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Mum's The Word For PennyOn ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia (ex-Julia, AMC/ex-Samantha, B&B/ex-Meg, Sunset Beach) had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."
Yep, Mona could definitely use some direction, and when her mother is introduced in the mid-season finale, airing Tuesday, August 26, at 8 p.m. EST, we might understand why. "It's seriously top secret, so I'm picking things up as we go along," admitted Penny during taping. "I can tell you that theirs is a different relationship: It's a young woman and her single mother making their way together... there's a different flavor to it than it would be if there were a man in the household."
It Felt Like A Reunion Penny was excited about working again with Janel Parrish (Mona), with whom she appeared last year on an episode of Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY. "I'm so flattered when people tell me that we look alike," Penny offers. "She's delightful, talented and funny... it's lovely for me to have her as one of my television children. I'm beginning to collect them now."
The actress was also happy to be sharing the set with Ashley Benson (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who is the granddaughter of an old family friend, and to be working for showrunner Joseph Dougherty, with whom she'd worked on HYPERION BAY on that same Warner Bros. lot years before. "It's sort of like the way people might feel that their high school, you know?" she says of her fondness for the place. "It's really like going home for me, so I'm thrilled to be there."
Surf's Up! It will be early 2015 before PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns for the second half of season five. To see more of Penny before them, catch her in the UPtv original family film, The Perfect Summer, which was released this month on video. "Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) pays a champion surfer who lost his way — along with his family — but has since turned his life around," Penny says. "I play his daughter and when my son and I arrive in his life, it gives him the opportunity to forge a new relationship with me and get to know his grandson by teaching him to surf."
'All My Children' star performing live in Springfield(sj-r.com) You’ve seen actor Walt Willey hundreds of times on television. In October, you can see him in person at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
The former “All My Children” cast member will perform a one-man show, “Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok,” about the famous gunfighter, lawman and 1800s celebrity Wild Bill Hickok.
After attending Southern Illinois University, Willey performed in off-Broadway plays before joining the cast of ABC-TV’s daytime soap opera “All My Children” in 1987, playing Jackson Montgomery. His character had an on-again, off-again romance with Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).
Willey was nominated for three Soap Opera Digest awards during his time on the show, which ended when ABC canceled “All My Children” in 2011.
He’s also performed as a standup comedian, and hosted awards shows and parade coverage on television.
Showtime is 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St.
Tickets: $25 adults, $23 senior citizens and students, available at the Hoogland Center box office, at 523-2787, or at www.hcfta.org.
AMC ALUM EXPECTINGDenise Vasi (ex-Randi, AMC) and her husband, Anthony Mandler, are expecting their first baby. The actress broke the happy news in Twitter with this telltale
Susan Lucci Taking Part In Memorable Montage Of Celeb Memoirs At Guild Hall(hamptons.com) Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Tony Danza, Susan Lucci, Ralph Macchio, Jerry O'Connell, Eugene Pack, and Dayle Reyfel are coming together to spill Hollywood secrets during Guild Hall's "Celebrity Autobiography." Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, the comedy features a hilarious montage of memoirs performed by notable names.
The unforgettable evening covers a variety of topics, like what makes the Jonas Brothers get along, shocking "romance tips" from Tommy Lee, "poetry" of Suzanne Somers and what does Sylvester Stallone have in his freezer?
"Celebrity Autobiography" will take place on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 7 p.m., and again at 9:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $38 for members and $40 for non-members. Free student rush tickets are available.
Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-324-4050 or visit www.guildhall.org
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos turn up the heatThere must be something in the water that has celebrities losing their inhibitions in Fire Island Pines.
Spotted at The Blue Whale on Monday were Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos hanging out with Andy Cohen and having a wild time on the dance floor.
Meanwhile, on the pool deck Saturday night, Katie Couric wasn’t content just to dance — she climbed into the DJ booth, donned a pair of headphones and started spinning dance numbers for a mob of cheering partyboys.
Later, a squad of ripped bartenders poured a bucket of ice water over Couric’s head for the ALS challenge. Who knew TV hostesses were this much fun?
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S SOAP BLOC RETURNSInvestigation Discovery celebrates the return of its ID Daytime programming bloc on August 25, with daytime faves as hosts. Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner (GH's Lucy and Scott) will host "Sinful Secrets" the week of August 25; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) and Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) introduce "Poisonous Love" the week of September 8, and beginning September 15, Lamon Archey (Mason, Y&R) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, AMC) will be in the spotlight for "Evil Enemies" week.
Charles Keating, Soap Opera Villain and Shakespearean, Dies at 72(nytimes.com) Charles Keating, an actor known onstage for Shakespearean roles and on television for playing a villain on the NBC soap opera “Another World,” died on Friday at his home in Weston, Conn. He was 72.
The cause was lung cancer, his son Sean said.
Mr. Keating performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for years and appeared on Broadway in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” and “The House of Atreus,” both of which opened in 1968.
He was nominated for a Tony Award for his work alongside Alec Baldwin in a 1986 revival of the Joe Orton farce “Loot.”
Reviewing his performance in a Cleveland Play House production of “Macbeth” in 1977, Clive Barnes wrote in The New York Times, “His is a bluff Macbeth, more a man of action than a man of conscience, but as his pride and confidence crumbled, when Macbeth was at bay, his tigerish fury proved most impressive.”
Mr. Keating supplemented his theater work with parts on soap operas including “All My Children” and “As the World Turns,” and films, among them “Awakenings” and the 1999 remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1996 for his role as the cad Carl Hutchins on “Another World.”
Charles Patrick Keating was born on Oct. 22, 1941, in London. His family moved from England to Canada and then the United States, where he left school at 16 and briefly worked as a hairdresser. His acting career began when, on a lark, he answered an open casting call for a local theater company and won a role. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and married Mary Chobody in 1964.
After acting with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, he moved back to England in the early 1970s and founded a theater company in Sheffield. He returned to the United States about a decade later.
Mr. Keating also appeared in the British television mini-series “Brideshead Revisited” and “Edward and Mrs. Simpson.”
In addition to his son Sean, he is survived by his wife and another son, James; a brother, Anton; and six grandchildren.
'One Life to Live' Producer Plans to Liquidate(hollywoodreporter.com) Plus, the role of Apple Inc. in the ongoing story of an alleged "mega soap" fraud.
Anyone want a piece of soap opera history?
Prospect Park Networks, the company that attempted to re-launch One Life to Live and All My Children as web-only series, has announced its intention to liquidate assets in its ongoing bankruptcy case. The prize might be a front-row seat at a trial against ABC that could be coming soon.
The producer is suing ABC, alleging a fraud, wherein the network allegedly asked to "borrow" OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines, killed some characters and began scheming "in its quest for a mega soap." The claimed interference is estimated to have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage for Prospect Park.
When Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy last March, the pending dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court was put on hold. But the judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, "It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the 'dark period' and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial."
ABC has noted in prior legal filings that Prospect Park didn't complain while it used OLTL characters and even renewed a license agreement. ABC is also counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contract damages.
The cost of litigation is undoubtedly expensive. According to more documents in the bankruptcy case, the law firm of Andrews Kurth says it is owed more than $700,000 in unpaid fees. The law firm of Lavely & Singer says it is owed more than $120,000.
If or when Prospect Park goes to trial against ABC, the bankrupt company will likely be represented by a new law firm. There were at least three firms that were interested in picking up the "mega soap" fraud case, and the firm of Jones Day emerged as the one to take the reigns.
And what will Jones Day be getting? Secured by a $400,000 retainer, the law firm will see 33 percent of any settlement money and 40 percent of any money recovered if the case goes to jury.
Meanwhile, on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.
The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut -- nicknamed the "Provisions State" -- the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million. Yes, Apple not only runs the iTunes store, which once carried the OLTL web-only series, but it apparently bails out producers of soap operas at a modest price.
AMC's Luner Is A HEARTBREAKERGive ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jamie Luner (Liza) a good piece of drama to work with, and she'll deliver! In the premiere episode of HEARTBREAKERS, Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series (airing Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST), she'll bring to life a real-life crime so outrageous it could have come from a soap opera! And fortunately for her, co-stars Jack Wager (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Rob Estes (both of whom she worked with on MELROSE PLACE) were also more than up to the task.
"It's about a woman [Teresa Stone] who was living in small, very faith-based town and unhappy in her marriage," Luner says of her character. "She got a lot of joy from listening to her pastor [David "Brother" Love, played by Wagner], and they sparked an interest in each other."
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That "interest" turned into a longtime affair that in 2013, famously ended in the murder of Stone's husband, Randy (Estes). The way in which it all went down may seem crazy to viewers, but Luner found compassion for her character.
"What was so well done about this program is that they walk you through how it could happen," she suggests. "When the manipulation is so thick and so deep and people are seeking love without being really centered... they can get sucked into all sorts of things that they never would have thought of before."
While Luner had to work to emulate her real-life character, sharing scenes with Wagner and Estes was a walk in the park. "It was great working with both of the men!" she enthuses. "It was just very comfortable and a very sweet reunion."
Might she have found that same feeling from her next role, an appearance in the second episode of AMC's highly anticipated mid-season drama, BETTER CALL SAUL? Not on your life! Luner teases that the role called for her to reinvent herself. "You will see me in a way that no fan has seen me yet!" she laughingly previews. "I did a lot of dress up for this character, and I look very different... Saul's picking me up in a bar, and it's really fun!"
Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls Robin Williams the 'Father I Always Dreamed of Having'(Photo) Robin Williams was not only a costar to Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones – he was the dad "she always dreamed of having."
In a statement to PEOPLE, Gellar reflects on Williams, who died of suicide Monday at the age of 63, and the indelible mark he made on her and her family. Gellar played the straight-laced daughter Sydney to Williams' eccentric ad man Simon in the CBS comedy that was cancelled in May after only one season.
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar said. "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."
Gellar also went on to say, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Several people who worked with Williams on The Crazy Ones told PEOPLE about how kind and affectionate the actor was to the cast and crew alike.
"He was so benevolent," said one source close to the show. "He would appreciate everyone else's work. He was the first one to say how incredible Sarah and [costar] Jimmy Wolk were. He had affection for everyone. He made sure everyone knew he was part of a team. Who does that? When you're Robin you don't have to do that."
The Crazy Ones creator David E. Kelley says in a statement to PEOPLE of Williams: "The talent was legendary. But equally inspiring, perhaps more so, was his kindness and humanity. A gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our hearts are broken."
Before the comedy began its run on CBS in the fall of 2013, Gellar spoke with enthusiasm about working with a talented – and very understanding man – like Williams.
"You get lucky to work with a legendary comic and you get lucky if you get to work with an Academy Award winner and Julliard-trained actor," she told PEOPLE in July of 2013. "I get to work with a guy who is not only talented but so kind and he understands the dilemma that I find being caught between my home life and my professional life and he couldn't be more caring. My joke is that I didn't actually apply to be on the show. I applied for Robin to adopt me."
'Another World' star Charles Keating dies at 72LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shakespearean actor and soap opera star Charles Keating has died at the age of 72.
Keating's son, Sean Keating, says the actor died Friday in his Connecticut home after a three-year battle with lung cancer.
Sean Keating said Monday that his London-born father considered himself a theater actor first but was amused by his celebrity for soap operas including "Another World."
Charles Keating played the villainous Carl Hutchins from 1991 to 1999 on the NBC series, winning a Daytime Emmy in 1996.
Besides his stage work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and other groups, Keating worked steadily on British and U.S. TV, and in film. His credits include TV's "Brideshead Revisited" and the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair."
Keating's survivors include his wife, Mary, sons Sean and James, and six grandchildren.
Charles Keating Passes AwayCharles Keating, best known to daytime audiences as villainous Carl Hutchins on ANOTHER WORLD, has passed away from cancer at the age of 72.
"Hearing the news from Stephen Schnetzer (Cass) was very difficult," AW castmate Linda Dano (Felicia) wrote on Facebook. "Thoughts of Charles flooded my memory because I loved this man the moment I saw him on the set of ANOTHER WORLD. He came to us an accomplished and talented actor. Our cast was very fortunate to have him working with us.
"Charles was a man of many colors — both on screen and off," she continues. "His incredible talent and devoted friendship were the hallmarks of who he was. It's so hard to think of the vibrant man we all knew as having to deal with illness but he did so with his usual resolve. My heart goes out to his wife of over 50 years and his sons."
Keating's career spanned stage and screen over the years, including soap stints on AS THE WORLD TURNS (as Niles Mason), PORT CHARLES (as James Ritchfield) and ALL MY CHILDREN (as Damon Lazarre). He was nominated four times for the Daytime Emmy Awards, winning in 1996 for Lead Actor.
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.
CHARLES KEATING DEAD AT 72Soap Opera Digest has confirmed that Daytime Emmy winner Charles Keating, best known to daytime fans as Carl Hutchins on ANOTHER WORLD, has passed away at the age of 72. The beloved star also appeared on soaps as AMC's Damon Lazarre, ATWT's Niles Mason and PC's James Richfield. It was in 1996 that he was awarded the Lead Actor Emmy for his AW work. He is survived by wife Mary and two sons. "Charles Keating has passed," tweeted AW alum Alicia Coppola (ex-Lorna). "I am so very sad. Along w/ @LindaDano, he was my very first acting teacher. The actress I am is because of them."
Meanwhile, another co-star, Mark Pinter, paid tribute to Charles by posting a quote from Hamlet on Facebook, "RIP - Charles Keating - 'He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.' " Mark also changed his cover photo on the social media site to Charles' photo.
Charles Keating, a classically trained Shakespearean actor well known to daytime-TV fans for his Emmy-winning run as Another World‘s Carl Hutchins, has died at age 72.
Soap Opera Digest confirmed the news on Saturday, after one of Keating’s former costars, Alicia Coppola (AW‘s Lorna), shared this on Twitter.
@alicia_coppola: Charles Keating has passed. I am so very sad. Along w/ @LindaDano he was my very first acting teacher. The actress I am is because of them.
A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
Born in London, England, Keating worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before segueing into television via series such as Life and Death of Penelope, Crown Court and Brideshead Revisited. He played AW‘s Carl off and on from 1983 to 1999, and also appeared on the daytime dramas All My Children (as Dr. Damon Lazarre), As the World Turns (as Niles Mason) and Port Charles (as James Ritchfield).
He was nominated a total of four times for Daytime Emmy awards, finally grabbing gold in 1996 (watch video here). In 1986, he netted a Tony Award nod for his role in a revival of Loot.
Mark Pinter, who played AW‘s Grant, remembered Keating on Facebook with a Shakespeare quote: “He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”
Keating’s TV credits also include episodes of Alias, Xena, Sex and the City and The Equalizer, while on the big screen he appeared in such films as The Bodyguard and The Thomas Crown Affair.
David Rasche Joins TV Land Pilot 'Impastor'David Rasche (ex-Robert, All My Children/ex-Wes, Ryan's Hope) is set as a series regular on TV Land’s single-camera dark comedy Impastor. Written by Christopher Vane and directed by Robert Greenberg, the story centers on Buddy (Michael Rosenbaum), a lowlife on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their new gay pastor. Rasche, repped by Liebman Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams, will play Owen Schmidt, a businessman and President of Loomis Lutheran Church. Although he welcomes Buddy as the new pastor, he’s warily suspicious of this outsider and quite baffled by Buddy’s utter lack of Scriptural knowledge. Rasche will next be seen on Broadway in The Country House with Blythe Danner. His recent TV credits include recurring roles on Veep and Black Box.
Sons of Anarchy Heads Six Feet Under, Taps Mathew St. Patrick for ArcAnother sign Sons of Anarchy‘s final season will be a deadly one: The show is adding a Six Feet Under alum to the cast!
Mathew St. Patrick, best known for his five-season run as Michael C. Hall’s TV spouse on HBO’s late, great mortuary drama, is joining SOA‘s seventh and final season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
He’ll play Moses, the head of a security team who takes care of business on the street. He’ll first appear in Episode 7.
St. Patrick joins a growing Season 7 guest cast that also includes Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Annabeth Gish and Lea Michele.
SOA returns Tuesday, Sept. 9 with a super-sized premiere. The action picks up 10 days after Tara’s brutal murder and finds Jax in jail on a parole violation, reeling from the loss of his wife.
“He’s obviously very sad and vulnerable and kind of broken, but there’s a huge amount of vengeance and anger in his heart,” Charlie Hunnam recently said of his alter ego. “The way all of that is processing, at least in the very beginning, is [starting] to have a numbing effect. He knows what he wants to do, and that’s where all of his energy is going to go.”
Lucci On TodayToday Show - NBC
Tuesday, August 12
(10-11 a.m.) Susan Lucci talks about Deadly Affairs.
ERIC NELSEN JOINS THE BAYEric Nelsen, who played AJ Chandler on the reboot of AMC, has joined the cast of the web series THE BAY as Daniel Garrett. In a press release about Nelsen's new appointment, Creator Gregori J. Martin reveals that there will be another new addition — an Emmy-winning fan fave —announced soon. “We’re excited to have these two extraordinarily talented actors join our cast,” Martin said. “Eric is a great new talent whom I’m looking forward to working with and our mystery cast member is a daytime veteran I’ve been a fan of for many years. They will make the perfect addition to the Garrett family and to our show.”
Susan Lucci helps Garden City Hotel celebrate 140th anniversary(newsday.com) Emmy Award winning actress Susan Lucci starred in the celebration Wednesday of the Garden City Hotel's 140th anniversary on the site's front lawn.
"Many of my personal memories have begun here at the Garden City Hotel," said Lucci, 67, who spent her first college summer as a waitress at the hotel and the next three as a hostess at a restaurant there.
She also met the man who has been her husband for the past 45 years, Helmut Huber, then the hotel's banquet chef.
Lucci, best known as Erica Kane in the daytime television series "All My Children" and now starring in the Lifetime series "Devious Maids," grew up and raised her own children in Garden City.
"Almost every single [major] event in my life leads back to the Garden City Hotel," said the actress, who ended the late morning event posing with Morris Moinian, president of the Fortuna Realty Group. His company bought the hotel in 2012 for $42 million and assumed a $25 million mortgage. It then did $30 million in renovations.
"After 140 years, the Garden City Hotel brand is one that defines first class service and gracious hospitality," he said.
In its 140 years, the hotel has gone through five incarnations, now with 272 rooms and suites, and a clientele that includes the wealthy, the celebrated and the politically powerful.
First built in 1874 by Garden City's founder, Alexander Turney Stewart, a newer version opened in 1895 but burned down in 1899. A new hotel opened in 1901. That hotel was demolished in 1973. A new Garden City Hotel opened in 1983.
The celebration Wednesday also included six former Garden City mayors, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, who was standing in for Supervisor Kate Murray; and Village Trustee Richard Silver, who was standing in for Mayor John Watras.
Also on hand were Jack and Connie Carroll, of Massapequa Park, who were married at the hotel in 1954 and whose family surprised them with a 60th anniversary party there this year.
"The hotel has been a meaningful structure in our lives," Connie Carroll said.
Susan Lucci lists Quogue home for $19.9M(Pic1, Pic2) Susan Lucci, the seemingly ageless star known for her decades-long role as Erica Kane on “All My Children” and current star of “Devious Maids,” is selling her oceanfront home in Quogue for $19.9 million.
The traditional shingle-style seven bedroom home, known as “Four Winds,” was built for Lucci and her hubby Helmut Huber on 1.4 acres in 1989 — with 150 feet of oceanfront — by Hamptons architect Eugene Futterman. It is located on Dune Road in Quogue Village, and comes with a pool and walkway to the ocean.
Douglas Elliman listing brokers Enzo Morabito, Aimee Fitzpatrick Marin and Timothy Allen Morabito declined to comment.
The sprawling 7,350 square foot beach house has dramatic ocean and bay views and comes with over-the-top features that would make it the perfect setting for a soap opera, including a “European-style castle door,” according to the listing.
There’s also a dramatic two-story living room with a fireplace, a dining room with a fireplace, an eat-in chef’s kitchen, and a two-story turreted library with wood paneling and custom seating. The second floor includes an office/gym with a vaulted ceiling and a covered porch. Along with gorgeous guest bedrooms, there’s also a giant master suite with a master bath, steam shower, sitting room and private decks.
The piece de resistance is the “widow’s walk,” — a catwalk above the living room, “where you’ll feel like you’re in a lighthouse,” according to the listing.
Downstairs, the entertainment floor includes a billiard’s room with a built-in bar, a small kitchen, a nautical-themed media room, en-suite guest bedroom, staff quarters and a laundry room.
Y&R STAR WEDS(Photo) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) married Matt Katrosor yesterday and tweeted a photo of the beautiful ceremony. "Best. Day Ever." is how she captioned the following shot here
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Freak Show Adds All My Children AlumAll My Children alum Finn Wittrock is the latest fresh face to get pulled into American Horror Story‘s upcoming Freak Show.
AHS cocreator Ryan Murphy — who previously cast Wittrock in the HBO movie The Normal Heart — touted the news on Twitter Thursday, offering (of course) no character details:
@MrRPMurphy: Thrilled to announce the very talented FINN WITTROCK has joined the cast of Freak Show!
The latest edition of FX’s anthology hit (premiering this fall) centers on the last freak show in America circa 1952 and stars AHS vets Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy. New to the mix are Michael Chiklis, playing a strongman who’s married to Bassett’s character, and guest star Wes Bentley.
In addition to The Normal Heart and his AMC run as Tad Martin’s long-lost son Damon (via Hillary Wilson), Wittrock’s TV credits include an arc on Masters of Sex and guest spots on Criminal Minds, Harry’s Law and Torchwood.
Buffy and Giles, Together Again! Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head Share Adorable Reunion Picture(Photo) The Watcher and the Slayer have reunited. Yes, Buffy and Giles! Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head took to Twitter to share their Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion photo and it's got us feeling all sorts of things.
The two posed with bracelets for Cool to be Kind, an organization dedicated to promoting kindness to animals started by Head. Look how happy they are. Look how happy you are after seeing the picture.
".@AnthonySHead Best surprise visit ever!! It's #CoolToBeKind," SMG tweeted. "Thanks for the bracelets."
Hankering for more Buffy? Joss Whedon recently made that happen…on a napkin. Whedon tweeted a photo of Buffy slaying a vampire at the request of a fan who asked for more Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He then tweeted a Firefly drawing. Fingers crossed for Dollhouse.
Meanwhile, Head, who stars in Syfy's Dominion, recently stated he still wants to do the Giles spinoff titled Ripper.
"You know what? I would do it. I would do anything to work with Joss again. He's a wonderful storyteller, a great director, and a lovely man," Head told Vulture when asked about a Giles spinoff still coming together. "I would love to, you know? Whether it's Ripper or something else..."
To that, we say yes. Yes, do that now.
The adventures of Buffy, Giles and the rest of the Scooby Gang continue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a comic book series from Dark Horse that Whedon oversees as executive producer.
Duo Added To NBC's 'Aquarius'Ambyr Childers (Ray Donovan, We Are What We Are) and Beau Mirchoff (Awkward) have been cast as recurring in NBC‘s upcoming series Aquarius, a gritty 1960s drama about a cop (David Duchovny) who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. Childers, repped by McKeon-Myones Management and UTA, will play a seductive woman that lures Emma’s boyfriend away as part of Manson’s plan to recruit her. Mirchoff, repped by APA, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Ginsburg Daniels, will play Rick Zondervan, a fictitious UCLA student who takes his girlfriend to a drug party in Laurel Canyon where they run into infamous Charles Manson.
SightingsRudy Giuliani shaking hands with former White House Chief of Staff William Daley at Fresco by Scotto, where diners included Susan Lucci.?.?.
SOAP ALUM IN LIFETIME MOVIEFormer soap stars Erin Sanders (ex-Eden. Y&R) and Michael Woods (ex-Kent, AMC et al) will play daughter and father on the Lifetime TV movie, GUILTY AT 17. Airing on July 20 at at 7 p.m./6 central, the thriller is about a teen (Sanders) who falsely accuses a teacher of sexually assaulting her friend.
GH's Benard Surprises A Superfan!ESPN2 talk show FIRST TAKE had a surprise guest for reporter — and GENERAL HOSPITAL fan — Stephen A. Smith recently when they brought out Maurice Benard (ex-Nico, AMC) to join them for a segment.
The actor shares his love of the San Francisco 49ers and Smith shares his love of GH... and Sonny! Watch the fun clip here!
Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!(Video) Soap hopper Brian Gaskill (GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' B.J., THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar, PORT CHARLES' Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby) has just released a dramatic short film called The Speech. "I'm very excited about getting this film out there," he says.
Gaskill not only stars in the short opposite actress Clea Rivera, but also wrote the script and co-directed it. "It takes place at a wedding reception," the actor explains, "and is about a couple exploring their past together and what that means to their relationship now.
"Soap viewers will be super comfortable with the romantic setting and wedding wardrobe," Gaskill adds with a chuckle before warning: "But it definitely takes a turn away from standard soap fare... it may get a little racy!"
The Speech was funded through Kickstarter with donations from friends and fans, and you can watch it now below. "I couldn't have done it without Ambika Leigh, Garrett Robinson and the whole gang at the film collective and workshop, We Make Movies," Gaskill declares proudly.
Michael B. Jordan Dishes on the Date Look He Loves, the Perfect Scent on a Woman and More Sexy ThingsIt’s hard not to have a crush on Michael B. Jordan. He always looks great on the red carpet, and on the field, and at the beach … oh yeah, and in the kitchen. So we jumped at the chance to chat with him on the phone (and fought over who would do the interview).
The 27-year-old star is teaming up with Axe to help launch the brand’s new Gold Temptation fragrance. (Sound familiar? It’s an extension of the popular fragrance Dark Temptation, which guys go crazy over.) For the rest of the summer, Jordan will encourage Axe followers and his fans to take part in the #TemptationTuesday social campaign as he gets to the bottom of what the opposite sex really wants. We caught up with him about his new collaboration, his flawless style and of course, what scents he loves on a woman.
PEOPLE: Why did you want to take part in this campaign?
MBJ: According to an Axe survey, 75% of guys and 60% of girls don’t know what tempts the other. I felt that was a personal problem and wanted to get some answers. It’s a shame that in the modern world of dating, we don’t know what tempts one another, so I thought, ‘Let me be part of the solution in a cool, creative way.’ It was cool because I got to move from in front of the camera to behind it. Axe is allowing me to direct some of the content. [Videos will be released in September.]
PEOPLE: What’s your first cologne memory?
MBJ: I think it was my dad. When I was a kid, I used to be around my dad, wanted to be like him. I’d see him put on aftershave, cologne, and I’d stand in the mirror — it’s so cliché — I’d stand in the mirror and pretend I was shaving without a beard, the shaving cream and everything.
PEOPLE: What was the first cologne you ever wore?
MBJ: I think I stole my best friend’s, you know how you’d borrow it and never give it back? I’d go to my roommate. Then it was Jean Paul Gaultier, the man-shaped bottle with the turquoise stripes, that I purchased on my own.
PEOPLE: What’s your grooming routine like? Do you wear cologne now?
MBJ: I always wear cologne. I’m a hugger, especially with ladies, I don’t like shaking women’s hands. Always good to be smelling good, to leave them with something when you when you walk away. I think that’s pretty good.
PEOPLE: Do you have a perfume memory from a first girlfriend?
MBJ: One of the most powerful things about scent is memory. You smell something and it takes you back. My first girlfriend loved stuff from Victoria’s Secret. I try not to smell it [on other people]. When I do, I immediately go back there. I try not to go back there!
PEOPLE: What scents on girls are most tempting to you?
MBJ: More floral stuff — not too strong, a subtle floral. Something that keeps you going back for more — you don’t know exactly what it is, but it intrigues you and you need a second, third, fourth opinion. It’s similar with Axe Gold Temptation. It has a chocolatey note to it, layered up with bright citrus flavors, a little spice and it’s not overwhelming. It makes you want to keep wanting to smell more. You don’t want everything all at once.
PEOPLE: Are there looks on girls you always love to see?
MBJ: Leggings and jean shorts never gets old with me. A girl in a nice pair of leggings and jean shorts during the summer is one of my favorites for sure. A maxidress too — a maxidress and heels — whatever that combination is, women keep doing it. It’s nice to look at.
PEOPLE: Any styles you just don’t get?
MBJ: No, ladies, keep doing what you’re doing! Gladiator sandals, maybe — that had its run. It was cool for about a second.
PEOPLE: You have some of the best style on the red carpet right now. Have you always been into clothes?
MBJ: Growing up I didn’t have an older brother to mimic, so I went through a lot of growing pains and [fashion] disasters. With websites, magazines, fashion shows, you pick up a certain fashion sense. I love dressing up because you command respect. I got a stylist, Jeff Kim, who’s phenomenal. We’ve been collaborating on looks. It’s a combined effort between us. I’m a big fan of vests. I like vests and ties — the three-piece look without the blazer. I have a few go-tos. Suspenders, they’re cool; I’m going for that old school kinda feeling.
PEOPLE: What do you wear on a first date?
MBJ: If I’m going on a date, I like dark colors — lots of black to keep it simple. I like being very comfortable. Dressing down shows a lot about someone. [According to an Axe survey], 92% of guys like girls to be more casual — to wear sweats, jeans or t-shirts, wear less makeup, put their hair up. When you’re casual, not trying too hard, it comes across as confident. You don’t want to look like you overthink things. I prefer a chill, laid-back approach. You can dress up when you do something special. If you set the bar so high from the beginning, you don’t want to go backwards. On the first date, I’ll go with sandals with socks on, every fashion no-no you can think of. Then it’s like: Still want to go out with me? [Laughs]
PEOPLE: What do you like to see a girl wear on a date?
MBJ: First date with a girl: I would rather them be more laid back. Naturally beautiful. That goes a long way with me. It can go only get better from there.
What do you think of MBJ’s candid interview? What’s your fragrance MO? Are you excited for #TemptationTuesday?
First Look: See Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime Movie(Photo) Yaya DaCosta is portraying Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime movie about her life, and she certainly looks the part!
With curly hair, blue eyeshadow and bright red lips, the 31-year-old actress and America's Next Top Model alum perfectly channels the singer's 1997 Whitney album cover look. She also looks right at ease cradled in the arms of Arlen Escarpeta, the 33-year-old actor playing Bobby Brown on the small screen.
Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, is directing the film, but the late singer-actress's family is not involved in its production. "We reached out to them in the early days; of course we're not going to do the movie and not say anything to them," Bassett told CNN.
"You can if you're using public domain, but that's not our desire," she said. "We paid our respects and let the conversation be had, just to get their okay. They certainly could have been not involved and against it."
Houston's 21-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is not exactly pleased with the movie being made—largely, in part, thanks to Bassett telling Entertainment Weekly she never considered casting her "for a number of reasons."
"One being that she's not an actress. I know she's acted here and there. I know she's been on their family's reality show, but she's not an actress and acting is a craft," she explained. "It's an attempt to illuminate the complexities of human behavior and life. And this is a very fast-paced schedule; we have just 21 days to tell this story. It's more than just saying lines and turning the light on. You have to drive the story—there's a technical aspect."
Bassett—along with the rest of the movie's cast and crew—aren't trying to rehash the most troubled times of the late star's life and career, but they can't entirely gloss over them, either. "Well, we know that drugs were a part of their story and that's certainly an element of their story. We can't tell their story without that," she told CNN. "It's involved, and I hope we can unpack it gently."
"I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love," she explained. "And these are the words and this is the place, and these are are the people on the outside, you know? And I want to be as honest as I can about about doing that."
Sarah Michelle Gellar Opens a Lemonade Stand(Photo) When life handed Sarah Michelle Gellar lemons, she made lemonade!
Two months after CBS canceled The Crazy Ones, co-starring Robin Williams, the actress booked a new gig—although we can't imagine it's going to last long! Showing she's got a sense of humor, Gellar asked her 281,000 Twitter followers, "Got to earn a living somehow rt?" She included a winky-face emoticon.
By the looks of it, Gellar could go into the beverage business full-time if she so desired. The lemonade stand was adorned with white and yellow flags, and the actress served cookies in addition to ice-cold drinks. Freddie Prinze Jr.'s wife placed a bouquet of fresh flowers in a vase for an added touch of elegance.
The couple's children—daughter Charlotte, 4, and son Rocky, 22 months—were not in the photograph. Still, it seems likely that the lemonade stand was an early business venture for the TV stars' elder child.
Gellar didn't reveal how much each item costs, but no matter—she's already got several prospective patrons. "I would totally buy from that stand," one fan tweeted. Another follower referenced Buffy the Vampire Slayer, writing, "Who wouldn't buy lemonade from you? Lets have a cup and discuss vampires."
She didn't appear to have much competition, which worked in her favor.
Susan Lucci InterviewSusan Lucci Interview: "Maids" Star Dishes Deviously, Hints at Joining "The View". Read the interview here.
GH's deVry Takes On Primetime!While some of William deVry's GENERAL HOSPITAL co-stars are spending their three-week summer break touring Europe or Africa or just hanging out on a sandy beach, he's spending it working! The actor has left behind GH's Julian Jerome just long enough to travel to Vancouver, Canada, and film a two-episode arc for the Hallmark Channel drama CEDAR COVE, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). A Hallmark rep tells Soaps In Depth that deVry will play the boss of villain Warren Saget when his episodes air on Saturday, September 27, and Saturday, October 4.
Josh Duhamel, Why Are You Wearing That Bunny Suit? Find Out & See the Photos!(Pic1, Pic2) What's a good way to raise awareness for a good cause? Well, if you're Josh Duhamel, bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!
On July 9, the 41-year-old Transformers actor and husband of Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie donned a Pepto-Bismol pink bunny onesie, complete with extra bunny ears on the feet, and hopped over to Venice Beach, Calif.
Also sporting Nike sneakers and red, mirrored sunglasses, Duhamel surprised scores of onlookers, waved to fans and even played a little basketball in the likely sweltering costume.
Duhamel, who probably blended in nicely with the cast of eclectic characters and street performers typically seen in the popular tourist spot, was there to raise awareness for children's charity Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" initiative.
The organization is encouraging people to unite and read Rosemary Well's 2000 picture book Bunny Cakes on Oct. 21, to "shine a spotlight on early childhood education." Duhamel, who shares an 11-month-old son with Fergie, was announced in June as a celebrity ambassador for this year's mission.
"As a new dad, I'm proud to be part of a campaign that advocates early education for all children," the group quoted him as saying in a statement at the time. "The best part of our day is story time with Axl."
CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: TALKING TO ERIC NELSEN(tvgrapevine.com) Eric Nelsen rose to fame as AJ Chandler on Hulu's reboot of All My Children. During his time on the show, he impressed us with his acting chops, especially when it came to his incredible shorelines. (After all, this guy DID play Adam Chandler's grandson!) He is also a sweet guy who is humble, kind and intelligent. (Not to mention adorable!)
He recently sat down with TVGrapevine to discuss his career, life and future plans. Below are some of the highlights of our chat.
THE BEGINNING: Eric grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and moved to New York City when he was twelve. He started his professional acting career at thirteen, starring in Thirteen The Musical on Broadway.
This led to him doing work in TV and film eventually leading up to his big break--playing AJ Chandler on All My Children.
BECOMING A CHANDLER: Everyone who grew up watching daytime TV over the past five decades is familiar with the long running soap opera All My Children. Those of us who watched know about the Chandlers and the havoc they caused in Pine Valley. When the show moved to Hulu last year, Eric joined the family as AJ Chandler, son of JR Chandler, great-nephew of the late Stuart Chandler and grandson of Adam Chandler. While AJ's family proved to be a bit, um, unorthodox, AJ managed to break the mold and end up being more like Uncle Stuart, kind, sweet and despite his struggles, always tried to do what was right.
So what was it like being a part of such a legendary show and family? Eric says that he was initially nervous about joining the cast, but everyone welcomed him with open arms from day one. He says it was a warm, comfortable work environment and everyone would always be there to help and support one another. In fact, Cady McClain, who played Dixie, even sat down with him and showed him the ropes and prepped him for the soap world. He says she was like a mom to him on set and someone he loved working with on a personal level.
WHAT'S NEXT: Eric recently wrapped up episodes of Girls on HBO and Bad Choice on MTV and will appear in A Walk Among The Tombstones in September. In addition, he and wife Sainty are heading to LA to work on more projects and go on more auditions. They have several things planned, so you will have to keep tuning in to see what they have up their sleeves.
DREAM COLLABORATIONS: Eric has a laundry list of people he would like to work with, including Edward Norton, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. He says they are all beyond brilliant and he admires their work. In fact, Eric met Bryan when he was on Broadway and said that he was one of the nicest guys he has ever met and that it made him admire and appreciate his work more than ever.
First Look: All My Children Vet Walt Willey As Wild Bill Hickok(tvguide.com) Walt Willey has gone wild — Wild Bill Hickok, that is — and TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive video! The former All My Children star plays the legendary sharpshooter in the American Heroes Channel series Gunslingers, airing Sunday, Aug. 10.
One of the most beloved figures of the Old West and one of the world's first media sensations, James Butler Hickok was constantly in the newspapers of the day, thrilling the public with his ballsy exploits as Indian fighter, lawman, gambler, prospector and scout. He died at age 39 in the notorious city of Deadwood and AHC — not missing a beat — will have Deadwood creator David Milch commenting during the episode.
Gunslingers, which also profiles Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and Jesse James, will premiere Sunday, July 20 at 10/9c. But why wait? You can check out Willey now in this very cool clip: Video.
Three generations plus soap opera star to perform 'The Foreigner'(publicopiniononline.com) (Photo) 'The Foreigner' runs July 18 to Aug. 3
FAYETTEVILLE >> It's all in the family for Totem Pole Playhouse's upcoming production of "The Foreigner," as three generations of actors will take the stage in the comedy by Larry Shue.
Ken Jenkins, best known as Dr. Kelso from ABC's medical comedy "Scrubs," will direct and play the role of Sgt. Froggy LeSueur, a British demolition expert.
Jenkins' son Dan will play the role of Charlie, a man overcome with fear of making conversation. Dan's wife, Katherine Hiler, will appear in the role of Catherine Simms. Rounding out the family in the cast will be Dan's son Jesse, in his first professional role as Ellard Simms.
Jill Larson, best known for playing Opal Cortland for 22 years on the soap opera "All My Children," will play Betty Meeks, the operator of a bed and breakfast in Georgia where Froggy brings the character Charlie to rest when she mistakenly refers to Charlie as a foreigner who doesn't speak English.
The cast also includes Corey Brill as Rev. David Lee and Paris Peet, who will play the villain, Owen Musser.
"At first blush, it's a farce because it's funny," Ken Jenkins said at a news conference Tuesday. "It's genuinely funny and there are deliberately hilarious scenes in it. As you get into it ... it spreads out into a more American experience where you start really recognizing the people and not just the funny things they are doing but the touching things that are happening in their lives so it becomes truly an American classic comedy, but in the tradition of Great American comedies it'll get at your heart before you know it and you'll end up loving the people and end up seeing yourself in them."
Members of the cast talked about their experience in the business and the differences between film and theater work.
Larson, who has worked on television for over 20 years, said theater has remained with her.
"When I'm on the stage, that's where I feel like I'm home," she said.
Ken Jenkins agreed.
"Theater isn't a business, it's an art." he added. "You have to listen to each other and work together."
He compared the work he has done in television to theater, noting that films often are shot out of sequence.
"There is actually an exchange here," Dan said. "On purpose, it is imperfect and human."
Many of the Totem Pole crew members have already worked together or have known each other for years.
Ken Jenkins joked that he has known Larson "since the beginning of time" and she officiated at Dan Jenkins' wedding.
"There are only 25 actors in the world and a lot of costume changes," he joked, the cast laughing.
Working within the family has been a wonderful experience, Dan Jenkins said, but there have been some challenges, such as trying to keep a straight face.
"We've been laughing and had trouble getting through some scenes," he said, mentioning that this is the first professional role for his son, who has been known to crack-up during a practice run.
"The best part of the story is that we are all truly happy being here," Ken Jenkins said. "It's been a joy and we hope we can live up to the history of the theater."
"The Foreigner" has been performed at Totem Pole several times in the past but Rowan Joseph, artistic director and producer, said this time there will be a difference in the direction of the character of Ellard Simms.
"I love the idea of the teenage boy who was the lowest rung on the totem pole, if you will, now having someone below him that he could teach," he said. "He isn't played as an idiot, he's a teenage boy who is treated like one."
Larson, who recently starred in the artist Tatia Pilieva's "First Kiss" video that went viral, is involved with the HBO project "Rock 'N' Roll," produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
Ken Jenkins will continue to appear on the show "Cougar Town" as Courteney Cox's father.
The show will run July 18 through Aug. 3, with an opening night meet-and-greet gala benefit for the Adams County Literacy Council. Tickets range from $30 through $45 with matinee performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and evening performances Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
For more information visit www.totempoleplayhouse.org or call 1-888-805-7056.
Interview 'Devious' Diva Susan Lucci(nationalenquirer.com) Soapy fan fave SUSAN LUCCI dishes the dirt like no one else can!
The scandalous comedy-drama series “Devious Maids” on Lifetime chronicles the lives of a group of sexy Latina maids working in Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful homes.
Actress Susan Lucci plays Genevieve Delatour, a rich and glamorous woman who’s been married and divorced more than a handful of times and is (shockingly) on the hunt for hubby No. 7.
Susan, 67, says there are some similarities between Genevieve and her long-running character Erica Kane on the soap opera, “All My Children.”
“They both love men and they both have been much married and much divorced. They both love beautiful clothes and both love their children,” she explains.
“(But) unlike Erica, Genevieve is a complete romantic, making her much more vulnerable – and she has no street smarts whatsoever.” Creator Marc Cherry – who also crafted “Desperate Housewives” – surprises even his cast with the unexpected twists and comedic turns he injects into the script. His writing is “ingenious and super clever,” Susan says.
“Working with Marc is a dream come true. “When I met Marc for the first time after ‘All My Children’ went off the air, it was love at first sight! Plus, I just love working with this fabulous cast (which includes Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes and Tom Irwin). I love every single actor and actress on ‘Devious Maids.’”
In the upcoming final episodes of the fantasic second season, “Expect some hilarious scenes and some big surprises,” Susan dishes.
The star especially wants The ENQUIRER’s loyal readers to know “how thrilled I am at their response to the show. I just love that so many people stop me and tell me how addicted they are to ‘Devious Maids’ and how it is ‘their’ show.”
Soap star (and Georgia peach) Bobbie Eakes returns to Miss Virginia(roanoke.com) Soap star Bobbie Eakes was competing in the 1983 Miss America pageant when she was spotted by the television producer who helped launch her career.
The contestants taking part in this weekend’s Miss Virginia pageant — many of them talented vocalists and dancers — may be hoping for a similar lucky break.
Eakes returns to Roanoke this week for her third year in a row as mistress of ceremonies for the competition, which begins tonight and wraps up Saturday. Eakes is a former Miss Georgia 1982, and a Top 10 Miss America finalist. She will host all three nights of the pageant as well as perform in Friday’s pre-show to kick off the second night of preliminary competition.
Eakes is a double-platinum recording artist and two-time daytime Emmy nominee for outstanding lead actress. She starred in “All My Children” for eight years and “The Bold and the Beautiful” for 12 years. Eakes travels to Roanoke from Palm Springs, California, to host the Miss Virginia Scholarship Competition.
“Bobbie has performed in sold-out shows all over the world, and yet she is so humble and so grateful,” said Mark Schreier, producer and director for the pageant. “It’s such a neat experience to have her.”
Eakes got her start in pageants following in the footsteps of one of her four sisters. After her sister, Sandra, was asked to be in a local pageant and ended up winning scholarship money, Bobbie, Sharon and Shelly started entering pageants too.
Eakes said scholarship money from the competitions really helped out her parents, whose daughters were all within seven years of each other and were going through college at the time. Bobbie and Sandra were both crowned Miss Georgia, and both competed in the Miss America Pageant. Sandra was a non-finalist Miss America talent award winner and Bobbie placed in the top 10, where she was spotted by the television producer. Throughout their pageant years, the sisters (including the eldest, Susan) often sang together as The Eakes Sisters.
The Eakes Sisters will reprise their act during Friday night’s pre-show. Eakes said this will be the first time all five of the sisters have sung together in years.
“We’re all so spread out now,” said Eakes. “We never get a chance to do these kinds of things.”
Also returning to the stage to perform are Kelli Quick, Miss Virginia 1997 and Miss America talent winner; Meghan Shanley, Miss Virginia 2001, who is performing songs from her recently released CD; Mariah Rice, Miss Virginia 2004; Tara Wheeler, Miss Virginia 2008, now a morning news anchor on Fox 21/27 in Roanoke/Lynchburg; and Elizabeth Crot, Miss Virginia 2011 and a top 16 Miss America finalist.
Former Miss Virginias Chinah Helmandollar-Jewell (2009) and Caitlin Uze (2010) will co-host the show all three nights with Eakes.
This year’s pre-show is a tribute to Margaret Baker, executive director and longtime volunteer at Miss Virginia. Baker died four years ago after working with Miss Virginia for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in bringing the Miss Virginia pageant to Roanoke in 1953.
“She’s the grandmother of the pageant,” said executive producer Bootie Chewning. “She’s the one that started the whole thing in Roanoke.”
A nonprofit organization was formed in Baker’s name to honor her legacy and to award scholarships to young women and men in Virginia. This year, the pageant will make available more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships to colleges and universities.
Twenty-six young women will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant Thursday through Saturday at the Roanoke Civic Center. Miss Virginia 2013 Desiree Williams will crown her successor at the finale on Saturday night.
Josh Duhamel and Son Axl Support Team USA in Cute Photo(Pic, Pic2) First it was football and now it’s soccer! Josh Duhamel is clearly giving son Axl a well-rounded sports education.
On Thursday (right before the big match), the actor posted an adorable pic of the pair wearing matching USA jerseys. “GO #USA!!! (or a Portugal/Ghana tie would be fantastic) #USMNT #LetsDoThis,” Duhamel wrote.
Along with his big smile, we couldn’t help aww-ing over Axl’s mini soccer outfit and Adidas sneakers. Fingers crossed, the 10-month-old is Team USA’s lucky charm against Germany.
And now that Axl’s a proper “futbol” fan, maybe he and Shakira‘s son Milan (dad Gerard Piqué plays for Spain) can hang out.
Hollywood Walk of Fame 2015 starsThe Hollywood Walk of Fame will add 30 new stars in 2015, with recipients including Melissa McCarthy, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and more.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced that celebrities from film, TV, music, theater and radio. Check out the full list below.
In addition to the above, the TV category will also add: "The Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks, producer and director Ken Ehrlich, Food Network star Bobby Flay, "NCIS: LA" star Chris O'Donnell, Kelly Ripa and Sofia Vergara.
From the movie category: Jennifer Garner, Peter Jackson, Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Christoph Waltz and Will Ferrell will all get stars, along with posthumous ones for screenwriter Raymond Chandler and Batman creator Bob Kane.
Kristen Chenoweth, Dick Gregory and Ennio Morricone will be added to the theater category, while music additions include Dr. Luke, Kool & The Gang, Pitbull, All Schmitt and Pharrell Williams. Larry Elder is the lone radio recipient.
AMC ALUM LANDS ON HOUSE OF CARDSChristina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca, AMC) has landed a role on the upcoming third season of Netflix's acclaimed drama HOUSE OF CARDS, TVLine reports. No word yet on who she'll play. Congrats!
Jerry Seinfeld and Wife Jessica Seinfeld Vacation in Greece With Kelly Ripa(Photo) Greece is the word!
Jerry Seinfeld, wife Jessica Seinfeld and their entire clan (including the dog) started summer off right and jetted to Greece for a relaxing vacation. The Deceptively Delicious author couldn't help but make us jealous by posting a handful of fun Instagram pics from their scenic island trip.
"The Seinfelds and The Uncles are off to Greece. Will send POST cards, in the form of IG. Any tips or musts in the Cyclades, please post," she captioned a family photo before they departed.
Television host Kelly Ripa joined the Seinfelds in the Cyclades for some bikini time with her pal. Jessica shared a happy pic of the duo in their swimsuits, with the caption, "Hangin' #greeceistheword."
The Grecian holiday also marked a major milestone for the 60-year-old comedian—he took his first selfie!
In the snapshot, the couple looks away from the camera, as the Seinfeld star gives a silly smile. "Jerry's First Selfie. Ugh. Stop. #greeceistheword," his wife wrote.
The next day, the pair enjoyed some coffee together by the ocean in another beautiful pic. "Cheers to more frappés in Greece," the Baby Buggy founder wrote.
Cheers to you, Seinfelds!
CAMERON MATHISON DENIES Y&R RUMORSAcknowledging the speculation that he has been cast as Y&R's new Adam, Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) tweeted, "Just to clear up some rumors... There is absolutely NO indication that I am going to Y&R to play Adam Newman. Thanks for all the support tho."
Hang With Y&R's Egan And Help A Good Cause!THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS fans can spend a little time with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and contribute to a worthwhile cause, too! The actress is raising money for The Riedel & Cody Fund (RCF), a non-profit organization that helps with the treatment of pets stricken with cancer, by participating in an on-line auction, where Egan will take the winner and a guest out to lunch or, if they can't make it to Los Angeles, will do a Skype session for a personal chat!
The auction is currently running and will continue until Wednesday, July 9. Check it out by clicking this link!
Field of Dreams Star Kevin Costner Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Iowa Festival(Photo) Actor Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh, All My Children) wasn't in the classic baseball film Field of Dreams.
But if they built a screen in center field, he would come.
When Egglesfield heard about plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie's release during Father's Day weekend in Iowa, he flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, picked up his dad and drove six hours to the farm where it was filmed.
The Los Angeles-based Egglesfield, most recently seen on TV shows such as Rizzoli and Isles and The Client List, and his father reached rural Dyersville in time for a viewing of the movie on the outfield grass with scores of others, including star Kevin Costner.
That's when "Hey dad, you want to have a catch?" got them all, all over again.
"My brother had one arm around my dad. I had my arm around him as well. It was just water works," Egglesfield said of the film's memorable final scene.
This weekend's emotional reunion in Iowa showed why Field of Dreams still resonates with so many after so many years.
The site of the Oscar-nominated film about an Iowa farmer who hears a voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come," and follows through on his vision by building a baseball diamond over a corn field has itself become a tourist destination since the movie's release in 1989.
So it was only natural for the farm in northeast Iowa to host a three-day celebration of the film that made it so famous.
Stars such as Costner and Timothy Busfield joined celebrities like Egglesfield, past American League Cy Young award winner Bret Saberhagen and thousands of fans from all over the Midwest at the remote locale.
Fond Memories from the Film
Costner played the role of Ray Kinsella, the farmer whose diamond lured both the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" and his own long-gone father out of the cornstalks beyond left field.
Twenty-five years later, Costner brought his wife and kids back to Iowa to reminisce about his role in one of the most beloved sports movies of all time.
"I'm glad to be here with friends and old acquaintances and making some new ones, and for my children to be a part of this," Costner said. "It's certainly a high mark for me, this little movie, and it remains so."
The weekend was jam-packed with activities like celebrity softball games and concerts from the Gin Blossoms, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and even Costner's own country band, Modern West.
But perhaps the biggest item on the agenda was a game of "remember when" – for fans and actors alike.
Busfield, who played Ray Kinsella's brother-in-law Mark, said the moment when "'Shoeless" Joe Jackson, played by Ray Liotta, drilled a liner at Costner's feet after he dared the White Sox star to hit his curveball is still his favorite.
Actor Dwier Brown, who played Kinsella's father, talked about how much Costner's famous plea to Liotta – "What's in it for me?" – still makes him chuckle.
Broadcaster Bob Costas, who hosted a Q&A with the cast on Friday, talked about how much he enjoyed Burt Lancaster in the role of "Moonlight Graham," a ballplayer-turned-doctor who gave up his second shot at a baseball career to save Kinsella's daughter from choking on a hot dog.
What all the actors have in common are warm memories of a movie that's nearly as popular now as when it was released in 1989.
"I don't know if anybody thought that, 25 years later, it would still be an iconic movie. You don't aim for the fences. You try to do your best job 12 hours a day," Busfield said. "What it's become, you don't ever expect."
Many believe the film's enduring popularity is tied to how it tackled the timeless issues of fathers, sons and their often complicated relationships.
That wasn't lost on organizers, who allowed dozens of dads to play catch with their kids – both boys and girls – in the outfield on Saturday morning.
"It just makes you think about people who aren't in your lives anymore or people that you should reconnect with," Michael Dunn, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, said following a catch with his son Samuel. "When we were here [Friday] night to watch the movie, I've watched it probably 400 times and tears still came to my eyes. It's just an amazing movie."
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Biggest Fashion Critic? Daughter CharlotteIt looks like Sarah Michelle Gellar has a budding fashionista on her hands.
“My daughter [Charlotte] says to me all the time, ‘Mom, why do you look so understated?’” the actress told PEOPLE at Rebecca Taylor’s launch of the Little White Dress Collection benefitting Baby Buggy in Los Angeles.
Gellar thinks her daughter picked up her advanced sartorial terminology from Fancy Nancy books. “That would have to be my guess. Is there a 4½-year-old street lingo for fashion?”
As for Charlotte’s personal style, Gellar joked that it’s “apparently way better than mine, and way fancier!”
The mom-of-two does admit that she puts comfort first when making style choices.
“You have to think about certain things,” she said. “My heels have certainly gotten a little bit lower, so thank you platform sneakers, I appreciate you.”
Another fashion favorite? Anything by designer Rebecca Taylor.
“It’s just my go-to,” said Gellar, who wore the brand’s Short Sleeve Embroided Runway Dress and Concetta Sandal. “I know that I’ll feel good, I know that I can move. As a mom, [I love that I can] still feel like I look stylish but feel comfortable.”
Not only has being a mother impacted the actress’s style choices, but the way she shops as well.
“I do this thing called a ‘speed shop,’ which is I have 10 minutes and I will come in and I’ll see how much [I can buy]. If that was a television show I would win it!”
Fergie, Josh Duhamel & Sarah Jessica Parker Help Raise $1.2 Million for AIDS ResearchSarah Jessica Parker may have been flying solo, but Josh Duhamel and his wife, Fergie, made it a date night when they attended Tuesday's amfAR Inspiration Gala at New York City's Plaza Hotel.
Asked where was their 10-month-old son, Axl, Duhamel told PEOPLE ruefully, "He's not with us tonight." The new dad – who was the host of the event – also told reporters that he gets "13!" hours of sleep a night.
But while Axl was tucked up in bed, the affectionate couple only had eyes for each other as Duhamel used his charms to help raise more than $1.2 million for AIDS research.
During dinner, he and Fergie (who wore a white Calvin Klein strapless sheath dress) kept their table entertained, sitting comfortably close to each other and laughing and chatting together. And when he took to the stage, Duhamel, 41, paid tribute to his "beautiful wife," throwing in a fist pump and a "Woooo!" as the crowd applauded.
When it was her turn to present an award to Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, Duhamel, who'd been backstage, "snuck out into the audience to admire his wife," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was excitedly cheering her on."
Fergie, 39, who was with Matt Bomer, tousled her hair as she sang a few words of her speech, eliciting claps and cheers.
Mother of three Parker attended the event without her husband, Matthew Broderick, but could have used his help upon her arrival when she got into a bit of trouble with the train of her voluminous Schiaparelli polka-dot dress.
Wardrobe crisis averted, she presented an award to HBO's Michael Lombardo and wistfully recalled her Sex and the City days, saying she was proud to call Lombardo a friend who always treated her well during the show's run.
Yaya DaCosta to Play Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic(tvline.com) Yaya DaCosta (ex-Cassandra, All My Children) has landed the greatest role of all, playing Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the late star, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The TV-movie will chronicle Houston’s volatile relationship with singer-songwriter Bobby Brown during her meteoric rise to musical superstardom.
Since making her television debut in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, DaCosta has gone on to score recurring roles on shows including All My Children, Ugly Betty and House. She’s also had big-screen success, most recently coming off a role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) will direct the yet-untitled biopic, which is aiming for a 2015 release.
OWN Sets Cast For New Tyler Perry Drama Series 'If Loving You Is Wrong'(deadline.com) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has assembled the principal cast of the latest Tyler Perry drama series, the upcoming If Loving You Is Wrong (formerly Single Mom’s Club). Premiering in September, the new series, created, written, directed and executive produced by Perry, follows the relationships of a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. While the neighbors come from very different backgrounds, their lives are similar — raising children, dealing with exes, worrying about money and keeping romance in their relationships. But just below the surface — secrets, lies and deception threaten to destroy what they have built.
Amanda Clayton (John Carter) plays Alex who is married to Brad, played by Aiden Turner (All My Children). Together they have two children. The couple’s relationship seems solid, but a secret threatens to derail their marriage. Heather Hemmens (Hellcats) plays Marcie, a real estate agent married to Randal, played by Eltony Williams (24). Together they are struggling with Marcie’s inability to have children. Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) plays Esperanza, ex-wife of Edward, played by Joel Rush (Days Of Our Lives). She and Edward are parents of an eight-year-old girl. Esperanza is terrified what her ex will do when he finds out about her new boyfriend, Julius, played by Octavio Pizano (East Los High). Edwina Findley (Treme) plays Kelly, mother to a young son. Her boyfriend, and father to her son, has been away on a relief mission in Haiti for a year. April Parker-Jones (Jericho) plays Natalie, a single mother of three kids at home and one adult son in prison. She constantly struggles to pay the bills and her ex Lushion, played by Charles Malik Whitfield (Law & Order), is trying to love her while taking care of their son, Frank.
If Loving You Is Wrong, produced by OWN and Tyler Perry Studios, is Perry’s second drama series for OWN under his production deal with the network. The first, The Haves And The Have Nots, has been a breakout. It returned with new episodes May 27 to more than 3 million total viewers, becoming the network’s highest season premiere in history. Additionally, Perry’s OWN comedy, Love Thy Neighbor, returns with new episodes June 25.
ABC Family Buys Musical Parenting Comedy From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Jamie DenboABC Family has put in development Rated P For Parenthood, a half-hour musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. and writer-actress Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly). ABC Signature, the cable division of ABC Studios, is producing. Rated P For Parenthood is based on the stage musical comedy of the same name created by Sandy Rustin, with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, which had an off-Broadway run in 2012. Denbo will write the adaptation and exec produce with Ripa and Consuelos. Rustin, Lipton and Rossmer will serve as producers alongside Albert Bianchini. In the spirit of Girls, Avenue Q and Parenthood, Rated P is an irreverent (musical) peek into the struggles of parenting in the age of parents who all still feel much closer to being kids themselves. And in many ways, still are.
Milojo is gearing up production on a new series for Logo, Secret Guide To Fabulous Living. Two digital projects, Unstoppable Moms and La Familia De Hoy have premiered online in recent months, with another, 30 Things for Conde Nast Entertainment’s Glamour channel, in the beginning stages of production. This past development season, Milojo, repped by CAA and attorney Joe Dapello, sold two scripted comedies to ABC through ABC Studios. Denbo, repped by CAA, George Heller at Apostle and attorney Allison Binder, is currently writing The Wedding Dance for Universal.
Lacey Chabert's Wedding Day Was 'Perfect Chaos'Six months ago, without much ado, a Party of Five alum became a party of two – Lacey Chabert married longtime boyfriend David Nehdar.
"I didn't want it to feel like an event," Chabert tells PEOPLE of her under-the-radar nuptials in late December of last year.
"I wanted it to be personal. He's not in the business and we like our privacy, and I just think relationships are hard enough without the opinion of strangers. So we try to keep it as personal and private as possible."
The Mean Girls star, 31, says although there were a few snafus, her big day was still just right.
"It was perfect chaos," Chabert said while attending the 11th Annual Inspiration Awards benefiting Step Up in Beverly Hills. "I was in the middle of shooting a movie, and we planned the entire thing in about six weeks. The caterer quit two days before, my sisters' dresses didn't arrive and one of my shoes broke – crazy stuff like that. It was just nuts, but it was perfect at the same time."
Despite the last-minute scrambling, the actress, who stars in the upcoming Hallmark movie The Color of Rain, says she won't look back on her wedding day and think of the things that went wrong.
"None of the stuff that you worried about mattering actually mattered in the end," Chabert said with a smile. "I think the highlight was having my dad walk me down the aisle. He's been really sick, and I just know that's a moment that I will treasure forever."
Lee Chamberlin, 'Electric Company' Actress, Dies at 76(nytimes.com) Lee Chamberlin (ex-Pat, All My Children/ex-Pat, Loving), an actress whose career took off when she joined Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno on the funky 1970s children’s show “The Electric Company,” died on May 25 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 76.
The cause was metastatic cancer, her son Matthew said. Ms. Chamberlin, who lived in Paris, was visiting him in Chapel Hill when she died.
Ms. Chamberlin was among the original cast members of “The Electric Company,” the hit PBS show that taught basic grammar and diction to elementary school students using parodies, sketches and musical numbers reminiscent of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”
Ms. Chamberlin played the diner proprietor Vi and sang educational duets with a little-known actor named Morgan Freeman on the show, which debuted in 1971.
After the second season, she jumped from children’s television to Shakespeare (though some of her “Electric Company” skits were replayed until the show went off the air in 1977). Mel Gussow of The New York Times called her an “appealing” Cordelia to James Earl Jones’s King Lear in his review of a 1973 production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
She also appeared in the movies “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974) and “Let’s Do It Again” (1975), both directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Mr. Poitier and Mr. Cosby.
Some years later, she and Mr. Jones worked together again, this time as husband and wife in a CBS police drama, “Paris.”
“Some of the best scenes are between Jones and Lee Chamberlin as Barbara Paris,” the television critic Tom Shales wrote in The Washington Post in 1979. “There’s an honest, wholesome sort of sexuality between them, rare for these little TV fictions.”
Lee Chamberlin was born Alverta La Pallo on Feb. 14, 1938, in Upper Manhattan. (She changed her first name for her acting career.) She grew up there and later graduated from New York University. She married Daniel Edward Chamberlin in 1960.
One of Ms. Chamberlin’s earliest parts was in a short-lived 1970 Off Broadway production of “Slave Ship,” by the poet and playwright Amiri Baraka, then known as LeRoi Jones.
From 1983 to 1995, she was the supportive mother of the character played by Debbi Morgan on the ABC soap opera “All My Children,” her longest recurring part. She also appeared on sitcoms like “Diff’rent Strokes” and “What’s Happening!” and dramas like “N.Y.P.D. Blue.”
Her husband died in 1999. In addition to her son, she is survived by her father, Bernando La Pallo; a sister, Nandra Gant; a daughter, Erika Chamberlin; and two grandchildren.
In 2010, Ms. Chamberlin founded the Playwrights’ Inn Project in Paris. The project helps African-American playwrights develop their work.
Lucci Cheers On RangersHelmut Huber and Susan Lucci whip out their towels to cheer on the home team: Photo.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Posts Amazing Jessica Simpson Throwback Photo(Photo) Look at these two young 'uns!
We have arrived at yet another Thursday, and we all know what that means—throwback pictures, yay! And, per usual, the stars have given us another array of fantastic vintage gems, from baby pics (always a fan-favorite) to weddings to old modeling shoots.
But the one that takes the cake this week is from the lovely Sarah Michelle Gellar, who posted a photo of herself with fellow celeb Jessica Simpson. SMG flaunted her figure in a satin pink gown while Jess showed off her killer bod in a blue sequin dress.
"@JessicaSimpson spring cleaning and found this- thought it was quite the #TBT #bodiesbeforebabies," she tweeted.
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.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford Marries in Hawaii(Pic) Christopher Kennedy Lawford (ex-Charlie, All My Children/ex-Senator Jordan, General Hospital) , the son of actor Peter Lawford and President John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia, married Mercedes Miller in Maui, Hawaii, over the weekend.
Lawford, 59, met his bride, a yoga teacher, 34, in Maui, where they both live part time. It's his second marriage. (He has three children from his first marriage to Jeannie Olsson.)
The theme for Sunday's wedding was Hawaiian, from the food to the flowers.
The décor featured tropical and native plants from Maui, as well as orchids, peonies, roses and a bleached driftwood arch, which the couple stood under as they exchanged vows.
The groom, whose father, Peter, was a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, wrote a best-selling memoir Symptoms of Withdrawal in 2005 about his near-fatal addiction to alcohol, painkillers and heroin and his path to sobriety.
Today, Lawford, who has been sober 27 years, is grateful for how far he's come. "God must love me a lot," he says, "because I was able to find this amazing woman on a rock in the Pacific!"
His new bride is equally effusive.
"Marrying Christopher Lawford is knowing that I have my best friend for life," says Mercedes Lawford. "And that is the best feeling in the world!"
Family and friends of the couple dined on a Hawaiian-inspired menu prepared by Chef Dan Fiske featuring Ahi tuna sashimi salad, Maui beef carpaccio and locally caught fresh fish steamed with lemongrass and ginger, followed by an array of desserts including mango and strawberry shortcake, macadamia nut shortbread and a raw wedding cake with chocolate, lilikoi (the local name for passionfruit) and coconut.
Lawford was only 8 when his uncle, JFK, was assassinated in Dallas. After his second uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968, he began to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs.
Since Symptoms of Withdrawal, he's written three books about addiction and healing, including his latest What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone.
'The Flash': John Wesley Shipp to play Barry Allen's dad(Pic) "The Flash" is officially coming to The CW in the fall, which means it's time for one last piece of big casting news: John Wesley Shipp (ex-Eddie, One Life To Live/ex-Garner, All My Children/ex-Martin, Santa Barbara/ex-Kelly, Guiding Light/ex-Doug, As The World Turns) will play Barry Allen's father, Henry Allen.
Shipp -- who played the Barry Allen/Flash character in the 1990-1991 series of that name -- will recur as Henry, a man wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife since Barry (Grant Gustin) was 11. He will be seen in both flashbacks and Central City's present day.
"Flash" executive producer Greg Berlanti had the following to say about the actor and character:
"Given his history with 'The Flash,' Andrew, Geoff and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at 'Dawson's Creek.' He's a great actor and a great guy."
In addition to "Dawson's Creek" and "The Flash," TV audiences know Shipp from roles on "Teen Wolf" and "One Life to Live."
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.
Josh Duhamel Dons Blond Wig, Channels His Inner Surfer Dude While Attending Hawaiian-Themed Party With Fergie(Photo) Talk about getting into the spirit of things.
Josh Duhamel did just that while attending a Hawaiian-themed party with wife Fergie in Beverly HIlls, Calif., on Saturday.
Decked out in a blond wig, floral-patterned shirt, shorts, flip-flops, hat, sunglasses and a lei, the 41-year-old actor seemed to be playfully channeling his inner surfer dude. Heck, even his bag was luau-ready!
Fergie, meanwhile, sported an outfit that was a lot less outrageous than her hubby's, and, as always, she looked fabulous.
The pretty pair, of course, recently became parent to son Axl, who was born in August 2013.
While chatting with E! News at an event in New York City last month, Fergie revealed that her little man is starting to speak.
"He's actually talking now—well, formulating what he things are words," the Black Eyed Peas singer said with a smile. "We're just kind of trying to figure it out."
Aaron Eckhart & Finn Wittrock Star In 'My All American', Seminal U Of Texas Gridiron Tale(deadline.com) Aaron Eckhart will play University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal and Finn Wittrock will play UT football great Freddie Steinmark in My All American, a film that feels like a cross between Brian’s Song and Rudy, the latter of which was written by Angelo Pizzo, who’s making his directorial debut on My All American. Wittrock, coming off Noah and co-starring in the upcoming Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, plays Steinmark. A scrappy undersized defensive back, Steinmark was a standout player on the national-title-winning 1969 team, before his gridiron career was tragically cut short when he went to the hospital for a bone bruise and learned that he had a cancerous tumor that took his leg and ended his career. The film’s being largely financed by Bud Brigham, a gas and oil industry entrepreneur who is from Austin, where the movie will begin shooting on location next month.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
‘Deadly Affairs’, Hosted by Susan Lucci, Renewed for Season Three by Investigation DiscoveryInvestigation Discovery has greenlit real-life soap opera DEADLY AFFAIRS for season three. Hosted by daytime TV queen, Susan Lucci, DEADLY AFFAIRS was one of ID’s top five shows during 3Q 2013 in delivery for W25-54, W18-49, and P25-54. The series continued to entice fans with titillating stories all season long reaching over 9.7 million unique viewers P2+. The new season promises to deliver stories of passionate love affairs turned crimes of passion when it premieres summer 2014.
“We just can’t get enough of Susan Lucci -- our affair with her is out in the open and we couldn’t be happier to continue for a third season,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Destination America. “Our viewers are often tempted by the suspense of ‘will they or won’t they?’ -- and with DEADLY AFFAIRS, we already know they did -- and they probably shouldn’t have!
“I am so excited to be going into Season three with DEADLY AFFAIRS,” said Susan Lucci. “And I’m even more excited that so many fans are telling me that they are ‘addicted’ to the show!”
DEADLY AFFAIRS tells real-life tales of love gone terribly wrong – from wandering eyes at the workplace leading to adulterous romps in the supply closet to bible-study couples tempted by lust to commit the ultimate sin – proving affairs can be murder on the heart. Episodes feature stories interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts, as well as first-person accounts from friends and family of the victims.
DEADLY AFFAIRS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Sirens Media. For Sirens Media, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, and Anne Rothwell are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery,Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
Susan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica KaneSusan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica Kane: Video.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
Will you miss All My Children?
Cady McClain Confirms AMC's EndProspect Park still has offered no comment or official statement regarding the fate of AMC, but hot on the heels of Debbi Morgan's (Angie) statements on Twitter revealing that the show will not go on, Cady McClain (Dixie) is speaking out, too. On her Facebook page, the actress released the following statement: "If you aren't hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it's really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie [sic] Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all 'the powers that be' involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the 'What Went Wrong' question, I think I'd rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I've known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You've been AWESOME."
Debbi Morgan On AMC's Fate: "I'm So Very Sorry"While no official word has come from Prospect Park regarding whether AMC will return for a second season, Debbi Morgan (Angie) has tweeted several comments that seem to support the rumor that the show is done. "I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we'd definitely [be] coming back," she wrote. "Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we'd been given! I'm so very sorry2 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what's in God's plan. I do know there's always a bigger picture! Thanks For The Memories..."
Susan Lucci: My New York(nypost.com) Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, Long Island, but she fell in love with Manhattan when she got the job of a lifetime in 1970: playing the iconic Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera “All My Children.” Lucci would study her lines in the car on the way to the show’s Upper West Side studio only putting down her script to gaze at the skyline through Central Park. Today, she’s back living in Garden City and filming in Manhattan — her Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Affairs,” which just premiered its second season. This is her New York.
1. Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., between 85th and 86th streets
“My husband is Austrian, so when he’s feeling a little homesick, we go here, and it’s like being in Vienna for the afternoon. The quark is very authentic — it’s like a cheesecake, but that does not begin to do it justice. It’s so light and has a lemon taste to it. Last November, we were trying to squeeze in a trip to Paris, but we had so many commitments and we couldn’t get away. So we checked into the St. Regis — we didn’t tell anyone except our children. We went to a French restaurant to feel like we were in France and Cafe Sabarsky to feel like we were in Austria. It was like being in Europe for the weekend, and we had the best time.”
2. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302. W. 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues
“We try to see a Broadway show a couple times a month. We mostly go to musicals. I grew up loving Broadway musicals. I’d put on my parents’ cast albums and stand on the stool and sing in the mirror. One of the first ones was ‘Damn Yankees.’ I was about 3 years old. The last show I saw was ‘Kinky Boots.’ Oh, I thought it was fabulous.”
3. Central Park, 110th Street and Central Park North
“For most of my adult life, I drove through Central Park every morning going to work. I’d enter at the North Drive, at 110th Street. I was always studying on my way in, but the minute we turned into the park, no matter where I was in the script, I’d put it down. Central Park is one of the treasures of this country — the light, the landscaping, the people. I just can’t say enough about it. My very favorite season there is spring. After the long winters in New York, you see green buds and weeping willows, forsythia coming out and daffodils poking through. I’ve also filmed in the park, and my husband and I have gone on a gondola ride in the lake. It’s just magical.”
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
“I have great memories of taking my children to the Met. They would say, ‘Can we take a later train home?’ They love the Egyptian wing and all the mummies. And I love the café. I’m looking forward to going there for jazz nights this fall.”
5. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street
“Bergdorf’s has it all! I go to the seventh floor for inspiration. I just walk around and look at the table settings and accessories — they’re so beautiful. I bought a fabulous black-and-white photograph there for my husband for our anniversary. It’s from a Harper’s Bazaar layout in the ’60s. It’s a man and woman, and he’s lighting her cigarette with his. I thought it was sexy and fabulous. It reminded me of when we first met.”
6. Campagnola, 1382 First Ave., at 74th Street
“If a Martian came from outer space and wanted to experience a real New York Italian restaurant, they would go to Campagnola. You’ve got Freddie (below) playing the piano when you walk in, they’re four deep at the bar, there’s a wooden floor — it’s so cozy. We’ve taken our son, and now he takes his friends. For us, it’s more of a dinner place, and they serve late, so we’ve gone after the theater, on the way home. There are so many colorful characters there: politicians, ballplayers, Wall Street bankers and actors.”
7. Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st Street
“There’s a very New York vibe, and you feel that the minute you’re in the store. They curate their collection of jewelry so well. Everything is cutting-edge, and I love that about Barneys. I have done some damage in that shoe department, too — my husband will tell you! He is not a shopper, he hates to shop. So he ushers me through as quickly as possible, then we go for lunch at Fred’s.”
8. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues
“I went for the first time two years ago with my college roommate and her husband when they came up from Washington, DC. The fact that it was a private home, it feels so accessible and personal — you get to see the Monets and the Rembrandts in an environment that feels like a home. We had the best time and then, after that, we went Christmas shopping for our daughters and stopped at a pashmina cart, and bought a bunch of them.”
9. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., at Park Avenue South
“When I was getting ready to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1999, my voice teacher was on 16th Street. After my lessons, my husband and I started going to Gramery Tavern quite often, and we just love it. The pastry chef is fantastic. I try everything she makes!”
Maiden season of Internet soap operas yields vital lessons, says company co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz(nydailynews.com) The pioneering first online seasons of the soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” are wrapping up, with the producers saying that, as expected, they learned some lessons.
The season’s last original episode of “One Life to Live” airs Monday, with the season’s last original “All My Children” on Sept. 2.
The Prospect Park production company’s The Online Network (TOLN) says both will return at an unspecified date for a second season. The network says both have been successful enough for to justify continuing.
“We have tackled more business, creative and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production,” said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz.
Reviving two canceled soaps with most of the casts intact was unprecedented — as was the gamble in producing them only for the Internet.
Kwatinetz and his partner Rich Frank said they expected to make adjustments on the fly, and the biggest one came a couple of weeks into the season, when the number of shows per week for each program was cut from four to two.
Since the shows run a half hour, this means only an hour a week of new programming.
In a statement, Frank and Kwatinetz said that’s all that most of the online audience had time to watch.
“We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much,” they said.
They promised next season will have extra content and more interactivity.
As for this season’s wrapups, “One Life to Live” ends with the whole town of Llanview attending the Man of the Year dinner. “All My Children,” the producers say, will end by “wrapping up many of the season’s burning questions.”
Susan Lucci Cried Tears Of Joy Over 'All My Children' Lesbian Storyline(ontopmag.com) Susan Lucci has said that she cried tears of joy when she learned of a lesbian storyline involving her television daughter on the ABC soap All My Children.
On the show, Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) came out gay to her mother, Erica Kane (Lucci), in late 2000.
Appearing on cabler Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Lucci was asked how she felt about the storyline.
“The storyline was presented to me by our executive producer at that time. She called me into her office and we both just sat there with tears because it sounded like it was going to be such a great storyline, and it was,” Lucci said. “She told me that a lot of gay kids, and even gays in their 20s, they would rather commit suicide than come out to their parents. And I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, if I can be part of a storyline here that would help one person feel good about themselves, and be who they really are, and know that their parents can love them anyway – they just have to be themselves. I was thrilled to be part of it.”
“That storyline really had a lot of impact, I'm very proud and happy to say,” she added.
'Fruitvale Station' Duo Ryan Coogler And Michael B. Jordan Team With Sly Stallone On MGM 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed'(deadline.com) MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’s Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer. This comes in the wake of a strong summer platform opening for Fruitvale Station, the film that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance, and captured Prize Of The Future at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coogler and Jordan were the toast of the Croisette. Coogler intends for this to be his directorial follow-up to Fruitvale Station so the intention is to make it happen quickly.
Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s hard to get excited about what amounts to the seventh film in the Rocky series. This feels different to me, mostly because of how it came together. Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King.
The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979's Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985's Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.
What is intriguing is how Coogler intends to plug back into the mythology of the first three Rocky films, which were the best ones, and then move the story forward. Jordan seems perfect for the role, given his charisma and intensity, and the fact he’s a natural athlete and was a most convincing quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights. Coogler played college football on a scholarship as a wide receiver, so he has a background in jock culture. The deal is being finalized by WME, which reps Coogler, Jordan and Stallone. Jordan is managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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