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Colossal Catch! Josh Duhamel Reels In a 'Whopper' of a Fish in North Dakota(Pic) As if Josh Duhamel isn't the perfect catch himself.
The Battle Creek actor, 42, visited his home state of North Dakota over the weekend to participate in a video shoot to promote tourism when he caught a colossal fish.
Rest assured that this fish proves traveling to the state for fishing alone is sure worth it.
"Caught a whopper in Devil's Lake. Whoops! #NDLegendary," Duhamel posted proudly on his Instagram.
In 2010, Fergie's husband chatted with PEOPLE about taking his father-in-law ice fishing. While he noted it wasn't necessarily "the most adventurous fishing," he admitted "it's one of the best excuses to drink a beer."
North Dakota decided to bring Duhamel back for Round 2, following a successful 2014 advertising campaign.
Inside Fergie and Josh Duhamel's Vegas Date NightFergie and Josh Duhamel stepped out in true Vegas fashion to celebrate a special birthday this week.
On Thursday, the couple enjoyed dinner at Hakkasan in Las Vegas to celebrate Duhamel's sister Ashlee's birthday.
According to an onlooker, the intimate group of family and friends sipped on specialty cocktails and tucked into a number of the restaurant's signature dishes.
"They were laughing with one another and toasting throughout the evening," says the source.
After a few hours of feasting, the group made their way to TAO Nightclub, where they danced and took photos with each other at a VIP table.
At one point, Fergie made her way to the DJ booth with DJ Five and had him pause the music so she could lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to her sister-in-law, says a fellow partier.
This won't be the only birthday celebration the couple will mark this month. Their one-year-old son, Axl, will be turning 2 at the end of the month.
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health to Honor Susan LucciThe Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will host Sports Ball 2015, their 21st annual black tie & sneakers gala, on Wednesday, October 21st at Guastavino's, 409 East 59th Street in New York City.
Susan Lucci, star of DEVIOUS MAIDS Emmy award-winner for ALL MY CHILDREN, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur; Tim Morehouse, Olympic Medalist, Fencing, & Founder, Fencing in the Schools; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Ivan D. Smith, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Dr. John F. Williams, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award. Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is also being honored for their global commitment to health and well-being.
Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Host and Cheryl Wills, award winning NY1 News Anchor and author, will host the gala.
"Our 21th annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe - the late tennis champion and humanitarian," says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. "Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify their commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place."
The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute's innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.
Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2015 (list in formation) include American Express, AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Healthfirst, Korn Ferry, MetLife and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of Reebok sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction.
Individual Sports Ball tickets are $1000 per person and tables are available for $10,000-$50,000. For additional information about Sports Ball and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, call 718-222-5953 or visit www.arthurasheinstitute.org.
Sarah Michelle Gellar: How I Teach My Daughter About Childhood HungerBecoming a mother to daughter Charlotte Grace, 5, and son Rocky James, 3 next month, renewed Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s drive to give back.
“You realize when you become a parent that it’s not just your children you’re responsible for, it’s everybody’s children,” the actress, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I really looked for something that I could do on a local and national level that involved children, and also someplace that I could introduce my children to social awareness.”
That’s why Gellar got involved with No Kid Hungry, which aims to end childhood hunger in America.
“It can’t just be me saying to my daughter, ‘There are hungry children out there,’ ” she says. “I need her to understand that those hungry children are next door, and that this is a real problem. I think the most important thing about No Kid Hungry is that they don’t just say there’s a problem — they have a solution.”
The organization works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food in schools and at home through several different initiatives. Gellar has seen firsthand the positive effects of a pilot program that brings breakfast into first period in local elementary schools, and the Cooking Matters program, which teaches families how to choose healthy and affordable meals at their local supermarkets.
“[These programs provide] education and understanding, not just that food tastes good and has a purpose, but how it fills you up and what it does long-term for brain cells and development,” she explains.
Gellar hopes to impart the same lessons No Kid Hungry teaches upon her own daughter.
“I want her to love food, and to learn that not everything comes out of a box or a vending machine,” she says.
“I think if you involve kids in the process [of choosing healthy foods], and you make them understand where it comes from and how it’s grown, they take ownership. That’s what you want them ultimately to do — take ownership of their bodies and their world.”
Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price heat up food eventCurtis Stone makes time for romance, even when he’s working.
Stone’s wife, the actress Lindsay Price, joined him at an event for his new at-sea restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone aboard Princess Cruises.
We’re told the couple looked adorable as they hugged and kissed throughout the event, held in Los Angeles Monday night. He even whipped up a special dish for her: a chicken liver parfait with pomegranate marmalade.
Price, 38, stunned in an off-the-shoulder floral-print dress 11 months after giving birth to the pair’s second child, a son named Emerson Spencer. The celebrity chef, 39, and the former “Lipstick Jungle” star also share a toddler son named Hudson.
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan Will Host Lincoln Center Dance TelecastsThe Live With Kelly And Michael stars will host Lincoln Center At The Movies: Great American Dance, a new fall 2015 cinema series partnering Lincoln Center with Fathom Events. The monthly showcase will offer presentations by four leading American troupes: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The series launches on September 24 in some 600 theaters with San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo And Juliet.
Ripa and Strahan will introduce each performance and discuss the inspiration behind the works. The Emmy-winning talk-show hosts have taped segments at the famed performing arts complex on Manhattan’s West Side. Ripa hosted New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker LIVE, produced by Lincoln Center for Fathom’s live broadcast in movie theaters in December 2011.
The presentations are taped in HD by the multi-Emmy Award-winning team responsible for Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts on PBS, Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer. Each screening will include interviews with the companies’ principal dancers and inside looks at the productions. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/lincoln-center-at-the-movies/more-info/lincoln-center-at-the-movies-events
Eden Riegel & Khary Payton Among Voice Cast For Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ MovieThe Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie, a precursor to The Lion Guard TV series, is set to premiere in November on Disney Channel with Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland among the voice cast. James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from The Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively.
The movie, a continuing of The Lion King tale, follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie previews The Lion Guard TV series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo on Sunday, August 16.
Cast includes Rob Lowe (The Grinder) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) as Nala. Max Charles (The Strain) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Kion’s best friend Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.
Set in the African Savanna, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar follows Kion as he assembles the members of the Lion Guard. While traditionally the Lion Guard has been comprised of lions known to be the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands, Kion breaks tradition by instead calling upon some of his friends who he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities. Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.
The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants,. Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) developed the movie and series and serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is the director.
Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel, Sarah Hyland, Madison Pettis, Jeff Bennett. Andrew Kishino, Vargus Mason, Greg Ellis, Khary Payton and Kevin Schon. Disney TV Animation is the producer.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Tribute to Robin Williams on One-Year Anniversary of His Death(Photo) Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Instagram on Monday night to pay tribute to her former TV dad Robin Williams on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Sharing a photo of the Boston park bench that Williams sat on in an iconic scene from Good Will Hunting, Gellar, who starred with the Oscar winner in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here," she wrote. "This is to have succeeded."
"You succeeded RW," she added.
Williams committed suicide at the age of 63 at his home in Tiburon, California, on Aug. 11 last year.
The actor left a deep impression on Gellar – she described him to PEOPLE last year as "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," she said in a statement shortly after his death. "I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on."
Kingdom Season 2 Gets Premiere DateSeason 2 of the dysfunctional family/MMA drama Kingdom will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on the DirecTV Audience Network, it was announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.
Kingdom‘s sophomore run begins with Ryan “The Destroyer” Wheeler (Friday Night Lights‘ Matt Lauria) defending his title and Jay (Parenthood‘s Jonathan Tucker) finding a new obsession, while Alvey’s (Frank Grillo) improved fortune has led to a bigger gym, but also a bigger appetite for risk.
Elsewhere, Lisa focuses on managing a female fighter (new series regular Natalie Martinez, Under the Dome), Nate’s determination to get back in the cage causes rifts with his family, while Christina gets a taste of the sober life.
In addition to Martinez joining the cast, Mark Consuelos (All My Children) and Jessica Szohr (Complications) will recur as an old friend of Alvey’s and a Jay’s aforementioned obsession, respectively.
Debbi Morgan shines in one-woman show(journalnow.com) Many people know actress Debbi Morgan for her role as Dr. Angie Hubbard on the ABC soap opera, “All My Children,” so much so that when fans see her out in the street, they call her Angie. But in her one-woman show, “The Monkey on My Back,” Morgan opened up about her own life’s journey, from fear and abuse to empowerment and self-love.
The proverbial “monkey on my back” refers to the cycle of physical and emotional abuse that her grandmother and her mother went through. That cycle continued in Morgan’s own relationships, starting with the drug-dealing boyfriend of her youth and continuing through four marriages, with her fourth marriage to Jeffrey Winston being the charm.
An Emmy-award winning actress, Morgan gives her own story as much gusto, vulnerability and energy as she gives to her film, theatrical and television roles. She plumbs the dark emotions of her painful past. But she also brings a sharp and biting sense of humor.
Directed by Denise Dowse, the show is simple, with old family pictures and moments from Morgan’s past projected on the screen. There are happy moments, as she describes the impact of her mentor, Jim Mendenhall, who encouraged her to become an actress after he saw her in a high school production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, where she played the role of Puck.
And there are not-so-happy moments, such as when she heard her mother being abused as a child and wished her father would die, or the mean things her second husband said and did to her (though she never says his name, she provides enough details that you can figure out who he is just by Googling him).
But Morgan owns all of her life, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, because in the end, she dug her way out and found her path to her own joy.
Jeff Kwatinetz To Relaunch The Firm Management & Production CompanyJeff Kwatinetz is bringing back The Firm. Almost seven years after the management and production company folded following the exit of CEO Kwatinetz, the brand is making a comeback. Kwatinetz, who went on to launch Prospect Park with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank, will be relaunching The Firm, which he originally established nearly two decades ago. Like its original incarnation, The Firm, based in Santa Monica, will work in music, film and television, and sports.
Kwatinetz said he made the decision to relaunch The Firm after getting feedback from the creative community in recent years. “In the years since we shuttered The Firm, the industry has consolidated to the point where it’s hard to find a top management company that isn’t a division of a larger entertainment conglomerate,” Kwatinetz said. “This consolidation has created an industry rife with conflicts of interest, where the artist often loses. The Firm solves that problem by making creative success the top priority.”
The management operations of Prospect Park will move to The Firm. All existing television projects will remain under Prospect Park, including series Royal Pains and Salem and projects in development in broadcast, cable and digital including Black Heart at ABC, Tough Love (Amazon), Hard Foul (Showtime), A Midsummer’s Nightmare (Lifetime) Relics (Sony International Networks), and the Christina Aguilera co-produced ABC Family dramedy tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs. Moving forward, all film and television projects will be developed under The Firm banner. They will continue to be shepherded by Prospect Park TV partner Josh Barry who will be a partner at The Firm.
Ice Cube, who has worked with Kwatinetz for the past 18 years, and his production company CubeVision, will now come under the purview of The Firm. CubeVision’s upcoming projects include Universal’s Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2 and MGM’s Barbershop 3.
The Firm’s client roster also includes Dead Sara, Five Knives and P.O.D. The newest signing is the National Basketball Players Association, for which the company is developing non-basketball related revenue and marketing opportunities. Last month the company produced the first-ever Players Awards, which was broadcast on BET.
In addition to CEO Kwatinetz, The Firm’s senior management team includes General Manager Jeremy Summers, a 20-year record label veteran who was most recently EVP/Chief Marketing Officer of Interscope/Geffen/A&M, and Angelica Cob-Baehler, who was EVP at EMI and Epic Records.
Kwatinetz and Summers will continue to oversee the Prospect Park Records label. Its roster includes Five Finger Death Punch, whose new record is released September 4.
Prospect Park hit a bump with its online venture, Prospect Park Networks, which filed for Chapter 11 last year after a dispute with ABC over licensing soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.
Kelly Ripa Weighs in on Resting Bitch Face, Says She Got Botox Because People Thought She Looked ''Angry''Kelly Ripa has made no secret of the fact that she's a fan of Botox.
So, the 44-year-old talk show host was quick to weigh in on the subject during Friday's edisode of Live! With Kelly and Michael during a candid conversation about resting bitch face.
"They are saying that women are going to seek plastic surgery to have their resting b-faces corrected," Ripa, who censored the word for the morning show, revealed. "I say don't be such a B and maybe you won't have an RBF. Am I wrong or am I right?"
Co-host Michael Strahan then chimed in and said, "Some people always have the face where you have to say ‘What's wrong? Are you ok?'"
Ripa's honest response?
"That's why I got Botox! I got Botox here [pointing to her forehead] because people kept saying ‘Are you OK' and I'm like ‘I'm fine why?' ‘You look like you're angry.' I was like, ‘Then it's time to get Botox.'
"Now even when I am angry, people don't know," she continued before admitting, "I've been yelling at [executive producer Michael] Gelman for three weeks…Now I just look happy all the time."
This isn't the first time the mother of three has boasted about the miracles Botox. She previously told Andy Cohen during a July 2014 episode of Watch What Happens Live that it completely changed her morning routine.
"It's cut my getting ready time in half," she revealed. "I'm not advocating for it one way or the other. I'm just saying Botox changed my life."
Ouch! Now Kelly Ripa’s husband is injured, too(Photo) Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos have matching boots — and not the fashionable kind.
Just a week after Ripa broke her left foot during a dance class, Consuelos suffered a small calf tear, nabbing him a clunky medical boot on his left foot, too.
He shared a pic of the injured twosome on Instagram Thursday afternoon, captioning it, “Can’t make this sh#! Up.”
Ripa then tweeted, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW??????????? WTF?????”
The funny-not-funny twist? The “Live! With Kelly and Michael” host says her husband, 44, poked fun at her broken foot, and even went so far as to videotape her trip to the hospital.
“Mark is at the hospital with me and has never in 21 years felt the need to photograph me, videotape me, when I have full hair and makeup,” Ripa, 44, said on the July 30 episode of “Live!” “But yesterday, he followed me around with a camera, he was never more alive, he loved this moment of suffering.”
Ripa’s slated to be in the boot for a total of six weeks.
Robin Strasser finds new scenery in Thousand Oaks(Photo) Robin Strasser of “One Life to Live” fame has cast herself as a bicoastal resident with the purchase of a home in Ventura County.
The actress and native New Yorker recently paid $975,000 for a two-story home in the Newbury Park area of Thousand Oaks.
Set on half an acre in a gated community, the house features a brick-lined walkway, a fire pit, a barbecue island and a swimming pool with raised spa and a waterfall.
Within the nearly 3,000 square feet of space is a step-down living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace that opens to a formal dining room. Other areas include a family room with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Large picture windows take in grounds containing mature oaks and views of the surrounding hillsides.
The house came on the market last year for $1.15 million and was more recently priced at $1.119 million, property records show.
Linda Hutchings of White House Properties had the listing. G.R. Arnold of First American Real Estate represented Strasser in the sale, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Strasser, 70, has had a prolific television career, with appearances on such shows as “Knots Landing,” “Coach” and “All My Children." She is best known for her role as Dorian Lord on the long-running daytime soap opera “One Life to Live,” for which she won a Daytime Emmy.
Michael B. Jordan Opens Up About Working With Bill Cosby: "He Demanded a Professionalism From Everyone"(Pic) Michael B. Jordan has been popping up everywhere, and his rise to mega-stardom shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The Fantastic Four star has been toiling at acting since he was a kid, so with major roles such as Fruitvale Station and That Awkward Moment now under his belt, Jordan finds himself reflecting on those early days. In a recent interview with Dujour magazine, he talks about working at the age of 12 opposite a then-revered Bill Cosby.
Describing the sitcom star as intimidating and motivating, Jordan says Cosby taught him a lot on set. (It appears that the mag didn't grill Jordan about his thoughts on Cosby now.)
"He commanded that set; that was his show," Jordan says, referring to the late-'90s sitcom Cosby. "He demanded a professionalism from everyone." Cosby taught him to how to embody his character, a trick that taught him about unparalleled dedication, no matter the cost.
"He gave me a tick," Jordan recalls in Dujour. "[He said], 'You care about your hair. You love your hair. You brush your hair nonstop all day. That's what you do.' And I was like 'alright, got it.' So I brushed my hair. And you're shooting this thing for hours. Imagine brushing your hair until your scalp is raw."
Jordan walked away learning how far he'd go for a role, no matter how small or large his part might be. Seeing as he played a struggling addict on Parenthood and a troubled teen on All My Children and The Wire, the lesson stuck with him. But while he has played rough-and-tumble characters in the past, he doesn't want his fans to confuse him with his onscreen characters.
"It's so weird, people think they know me based on my character, and I've played some pretty good guys," he says. "I think I'm a good guy, but I have my moments—I'm not a saint at all."
He might say he's "not a saint," but girls everywhere would probably swoon at his stance on relationships! Looking to his parents as role models, Jordan says, "My family environment growing up is very much what I want eventually. It gives me hope and a longing for something more than the surface kind of relationships that you have so much. I always use them as a gauge."
He also tells Dujour, "They were 28 or 29 when they got married. So I have a year… But unless something dramatic goes down, I don't see that happening."
You never know!
For more photos, plus more from Michael's interview, check out Dujour.com
‘Fantastic Four’ cast bonds over dinner and drinks(Pic) The cast of “Fantastic Four”— Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell — had dinner at Bond St in Noho Sunday night.
The group were seen walking into the Asian restaurant arm -in-arm along with Teller’s girlfriend Keleigh Sperry.
Spies said the actors sat near ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, who dined with four other guests at a separate table.
The cast members downed a few bottles of sake, short ribs, sushi and dessert and stayed until the restaurant closed.
The cast said “it wasn’t hard to build .?.?. chemistry” on set during their appearance on “Today” Monday.
Stars Mara and Bell are rumored to be dating, although they haven’t confirmed their relationship.
Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara Field Racist and Sexist Fantastic Four Press Tour Questions Like Pros(Video) Another week, another awkward interview.
This time, three of the stars of Fantastic Four were fielding uncomfortable questions, courtesy of shock jock Steven J. Rickman. The radio host, known as Southside Steve on the Rock 100.5 Morning Show in Atlanta, began by asking Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara what he thought was an "obvious" question, as he plays Johnny Storm/Human Torch and she plays Susan Storm/Invisible Woman.
"Am I missing something?" Rickman asked.
"You're white and you're black," he said. "How does that happen?"
"They could be raised as brother and sister," Jordan said of the Storm siblings, who are white in Marvel's comic books. "There's a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the 'obvious adoption.'"
The conversation took another sharp turn when Rickman became seemingly obsessed with Mara's appearance—particularly in relation to her hair. "You're way, way hot," he told her. "Why'd you cut the hair? Your hair was beautiful."
"I'm sorry," Mara said. "I know you don't like it. I can tell."
"This is a great interview," she said sarcastically before exchanging glances with Jamie Bell and Jordan. Rickman told her, "You look great with short hair or long hair, but the long hair was excellent. So, did you cut your hair for this?"
"I cut my hair for a movie I just did," Mara replied.
"What would you cut your hair for?" Rickman asked.
"They asked me to," Mara explained. "I'm an actress. I have to be a chameleon."
For whatever reason, Rickman couldn't let it go.
"So, this could be a three or four movie run for you guys," he said.
"We hope so," Mara told him.
"And you're going to grow your hair back, hopefully?" Rickman asked.
A publicist stepped in to wrap up the interview at that point.
Co-host Jason Bailey sympathized with Mara after Rickman's line of questioning. "Is that weirding you out that he's doing that?" he asked. "It's creeping me out."
"Which part?" Mara asked.
"The hair thing," Bailey said.
"I mean..." Mara said.
Before she could finish her sentence, Rickman became even creepier.
"I'm a toe guy," Rickman said. "Your toes are fine."
"Wow," Mara said.
After the interview, Rickman tweeted that the interview was the "3rd most awkward moment in my life." In another tweet, he wrote, "They weren't sexist remarks really.. I love long hair and her's for sure.. She looked fine w/short too..just being me." Amid backlash, he tweeted, "Doing morning radio for 25 years in major market..playing to my audience giving some love and your topless.. & i'm the perv."
Bailey defended Rickman via e-mail, telling BuzzFeed that he's "not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets," but he "was curious about the brother and sister thing. You have a white sister and black brother. Wouldn't you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they'd have some different backstory." Rickman asked Mara about her hair when Jordan took a phone call, "so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way. As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that...sorry...no idea. Steve likes girl's toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don't get enough of them. Who knows?"
Speaking on-air Monday, Bailey said, "It's blown way out of proportion." Regarding Rickman's comments about Mara's toes, he said, "If I had a nickel every time Steve said that to a man or a woman… I would be very, very wealthy. It's just a Steve thing." Rickman also clarified, "I don't do anything weird with feet."
Rickman didn't understand why people were bothered by questions related to Mara's current hairstyle. "I guess it was the time frame or her mood that it came across as sexist," Rickman said in a text message (via AJC.com). "I was just shocked to see that she cut 22 inches off her head, but she looked fine with short hair too."
STACY HAIDUK BACK TO Y&RStacy Haiduk will be back to reprise the role of Paul’s screwy sister, Patty Williams, a spokesperson for Y&R confirms exclusively to Digest. The actress will report to the studio next week and begin airing in September. Haiduk first started playing the role in 2009; Patty was last seen in 2012.
Mark Consuelos Responds to Justin Bieber's Crush on Wife Kelly Ripa on Watch What Happens LiveNo one was more surprised than Kelly Ripa to find out 21-year-old Justin Bieber has a "huge crush" on her.
The pop star recently posted an epic throwback of the 44-year-old Live! With Kelly and Michael host in a bikini, captioning it, "Wow Kelly makes me feel some type of way no disrespect I know she's married! #bigcrush." But Ripa joked on-air the next day that she thought something might be wrong with him!
"Justin, I love you, you know that I've taken my daughter to 400 Justin Bieber concerts," she explained to the audience. "I do believe this is a cry for help. I'm worried about him."
She also explained that her husband, Mark Consuelos, couldn't even imagine where the "Boyfriend" singer could have even stumbled across a picture like that. "Mark literally said, 'Where did they find that picture?'" Ripa dished. "And I said, 'A dentist's office from 1980.'"
But while appearing on Watch What Happens Live Sunday, Mark was asked by a caller how he felt about Bieber's crush.
"I thought it was fantastic," he confessed. "I agreed with what he said; she makes me feel a certain way as well."
While host Andy Cohen and co-guest Christina Applegateanticipated a different response, Mark kept it light.
"I know, but what are you going to do? Be angry at Justin Bieber?"
Applegate and Consuelos both agreed that being—and staying—mad at Bieber is probably unlikely, so they joked that they would have shirts made that say, "Don't Be Angry at Justin Bieber."
Although Mark and Kelly were able to have a good laugh over the tween sensation's crush, their teenage daughter, Lola Grace, had something else to say about it. Ripa confessed that the "Home to Mama" crooner's Instagram made her that much cooler in her household.
"Thank you, Justin, though! You really gave me tremendous street cred with my daughter," she said on Live!.
Sylvester Stallone gives ‘Rocky’ advice to sequel’s starSylvester Stallone had just two words of advice for actor Michael B. Jordan on the set of the new “Rocky” sequel “Creed” on how to recover from physically demanding boxing scenes — “ice baths!”
“They’re the devil,” Jordan, 28, admitted of Sly’s freezing remedy.
But on dry land, “Working with Sly was awesome,” he said. “He let me and [director] Ryan [Coogler] kind of do our thing with these characters he developed and created 40 years ago.”
Jordan recalled at a Sports Matter Summer Panel: “I ate six times a day and worked out two to three times a day — a lot of boxing.” The Newark native who’s also starring as the Human Torch in Fox’s rebooted “Fantastic Four” franchise this month, wants to be a real hero in his home state of New Jersey, too.
“I love kids because they are .?.?. the ones who are going to help fix this morally bankrupt world we live in,” the ernest actor told us, “so I want to do as much as I can to help them.”
He’s even “secretly working on a couple of programs myself,” that he’ll announce.
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
Debbi Morgan to perform one-woman show at National Black Theatre Festival(greensboro.com) Debbi Morgan portrayed a successful physician and half of the first African American super-couple on a soap opera in “All My Children.”
Yet in real life, the Emmy Award-winning television and movie actress still suffered from the pain and fears of a child who had witnessed domestic violence.
Morgan tells her life story and how she conquered those insecurities in a one-woman show and a newly-released memoir, “The Monkey on My Back,” that she will bring next week to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem.
“It was a long and arduous journey writing this book, writing the play,” Morgan said last week from her Maryland home. “But it turned out to be a very rewarding journey, because it was a catharsis that freed me to become the woman I am today — strong, confident, secure, happy. I can do my happy dance now.”
Morgan will do double-duty at the festival.
Not only will she perform, but she will lead the festival as co-chairwoman with actor Darnell Williams, who played her husband on “All My Children.”
“He is probably one of my best friends on the entire planet,” Morgan said of Williams. He even gave her away when she married her husband, Jeffrey Winston, in 2009.
That will make for a hectic festival week, Morgan said. To prepare, she is taking vitamins, eating a vegan diet and exercising.
“Performing my one-woman show takes a lot of stamina,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot, but I’m also very excited about it.”
Morgan has North Carolina connections. She was born 58 years ago in Dunn. Her family moved to New York City when she was three months old.
She still has relatives in Dunn, whom she visited over the July Fourth holiday. She also has an aunt in Greensboro, Elvira Turner, whom she expects to see at her show next week.
Since 2013, Morgan has brought her show to several cities, including one performance at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival.
“The response couldn’t have been more wonderful,” Morgan said. “I got a lot of people saying, ‘I want to see your show.’
At this year’s festival, Morgan will perform it four times. She hopes to find sponsors and backing to tour it around the country.
In her play, she portrays 22 characters from her life. Although it deals with domestic violence, there’s also a lot of humor.
“When you go through things like that in your life, if you can’t somehow find the humor, I don’t know if you would make it through,” she said. “So you will not sit in the theater for two hours and 15 minutes just being down.”
Although she doesn’t want to give much away, there is a humorous episode when she was bullied as a teenager by a girl who towered over her.
Other parts of her story aren’t so funny.
Her maternal grandmother was beaten by her husband as they struggled through the Great Depression.
Her mother became pregnant as a teen and suffered the same abuse when her husband came home drunk on weekends.
Although her father never physically abused her, young Debbi saw and heard and internalized the abuse that he inflicted on her mother. She only saw it once, but she was terrified by the sounds that she could hear from her bedroom — glass crashing, furniture knocked over, her mother’s screams.
“I always walked around on egg shells,” she recalled. “I wet the bed until I was 7 or 8 years old. Even just the sound of my father walking down the hall, coming into the apartment and his key turning in the lock would just turn my stomach into knots.”
“It made me very afraid to ever be in any kind of confrontation,” she said. “Because I didn’t want to ever have to confront anybody, I would let people take advantage of me.”
It led her to bad choices. Some men that she thought would protect her became physically abusive boyfriends or emotionally abusive husbands, she said.
Her first three marriages ended in divorce.
The change in her life started with the break-up of her second marriage. She entered therapy and began writing her book.
“It was almost like I had an out-of-body experience,” she recalled. “I was looking at this person that wasn’t me, and how this person was living their life, and all of the things I saw looking at this person that they didn’t see.”
For six years, she has been happily married to Jeffrey Winston.
When she began writing her book, she didn’t plan to take it to the stage.
But at a 2012 speaking engagement for the organization, Girls Inc., she read a passage of her book about a violent episode between her parents.
After she spoke, a young woman came up with tears in her eyes.
“She said, ‘Miss Morgan, I just want you to know that I have two teenage daughters. They have been watching their father beat me since they were very little. After listening to you tonight, whatever it takes, I’m not keeping them in that house one more day.’ "
“If it affects just one person like it did with this woman,” Morgan said, “then it’s so worth me trying to do this as a one-woman show.”
Kelly Ripa breaks foot during dance lesson gone awry(Video, Pic) Get well soon, Kelly Ripa.
The “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host, 44, hobbled onto the set of her morning show Thursday, sporting crutches and a walking boot on her left leg. Before beginning the regularly scheduled segment with co-host Michael Strahan, 43, Ripa, detailed the lengths of her injury.
“I was in a dance class, like I typically, usually am, and somebody had left a weight on the floor,” Ripa explained of the regime, which includes both dancing and weights. “Somebody, I guess, either left it not on their mat or maybe kicked it when they were dancing. I did a jump and I landed on the weight, and my foot went over and under the weight.”
While Ripa’s injury doesn’t require surgery, she admits that she’ll be in the boot for the next six weeks. And though it’s suggested to wear a special shoe along with the boot, the high-heel fanatic proudly protests that she’ll be ignoring the doctor’s orders.
“I’m not wearing that on TV,” said the determined blond. “I think the boot is enough suffering. I don’t plan on being in this thing that long.”
Though Strahan has offered to ease her suffering by bedazzling the boot’s companion shoe, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, 44, is getting a laugh out of the situation, even videotaping her trip to the ER.
“Mark is at the hospital with me and has never in 21 years felt the need to photograph me, videotape me, when I have full hair and makeup,” she noted. “But yesterday, he followed me around with a camera, he was never more alive, he loved this moment of suffering.”
Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.
Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."
To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daughter Shows Off Buffy-Level Strength While Fighting Freddie Prinze Jr.(Pic1, Pic2) Sarah Michelle Gellar has officially passed the torch on to the next generation of vampire slayers.
Her next Buffy protégé? Naturally, Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.'s 5-year-old daughter Charlotte Grace. The doting dad recently shared photos on Twitter of the adorable little one showing off her crime fighting skills, and it's safe to say Charlotte inherited some (or all) of her mom's feisty attitude.
"she controls the arm and executes the trap and roll," Prinze Jr. wrote, adding the hashtags #TuffChix and #BullyProof. In one pic, the 39-year-old actor appears to have the upper hand in the martial arts match, but it isn't long before Charlotte takes back the reins and ends up on top.
Gellar even retweeted the awesome mini-me moment, writing "#FutureSlayer?"
Unfortunately for Buffy fanatics, this might be as close as anyone gets to a role reprisal for Gellar. Back in March, the 38-year-old mom of two told E! News there won't ever be a reboot.
"We have [reunions] all the time; they're just not televised," she shared. "I joke at this point that I'd have to have a walker and my walker would be made of wood, and that would be how I stake people. I think at this point, I'm a little old."
For now, Gellar is focusing on her role as spokesperson for No Kid Hungry and raising charitable children at the same time.
"I didn't have much growing up and so I'm in a fortunate position where I can provide my daughter with dolls or toys," Gellar said. "But to see her really wanna give back for those other children is the best gift as a mom that I could ever receive."
Saving lives and kicking butt?
Actress Susan Lucci on the Joys of Staying Put(wsj.com) (Photo) Susan Lucci, 68, is an Emmy-winning actress who starred in TV’s “All My Children” from 1970 to 2011. She currently stars in the Lifetime TV series “Devious Maids” and is author of “All My Life: A Memoir.” She spoke with Marc Myers.
I was a shy little girl. Growing up, I was often content being alone in my room, making up stories and acting out all the parts. I became so good at it that with the door closed, my parents thought I had friends over. Overcoming my shyness has been a lifelong struggle.
In 1949, when I was 2, my family moved from Yonkers, N.Y., to a development of brick houses in Elmont, a Long Island suburb of New York City. What I remember most about the house was the glider on our porch. I used to sit there evenings close to my father, Victor, as he talked about the moon and the stars. He taught me to dream big.
When I was 7, we moved to a bigger house on Whitehall Boulevard in Garden City, about 20 minutes away. My father was an ironworker who eventually co-founded a construction business. My mother, Jeanette, was a stay-at-home mom who had been an operating-room nurse until my older brother, Jimmy, was born.
My parents wanted to provide the best education for their two children, and the schools in Garden City were terrific. I went to parochial school for elementary school and then public high school.
Our house was a Dutch Colonial, and my father loved to plant tomatoes and take care of the landscaping. My mother had a great eye for interior design. In Elmont, she had chosen gray flannel Modern furniture. In Garden City, she decorated in French Country. I had a canopy bed, and while the walls were ivory, the color scheme was sage green and cranberry. My mother had designed the room so I would grow into it.
Despite my shyness, performing fascinated me and came naturally. In Elmont, after I went to bed, I used to sneak down and watch TV behind my parents until my shadow gave me away. In Garden City, I took my pillow and put it outside their room and watched their TV on the far wall. They didn’t realize I was there.
Garden City was a little difficult for me at first. Everyone I knew had blond hair and blue eyes. It was intimidating. My father was Italian, and even though my mother was Swedish, I had dark curly hair, brown eyes and olive skin. Yet, I still got along with everyone and had no trouble performing in the school plays. I loved seeing audience reactions.
Rose, my grandmother on my mother’s side, lived with us. She divorced after her husband returned to Sweden in the 1930s and wrote to say he didn’t want to be married any longer. She didn’t take child support, even though my mother was 5. Instead, Nana started an orchestra that played at hotels in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
Nana was the first to get up and the last to go to bed. She was a fabulous cook and baker, and always had something delicious prepared for after school. We had a lot of fun together, and she introduced me to American Songbook standards. She had played piano for tryouts when Broadway shows came to the area.
One night when I was 11, something terrible happened. I awoke after everyone had gone to sleep and heard Nana moaning. She was calling out to my mother from her room in the finished basement. I was paralyzed with fear. After a while, I finally jumped ran to my parents’ room.
My mother rushed downstairs and called for an ambulance. Nana was taken to the hospital but died of a heart attack on the way. That night has haunted me ever since. If only I had acted sooner, maybe things would have been different. After Nana died, I started coming out of my own egocentric self. I began to understand that people have needs and are vulnerable, and that it’s important to be aware of them.
After high school, I attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., where I majored in drama. I met my husband, Helmut, at a restaurant in a historic hotel in Garden City, where he was the executive chef. We married a year after I graduated in 1969, and I began working in television in New York in 1970.
Today, we live in Garden City, a five-minute drive from the house where I grew up. Helmut wanted us to live here because it was beautiful and a great place to raise our children. He was right. We live in a six-bedroom 1927 Georgian Colonial.
I must confess that early on I didn’t want to live where I grew up. I just assumed the grass was greener someplace else. But I did love Garden City. It’s still wonderful seeing people I’ve known for years in town.
Fuller House: CSI: Miami's Eva LaRue Joins as [Spoiler]'s Wife(tvline.com) Eva LaRue, we hope you’re good with Swiffers and handy with lemon Pledge.
The CSI: Miami alum has been cast as Teri, the new wife of Bob Saget’s clean freak Danny, in Netflix’s Fuller House.
LaRue tweeted the news Monday:
@ImEvaLaRue : Playing Danny Tanner's new wife Teri :-) #fullerhouse #fullhouse https://twitter.com/jojorenee1987/status/625778174027276288 …
In an early character description, Teri was described as “attractive, vivacious… and youthful” and as having “quite an appetite for Danny and isn’t afraid to shower him with affection.” Then again, back then Teri was also described as African-American, so… some details clearly have changed.
Netflix’s 13-episode Full House continuation is expected to premiere in 2016.
LaRue, who played Natalia Boa Vista on the CBS procedural, has also had roles on series including All My Children, Third Watch, Soul Food and Santa Barbara.
Surprise! Law and Order: SVU Star Kelli Giddish Is Married and Pregnant—Get the Scoop!Step aside, Ice-T! You're not the only Law and Order: SVU star with big family news to share!
E! News can confirm actress Kelli Giddish married Lawrence Faulborn in a beach wedding ceremony earlier this summer.
According to Paradise Beach Weddings, the couple exchanged vows steps away from the ocean blue water in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Family and friends witnessed the bride say "I Do" in a stunning white dress with a floral crown.
Perhaps Giddish's spring shoot with Sophisticated Weddings where she walked the streets of New York City in a wedding gown provided some serious marriage fever.
While the wedding news could provide enough joy for loyal fans, there's even more happy news to share.
A rep for NBC confirmed to E! News that Giddish is also pregnant and expecting her first child with Faulborn.
The announcement comes just a few short hours after co-star Ice-T announced he was expecting his first child with wife Coco.
"@FINALLEVEL and @cocosworld having a baby. @TheKelliGiddish and L Faulborn having a baby," showrunner Warren Leight joked on Twitter. "#SVU -- most fertile show on Earth. Congrats all!!"
Despite all the exciting family news, filming for Law and Order: SVU remains on schedule with season 17 returning this fall. While Danny Pino has left the series as a regular, Ice-T, Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Mariska Hargitay are all returning for another year on the force.
Designer sale raises funds for ovarian cancer research(Photo) Celebrities offered their star power and top designers offered their clothes to a sale benefiting ovarian cancer research.
Dubbed by organizers as the Rolls-Royce of garage sales, Saturday's event — in a field in Water Mill, New York — featured items by more than 100 designers.
Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, among others, donated clothes, shoes and accessories to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Karan helped start the event 18 years ago with her friend Liz Tilberis, the editor of Harper's Bazaar, who died of ovarian cancer.
Last year, they took in $3.5 million.
Kelly Ripa, who co-hosted, and Brooke Shields were among the celebrities at the Super Saturday sale. The new Miss U.S.A., Olivia Jordan, says it's important for women to advocate for women's causes.
Michael B. Jordan Shows ‘Just Mercy'Michael B. Jordan has been cast in Broad Green Pictures’ adaptation of Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice and Redemption, the best-selling memoir by author Bryan Stevenson. Like the book, the film will recount renowned civil rights defense attorney Stevenson as fought to free a condemned death row prisoner. The true story is one of redemption, passion and mercy set contrasted against a corrupt judicial system that favors the death penalty and unfairly targets the poor. Jordan will star as Stevenson.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script Cretton wrote with Andrew Lanham, Just Mercy will be produced by Gil Netter. Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, and Arthur Spector will executive produce with Broad Green Pictures in association with Gil Netter Productions. Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee the project at Broad Green Pictures.
Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is hot right now with Fantastic Four coming in August and Creed in November. He is repped by WME, MGMT and Bloom Hergott.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Adorable Daughter Is a Rapping Disney Princess: Watch the Video!(Video) Don't let the insane adorableness of Sarah Michelle Gellar's daughter Charlotte Grace fool you—she can spit some mighty vicious rhymes!
Dressed as Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, Charlotte very ungracefully roasts her Disney colleague, "Oh Cinderella, you think you're fine. Your shoe may fit, but you're running out of time!"
She then lays down an equally nasty burn, "My boy Ali, he's got my back—maybe a whole new world is what you lack!"
Oh no she didn't!
Mommy captioned the smackdown, "Clearly I am not the only rapping princess in our house."
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is alluding to her guest appearance on Whitney Avalon's popular Princess Rap Battle series as Cinderella.
The 38-year-old geared up in a gown and glass slippers to spar against Avalon as Belle, star of (as rapping Cinderella puts it) "The Stockholm Syndrome: Beauty and the Bestiality."
Gellar has a ton of clever verses, but it's the young MC Charlotte who does the real slaying on the mic, ripping her mommy's princess to shreds with some of the meanest, coldest bars you've ever heard.
Watch the adorable video!
Sarah Michelle Gellar Honors TV Dad Robin Williams on His Birthday: 'Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching'(Photo) Nearly a year after Robin Williams' tragic death, his onscreen daughter Sarah Michelle Gellar is honoring the iconic comedian for his birthday.
Gellar, 38, played his character's child and business partner on CBS's The Crazy Ones, which ran for one season in 2014. Williams would have been been 64 on Tuesday.
"Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it's breaking," Gellar captioned a black-and-white portrait of the co-stars hugging and laughing. "Happy Birthday RW."
Williams, who battled addiction and depression throughout his life, committed suicide Aug. 11, 2014.
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar told PEOPLE in a statement last August. "To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you."
Fear The Walking Dead First Look: Elizabeth Rodriguez Relocates From Prison to Apocalypse(Photo) Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez (ex-Carmen, All My Children) barely appears in Fear The Walking Dead‘s premiere, but have no, ahem, fear: The actress — whose haunting cast photo is exclusively embedded below — figures much more prominently in subsequent episodes.
Rodriguez’ no-B.S. alter ego, Liza Ortiz — the ex-wife of leading man Cliff Curtis’ Travis and mom to Lorenzo James Henrie’ Chris — is, per the official character description, “working to put herself through nursing school. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.” (For a glimpse of how Liza gets embroiled in the show’s A-story, check out the recently released trailer.)
Fear the Walking Dead‘s abbreviated first season bows Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9/8c.
Carol Burnett Set For SAG Life Achievement AwardSAG-AFTRA is giving a tug of its ear to one of TV most popular funny people. Carol Burnett has been tapped to receive the union’s highest tribute, the SAF Life Achievement Award, which will be presented January 30 at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. She led the riotous variety hit The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967-78 on CBS and a few months at the end on ABC. The chemistry among and regulars including Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner kept the sketch comedy comin’ in an era when the variety format was waning and shows typically lasted only a few seasons.
She will be the 52nd recipient of the award, which is present each year to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Burnett’s crowded trophy case already includes a half-dozen Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, a Tony, a Peabody, a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland & Selma as Carol Burnett Square.
Since her variety show wrapped, Burnett has continues to work, mostly in TV. Recent roles include recurring on Hot In Cleveland, Glee and as Steve McGarrett Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O. She also appeared on such series as the successful Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, Mad About You — winning an Emmy for her guest gig — and All My Children along with toplining a pair of short-lived variety shows in the early 1990s.
“Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius,” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said in a statement today. “She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming.”
Denyse Tontz & Duane Henry Board USA’s ‘Paradise Pictures’ PilotDenyse Tontz (Curse Of The Fuentes Women) and Duane Henry (The Cut Series II) have passed the audition for USA’s Old Hollywood pilot Paradise Pictures, written and executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. The period drama revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television.
Tontz, repped by Paradigm and Underground, will play Luciana Delgado, a young aspiring actress who arrives in Hollywood from the small town of Marfa, Texas. The bright-eyed Latina has grand ambitions but quickly learns that the people behind the camera aren’t as noble as the characters in her favorite movies. Henry is Aldo Boyd, an actor and jazz player who performs in the nightclub at the Dunbar Hotel, a hotspot for African-American culture in mid-’40s Los Angeles. Despite his talent, Aldo has been relegated to bit parts in movies because of the color of his skin. He’s frustrated at his inability to be the lead in a studio picture and is determined to make it happen.
Tontz most recently wrapped Curse Of the Fuentes Women on NBC. Her other TV credits include Big Time Rush and All My Children. In addition to The Cut Series II, Henry’s TV credits include Doctors, West 10 LDN, Dream Team and Doctor Who. Feature work includes The Dark Knight Rises and The Oxford Murders. He’s repped by Gersh and manager Brian Ferrantino.
2015 Emmy nominations listLead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder”
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
American Horror Story's Finn Wittrock Talks 'Surprise' Emmy Nod and Battling Matt Bomer for Lady Gaga in HotelRead the interview here: tvline.com.
Susan Lucci Is A Legend!Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.
"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."
Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit D23EXPO.com!
CADY MCCLAIN TO QUEENS OF DRAMA?Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al) revealed on social media that she met with the team at QUEENS OF DRAMA, which, as Digest reported last week, is in the process of casting for season 2. "So I just had a meeting with the folks from @QueensofDrama,” she wrote on Facebook. "I thought they were really cool people, and I enjoyed talking about their show and what I might have to offer. No matter what happens, I really hope that the women are successful in making their created show a hit. I think that would be so great for them and for all of daytime. I guess I always root for the underdog and I probably always will. @poptv."
Matt Bomer Confirms He Almost Got to Play SupermanImagine what could have been!
Before Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel—a role he is reprising opposite Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—there was another actor in the running for the hottest role in Hollywood: Matt Bomer. As the 37-year-old star himself recently revealed in Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, "I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and...I can't remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like...Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy process to get the role. I think it was three months."
Bomer said he "went in on a cattle call and it sort of evolved from there...It was a month of, 'OK, it looks like this is going to happen,' and then it slowly fell apart." Bomer didn't divulge details, but added, "It's OK. I have zero regrets about that."
Bomer, whose six-season stint as con-artist Neal Caffrey on USA's White Collar ended last year, insisted, "I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles and so many different things and I haven't been locked too into one [role]."
As the late Christopher Reeve could attest, Bomer explained, "That's a very iconic role to portray and suddenly be that character in everyone's forever."
While Adams stayed on as Lois Lane, the Superman movie Bomer had auditioned for was "completely different" than director Zack Snyder's version. "It was written by J.J. Abrams," the actor told Horowitz. "It focused on him when he was younger and he was in college. It was very lighthearted in many ways."
This isn't the first time Bomer has spoken about the project.
In 2010, he opened up to MTV about nearly playing the DC Comics hero.
"I actually screen-tested for Superman, and there was a time when Brett Ratner and I were going to work together on it," he recalled. "That particular incarnation of that franchise sort of fell apart, and then it became a whole different beast."
His audition included wearing Superman's iconic red and blue suit. "I was in full tights," Bomer told MTV. "I was rocking the rights, the Speedo, all of it."
Kelly Ripa Debuts Bright Blue Hair(Pic) Kelly Ripa revealed a radical new look on Wednesday. The Live! With Kelly and Michael host ditched her typically blonde locks for a bold blue hue.
"Shady's back, tell a friend," Ripa joked on Instagram, showing off her new look.
Last month, Ripa experimented with pale pink hair and it seems she isn't done yet. In an Instagram post, Ripa's stylist Ryan Trygstad mused, "What color is next???" Trygstad punctuated the post with pink, purple, yellow, green and black hearts, possibly hinting at options for Ripa's next makeover.
What do you think of her blue hair?
Scandal: Cornelius Smith Jr. Returning as a Series Regular in Season 5(tvline.com) Cornelius Smith Jr.’s acting career has taken a Scandalous turn.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor is not only set to reprise his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5, but he’ll do so as a full-fledged series regular.
The All My Children alum previously appeared in two Season 4 episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ D.C.-based drama, most notably the powerful Ferguson-esque March 5 outing “The Lawn Chair.”
Details on Smith’s return — including his first episode back — are being kept under wraps.
Scandal‘s fifth season bows Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on ABC.
SEASON 2 FOR QUEENS OF DRAMA?Looks like QUEENS OF DRAMA is coming back for season 2. The show released a casting call for two name soap actresses of any ethnicity in their early 20s-early 60s to join Donna Mills (Madeline, GH) and Co. on POP's reality series. The show is scheduled to begin filming in mid to late fall for 6-10 episodes, and the pay rate is listed at approximately $40,000.
Days' Ava Returns(tvline.com) One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.
Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.
The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.
Melissa Leo To Play Lady Bird Johnson In HBO's LBJ Movie 'All The Way'(Photo) Melissa Leo will star opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers LBJ (Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election victory. Oscar winner Leo will play LBJ’s wife, First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson. In the play, the part was played by Betsy Aidem. (Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning role from the Broadway production.)
Schenkkan adapted his play for the screen. Spielberg, Schenkkan, Roach, Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing. Earlier this week, the film tapped Anthony Mackie to play Martin Luther King Jr.
Leo, repped by CAA and Untitled, co-stars on the Fox limited series Wayward Pines and will next be seen in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
'Creed' Trailer: Latest 'Rocky' Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch(Video) This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublime. Arguably, this trailer is as good, if not better than the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser: Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which Warner Bros./New Line & MGM are releasing this fall. This ain’t no Rocky reboot, no way. When Fruitvale Station director Coogler was signed by WME, he mentioned Creed as his dream project which follows the late Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson stepping into the boxing ring, a profession which killed his father in Rocky IV when he battled Russian fighter Drago. “Your Daddy died in the ring,” a trainer reminds the young Creed who retorts, “That got nothin’ to do with me.” The young Creed turns to Rocky Balboa to train him — who is completely out of the boxing game. The film reportedly clicks into the first three titles. Michael B. Jordan, who broke out in Fruitvale Station, reteams with Coogler. WME teamed Coogler with Sylvester Stallone; the duo then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman. Mike Fleming broke the story about Creed back in July 2013.
Best part here that will raise hairs, is when the young Creed meets Rocky:
“I heard about a third fight between you and Apollo behind close doors, is that true?,” asks the fighter.
“How do you know all this?” asks Rocky.
Declares Johnson: “I’m his son”.
Sneak peek: 'Creed' gives Rocky new life(Photo) After six movies, Sylvester Stallone thought he'd finally retired Rocky Balboa's boxing gloves. Then Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan came into his life and helped put the pop-culture icon back in the ring like never before.
Written and directed by Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the drama Creed (in theaters Nov. 25) switches the spotlight from "the Italian Stallion" to Adonis Johnson (Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky's rival Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his dad — played by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky films — before he died in the ring but now is on a quest to find himself as well as his father.
Adonis reaches out to Rocky to train him to compete, yet Rocky rebuffs him at first. "There's a tremendous guilt factor, too, because Apollo died in his arms," Stallone says. However, Rocky also sees a hint of that same "eye of the tiger" in Adonis that Apollo instilled in him that helped save Rocky professionally and emotionally.
"He's not at peace with himself and the specter of his father looms large over him," Stallone adds. "So he wants to get out of that shadow, and Rocky's there to help him do that."
The first Oscar-winning Rocky picture in 1976 put Stallone, 68, on the map in Hollywood, but he decided that the sixth installment, 2006's Rocky Balboa, would be when he would finally put the Philadelphia puncher aside. "I said, 'This is it. Say goodbye to the best friend you ever had.' It was bittersweet."
Coogler, a Rocky aficionado from childhood, reached out to Stallone with an idea not for Rocky VII but instead a movie focusing on a supporting character in his world.
"Sly's many things but he's definitely not an easy sell," says Coogler, who ultimately convinced him that this radical departure from the franchise was worthy and wouldn't tamper with the Rocky legacy.
Adds Stallone: "It was a matter of just buying into the concept totally."
Creed finds both Rocky and Adonis at a time of intense loneliness, Coogler says. The retired boxer's son has moved away and there's no one left. "Rocky's kind of like the older guys you see at the park playing chess, except he's got nobody to play chess with."
Instead of Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago, this time Rocky is fighting his own mortality. "There is no ring involved — this is reality," Stallone says. Yet he gets a new lease on his boxing life as a father figure to Adonis the same way his trainer Mickey (the late Burgess Meredith) was to Rocky early in his championship career.
"It makes sense in this theme of fathers and sons," Coogler says. "Our movie is very much based around (the idea) that Rocky would basically become Mickey."
However, whereas Mickey was bitter and never achieved anything in his lifetime, "Rocky had achieved far beyond his dreams," Stallone says. "He's sitting in his mental rocking chair, waiting for his time to come. The last thing he expected was this young man to come in and turn his world upside down."
Michael B. Jordan dons 'Creed' gloves(Photo) To play a boxer on the rise, Creed star Michael B. Jordan decided against going the tried-and-true Rocky Balboa route of downing raw eggs by the carton and sparring with giant slabs of frozen meat.
"Nah, that's old school, man," Jordan says, laughing. "We did things a little new school."
Reteaming for the movie (out Nov. 25) with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, the 28-year-old actor lifted weights, ran, swam, stuck to a restricted diet and was very disciplined about chiseling his body into the best possible shape to play Adonis Johnson.
Adonis wants to take after his legendary father Apollo Creed (played in the Rocky movies by Carl Weathers) in the ring, a mythic figure who died before his son's birth. He's conflicted in that he wants to be out from his famous dad's shadow but is also spurred by the same passions that come genetically.
Adonis' backstory "isn't what you would expect," Coogler says, and when audiences meet him he has a complicated relationship "with his father and with the world of boxing."
The up-and-coming pugilist reaches out to his pop's old friend Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. There's definitely an adjustment period for the two.
"They come from two different worlds, two different generations," says Jordan. "A lot of baggage on both ends, as you would imagine from Rocky IV."
Coogler's father, a major inspiration for the director in tackling this passion project, introduced him to the Rocky films when he was a kid, and the filmmaker says he was "gutted" by Apollo's death in Rocky IV at the hands of Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
"That was a character who was built up as almost invincible and when that happened, it sucked for real," says Coogler, 29. What he wanted to know was what happens to a guy's family when he dies like that in such a profound and public way. "They still very much have a relationship with this person, even though they're not necessarily around physically. And in Adonis' case, it's magnified because his dad was this titan in his sport."
Coogler sees boxing as all-consuming for its competitors, even more than other sports, which is why it has attracted so many method actors — from Stallone and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) to Jake Gyllenhaal (the upcoming Southpaw) and Jordan.
"Even if you aren't a fan of the violence of it, it's something everybody can appreciate because it takes so much dedication," Coogler says. "And Mike definitely got into it."
Throughout production, Jordan worked with real-life pro boxers to perfect his movements and in-ring performance. One of them, former British champ Tony "The Bomber" Bellew, plays Adonis' primary nemesis, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan.
After all the training, Jordan acknowledges that he's not too shabby. "I could handle my own, for sure. I can go to amateurs and do all right."
Stallone is suitably impressed with his in-ring work, but the older actor considers Jordan's acting chops as sharp as his jabs.
"Michael is a very ambitious kid, a hard worker, and I know he's going to be the next big thing," says Stallone.
He may be the newcomer, but Jordan respects the legacy of the Rocky movies.
Putting on Apollo Creed's signature red, white and blue boxing trunks "was incredible, man," he says. "It was one of those moments where you're like, 'Wow, I'm really doing it.' "
SAL STOWERS TO DAYSAMC alum Sal Stowers (ex-Cassandra, AMC) has joined DAYS in a new contract role and will make her Salem debut in September. Michael Fairman (michaelfairmansoaps.com) first reported the news.
Susan Lucci Salary: Actress Sells Hampton Home for Whopping Nearly $20M(realtytoday.com) Susan Lucci, the "Daytime's Leading Lady," has just listed her 11,000-square-foot Hamptons home in the marketplace under Douglas Elliman Real Estate. To be exact, the "Deadly Affairs" actress is selling her estate for $19,995,000.
The residence in Quogue was built in 1989 by popular Hamptons architect Eugene Futterman. Lucci and her husband Helmut Huber shared the love nest for 25 years.
Also called "Four Winds," according to Hamptons, Lucci's empire is designed with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an office and gym with vaulted ceiling, two-story library, several private decks and balconies, and a master's bedroom with a steam shower. "When we were building, I had some special requests," Huber said.
"When you walk in the door, I wanted to be able to see the ocean immediately. Everywhere I look, I see happy memories of my children and my husband," said Lucci during her interview with People in 2013.
Susan Lucci has been known for her "bitchy" role as Erica Kane on ABC's top-rated series "All My Children." She has been nominated 18 times before she won an Emmy award in 1999. Lucci's net worth is estimated at $45 million, the Celebrity Net Worth reports. Lucci's salary is reportedly higher than her contemporaries after she has been tagged the "highest paid actor in daytime television."
In the succeeding years, the soap opera star appeared in a number of TV series including "Fantasy Island"(1978-1984), "The Fall Guy" (1981-1986), "Dallas" (1978-1991), and "Army Wives" (2007).
The veteran daytime soap opera actress has been married to her husband for 46 years. They share four grandchildren from their kids, Liza, 40, and Andreas, 35.
In 1991, Susan Lucci's salary was reported to reach $1 million yearly in "All My Children" while she received $30,000 per episode on "Devious Maids," according to Soap Opera Network.
AHS's Finn Wittrock: Killing Matt Bomer and Patti LaBelle (On Screen) Was 'Trippy'When Finn Wittrock signed on to play Dandy Mott on American Horror Story: Freak Show, he wasn't exactly sure what he was getting himself into.
"The writers kind of had the idea of a general arc, but we were all just kind of figuring it out as we went along," Wittrock tells PEOPLE of playing the coddled mama's boy turned killer on season 4 of the FX series.
But Wittrock dove into the role with abandon and soon found himself in, as he calls them, "trippy" situations.
"Killing Patti LaBelle was pretty surreal. But I'm glad it came at the end of our scenes together so I had gotten to know her beforehand. I'm glad I didn't have to break the ice by stabbing her in the throat," says the actor, who was also involved in the gruesome end of a character played by Matt Bomer. "Matt was having a good experience all around, so being caked in blood and getting your arms cut off was kind of like icing on the cake."
But Wittrock – who will also have role in the upcoming fifth season of the anthology series, American Horror Story: Hotel – says the most outrageous scene he was involved in during the season freaked out even the experienced crew on the set.
"The random sound guy said, 'I've never in all my years seen that.' I think it was the day I bathed in my mother's blood," Wittrock says. "I think I have to say that today really took the cake on the crazy shit I've seen. A lot of the crew isn't exactly informed beforehand what is involved in the scene so they are very surprised when all of a sudden I'm just naked talking to Gabby Sibide."
ALICIA MINSHEW BOOKS YEAR ROUNDERSAlicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC et al) is the first actor to officially join sudsvilletv.com’s new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, playing Georgina Phillips, who is described as a "slightly tarnished trophy wife with a bad prenup.” Look for her to have a different look than she’s sported on other shows, says Creator Meg Kelly. "That's where makeup comes in," winks Kelly. "Nothing like a blond wig and an orange tan to age a woman.” YEAR ROUNDERS will air on Thursdays on the web series, beginning in December. The official description of the show reads: "Welcome to St. George, a once-upon-a-time New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy."
DARNELL WILLIAMS TO SUDSVILLETV.COM?(soapoperadigest.com) AMC favorite Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse), has been in discussion with Emmy-winning scribe Meg Kelly about joining her new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, on SudsvilleTV. "I've talked to Meg about SudsvilleTV and am really excited," Williams enthuses. "The pilot script for YEAR ROUNDERS is amazing. Fans should definitely sign up at SudsvilleTV.com and be a part of revitalizing a great industry." Once fans sign up, they're automatically entered into multiple chances to win great prizes. More entries will be awarded to fans who share SudsvilleTV via their social networks. So sign up and you might just wind up having dinner with Darnell!
Jennifer Bassey From All My Children Kicked Off Plane After Flight Attendant Confrontation-Find Out What She SaidAll My Children alum Jennifer Bassey was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight by police this week after getting into a profanity-laced confrontation with a flight attendant before the plane ever took off.
The 72-year-old actress told E! News that the ordeal was "undignified, embarrassing and beyond stressful." A rep for Delta confirmed the actress was removed from the flight, operated by subsidiary Endeavor Air, and said the airline is currently investigating the incident, which took place on Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York City. Police had no immediate comment.
Bassey, who played Marian Colby on the now-defunct soap opera for more than 25 years, was flying to Indianapolis to visit her boyfriend and his family. While the plane was still on the tarmac, delayed about an hour, she used one of its restrooms and did not wash her hands. The actress told E! News that she prefers Purell over the provided soap.
She said she opened the door to leave and that a flight attendant then addressed her.
"She asked me loudly three times, 'Ma'am did you wash your hands?'" Bassey told E! News.
She said she told the flight attendant that she did not, but that she would be using a hand sanitizer instead. She then returned to her seat. The plane was delayed. The actress took out her laptop to prepare for an audition. She said the flight attendant she had spoken to then came over and yelled at her.
"She stood there next to me waiting for me until I put it away," Bassey told E! News.
She said the flight attendant stood over her as she put her computer away and then backed into her hand and started screaming, "Don't touch me! Don't ever touch me!"
Bassey said she responded with, "Go f--k yourself!"
She said another flight attendant then came over and told her she should not be arguing with a flight attendant and also said she had used foul language near a child. The actress told E! News that the plane then returned to the gate and that police officers escorted her off the jet.
Bassey says Delta Airlines deemed her a "risk to the carrier" and maintains she assaulted a flight attendant, which she denies.
"It was all unfortunate, but I am a senior citizen who is petite and tiny. How could I assault someone?" she said.
The actress said she spoke to police at the airport about the incident and that they laughed about it. She said she is seeking an apology from Delta and is considering legal action.
As for the first flight attendant, Bassey told E! News she isn't sure she wants the person to be fired, adding, "Maybe she was having a bad day, but if something bad is happening to you, you don't take it out on someone else."
In addition to All My Children, Bassey is also known for her guest role as Nancy Dawson on Grey's Anatomy and has also appeared in Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, 30 Rock and also played Katherine Heigl's character's aunt in the romantic comedy movie 27 Dresses.
'All My Children' Star Kicked Off Plane ... Tells Flight Attendant 'Go F**K Yourself!'(tmz.com) "All My Children" star Jennifer Bassey got tossed off a plane for being a "risk to the flight" -- but not before the 72-year-old was able to give a flight attendant a big ole F-U.
Jennifer tells TMZ the whole mess started when she used the restroom as she boarded her Delta flight from NYC to Indy. When she walked out of the lav she says a female flight attendant loudly asked, "Aren't you going to flush?" ... and also berated her about washing her hands.
Jennifer says she planned to use her own hand sanitizer -- and the flight attendant followed her back to her seat and hovered because her laptop was open. This was all before takeoff.
Then she says the attendant bumped her hand and said, "Don't touch me, don't you ever touch me." Jennifer responded by mouthing, "Go F**k yourself."
That sparked a quick huddle of all the flight attendants, and then the plane turned back to the gate, and two police officers removed Jennifer ... but she wasn't arrested. Cops tell us they were called for an assault but they found no sign the 72-YEAR-OLD had assaulted anyone.
Delta tells us they're looking into the incident. Jennifer says she hopes the attendant gets fired.
Jonathan Bennett Joins MTV's 'Awkward'Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) has been cast in a multi-episode arc for the second half of the fifth and final season of MTV’s comedy series Awkward. Bennett will play Ethan, who works with Jenna (Ashley Rickards) at her summer job. With high school ending and everyone heading in different directions, the second half of Season 5 will jump forward to one year later, summertime back in Palos Hills. In addition to Rickards, Bennett joins cast members Beau Mirchoff, Molly Tarlov, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern, Nikki DeLoach, Desi Lydic and Mike Faiola. Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler executive produce. Bennett is repped by Primary Wave and TalentWorks.
The Walking Dead Spinoff Casts OITNB Actress Elizabeth RodriguezWhat’s scarier: prison politics or the zombie apocalypse? Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez is about to find out.
Rodriguez has been cast in AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, EW.com reports.
Details about Rodriguez’s character reportedly are being kept under tight wraps. What we do know: The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) as Los Angeles residents in the early days of the walker takeover.
In addition to playing Daya’s mom, Aleida, on the Netflix prison drama, Rodriguez also has appeared on Grimm, Power, All My Children, ER and New York Undercover, among other series.
Fear the Walking Dead is slated to debut this summer. The timing of Rodriguez’s casting seems to indicate that she will not appear in the pilot, which already has been shot.
Nickelodeon Star Denyse Tontz, All Grown Up, Talks Music & Mark Salling Romance(Music Video) Denyse Tontz has fallen in love with a hipster.
And we're not talking about Glee actor Mark Salling, whom she briefly dated last summer.
Tontz, 20, a singer-songwriter and actress best known for her roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and on the Disney Channel's Dog with a Blog, is enjoying a burgeoning music career – she just released the single and video for "Mr. Hipster," a tongue-in-cheek ode to the counter-culture guy so many girls seem to end up dating.
"I definitely want to try something a little different," she tells PEOPLE about her music. "I'm getting older now, and it's been kind of a struggle juggling my fan base with what I am naturally inclined to write."
She adds, "I definitely want to surprise people. I think that [my fans] will be pretty surprised by what's coming next – I hope in a good way!"
Still, she says she won't compromise on her "weird, quirky, kind of sarcastic" style. "It's just my personality. My music is going to have that same lyrical quality to it. I definitely like to insert a wink and a smile."
Beginning as a child model, Tontz got her first big break when she booked a campaign for Mattel's Barbie. Later, she made her TV debut on E-Ring before landing her Nickelodeon and Disney roles.
Still, music remained her first love, and her songwriting skills are now so well-honed that Tontz earned a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding original song for a drama series. She was only 19 years old.
As for her love life, over the summer Tontz met Glee actor Mark Salling through her producer for a collaboration and they dated for a few months, before busy schedules ended their romance.
"But you never know what could happen down the road," she says.
When it comes to Salling's own music in his band, Camp Coyote, Tontz gushes: "That's one thing that Mark will never let people down on – he's incredible live. Honestly, as an artist, I have so much respect for him because he is the most talented musician."
Their relationship happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013 at the age of 31, a "touchy subject" for Salling and the rest of the Glee cast. As Salling said earlier to PEOPLE: "I still think about him all the time."
"It wasn't something he talked about much, but it definitely took a toll on him. … It left everybody shocked, and especially [Salling]," Tontz says.
That said, 2015, it seems, looks to be Tontz's year.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseAmelia Heinle (ex-Mia, AMC) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
'One Life to Live' Producer Plans to Liquidate(hollywoodreporter.com) Plus, the role of Apple Inc. in the ongoing story of an alleged "mega soap" fraud.
Anyone want a piece of soap opera history?
Prospect Park Networks, the company that attempted to re-launch One Life to Live and All My Children as web-only series, has announced its intention to liquidate assets in its ongoing bankruptcy case. The prize might be a front-row seat at a trial against ABC that could be coming soon.
The producer is suing ABC, alleging a fraud, wherein the network allegedly asked to "borrow" OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines, killed some characters and began scheming "in its quest for a mega soap." The claimed interference is estimated to have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage for Prospect Park.
When Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy last March, the pending dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court was put on hold. But the judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, "It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the 'dark period' and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial."
ABC has noted in prior legal filings that Prospect Park didn't complain while it used OLTL characters and even renewed a license agreement. ABC is also counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contract damages.
The cost of litigation is undoubtedly expensive. According to more documents in the bankruptcy case, the law firm of Andrews Kurth says it is owed more than $700,000 in unpaid fees. The law firm of Lavely & Singer says it is owed more than $120,000.
If or when Prospect Park goes to trial against ABC, the bankrupt company will likely be represented by a new law firm. There were at least three firms that were interested in picking up the "mega soap" fraud case, and the firm of Jones Day emerged as the one to take the reigns.
And what will Jones Day be getting? Secured by a $400,000 retainer, the law firm will see 33 percent of any settlement money and 40 percent of any money recovered if the case goes to jury.
Meanwhile, on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.
The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut -- nicknamed the "Provisions State" -- the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million. Yes, Apple not only runs the iTunes store, which once carried the OLTL web-only series, but it apparently bails out producers of soap operas at a modest price.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
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.
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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