, Kevin, Jane, Ron and Caitlyn on an all-new “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” is produced by Fremantle and features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.
Celebrity panelists for Jan. 30 include the following:
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo1, Photo2) It’s unlikely you’ll see it her alter ego of Quinn Forrester sporting it on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but Rena Sofer just got a new tattoo with a very special meaning. Shortly after the New Year, the actress teased fans with a shot of her getting the ink on her left forearm. “I’ll show it when it’s healed!” she promised. “48 hours!”
Once her arm was healed, Sofer shared a shot of the image that was designed by her daughter, artist Rosabel Rosalind Kurth, and then transformed into skin art by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Daniel Winter. And each part of the detailed design carries a special meaning for the actress and mother. “I am the queen bee,” she explained. “And the MRA in my scepter are for my girls. The shoes show while I can be a woman in every sense of the word, I’ll also protect my family with everything I have. The crown says what I am: MAMA.”
Sofer has other tattoos that she has gotten over the years, but this one is extra-special and one that took extra planning. “I’ve thought about this for years so it wasn’t a snap decision, and while I’ve had many tattoos in my life, this is my most meaningful,” she expressed. “Thank you, Rosabel, for the amazing art, and Daniel Winter for the amazing work.”
Rosabel really is a very talented artist, and Winter did an incredible job translating it into a tattoo for Sofer. Of course, now we can’t help but wonder what kind of tattoos Quinn might get for herself!
Lindsay Lohan reunites with 'Mean Girls' co-star Jonathan Bennett(1/5/19) Lindsay Lohan is reteaming with her Mean Girls co-star Jonathan Bennett for her new reality show.
The actor, who portrayed Aaron Samuels in the hit 2004 movie, has been tapped by Lohan herself to host the after-show to his former castmate’s new MTV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.
The After the Show segment will air directly after the premiere of the new show on Tuesday, and the actress will join Bennett for a live chat with fans.
Bennett and Lohan teased the get together on Friday by posting a reunion photo online.
During their TV chat next week, Lohan will discuss her business interests and philanthropy in Europe, where the new show has been shot.
The series, which revolves around Lindsay’s club in Mykonos, Greece, will feature the actress and staff at her new business concern.
Meanwhile, Bennett recently reprised his Mean Girls role for Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next music video, and told Entertainment Tonight that tackling Aaron again for the promo was an unexpected treat.
“It brought me back,” he said. “There was that moment when you’re sitting in the chair, they do your hair and makeup like Aaron Samuels, and they spin you around for the first time and you look in the mirror. That was the first time I saw him in 15 years, and it was like seeing an old friend. It takes you back to that time when life was just simpler.”
Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19(1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career
Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 4B First-Look Teaser(12/24/18) (Video) Netflix has released some first-look photos and a teaser clip for the second half of the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The clip features Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) performing the theme song for Season 4B titled “Magic Boy”, that of course, is all about Titus. The first-look photos (see below) feature Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Mimi Kanasis (Amy Sedaris).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about who she really is. Joining Kimmy on her journey are her best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend Jacqueline White (Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Kane).
The first ongoing original half-hour comedy series to debut on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been among the streaming giant’s most acclaimed shows. To date, it has earned 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a best series nom for each of its first three seasons. The comedy also quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist with pop culture parodies and songs like “Pinot Noir” that have amassed sizable followings on social media.
Brad Pitt slams Hurricane Katrina victims’ claim he only helped for publicity(12/19/18) Brad Pitt is defending himself against claims he only helped New Orleans residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina for good publicity.
The “War Machine” star is demanding a judge release him from the class-action suit the Hurricane Katrina victims have filed against him, claiming the lawsuit “does not otherwise contain a single factual allegation that Mr. Pitt made any promise to any putative class member, that he entered any contract with any putative class member, or that he made any misrepresentation to any putative class member,” according to legal documents, obtained by The Blast.
The lawsuit is also against Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. The plaintiffs argue that Pitt and his foundation promised to build homes that would withstand “hurricane force winds” but instead received houses that won’t last another five years, despite owners being tied to 30-year mortgages.
Pitt argued, “While plaintiffs urge in the Opposition that certain generic and innocuous statements Mr. Pitt allegedly made to the press somehow give rise to claims against him individually, this is simply unsupportable.”
Although the Oscar winner is demanding to be released from the lawsuit, he’s not asking for his charitable foundation be removed.
The class-action suit accused Make It Right of knowing about issues with the building materials used but failing to inform the buyers. The residents claimed the homes were not up to code and came with issues, including mold, plumbing, air quality, rotten wood, structural problems and ventilation issues.
Sources told Page Six over the summer that Pitt has spent millions of dollars of his own money to fix the problems.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES
The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA (FX Networks)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Dishing with Digest 12/7/18 - Rena Sofer(12/7/18) B&B's Rena Sofer Gets Personal (Listen / download)
B&B's Rena Sofer talks about playing B&B's Quinn, her early soap roots on LOVING and GH, her prime-time past, some changes in her personal life and much more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine how it plays out when actors reclaim their roles, and discuss soaps' most romantic moments.
‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Gets MTV Premiere Date(12/4/18) Lindsay Lohan makes her return to reality next month. MTV said today that its docuseries Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8.
Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Challenge. The Real World), the program follows the actress, influencer and entrepreneur as she expands her business empire in Greece with the launch of her new club, Lohan Beach House. But she won’t do it alone.
Viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts, who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury. But when the lines between romance, friendship and work get blurred, the staff will quickly learn they’ll have to prove themselves to their toughest boss yet.
Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Andrea Metz, Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz serve as executive producers for MTV. Lohan is represented by APA.
MTV will offer a sneak peek at the series at 8 p.m. New Year’s Day. The net also plans a special called Lindsay Lohan: Most Memorable Moments (workign title) at 10 p.m. January 7.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reach Custody Agreement, Avoid Trial(12/1/18) With just days to spare, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are announcing they struck a custody agreement to avoid battling it out in front of a judge.
We broke the story ... Angelina and Brad were set to go to trial December 4, and they seemed miles apart on custody demands for their 6 kids. She wanted sole physical custody, and he wanted 50/50 joint custody.
On Friday, Angelina's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean announced, "A custody arrangement was agreed 2 weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge." She added the agreement is "based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator."
The terms are confidential, but the bottom line is ...there will be no trial next week.
There's still plenty more to be decided in their bitter divorce -- like property settlement -- which could get ugly considering they didn't have a prenup when they got married.
They've filed docs asking the judge to give them until next June to hash those things out.
‘La Reina Del Sur’: Eric Roberts Among Cast Additions For Season 2 Of Telemundo Series Starring Kate Del Castillo(11/30/18) After nearly a decade, Kate Del Castillo will reprise her role as Teresa Mendoza in the return of the Narco drama La Reina del Sur, set to debut in 2019 on Telemundo. The original story, based on the novel of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, follows Mendoza’s climb to the top of the male-dominated Narco world that trafficked drugs on a global scale.
Joining Del Castillo in the new season, which shot on location in seven countries, are a mix of returning actors and new multilingual, international talent including Raoul Bova (Under the Tuscan Sun), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Paola Nuñez (The Son), Antonio Gil (Quantum of Solace), and legendary novela actor Humberto Zurita.
The series will pick up eight years after the events of the finale where audiences learned that Mendoza was pregnant and unsure of her future. When La Reina returns, audiences learn she’s disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program and is currently living in Italy under the name of Maria Dantes with her daughter Sofia (Isabella Sierra).
“When I shot my first scene back as Teresa Mendoza, I was so nervous,” Del Castillo told Deadline. “I didn’t know whether I’d be able to embody this beautiful character again that so many people love. Playing Teresa the first time around was groundbreaking for my career and she means a lot to me. So it was tough for me to agree to bring her back after all this years because I didn’t want to mess with the success of the original.
It was only after Perez-Reverte and our writer Roberto Stopello who developed the script, were totally in sync with this new storyline and shared their excitement with me that I knew that this was how to bring her back. I’ve always carried Teresa in my heart and I hope fans embrace her again too.”
Bova will co-star as Mendoza’s love interest Francesco “Lupo” Belmondo, a tall and handsome, ex-military operative and mercenary who speaks many languages yet is a man of few words. He will perfect his grasp of the Spanish language with help from Mendoza’s daughter.
“Raoul’s character is a very interesting one to follow because he will play multiple characters within the series,” returning Executive Producer Martha Godoy explained. “He will transform in front of audiences and they’ll never know whether he’s truly who he says he is. Is he really trying to help or does he have something more sinister planned?
[Lupo] is a multifaceted character played excellently by Raul. The character lends himself to allow the writers to play with spectators and Teresa throughout his evolution in season two.”
Roberts will guest star as DEA boss Erick Sheldon, confidant of the United States president and architect of a secret operation to help Epifanio Vargas (Zurita) win the Mexican presidency.
Nuñez’s Manuela is described as a chameleon who will remind audiences of Patty O’Farrell from season one. She’s a DEA agent who speaks multiple languages and is a tech and firearms expert. She secretly helps open the pathways for Epifanio to win the presidency. Manuela lives a double life; Nuñez will also portray a secondary character named Kira that’s fueled by revenge.
“Kira is on a mission to kill,” Nuñez explained. “She wants vengeance and there’s no one that can stop her from achieving it. She’s not an evil person, but she gets so consumed by the death of her sister that she lives just to get justice against her killer. I want audiences to see her humanity and realize that maybe even they would feel the same way if they had gone through something so traumatizing.”
Gil will make his series debut in the role of Oleg Yasikov, who leaves retirement in Moscow due to his loyalty to Teresa. He heads back to the front line to defend his friend when she needs him the most.
Rounding out the cast are Mark Tatcher, Tiago Correa, Eduardo Yánez, Flavio Medina, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Carmen Navarro, Kika Edgar, Luis Gavasa, Alejandro Calva, Christian Tappan, Cuca Escribano, Eduardo Velasco, Abdelali el Aziz, Lincoln Palomeque, Miguel Angel Blanco, Juan José Arjona, Quique Sanmartín, Carlos Aguilar, Miguel de Miguel, Luisa Gavasa, Eduardo Santamarina, Aitor Luna, Sara Vidorreta, Agata Clares, Emannuel Orenday, Carmen Flores Sandoval, Maria Camila Girald, Alex Speitzer, Vera Mercado, Norma Angélica as Morgana, Eduardo Pérez, Pol Monem, Dmitry Anisimov, Aroha Hafez, Jesús Castro, Anna Ciochetti, and Roberto Abraham Wohlmutha.
Telemundo credits the huge success of La Reina del Sur for launching the network’s Super Series that changed the Spanish-language novela format to include multiple seasons. The original also spawned the successful USA Network’s English-language remake Queen of the South, which has been renewed for a fourth season. Additionally, del Castillo has the Spanish-language Netflix drama Ingobernable, which is heading into its second season, and starred in the Netflix docu series The Day I Met El Chapo, about her encounter with the Mexican drug lord.
“The return of Kate del Castillo and La Reina del Sur to Telemundo is absolutely an event,” said Marcos Santana, President of Telemundo Global Studios. “In the nine years since its debut, the impact of this hard hitting drama is still being felt today. Kate’s star has risen even higher since the series’ debut and having her back on board in her most iconic role is just the beginning. We are confident that its combination of international talent, an emotionally compelling and action-packed narrative, and the heightened production values of this global production all add up to a must-see entertainment experience for all audiences.”
Season two of La Reina is a co-production between Telemundo Global Studio and Netflix. It’s already the most expensive large format production shot in Latin America.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt seek more time with divorce judge(11/28/18) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have requested extra time to work out the details of their divorce and custody issues with a private judge.
The actors have been working with Honorable John Ouderkirk to try and hash out a settlement regarding the care of their six children, and while he had originally been hired to work with the estranged couple until June, it appears the exes are keen to ensure the judge has more than enough time to help them resolve any outstanding disagreements as they have since filed court papers to keep him on the case until Dec. 31, 2019.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Jolie wants Ouderkirk to handle all pre-trial motions and requests, and stay on for a private custody trial, if she and Pitt fail to reach a custody deal.
The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars had previously been set to take their dispute to trial on Dec. 4, but both agreed to continue negotiations in a bid to spare their kids, who range from ages 10 to 17, from the court proceedings.
Ironically, Ouderkirk, who is now retired from the bench, is the same judge who presided over Jolie and Pitt’s wedding ceremony at their chateau in France in 2014.
They separated just two years later, with Jolie filing for divorce in September, 2016.
The 43-year-old actress, who has primary physical custody of their brood, had originally sought sole custody, clashing with Pitt’s request for joint care, but in June, they reached a temporary agreement granting the 54-year-old Moneyball actor more visitation with five of their children. The pair’s eldest son, Maddox, 16, opted out of the deal.
Tensions flared again in August, when Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay any “meaningful” child support for 18 months. Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, insisting their client had paid his ex over US$9 million, since their 2016 split.
Wendie Malick & Patrick Duffy in American Housewife 12/12/18(11/28/18) “Saving Christmas”– Katie strives to keep her long-separatedparents apart when her father, Marty (Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Tripwin Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce (Milo Manheim). Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume, on an all-new episode of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
Guest star Wendie Malick returns as Kathryn. Patrick Duffy guest stars as Marty and Milo Manheim as Pierce.
“Saving Christmas” was written by Jeremy Hall and directed by Jennifer Arnold.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding officiant is their custody trial judge(11/22/18) The judge who wed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in France has been granted permission to preside over the former couple’s divorce battle.
The former couple has been at odds over child support and visitation since Angelina filed for divorce in September, 2016, and they still can’t find a solution to their problems.
Brad and Angelina are set to go to trial next month and, according to The Blast, the Honorable John Ouderkirk will oversee the case, which will be kept private.
He has a history with the pair, overseeing their nuptials at their French estate, Chateau Miraval, in August 2014 and Judge Ouderkirk has been quietly working with Pitt and Jolie since the beginning of their divorce proceedings. In June, he ordered Angelina to help Pitt repair their six kids’ relationships with their father, and according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight at the time, the actor scored quality time with five of his children over the summer. The pair’s eldest son, Maddox, 16, opted out of the agreement.
“It is critical that each of (the six) children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” the judge’s report read in June.
However, Jolie’s representative blasted the reports surrounding the determination as “misleading.”
“It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening,” the representative told The Blast.
Then, in August, Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay any “meaningful” child support for 18 months. Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, insisting their client had paid his ex over $9 million, since their 2016 split.
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