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Devious Maids: Who Killed Blanca and Louie? Susan Lucci Teases Big Reveal(tvline.com) With only five episodes left in its third season, Devious Maids is getting ready to reveal its latest killer — or killers, as the case may be. But first, Genevieve’s got a secret of her own that’ll rock her maid’s world.
“It sure could,” Susan Lucci tells TVLine when asked if the big secret, being revealed Monday (Lifetime, 9/8c), could permanently alter her relationship with Zoila.
But don’t worry too much about the fate of Genevieve and Zoila’s unorthodox friendship; Lucci says their “push-pull, co-dependent, Lucy-and-Ethel” chemistry will remain very much in tact, even after all is revealed.
Below, Lucci talks more about Genevieve’s future with Zoila, as well as the show’s multiple mysteries.
TVLINE | Genevieve and Zoila have my favorite friendship on the show. What makes it work so well?
Honestly, I can’t reduce it to any one thing. It’s the writing, it’s the chemistry between Judy [Reyes] and me … I couldn’t ask for a better acting partner. She’s so wonderful to work with, and we just have a ball with the relationship; you often wonder who’s the boss and who’s the employee.
TVLINE | And I’m sure things will only become more complicated once Zoila has her baby.
That will certainly be a challenge, especially if Genevieve keeps bringing men home and keeping everybody up at night.
TVLINE | Speaking of Genevieve’s men, I’m not so sure I trust Dr. Neff just yet.
Oh? And why is that?
TVLINE | Well, we know Genevieve doesn’t have the best luck in love. Didn’t Philippe turn out to be a killer?
[Laughs] That’s right! She doesn’t make the best choices with men.
TVLINE | Should I still give Dr. Neff a chance?
Well, he’s very handsome and very accomplished, so I think we have to give him a chance. I think he’s the best man to come into her life in quite a while, and she’s definitely looking for husband No. 57. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Moving onto the Louie Becker murder, is Genevieve in the clear?
They haven’t found the killer yet, so she’s definitely still a suspect. She’ll keep pointing her finger at Evelyn, who will continue pointing her finger at Genevieve. … To be honest, the writing on this show kept me guessing right up until the finale.
TVLINE | Did you all talk about it on set and come up with theories?
Oh, yes. In the hair and makeup trailer, everybody talks, and no one was able to figure it out except for one person, and it wasn’t until the very end.
TVLINE | Did you guess correctly? What was your reaction?
I was not on that wavelength. I was surprised, but you’ll definitely be able to go back and notice where all the clues were given. It’s very interesting.
Devious fans, who do you think killed Blanca and Louie? Could it have been different people?
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.
Surprise! Law and Order: SVU Star Kelli Giddish Is Married and Pregnant—Get the Scoop!Step aside, Ice-T! You're not the only Law and Order: SVU star with big family news to share!
E! News can confirm actress Kelli Giddish married Lawrence Faulborn in a beach wedding ceremony earlier this summer.
According to Paradise Beach Weddings, the couple exchanged vows steps away from the ocean blue water in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Family and friends witnessed the bride say "I Do" in a stunning white dress with a floral crown.
Perhaps Giddish's spring shoot with Sophisticated Weddings where she walked the streets of New York City in a wedding gown provided some serious marriage fever.
While the wedding news could provide enough joy for loyal fans, there's even more happy news to share.
A rep for NBC confirmed to E! News that Giddish is also pregnant and expecting her first child with Faulborn.
The announcement comes just a few short hours after co-star Ice-T announced he was expecting his first child with wife Coco.
"@FINALLEVEL and @cocosworld having a baby. @TheKelliGiddish and L Faulborn having a baby," showrunner Warren Leight joked on Twitter. "#SVU -- most fertile show on Earth. Congrats all!!"
Despite all the exciting family news, filming for Law and Order: SVU remains on schedule with season 17 returning this fall. While Danny Pino has left the series as a regular, Ice-T, Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Mariska Hargitay are all returning for another year on the force.
Mark Consuelos Talks Kelly Ripa, Marriage-Work Balance and College Hunting With Their SonE! News caught up with Mark Consuelos just in time for the season-two premiere of Secret Guide to Fabulous.
Consuelos and his wife, Kelly Ripa are executive producers for the show, and when asked how they are able to work together so closely, and still remained happily married, Consuelos says, "It's funny, we were talking about it last night with our kids. You know, we've been working together since '94, so almost 21 years in close capacity, and I think at the end of the day we really, really get each other."
The 44 year-old confessed with a laugh, "I'm extremely annoying and she's very patient, so I think that's also how something works, that's why it works. So if two people live together, one has to be patient and typically the other one is very annoying."
The two are not only great business partners, they're also great parents. It's hard to believe their oldest son, Michael, is already gearing up for college!
Consuelos tells us that Michael "wants to go to film school and get into production or into directing. His mom thinks he's going to get into acting, that's probably what he'll end up doing, or writing or something like that...I think that he's really, really creative, super-talented, and he's been a great kid."
Michael even has his eye on the family production company, Consuelos adds. "He says, 'Hey! I could take over at Milojo!'"
Their 18-year-old son is just beginning the collegiate search, but Consuelos says Michael spent a summer interning in L.A. "He had a blast," Consuelos noted, "But he said, 'You know, I'm an East Coast guy, so we are probably looking at East Coast schools.'"
However Consuelos adds, "We did go to University of Texas, Austin, because I wanted him to see a really big state school, and he dug it! He thought it was, you know, I wanted to scare him a little bit and it kind of backfired. He was like, 'Wow this is awesome!' and I go, 'I know, man.' Yeah, we really enjoyed the vibe and I've been saying for years it's a great place for music and film community is huge there, so it's on the list!"
Secret Guide to Fabulous' second season premieres Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. on Logo, and Consuelos says he's even picked up a few style tricks himself. "I am pretty standard the way I dress, but matching the belt to the shoe, you know brown belt brown shoe, black belt black shoe, that's completely out of the window! I had no idea."
Other than their current projects, Consuelos says his dream project with Ripa would be, "a show that takes place on a Caribbean island that shoots for six months out of the year after our kids are in college...that's our dream to end up on an island somewhere."
Susan Lucci on Looking for Love on 'Devious Maids' and Its 'All My Children' Reunion(hollywoodreporter.com) Devious Maids may focus on the cleaning antics of complex maids in Beverly Hills, but the third season of the Lifetime soap has featured some pretty salacious stories involving Susan Lucci's Genevieve Delacour.
Between a sex tape with a much younger (and murdered) man and her sexual escapades with boyfriend Christopher (John O'Hurley), Genevieve has had her hands full to say the least. With Christopher officially having moved in during Monday's "Bad Girl," The Odd Couple-like relationship between Genevieve and maid Zoila (Judy Reyes) is about to take another turn.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Lucci to discuss Genevieve's sixth (or seventh?) try at love, the Marc Cherry effect and what to expect heading into the finale stretch of episodes.
How will Christopher moving in affect Genevieve and Zoila?
Zoila has been annoyed with Christopher from the beginning. Actually, Zoila is annoyed with most of the men Genevieve chooses. I’m not saying that Genevieve chooses particularly well, but Christopher looks really promising and Zoila is very annoyed with him. Genevieve, as gorgeous as her mansion is, does not have great soundproofing in her walls, so Zoila is kept awake at night. That makes her extra not happy with Christopher being there. But then Christopher has his own ideas for the house and how it should be run. I’ll just say that it reaches a crescendo.
Was it a mini-reunion for you and John O’Hurley when he was cast in the role?
Absolutely, toward the end of All My Children, John played the thorn in the Erica/Jack (Walt Willey) relationship’s side. He was a Hollywood producer and filmmaker who promised Erica everything she always dreamed of, to be a star in Hollywood. She was very torn and that’s how we left everything at All My Children. John and I also did a made for television movie at one point — neither of us remembers the title but we know that we had a very good time.
Genevieve has some great one-liners that could also come off as terrible, what’s your trick for delivering those?
It’s a challenge because I think Genevieve and Zoila speak to each other like sisters. There’s not the biggest filter in Genevieve’s world. And she doesn’t think she’s saying anything harmful. She thinks that she’s saying something helpful to Zoila or that's just true. And that’s what comes from that.
What is it about Marc Cherry's writing that speaks to and for women?
If it could be reduced to a formula it wouldn’t have the magic. Marc certainly seems to have that magic. He’s a keen observer of people and he’s a wonderful entertainer in the stories he chooses to tell. He’s also very clever and in that wonderful way with most good storytellers who are writers, they hold a mirror up. Whether our characters look in the mirror and see themselves for real or not, it’s a reflection of our time and culture. Yet there’s certainly a timelessness to it too.
Would you say he's helped push how older women are represented sexually on TV?
Absolutely, that’s true of Marc Cherry’s work, and it was certainly true of Agnes Nixon’s work as well. It’s also reflective of life. There are lots of women who are just living life to the fullest and having romance in their lives and taking good care of themselves in a healthy way.
What about with Genevieve specifically?
A driving force with her is that she’s looking for love, she’s looking for a relationship. She’s not a gold digger, although that would be fun to play. But she really is looking for love. That’s an ageless and a very relatable theme for a lot of women. Genevieve has been divorced … I think she’s looking for husband six or seven? There are a lot of women who have been in long marriages or relationships, women in their 20s, too, who are looking for love. That’s universal.
Would you like to see her walk down the aisle again?
Yes, but I’d like to see there be issues to be worked out or not worked out. It’s much more fun to play and watch.
What can you tease about this season's overarching mystery as we head into the last few episodes?
Up until the finale we had all been trying to figure out who did it in the hair and makeup trailer — where everything is spilled. And no one guessed the correct answer except Katrina Suhre, the head of our hair department. She guessed and people said, "No, no, no it can't be." But she was right. By the finale we just were all beside ourselves. There’s unexpected stuff!
Devious Maids airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. Who do you think this year's killer is?
3 Things You Don't Know About True Detective's Abigail SpencerAbigail Spencer seems to be everywhere this summer, starring on both True Detective (Sundays on HBO) and Rectify (Thursdays on SundanceTV), but how well do you really know the TV star?
Here are three things we bet you didn't know about the 33-year-old Florida native.
1. Her nickname growing up was Gabby Abby.
"My brothers started it, and I hated it," Spencer tells PEOPLE. "I was a pretty incessant talker as a child, and I had a really loud voice. Now I have a son [Roman, 6] who does the same thing, and I'm just like, 'Oh my gosh!' "
2. Her biggest fear is tornadoes.
"I am terrified at the possibility," admits the actress. "If a dark cloud gets a little spiral-y I'm like, 'It's a twister!' I think I have Wizard of Oz syndrome. Ever since I saw that movie – the nightmares! I actually had been in Oklahoma during a tornado, and I will say it was terrifying. I just shut down completely. I just did not know what to do with myself."
3. She's been surfing since she was 3."I started surfing when I was 3, but that does not mean that I'm great at it by any means – it just means I've been doing it a long time," says Spencer. "My dad was a professional surfer, so he introduced me to the sport at a very young age."
For more fun facts about Spencer, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
Designer sale raises funds for ovarian cancer research(Photo) Celebrities offered their star power and top designers offered their clothes to a sale benefiting ovarian cancer research.
Dubbed by organizers as the Rolls-Royce of garage sales, Saturday's event — in a field in Water Mill, New York — featured items by more than 100 designers.
Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, among others, donated clothes, shoes and accessories to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Karan helped start the event 18 years ago with her friend Liz Tilberis, the editor of Harper's Bazaar, who died of ovarian cancer.
Last year, they took in $3.5 million.
Kelly Ripa, who co-hosted, and Brooke Shields were among the celebrities at the Super Saturday sale. The new Miss U.S.A., Olivia Jordan, says it's important for women to advocate for women's causes.
Michael B. Jordan Shows ‘Just Mercy'Michael B. Jordan has been cast in Broad Green Pictures’ adaptation of Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice and Redemption, the best-selling memoir by author Bryan Stevenson. Like the book, the film will recount renowned civil rights defense attorney Stevenson as fought to free a condemned death row prisoner. The true story is one of redemption, passion and mercy set contrasted against a corrupt judicial system that favors the death penalty and unfairly targets the poor. Jordan will star as Stevenson.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script Cretton wrote with Andrew Lanham, Just Mercy will be produced by Gil Netter. Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, and Arthur Spector will executive produce with Broad Green Pictures in association with Gil Netter Productions. Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee the project at Broad Green Pictures.
Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is hot right now with Fantastic Four coming in August and Creed in November. He is repped by WME, MGMT and Bloom Hergott.
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(7-9 a.m.) Michael B. Jordan on Fantastic Four.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Adorable Daughter Is a Rapping Disney Princess: Watch the Video!(Video) Don't let the insane adorableness of Sarah Michelle Gellar's daughter Charlotte Grace fool you—she can spit some mighty vicious rhymes!
Dressed as Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, Charlotte very ungracefully roasts her Disney colleague, "Oh Cinderella, you think you're fine. Your shoe may fit, but you're running out of time!"
She then lays down an equally nasty burn, "My boy Ali, he's got my back—maybe a whole new world is what you lack!"
Oh no she didn't!
Mommy captioned the smackdown, "Clearly I am not the only rapping princess in our house."
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is alluding to her guest appearance on Whitney Avalon's popular Princess Rap Battle series as Cinderella.
The 38-year-old geared up in a gown and glass slippers to spar against Avalon as Belle, star of (as rapping Cinderella puts it) "The Stockholm Syndrome: Beauty and the Bestiality."
Gellar has a ton of clever verses, but it's the young MC Charlotte who does the real slaying on the mic, ripping her mommy's princess to shreds with some of the meanest, coldest bars you've ever heard.
Watch the adorable video!
Sarah Michelle Gellar Honors TV Dad Robin Williams on His Birthday: 'Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching'(Photo) Nearly a year after Robin Williams' tragic death, his onscreen daughter Sarah Michelle Gellar is honoring the iconic comedian for his birthday.
Gellar, 38, played his character's child and business partner on CBS's The Crazy Ones, which ran for one season in 2014. Williams would have been been 64 on Tuesday.
"Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it's breaking," Gellar captioned a black-and-white portrait of the co-stars hugging and laughing. "Happy Birthday RW."
Williams, who battled addiction and depression throughout his life, committed suicide Aug. 11, 2014.
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar told PEOPLE in a statement last August. "To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you."
Fear The Walking Dead First Look: Elizabeth Rodriguez Relocates From Prison to Apocalypse(Photo) Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez (ex-Carmen, All My Children) barely appears in Fear The Walking Dead‘s premiere, but have no, ahem, fear: The actress — whose haunting cast photo is exclusively embedded below — figures much more prominently in subsequent episodes.
Rodriguez’ no-B.S. alter ego, Liza Ortiz — the ex-wife of leading man Cliff Curtis’ Travis and mom to Lorenzo James Henrie’ Chris — is, per the official character description, “working to put herself through nursing school. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.” (For a glimpse of how Liza gets embroiled in the show’s A-story, check out the recently released trailer.)
Fear the Walking Dead‘s abbreviated first season bows Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9/8c.
SOUTH BEACH SETS PREMIERE DATESOUTH BEACH, the Hulu original series starring Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin, AMC et al),premieres on July 29th. All six of the first season episodes will be released at once. In the July 13th issue of Digest, Vilasuso described his character of Isaac Santero as, "pretty ruthless, a calculating individual who has impeccable street smarts. He is a big stretch from Griffin." You can watch the trailer for the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmNSCIHnkzk.
Carol Burnett Set For SAG Life Achievement AwardSAG-AFTRA is giving a tug of its ear to one of TV most popular funny people. Carol Burnett has been tapped to receive the union’s highest tribute, the SAF Life Achievement Award, which will be presented January 30 at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. She led the riotous variety hit The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967-78 on CBS and a few months at the end on ABC. The chemistry among and regulars including Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner kept the sketch comedy comin’ in an era when the variety format was waning and shows typically lasted only a few seasons.
She will be the 52nd recipient of the award, which is present each year to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Burnett’s crowded trophy case already includes a half-dozen Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, a Tony, a Peabody, a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland & Selma as Carol Burnett Square.
Since her variety show wrapped, Burnett has continues to work, mostly in TV. Recent roles include recurring on Hot In Cleveland, Glee and as Steve McGarrett Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O. She also appeared on such series as the successful Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, Mad About You — winning an Emmy for her guest gig — and All My Children along with toplining a pair of short-lived variety shows in the early 1990s.
“Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius,” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said in a statement today. “She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming.”
Denyse Tontz & Duane Henry Board USA’s ‘Paradise Pictures’ PilotDenyse Tontz (Curse Of The Fuentes Women) and Duane Henry (The Cut Series II) have passed the audition for USA’s Old Hollywood pilot Paradise Pictures, written and executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. The period drama revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television.
Tontz, repped by Paradigm and Underground, will play Luciana Delgado, a young aspiring actress who arrives in Hollywood from the small town of Marfa, Texas. The bright-eyed Latina has grand ambitions but quickly learns that the people behind the camera aren’t as noble as the characters in her favorite movies. Henry is Aldo Boyd, an actor and jazz player who performs in the nightclub at the Dunbar Hotel, a hotspot for African-American culture in mid-’40s Los Angeles. Despite his talent, Aldo has been relegated to bit parts in movies because of the color of his skin. He’s frustrated at his inability to be the lead in a studio picture and is determined to make it happen.
Tontz most recently wrapped Curse Of the Fuentes Women on NBC. Her other TV credits include Big Time Rush and All My Children. In addition to The Cut Series II, Henry’s TV credits include Doctors, West 10 LDN, Dream Team and Doctor Who. Feature work includes The Dark Knight Rises and The Oxford Murders. He’s repped by Gersh and manager Brian Ferrantino.
2015 Emmy nominations listLead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder”
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
American Horror Story's Finn Wittrock Talks 'Surprise' Emmy Nod and Battling Matt Bomer for Lady Gaga in HotelRead the interview here: tvline.com.
Susan Lucci Is A Legend!Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.
"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."
Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit D23EXPO.com!
CADY MCCLAIN TO QUEENS OF DRAMA?Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al) revealed on social media that she met with the team at QUEENS OF DRAMA, which, as Digest reported last week, is in the process of casting for season 2. "So I just had a meeting with the folks from @QueensofDrama,” she wrote on Facebook. "I thought they were really cool people, and I enjoyed talking about their show and what I might have to offer. No matter what happens, I really hope that the women are successful in making their created show a hit. I think that would be so great for them and for all of daytime. I guess I always root for the underdog and I probably always will. @poptv."
Matt Bomer Confirms He Almost Got to Play SupermanImagine what could have been!
Before Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel—a role he is reprising opposite Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—there was another actor in the running for the hottest role in Hollywood: Matt Bomer. As the 37-year-old star himself recently revealed in Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, "I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and...I can't remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like...Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy process to get the role. I think it was three months."
Bomer said he "went in on a cattle call and it sort of evolved from there...It was a month of, 'OK, it looks like this is going to happen,' and then it slowly fell apart." Bomer didn't divulge details, but added, "It's OK. I have zero regrets about that."
Bomer, whose six-season stint as con-artist Neal Caffrey on USA's White Collar ended last year, insisted, "I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles and so many different things and I haven't been locked too into one [role]."
As the late Christopher Reeve could attest, Bomer explained, "That's a very iconic role to portray and suddenly be that character in everyone's forever."
While Adams stayed on as Lois Lane, the Superman movie Bomer had auditioned for was "completely different" than director Zack Snyder's version. "It was written by J.J. Abrams," the actor told Horowitz. "It focused on him when he was younger and he was in college. It was very lighthearted in many ways."
This isn't the first time Bomer has spoken about the project.
In 2010, he opened up to MTV about nearly playing the DC Comics hero.
"I actually screen-tested for Superman, and there was a time when Brett Ratner and I were going to work together on it," he recalled. "That particular incarnation of that franchise sort of fell apart, and then it became a whole different beast."
His audition included wearing Superman's iconic red and blue suit. "I was in full tights," Bomer told MTV. "I was rocking the rights, the Speedo, all of it."
Kelly Ripa Debuts Bright Blue Hair(Pic) Kelly Ripa revealed a radical new look on Wednesday. The Live! With Kelly and Michael host ditched her typically blonde locks for a bold blue hue.
"Shady's back, tell a friend," Ripa joked on Instagram, showing off her new look.
Last month, Ripa experimented with pale pink hair and it seems she isn't done yet. In an Instagram post, Ripa's stylist Ryan Trygstad mused, "What color is next???" Trygstad punctuated the post with pink, purple, yellow, green and black hearts, possibly hinting at options for Ripa's next makeover.
What do you think of her blue hair?
Scandal: Cornelius Smith Jr. Returning as a Series Regular in Season 5(tvline.com) Cornelius Smith Jr.’s acting career has taken a Scandalous turn.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor is not only set to reprise his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5, but he’ll do so as a full-fledged series regular.
The All My Children alum previously appeared in two Season 4 episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ D.C.-based drama, most notably the powerful Ferguson-esque March 5 outing “The Lawn Chair.”
Details on Smith’s return — including his first episode back — are being kept under wraps.
Scandal‘s fifth season bows Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on ABC.
SEASON 2 FOR QUEENS OF DRAMA?Looks like QUEENS OF DRAMA is coming back for season 2. The show released a casting call for two name soap actresses of any ethnicity in their early 20s-early 60s to join Donna Mills (Madeline, GH) and Co. on POP's reality series. The show is scheduled to begin filming in mid to late fall for 6-10 episodes, and the pay rate is listed at approximately $40,000.
Days' Ava Returns(tvline.com) One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.
Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.
The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.
Melissa Leo To Play Lady Bird Johnson In HBO's LBJ Movie 'All The Way'(Photo) Melissa Leo will star opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers LBJ (Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election victory. Oscar winner Leo will play LBJ’s wife, First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson. In the play, the part was played by Betsy Aidem. (Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning role from the Broadway production.)
Schenkkan adapted his play for the screen. Spielberg, Schenkkan, Roach, Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing. Earlier this week, the film tapped Anthony Mackie to play Martin Luther King Jr.
Leo, repped by CAA and Untitled, co-stars on the Fox limited series Wayward Pines and will next be seen in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
Matt Bomer on Stripper Training: How We Learned to ManscapeStrippin' ain't easy, so Matt Bomer had to study hard.
The Magic Mike XXL star tells PEOPLE his research began at the male strip club Hollywood Men, where he and the rest of the cast picked up pointers for the first film.
"We were responsible for, as the supporting players of that movie, creating this realistic backstage life," he says.
"All of us treated it like we were playing Hamlet, even though we had limited screen time."
Part of creating that realism was focusing on the details, including the strippers' waxing routines.
"Getting to watch those shows and spend time with the guys backstage, to see what their grooming process was like" was key to the authenticity, Bomer explains.
Specifically, "what they were drinking, what they were not drinking, waxing, not waxing."
He adds, "Whatever it was, it was important to have that and keep it in our pocket."
Magic Mike XXL is currently heating up theaters nationwide.
'Creed' Trailer: Latest 'Rocky' Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch(Video) This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublime. Arguably, this trailer is as good, if not better than the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser: Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which Warner Bros./New Line & MGM are releasing this fall. This ain’t no Rocky reboot, no way. When Fruitvale Station director Coogler was signed by WME, he mentioned Creed as his dream project which follows the late Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson stepping into the boxing ring, a profession which killed his father in Rocky IV when he battled Russian fighter Drago. “Your Daddy died in the ring,” a trainer reminds the young Creed who retorts, “That got nothin’ to do with me.” The young Creed turns to Rocky Balboa to train him — who is completely out of the boxing game. The film reportedly clicks into the first three titles. Michael B. Jordan, who broke out in Fruitvale Station, reteams with Coogler. WME teamed Coogler with Sylvester Stallone; the duo then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman. Mike Fleming broke the story about Creed back in July 2013.
Best part here that will raise hairs, is when the young Creed meets Rocky:
“I heard about a third fight between you and Apollo behind close doors, is that true?,” asks the fighter.
“How do you know all this?” asks Rocky.
Declares Johnson: “I’m his son”.
Sneak peek: 'Creed' gives Rocky new life(Photo) After six movies, Sylvester Stallone thought he'd finally retired Rocky Balboa's boxing gloves. Then Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan came into his life and helped put the pop-culture icon back in the ring like never before.
Written and directed by Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the drama Creed (in theaters Nov. 25) switches the spotlight from "the Italian Stallion" to Adonis Johnson (Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky's rival Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his dad — played by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky films — before he died in the ring but now is on a quest to find himself as well as his father.
Adonis reaches out to Rocky to train him to compete, yet Rocky rebuffs him at first. "There's a tremendous guilt factor, too, because Apollo died in his arms," Stallone says. However, Rocky also sees a hint of that same "eye of the tiger" in Adonis that Apollo instilled in him that helped save Rocky professionally and emotionally.
"He's not at peace with himself and the specter of his father looms large over him," Stallone adds. "So he wants to get out of that shadow, and Rocky's there to help him do that."
The first Oscar-winning Rocky picture in 1976 put Stallone, 68, on the map in Hollywood, but he decided that the sixth installment, 2006's Rocky Balboa, would be when he would finally put the Philadelphia puncher aside. "I said, 'This is it. Say goodbye to the best friend you ever had.' It was bittersweet."
Coogler, a Rocky aficionado from childhood, reached out to Stallone with an idea not for Rocky VII but instead a movie focusing on a supporting character in his world.
"Sly's many things but he's definitely not an easy sell," says Coogler, who ultimately convinced him that this radical departure from the franchise was worthy and wouldn't tamper with the Rocky legacy.
Adds Stallone: "It was a matter of just buying into the concept totally."
Creed finds both Rocky and Adonis at a time of intense loneliness, Coogler says. The retired boxer's son has moved away and there's no one left. "Rocky's kind of like the older guys you see at the park playing chess, except he's got nobody to play chess with."
Instead of Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago, this time Rocky is fighting his own mortality. "There is no ring involved — this is reality," Stallone says. Yet he gets a new lease on his boxing life as a father figure to Adonis the same way his trainer Mickey (the late Burgess Meredith) was to Rocky early in his championship career.
"It makes sense in this theme of fathers and sons," Coogler says. "Our movie is very much based around (the idea) that Rocky would basically become Mickey."
However, whereas Mickey was bitter and never achieved anything in his lifetime, "Rocky had achieved far beyond his dreams," Stallone says. "He's sitting in his mental rocking chair, waiting for his time to come. The last thing he expected was this young man to come in and turn his world upside down."
Michael B. Jordan dons 'Creed' gloves(Photo) To play a boxer on the rise, Creed star Michael B. Jordan decided against going the tried-and-true Rocky Balboa route of downing raw eggs by the carton and sparring with giant slabs of frozen meat.
"Nah, that's old school, man," Jordan says, laughing. "We did things a little new school."
Reteaming for the movie (out Nov. 25) with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, the 28-year-old actor lifted weights, ran, swam, stuck to a restricted diet and was very disciplined about chiseling his body into the best possible shape to play Adonis Johnson.
Adonis wants to take after his legendary father Apollo Creed (played in the Rocky movies by Carl Weathers) in the ring, a mythic figure who died before his son's birth. He's conflicted in that he wants to be out from his famous dad's shadow but is also spurred by the same passions that come genetically.
Adonis' backstory "isn't what you would expect," Coogler says, and when audiences meet him he has a complicated relationship "with his father and with the world of boxing."
The up-and-coming pugilist reaches out to his pop's old friend Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. There's definitely an adjustment period for the two.
"They come from two different worlds, two different generations," says Jordan. "A lot of baggage on both ends, as you would imagine from Rocky IV."
Coogler's father, a major inspiration for the director in tackling this passion project, introduced him to the Rocky films when he was a kid, and the filmmaker says he was "gutted" by Apollo's death in Rocky IV at the hands of Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
"That was a character who was built up as almost invincible and when that happened, it sucked for real," says Coogler, 29. What he wanted to know was what happens to a guy's family when he dies like that in such a profound and public way. "They still very much have a relationship with this person, even though they're not necessarily around physically. And in Adonis' case, it's magnified because his dad was this titan in his sport."
Coogler sees boxing as all-consuming for its competitors, even more than other sports, which is why it has attracted so many method actors — from Stallone and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) to Jake Gyllenhaal (the upcoming Southpaw) and Jordan.
"Even if you aren't a fan of the violence of it, it's something everybody can appreciate because it takes so much dedication," Coogler says. "And Mike definitely got into it."
Throughout production, Jordan worked with real-life pro boxers to perfect his movements and in-ring performance. One of them, former British champ Tony "The Bomber" Bellew, plays Adonis' primary nemesis, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan.
After all the training, Jordan acknowledges that he's not too shabby. "I could handle my own, for sure. I can go to amateurs and do all right."
Stallone is suitably impressed with his in-ring work, but the older actor considers Jordan's acting chops as sharp as his jabs.
"Michael is a very ambitious kid, a hard worker, and I know he's going to be the next big thing," says Stallone.
He may be the newcomer, but Jordan respects the legacy of the Rocky movies.
Putting on Apollo Creed's signature red, white and blue boxing trunks "was incredible, man," he says. "It was one of those moments where you're like, 'Wow, I'm really doing it.' "
SAL STOWERS TO DAYSAMC alum Sal Stowers (ex-Cassandra, AMC) has joined DAYS in a new contract role and will make her Salem debut in September. Michael Fairman (michaelfairmansoaps.com) first reported the news.
REBECCA BUDIG BACK TO GH?It would appear that Rebecca Budig's Hayden Barnes, comatose since May, may soon be waking up. On Budig’s birthday (June 26), fellow birthday celebrant Jean Passanante, a member of GH’s writing team, tweeted the actress, “It’s so fabulous to write for you again!” A GH rep had no comment.
Walt Willey to perform comic act in Jackson this weekend(jacksonsun.com) Returning to the stage of the South Street Comedy Club this weekend for the first time in nearly a decade is soap opera legend Walt Willey.
Known for his role on "All My Children," Willey racked up an astonishing 652 episodes over a 25-year period as the character Jackson Montgomery. While Willey loved his job as one of television's most recognizable figures, by the time it ended he was ready to pursue his other passions.
"It was a great job," Willey said in a phone interview. "It really was a great show, and I feel so bad for the fans who were so invested in it. I think it was terrible the way they took it off — I didn't think they needed to do it that way because there were other options, but that's what they did. As a Midwest kid I would never quit a job, but after 25 years I was ready to move on and work on other projects and my comedy."
Move on he has, pouring himself into the art of standup comedy and entertaining across the country to become one of the most popular acts in the business. In January of 2001, Willey's place in comedy would be further solidified with his induction into the famous Friars Club, where he joined the likes of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Billy Crystal.
For Willey, being a successful standup comic boils down to two things.
"I think the really successful comics first of all have a bit of a streak of masochism," he said. "I mean, to get up there by yourself the first several times and just hang it out there I think you have to be either very brave or a bit of a masochist. But I also think comedy is about point of view. People can talk about the same subject but one person is hysterical and the other is not, and it really comes down to point of view. I think you have to sort of have a natural affinity for thinking that way and seeing things that way — you have to first develop that. Then you have to develop a way of communicating it."
This talent of perception will lend itself well to Willey's new show at South Street. After taking several years off to pursue other projects, Willey is bringing his take on a slew of new life experiences to the stage.
"I had taken kind of a break the past four years to work on some other projects," he said, "and it has been quite a full four years. My wife of 21 years decided she didn't want to be a wife or mother anymore and decided to leave and just announced it one day, so that's been interesting. I'm now dating a girl half my age, so that's definitely interesting. There's a lot of interesting stuff going on the past four years, all of which I've finally got enough distance on to be able to talk about it and make it funny. In other words it's a big therapy session. It's a live therapy session and the public gets to see it."
Harvey Boyd, manager of South Street Comedy Club, emphasized that Willey's show isn't just for fans of "All My Children."
"There's going to be some material about his time on "All My Children,"" explained Boyd, "but that's not all. It's about raising kids and love and work and relationships and things that everybody can relate to. So you don't have to be an 'All My Children' fan to appreciate it. There is new material but there are also classic bits like the broken nose bit that will always be there. He's a consummate professional when it comes to being a standup, and to me he's a standup comic first and an actor second."
Located next to Baudo's Restaurant in Jackson, South Street Comedy Club will host Willey on Friday night at 9:30, and Saturday night at 8 and 10. Shows are rated R. Only age 18+ admitted.
General admission tickets are $15. More information and tickets can be found at www.southstreetcomedy.com or by calling 1-855-855-4242. Willey will be available after each show for autographs and pictures with fans.
What to know
•Located next to Baudo's Restaurant in Jackson, South Street Comedy Club will host Walt Willey on Friday night at 9:30, and Saturday night at 8 and 10. Shows are rated R. Only age 18+ admitted.
•General admission tickets are $15. More information and tickets can be found at www.southstreetcomedy.com or by calling 1-855-855-4242. Willey will be available after each show for autographs and pictures with fans.
Susan Lucci Salary: Actress Sells Hampton Home for Whopping Nearly $20M(realtytoday.com) Susan Lucci, the "Daytime's Leading Lady," has just listed her 11,000-square-foot Hamptons home in the marketplace under Douglas Elliman Real Estate. To be exact, the "Deadly Affairs" actress is selling her estate for $19,995,000.
The residence in Quogue was built in 1989 by popular Hamptons architect Eugene Futterman. Lucci and her husband Helmut Huber shared the love nest for 25 years.
Also called "Four Winds," according to Hamptons, Lucci's empire is designed with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an office and gym with vaulted ceiling, two-story library, several private decks and balconies, and a master's bedroom with a steam shower. "When we were building, I had some special requests," Huber said.
"When you walk in the door, I wanted to be able to see the ocean immediately. Everywhere I look, I see happy memories of my children and my husband," said Lucci during her interview with People in 2013.
Susan Lucci has been known for her "bitchy" role as Erica Kane on ABC's top-rated series "All My Children." She has been nominated 18 times before she won an Emmy award in 1999. Lucci's net worth is estimated at $45 million, the Celebrity Net Worth reports. Lucci's salary is reportedly higher than her contemporaries after she has been tagged the "highest paid actor in daytime television."
In the succeeding years, the soap opera star appeared in a number of TV series including "Fantasy Island"(1978-1984), "The Fall Guy" (1981-1986), "Dallas" (1978-1991), and "Army Wives" (2007).
The veteran daytime soap opera actress has been married to her husband for 46 years. They share four grandchildren from their kids, Liza, 40, and Andreas, 35.
In 1991, Susan Lucci's salary was reported to reach $1 million yearly in "All My Children" while she received $30,000 per episode on "Devious Maids," according to Soap Opera Network.
AHS's Finn Wittrock: Killing Matt Bomer and Patti LaBelle (On Screen) Was 'Trippy'When Finn Wittrock signed on to play Dandy Mott on American Horror Story: Freak Show, he wasn't exactly sure what he was getting himself into.
"The writers kind of had the idea of a general arc, but we were all just kind of figuring it out as we went along," Wittrock tells PEOPLE of playing the coddled mama's boy turned killer on season 4 of the FX series.
But Wittrock dove into the role with abandon and soon found himself in, as he calls them, "trippy" situations.
"Killing Patti LaBelle was pretty surreal. But I'm glad it came at the end of our scenes together so I had gotten to know her beforehand. I'm glad I didn't have to break the ice by stabbing her in the throat," says the actor, who was also involved in the gruesome end of a character played by Matt Bomer. "Matt was having a good experience all around, so being caked in blood and getting your arms cut off was kind of like icing on the cake."
But Wittrock – who will also have role in the upcoming fifth season of the anthology series, American Horror Story: Hotel – says the most outrageous scene he was involved in during the season freaked out even the experienced crew on the set.
"The random sound guy said, 'I've never in all my years seen that.' I think it was the day I bathed in my mother's blood," Wittrock says. "I think I have to say that today really took the cake on the crazy shit I've seen. A lot of the crew isn't exactly informed beforehand what is involved in the scene so they are very surprised when all of a sudden I'm just naked talking to Gabby Sibide."
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."
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Kids Look Just Like Their Famous Parents(Pic1, Pic2) What a good-looking bunch!
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' have some genetically-gifted children. After all, look at their parents!
The famous mama shared a somewhat rare photo of all three of the couple's kids on Instagram today, and it's instantly clear that these celebuspawns are a spitting image of their beautiful mom and dad.
Michael, 17, Lola, 14, and Joaquin, 12, all posed together in matching black outfits for mom's IG post, showing off their pearly-whites for what ultimately became one absolutely perfect family Kodak moment. "Black is the new black," Ripa cleverly captioned the photograph.
Ripa also paid tribute to her hunky hubby for Father's Day yesterday by posting an awesome throwback photo of Consuelos with two of their kids on the back.
"Thank you @instasuelos for being such an incredible dad. Then and now, our kids are so lucky! Happy Father's Day! I love you," she wrote.
The family also recently celebrated Lola's birthday, and being that she's the only girl, it's no wonder that she and Ripa have a special and adorable bond.
Back in April, Ripa appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman and did a hilarious "valley girl" impression of the teenager. "'You don't understand,'" she said, adding, "'My math teacher is just like so hard on me. I got a 90 percent, which is like a 100 percent.'"
"Her mouth never closes," she explained. "It's just a series of tongue maneuvers."
Actress Leven Rambin Talks Texas, True Detective & Her Cinderella Style(yahoo.com) When it comes to True Detective, actress Leven Rambin, 25, admits she was “slow on the uptake.” She first became a fan at the behest of her fiancé, actor Jim Parrack, whom she describes as “one of the biggest art snobs I’ve ever met.” He told Rambin, who will be starring in Season 2 of the hit series, that it was his favorite show on television, and she emerged after a solo binge-watching session in full agreement. Even though she wasn’t part of the first wave of die-hard fans, Rambin knew that her role on True Detective would be a career changer, especially since she was acting alongside megastar Rachel McAdams. “I told Rachel that I had the most mind-blowing creative experience working with her,” says Rambin, who plays McAdams’s character’s sister, Athena Bezzerides. Her litany of praise wouldn’t fit in a tweet: “She’s such a genius. I realize how on point, how focused, how prepared, mature, professional, ready to go, open, present, and giving she is. And I just was blown away by her.”
Rambin, who with long blond hair and a striking silhouette radiates classic, Grace Kelly beauty, doesn’t hold back when it comes to her admiration for other women. When it comes to style, her icons are fellow young stars. For red carpet inspiration, she looks to classic bombshells such as Jessica Chastain and adventurous tomboys such as Shailene Woodley and Zoe Saldana. But she was most wowed by Lily James’s looks during her promotion of Disney’s Cinderella. “I love what Lily James has been wearing. Whatever the hell she has on,” Rambinsays. “Everything she wore for her Cinderella premieres, I freaked out about.” Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab: It seems Rambin has her heart set on someday wearing couture. “I love Chanel. I do,” she says. “I’ve never worn a Chanel piece on the red carpet, but I ogle the tougher pieces and lines.”
Unlike some stars, Rambin isn’t intimidated by the demands and hours of preparation that go into red carpet appearances. “I like fantasize about it,” she says. “I just love it. As a woman, it’s a unique experience. It’s a very Cinderella moment.” Her willingness to beautify even extends to high heels. There’s no balking or wincing here: “The higher the better in my book.”
But even amid her glamorous fantasies, Rambin has come to understand the value of simplicity in style. When a recent story in Harper’s Bazaar about an art director who wore the same outfit every day — a button-down, ribbon tie, and trousers — went viral, it was a revelation for Rambin. “I was like, ‘That’s genius!’ I spend so much time trying to coordinate stuff and find stuff, but now I constantly wear the same thing.” Rambin’s uniform is a nod to her Houston roots: baggy Levi’s jeans, a T-shirt, and a Levi’s denim jacket. “I went through a phase of craziness with accessories everywhere, wearing rings and necklaces and chains, sort of a rocker moment, and I’m more comfortable now looking more classic and elegant. I think that was liberating for me.”
Rambin started her career on All My Children, but you’re more likely to recognize her from her role as Glimmer, a District One tribute, in The Hunger Games, or Clarisse in Percy Jackson. But unlike those roles, Rambin’s character on True Detective is very much rooted in this world. “It’s a more of a human experience that I have here, instead of a superhero or fantasy thing,” she says. “It’s grounded and dark.” But though this role is a major departure, Rambin is confident that her fantasy fans will still watch the show. “It’s a very special audience, they stick with you,” she says. “You know that somebody is on your side and rooting for you.”
Among her fans are 70,000-plus vocal Instagram followers, who may have unknowingly bolstered her during True Detective filming, which posed a unique challenge: Unlike Season 1, which was directed by CaryFukunaga (he won an Emmy for his work on the show), the new season has a different director for each episode. “It felt like shooting five different independent films,” Rambin says. And what did she learn from taking feedback from five different points of view? “It grows you as an actor no matter what. You either become more confident, or you learn something new. Or you realize that you were right and not to listen to certain people!”
True Detective's Adria Arjona and Leven Rambin Reveal Which Season 1 Characters They Would F--k, Marry or Kill(Photo) Actresses Adria Arjona and Leven Rambin sat down with GQ to discuss the upcoming second season of True Detective, and things got sexy.
The interviewer kept on probing the actresses to reveal the details on the highly anticipated and secretive season two, but they wouldn't spill the beans.
Recognizing her detective work was going nowhere, the interviewer shifted to getting to know the actresses with a game of f--k, marry, kill.
Rambin knew who'd she'd like to get it on with right away, "You know who I'd f--k? Daddario." The actress Alexandra Daddario portrayed Lisa, one of Marty's (Woody Harrelson) mistresses in season one."
Arjona agreed, "Yesss. Yes, me, too."
They also agreed on marrying season 1 star Matthew McConaughey.
Arjona said, "I think I'd marry McConaughey."
Rambin completed her sentence,"Settle down in Austin. Good Life."
Arjona had to think about who she'd kill, answering, "Ummm..."
Then Rambin bailed her out, "The bad guy!"
Arjona thanked her co-star, "The bad guy. Thank you for saving me. The bad guy."
Accompanying the racy interview, the True Detective stars stripped down to lingerie and posed for some sexy photos.
Season two of True Detective airs June 21 on HBO.
Josh Duhamel Says Son Axl Has 'Discovered Candy'(Photo1, Photo2) Josh Duhamel‘s son may not have all his teeth yet, but he sure has developed a sweet tooth!
“[He’s] discovered candy, which we’re hoping to stay off as long as possible,” the actor tells PEOPLE of 22-month-old son Axl Jack‘s new-found obsession that he and wife Fergie, 40, are attempting to monitor and “only trying to give him on special occasions.”
The couple aren’t always successful, though! “When my sister and my friends are in town and they see him, that’s the first thing they do to try to win his favor,” Duhamel, 42, explains.
As Axl morphs from a baby to a toddler (cue the tears), “every day there seems to be something,” the actor, who recently starred on Battle Creek, reveals. “He’s been counting and singing his ABCs.”
And aside from having an adorable father-son connection, Duhamel and Axl are bonding over action figures, as he gears up to play the voice of High Volt in the new Skylanders SuperChargers video game, which will be released on Sept. 20.
“He’s just passed the phase where he’s chewing on toys and now he’s starting to realize, ‘This one is this and this one is this,’ ” says Duhamel — a collector of cars and action figures as a kid — about Axl beginning to show interest in action figures.
But when Axl realizes just how cool his father is for jumping into a video game, “it’s really going to blow his mind.”
“That’s some magic that I don’t ever have to explain to him, it’s just that dad knows how to do magic and that’s where we’ll leave it,” Duhamel jokes.
Mean Girls's Jonathan Bennett Describes His Bizarre Dream Cake: 'Macaroni and Cheese, Cornbread, Buffalo Sauce'Jonathan Bennett, the actor best known for his work as dreamy Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls, is a lot like us—he’s staunchly pro-dessert.
“I like cake. Who doesn’t like cake? Cake is delicious,” the actor tells PEOPLE. So Bennett’s new cake-centric gig as the host of Cake Wars, which premieres June 29 on Food Network, is a dream job.
While fulfilling his hosting duties, Bennett has had to the opportunity to taste cakes flavored with bizarre, savory ingredients like wasabi, sriracha and bratwurst.
“Those were three of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever tasted,” he says. (And now we’re craving sausage cake. Thanks for that, Bennett.)
So what’s the actor’s dream cake? Turns out it’s not one filled with rainbows and smiles, as outlined by the sad teen in Mean Girls who just wants everyone to be happy. No, Bennett’s fantasy cake is far stranger—and sounds much tastier than smiles.
“It’s cornbread cake, and then you layer it with macaroni and cheese and then you drizzle it with buffalo sauce,” he says.
While Bennett hosting Cake Wars and obsessing over cake has occupied a significant amount of his time, Bennett is still busy acting, starring in the last season of MTV’s Awkward and an upcoming film with Alyson Hannigan called Modern Love.
Of course, Mean Girls remains a very real part of his life.
“Today alone, six fans have told me my hair looks sexy pulled back,” he says. “And the reason fans say that to me every day is because they love the movie. I’m glad to hear it.”
GUIDING LIGHT FAVE HITS THE STAGEGrant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GL) will appear at Cape May Stage in a production of Mary, Mary, directed by former DAYS producer, Roy Steinberg. His run begins tonight, and will go through July 24. On July 10, catch a post-show discussion with the cast and crew. For tickets and more information, go here.
'American Horror Story: Hotel' guest list: Finn Wittrock in a Lady Gaga-Matt Bomer love triangle"American Horror Story" is returning in the fall with its fifth season, subtitled "Hotel." If you were a fan of Seasons 1 and 2, "Hotel" might be right up your alley, since it returns the focus to being on a place rather than a group of people.
Finn Wittrock, who played the insane, murderous Dandy Mott in "American Horror Story's" fourth season, "Freak Show," is checking back into the "AHS"-verse. Creator Ryan Murphy tweets that Wittrock will play one-third of a love triangle that involves Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer.
@MrRPMurphy : Finn Wittrock is checking into HOTEL. Who will Gaga choose -- Finn or Matt Bomer? #AHSHotel
Is that love triangle better or worse than one with Sarah Paulson playing conjoined twins?
What Kind of Character Does Finn Wittrock Want to Play on American Horror Story: Hotel?Finn Wittrock was chilling as the dandy named, well, Dandy on American Horror Story: Freak Show but now he's hoping to play a very different kind of character on the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel.
"The fun thing about having this kind of rep company idea that every season you could do something totally different," Wittrock told PEOPLE in an interview Tuesday before his casting was announced Wednesday.
Very little is known about the new season of the anthology series, but co-creator Ryan Murphy has hinted that Wittrock will be involved in an on-screen love triangle with costars Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer.
No other details about Wittrock's role have been revealed, but the actor has some ideas of his own about the type of character he would like to play.
"I would want to do something character-wise that is diametrically opposed to Dandy," said Wittrock. "Not necessarily good or bad, but with behaviors or mannerisms that are somehow opposite. Dandy is sort of polite, put together, and romantic in his own way, so maybe something more gritty and masculine and unrefined."
American Horror Story: Hotel is set to premiere in October with a cast that also includes Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Chloë Sevigny, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley and Cheyenne Jackson.
Mark Consuelos: 'You Always End Up Sounding Like Your Dad'Father knows best. At least that's what Kelly Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos likes to think.
In a new essay for Men's Health, the Nine Lives star opens up about the man he never thought he'd become: his father.
"For better or worse, you always end up sounding like your dad," Consuelos writes of his father Saul Consuelos. "You never think it's going to happen … but when you become a parent, it just happens."
For Consuelos, 44, that means being a strong disciplinarian for his and brood with Ripa – Michael Joseph, 18, Lola Grace, 14, and Joaquin Antonio, 12 – and leaving the fun stuff to grandpa.
Below, a few fatherhood pointers Consuelos picked up from his old man.
Be a father, not a friend: "These days, my dad and I are good friends. We talk all the time and have great conversations. I can't afford to be like that with my kids at this point. Being friends with my kids just isn't in the cards. I have to be like my dad was with me."
Teach your kids responsibility: "My son might not want to go to one of his soccer games, and he'll beg me to let him stay home. No way. When I would try to skip a soccer game as a kid, my dad would say, 'You made the commitment; you're going.' "
Save the fun stuff for your grandkids: "When my dad is doing his grandfather stuff, he's so laid back and mellow … I look at my son and tell him, 'That guy was like Pancho Villa and Saddam Hussein …. He was so strict.' My parents are grandparents now, and they're totally different. My father spoils my kids, and they absolutely adore him for it."
Always Show Up: "Ninety percent of success in this world is just showing up, he'd say. Just show up, and you'll figure it out. It's the best lesson I ever learned from him. My dad showed up for me, and I'm showing up for my kids. That's what it means to become a better man. Show up."
Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola Turns 14! See the Birthday Girl's Resemblance to Her Gorgeous Mom(Photo) Happy 14th birthday, Lola Grace Consuelos!
Kelly Ripa took to Instagram earlier today to wish her teenage look-alike daughter happy b-day. "Here she is.......the Kween of 14! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOLA!" the 44-year-old talk show host shared this morning with an adorable pic of her and Lola.
It's hard not to notice the resemblance between Ripa and her beautiful daughter. Their smiles are almost identical in the cute birthday selfie. The only thing missing from the family photo is papa Mark Consuelos.
It's no secret that Ripa and Lola have the most adorable relationship. Back in April, Ripa appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman and did a hilarious "valley girl" impression of the teenager. "'You don't understand,'" she said, adding, "'My math teacher is just like so hard on me. I got a 90 percent, which is like a 100 percent.'"
"Her mouth never closes," she explained. "It's just a series of tongue maneuvers."
Ripa continued to playfully tease Lola, "'I don't even understand why I can't have a teeny bikini because all my friends have one. And you and Dad are just, like, you're just like such strict parents! I don't even understand why I can't have any privacy in the world.'"
Kingdom: AMC Alum Mark Consuelos Enters the Ring for Season 2(tvline.com) All My Children alum Mark Consuelos will play a pivotal role during Season 2 of DirecTV’s MMA/dysfunctional family drama Kingdom.
Kingdom‘s sophomore run begins with Ryan “The Destroyer” Wheeler (Friday Night Lights‘ Matt Lauria) defending his title and Jay (Parenthood‘s Jonathan Tucker) finding a new obsession, while Alvey’s (Frank Grillo) improved fortune has led to a bigger gym, but also a bigger appetite for risk.
Seemingly tied to that last teaser, Consuelos will recur as Sean Chapas, an ex-fighter and one of Alvey’s oldest friends — “a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the Navy St. MMA gym.”
Elsewhere in Season 2, Lisa (played by Kiele Sanchez) focuses on managing Alicia (Natalie Martinez), an impulsive but skilled female fighter; Nate’s (Nick Jonas) determination to get back in the cage causes riffs with his family and complicates his self-identity; and Christina (Joanna Going) gets a taste of sober life while continuing to carry the burden of her sons’ struggles towards victory.
In addition to his run as AMC‘s Mateo Santos (where he of course met wife Kelly Ripa), Consuelos’ small-screen credits include Amazon’s Alpha House and American Horror Story: Asylum.
Kelly Ripa dyes hair hot pink(Pic1, Pic2) Kelly Ripa has a bright new ‘do for summer.
The co-host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael” debuted the shocking new color on Instagram Tuesday night.
Leading off with flower, cherry, strawberry and heart emojis, her caption read, “…for the love of P!NK @Ryantrygstadhair you are boss!”
The sexy photo featured her bob with several different shades of pink.
On Wednesday’s show, she opened up about her wild color choice. She told the audience she always dyes her hair right before vacation, but it will always wash out. She hopes to go red next.
While Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, loved it, some commenters slammed the mother of three.
“I’m disappointed in you,” read one scathing critic. “You’re not in your teens or even 20’s.” Another simply said, “You are too pretty without it.”
Ripa is the latest celebrity to dye her hair — she joins the ranks of Hilary Duff, Kelly Osbourne and Kesha, who have all transformed their locks over recent months.
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Dawson's Creek, Buffy Reruns Coming to ABC Family This SummerABC Family is giving its young viewers a much-needed crash course in the classics.
Already a haven for more Gilmore Girls reruns than you could shake a stick at, the network will soon add Dawson’s Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to its ranks, according to TV Insider.
Beginning June 29, Dawson’s Creek will air weekdays at 12/11c, with Buffy following at 5/4c. Both runs will begin with the series’ pilots, so neither you nor your DVR have any excuses for missing out. (Side note: Can you imagine going back in time and explaining the concept of DVRs to your angsty, ’90s self?)
ABC Family is also sweetening the pot with a “Fan Favorite Week” (June 22-26), which will feature episodes selected by fans online.
Kelly Ripa Trying for Baby No. 4?!(Photo) TMI, Kelly Ripa!
During Monday's episode of Live! With Kelly and Michael, the 44-year-old blond beauty opened up about her recent trip to Montreal with husband and Mark Consuelos—and revealed why the location is so special to the longtime lovebirds, who have been married since 1996.
"If you're going to Canada, you must, must stop by Montreal…I love Montreal, it holds a very special place in my heart, in our hearts—Mark and me—we used to go there every year for our wedding anniversary…until we kept getting pregnant there," the erstwhile All My Children star, who is a mom Michael Joesph, 18, Lola Grace, 13, and Joaquin Antonio, 12, confessed.
"I don't know how else to say that," she admitted. "Now erase that from your minds!"
"I don't think the city had anything to do with that to be honest with you," co-host Michael Strahan quipped in reply before Ripa added, "Well, it does because we always have so much fun there."
This isn't the first time Ripa has opened up about her sex life with her hunky hubby. During a December 2014 episode of Watch What Happens Live! she had no shame while confessing that she and Mark have "lots of sex."
"I fundamentally believe that the more you do it, the more you do it, the less you do it, the less you do it," she explained. "We just like each other a lot. I love my husband. I think he's awesome. We've been together a really long time. We try to do spicy things together all the time."
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!
Jennifer Bassey From All My Children Kicked Off Plane After Flight Attendant Confrontation-Find Out What She SaidAll My Children alum Jennifer Bassey was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight by police this week after getting into a profanity-laced confrontation with a flight attendant before the plane ever took off.
The 72-year-old actress told E! News that the ordeal was "undignified, embarrassing and beyond stressful." A rep for Delta confirmed the actress was removed from the flight, operated by subsidiary Endeavor Air, and said the airline is currently investigating the incident, which took place on Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York City. Police had no immediate comment.
Bassey, who played Marian Colby on the now-defunct soap opera for more than 25 years, was flying to Indianapolis to visit her boyfriend and his family. While the plane was still on the tarmac, delayed about an hour, she used one of its restrooms and did not wash her hands. The actress told E! News that she prefers Purell over the provided soap.
She said she opened the door to leave and that a flight attendant then addressed her.
"She asked me loudly three times, 'Ma'am did you wash your hands?'" Bassey told E! News.
She said she told the flight attendant that she did not, but that she would be using a hand sanitizer instead. She then returned to her seat. The plane was delayed. The actress took out her laptop to prepare for an audition. She said the flight attendant she had spoken to then came over and yelled at her.
"She stood there next to me waiting for me until I put it away," Bassey told E! News.
She said the flight attendant stood over her as she put her computer away and then backed into her hand and started screaming, "Don't touch me! Don't ever touch me!"
Bassey said she responded with, "Go f--k yourself!"
She said another flight attendant then came over and told her she should not be arguing with a flight attendant and also said she had used foul language near a child. The actress told E! News that the plane then returned to the gate and that police officers escorted her off the jet.
Bassey says Delta Airlines deemed her a "risk to the carrier" and maintains she assaulted a flight attendant, which she denies.
"It was all unfortunate, but I am a senior citizen who is petite and tiny. How could I assault someone?" she said.
The actress said she spoke to police at the airport about the incident and that they laughed about it. She said she is seeking an apology from Delta and is considering legal action.
As for the first flight attendant, Bassey told E! News she isn't sure she wants the person to be fired, adding, "Maybe she was having a bad day, but if something bad is happening to you, you don't take it out on someone else."
In addition to All My Children, Bassey is also known for her guest role as Nancy Dawson on Grey's Anatomy and has also appeared in Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, 30 Rock and also played Katherine Heigl's character's aunt in the romantic comedy movie 27 Dresses.
Kelly Ripa's Doctor Reveals Her Go-To Cleanse-Plus, Recipes From the "Get Off Your Acid" Meal Plan!Ladies, rejoice: There is a cleanse out there that doesn't involve a liquid-only, calorie deprivation-based routine. Don't believe us? Just ask Kelly Ripa, who's already a major fan.
The ever-so-svelte actress routinely follows the cheekily named AlkaMind "Get Off Your Acid" cleanse, which involves seven days of eating alkaline-rich foods. E! News caught up with Ripa's chiropractor and nutritionist Dr. Daryl Gioffre, creator of this regime, to get the scoop on the AlkaMind method.
"It was always my goal to create this 7-day cleanse that wasn't going to do all those things that people think about cleanses," Dr. Gioffre said. "Everyone thinks you're going to be starving all the week. And you have to drink this green, nasty bug juice, or you're going to be in the bathroom all week, and you're going to be miserable."
But not on this cleanse! Dr. Gioffre's routine involves avoiding acidic foods (processed, high sugar items that cause weight gain, inflammation, skin issues and digestive system irritation) and subbing in pro-alkaline foods like kale, spinach, nuts, seeds, avocados and whole grains like quinoa. The 7-day plan also involves going off all meat and dairy products. Gioffre strongly encourages keeping hydrated with water and upping the chlorophyll count in your diet (think dark leafy greens) as keys to success on the alkaline cleanse.
"Your body needs to have your blood pH tightly regulated. The scale goes from 0 to 14 (0 being acidic, 14 pure alkaline). Your body needs to be slightly alkaline at 7.365. Easy way to remember is seven days a week, 365 days a year," he said. (So how do you test your body's pH? You can be like supermodel Elle MacPherson, who reportedly totes a pH balance urine test with her at all times.)
Gioffre's clients have lost anywhere from five to 14 pounds on the 7-day plan, which is pretty impressive. The cleanse is so successful for some that they don't stop at the seven-day mark.
"Some people even eat more," Dr. Gioffre quipped. "You're eating nutrient-dense, alkaline food that is very cleansing for the body. I think that's why the success rate on the cleanse is so high, people are enjoying the process."
And here are three recipes to kick off your "Get Off Your Acid" cleanse!
Mint Morning Blast Smoothie (serves 2)
Blend high in blender, enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers to make firm. Note: The metabolization of any of the natural sugars in the banana and strawberries will be slowed down and neutralized by the healthy fats in the almond butter and coconut milk to prevent any insulin spikes or acidity.
Quinoa Burrito Bowl (serves 2)
Cook quinoa by combining 2 cups of water with 1 cup of quinoa in a pot over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pot and turn heat down to the lowest setting for 30 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, open the cans of beans, rinse thoroughly, and pour into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the onions, lime juice, garlic, and cumin and let flavors combine for 10-15 minutes. When quinoa is done cooking, portion into individual serving bowls. Top with beans, avocado, and cilantro.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse (serves 2)
Blend high in blender, enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any) to keep firm.
'All My Children' Star Kicked Off Plane ... Tells Flight Attendant 'Go F**K Yourself!'(tmz.com) "All My Children" star Jennifer Bassey got tossed off a plane for being a "risk to the flight" -- but not before the 72-year-old was able to give a flight attendant a big ole F-U.
Jennifer tells TMZ the whole mess started when she used the restroom as she boarded her Delta flight from NYC to Indy. When she walked out of the lav she says a female flight attendant loudly asked, "Aren't you going to flush?" ... and also berated her about washing her hands.
Jennifer says she planned to use her own hand sanitizer -- and the flight attendant followed her back to her seat and hovered because her laptop was open. This was all before takeoff.
Then she says the attendant bumped her hand and said, "Don't touch me, don't you ever touch me." Jennifer responded by mouthing, "Go F**k yourself."
That sparked a quick huddle of all the flight attendants, and then the plane turned back to the gate, and two police officers removed Jennifer ... but she wasn't arrested. Cops tell us they were called for an assault but they found no sign the 72-YEAR-OLD had assaulted anyone.
Delta tells us they're looking into the incident. Jennifer says she hopes the attendant gets fired.
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Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar's Cruel Intentions Reunion: 'Best Girls Night of the Year!!!'(Pic1, Pic2) Reese Witherspoon summed up all of our feelings when she posted a pic of herself with her Cruel Intentions costars on Thursday and captioned it, "Best girls night of the year!!!"
The Oscar winner reunited with her costars from the 1999 teen hit – Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar – for an evening of fun in Los Angeles.
The trio took in Cruel Intentions the Musical, which features a ton of '90s hits.
While their costar (and Witherspoon's ex Ryan Phillippe) was noticeably absent, Witherspoon's partners in crime also shared their excitement about the reunion on social media on Thursday, with Gellar posting a photo on Instagram and joining Blair in wishing the film's writer/director, Roger Kumble, a happy birthday.
This isn't the only '90s reunion Gellar has taken part in recently. She got together with former Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hannigan on Saturday.
Kelly Ripa Says a High-Alkaline Cleanse 'Changed My Life'Kelly Ripa says trying a new cleanse has transformed her body and her life.
The Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host said Thursday on the show that an anti-acid diet is “responsible for me not being in pain. Yes. It has changed my life, it’s changed the whole way I think about food.”
The 44-year-old went on to explain her work with Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a chiropractor and nutritionist in Manhattan.
“It’s a very manageable cleanse. It’s very manageable,” Ripa said of the high-alkaline diet. “You’re not hungry. It’s not like … people go, ‘What are you eating? You’re just drinking, you know, a green juice a day?’ No, it’s not like that. You eat. I actually eat much more on this cleanse than I do in my actual life, but it’s what you eat and how you eat it.”
Ripa said she’s in physical therapy for “strange injuries,” but that the cleanse that has helped with pain management.
The talk show host also admitted that she cheats a little with a high-acid cup of joe: “I’m still drinking coffee, even though I lied and told him I wasn’t.”
Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85(yahoo.com) Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.
No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.”
“The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said.
Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” some 36 times. Meara and Stiller were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.
Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.
In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara,” produced in part by son Ben.
But Meara was also a serious dramatic actress who received a 1993 Tony nomination for best featured actress in a play for her work in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s harrowing “Anna Christie” that starred Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson — and she also penned a couple of plays that made it to Off Broadway.
She was also well known for recurring on daytime soap “All My Children” from 1993-98 as Peggy Moody; for her work on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” for which she received two of her four Emmy nominations; and for her bravura performance as the indefatigable suburban mother in Greg Mottola’s 1997 indie film “The Daytrippers,” in which Hope Davis plays a woman who can’t get her husband, who’s in Manhattan, on the phone, whereupon her mother, played by Meara, puts the suburban family in the station wagon to begin an antic search for him in the city.
Roger Ebert said: Meara is “almost by definition, superb at her assignment here, which is to create an insufferable mother. The film’s problem is that she does it so well.”
Also in 1997 Meara gave a memorable performance on the smallscreen, on a two-part episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” in which she played a schoolteacher in a very tense hostage situation, drawing her fourth Emmy nomination.
In 1984 Meara shared a Writers Guild Award for penning the telepic “The Other Woman,” in which Hal Linden played a widower who toys with the notion of romance with his daughter’s sexy roommate but ultimately finds love with a woman played by Meara.
Meara recurred as Mary Finnegan (the mother of Doug’s nerdy friend Spence, played by Patton Oswalt) on “The King of Queens,” where Stiller was a series regular from 1998-2007 as the much-married Arthur Spooner, the father of Leah Remini’s Carrie Heffernan; in the final season of the series, the two characters married.
The actress recurred on “Sex and the City” as the mother of bartender Steve Brady and guested on “Will & Grace” in 2001.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” afforded Meara the opportunity to give two powerful guest performances. In 2004 she played the mother of a serial killer who, with anguish, helps the police apprehend her son before he can kill again; in a 2012 episode she played the mother of a prostitute (played by Patricia Arquette) who’s involved with an armed and dangerous man and then goes missing.
On HBO’s “Oz” Meara played the religious aunt of the imprisoned O’Reily brothers in episodes in 1999 and 2002.
Meara also had a long career in movies, both with her family and without.
Stiller and Meara starred in Joan Micklin Silver’s 1999 feature “A Fish in the Bathtub,” about a couple who have been bickering for decades, finally prompting the wife to move in with their son, played by Mark Ruffalo.
She appeared in 1990’s “Awakenings,” starring Robin Williams, as one of the patients.
The hit 2001 comedy “Zoolander,” directed by and starring Ben Stiller as the air-headed model of the title, was a true family affair, with father Jerry playing Zoolander’s manager, Maury Ballstein. Ben’s wife Christine Taylor played a Time magazine reporter; while Anne Meara and Ben’s sister Amy appeared in cameos.
In Ben’s first feature directorial effort, 1994’s “Reality Bites,” Meara and sister Amy both had roles, but Jerry was unaccountably absent except in the credits, where he was thanked.
The Stiller family frequently appeared in the same movies even when Ben wasn’t directing.
Meara had a small role in the Shawn Levy-directed hit “Night at the Museum,” starring Ben.
Jerry was the star of 2000 mockumentary “The Independent,” in which he played Morty Fineman, a director of comically bizarre exploitation films with a message such as 1969’s “Groovy Hippie Slumber Party,” “Kent State Nurses” and — taking credit for the use of Roman numerals in film titles — war epic “World War III II.” Even in this low-profile, low-budget film, Ben Stiller, Amy Stiller and Meara supported the effort with cameos.
Similarly, in the much-earlier horror film “Highway to Hell” (1991), Jerry Stiller, Meara, as well as Ben and Amy, all had roles.
In 1998’s “Southie,” starring Donnie Wahlberg in the story of hoods in Boston’s famous working-class Irish neighborhood, Meara played the Wahlberg character’s ailing mother “with warm grit,” according to the Boston Phoenix.
Meara was born in Brooklyn to parents of Irish descent. She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village; decades later she would teach a course there herself.
The young actress won an Obie for the 1955 Off Broadway production “Mädchen in Uniform.”
She made her Broadway debut in 1956 in a Michael Redgrave-directed revival of Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country.” The same year she appeared in a revival of Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” that also featured Jerry Stiller in a small role. In 1957 she appeared in the original drama “Miss Lonelyhearts.” After an absence of 31 years, she returned to Broadway in 1988 in Richard Greenberg’s “Eastern Standard” before taking on “Anna Christie” in 1993.
Meara wrote and starred in the hit Off Broadway play “Afterplay” (1995), which also starred, at various times, Jerry Stiller, Rita Moreno, Rue McClanahan and Barbara Barrie. Meara also wrote “Down the Garden Paths,” which played Off Broadway in 2000 and starred Jerry Stiller, daughter Amy Stiller and Eli Wallach.
In 2011 Meara and Conchata Farrell were brought in as replacements in an Off Broadway staging of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” the Nora and Delia Ephron play based on Ilene Beckerman’s book.
The actress made her screen debut in 1954 on NBC series “The Greatest Gift.” She also appeared on an Arthur Penn-directed “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” adaptation of Robert Alan Arthur’s “Man on the Mountaintop” and, in 1959, in an ABC adaptation of “Ninotchka” that starred Maria Schell.
In the brief 1964 animated series “Linus! The Lion Hearted,” Stiller & Meara were credited for three episodes.
She appeared in a 1971 TV adaptation of the musical “Dames at Sea,” starring Ann-Margret.
Meara also starred in her own, brief NBC series, “Kate McShane,” in which she played an attorney who solves mysteries, in 1975 — drawing her first Emmy nomination, for lead actress in a drama.
She was a series regular on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” from 1979-82, as Veronica Rooney, the bar’s wisecracking, alcoholic chef — picking up her second and third Emmy nominations, for supporting actress in a comedy, in 1981 and 1982.
She recurred on the brief ABC series “The Corner Bar” in 1972-73 as well as on “Rhoda” as one of the title character’s friends, Sally Gallagher or “Big Sally,” a divorced flight attendant. (Jerry Stiller appeared on one episode as her ex.) Later, in 1987-89, she recurred on NBC’s “ALF” as the mother of series star Anne Schedeen’s character.
Meara was also busy in the 1970s guesting on the likes of “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “The Paul Lynde Show,” “Love, American Style” and Medical Center.”
The couple shot (and penned) a pilot, “The Stiller & Meara Show,” in 1986, but it was not picked up to series.
Meara’s early feature work included roles in Arthur Hiller’s adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Out of Towners” and Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor’s adaptation of their own play “Lovers and Other Strangers,” both in 1970; in 1977’s Nasty Habits,” a satire of Watergate applied to the politics of a convent, both Meara and Stiller appeared, with the New York Times applauding Meara’s efforts as the “Gerald Ford of Crewe Abbey.” She had a small role in 1978 thriller “The Boys From Brazil,” starring Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, and in 1980’s “Fame,” the actress played Mrs. Sherwood, the teacher concerned with the students’ traditional academic progress.
Meara appeared in the Paul Bartel-directed, Tim Conway-scripted 1986 comedy “The Longshot.”
In 1999 Comedy Central aired a Friars’ Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, with Roasters drawn from several generations including Meara and son Ben.
Stiller and Meara shared a star on the Hollywood Walk in Fame, awarded in 2007.
In addition to son Ben and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, as well as daughter Amy, survivors include Jerry, whom Meara married in 1954, and grandchildren.
'Buffy' reunion: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan party with ponies(Pic1, Pic2) A pony and craft making party sounds like a great time in its own right, but when it's being thrown by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar shows up -- it becomes downright epic.
Gellar posted an adorable selfie with her "Buffy" co-star on Instagram on Saturday (May 23) praising Hannigan for her party throwing skills.
"So this girl (#AlysonHannigan) and her husband (#AlexisDenisof) know how to throw a party. I thought I was good with the crafts, till I went to this party #CraftMaster Thanks for having the #PrinzeFamily I've never seen a farm and pony rides in Santa Monica before #NowIveSeenItAll"
Hannigan's husband Alexis Denisof is also part of the "Buffy" family, but really it's great to see the former TV BFF's still like to hang out together.
While Gellar only mentions the ponies, she did post another picture to Twitter with Hannigan and an expertly made balloon animal giraffe.
Short of an official "Buffy" TV reunion, Buffy and Willow hanging out with ponies is probably as awesome as it gets.
Michael B. Jordan's casting in 'Fantastic Four' is not to fill a 'racial quota'(Treaser) Michael B. Jordan is speaking out to all the internet trolls that object to him being Johnny Storm in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" film just because he's black.
The actor wrote a heartfelt op-ed for Entertainment Weekly on Friday (May 22) speaking directly to those who posted hateful messages after it was announced he got the part. Johnny Storm has historically been a blonde hair, blue eyed character in the comic book series and was originally played by Chris Evans in the 2005 theatrical film.
Jordan has a few eloquent words for those that object to him taking over the role for the upcoming Josh Trank remake, especially those that argued he was only cast to increase diversity rather than on the merit of his acting.
"Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of 'Black Film,'" Jordan writes. "Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself--a reflection of what a modern family looks like today."
Jordan goes on to remind people that not only did "Fantastic Four" creator Stan Lee give his blessing for Jordan to get the part, but that the message of the comic book foursome is about people with differences coming together as a team.
"This is a family movie about four friends--two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister--who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That's the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it," he pens.
Unfortunately, Jordan's struggles with comic book fans who want the film versions of their heroes look exactly like the illustrated pages are not singular. Donald Glover faced similar complaints during his 2010 campaign to be Spider-Man, and those may have actually derailed his chance at playing the character.
Glover's tribulations inspired Brian Michael Brandis to create Miles Morales in the "Ultimate Comics" series -- a black hispanic Spider-Man that takes over web slinging duties after Peter Parker dies.
Jordan will overcome his haters by appearing owning his role as Storm, aka Human Torch, in the new film which hits theaters on August 7.
For anyone planning to skip the movie just because Jordan isn't who they originally imagined for the character, he has some very helpful advice.
"Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends' friends and who they're interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It's okay to like it."
Buffy Finale Aired 12 Years Ago, Sarah Michelle Gellar Reminisces on Instagram(Photo) Attention Buffy fans: The Slayer is having a moment.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, the actress who played the title role on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, took to Instagram on Wednesday to remember the series' final episode, which aired 12 years ago.
Yep, it's been that long since the cult favorite teen series called it quits on May 20, 2003. And what a finale, too: Buffy and her Scooby gang fought off yet another apocalypse, and the whole of their hometown, Sunnydale, was obliterated as a result.
Writing on Instagram, Gellar, 38, put the finale in very personal terms, saying "12 years ago, I said goodbye to a friend. It was an incredible journey that I am so incredibly proud of. Thank you all for joining me, and continuing to tell her story."
Matt Bomer Flaunts Insane Magic Mike Muscles on the Beach in Hawaii(Photo) Happy Hump Day indeed!
Matt Bomer proved he's a god among us mere mortals this week by going shirtless on the beach in Hawaii.
The 37-year-old actor went shirtless in only blue and yellow swim trunks with all of his many muscles on full display. The Magic Mike hunk's six-pack abs, perfect pecs and bulging biceps looked like perfection as he strolled the sandy shore with husband Simon Halls. The lovebirds looked like the perfect pair while taking in the ocean sights. How crazy-hot does the scruffy star look?!
Meanwhile, Halls opted for blue shorts, a green shirt and a baseball cap for their romantic vacation stroll.
Bomer and his sexy, shirtless body definitely deserve a vacation. In addition to the highly anticipated Magic Mike XXL sequel, he recently finished filming The Nice Guys in Los Angeles with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Bomer will also star in the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel.
Fans also recently got another peek as his ripped body when his sizzling Magic Mike XXL poster was revealed.
Amanda Seyfried Says She Sought Therapy for Debilitating AnxietyAmanda Seyfried is terrified of getting up in front of an audience – and sought therapy for her anxiety issues, she reveals to Vogue in the magazine's June issue.
Seyfried talked about how she downed shots of Jameson's before a 2012 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman while promoting Les Miserables. She admitted on air she was "pretty drunk."
"It made it fun for me," Seyfried, 29, tells Vogue. "But then I watched it and was like 'That is not what I want to promote about myself.' "
Seyfried, who is preparing to make her stage debut off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By, says she has stage fright and sought help from a psychiatrist to get over her fears.
"I have a lot of anxiety that I?ve been struggling with my whole life," Seyfried says. "So I have been working through it. I'm terrified, but this is exactly what I wanted."
Amanda Seyfried Scores Her First Vogue Cover, Reveals How She Met Justin Long and Says She Wants to "Have Kids"(Cover) Welcome to the big leagues, Amanda Seyfried!
The Ted 2 actress has been acting since her teens, and now, she's landed her very first Vogue cover! Appearing in the magazine's June 2015 issue, Seyfried opens up about her career, her love life and her desire to settle down and start a family.
Seyfried and Justin Long met through friends a few years ago and have been together since the summer of 2013. "I followed him on Instagram," the 29-year-old While We're Young actress recalls, "and I thought something he said was really funny. It was a beautiful picture of a snail, and the caption said, 'F--king MOOOOOOOOVE.'' It made me laugh out loud, so I texted him."
What makes her bond with Long so strong? "I really do have my own identity, both inside and outside the relationship, if that makes any sense. It just feels right. It's also really good to feel OK being alone."
It doesn't hurt that the actors have a lot in common. "Justin likes being at home with his parents. And I like that about him," Seyfried explains. "I was in Allentown last weekend and didn't want to come back."
The Pennsylvania native says she dreams of living in Stone Ridge, New York, full-time. "I want to have kids. And I want them to go to local schools, and there are some really good schools around here," she says. "I would like my life to be the same as it is now, but with a little less stress and a little less work."
There's another reason Seyfried wants to settle down: her dog, Finn. "I just don't want to leave him anymore. Maybe it's because I'm subconsciously aware of his mortality. I try not to think about it, but somewhere inside of me, I'm like, 'He's going to die way sooner than all the rest of the people I know!'"
If anyone can find a way to make it all work, it's Seyfried. According to Eddie Redmayne, her co-star in Les Misérables, "There's an openness of spirit, a distinct kind of whimsy that is unlike anyone I know. She's unguarded. And her lightness of spirit and her humor sort of belie a depth of emotion, which is amazing. You can see it in her devotion to her friends; her dog, Finn; and her family."
Regarding her career, Seyfried has only one regret. She doesn't name the movie, but she does reveal, "They paid me too much money, and what I should have done was walk away. But you know what? I met one of my best friends on that movie. Oh! And I bought a house with the money! But making movies is two solid months of twelve-, fourteen-hour days. I mean, it can ruin your relationship. And if you make too many bad decisions in a row, people don't come knocking anymore." Seyfried adds, "The truth is, there is only so much control that I have. It's hard to turn things down, because it's in me to want to always be working. But it's the choices and the breaks that separate you from the rest, I think."
Vogue's June issue is on newsstands May 19.
Former Soap Stars Win At Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Kelly Ripa, John Oliver among recipients of GLAAD awardsKelly Ripa, John Oliver and Thomas Roberts are among the recipients of the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The awards honor those who further GLAAD's mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets.
A presentation ceremony was set for Saturday night in New York. Other honorees included Time magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune, Univision.com and Sports Illustrated.
Ripa received GLAAD's Excellence in Media award for her discussion and interviews with LGBT guests and supporters on the talk show "Live! with Kelly and Michael."
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" was honored as best talk show episode for a segment on Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema.
TV journalist and anchor Roberts received the Vito Russo Award, named for GLAAD's co-founder and presented to an out LGBT media figure who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Josh Duhamel Reveals Mother's Day Plans For Fergie, Reality Show Offers and Gushes Over Baby AxlFergie and Josh Duhamel have no interest in becoming reality television stars.
"We've been asked a couple of times, but I don't think I would make good reality TV," the actor, 42, told me yesterday while promoting his new indie drama Bravetown (on theaters an on VOD now) with Lucas Till. "She might, but it's not for me. I'm not against anyone who does it, but it's just not for me."
Duhamal jokes he's now become, "Fergie's baby's dad. That's my title now."
Their son Axl will turn two in August. "He's a such a sweet little guy," Duhamel said. "He's really fun and social. He's super curious and talking like crazy. I think he gets that from her. She was talking really young. He seems to have that gift of gab."
Mother's Day won't be anything elaborate this year.
"She's working really hard on this album right now," Duhamel said of his wife of six years. "She really just wants to keep it low key. We're going to do something with her family tomorrow and then probably just a little something here at the house."
We can't wait to hear the 40-year-old singer's new tunes. "It's so good," Duhamel gushed. "It's beautiful and it's meaningful and it's bad ass."
Will we hear any Axl on the album? "There might be," Duhamel said. "He loves playing with the little microphone she has in the house."
While Duhamel's police series Battle Creek was cancelled by CBS just a few hours after we talked, he's still has plenty of work to think about.
He recently wrapped Beyond Deceit with Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino in which he plays a young lawyer framed for a murder. And he's heading to Toronto soon to film Hulu's adaptation of the Stephen King time-travel novel about JFK's assassination 11/22/63 with James Franco and Chris Cooper.
NEW ROLE FOR AMC ALUM EDEN RIEGELEden Riegel, best known for her Emmy-winning run as AMC's Bianca, has been cast as Seven in the upcoming web series CLUB 5150. "We are beyond thrilled to have Eden join the fun," said Creator Steve Silverman. "She's someone I've been wanting to work with for years. And I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing her in a role that's kind of a change-up in pace from what they're used to." The show will begin shooting in August.
NBC ANNOUNCES STELLAR CAST FOR SECOND SEASON OF 'RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLSNBC has announced the cast for its summer adventure series “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” which premieres Monday, July 13 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
In this hourlong alternative series, the famed adventurer, writer and television host will take eight entertainment and sports stars into the most remote and pristine locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime.
Joining the renown survivalist for season two are Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Oscar nominee Kate Hudson, Super Bowl-winning QB Drew Brees, Emmy nominee and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Hangover” star Ed Helms, “Furious 7” star Michelle Rodriguez, and award-winning film and television actors James Marsden (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fantastic Four”).
Each of these eight accomplished actors and athletes will partner with Grylls for two days for a one-on-one adventure they will never forget. This season the series will take viewers from the jungles of Panama to the far reaches of the Italian Alps and then to the Colorado Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Red Rocks of Utah. The intrepid cast members will face their deepest fears and tackle everything from skydiving to repelling as they journey through some of the world's most unforgiving wildernesses.
“It has been such a privilege to adventure alongside these iconic men and women - and this season has made for some unforgettable journeys,” said Grylls. “The excitement of being dropped into uncharted territory and tackling the wilderness head-on, in the way we do, can be both daunting and very draining, but it is also very empowering when we finally make it out in one piece. Along the way we get to see the stars we love in a totally authentic way as they face a few demons and come through it stronger. And that's the beating heart of 'Running Wild.'”
Each of these stars will push their minds and bodies to the limit to complete their journey.
The show was devised by Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. Grylls recently starred on the NBC series “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” and serves as host and executive producer of “The Island.”
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” is produced by Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures. Grylls serves as executive producer along with Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Laura Caraccioli and Viki Cacciatore.
SWEENEY’S MURDER SHE BAKED HITS HALLMARK HIGHMURDER SHE BAKED, the TV movie starring Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) and Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC), premiered on May 2 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and was the most-watched and highest-rated movie debut in network history, with 1.1 million total viewers. It was also the network's most social movie premiere on Twitter, generating the highest unique audience of any new original in network history.
“Since the network’s rebrand last fall, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is resonating more strongly than ever with viewers, as evidenced by the runaway success of Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming & network publicity in a statement. “With top notch talent like Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison as well as 14 more new originals premiering throughout the rest of the year -- including another installment in the Murder, She Baked movie franchise -- we anticipate that growing excitement and awareness around the network will continue to drive ratings and delivery.”
Jonathan Bennett Joins MTV's 'Awkward'Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) has been cast in a multi-episode arc for the second half of the fifth and final season of MTV’s comedy series Awkward. Bennett will play Ethan, who works with Jenna (Ashley Rickards) at her summer job. With high school ending and everyone heading in different directions, the second half of Season 5 will jump forward to one year later, summertime back in Palos Hills. In addition to Rickards, Bennett joins cast members Beau Mirchoff, Molly Tarlov, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern, Nikki DeLoach, Desi Lydic and Mike Faiola. Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler executive produce. Bennett is repped by Primary Wave and TalentWorks.
'Devious Maids' star Susan Lucci shares secrets to staying fitIt’s hard to believe that Susan Lucci is 68.
The petite actress is best-known for her unforgettable decades-long role as Erica Kane on “All My Children.” She appeared on the soap opera for more than 40 years, but from looking at her it’s hard to believe that.
So what’s her secret to staying young and in-shape?
“It’s the same things we know about, eating well and exercising,” Lucci told FOX411 at A&E and Lifetime Upfront on Thursday.
She said she works out “religiously.”
“I’ve been doing pilates for about 18 years, and I do that religiously. I could do it my apartment in Atlanta. I could do it my hotel room. I could do it at home. At home I have more equipment,” she revealed.
She admitted she has a few other tips and tricks up her sleeve too, though.
“Hot water and lemon,” she recommended. “Avocado and kale salad.”
Lucci isn’t shy about sharing her habits. She said she often tries to give her social media followers some help.
“On my Instagram I’ve been posting some tips.”
(Photo) therealsusanlucci2 : Late night coconut cake! Sometimes you just have to do it! @thebreakers #yumyumyum #makethecaloriescount!
HULU ORIGINAL SERIES TO FEATURE TWO SOAP FAVESJacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin, AMC, ex-Tony, GL) will star in the new Hulu series ?SOUTH BEACH, which is centered around two of Miami's most powerful record labels in Miami. Wood plays Samatha Lear, while Vilasuso plays Isaac Santero, the most dangerous member of Miami's criminal underworld. SOUTH BEACH premieres on Hulu in July.
Celebrity Homes for Sale in the Hamptons(danspapers.com) Susan Lucci’s Four Winds (Photo)
20 Dune Road, Quogue
With the help of architects Eugene Futterman, Peter Cook and Eric Woodward, legendary soap actress Susan Lucci built her dream home on 1.4 acres in Quogue in 1989. Last year, Lucci and husband Helmut Huber decided to put the property, dubbed Four Winds, on the market.
“It’s the prettiest house on the ocean in Quogue,” says listing agent Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Morabito says the residence is no McMansion. Rather, it is a beautifully shingled European-style traditional beach house. The parcel has 160 feet of shoreline. According to Morabito, a great draw of Quogue is that oceanfront properties there are half the price of comparable properties in Southampton and East Hampton. “It’s the same ocean last I checked—the Atlantic,” he quips.
The 10,622-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one half-bath. Luxurious features of Lucci’s abode include a castle door, a two-story living room with widow’s walk above, a two-story turreted library, a dining room with fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a gym with vaulted ceiling, and a private wing for the master suite, which includes a Jacuzzi, steam shower, sitting room and private decks. The lower level features a billiard room, a bar, efficiency kitchen and nautical-themed media room. A heated 20’ by 24’ pool and a walkway to the ocean provide plenty of space for relaxation.
Josh Duhamel Tries to Teach Baby Axl How to Count to 10 and the Results Are PreciousJosh Duhamel Tries to Teach Baby Axl How to Count to 10 and the Results Are Precious: Video.
The Walking Dead Spinoff Casts OITNB Actress Elizabeth RodriguezWhat’s scarier: prison politics or the zombie apocalypse? Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez is about to find out.
Rodriguez has been cast in AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, EW.com reports.
Details about Rodriguez’s character reportedly are being kept under tight wraps. What we do know: The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) as Los Angeles residents in the early days of the walker takeover.
In addition to playing Daya’s mom, Aleida, on the Netflix prison drama, Rodriguez also has appeared on Grimm, Power, All My Children, ER and New York Undercover, among other series.
Fear the Walking Dead is slated to debut this summer. The timing of Rodriguez’s casting seems to indicate that she will not appear in the pilot, which already has been shot.
No, Michael B. Jordan Hasn't Met Michael Jordan...Yet(Video) It must be tough being Michael B. Jordan.
The Fantastic Four star stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night and confessed that he hasn't met legendary basketball player Michael Jordan, despite sharing a moniker. It turns out, however, that he is named after his dad and not the former Chicago Bulls player.
"I wear my name with pride," the Fruitvale Station actor gushed. But that didn't stop host Jimmy Kimmel from asking him if he wished he shared a name with a "less popular" NBA player such as Will Perdue or B.J. Armstrong LOL. We can only guess that Michael B. secretly enjoys sharing a name with the sports legend because he even wears Air Jordan sneakers!
"I actually just asked them to give me a pair of me, and they sent them over," he joked of his footwear choice.
Michael B. also dished that he has seen the NBA player at parties such as the All Star Weekend events and wears his shoes "all the time," but still hasn't met him. "You think he would have summoned you at some point," Kimmel joked.
"That's how he does it, right?" Michael B. joked. "He just calls you over like 'Come here.'"
Not trying to make the young actor jealous, Kimmel revealed that he has actually been to one of the former basketball player's birthday parties. But when the former Parenthood actor asked Kimmel what he brought Michael as a birthday gift, the talk show host suspected Michael B. already knew the ending to this story.
"I was trying to think of a gift, and I brought him a basketball," Kimmel confessed.
With all of this discussion about the lack of friendship between Michael B. and legendary Michael, we can only hope that the two eventually will meet. Perhaps they could arrange something for when Creed, the Rocky spinoff in which Michael B. is starring, gets released.
We can just see it now: Two sports fans just bonding over another sports film. Michael, what say you?
Wittrock Joins The Big ShortYou don’t usually get so many stars who carry pictures themselves to headline the same movie. But Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment formally set Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt to star in the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei also star. McKay wrote the most recent draft, from script by Charles Randolph. Pic tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008. If that sounds un-cinematic, so did Lewis books Moneyball and The Blind Side, and those movie adaptations worked out pretty well. Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock round out the cast. Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. They are just getting underway in New Orleans.
LINDA DANO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITELinda Dano (ex-Felicia, ANOTHER WORLD et al) has launched a new web site at www.lindadano.com. "It’s been along time in coming,” says the soap vet. “Today I have launched my very own, designed by me, planned out new chapter of my life. I have a new website. I hope you love it. I do! But hey, it’s about me [laughs]. I am also starting a new eBay store in a couple of weeks with lots of very exciting things like memorabilia, fashion and fashion for home. I am very excited about this new adventure. I am really learning a lot about the new digital age, not bad for an old broad like me. I hope you will all come and visit me!"
AMC Fave to MistressesAll My Children alum Chrishell Stause is now heading to a primetime soap — ABC’s Mistresses.
After Stause tweeted about her gig on Thursday, TVLine confirmed that she will guest-star in the fifth episode of Season 3 as a woman April encounters when she gives “hot yoga” a try.
As previously reported, Justin Hartley, who dates Stause in real life, will reprise his Mistresses role of Scott for a pair of episodes this season.
In addition to her runs on AMC and more recently Days of Our Lives, Stause’s credits include a guest spot on ABC’s Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.
See First Pic of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in the Boxing Ring in Rocky Spinoff Creed!(Photo) Michael B. Jordan is stepping into the ring!
Jordan's co-star Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram page yesterday to share the first photo of the 28-year-old boxing in his upcoming movie Creed, a spinoff from the Rocky franchise.
"Get ready to go for it!" the 68-year-old acting legend captioned the pic. The action shot shows Jordan and his character Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa's rival-turned-friend Apollo. Jordan looks ready to rumble as he stands with clenched fists in the ring dressed in black and white sporting gear. Meanwhile, Stallone coaches him on some punching moves from the side.
Creed will be Stallone's seventh film in the Rocky franchise and his latest since 2006's Rocky Balboa. The film will be directed by Jordan's Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler.
Meanwhile, back in January, Stallone snapped an epic fan selfie while he was filming on the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (aka the famous Rocky steps). Fan Peter Rowe said he and two of his college friends Jacob Kerstan and Andrew Wright had just finished racing up the staircase when they spotted the real Rocky Balboa himself!
"He said to us, 'Man, you guys are fast. You're making me look bad!"' Rowe later said.
Maurice's Music Vid!(Video) You probably knew that Maurice Benard played ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico before becoming GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny, but did you know his first ever job was in a music video? Benard's wife, Paula, shared this lost treasure with the world, and now we're sharing it with you! Enjoy a baby-faced Benard as a member of a street gang in this mid-80s gem!
The Inside Story: Mischa Barton's War with Her Manager Mom(people.com) Long before Mischa Barton filed a lawsuit against her mother, tensions between the two had threatened to boil over.
The actress, 29, has had a rocky relationship with her manager mom, Nuala, particularly after Mischa's fame exploded as a teen star on Fox's The O.C..
"Mischa was the bread and butter for her entire family," a former associate of Barton's told PEOPLE in 2013. "But her mom was running the show."
Then dating oil heir Brandon Davis, "Mischa had intense conflicting opinions coming at her," the former associate said. "She had a boyfriend telling her one thing. She had a mom telling her another thing. And like any momager situation, Mischa is paying the rent. They bought this huge house in California, which was probably a bit of a stretch for them."
The house would later go into foreclosure, with documents revealing that the actress was nearly five months behind on her mortgage payments in August 2014.
Despite all the turmoil, Barton was protective of her mom in a wide-ranging 2013 interview with PEOPLE.
"My mom is a real survivor," she said in 2013. "She's a very strong woman. I think that's where I get it from."
Now Barton alleges that Nuala stole money to buy a $7.8 million Beverly Hills mansion, which she is "using as her ATM," says Barton's lawyer, Alex Weingarten.
Weingarten says Barton is "locked out" of the house, which Nuala is sharing with Barton's father, Paul, and "can't even visit her dog."
(Efforts to reach Nuala have been unsuccessful.)
Mischa was just 5 years old when her family moved from the United Kingdom to New York City to help foster her fledgling acting career – a move that sparked culture shock for her mother.
"My poor mom, being thrust into New York with us when we were very young," Barton, who has two sisters, told PEOPLE in 2013.
Later, when the family moved to Los Angeles as Barton's television career took off, "nothing could prepare them to have their children jump into the overtly sexualized and crazy world of L.A.," she said.
At 16, Barton landed the lead role of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. and quickly rocketed to fame, living a "jet-set lifestyle," as she put it, and partying in the same circles as Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.
"It was a train I could not get off of," she told PEOPLE of the events that led to the 2009 "full-on breakdown" that rocked her health and her career. (She was briefly committed to a psych ward for what she later said were unfounded fears that she was suicidal.)
Barton cautiously defended her mother in 2013. Asked whether Nuala could have done anything to protect her from the personal turmoil she struggled with, she replied, "I think that everybody at the time did what they thought was best, and I think that's the only way I could put it. You have to understand that I come from a very Irish, English family, and they were thrust into a situation completely foreign to them.
"I think what's important at the ed of the day as you get older is to sit back and realize people really do have the best of intentions," she said. "You take the chain of events as they come."
Mischa Barton sues mother for 'stealing' her earningsMischa Barton has sued her mother, alleging she stole money that the former star of the television series “The O.C.” earned throughout her career and made endorsement deals that damaged the actress’ reputation.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles also accuses Nuala Barton of kicking her daughter out of a multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home that was purchased with money earned while Mischa Barton was a child actress.
Mischa Barton was 17 when she began working on “The O.C.” and already had appeared in the films “Notting Hill” and “The Sixth Sense.”
Nuala Barton served as her daughter’s manager for much of her career. The lawsuit accuses Nuala Barton of bullying her daughter, and states she has been fired from her management role.
“While Barton was busy perfecting her craft and turning her acting dreams into reality, her mother, defendant Nuala Barton, was secretly scheming to exploit Barton’s bourgeoning career for her benefit,” the lawsuit states.
A message left at a phone number listed for Nuala Barton was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit also claims the mother is withholding royalties and lied about the amount the actress was paid for a 2013 film so she could pocket the difference, in addition to her 10 percent management fee. The suit does not state how much the actress believes has been stolen, but claims her mother has refused to provide accounting details.
Mischa Barton said after her character was killed off “The O.C.” in its third season, she wanted to focus on movie roles. She has appeared in several small films and a short-lived CW series but has garnered no high-profile roles.
She has been a fixture in the fashion world, appearing at shows for top designers in New York and Paris, and has endorsed beauty products and collaborated on her own line of fashion accessories.
The lawsuit contends some of the endorsements were entered without the actress’s permission, and she wasn’t properly paid for the use of her name and likeness in connection with a handbag line and a London boutique.
“Nuala did not compensate Barton for the use of her name, image and likeness, nor did she share in any of the profits from these ventures with Barton,” Barton’s attorney Alex Weingarten wrote in the lawsuit. “This is all despite the fact that the businesses were built solely on Barton’s fame and popularity.”
Barton’s mother bought a $7.8 million home in Beverly Hills in 2006 using her daughter’s earnings and gave herself an ownership interest in the property and took out loans against it, the lawsuit states. Mischa Barton is no longer allowed at the home, according to the lawsuit.
The actress encountered a rough period after her role ended on “The O.C.”
She was arrested in late 2007 on suspicion of drunken driving and later pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and driving without a valid license. She was sentenced to three years of probation and alcohol treatment and completed the case without incident.
Mischa Barton was removed from her home by Los Angeles police in 2009 and was hospitalized for two weeks, but officers and her publicist declined to say why.
JOHN O’HURLEY JOINS DEVIOUS MAIDSDaytime staple John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, Y&R/Greg, EON/Douglas, ATWT/Greg, GH/Keith, SB, Jonathan, SB/Stephen, SB/Kit, AMC) has joined the cast for season three of DEVIOUS MAIDS, which kicks off June 1. O’Hurley tweeted a photo of him on set with Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC) and Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn), along with the question, "What do you think of my leading ladies?” This isn’t the first time the actor has appeared opposite Lucci. Besides his 1988 AMC role of Prescott and his 2011 gig on the show as Kit Sterling, the pair starred opposite one another in the 1998 TV movie BLOOD ON HER HANDS.
Entertainment mogul offers beachfront Malibu pad for $6.3M(Photo) Jeff Kwatinetz, talent manager to the stars and co-founder of Prospect Park, a talent management and production company, just relisted his sleek beachfront home in Malibu, Calif., for $6.3 million.
Kwatinetz’s four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home is a modern design lover’s dream. From the honeycomb pattern of grass in the front yard, to the white and frosted glass cabinets in the chef’s kitchen, to the concrete slab flooring, every component has a crisp, minimalist feel.
To keep the interior from seeming too harsh and cold, the home was given softer, rounded edges, with the usual 90-degree corners removed from most of the interior rooms. Instead, bedrooms, living spaces and even the showers have one rounded wall for visual appeal.
There’s an ocean-view balcony on every floor and floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every room. There’s also an elevator — which is just about the only room in the house where you can’t get a tan.
According to Variety, Kwatinetz originally listed the house in 2009 for $7.3 million. It was taken off the market in 2010. This week the home was relisted with a $1 million price cut.
As a talent manager to big names, including Snoop Dogg, Vin Diesel and Kelly Clarkson, Kwatinetz is no stranger to working with a wide range of talent, but a recent business relationship with the Smashing Pumpkins may have caused a rift in Kwatinetz’s own longtime business relationship.
Earlier this year, inside sources told Billboard that Kwatinetz may have split with his business partner and co-founder of Prospect Park, Peter Katsis, after a 25-year working relationship over a time management issue. According to the sources, Kwatinetz accused Katsis of spending too much time on Billy Corgan’s band before firing Katsis for “failure to comply with company directives.”
Kwatinetz has continued to manage Prospect Park and the company’s pool of talent since the split.
'Entertainment Tonight' Names Cameron Mathison Weekend Co-Anchor & Correspondent(variety.com) “Entertainment Tonight” has brought on soap star Cameron Mathison to their talent team.
Mathison will serve as a full-time correspondent and weekend co-anchor for the entertainment newsmagazine, Variety has learned exclusively. He will also work as a fill-in anchor for the show.
The actor and host — best known for his role as Ryan Lavery on “All My Children,” on which he starred from 1998 until the show ended in 2011 — worked as a guest correspondent on “ET” in 2014 when he hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet coverage.
“Cameron is hard working, charismatic, comfortable on set, on the red carpets and in intimate celebrity one-on-ones,” exec producer Brad Bessey announced. “He’s joined us for special assignments throughout the year, and we are thrilled that he is now a permanent member of the ‘Entertainment Tonight’ team.”
Mathison joins hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier, plus correspondents Brooke Anderson and Nischelle Turner. He will begin his full-time gig later this month.
He hosted “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” on Soapnet from 2004 to 2007, and co-hosted the 35th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008 with Sherri Shepherd. He competed on Season five of “Dancing With the Stars,” and is also a features correspondent for “Good Morning America.”
“Entertainment Tonight” is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Michael B. Jordan -- 1st Pics As Apollo Creed's Grandson ... In New 'Rocky' Flick(Pic1, Pic2) Apparently, patriotic trunks run in the family -- 'cause Michael B. Jordan was sporting Apollo Creed's famous shorts when he stepped in the ring to play A.C.'s grandson in the new "Rocky" flick ... and TMZ Sports has the 1st pics.
Jordan was going toe-to-toe with real-life pro boxer Tony Bellew -- who plays a boxer named "Pretty Ricky" in the upcoming movie.
The pics were taken on February 26th ... just a few days before hell broke loose on the set -- with Sylvester Stallone jumping in the ring to break up a REAL BRAWL that went down between Bellew and an actor playing one of his corner men.
Reps for the studio tell us the fight never got physical -- multiple witnesses tell us otherwise.
As for Apollo Creed himself ... he died in "Rocky IV."
Sucks for Carl Weathers.
Matt Bomer To Play Montgomery Clift In HBO BiopicFollowing his praised performance in The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer has re-teamed with HBO Films for another project, a biopic of iconic Hollywood actor Monty Montgomery Clift.
Like with Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, Monty Clift too started off as an indie feature, which was put together more than a year ago with Bomer attached to star and Larry Moss set to direct from a script by Christopher Lovick. The project was shopped for financing by Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din, Janine Giaime and Juri Henley-Cohn.
The way HBO stepped in to bring The Normal Heart to fruition with its A-list talent intact, it is doing the same with Monty Clift.
The Love Is Strange duo of Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias will rewrite Lovick’s script. Din and Moss will serve as executive producers alongside Anonymous Content’s Tony Lipp and Alix Madigan.
At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando and James Dean as Hollywood’s biggest male stars and, along with them, was one of the first method actors in Hollywood. Clift also was the first Hollywood actor to refuse to sign a studio contract, choosing independency instead. He graduated from stage roles to screen success in films that includes A Place In The Sun and From Here To Eternity. His matinee idol good looks were destroyed by a devastating car accident that left him with a broken nose and partially paralyzed face. Though he continued to make movies, the accident haunted him until his death, even though he received an Oscar nomination, his fourth, for one of his last performances in Judgment At Nuremberg.
Clift had a complicated personal life, which he refused to put on display. He struggled with his sexual orientation and resorted to alcohol and drug addition following the accident.
“To see the kind of intense vulnerability and realism that he brought to his work at a time when that was not the style—it’s profound,” Bomer said in an interview last year. “He knew everything he was feeling inside—or if he didn’t, you wondered, why was he feeling that when the scene was this? To get to portray someone who was so formative to me as an artist would be terrifying and daunting and thrilling.
Bomer’s role in The Normal Heart earned him a Critics Choice TV award and an Emmy nomination. He is also up for a People’s Choice Award tonight for favorite TV Cable Actor (for his starring role on USA’s White Collar) as well as a Golden Globe award this weekend for The Normal Heart.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Love Is Strange, which Sachs also directed, starred John Lithgow & Alfred Molina as a longtime couple forced to separate after losing their home. The film has received four nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Nickelodeon Star Denyse Tontz, All Grown Up, Talks Music & Mark Salling Romance(Music Video) Denyse Tontz has fallen in love with a hipster.
And we're not talking about Glee actor Mark Salling, whom she briefly dated last summer.
Tontz, 20, a singer-songwriter and actress best known for her roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and on the Disney Channel's Dog with a Blog, is enjoying a burgeoning music career – she just released the single and video for "Mr. Hipster," a tongue-in-cheek ode to the counter-culture guy so many girls seem to end up dating.
"I definitely want to try something a little different," she tells PEOPLE about her music. "I'm getting older now, and it's been kind of a struggle juggling my fan base with what I am naturally inclined to write."
She adds, "I definitely want to surprise people. I think that [my fans] will be pretty surprised by what's coming next – I hope in a good way!"
Still, she says she won't compromise on her "weird, quirky, kind of sarcastic" style. "It's just my personality. My music is going to have that same lyrical quality to it. I definitely like to insert a wink and a smile."
Beginning as a child model, Tontz got her first big break when she booked a campaign for Mattel's Barbie. Later, she made her TV debut on E-Ring before landing her Nickelodeon and Disney roles.
Still, music remained her first love, and her songwriting skills are now so well-honed that Tontz earned a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding original song for a drama series. She was only 19 years old.
As for her love life, over the summer Tontz met Glee actor Mark Salling through her producer for a collaboration and they dated for a few months, before busy schedules ended their romance.
"But you never know what could happen down the road," she says.
When it comes to Salling's own music in his band, Camp Coyote, Tontz gushes: "That's one thing that Mark will never let people down on – he's incredible live. Honestly, as an artist, I have so much respect for him because he is the most talented musician."
Their relationship happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013 at the age of 31, a "touchy subject" for Salling and the rest of the Glee cast. As Salling said earlier to PEOPLE: "I still think about him all the time."
"It wasn't something he talked about much, but it definitely took a toll on him. … It left everybody shocked, and especially [Salling]," Tontz says.
That said, 2015, it seems, looks to be Tontz's year.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
Christian Campbell Joins 'True Detective'Christian Campbell (Big Love) has been added to the cast of HBO’s True Detective. He will recur on the second season of the crime drama that revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Campbell, repped by by Untitled and Charles Bodner at BRS/Gage, will play Richard Brune, the therapist husband of Alicia (Abigail Spencer).
'True Detective': Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin Eye RolesHBO is putting finishing touches on the cast for the second season of True Detective ahead of the Friday table read. I have learned that Kelly Reilly (Black Box) is finalizing a deal for a regular role, while Michael Irby (Almost Human), Abigail Spencer (Suits) and Leven Rambin (Hunger Games) are either set or close to deals for recurring roles.
Reilly and Spencer had been on the short list of actresses invited to meet with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for the female lead, which was ultimately offered to Rachel McAdams, but sources cautioned at the time that Pizzolatto was eyeing some of the actresses on the list for other parts.
Season 2 of True Detective revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Reilly would play the self-possessed Morgan. Irby is poised to play McAdams’ partner, now named Elvis. Rambin would likely play Sophia, a beauty with a history of drug problems, while Spencer is in line to portray Alicia, the survivor of a sexual attack.
Reilly and Spencer are repped by ICM Partners, Irby is with Greene & Associates and Coronel Group; Rambin with Paradigm and Management 360.
'One Life to Live' Producer Plans to Liquidate(hollywoodreporter.com) Plus, the role of Apple Inc. in the ongoing story of an alleged "mega soap" fraud.
Anyone want a piece of soap opera history?
Prospect Park Networks, the company that attempted to re-launch One Life to Live and All My Children as web-only series, has announced its intention to liquidate assets in its ongoing bankruptcy case. The prize might be a front-row seat at a trial against ABC that could be coming soon.
The producer is suing ABC, alleging a fraud, wherein the network allegedly asked to "borrow" OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines, killed some characters and began scheming "in its quest for a mega soap." The claimed interference is estimated to have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage for Prospect Park.
When Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy last March, the pending dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court was put on hold. But the judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, "It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the 'dark period' and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial."
ABC has noted in prior legal filings that Prospect Park didn't complain while it used OLTL characters and even renewed a license agreement. ABC is also counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contract damages.
The cost of litigation is undoubtedly expensive. According to more documents in the bankruptcy case, the law firm of Andrews Kurth says it is owed more than $700,000 in unpaid fees. The law firm of Lavely & Singer says it is owed more than $120,000.
If or when Prospect Park goes to trial against ABC, the bankrupt company will likely be represented by a new law firm. There were at least three firms that were interested in picking up the "mega soap" fraud case, and the firm of Jones Day emerged as the one to take the reigns.
And what will Jones Day be getting? Secured by a $400,000 retainer, the law firm will see 33 percent of any settlement money and 40 percent of any money recovered if the case goes to jury.
Meanwhile, on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.
The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut -- nicknamed the "Provisions State" -- the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million. Yes, Apple not only runs the iTunes store, which once carried the OLTL web-only series, but it apparently bails out producers of soap operas at a modest price.
Jim Parrack and Leven Rambin are engaged!The True Blood star, who took the stage alongside friend James Franco in Broadway's Of Mice and Men this summer, has popped the question to the Hunger Games actress, his rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
The couple began dating in the spring, and Parrack, 33, divorced his wife of six years in June after separating in September.
Leven, 24, has also appeared on The Tomorrow People and One Tree Hill. This will be her first marriage.
Hollywood Walk of Fame 2015 starsThe Hollywood Walk of Fame will add 30 new stars in 2015, with recipients including Melissa McCarthy, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and more.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced that celebrities from film, TV, music, theater and radio. Check out the full list below.
In addition to the above, the TV category will also add: "The Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks, producer and director Ken Ehrlich, Food Network star Bobby Flay, "NCIS: LA" star Chris O'Donnell, Kelly Ripa and Sofia Vergara.
From the movie category: Jennifer Garner, Peter Jackson, Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Christoph Waltz and Will Ferrell will all get stars, along with posthumous ones for screenwriter Raymond Chandler and Batman creator Bob Kane.
Kristen Chenoweth, Dick Gregory and Ennio Morricone will be added to the theater category, while music additions include Dr. Luke, Kool & The Gang, Pitbull, All Schmitt and Pharrell Williams. Larry Elder is the lone radio recipient.
Matthew Cowles, Actor and Husband of Christine Baranski, Dies(playbill.com) Matthew Cowles, a soap opera star and the husband of actress Christine Baranski, died at age 69 on May 22.
Mr. Cowles played Billy Clyde Tuggle on the daytime soap "All My Children" for many years. He was twice nominated for Daytime Emmys for his work, in 1978 and 1981.
Other daytime drama gigs included "Loving" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
On the big screen Mr. Cowles had roles in "Nurse Betty," "Shutter Island," "The Juror" and "The Cowboy Way."
On the stage, he played the title role in Malcolm, Edward Albee's short-lived 1965 Broadway adaptation of James Purdy's novel. He subsequently appeared in Broadway revivals of Sweet Bird of Youth and The Time of Your Life.
Off-Broadway, he was in the original production of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx, acting alongside Al Pacino and John Cazale. His most recent New York stage appearance was in The Taming of the Shrew, a Theatre For a New Audience production at the Duke on 42nd Street in 2012.
He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for Dirty Jokes, at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago.
Matthew Cowles was born on Sept. 28, 1944, in New York City, NY, as Matthew Chandler Cowles.
He married Baranski in 1983, and the two have two children together. Baranski survives him. He was previously married to the actress Kathleen Dezina.
All My Children Vet Matthew Cowles Dead at 69; Husband to Christine Baranski(tvline.com) (Photo) Matthew Cowles, a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee during his run as iconic All My Children ne’er-do-well Billy Clyde Tuggle, passed away on May 22. He was 69.
Cowles is survived by his wife of 30 years, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, and their adult daughters Lily and Isabel.
Cowles’ manager Tsu Tsu Stanton broke the sad news on Twitter, noting: “[Matthew] was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.” Onetime AMC headwriter Jean Passanante acknowledged the actor’s passing by hailing “AMC’s one and only Billy Clyde Tuggle” as “a sweet man and a uniquely talented actor.”
In addition to his AMC run — which he capped one year ago with an encore during the sudser’s Internet revival — Cowles’ TV resume included ABC’s Life on Mars, Oz, Lonesome Dove, The Bold and the Beautiful (as Curtis Love) and Loving (as Eban Japes).
Born in New York City to Broadway producer Chandler Cowles, his Great White Way credits included Malcolm (1966), The Time of Your Life and Sweet Bird of Youth. The actor also appeared in many films, and worked as a playwright.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
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.
'Fruitvale Station' Duo Ryan Coogler And Michael B. Jordan Team With Sly Stallone On MGM 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed'(deadline.com) MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’s Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer. This comes in the wake of a strong summer platform opening for Fruitvale Station, the film that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance, and captured Prize Of The Future at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coogler and Jordan were the toast of the Croisette. Coogler intends for this to be his directorial follow-up to Fruitvale Station so the intention is to make it happen quickly.
Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s hard to get excited about what amounts to the seventh film in the Rocky series. This feels different to me, mostly because of how it came together. Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King.
The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979's Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985's Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.
What is intriguing is how Coogler intends to plug back into the mythology of the first three Rocky films, which were the best ones, and then move the story forward. Jordan seems perfect for the role, given his charisma and intensity, and the fact he’s a natural athlete and was a most convincing quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights. Coogler played college football on a scholarship as a wide receiver, so he has a background in jock culture. The deal is being finalized by WME, which reps Coogler, Jordan and Stallone. Jordan is managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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