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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.”
Kristoff St. John is returning to work at The Young and the Restless(3/8/18) (ew.com) The Young and the Restless is about to welcome back a very important member of the family.
Kristoff St. John, who plays Neil Winters on TV’s most watched daytime drama, will return to work next week after a four-month-plus hiatus, EW has learned exclusively.
In October, the actor took a leave of absence to undergo psychiatric treatment after a reported scare regarding his mental health. The 51-year-old actor had been open about his battles with depression after the loss of his son, Julian, who died by suicide nearly three years ago.
St. John was last seen on the sudser on Nov. 29. His absence was addressed by having Neil head to New York to help care for Moses, his son with Sofia, after Sofia’s car accident. In the meantime, characters on Y&R have mentioned Neil while he was away. When St. John’s new episodes begin airing in April, his character will discover how quickly things have changed in Genoa City while he was gone.
Recently, St. John posted pics of himself on Instagram that appeared to hint at his much-anticipated return to CBS.
St. John originated the role of Neil in 1991.
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.
Kristoff St. John Teases His Return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(3/6/18) (Photo) It looks as though Kristoff St. John is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Neil Winters! The actor recently shared a montage of photos of his haircut and beard trim with the caption: “The comeback kid. I’m ready.” He also included hashtags for Y&R including one for the soap’s upcoming 45th anniversary. And St. John is looking better than ever!
St. John took some time off from the show back in October of 2017 to cope with some issues he was having regarding the tragic suicide of his son, Julian, back in 2014. But he later returned to social media to reassure his worried fans that he was doing much better, sharing inspirational quotes and photographs. And in February, he even shared some snaps of himself and a gorgeous model at the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
Neil hasn’t been seen on-screen since November of 2017, so fans have been eager to see the character front and center in Genoa City again. One thing’s for sure — Devon could certainly use his father’s counsel as he deals with a determined Hilary’s intent to have a baby with him! And it would certainly be interesting to see if Neil would get mixed up in the latest battle in the Newman/Jabot war or if he would keep himself — and Hamilton/Winters — out of the mess!
Unfortunately, St. John didn’t indicate when he would be returning to Y&R, but hopefully, it will be in time for the soap’s 45th anniversary celebration which kicks off the week of March 26. There are already a host of returns scheduled for those episodes, so it would be fantastic if Neil could be one of them!
Kristoff St. John Shares Pics of the New Woman in His Life(2/21/18) (Photo) It looks as though 2018 is getting off to a terrific start for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS actor Kristoff St. John (Neil)! He shared a montage of photos of himself with a beautiful woman at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on his Instagram page. “You never know what life will bring you,” he wrote, also urging his fans to follow Kseniya’s own Instagram. He included the hashtags “life,” “paris,” and “freshstart2018.”
(Photo) Fans wished St. John all the best in the comments, declaring that they make a beautiful couple. And when one asked if he was through at Y&R, he quickly replied: “Never!” Which is good news for fans of the soap who are eagerly awaiting Neil’s return. But they’re also happy that he’s enjoying himself in France. St. John also shared a selfie from his trip that he captioned: “Pushing forward.”
Back in October 2017, St. John went through a difficult time as he continued to deal with the death of his son, Julian, who took his own life in 2014. But he was back on social media just over a month later thanking his fans for their love and support. And after spending Christmas with his family, it looks like St. John is taking some well-deserved time for himself with a Paris vacation. We wish him all the best, and await his inevitable return to Y&R!
Lin Bolen Dies: First Female VP Of Programming At A Network Was 76(1/28/18) Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 at the age of 76 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell.
Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.
It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satrical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.
She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.
Some of her moves were controversial. Bolen ended the 11-year run for Jeopardy!, citing its older demographics and stodgy host Art Fleming, and also killed the 15-year-old game show Concentration. Instead, she pivoted to a new concept from creator/producer Merv Griffin, a casino-like game called Wheel of Fortune that debuted in 1976. It became a huge hit.
Merv Griffin remembered Bolen in his Simon & Schuster memoir, Merv: Making The Good Life Last. He described her as a “hard-driving” and “difficult” woman, with whom he had many “bitter fights.” Still, he noted, “I developed a gruding respect for her talent and determination. She wanted to put her own stamp on NBC’s daytime lineup, and if that meant throwing out a few babies along with the bathwater, then so be it.”
Bolen left NBC in 1976 to form her own, self-named producion company focused on creating and developing game shows, movies of the week, and theatrical films for networks and studios. Among its show was Stumpers!, hosted by Allen Ludden (which lasted 13 weeks before cancellation), and W.E.B., a show that looked seriously at the men who ran network television. It, too, was canceled after 13 weeks, done in by its slot against the ABC hit Charlie’s Angels.
She fared better in television movies. The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Melissa Gilbert, was the highest-rated movie of the year for NBC.
Survivors include a son, Jason Wendkos. No details on memorial services have been made public.
Jon Lindstrom on S.W.A.T. 1/11/18(12/21/17) “Seizure” – As the SWAT team goes inside a prison riot to rescue civilian hostages, Hondo suspects the inmates have an ulterior motive behind the uprising. Also, when Deacon’s wife, Annie (Bre Blair), stops by headquarters to celebrate Deacon’s 10th anniversary with the SWAT division, her visit takes an unexpected turn, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Jan. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Bre Blair (Annie Kay), Aaron Braxton (Katrell), Jon Lindstrom (Ashe).
Jess Walton Plays Patrick Duffy's Wife in 'Christmas With a View!'(12/12/17) Fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS have been looking forward to Jess Walton reprising her role as Jill on Monday, Dec. 18, but now they can also see the Emmy-winning actress in the new movie, Christmas With a View! “Big news,” Walton shared on her Facebook page. “I’m heading to Canada to film a small role in a movie! The film is called Christmas With a View and it will be on Netflix.”
However, with Jill’s long-awaited return to Y&R coming up, fans shouldn’t worry that this movie will impact her schedule too much as she’s only filming for a few days. “I’ll be shooting for three days,” Walton reported, “and will play the wife of Patrick Duffy, who used to be on DALLAS. Vivica A. Fox is in the movie, too! I’m thrilled to be part of this and spend some time near Toronto where I grew up.”
Soap fans will recall that Vivica A. Fox played Stephanie Simmons on Y&R from 1994-95, and that in addition to his primetime soap appearances on both the original DALLAS and its more recent series, Duffy played Stephen Logan on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL from 2006-11! Fox shared an animated Boomerang on her Instagram kicking around some of the snow in Toronto dressed in a fabulous Ralph Lauren jumpsuit!
Details on Christmas With a View are still scarce as it’s still in production, but it’s directed by Justin Dyck for Dare2 Productions. The only question is, can they get this movie completed for Christmas 2017, or are they just really early filming for next Christmas? Either way, as soon as we have more information on when the movie will be available to watch on Netflix, we’ll be sure to let you know, so stay tuned!
Latest Update From Y&R’s Kristoff St. John(11/17/17) Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) took to social media to update fans and friends on his condition. The two-time Emmy-winning actor was reported to be undergoing psychiatric treatment stemming from the loss of his son, Julian, in November of 2014. St. John posted on Facebook, “Thank you to all my friends on FB, social media and beyond. I’m in awe of the outpouring of love. I have read your amazing comments and have seen wonderful pictures and inspirational quotes and words that you have given me. You have helped me more than you will ever know. I have made great strides in the last 3 weeks. I am healthy and thriving. I have reclaimed my strength. I am moving forward. I have no other choice. Following God’s plan. This was some serious family love that you showed me. I will never, ever go back in time to repeat such dark behavior. I love my family and friends way too much. Thank you always for supporting me and standing by the St. John family. ‘Fall seven times, rise eight. Life begins now!’ Love, peace and light. Kristoff”
Dynasty Enlists Kelly Rutherford for Mini Gossip Girl Reunion(11/15/17) A former Upper East Sider is packing for a trip to Atlanta — and she’s bringing plenty of baggage.
Kelly Rutherford, who previously worked with executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on The CW’s Gossip Girl, will appear in an upcoming episode of the network’s Dynasty reboot, TVLine has learned.
Rutherford will play Melissa Daniels, whose seemingly perfect marriage to a powerful senator is revealed to be nothing more than a face-saving sham. In private, she’s actually a “spiraling lush” whose life story serves as a cautionary tale to Cristal about the dangers of marrying men in high places.
And this is more than just a Gossip Girl reunion; Rutherford also previously appeared opposite Dynasty‘s Grant Show on the original Melrose Place.
New episodes of Dynasty air Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Y&R’s St. John Reaches Out To Fans(11/10/17) YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Kristoff St. John (Neil) posted a heartfelt message to fans on Instagram. The two-time Emmy-winning actor has been reported to be undergoing psychiatric treatment stemming from the loss of his son, Julian, in November of 2014. St. John wrote, “To all of mi IG peeps. Thanks for throwing out a life preserver… Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel to have so much love that you bathe me in…anoint me with…cloak me with. I am humbled. Life is precious. I look forward to continuing this journey together with all of you…us. Because at the end of the day, at the magic hour, we are warmed with an all knowing presence of light and love. My heart beats to the music of our creation. You are an integral piece of my personal spiritual puzzle, as I hope I am to yours. I love you…forever. #gratitude #friends #life #journey #love #yr #cbs” St. John’s post was accompanied by the quotation: “Getting knocked down is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.” — Zig Ziglar
Kristoff St. John's Ex-Wife Mia Sets Record Straight on His Alleged Suicide Threat(10/24/17) (etonline.com) Young and The Restless star Kristoff St. John's ex-wife, Mia St. John, says recent reports of the 51-year-old actor allegedly threatening to shoot himself are "inaccurate."
On Sunday, multiple reports stated that Kristoff was hospitalized and placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun. In an exclusive statement to ET on Monday, Mia called out "fabricated information" in regard to Kristoff, but also acknowledged that his heart is "broken" due to their son Julian's suicide almost three years ago.
"I want the world to know the truth about what is happening with Kristoff, because currently there is inaccurate, and fabricated information being reported by certain online outlets," Mia tells ET. "No parent should ever have to bury their child, and for those who do, it is a nightmare that haunts you forever. The death of our beloved son Julian, has taken a toll on both of us. He is an actor and while he may appear whole on the outside, his heart is broken. As a society we need to start taking mental health seriously and realize that no one is immune."
"Last week, an incident occurred, that pushed him to the breaking point, but was not accurately reported," she continues. "I hope that at this moment we can all wrap our arms around Kristoff and help him in this time of need. Help him heal and move forward. This is not a 'gossip' story, or an interesting headline, this is a man trying to deal with a tragedy, that has torn apart his soul. Right now what he needs is your thoughts and prayers."
ET spoke to both Kristoff and Mia in August, when they candidly talked about still dealing with the pain of Julian's death. Julian was found dead at age 24 in his room at a mental health care facility in Long Beach, California, after suffering from schizophrenia for years. His death was reported as suicide.
Shortly after, Kristoff and Mia filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility, alleging that nurses and staff members regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and observations of Julian, who was supposed to be on suicide watch and checked on every 15 minutes. The St. Johns alleged that on the day that their son died, surveillance footage showed nobody had checked on him for over an hour before they found him with a bag over his head in the bathroom. They claimed nurses and staff doctored documents to cover up the neglect. The facility denied all allegations at the time.
The lawsuit was settled out of court July and all funds were used to set up a foundation in Julian's name to raise mental health awareness.
"I'm still angry," Kristoff told ET when asked what it was like watching the footage that captured Julian's final moments in the facility. "I watched it the first time, I'll never watch it again. It's not something I want to see."
Kristoff and Mia said their son's death has already caused change in how mental health facilities are run.
"Well, we know that they have already taken out the plastic bags and a lot of mental health facilities have taken over that policy since my son's death," Mia said. "I will fight for the rest of my life until something is done. Because there are other kids that are left in these facilities that have no voice and no one to speak out for them."
'Y&R' Star Kristoff St. John Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Himself(10/22/17) (tmz.com) Update: 11:56 AM PT -- A rep for Mia St. John tells TMZ, Mia -- Kristoff's ex-wife -- is NOT the one who called police or got the photos of him holding a gun to his head.
'Young and The Restless' star Kristoff St. John was hospitalized and placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kristoff's ex-wife, Mia, called cops Thursday evening and told them Kristoff had been sending her photos showing the soap star holding a gun to his head.
When cops arrived, they confiscated 2 guns and placed Kristoff under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation. Sources close to Kristoff tell us the 2-year anniversary of his son Julian's suicide is fast approaching -- November 23 -- and that had him very, very upset.
Kristoff's ex set up the "El Saber es Poder" ("Knowledge is Power") Foundation to battle mental illness following Julian's death.
Jon Lindstrom on NCIS: Los Angeles 10/29(10/9/17) “Mountebank” – Sam goes undercover as a day trader after a prominent investment banker with ties to a Russian oligarch is murdered. Also, one of Callen’s aliases is the victim of credit card theft, and Mosley is concerned it signals something bigger, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tembi Locke (Leigha Winters), Costas Mandylor (Abram Sokolov), Jon Lindstrom (Phillip Nelson).
Battle of the Network Stars: Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards (9/7)(8/21/17) “Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards” – The revival of “Battle of the Network Stars,” based on the ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic, will continue with the season finale on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The new “Battle of the Network Stars” is be a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics.
Here are the teams for this new episode (* = returning to “Battle of the Network Stars”):
Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach)
TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)
Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise(8/18/17) New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film, in which Jackson’s character played his nephew. The script for the new film is by Kenya Barris.
The studio and filmmakers searched for months to find the right young actor for the splashy role, before deciding the right guy is Usher. Usher’s biggest role to date came in Independence Day: Resurgence. He returns as the lead of the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, with the fourth season beginning August 20. He will play the son of the detective, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The young man is an FBI agent, a cyber expert, and the partnership with dad is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school.
CAA and MGMT Entertainment rep Usher. The new Shaft film is produced by Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Barris, the black-ish creator. Story is repped by UTA and Barris by CAA and Principato-Young. Jackson is ICM Partners and Anonymous Content and Stone Manners Salsners Agency and Patrick McMinn Management.
Vivica A. Fox Sued by Ex-Strip Club Partner for Poaching Dancers, Ruining Biz(6/5/17) Vivica A. Fox's former business partner says she ruined his "Black Magic" male stripper revue by bad mouthing him and stealing his dancers ... according to his lawsuit.
Jean-Claude LaMarre says his partnership with Vivica went south when she went on "The Breakfast Club" and said the "Black Magic" guys don't strip for gay men. The LGBTQ community blasted her, and LaMarre says Vivica got pissed at him when he distanced himself from her ... during a "TMZ Live" appearance.
According to docs, Vivica started plotting to start her own male revue -- recruiting 4 "Black Magic" dancers -- and bad mouthing LaMarre to sway them to join her team.
In the suit, LaMarre says Vivica actively tried to torpedo promotions for his show by calling it a "fake," and telling her fans to avoid "Black Magic" like the plague.
We've reached out to Vivica's reps, no word back yet. If this one goes to trial ... we smell a hung jury.
Soap Stars Set For Christmas Film(5/23/17) THE BAY’s five-time Daytime Emmy-winner Kristos Andrews (Peter) and Brittany Underwood (Riley; ex-Langston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will headline the holiday film, A SECOND CHANCE, a modern spin on A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Underwood will play Chance Love, a spoiled pop star, and Andrews her loyal assistant, Brian. The new flick also features recent Daytime Emmy-winner Jim O’Heir (ex-Matt, B&B), Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie, Y&R) and Tara Reid (ex-Ashley, DAYS), as well as Mark McGrath and Jonathan Lipnicki, and is filming now.
Kelly Rutherford won’t be giving ex $1.5M settlement(2/21/17) “Gossip Girl’’ actress Kelly Rutherford lost custody of her kids to her German ex-hubby, but at least it looks like he won’t be getting his hands on the $1.5 million he says she owes him.
According to California bankruptcy court documents filed last week, Rutherford, 48, will likely get to walk away from the bulk of her debts, including to her ex, Daniel Giersch — who gained full custody of their kids, Hermes and Helena, in 2015 after a protracted custody battle.
Rutherford had wracked up so many legal bills during the warring ex-couple’s disputes that a court-appointed trustee last week ruled that she can only afford to give Giersch $163,000 of the $1.57 million he claimed he was due.
Rutherford, who played the wily Lily van der Woodsen on the now-defunct TV show, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, claiming she had just $24,000 to her name and was swimming in $2 million of debt.
She also claimed earnings of less than $1,300 a month — and that was mostly from residuals from “Gossip Girl,” which ended in 2012.
The trustee’s report shows that Rutherford will likely be able to walk away from the $1.1 million she owed the family law firm that litigated her custody battle.
The trustee, Jason Rund, also suggests that Rutherford will likely be saved from paying some $200,000 in back taxes, as well as $36,245 in American Express charges.
A hearing to approve the trustee’s final report will be held at 2 p.m. March 15 in Los Angeles.
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