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Kelly Ripa to Be Honored By GLAAD, Anderson Cooper to Present the AwardKelly Ripa has more than another Daytime Emmy Award to celebrate today.
I can exclusively reveal that the morning talk show host will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.
Her good friend Anderson Cooper has signed on to present the award.
"For over a decade, Kelly Ripa has greeted millions of viewers with messages of acceptance and inclusion," GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "By sharing inclusive stories with her audience and loudly voicing support for her LGBT friends and fans, Kelly is helping to drive acceptance forward."
Past Excellence in Media Award honorees include Diane Sawyer, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Judy Shepard and Russell Simmons.
The Media Awards will be held May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts will receive this year's Vito Russo Award. Ross Mathews will host the gala, which will include guests Laverne Cox, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff and Rupert Friend of Homeland.
GLAAD's annual Hollywood gala last month honored Kerry Washington and openly gay director Roland Emmerich.
Meet AMC's SkyeCarrie Genzel (Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) is making an appearance at I.E. Comics on Saturday, May 2, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. The store is located at 4672 West Florida Ave. in Hemet, CA, and is completely free, so if you're in the area, stop by to meet the actress and get a photo or an autograph! Plus, Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, so you can take home some free comics at the same time!
All Hail These Queens!Move over, housewives, there are some new ladies on the block... and they are here to show you how to bring the drama! In one of the smartest programming moves we've seen in ages, Pop (formerly the TV Guide Network) will air the pilot of their sudsy new reality show, QUEENS OF DRAMA, at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26th, directly after this year's live telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards.
So is QUEENS worth sticking around for? Only if you want to see some of your favorite former daytimers butting heads as they attempt to create a whole new soap. Do parts feel wildly scripted? Without doubt. But where else are you going to see Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) give an epic eyeroll to Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) before declaring she feels "completely insulted" and walking out of a meeting?
And that's before DYNASTY's Joan Collins (Alexis) has even made her first appearance.
In short, this is the reality show soap fans have been waiting for. Following Sunday's premiere, QUEENS — which also stars Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS — will air Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning on April 29th.
Former Soap Stars At The White House Correspondents' DinnerFox News Channel: Kelly Rutherford – Gossip Girl, The Mysteries of Laura
CBS/CBS News: Gina Rodriguez – Jane The Virgin
USA TODAY: Michelle Trachtenberg – Killing Kennedy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
No, Michael B. Jordan Hasn't Met Michael Jordan...Yet(Video) It must be tough being Michael B. Jordan.
The Fantastic Four star stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night and confessed that he hasn't met legendary basketball player Michael Jordan, despite sharing a moniker. It turns out, however, that he is named after his dad and not the former Chicago Bulls player.
"I wear my name with pride," the Fruitvale Station actor gushed. But that didn't stop host Jimmy Kimmel from asking him if he wished he shared a name with a "less popular" NBA player such as Will Perdue or B.J. Armstrong LOL. We can only guess that Michael B. secretly enjoys sharing a name with the sports legend because he even wears Air Jordan sneakers!
"I actually just asked them to give me a pair of me, and they sent them over," he joked of his footwear choice.
Michael B. also dished that he has seen the NBA player at parties such as the All Star Weekend events and wears his shoes "all the time," but still hasn't met him. "You think he would have summoned you at some point," Kimmel joked.
"That's how he does it, right?" Michael B. joked. "He just calls you over like 'Come here.'"
Not trying to make the young actor jealous, Kimmel revealed that he has actually been to one of the former basketball player's birthday parties. But when the former Parenthood actor asked Kimmel what he brought Michael as a birthday gift, the talk show host suspected Michael B. already knew the ending to this story.
"I was trying to think of a gift, and I brought him a basketball," Kimmel confessed.
With all of this discussion about the lack of friendship between Michael B. and legendary Michael, we can only hope that the two eventually will meet. Perhaps they could arrange something for when Creed, the Rocky spinoff in which Michael B. is starring, gets released.
We can just see it now: Two sports fans just bonding over another sports film. Michael, what say you?
Dorothy Lyman on Elementary“Absconded” – Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes’ online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York’s beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson enlists Watson’s services in an off-book investigation that helps him make a life-changing decision, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, May 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster guest stars as Tara Parker.
Guest Stars Include: Sutton Foster (Tara Parker), Dorothy Lyman (Belinda).
Wittrock Joins The Big ShortYou don’t usually get so many stars who carry pictures themselves to headline the same movie. But Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment formally set Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt to star in the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei also star. McKay wrote the most recent draft, from script by Charles Randolph. Pic tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008. If that sounds un-cinematic, so did Lewis books Moneyball and The Blind Side, and those movie adaptations worked out pretty well. Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock round out the cast. Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. They are just getting underway in New Orleans.
LINDA DANO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITELinda Dano (ex-Felicia, ANOTHER WORLD et al) has launched a new web site at www.lindadano.com. "It’s been along time in coming,” says the soap vet. “Today I have launched my very own, designed by me, planned out new chapter of my life. I have a new website. I hope you love it. I do! But hey, it’s about me [laughs]. I am also starting a new eBay store in a couple of weeks with lots of very exciting things like memorabilia, fashion and fashion for home. I am very excited about this new adventure. I am really learning a lot about the new digital age, not bad for an old broad like me. I hope you will all come and visit me!"
Matt Bomer Shares His Shirtless Magic Mike XXL Poster-See His 8-Pack Abs!(Photo) It might be Monday, but it just turned into one of the best days of the week.
Hunky Matt Bomer and Warner Bros. have shared another poster from the summer's highly anticipated Magic Mike XXL. But instead of shirtless Channing Tatum, we get the White Collar star, and he is looking good. Bomer tweeted his poster, writing, "I hope to see you on the dance floor July 1st! @magicmikemovie #XXL XXO."
You're mistaken, Bomer. We can't wait to see you on the dance floor. Dressed in jeans and a fedora (he is shirtless, after all), the Normal Heart actor looks phenomenally chiseled, abtastic, pretty much any adjective you can think of to describe his toned torso.
The official Twitter account for the movie also posted Bomer's poster and wrote, "Our Ken doll is back (@MattBomer), and this time he's XXL. Who's ready for him? #MagicMondays #MagicMikeXXL." By the looks of these posters, the whole cast seems to be pretty XXL!
Tatum and the studio teased the July 1 film last week by releasing the star's poster, and he, too, was looking fine. Then again, that's really not a surprise because everyone looked phenomenal in the first movie! So, how will the second installment differ from the first? The 22 Jump Street star gave some insight to Entertainment Weekly.
"No plot," Tatum joked. "Just a bunch of naked dudes sitting around doing dude stuff. We read all the message boards, and people were like, 'Less story. Less plot. Just dudes' things.' And we listened to that."
In addition to Tatum and Bomer, Magic Mike XXL will also see the return of Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez. "Basically, we all were taking penis-enlargement pills since the last one, so we weren't worried about what temperature the room was when we came out to do our dances," he joked. "That's what XXL means."
The sequel follows the stripper group as they head to a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the hijinks that ensue.
Kelly Ripa Pays Emotional Tribute to Dr. Fredric Brandt at Memorial Service: "He Is With All of Us Now"(Photo) Surrounded by some 3,000 white orchids, Kelly Ripa took the stage at New York's Lincoln Center on Thursday to pay tribute to her friend and dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt at a memorial service.
The platinum blond doctor, once dubbed the "Baron of Botox," died on April 5 at age 65 in his in Coconut Grove, Florida. Police said the apparent cause was suicide. His official funeral was on Sunday in Miami.
"This is the saddest thing that I never thought I would have to do," Ripa, the last of 11 speakers, told the crowd, according to Women's Wear Daily.
"When I look out into this room I see so many beautiful faces and I realized that Fred is all around us," the outlet quoted the Live With Kelly and Michael co-host as saying. "He is with all of us now."
In addition to Ripa, Brandt had also treated celebs such as Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Joy Behar. The former The View co-host also attended Thursday's memorial.
"He was so much fun," People magazine quoted Behar as saying at the event. "We used to talk about Bette Davis all the time."
She and Ripa had paid tribute to Brandt publicly shortly after this death. Behar called him "one of the sweetest, nicest, most generous people I have had the good fortune to meet and work with."
"He was just a great person, a great friend," Ripa said on Live With Kelly and Michael. "He will be missed. I cannot tell you how much I will miss him. I'll miss him every day of my life."
On stage at the New York memorial service, the orchids were arranged in the shape of a wave. The doctor had kept such flowers in his office.
Ripa also shared a heartwarming memory of Brandt—she talked about how several years, ago, she broke out with a massive pimple when she was supposed to shoot a commercial. She called the doctor, who came to her rescue but told her he was on a very tight schedule and a solution had to be found very quickly so he could return to his office, WWD reported.
"Then a group of male models disrobed and oiled up and suddenly Fred and I are ordering lunch," the outlet quoted Ripa as saying. "We sat there with the door cracked open giggling like children. We laughed so much that day."
"That is what I will remember the most about him: his laughter, his unabashed joy, his sense of humor, his kindness, his selflessness," she said. "He gave us everything he had and there will never be another Fred Brandt."
Soap Stars Head To Florida!Pack your bags and head on South with GENERAL HOSPITAL hunks Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The guys are just some of the daytime stars scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. The other celebrities appearing are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).
Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.
AMC Fave to MistressesAll My Children alum Chrishell Stause is now heading to a primetime soap — ABC’s Mistresses.
After Stause tweeted about her gig on Thursday, TVLine confirmed that she will guest-star in the fifth episode of Season 3 as a woman April encounters when she gives “hot yoga” a try.
As previously reported, Justin Hartley, who dates Stause in real life, will reprise his Mistresses role of Scott for a pair of episodes this season.
In addition to her runs on AMC and more recently Days of Our Lives, Stause’s credits include a guest spot on ABC’s Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls David Boreanaz 'My Angel,' Buffy Fans RejoiceIt's the reunion of Buffy and Angel that fans always wanted – just briefer, more Twitter-specific and entirely lacking in wooden stakes.
Angel's romance with "The Chosen One" might have fizzled out years ago, but Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz's off-screen friendship is still going strong – much to the delight of Buffy the Vampire Slayer geeks everywhere.
After the Bones star, 45, Tweeted Happy Birthday to his former costar, who turned 38 on Tuesday, she responded by calling him "always my #angel."
@David_Boreanaz: Happy Bday @SarahMGellar Hope the day is full of laughter and Love.
@SarahMGellar: @David_Boreanaz thank you for thinking of me today always my #angel
The exchange sparked hundreds of retweets from fans of the Joss Whedon show happy to see that their two favorite characters are still in touch.
Now if they could just get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie made...
Lowry Stops The RideMichael Lowry is slipping back into the kind of doctor duds he wore as Jake on ALL MY CHILDREN for his brief role in The Longest Ride. "It was quite the déjà vu experience," he tells In Depth. Based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama is about a former champion bull-rider (Scott Eastwood, Fury) whose attempt to re-ignite his career hits a serious snag in the form of some ominous news. "I worked with Eastwood and the female lead, Britt Robertson (UNDER THE DOME)," Lowry reveals. "I basically delivered the 'heed-my-words-or-else' good doctor advice." The movie, which also features Alan Alda, is now in theaters.
See First Pic of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in the Boxing Ring in Rocky Spinoff Creed!(Photo) Michael B. Jordan is stepping into the ring!
Jordan's co-star Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram page yesterday to share the first photo of the 28-year-old boxing in his upcoming movie Creed, a spinoff from the Rocky franchise.
"Get ready to go for it!" the 68-year-old acting legend captioned the pic. The action shot shows Jordan and his character Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa's rival-turned-friend Apollo. Jordan looks ready to rumble as he stands with clenched fists in the ring dressed in black and white sporting gear. Meanwhile, Stallone coaches him on some punching moves from the side.
Creed will be Stallone's seventh film in the Rocky franchise and his latest since 2006's Rocky Balboa. The film will be directed by Jordan's Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler.
Meanwhile, back in January, Stallone snapped an epic fan selfie while he was filming on the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (aka the famous Rocky steps). Fan Peter Rowe said he and two of his college friends Jacob Kerstan and Andrew Wright had just finished racing up the staircase when they spotted the real Rocky Balboa himself!
"He said to us, 'Man, you guys are fast. You're making me look bad!"' Rowe later said.
"Empire's" Trai Byers Returns Home to Inspire KCKCC Theatre Students(kckansan.com) KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Hollywood came to Kansas City Kansas Community College Wednesday as two actors from a hit Fox show came to talk with theater students about how to be successful actors.
Kansas City, Kan. native Trai Byers plays Andre Lyon in the Fox primetime series “Empire.” Joining him on the performing arts center stage was Grace Gealey, who plays Anika Calhoun in the show that centers on a hip hop music and entertainment company and the family who is fighting to control it. “Empire” has already been renewed for a second season.
“Getting to know me was important,” Byers said of his success in Hollywood. “Learning about myself in different situations, in different areas helped me to learn where I fit in and made me more versatile.”
Byers, whose mother Michelle is a student at KCKCC, received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kansas. He then attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles before graduating from the Yale School of Drama. He is best known for his roles on the daytime soap opera “All My Children,” “90210” on the CW and for playing James Forman in the Oscar-nominated “Selma.” Byers’ character on “Empire,” is the eldest of the three sons of record label head Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. While Andre is considered the most business-savvy of the three brothers, it is his bipolar diagnosis that has received much of the attention, especially during the last half of the first season.
“Be seen,” he said to KCKCC theater students. “Get into classes and be prepared for the showcases. Stand behind your work and let people see it. Always aim high and believe in yourself.”
Gealey was born and raised in the Cayman Islands. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida followed by a masters from the University of California-Irvine. Known more for her stage acting prior to “Empire,” she had roles in “Rent,” “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe” before landing the role on Anika. She said being the child of two deaf parents contributed to her acting abilities because it forced her to communicate in a much more visual way.
“My first language was ASL, and you really have to emote through your sentences. I think my desire to express myself through acting came from that,” she said. “I think what I have learned most is that I am enough. If you go into an audition and they want oranges, it doesn’t mean your apples are rotten. It doesn’t mean that my value as an artist has shifted. It just means that what I have to offer is not what they are looking for.”
Byers said he was having difficulty finding work and was seriously thinking about coming back to KCK when the audition for “Empire” came along.
“Everything stopped. I couldn’t get a job to save my life. I had nothing except for my relationship with God,” he said. “Maybe being an actor is what I wanted, but maybe that was not what God wanted me to do. I was about to come home when I got the audition for Empire.”
Byers said when it came to the last part of the audition and only about five actors remained, it went terrible. But, he said, that is where his strong religious beliefs overtook once again.
“The volume cut out on my audition. They couldn’t hear what I was saying,” he said. “Lee Daniels (one of the creators of ‘Empire’) told me later that I wasn’t supposed to get the part. This has been an amazing journey.”
Tina Knowles Marries Richard Lawson(Photo) He liked it, so he put a ring on it.
Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles, tied the knot with actor Richard Lawson (ex-Lucas, All My Children) on Sunday in Newport Beach, California.
The happy couple swapped vows onboard a 140-ft. yacht, a source told the New York Daily News. Beyoncé, husband Jay Z and 3-year-old daughter Blue Ivy were all in attendance, as was Bey's little sister Solange, according to TMZ.
In an image posted by Beyoncé on her website, Knowles and Lawson – both decked out in white, champagne glasses in hand – celebrate their nuptials aboard the sun-drenched yacht. Other photos that surfaced Monday show guests at the ceremony dressed in all-white, an echo of daughter Solange's own ivory-toned wedding last November.
In keeping with the family's on-point wedding style, Knowles wore a fashion-forward Romona Keveza creation.
It's the second marriage for both Knowles, 61, and Lawson, 67, who began dating in 2013. Knowles split from her previous husband, Beyoncé's father and former manager Mathew Knowles, in 2009 after more than three decades together. They finalized their divorce in 2011.
Mathew wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in 2013.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Steps Out for Opening Night of Cruel Intentions Musical Parody(Photo: Sarah Michelle Gellar with Cruel Intentions musical cast) Who's ready to see Cruel Intentions, the musical?
That's right: 16 years after the release of the seminal teen flick starring Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar as ruthless, sex-crazed siblings, Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical parody had its opening night on Friday.
And guess who was front row? None other than Gellar herself.
"We were babies when we made the film. I was 20! I celebrated my 21st birthday during filming," Gellar, now 37, told PEOPLE at the Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, where the show is running through April. "It had to be some form of child abuse doing the things I did in that movie."
Like that infamous kiss scene with Selma Blair? In case you were wondering ... that's part of the show (and they're even singing "Kiss Me" by The Cardigans as they do it).
Gellar was joined by the film's original writer/director Roger Kumble and costar Sean Patrick Thomas. The group laughed, cheered and took photos from their seats, and after, Gellar rushed backstage to meet and praise her counterpart.
"It's so crazy. It was such a flood of memories. I don't necessarily think of it as me," Gellar revealed. "But then they started talking, and I could feel the words coming out of my mouth!"
Admittedly, it's been a long time since she's actually watched the film. "Sometimes I'll be flipping channels, and it'll be on. But then I think, 'My God, there has to be something better to do with my time then watching myself.' So if it's a scene with someone else, I'll watch it," Gellar said. "But if it's me, I have to turn it off."
And though a lot has changed for Gellar since making the film – like her marriage to Freddie Prinze Jr. and the birth of her children Charlotte, 5, and Rocky, 2 – when asked what she thinks is the biggest difference in her life now, Gellar simply said with a laugh, "It's 10:45 p.m. at night. It's past my bedtime!"
Maurice's Music Vid!(Video) You probably knew that Maurice Benard played ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico before becoming GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny, but did you know his first ever job was in a music video? Benard's wife, Paula, shared this lost treasure with the world, and now we're sharing it with you! Enjoy a baby-faced Benard as a member of a street gang in this mid-80s gem!
The Inside Story: Mischa Barton's War with Her Manager Mom(people.com) Long before Mischa Barton filed a lawsuit against her mother, tensions between the two had threatened to boil over.
The actress, 29, has had a rocky relationship with her manager mom, Nuala, particularly after Mischa's fame exploded as a teen star on Fox's The O.C..
"Mischa was the bread and butter for her entire family," a former associate of Barton's told PEOPLE in 2013. "But her mom was running the show."
Then dating oil heir Brandon Davis, "Mischa had intense conflicting opinions coming at her," the former associate said. "She had a boyfriend telling her one thing. She had a mom telling her another thing. And like any momager situation, Mischa is paying the rent. They bought this huge house in California, which was probably a bit of a stretch for them."
The house would later go into foreclosure, with documents revealing that the actress was nearly five months behind on her mortgage payments in August 2014.
Despite all the turmoil, Barton was protective of her mom in a wide-ranging 2013 interview with PEOPLE.
"My mom is a real survivor," she said in 2013. "She's a very strong woman. I think that's where I get it from."
Now Barton alleges that Nuala stole money to buy a $7.8 million Beverly Hills mansion, which she is "using as her ATM," says Barton's lawyer, Alex Weingarten.
Weingarten says Barton is "locked out" of the house, which Nuala is sharing with Barton's father, Paul, and "can't even visit her dog."
(Efforts to reach Nuala have been unsuccessful.)
Mischa was just 5 years old when her family moved from the United Kingdom to New York City to help foster her fledgling acting career – a move that sparked culture shock for her mother.
"My poor mom, being thrust into New York with us when we were very young," Barton, who has two sisters, told PEOPLE in 2013.
Later, when the family moved to Los Angeles as Barton's television career took off, "nothing could prepare them to have their children jump into the overtly sexualized and crazy world of L.A.," she said.
At 16, Barton landed the lead role of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. and quickly rocketed to fame, living a "jet-set lifestyle," as she put it, and partying in the same circles as Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.
"It was a train I could not get off of," she told PEOPLE of the events that led to the 2009 "full-on breakdown" that rocked her health and her career. (She was briefly committed to a psych ward for what she later said were unfounded fears that she was suicidal.)
Barton cautiously defended her mother in 2013. Asked whether Nuala could have done anything to protect her from the personal turmoil she struggled with, she replied, "I think that everybody at the time did what they thought was best, and I think that's the only way I could put it. You have to understand that I come from a very Irish, English family, and they were thrust into a situation completely foreign to them.
"I think what's important at the ed of the day as you get older is to sit back and realize people really do have the best of intentions," she said. "You take the chain of events as they come."
Mischa Barton sues mother for 'stealing' her earningsMischa Barton has sued her mother, alleging she stole money that the former star of the television series “The O.C.” earned throughout her career and made endorsement deals that damaged the actress’ reputation.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles also accuses Nuala Barton of kicking her daughter out of a multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home that was purchased with money earned while Mischa Barton was a child actress.
Mischa Barton was 17 when she began working on “The O.C.” and already had appeared in the films “Notting Hill” and “The Sixth Sense.”
Nuala Barton served as her daughter’s manager for much of her career. The lawsuit accuses Nuala Barton of bullying her daughter, and states she has been fired from her management role.
“While Barton was busy perfecting her craft and turning her acting dreams into reality, her mother, defendant Nuala Barton, was secretly scheming to exploit Barton’s bourgeoning career for her benefit,” the lawsuit states.
A message left at a phone number listed for Nuala Barton was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit also claims the mother is withholding royalties and lied about the amount the actress was paid for a 2013 film so she could pocket the difference, in addition to her 10 percent management fee. The suit does not state how much the actress believes has been stolen, but claims her mother has refused to provide accounting details.
Mischa Barton said after her character was killed off “The O.C.” in its third season, she wanted to focus on movie roles. She has appeared in several small films and a short-lived CW series but has garnered no high-profile roles.
She has been a fixture in the fashion world, appearing at shows for top designers in New York and Paris, and has endorsed beauty products and collaborated on her own line of fashion accessories.
The lawsuit contends some of the endorsements were entered without the actress’s permission, and she wasn’t properly paid for the use of her name and likeness in connection with a handbag line and a London boutique.
“Nuala did not compensate Barton for the use of her name, image and likeness, nor did she share in any of the profits from these ventures with Barton,” Barton’s attorney Alex Weingarten wrote in the lawsuit. “This is all despite the fact that the businesses were built solely on Barton’s fame and popularity.”
Barton’s mother bought a $7.8 million home in Beverly Hills in 2006 using her daughter’s earnings and gave herself an ownership interest in the property and took out loans against it, the lawsuit states. Mischa Barton is no longer allowed at the home, according to the lawsuit.
The actress encountered a rough period after her role ended on “The O.C.”
She was arrested in late 2007 on suspicion of drunken driving and later pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and driving without a valid license. She was sentenced to three years of probation and alcohol treatment and completed the case without incident.
Mischa Barton was removed from her home by Los Angeles police in 2009 and was hospitalized for two weeks, but officers and her publicist declined to say why.
JOHN O’HURLEY JOINS DEVIOUS MAIDSDaytime staple John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, Y&R/Greg, EON/Douglas, ATWT/Greg, GH/Keith, SB, Jonathan, SB/Stephen, SB/Kit, AMC) has joined the cast for season three of DEVIOUS MAIDS, which kicks off June 1. O’Hurley tweeted a photo of him on set with Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC) and Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn), along with the question, "What do you think of my leading ladies?” This isn’t the first time the actor has appeared opposite Lucci. Besides his 1988 AMC role of Prescott and his 2011 gig on the show as Kit Sterling, the pair starred opposite one another in the 1998 TV movie BLOOD ON HER HANDS.
9 Things to Know About ET's New Correspondent Cameron Mathison1. He's a Fun-Loving Guy
"Three words that people use to describe me: energetic, positive and upbeat," Mathison tells ET.
2. He’s a Former Sandwich Artist
"I worked in a submarine sandwich shop," the All My Children star says of his first job. "What I remember mostly about working there is answering the phone, because it just sounded so ridiculous. It was named Boudles, and they would go, 'Boudles Subs, Soups, and Salads, can I help you?'"
3. He’s a Directioner
"Lots of One Direction on my playlists," Mathison admits, when asked what people would be surprised to find on his iPod. "Partially because my daughter likes it. That’s the excuse that I use."
But his love for the boy band clearly runs deep, as he admits, "I was legitimately disappointed when Zayn departed."
4. He's Already Making Good With His New ET Co-Hosts
Who would Mathison want to play him in a Lifetime biopic?
"Kevin Frazier," the former soap star says without hesitation.
5. He's a Healthy Eater, Until He's Not
"I have lots of guilty pleasures," Mathison confesses. "Dark chocolate with peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies. Because I watch what I eat so carefully, when I’m ready to go, I go deep."
6. He’d Love to Party With Led Zeppelin
When asked what celebrity, living or dead, he’d like to have a drink with, Mathison tells ET, "I would probably choose to have a drink with Jimmy Page, back in the day, in like 1975, [when] he’s the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin. He was a legendary player, but also a legendary partier."
7. He Likes Cartoons
"I don’t know what this says about me," Mathison says of his favorite TV show. "But it’s probably The Simpsons."
8. He's a Family Man
"My parents have been my greatest influence for sure," Mathison tells ET. "They’ve shown unbelievable work ethic, they’ve shown how important it is to be a good person inside and out, and I think that just sort of pervades everything."
9. He’s All About Kindness
"The most valuable lesson that I have ever learned is no matter what, go with kindness," says Mathison. "No matter what, think about others, try to be kind. That’s the most valuable lesson."
GL Alum's Baby News!Congratulations are in order for Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy, GUIDING LIGHT; Madison, AMC), who revealed on Instagram that on Saturday, March 28, she'd given birth to her daughter, Vela! The actress posted a photo of her baby with pro sailing racer Willem Van Waay along with the caption "My world..." Bless!
Entertainment mogul offers beachfront Malibu pad for $6.3M(Photo) Jeff Kwatinetz, talent manager to the stars and co-founder of Prospect Park, a talent management and production company, just relisted his sleek beachfront home in Malibu, Calif., for $6.3 million.
Kwatinetz’s four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home is a modern design lover’s dream. From the honeycomb pattern of grass in the front yard, to the white and frosted glass cabinets in the chef’s kitchen, to the concrete slab flooring, every component has a crisp, minimalist feel.
To keep the interior from seeming too harsh and cold, the home was given softer, rounded edges, with the usual 90-degree corners removed from most of the interior rooms. Instead, bedrooms, living spaces and even the showers have one rounded wall for visual appeal.
There’s an ocean-view balcony on every floor and floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every room. There’s also an elevator — which is just about the only room in the house where you can’t get a tan.
According to Variety, Kwatinetz originally listed the house in 2009 for $7.3 million. It was taken off the market in 2010. This week the home was relisted with a $1 million price cut.
As a talent manager to big names, including Snoop Dogg, Vin Diesel and Kelly Clarkson, Kwatinetz is no stranger to working with a wide range of talent, but a recent business relationship with the Smashing Pumpkins may have caused a rift in Kwatinetz’s own longtime business relationship.
Earlier this year, inside sources told Billboard that Kwatinetz may have split with his business partner and co-founder of Prospect Park, Peter Katsis, after a 25-year working relationship over a time management issue. According to the sources, Kwatinetz accused Katsis of spending too much time on Billy Corgan’s band before firing Katsis for “failure to comply with company directives.”
Kwatinetz has continued to manage Prospect Park and the company’s pool of talent since the split.
'Entertainment Tonight' Names Cameron Mathison Weekend Co-Anchor & Correspondent(variety.com) “Entertainment Tonight” has brought on soap star Cameron Mathison to their talent team.
Mathison will serve as a full-time correspondent and weekend co-anchor for the entertainment newsmagazine, Variety has learned exclusively. He will also work as a fill-in anchor for the show.
The actor and host — best known for his role as Ryan Lavery on “All My Children,” on which he starred from 1998 until the show ended in 2011 — worked as a guest correspondent on “ET” in 2014 when he hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet coverage.
“Cameron is hard working, charismatic, comfortable on set, on the red carpets and in intimate celebrity one-on-ones,” exec producer Brad Bessey announced. “He’s joined us for special assignments throughout the year, and we are thrilled that he is now a permanent member of the ‘Entertainment Tonight’ team.”
Mathison joins hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier, plus correspondents Brooke Anderson and Nischelle Turner. He will begin his full-time gig later this month.
He hosted “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” on Soapnet from 2004 to 2007, and co-hosted the 35th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008 with Sherri Shepherd. He competed on Season five of “Dancing With the Stars,” and is also a features correspondent for “Good Morning America.”
“Entertainment Tonight” is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
BILLY MILLER SUPPORTS CAUSE CLOSE TO HIS HEARTGH's Billy Miller (Jason) has mounted a GoFund Me campaign to support his inspirational young niece, Savannah Strain, a member of the Benton Louisiana Tigers Archery Team, which just made the National Archery School Program National Competition. What makes Savannah's achievement all the more remarkable is that she was born without a left hand due to a congenital abnormality. When Savannah expressed an interest in the sport, Miller writes, "At first we were worried that she would be disappointed that she could not effectively use a bow and arrow. As it turned out, she proved us all wrong and not only did Savannah overcome her perceived physical limitation, but she quickly excelled in the sport by using her own flair and ingenuity." The team needs to raise $15,000 to participate in the competition. "My goal here is not only to fund this team, but to help Savannah realize just how special she truly is," says her proud uncle on his fundraising page. For more information on Savannah and to make a donation (Miller and his co-star Kelly Monaco, Sam, were among the first to contribute), please visit http://www.gofundme.com/SavannahStrain.
Kelly Ripa Impersonates Her Teenage Daughter on The Late ShowKelly Ripa Impersonates Her Teenage Daughter on The Late Show: Video.
Mark Consuelos Reveals 44th Birthday Present From Wife Kelly Ripa, Calls It ''the Best Gift I've Ever Received''Safe to say Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are our current #RelationshipGoals.
The 44-year-old actor stopped by the Live! With Kelly and Michael set on Wednesday to co-host the show with his gorgeous wife, stepping in for Michael Strahan, where the hunky Spanish-born star dished on his recent birthday and revealed the thoughtful gift he received from Ripa.
"By far, you're the most thoughtful, the best gift giver all the time. For a husband—even if you weren't—I'm telling you a husband would say that you are," Consuelos said to his other half. "I would still say that you were, even if you were really bad, I would say you're the best, but you really are the best. But if you weren't I would still same the same thing."
Got that? Good—because here's how the surprise went down:
"A couple of days ago, she said I will give you your present when I get home. I'm like 'oh!'" he said as the audience laughed. "So we both meet up around 4:00 and she's like we got to go. And I go "It's outside? [Is it a] hotel?'"
"And I said I want you to lower your sexual expectations," Ripa chimed in.
Consuelos then guessed his gift was a car—at which point Kelly became concerned about her present. "So now I'm like 'Oh, no! He thinks it's something amazing. He thinks it's a car. Oh, no!'"
"We're walking up 5th Avenue and we're slowing down and I and I'm thinking oh, god—no. Like a flashmob....This is my worst nightmare.
"So we make a left into the park. It's a beautiful location. And if you've been walking through Central Park, you'll see all these park benches and they have little plaque on them," he continued before revealing. "My wife got me a plaque on one of the park benches."
The plaque read "Daddy Cool, est. March 30, 1971," and as Consuelos explained, "That's what she calls me. It's so nice. That's the best gift I've ever received."
The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap OperasThe Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas: Read the article here.
DEVIOUS MAIDS RETURNS JUNE 1Lifetime’s DEVIOUS MAIDS will return for a third season on June 1 on a new night — Monday. The series, from executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, Y&R) features a host of soap alums, including Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC), Roselyn Sanchez (Carmen; ex-Pilar, ATWT) and Grant Show (Spence; ex-Ryan, RYAN’S HOPE). Former daytimers John O’Hurley and Nathan Owens (ex-Cameron, DAYS) join the series this season.
Rebecca Budig on Hallmark ChannelCatch Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GH) on Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY on Tuesday, March 31st at 10 a.m. ET/PT @RebeccaBudig @HomeandFamilyTV
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Daughter Charlotte and Son Rocky Wear Matching Star Wars Stormtrooper Shoes!(Photo) Star Wars is a family affair for the Prinzes!
Earlier this month, E! News learned that Sarah Michelle Gellar was joining the cast of Star Wars Rebels. Her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., was already part of the show, and based on son Rocky and daughter Charlotte's matching Star Wars stormtrooper Vans slip-ons, it seems the kids are more than excited to have both parents involved!
Sarah Instagrammed a picture of her family's #SundayFunday shoes. "Sometimes you just need to rock matching kicks," quipped the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum. "The family that dresses together......."
We'll go ahead and fill in that blank with "has the most fun"! Sarah Michelle talked to E! News about family life earlier this month, revealing that daughter Charlotte, 5, "is my performer."
"She's my dramatic, definitely all-girl," she added. And 2-year-old Rocky? He's "kind of the goofball," said mom. "He goes for the laugh, like, the girls in school all love him," she said. "Sometimes I have to question whether he has any guy friends at school, ‘cause he'll come home and he'll talk about Lila, Lily, Scarlett, Poppy…and I'm like, 'Do you have boy friends? Do you have guy friends?' I'll get all these calls from these moms, like, all these girls asking for playdates with my son and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, it starts already.'"
"He likes the older ladies, there's no question," she added. "He definitely likes my daughter's friends."
Something tells us Rocky will grow up to be a perfect gentleman—even if he is a bit of a ladies' man! After all, he's got a great role model in dad Freddie, who has been happily married to Sarah Michelle for almost 13 years.
So what's the secret to their long, lasting relationship (in Hollywood, nonetheless)? "God, if I knew, I would write a book and retire," Sarah Michelle told MSN's Wonderwall back in 2013. "I wouldn't be here right now. I mean, it's work. You have to work at anything. It's any relationship in your life. You have to nurture it and take time with it."
Based on SMG's date night pics,it seems safe to say they're doing just that!
Fergie Turns 40: See the Sweet Message Hubby Josh Duhamel Sent for Her Birthday!A Fergalicious happy birthday is in order!
Fergie turned 40 today (or the new 25—or so she and other A-listers are making it seem) and to celebrate her big milestone, she gathered with close friends and family for a '20s-themed bash.
Josh Duhamel took to Twitter to send his beautiful wife a sweet b-day message honoring her special day. In the pic she looks exactly like someone who had a hit called "Glamorous," rocking an off-the-shoulder champagne-colored gown and some major bling.
"Happy birthday to my girl. 40 never looked so good!!" her husband of six years, no slouch himself in the looks-so-good department, captioned the pic.
The lovebirds are parents to 1-year-old Axl, but it looks like the duo may have had the night off to celebrate.
Fergie could also be seen blowing out the candles on top of a large vanilla cake decorated with an assortment of berries.
The "La LOVE" songstress went with a dramatic makeup look for her evening out wearing vintage inspired curls, bronze eye shadow hues and a statement red lip.
Keep on living it up Ferg!
Genzel's New Film Has Bite!(Pic) We've seen ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye) play lawyers, federal agents, love interests, mothers and femme fatales, but in the new horror flick, Dead Rising: Watchtower, fans will see her in a scenario much closer to her own personality: She's hilarious! "It's based on a really successful series of videogames about a zombie apocalypse," the actress relates. "I play Susan Collier, the newscaster whom you'll see a lot in the movie, and Rob Riggle [MODERN FAMILY, THE DAILY SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE] plays Frank West, the hero of the first videogame and one of my reporters."
While the fright fest continues in the outside world from which there are dire reports and updates about the flesh-eaters ("I have an exchange with Jesse Metcalf's [DALLAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES] character, who's feeding me stories live from the quarantine zone," she reveals), in the newsroom, a totally different reality exists. "At the beginning of the film, when Frank comes in, she really thinks this is gonna be the interview that truly propels her career," Genzel previews. "But as they interact, he's a know-it-all, he's sarcastic, he's hitting on her... there's some really funny, candid moments where she just starts breaking down on camera."
Look for Genzel to begin reporting on all of the crazy zombie drama when the film begins streaming exclusively on Crackle beginning Friday, March 27, but you can watch a teaser trailer for it by clicking here. For information about the actress' other exciting projects, check out her upcoming Keeping Track feature in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, April 27.
'Young & Hungry': Jesse McCartney defends Team CooperGabi's (Emily Osment) love triangle on "Young & Hungry" will only get more pointed when the show picks up in Season 2 on March 25.
In the Season 1 finale, Cooper (Jesse McCartney) comes back from China because he wants to be with Gabi -- just in time to stop Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) from making his own grand confession of love.
As McCartney explains to Zap2it though, Team Cooper should feel pretty confident considering how well he and Gabi fit together.
"He and Gabi have a lot in common. They are both kind of dorky and cute. They have this understanding of each other and I think they immediately hit it off," McCartney says. "He's a guy that's never really had a lot of luck with the ladies. Gabi appreciates him for the way that he is."
That doesn't mean that Cooper doesn't understand Josh's appeal. In fact he probably knows more than Gabi does and he isn't eager for her to find out that Josh has feelings for her as well.
"He sees Josh on the fire escape ready to confess his love for her. He might know that Josh is into Gabbi, but he's keeping it at bay because [Cooper] really does love Gabi himself," McCartney explains. "When he sees Josh up on the balcony he's a little scared, maybe a little threatened -- but he knows that Gabi also really loves [Cooper]."
McCartney hopes that connection Cooper and Gabi shares is what keeps her in the Team Cooper camp. If he had his way, Cooper could let the goofball cards fall where they may.
"I think a happy ending for Cooper would be for Gabi to choose him without him having to do a lot of convincing," McCartney says. After all, isn't coming back from China a pretty big gesture in itself?
Young & Hungry's Jesse McCartney Previews Tense Season 2 Love TriangleABC Family’s Young & Hungry returns for its second season Wednesday (8/7c), as does nerd-in-shining-armor Cooper (played by Jesse McCartney) — but how long before Gabi’s jealous boss chases him back to China?
“There’s definitely a lot more tension between Josh and Cooper this season,” McCartney tells TVLine. “Before, when Josh was engaged, he couldn’t really let on how he felt about Gabi. But now that Josh is single, it becomes a full-on love triangle.”
And in true love-triangle fashion, it isn’t long before Gabi catches wind of Josh’s feelings.
“Gabi is eventually going to find out how Josh feels about her, and it’s going to make things pretty awkward for the three of them,” McCartney teases. “And I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying that she’ll eventually have to make a choice between the two.”
Regardless of which guy Gabi chooses, though, McCartney says he’s just enjoying dipping his toe back into the comedy world.
“I actually think the last time I did a sitcom was Hannah Montana back in the day,” he says. “And that was with Emily Osment, so it’s like we’ve come full circle!”
Time to weigh in: Are you #TeamCooper or #TeamJosh, and what else are you hoping to see in Young & Hungry‘s sophomore season?
Justin Bruening on CSI: CYBER“The Evil Twin” – Avery and her team investigate the murder of a woman whose electronic devices indicate that she was alive for three days after her official time of death, on CSI: CYBER, Wednesday, April 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Justin Bruening (Evan Wescott),
Kelly Albanese (Adel Foster), John Allsopp (Hotel Manager)
Sarah Michelle Gellar Still Enjoys Date Night with Freddie Prinze Jr.(Pic1, Pic2) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. can still party like it's 2002 – at least on date night!
The couple, who tied the knot in Mexico in 2002, are as close as ever – and still love staying up late(ish!) together, judging by a cute photo that the actress posted to Instagram.
"Sometimes even parents need a #DateNight Up past ten pm #PartyAnimals Married almost 13 years and still enjoying each other's company," she wrote in the caption.
Gellar, 37, and Prinze, 39, who shared the screen in two Scooby-Doo movies, are parents to daughter Charlotte, 5, and son Rocky, 2.
Their date comes two weeks after Gellar posted a sweet birthday message to her husband on Instagram, along with a photo of the happy couple.
"Happy birthday to this guy @RealFPJ Thank you for showing me dreams are possible, and being the best partner a girl could ever have (esp on #InternationalWomensDay )," she wrote.
Susan Lucci & Thomas Roberts to Host Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, 5/7Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that Susan Lucci, star of the hit series "Devious Maids," Emmy award-winning actress from "All My Children," host of Investigation Discovery's "Deadly Affairs," and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the third consecutive year as host of The 14th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon.
For the first time, Thomas Roberts, award-winning and Emmy award-nominated anchor of "MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts," fill-in host on NBC's "TODAY," former host of MSNBC's "Way Too Early," contributor on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award, will co-host the awards luncheon with Ms. Lucci. Roberts will be the first ever male co-host of Women Who Care.
The luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 7th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors.
Ms. Lucci is a former Women Who Care award honoree and a longtime celebrity supporter of UCP of NYC. "I am very touched by United Cerebral Palsy of New York City's impact as a lifeline for thousands of children, families, and adults with disabilities," says Susan Lucci. "I am particularly impressed by the comprehensive nature of their ongoing programs and services which encompass so many different aspects of health, education, assisted technology, and the arts."
In addition to narrating a video for UCP of NYC and Susan G. Komen to help raise breast health awareness for women with disabilities, Ms. Lucci's charitable work is wide-ranging. Her commitment to helping children has taken her to Africa in support of Feed the Children. She has served as the March of Dimes National Ambassador in 2000, and as a celebrity spokesperson for AMDeC (Academic Medicine Development Company) and The New York Cancer Project. She has also been involved with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the prestigious New York City Gracie Award, and the Muse Award for Women in Film & Television. She was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thomas Roberts observes: "I am delighted and honored to be the first male co-host of this great event, which draws attention to the achievements of so many outstanding and extraordinary women, and helps United Cerebral Palsy of New York City do its deeply valuable work."
Prior to his addition to MSNBC's team, Mr. Roberts served as a correspondent for CBS News. He also contributed to several entertainment shows including "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," and before that, was a news anchor for CNN Headline News. He is an award-winning journalist, having received a 2002 Emmy nomination and a Virginia Associated Press award for his work on the documentary, "Parvo Puppies." He received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001 for a documentary that he produced titled, "When Parents Don't Pay." He has been honored for his work as an advocate in the LGBT community, and was the recipient of the prestigious Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign. He has also been honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation, Marriage Equality USA, and The National Crime Victim Bar Association.
Loreen Arbus is Founder/Chair of Women Who Care. Susan Spencer, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Day, will be Honorary Chair of the event, and Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City, returns as Honorary Co-Chair. Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, will be a new Women Who Care Co-Chair. She joins returning Co-Chairs Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Ali Stroker of "Glee Project" and "Glee" fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of "On the Case with Paula Zahn." Hearst Corporation returns as lead sponsor of Women Who Care.
Honorees for this year's luncheon include news journalists Judy Woodruff & Al Hunt, social entrepreneur Joan Hornig and Ernst & Young (EY). A special presentation will include Charlie Rose. In addition to Ms. Lucci, previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Judith Light, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, China Machado, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Terrie Williams, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Maysoon Zayid, Julia Monk, Hannah Jacobs, Linda Kaplan Thaler, and many other extraordinarily accomplished women.
Past celebrity presenters for Women Who Care include: Oprah Winfrey, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, America Ferrara, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Nicole Miller, Deborah Norville, Alex Witt, Cynthia McFadden, Dr. Oz, Maurice DuBois, Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile, as well as Frank Bennack , Jr., Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of the Hearst Corporation, and many other VIPs.
Mario Van Peebles Joins 'For Justice'Mario Van Peebles (Ali) has been cast in a guest role with a series option in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Also joining as a series regular is Leonardo Nam (Vantage Point) . Based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, For Justice centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel (Anika Noni Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Peebles will play Ben, Nat’s (Rose) father. He’s a long-time revolutionary, determined to overthrow the American government by subversion or political action, and he’s been living an underground life for decades. Nam is Leon, an FBI agent with the Civil Rights Unit and the best-dressed, best-groomed man in the Bureau. He’s also ranked in mixed martial arts.
Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Maurice Benard (Sonny) marked a major milestone yesterday -- he flew for the first time in years! "It's been 10 years since I've flown and I just landed in New York," the star tweeted. "WOW, it feels good to get that gorilla off my back!" As fans of the star know, Benard suffers from bipolar disorder (and is actually a spokesperson for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) and claustrophobia and has long had a fear of flying.
After having not flown for several years, he got on an airplane back in January 2011 to head East for a family vacation to Florida's Disney World and several fan events -- but began to have a panic attack shortly before take-off. As Soaps In Depth told our readers at the time, Benard had been working himself up for several months leading to that particular trip because it had been years since he'd last been on a plane. Unfortunately, that day, he told his wife, Paula, he needed to get off and departed the aircraft with his family.
Since it's been more than a decade since Benard flew the friendly skies, whatever it is that motivated the daytime legend to get back on an airplane, it has to be huge, amazing news! And we promise you that as soon as we are able to share the details, we will let our readers know!
Josh Duhamel Rocked Short Shorts Better Than Anyone During His High School Basketball Days(Pic) Josh Duhamel played basketball in high school, which might not be that surprising, until you get a load of his uniform, which shows a whole lot more than we could have ever bargained for on this Friday afternoon!
Fergie's husband Instagrammed a throwback picture of his championship-winning high school basketball team, and aside from the hilarious nature of the photo, we can't stop staring at his ridiculously long legs. If short shorts are the way to get fabulous stems, then where do we sign up?!
"Wish I could be with my boys tonight celebrating the 25th anniversary of our 1990 state champ basketball team. 25 years?! Damn. Time flies," he captioned the pic.
Only the people in the front row, including Duhamel, had to suffer the inappropriate exposure, with the people in the back row getting a pass because they had to stand up. But let's be honest, we're totally OK with Duhamel's athletic look.
Queens of Drama Unites All My Children, Days of Our Lives Vets for the Ultimate Soapy Show(usmagazine.com) (Video Preview) (Photo) Girl power! Some of your favorite soap opera legends are uniting on Pop's new reality series Queens of Drama, which will follow actresses from One Life to Live, All My Children, Knots Landing, Melrose Place (and many more juicy drama vets) as they develop, pitch, produce, and star in a brand new drama series.
Us Weekly has the first photo from the set of the new show, which will feature Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, General Hospital), and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful) — along with special appearances from the legendary Donna Mills (Knots Landing, Melrose Place) and Joan Collins.
Queens of Drama premieres Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, immediately following the premiere of Pop's live broadcast of the 25th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and moves to its regular Wednesdays at 8 p.m. time slot beginning April 29.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Cinderella gets owned by Belle in Princess Rap Battle(Video) (Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar won't be adding the title of rap superstar to her resume anytime soon. The actress portrays Cinderella in YouTube star Whitney Avalon's latest Princess Rap Battle and undoubtedly is slayed by Avalon's Belle from "Beauty and The Beast".
Gellar starts fiercely in the competition with lyrics like, "You clowns wanna throw down with the best in a gown?"
Then Avalon proves she is the master of the Princess Rap Battle domain by putting Gellar's game to shame. Belle wins the competition by going hard at Cinderella's lack of experience with love.
"You can't fall in love after just one dance," Avalon's Belle raps. "My prince saved my life and don't be misled ... I want a man in the street, but a beast in the bed."
Gellar certainly looks the part of the naive princess though, complete with Cinderella's blue ballgown, glass slippers and golden hair.
Cinderella vs. Belle is just the latest in Princess Rap Battle YouTube series, which also features battles between Snow White and Elsa and Galadriel vs. Leia.
Even though it doesn't look like she will be recording a rap album anytime soon, Gellar seems thrilled to be part of the experience. The actress has posted several gushing photos on her Instagram. In one she posts a side-by-side pic with Lily James' Cinderella and complains about how uncomfortable dressing like a princess is.
Melissa Leo Joins CBS Pilot 'LFE'Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme) has joined the cast of CBS medical drama pilot LFE, from the Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity.
Leo will play Julie, an attending physician in the surgical wing and a den mother to the second-year residents. While her attempts to be a part of her own family clan never are fully successful, the young residents, at least, need her guidance in their lives and give her the relationship she wishes she had with her own children.
Leo won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Fighter (2010) and a Best Actress Oscar nom for Frozen River (2008). She also won a guest actress Emmy for Louie (2010). She next will be seen in a starring role on Fox event series Wayward Pines and soon will begin production in Europe on Oliver Stone’s Snowden. She most recently wrapped production on London Has Fallen, the follow-up to Olympus Has Fallen. Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Soap opera duo to lead National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem(myfox8.com) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The biennial National Black Theatre Festival, scheduled for Aug. 3-8 on stages throughout Winston-Salem, will be co-chaired by actors Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan, festival officials announced Monday.
Williams and Morgan, who have extensive careers in theater, film and television, are best known as Jesse and Angie Hubbard on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children.”
The Winston-Salem event is the only national black theater festival in the U.S. that offers six consecutive days of professional theater, film, poetry, workshops, seminars and shopping.
“This year’s co-chairs are two ground-breaking actors immediately recognized for their extensive work in theater, film and television,” said Sylvia Hamlin, the president of the board of directors of the N.C. Black Repertory Company and executive producer of the theater festival. “Their iconic roles cemented them in television history. Their participation promises to attract a broad-based audience.”
Abigail Spencer's Net Worth as an Actress Now $3 Million!(masterherald.com) Since breaking into the small screen in 1999 as a 18-year-old teenager playing the role of Rebecca ‘Becca’ Tyree in the TV series “All My Children” where she won the Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer the following year from the Soap Opera Digest, actress, writer and producer Abigail Spencer has slowly but surely carved a name for herself in Hollywood.
Since then she has appeared in a total of 23 TV series, 9 of which she either has a lead role, a recurring role, or is a series regular and the remaining 14 as guest appearances.
In fact, Abigail is now a series regular for the legal drama with Southern gothic intonation TV series called “Rectify,” whose third season on the Sundance Channel will be airing soon; as well as a recurring role in the crime drama TV series “True Detective,” whose Season 2 would also begin showing a few months down the road.
Since 2001, Abigail has already made 21 movies including three films in the can namely, “Wrong Number,” “One Heart,” and “The Pieces,” according to IMDb.
But her tickets to Hollywood fame were the films “Cowboys & Aliens” in 2001; “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” in 2013; and “This is Where I Leave You” in 2014, an ensemble comedy where she starred opposite Jason Bateman also had John Travolta and Christopher Plummer in the cast.
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With her continued success, Celebrity Glory.com actually plotted the net worth of Abigail Spencer as a movie actress including her endorsements and sponsorships for the 2014-2015 period and the site reported that the she is now worth a cool $3 million.
The site reported that from 2014 up to the early part of 2015, Abigail Spencer earned a total of $1,916,059 from filming six movies including “Wrong Number” where she earned the most at over half a million dollars, “Damascus Cover,” “H8RZ Haters,” “One Heart,” “The Forger” and “The Pieces.”
It also computed the commercial endorsements and sponsorships made by Abigail during the period covered by its report and placed it at $78,431.
Celebrity Glory.com also detailed the yearly earnings of the pretty actress, and for 2014-2015, her yearly salary was placed at $352,941, which is a 115% increase from her yearly earnings in 2013-2014 pegged at $306,905.
The site also projected that in 2015-2016, Abigail Spencer is expected to have yearly earnings of $405,882.
Abigail was born on August 4, 1981 in Gulf Breeze, Florida as Abigail Leigh Spencer, daughter of American surfer Yancy Spencer and Lydian Ann Brown.
She is the second child of her parents as she has an older brother named Yancy Spencer IV, and a younger brother named Sterling Spencer.
Abigail and actor Andrew Pruett tied the knot in 2004 but eight years later, they parted ways. She filed for divorce in February 2012. Their eight years of marriage resulted to their son named Roman.
Britne Oldford, Sam Page Join ABC's 'Mix'Ravenswood alum Britne Oldford, Sam Page (House Of Cards) and Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) have booked regular roles on ABC’s pilot Mix, from Warner Bros. TV and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s studio-based Le Train Train. The dramedy explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Oldford is Remy, who’s trying to stay clean after recently being release prison on a drug charge, but is finding life on the outside tougher than she anticipated. An extremely talented chef, she might be just what her father needs to turn the restaurant around. Page will play James, a recovering addict who is described as a warm, charming and intelligent man. He is immediately intrigued when he meets Remy at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. De Almeida will play Ray, owner of the popular Austin restaurant. Page is repped by UTA, Inphenate, and Jackoway Tyerman.
Chloe Sevigny, Leven Rambin & Ted Levine Among Quintet Cast In 'Dr. Del' Indie Drama PilotKatie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler have cast their independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, with Chloe Sevigny (American Horror Story) and Ted Levine (The Bridge) set for co-star opposite star John Hawkes. Also cast in the project, inspired by Peter Hessler’s New Yorker piece “Dr. Don,” are Leven Rambin, Don Harvey and Nathan Keyes.
Dr. Del, written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, follows Del Canyon (Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown Isotope to run his family’s apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as the town healer while he grapples between his desire to distance himself from a painful past and his inability to turn his back on a community struggling to find its place in contemporary America.
Sevingy plays Brandy Sommers, a former ski-champ and the proprietor of the only bar in town who moved to Isotope to escape her colorful past. Levine will play Tanner Doggerty, the mayor of Isotope whose grand vision for the town and himself is at odds with Del’s (Hawkes). Rambin plays Shayna Canyon, Del’s estranged daughter, who is struggling to raise her young son, Stinger, while grappling with addiction. Harvey plays Denny Roper, sheriff of Isotope and Del’s childhood best friend. Keyes plays Cody Roper, Denny’s son and Del’s former son-in-law whom he believes is a bad influence on his grandson, Stinger.
The high-end drama pilot is being independently financed by backers with whom Wechsler has had a long-standing relationship on the film side and who had been interested in getting into the TV business. Jacobs, Wechsler and Sayles executive produce the pilot, which will start filming in Los Angeles next month. The finished product is expected to be taken out to cable and broadcast networks in June.
Sevigny, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, next recurs on Netflix drama series Bloodline. Levine is with Kass Management.
J.R. Martinez signs on as judge for Dancing Stars of Dalton(daltondailycitizen.com) An already star-studded event just got brighter.
Organizers of the fourth annual Dancing Stars of Dalton fundraiser said last week that actor, author, motivational speaker, Army veteran and Dalton High School graduate J.R. Martinez will be one of three judges for the event on Saturday, April 25.
Dancing Stars of Dalton is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, and is modeled after the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars.”
The event is comprised of nine local celebrity dancers paired with professional dancers who compete in a one-night gala dance competition. A pair of winners are chosen: the dancer who raises the most money through fan voting, and the performer chosen by the judges.
Martinez will join last year’s winners, Derek Waugh and Gregg Sims, on the judges panel. Of course, he’s no stranger to the concept. Martinez won Season 13 of the hit ABC television show.
“We are excited. To have a winner from the television show that this event is patterned after to come and be with us, and be one of our judges, has us tickled to death,” said Nancy Whaley, Dancing Stars of Dalton coordinator. “And of course, he’s a hometown boy and we all love him anyway.”
Martinez spent a little more than one year living in Dalton — he’s said he tells people, when asked, that Dalton is his hometown because of the impact the community had on him — before joining the Army.
While serving, Martinez was injured and suffered burns over 34 percent of his body. After recovering, he has served as a motivational speaker and actor, with a three-year stint on the soap opera “All My Children” and a starring role in a syndicated series “SAF3.”
Martinez, who said he learned about Dalton’s dancing event during a run-in with Whaley at a Dalton store earlier this year, said he’s eager to take part.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good time, and I can’t wait to get there,” he said. “I’ve never had to be a judge, so to do that will be pretty fun.”
Also, so dancers know what to expect: “At the end of the day, I’ll be judging not only on technique, but also on personality and how you present it — how much fun you’re having and how confident you are — because that’s a huge part,” Martinez said.
The fundraiser last year collected approximately $221,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association, which aids those suffering from the disease, their families and the caregivers who assist them.
“What did it for me, what convinced me to take part — and of course I was on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and I understand it’s a cool, fun event — was that it is to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association,” Martinez said. “(Alzheimer’s) is such a horrible disease, and affects a lot of families. So, to have the opportunity to not only be part of a fun night of dancing and support the community, but also help fight Alzheimer’s, is just great. It is something we should all be behind.”
Thus far, many people have gotten behind the event, Whaley said.
Dancing Stars of Dalton has already sold all 1,100 of its ticket allotment for the downstairs arena at the trade center.
But that doesn’t mean anyone still without a ticket will be left out, though.
Whaley said tickets are now being sold for $70 — the original tickets were $100 — that will provide access to the same cocktail party and dinner as the original ticket, but have attendees watch the dancing from a large screen in an upstairs ballroom.
“It’ll be decorated, and it’ll be fun. Because some people on the floor will have to watch one of the four large screens we have down there, folks upstairs will really get to see about what a lot of the folks downstairs see,” Whaley said. “We will have emcees hosting up there, just like we will downstairs.”
Thus far, nearly 150 of the upstairs tickets have been sold, and only 300 to 400 are left, Whaley said.
“I’ve been told this is the largest non-sporting event ever held in Dalton,” she said.
Organizers for this year’s event have set a goal of $250,000.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
To learn more about Dancing Stars of Dalton, read bios of the dancers and judges, and donate or purchase tickets, visit www.dancingstarsofdalton.com. You can also call Whaley at (706) 264-1599 for more information.
Lindsay Price: Curtis Stone Is the 'Diaper Master'Turns out Curtis Stone’s skills are not only limited to the kitchen.
The Top Chef Duels host and his wife actress Lindsay Price welcomed their second child Emerson Spencer only five months ago and Stone has taken his fathering duties in stride.
“He’s a really hands-on dad,” Price tells PEOPLE at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson’s event at Public School 818 in Sherman Oaks, California, on Saturday night. “He’s the diaper master."
Stone wasn’t willing to take any of the credit for his wife’s hard work though.
“She does all the heavy lifting,” the chef says. “I do night duty in the restaurant and she does night duty with the kids.”
And to make sure he doesn’t miss time Emerson or three-year-old Hudson, Stone leaves his mornings free to spend time with his family.
“We all come together in morning,” he explains. “It’s a bit unconventional but it’s nice. I make breakfast, we hang out. Hudson and I usually get in the swimming pool too.”
And it’s not just the kids who benefit from daddy’s cooking. Price claims the slim figure she’s sporting just five months after giving birth is due to her husbands home cooked meals.
“I’m lucky because I have a very healthy cook in the house and he’s very mindful,” Price says. “I’m breastfeeding so I eat every three hours, but its like whole grains, proteins and salads. He’s the salad master these days!”
Josh Duhamel: 'Battle Creek,' Michigan isn't 'glamorous' but 'very American'Zap2it: Are you surprised your new CBS Sunday show "Battle Creek" makes the title Michigan location the site of enough crimes to fuel a weekly series?
Josh Duhamel: One of the things I loved about this whole idea is that it's not a glamorous city by any means, but it's a city that we can all sort of relate to in that it's very American, very blue-collar, and a lot of really interesting stories could come out of a place that doesn't necessarily have all these big glamorous crimes. It's a lot of stuff. It's the minutiae of the people and the situations that the people get in.
Zap2it: After your stints on "All My Children" and "Las Vegas," what made you decide to return to series work with this show?
Josh Duhamel: It was a lot of things. Having done TV before, I knew the amount of work that it took and the amount of focus over a very long period, and I wasn't afraid of that ... but I wanted to know, if I was going to do it, I was going to be excited about going and doing something.
It's always better when you're working with people who are better than you, and it was a really, really good situation for me. Obviously, Vince, David (executive producers Gilligan and Shore), this cast -- I love this cast. And also that I got to be in L.A. to shoot didn't hurt, because I have a little one now. I want to be there as often as I can, so everything about it seemed right, and I'm really, really proud to be part of it.
Josh Duhamel Reveals His Favorite Fergie Song, Admits They Still Enjoy "Glamorous" Dates at Taco BellThey may be one of Hollywood's hottest couples.
But for Fergie and Josh Duhamel, life as husband and wife doesn't have to be flashy and extravagant every single day. In fact, the twosome is not afraid to enjoy time together over some tasty fast food.
"Yes, we do still go to Taco Bell," Duhamel confessed in a Reddit AMA Friday night while promoting his new series Battle Creek. "We're very glamorous."
And very relatable to say the least. While both have found success in their respective industries—Fergie in music and Duhamel in acting—the proud dad to Axl admits he's still the same guy before all this attention came around.
"I don't really take fame that seriously, to be honest. I don't feel it's that real," he shared. "There are some great benefits to it, but at the end of the day, I'm truly no different than I was when I got into this business."
In fact, the fancy parties and fabulous perks that sometimes come with being a celebrity are definitely not important to Duhamel. Instead, it's all about that handsome boy of his.
"What surprised me the most about being a father...I would say just the fact that—how quickly they actually develop, and become walking, talking little human beings that are suddenly living with you until they're at least 18!" he shared. "Where do I see myself in 10 years? Coaching baseball...and hopefully making great movies or great TV. Happily married, coaching baseball, and making great movies or TV."
And wherever life takes Duhamel, he hopes to be enjoying it with his wife by his side.
When asked what song he can't help but listen to again and again, the 42-year-old gave the best tease. "My favorite song by hers is one that I think she's about to release," he said. "She's keeping it very secret, even from me! I think it's going to be her best one yet."
But what about "Big Girl's Don't Cry" or "Fergalicious?" He's not going to reveal that just yet. There is one song, however, that always gets him singing in the car.
"Uh... I would say...'Here I Go Again' by Whitesnake," he confessed. "But I like all kinds of music." And by that, he totally means anything from his wife and the Black Eyed Peas, right Josh?
Michael B. Jordan -- 1st Pics As Apollo Creed's Grandson ... In New 'Rocky' Flick(Pic1, Pic2) Apparently, patriotic trunks run in the family -- 'cause Michael B. Jordan was sporting Apollo Creed's famous shorts when he stepped in the ring to play A.C.'s grandson in the new "Rocky" flick ... and TMZ Sports has the 1st pics.
Jordan was going toe-to-toe with real-life pro boxer Tony Bellew -- who plays a boxer named "Pretty Ricky" in the upcoming movie.
The pics were taken on February 26th ... just a few days before hell broke loose on the set -- with Sylvester Stallone jumping in the ring to break up a REAL BRAWL that went down between Bellew and an actor playing one of his corner men.
Reps for the studio tell us the fight never got physical -- multiple witnesses tell us otherwise.
As for Apollo Creed himself ... he died in "Rocky IV."
Sucks for Carl Weathers.
NEW CAMERON MATHISON SERIES HITS WEB, TVCameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) is the host and star of a new web series from the W Network, CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, which offers an inside look at the actor's renovations to his Los Angeles home and premieres online at WNetwork.com on March 17. He was inspired by his stint as host of W's GAME OF HOMES, which premieres on W Network on March 17, as well. “I was so inspired and I had so much fun on GAME OF HOMES that I wanted to do some work myself, on my own home. I knew that my family would love the idea, so I brought them in on it and we tackled the home renovation together,” said Mathison in a statement. “I’m very excited to have people see this side of me, unscripted and working at home with my family."
James Franco, Finn Wittrock, Danny DeVito Among 'Deadbeat' Season 2 Guest StarsJames Franco, Danny DeVito, Fred Armisen, Michael Ian Black, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Zach Levi and Finn Wittrock are set as guest stars for Season 2 of Hulu’s supernatural comedy Deadbeat, which is set to premiere on April 20. They’ll join Tyler Labine (Reaper), who stars as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) also stars.
Created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred, The Inbetweeners), Deadbeat is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Dakota Pictures. The supernatural comedy is executive produced by Dan Lagana (Good Vibes, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous), Cody Heller, Brett Konner and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Co-executive producers are Sarah Esberg, Don Poquette, and David Baldy.
Seinfeld Actor Daniel von Bargen Has DiedColleagues of Daniel von Bargen (Joe, Guiding Light/Lt. Cody, All My Children) are mourning the death of the actor, who died over the weekend after a long illness, Cincinnati's WLWT 5 reports. He was 64.
"We are learning of this event at the same time as the rest of the industry and are deeply saddened to hear of Daniel's loss," his voice-over agents at Access Talent say in a statement released to PEOPLE on Wednesday.
Von Bargen – who was perhaps best known for playing Kruger on Seinfeld and Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle – was reportedly a diabetic and had been hospitalized in 2012 after a failed suicide attempt.
"For the past five years, he had been grappling with health issues that precluded his active pursuit of work," von Bargen's former agents say of the actor, who also had a lengthy résumé of film work including roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Super Troopers.
"We remember him fondly for his easy-going professionalism and dry wit, both of which stood in stark contrast to the driven and near-maniacal roles he often performed with such energy and intensity," they continue. "He was a joy to work with and we have missed that association since his semi-retirement to Cincinnati."
GH's Miller SUITS Primetime!GENERAL HOSPITAL has been keeping Billy Miller pretty busy playing Jake/Jason, but before he started his current gig, he was able to squeeze in a guest appearance on the season finale of SUITS, set to air Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA!
"I play Harvey Specter's brother," Miller says... although that's about all he can reveal! "I can't really tell you a lot about him. But I'm allowed to tell you that!"
Although, he was able to hint that his character could potentially return for the fifth season when SUITS returns this summer. "We did a good job, so everybody seems to be happy," Miller confides. "I love that show, so I'd love to go back."
Inside Sarah Michelle Gellar's N.Y.C. 'Girls Getaway' with Daughter CharlotteWhen your mom is Sarah Michelle Gellar, a trip to New York City comes with some serious perks.
“I’m off on a girls weekend with two five year olds,” the actress posted on Instagram before taking off for the Big Apple. “My airplane cocktail has been replaced with water #Mocktail #WishMeLuck.”
First stop for Gellar and her daughter Charlotte Grace? A trip to Times Square.
“My hometown can definitely be a bit overwhelming,” the native New Yorker captioned a photo of her 5-year-old taking in the sights. “My little #Angeleno daughter #NYPride.”
From there, it was a backstage pass to Broadway, where the trio caught up with Kristin Chenoweth.
“Auntie Kristin teaching Charlotte the ins and outs of being a Broadway star #OnThe20thCentury,” Gellar, 37, wrote alongside a cute pic of her daughter with Chenoweth. “@kchenoweth the greatest talent in the tiniest body and all love.”
Now that the mother-daughter duo have wrapped up their trip — and rejoined brother Rocky James, 2 — Gellar isn’t wasting any time getting back to work. The actress is set to join husband Freddie Prinze Jr. and the rest of the cast of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels for its second season.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) has joined the voice cast of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels for the upcoming second season in a recurring role. The news comes on the heels of last night’s finale for the animated series, which takes place in the years between the Star Wars movies’ prequel trilogy and the original trilogy.
The Season 2 voice cast also includes Gellar’s husband Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray.
SightingsRyan Phillippe at Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center…
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos dining with Ellen Barkin at Kappo Masa…
Josh Duhamel is more than just 'Battle Creek's' eye candyJosh Duhamel was excited to get back onto a TV series in CBS' "Battle Creek," but wanted to make sure his character Milton Chamberlain was more than just eye candy.
After playing a lot of hot guys throughout his career like "Las Vegas'" Danny McCoy, Leo du Pres on the sexy soap "All My Children" and the epitome of perfection in the romantic comedy "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton (2004), Duhamel needed more from a part.
Although knowing the new CBS show "Battle Creek" was going to be in good shape when it came to the writing -- both "Breaking Bad's" Vince Gilligan and "House's" David Shore are executive producers on the project -- the actor was still a bit worried his character might be a little too one-dimensional upon reading the pilot script.
"I wasn't sure about the character. He felt a little too perfect, a little too by the book ... a little too pretty boy, all american. Everything about him was just too good," Duhamel tells Zap2it. "I thought there's just got to be more to him than that. If they want me to play that guy I'll play him. I'll play the s*** out of him. They may expect that from me, but I need to know that this guy is going to be deeply troubled and it is all just a cover for some kind of past he is running from."
Luckily Duhamel got his wish. The drama focuses a majority of its time on Chamberlain's mysterious arrival in Battle Creek and Det. Russ Agnew's (Dean Winters) obsession with figuring out what his new partner is hiding.
"I talked to David [Shore] a lot about what is it that happened and why is he in Battle Creek, where did he come from, who are his parents," Duhamel says. "We talked a lot more than he probably wanted to about it. I was really thrilled to see he was actually listening. That's one thing I love about David is he really listened."
Chamberlain is definitely more than just a pretty face, but audiences will have to make their own decisions about whether or not he is a good person.
"He could be 'American Psycho' or he could be a guy who is trying to change for the better and just has struggles with these demons that keep creeping up," Duhamel says. "The reason why he got in trouble in the first place is because he was so single-minded and arrogant ... this hot shot agent that got in too deep. Do people really have the ability to change or are you who you are? I think that is a good question Milt sort of poses."
"Battle Creek" premieres Sunday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Battle Creek Is More Odd Couple Than Breaking BadCBS really wants you to know that its latest cop drama Battle Creek came from the man who created Breaking Bad.
Although Vince Gilligan did technically write the pilot script -- which tells the story of Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and his contentious relationship with FBI Agent Milton Chamberlin (Josh Duhamel) when the duo is forced to work together in the titular Michigan town -- the closest this show comes to Breaking Bad is the second episode's homage to its creator, as the duo investigates, of all things, a maple syrup cartel.
Instead, Battle Creek will feel more familiar to fans of fellow executive producer David Shore's previous creation: Fox's medical procedural drama House. Though Shore dusted off Gilligan's 12-year-old script and will handle primary showrunner responsibilities, he claims the odd-couple magic of this show was in Gilligan's original pilot. "I read it and fell in love with these two characters," Shore tells TVGuide.com. "I just hadn't seen a cop show like this, with two cops who embodied such opposing viewpoints on the world. I wanted to see them work together."
Russ is the angry Battle Creek native who is fed up with the underfunding of his department. (In the opening sequence, his Taser fails to work, which leaves him with a black eye.) However, when Milt blows into town with all of his federal money, Russ doesn't view him as a savior. Instead, Russ becomes obsessed with figuring out why a "supercop" like Milt would be banished to a small satellite office in Battle Creek.
"There's nothing worse than being knocked off as the kingpin," Winters says. "When he comes in, it's crickets over at my desk. I'm desperately trying to figure out why he's here. [Milt] is too perfect a package. This is a town that I love, and there's a girl that I have a crush on. All of these things are being threatened by a guy I've never come into contact with before. If it's too good to be true, it probably is."
Indeed, underneath his charming façade, Milt has plenty to hide. "Milt is a guy with deep secrets that he does not feel comfortable sharing with anybody for reasons that will become slightly more clear," Shore says. "And at the same time, he wants to be this person that doesn't lie and spreads positivity. He is that person, but he's a very flawed version of that person. He's a version of that person who has a deep, dark lie. So, can he be that positive person while he's carrying that burden is a fundamental question."
Adds Duhamel: "Can you outrun your past? Can a leopard change his spots? Milt believes he can. All these conversations about right and wrong and these things that he preaches, he really does believe this. It's not just a front to keep everybody away. But I don't think you can outrun your past. The truth always comes out in the end. As much as Milt tries to reject that idea, he finds out that he can't and eventually has to face it."
Despite Milt's polished exterior, he quickly realizes that he needs to embrace Russ' "shoot first and ask questions later" roughness in order to fit in with the rest of the squad, which includes Commander Guziewicz (Janet McTeer), Detectives Fontanelle White (Kal Penn) and Aaron Funkhauser (Edward Fordham Jr.), and office manager Holly Dale (Aubrey Dollar). "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," Duhamel says. "I think he knows right off the bat that he needs Russ on his team. The other [detectives] buy into his shtick. He just wants to be accepted in this town, to be liked. He's a guy who probably didn't care about that stuff before, but whatever has happened has changed him forever. But is this a conscious effort to make people like him or does he really have this desire for people to accept him?"
It's in that need for acceptance that Russ and Milt are the most alike, according to Shore. "They need friends," he says. "They both have giant holes in their social lives, it's quite apparent. They both need connection, but they're both not very good at it."
But that friendship will be hard to come by. "I hate catchphrases. I think they tend to oversimplify everything, but 'Not all cops are buddies,' I think, is a good one," Shore says of Battle Creek's tagline. "This is a buddy cop show where one of them doesn't like the other and they have complicated feelings for each other."
In fact, Shore intends to keep the duo at odds for the length of the series. "One of the mantras of House was, 'Nobody changes,'" Shore says. "It's just true human nature. On a deep, unconscious level -- and I think Milt's already there, to a certain extent -- they know they need each other. But they're never going to acknowledge that. That's the most difficult thing in the world.
"They're always going to have that conflict, that difficulty in their relationship," Shore continues. "That's the fight. It will get a little better at times -- tiny little baby steps -- and every now and again, we'll get a glimpse of their realization that they need each other. They'll be working towards it. That's the long, long arc of the series, but it's not like in Season 2 they're going to just be pals."
Battle Creek premieres Sunday at 10/9c on CBS.
AMC Alum In The HOUSE!The third season of the hot Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS released today, featuring a daytime alum as one of its newest castmembers: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN)!
"Finally," the actress tweeted this morning, along with a photo of her name in the opening credits. "[I] haven't kept a secret this long since ever."
Lacey Chabert In ABC's 'Family Fortune'Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) has booked a regular role opposite Fortune Feimster in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Family Fortune, from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Written by Hubbard and Feimster based Feimster’s family life and stand-up, Family Fortune is set in North Carolina and centers on popular gym teacher Fortune (Feimster) who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. Chabert will play Nichole, Tyler’s (Parker Young) wife and a devoted mom to their two young children. She’s repped by Innovative, Thruline and Felker Toczek.
Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson Suit Up For 'The Wrong Stuff'Josh Duhamel and Ernie Hudson, who both last worked together opposite Hilary Swank and Loretta Devine in the ensemble drama You’re Not You from eOne, are coming together again in the drama, The Wrong Stuff, based on the bestselling memoir by Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Richard Lally. The film is being directed by Brett Rapkin and produced by Stephen Nemeth, co-produced by Betsy Stahl and executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and Eric Gagne. Rapkin also penned the script.
Set in the 1980s, the film chronicles the downward spiral of pro baseball pitcher Lee, a hot-tempered, self-serving madman unable to see himself as anything other than a baseball player. Duhamel is cast as the volatile Lee. Hudson will portray Joe, the only black player and first baseman for the all-white, French Canadian Longeuil Senators amateur baseball team. Hudson’s character, an experienced player with 30 years in the sport, is the stabilizing force on the scrappy team.
Written and directed by Brett Rapkin, the heartwarming film is being executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and Eric Gagne, produced by Stephen Nemeth and co-produced by Betsy Stahl. Shooting is expected to begin in Los Angeles next week.
Duhamel starred in several Transformers feature films and also stars in the TV crime drama series Battle Creek. Hudson is best known, perhaps, for his turn in the beloved cult classic comedy Ghostbusters.
Duhamel is repped by ICM’s Lorrie Bartlett and manager John Carrabino. Hudson is repped by Michael McConnell of Artists Int’l Mgmt.
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Josh Duhamel Hilariously Calls Out ''Nut Job'' Paparazzi for Sneaky, Under-the-Table Camera FootageJosh Duhamel is putting one paparazzi cameraman on blast!
The 42-yyear-old actor took to Twitter earlier today to call out a "nut job" pap who slyly videotaped the hunk from under a table without Duhamel's knowledge (how rude?!).
"Hey paparazzi dude don't video me from under the table. What if I were wearing a skirt with no underwear. #nutjob," Fergie's other half tweeted Thursday with a link to the sneaky footage. So how intrusive was the video that had Duhamel tweeting mad?
In the video, Duhamel gets out of a car on the streets of NYC as a big group of paparazzi take photos and video of him walking from his ride into a local eatery. The secret, under-the-table footage comes from a person who is sitting at a booth inside the eatery pretending not to be a cameraman.
The videographer holds the camera under the table while filming Duhamel, who has no idea he's in front of the camera.
Luckily, no embarrassing or incriminating antics when does while Duhamel was being papped without his knowledge.
Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"
Although the 90-minute show focuses on the experience and perspective of an African-American actor -- through the metaphor of Shakespeare's Moorish prince, Othello -- Cobb says that the play's themes run much deeper. "It's about an actor -- for all intents and purposes, me -- auditioning for the role of Othello. If you know the play Othello, Othello is a large, dark-skinned man. The voice-overed auditioner, who is white, is looking for a certain image of what he thinks that man should be," Cobb explains. "The actor is trying to give the auditioner what he's after, but there's this inner monologue going on. 'I know more about being a big, black guy than you do. You should be listening to me. Can you trust that I know things you don't know? Can we have that discussion?'
"More broadly, it's about the American theater, the nature of love, our ability to see or not to see one another," he continues. "Not just across racial lines but in general. No one sees us wholly for who we are and what we have to offer. In that respect, the play seems to have a great crossover appeal. That takes its toll on personalities."
Following each performance, Cobb opens up the floor for feedback from the audience. "It stirs people to speak. They have these very visceral reactions, from college girls to older men and everybody in between," he notes, adding that he's pleased to see his show sparking such discussions. "We're all sort of entrenched in our positions or perspective. We can't move forward and grow as a culture until we can get past the stuff that keeps us in our spaces."
Cobb will bring American Moor back to Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ, from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.lunastage.org. Then from Tuesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 25, and Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10, Cobb will perform at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in Manhattan. For more information on those dates, click here.
Kelly Ripa Thinks Mark Consuelos Has Narcolepsy!Watch Her Describe the Strangest Places He's Fallen Asleep: Video.
Talk Show AppearanceTHE TALK - CBS
Friday, Feb. 27 Actors Josh Duhamel (CBS’s “Battle Creek”)
Dule Hill To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot 'Doubt'Psych star Dule Hill (ex-Simon, All My Children) is returning to his drama roots with a co-starring role in the CBS hourlong pilot Doubt. Also cast in the project is Kobi Libii. The two join Laverne Cox.
Doubt, from longtime Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, Timberman/Beverly and CBS TV Studios, centers on Sadie, a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Hill will play Albert, Sadie’s law partner and close friend with a good sense of humor who is working with her on a very high-profile case, representing a member of a prominent New York family. Libii plays Nick, a smart, ambitious and enterprising recent law school graduate who is determined to work with the best criminal defense attorney in New York.
Emmy-nominated Hill, repped by ICM Partners, Washington Square Arts and Fuller Downs, got his break on NBC’s White House drama The West Wing, where he co-starred for six years before segueing to his co-lead role opposite James Roday on the USA dramedy Psych. He just finished starring in the Broadway production of After Midnight and next will do a season-long arc on the new HBO comedy series Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. Libii is with Stewart Talent, Bleecker Street Entertainment and Schreck Rose.
Talk Show AppearanceTHE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC
Tuesday, February 24: Guests include Josh Duhamel
Michael E. Knight on NCIS“Blast From the Past” – A covert identity created for one of Gibbs’ undercover cases 20 years ago resurfaces after a murder victim is found living under the alias, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES:
Talk Show AppearancesWATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE - Bravo
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – LISA RINNA Show 12036**
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – JOSH DUHAMEL Show 12037**
Talk Show AppearancesLIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, syndicated
We 2/25: Josh Duhamel, Lisa Rinna
Th 2/26: Ryan Phillippe
Fr 2/27: Jason Biggs
'All of My Heart' is Lacey Chabert's favorite Hallmark movie she's done, and she's done a lotIf there's one thing "Mean Girls" star Lacey Chabert knows, it's Hallmark Channel movies -- and saying the word "fetch," of course -- so when she says her upcoming TV movie "All of My Heart" is her favorite Hallmark movie, she means it.
"Everyone knows when you turn on a Hallmark movie, it's definitely something that's going to be uplifting and make you feel good," Chabert tells Zap2it. "This is a really sweet love story. Honestly, it's my favorite Hallmark film that I've done. I really am quite proud of it ... [it] has a really sweet message."
The "Party of Five" alum -- who has also starred in Hallmark's "A Royal Christmas," "The Color of Rain," "Matchmaker Santa" and "Elevator Girl" -- stars in "All of My Heart" as thirtysomething caterer Jenny Fintley, who co-inherits a country home with a "career-obsessed Wall Street trader." As any Hallmark fan could guess, opposites attract as the two strangers get to know each other while they restore the home and turn it into a bed and breakfast.
As for Chabert, she's well aware that the classic plot for a Hallmark movie can be a little cliched, but it's a formula she enjoys nonetheless.
"I think there's always a love story, there's always a conflict and there's always a happy ending," she says. "And some people might think that's cookie-cutter, but I think they're always thought-provoking in one way or another. And some of them are a little bit more dramatic and some of them are more of a romantic comedy vibe, [but] I just feel like whenever you sit down to watch a Hallmark movie ... you know you'll be watching with a good feeling. In this day and age, what's wrong with that? I think it's a lovely thing to add to the world."
"All of My Heart" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Feb. 14 on Hallmark Channel.
IT'S A GIRL FOR AMC ALUM DENISE VASIDenise Vasi (ex-Randi, AMC) and her husband, Anthony Mandler, became first-time parents on February 2, welcoming daughter Lennox Mae. Congratulations to the happy family!
Talk Show AppearanceThursday, February 19: TV Host Kelly Ripa (ABC’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael”)
Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins Instagram, Lets Daughter Charlotte In on the Fun, Too(Pic1, Pic2) Welcome to Instagram, Sarah Michelle Gellar!
The 37-year-old actress and mother two finally joined the photo sharing site Thursday, and while she's a little late to the party (hey, better late than never), she's off to an excellent start!
As you can see, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum got not one, not two, but three PDA-filled selfies with hubby Freddie Prinze Jr.. into her first shot (thank you, collage feature)! It seems the social media newbie, who only joined Twitter in 2013, had a little trouble with her hashtags. She wrote, verbatim: "#MyFirstInstaCongrats @realfpj I'm very excited to send my first #instagram #400000"
Not to worry, though, SMG got the hang of things quickly. Her second Instagram post was precious and perfectly hashtagged! "My daughter Charlotte the #RebelStormTrooper also wanted an #instagram welcome," mom captioned the sweet, silly pic of her 5-year-old. (A Lego figure of what appears to be her daddy's Jedi character on Star Wars Rebels stands behind her.)
This working mom will hopefully be posting lots more snaps of Charlotte and her brother Rocky, 2. And, of course, we want to see lots of Freddie, too! So how, after two kids and 11 years of marriage, are Sarah Michelle and her man still so in love? "We work at it," she told More magazine last year.
She emphasized the importance of having "a separate life," explaining, "I always say I'm Sarah Michelle Gellar when I work and I'm Sarah Prinze in the other life...I don't know if there's a secret—if I had a secret, I'd write a book and retire. But we talk. We check in."
MAURICE BENARD ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUITMaurice Benard's (Sonny, GH) 2014 flick, The Ghost And The Whale, is screening on Thursday, February 13, at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Tickets are still available, and Benard will be in attendance. For ticket info, click here.
General Hospital Casts AMC Fave Rebecca Budig in 'Spitfire' RoleTwo-time Daytime Emmy nominee Rebecca Budig is making tracks for Port Charles.
As part of General Hospital‘s Fan February promotion, executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati announced on Twitter Tuesday that the All My Children and Guiding Light alumna will be joining the ABC serial in a role alternately described as “killer” and “a real spitfire.”
Budig in turn shared her excitement about the new gig via Twitter: @RebeccaBudig: I can't wait to be a part of #GH and to work with a group of very talented people!! #excited
In addition to her runs as GL‘s Michelle and AMC‘s Greenlee, Budig’s TV credits include appearances on CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Castle and Blue Bloods.
Budig’s first GH episode will air in March.
'Whitney' Star Yaya DaCosta To Topline 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff 'Chicago Med'(deadline.com) I’ve learned that Yaya DaCosta, coming off playing pop icon Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic, is set to star in Chicago Med, the proposed ensemble medical drama spinoff from NBC’s Chicago Fire. DaCosta and the other cast members of the potential spinoff will be introduced in Episode 19 of Chicago Fire this season.
DaCosta will play Maggie Seaver (formerly Emily Sexton), an attractive nurse who begins to date Chicago Fire‘s Kelly (Taylor Kinney), with whom she has a history dating back to high school. Like with Chicago PD, which also started as a planted spinoff from Chicago Fire, the Chicago Med episode is conceived/written by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, executive producer Matt Olmstead and executive producer Dick Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces the Chicago Fire/Chicago PD franchise for Universal TV. “There will be an event that brings Chicago Med within Chicago Fire,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said at TCA last month.
DaCosta, who had been sought for pilots after following her breakout role as Whitney Houston, also appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. She is with Gersh.
On the heels of the success of shows with black leads/casts like Fox’s Empire and ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, there has been a strong interest among the broadcast networks in ethnic talent, with DaCosta likely the first of a number of black actors cast in lead roles this pilot season.
Tyler Ross To Star In David Fincher's HBO Comedy 'Living On Video'; Sam Page CastI’ve learned that Tyler Ross (The Killing) has landed the lead in David Fincher’s HBO comedy Living On Video. I also hear that Sam Page (Mad Men) has been cast in the project, which has been shrouded in secrecy. Reps for HBO and the actors had no comment.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, and in the vein of HBO’s Entourage, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Ross). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos.
Page plays a meteorologist trying to transition into game-show hosting. He is reuniting with Fincher after recurring on the past season of House Of Cards.
Fincher, who is directing, revisits his music video director past with the comedy, written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, a friend of Fincher’s from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher. I hear also set or in negotiations for the project, which I hear will film two episodes in lieu of a pilot, are Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon and Elizabeth Lail.
Ross is repped by Paradigm and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management; Page is with UTA and Inphenate.
BATTLE CREEK - Sunday, March 1 on the CBSFollowing are the cast and production credits for the series premiere of BATTLE CREEK, to be broadcast Sunday, March 1 on the CBS Television Network.
ON AIR: Sundays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
FORMAT: Two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Mich.
Josh Duhamel (Milt Chamberlain)
Dean Winters (Russ Agnew)
Janet McTeer (Commander Guziewicz)
Kal Penn (Fontanelle White)
Aubrey Dollar (Holly Dale)
Edward Fordham, Jr. (Aaron Funkhauser)
CREATED BY: Vince Gilligan and David Shore
Lindsay Price, Chris Klein & Jared Gertner Cast In 'How To Live' NBC Comedy PilotLindsay Price, Chris Klein and Jared Gertner have been cast as three of the leads in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Happy Endings) and executive produced by David Janollari. Inspired by Cragg and Bradley’s personal observations of their own family lives, the project centers on Russell, a blogger, and his wife Holly who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe.
Klein, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein, plays Russell’s best friend Matt, a former brat guy who loves sports and red meat and helps Russell navigate the pitfalls of his new environment. Gertner, repped by Luedtke Agency and Untitled, plays Matt’s friend Dennis, a sweet, nerdy, emotional guy who likes cooking. Price, repped by UTA and Untitled, plays Dennis’ sweet, quirky and a little scattered wife Claudia.
Billy Baldwin, Lynn Whitfield, Andy Buckley & Jonathan Bennett Join 'Hit The Floor' On VH1Billy Baldwin (Gossip Girl), Lynn Whitfield (Stepmom), Andy Buckley (Veep, The Office) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Dancing With The Stars) have been tapped for recurring roles on Season 3 of VH1’s cheerleader drama series Hit The Floor. Production begins this week for premiere this year.
The ensemble series about the fictional Los Angeles Devils girls cheer squad explores the exciting and scandalous world of professional basketball from the perspective of the Devil Girls dancers and the Los Angeles Devils players, owners and coaches.
Baldwin will play Jackson Everett Jackson, a billionaire bachelor looking to cause trouble in Devils Arena; Whitfield returns as Jelena’s mother, Vanessa Howard; Buckley plays Adam Oberman, an ambitious league official; and Bennett is Lucas, a sports agent who causes friction between Jude and Zero.
SEASON 2 SPOILER WARNING: Last season, the Devils won the championship but saw their owner Oscar Kinkade hauled off for the murder of a Devil Girl. But there’s another murderer still at large: Ahsha’s longtime boyfriend German, who was revealed in Season 2’s shocking finale to be Olivia Vincent’s killer. Unaware of her boyfriend’s deadly secret, Ahsha is reunited with him, but bad-boy MVP Derek has vowed to get her back.
According to the network, Hit The Floor is the No. 1 ad-supported scripted drama series on cable among women 18-49. The series was created by James LaRosa, who also serves as executive producer. Bryan Johnson and The Film Syndicate are also executive producing. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes and Maggie Malina are executive producers for VH1.
Y&R ALUM’S INVITATIONElizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe, Y&R) is encouraging her fans to stay in touch and even interact with her by checking out the personal videos she posts on http://peeppl.com/feeds/theehendrickson (the latest footage features the actress asking for requests for her to play on the ukulele). "I love PEEPPL because it lets me stay in direct contact with my fans, who have been wonderful to me since I left YOUNG AND RESTLESS,” Hendrikson tells Digest. "I can make exclusive videos based on what my fans suggest and how they vote for their favorites. It's a really creative way for us to collaborate that I've never seen anywhere else. It's as much fun for me as it is for my fans."
SightingsKelly Ripa working out in an Upper East Side AKT dance class taught by Anna Kaiser as the “blizzard” moved in…
Scott Joins TBS Deserted Island Comedy Pilot 'Wrecked'TBS pilot Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara, has set its ensemble cast. Described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Wrecked follows a group of extremely diverse survivors of a plane crash on a remote island who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats — mostly brought upon themselves. No longer plugged in, the group must navigate this new society and learn to live without the comforts of 2015 like social media, Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing and Chipotle.
Zach Cregger will play the lead role of Owen, a flight attendant who only took this job out of college to travel and avoid starting his life. Ginger Gonzaga (Ted) will play Emma, who’s on her way to Thailand with her friend, Florence, after having decided to drop out of medical school. Jessica Lowe plays Florence, intellectually pretentious and a feminist in theory, she spouts complex, forward-thinking social ideas on which she’s too lazy or scared to act. Asif Ali, plays Pack, a sports agent who’s tied to his iPhone like it’s an umbilical cord. Ally Maki, plays Jess, who is traveling to Thailand with her handsome douchebag boyfriend Todd, with whom she struggles to get along. Will Greenberg plays Jess’ boyfriend Todd. Brooke Dillman is Karen, a vice president of Google competitor Bing, who’s a passenger on the plane. James Scott is Liam, seemingly the most handsome man in the world (even after a plane crash), Liam’s done 10 years with British Special Forces before that and now campaigns for human rights for child war refugees. George Basil is Chet, a drunk guy who’s passed out on the plane and doesn’t even realize when it crashes. Rhys Darby plays Steve, a cheerful, good-natured guy who’s traveling on the plane with his enormous dog Brimlow. Filming on the pilot has started in Puerto Rico.
Cregger is with WME and Principato Young; Ali is with David Shapira & Associates, Aligned Entertainment and Chad Christopher; Scott (Days of Our Lives) is with Haven Entertainment; Maki is with Abrams Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.
Michael Nouri Joins NBC's The SlapMichael Nouri will soon have a hand in The Slap.
The Damages vet has landed a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming miniseries, TVLine has exclusively learned.
Nouri will appear in five of the show’s eight episodes as Thanasis Korkoulis, a super-sleazy attorney who will do anything to win.
Although Thanasis agrees to help Zachary Quinto’s Harry — who finds himself in hot water after slapping another couple’s misbehaving child — he makes it clear that everyone must play by his rules.
In addition to his run as Glenn Close’s Damages husband, Nouri’s TV credits include NCIS, All My Children and The O.C.
The Slap bows Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8/7c.
Whitney Houston Biopic: How Yaya DaCosta Became The SingerWhitney Houston is one of the most recognizable singers in the history of music, so Yaya DaCosta did not take it lightly when she was cast to portray the icon in the Lifetime movie Whitney.
"I initially wanted to become her exactly. I was just set to do everything in my power to make the audience almost forget that they weren't really watching Whitney," the former America's Next Top Model contestant, 32, tells PEOPLE. "But then I realized that I only had a few days to prepare. It was more important to try and capture her essence than to go crazy because that could have come across as a mockery."
So just how did DaCosta capture Houston's essence?
1. She pulled from her own modeling history.
"Whitney modeled too and that really informs the way you carry yourself," says DaCosta, who was the runner-up in cycle 3 of the Tyra Banks-hosted reality competition and was the face of a Tom Ford campaign in 2014. "Even when she wasn't modeling, she looked like a model on stage. And she was so elegant in her music videos."
2. She worked on her voice – but not in the way you would think!
Though DaCosta lip-synced to recordings of Houston's songs sung by Deborah Cox, the actress still wanted to make sure she sounded like the "I Will Always Love You" singer.
"I went to my voice coach," she says. "I didn't want to imitate her but I kind of tried to swallow her rhythm. I tend to speak slowly. She spoke quickly."
3. She practiced her smile.
"Not just how much Whitney smiled, but the way she smiled – it was with her whole being," says DaCosta. "It's not like I don't love to smile but you don't always see all my teeth."
4. She perfected her poses.
"When she was singing, there were specific things where she would pat her hips and hold the mic a certain way," DaCosta says of Houston. "Her fingers had a lot of life in them. They would kind of flicker. She was like a hummingbird."
5. She found similarities in their backgrounds.
"We're both from the east coast. We both grew up slender girls in the African-American community, that can affect your psyche," says DaCosta. "She was also spiritual and strong on the outside but vulnerable on the inside. These were things that I saw in her that I completely understood."
Whitney premiered Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
Yaya DaCosta Admits How Terrifying it Was to Play Whitney Houston-and the "Magic Words" That Saved HerAlmost three years after the death of one of music's greatest icons—and perhaps the greatest voice of all time—Lifetime's biopic about Whitney Houston is finally coming out.
Titled Whitney, and executive produced by Angela Bassett, the TV movie airs tonight, and is bound to elicit strong reactions from viewers. Some will love it. Some will haaaaate it.
One thing few will dispute, though: Star Yaya DaCosta nails it. Big time. (And big hair. And big shoulder pads.)
What is perhaps most surprising, though, is that the story focuses only on the early portion of Whitney's career, from the time she met Bobby until about 14 years before her death. So really, none of the truly salacious and controversial years are included—aside from an occasional shot of Whitney doing drugs, her miscarriage on the set of The Bodyguard, and the allegations that Bobby Brown cheated on her. The latter years really aren't addressed at all, until a graphic card is flashed briefly at the end.
"It would have been impossible to pack this great life into one movie," Bassett tells E! News. "We wanted to unpack a lot of those scenes."
The primary focus on the "good years" might be a disappointment to some viewers looking for answers as to what happened toward the end of her life, but should serve as some relief to Whitney's mother Cissy Houston, who has made it clear she's not happy with the film, and that she wishes people would just "let my baby rest." This biopic is really much more tame than it could have been, and for the most part, deeply respectful of Whitney and her legacy.
Still, given the controversy, and the monumental task of portraying Whitney Houston, actress Yaya DaCosta (who previously starred in Lee Daniels' The Butler, and was a former runner up on America's Next Top Model) told us that she found the role overwhelming and nerve-wracking at times.
"All the scenes were difficult to portray," DaCosta tells E! News. "And I've never said that before. I think no matter what kind of scene it was, remembering that there has to be a through line where you're staying true to a character that is not an invention of someone's imagination. And that this is a real person who really lived that everybody knows and loves. It was always very difficult. There was a pressure to keep it real and not be offensive and be as much as like the essence of her as possible."
Though some of the script pages leave something to be desired, it's worth noting how much DaCosta resembles Houston in this role, and she mostly knocks it out of the park. And with very little time to prepare.
"I did a lot of research on YouTube and everything," DaCosta tells us. "But the preparation time was so short that the magic words and the key was really to accept that there was a reason I was doing this and that there was enough in myself that was similar to Whitney and I had to trust that. Angela would say, ‘You are everything.' And that echoed what I had been told by really only one person before, my acting coach when I was 11. ‘You are enough. You have enough. Just trust yourself.' Those are the magic words. At the end of the day, when you're on set especially when it's such a fast-paced project, I just had to trust myself."
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Susan Lucci: My Husband Saved My Life(closerweekly.com) In a recent interview with 'Closer Weekly,' Susan Lucci exclusively opens up about how her husband, Helmut Huber, saved her life during a scary skiing trip back when they first got married in 1969.
“Very early on [in our marriage], we were skiing in Tignes Le Lac in France, and I fell off the lift,” she reveals to 'Closer.' “We were only midway up the mountain, and I slipped and was sliding and it was above the trees, so there was nothing to grab onto.”
Luckily, Susan had wed an experienced skier. “He schussed down below me and managed to stop my fall. It was a good sign that he saved me. Otherwise, I would have fallen thousands of feet off a cliff!” she tells the mag.
“I got a good one” says the soap star. She jokes: “A lot of husbands would’ve let me go.”
For more on Susan and all celebrity news, pick up the new issue of 'Closer Weekly,' on newsstands now!
Matt Bomer Wins the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieMatt Bomer came away with the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie on Sunday for his work on The Normal Heart.
"To all the people we lost from this disease, I just want to say: We love you, we remember you," Bomer, 37, said while accepting the award.
Seth Meyers and Katie Holmes presented the award at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Bomer was up against Bill Murray for Olive Kitteridge, Jon Voight for Ray Donovan, Alan Cumming for The Good Wife and Colin Hanks for Fargo.
After thanking director Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer, who wrote the original play, Bomer also gave love to his husband Simon Halls and their three children – Kit, Walker, and Henry – saying, "I want to thank you for putting up with me when I was 130 lbs. and really grumpy when you ate pizza in front of me."
Fergie and Josh Duhamel Get Nostalgic on Instagram for Sixth Wedding Anniversary(Photo) Fergie and Josh Duhamel spent some time flipping through the old wedding album on the eve of their sixth anniversary – posting one adorably happy moment from the ceremony to Instagram on Friday.
"Married 6 years tomorrow! #flashbackfriday 2009 #happyanniversary," the Black Eyed Peas singer, 39, captioned a photo from their star-studded wedding at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu.
Fergie first met her future husband back in September 2004 when the Black Eyed Peas filmed a cameo for an episode of Duhamel's show Las Vegas.
Like any couple, the Duhamels have endured their fair share of ups and downs through the years – but their greatest joy came in August 2013 with the birth of their son, Axl Jack.
And with Axl getting bigger every day at 16-months, the couple say they're open to expanding the family.
"We'd like to. Yeah, for sure," Duhamel told Wendy Williams in October about having a second child. "[Fergie's] an amazing girl. She's a great mom and she's working on her album, so she's able to manage [both work and motherhood] now for sure."
NEW SERIES FOR AMC ALUM CAMERON MATHISONAt last night's Hallmark Winter Press Tour, it was announced that Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) will star alongside Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) in the new franchise CHOCOLATE CHIP MURDER for Hallmark Murder & Mystery Channel. "So fortunate to be part of this family:)," he tweeted, later adding, "Can't wait to begin working with you @Ali_Sweeney :)." The first installment will air this spring.
Fail! Josh Duhamel Takes a Tumble While Trying to Hop a Rail(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Nice try, Josh Duhamel.
While at the L.A. Lakers game at the Staples Center last night, the 42-year-old actor tried to show off for the paparazzi but failed right in front of the cameras.
Fergie's other half, who was dressed in white sneakers, blue jeans and a white button-down shirt, attempted to hop over a metal railing barricade outside of Staples. Duhamel managed to get one leg over the railing but something must have messed up his moves because he ended up on the ground on the other side of the barricade.
After a little roll on the pavement Duhamel got up, brushed himself off and seemed unfazed by the harmless accident. He smiled and went on his way into the game.
It's OK, Josh. We still love you.
Meanwhile, during last night's Lakers game, his wife Fergie took the court for a super-hot performance.
Check out the funny photos of Duhamel's tumble for yourself.
Matt Bomer To Play Montgomery Clift In HBO BiopicFollowing his praised performance in The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer has re-teamed with HBO Films for another project, a biopic of iconic Hollywood actor Monty Montgomery Clift.
Like with Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, Monty Clift too started off as an indie feature, which was put together more than a year ago with Bomer attached to star and Larry Moss set to direct from a script by Christopher Lovick. The project was shopped for financing by Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din, Janine Giaime and Juri Henley-Cohn.
The way HBO stepped in to bring The Normal Heart to fruition with its A-list talent intact, it is doing the same with Monty Clift.
The Love Is Strange duo of Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias will rewrite Lovick’s script. Din and Moss will serve as executive producers alongside Anonymous Content’s Tony Lipp and Alix Madigan.
At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando and James Dean as Hollywood’s biggest male stars and, along with them, was one of the first method actors in Hollywood. Clift also was the first Hollywood actor to refuse to sign a studio contract, choosing independency instead. He graduated from stage roles to screen success in films that includes A Place In The Sun and From Here To Eternity. His matinee idol good looks were destroyed by a devastating car accident that left him with a broken nose and partially paralyzed face. Though he continued to make movies, the accident haunted him until his death, even though he received an Oscar nomination, his fourth, for one of his last performances in Judgment At Nuremberg.
Clift had a complicated personal life, which he refused to put on display. He struggled with his sexual orientation and resorted to alcohol and drug addition following the accident.
“To see the kind of intense vulnerability and realism that he brought to his work at a time when that was not the style—it’s profound,” Bomer said in an interview last year. “He knew everything he was feeling inside—or if he didn’t, you wondered, why was he feeling that when the scene was this? To get to portray someone who was so formative to me as an artist would be terrifying and daunting and thrilling.
Bomer’s role in The Normal Heart earned him a Critics Choice TV award and an Emmy nomination. He is also up for a People’s Choice Award tonight for favorite TV Cable Actor (for his starring role on USA’s White Collar) as well as a Golden Globe award this weekend for The Normal Heart.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Love Is Strange, which Sachs also directed, starred John Lithgow & Alfred Molina as a longtime couple forced to separate after losing their home. The film has received four nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Emmy-Winning Daytime TV Director Larry Auerbach, Dead At 91(Photo) Larry Auerbach, considered by many to be a pioneer in daytime television, died today at 91 in La Jolla, Calif. Auerbach helmed CBS’s soap Love of Life, from 1951 to 1980. Such faces as Warren Beatty, Jon Voight, Christopher Reeve and Roy Scheider would pass through the show during its lengthy time on the air. Given the never-ending cycle of soaps, it’s estimated that Auerbach clocked a notable 3,000 hours as a TV director. Following Love of Life, he helmed a number of New York based soaps including All My Children, One Life to Live, Another World and As the World Turns. Born in Mount Vernon, NY, Auerbach cut his teeth in the trade in Chicago during the late 1940s as the stage manager on Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Studs’ Place and the daytime soap, Hawkins Falls. He was named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004, joining an elite group that includes Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman Jack Valenti and he received the union’s 1991 Robert B. Aldrich award. Auerbach won a Daytime Emmy in 1984 for directing on ABC’s One Life to Live. DGA president Paris Barclay made the following statement today on the passing of Auerbach:
“Larry emerged as a vigorous presence right after the merger that created the modern DGA, diving headlong into a long career of service to the Guild and his fellow members. Larry worked tirelessly, out of love for his Guild and his profession, to ensure better working conditions and stronger protection of creative rights for Guild members, and he was instrumental in raising the profile of daytime serial directors, the genre to which he dedicated his career. Under his watch as National Vice President and a member of the Eastern Directors Council, Larry helped organize the renovation of the New York headquarters, and he played a major role in ensuring greater health and fiscal security for Guild members through the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans. He was a dynamo – a strong and powerful voice for our members for decades – and we will miss him greatly.”
Slater Series Picked Up By USAThis is a timely order by USA. In the wake of the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the cable network has given the first series pickup to a pilot from its current slate to Mr. Robot (working title), an intense hacker drama starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater.
Written/executive produced by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He finds himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America. Slater plays Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup At A Wedding) also executive produce.
“Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “Rami gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast as Mr. Robot.”
The pilot for Mr. Robot was directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) who “has given the show a breathtakingly original look,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCU Cable Entertainment.
Co-starring in the series are Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallstrom.
Mr. Robot was the first of five drama pilot orders made by USA this year, along with Carlton Cuse’s Colony, starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies; Stanistan, starring Jennifer Carpenter; Queen Of The South, based on the international best seller “La Reina del Sur,” starring Alice Braga; and recent pickup Evil Men, starring Dallas Roberts and Clifton Collins Jr.
USA recently announced a pullout from half-hour comedy to focus on its drama brand with an intention to pick up as many of its five drama pilots to series as possible.
Nickelodeon Star Denyse Tontz, All Grown Up, Talks Music & Mark Salling Romance(Music Video) Denyse Tontz has fallen in love with a hipster.
And we're not talking about Glee actor Mark Salling, whom she briefly dated last summer.
Tontz, 20, a singer-songwriter and actress best known for her roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and on the Disney Channel's Dog with a Blog, is enjoying a burgeoning music career – she just released the single and video for "Mr. Hipster," a tongue-in-cheek ode to the counter-culture guy so many girls seem to end up dating.
"I definitely want to try something a little different," she tells PEOPLE about her music. "I'm getting older now, and it's been kind of a struggle juggling my fan base with what I am naturally inclined to write."
She adds, "I definitely want to surprise people. I think that [my fans] will be pretty surprised by what's coming next – I hope in a good way!"
Still, she says she won't compromise on her "weird, quirky, kind of sarcastic" style. "It's just my personality. My music is going to have that same lyrical quality to it. I definitely like to insert a wink and a smile."
Beginning as a child model, Tontz got her first big break when she booked a campaign for Mattel's Barbie. Later, she made her TV debut on E-Ring before landing her Nickelodeon and Disney roles.
Still, music remained her first love, and her songwriting skills are now so well-honed that Tontz earned a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding original song for a drama series. She was only 19 years old.
As for her love life, over the summer Tontz met Glee actor Mark Salling through her producer for a collaboration and they dated for a few months, before busy schedules ended their romance.
"But you never know what could happen down the road," she says.
When it comes to Salling's own music in his band, Camp Coyote, Tontz gushes: "That's one thing that Mark will never let people down on – he's incredible live. Honestly, as an artist, I have so much respect for him because he is the most talented musician."
Their relationship happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013 at the age of 31, a "touchy subject" for Salling and the rest of the Glee cast. As Salling said earlier to PEOPLE: "I still think about him all the time."
"It wasn't something he talked about much, but it definitely took a toll on him. … It left everybody shocked, and especially [Salling]," Tontz says.
That said, 2015, it seems, looks to be Tontz's year.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
Christian Campbell Joins 'True Detective'Christian Campbell (Big Love) has been added to the cast of HBO’s True Detective. He will recur on the second season of the crime drama that revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Campbell, repped by by Untitled and Charles Bodner at BRS/Gage, will play Richard Brune, the therapist husband of Alicia (Abigail Spencer).
Injured veteran J.R. Martinez urges perseverance(columbiamissourian.com) COLUMBIA — J.R. Martinez was always known as the handsome kid.
Family, friends and even strangers would compliment his suave looks, telling a young Martinez how he had such an stunning face.
So in 2003, after a roadside bomb in Iraq burnt one-third of his body, the 19-year-old soldier could only glance in the mirror before despair overwhelmed him.
"I thought 'I'll be alive, but I'll never live,'" Martinez said.
Eleven years later, Martinez has acted on the soap opera "All My Children," won the 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars," and plays Alfonso Rivera on the show "SAF3." He also tours the country as a motivational speaker, and Monday night he spoke to about 200 people at the Missouri Theatre about overcoming adversity and emerging stronger. The speech was part of Mizzou Veterans Week.
Even before the burns, Martinez was no stranger to hardship. His dad left the family when he was 9 months old. His mother raised him on her own, and she couldn't afford to send him to college. He had hoped football would be his ticket to university — and university would be his ticket to the NFL — but he didn't have the grades. So he enlisted in the Army.
It wasn't the trajectory he had planned, but he immersed himself in the military — the culture, the camaraderie, the sense of purpose. "You can't control what happens, but you can control your attitude about it," Martinez said.
That outlook was tested after the blast. He was unable to walk, bathe or feed himself. Reckoning with the full extent of his injuries deflated him.
Once he regained some mobility, he began visiting other injured and hospitalized soldiers. He said it helped give him some perspective.
"I was helping myself," he said. "I love the idea of being something bigger than myself."
After leaving the hospital, he began speaking to veterans groups about overcoming tribulations large and small. Soon other groups invited him to speak, and as he honed his message of perseverance, he looked to TV as the next step — both for his message and his personal journey.
Kim Gonzalez, an Army veteran, said Martinez' story touched a nerve.
"I got a little teary," Gonzalez said. "I'm actually in the middle of a (career) transition myself, and he made me feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel."
Mad Men's Sam Page Gets Married! Find Out Which Mean Girls Star Was in Attendance(Pic1, Pic2) Sam Page is a married man!
The 38-year-old actor, most recently known for playing Christina Hendricks' ex on Mad Men, wed fiancée Cassidy Boesch over the weekend surrounded by family and friends. The nuptials took place on Saturday at a villa just outside Santa Barbara, Calif., a source confirms to E! News. "It was truly a fairy-tale weekend," the source adds.
Page also posted a gorgeous wedding pic of him and Boesch sharing their first kiss as husband and wife. "Making it official," Page wrote on Instagram.
In the shot, Page and Boesch wrap their arms around each other while locking lips in front of wedding guests during the outdoor garden ceremony. Behind them is a beautiful canopy covered in white roses.
Page also took to Instagram to share a photo of him and his groomsmen. "On the runway, first class, about to walk down the aisle, and this is my groomsmen detail. Great men all of them. #cassidyandsam," he wrote. Among Page's groomsmen was Mean Girls star and recent Dancing With the Stars cast-off Jonathan Bennett.
In addition to Mad Men, you may recognize Page from his appearances on shows like Desperate Housewives, House of Cards, Switched at Birth, Scandal and Gossip Girl.
Congrats, you two!
'True Detective': Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin Eye RolesHBO is putting finishing touches on the cast for the second season of True Detective ahead of the Friday table read. I have learned that Kelly Reilly (Black Box) is finalizing a deal for a regular role, while Michael Irby (Almost Human), Abigail Spencer (Suits) and Leven Rambin (Hunger Games) are either set or close to deals for recurring roles.
Reilly and Spencer had been on the short list of actresses invited to meet with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for the female lead, which was ultimately offered to Rachel McAdams, but sources cautioned at the time that Pizzolatto was eyeing some of the actresses on the list for other parts.
Season 2 of True Detective revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Reilly would play the self-possessed Morgan. Irby is poised to play McAdams’ partner, now named Elvis. Rambin would likely play Sophia, a beauty with a history of drug problems, while Spencer is in line to portray Alicia, the survivor of a sexual attack.
Reilly and Spencer are repped by ICM Partners, Irby is with Greene & Associates and Coronel Group; Rambin with Paradigm and Management 360.
CHRISHELL STAUSE OFF DAYSChrishell Stause, who first aired as DAYS’s Jordan Ridgeway in August, 2013, is leaving the show. "Sadly I have wrapped up my time over at @nbcdays. It's been an amazing journey & the best is yet to come for Jordan. I taped scenes in Nov I'm really proud of and I will air into March. I've made great friends and memories in my time there. I would like to thank NBC/Corday for the opportunity. I love my daytime family & am looking forward to what the future has in store :)” she tweeted in announcing the news. With the show’s production schedule, look for her air well into 2015. The popular actress previously played AMC’s Amanda.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and the Curse of Buffy the Vampire SlayerThere's a Buffy the Vampire Slayer curse, but it's not what you think it is.
Sarah Michelle Gellar played the titular hero for seven seasons across The WB and UPN from 1997-2003. Since then she's gone on to big screen roles and returned to TV in both thrillers and comedies, but the Buffy curse still lingers.
"There is only one curse and it's not what people expect," Gellar told Confidential, an Australian publication. "The one curse is, as an actor, you get very spoiled because you think all female characters are going to be that exciting, that interesting, that flawed—and that's really not the case in Hollywood. That's the drawback—you have a standard of what to expect in the characters you play."
See? Not the curse you were expecting.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer hailed from Joss Whedon, a man known to many for his talents at bringing three-dimensional characters—particularly women—to life.
"The show proved it was OK to have a strong female character, a heroine, on television…Buffy was a human. As humans, we fight the horrors of our life to get through the day," she said. "It was an elevated drama, an elevated comedy and a metaphor for the different parts of life."
Since Buffy, Gellar starred in the short-lived Ringer, a CW drama that she also produced. Last season she appeared opposite the late Robin Williams in the David E. Kelley comedy The Crazy Ones. She won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV series for the now-canceled comedy and thanked her loyal following.
"For seven years, I had the privilege to be a part of one of the most amazing television shows and I've never gotten the chance to publicly thank them, the cast, the crew, and all the fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," she said, "so thank you!"
The adventures of Buffy Summers continue in a Whedon-sanctioned comic book series from Dark Horse. Even so, Whedon obliged a fan who asked for more Buffy the Vampire Slayer by drawing one heck of napkin doodle. Hey, it's better than nothing!
Dondre Whitfield Joins 'Real Husbands Of Hollywood' On BETDondre Whitfield has joined BET’s Real Of Husbands Of Hollywood as a regular for Season 4. BET announced a fourth season renewal earlier this month and production began this week in LA. Created by Kevin Hart and Chris Spencer, Real Husbands Of Hollywood was a breakout hit for BET, debuting with more than 4 million in 2013. Its cast includes Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J. B. Smoove, Nick Cannon and Nelly. Smoove will continue on the show but is not expected to be a regular in Season 4 because of his duties as a co-star on CBS comedy The Millers. Real Husbands‘ Season 3 wrapped production before Smoove started on the sitcom last season. Season 3 of Real Husbands debuted on Tuesday. Whitfield most recently recurred on ABC’s Mistresses. His other TV credits include All My Children, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case and CSI: Miami. Real Husbands Of Hollywood airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on BET.
Lifetime Renews Devious Maids for a Third SeasonAfter a down-to-the-wire negotiation, Lifetime has sealed a deal to bring back the Marc Cherry-produced soap Devious Maids for a third season.
Lifetime picked up 13 new episodes to air sometime in 2015. "Marc Cherry has created a uniquely twisted world that blends his comic wit with devilishly ingenious characters and plot twists," says Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.
Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci star on Devious Maids, which focuses on the close-knit group of maids who work for wealthy and powerful Beverly Hills families.
The show's Season 2 finale aired July 13, attracting 3.5 million viewers according to live + 3 data, a healthy 58% bump over its same-day viewership.
Inspired by the hit telenovela Ellas son... la alegría del hogar, the show is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives).
'One Life to Live' Producer Plans to Liquidate(hollywoodreporter.com) Plus, the role of Apple Inc. in the ongoing story of an alleged "mega soap" fraud.
Anyone want a piece of soap opera history?
Prospect Park Networks, the company that attempted to re-launch One Life to Live and All My Children as web-only series, has announced its intention to liquidate assets in its ongoing bankruptcy case. The prize might be a front-row seat at a trial against ABC that could be coming soon.
The producer is suing ABC, alleging a fraud, wherein the network allegedly asked to "borrow" OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines, killed some characters and began scheming "in its quest for a mega soap." The claimed interference is estimated to have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage for Prospect Park.
When Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy last March, the pending dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court was put on hold. But the judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, "It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the 'dark period' and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial."
ABC has noted in prior legal filings that Prospect Park didn't complain while it used OLTL characters and even renewed a license agreement. ABC is also counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contract damages.
The cost of litigation is undoubtedly expensive. According to more documents in the bankruptcy case, the law firm of Andrews Kurth says it is owed more than $700,000 in unpaid fees. The law firm of Lavely & Singer says it is owed more than $120,000.
If or when Prospect Park goes to trial against ABC, the bankrupt company will likely be represented by a new law firm. There were at least three firms that were interested in picking up the "mega soap" fraud case, and the firm of Jones Day emerged as the one to take the reigns.
And what will Jones Day be getting? Secured by a $400,000 retainer, the law firm will see 33 percent of any settlement money and 40 percent of any money recovered if the case goes to jury.
Meanwhile, on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.
The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut -- nicknamed the "Provisions State" -- the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million. Yes, Apple not only runs the iTunes store, which once carried the OLTL web-only series, but it apparently bails out producers of soap operas at a modest price.
Jim Parrack and Leven Rambin are engaged!The True Blood star, who took the stage alongside friend James Franco in Broadway's Of Mice and Men this summer, has popped the question to the Hunger Games actress, his rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
The couple began dating in the spring, and Parrack, 33, divorced his wife of six years in June after separating in September.
Leven, 24, has also appeared on The Tomorrow People and One Tree Hill. This will be her first marriage.
David Rasche Joins TV Land Pilot 'Impastor'David Rasche (ex-Robert, All My Children/ex-Wes, Ryan's Hope) is set as a series regular on TV Land’s single-camera dark comedy Impastor. Written by Christopher Vane and directed by Robert Greenberg, the story centers on Buddy (Michael Rosenbaum), a lowlife on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their new gay pastor. Rasche, repped by Liebman Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams, will play Owen Schmidt, a businessman and President of Loomis Lutheran Church. Although he welcomes Buddy as the new pastor, he’s warily suspicious of this outsider and quite baffled by Buddy’s utter lack of Scriptural knowledge. Rasche will next be seen on Broadway in The Country House with Blythe Danner. His recent TV credits include recurring roles on Veep and Black Box.
Duo Added To NBC's 'Aquarius'Ambyr Childers (Ray Donovan, We Are What We Are) and Beau Mirchoff (Awkward) have been cast as recurring in NBC‘s upcoming series Aquarius, a gritty 1960s drama about a cop (David Duchovny) who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. Childers, repped by McKeon-Myones Management and UTA, will play a seductive woman that lures Emma’s boyfriend away as part of Manson’s plan to recruit her. Mirchoff, repped by APA, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Ginsburg Daniels, will play Rick Zondervan, a fictitious UCLA student who takes his girlfriend to a drug party in Laurel Canyon where they run into infamous Charles Manson.
Hollywood Walk of Fame 2015 starsThe Hollywood Walk of Fame will add 30 new stars in 2015, with recipients including Melissa McCarthy, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and more.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced that celebrities from film, TV, music, theater and radio. Check out the full list below.
In addition to the above, the TV category will also add: "The Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks, producer and director Ken Ehrlich, Food Network star Bobby Flay, "NCIS: LA" star Chris O'Donnell, Kelly Ripa and Sofia Vergara.
From the movie category: Jennifer Garner, Peter Jackson, Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Christoph Waltz and Will Ferrell will all get stars, along with posthumous ones for screenwriter Raymond Chandler and Batman creator Bob Kane.
Kristen Chenoweth, Dick Gregory and Ennio Morricone will be added to the theater category, while music additions include Dr. Luke, Kool & The Gang, Pitbull, All Schmitt and Pharrell Williams. Larry Elder is the lone radio recipient.
AMC ALUM LANDS ON HOUSE OF CARDSChristina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca, AMC) has landed a role on the upcoming third season of Netflix's acclaimed drama HOUSE OF CARDS, TVLine reports. No word yet on who she'll play. Congrats!
Matthew Cowles, Actor and Husband of Christine Baranski, Dies(playbill.com) Matthew Cowles, a soap opera star and the husband of actress Christine Baranski, died at age 69 on May 22.
Mr. Cowles played Billy Clyde Tuggle on the daytime soap "All My Children" for many years. He was twice nominated for Daytime Emmys for his work, in 1978 and 1981.
Other daytime drama gigs included "Loving" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
On the big screen Mr. Cowles had roles in "Nurse Betty," "Shutter Island," "The Juror" and "The Cowboy Way."
On the stage, he played the title role in Malcolm, Edward Albee's short-lived 1965 Broadway adaptation of James Purdy's novel. He subsequently appeared in Broadway revivals of Sweet Bird of Youth and The Time of Your Life.
Off-Broadway, he was in the original production of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx, acting alongside Al Pacino and John Cazale. His most recent New York stage appearance was in The Taming of the Shrew, a Theatre For a New Audience production at the Duke on 42nd Street in 2012.
He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for Dirty Jokes, at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago.
Matthew Cowles was born on Sept. 28, 1944, in New York City, NY, as Matthew Chandler Cowles.
He married Baranski in 1983, and the two have two children together. Baranski survives him. He was previously married to the actress Kathleen Dezina.
All My Children Vet Matthew Cowles Dead at 69; Husband to Christine Baranski(tvline.com) (Photo) Matthew Cowles, a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee during his run as iconic All My Children ne’er-do-well Billy Clyde Tuggle, passed away on May 22. He was 69.
Cowles is survived by his wife of 30 years, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, and their adult daughters Lily and Isabel.
Cowles’ manager Tsu Tsu Stanton broke the sad news on Twitter, noting: “[Matthew] was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.” Onetime AMC headwriter Jean Passanante acknowledged the actor’s passing by hailing “AMC’s one and only Billy Clyde Tuggle” as “a sweet man and a uniquely talented actor.”
In addition to his AMC run — which he capped one year ago with an encore during the sudser’s Internet revival — Cowles’ TV resume included ABC’s Life on Mars, Oz, Lonesome Dove, The Bold and the Beautiful (as Curtis Love) and Loving (as Eban Japes).
Born in New York City to Broadway producer Chandler Cowles, his Great White Way credits included Malcolm (1966), The Time of Your Life and Sweet Bird of Youth. The actor also appeared in many films, and worked as a playwright.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
‘Deadly Affairs’, Hosted by Susan Lucci, Renewed for Season Three by Investigation DiscoveryInvestigation Discovery has greenlit real-life soap opera DEADLY AFFAIRS for season three. Hosted by daytime TV queen, Susan Lucci, DEADLY AFFAIRS was one of ID’s top five shows during 3Q 2013 in delivery for W25-54, W18-49, and P25-54. The series continued to entice fans with titillating stories all season long reaching over 9.7 million unique viewers P2+. The new season promises to deliver stories of passionate love affairs turned crimes of passion when it premieres summer 2014.
“We just can’t get enough of Susan Lucci -- our affair with her is out in the open and we couldn’t be happier to continue for a third season,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Destination America. “Our viewers are often tempted by the suspense of ‘will they or won’t they?’ -- and with DEADLY AFFAIRS, we already know they did -- and they probably shouldn’t have!
“I am so excited to be going into Season three with DEADLY AFFAIRS,” said Susan Lucci. “And I’m even more excited that so many fans are telling me that they are ‘addicted’ to the show!”
DEADLY AFFAIRS tells real-life tales of love gone terribly wrong – from wandering eyes at the workplace leading to adulterous romps in the supply closet to bible-study couples tempted by lust to commit the ultimate sin – proving affairs can be murder on the heart. Episodes feature stories interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts, as well as first-person accounts from friends and family of the victims.
DEADLY AFFAIRS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Sirens Media. For Sirens Media, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, and Anne Rothwell are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery,Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
Susan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica KaneSusan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica Kane: Video.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
Will you miss All My Children?
Cady McClain Confirms AMC's EndProspect Park still has offered no comment or official statement regarding the fate of AMC, but hot on the heels of Debbi Morgan's (Angie) statements on Twitter revealing that the show will not go on, Cady McClain (Dixie) is speaking out, too. On her Facebook page, the actress released the following statement: "If you aren't hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it's really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie [sic] Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all 'the powers that be' involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the 'What Went Wrong' question, I think I'd rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I've known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You've been AWESOME."
Debbi Morgan On AMC's Fate: "I'm So Very Sorry"While no official word has come from Prospect Park regarding whether AMC will return for a second season, Debbi Morgan (Angie) has tweeted several comments that seem to support the rumor that the show is done. "I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we'd definitely [be] coming back," she wrote. "Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we'd been given! I'm so very sorry2 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what's in God's plan. I do know there's always a bigger picture! Thanks For The Memories..."
Susan Lucci: My New York(nypost.com) Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, Long Island, but she fell in love with Manhattan when she got the job of a lifetime in 1970: playing the iconic Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera “All My Children.” Lucci would study her lines in the car on the way to the show’s Upper West Side studio only putting down her script to gaze at the skyline through Central Park. Today, she’s back living in Garden City and filming in Manhattan — her Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Affairs,” which just premiered its second season. This is her New York.
1. Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., between 85th and 86th streets
“My husband is Austrian, so when he’s feeling a little homesick, we go here, and it’s like being in Vienna for the afternoon. The quark is very authentic — it’s like a cheesecake, but that does not begin to do it justice. It’s so light and has a lemon taste to it. Last November, we were trying to squeeze in a trip to Paris, but we had so many commitments and we couldn’t get away. So we checked into the St. Regis — we didn’t tell anyone except our children. We went to a French restaurant to feel like we were in France and Cafe Sabarsky to feel like we were in Austria. It was like being in Europe for the weekend, and we had the best time.”
2. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302. W. 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues
“We try to see a Broadway show a couple times a month. We mostly go to musicals. I grew up loving Broadway musicals. I’d put on my parents’ cast albums and stand on the stool and sing in the mirror. One of the first ones was ‘Damn Yankees.’ I was about 3 years old. The last show I saw was ‘Kinky Boots.’ Oh, I thought it was fabulous.”
3. Central Park, 110th Street and Central Park North
“For most of my adult life, I drove through Central Park every morning going to work. I’d enter at the North Drive, at 110th Street. I was always studying on my way in, but the minute we turned into the park, no matter where I was in the script, I’d put it down. Central Park is one of the treasures of this country — the light, the landscaping, the people. I just can’t say enough about it. My very favorite season there is spring. After the long winters in New York, you see green buds and weeping willows, forsythia coming out and daffodils poking through. I’ve also filmed in the park, and my husband and I have gone on a gondola ride in the lake. It’s just magical.”
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
“I have great memories of taking my children to the Met. They would say, ‘Can we take a later train home?’ They love the Egyptian wing and all the mummies. And I love the café. I’m looking forward to going there for jazz nights this fall.”
5. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street
“Bergdorf’s has it all! I go to the seventh floor for inspiration. I just walk around and look at the table settings and accessories — they’re so beautiful. I bought a fabulous black-and-white photograph there for my husband for our anniversary. It’s from a Harper’s Bazaar layout in the ’60s. It’s a man and woman, and he’s lighting her cigarette with his. I thought it was sexy and fabulous. It reminded me of when we first met.”
6. Campagnola, 1382 First Ave., at 74th Street
“If a Martian came from outer space and wanted to experience a real New York Italian restaurant, they would go to Campagnola. You’ve got Freddie (below) playing the piano when you walk in, they’re four deep at the bar, there’s a wooden floor — it’s so cozy. We’ve taken our son, and now he takes his friends. For us, it’s more of a dinner place, and they serve late, so we’ve gone after the theater, on the way home. There are so many colorful characters there: politicians, ballplayers, Wall Street bankers and actors.”
7. Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st Street
“There’s a very New York vibe, and you feel that the minute you’re in the store. They curate their collection of jewelry so well. Everything is cutting-edge, and I love that about Barneys. I have done some damage in that shoe department, too — my husband will tell you! He is not a shopper, he hates to shop. So he ushers me through as quickly as possible, then we go for lunch at Fred’s.”
8. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues
“I went for the first time two years ago with my college roommate and her husband when they came up from Washington, DC. The fact that it was a private home, it feels so accessible and personal — you get to see the Monets and the Rembrandts in an environment that feels like a home. We had the best time and then, after that, we went Christmas shopping for our daughters and stopped at a pashmina cart, and bought a bunch of them.”
9. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., at Park Avenue South
“When I was getting ready to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1999, my voice teacher was on 16th Street. After my lessons, my husband and I started going to Gramery Tavern quite often, and we just love it. The pastry chef is fantastic. I try everything she makes!”
Maiden season of Internet soap operas yields vital lessons, says company co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz(nydailynews.com) The pioneering first online seasons of the soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” are wrapping up, with the producers saying that, as expected, they learned some lessons.
The season’s last original episode of “One Life to Live” airs Monday, with the season’s last original “All My Children” on Sept. 2.
The Prospect Park production company’s The Online Network (TOLN) says both will return at an unspecified date for a second season. The network says both have been successful enough for to justify continuing.
“We have tackled more business, creative and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production,” said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz.
Reviving two canceled soaps with most of the casts intact was unprecedented — as was the gamble in producing them only for the Internet.
Kwatinetz and his partner Rich Frank said they expected to make adjustments on the fly, and the biggest one came a couple of weeks into the season, when the number of shows per week for each program was cut from four to two.
Since the shows run a half hour, this means only an hour a week of new programming.
In a statement, Frank and Kwatinetz said that’s all that most of the online audience had time to watch.
“We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much,” they said.
They promised next season will have extra content and more interactivity.
As for this season’s wrapups, “One Life to Live” ends with the whole town of Llanview attending the Man of the Year dinner. “All My Children,” the producers say, will end by “wrapping up many of the season’s burning questions.”
Susan Lucci Cried Tears Of Joy Over 'All My Children' Lesbian Storyline(ontopmag.com) Susan Lucci has said that she cried tears of joy when she learned of a lesbian storyline involving her television daughter on the ABC soap All My Children.
On the show, Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) came out gay to her mother, Erica Kane (Lucci), in late 2000.
Appearing on cabler Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Lucci was asked how she felt about the storyline.
“The storyline was presented to me by our executive producer at that time. She called me into her office and we both just sat there with tears because it sounded like it was going to be such a great storyline, and it was,” Lucci said. “She told me that a lot of gay kids, and even gays in their 20s, they would rather commit suicide than come out to their parents. And I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, if I can be part of a storyline here that would help one person feel good about themselves, and be who they really are, and know that their parents can love them anyway – they just have to be themselves. I was thrilled to be part of it.”
“That storyline really had a lot of impact, I'm very proud and happy to say,” she added.
'Fruitvale Station' Duo Ryan Coogler And Michael B. Jordan Team With Sly Stallone On MGM 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed'(deadline.com) MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’s Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer. This comes in the wake of a strong summer platform opening for Fruitvale Station, the film that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance, and captured Prize Of The Future at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coogler and Jordan were the toast of the Croisette. Coogler intends for this to be his directorial follow-up to Fruitvale Station so the intention is to make it happen quickly.
Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s hard to get excited about what amounts to the seventh film in the Rocky series. This feels different to me, mostly because of how it came together. Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King.
The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979's Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985's Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.
What is intriguing is how Coogler intends to plug back into the mythology of the first three Rocky films, which were the best ones, and then move the story forward. Jordan seems perfect for the role, given his charisma and intensity, and the fact he’s a natural athlete and was a most convincing quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights. Coogler played college football on a scholarship as a wide receiver, so he has a background in jock culture. The deal is being finalized by WME, which reps Coogler, Jordan and Stallone. Jordan is managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
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