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Jordana Brewster, Vivica A. Fox, Anna Akana Join Brittany Snow In ‘Bailey and Darla’(3/15/19) Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious franchise, Fox’s Lethal Weapon), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day, Fox’s Empire), and Anna Akana (Youth & Consequences, Netflix’s upcoming Let It Snow film) are set for supporting roles in the indie film Bailey and Darla, which stars Brittany Snow and Sam Richardson. First-time feature helmer Nico Raineau directed the pic from a screenplay he wrote with Lauren Schacher.
The plot centers on Darla (Snow), a cynical reporter whose sex addiction is getting in the way of her sex column, and her evolving relationship with Bailey, a well-meaning sweetheart who’s been dumped by his fiancé Elizabeth (Akana) and learns he has testicular cancer (again). Together they embark on an impromptu cross country road trip, recreating Darla’s myriad trysts from state to state. She’s looking for a story and he’s looking for a last hurrah; what they find is something neither expected.
Brewster plays Tanya, Darla’s no-nonsense boss, while Fox is Cindy, Bailey’s loving but somewhat overbearing mother.
Snow is producing the pic with Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman, and Highland Myst’s Jon Keeyes. Executive producers are Michael J. Rothstein, Matthew Heldermann, Luke Taylor, Shaun Sanghani, Sabine Stener, Martin Sprock, Ryan Johnson, James Sears Bryant, and Gigi Lacks, while Michael Palkovicz, Jackie Palkovicz, Alan Leibowitz, Jesse Murphy, and Kamar Kalpakciyan serve as co-exec producers.
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Kristoff St. John’s Ex-Wife on Their Heartbreaking Final Call(3/12/19) (extratv.com) (Video) “Extra” spoke with Mia, who opened up about Kristoff’s death and how she is doing today.
Mia admitted, “I have okay days, I have really bad days, I’m just waiting to get to the part where I’m having good days. It’s difficult 'cause it’s still early.”
She added, “I’m so used to having Kristoff as my rock… he was always just there for me.”
Mia also reflected on the last call she had with him before he took his life, revealing, “Even though we talked every day, this call was a very different call. He kept saying he wanted to die, but he said in a different way this time that really struck me. He tells me to hang on one second, that Julian’s at the door, and I just started screaming 'No!'”
Kristoff and Mia’s son Julian died by suicide at age 24 on Nov. 23, 2014, following a lifelong battle with mental illness. She said about Kristoff, “He was so tortured since our son passed, he felt so much guilt… he felt like he failed his son.”
Days before Kristoff's death, he was being treated for suicidal thoughts. She said that he was released from treatment too soon. “They were supposed to keep him on a 5150, which is a 14-day hold, and they didn’t, he was let go on the fourth day. I think it all boils down to education – staff needs to be educated, and there needs to be oversight and accountability.”
Mia vowed to advocate for mental illness and an increase in education about it. “I am determined to keep talking about mental illness, the importance of mental health, and how we have to change things, we need reform, and I am not going to stop.”
Mia is dealing with her own issues, and said the outpouring of support from fans is keeping her going. She shared, “I ended up in the hospital after Kristoff passed on a 5150… with the outpouring of support, I felt like I can do this, and I need to do this.”
Getting emotional, Mia explained she has to do it for Kristoff and her late son. “I just have to, I know they are on the other side rooting for me and counting on me to do this.”
Following Kristoff’s death, Mia lost her sobriety after 30 years. She said, “I’m getting there… I am working on it. All I can do is one day at a time.”
Kristoff St. John's Memorial Service Announced(2/27/19) If you would like to pay your respects to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John, there will be a memorial service held in California for the late actor. His ex-wife, Mia St. John, shared the information on her Instagram that a service and reception will be held on Monday, March 4, at Calvary Community Church at 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake Village, CA. The service is scheduled to run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Join us and celebrate the beautiful life of Kristoff St. John,” she wrote.
The daytime community was rocked when St. John was found dead on Feb. 3, and his Y&R castmates have shared their special memories of their late friend. While the soap aired a short tribute video at the end of the Feb. 6 episode, they are planning a special storyline in April to celebrate both the actor and his character of Neil Winters.
Mia has also been vocal about sharing St. John’s final words to her before he passed away. “Spread his message far and wide,” she posted. “I know he meant it for all of us. He said, ‘Understand, you’ve got to live in the present. Observe all the good things in your life and others around you. Julian would not want you to live your life with bitterness and upset. It eats away at you and drains your life slowly, but surely. You must rise to the occasion and accept the beauty around you. You had 30 years, get 30 more. I believe in you.’
“As for the 30 years, he was referring to my sobriety,” she continued. “After our son passed, we both lost our sobriety. I held on for almost three years, then blew 30 years one year ago. But as I ‘trudge this road of happy destiny’ I know the universe has a plan and I will be clean and sober once again. #onedayatatime”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to St. John’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Dishing with Digest - 2/8/19 - Lauren Koslow plus the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John(2/8/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Lauren Koslow (Kate) Shares The Highlights Of Her Soap Career.
Lauren Koslow traces her soap roots, from Y&R to B&B to her current role as DAYS's Kate, and discusses that blue streak in her hair and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look back at the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil, Y&R).
Jason Priestley & Annalise Basso Among Stars Of Lifetime Movies Based On V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Family Books(2/8/19) Lifetime announced last year it was developing five films based on Andrews’ last known book series, about the twisted relationships of the Casteel Family. The first, Heaven, was filmed last year, and you can watch the first-look trailer above. The remaining four are Dark Angel, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams. The movie event series follows Heaven Casteel and her siblings after their father devises a scheme that threatens to destroy their dreams and separate the family forever.
As previously announced, Heaven, stars Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), Julie Benz (Dexter), Chris William Martin (The Vampire Diaries), and Chris McNally (Altered Carbon). Basso and Martin will return for the second and third installments, Dark Angel and Fallen Hearts, joined by Jason Priestley (Private Eyes, Beverly Hills, 90210) and Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place). Priestley is also set to direct Fallen Hearts.
Priestley returns and stars in Gates of Paradise alongside Daphne Zuniga (Witness Unprotected, Melrose Place). Additionally, Lizzie Boys (Winter’s Dream) and Keenan Tracey have also been cast to star in Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams. Jennifer Laporte (Freaky Friday), Max Lloyd-Jones (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Cindy Busby (The Big Year) also star in Web of Dreams.
Heaven, Dark Angel and Fallen Hearts casts also include James Rittinger, Matthew Nelson-Mahood, Jessica Clement, Samantha Coughlan. Additional Heaven cast members include Christian Convery and Madeline Hirvonen. Gates of Paradise also stars Johannah Newmarch (older Heaven), Jason Cermak, Michael Karl Richards, Pauline Egan, and Ben Sullivan. And the Web of Dreams cast also includes Liam Hughes, Tom Donadt, and David Lewis.
Heaven introduces the infamous Casteel family, the least regarded of all the families living in the poverty-stricken foothills of the mountains of West Virginia. Yet the eldest daughter, Heaven Leigh Casteel (Basso), was still the smartest girl in the backwoods and determined to redeem her family name. However, her dreams become deferred the day her stepmother flees and her selfish father Luke (Martin) sells her and her four siblings to different families. Heaven is sent to live in the home of Luke’s deranged ex-lover, Kitty (Benz), who torments Heaven as Kitty’s husband, Cal (McNally) lures Heaven into a forbidden relationship while she fights to reunite her siblings.
Dark Angel picks up directly after Heaven (Basso) finds a new life in her estranged grandmother and grandfather, Jillian (Rutherford) and Tony Tatterton’s (Priestley) exquisite Boston mansion, Farthinggale Manor. But even in the world of the wealthy, there are strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. As Heaven reaches out for love, she is slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits.
Based on the third book, Fallen Hearts follows Heaven (Basso), now happily married and ready to settle back in her hometown. But after a trip to Farthinggale Manor, Heaven is persuaded to stay. Lured by her grandfather Tony Tatterton (Priestley) to live amidst the wealthy and privileged Heaven seems to have it all until the ghosts of her past rise up once more, threatening her precious new life.
Gates of Paradise quickly turns tragic when Heaven’s daughter Annie (Boys) finds herself orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by Tony Tatterton (Priestley), Annie pines for her lost family, especially for her half-brother Luke (Tracey). Without the warm glow of Luke’s love, she is lost in the shadows of despair and forced into submission by Nurse Broadfield (Zuniga). When Annie discovers a cottage hidden in Farthinggale’s woods, the mystery of her past deepens. Even as she yearns to see Luke again, her hopes and dreams are darkened by the sinister Casteel spell.
Based on the fifth and final novel of the Casteel series the prequel, Web of Dreams finally unlocks the mysteries of the family. Heaven’s mother Leigh (LaPorte) had to escape from Farthinggale Manor and the secrets she harbored. Falling into the arms of Luke Casteel Sr. (Donadt), his devotion promised her hope as only Luke knew her deepest of secrets. Bravely she bore the suspicions of the hill folk, as she tried to grasp the happiness that long eluded her. With a baby girl, Heaven, on the way, she hoped for a chance at happy ever after.
Heaven is produced by Front Street Pictures for Lifetime. Executive producers are Harvey Kahn, Dan Angel, Jane Startz, Tom Mazza, Juliet Smith, and Marnie Termuende. Scarlett Lacey wrote the script for Heaven, directed by Paul Shapiro.
Dark Angel, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams are all produced by Neshama Entertainment and Really Real Films for Lifetime. Jane Startz, Dan Angel, Ric Nish, Cynde Harmon, and Arnie Zipursky serve as executive producers. Dark Angel and Fallen Hearts are also written by Scarlett Lacey. Paul Shapiro directs Dark Angel while Jason Priestley directs Fallen Hearts.
Gail Harvey directs Gates of Paradise from a screenplay by Gregory Small and Richard Blaney. Web of Dreams is written by AC Cochran and Mike Rohl is set to direct.
As Neil Winters, Kristoff St. John Was a Cornerstone in a Corner Office(2/8/19) (nytimes.com) Quick — name a transformative black television character.
James Evans. Cliff Huxtable. Olivia Pope. Cookie Lyon. Annalise Keating.
You only paused if you did not grow up, as I did, watching “The Young and the Restless.”
Kristoff St. John, who died this week at 52, originated the role of Neil Winters on “Y & R” — as it is commonly referred to by its fans — in 1991 and played it up until his death. With 28 years in the show’s fictional Genoa City, St. John was the second-longest-serving black soap opera actor, behind James Reynolds of “Days of Our Lives.”
Black men like Neil have been hard to come by on television. He was a young, up-and-coming executive at Newman Enterprises, fresh out of Stanford. He was self-assured without being arrogant, and down-to-earth without being a caricature or a clown. He was ambitious, he loved his friends, and he got along well with all of those veteran, high-flying executive types.
His obvious romantic interest was Olivia — doctor, sorority sister, beautiful. His longtime love, though, turned out to be Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), Olivia’s outspoken sister, who was also lovely but decidedly rougher around the edges. Drucilla was Cookie Lyon, minus the prison stint, before there was a Cookie Lyon.
I was groomed to care — our mother raised my brother and me while CBS soap operas played in the background. I knew about the Spauldings and the Bauers on “Guiding Light” long before I knew most of my classmates’ names at school.
I was more fond of “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” — CBS programs sponsored by Proctor & Gamble — but my mother and my brother were all for “Y & R.” It was more glamorous; it had fancier sets and better lighting.
When we got a VCR, “Y & R” had to be taped everyday, so they could watch it in the evenings.
This practice occasionally annoyed me, until Neil, Olivia and Drucilla arrived. Then I got interested. Black folks! And black folks tackling issues of assimilation and acceptance. Could Neil take Dru around his work colleagues, who were not ready for her bluntness? Would it just be easier to woo Olivia and be done with it?
Neil and Dru became not quite a supercouple (see Angie and Jesse of “All My Children” if you want that), but a memorable couple. They dealt with the outlandish stuff that all soap couples endure — infidelity, secret-keeping, family tensions. But they were real with each other.
They teased each other, they fought, they made up, they confided in each other, saying things about the people on their jobs that they would never say in public. They talked about each other’s family members. And they could cut their eyes at each other in a way that eliminated the need for pages and pages of script.
They were hilarious, without trying to be hilarious.
They were black. And working hard. And mostly stayed out of trouble. And they mostly loved each other.
In the 1990s and 2000s, this was rare.
“Y & R” eventually created a whole complicated family life around Neil, while continuing to further his career. He went on to work at Jabot and at Chancellor Enterprises, the show’s other major corporations, and became chief executive at Newman for a time.
After Drucilla disappeared in 2007 (I know!), Neil mourned profusely. Then he got on with life.
He dated, he married, he divorced, he supported his daughter and his son. Whatever storm the Winters’ extended family found itself in, there was Neil, helping to hold it together.
St. John was still a young man on a veteran show. He could have had many more years as Neil, wrangling with a younger generation led by his children, Lily and Devon.
Through it all, Neil was not a thug, not a troubled child, not somebody the white people needed to save. He did not need “help.” He was an equal. He wasn’t anyone’s charity project.
All he needed was a chance, and Genoa City gave him that.
I stopped watching regularly long ago, but at least once a year, I’ll be home on a holiday with my brother and my mother, and one of us will turn on “Y & R.” We will marvel at how this one, or that one, is still on the show. We feel like we know them. We do, in a way. We’ve known them for over 30 years.
I’m sorry that Neil will no longer be a part of that homecoming.
Kristoff St. John, a Fixture of Daytime TV, Is Dead at 52(2/8/19) (nytimes.com) Kristoff St. John, who won two Daytime Emmy Awards during his long tenure on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” was found dead early Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52.
Sarah Ardalani, a public information officer at the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, confirmed the death. She said that an autopsy had been conducted but that the cause of death had not been determined.
Mr. St. John spoke openly about his depression after his 24-year-old son, Julian, committed suicide in 2014. Mark Geragos, Mr. St. John’s lawyer and friend, said in a telephone interview on Monday that Mr. St. John had told him recently that his grief and depression had worsened.
Mr. St. John began playing Neil Winters, a cosmetics executive who struggled with infidelity, alcoholism and many other plot twists, on “The Young and the Restless” in 1991. He most recently appeared as the character in January, completing nearly 1,700 episodes of the show.
He told The Toronto Star in 1994 that he saw Winters as “energetic and striving for the top spot,” someone who “doesn’t really see himself as a ladies’ man but rather quite sensual” and “very secure.”
Mr. St. John won 10 N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards for playing Winters, one of the longest-running African-American characters on a soap opera.
Kristoff St. John was born on July 15, 1966, in New York City and grew up in Bridgeport, Conn., and Los Angeles. His father, Christopher, was a producer, director and actor; his mother, Maria, was an entertainer. Both of them inspired him to enter show business.
“My dad is a producer-director,” Mr. St. John told the Canadian newspaper The Edmonton Journal in 2000. “Had he been a fireman, I’d probably be putting out fires.”
Mr. St. John began acting as a child. His television career started with an appearance on the sitcom “That’s My Mama” in 1975. He played a young Alex Haley in “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979) and had a recurring part on the television version of “The Bad News Bears,” on which his father also appeared. He was also seen on “Family Matters,” “Martin,” “A Different World,” “Diagnosis Murder” and other shows.
Mr. St. John’s two marriages, to the boxer Mia St. John and Allana Nadal, ended in divorce. Last year he became engaged to Kseniya Mikhaleva, a Russian model.
Mr. St. John had two daughters, Paris, from his first marriage, and Lola, from his second. Complete information on survivors was not immediately available.
His son, Julian, an artist who suffered from schizophrenia, depression and drug addiction, committed suicide by asphyxiating himself with a plastic bag at a mental health care facility in Long Beach, Calif., in 2014. Mr. St. John and his first wife, Mia, accused the staff of negligence, filing a lawsuit against the facility and airing their grievances in an interview on “Entertainment Tonight.”
“My son died because there are millions of people suffering from the mental disabilities of schizophrenia, bipolar and being depressed,” Mr. St. John said. “And so at the end of the day his life will not be in vain. His life will be vindicated, and I will campaign until the day that I die to bring justice to my son.”
The lawsuit was settled in 2017.
Y&R's Christel Khalil and Bryton James Open up About Losing Kristoff St. John(2/6/19) News of Kristoff St. John’s death rocked the daytime community to its core, especially among the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where he had portrayed Neil Winters for decades. While Devon was Neil’s adopted son and Lily was technically Neil’s niece, he loved them both like his own children. And portrayers Bryton James and Christel Khalil loved St. John like their own father.
“As one of the lucky people to have experienced Kristoff’s spirit, love, and talent first-hand,” James expressed on Instagram, “I can only say thank you forever for loving me, guiding me, protecting me, and for teaching me every day how to choose to find the levity in life no matter what. I will never stop making you proud. I love you. My man…”
Like many, Khalil struggled to put her feelings into words but finally shared a heartfelt post to let everyone know what her castmate and dear friend meant to her. “I’ve been thinking for a while what to say,” she confessed. “How to express my love and gratitude for Kristoff in my life. I don’t know if I can ever fully express how my heart feels. I’m so heartbroken. I’m mad, sad, confused… but I understand. I’m thankful you’re not in pain anymore, such a deep pain that no one could understand. No parent should have to bury their child. I’m sorry you had to. I’m sorry you’ve been hurting so much.
“You were one of a kind,” Khalil continued. “I’ll never forget you were the first person who took me under your wing when I joined Y&R. You were the one who when I had my screen test, you helped me, made me feel connected and comfortable. I know part of the reason why I even got a role that changed my life forever is because of you. Your goofiness, openness, and genuine love and care you showed for other people was never overlooked. You treated me like your real daughter over the past 17 years. Between our deep conversations about religion to your goofy dad jokes, you’ve always had a special place in my heart. A place where a father should have been… I’m grateful I got to know you and share some of my most important moments of life with you. You will never be forgotten. I love you. I love you…”
Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved St. John during this terribly difficult time.
GH's Vinessa Antoine Shared a Special Memory of the Late Kristoff St. John(2/6/19) As the daytime community reacted to the death of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John (Neil) on social media, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) shared the story of a very special encounter with the late actor she will always hold dear to her heart. “I met Kristoff the day before my audition test for GH,” she recalled on Instagram. “We were at a juice bar in Calabasas. When I saw him, I knew immediately who he was. You see, I had kind of grown up with this man in my living room so I felt as if I had already known him. But I didn’t. I had no idea that he was this kind and incredibly generous man.”
The actress is now starring in the Canadian primetime drama DIGGSTOWN, but back in 2014, she was still on the verge of becoming a soap star with her role on GH. “So there I was,” Antoine related. “Standing behind him in line when I finally said, ‘My mom loves you on Y&R.’ (I meant to say I love you on Y&R.) He smiled and said to tell my mom thanks for watching.”
Standing there looking at the juice menu, Antoine wondered if she should tell her fellow actor that she was auditioning for GH the following day. “Sweaty armpits and heart racing, I told him,” she confided. “He replied, ‘That’s amazing!’ And without skipping a beat, he asked, ‘Do you have the scenes with you?’ I said , ‘Yes, but they’re in the car.’ He told me to go grab them and he would work with me if I wanted to! Um… yeah!”
Grateful that this daytime vet would be willing to share his wealth of knowledge with her, Antoine ran to her car and returned with the pages. “He did not know me at all but he took the time to sit with me over lunch and break down my audition scenes with me,” she revealed. “I have no doubt that the notes he gave and the suggestions he told me helped me land the role of Jordan. For the next four years, we would speak periodically, give each other that knowing smile, and hug at events. He was always so warm, honest, and just so damn supportive. Even with all that he had to face.
“Thank you, Kristoff, for everything you were and what you gave to this planet,” Antoine concluded. “You are a kind spirit who is with your son, now. I’ll miss you.”
Kristoff St. John was ‘sad’ and lonely hours before death, fiancee claims(2/6/19) The Young & The Restless actor Kristoff St. John was sad and lonely hours before he was shockingly found dead in his home, his fiancee exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
Russian-born model Kseniya Mikhaleva, who became engaged to the actor in August 2018, told Radar she last spoke to St. John on Saturday, Feb. 2, one day prior to his death.
“He was (a) little bit sad because I’m in Russia,” the brunette beauty said, adding he wanted “to be with me always.”
Mikhaleva said she believed the couple’s long-distance relationship contributed to his sadness. She is currently working toward a business degree in Moscow.
“He missed me,” she told Radar. “We were at a distance.”
As Radar reported, St. John, 52, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Sunday afternoon. Cops confirmed to Radar that he possibly died of an alcohol overdose.
Mikhaleva confirmed that she was in Russia at the time of the incident. She said she will be travelling back to Los Angeles soon.
The couple last saw each other in December 2018 to celebrate the New Year. St. John travelled to Moscow to be with Mikhaleva, where the two posted loving photos together.
“Happy New Year everyone. My love @ksumik,” the soap star wrote on Jan. 2.
Mikhaleva said the couple was in the process of waiting for documents that would allow them to get married soon.
“There was a little bit (of time) left and we could be together,” she said.
The heartbroken fiancee added that she is “so sad.”
LAPD confirmed to Radar that St. John’s death is currently being reviewed by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Premiering in March — Watch Trailer(2/6/19) (Video) Freeform is finally done keeping one of its biggest secrets: The long-awaited Pretty Little Liars spinoff, The Perfectionists, will be premiere Wednesday, March 20, the network announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
In addition to Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish — both of whom will reprise their PLL roles of Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, respectively — the spinoff also stars Sofia Carson (Famous in Love), Sydney Park (The Walking Dead), newcomer Eli Brown, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), British actor Graeme Thomas King and Hayley Erin (General Hospital).
Based on The Perfectionists, a book series by PLL author Sara Shepard, the spinoff relocates Ali and Mona to the mysterious city of Beacon Heights, Ore., where they soon find themselves navigating a deadly mystery in which practically everyone they meet is a potential suspect. In other words, it’s business as usual for the Rosewood-raised sleuths.
Along with a premiere date, Freeform has also released the series’ first full-length trailer, giving us a first look at the new generation of liars in action — including one that won’t live to see the mystery unfold.
Kristoff St. John’s Final Airdate Revealed(2/5/19) Kristoff St. John’s final airdate as Y&R’s Neil Winters will air on Wednesday, February 6. A special tribute to the late actor, who joined the soap in 1991, will air on Friday, February 8. St. John passed away over the weekend, and tributes have been posted online from colleagues and friends.
Shemar Moore Remembers Kristoff St. John(2/5/19) Shemar Moore, who played Neil’s brother, Malcolm on Y&R (1994-2002; 2004-2005 and 2014), posted an emotional video on Instagram regarding Kristoff St. John’s death on February 3. “I lost my brother yesterday,” said Moore, who now stars on the CBS prime-time series S.W.A.T. “I’ve never had a brother but you were my brother. You showed me the way; you were my mentor, you were my inspiration. You showed me what true talent was, you showed me what humility was… I love you, I hate this. I love you, but I’m gonna celebrate all your good.” For the rest of Moore’s personal tribute, click here.
Daytime Tragedy: Soap Community Reacts To Kristoff St. John’s Death(2/4/19) Daytime Tragedy: Soap Community Reacts To Kristoff St. John’s Death
The soap community is responding on social media with shock and love to the tragic death of Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) at age 52.
CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television released the following joint statement: “The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”
Eric Braeden tweeted (Victor, Y&R), “My good friend and colleague, MY BROTHA, KRISTOFF ST.JOHN , passed away!! No words right now!!”
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) addressed fans on Twitter with, “Thank you all for your condolences for my dear friend Kristoff. We all loved him so much. Brokenhearted.”
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) imparted, “In my life journey I have come across only a few people that radiate pure love, Kristoff was one of those people. He was so selfless when it came to caring for others. He was smart, so insightful, and supportive of everything positive. His smile would light up a room and his presence was always welcome. I will miss him. I know in my heart he has found peace and we all have another angel watching over us. God bless his soul. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Camryn Grimes (Mariah, Y&R) posted, “Our hearts are broken because his was the biggest.”
Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) reacted with, “This is such tragic news. Kristoff was a class act, always so kind & a fabulously talented actor. My heart goes out to his family, friends & fans mourning his sudden loss. Rest In Peace.”
Tyler Christopher (Stefan, DAYS) offered, “@kristoffstjohn1 thank you for your friendship when I was having a difficult time some years ago. You didn’t even know me yet you dropped whatever you were doing to meet with me and share your spirit in hopes that it may lift mine. A rare commodity. Rest my friend.”
Hunter King (Summer, Y&R) wrote, “My heart is so heavy today. Kristoff you were always so sweet and so kind to everyone. You had the best smile and the warmest hugs. Going to miss seeing you at work. Truly so saddend by this tragedy.”
Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R) tweeted, “There are no words. Kristoff, I will miss your big hugs, bright smile and contagious laugh… you always made me laugh. It was a true honor to know you. We are heartbroken.”
Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea) acknowledged, “So heartbreaking. Kristoff was such a loving, kind, welcoming, funny, wonderful soul. Can’t believe this news. Rest In Peace, beautiful man.”
Chrishell Hartley (Jordan, DAYS) lamented, “Woke up to the terrible news of @kristoffstjohn1. Always so kind, and so welcoming, ready with a hug. Sending so much love to everyone feeling his loss and I pray he is at peace with his son.”
Obba Babatundé (Julius, B&B) added, “The lights have diminished and the sound around me has been muted with the exception of the sound of hearts breaking due to the loss of a great human being. May his soul rest and his spirit sour. R.I.P Kristoff.”
Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber) posted, “So unbelievably heartbroken by the passing of my dear friend Kristoff St.John. I loved him so much! He was such a wonderful man! @kristoffstjohn I hope you are dancing with the angels and Your son today! The world just lost a beautiful soul! #kristoffstjohn #yr #loveyou.”
B&B’s Ingo Rademacher (Thorne) shared, “Mate. You were just telling me how happy you were when we spoke in the CBS parking lot.?? So shocked to hear this. RIP my old friend. You will be missed. My condolences to his family and all of his fans. ?? you are with your boy now.”
Cait Fairbanks (Tessa, Y&R) said, “A sweet soul. after a few scenes with you and @brytonejames that day you caught me taking a photo behind a plastic filter that I had found on the ground and instead of laughing at me you said “wow that’s so cool! can you show me?” sharing time with you was a true blessing. I’m so sorry.”
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS) wrote, “I always enjoyed our talks- he was such a kind soul and a cool cat. And as a father I often wondered how he endured the pain of losing his son. I hope they are joined together again in peace. @kristoffstjohn1.”
Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John Dead at 52(2/4/19) The Young and the Restless family has lost a beloved member.
Kristoff St. John, the actor who originated the role of Neil Winters on the long-running soap opera nearly three decades ago, has died. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to E! News that police were called for a possible alcohol overdose and found St. John dead in his home in Calif. around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities have not disclosed any further details and the cause of his death is unconfirmed at this time. St. John was 52 years old.
"Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him," attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement on Twitter. "On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love."
A New York native, he got his start on television with brief appearances on shows like Happy Days and Wonder Woman. By the late 1980s, St. John landed a recurring role on Charlie & Co. before The Young and the Restless in 1991, on which he starred until his death.
St. John won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his performance on the show and was nominated an additional nine times.
In 2017, he reportedly underwent psychiatric treatment after an alleged "scare" regarding his mental health, according to Entertainment Weekly.
St. John was married and divorced twice, first to Mia St. John, with whom he welcomed son Julian and daughter Paris. Julian died of an apparent suicide in 2014 at the age of 24.
The actor was later married to Allana Nadal, with whom he had daughter Lola.
Hs is survived by two of his children and his fiancé Kseniya Mikhaleva, who he proposed to in August. "How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone ..... I can't believe," she wrote on Instagram on Monday. "You were everything to me .... you were a loving father, a loving man,.....how love??we should doing a lot of things in future......"
Our thoughts are with the star's loved ones at this time.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE REAL, syndicated
Mo 1/7: Vivica A. Fox
Talk Show Appearance(9/29/18) Rachael Ray - syndicated
Oct 02, 2018: Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox says #MeToo shouldn't be used 'as an excuse to take down people'(9/25/18) Vivica A. Fox has blasted those who have used the #metoo movement “as an excuse to take down people”.
Since the movement began, stars such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct, with women using the hashtag to spread their stories. And while she has praised those who have been brave enough to come forward with their experiences,
Independence Day star Vivica told Fox News that there are also false rumours being started.
“I’m happy about the #MeToo movement for the simple fact that it brought exposure to those who were abusing their power,” she said. “However, I’m not happy with those who are using the #MeToo movement to be an excuse to take down people… It takes two to tango.”
Vivica first started in the film and movie industry in the late ’80s and has since starred in movies such as Kill Bill: Vol 1 and TV shows like Empire. And while many other actresses found starting a career in Hollywood the point at which when they were taken advantage of, Vivica managed to avoid such situations.“I’ve been fortunate that it hasn’t happened in my career,” she said. “I can’t say I haven’t been hit on. I just tried to make better choices. But I respect those that speak out and I’m all about women’s empowerment, and not being taken advantage of.
“And it doesn’t happen just in show business. It happens in a lot of different genres. You’ve got to do the work. If someone is trying to offer you an opportunity through the casting couch, don’t do it!”
More Casting News For THE BAY Season 4(9/18/18) Vivica A. Fox (Candace, EMPIRE) has joined the cast of THE BAY for season 4 as Dr. Angela Foster, a tough as nails psychiatrist at Bay University Hospital. “Vivica and I have crossed paths on several projects, but I’ve yet to have the opportunity to work with her on a director-to-actor capacity,” noted Creator/Director/ Executive Producer Gregori J. Martin in a release. “She’s such a talented actress and I’m very much looking forward to having her on this season. I’ve been a fan of her work for years.” Additionally, Sean Patrick Flanery (ex-Sam, Y&R) has been tapped to portray Sara’s (Mary Beth Evans) younger brother Ty.
The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John Is Engaged to Russian Model Kseniya Mikhaleva(9/3/18) Third time’s the charm!
The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John announced on Sunday that he is engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva.
“She said yes,” the actor, 52, wrote on social media alongside a series of images showing off the dazzling square-cut diamond ring he proposed to the Russian beauty with. In another photo, his bride-to-be wore the ring on her finger as the pair lovingly intertwined their hands.
He also went on to share some sweet photos of the couple embracing each other while kissing each other on the lips.
“My beautiful woman,” he wrote alongside the loved-up snaps.
Sharing her own photograph of her stunning sparkler, Mikhaleva revealed that the soap star popped the question on Friday.
“Special day 31.08.2018,” she wrote alongside the images.
The actor, who plays Neil Winters on the long-running soap, first went Instagram official with the pair’s relationship in February.
“You never know what life will bring you,” he wrote alongside a collage of photographs showing the pair hanging out together in Paris, as well as one close-up image of her eye.
“Kseniya. Follow her @ksumik,” he continued, adding the hashtags, “life,” “Paris” and “freshstart2018.”
Earlier this summer, the couple also enjoyed a romantic vacation together to the Dominican Republic and frequently posted images of themselves cozying up together. In fact, in one image, the actor even carried Mikhalev in his arms for a passionate kiss on the sand.
St. John has previously been married twice before. He was first married to wife Mia St. John, with whom he had two children: daughter Paris and son Julian, who died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 24.
He also shares daughter Lola, 15, with ex-wife Allana Nadal.
Celebrity Family Feud: Team Vanilla Ice vs. Kim Fields and Team Ice-T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox (8/26)(8/6/18) “Team Vanilla Ice vs. Kim Fields and Team Ice-T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature Vanilla Ice (“The Vanilla Ice Project”) and actress/director Kim Fields. In a separate game, rapper Ice-T & his wife, Coco, compete against actress Vivica A. Fox (“Empire”) along with their families, on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are the following:
Team Vanilla Ice – “The Vanilla Ice Project”; playing for Little Smiles, Inc.
Kim Fields – actress and director; playing for Back on My Feet
Team Ice-T & Coco – playing for Long Island Bulldog Rescue
Vivica A. Fox – actress known for “Empire”; playing for Best Buddies International
Vivica A. Fox Drama ‘Kinky’ Sets Date With Patriot Releasing(7/5/18) Vivica A. Fox-starrer Kinky has been acquired by Patriot Releasing, part of the company’s plan to distribute 10 films a year that target African American women. Written and directed by Chocolate City helmer Jean Claude Lamarre, the film from Patriot Pictures will hit 300 screens October 12 and expand to 700 the following week.
The plot follows Dr. Joyce Richardson, a beautiful African American surgeon who begins a sexual journey with a billionaire investor. After a few months of dating, the couple begins exploring their most kinky sexual fantasies, leading them into a world of BDSM and hardcore sexual exploration.
Dawn Richard (Danity Kane), Robert Ri’Chard (Coach Carter), Eurika Pratts (Black Magic) and Gary Dourdan (CSI) co-star.
Producers are Patriot CEO/chairman Michael Mendelsohn, Jessie LeVostre and Pratts.
Patriot recently acquired a Black female-lead comedy spec, Wedding Guest List, with an aim to start production next year. Also, the company just wrapped on the RZA-directed heist thriller Cut Throat City with Wesley Snipes and Terrence Howard, as well as Chocolate City 3.
Kinky’s deal was negotiated between PMendelsohn, LaMarre and Nulite Media.
Kristoff St. John Shared a Special Message on His Daughter's 15th Birthday(4/17/18) (Photo) Judging from the photos he shared, Kristoff St. John had a fantastic time celebrating his daughter Lola’s 15th birthday. But the actor, who plays Neil Winters on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, had a special message for the boys in her life on that special day!
“I just wanted to let you know: have eyes in the back of my head, HD surveillance cameras, Google Earth imagery, professional high sensitivity recording equipment, infrared and night vision goggles, multiple drones, a lie detector test machine, a UN sanctioned resolution to hunt you down,” he began.
Over the course of his epic Instagram post, St. John joked that he has everything from poison darts to throwing stars, and promised that his oxygen tank, fireproof suit, parachute, and NASA equipment will let him find his daughter’s potential suitors wherever they might try to hide. “And finally, my nano iPod,” he concluded, “with the classic song ‘Nowhere to Run’ by Martha and the Vandellas on repeat. Best Wishes, Lola’s Dad.”
St. John’s Y&R co-stars past and present had their own reactions to the protective father’s epic warning in the comments of his post. Eileen Davidson (Ashley) thought it was hilarious and declared: “Lola is gorgeous! Special bond since we had our baby showers together!” Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan) agreed, declaring simply: “Right on, brutha!” And Sabryn Genet (ex-Tricia) joked: “Well, she’s never gonna date now!”
The actor has a now-adult daughter, Paris, with first wife Mia St. John, so he’s already been through this once. He and second wife Allana Nadal welcomed Lola on April 15, 2003. And while he’ll naturally be protective of his “baby” girl, we’re sure he’s only joking with this amazing Instagram warning to Lola’s beaus… well, pretty sure, anyway!
Face the Truth(3/28/18) Face the Truth, a conflict-resolution talk show hosted by Vivica A. Fox (Empire) will air on 10 CBS-owned stations later this year, according to THR.com.
First Look! Kristoff St. John Back At Y&R(3/15/18) (Photo) Kristoff St. John (Neil), who has been on leave from Y&R since October, is back on the set, and Daniel Goddard (Cane) shared a pic with the actor and Bryton James (Devon). “He’s back! Please welcome the one and only Kristoff St. John back to the Young & the Restless! #yr #TheDenzelOfDaytime – at CBS Television City Studios,” posted the actor.
Pretty Little Liars Spinoff Pilot Adds Kelly Rutherford, Hayley Erin(3/9/18) Freeform’s search for its Perfectionists has finally come to an end.
The network on Friday announced the full cast of the upcoming Pretty Little Liars spinoff, which already included Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish — reprising the roles of Alison and Mona, respectively — as well as Descendants’ Sofia Carson, who will be playing a new character named Ava.
Here’s a full rundown of all the new players coming to The Perfectionists:
* Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) will play Caitlin, “the perfect daughter of two perfect mothers” who would one day like to follow in her Senator mother’s footsteps with a career in politics. In addition to being “smart and driven,” Caitlin also “thrives under pressure,” which I imagine she’ll face plenty of on this show.
* Newcomer Eli Brown will play Dylan, a talented cellist who’s “deeply committed to his two passions, his music and his boyfriend Andrew.” As a result of feeling judged in his small hometown, he now “feels the need to be the best in all of his endeavors.”
* Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) will play Claire Hotchkiss, who — along with her husband — founded Hotchkiss Industries and Beacon Heights University. She believes “perfection is attainable and is the person who pulls the strings behind the scenes to get what she wants.”
* Lastly, General Hospital‘s Hayley Erin will play a “mysterious, unnamed role.”
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