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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated October 31, 2019)
Soap Fave Welcomes First Grandchild(10/31/19) (Photo) Vincent Irizarry (Jordan, B&B et al) is showing off the new addition to his family, granddaughter Areli Jay, who was born on January 11. The actor, who shared photos on social media of his four children (daughters Siena and Aria and sons Ash and Alias), along with daughter-in-law Janine, gushed, “Without question, the highlight of my summer’s end, beginning of autumn, was finally having the opportunity to spend an extended time with each of my 4 beloved children, Ash, Siena, Aria, & Elias, and my wonderful daughter-in-law, Janine, while finally meeting my precious granddaughter, Areli. It’s been [way] too long, all of us living in different parts of the country, conflicting schedules and work commitments. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each of them, of the young men and women of character and substance they’ve become, nor more grateful for how much they’ve enhanced my life in truly immeasurable, unimaginable ways. Additionally, my blessings have been multiplied even greater by the newest addition to my life, our family, in the form of my first grandchild, Areli Jay, who entered our world and grateful lives on Jan 11th off this year… Yes, my cup runneth over indeed. #proudfather.#proudgrandpa.#4evrgr8ful.”
Réal Andrews Opens up About His Bipolar Diagnosis(9/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Réal Andrews has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, including DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA, and of course, GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he played Detective Marcus Taggert. In the years since his stint on ATWT, the actor pressed pause on his career. “My dad got ill with Parkinson’s, and after he passed away, my mom got sick,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “so my mind just wasn’t in it.” In addition to supporting them, Andrews also developed entrepreneurial enterprises and became a fitness/nutrition coach as well as a motivational speaker. But in his own life, “I had three hip surgeries, one of which wasn’t good,” he said. Consequently, “I was in chronic pain for four years and became addicted to opioids and alcohol.”
Today, the soap vet is sober and reprioritizing both his health and his passion for performing. However, he’s also had a revelation that was two decades in the making. “I was having crazy, dark thoughts. Then it hit me one day that for the first time in my life, I’m not masking it with drugs, alcohol or anything like that. It was right there in my face!” he admitted. That’s when he decided to see a physician and “got officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”
Now receiving treatment, Andrews feels like a new man and wants to encourage others in the same boat to seek help. “I want to be able to tell you that you’re not alone,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being depressed, sad or having a bad day and suffering from this sickness. When you don’t know where [those feelings] come from, you don’t know how to stop them.”
My ultimate [goal], and kind of what I’ve already started working towards,” he said, “is being on the big stage, talking to hundreds of thousands of people about depression.”
The actor currently plays Dr. Keith Campbell on Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, but as he looks to the future, there’s another kind of character he’s eyeing. “I like to play heavies: bad guys and psychos. I’ve always been drawn to that,” he admitted. “I became an actor because I saw Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” While he says that he would “absolutely do daytime again,” Andrews remains open to whatever the next leg of his journey brings. “I put a lot of faith in my representation, but my No. 1 representation is God,” he insisted. “So whatever He puts on my plate… my job is to show up with excellence.”
Shipp returns To The Arrowverse(9/12/19) John Wesley Shipp will return for the Arrowverse’s upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, TVInsider.com reports. It is not yet clear which character Shipp will portray.
Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.
Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
E! People’s Choice Awards Finalists(9/4/19) Fans can vote online at pca.eonline.com, via Twitter or for select categories on Xfinity X1. Fans can vote up to 25 times per method, per category, per day if they vote via online or Twitter. Voting via Xfinity X1 has a limit of 25 times per ballot, per Xfinity X1 device, per candidate for the duration of the official voting window. Additionally, any vote cast on Tuesdays throughout the voting window will count twice.
The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10 at 9p ET/PT
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Dishing with Digest - 8/16/19 - Eva La Rue(8/16/19) Eva La Rue On Y&R Present And AMC Past (Listen / download).
Eva La Rue talks about her latest role as Y&R's Celeste, shares her memories of All My Children, jokes about the book she'll write with Kelly Ripa and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest dual roles on daytime and how actors feel about playing them.
Santa Barbara Vet A Martinez Reveals the Cruz/Eden Plot He 'Hated,' Was 'Ashamed' of: 'I'll Never Get Over It'(8/4/19) Santa Barbara is widely considered to be one of — if not the — best soap opera that ever graced the daytime landscape. But as one of the series’ stars recently pointed out, the late, beloved NBC sudser was not immune to the occasional narrative misstep.
In a refreshingly candid Facebook Q&A, A Martinez — who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Cruz Castillo, soul mate to Marcy Walker’s Eden — revealed that there is one Santa Barbara plot he was embarrassed to take part in.
“Pretty much the only thing I hated about [SB] — in fact I was ashamed that I did it — is when Eden came back [from the “dead”] disguised as another person to try to lead Cruz into the next stage of his life,” the actor shared of the 1991 arc that found the mentally ill Eden taking on the personality of a painter named Suzanne Collier. “She wore glasses and a [red] wig and we were supposed to pretend that Cruz would not know she she is when he danced with her. I was ashamed that I played that. I’ll never get over it. That was one of the weakest things I ever did as an actor.”
That one creative slip-up notwithstanding, Martinez stressed that he “loved” his time on the soap, which ran from 1984-1993. “You can be picky about it and look a gift horse in the mouth and all of that, but the truth is so much of the reason the [Cruz/Eden] relationship worked as well as it did was that the writers wrote us gloriously rich, sensitive [material],” he enthused. “We were so lucky. I want to be very careful not to fall prey to thinking ‘woulda-shoulda-coulda.’ We had a full meal for years. We were lucky.”
Martinez also divulged during the Q&A — which served to promote the forthcoming Santa Barbara-themed cruise — that the storyline he remains most proud of was the one that dealt with the aftermath of Eden’s rape. The landmark 1989 plot earned Santa Barbara eight Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress for Walker. “It was a hideous thing that happened to that character,” Martinez admits, “but the way [Marcy] played it was off the charts great .”
Irizarry Joins B&B(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.
Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.
Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.
2019 Emmy Nominations(7/17/19) The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, airing live on Fox.
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DYNASTY Vet Joins Y&R(7/2/19) Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY; ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) has been cast in a new role on Y&R. The soap vet will play Daryl Tulane, who shared an interesting connection to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) during her time away from Genoa City. He appears for several episodes beginning Monday, July 29.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt bonded while making ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’(5/23/19) Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time a Time … in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate isn’t primary enough in the film.
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” made its splashy premiere Tuesday evening at Cannes, 25 years after Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” debuted at the French Riviera festival, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or. Tarantino’s latest is about an actor (DiCaprio) in TV Westerns and his stunt double (Pitt) in 1960s Los Angeles, set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders.
It’s the first time DiCaprio and Pitt have made a feature together, though the two co-starred in a 2015 short directed by Martin Scorsese. They both suggested it might not be the last.
“There was an incredible ease and comfort getting to work alongside Brad. We kind of grew up in the same generation, got our start around the same time,” said DiCaprio. “We together forged, hopefully, a great cinematic bond in a film about our industry together.”
Pitt concurred. “It’s that thing of knowing you’ve got the best-of-the-best on the opposite side of the table holding up the scene with you,” he said. “I hope we get to do it again.”
The anticipation and glamour of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” brought a frenzy unlike anything else has to this year’s Cannes. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux had desperately sought its inclusion. The film was a late addition after Tarantino was able to finish post-production work in time.
The stakes have been high for Sony Pictures, which gave Tarantino a $95 million budget to make what DiCaprio called “his love letter to the industry.” On Wednesday, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman sat front row as Tarantino and his cast spoke to reporters.
Tarantino was made a free agent in Hollywood after the downfall of his regular producer, Harvey Weinstein. The director has previously acknowledged knowing about some of the accusations against Weinstein for years, saying: “I knew enough to do more than I did.”
Tarantino made no mention on Wednesday of Weinstein or the controversy last year involving Uma Thurman. The actress said an unsafe stunt on “Kill Bill” left her neck and knees permanently damaged. Tarantino later apologized, calling the incident “the biggest regret of my life.”
He was, though, asked about his feelings toward director Roman Polanski, who was Tate’s husband at the time of the Manson family murders. Played by Rafal Zawierucha, Polanski is seen only sparingly in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” Tarantino previously defended Polanski for having sexing with a 13-year-old girl, telling Howard Stern in 2003 that she “wanted to have it.”
On Wednesday, Tarantino said only that he’s a deep admirer of Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby.” He said he didn’t consult Polanski on the new film.
The tensest moment for Tarantino came when a New York Times reporter asked why an actress as talented as Robbie had relatively few lines in the film. Robbie’s Tate is largely a side narrative in the movie, which focuses on her fictional neighbours (DiCaprio and Pitt).
“I just reject your hypotheses,” Tarantino retorted curtly. Robbie gave a fuller defence, calling her Tate “a ray of light.” She said Tarantino referred to her character as “the heartbeat of the story.”
“The moments that I got gave the opportunity to honour Sharon,” she said. “I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character even without dialogue, specifically.”
When another reporter asked Tarantino if he ever had any hesitation about turning a real-life tragedy into a movie, he replied, simply: “Um, no.”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which opens in U.S. theatres on July 26, has been met with largely good reviews in Cannes, with critics calling it a nostalgic ode to a bygone Hollywood.
Asked if he would have rather made movies in 1969 than now, Tarantino said: “I prefer any time before cellphones.”
‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Poster Out, Showing Cowboy Leonardo DiCaprio(5/20/19) (Poster) A new poster from Quentin Tarantino’s black comedy Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is out, showing Leonardo DiCaprio in character as faded television actor Rick Dalton.
The Columbia Pictures film will be out on July 26, starting DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. The film focuses on the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles, as Dalton and stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) navigate a changing film industry, with an intersection with the Charles Manson gang.
The film is produced by Columbia Pictures, Heyday Films and Bona Film Group, and has its world premiere at the current Cannes Film Festival.
Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate, Dakota Fanning will play Squeaky Fromme, Al Pacino is set as Marvin Shwarz and Damian Lewis will play Steve McQueen. Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Tim Roth and the late Luke Perry are also among cast.
The Young and the Restless Adds All My Children Veteran Eva LaRue(5/16/19) Eva LaRue is returning to Natalia Boa Vista’s stomping grounds.
The former CSI: Miami star will join the cast of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, TVLine has confirmed. In addition to her homecoming at the network, the move will mark LaRue’s daytime comeback: She played neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the ABC soap All My Children off and on over the course of 18 years. In 1997, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for supporting actress for her work on the series.
LaRue’s Y&R character, Celeste Rosales, is the mother of Lola (played by Sasha Calle), Arturo (played by Jason Canela) and Rey Rosales (played by Jordi Vilasuso). LaRue begins shooting in late May; look for Celeste’s first appearance to take place on Wednesday, June 26. EW.com first reported the casting.
The actress’ other TV credits include Fuller House, George Lopez, Soul Food, Third Watch and Santa Barbara. At present, she hosts Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.
CBS recently renewed The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful — as well as its entire daytime lineup, which also includes The Talk, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal — for the 2019-2020 TV season.
Nancy Lee Grahn's Daughter, Kate Grahn, Released Another Amazing Song — Listen to It Here!(5/10/19) Talent runs in the family! Kate Grahn, daughter of GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), is an incredibly talented musician who has released another single. “My daughter has a new song!” Grahn announced on Instagram. “‘Over Again’ will air on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE PERFECTIONISTS on May 15. Have a listen and let her know if you like it.” “Over Again” was written by Kate Grahn and Adam Yaron, and is an absolutely lovely romantic ballad. You can visit the Song Link to find links to listen to or download the song from a variety of sources.
Back in February, Kate released her debut single, “Someday Baby.” a driving rock song with a little bluesy twang featuring lyrics about a woman who refuses to settle and be just your “someday baby.” “It would mean so much to me if you would help me celebrate my Kate’s 21st birthday by listening to her new single,” Grahn proudly tweeted upon the song's release.
Kate may be young but she’s already a confident presence on the stage, having performed live numerous times over recent years. And you can hear that confidence in her powerful vocals in “Someday Baby.” The song is available to stream and purchase on platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon, TIDAL, and more. Just click this song link and you can choose the way you want to listen to it. Or, you could just click play on the YouTube video below… then follow the links to buy it and download it to listen to it whenever you like!
Now that Kate has released two songs, hopefully this means that an EP or a full album is going to be released soon so that we can hear more music from this talented young artist.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ heads to Cannes(5/3/19) Quentin Tarantino is going back to Cannes, after all.
The director’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was announced as a late addition to the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. It will premiere in competition at the upcoming French festival, adding one of the summer’s starriest, most anticipated films to the Cannes’ red carpet.
When Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the festival’s official selections last month, he said he was hopeful Tarantino would finish editing in time for the film to return to the festival where “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago won Cannes’ top award, the Palme d’Or.
“We were afraid the film would not be ready,” Fremaux said in a statement Thursday. “But Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which opens in theaters July 26, is set in late ’60s Los Angeles and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV actor and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double. Margot Robbie co-stars as Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969.
As a producer, DiCaprio will additionally bring a documentary on climate change to Cannes titled “Ice on Fire.”
Fremaux also added Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” to the festival’s main slate Thursday. Kechiche won the Palme d’Or in 2013 for “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” Last year, French authorities investigated the director for sexual assault after a complaint filed in Paris. Through his attorney, Kechiche has denied the allegation.
The Cannes Film Festival opens May 14 with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” and runs through May 25.
Robin Wright To Make Feature Directorial Debut On Wilderness Drama ‘Land’(4/30/19) House Of Cards star Robin Wright is to make her feature directorial debut on Land, in which she will also star as Edee Mathis, a woman consumed by grief who resolves to remove herself completely from life as she has known it, and disappear.
The film is based on the original screenplay by Jesse Chatham and Golden Globe nominee Liz Hannah (The Post) and is due to begin production this summer in British Columbia where it will cover the wild landscape over four seasons.
Wright’s character is a cosmopolitan lawyer who takes herself off the grid almost entirely. With advice from online survivalists, she moves to the most unpopulated area in the U.S., living in a cabin in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. All alone, she must learn to hunt, fish and grow her food as she faces brutal winters, a challenging landscape and local wildlife that could kill her at any moment. In crossing paths with Joseph, a First Nations local, Edee begins to confront her demons and surprises herself with her own will to survive.
HanWay Films has picked up international sales rights and will commence sales at Cannes. Cinetic Media and CAA Media Finance will handle North American rights.
The project was developed by Allyn Stewart (Sully) with casting director Lora Kennedy (Wonder Woman) and is financed by Big Beach. It is produced by Stewart, Kennedy, Big Beach co-founder Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine) and Leah Holzer (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood). Marc Turtletaub will executive produce for Big Beach with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Steve Farneth and Iron Circle Pictures’ Heather Rae.
HanWay Films MD Gabrielle Stewart commented, “Robin proved herself a tour de force taking in hand House Of Cards as a director as well as its lead actor. She speaks very eloquently and passionately about wanting to tell the story of a woman’s journey through loss and pain, where only by giving herself to nature can she find a path to inner peace and redemption. It is a unique cinematic experience of huge scale, yet speaks to our basic human need for more earthy simplicity in this busy noisy world.”
Wright is represented by CAA, Sugar 23, and Ziffren Brittenham.
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