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Warning: The following article discusses a bit of dialogue from the end of ParaNorman and contains spoilers.
What writer/co-director Chris Butler has done at the end of ParaNorman should go down as one of the most beautifully subversive moments in the history of mainstream American film.
You know the moment: Norman’s cheerleader sister Courtney (voiced by Anna Kendrick), having spent half the film cooing over Neil’s jock brother Mitch (Casey Affleck), wraps up the evening by asking the football hero for a date. Nothing fancy, just a movie. Mitch, aloof as ever, misreads the invite and reveals that his boyfriend loves “chick flicks.” Cue rimshot.
It’s a tired joke, a zinger that was already creaky when it was recycled earlier this summer, when it served as a punchline in the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” But here’s the thing: it’s a joke that appears in a heavily marketed family film. Kids across the country are dragging their parents to see a strange animated horror-adventure yarn, and they’re winding up watching the first openly gay character in a kiddie flick.
OK, so ParaNorman is too good to be reduced to merely “a kiddie flick.” Its appeal is wide; anyone of any age with a hunger for knockout visuals and terrific storytelling will find much to love here. Butler and co-director Sam Fell keep the subversion going elsewhere, twisting the story into places we don’t expect, while crafting a story that’s about kids but not just for kids. But still, my point: a wide release from a major distributor, aimed at a family audience, with a gay character.
The throwaway nature of the joke is key, not because the filmmakers are trying to slide something past us, but because the quick punchline is played with such flippancy it renders the character’s sexual orientation otherwise irrelevant. In the world of ParaNorman, Mitch is gay and everyone’s fine with it. This ties in with the movie’s lessons about bullying and fear of those who are different, but it does so subtly, quietly Maybe it’ll plant a seed in the minds of some younger viewers, who might begin pondering, hey, it’s OK for Norman and Neil to be different, and then that train of thought might float over to hey, Neil’s brother is different, too, and that’s also OK.
This alone is a very, very cool thing. But here’s even something cooler: the nature of the joke suggests Mitch is out. He’s completely casual about talking in public about his boyfriend. How’s that for radical, suggesting the school’s star quarterback and probably the most popular kid in town is openly gay? That’s a hell of a role model to toss to teens lurking in the closet, and could very well help lead to a generation which has no use for the closet.
I’d like to think we’re on our way to that generation. Some of their parents might object (as this depressing IMDB message board suggests), but at the screening I attended, not one kid seemed to mind. After ninety minutes of watching a study in intolerance and fear, that’s the perfect way to react.
made me love the movie even more tbh
Credit goes to Dave Cornelius at Popcocornworld for writing this! Just thought it was an awesome writeup and wanted to post it here :)
With a starring role as a judge on the X Factor it seems obvious Britney Spears has got her life back on track.
But the pop star has yet to regain control of her affairs, which have been in the hands of her father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet since her much-publicised breakdown in 2008.
The pop star has now appealed for her conservatorship to end, saying she is 'ready' to take charge of her personal affairs, even if her business affairs remain out of her control.
Back on track: Britney Spears has come a long way since his public meltdown in 2008, with a starring role on the X Factor
The frustrated X Factor star had a meeting with the judge in charge of the case last week, saying she can't understand why the legal restrictions are still in place.
A source told RadarOnline.com: 'Britney told Judge Reva Goetz in her chambers with her court appointed attorney, Sam Ingham present, that she is ready for the conservatorship to end.
'Britney said she doesn't understand why it's still in place and expressed her belief that she has got to be the only person under a conservatorship that has managed to land a $15 million work contract [on 'The X Factor'].'
Although Britney told the judge she is happy for the conservators to retain control of her career decisions, she doesn't understand why they are still in charge of her personal life.
Behind her: With a $15m contract for the X Factor Britney feels she is 'ready' to take back control of her life.
The source continued: 'Britney wants the conservatorship to end, it's fine with her if it stays in place as far as her business and professional life, but she wants to call the shots when it comes to her personal life.
'Britney pointed out to the judge that she will be on live television weekly this fall once X Factor premiers on Fox in September and the tremendous progress she has made since the conservatorship was put in place.'
However, despite the 'Toxic' hitmaker's wishes, it is unlikely the conservatorship will end any time soon.
The source said: 'Britney's team of doctors just don't feel that she is ready for the conservatorship to end.
'They have specific concerns related to her mental health and aren't ready to tell the judge that Britney is ready to go it alone just yet. Judge Goetz is the only person that can end the conservatorship.'
According to TMZ those 'specific concerns' regard an undisclosed medical complaint which 'affects her state of mind'.
Sealed medical documents submitted to the courts detail the condition.
Another meeting is scheduled between Britney - who is engaged to Jason Trawick - and the judge within the next 60 days.
Christel Khalil Talks 'Young and the Restless' Exit!
And Daytime TV’s biggest twists continue to take place off screen.
The latest news that has soap fans in a lather: Newly minted Daytime Emmy winner Christel Khalil has reportedly been cut from The Young and the Restless, the CBS drama she has called home for 10 years.
"I want to stay," Khalil said. "I heard a rumor someone said I was deciding to leave, but it's not really working that way. There's something I want that they don't want to give to me. It hurts. I thought I would be worth what I thought I was worth to them, but I guess I'm not."
The rumors Khalil referenced started spreading after Soap Opera Digest posted a casting call Tuesday, Aug. 21, that sounded suspiciously similar to her character, Lily. On Wednesday, Khalil's website confirmed the call was indeed for a Lily recast.
"It would be very weird to see someone brand-new try to come in," Khalil admitted to MSN TV. "It's sad, because this is like my family. I've been here 10 years. I just wanted a few less restrictions, which I feel I deserve. It's mainly about restrictions, and money. I guess they wanted all or nothing."
Khalil actually left "Y&R" back in 2005 and was replaced with Davetta Sherwood, before returning to the role in 2006. That time, however, her contract wasn't the issue.
This time, Khalil clearly hopes things work out in the final hours, as often happens in daytime, but confirmed it isn't looking good.
"From what I've been hearing on the other side, it seems like negotiations are over," she said.
Of course, it's never over in soaps until it's over. And even then, it's not always over. When Khalil's leading man Daniel Goddard (Cane) was offed in 2011, fans flew an airplane over the studio in protest and Cane was ultimately brought back from the dead.
Fans aren't happy this time, either, and they're rallying behind Khalil, but that kind of fan passion isn't just reserved for hunky leading men: It was completely unprecedented.
"I doubt I'll get the airplane," Khalil said with a laugh. "But it's nice to know the fans actually love me that much and care about my character that much. They're devoted fans, so thank you to them."
B&B fans can breathe a sigh of relief! Fan favorite Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), who has been on the show since its premiere in 1987, has inked a new deal with her daytime home.
In a statement the actress said, "I'm very happy to tell you that I have re-signed my contract with The Bold and the Beautiful for two more years. Brad has come up with an exciting new storyline for Brooke that I think the fans are going to love."
Marshall Hilliard, best known as GL's Hart, is joining the Port Charles ranks as a new officer on the police force. "I call him Officer Marshall," jokes the actor. "I've shot eight episodes so far and I'm working with Michael Easton [John]," he reports.
"And let me tell you, they run a great production over there. Frank [Valentini, executive producer] is so artistic."
His first episode will air on August 30.
Yesterday “The Young And The Restless” actor Kevin Schmidt, who returned on May 22, tweeted a message to the show and CBS in regards to his role as Genoa City’s Noah Newman.
Christine Fix, Soaps.com/Soap Opera Fan Blog Editor-In-Chief, talked to Schmidt about how he found out and where he was at the time.
Soap Opera Fan Blog: How did you hear the news?
Kevin: I spoke to my manager this morning about my acting plans for the fall and he informed me the new EP decided to recast my character just before the weekend. I was in San Francisco enjoying Outsidelands [music festival] over the weekend so he waited until I was back to tell me. Thankfully, Stevie Wonder has pumped me with a healthy dose of optimism!
Soap Opera Fan Blog: What was your reaction?
Kevin: I was hurt at first. The producers have a way of dropping bombs on the actors instead of being transparent with their decision making. The last episode I worked we bid farewell to, Eileen Davidson [Ashley Abbott McCall], which took the wind out of everyone’s sails. So much talent on Stage 41 and 43.
Soap Opera Fan Blog: What would you like your fans to know?
Kevin: That I couldn’t be more thankful for the time I spent at TV City with my friends in front and behind the lens. I’d also like to commend the fans who’ve been watching the series for years, you’re what keeps the lights on. Thank you thank you.
Soap Opera Fan Blog: With the new writing regime taking over at ‘Y&R’, what do you see for the future of the show?
Kevin: A lot of quick two-page scenes and less screen time for the dynasty leads.
Soap Opera Fan Blog: Would you return if there was a chance at some point?
Kevin: I think my chapter at ‘Y&R’ has come to an end for a reason. Thankfully it allows me the much needed time to focus on my passion projects.
Soap Opera Fan Blog: Though it’s been a few hours since the news, do you have any ideas of where you’d like to be next?
Kevin: I’d like to book a couple guest star roles on some awesome TV series and land a lead in a feature film by the end of the year. That would be excellent. I’m producing and wrote an animated feature with a great cast (Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Logan Henderson, Kendall Schmidt) and producer (Rob Minkhoff ‘Lion King’) that’s currently in production. I also wrote a draft of ‘Cheaper By The Dozen 3′ and hope to have it green-lit by the fall… Developing an application for smart phones aimed at bringing people together through a simple and engaging text-based game. Finally, I plan to feed and employ many people with my Aquaponics projects. Food is a commodity we all cannot live without. Been a four year journey and it’s finally taking off! ‘Tis the time to make anew.
Days of Our Lives — a series once set in a universe where LGBT people didn't exist—takes a giant step forward when it offers its viewers a harsh look at the very timely subject of gay bullying. On that day, gay character Sonny (Freddie Smith) will be attacked. His assailant is Tad (Brendan Coughlin), an old friend who fears that Sonny is trying to ''make'' him gay.
It's the second time Smith has played a gay role. The young actor was recently seen as a gay character in a five-episode arc on the CW's primetime soap 90210. In a phone interview with Windy City Times, Smith said he's not worried about typecasting. ''I'm playing a sexual orientation,'' he said. ''It's just a part of the character''.
Smith joined the cast of the 47-year-old soap approximately a year and a half ago. He said that viewer response to Sonny has been extremely positive. "It's great to see positive feedback. Through Twitter and fan mail, people tell me how much they relate to the character. Years ago, [LGBT] people had no stories they could relate to. This is an important part of life.''
The actor said that the show's approach to the bullying issue will differ considerably from what's usually seen in the media: "We're showing both sides of it. We'll see where Sonny is coming from, and where the bully is coming from. It'll be great to see people grow and mature."
Some of Sonny's onscreen support will come from Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), Days of Our Lives' longtime leading lady. Viewers know Marlena as grandmother to Will (Chandler Massey), the show's other gay character. Marlena has been a rock for young Will. WCT asked Smith if there was any chance of a romance between Sonny and Will.
"Their friendship is growing closer," Smith replied. "There will be romance for Sonny." But the actor didn't specify if it'll be with Will.
For the time being, Days of Our Lives is the only project on Freddie Smith's plate. With the series producing five episodes a week, he said it is quite a workload. "I'm totally consumed with Sonny," the actor stated. "I live and breathe Sonny. This story is going to be intense."
TV Guide Magazine: Your return to Days has been rumored for months! Last February, it was reported in a magazine that talks between you and the show had hit a "stalemate." Then in April, we read your return was "imminent." What was all that hoo-hah about?
Bjorlin: [Laughs] I find out a lot about myself through reading magazines. Most of the time I'm, like, "Uh...really?" There was a little bit of talk throughout the year. "Would you ever be interested in returning?" That sort of thing. But never anything concrete. I never put much thought into it so nothing was ever "imminent" and there was certainly no "stalemate." Now the timing is right. It's been a year since we've seen Chloe. [Laughs] Hopefully, the audience has forgotten what she was up to.
TV Guide Magazine: You mean her tragic and bizarre turn to the world's oldest profession? Yeesh! She's had the craziest trajectory from Ghoul Girl...
Bjorlin: ...to Call Girl! [Laughs] Chloe is so near and dear to my heart and even I would have written her off after that storyline. She was spiraling out of control and the fans had stopped being able to recognize the character. I couldn't recognize her, either! A lot of what made Chloe so lovable — her integrity, her fun, her wit — was gone and I don't blame anyone for dropping her from the show. There wasn't a whole lot left for her to do but, at the same time, I never felt like her story was done. There was no huge, climactic ending for her. She just went off to be with her child and sing in a nightclub in Chicago...which is, like, 45 minutes from Salem.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens when Chloe returns?
Bjorlin: I have heard she's going to come back as her old self again, the Chloe with good self-esteem, a stronger and more confident Chloe who can really stand up for herself and not be bullied. Toward the end there, she was being bullied by everyone in Salem! No more. She's coming back a lot more mature and who knows? [Laughs] Maybe she'll get some revenge! There are so many possibilities for the character and they've only told me a little bit right now because they don't trust me with the information. It's been very hush-hush. [A Days rep adds that Chloe's return will be heavily centered around her son, Parker.]
TV Guide Magazine: You, Crystal Chappell and Louise Sorel were among those sacrificed for the great Days reset that brought back Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn and the rest. Did you watch any of it? If so, how did you feel when the reset didn't do what it was supposed to do? Vindicated?
Bjorlin: I did watch a little bit, but not religiously. Hey, it's always a gamble in this business. We all want our last four soaps to remain on the air so you gotta try things. [Laughs] But, hell-ooo, they were missing Chloe so what were they expecting? Without Chloe, you could have put De Niro on Days and nothing would happen! Let's get real here!
Kirsten Storms (Maxie), who left GH nearly a year ago for medical reasons, reported back to work today. "Happy Back to Work Day!!!! YAY!!" she tweeted, then added, "Bag packed. Off to work. #excitement" with a photo of her name on the script.
Co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) tweeted, "I'm excited about getting back to work today. A healthy chunk is because @teenystweeting is back!! (but shh, we know how her head can swell)."
Storms will first air on September 5.
TVGuide: Is Kevin ever going to grow a pair? Then again, do we want him to? It's always such a blast watching him squirm and twitch and sweat.
Rikaart: Oh, I think Kevin has a pair but he's malleable. He can be a real sucker, especially with a powerful lady like Phyllis. He is so easily manipulated and prone to bad decisions but that's what's fun about him. He's best when he's in panic mode. It's never interesting when things go his way.
TVGuide: He wouldn't be in this current mess if he was a better liar. Claiming he was an encyclopedia salesman when he got spotted at Tim Reid's apartment wasn't the best idea.
Rikaart: [Laughs] He is a dreadful liar! Leave it to Kevin to raise suspicion by coming up with an occupation that hasn't been relevant since 1985! He's really going to freak when he finds out Tim's landlady, Beth [Brett Butler], has described him to the authorities. Now they have an extremely accurate police sketch.
TVGuide: So accurate that I hear even Kevin's brother, Michael [Christian LeBlanc], will think he has a shady connection to Reid's death.
Rikaart: Kevin is so ethically challenged it was only a matter of time before he and Michael were on opposite sides of the law, especially now that Michael is the D.A. Before this, Kevin always went to his brother for help. Not this time. He decides to lie to him, which only make things worse. Michael will insist that Kevin come down to the police station and meet with Beth face-to-face. But it's really no crime to move a dead body...is it?
TVGuide: So what's your feeling on the big exec producer-head writer switch at Y&R?
Rikaart: Oooh, that's a loaded question, Michael Logan!
TVGuide: It is?
Rikaart: Well...I always enjoyed Josh Griffith's writing when he was here last time and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
TVGuide: And your new exec producer Jill Phelps...?
Rikaart: I've known her casually over the years and it's exciting to get a chance to work with her.
TVGuide: Alrighty then. Let's go to a topic you do have lots of opinions about — your Chick-fil-A war with Melissa Reeves. Your tweets and follow-up piece in the Huffington Post won you a lot of support, yet you also heard from people who thought you were unfair and out of line. Where you at with all that?
Rikaart: It was very disappointing to read some of the responses. I did get a lot of support but the general tone of political discourse in this country is very disheartening. I was getting challenged by some people for having attacked Melissa Reeves when, frankly, what I said was anything but an attack. I expressed my disappointment that she has aligned herself with a company that promotes hatred and bigotry, and I stand by that. I welcome a conversation with her. It's the only way people on different sides of an issue can meet in the middle and understand each other's point of view. I would have loved that opportunity with Melissa but she blocked me from her Twitter account. [Reeves subsequently blocked everybody by shutting down the account.]
TVGuide: Some folks feel you attacked Reeves' right to free speech.
Rikaart: No one is saying that Melissa Reeves doesn't have a right to free speech. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, is also entitled to his opinions and beliefs but he's funding organizations that are hate groups, organizations that want to criminalize homosexuality in this country and throughout the world, and that's where Melissa Reeves' alignment is really disappointing to me. I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I'm glad this is such a hot-button issue. I'm glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning! Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it's because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone's religious beliefs but those beliefs don't belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else's.
Julianne Moore's nomination for best actress in a miniseries/movie for HBO's Game Change is the New York-based actress' first big dose of Emmy love -- well, sort of.
"I did win a Daytime Emmy for As the World Turns in 1988," she laughs. "But I couldn't attend the ceremony because I was playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the Guthrie Theater. So they called me up and told me I won!"
From soaps to Shakespeare, Boogie Nights to The Kids Are All Right, Moore, 51, has come a long way during her nearly 30-year career.
Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Kevin Spirtas will appear in Season 2 of the indie soap hit, HUSTLING.
HUSTLING creator and star Sebastian La Cause, who won the Indie Soap Award this year as Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama), has been guest starring in DAYS OF OUR LIVES this week.
Watch a wrap-up video Spirtas made after shooting HUSTLING below:
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS taped its 10,000th episode on Wednesday and the cast and crew celebrated with the traditional anniversary cake.
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles will celebrate Y&R's 10,000th episode with a special panel discussion on Thursday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. Genoa City favorites scheduled to appear are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Eric Braeden (Victor), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nick), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Kristoff St. John (Neil), and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). Brooks Barnes, of The New York Times, will moderate.
The 10,000th episode is currently scheduled to air on September 27.
“The great thing about America, what I’ve loved about it, is how sports-friendly it is,” Braeden said. “In America, sports are respected and loved.”
At 18, Braeden journeyed to the States alone and attended Montana State on a partial track scholarship. Braeden didn’t get his degree, but his need to compete and watch sports never waned.
“America has the best athletic programs,” Braeden said. “Even when the Soviet Union existed, that was Mickey Mouse compared to the U.S.”
For Braeden, the London Olympics were sports nirvana. He watched religiously and was especially enthralled by the track and field events since they remind him of his own upbringing.
“I really enjoy seeing it all,” he said. “Athletes on this level are, my God, the best. I have great respect for decathletes. I love the discus and shot-put and javelin. Usain Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans. Then, gymnastics when you look at that. I have such respect for what they do. My God almighty how they hurl themselves in the air.”
It also didn’t take Braeden long to adopt American sports traditions. He loves pro football, and the Lakers. Like many other Los Angeles residents, he thinks it’s an outrage that the city doesn’t have an NFL team.
“That’s the biggest shame there is, that LA doesn’t have a team,” he said. “I was a big fan of the LA Rams and when they left, I lost interest. Then there was the Raiders, and they left. How they can’t have a football team in the biggest market in the world is beyond me.”
But these days, Braeden is disgusted with his favorite sport. If you want to see Braeden bring Victor Newman to the surface –- meaning the angry Victor who is prone to disowning his children when they don’t do what he says –- then bring up June’s Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight.
“I will never watch (boxing) again,” said Braeden, among those who were infuriated by the controversial decision, which went to Bradley. “That was so egregious, so outrageous and so obviously corrupt that I won’t watch again. That kind of (expletive) is the death knell of boxing. That’s why UFC is taking over more and more.”
A crew of New Yorkers left their bustling city of skyscrapers and subways Wednesday for two cozy, quaint rural Iowa towns for 3 1/2 weeks to film a motion picture.
Filming began Thursday for A Time for Heroes, a World War II story written and directed by La Crosse, Wis.-area filmmaker Scott Thompson of MyTown Pictures and produced by Staten Island, N.Y.-native Sam Borowski.
The patriotic-themed movie will be filmed almost exclusively in Traer and Clutier with some well-known actors joined by local war veterans.
In today’s episode of Days of Our Lives, out character Sonny Kiriakis—played by the handsome Freddie Smith—deals with an issue garnering national media attention: bullying. “My character does get bullied,” explains Smith. “He got bullied about a year ago and now he’s going to get bullied again.” Soaps—whether in the traditional daytime slot, or the more recent prime time—have long included gay characters, but with Sonny’s most recent bout with onscreen anti-gay violence we couldn’t help but notice the nightmare situations gay soap characters often find themselves in. Here, we‘ve charted a few of the soap world’s homo heroes and the dramatic fates that they have faced.
The Show: Days of Our Lives, 1965–present
The Network: NBC
The Drama: Gets beaten up by T because T thinks Sonny “made” Will Horton gay.
The Show: Days of Our Lives, 1965–present
The Network: NBC
The Drama: Girlfriend breaks up with him, “becomes unhinged,” kisses Neil, comes out to his parents.
Eric van der Woodsen
The Show: Gossip Girl, 2007–present
The Network: The CW
The Drama: Attempted suicide, splattered with yogurt, living in London.
The Show: Melrose Place, 1992–1999
The Network: Fox
The Drama: The only recurring character to never get a love scene; had his only onscreen kiss edited out; gay bashed on the street and fired from his job.
The Show: The Young and the Restless, 1973–present
The Network: CBS
The Drama: The Young and the Restless’s first gay character; seduced by the presumably straight (possibly bi?) Adam Hamilton in order to distract Rafe from Adam’s wrong doings.
Phillip Chancellor III
The Show: The Young and the Restless, 1973–present
The Network: CBS
The Drama: Struggle with alcohol; staged his own death; returned in 2009 to come out; son Chance shot “dead” and placed in the Witness Protection; currently living in Australia.
The Show: All My Children, 1970–2011
The Network: ABC
The Drama: Threatened at gunpoint by Jason Sheffield for “turning” younger brother Kevin Sheffield gay; sister killed by J. Sheffield; nearly fired for coming out to his students.
The Show: All My Children, 1970–2011
The Network: ABC
The Drama: Comes out after his teacher Mr. Delaney comes out; brother Jason threatens Michael Delaney at gunpoint.
Kyle Lewis/Oliver Fish/Nick Chavez
The Show: One Life to Live, 1968–2012
The Network: ABC
The Drama: “Kish”—a combination of boyfriends Kyle Lewis’ and Oliver Fish’s names—is born; ABC releases a statement saying “Kish” were written out of the show because they caused ratings to drop.
The Show: As the World Turns, 1956–2010
The Network: CBS
The Drama: Lover Charles is dealing with AIDS diagnosis (largely off screen); head writer Douglas Marland wins a 1990 GLAAD Media Award.
Luke Snyder/Noah Mayer/Dr. Reid Oliver
The Show: As the World Turns, 1956–2010
The Network: CBS
The Drama: Luke is into Noah, but Noah is dating a girl; Noah comes out, the two become a couple, then break up; Luke likes Dr. Reid Oliver; Oliver killed after his car is hit by a train.
Mistress, murderer, victim, spouse? Thrill-seekers will find them all in Investigation Discovery’s interactive online experience launching today, IsItADeadlyAffair.com.
This virtual event engages participants in the intricacies of an illicit affair as they unravel in real-time the “hows” and “whys” behind one troubled three-way. With ID unleashing clues among multiple online platforms via videos, graphics, micro-sites, and social media, fans become investigators as they are led through a maze of broken faith and betrayal.
With Susan Lucci as a guide, participants are able to knock down closed bedroom doors, navigate secret trysts, and lay bare salacious liaisons as they follow the twists and turns of the fictional love triangle. The experience has been quietly introduced in the DEADLY AFFAIRS (#DeadlyAffairs) on-air promo, and fans can go online now to IsItADeadlyAffair.com to start unraveling the mystery.
But things might not always be as they seem, and the final piece to the puzzle will be unveiled during the season premiere of DEADLY AFFAIRS on September 8 at 10 PM (E/P) on Investigation Discovery.
Marco Dapper, the ultimate eye candy, recently landed on the number one soap in the U.S., The Young and the Restless, and in the process gained a whole new audience of adoring fans. Dapper had already gained huge recognition from the gay community who first caught a glimpse of his good looks, stunning bod and acting chops in the cult-hit Eating Out 2.
How did you come to the attention of Y&R? How did you land the role of Carmine?
It is not as exciting as you think it would be. My manager called and said he had an audition for me for The Young & the Restless and I said, “No! Pass!” And my manager calls me out, swear to God! He is like, “Marco! This year you are supposed to say yes to everything. That is supposed to be your whole mentality.” I go, “OK. You are right.” I decided I was being a snob and a brat. I decided to go to the audition and try it out. I guess one thing led to another and I kept being called back. Then I realized at the chemistry read with Marcy Rylan [Abby, Y&R] that I had so much fun with her, and she was a good actress. So I guess my “snobitute” was unwarranted. It opened up my eyes a little bit. When I got on set I then said, “I was an asshole and judging.”
Daytime has this stigma!
Yes and it’s unfortunate. I don’t know why, or where, or how that came about. I am far too young to know the soap stigma. [Laughs] But here is my soap stigma story: My mom watched the soaps when I was a child, and when I wanted to watch cartoons. She would be like, “No! I am watching the soaps!” I was mad, but not mad at her. I was mad at the soaps because they were in the way of my cartoons! I think that is where my bitterness for soaps originally stemmed from, being jaded as a child. I was bitter, but I have gotten over it now! [Laughs]
Who would you tell readers Carmine is if they have not watched Y&R? What is he about?
He is misunderstood. He’s the kind of guy that acts first, and questions later. He comes from Jersey. I think Y&R was riding the Jersey Shore wave with this, but to my happiness without the bad clothing choices. [Laughs] Those aren’t there. The Ed Hardy is not part of the plan. Not to name names. [Laughs] But, Carmine is not your typical Jersey Shore kind of guy. When I got to wardrobe they were like, “Well, we like what you are wearing now.” I was in a T-shirt and jeans. I am a various T-shirt and jeans kind of a guy. They asked me, what brands do I wear? So I wrote down some brands, and literally they went out and got the clothes! It literally looks like my closet at home. It was great. I thought, “At least I will look decent!”
Let’s talk about Carmine and Abby’s relationship. What would you say is going on there? Are they just smitten with each other at this point?
It’s young lovers being smitten, kind of hot and fast. I think it is what everyone wants love to be. That very passionate, hands-on, touchy-touchy, can’t get enough of that person, that we all enjoy. We have had bedroom scenes and they were fun and went well!
The adorable spitfire Marcy Rylan is your scene partner on Y&R. What are three words you use to describe her?
Marcy is smart, fun and sexy. She reminds me of the Reese Witherspoon of Y&R. She has that Legally Blonde thing going for her. She is that cute, approachable girl, which works great for her.
Since you have taken your clothes off all the time in your career as a physique model, when they tell you it’s time for you to take your shirt off in a scene, are you like, “Oh good. I get to strut my stuff?”
I am comfortable with my body. Obviously, sex sells, we all know that. That is tried-and-true. So I know that. But it’s not like I go, “Yippee! I am going to take my shirt off!” No, no, no! Either way, I don’t care, as long as we get the story across, and right now the story just happens to be we are being hot for each other, and physicality is a big part of that. I think it serves a purpose. But if something doesn’t serve a purpose for me, and its just gratuitous, then I don’t follow.
Do you feel pressure being a hunky guy on a soap to keep up the looks?
I guess in some ways, sure. I got this job and I have to keep that physique the same. I got this job when I was working out really hard. So I have to keep that going. There was awhile there that I let it go. I thought I did not want to be the in-shape guy anymore. I noticed then I didn’t book very much! [Laughs]
So without giving all of your secrets away, what is your workout regimen like?
I am pretty old-school. I don’t do CrossFit or anything like that. My dad taught me to lift weights when I was a kid in the seventh grade. I was a scrawny child and my dad was always in great shape. He was an athlete type of dude. He bought me a weight set at 5 years old! But I did not use it for a few years. Now I just do a very basic routine. I do free weights and I don’t like machines. I don’t get a good workout on them, but for some people they do. It’s all personal preference for me. I am lucky that I have a really good metabolism as well. I use that to my advantage. I do every bodypart once a week. Rest is key, and the thing that helps your muscles grow. I am a slacker on cardio, though. I quit smoking three months ago and my first cigarette was when I was 11 years old. I was a bad kid, smoking weed, drinking and the whole nine yards. I was the pothead kid. I grew up in the Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., area, which was more of a hippie culture at that time.
All things being equal, would you like to keep working on a soap and Y&R?
I would love to continue at Y&R! No one wants to go home from the party, unless they are puking. And I am not puking. [Laughs] Who knows? I have a whole new respect for the genre.
Recently, there was a huge backstage shakeup at Y&R. Maria Arena Bell was let go as both executive producer and head writer, and she was replaced by Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Grifith. What do you think of your chances of staying on the show with the new regime change?
I hope everyone gets what they want from this whole changing of the guard. I have had people ask me if I will be canned because of the new writer and new EP. I was like, “That is a possibility if they are cleaning house, and they are going to have to get rid of some old items and new items that they don’t need.” Soap fans are very loyal and very protective. So when a new guy like me comes into play with things, most of them aren’t so ready to open their arms. They are very stubborn and that is fine, but I think the powers-that-be are looking at that going, “What can we do to improve ratings?”
I think Jill and Josh, and the production and writing teams will have a meeting and say, “Let’s keep him on the show, so we can have more shirtless scenes!”
Actually, even if they killed off Carmine, they could preserve him shirtless. We can preserve a mold on the wall as a memory of Carmine! [Laughs]
Soaps In Depth has learned that Susan Flannery (Stephanie), one of the show's "core four" who has been on the soap since its 1987 premiere, has told the powers-that-be of her intention to leave.
A source tells us the actress has signed a short-term contract with B&B to allow executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell some time to strategize in terms of storyline.
Michael Damian just announced on Twitter that he’s returning to The Young and the Restless next month for the soaps 10,000th episode, which is scheduled air on Thursday, September 27. He also announced that viewers can expect to see lots more of his character, Danny Romalotti, even beyond epi 10,000.
“Yahoo! I’m back playing Danny on Y&R for the10,000 episode and lots more! Thank you so much for your amazing support! Rock On, Michael,” said Damian in his tweet.
Responding to an excited fan, Damian said that it is “because of all of you writing to ‘Y&R’ and tweeting to bring back Danny :-)” as the reason we can expect to see him back on the show a lot more. Damian has appeared on numerous occasions over the years since departing the role full-time in 1998.
The actor promises “some really great story coming up! you guys are going to really enjoy”
Lisa Rinna, who returned to NBC's "Days of Our Lives" on March 8, is ready to say goodbye to her role as Billie Reed on the soap to focus on her many projects -- including a new talk show.
“She's leaving so she can do all of the 500 other things she loves to do. [She's working on] her Belle Gray line for QVC, she’s writing another diet and fitness book, plus she’s developing a vitamin supplement line and lingerie line,” a friend of the actress told me.
“She’s also in talks to do a panel-type talk show.”
Lisa played Billie Reed for more than 150 episodes on "Days," last appearing in 2005 before her return this year.
“At the moment, she’s with her kids and husband, Harry Hamlin, at their island in Canada,” confirms a pal.
“Harry is also very busy, with his recurring role on 'Shameless' this season, where he will be naked all the way through. That naughty boy!”
Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart Slater, “All My Children”) is currently off filming her new movie, “Desires of the Heart” in Savannah, GA and now Soap Opera Network is happy to report the film has unveiled its Facebook page for fans to take a look at the journey to making the film.
In “Heart,” Minshew portrays Madeline, a young artist who catches the attention of a psychiatrist (Val Lauren) visiting from India. While their romance blossoms, her new love is forced to return to India in order to marry the woman chosen as his bride by his parents.
Ronn Moss spoke with Entertainment Weekly about leaving THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and the character of Ridge Forrester after 25 years. Moss is looking forward to new challenges but is open to a possible return someday. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
So, to be clear, money was a piece of the puzzle?
Yes, a piece of the whole thing, and it all showed me I need to move forward, not backwards, and I've been doing this for 25 years. How many shows — how many jobs — last that long? I felt that I needed to go in this new direction to give myself the chance to do all the creative things that I haven't had a chance to do in 25 years, because I've dedicated so much of my life to this. That's what I want the fans to hear, how dedicated I am to them. I wouldn't have done it all this time if I wasn't dedicated. It's not just a job! I could do lots of other jobs. I had music, I had lots of other acting things.
What has the reaction been like around the news of you leaving?
People were shocked because it came rather quickly because of the time we're in. The producers come and say: "Your contract is coming up for renewal and you have to make some decisions." Well, I've been through this many times on the show. How many times have we done this? It always keeps going because you give and take — it's a give and take. Well, I got to a point where I couldn't give anymore. I couldn't give anymore. I've got to move to a place where my world is able to open up, and I needed that. I was sad to leave. It was really sad to leave, but I had to because of all the things that are going on, everything. I can't pinpoint one specific thing because that would be unfair, that would diminish everything else.
As a veteran of the soap business, do you think it's a viable business going forward?
I think dramatic series are always going to be viable.
How did you feel about Ridge's send-off on the show?
There wasn't really a send-off. It was left up in the air, which one side of me goes, That's very unresolved. And the other side goes, I love that it was unresolved. I love that we just go off.
Are are you totally opposed to ever returning?
No. But I need time. I need time. And I want to dedicate myself to this rebirth, this new life.
Will you be upset if they recast Ridge?
I don't know if I really want to say because it's not up to me. If it was up to me, I would say, "Let me have that as the legacy. Let me make that 25 years worth what I thought it was." But it's out of my hands.
Rumor has it that Ian Buchanan, who just completed his run on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” yesterday as Ian McAllister, is heading back to ABC’s “General Hospital” after a 23-year absence.
Buchanan was last seen in 1989 as Duke Lavery on the soap, but the character was killed off in 1990 while portrayed by actor Greg Beecroft.
When asked by a fan on twitter if he was returning, Buchanan said, “My tweets are sealed.”
A “General Hospital” spokesperson was unavailable for comment at press time.
Liza learned she was pregnant. Closing arguments ended Brooke's trial. Liza shared the news with Jake as Allie looked on. The kids heard a ghost in the mausoleum. Lee kidnapped Junior. Hayley and Mateo figured out John was Lee Hawkins; Myrtle confirmed it. Dixie was frantic when Junior was missing. Adam went on television to ask for Junior's return. Gillian ran into Lee and kept mum. Lee was waiting for Hayley in her room.
Carly went to the Snyder farm and told Julia that she was not going to give up on Jack and that Julia didn't stand a chance. David arrived and took both women hostage. James was surprised to find David alive but shocked to learn that not only had he kidnapped Julia and Carly, but he had also arranged the Valetta disaster. David went to his memorial service and listened while a heartbroken Molly opened her heart. Seeing him, Molly fainted, but no one would believe she had seen David. Emily conned the reporter to take the videotape of Margo and Eddie to their competition. The video was aired over the news. Adam saw the video and moved in with Hal. Sam and Kirk went on a picnic by the river and disappeared. Georgia thought that Sam had run out on her again. Eddie comforted her and promised that he would not leave her.
Taylor asked Pierce to hypnotize her. He wanted to give her a gift of fun and freedom, so he told her that when she walked into her house that night, she would be sixteen again. Ridge was pleasantly surprised when he stepped into a time warp. Brooke and Pierce had dinner and discussed Brooke's relationship with Ridge. Pierce got the idea that Taylor couldn't be happy with a man still in love with another woman. C.J. discovered that Amber and Raymond really had slept together; Amber begged him not to tell anyone. Grant had to be hospitalized. Sally went to his bedside, wanting to comfort him, but he comforted her instead. Thorne kissed Macy. When she didn't respond, he told her that for Grant's sake, she should pretend. Sheila and Sybil switched places; Sybil went to the big hospital in Sheila's place, and Sheila was released.
Swamp Girl conquered her fear of fire to save Bo's life and decided to clean up for him, even though he still couldn't see. Kate found out Franco's immigration status. Shawn and Caroline threw a party for Sami and Franco; Austin, Roman, and Marlena's suspicions were almost confirmed when Kate plotted to have Candy, Franco's mistress, be the stripper who jumped out of the cake. Franco smoothed it over, but Austin, Roman, and Marlena still didn't trust him. Carrie agreed to go to Sami's wedding with Austin only because Mike suggested she make peace. Nicole and Eric grew closer, while Taylor developed a crush on Eric and met Lucas. Lucas plotted to take Will out of the country. Billie fretted about Bo. Hope and Ms. Faversham boarded the Empress Express, where nearly everyone remembered Hope as Princess Gina. Stefano and Vivian also boarded the train in the next compartment, where Stefano was incognito as Rudolfo. Ivan, Celeste, and a suspicious Lucille managed to board the train as servants.
Helena was arrested for Katherine's murder. Helena later called a very much alive Katherine as her witness. Brenda and Veronica finally talked without arguing. Taggert took Monica's tape of Justus' confession. Jason left to confront Moreno.
Harley was depressed as Daisy's birthday approached. Phillip tried to comfort her. Lizzie walked in on a heated argument between Beth and Phillip; she overheard Beth say that Harley was trying to kidnap Lizzie. Ross took the sex video of Blake and Ben to the video store, unaware of what it really was. A frantic Blake tried to get it back, but found that the tape had not only been rented, it had been sold. Teri warned Eleni that Frank might be called to testify in Blake's case; later Frank blasted Teri for interfering in his marriage. Dolly convinced Reva to stop grieving and gave her the necklace that she had been buried in. Later, Reva thought it was a dream until she found the necklace around her neck. Abby wanted to start a family, but Rick said no. Ben and Blake were both called by someone who put the video up for bid. Harley broke her ties with her mystery client but still received a gift from him.
Roseanne talked about the death of her mother. Kevin and Téa's plan to trick Todd failed, but Cassie saw Kevin kissing Téa. Sam and Blair agreed to take things slowly. Kelly copied Blair's contract and took it to Asa. Kevin and Cassie made love. Barbara bought back her stolen gun. Todd destroyed the incriminating videotape. Dorian hired R.J. to spy on Kevin. Starr started calling herself "Susie."
Diane's interview on the Leanna Love show was broadcast. Chris watched with Victor. Later, Chris blasted Michael for his part in the interview, telling him that he was skirting the edge of unethical behavior. Dru called Olivia and said she was heading to Genoa City the next week. Victoria accepted Neil's proposal. Later, while celebrating at the Crow's Nest, they ran into Malcolm, who had returned to hear Callie sing. Nick and Sharon's "night of love" was interrupted by a slumber party that was transferred from one child's house to the ranch. Jack told Grace that he thought that she should go on the road with Nick. Jack and Bradley had a secret meeting in the park.
Sami is livid when Nicole interrupts her conversation with Rafe; Melanie opens up to Chad about Nick.
Nicole reveals her true feelings to Daniel; Chad posts EJ's bail; Sonny punches T.
Wednesday ("Searching For Sami")
Rafe realizes he has lingering feelings for Sami; Nick makes a decision about his future.
Thursday ("Important Decisions")
Will quits his job with EJ to concentrate on his own life; Brady and Rafe agree to focus on their work.
Friday ("Chad Worries About Melanie")
Chad and Brady advise Melanie to oppose Nick's release; Daniel's suggestion upsets Nicole.
8/27, Jason questions Patrick about Robin's past connection with Jerry; John seeks information from Alexis.
8/28, McBain gives Dante advice on how to deal with Jerry; Carly and Todd wonder if their lives are going to be cut short.
(Getting Through to Jerry)
8/29, Jax tries to think of a way to stop Jerry from committing a crime; Sonny pulls a gun on Joe Jr.
8/30, Luke and Anna get intimate; Shawn thinks it's his last chance to reveal his feelings for Alexis.
(Making Hope Happy)
8/27th, Rick uses a situation to his advantage; Bill cautions Liam with some stern advice.
(Searching for Comfort)
8/28, A former flame of Hope's helps to mend her broken heart; Liam makes a promise to Taylor.
8/29, Steffy and Liam reunite; Taylor and Ridge talk about how their relationship has affected their children.
(The Strange Encounter)
8/30, Thomas and Hope have an awkward encounter with Liam; Rick loses his cool with Brooke and Katie.
8/31, Pam and Donna fight about their work; Rick makes his intentions clear to Caroline.
Nick and Victoria take drastic action against Sharon
New evidence in Tim's death forces Michael to question Kevin
Can Phyllis and Kevin hide the evidence in regard to Tim's death
Jack questions Tucker's motives
Cane suspects Genevieve is involved with the mystery woman
Along with a Dragon Age 3 logo and concept art, users have also detailed the who, what, where, when and whys of BioWare's eagerly-anticipated third entry. According the the posts the game will take place at a time where Orlais, the affluent nation in Thedas, is being torn apart by a civil war.
"The great nation of Orlais, the most powerful empire in Dragon Age, tears itself apart in civil war," reads a plot summary posted on NeoGAF.
"The stout men and women of Ferelden struggle to recover and reclaim their nation from the horde of vile Darkspawn that lay waste to its lands a decade ago.
"The Chantry, the once-unified faith of the Dragon Age world stands divided. The Templar order has broken away, claiming the church has become too lax in policing the dangerous powers o the mages. The Mage circles have rebelled, believing the Templars have become too strict, too zealous in their duties, and too quick to slaughter those who step out of line.
"The world of Dragon Age is one on the brink of collapse, and when a desperate gathering in the name of peace becomes the epicentre of a magical blast that decimates the Chantry's leadership, it becomes clear that someone or something is manipulating events to drive the world into chaos.
"From the ashes of that explosion, something new rises: The Inquisition. As the Inquisitor, it falls to you to build up your power and martial your forces, uncover secrets and build connections across the world. You must explore forgotten spaces, uncover ancient mysteries and uproot those who would destroy the fabric of the world."
A second German survey has also been transcribed and translated, it provides a broader overview of the rumoured Dragon Age 3 plot.
"A portal between the worlds unleashes hords of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition.
"Take the Inquisitor's cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition. But you'll have to take lead of it from the beginning.
"Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten (!) complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them."
Survey participants are supposedly being asked to pick a potential subtitle for the threequel, the options include 'The Breach', 'Exarch', 'Inquisition', 'Inquisitor' and 'Apocrypha'.
Take a look at concept character designs below.
IDGAF if Dragon Age 2 sucked. This is their chance to redeem themselves by making this fun. Can't wait to see Morrigan. You should read Dragon Age: Asunder if you haven't already, cuz you know...Wynne and all. Don't even bring up Mass Effect because I could care less. They seem to have fixed that issue...slightly.
Community Exclusive: Matt Lucas' Character Revealed, Will Play Abed's [Spoiler]
Details have finally surfaced about the role Little Britain‘s Matt Lucas will be playing on Community,
and I have a hunch Troy will not be pleased. TVLine has learned exclusively that Lucas’ character, Toby, is a fanboy whom Abed meets at an Inspector Spacetime convention. Now here’s the part that’s going to really rankle Abed’s current BFF and soul mate: Abed and Toby will quickly discover that not only are they kindred spirits, but they’ve “met” before online.
Ladies and gents, we’ve got ourselves another Community love triangle! Lucas, who is probably best known to American audiences as one of Kristen Wiig’s roommates in Bridesmaids, is slated to make his Community debut early into the show’s fourth season, which premieres Friday, Oct. 19.
11 Things We Learned About ‘Community’ from Dan Harmon’s Reddit AMA
1. He wouldn’t come back to Community under any circumstances: “It wouldn’t do the show or me any good to be invited back to the show in “any capacity.” If they thought I was bad at being in charge, they’d be even more disappointed in my ability to be not-in-charge. I’m a zero-sum personality with very little staff writing experience. I like to create stuff and if people don’t like it I like to try to figure out how to make it better but I’m not great at helping other people make their stuff. Nobody wants Dan Harmon prowling the hallways while they’re trying to make Community. It would slow everything down and frustrate everyone because people would feel obligated to mince words and be political in their handling of my opinions and blah blah blah. So no.”
2. What happened when Chevy Chase walked off the set: “He refused to do the ‘tag’ for the Digital Estate Planning episode (the 8 bit video game episode). In the scripted tag, Abed comes to Pierce with the thumb drive he took, and says ‘Pierce, I’ve been able to adjust some of the code for your Dad’s video game and I’ve made a version I think you might like better.’ He puts the thumb drive into a laptop in front of Pierce. We cut to the laptop screen, where we see Pierce’s avatar on a front lawn with the giant floating head of Cornelius. Every time Pierce presses the space bar, his avatar throws a baseball to his father’s head, which gives him a thousand points and a ‘great job, son!’ Pierce presses the space bar a few times, pauses, then leans over and embraces Abed and we fade to black. When Adam Countee pitched that tag, tears instantly rolled down my cheeks, and in point of fact, my eyes are getting watery describing it to you. It was the most important part of the episode and possibly one of the most important moments of the season. I was very upset to hear that it wasn’t shot because someone didn’t feel like shooting it, especially since it was literally the last day of shooting, which meant we’d never be able to pick it up. I regret nothing about how upset I got. My job was to care about my show.”
3. One storyline he knows we’ll see in Season 4: “Jeff will meet his Dad, because we were going to do it in season 3 but then one of the NBC execs started saying ‘just make sure Jeff meeting his Dad isn’t a dark story,’ and I didn’t want to write one of the series’ most important stories under that hex, so I said, ‘let’s just punt that story to season 4.’ And we ended season 3 with Jeff googling his Dad, so…!”
4. The Community storyline he wishes he got to write: “The one that immediately leaps to mind is that I wanted Richard Ayoade (director of the Dinner with Andre episode) to return, this time on camera, as an oversea friend of Abed’s that he met in an Inspector Spacetime forum (or subreddit). I just couldn’t resist the meta-liciousness of seeing Ayoade and Pudi on screen together, and the non-meta, perfectly standard sitcom-liciousness of giving Abed a friend of whom Troy would have good reason to be jealous. I will say, though, that we explored many of the aspects of Troy and Abed’s relationship in the Civil War episode that we would’ve explored in an episode like that. Still, it would have been pretty fun.”
5. Storylines he wishes Community had done better: ” I wish we had been able to do the ‘Shirley gives birth’ episode BETTER. I think it could have been better. The director was working with half a script, we were way behind schedule, etc. I wish Pierce’s pill addiction could have paid off better. I wish we could have used John Goodman to better effect. I wish Jon Oliver was in season 3. I don’t know if there’s an episode that I’d consider an all-out tragedy that I’d go back in time and stop from existing.”
6. Harmon’s all-time favorite Community episode: “[T]he Dungeons and Dragons episode in season 2.”
7. His favorite episode to shoot: “I guess the first season’s paintball episode. The actors’ opinion of what episodes were fun to shoot would be the more weighty opinion. It was the actors’ set, it was their pain we were farming. I was often in the writers room or edit bay while their biggest triumphs were happening. I had the luxury of being able to focus on writing and editing because we had good directors and brilliant actors and the best crew in TV.”
8. Danny Pudi blew him away in his audition to play Abed: “He was so different from the Abed in my head when he walked in the door, but he just leveled the room with his presence. He walked in dressed the way we ended up dressing Abed. He pulled out a tube of chapstick and applied it before every “take” of his auditions. And in the “chemistry read” with Joel McHale, when Abed introduces himself to Jeff, Danny held out his hand for shaking, but held it about six inches higher than you’re “supposed to” when you offer your hand for shaking. It was so subtle and so brilliant. We all knew it was Danny’s part. He walked in having decided it was his part. And there were a LOT OF GENIUSES up for that role.”
9. Yes, the Season 3 finale was intended to be a series finale, if necessary: “I knew that we had to generally get the audience used to the idea that Greendale, the campus itself, was NOT NECESSARILY INSTRUMENTAL to the long term viability of the show. That’s why we did episodes like Remedial Chaos and Annie’s Move and Abed as Batman, that’s why we moved Annie into Abed and Troy’s apartment and put Shirley and Pierce in business together…because the simple fact, to me, was that as much as we loved Greendale, we had to “complete” the story of Jeff Winger getting his four year degree. You can actually see one my “fourth season” ideas getting bumped up into the end of season three, because Jeff Winger has to decide, at the end of season three, that even though he’s endured Greendale for the express purpose of getting his old life back, in the end, he has to choose Greendale over his old life, because Greendale has made him a better person. The fact that it happened at the end of season three is because at the time of writing the script, I had a sneaking suspicion that either the show or its creator would not be back for season four.”
10. He may watch Season 4 — but only if it’s good: “I’m going to wait a few episodes, maybe the whole season, and see how other people react. If people love it, then I’ll be able to safely watch it with an open, friendly heart, because the whole point is whatever makes the audience happy. If they say it’s good, it’s good, and I can watch it and even say it’s good. But I’m not going to be part of any campaign to convince anyone – me or others – of anything, good or bad. I’ve received a lot of advice from a lot of creatives that in a situation like this, it’s best for everyone on all sides that I make a clean break and not look back. I’ll be one of the very last people you hear weighing in on New Community. It’s the most practical, healthy decision I can make for its audience. Here’s an important related question: DO I HOPE IT’S GOOD? The honest answer is yes.”
11. Community‘s most perfect moment: “My mind goes to the moment Jeff drags Pierce out of the study room in the Dungeons and Dragons episode. And Abed is standing there watching. And Jeff is absolutely livid because Fat Neil’s actual LIFE is at stake, and he shouts at a man twice his age as if he’s the father and Pierce is the child, which is true in that moment. ‘What is your PROBLEM?!’ ‘I don’t like being excluded, Jeff, do you?!’ <– Chevy’s best performance in all three seasons. And the coup de grace, Jeff’s incredibly simple response: ‘YES!’ If someone had showed me that moment three years earlier and said, ‘you’re going to make this show, you’re going to write this scene,’ I would have been very excited and proud of myself. It felt like we had achieved something worthy of the NBC that had raised me.”
The photo is from the photoshopped adventures of Prince Harry printed in the Metro
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Originally scheduled for release in March of this year, Paramount made the decision back in January to push the fantasy actioner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters all the way to January of 2013. We heard relatively little about the film in the meantime, but yesterday reports from IMDb users popped up suggesting that the studio was testing both R-rated and PG-13 versions of the film. Reactions to both versions differed, with most users preferring the supposed R-rated cut to the PG-13 iteration.
It appears that the IMDb users were mistaken, as trusted sources now tell us that both versions of the film used in test screenings were the R-rated versions, and Paramount absolutely plans on releasing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters as R.
Despite IMDb speculation that the studio was testing a PG-13 version of the pic, we’re hearing that Paramount is 100% planning on releasing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters as an R-rated film. The discrepancies between the cuts may have been a result of the studio trying to see if audiences prefer a more graphic version of the fairy tale over a tame cut. Whatever the case, it was clear that audiences (or at least those that took the time to post on the IMDb message boards) were heavily in favor of the “more R-rated” cut of the film.
For those unaware, the 3D film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the grown-up versions of the titular characters who are, understandably, out for some revenge. The test screening responses were quite positive, with many noting the film’s violence, humor, and fun action; one user compared the “silly” tone favorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Drive Angry 3D. Way back in December of 2011, Arterton said the pic was “as much Pulp Fiction as fairy tale,” and the IMDb responses confirm a pretty twisted sense of humor.
Hopefully we see a trailer soon so we’ll be able to get a sense of the tone for ourselves. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters also stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare and opens in 3D on January 11th, 2013.
Still not entirely sold on this movie... I'll make a better judgement once there's a trailer available.
Salli Richardson is the first star to be cast in Lifetime's one-hour pilot The Secret Lives of Wives. The project, written by Jill Gordon and executive produced by Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, centers on the lives of four marriages and the real truth behind them.
According to Deadline, Wives provides an "honest portrayal of the ultimate challenge every relationship faces – emotional and sexual longevity."
Richardson is slated to play Reed, one of the wives, who is professionally known as "The Siren." Reed is described as a "sultry host of a call-in radio show that caters to women’s fantasies." But Reed's radio show personality proves problematic to her already troubled 17-year long marriage.
Supposedly, Richardson chose this Lin Pictures and Warner Horizon project over a similarly titled NBC off-cycle pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, due to her longtime relationship with Nina Lederman, Lifetime's series development head, and after meeting with the network's producers.
As announced on November of last year, Richardson, along with Rockmond Dunbar, James Hayman and Craig Dorfman, is currently working on the TV adaptation of Pastor Brown, a feature directed by Dunbar and written by Rhonda Baraka (Trinity Goodheart).
In Pastor Brown, to be distributed by Arc Entertainment sometime this year, Richardson will play Jessica "Jesse" Brown, an exotic dancer returning home after more than a decade when her father becomes ill. She is also in the process of developing a Lena Horne stage show.
I'm happy she is getting work so soon after Eureka ended.
Lifetime, I see what you are doing and I'm not mad...*wink wink*
About a 1 1/2 months ago, we announced that Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter (via their Overbrook Entertainment) had teamed up with J. Michael Straczynski and his new media company, Studio JMS, to produce a new television series, which was said to be in development.
The new series was to be titled Epidemic, but details on what exactly its story was weren't yet known, nor what TV network it might be carried on.
Skip ahead to today, to news that ABC has put the series in development in what's being called a "script-to-series" commitment, which means that ABC will order the series (13 episodes) if they like the script they are presented with.
The trades are saying that the project is currently untitled, so I guess the previous title (Epidemic) has been dropped.
So what's this series going to be about, if ordered? Details are still limited; all that's been revealed is that it'll be "a high-octane pandemic thriller that combines closed-ended procedural and serialized elements," says Deadline.
No word on when we might expect movement on this, or who might be attached, both in front and behind the camera. I wouldn't expect Will Smith to star in it; nor Jada. But we'll see.
Straczynski’s past work includes writing/producing TV series like Babylon 5 and Jeremiah, and penning scripts for films that include Thor, Ninja Assassin, Underworld Awakening and Changeling.
Hopefully Jada won't run this to the ground like she did with HawthoRNe.
Tim Cook Addresses Apple Employees After Lawsuit Victory
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It's about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung's behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
Samsung's Released Statement
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.
What the Apple-Samsung verdict means for your smartphone
The historic patent battle between Apple and Samsung has come to an end, with the verdict largely favoring Apple -- and it's likely to ripple across the entire smartphone industry.
Apple and Samsung accused each other of infringing on software patents; Apple's allegations also included a few design patents.
A California jury on Friday found Samsung had infringed on the majority of the patents in question -- including software features like double-tap zooming and scrolling -- and recommended that Apple be awarded more than $1 billion in damages. On the design front, many Samsung devices were found to infringe on hardware style or icon setup.
Samsung is widely expected to appeal the ruling, but as it stands now, the verdict could significantly affect both smartphone users and other industry players.
What happens to my Samsung phone? Apple's design and software claims involved scores of Samsung devices, including the Nexus S 4G and S II.
As a result of the ruling, Apple could request an injunction against the Samsung devices that were found to have infringed on its patents. That means Samsung could be forced to take those gadgets off the market until they are changed.
If you already own the devices in question, though, don't worry: Even with an injunction, no one can pry the phone out of your hands. But it's possible that your phone could receive a software update that tweaks how it looks and works.
What about my Samsung Galaxy tablet? This category offered one spot of good news for Samsung: The jury ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets did not infringe on Apple's design patents for the iPad.
What does the ruling mean for Google and Android? Samsung wasn't able to prove any of Apple's patents invalid, which is the major point that could affect other smartphone industry titans.
Armed with loads of significant patents now deemed valid in court, Apple could go on to sue other companies -- namely, Android maker Google and its hardware partners.
Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android devices, and while the software does vary a bit across manufacturers, it's largely similar. So smartphone makers could be sued for similar software infringements, and Google may have to tweak Android's user interface.
Google's shares were down about 1% in after-hours trading late Friday, while Apple's stock jumped nearly 2% to a record high near $675.
Will we see any changes to future phone and tablet hardware? The verdict strengthened Apple's design identity, and competitors may now be afraid to even toe the line of the iDevices' "look and feel."
Chris Carani, an intellectual property attorney and design law expert at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, says the verdict could spark "a burst of creativity" in the design of future devices. Competitors won't want to risk being slapped with a design infringement lawsuit, given that it costs so much money to roll out a new smartphone or tablet.
"Competitors will have to go back to the drawing board, and give their designers more creative license," Carani says. "They'll have to create something very different as far as the visual experience, and that choice could be a great benefit for consumers."
What happens now? Does Samsung have to pay up? Before the verdict even came down, industry experts predicted that an appeal would be all but certain in this complex case.
Samsung alluded strongly to that point in a statement e-mailed to CNN after the verdict: "This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims."
The statement continued: "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners."
Apple, of course, was thrilled with the ruling: "The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than even we knew."
Samsung has to be sorely disappointed, but it has enough cash to handle the $1 billion ruling with relative ease: It earned $12 billion last year and has $14 billion in cash in the bank.
If Samsung does choose to appeal, it's unclear what timeline that move will follow. The case involved 109 pages of instructions, a fact that made headlines, although in a surprise move, the jury came back with a verdict after only three days. To top of page
ROUGH CUT. I watched the rough cut of The Canyons this afternoon (running time 1hr 44min). There's a maxim in the film business that "No film is as good as the dailies or as bad as the rough cut." Which means no film can live up to the expectations one creates when watching day to day footage and the first assembly of the film is the worst version you will see. It turns out, despite all one's magical thinking, to be just a movie after all. That said, I'm very pleased. Thrilled, actually. It works. The first half is fat but at midpoint it kicks in. Will take 5-7 min out this week, look at it again. And, yes, Lindsay and James are everything I'd hoped for. It's a game changer for both of them. Paul Schrader via Facebook
"It was that BET hadn't decided if they were picking up the show yet or not [...] During that time when they didn't know, I was offered a really amazing pilot for NBC, and BET graciously allowed me to go and do it [...] Then the timing got complicated and there was a need to move forward. [BET] had to figure out how to deal without me because I wasn't available. But it's not because I wanted to leave."
Words from Tracee Ellis Ross addressing her sudden exit from BET's Reed Between The Lines, in an exclusive with Essence magazine.
It was exactly 1 week ago when we confirmed that Ms Ross had left BET's freshman scripted series. Specific reasons weren't given at the time, but, in a released statement, Ms Ross did express her love for the series and its cast, calling it one that "I believe in and care about."
My guess was that her casting in the new NBC women's prison drama Bad Girls, adapted from the UK ITV series of the same name, might have had something to do with it. And it looks like it did in some part; however, as Essence reports, NBC actually DID NOT pick up the pilot for Bad Girls, which means it's likely dead. But we'll see.
Recall that Kym Whitley and Jurnee Smollett were both cast in Bad Girls as well.
So what does this now mean for Tracee, since season 2 of Reed Between The Lines is moving on without her AND, NBC didn't pick up Bad Girls?
Her IMDB page doesn't list any upcoming projects (at least, non that's been announced); however, don't completely write her off Reed Between The Lines; don't be surprised if her character does return in the future - assuming the series is even still around if/when that happens.
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After spending several days on the road in relative peace, things reached a boiling point between Caroline Manzo and former friend Teresa Giudice on last Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives.
“The only thing positive about it was I finally said what I needed to say and I’m done. And that was a year ago,” she continues. “And I have not seen or spoken to Teresa since the reunion last year with the exception of the Bravo commercial – I was in the same room with her.
My last words to Teresa Giudice were at the reunion last year. And can I tell you, it’s been a wonderful year.”
Celebuzz: You had done so well avoiding conflict with Teresa on the trip. Why did you find it necessary to get involved that night?
Caroline Manzo: I had to get involved, because [Teresa] looked directly at me and asked me a question. And I had no intention of saying a word, not a word, because I was exhausted. You can see in my face that I just wanted the trip to end. I was exhausted from it. And I was asked a direct question. If you’re going to be so brave as to ask me a direct question and knowing what the answer is going to be, I’m going to give it to you. That’s what happened.
CB: To be clear, what is it you believe Teresa should apologize for?
CM: I just don’t think she treated her family and friends with any kind of dignity or respect. And I think that’s sad, because everybody was there for her.
CB: Do you see any possibility of reconciliation with Teresa?
CM: I have a very clear understanding of what is. There could be forgiveness if it’s asked. I’m big enough to say that I was rude and obnoxious and very hard on [Teresa], which I was. But, that’s the level she brought me to. But, you still haven’t apologized for what you’ve done to any of us, not just me, to any of us. And until there’s a real legitimate apology, I’m not interested.
I said what I had to say. I was very blunt and very matter of fact in what I had to say. I don’t regret it. I regret that I had to do it, but I don’t regret those words because my conscience is clear now and I’m good. I don’t need to go back there. Why would I do that?
In a new report Reality Tea's source shares EXCLUSIVELY that things are very, very bad between the cast members and that things are getting worse and definitely beyond repair!
"Teresa is putting the boxing gloves back on. She is all about keeping her cool and throwing digs at the cast. She cannot stand any of them. She will NEVER let them see her fall," our source reveals.
And allegedly, "Teresa gloats at the fact Melissa [Gorga] is nothing more than a cast member. She isn't the break out star she thought she would be. Teresa feels that Melissa is just one big joke. Teresa is out and about at appearances and book signings and Melissa is singing at Great Adventure."
Apparently despite Teresa's so-called talk about forgiveness, it was never an option once Melissa and Kathy Wakile joined the show, but Teresa is not alone in putting on a happy face!
"Melissa has not been sincere about wanting to make up with Teresa. Melissa is an 'actress,'" our source claims. "Those who know her, know how she 'acts' on the show isn't really how she is."
Our source also claims that in last week's episode when Melissa and Joe Gorga left Napa with Teresa it was to make them look good on camera. "You heard Melissa's comment that you better remember who left with you," our source reminds us. "They are so tit for tat. That is why they will never and have never had a genuine relationship."
Since joining the show, Melissa thought her fun personality would bring viewers onto her side and she would become the break-out star, replacing Teresa. However, she didn't count on Teresa developing a die-hard fanbase.
"Melissa's alleged plan isn't really working out the way she had hoped," our source shares. "Teresa is still really popular and the main focus of the show.
Which is exactly how Teresa likes it! "Teresa loves that the past 2 seasons revolve around her. It doesn't matter if people are talking good or bad. it's still all about her."
Canadian Elisha Cuthbert took to Twitter to announce her engagement. She said, “happily, happily, happily, happily engaged!! This has been the most amazing week-end ever.”
Is Dion Phaneuf, captian of the Toronto Maple Leafs the lucky groom?
She burst onto the American scene as Kiefer Sutherland’s daughter, Kimberly Bauer, in the critically acclaimed series 24.
Her portrayal earned her a nomination for a 2002 Teen Choice Award for Breakout TV Actress.
She also received a 2005 SAG nomination as part of the 24 cast in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
As Sasha Fierce she can sell out the biggest arena, but last night Beyonce was playing a different role - that of supportive wife.
The superstar was relegated to a spot in the stands as she cheered on her husband Jay-Z during his show with Kanye West at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia. Kanye's girlfriend Kim Kardashian was also at the show, after flying into the city with her rapper boyfriend on his helicopter.
But the brunette was not seen partying with Beyonce.
Perhaps the pop star was deliberately keeping her distance after her fans criticised her for spending time with the reality star back in June. Beyonce's fans had earlier been outraged at what seemed to be a budding friendship with Kim, whose fame was sparked by her appearance in a sex tape.
The two had stood together to watch their partners in concert, even dancing together at the front of the stage. But their friendship has not developed.
An insider told the New York Daily News that Kim was being strategic in gaining Beyoncé's trust.
'She’s hung with them a few times already, but she isn’t saying peep about them,' a source told the paper. She’s not tweeting or taking pictures with Beyoncé because she doesn’t want to seem desperate.'
Instead yesterday Kim added a photo to her micro-blog account of herself posing with her friend and PR guru Jonathan Cheban as well as music video director Hype Williams at the event. In the cheeky image the group made offensive swearing gestures to the camera, by giving one-and-two-finger salutes. [OP: lol Daily Mail's panties in a bunch]
Cheban then posted another of Kim and Kanye outside their helicopter.
She also posted a picture of 35-year-old Kanye wearing a clutch of gold chains around his neck as the pair flew into the city.
Kanye and Jay-Z were the star performers at the two-day event, which will see ticket sales benefit United Way chapters. Jay-Z organised the event, which also saw performances from the likes of Rita Ora, who is said to be dating Kim's brother Rob. Others to take to the stage included Santiago (OP: Santigold, dumbasses), Calvin Harris and more than a dozen other acts. The festival's second day line-up includes Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Odd Future and Drake, who was in the crowd Saturday night.
The festival is being filmed as a documentary by Ron Howard.
G.O.O.D. Music - See their surprise performance here
Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam
Source, Sauce, Saws
I think the festival's organization could have been better done, but overall the acts were great, G.O.O.D. Music slayed and I'm looking forward to the documentary. It looks like both Philly and some artists are interested in doing the festival again.
Finally the best part of this interview! In the second part of David Hudson's interview with Peter Dee, the actor/singer talks about his older and super famous sister, Katy Perry! He also talks about his Grandma, who was pretty much one of the best parts of Katy's movie.
Skip to around to 5:15 to watch the part of the interview about Katy!
Also love the part at the end of the video when David basically asks him out on a second date! So adorable!
Part 1 of the interview
Pearl Jam has closed the two-day Budweiser Made In America Festival, but not before the man who put it all together joined the band on stage.
After frontman Eddie Vedder thanked Jay-Z for the festival, the megastar came out and joined the group for a rocking version of "99 Problems."
Pearl Jam performed an intense 25-song set that saw tens of thousands of fans jumping, dancing, and singing to its well-known tracks including "Alive," ''Better Man," and "Jeremy." The group also covered the Clash's "Know Your Rights," and The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me."
Fittingly, the band ended with Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World."
In keeping with the festival theme, Vedder said he wants to see more made in America wares and encouraged people to vote.