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Natalia Cigliuti Joins ‘Drunk Parents’Natalia Cigliuti rounds out the cast of Drunk Parents, Fred Wolf’s comedy starring Salma Hayek, Alec Baldwin, Joe Manganiello, and Bridget Moynahan. Baldwin and Hayek play spouses who wasted the night after dropping their daughter off at college. A kidnapping and a troubling case of mistaken identity ensue. Cigliuti plays Betty, the youngest sister of Hayak and Moynahan’s characters and the wife of Manganiello’s. Cigliuti’s credits include Joe Dirt 2, The Preacher’s Mistress and the upcoming Western feature Traded. She is repped by Sager Management.
2016 NAACP Image Awards WinnersEntertainer of the Year:
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‘Cruel Intentions’: Sarah Michelle Gellar Courted To Reprise Her Role In NBC PilotNBC’s Cruel Intentions reboot, which was just greenlighted to pilot, picks up 15 years after the cult 1999 movie, which starred Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. It follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil — the character played in the film by Gellar — as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her step-brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe), and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon).
With Gellar’s character featured in the followup series, it is probably not surprising that the Buffy The Vampire Slayer star would be on the producers’ wish list. And now I’ve learned that Gellar has been approached about reprising her role in the pilot. It is unclear yet whether it would happen or not; she is reading the script.
NBC’s Cruel Intentions comes from the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz as well as Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, whose staging at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage in May generated buzz and drew Kumble, Witherspoon, Gellar and co-star Selma Blair who all attended. Sony Pictures TV, whose sibling Columbia Pictures produced the movie with Moritz’s Original Film, is producing the TV adaptation alongside Original Film and AMBI.
Gellar is being approached for pilots every season but has only agreed to do two since the end of Buffy — CBS’ comedy The Crazy Ones and drama Ringer, both of which went to series.
With series adaptations of popular movies on the rise, the networks and studios have been looking to keep some continuity with the features by having an original star on the show. Bradley Cooper is reprising his role from the Limitless film on the CBS series in occasional guest appearances. CBS’ proposed Beverly Hills Cop followup series had Eddie Murphy attached to recur. And the Training Day CBS pilot has been in discussions with Ethan Hawke about potentially reprising his Emmy-nominated role.
Vincent Irizarry Reunites With GUIDING LIGHT Co-Star — See the Pic!(Photo) Vincent Irizarry’s past collided with his future on the set of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!
The Emmy-winning actor joined the cast of DAYS as Deimos last month, and found himself working with Judi Evans (Adrienne) three decades after the two shared the screen as Beth and Lujack on GUIDING LIGHT! So naturally, he had to share his joy with fans via social media!
In a follow-up tweet, Irizarry added that he recalls the first scene he ever did on a soap was with Evans on GL in November of 1983! How time flies!
The time Sarah Michelle Gellar was completely starstruck(Pic) When Sarah Michelle Gellar visited Martha Stewart‘s offices this week she never expected to come face-to-face with the domestic goddess herself.
“We were going up and they told me Martha was in the kitchen,” Gellar told us at Swiffer’s “Yes to the Mess” event Wednesday in NYC. “I [couldn’t believe] Martha Stewart [was actually] in the kitchen. This can’t be real. But she was! It was very surreal.”
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star, 38, was visiting the media mogul’s headquarters to promote Foodstirs, her culinary lifestyle brand that she co-developed with a former Stewart staffer.
“Martha said she knew about [the company] and I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but she asked if I brought her a cookie,” continued Gellar.
As the pair posed for a photo, it was the well-seasoned Stewart, 74, who recommended moving to an area that provided better lighting.
“Creative people really impress me and it was also that [I met her] in her natural habitat. It’s not like I saw Martha Stewart on the subway. I saw Martha Stewart in her kitchen. That’s sort of what blew my mind,” added the mother of two.
Earlier this week NBC announced plans to develop a TV pilot based on 1999’s feature film “Cruel Intentions,” which starred Gellar alongside Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. Although no cast choices have been announced, the wife of Freddie Prinze, Jr. isn’t ruling out the option of taking on a role.
“I’m definitely too old to play a teenager,” quipped Gellar. “But never say never!”
Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares the Secret to Her 13-Year Marriage with Freddie Prinze Jr.(Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. could be the poster children of lasting love in Hollywood.
After 13 years of marriage, Gellar says she and her hubby know exactly how they want to celebrate Valentine's Day – as a family with children Charlotte Grace, 6, and Rocky James, 3.
"When you have kids, [Valentine's Day] really just becomes an expression of love," she tells PEOPLE at Swiffer's Say Yes to the Mess event on Wednesday. "In this busy world, sometimes we forget to tell people [we love them]."
And the family has been extra busy lately: Gellar, 38, has her own line of kid-friendly baking and food decorating kits, FoodStirs, while Prinze, 39, has his own cookbook, Back to the Kitchen (out June 7).
With work and their little ones, Gellar has one guideline for herself (and others): "Make the most of the moments you have."
She also credits being mindful and present as contributing factors to her successful marriage.
"Take the 10 minutes – put the phone down. Have a cup of coffee together. Walk the dog at the end of the night. Read a story with your kids," she suggests. "Make the most of the time that you have. We are all pulled in so many directions, so make sure that, whichever one you are focusing on, you're present."
William deVry Shares a Wild Fan Encounter!As part of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Fan February promotion, the soap is asking the stars questions about their fans — and we can’t believe what one fan asked GH star William deVry (Julian) to do to her!
In this video (Here), deVry relates the strangest request he’s ever received from one of his fans — and it’s a doozy!
We understand a fan wanting deVry to act like sexy bad boy Julian instead of himself, but wouldn’t a kiss be a lot better than a slap? Ah well, to each their own!
Susan Lucci and Daughter Liza Huber Make an Emotional Appearance on DR. OZALL MY CHILDREN star Susan Lucci (Erica) will be appearing on DR. OZ with her daughter, Liza Huber (Gwen, PASSIONS) to discuss a serious family health issue they’ve been dealing with for years.
The daytime legend will be sitting down with host Mehmet Oz and her daughter to open up about her grandson’s condition. She will also discuss the horrifying accident that nearly left her disfigured just as her career was taking off!
The appearance was also emotional for Lucci because DR. OZ tapes in the same studio where AMC once called home. “First time I shot in the AMC home of Pine Valley since our beloved AMC left!” she wrote on Instagram.
Lucci and Huber’s segment will air during the episode of DR. OZ airing Wednesday, Feb. 3. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.
Jeff Branson & Blake Berris on Supergirl“Truth, Justice and the American Way” – Supergirl does battle with the deadly Master Jailer (Jeff Branson), who is hunting and executing escaped Fort Rozz prisoners. Also, Cat hires a second assistant, Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci), who immediately tries to one-up Kara, and Kara and James disagree over the DEO’s methods, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. http://supergirl.byethost16.com/
GUEST CAST Includes: Italia Ricci (Siobhan Smythe), Jeff Branson (Master Jailer/Draper), Blake Berris (Gabriel Phillips).
TAMARA BRAUN ON CHARITABLE CAUSEDAYS’s Tamara Braun (Ava) has collaborated with artist Ben Levy to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, which was unveiled during Art Basel in Miami, and whose sale proceeds will go to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. “I am in love with TCF and The Rift Valley Children’s Village,” explains the actress, who recently spent time volunteering in Africa. "I feel so blessed to be a part of experiencing first-hand what an incredible organization and family it is. ‘Family is Forever’ is their motto and they have created a beautiful, loving environment where the children here are thriving.” Adds the artist, “I was introduced to The Tanzanian Children’s Fund by Tamara, who was heading out to volunteer at the organization. Once she was there and experiencing first-hand the amazing work they were doing, we decided to collaborate on a piece of art. She took an image of one of the children, a cheeky lad called Ema, and sent it over to me. I knew I wanted to create something personal to them so I created 'Tender, Caring, Fun' based on the TCF initials of the organization and using the national flag colours of Tanzania. TCF is a home for orphaned children giving them a stable home for life while providing food, clothing, shelter, education and much more. It’s an amazing organization and I felt compelled to help in the way I know best, by creating a work of art and using my voice to spread the word.” For more, go to http://www.tamarabraun.com/tcf/. Also, stay social with the actress on Twitter (@TamaraBraun) and on Instagram (tamarabraun).
Petticoat Junction Star Mike Minor DiesMike Minor (Brandon Kingsley, All My Children/Royal Dunning, Another World/Lennie Small, The Edge Of Night/Norman Garrison, As The World Turns), best known for playing Petticoat Junction‘s Steve Elliott, diedof cancer on Jan. 25, Programming Insider reports. He was 75.
Minor first appeared on the CBS comedy in 1964 as a minor character named Dan Plout, who was around for one episode. In 1966, he debuted as Steve, a crop duster originally intended to be Billie Jo’s love interest. His storyline later changed to pair him romantically with Linda Kaye Henning’s Betty Jo; he and Henning later were married in real life.
His other TV credits include My Three Sons, The Beverly Hillbillies and L.A. Law.
Sam Page Previews New Hallmark Channel Movie All Things Valentine — Watch The Clip!(Video) ALL MY CHILDREN alum Sam Page (Trey) is starring in a romantic new Hallmark movie this weekend!
Get a head start on Valentine’s Day with the new movie All Things Valentine. Page portrays Brendan, a handsome veterinarian who falls into a relationship with lovelorn advice columnist Avery, played by Sarah Rafferty.
But when Avery discovers that Brenden’s ex-girlfriend broke up with him because of her advice column and he’s been the one she’s been exchanging angry online comments with, she begins to question his true feelings.
All Things Valentine premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Hallmark Channel, but you can watch a preview of the romance right here with this behind the scenes video!
Jordi Vilasuso Stars in New Movie With Former Co-Star — See the Preview!(Video) Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) is appearing with another GUIDING LIGHT alum in a new movie!
The Invitation stars Tammy Blanchard (Drew) as Eden, who throws a very unusual dinner party that takes a disturbing turn. Vilasuso plays Miguel, one of her guests.
“I’ve worked with Tammy twice in the past year,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “She did HOKE, [a pilot for FX with Paul Giamatti that wasn’t picked up], and The Invitation.”
Naturally, while on set, the pair reminisced about their experiences in Springfield. “We discussed GL, living in New York…” Vilasuso recalls. “She’s awesome. Big fan. Really enjoyed working with her.”
The Invitation has already debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival to great critical acclaim, and is set to release in theaters and VOD on Friday, Mar. 25. But you can watch a trailer for the eerie film right now!
Vilasuso, who has also appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN as Griffin, is set to join the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Dario Hernandez in the coming months.
Susan Lucci & Liza Huber to Co-Host 15th Annual Women Who Care AwardsEdward 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, now in her fourth season as star of the hit series "Devious Maids," Emmy award-winning actress from "All My Children," and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of The 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon.
For the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series "Passions," will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother's Day. This will mark the first time a mother and daughter team have co-hosted Women Who Care. Ms. Huber has a son, Brendan, with Cerebral Palsy, and was recently featured in People Magazine and on TV shows including "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Meredith Vieira Show," and "Entertainment Tonight" to help raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy and the work of UCP of NYC.
The luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th, 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. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.
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, assistive 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 Broadcasting Hall of Fame and in 2005 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Ms Lucci was honored with the Disney Legends Award and the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award. In addition, she currently can be seen in Joy, the Academy Award nominated film for Best Motion Picture.
"From the point-of-view of a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy, I am so honored to help bring awareness to the crucial work being done by UCP of NYC in providing resources for children and adults with disabilities to move forward and live active and independent lives, not just with hope, but with true confidence in themselves," says Liza Huber, Founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls.
Ms. Huber is an award-winning author, television personality, public speaker, wife, mother of four and the CEO & Founder of the homemade baby-food company Sage Spoonfuls. She was recently profiled by Forbes as a "Woman Entrepreneur Rocking The World" and has been featured on Good Morning America, Good Day New York, PIX 11 News, People Now and Martha Stewart Radio, among others. She is a featured contributor for The Huffington Post, Green Child Magazine and Big City Moms.
Liza also speaks at national events designed to inspire and empower female entrepreneurs, such as the National Association for Professional Women, Atlanta's Dare 2 Aspire Conference and as the keynote speaker for the Town of Hempstead's 2015 Pathfinder Awards. Liza has been the recipient of the Mom's Best Literary Gold Award, an Independent Publisher's Award, a Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal and a Cribsie Award, and has been honored with the John J Byrne Community Center's Hero of the Community Award, and the Little Flower Children and Family Service's 2015 Humanitarian Award. In addition to the charitable organizations UCP of NYC and UCP of Nassau County, she is a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child, Healthy World, and has worked extensively with Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York's Parent Youth Program.
Writer, producer, author and activist Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus' final year as Chair of Women Who Care.
Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of "Glee Project" and "Glee" fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of "On the Case with Paula Zahn," will serve as Co-Chairs of the event. In addition to Ms. Lucci, previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Judith Light, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lynda Carter, Lauren Bush Lauren, Judy Woodruff, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, China Machado, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Terrie Williams, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Maysoon Zayid, Linda Kaplan Thaler, and many other extraordinarily accomplished women.
Past celebrity presenters for Women Who Care include: Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, America Ferrara, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, David Muir, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Nicole Miller, Deborah Norville, Charlie Rose, Alex Witt, Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts, Dr. Oz, Maurice DuBois, Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Alan Alda, Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile, and many other VIPs.
Mark Consuelos Joins ‘Queen Of The South’ As RecurringMark Consuelos (Kingdom) has been tapped for a recurring role on USA Network’s upcoming drama series Queen Of The South.
Based on best-selling book La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen Of The South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. The series, which hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods., is currently shooting in Dallas for premiere later this year.
Consuelos will play Teo Aljarafe, a lawyer hired by Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcón) to organize financial affairs. Attracted to the life and power that the cartel world brings, Teo will soon realize that he is in too deep with the cartel.
A busy Consuelos, who can currently be seen on DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom, also is set for a guest role on Hulu’s Difficult People. He’ll play Joey, a hot guy from New Jersey. On the film side, Consuelos recently wrapped a starring role in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed Nine Lives, and he also has joined the cast of All We Had, helmed by Katie Holmes in her directorial debut. He’s repped by Management 360 and CAA.
‘Live With Kelly & Michael’, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ Renewed By ABC StationsDisney/ABC Television Distribution’s flagship syndicated series, Live with Kelly and Michael, has been renewed by the ABC Owned Stations through the 2019-2020 television season. Additionally, the ABC O&Os have picked up Disney/ABC’s game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for next season, 2016-17( with the exception of WLS-TV Chicago).
The renewals come on the first day of the NATPE confab in Miami. They also follow the 1.8 women 25-54 rating that Live with Kelly and Michael logged during the last week of 2015. Currently hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, the morning show will return for a 29th season in national syndication next fall.
The 2016-17 season will mark the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s 15th season. Chris Harrison, who took over as host this season, will be back.
Live with Kelly and Michael is produced by WABC-TV in New York; Michael Gelman is executive producer. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. James Rowley serves as executive producer.
The eight ABC Owned stations are New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh/Durham (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).
Daytime Stars Come Together For a Good CauseSoap Stars from GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE are gathering together once again for the 12th Annual Daytime Stars And Strikes Event!
The event, hosted as always by Elizabeth Keifer (Blake, GL) and Jerry verDorn (Ross, GL), lets fans spend the afternoon with their favorite daytime actors and actresses to raise money to help people with autism.
The bowling event will be held on Saturday, Apr. 23, at 1 p.m. ET at Bowler City Lanes in Hackensack, NJ. You can choose to purchase a ticket just to watch, or bowl alongside your favorite stars. There will also be auctions and prizes as well as plenty of autograph and photo opportunities!
But you can warm up for the main event at the Sing It For Autism Karaoke Event hosted by Lauren B. Martin (Camille, ATWT) on Friday, Apr. 22. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can bid to sing along with the stars at The Residence Inn Secaucus Meadowlands.
For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, click here to visit their website. The list of stars scheduled to attend the 2016 event has not been posted yet.
‘Creed’ star can’t stay away from boxing gyms“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan can’t stop hanging out at boxing gyms after starring in the “Rocky” movie.
He was at downtown boxing club Overthrow on Saturday.
“He stopped by and took photos with the staff and customers,” said a source, who noted, “They are filming a [‘Creed’] sequel.”
Jordan did his own fighting in the film.
Co-star Sly Stallone told Page Six: “The most fun part was standing outside the ring watching Michael take the punches .?.?. He took a lot of punishment for real.”
Razzies nominationsWorst Supporting Actress
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, “Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip” and “The Wedding Ringer”
Rooney Mara, “Pan”
Michelle Monaghan, “Pixels”
Julianne Moore, “Seventh Son”
Amanda Seyfried, “Love the Coopers” and “Pan”.
ABC Buys Comedy From Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Andrew LeedsABC has put in development a multi-camera comedy from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods and Andrew Leeds.
Written by Leeds, the untitled project centers on husband and wife Marty and Florie, who are trying to fend off the gentrification of their neighborhood in Brooklyn. When each of their three daughters announce they are romantically involved with the very people who irritate Marty and Florie so much, they are forced to finally let these people into their lives. Leeds executive produces with Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini.
Milojo and Leeds previously teamed on another multicamera comedy project, Poor Pam, which also was set up at ABC. Milojo’s Secret Guide To Fabulous aired its second season this past summer. The company also has gotten into the digital space. Their latest online series Cheerleaders NJ is available on YouTube’s Awesomeness TV. The company currently has additional non-scripted and digital projects in the early stages of development and production.
Leeds has written pilots for NBC, ABC, Fox, USA, and Showtime. As an actor, Leeds is known for his three-season run on Bones as demented serial killer Christopher Pelant. He also was a series regular on ABC’s Cristela.
Milojo Prods is repped by CAA and attorney Steve Warren. Leeds is with CAA, Principato Young, and attorney Jared Levine.
Melissa Leo's I'm Dying Up Here Ordered to Series at ShowtimeMelissa Leo‘s new gig is a laughing matter.
I’m Dying Up Here, the dark comedy starring the Oscar-winning actress, has been greenlit at Showtime.
The network announced the series order Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by WIlliam Knoedelseder, the hour-long Dying examines the “inspired and damaged psyches” of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Leo (Treme, Louie) will be a series regular, a “brassy” comedy-club owner named Goldie. Sebastian Stan (Once Upon a Time, Political Animals) will play Clay, a comic on the rise; Clark Duke (The Office) will play Larry, a Boston funnyman trying to hit it big in L.A.
The cast also includes Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).
I’m Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte (Masters of Sex, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Jim Carrey and Michael Aguilar (The Departed), and Christina Wayne (Copper).
Fire Starter(newyorker.com) Forbes March wasn’t always in the firewood business. He spent three seasons on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” playing the doomed winery owner Nash Brennan, who falls to his death through a skylight window. Soon after, in 2009, March quit acting, moved to Jeffersonville, New York, and established the New York Firewood Company. The firm now supplies kiln-dried, plastic-wrapped bundles of logs to seventy-five restaurants and hundreds of private residences in and around New York City.
“I’ve fallen into everything,” March said on a recent Saturday morning, as he navigated his forty-foot delivery truck through Manhattan traffic. March and a helper, a burly man with tattooed shoulders named Ronald Stickle, had set out from Jeffersonville at 4:30 a.m. They had fourteen stops to make: a house in Westchester County, seven restaurants in Manhattan, one in Williamsburg, one on Staten Island, and four houses in New Jersey. “We got college kids, we got professors, we have old families on the Upper East Side—I’ve delivered firewood to the Roosevelts—we have Irish pub owners,” March said.
At Bella Blu, a restaurant on Lexington Avenue that serves wood-fired pizza, Stickle wheeled twenty-five bundles into the kitchen on a dolly while March sized up a honey locust outside. “In another forty years, that would be a gorgeous tree,” he said. “You got a nice long straight section with no branches.” March, who is forty-two, and from Nova Scotia, still appears more or less camera-ready, though his dirty-blond hair and pale-blue eyes have begun to compete with some crow’s-feet. Back in the truck, he explained how, after nearly two decades of acting and modelling, he decided to go into business. He first considered opening a winery, to trade on his old character’s name. “I had a huge following,” he said, as he double-parked around the corner from La Tarte Flambée, on East Thirty-third. “I could have sold wine up the ying yang.” But firewood was closer to his Canadian heart. On his right forearm, there is a long dark scar he got when he was eight, while cutting wood with a bow saw.
The delivery truck held more than five hundred bundles, mostly fine-split ash, but also large-split “regular” mix, plus hickory, cherry, and apple. “They have different smells,” March said. “Some people get into it like wine.” Hickory will make a house smell like a ski lodge. Cherry is prized for the way it crackles and pops in a fireplace.
March estimates that his company cuts, splits, dries, packages, and ships about three thousand “Manhattan cords” (some forty cubic feet of wood, or fifty bundles) a year. Prices range from two hundred and fifty to four hundred and twenty-five dollars per Manhattan cord, depending on the species. Then there are special orders. “There’s an axe community in Brooklyn,” March said. “They always want us to bring them logs, to practice their axe-swinging prowess.”
Several of the day’s deliveries were to wood-fired pizza restaurants, which have been crucial customers ever since March got the stamp of approval from Roberto Caporuscio, the owner of Don Antonio and Kesté, in 2012. Outside Eataly, off Madison Square Park, March and Stickle watched as a man driving a forklift carted off an entire pallet of their fine split.
Pizza chefs are finicky. March once had a client who burned only white birch for his pizza. Another guy was partial to the red cores of beech trees. “If you change their wood, you change the way their oven behaves, and they can’t cook in it,” March said. On Houston Street, Stickle hopped out to make a delivery, while March stayed in the truck, which was parked illegally. He watched several police cars drive by. “If I get one more moving violation, I lose my license,” he said. “Then I’ll have to move back to the city.”
Last year, as part of an effort to protect the city’s air quality, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law prohibiting the installation of any new wood-burning fireplaces, and mandating that wood burned in a preëxisting fireplace have a moisture content of twenty per cent or less, by weight. (Drier wood burns cleaner.) These changes don’t much bother March, who has all the clients he needs. Plus, he already brings the moisture content of his logs down to eight per cent, drying them in a giant kiln that’s long enough for their ends to carbonize. “That’s very dry,” March said. “It’s ready to burn.”
‘Supergirl’ Casts DC Comics Characters Indigo & Master Jailer – TCA(Almost Human's Supergirl Fan Site) Laura Vandervoort will play the recurring role of Indigo, described as a living, strong-willed supercomputer that was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton. Now on Earth, Indigo will let nothing stand in her way. At Comic-Con, Vandervoort, who played Supergirl/Kara Zor-El on Smallville, disclosed that she was in negotiations to make a cameo appearance on CBS’ Supergirl.
Jeff Branson (The Young And The Restless) has been cast in the recurring role of Master Jailer. As the forceful and unrelenting jail guard on Fort Rozz, Master Jailer showed no mercy. Now on Earth, he is hellbent on catching all of the Fort Rozz escapees and brutally bringing them to justice.
The announcement was made today during WBTV’s Supergirl session at the Television Critics Association Winter 2016 Press Tour on the Warner Bros. Studios lot.
Co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg also announced that episode 13 will be an adaptation of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons 1985 Superman comicbook For The Man Who Has Everything, but with a Supergirl angle. The name of the episode will be “For The Girl Who Has Everything” In the comic book, Superman is in a coma, no thanks to alien tendrils around him. He dreams of happy life on his destroyed planet of Krypton, married with children. EP Greg Berlanti acknowledged that when Supergirl’s friends find her in the episode, she’s in a vegetative state. Berlanti said when Kreisberg boarded Supergirl, he wanted to head the narrative in a direction toward the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic book to “that moment in a journey where Kara had to fight for the life she had back.”
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, with David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant.
The series hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. It airs Mondays at 8 PM/7C on CBS.
Josh Duhamel takes his football fandom seriously(Video) Josh Duhamel is always ready for some football, no matter the location.
On Saturday afternoon, the “Transformers” heartthrob was spotted taking in the Kansas City vs. Houston Texans playoff game from the Rock & Brews Bar & Grill at Los Angeles International Airport, a spy tells Page Six.
Upon entering the bustling bar-restaurant, Duhamel, 43, was spotted by a table of male diners who noticed the actor’s Minnesota Vikings knit cap. After sharing a friendly exchange with patrons, he took a seat to watch the game by himself.
As the Chiefs shut out the Texans 30-0, Duhamel managed to peel his eyes away from the TV to order a pizza. While waiting for his order to arrive, a middle-aged man at the bar was overheard telling the actor, “I know you from somewhere.”
Though Duhamel’s final destination was unclear, the father of 4-year-old Axl with wife Fergie shared a video from the frigid stands of Sunday’s Vikings game against the Seahawks. Unfortunately for the football fanatic, Seattle beat Minnesota 10-9.
Former Soap Star's Win Golden Globe AwardsBEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
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Jacob Young Prepares For Baby Number ThreeIn just a few months, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Jacob Young (Rick) and his wife, Christen, will welcome a new baby girl to join big brother Luke, 7, and big sister Molly, 2. The stork won’t be landing in Los Angeles, however, since a little less than a year ago the family relocated from Southern California to a small town in northern Utah.
“We’d been talking about moving someplace else for a long time, and we spent a lot of time doing research until we found the right spot,” says Young, who commutes back-and-forth to L.A. for work.
We recently caught up with the actor about life apart from Hollywood’s hustle and bustle and about the preparations being made for the newest member of the family, including the all-important question: Is it time to start driving a minivan?
“We’ve thought about that,” Young says with a laugh. “The kids would currently fit in our smaller SUV, but we definitely are going to have to upgrade to something a little bigger.”
It’s all in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
‘AHS: Hotel’ set gave Finn Wittrock nightmares“The Big Short” star Finn Wittrock says his TV role on “American Horror Story: Hotel” actually gave him nightmares.
“There were instances where I got scared, but I had to man up and not look like a punk,” he told us at the National Board of Review awards.
“The hotel [set] that was built was really scary. There were times where I would not know where I was, and the place became a maze. Next thing you know, I would open the door to a bloody bedroom. The set itself was scary!”
Alicia Minshew Stars In New TV Pilot HOLIDAY SHELTERALL MY CHILDREN star Alicia Minshew (Kendall) is starring in the new television pilot HOLIDAY SHELTER!
Minshew will be playing a young widowed teacher with two teenagers who takes in a homeless family during the Christmas holidays following the recent death of her husband. Naturally, the two families struggle with living together and learn and grow in the process.
“This is going to be a super sweet and fun show,” Minshew declared on Twitter.
A dramedy based on a true story, HOLIDAY SHELTER begins shooting on Monday, January 11, in a small-town in New York. It is written and directed by Pat Denson and executive produced by Gary Denson.
Maurice Benard Shows Off His Singing Skills In Adorable ClipBet you didn’t know that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard could sing!
The actor tweeted this brief video of himself singing along to Dr. Hook’s ‘70s classic “The Cover Of Rolling Stone” as it plays on his phone. And sitting next to him is his 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy, who reacts pretty much like every teenager would when their parent is doing something to embarrass them!
Check out the fun clip and sing along if you know the words!
William deVry Wants To Help Rescue Animals(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s William deVry wants you to join him to support a cause that is very close to his heart!
The animal lover is appearing on Saturday, March 12, at Point Vecchio in Brooklyn, NY, for a special event hosted by Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY to benefit Hope For Paws.
“If I see a dog on the side of the road, I stop and get them,” deVry confides. “I raise money for foundations and charities and rescue groups.”
While he also admits that he likes to change up the organizations he supports, this one is of particular importance to him. “I like to switch it around,” deVry says, “but Hope For Paws does great work. They film everything so they can document the rescues. You pretty much see every rescue they do."
Tickets are $200 and include a delicious Italian dinner and an open bar with plenty of photo and autograph opportunities with deVry, Napolitano and Aprea as well as lots of fun! If you’re interested in helping the actor support one of his “pet” charities, you can click here for more information.
Check out this video of an actual animal rescue from Hope For Paws, and the gallery of photos of deVry with some rescue dogs, girlfriend Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES), GH executive producer Frank Valentini and Lisa Arturo from Hope For Paws.
Jon Lindstrom Shares Romantic Holiday Photo(Pic) GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin) enjoyed a holiday lunch with his wife, Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) and commemorated it with a selfie!
"Took my lady for a holiday lunch and one last pic with a Christmas tree," Lindstrom captioned the sweet pic.
McClain retweeted his photo, adding, “That’s me and my baby! Love him soooo much.”
The couple — who CBS fans will know better as AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Craig and Rosanna — seem happier than ever together!
SOAP ALUMS IN NEW PLAYEric Nelsen (ex-AJ, AMC) and Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey, OLTL) will be featured in the Los Angeles production of The Dodgers, beginning January 30 at the Hudson Theatre. According the the show’s official website, the play is about “four boys in a band who expect to play music, do drugs and make love must face a lottery that will send at least one of them to Vietnam, propelling them to take daring and dangerous steps to dodge the draft.” For more information and to buy tickets, click www.thedodgersplay.com/.
'Spotlight', Charlotte Rampling, Michael B. Jordan Top Winners For National Society Of Film CriticsSpotlight, which chronicled a team of journalists digging to uncover the scandal of pedophile priests in Boston, has been voted Best Picture of 2015 by the 50th annual National Society of Film Critics.
Michael B. Jordan was named Best Actor for Creed in which he played the son of Rocky Balboa’s trainer. Charlotte Rampling got the nod for Best Actress in 45 Years as a woman whose impending wedding anniversary threatens to unravel with the revelation of a shocking secret.
Kristen Stewart was voted Best Supporting Actress for her turn as a movie star’s hyper reliable personal assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria. Stewart has collected wins for this role this season from the Boston Society of Film Critics, Online Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
Mark Rylance, gaining significant traction this season for his turn as a traded-Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, was honored as best supporting actor. To date, key noms for Rylance in the supporting actor category include the Golden Globes, Boston Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the Screen Actors Guild.
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy were named with best screenplay for their collaboration on Spotlight. Ed Lachman was recognized for his DP work in Carol.
NSFC tweeted the results of their voting today. The society awards at least eight major categories per year. The group is comprised of 53 film critics from around the country. They generally recognize titles that are in the awards season conversation, but not always the obvious frontrunners, as with last year’s best film, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 25. NSFC did line up with the Oscars last year on such wins as J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) for supporting actor, Patricia Arquette supporting actress (Boyhood) and Citizenfour for best feature doc.
Melissa Claire Egan Gets An Unexpected Surprise During Date Night(Pic1, Pic2) It looks like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) had fun at Cirque Du Soleil — but maybe not as much as her husband!
The actress tweeted out a selfie at the contemporary circus’ latest production, Kurios, in Los Angeles, along with her spouse Matt Katrosar, who ended up being a part of the production!
“Hubby was picked to get the lights on and show started at Cirque tonight!” she wrote.
J.R. Martinez Reunites With Marlee Matlin On Broadway(Pic) ALL MY CHILDREN’s J.R. Martinez (Brot) caught up with his fellow DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant!
Marlee Matlin, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, tweeted a photo from her dressing room embracing Martinez.
Matlin came seventh in season six of the hit ABC reality competition series while Martinez took home the mirror ball trophy as the winner of season 13.
“So great seeing you!” Martinez tweeted in response to her post. “You kick [butt] in everything you do!”
Matt Bomer Is Soaking Wet & Seriously Sexy on Men's Fitness, Gushes Over ''Intelligent'' Lady Gaga(Cover) How about one more ridiculously handsome shot of Matt Bomer for the year?
The actor and his piercing blue eyes grace the cover of Men's Fitness for their January/February 2016 issue and he's definitely adding some heat to this cold weather. Soaking wet in a white T-shirt, Bomer holds himself up, revealing his cut triceps and washboard abs through his shirt while nonchalantly staring at the camera in a way that almost seems like he's telling us, "Oh, this? I always look like this."
(We know, Matt. We know.)
Aside from flaunting his genetic jackpot, the 38-year-old star talks about a variety of topics, ranging from his experience with guns as a kid and his heath and fitness (obvs), but one of our favorite parts is the fact that he, too, goes gaga for Lady Gaga.
"I got the first script and thought to myself, ‘Holy shit, what the f--k is this? This is crazy!'" Bomer said of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. "I put it down a few times and took a deep breath and went, ‘OK. We're just going to have to commit to this world.'"
Bomer took on the eyebrow-raising role of a recovered junkie reborn as a vampire, and became acquainted with his co-star Gaga, who plays a 115-year-old vampire known as the Countess, who also becomes his lover. Oh la la!
And in real life, there was a genuine connection between the two, and Bomer couldn't help but gush about Mother Monster during a sit-down behind-the-scenes interview with the mag. "My favorite thing about working with Lady Gaga is really just the sheer level of creativity she brings to the table. And she's really one of the most intelligent people I've ever known. Her intelligence is equaled by her heart," he said.
In fact, it was Gaga who gave Bomer his most game-changing advice. "It was something that actually Lady Gaga had said to me," he explains.
"She said a lot of creating a name and a place for yourself in this business is just having the heart to staying in the game. A lot of it is learning how to get up and dust yourself off and stand up against adversity or whoever may be an obstacle for you and having the heart to stay open as an artist and creative as an artist."
To hear more of what Bomer had to say, download the digital edition of the Men's Fitness January/February 2016 Issue, available now at mensfitness.com/gettheissue.
Michael E. Knight Remembers The Late David CanaryThe daytime community was devastated when ALL MY CHILDREN legend David Canary (Adam/Stuart) passed away on November 16, and now they’re sharing their memories of the late star in our new issue.
Michael E. Knight (Tad) reveals that Canary was the first person he ever shared a dressing room with when he joined AMC in 1982. “We only had a certain number of dressing rooms on 67th Street when I first started,” he recalls.
He also remembers Canary’s skills shining through during the period when the soap introduced Adam’s twin. “Stuart was initially supposed to be one thing, but he became another one because of David’s choices,” Knight recalls. “He was the most talented person.
“I remember thinking that if I was ever half the person that David was, I would probably die with a smile on my face,” he continues. “He was the best of us. I don’t think I can define it better than that. His passing makes me aware that I was part of something at a time that was so incredibly special, and I didn’t know it.”
For more from Knight as well as touching remembrances from other AMC castmates, don’t miss the special memorial section in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.
Tonya Pinkins quits Brecht play, saying her role 'neutered'Bertolt Brecht's epic play "Mother Courage and Her Children" may be about the horrors of war, but a new off-Broadway production is revealing real conflict offstage, too.
Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins said she will abruptly leave the Classic Stage Company's revival early next month, claiming the part has been "neutered," ''subordinate" and created through "the filter of the white gaze."
"Why, in 2015, in the arts, is there a need to control the creative expression of a black woman?" she wrote in a statement. "Am I a dog or a slave to be misled so as to be controlled in my artistic expression?"
The play is about a woman who runs a canteen-on-wheels during the Thirty Years' War, which spanned 1618-1648. She is dependent on the bloodshed around her in order to keep her business flush and support her family.
In the Classic Stage Company revival, directed by Brian Kulick, who is the artistic director of the company, the play's setting was changed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the script was cut.
But Pinkins complained the shift to Africa was "a decorative motif" and it was not clear to her until technical rehearsals that the revival's view of the heroine "was of a delusional woman trying to do the impossible."
"My Mother Courage was left speechless, powerless, history-less and even cart-less," said Pinkins, a respected actress who played the title role in "Caroline, or Change" and won a Tony in "Jelly's Last Jam."
In a statement released Wednesday, Kulick said he had "great respect" for Pinkins both as a theater artist and activist and, "I am so sorry that over the course of this production our views on Mother Courage diverged."
"One goes into a theater production with suspicions and hunches and a play slowly reveals what it might want to be. Tonya and I seemed to have started with the same basic impulse but reached two different vantage points," he wrote.
Pinkins said she consulted on the new changes to the play with Olympia Dukakis, who has played the role many times and came to see Pinkins. Ultimately, she decided: "A black female should have a say in presentation a black female onstage."
Pinkins said she was contractually obligated to play the part through Jan. 3 but "My Mother Courage is too big for CSC's definition. So it is best that they find someone to 'fit in,' because I cannot."
The theater company said it has postponed the show's official press opening, which had been scheduled for Jan. 7 and that "the company will continue the production with replacement casting to be announced."
William deVry Shares Family Holiday PhotoGENERAL HOSPITAL star William deVry (Julian) shared the cutest holiday photo!
The actor and girlfriend Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES) tweeted a photo of themselves kneeling in front of their Christmas tree surrounded by and holding their many rescue dogs.
"XO to all," deVry tweeted. "Love, Will, Rebecca and the Bacon Brigade."
It's also an amazing photo because the animal lovers were able to wrangle all those tiny little dogs and get them to sit still for a photo! How did they do it? "The magic of Christmas," deVry joked on Twitter.
Melissa Claire Egan Shares Embarrassing Childhood PhotoWhile home for the holidays, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) shared a blast from the past!
There's nothing like visiting parents at the holidays and looking over old family photos. Of course, some of the memories can be downright mortifying! And while it's usually the parent who embarrasses their kid by sharing the photos, this time the actress shared the pic herself!
"Home for the holidays brings joy," Egan wrote on Twitter. "But also reminds you of how your parents tortured you with that bowl cut!"
We think she looks just as beautiful in this childhood photo as she does now, but see for yourself! (Pic)
Debbi Morgan To Appear In New Lifetime MovieTwo soap alums will be featured in the new Lifetime movie Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart!
Based on Braxton's bestselling memoir, the film follows the singer's journey from her discovery by producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to superstardom, with all the personal and public drama along the way.
Lex Scott Davis will be playing Braxton herself, with ALL MY CHILDREN's Debbi Morgan (Angie) as the Grammy-winning star's mother, Evelyn. And Gavin Houston (Remy, GUIDING LIGHT) was tapped to portray Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart premieres Saturday, January 23, on Lifetime.
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ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci To Appear In PBS Special(Pic) Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is such a tease!
The actress shared a photo of herself on a set in front of a green screen wearing a stunning strapless red gown, saying, "Shooting a PBS Special in NY today! I'll let you know when you can see it!"
She also used the hashtag "#lotsoflovesongs" so perhaps that means the multitalented actress will be singing in the show? We can only hope! Either way, it's always a treat to see Lucci back on our screens.
We'll keep you updated on her PBS special and when to tune in as more information comes in. For now, just scroll down and check out how amazing she looks!
First FULLER HOUSE TeaserNetflix has released the first teaser for FULLER HOUSE!
The sequel to the hit series FULL HOUSE centers around D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy raising their children, and features quite a few daytime alumni.
Naturally, GENERAL HOSPITAL's John Stamos (ex-Blackie) reprises his role as Uncle Jesse and Lori Loughlin (Jody, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) is Becky, but you'll also find Eva LaRue (Maria, ALL MY CHILDREN) playing Teri Tanner and John Brotherton (Jared, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) as Matt Harmon.
FULLER HOUSE debuts on Netflix on Friday, February 26, but if you're a fan, you're not going to want to miss the wonderful trailer below right here: Video.
Michael B. Jordan co-writing superhero comic bookMichael B. Jordan, the young star who rebounded with Sylvester Stallone in “Creed” after his ballyhooed Marvel movie “Fantastic Four” flopped, hasn’t given up on superheroes just yet.
Jordan, 28, is co-creating a comic book called “North,” about a soldier turned into a superspy, with Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics writer Nathan Edmondson.
The Hollywood Reporter said the team has completed two issues, to be published next year, and that Jordan hopes to produce a screen version.
The ninth edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "Mean Tweets"(Video) The ninth edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "Mean Tweets" did not disappoint.
In Wednesday's episode of the ABC late-night program, Jimmy Kimmel recruited the likes of celebrities Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sean Penn, Liv Tyler, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Michael B. Jordan, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Julianna Margulies, Colin Farrell, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Viola Davis, Matthew Perry, Lake Bell and Sarah Paulson to read some of the rude things people have written about them on Twitter.
"The internet is such a great thing," Louis-Dreyfus said.
The Veep actress then laughed as she read a tweet from @GxxxxxxMartxxxz: "F--king Julia Louis-Dreyfus 50 year old ass still on TV and winning awards and s--t. Bitch, you NEED to retire."
"OK," the 54-year-old Emmy winner responded. "I'll retire."
Thanks to @MartinBeyond, Radcliffe learned that he is "one of God's most unattractive creations since the aardvark." Dunst, meanwhile, learned that her teeth "bother the f--k" out of @YolieTheJew. "They look like a s--tload of tictacs throwing gang signs." Jordan's appearance was also criticized, courtesy of @wearethetre, who wrote, "I swear on Crip, if I see Michael B Jordan Imma slap that mini feather duster he calls a mustache off his lip bruh." Meanwhile, @Brock_toon said Russell's face "is made of aged denim." He replied, "I couldn't agree more." Not everyone laughed at being dissed, however. Perry was stonefaced after reading a tweet from @willfernch: "I have Matthew Perry syndrome – I'm a sarcastic loser with a giant head."
Some stars, like Farrell, couldn't read a mean tweet without laughing.
Perhaps the best response came from American Horror Story: Hotel's Paulson, in response to @ThePeter for that she "is annoying when she yells...or cries...or talks...or exists." The actress replied, "Bite me, motherf--ker. That's how I feel about that. Bite me in the f--king a--hole."
ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci Hits The Red Carpet For New MovieSusan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) was on the red carpet for the world premiere of the acclaimed new film, Joy, in New York City!
The actress posted a photo of herself with the film's director, David O. Russell to Instagram, writing, "I am so happy to have worked with him and have a part in this fabulous movie!"
Lucci appears in the movie as part of a soap opera that a character watches alongside fellow daytime heavy hitters Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH).
Check out the photo here, and check out Joy when it premieres on December 25!
Sarah Michelle Gellar Turns Baking With Her Daughter Into Bonding TimeIf you ever need to find Sarah Michelle Gellar, chances are she’s in her kitchen.
Since launching her kid-friendly baking brand Foodstirs in October, the actress—who is mom to Charlotte, 6, and Rocky, 3, with husband (and “amazing chef”) Freddie Prinze Jr.—says “we spend pretty much 90 percent of our day there. Whether we’re cooking or cleaning up the messes we made – that’s our family space.”
Especially during the holidays, when the actress tackles a long list of baking projects, like her Snowflake Brownies, made from a Foodstirs kit. “My kids are obsessed with snowflakes because we don’t have snow here in Los Angeles,” she tells PEOPLE in their special subscriber-only issue about Holiday Entertaining. “And especially, after Frozen, all anyone wants is snow!”
Baking, which started as a fun after-school activity to do with her daughter, has now caught the eye of her son. “My son loves to help us,” says Gellar, 38, “especially when it comes to sampling the sweets. He likes to wait for his sister to turn around and then also eat hers.”
And it’s also a learning experience. “You’re having so much fun, you’re forgetting it’s an educational moment, but baking teaches motor skills, mathematics, vocabulary,” she says. “My daughter will read an instruction and it’ll say ‘pour two cups of milk’ and my daughter will look for the number two and she’ll turn to my son and say, ‘ok, Rocky, which one is the number 2?’ And then he’ll point to it and all of a sudden my then 2-year-old recognizes the number.”
And mostly, Gellar relishes the time with her kids. “It’s great to have this experience,” she says. As an added perk, “nothing smells better than a house where baking is going on.”
David O. Russell ‘Blown Away’ by Soap Actors Because They Just Do Their Damn Jobs(vulture.com) Virginia Madsen plays Jennifer Lawrence's soap-opera-obsessed mother in David O. Russell's latest film, Joy. But rather than include clips from a pre-existing daytime soap, Russell shot original scenes with soap veterans Susan Lucci (Erica Kane on All My Children), Maurice Bernard (Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos on General Hospital), and Donna Mills (Abby Ewing on Knots Landing). After working with these actors, Russell praised them in this week's THR directors roundtable, calling them "professional athletes."
I'd go, "Donna Mills! Susan Lucci! Let's have a catfight." They don't go, "Oh wait, what's my motivation?" They just go, bang! I was blown away by the power of these women actors.
Fellow roundtable participant Quentin Tarantino said, "That might be one of the most interesting things said at the table. The power of soap opera actors. That actually is a nugget, and I buy it 100 percent."
And he's not wrong. Soap-opera actors shoot multiple scripts in one day, and with the decrease in budgets since the heyday of the genre (the '80s and '90s), there's not often time for reshoots. You must know your lines, be on your mark, and be ready to shoot. There's no time for Method acting or arguing with a director. It's the sort of professional athleticism that Alfred Hitchcock greatly admired in actors. In 1962, during a series of interviews with François Truffaut, Hitchcock famously referred to actors as cattle. For example, during the shooting of I Confess, Hitchcock didn't get along with Montgomery Clift. According to Patricia Bosworth's Montgomery Clift: A Biography, Hitchock would tell Clift exactly how he wanted him to behave in scenes. Clift balked at the demands and would act how he wanted in other takes, but Hitchcock would ultimately use the takes where Clift followed his instructions. It shouldn't come as surprise that a number of the actors Hitchock worked with — including Farley Granger, John Forsythe, and Macdonald Carey — went on to act in soaps.
Russell, who has been known to battle with his own actors on set, is probably just embracing his inner Hitchcock. He even has Lawrence as his icy blonde. And really, is it any surprise that a director who loves a good screaming match and casting Lawrence older than she actually is in every film would love a good Erica Kane soap-opera catfight?
Sarah Michelle Gellar Talks New Lifestyle Brand, Competition With Other Celebs and How Her Kids Have Become Mini-Chefs(Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar is all about getting her hands dirty in the kitchen with her two kiddos, Charlotte and Rocky, which is why she helped create the culinary lifestyle brand called Foodstirs.
Foodstirs has a mission to "offer better quality, convenient and delicious products that help families create meaningful experiences in the kitchen" and has become a major part of Gellar's life in both her career and motherhood.
"It's not an endorsement. It's my company," she tells E! News' Carissa Loethen. "We've been here from the beginning, testing recipes, creating. I have my food handler's license. I pack the boxes! This has been blood, sweat and tears—a lot of tears—to make this happen. But I knew if we didn't do this someone else would."
She says that while her acting career has seen success, this was something more hands-on and exciting.
"I think it was about challenging myself, and I think that's really important to do things that you've never tried," she says. "I've been pretty successful in my main career, like, I'm doing okay. It could be easy just to play it safe and do that. I really wanted to try something that I hadn't done—something that was my own that I could create from inception and see it grow."
As for her celebrity "competitors" in the lifestyle department—like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba—Gellar says they actually aren't really competing at all.
"It's exactly the opposite. It's extremely supportive," the actress explains. "Reese was one of the first people to try one of our boxes…I think that it's very hard to be a working mom, and especially in this business. So to be able to have that duality where you can still have your career but be a part of your family and have that active presence, I think you just want to be able to support that and support your peers and your colleagues that do it.”
Speaking of motherhood, Gellar says watching her children become mini-chefs throughout the whole process with Foodstirs has been incredibly joyful.
"Watching my daughter explore!" she says of the best part about her kids getting in the kitchen. "She loves to make pizza. To her all food is good, and she just wants to try it. We grow our own vegetables, and we grow our own herbs. I'm just so proud at the chef that she's become and the pride that she takes and the ownership."
While she says her kids' favorite meal to make is pizza, they actually haven't tried many other unhealthy things.
"I don't think my kids have ever had soda," Gellar reveals. "They've never really had fast food either because I don't really see a need for it in our lifestyle. There's other foods I can prepare quickly that are still going to be better for them."
She adds, "But I'm sure at some point they'll try that. I just want them to know that there are other options and better options and that was may seem simplest and cheapest is not necessarily true."
SAG Awards Nominations For Former Soap StarsFinal voting by all SAG members will be due January 29, with winners revealed at the ceremony January 30 live on TNT and TBS.
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MAD MEN (AMC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
Former soap Stars Up For NAACP Image Award Nominations47th annual Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in TV, music, literature and film and honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced February 5 during a ceremony airing live on TV One.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Interested in ‘Creed 2’? Michael B. Jordan is way ahead of youThanksgiving box office hit “Creed” has rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike, and star Michael B. Jordan is eager to get to work on the next chapter of the “Rocky” spin-off.
The story continues the tale of Philadelphia boxing through Adonis Creed (Jordan), the son of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), a rival-turned-friend of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).
“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan tells the Associated Press. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again.”
Before rallying up the troops, Jordan has already gone to writer-director Ryan Coogler for his blessing. “Creed” was the second project that the “Fruitvale Station” director has worked with Jordan, who already welcomed the idea of working with him again.
“Me and Ryan plan on doing films together for a long time,” Jordan tells Entertainment Weekly. “I think we push each other to be better. I think it goes down to our competitive nature. We’re from very similar backgrounds and care about a lot of the same things. We like a lot of the same things and want to tell a lot of the same stories.”
New Line Cinema and distributor Warner Bros. have yet to publicly announce any plans for a sequel.
'Fuller House' Star Eva LaRue's Divorce Settled by Flipping Coins!"Fuller House" star Eva LaRue has divvied up a slew of assets with her ex, but perhaps most interesting of all -- they split their coin collection almost perfectly down the middle.
According to divorce docs, LaRue -- who plays Bob Saget's wife on the the new show -- and ex husband Joseph Cappuccio each walked away with 160 of the same coins ... except for the 16 French Angels gold coins she scored.
They did have a few other items ... Cappuccio got to keep 8 cars, 2 motorcycles and the gear for his seafood biz. At the end of the day, he had to pay LaRue $2.455 million to make it all even.
Now that's some serious coin!
Jordan eager to get back in the ring with a 'Creed' sequelWith "Creed" knocking out audiences and critics alike, Michael B. Jordan acknowledges he would love to lace up the gloves again for a sequel.
Jordan openly welcomed the possibility of an eventual "Creed 2" even before writer-director Ryan Coogler's new chapter in the Rocky Balboa boxing saga opened to mostly rave reviews and a strong box-office performance during the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.
"A character so rich as this, and the world he's in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does," Jordan said in a recent interview. "Especially the way it ends off, it's pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again." Coogler, too, has expressed enthusiasm for another "Creed."
The film featuring Stallone's seventh appearance as Rocky, now a trainer to up-and-coming fighter Adonis Creed (Jordan), had a solid holiday weekend that's projected to hit about $40 million despite daunting competition. "Creed" also received a CinemaScore of A from audiences enthralled by Creed's rise and Stallone's much-praised supporting performance as Rocky facing his mortality.
With only a reported $35 million budget, "Creed" is already likely to turn a tidy profit. New Line Cinema and distributor Warner Bros. haven't publicly announced sequel plans.
Cameron Mathison Sells His Harlem Brownstone House For $2.89M(nypost.com) Cameron Mathison, the former “All My Children” soap star, who has been on “Dancing With The Stars” and worked as a correspondent for “Good Morning America” and “Entertainment Tonight,” is in contract to sell his Harlem brownstone at 136 W. 130th St., Gimme Shelter has learned.
The 20-foot-wide property comes with a rear garden, and other tips that Mathison picked up as host of renovation reality TV show “Game of Homes.”
He also recently starred as a detective in Hallmark’s “Murder, She Baked” while the townhouse, anchored by steel floating staircases, starred in a video for Martha Stewart Living.
The home boasts a home theater, natch, with surround sound, a Mexican-Zen Stone garden with a wall waterfall, outdoor seating and irrigated landscaping. It was asking $2.89 million; the listing broker is Halstead’s DeAnna Rieber.
David Canary, Star of ‘All My Children,’ Dies at 77(nytimes.com) David Canary, who played the Chandler twins — evil Adam and guileless Stuart — on the soap opera “All My Children” for nearly 30 years, died on Nov. 16 in Wilton, Conn. He was 77.
His family confirmed the death but did not specify the cause.
Mr. Canary had earlier made his mark in westerns, appearing in the film “Hombre” with Paul Newman and in a regular role in the television series “Bonanza,” but he was most widely known for his work in “All My Children.” He first appeared in the show as the conniving Adam Chandler, one of Pine Valley’s wealthiest citizens, in 1984. Meek and mild Stuart, an artist, made his debut a year later. Over the next decade and a half, Mr. Canary won five Daytime Emmy Awards and received 16 nominations in the outstanding lead actor category.
David Hoyt Canary was born on Aug. 25, 1938, in Elwood, Ind., and grew up in Massillon, Ohio. He was a star offensive and defensive end at Washington High School there and won a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he studied voice and earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1960.
He turned down the opportunity to play for the Denver Broncos, which drafted him in its first year as a team.
“I thought they were out of their minds,” he said in a 2004 interview for the Archive of American Television. “I was 172 pounds, I wasn’t very fast, and I couldn’t catch a pass. They called me stone fingers.”
He moved to New York to pursue an acting career, appearing as the lead in the Off Broadway musical “Hi, Paesano!” and making his Broadway debut in 1961 with a small role in “The Happiest Girl in the World,” a musical directed by Cyril Ritchard, who also played multiple roles. A year later he appeared in “Great Day in the Morning,” a short-lived comedy-drama with Colleen Dewhurst, before being called up by the Army.
After completing his military service, Mr. Canary was cast in the San Francisco production of “The Fantasticks” and, after being spotted by an agent in a Los Angeles production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” landed a film contract with 20th Century Fox. Steady work in film and television followed.
In 1967 he played Lamar Dean, one of Richard Boone’s gang, in “Hombre” and the mobster Frank Gusenberg in “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” which starred Jason Robards as Al Capone.
His work in “Hombre” and a two-part episode of “Gunsmoke” caught the eye of David Dortort, a producer of “Bonanza,” who hired him in 1967 (the show had its premiere in 1959) to play Candy Canaday, one of the Ponderosa’s ranch hands. Mr. Dortort described the character to The New York Times as “an independent strong-willed loner who doesn’t waste words when a fist will do the job.” He remained with the series until its end, in 1973.
Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring, Mia Farrow’s physical therapist, in “Peyton Place.” Ms. Farrow’s character was in a coma at the time, so their interaction was minimal.
In 1981 he took the role of Steve Frame, a businessman, on the NBC soap opera “Another World.” After his character died in a car crash two years later, he joined “All My Children.” In 1980 he had a small role in the Broadway production of the Tennessee Williams play “Clothes for a Summer Hotel,” with Geraldine Page.
Mr. Canary’s first marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, the former Maureen Maloney; a brother, John; a daughter, Kathryn; a son, Christopher; and a grandson.
Susan Lucci on David Canarytherealsusanlucci: I just learned the news that the wonderful David Canary has passed away--I saw it posted on Kelly Ripa"s site. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mo and his children, Christopher and Katie. Rest in peace, David--you warm and generous, talented and fabulous man, actor and friend! I am so grateful to have known you--and to have had the privilege of sharing the AMC stage with you! I will never forget you. ??
Veteran soap actor David Canary dies at age 77WILTON, Conn. (AP) — Longtime soap opera actor David Canary, best known for his role as twin brothers on "All My Children" has died at age 77.
Canary died of natural causes on Nov. 16 at his home at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Connecticut, Paul Pyrch of the Bouton Funeral Home said Wednesday.
Canary's career spanned more than five decades, with appearance in the film "Hombre" and "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" before earning recurring roles on "Peyton Place" and "Bonanza." In December 1983, he joined the cast of "All My Children" as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler. Playing the brothers — one evil and the other good-hearted — brought Canary his greatest fame and five Daytime Emmy Awards.
"For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC," the network wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing."
Despite his popularity on the show, Canary shunned the spotlight and preferred to live in a small town in Connecticut with his wife and family.
"At the risk of being misunderstood, I'm a real private person," Canary told The Associated Press in an interview in 1993. "I don't make appearances. I don't do fan magazine interviews. My wife and our two children live in a little town in Connecticut, where most of the people don't watch the show and, if they do, don't make a big deal out of it."
The actor was at first reluctant to take a role on a daytime soap opera. But after getting a chance to play a madman on "The Doctors," Canary spent two years on the soap "Another World."
Then came the opportunity to join "All My Children," but Canary wasn't sure it was a good idea.
"I was reluctant to even sign a two-year contract," he said in 1993. "That seemed like a long, long time."
Canary remained on the show until 2011.
In addition to onscreen roles, Canary also performed on the stage, appearing in on and off Broadway productions, according to an obituary published in the Wilton Bulletin.
Born in Indiana, Canary grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and went on to play football at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated with a major in music.
Canary is survived by his wife, two children and a grandchild.
Michael B. Jordan Covers Men's Fitness Shirtless, Gained 24 Pounds of Muscle for Creed(Cover) Michael B. Jordan trained hard for his role in Creed—and it shows.
The 28-year-old actor, who plays Apollo Creed's son opposite Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff, tells Men's Fitness he packed on 24 pounds of muscle for the role.
"Man, he's come a long way," his trainer, Corey Calliet, tells the mag. "When we first started he could barely bench 20 pounds, his legs were flailing everywhere...he had nothing."
The Friday Night Lights alum starts to protest, before conceding, "No, he's right…I hated it. You know, at first you feel like s--t, you're hurting. When things start getting a little easier, when you start lifting weight you never lifted before, when you start bench-pressing 225 pounds 10 times and it ain't nothing, and then you start giving hugs to girls and they're, like, feeling you up a little and you think, 'What's this?'—then it's, 'This is all right.'"
"So I learned to love it when I started seeing results," he tells Men's Fitness.
And while Jordan tells the mag he allowed himself the occasional indulgence and "did cheat days right," his intense discipline and "supercompetitive" nature helped him stay the course when it came to his grueling workouts.
Jordan's focus extends beyond the physical, too, and into his professional life. "I always told myself I'd sacrifice all of my 20s—every day—to my career," he tells Men's Fitness. "Once I turn 30, I'll start to live a little bit more. I can honestly say I'm not living to my full ability right now. Do I sacrifice a lot? Yeah. Do I stay in the house probably more than I would if I were a lot more comfortable financially and had my family set up? Yep. I'd probably go out a lot more. But right now, what do I gotta go out for?"
Fair point. Jordan's full interview with Men's Fitness is on stands now, and Creed is in theaters now.
David Canary dies at 77(wiltonbulletin.com) Emmy Award-winning actor and Wilton resident David Hoyt Canary died of natural causes at the age of 77 on Nov. 16 at The Greens at Cannondale.
He was as well known here for his generosity to the community as for his acting career.
Canary and his wife, Maureen, raised two children, Christopher and Kathryn, in Wilton and became very involved in the community after realizing “how much local organizations could benefit from their talents,” and participated in many fund-raisers involving music and acting, according to a March 2005 Wilton Bulletin article. That year, the couple were named Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Wilton YMCA.
His volunteer efforts included performing in a production of Love Letters to benefit A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and emceeing and singing in the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual holiday concert. He was also an active volunteer with the Friends of Wilton Library.
Canary participated in Middlebrook School’s first-ever Career Day in 1997, when he told students his work was “wonderful but tough.”
The couple opened the Wilton Education Foundation’s 1997 spelling bee, served as celebrity hosts of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s annual Safe & Sound Race/Walk in 2000 and 2001, and narrated Wilton’s Bicentennial in 2002.
Canary regularly participated in Wilton’s annual CROP walks and was also a spokesperson for NRFTD, formerly the Wilton Task Force on Lyme Disease. He was the NRFTD’s guest of honor in 2002.
He also sang with the Wilton Singers and was a fan of the Wilton Children’s Theater, crediting the theater and its alumni during a 2001 speech for “accolades bestowed upon the high school’s drama department” the previous year, when the department was recognized as having one of the top acting programs in the country.
Canary performed Clarence Darrow: A One-Man Show at the Wilton High School Little Theater in 2001 to raise money for Wilton Library and served as master of ceremonies of ABC of Wilton’s 2006 Food for the Soul benefit concert.
Canary starred in soap operas like All My Children and One Life to Live, and was well known for his role as the ranch foreman Candy Canaday on Bonanza, which he played from 1967 to 1970 and 1972 to 1973.
He also made guest appearances on two of the longest running prime time dramas in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke and Law & Order.
Canary was born in Elwood, Ind., on Aug. 25, 1938, and grew up in Massillon, Ohio, where he attended Washington High School.
He earned a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, which is where he developed a passion for the performing arts. According to IMDB.com, Canary trained as a singer at the school and graduated with a degree in music.
Canary turned down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos and instead decided to head to New York City to become an actor.
There he performed in summer stock, regional theater, and in on- and off-Broadway productions before being drafted into the U.S. Army. During his two years of service, Canary entered and won the All-Army Entertainment Contest in 1963.
After being honorably discharged, Canary moved to Los Angeles to continue his acting career. He landed a role in the musical The Fantasticks in San Francisco. According to Jean M. Peck’s “Interview with an ‘All My Children’ star” article in the University of Cincinnati’s UC Magazine, Canary’s experience in The Fantasticks “led to his first break in television” — playing Russ Gehring on Peyton Place in 1965 and 1966.
During that time, Canary’s film roles included Lamar Dean in Hombre (1967) and Frank Gusenberg in The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967). In addition to his roles on Bonanza and Peyton Place, some of Canary’s television roles included George McClaney in Gunsmoke (1967) and Charlie Montana on Dundee and the Culhane (1967).
Canary returned to New York City in 1975 and met his second wife, Maureen, with whom he moved to Wilton in 1983. That same year, Canary started his 27-year run on All My Children as Stuart and Adam Chandler — roles that would earn him 16 daytime Emmy nominations and five wins.
Canary is survived by his wife; his son Christopher and his wife, Amy, of Philadelphia; his daughter Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rotheimer, of New York City; his grandson, Donovan Canary, of Philadelphia; and his brother John and wife Paula of New York City.
Funeral services will be privately held for immediate family at Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown, and a memorial tribute is being planned, with a date to be determined.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.org.
Obituary: David Canary, 77, actor(wiltonbulletin.com) Actor, David Hoyt Canary, beloved husband of Maureen Canary for over 33 years, passed away of natural causes on November 16, 2015, at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn.
David was born on August 25, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana to the late Hillary Canary and Lorena Heal. Growing up in Massillon, Ohio, David played football for the famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship and playing varsity at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a major in music. After turning down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos in the first year of their existence, David took off for New York City to pursue his passion for acting. He was met with much success in theatre, doing summer stock, regional theatre, on and off Broadway productions, both musicals and straight plays. During his Broadway debut of Great Day in the Morning, with Colleen Dewhurst, David was drafted into the United States Army. After two years of service, David resumed his acting career and soon found himself in Los Angeles, where he began to work in film and television. He appeared in Hombre with Paul Newman, The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre with Jason Robards and Shark’s Treasure with Cornel Wilde to mention but a few.
Television soon beckoned with a stint as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in the hugely successful night-time soap,Peyton Place. David was seen in a two-part Gunsmoke episode called Nitro, by David Dortort, Bonanza producer, who tapped him to play the role of Candy Canaday, ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic western series. He remained there until the show’s finale in 1972.
In 1975, David returned to New York City to continue his pursuit of theatre, and appeared in numerous plays including Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Paige. Soon he met and married his wife, Maureen. Just 10 days after the birth of their first child, David began a 26-year stint on the classic daytime drama, All My Children, creating the dual roles of Adam and Stuart Chandler, which garnered him five Outstanding Actor Awards and 16 nominations between 1983 and 2001. David retired from full-time acting in 2010.
In addition to his wife, Maureen, David is survived by his son, Christopher and his wife, Amy of Philadelphia, his daughter, Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rothmeier of New York City, his grandson, Donovan Canary of Philadelphia, and his brother John and wife Paula, of New York City. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn, in 2008.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, Conn. 06829.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Go to alz.org “David Canary Memorial Fund.”
David Canary, Star of 'All My Children' for Decades, Dies at 77(hollywoodreporter.com) He masterfully played the twin brothers Stuart and Adam Chandler, one good and the other evil, on the ABC soap opera.
David Canary, who for nearly three decades played the twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 77.
Canary, who earlier portrayed Candy Canaday, the ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic NBC Western Bonanza, died Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., his family announced.
The blue-eyed Canary first appeared on All My Children as Adam in 1984 and received five outstanding actor Emmy Awards and 16 nominations through 2001. He retired from acting in 2010 but returned to play the Chandler brothers for several days before the show’s emotional September 2011 finale.
Adam was underhanded, evil and one of Pine Valley's wealthiest men, while Stuart — who was introduced to the show a year after Adam — was his meek, traumatized twin brother. Adam often impersonated Stuart to get what he wanted, once locking up Stuart in the Chandler mansion for years.
Adam also used blackmail to manipulate several people, targeting Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) so that she would marry him again and forcing Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel) to help break up Marian (Jennifer Bassey) and Stuart’s marriage. He also convinced Gloria Marsh (Teresa Blake) to leave Stuart and marry him instead, later imprisoning her in an abandoned building.
And when drugged by David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), Adam accidentally shot and killed his brother — but, it turns out, he wasn’t dead at all!
A native of Elwood, Ind., Canary played offensive and defensive end for Ohio’s famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. He graduated with a major in music.
Instead of accepting an offer to turn pro with the American Football League’s Denver Broncos in its first year, Canary went to New York to pursue acting, and he made his Broadway debut in Great Day in the Morning in 1962 opposite Colleen Dewhurst.
After two years in the U.S. Army, Canary came to Los Angeles and appeared in Hombre (1967) with Paul Newman, as a mobster in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) with Jason Robards and in Sharks' Treasure (1975) with Cornel Wilde. He also drew attention for playing Mia Farrow’s physical therapist Russ Gehring in the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap Peyton Place.
Producer David Dortort saw Canary shine in Hombre and in a two-part Gunsmoke episode in 1967 and hired him to play Canaday soon afterward. The handsome actor left briefly in a contract dispute but was with the series until it ended in 1973.
When Leonard Nimoy and the producers of Star Trek were locked in a contract dispute of their own, Canary was one of the top candidates to play Mr. Spock, according to the 1996 book Inside Star Trek — The Real Story.
Canary also played shrewd businessman Steve Frame on the NBC soap opera Another World from 1981 until 1983, when his character was killed off in a car crash, before joining All My Children.
Canary also appeared on Broadway in 1980 in Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Page.
Survivors include his wife of more than 33 years, Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John; and grandson Donovan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association’s David Canary Memorial Fund.
David Canary, ‘All My Children’ soap star for three decades, dies at 77(zap2it.com) David Canary, a veteran star of ’60’s cowboy series who parlayed his career into a three-decades-long stint as cunning Adam Chandler on “All My Children,” has died at age 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary served in the U.S. Army. The Denver Broncos gave him an offer to play for them, but he turned it down, instead catching the acting bug with a small role on the ’60’s serial “Peyton Place,” his leading-man-chin and piercing blue eyes led to success in the popular Westerns of the period. He appeared opposite Paul Newman in the classic film “Hombre,” guest-starred on “Gunsmoke” and filmed nearly 100 episodes of “Bonanza” as Candy Canaday — in 2002, he appeared in a TV special from the Ponderosa Ranch, his last time as the beloved character.
Canary would find his greatest success, however, a decade after he left the Ponderosa.
Following short stints on other daytime soaps including “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Doctors” (playing a character inspired by cult leader Jim Jones) and “Another World,” Canary joined “All My Children” on New Year’s Eve, 1983.
Playing confident, classically-handsome Adam Chandler (and, at times, his timid brother Stuart), Chandler embraced the soap trappings. One career highlight came in May 2009, when Adam accidentally killed Stuart — allowing the actor to play a tragic scene with himself. In April 2010, the 72-year-old actor officially retired, filming his final “All My Children” scenes as his character left Pine Valley to live happily ever after with his ex-wife.
Outside of the soap world, Canary found time for appearances on everything from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “Touched by an Angel” to the obligatory “Law & Order” appearance.
Canary also had a great ability to laugh at himself. In 2005, the beloved soap star presented an award at the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards alongside another daytime icon: Oscar the Grouch from “Sesame Street.” Presenting at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Canary appeared on-stage with Oscar to hand out the award from the Muppet’s turf: A pair of side-by-side garbage cans.
Canary is survived by his wife Maureen, son Christopher and daughter Kathryn. Private funeral services have been arranged in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that people make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association under the “David Canary Memorial Fund.”
@SarahMGellar : #rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren
David Canary Dies: ‘All My Children’ Star Was 77(deadline.com) David Canary, known for his nearly three-decade stint on the ABC soap All My Children, died November 16 from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television shows from the era followed, including guest roles on Hawaii Five-0, Alias Smith And Jones, and S.W.A.T..
In the early 80s, Canary joined the soap opera world, portraying Steve Frame for two years on NBC’s Another World. But it was his next job, as diametrically opposite twins Adam Chandler and Stuart Chandler on ABC’s All My Children, that he was best known for. Canary played the roles from 1984 until 2011, including in a guest spot as Adam Chandler on One Life To Live. He won five Daytime Emmy outstanding actor awards and 16 nominations for the roles.
He largely retired in 2010 but continued to act sporadically, including several post-retirement appearances on All My Children. In addition, Canary continued to associate himself with his Bonanza role well into his career, making several appearances at the Lake Tahoe site of the show’s Ponderosa ranch between 1967 and 2004, and reprising the role for a PAX-TV special in 2002. Other TV appearances include Law & Order, Touched By An Angel, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He was married to Maureen Maloney; the couple had two children, son Chris and daughter Kate.
AMC Vet David Canary Dead at 77(tvline.com) Soap legend David Canary, who won five Daytime Emmy Awards for playing All My Children twins Adam and Stuart Chandler, died on Nov. 16 of natural causes. He was 77.
Canary was primarily a theater actor before breaking into TV in the ’60s, first as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in Peyton Place and next as Ponderosa ranch foreman Candy Canaday in Bonanza. In 1978, he kicked off his daytime soap career with a role on Search for Tomorrow. He followed that up with stints on The Doctors and Another World, before kicking off his 27-year run on All My Children in 1983.
Canary left AMC — and the acting profession — in 2010, although he returned to the soap in 2011 for a few series-ending episodes.
A memorial tribute will be held at a later date.
Many of Canary’s former AMC co-stars took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay their respects.
@KellyRipa : So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you.
All My Children Star David Canary Dies at 77(tvguide.com) All My Children icon David Canary has passed away at age 77, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. He died of natural causes in an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., on Nov. 16, according to his family.
Canary began his decades-long tenure on the soap opera as Adam Chandler in 1984. A few years later he would start pulling double duty playing both Adam, one of the most fiendish and wealthy residents of Pine Valley, as well as his mild-mannered, sweet twin brother Stuart.
Canary played the twins for 26 years and racked up five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor along with 16 more nominations.
Before becoming a legendary member of the All My Children cast, Canary played Candy Canaday, the foreman of the Ponderosa, on NBC's Bonanza.
Prior to moving to New York to pursue acting, Canary came very close to becoming a professional football player. Canary was offered a spot on the American Football League's Denver Broncos in their first year of existence.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association's David Canary Memorial Fund.
He is survived by his wife Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John and grandson Donovan.
All My Children Star David Canary Has Died Aged 77(people.com) Television soap star David Canary has died, multiple reports confirm. He was 77.
The actor, who starred in All My Children, died on Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living home in Wilton, Connecticut, the Wilton Bulletin reports.
Canary began his acting career in theater in New York before working in television and in film. His first role in a soap opera was as a physical therapist on Peyton Place.
In the eighties, he began his 26-year tenure on All My Children in which he racked up 16 Emmy nominations and won five Outstanding Actor Awards for his roles as Stuart and Adam.
Canary leaves his wife of 33 years, Maureen, as wells as a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Kathryn.
Former co-star, Kelly Ripa – who played Canary's daughter in All My Children – tweeted her sadness at the news.
"So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary," she wrote. "A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you."
All My Children Star David Canary Dead at 77(eonline.com) The soap opera family has lot one of their beloved members.
David Canary, best known for his 27-year run as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on All My Children, died of natural causes on Nov. 16 at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn. He was 77.
"So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you," his co-star Kelly Ripa tweeted after learning of the news. Sarah Michelle Gellar also took to Twitter to share her condolences, writing, "#rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren."
The five-time Emmy award winner turned down an offer to play for the Denver Broncos during their first year in the NFL to pursue a career in acting. Canary began his journey as a theater actor before breaking into television in the '60s.
He made his small screen debut as Mia Farrow's physical therapist in Peyton Place and then as Ponderosa ranch foreman in Bonanza. In 1978, he kicked off his daytime soap career with a role on Search for Tomorrow, and then continued his soap run with appearances on The Doctors and Another World, before joining All My Children in 1983.
In addition to his wife of 33 years, Maureen, Canary is survived by his son, Christopher, his daughter, Kathryn, his grandson, Donovan Canary, and his brother John.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined, however, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association by visiting alz.org "David Canary Memorial Fund."
'Creed' recasts Rocky as a familiar mentorBEVERLY HILLS — In Creed, Rocky Balboa reluctantly emerges from the shadows as a mentor.
In this hotel room, the Italian Stallion is animatedly advising Michael B. Jordan on what kind of grass to buy for his new house (his vote is for synthetic).
It's an amusing conversation to eavesdrop on, particularly since Creed, their modern Rocky reboot (in theaters Wednesday), looms over today's chat. "How big is your yard?" Stallone, still a hulking figure, asks Jordan.
"Don't ever fall for this one," advises Stallone, 69. " 'Yeah, this chandelier, it's an art object, too.' Forget it. I want a light. The 'art object' is $30,000 and doesn't work and there's only one bulb that is in Ireland where it was made." Jordan is laughing, as Stallone's arms stretch wide. "Who's going to fix it?" he demands.
Creed fixes a problem that moviegoers didn't know they had. (Millennials needed their own Rocky?) The adrenaline-boosting new installment introduces Adonis Johnson (Jordan) as the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, who is failing at following in his father's footsteps while fighting in anonymity. Desperate for help, he heads for the City of Brotherly Love, where Rocky, redemption and a killer soundtrack await.
It's no secret that Stallone was hugely resistant to bringing Rocky back to the big screen. But he was ultimately swayed by the passion displayed by director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), who co-wrote the film in honor of his ailing father, a Rocky die-hard.
In Creed, Rocky is older now, running his restaurant, retired from boxing and beset by illness. Stallone says he's curious about whether the boxing movie will resonate with young fans the way the original Rocky did in 1976. All Rocky wanted then, he says, was a little respect, and opportunity. "Today there are so few opportunities, it seems like society is shutting down," Stallone says. "Is (Adonis) speaking for people who feel the same thing? That's what's going to be interesting. I think yes."
There are key throwback moments for the fans, including a training routine that has Adonis catching chickens.
Jordan allows it took a few takes for him to catch one. "The chickens got tired!" Stallone laughs. "But that's the one scene that I step into Mickey's shoes (Rocky's trainer, played by the late Burgess Meredith). And I think, wow, (Rocky) really is a callback. He is an old G. I thought, 'OK, I've got to do this for the fans.' Plus, a lot of kids today have not seen Rocky II or III. They've never seen a guy chase chickens. But some of the old fans will get it."
The movie could finally be Jordan's starmaker. The 28-year-old actor, who paid his dues for years on TV series such as The Wire and Friday Night Lights, broke out in 2013's Fruitvale Station. A few months ago, many predicted his Fantastic Four reboot would turn him into a household name. But the film flopped.
Jordan says that experience gave him "a sense of expectations when it comes to certain things, which is invaluable and I'll take with me the rest of my career, the rest of my life."
But Creed is a different ballgame.
"The weight of Rocky, the worldly kind of impact that his story had is something totally different than that other franchise," he says.
"I wish there was a guide to life, to kind of transition me through this period," says Jordan, who admits he struggled with rampant criticism on social media, whether it be for speaking inarticulately about women in a GQ profile (he later apologized) or the crash and burn that was Fantastic Four. "With the Internet, you can see everybody's opinion, no matter how small it is. …It puts an importance on other people's opinions that normally you would never hear."
He came prepared for Creed: Jordan got ripped, packing on pounds of muscle to be worthy of Rocky's ring, and eating "a lot of brown rice and protein and a lot of water."
But what made Jordan's Rocky experience legit was the day he hit the ring with Amateur Boxing Association of England heavyweight champion Tony Bellew. With cameras rolling, Stallone, pork pie hat in place, told Jordan to lose the acting.
"He goes: 'All right, listen, this is what you've got to do. You've got to take a punch.' I'm like, what?!" recalls Jordan, who whips out his iPhone and presses play on a video.
Bellew, a massive boxer, hits him straight to the head. Jordan's body noodles onto the mat. He's out cold.
"Goodnight, Irene!" Stallone bellows. "On every Rocky movie, I love when you put the slow-motion camera on and you see the saliva and the lips, and you go, 'Oh, my God, they took it,' " he says. "So I said, 'Mike, you're not a real player until you step up and take one.' " Stallone nods. "He took it."
Jordan grins. "This is your initiation to the world of Rocky."
With 'Creed,' Rocky will roll onBEVERLY HILLS — Rocky Balboa was busy riding off into the sunset. And then Creed showed up.
It took director Ryan Coogler years to persuade Sylvester Stallone to bring the Italian Stallion out of retirement for Creed (in theaters Wednesday), a Rocky spinoff focused on a young fighter, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), Apollo Creed's illegitimate son, who is on his own gritty quest for glory.
"This movie is such a big experiment for me," says Stallone, 69, who wonders, "Will the kind of sentimentality, that underdog aspect of Rocky I, be valid today in the form of Creed's son?"
Coogler is betting on it. He last directed Jordan in the lauded indie Fruitvale Station, and he concocted Creed's story based on his relationship with his ailing father, a Rocky fanatic.
"I have a relationship with the Rocky movies that's probably similar to a lot of people's," says Coogler, who was born after Rocky IV came out. Then his father got sick, suffering from a neuromuscular disease. "His skeletal muscles were atrophying, so he literally was becoming weaker," Coogler says. "He was losing the things that he associated with his masculinity and independence."
A new take on Rocky's post-fighting years emerged in the director's mind. "That was when I came up with this story of this hero kind of dealing with his own mortality," he says.
Problem was, Stallone had put the franchise he created, wrote and mostly directed to bed in 2006 with Rocky Balboa. The sixth film had been a victory lap, a solid sendoff after a disappointing return on 1990's Rocky V.
"It was very nerve-wracking in the beginning; that's why it took a little while to commit to it," Stallone says. "I knew Michael's sincerity, Ryan's sincerity, but no one starts out (and) sits around a table with a screenplay and the director goes, 'I've got a great idea — let's make a real bomb!' "
Creed, Coogler's second feature, begins its story in Los Angeles, introducing Adonis, who never met his famous heavyweight champion father. Raised in foster homes in California, he's tough and hot-tempered. No one will train him. So Adonis sets off for Philadelphia seeking out the one man who has access to his legacy.
"He's going through pretty much what Rocky went through in a different way," Stallone says. "Rocky had given up on life. (Adonis) hasn't given up on life. He's on a voyage. He's seeking. Rocky didn't seek anything. Things came to him as a joke. But in the end, he's looking for validation, and eventually Rocky was, too."
Creed is finding a Thanksgiving feast of validation from the critics. "With apologies to Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago, Ryan Coogler's rousingly emotional new film is the best installment since the 1976 original," raves Entertainment Weekly. Variety heralds Stallone for "digging deeper as an actor than he has in years." The Chicago Tribute begrudgingly acknowledges: "Turns out we really did need another Rocky movie."
But taking over a bedrock American franchise is no small feat. It helped, Jordan says, that Stallone and Coogler kept reminding him Creed isn't Rocky VII.
"Sly took the pressure off me, Ryan took the pressure off of me," says Jordan, 28, who piled on muscle to convincingly play a fighter whose name spurs heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan (played by three-time former Amateur Boxing Association of England heavyweight champion Tony Bellew) to dangle a big-ticket fight. "That was the biggest relief ever. Like, I got the guy who created the character (in my corner)."
And as for Stallone's transition to the coach standing outside the ring, no longer the focal point of the cameras, a bystander of his own making?
Stallone cocks an eyebrow. "Should I say it was liberating and slightly horrible?"
Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful 'Creed' goes the distanceAdmit it. When you heard another "Rocky" movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many "Rocky" movies do we need?
Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least.
From its very beginning in 1976, the "Rocky" story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily, but showing you have the cred to be there in the first place. That's why Rocky told Adrian: "All I wanna do is go the distance."
And so "Creed," directed by the talented Ryan Coogler and starring a fairly irresistible team of Michael B. Jordan and (of course) Sylvester Stallone, shows it belongs in the ring from the first moments. With a deftly crafted blend of smarts and corn — of course there's corn, people, this is Rocky! — it earns our trust: It's gonna go right to the edge with the heartstring-tugging, but it won't go over. And so we can relax. We won't hate ourselves in the morning. And when the old "Rocky" music starts playing, as it inevitably will at a key moment, we'll be able to laugh — happily, and not scornfully. The movie's earned it.
Stallone is now 69, and "Creed" wisely doesn't attempt to get Rocky Balboa back into the boxing gloves. This film's about another fighter: young Adonis Johnson, whom we first meet as a child in a LA juvenile detention center. Life has been hard; he's the secret illegitimate son of boxing great Apollo Creed — Rocky's former nemesis, of course — who died before Adonis was born. But fate smiles on the boy when Creed's widow (Phylicia Rashad) takes him in.
Some 17 years later, Adonis (Jordan, exuding charisma and star power at every turn) is living in a mansion with mom and thriving at a finance job. But he can't shake his passion for boxing. He heads to Philadelphia to find the Italian Stallion. Adonis wants to train with the best.
Rocky, now gray, grizzled and weary, declines at first. "Why," he wants to know, "would you pick a fighter's life when you don't need to?" (Adonis' mother's response was even more forceful: "Do you want brain damage?") But Adonis wins Rocky over.
The clash between Rocky's old-school ways and Adonis' modern existence is immediately apparent. When Rocky gives Adonis a written list of training routines, Adonis snaps a shot on his iPhone and waves away the paper, saying it's safely on "the cloud." Rocky stares skyward: "The cloud?" Stallone plays it just right; like much here, it could be hokey, but it's not.
Of course, being a "Rocky" movie, it all comes down to a climactic fight. The opponent is a tough British champion, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan (real-life champion Anthony Bellew). But the British camp poses a condition: Adonis needs to use the Creed name. It's Adonis' new musician girlfriend (an appealing Tessa Thompson) who convinces Donnie, as she calls him, that he can. "Take the name," she says. "It's yours."
There's still the matter of getting in shape. As Adonis and Rocky begin training, an unexpected challenge comes in the form of a serious health scare for the older man.
But back to that fight: If the finale in a "Rocky" movie isn't gangbusters, you're sunk, and Coogler (who co-wrote the screenplay) saves his best moves for last, staging a match (kudos also to cinematographer Maryse Alberti) that should have you on the edge of your seat — even though you know, already, that there's no way Adonis is going to go gently into that good night.
Jordan deserved a good movie after the terrible "Fantastic Four," and he gets one here; he remains on course to become Hollywood's Big New Thing. Stallone gives a moving turn as a fading legend with one last big fight in him. (Or will there be more?) Together with director Coogler, you could say this trio knocks it outta the ring.
"Creed," a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America "for violence, language and some sensuality." Running time: 132 minutes. Three stars out of four.
MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Review: Exciting 'Creed' pulls no punchesThe Rocky film franchise is in better shape than it has been in years, thanks to a couple of new guys with the eye of the tiger and the elder statesman who’s still got punch.
Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Creed (***½ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters Wednesday nationwide) adds an exciting, emotional and often funny chapter to the iconic legacy of cinematic boxing champ Rocky Balboa — played for the seventh time by Sylvester Stallone — and new blood in the form of Michael B. Jordan. He has the best all-around performance of his young career as Adonis Johnson, the embattled and bitter son of Rocky pal/rival Apollo Creed.
Adonis has literally been fighting all his life, from a rough childhood as an orphan to mixing it up in underground matches in Tijuana, though he's constantly haunted by his father, who died in the ring (see: Carl Weathers’ swan song in Rocky IV) before the kid was born. He watches old bouts between Apollo and Rocky from YouTube projected on a big screen, shadowboxing his late pops —the film is laden with metaphor, but it’s a nicely done visual pulled off by Coogler.
Wanting to be his own man in the ring and not just “Baby Creed,” Adonis ditches a good financial job in Los Angeles for the mean streets of Philadelphia, where he seeks out Rocky to train him. The old pugilist is feeling the loneliness of aging, with loved ones passed and his son living his own life far away, but after initially spurning Adonis, the “Italian Stallion” finally agrees to get him ready to take on cocky light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew).
Although it never delves into a parody of the storied franchise (the original 1976 movie won three Oscars, including best picture), one knock against Creed is that it relies on the Rocky model a little too much. The movie does avoid the over-the-top aspects — there are none of the hulking wrestlers and Soviet supermen that tussled with Rocky — but much of the template is here, from running the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Big Fight at the end.
But therein lie its strengths, too. Coogler mines Rocky and Apollo's relationship from the older films to give Creed its needed gravitas. The old Rocky musical anthems — ring bells and all — are mixed with hip-hop as a rousing symbol of the central generational mash-up. And the director manages to conjure the magic of a mid-fight moment, as all great Rocky films do, that gives audiences goosebumps and puts them solidly in the character’s corner, win or lose.
Jordan showcases an impressive acting range as Adonis goes from angry kid to a man who cares as much for his musician girlfriend (Tessa Thompson) and an ailing Rocky as he does for winning matches. His chemistry with Stallone is especially key to Creed’s success, as Rocky goes “old-school” in training the up-and-comer (speedy chickens are involved) and Adonis manages to teach the old man some stuff, too.
Of his many movie characters — Marion Cobretti, Lincoln Hawk and John Rambo, among them — Stallone will always be best known as Rocky. And for the first time in decades, he’s amazing in the role, giving heartfelt speeches and adding a pathos not seen since the early films. It's a reminder that Stallone at his core is much more than the macho action hero Millennial moviegoers grew up watching.
Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.
Matt Bomer To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon Pilot, Lifting ContingencyMatt Bomer, coming off a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel, has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production.
The Last Tycoon, which Sony TV set up at Amazon a year ago, was written by Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray who is set to direct the pilot.
Inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based, The Last Tycoon centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. With Stahr as a focal point, the series delves into the true violence, sex and towering ambition of Hollywood in the ’30s. Ray executive produces alongside Party Of Five co-creator Chris Keyser, who serves as showrunner, as well as Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin.
In The Last Tycoon 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the role of Stahr was played by Robert De Niro.
Following his six-season stint as star of USA’s crime drama White Collar, Bomer is playing one of the leads in the latest installment of FX’s American Horror Story, Hotel. His role in HBO Films’ The Normal Heart earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination. In features, Bomer co-stars in the Magic Mike franchise and will next be seen in The Nice Guys and The Magnificent Seven. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Steve Warren.
In My Library: Susan Lucci(nypost.com) The last time Susan Lucci read aloud from Elizabeth Taylor’s autobiography, Alec Baldwin played Richard Burton. “It was fantastic!” recalls the erstwhile queen of daytime TV. She’s not sure who’ll play Burton Nov. 23 — when she, Tony Danza and others send up the stars in the “Celebrity Autobiography” show at the Triad Theatre (158 W. 72nd St., 7 p.m.), but promises the results will be “hilarious!”
The longtime Erica Kane of “All My Children” — a role she played for 18 Emmy nods before finally winning, in 1999 — wrote a memoir of her own, the best-selling “All My Life.” In fact, she says, Mario Cantone had fun reading from that at an earlier “Celebrity Autobiography.” “He must have done a great job!” she laughs.
Here’s what’s in her library:
Life of the Party: The Biography of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman by Christopher Ogden
When I was playing Erica Kane, I thought it could be a great source book for me. Pamela had been much married and had a reputation for being a courtesan. There’s a story about her meeting Churchill in wartime, showing up in a Range Rover with a silver bar service in the trunk. They were fighting a war and she had a picnic!
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I was on vacation with my husband in Mexico when I read this and couldn’t put it down! It’s a coming-of-age story set in the South and very evocative — I could feel the Southern heat, and the characters were so rich and fully drawn. It just spoke to me. Who’s to say why?
I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist by Betty Halbreich
Betty is a personal shopper to end all personal shoppers. She’s been at Bergdorf Goodman for many years. I have a long history with her, because our show’s costume designer worked with her in choosing Erica’s clothes. She’s an icon. Betty will also tell you the truth, and I love that. She’s not a yes girl!
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
A friend gave this book to me, and I’m in the middle of it right now. This is the first in the trilogy about two girls growing up in Naples. My dad is a first generation Italian-American, and while he’s not Neapolitan, the writing here lets me see the dust and dirt around the railroad tracks in Naples. Wonderful!
‘ANTM’ contestant Yaya DaCosta files for divorce“America’s Next Top Model’’ contestant-turned-actress Yaya DaCosta has filed for divorce from her movie-director husband — and it could get nasty.
DaCosta filed papers for a contested divorce against ex Joshua Bee Alafia in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.
The filing is sealed, so it’s unclear why the couple split. They were married for two years and have a son named Sankara.
DaCosta was the second-place finisher in the reality-TV fashion show’s third season. She then turned to the big screen, acting in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and landing a starring role in Whitney Houston’s Lifetime biopic. Neither side returned calls.
James Franco's Hulu Thriller 11.22.63 Gets Presidential Premiere DateThis is a fitting premiere date: Hulu has announced that its time-tripping JFK assassination thriller 11.22.63, starring James Franco, will bow on February 15, 2016 — AKA Presidents Day.
The nine-hour limited series, based upon Stephen King’s 2011 novel and produced by J.J. Abrams, revolves around high school history teacher Jake Epping (Franco), who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself (which doesn’t want to be changed).
Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber also star.
Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as EPs alongside Abrams and King.
The Behind-the-Scenes Drama Susan Lucci Never Revealed on Dancing with the StarsWhen Susan Lucci was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars back in 2008, the glamorous soap opera star never let on, that behind the scenes, her newborn grandson Brendan was fighting for his life.
Back home in Garden City, New York, Brendan – the son of her daughter, Liza Huber and her husband Alex Hesterberg – had just been born nine weeks early, weighing just 4 lbs., 10 oz.
But Lucci, the star of All My Children (and more recently Devious Maids) and always a fan favorite, never revealed that her grandson was hooked up to a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own.
"It was always Liza's story to tell," says Lucci, 68. "This is her child, this is her little boy."
In this week's PEOPLE, Lucci and Huber, the founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, a line of products designed for parents to make healthy food for their kids, open up about how Brendan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 2 years old. "I don't want to hide it," says Huber, 40, a mom of four. "I want him to feel good and proud. That was my light bulb."
Huber will never know exactly the cause of her son's cerebral palsy. (The neurological disorder is often caused by a brain injury in utero or during birth.)
After he was born, Brendan stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for six weeks before he was able to come home. At the time, Lucci was flying back and forth cross country to comfort her daughter and be there for her grandson. "I didn't want to leave her," recalls Lucci. "When I would come back from L.A. on the red eye on a Tuesday night after the show, I'd take a brief nap and then go to the hospital with Liza and stay with her and then dance with Tony [Dovolani] in the evening. With Dancing with the Stars, they miraculously send your dance teacher with you wherever you need to be. So Tony and I and my husband [Helmet Huber] were The Three Musketeers, on the plane all the time together."
Lucci did her best to focus. "I tried to deal with each thing I needed to do at the moment," she recalls. "As much as I thought I was hopefully dealing with it the best I could, I was worried about the steps."
Meanwhile, her family was rooting her. "It was surreal," recalls Huber. "Whenever Brendan would be unplugged [from the monitors], we'd wheel him into the parents room [of the neonatal intensive care unit] and watch TV. By the fifth week, even the nurses were like 'Stop voting for her! She needs to come home!' We were beside ourselves."
"My poor mother was also beside herself," says Huber laughing. "Even she was saying 'Stop voting for me!' We were all so happy when she was voted off. We needed her home!"
Now a 7-year-old first grader, Brendan is an inspiration for both his mom and grandmother. "When you look at this little boy who is living his life, it's a reminder to never give in to adversity," says Lucci.
Her daughter agrees. "I told him everyone has something, that this is something he will have for the rest of his life but it doesn't define him," says Huber. "We came up with this saying: 'My legs are tight, so what?' He is just as smart and just as handsome and just as kind. He's sweet, but he's also very tough. He is my hero."
For more revelations from Susan Lucci, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Susan Lucci's Daughter Liza Huber Reveals Her Son Has Cerebral Palsy(people.com) When Liza Huber was told her son Brendan had cerebral palsy in 2010, she says she "just froze."
"I broke down in tears," Huber tells PEOPLE. "I felt sadness that he would deal with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but I also felt gratitude that he could walk. Many others cannot."
Huber, the daughter of soap opera legend Susan Lucci, exclusively reveals the courageous story of her 7-year-old son, Brendan, in this week's issue of PEOPLE. Her candid interview comes after years of keeping silent about her son's condition.
"If I am trying to hide it, how does it look to him?" asks Huber, 40. "I don't ever want him to feel bad about himself. I want him to feel good and proud and celebrate the way he overcomes challenges."
Huber's mom, the iconic star of All My Children, supports her decision.
"I am very proud of her," says Lucci, 68. "Good for Brendan, for his mom to speak about him with such pride publicly, as well as to open up a conversation about cerebral palsy. It can only have positive impact and how wonderful for Brendan to know his family is proud of him."
Huber, who has four children (Royce, 8; Brendan, 7; Hayden, 4; and Mason, 2) with her husband, tech executive Alex Hesterberg, will never know the exact cause of her son's cerebral palsy. (Cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects muscle movement, is often caused by a brain injury in utero or during birth.) Even though she had a normal pregnancy, she recalls "a gnawing feeling that something was wrong." Then, on the evening of Aug. 16, 2008, when she was 31 weeks pregnant, she felt "the most excruciating pain I've ever had," she says. Doubled over in pain, she nearly passed out and was rushed to the emergency room, where Brendan was born nine weeks early.
Weighing just 4 lbs., 10 ounces, he was immediately sent to neonatal intensive care unit.
Six days later, Brendan stopped breathing and was immediately put on a ventilator. Says Huber: "I was afraid he wouldn't make it."
After five weeks, he came home and Huber focused on his care. She eventually left her acting career to launch her own company Sage Spoonfuls, a line of products to help parents make healthy kids' food. The career move allowed her to work from home, close to her kids.
At 10 months, she began to notice Brendan was unable to sit up by himself.
"I knew something was wrong but I was in denial," she says.
At 19 months, when he couldn't stand, she took him to a doctor, where an MRI revealed he had cerebral palsy.
The first few years were challenging. Brendan has stiffness and pain in his muscles, walks with an uneven gait and will require physical therapy for the rest of his life. When he was in kindergarten, Huber recalls, "He was tripping and falling in school and didn't understand why." That's when she told him about his condition.
"I told him about why his legs are the way they are and that this is something he has to deal with the rest of is life," she says, "but it doesn't define him."
The 50-lb first grader is a newly minted Cub Scout, a baseball pitcher (thanks to his older brother, Royce, who taught him how to throw) and a very empathetic little boy.
"If anyone falls, he is the first to say, 'Are you okay?' " says his Mom.
Now, she says, "I want to shout his accomplishments from the rooftop. Walking up two stairs of our home without holding on when he gets home from school is the biggest deal ever! I want to celebrate him and for him to celebrate himself."
His proud grandmother, a longtime supporter of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City says he's also her inspiration.
"He's taught me that you have to go forward forward and that life is a gift," she says. "He's a spectacular little boy."
Lifetime’s 2015 Very Merry Christmas holiday movie schedule‘Tis almost the season!
Lifetime’s Very Merry Christmas kicks off Nov. 28, with world premiere holiday movies every Saturday and Sunday for a whole month. Get ready to put logs in the fireplace, marshmallows in your hot chocolate and practice making fresh baked cookies to put near the chimney, because Santa and the holiday season are coming soon.
‘A Gift Wrapped Christmas,’ Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne and Beverley Mitchell, “A Gift Wrapped Christmas” chronicles personal shopper Gwen’s newest client, Charlie, a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.
‘The Christmas Gift’ Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m.
Starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rick Fox, “The Christmas Gift” is about ten-year-old Megan, who upon receiving a Secret Santa gift, is touched by its contents which end up having a huge impact on her life. Now a driven young journalist, Megan can’t shake her desire to thank the person who sent her that heartfelt gift over a decade ago. Determined to prove herself to her editor, she goes on the search for the perfect Christmas story, and in doing so, she finally discovers who her Secret Santa is. Inspired by a true story.
‘The Flight Before Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.
Starring Mayim Bialik, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) and everyone’s favorite parents from “Family Matters,” Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, “The Flight Before Christmas,” introduces Stephanie, who’s excited to take the next step in her relationship and move in with her boyfriend, but is then crushed when he drops the bombshell that he wants to break up. Faced with spending the holidays heartbroken and homeless, she decides to fly home to Connecticut. On a red-eye the day before Christmas, Stephanie finds herself seated next to Michael, who is planning to propose to his college girlfriend. The two get off to a rocky start but things get even worse when the pilot announces that a huge, unexpected snowstorm is crossing the country. Their flight is diverted to a small town in Montana where Stephanie snags the last available room at the town’s bed and breakfast. Despite their differences, she offers to share the room with Michael and try their best to get along.
‘Last Chance Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m.
Starring Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan and Tim Matheson, “Last Chance Christmas” is about when Prancer injures his hoof, and Santa’s stable hand, John, must find a fill in to ensure Christmas deliveries go off without a hitch. His mission gets complicated when he discovers that Frankie, the perfect substitute reindeer, belongs to a precocious 8-year-old girl and her mother Annie. As he races to get Frankie up to the North Pole, he realizes that he’s actually falling in love with Annie and has to find a way to win her over and save Christmas at the same time.
‘Becoming Santa’ Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring “Family Ties” Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, the two reunite in “Becoming Santa” as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The film also stars Laura Bell Bundy, Tony Calero and Jesse Hutch. The movie follows Holly, who has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend Connor to her family and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Connor is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus! Connor embraces his time there despite running into Holly’s ex, Jack Frost. Will Conner be ready to take their relationship to the next level – especially when it means he would be next in line to be Santa.
‘Wish Upon a Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Larisa Oleynik (Pretty Little Liars, Mad Men), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), and Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), “Wish Upon a Christmas” is about business executive Amelia, who returns home to help a family-run ornament company, the employees see her as their savior who is coming in to rescue the company. They are heart-broken and shocked to learn that her plan to get the company on track involves massive layoffs. As Amelia prepares for the holiday ‘trimmings’, she finds herself rekindling an old romance with her high school boyfriend Jesse, who is also the company’s owner. She also soon begins to see the charm of the local business – but will she be able to save it in time?
‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m.
Starring Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin and Bates Wilder, “The Spirit of Christmas” follows ambitious young lawyer Kate, who with a promotion on the line, heads to Vermont to broker the sale of an old inn. Kate has her work cut out for her when she learns its haunted and she meets Daniel Forsythe – a handsome man who died 95 years ago! Each year, Daniel takes human form exactly twelve days before Christmas, unable to move on with the mystery of his death unsolved. Determined to help Daniel, Kate finds herself in an unlikely romance with the dashing Christmas spirit.
DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZEBryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, http://www.youthfuldaze.com/ beginning February 20, 2016.
‘Devious Maids’ Renewed For Season 4 By LifetimeA month after Devious Maids finished airing its third season, the soapy mystery drama has been picked for Season 4. It joins recently renewed freshman Unreal as Lifetime’s only current scripted series.
The renewal comes after a stable Season 3 performance, which Lifetime EVP Liz Gateley summed up as, “Devious Maids is a steady hit that continues to deliver for us. It has found a loyal audience that is socially engaged with the show.” Indeed, Devious Maids‘ third season launched with 1.47 million viewers in Live+Same Day and ended with a 1.53 million. What’s more, the series wrapped the season with an uptick, hitting season highs with the last two episodes (1.52 million, 1.53 million). In addition to total viewers, the August 24 finale also logged season highs among adults 25-54 and women 25-54.
Devious Maids, from ABC Studios and executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes, Rebecca Wisocky and Susan Lucci. It is set in a world where murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families.
Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son… la alegría del hogar, Devious Maids was created by Cherry and is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Longoria, Brian Tanen, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Ric Swartzlander and Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.
TWO AMC ALUMS JOIN DAYSAccording to multiple online sources and setsiders, DAYS has hired ALL MY CHILDREN alums Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, et al) and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin) to play roles connected to established characters in Salem. Time will tell if Irizarry will cross paths on-screen with GUIDING LIGHT co-star Judi Evans (Adrienne; ex-Beth, GL).
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.
Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."
To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com.
Fuller House: CSI: Miami's Eva LaRue Joins as [Spoiler]'s Wife(tvline.com) Eva LaRue, we hope you’re good with Swiffers and handy with lemon Pledge.
The CSI: Miami alum has been cast as Teri, the new wife of Bob Saget’s clean freak Danny, in Netflix’s Fuller House.
LaRue tweeted the news Monday:
@ImEvaLaRue : Playing Danny Tanner's new wife Teri :-) #fullerhouse #fullhouse https://twitter.com/jojorenee1987/status/625778174027276288 …
In an early character description, Teri was described as “attractive, vivacious… and youthful” and as having “quite an appetite for Danny and isn’t afraid to shower him with affection.” Then again, back then Teri was also described as African-American, so… some details clearly have changed.
Netflix’s 13-episode Full House continuation is expected to premiere in 2016.
LaRue, who played Natalia Boa Vista on the CBS procedural, has also had roles on series including All My Children, Third Watch, Soul Food and Santa Barbara.
ALICIA MINSHEW BOOKS YEAR ROUNDERSAlicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC et al) is the first actor to officially join sudsvilletv.com’s new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, playing Georgina Phillips, who is described as a "slightly tarnished trophy wife with a bad prenup.” Look for her to have a different look than she’s sported on other shows, says Creator Meg Kelly. "That's where makeup comes in," winks Kelly. "Nothing like a blond wig and an orange tan to age a woman.” YEAR ROUNDERS will air on Thursdays on the web series, beginning in December. The official description of the show reads: "Welcome to St. George, a once-upon-a-time New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy."
DARNELL WILLIAMS TO SUDSVILLETV.COM?(soapoperadigest.com) AMC favorite Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse), has been in discussion with Emmy-winning scribe Meg Kelly about joining her new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, on SudsvilleTV. "I've talked to Meg about SudsvilleTV and am really excited," Williams enthuses. "The pilot script for YEAR ROUNDERS is amazing. Fans should definitely sign up at SudsvilleTV.com and be a part of revitalizing a great industry." Once fans sign up, they're automatically entered into multiple chances to win great prizes. More entries will be awarded to fans who share SudsvilleTV via their social networks. So sign up and you might just wind up having dinner with Darnell!
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 CauseAmelia Heinle (ex-Mia, AMC) 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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