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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Conservative web publication World Net Daily is accusing CBS of "pushing a gay agenda" and "mocking Christians" with its new Super Bowl ad, which features Neil Patrick Harris wearing eyeblack in which is written the dates of the game.

    Writes WND:

    CBS, the television network airing the big game this year, is now using an outspoken homosexual actor to mimic Tim Tebow’s style of trumpeting messages in eyeblack on his face.

    During Sunday’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, the network broadcast several spots promoting the network’s upcoming Super Bowl coverage in New Orleans. ...Tim Tebow, known for his Christian faith as well as football, became world famous for proclaiming Bible verses such as John 3:16 on his eyeblack, especially when he played for the University of Florida Gators before going pro.

    One football fan who watched the CBS promo Sunday made the connection between Harris and Tebow, saying, “They’re pushing a gay agenda by using him, and they’re mocking Christians at the same time.”

    The rag then goes on to note that Harris "makes no secret" of his homosexuality, has received awards from the Trevor Project, and is raising sons with David Burtka they had via surrogate.

    Tim Tebow, of course, is no stranger to controversy over his religious eyeblack, nor is he unfamiliar with being drawn into Super Bowl controversy. And eyeblack has been part of at least one controversial sports incident this year, when Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took the field with a gay slur ("maricon") dabbed in his, and was later suspended and fined.



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    Tebow should fix all of this by coming out tbh.

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    Well... some of you asked for it, so you're getting it.

    You'll recall last year's hoopla over the lack of diversity in Lena Dunham's hit HBO series, Girls (although, it's questionable whether it all was genuine, or fabricated to generate conversation and press around the series); soon after, it was revealed that Donald Glover would be joining the series' cast this season, I suppose in response to calls for more *color* on the show.

    At the time, it wasn't know what role exactly Glover would play; but now we do know.

    Tim Goodman's review of the new season of the series (which debuts on January 13) in The Hollywood Reporter last Friday gives us some of the 411:

    Season two starts with a pretty big -- and unexplained -- jump. Hannah is now dating a handsome black Republican named Sandy (Donald Glover)... When Sandy calls out Hannah’s knowledge of race and its ramifications, she goes on a self-righteous, defensive rant, and Sandy says, “You just said a Missy Elliott lyric.” There are attacks on fixie bikes, rich white girls dating black men, iPad-using gay DJs, what constitutes a “pretty person’s job,” and the smug cynicism of youthful people who haven’t earned the right to it.


    Intrigued?

    I did watch a couple of episodes of Girls, and, to be frank, they did very little to nothing for me, and I never went back to it. I'm just not its target audience. Besides, I have so much else to keep up with. I hear it's a good show, well-written etc. But little about it attracts me.

    Will Glover;s addition make a difference to me? Probably not. But we'll see... I'm sure I'll be cajoled into giving it a look - especially the episodes he's in.

    Dunham said that the 'race" problem in Girls would be addressed in the next season, and the characters will be more diverse. Great! However, I'm not a fan of classic network tokenism in casting; in essence, don't give us characters of color just to meet a quota, or as a knee-jerk reaction to the criticism. And then when she does include black characters who aren't written as we'd like them to be, we'll only just criticize further!

    And given that Glover's character is a black Republican, it's anyone's guess what slant/angle the writing will take with Mr Sandy.

    For a show that, from what I hear, is not at all what you'd call political - at least the characters and the world they inhabit are apolitical - how will inserting a character designated as a black Republican mix into the narrative?

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    Azealia Banks has said that she is "really not as moved" as people expect her to be over her use of the word "f*ggot".

    The rapper directed the slur at gossip columnist Perez Hilton and was later condemned by Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

    In a burst of messages after the initial tweets, Banks defended her use of the word, while also apologizing to those "indirectly offended" by it.

    "My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language. Not sorry for Perez tho. Lol," she said. She added: "Unpleasant meddling woman = bitch, unpleasant meddling man = Perez Hilton.

    "Really not as moved by this f word thing as u all want me to be. As a bisexual person I knew what I meant when I used that word. And I meant what I meant when I used that word. You human beings have bigger life problems then (sic) what I think about some played out gossip dude....."


    Banks also retweeted several messages of support from her fans, including those who noted that Hilton himself used the word "f*ggot" to insult Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am in 2009.

    "I don't need to respect you, and you're a f*g. You're gay, and stop being such a f*ggot," said Hilton following a confrontation with the musician.

    Hilton was criticized by GLAAD and although he initially argued that the pressure group owed him an apology, he later apologized for his use of the slur.

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    Matt Bomer is going up, up and away — into the world of animation. The mild-mannered White Collar star has landed the lead in the upcoming movieSuperman: Unbound. Coming this spring to DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand, the film features an all-star cast, including Fringe's John Noble as the world-destroying alien Brainiac and Castle costars Stana Katic and Molly Quinn as Superman's girlfriend, Lois Lane, and cousin, Kara (aka Supergirl), respectively.

    Based on a 2008 Action Comics storyline by Geoff Johns, Superman: Unbound— the latest in a series of movie adaptations from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment — pits the Man of Steel against Brainiac, an alien who attacks planets, shrinks one city small enough to fit in a bottle, then destroys the rest of the planet. "He's the ultimate collector," says director/supervising producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). "He says what he's doing is the name of science and ultimate knowledge, but really he just wants stuff and he doesn't want anyone else to have access to it."

    In the film's second story thread Superman struggles to relate to the women in his life. As his romance with Lois heats up (in his secret identity as Clark Kent), he worries that she could be in jeopardy if his enemies discover their connection. And his paternal instincts drive him to be overprotective of the teenage Kara — despite the fact that she has super abilities on par with his.

    Bomer took on this new identity with ease. "He had a jovial energy that was a little counter to what we usually do with Superman," Tucker says. "But he also had that decency in his voice that Superman really needs no matter which way you go with him."

    Noble was also perfectly suited for his role. "I could listen to him all day," Tucker says. "John had a lot of energy and he really got into the psychology of what was motivating Brainiac. He brought a level of intelligence, but also that slight bit of crazy that a super villain needs to have under the surface to make him compelling."

    In addition to the dazzling voice cast, Tucker (who also did the character design) is quite pleased with the movie's score, from composer Kevin Kliesch."I wanted it to sound like a contemporary movie," Tucker says of his directive to Kliesch, whose credits include the recent ThunderCats relaunch and the upcoming Disney Channel series Sofia the First. "There's a lot of guitars and percussion, a lot of driving music, it's not orchestral at all. The music's not like any movie Superman movie you've seen."

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    Blue Ivy Carter is no stranger to luxurious amenities. The daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce is known to play in hot tubs, sport designer footwear and sail the Mediterranean Sea on a yacht.

    So, it comes as no surprise that Jay would want to set up his little girl with some posh digs when he's watching Brooklyn Nets games at the Barclays Center. According to Us Weekly, the "Watch the Throne" rapper rents a nursery downstairs for baby Blue -- and it's not cheap.

    "Jay rents a luxurious basement suite for $1 million a year," a source tells the magazine. "It has an area for Blue filled with toys."

    And the space does double-duty as a hangout for Jay's adult pals.

    "It's all glass with a champagne bar and TV screen," says the source. "Jay lets friends use his digs when he's not there."

    Sounds as if the suite would make a nice backdrop for Blue's first birthday bash. That's right, baby Carter turns 1 next week today.

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    Aidan Turner plays Kili, brother of Fili, in 'The Hobbit'
    Dublin actor Aidan Turner got his start in a number of theatre productions following his graduation from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004. He quickly made the transition from stage to screen, landing roles in Irish-shot period drama ‘The Tudors’, BBC series ‘Desperate Romantics’ and RTÉ series ‘The Clinic’.


    His breakout role in BBC fantasy drama ‘Being Human’ somewhat prepared him for international stardom, as the US quickly made its own version of the vampire-based thriller.

    This year however, Tuner is embarking on a different kind of fan journey, as he prepares for the worldwide release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, the first film instalment based on JRR Tolkien’s cult novel, in which he plays Kili the Dwarf.

    IFTN spent five minutes with Turner ahead of the Dublin premiere of ‘The Hobbit’, to talk all things fan-related, prosthetics, and why he preferred acting opposite a tennis ball than Sir Ian McKellen.


    Aidan, your previous roles have been in period dramas or fantasy series, much like ‘The Hobbit’. Is fantasy a genre you feel comfortable in?
    It's supernatural playing a vampire and stuff, I think [The Hobbit] is quite different than a lot of the stuff I've done. I don't think I've ever been entirely immersed in a completely different world before, different times certainly, but a different world not so much, and it was new in that sense obviously with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies I was quite aware of what Middle-Earth was and what it was about, so it was a proper thrill.

    So you were a fan of ‘The Hobbit’ and JRR Tolkien’s books before the film?
    I was a fan, it's hard to say you're a fan when you're out talking about Tolkien because the fans are fans, and are so loyal and so committed and you suddenly say you're a fan and you get all these crazy questions and they realise quickly that you're not a fan; you're not one of them, you don't have little elf ears that you stick on at night time. I was into the movies like a lot of people.

    Are you prepared for that level of fandom now?
    It's weird we were just talking about Lego figures, Lego figures have just come out and we were given one of them. I think I'm on a hot chocolate in Germany, you know you've made it when there's a menu in Denny's that has your picture on it.

    Thorin, son of Thrain, played by Richard Armitage in ‘The Hobbit’, has a special relationship with all 13 dwarves. Kili & Balin (played by Dan Stott) are even closer to Thorin than the others, would you say?
    Fili (played by Dean O’Gorman) and Kili are nephews of Thorin so they're obviously family so they're the direct line from Durin's folks, so Fili would be next in line to the throne and then Kili afterwards and so on. Balin is kind of his advisor, he's a bit more placid than the rest of them, he's not really a warrior as such but he's kind of a seasoned administrator as part of the company. Kili is a bit more laid back, maybe that's why Thorin has that relationship with him,.

    I think Tolkien's favourite characters were Fili and Kili for some reason, I think he enjoyed that youthful, spirited, kind of gutsy, courageous attitude that they had towards the whole mission. Maybe Thorin sees in himself the way he would like to be if he wasn't such a stress head, if he could just chill out and have a good time and just get the gold, it's a funny thing!

    Your character, Kili, is more or less the only character whose story has expanded from the original books. Were you aware that was happening before you signed up?
    No, no I didn't. It expanded slightly, it's not really covered in the first movie, it's the second one really that they sort of ever so slightly fabricated something, a relationship with an elf, that we get onto maybe next year.

    It's really what's left in it, there's so much shot, and when you go to watch the movie, you kind of figure out what's in and what's not in. There was obviously a lot of stuff that hasn't made this particular cut, it might be in the director's cut or it might just be on the floor somewhere in Wellington. You figure out more when you watch the movie about your character than when you're actually shooting it sometimes. You feel it when you're doing it and you get on with it, but when you actually see it put together you kind of go 'Oh yeah alright, that fits there, I can see why I felt that at the time'.

    Did you get a chance to have a sneak peek at the edit at all?
    God no, a million miles away from that sort of thing. In ADR when we do post production you dub your own voice where needed, you get to see little bits a few months before it comes out, but a lot of it for this kind of movie doesn't get finished. It's very unfinished at the time so seeing the movie for me last week was, like a lot of people, was really the first time.

    Does getting into costume help you get into character more. You are the only dwarf without a beard… Am I the only one without a beard?
    Yeah I think I am. I guess somebody needed to take the hit! I don't really know why. I only had a little prosthetic nose, we tried in the early days to have more but it just made me look older and it looks fake if you don't have a lot of detail to it, you need lines and pores and it just made me look older and a little bit weird!

    They wanted to keep these characters quite young. Fili got a beard and Ori got a beard and they're both quite young so I guess somebody had to not have a beard, I don't why, but I wasn't complaining!

    Talk me through the shooting process, I doubt it was as simple as looking up for scenes with Gandalf, who is taller than the dwarves, and looking down for scenes with Bilbo, who is shorter?
    There's a lot of different stuff and some of it is quite as simple as that really. It's a bit of gaffer tape on a wall and that's the eye line for Gandalf and that's an eye line for somebody else.

    But sometimes it's a lot more complicated, they use this technique called slave motion control, where one camera is slaved to another where they sync together and they move at the same time but one is on a different set. They do it in the studio sometimes, so Ian [McKellen] is on that say for instance, and all his props and all his tables and all his little things are relative to his size, so they're all small, and we'd be on the real set and the cameras would move at the same time and capture both the images at the same time. You'd look around and somebody would be holding the tennis ball, you'd watch the playback and then you're synced together.

    So in Bag End that was used, so in Bag End Ian is in a different set to us at the beginning of the film, and we're just told where to look and stuff like that. But we can hear him, we've mics in our ears, sometimes it's like that, and sometimes it's just big props, small props, using the foreground of the frame to make it bigger or using dugouts if you're walking beside Gandalf or other characters you're two or three foot lower on the ground using a platform, it's weird!

    This would have been the most you ever used green screen and special effects on a project. How did you find working on a set on this scale?
    Yeah, [there was] a lot of green screen, but then a lot of sets as well, he builds gigantic sets, Peter, they're huge, the green screen goes on the outskirts, the perimeter of the studio, but sometimes you can't even see it. You're on the set and you're doing your thing and there's just little slivers of green you see and he builds a lot of set, they're huge.

    After a while it doesn't really matter, once you're kind of in it and you're present and you do your thing it kind of doesn't matter. Sometimes it can throw you if you don't have eyes to look at, if you're looking at a tennis ball you'd rather look in anyone's eyes, but then you just get into it. It becomes your norm, it becomes what you're used to, and when somebody does step in you go 'Oh God I think I'd rather have a tennis ball! I don't want to look at Ian McKellen right now!’


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  • About : August , Snow White & Neal

    August
    Ed Kitsis says that the character might be back this year, although nothing is certain yet. “We are hoping to have him back,” he says. “August is an important part of the fabric of the story, and it’s a story that we are continuing to tell.”

    While we might not get to see Eoin Bailey again in the second season however, the showrunner confirms that, “you will get the answer” to what August showed Neal Cassidy (Michael Raymond-James) which made him believe in the fairytale world. Neal is set to return this year, at least, so we’ll likely be getting the answer from the man himself.


    Snow White
    ook forward to meeting an important Once Upon a Time character later this season: Snow White’s mother, who died when she was young.


    TV Guide has learned that we’ll soon be introduced to Snow’s mother, who is set to appear in a special two-part episode later this season.

    Showrunner Edward Kitsis reveals that her name is Eva, and that she has a “surprising connection” to a character we already know (but don’t they all?).

    Considering that we’ve already become intimately acquainted with Regina’s mother Cora, it will be interesting to see Snow’s origin and as Kitsis explains, “the person who taught Snow White how to be Snow White.”

    The episode will also feature Ginnifer Goodwin’s younger self Bailee Madison, who will appear as Young Snow.

    It is worth noting that we have previously reported a casting notice for the show calling for a “Katerina,” who is described as, “40 years old, regal, beautiful and kind, with a big heart, and loved by her family, which is very close.” In the original news post we speculated that she was the mother of Sleeping Beauty, but perhaps this is the casting call for Snow’s mother?

    This character will appear in episode 2×15, which matches up with the timing of Snow’s mother’s arrival.


    Neal

    We were first introduced to Raymond-James’ character Neal Cassidy in the season 2 premiere episode “Broken,” and we only saw him for a split second as he received a mysterious note about the curse on Storybrooke having been broken.

    In the episode “Tallahassee,” we learned Neal’s true importance, when he was revealed to be Henry’s father. He and Emma were very much in love, but after August told him about Emma’s destiny, he left her behind.

    We already know that Neal will be back this year, and there is speculation that he might even be Rumpelstiltskin’s son Bae. Now, the actor has revealed via Twitter that we can expect to see him in more episodes than we may have thought.
    James, who will reappear in episode 2×14 “Manhattan,” will be sticking around at least through season 2 – suggesting that he’ll have a more permanent role in Emma and Henry’s lives, and maybe Rumpel’s as well if speculation is to be believed.

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    British actresses Juno Temple and Andrea Riseborough lead the way in a female-dominated race for the EE Bafta Rising Star Award 2013.

    The shortlist is a stark contrast to last year's, which featured no women at all.

    The Dark Knight Rises actress Temple and W.E.'s Riseborough are joined by Elizabeth Olsen and Anna Karenina's Alicia Vikander in the running for the award recognising new talent in the film industry.

    Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma is the only male nominee on the shortlist, selected by a judging panel including Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch and director Kevin Macdonald.

    Previous winners include James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart.

    The award is voted for by the public and the winner will be announced February 10.


    Elizabeth Olsen
    At 17, Elizabeth moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating she took Sundance by storm in 2011 when she appeared in not one but two of the most highly praised films in the festival: Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. Since her breakthrough, Elizabeth has continued her rise to fame, appearing in diverse and challenging roles. Most recently Elizabeth has completed production on the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin.


    Andrea Riseborough
    Home grown talent Andrea graduated from RADA in 2005 and quickly began to accumulate critical acclaim and awards for her stage and screen work. She made her film debut in Roger Michell’s Venus. Roles in Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock and Mike Leigh’s comedy-drama Happy Go Lucky soon followed. Noted for her extensive research and versatility, Andrea has also starred as both a young Margaret Thatcher in Margaret Thatcher –The Long Walk to Finchley and Wallis Simpson in W.E. Her upcoming roles include Oblivion opposite Tom Cruise, Disconnect with Jason Bateman, and Hidden in which she stars with Alexander Skaarsgard.


    Suraj Sharma
    Until recently 19 year old Suraj was living a quiet, middle class life with his parents in the suburbs of South Delhi. But, after an extensive search throughout India, Suraj was picked from 3,000 hopefuls to star in director Ang Lee’s 3D epic, Life of Pi. Before taking on the role, Suraj had no previous acting experience – in fact he only attended the audition because his brother promised to buy him lunch – but he quickly impressed Ang Lee. The director had complete faith in his young lead, describing Suraj as a “gift from god” and a “great actor in a past life”.


    Juno Temple
    In just a few years, Juno Temple has firmly established herself as one of the most versatile and talented young actresses in Hollywood. Her breakthrough arrived when she won the role of Cate Blanchett’s rebellious, brooding daughter in Notes on a Scandal. This led to her appearance in the BAFTA and Oscar-winning film Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. Since then a variety of well received film roles have followed, most recently opposite Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in the darkly comic Killer Joe. She will next be seen in Maleficent opposite Angelina Jolie.


    Alicia Vikander
    Swedish born Alicia trained with The Royal Swedish Ballet for nine years before dedicating herself to acting. After appearing in several shorts and Swedish TV shows, she made her big-screen debut in Lisa Langseth’s Pure. 2012 saw Alicia burst onto the international scene with two major roles: Anna Karenina opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law and the period drama A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. Most recently Alicia has starred in the Warner Bros. feature The Seventh Son.

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    The Wayans have built an empire of entertainment within their family. Everyone from Kim to Damon is involved in comedy, so it was no surprise that Shawn and Marlon created The Wayans Bros. (1995-1999) in the mid ’90s.

    At any given time, a person can turn on their TV and catch re-runs of Pops (John Witherspoon) acting up in his diner or Shawn and Marlon’s latest love interest. Similar to Martin, it’s one of those shows that will never get boring.

    Fourteen years after the shows end, the cast is still popular in today’s spotlight. Take a look at where they are now!



    Marlon Wayans: Marlon Williams

    Marlon continued to use his gift of comedy after the show. He successfully played roles in White Chicks, Scary Movie and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. These days he’s celebrating the release of his latest film A Haunted House which also stars Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer and other greats

    Shawn Wayans: Shawn Williams

    Shawn has taken a back seat since his 2006 role in Little Man. He keeps busy playing daddy to his three children. For now, he is supporting his brother Marlon with his new film and getting doing promo for BET’s upcoming show Second Generation Wayans.

    John Witherspoon: John ‘Pops’ Williams


    John Witherspoon has always been entertaining to watch on the screen. His no filter sense of humor has kept him in the business. Since the shows end, he has played in a number of films from Soul Plane to the Friday‘s franchise. He recently returned to his stand-up comedy roots and has done a tour every year since 2008. He currently stars in The First Family.

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Anna Maria Horsford: Deirdre “Dee” Baxter

    Anna has come a long way since being a security guard at Shawn and Marlon’s newsstand. The actress starred as Craig’s mother in Friday and Friday After Next and currently plays the mother on BET’s Reed Between the Lines starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Phil Lewis: Thelonious “T.C.” Capricornio

    After the show, Phil acted and directed several Disney Channel shows like The Suite Life of Jack and Cody and the Suite Life on Deck. Currently, he’s involved in giving back with a celebrity actors camp and more behind the camera activities.

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Paula Jai Parker: Monique

    Paula gained popularity with her role in Hustle & Flow and as the voice of Trudy Proud on Disney’s The Proud Family. She currently is busy being a mom and wife and will be in a thriller called Paranoia to be released later this year.


    Ja’net Dubois: Grandma Ellington 

    Although Grandma was a recurring character, her impact was everlasting. After the show, she starred in I’m Gonna Get You Sucka and GI Joe: Renegades. The industry vet won Emmy awards for her work as the animated voice on The PJs and TV movie Other Women’s Children.

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    We’ve heard about it, now Big Boi comes through with the Outkast remix to Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” Originally off the Odd Future crooner’s channell, ORANGE debut album, the single featured a stellar guest verse from André 3000.Big Boi adds his raps to the smooth offering, making it a reunion of some sorts from the legendary Atlanta duo. Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson had the honor of premiering the record during his #KeepItThoro mixshow earlier tonight.



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    Samantha Barks is a vivacious bundle of energy chattering away ten to the dozen – and why shouldn’t she be? Curled up on an armchair in her Claridges hotel room, the 22-year-old actress has the world at her feet.“Life keeps getting more incredible than I ever expected it to be,” she exclaims when I ask her about her whirlwind year.

    Just twelve short months ago Sam was a relative unknown. After finishing third in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s search for a girl to play Nancy in the new production of Oliver! she launched a successful stage career, scoring a lead role in Cabaret before appearing as Éponine in Les Misérables on the West End stage. She certainly made an impression and soon found herself performing alongside Nick Jonas at the show's 25th anniversary concert in front of 20,000 fans at the O2.  



    But nothing would top the moment in January last year when Mackintosh surprised her on stage during the curtain call of Oliver! to tell her she would be playing Éponine in the movie, beating out competition from top Hollywood actresses rumoured to include Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift and Lea Michele.

    "From the ages of 18 to 22, the most consistent thing in my life has been Éponine. This one character has travelled along through everything with me and it's been wonderful," she explains

    So it must have been strange to walk on set and finally picture the scenes she'd been imagining for years on stage? "Every night singing On My Own you look out into this dark space and you picture a Parisian street and then you walk on set and it's there. It was just magical for me - actually living that moment, living in this imaginary world that I'd made for myself."

    But not everyone is greeted on their first film set by the likes of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, although as a bonafide star of the musical, Sam had a few tips of her own to offer the A-list cast. "I'd be almost like a fact check. They'd ask, 'where does that come in the musical?' I was just happy to offer anything because I could learn something from them just by watching."

    "Watching how Hugh Jackman approaches a role like Jean Valjean is phenomenal. This incredible, fierce ex-convict emerges from him.

    "There's the opening scene where he's in freezing cold water and everyone always said, 'No matter how hard the challenges that we face in this musical, you'll never be as cold as Hugh Jackman standing in that freezing pool!' That's what I would say to myself when I was standing under a rain machine singing On My Own.'"



    Their efforts have not gone unrewarded, as Les Misérables has emerged victorious - both critically and commercially - in the US where it was released on Christmas Day. But for the scores of British fans desperate not to be disappointed by the musical's long-awaited silver screen adaptation (due to hit British screens on 11 January), what can Barks say to reassure them

    "Amanda [Seyfried] says, 'it's just so good we don't want to ruin it and i was cary, especially for me. But I've seen a lot of different outlooks on Les Mis and I've had a lot of experience. I think what this musical does is create something that's interesting and new but still keeps the heart and soul from that piece they've grown to love

    "They did that by having the incredible, unique vision from Tom Hooper combined with the original team - Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubill - who wrote a new song."

    Before I leave Sam to her whirlwind press tour of premieres, interviews, praise and acoolades, there's one more question I want to ask her: what does she plan on doing next? "I would love to do some film - that would be fantastic as I've been so lucky to have experienced it now - but still keep my love of theatre." Watch this space...


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    Fox has given a pilot order to a cop comedy from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor, starring Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg.

    The untitled single-camera project revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Samberg, who also serves a producer, will play the lead investigator.

    It marks Fox’s first pilot order for the 2012-2013 TV season.

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    NBC Orders Drama Pilot I Am Victor from House Producer, White Collar Scribe



    NBC has ordered the drama pilot I Am Victor, exec-produced by House‘s Katie Jacobs and written by Mark Goffman (White Collar, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The West Wing).

    Based on the upcoming Jo Nesbo novel by the same name, the potential series revolves around Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships.

    Meghan Lyvers and Daniel Rappaport of Management 360 and Nesbo will serve as exec producers alongside Jacobs.
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    Pilot Scoop: Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Adam Goldberg's ABC Comedy



    Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) has been cast in Adam Goldberg‘s untitled comedy pilot for ABC.

    The comedic actress will play Beverly Gold, an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth.
    Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.

    The ’80s-set potential series is inspired by Goldberg’s experiences growing up in a hectic, but loving, family.

    McLendon-Covey originally was cast in King of Van Nuys, another ABC comedy pilot that was an adaptation of the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses. The Alphabet Net passed on that project in December.

    The actress — one of TVLine’s most wanted properties this pilot season — also is gearing up for another go as Modern Family’s lesbian woodworker Pam and a return to CBS’ Rules of Engagement later this season.
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    Pilot Season: CBS Orders Comedy Pilot from My Boys Alum Jim Gaffigan



    Jim Gaffigan may soon be returning to TV.

    CBS has ordered a comedy pilot for an untitled project from the My Boys alum, TVGuide.com has learned. The single-camera comedy would star Gaffigan as a happily married and harried NYC father of five, as he is in real life.

    Gaffigan and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan will pen the pilot and executive-produce alongside Michael Wimer and Alex Murray.

    It's not the only family-centric project for Gaffigan, who announced in fall that he's writing a family book scheduled to be released in the summer.
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    Rupert Wyatt Signs on to Direct AMC's Historical Thriller "Turn"



    Rise of the Planet of the Apes' helmer, Rupert Wyatt, has officially signed on to direct AMC's upcoming pilot TURN, Deadline reports.

    The project is based upon Alexander Rose's book "Washington Spies," which is officially described as set in "summer of 1778, with the war poised to turn in his favor, General George Washington desperately needed to know where the British would strike next. To that end, he unleashed his secret weapon: an unlikely ring of spies in New York charged with discovering the enemy's battle plans and military strategy."

    The historical thriller comes from NIKITA's Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson. Silverstein will serve as writer/executive produer, with Josephson also executive producing.
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    Frankenstein Show From Sam Mendes And John Logan Headed To Showtime



    When word first broke of Sam Mendes and John Logan’s big, high-concept TV drama, both Van Helsing and Dr. Frankenstein were mentioned. Tonight, Deadline are describing the show like this:

    "a psychological horror drama series with literary underpinnings, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, set in the 1800s."


    Deadline have learned that the show has ended up at Showtime, most likely with a straight-to-series order. That should means we’ll get to see it, and all of one season too. At least.

    The pilot script has apparently undergone “some tweaking” so that it might appeal better to the Showtime audience. I don’t really know what that means. Boobs? Grue? Swears? Obtuse literary allusions? A complete removal of any even slightly obscure literary allusions?

    I guess they’re changes that Mendes and Logan were happy to make to get the show this home. I think I need a lesson in Showtime and what they mean.

    Mendes is expect to direct the pilot, but we don’t know when. With a following wind this could be on TV this year. I wouldn’t say no.

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    One of the saddest things about Joss Whedon's seminal series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the lack of behind-the-scenes stuff from the show. While most DVD collections are teeming with extras, Buffy has always been left wanting. Until now, that is.

    Enter stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt, who recently unearthed a whole mess of never-before-seen stuff from the show's many fight sequences. While this may not mean catching a lot of cutesy banter among the cast, it does offer a really unique insight into the anatomy of a fight sequence. After all, how do you make a tiny blond girl seem stronger than a horde of hulking demons?



    We'll include a few, but be sure to see the rest (which still seem to be updating even as I write this) at Pruitt's YouTube page. It really is like seeing your favorite episodes in a whole new way.








    You're a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan (because who isn't really?), so occasionally you wake up and wonder to yourself, "Gosh, what are all those former Buffy alums up to?" In the case of Emma Caulfield (aka vengeance demon Anya), it turns out she's figuring out which Walking Dead character she most resembles.

    Yes, when she isn't busy turning men into trolls or getting sliced in half with a sword, Emma Caulfield takes to the Internet to entertain the masses. Turns out she, like so many of us, is a bit of a Walking Dead fan. And AMC just so happens to have one of those cute little character quizzes that tells us which apocalyptic zombie survivor we most resemble. Caulfield got asked to take the quiz, and she acquiesced with little to no prodding.



    The best part is her reaction to the results. There can be no question—she is a fan, just not of the character she was matched up with. She also ever-so-subtly (read: zero subtlety) hinted that she'd like to appear on the show. Considering what fun she was for five seasons of Buffy, she'll get no argument from us.

    In the meantime, though, we're kind of hoping that the cast of The Walking Dead themselves will take the test to see if they come up as the characters they play or someone else entirely.

    Once upon a time, there was a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it was good. Then came the Twilight Saga. Less good. Thankfully, one intrepid fan made a video where Buffy slayed Twilight vamp, Edward Cullen. It was very good. Until LionsGate pulled the video. Thank goodness for due process and fair use.

    Jonathan McIntosh was the man behind the funny parody video that came out some years ago. Buffy vs. Edward (as the video was called) made its way from website to website and eventually even spawned a popular t-shirt. All was well, until Lionsgate acquired Twilight in 2012 and decided they'd had quite enough of this video using their property.

    It began innocuously enough. McIntosh was informed via YouTube message that, as some of his video may fall under the rights of LionsGate, they might force ads to be placed at the front of his work. That is precisely what happened. Unfortunately, it was only the beginning.


    McIntosh opted to make a counterclaim over the ads and lawyered up. Surely, considering the small amount of audio and video from Twilight used, he was safe under the rights of fair use. At first, he won his claim, until Lionsgate slammed him with yet another counterclaim over visual content, won, and had his video removed. In fact, they filed a Digital Millennium Copyright against McIntosh which affected his entire YouTube account.

    Thank goodness there's such a thing as due process, even if it doesn't always work right away. To his lawyers McIntosh went again and, finally, Lionsgate copped to the fact that their entire claim was bogus. Which it was.

    It's called parody, folks, and McIntosh is protected under rights of fair use. Thank goodness, too, because his video is hilarious and points out all the reasons Twilight is one of the most maligned franchises in history. In fact, what say we all watch it now, shall we?




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    Bikal - "Favorites" Tribe


    Andrea - Survivor: Redemption Island, 5th place


    Brandon - Survivor: South Pacific, 6th place


    Brenda - Survivor: Nicaragua, 10th place


    Cochran - Survivor: South Pacific, 8th place


    Corrine - Survivor: Gabon, 7th place


    Dawn - Survivor, South Pacific, 10th place


    Erik - Survivor, Micronesia (Fans vs Favs), 5th place


    Francesca - Survivor, Redemption Island, Last place (lol)


    Malcolm - Survivor, Philippines - 4th place - You need to read Malcolm's profile if you watched Season 25. It's amazing. He also said on Twitter, "Hobbies: Exercising, reading/writing, and dropping balls in million-dollar challenges didn't get approved"


    Phillip - Survivor, Redemption Island - 2nd place


    Gota - "Fans" Tribe


    Allie


    Eddie


    Hope


    Julia


    Laura


    Matt and his awesome beard


    Michael


    Reynold


    Shamar


    Sherri


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    Survivor 26 premieres with a 2 hour episode, Wednesday February 13th, 2013 on CBS!

    A lot of generic young girls on the "fans" tribe... Probst has been hyping this season quite a bit so hopefully it turns out as good as the last season! Not too excited to see Brandon's or Phillip's crazy asses but I'm hopeful for Andrea, Brenda, and Malcolm.

    Obligatory, yes, this show is still on the air.


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    The White House says building a Death Star would be an out-of-this-galaxy waste of money — not only because it's against government policy to blow up planets, but also because the United States already has access to a space station as well as a laser-wielding space robot.

    Today's official statement on the Death Star issue, titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," was written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. It comes in response to a "We the People" petition that called on the federal government to start building a Death Star by 2016.

    "By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense," the petition read.

    The petition garnered more than 25,000 online signatures within a month, partly due to a signing campaign that went viral on 4chan, Reddit and Twitter. Under the Obama administration's rules for the "We the People" program, that required the White House to come up with a reply.

    Shawcross and his colleagues clearly rose to the challenge, with an essay that should satisfy the policy geeks as well as the "Star Wars" geeks. Here's the full text:

    This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

    "The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

    "However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

    "Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

    "Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

    "We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

    "We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

    "If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

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  • Trailer for the upcoming documentary TPB AFK about the founders of the filesharing site the Pirate Bay

    The film will be released for free online at the premiere of a major film festival. Release date to be announced during Jan 2013.





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  • 01/11/13--19:29: IT'S SOAP NEWS FRIDAY!!!!
  • General Hospital's Steve Burton Jumps to The Young and the Restless!



    Brokenhearted General Hospital fans will have to change networks if they want to see fan favorite, Steve Burton on TV once again. The actor's left ABC to join CBS's The Young and the Restless.

    Burton supposedly left to spend more time with his family. However, it seems that resolve didn't last very long. Instead of returning to GH as fans hoped he might, Steve's heading to Genoa City. Burton makes his debut at the end of the month on January 29.

    It isn't known if GH simply couldn't make room for Burton back on their canvas. The veteran soap has been bringing back some of the show's most popular characters of late.

    That means bad news for Sam McCall. She's holding out hope the bullet that supposedly claimed the life of her baby's father somehow missed the mark. It looks like she'll be holding onto a dream or turning her attention to the McBain instead. Jason's absence also leaves Carly in limbo. Her last two lovers broke her heart, without her best friend to pick up the pieces.

    That leaves a gap in General Hospital. Are planning to fill it with AJ? If Jason isn't returning, then his brother might be the next best thing. He's just as shady, but can he be as sexy? Only time will tell.

    Watch the announcement below which was filled with much fanfare.




    General Hospital Anniversary Plans Revealed!



    Though April 1 marks General Hospital's actual 50th anniversary, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, have been honoring the show's rich history ever since taking over the ABC soap opera one year ago this week. Their efforts have paid off in spades — with a serious rise in ratings and multiple award nominations. With old favorites like Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Robin Mattson (Heather) already back on the canvas, and Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) soon making their way back to Port Charles, what else could possibly be left for fans to look forward to as the actual anniversary date approaches? Turns out plenty. Valentini opens up about all he's cooking up to celebrate GH's golden jubilee this spring.

    TV Guide: What will be happening in Port Charles during the actual anniversary week?
    Valentini:
    We're reviving the Nurses' Ball, which is something the show did years ago to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. I think the feel-good philanthropic aspect of the show was missing. This gives all the people in the hospital — Patrick, Sabrina, Liz, Epiphany and Felix — a real presence as we celebrate the hospital and the people who are the do-gooders. For a long time the moral compass of the show was off a little bit, and I think now we're back to where it needs to be. And the people like Luke and Sonny, who may do the wrong thing, are still good guys in their hearts. Maurice Benard (Sonny) has just signed another long-term deal with the show and there are some exciting things coming up for him and Kate in the next few weeks.

    TV Guide: What can we expect to see at the Ball?
    Valentini:
    There will be some big story reveals over a few days. We're now doing the sketches for the set and costume designs, which are going to be really exciting.  We'll have the characters sing and dance. We'll of course have (inaugural Dancing With the Stars champ) Kelly (Monaco, who plays Sam) dance. We might even bring (her DWTS partner) Val Chermkovskiy back.

    TV Guide: Safe to say Lucy's clothes will come off as in year's past?
    Valentini:
    Yeah, they'll come off. Lucy has a big story that will finish off right at the beginning of the Nurses' Ball.      


    TV Guide: Since it is the nurses ball, any chance you'd invite Jacklyn Zeman back as Bobbie Spencer since she was the hospital's reigning head nurse for so many years, and her brother Luke and daughter Carly are still front and center?
    Valentini:
    Absolutely. We love Jackie. We've talked on the phone a couple times and she's lovely. She might appear at the ball, though there are the realities of budgets and scheduling. We're still figuring it out. The people on the show have real affection for her so it'll all work out.


    TV Guide: There are people like Bobbie and Audrey Hardy (an original character not seen since 2009) who are supposedly in the town but never seen.
    Valentini:
    Yes, Audrey we want to bring back as well. My assistant casting director has spoken to Rachel Ames (now 83) about coming for the Nurses' Ball. She's Liz's grandmother and we talk about her all the time so it would be really fun to have her back. I talked to her the other day and she said, 'I think I could come back and sit in the audience. That could be fun.'


    TV Guide Magazine: It might also be nice to make mention of Laura's half sister, nurse Amy Vining, who was played for years by Shell Kepler before she passed away (in 2008 at age 49).
    Valentini:
    That's a good idea. Let me text Ron. We should.


    TV Guide Magazine: What's up with this talk of a vampire storyline related to the events of the short-lived GH spin-off Port Charles?
    Valentini:
    We're not doing vampires. Because we have Michael (Easton, who plays John) and Lynn who were both on Port Charles with Kelly, we're just doing a nod.


    TV Guide: This week, Anna referenced Holly was in a hospital room with Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), but neither were seen. What is Tristan Rogers' status with the show now?
    Valentini:
    Tristan is so awesome. I'm personally really fond of him. Then we came up with this interesting idea of Robin being discovered by her father. Kimberly McCullough (Robin) has her directing career she's working on now so we've been able to foster a relationship with her so that she can come back and forth while she's pursuing her other goals.


    TV Guide: Is the ultimate plan to have Robin back in Port Charles full time?
    Valentini:
    We would love to. It's going to depend on her. Our door is always open.  


    TV Guide: In the meantime you are setting up the character of Sabrina as a possible love interest for 'widowed' Patrick. And we all know it's only a matter of time before you give this Ugly Betty a beauty makeover. When's it going to happen?
    Valentini:
    It's coming. The time has come to reveal Sabrina's beauty. Maybe around the Nurses Ball.


    TV Guide: When you introduced the Swiss clinic storyline, I was convinced there were going to be even more dead people being secretly kept alive. Tops on my wish list were Alan and Maxie's sister Georgie. Any chance?
    Valentini:
    That's a really big facility so anything can happen (laughs). At this point we don't have anything planned. We hope to be seeing Stuart (Damon, who plays Alan) again. And everyone loved Georgie.


    TV Guide: Maxie's got to be pregnant with Spinelli's baby, right?
    Valentini:
    She is probably pregnant.


    TV Guide Magazine: Can you see yourself recasting the Jason role now that Steve Burton has signed with The Young and the Restless?
    Valentini:
    Not at this point because Jason's absence opens up a lot of fun possibilities for Sam.  


    TV Guide: With Prospect Park now reviving One Life to Live, which you executive produced in its final days, there are reports that they have first rights to the characters of John McBain and Todd and Starr Manning, who you've now successfully integrated into the Port Charles canvas. Should we be worried they'll all have to say goodbye?
    Valentini:
    Right now we're trying to work it out. I can't really say because the lawyers are doing their thing. Our hope is that we'll be able to continue what we're be doing. 


    TV Guide: Genie Francis has been so misused during her previous returns. What will be the extent of her participation this time?
    Valentini:
    It's open-ended and will be something really exciting that will affect the whole Spencer family. We're working on bringing back some of the Spencer boys as well.


    TV Guide: The Spencer boys are Lucky, played by Jonathan Jackson who is now on Nashville, Ethan and Nikolas. Who do you want to bring back?
    Valentini:
    Nashville is part of the ABC family so it's just a scheduling situation for Jonathan, who is just a lovely guy. And maybe Ethan. And I've met with Tyler (Christopher, who plays Nikolas) who is a strong possibility. I can't say definite because we have to make deals.  


    TV Guide: And Denise Alexander, who played Laura's mother, Lesley Webber?
    Valentini:
    The casting people are looking into her availability now. 


    TV Guide: Anything you can tell us about Laura's storyline?
    Valentini:
    We will explore where she's been, what she's been doing, why she's been away and she'll come back with a big secret.


    TV Guide: Laura was written off at one point as flying off with Scotty Baldwin. Any plans to bring back Kin Shriner, especially now that Lucy's back?
    Valentini:
    We'd love to have Kin back, it's just right now we're juggling so many. And we don't want to short shrift anyone in terms of their returns. Timing is important. We were careful to bring Felicia back when we got (Kirsten Storms) back as Maxie.         


    TV Guide: That brings us to Frisco. Are we going to see Jack Wagner, who hasn't been in Port Charles since 1995?
    Valentini:
    Yes. I think it's going to happen. We're very excited. He's got a lot of things going on, so it will be a limited thing for now. We're working with his schedule.


    TV Guide: Given that Jack and Kristina were once married in real life, safe to assume you got the okay from Kristina first?
    Valentini:
    Well, yes and no. I feel I have to respect people's privacy. I just let her know that we were going to be doing a story that involved Frisco Jones, because as an actor that's what she needed to know, and she was fantastic. They get along great and have a family, so it's all good.


    TV Guide: Maybe you can reunite Kristina and Jack in real life?
    Valentini:
    (Laughs) Stranger things have been known to happen. Hey, on One Life to Live, I introduced David Fumero (who played Cristian Vega) and his wife, who played his sister.



    The Online Network Officially Confirms All My Children & One Life to Live Revials!



    Production on the two soaps will resume in February 2013. Agnes, creator of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," has joined the production company.

    The confirmation of the soap operas' return - which has been a possibility since Prospect Park gained the licenses for the shows in 2011 - hinged on guild agreements, financing and the hiring of a production staff.

    The full press release from Prospect Park follows:

    "We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN). Today we are also pleased to confirm that Prospect Park has: 1) signed guild agreements with both SAG-AFTRA and the DGA; 2) entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live guaranteeing her active involvement; 3) hired Foz McDermott as TOLN's head of production, Jennifer Pepperman as Executive Producer on One Life to Live, and Ginger Smith as Executive Producer and 4) arranged the necessary financing to begin production in February.

    We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day.

    We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.




    Agnes Nixon Pledges 'To Do Everything In Our Power To Make The Shows Live Up To Your Expecations'!



    Agnes Nixon posted on her Facebook page on Sunday a message of thanks after receiving an outpouring of support in response to her confirmation ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were returning.

    Dear Friends,

    On this birthday of All My Children the best gift was the thousands of messages expressing your love of All My Children and One Life to Live and your joy that they are returning.

    I'm deeply touched and pledge to do everything in our power to make the shows live up to your expectations. Thank you!

    Love you,
    Agnes




    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Reaches 12,000 Episode: A Celebration In Photos!



    NBC is airing the 12,000th episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES on Friday. Below are some of our favorite photos from throughout the years.



































    Rena Sofer Cast as Snow White's Mother!



    Snow White's (real) mother is coming to Once Upon a Time!

    Former General Hospital star Rena Sofer has been cast as Queen Eva, the mother of Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow whom we'll see in flashbacks, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

    Once Upon a Time Postmortem: Who died? Who lived? And what's next?

    Sofer, whose other credits include Bones and NCIS, is slated to appear in at least one episode set for early March, which will also feature Bailee Madison as young Snow White. As previously reported, Eva has a surprising connection to someone we already know.

    We may know Queen Eva's fate is ultimately grim, since Regina (Lana Parrilla) came to marry Snow's father King Leopold (Richard Schiff), but the journey to her death should be very interesting.

    Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.



    ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee: “I’m thrilled to see General Hospital rocking and rolling in the afternoon!”



    This morning at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, it was the first day of sessions from the Disney/ABC Entertainment Group to promote their shows and reveal some upcoming programming agendas, as well as talk about the hits and misses of the season, and where things stand with current series on the network.

    To kick things off, Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group, addressed the press. When discussing the success and future of the network’s primetime soaps, Lee gave kudos to daytime’s General Hospital! According to a tweet from Sara Bibel of Deep Soap, Lee stated, “I’m thrilled to see #GeneralHospital rocking and rolling in the afternoon.”

    In addition, according to HitFlix, Lee went on to say that primetime soaps are back citing: “Soaps is one of the great genres. I think we do soap operas particular well.” Lee also made an observation that Latinas love soaps and bring that demo to ABC.



    Drake Hogestyn Exits Days of Our Lives … But For How Long?!



    Looks like Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson) machinations has John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) right where she wants them! And next week is a critical point for Jarlena fans when after the trust, and the one thing John values most in this world, honesty, appears to have broken down between the long-suffering couple.

    On the heels of that, it will pave the way for the exit of Drake Hogestyn (John Black) as previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

    Hogestyn will last be seen on next Friday, January 18th’s episode of DAYS when John leaves the canvas for a short while. But how long will he be away? How will it affect the war between Kristen and Marlena? A DAYS spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

    However in this week’s SOD on what facilitates John’s exit, Drake Hogestyn revealed, “John says he needs space and that he’s confused.”



    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Renewed Through September 2014!



    On the heels of celebrating its 12,000th episode, NBC has extended its long-running daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES for an additional year, taking the show through September 2014 and past its 48th year anniversary in November 2013. The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. The 12,000th episode will air this Friday, January 11.

    “We are thrilled to announce that DAYS OF OUR LIVES is not going anywhere. It is NBC's longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television,” said Salke. “We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”

    “DAYS OF OUR LIVES has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers,” said Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

    Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created DAYS OF OUR LIVES and helmed the series for many years.

    “After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong,” said Corday. “I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”



    Martha Greenhouse Dead at 91!



    Actress and union leader Martha Greenhouse died Jan. 5, SAG-AFTRA announced. She was 91.

    Greenhouse’s TV and film credits included THE EDGE OF NIGHT, RYAN'S HOPE, THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES, LAW & ORDER, The Stepford Wives and the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She appeared in many plays on and off Broadway, including "Summer Brave,""Dear Me," and Jose Quintero’s "Our Town."

    In 1975 she played Mrs. Huber on RYAN'S HOPE, a tenant in a building with no heat or hot water than Frank Ryan helps.

    Greenhouse joined AFRA (the radio-only predecessor of AFTRA) in 1941 and the Screen Actors Guild in 1955 and became deeply involved in union activities. Highlights of her service include five terms as the president of AFTRA’s New York Local, from 1977-1982, and two terms on SAG’s National Board, from 1981-1987.

    More recently she served as an AFTRA Foundation board member and was president of the AFTRA Heller Memorial Foundation for more than a decade. She also served on the board of the N.Y. Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was an AFTRA representative to the Associated Actors and Artistes of America.

    Greenhouse remained active on the national and local AFTRA boards until 2005 and 2010 respectively, and received practically every award the union had to offer: the Founder’s Award, the N.Y. Local’s Ken Harvey Award and the George Heller Gold Card, the highest honor given by national AFTRA for service to the union.

    “During her more than 40 years of board service, Martha helped lead the New York Local of AFTRA through turbulent times, and the union came out stronger due to her hard work, talent and dedication,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. “She was an inspiration not only to me but to the entire leadership. Her service to the union should be held up as an example to everyone who will walk in her footsteps.”



    Lindstrom Returns To GH!!



    With all the whackos in Port Charles, what GENERAL HOSPITAL really needs is a good shrink... and that's exactly what they're getting! On Wednesday, January 30, Jon Lindstrom returns to the canvas after a nine-year absence as Dr. Kevin Collins, who also happens to be Lucy's main squeeze.

    "The last we knew, it was implied at Lila's memorial that Lucy had reconciled with Kevin, and that they were together," says headwriter, Ron Carlivati. "And we did see a picture of him on her desk at CoeCoe Cosmetics. So the big question is, where is he and why hasn't she mentioned him? Lucy gets herself into a pretty major jam during February sweeps and, when that happens, she receives a surprise visitor. That is Kevin. When he arrives, you'll find out why you haven't seen him yet, why she hasn't mentioned him and what is the status of their relationship."

    At present, ABC is remaining hush hush about the length of Lindstrom's stay.



    Jerry Ver Dorn Signs On For Prospect Park's ONE LIFE TO LIVE!



    Emmy-winning actor Jerry VerDorn has signed on to Prospect Park's upcoming ONE LIFE TO LIVE revival to reprise his role as Clint Buchanan. VerDorn posted the announcement on his Facebook page.

    Hello Everybody. One Life Lives. And good things come to those who wait. Or so it is said. About an hour ago I agreed to be part of the OLTL revival and I’m thrilled to be involved in entertainment history as the show we love moves to other formats. The fans consistent drum beat of support played a large part in Prospect Park never giving up trying to find a solution. And today they announced it to the world. With the cherry-on-the-top-news that Agnes Nixon has been hired as a consultant! For those who doubted, I don’t blame you as this has never been done before. For those who never lost hope and never stopped writing and calling, well, good things come to those who wait. Congratulations to you all. Welcome back to Llanview. Love, jerry verDorn.



    General Hospital: Are Vampires Returning to Port Charles?!



    They're back in town and ready to kill. Or are they? Years before bloodsuckers were all the rage via True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, they were raising holy hell on Port Charles. The 1997-2003 General Hospital spinoff featured Michael Easton as vampire stud Caleb Morley, Kelly Monaco as his luscious lover Livvie and GH crossover fave Lynn Herring as vampire slayer Lucy Coe. Now that Herring is back on GH as Lucy and Easton and Monaco are on the soap in different roles, it's time for some wicked fun!

    On Monday, Jan. 14, Lucy will drop by Kelly's Diner for some chow and spot John McBain, the good-guy cop played by Easton. "She completely freaks and screams, "Caleb!" says head writer Ron Carlivati. "Later Kelly's character, Sam, comes out of the ladies room and Lucy think it's Livvie." Lucy goes into full slayer mode and stabs John. He's rushed to the hospital. She ends up in the slammer.

    "Our universes are colliding but this is no quick gimmick," Carlivati promises. "This will kick off a nice little mystery story: Is Lucy crazy or is there something very real going on here? And, if she's crazy, why do John and Sam feel like they've met before?"

    The plot gets even dizzier when Duke Lavery, played by Ian Buchanan who also played vampire king Joshua Temple on PC, pays a visit to Lucy at the jailhouse. "That really throws her for a loop — in fact, the whole thing's a total mindfuck!" says Carlivati. "We'll also throw Sam's mother Alexis [Nancy Lee Grahn] into the mix as Lucy's attorney."

    How far will Carlivati take this thing? "The story does get pretty over-the-top yet it's still rooted in a certain reality," says the scribe. "Lucy may be off-kilter but she's certainly not in Heather Webber territory. Her belief in vampires will be very convincing." Especially for the PC viewers who saw it all happen!

    "That show was so ahead of its time and this is a nice nod to the fans who supported all those wild chances we took," Herring says. "I love that we're still taking chances and not sidestepping the past. If Lucy met up with John and didn't recognize him, we'd be flooded with complaints!"

    The return to vamp territory is especially gratifying for Herring who wasn't welcomed back to GH when PC was cancelled. "That was very disheartening," she says. "It never occurred to me that Lucy wouldn't still have a place in town if PC didn't work out. But you know what? Even knowing what I know now, I would still go off to do PC. I would not trade that fabulous experience for anything!"



    Cameron Mathison & Jennie Garth Start Production This Week On New ABC Family Film 'Home Again'!



    In the movie, Melody (Garth), a high powered corporate workaholic for a retail conglomerate, is happy to spend the holidays jet-setting with her girlfriends. However, she’s in for an unpleasant surprise when her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Now, forced to reconnect with her family and her childhood sweetheart Carter (Mathison), her task is not so simple, as all are vehemently opposed to everything Melody’s company stands for. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to Carter! Once determined to leave her small town life behind, Melody must make sense of her new life and decide if you truly can go home again.

    ALL MY CHILDREN fans have been speculating whether or not Mathison would be part of Prospect Park's online version of the show set to start production on February.

    "[For] those asking, I'm not sure if I'll be part of the new AMC," he tweeted Monday. "I'm lucky to be working these days, so I'm working on the scheduling. Hope so!"



    General Hospital, One Life to Live & Days of Our Lives Land DGA Nominations!!



    The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced their nominees for all the directing categories in the field of Television including the Daytime Serials category!

    DGA President Taylor Hackford announced those who will compete for the prize which will be handed out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 2nd in Hollywood to be hosted by Kelsey Grammar!

    In the Daytime Serials category we are pleased to announce their were five nominated directors and their directing teams from three soaps: General Hospital, One Life to Live and Days of our Lives. Congrats to all and here are the daytime drama nominees:

    Albert Alaar – Days of our Lives – Episode #11895 NBC

    Mr. Alarr’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Mike Fiamingo, Joe Lumer, Lugh Powers, Tina Keller Stage Managers: Fran De Simone, Stuart Howard Production Associates: Krista Cremidan, Holly Metts, Sara Peterson, Lucy Yalenian.

    Larry Carpenter – General Hospital – “Bad Water” ABC

    Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave Stage Managers: Brendan Higgins, Robert Markham, Craig McManus Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

    William Ludel - General Hospital – “Magic Milo” ABC

    Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

    Scott McKinsey – General Hospital – “Shot Through The Heart” ABC

    Mr. McKinsey’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames,

    Jill Mitwell – One Life to Live – “Between Heaven and Hell” ABC

    Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush.



    Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz believes the timing is right for return of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE!



    After some classic soap opera twists – union spats, outraged fans, squishy financing – a Hollywood production company, Prospect Park, on Monday confirmed that the canceled “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” would live on in cyberspace. For real this time.

    The “necessary financing” is set, as is the involvement of Agnes Nixon, the creator of both soaps. The Online Network also named three other senior executives.

    This is about more than saving soap operas, which have a relatively small but intensely loyal fan base. It is a bold bet that the Web — because of the proliferation of broadband, Internet-enabled TVs and the iPad — is now a practical way to funnel traditional shows to viewers.

    If the popularity of streamed 30-minute and 60-minute shows on Netflix and Hulu is any indication, consumers are ready to move beyond using the Web for bite-size video, Mr. Kwatinetz and Mr. Rich are gambling.

    “I know it’s been a long journey, but the timing is actually fortuitous as TV viewing is evolving rapidly in our direction,” Mr. Kwatinetz said in an interview. “The adoption of online TV in the last year has begun to move exponentially as viewers start to realize the immense advantages digital distribution affords. But all of that is unmatched compared to the relentless fan support. Since they didn’t give up, either did we.”



    Jack Wagner on possible GENERAL HOSPITAL return!



    Wagner (ex-Frisco), who Digest revealed to be atop GH's wish list for vets to bring back to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary in April, confirmed to the Huffington Post that he has been contacted by execs. "I have nothing to say about it," he offered.

    "They have called, but there's nothing in ink or anything like that. I know it would be pretty special to work with Kristina [Wagner, Felicia], my ex-wife, again so we'll see what happens. I know it's around the corner here and if I go back, it would only be for a very short story arc. But I might do it just to honor that show and what it's meant to my career and the fans and to Kristina's career."



    Trouble is coming to 'The Young and the Restless'!



    MSN TV: How did this role come together for you?

    Jhoanna Flores: I can't say it was easy, but it was the traditional route. My agent saw them casting this role. First call, second call, first test with the network. Then I got the call that they wanted to test me again [and that I should] wear a little more makeup and look a little more mature. I felt like it was every beauty pageant queen from South America! It was a little discouraging, but I booked it a couple days later, so it was completely worth it.

    Who did you audition with?

    I read with Robert [Adamson] as Noah. I think they were really going for the chemistry between the two characters. In the scene, my character has to be seductive and [was] supposed to kiss him. Before we walked in, this girl's like, "Do we kiss him?" The casting directors were like, "No! That would just be gross." But we had to act like we did and look him in the eyes and touch his neck and his chest. He did it very gracefully.

    What can you tell us about your character?

    Seductive, manipulative, and she is after Noah. She's just bad news. She comes with some trouble under her sleeves. You don't know what her true motives are. The relationship between her and Noah will excite viewers.

    Noah has a pretty big family. Has Adriana run into any of the Newmans yet?

    No. You do see them talking about me, because they know I'm back in town. The only other person I've had a scene with so far is Ignacio [Serrichio], who plays Alex. He's great. The first day we met, we talked about our characters and where they're going. We got it done in one take. He's great and professional and really funny. He cracks jokes the whole time. It lightens the mood.

    You've characterized Adriana as seductive and trouble. Is there anything redeeming about this girl?

    At first, you see a lot of trouble and manipulation, but Noah is so forgiving for her. You definitely see the moments where she's like, "Wow, he really cares about me." But at the beginning, I'm expecting most girls who have crushes on Noah to hate me. I'm waiting for it. I know he has a huge fan base and they are going to not like me!



    GUIDING LIGHT's Michael O'Leary on buying a home!







    DAYS: Chad Stops The Wedding!



    Just as Nick and Gabi are about to say "I Do," a vengeful Chad stops the wedding and announces that Nick is not the father of of Gabi's baby.

    Rafe calls Chad a liar and the two men fight. Hope breaks up the fight and tries to calm everyone down. Abigail focuses her attention on Chad, who she is furious with for ruining the wedding.

    As things begin to calm down, Will steps forward and admits that he's the father of Gabi's baby.

    Sonny has a hard time absorbing the news and runs off. Will tries to go after him but he is stopped by Lucas. Meanwhile, Sami unleashes her fury on Gabi. Rafe stands up for his sister, pointing out that Will took Gabi to get an abortion.

    The fight between Sami and Rafe escalates and they say hurtful things to each other.

    Later, Nick eavesdrops on Lucas and Will's conversation and learns that Lucas went to prison for something Will did.

    Meanwhile, in a private conversation with Eric, Rafe reveals that whatever chance he had with Sami is gone.

    Nick connects with Gabi and tells her there might be a way for them to get everything they want. What exactly does Nick have up his sleeve?



    James Franco parodies Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"!



    General Hospital alumni and Oscar nominee James Franco (ex-Franco) has teamed up with Pretty Little Liars and former Days of Our Lives star Ashley Benson (ex-Abby Deveraux) for a parody of Justin Bieber’s hit song “Boyfriend.” While Franco impersonates The Biebs, Benson slips into Selena Gomez’s role from the original music video.





    Genie Francis Returning To GENERAL HOSPITAL!



    It’s the comeback that General Hospital fans have been waiting for: Genie Francis, who spent a little over a year on The Young and the Restless, will return to the ABC soap, EW has learned exclusively.

    Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year. She’ll report to the Los Angeles set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.

    It’s unclear how long Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time. Executive producer Frank Valentini was definitely interested in staging a comeback for Francis but they made the decision to wait for the right time.

    “I don’t know what the story is,” she says. “I have no idea, but Frank is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!”

    Francis had only one caveat — that there be an explanation for why she was gone from Port Charles for so long. In the GH world, Laura has three kids: Lulu and Lucky with Luke Spencer, and Nikolas with Stavros Cassadine. “It’s not for me to tell them how to run their show. But my biggest concern was that there had to be a good reason for me to stay away from my family.”



    Patrika Darbo on Nancy's return to Salem!



    Patrika Darbo returns to Days in March as Chloe's mom, Nancy Wesley.

    "I was back in November taping," shares Patrika Darbo. "It was very easy to come back and play Nancy. The current writers are very tuned into who this character is, which is always terrific."

    Chloe has been through a lot since the last time Nancy was seen in Salem. Shares Darbo, "With some of the things that have happened to Chloe, Nancy would have knifed some people a long time ago!"

    In addition to working with Nadia Bjorlin, Darbo's upcoming scenes will include Shawn Christian, who plays Daniel. "He's adorable," praises the actress.

    To see what Nancy is up to when she returns to Salem, tune into Days this March!



    General Hospital’s Laura Wright Weighs-In On The Future Of The Carly/Todd Relationship!



    General Hospital’s Todd Manning is in hot water these days in Port Charles! After finally kick-starting a romance with Carly Corinthos Jax, Todd’s machinations in the baby switch plot with Heather Webber, and the heartache it caused Sam and Jason, has finally come to the attention of Carly and she is devastated when Todd admits what he did.

    However in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Daytime Emmy winner Laura Wright (Carly) discusses the future of the relationship between Todd (Roger Howarth) and Carly, and from what we can discern, this dynamic duo could be in each other’s orbit for the long haul!

    Wright revealed, “The relationship with Todd, in my opinion, and I’m pretty sure Roger as well, is a big deal! Roger and I talked to the writers at the GH Christmas Party about how, yes, Blair and Todd are wonderful and Sonny and Carly have their history, but there is something about Carly/Todd that is whole new world. For these two characters what’s happened between them is extremely emotional, realizing that they have fallen in love with someone and they thought it could be forever and now that’s messed up and it’s very difficult.”

    As angry as Carly is at this point with Todd, Wright points out that deep down, Carly does not want Todd out of her life citing: “In her heart, she wants him to try and win her back and tell her that she’s the most important thing in his world and he will do whatever it takes to fix it. I have a feeling that writers are going to be forced into it. (Laughs) I am telling you once all these scenes air the fans are going to go nuts!”




    The Week In The Year 2000!




    Erica's European informant told her that Alexandra had been in a Welsh mental institution for several years. Edmund and Alex enjoyed each other's company and a dance or two at SOS. Jake worried about Colby's safety after he learned that she was not at a television conference in Monaco. He told Gillian that he planned to sue for custody. Gillian confronted Adam about his plans to tell Jake the truth and learned that Adam wouldn't say anything for fear that he would never see Liza and Colby again. Adam tried to convince Gillian that she should tell Jake the truth. Leo agreed to help out at a soup kitchen to get closer to Becca. Greenlee overheard Scott and Ryan both say that they had no long-term interest in her. Janet set up a booby trap at an old warehouse for Sophie, but Hayley unwittingly set off the trap when dropping by to check on her aunt. Sophie found an unconscious Hayley and dragged her off to a remote corner of the warehouse before playing dead on the floor. Janet returned, and Sophie sprang to life. The women struggled, and Janet ultimately killed Sophie in self-defense -- with a crowbar. Trevor appeared on the scene and told Janet that he'd take care of everything. One of Sophie's discarded cigarettes started a blaze at the warehouse with Hayley still inside. Mateo arrived just in time to save her. Trevor confessed to Sophie's murder, but disappeared before he could be charged with the crime.





    Adam agreed to help by posing as Abigail's boyfriend when Chris was unable to stay away from Abigail. Eddie and Georgia got married and left town after the D.A. decided not to prosecute her. Tom and Margo renewed their vows, and Emily got a face full of cake from Margo after she made a scornful toast. Scared by mail from Hong Kong, Carly tried to move up the wedding date, but later agreed to let Emma hold the wedding at the farm. Andy finally learned from Denise that he was Hope's father.





    Sam realized that her period was late, so she purchased a home pregnancy test. Jax secretly returned to Port Charles. During Carly's New Year's Eve bash at Metro Court, Michael angrily confronted his mother about Jax surviving the plane crash. Alexis, Sonny, and Kate took turns ranting at Carly after Michael stormed off. In his fury, Michael stepped into the path of Jason's motorcycle. Jason managed to avoid a collision, but the accident triggered memories of Jake's tragic death. Sonny refused to give in to Michael's demands to join the Corinthos organization, so Michael turned to Johnny. Anthony made plans to marry Tracy, despite her refusal to accept his proposal. Ethan shared an unexpected New Year's Eve kiss with the lady in white. Later, Spinelli and Ethan were stunned when Ewen revealed that the lady in white was his patient. Maxie asked Matt to move in with her after Lulu officially moved out. Spinelli decided that three was a crowd, so he moved out of the penthouse. Robin made plans to secretly fly to Seattle to meet with a doctor, instead of heading to an AIDS conference in Africa. Robin confessed to Elizabeth that her viral loads were unstable, and that the new drug protocol might not be effective, so she wanted Elizabeth to take care of Patrick and Emma in her place. Jason collapsed at Patrick's feet shortly after arriving at the hospital to talk to Robin.





    Giovanni asked Rick to join him and Kimberly on the location shoot. Later, Amber accused Kimberly of "gawking" at Rick. Tawny spotted Becky in Venice and chased her up a bell tower while threatening her. Ridge rejected Taylor's suggestion that Brooke and Thorne might really be in love.





    Shawn was saved from the ledge and would make a full recovery. Belle was relieved. Eric tried to convince Greta that it was not her mother that had been shot. Bo prayed for a miracle for "Hope." Doug and Julie shared a song for "Hope" in the hospital chapel. Hope and Stefano continued to try to contact someone outside the castle. Sami and Brandon got closer, while Austin tried to help Nicole. "Hope" died while Bo watched in disbelief.





    Faison escaped jail with Helena's help and told Luke that Lucky was still alive. Faison's boat exploded, and he was presumed dead. Jason decided that he needed to leave town for good and started saying his goodbyes. Carly made a spectacle of herself at A.J.'s ELQ party, and he told her she had to see a psychiatrist or risk losing Michael. Hannah tried to get Jason to help her with Sonny, but Sonny told her to get out. Alan and Monica decided to go along with Ned's plan and have Alan marry Gertrude. Luke decided to find out if Lucky was alive or not.





    Josh and Olivia made love, and agreed to continue their relationship with no strings attached. Selena and Reva bonded. Selena confided to Drew that if she made love to Buzz he would turn away, and Buzz told Jesse that he wanted their first time to be special and loving. Buzz's plan for planned romance failed, but he and Selena got the real thing after all. Pilar drew closer to Bill after she learned of Michelle's release, and decided not to tell Bill the real truth about her mother and Ben's murder. Jesse learned that Danny had manipulated Michelle's alibi, but agreed to keep quiet. Michelle and Drew made up. Edmund helped Carmen keep Vanessa quiet, and Carmen told Edmund the truth about Ben's murder. Edmund and Carmen continued their plot against Vanessa. Rick informed Matt that a sedative had caused Vanessa's relapse, and warned Matt about Carmen. Carmen prepared for damage control, and Matt restricted Vanessa's visitors. Abby told Rick the truth about her fears and uncertainties of raising a family. Cassie and Richard fought their real attraction for each other. Cassie was optimistic about a future with Richard, however Reva arrived in San Cristobel to tell Richard about Jonathan's whereabouts. Richard admitted his anger toward Reva and that Cassie was part of his revenge against her; he agreed they should go to Jonathan together. Cassie was stunned to see Richard and Reva in a loving embrace.





    Lindsay told Will about her engagement to Bo. Larry told Ben the medical board was revoking his license. Sam told Nora he still wanted to get married but not like that. Kelly and Kevin worried that Joey would find out the truth. Skye threatened Max that she'd tell Asa who the Buchanan heir was. Lindsay found an accountant checking Will's books. R.J. was upset when Hank had someone following him for his protection. Cris asked Roseanne to marry him. Asa took Bo the evidence that Will had been embezzling from the foundation. Nora tried to convince Sam to marry her in Tahiti. Bo arrived at Will's office to arrest him.





    Timmy managed to sneak out from under Charity's bed and make his way home. A furious Luis learned Julian had ordered Martin's body cremated. The burned birth certificate persuaded Chad that his parents were not the people who had raised him.





    Victor bought the land that was so important to Ramona. Tony and Megan were getting married; Nina was the matron of honor, and Cassie was the flower girl. Nikki and Brad returned from Venice. Ramona and Victor slept together after a night of heavy tea drinking. Jack asked Ashley how her cruise had been and if she had met anyone on the trip. Jill thought she should do a background check on Mackenzie to prove if she was Brock's real daughter or not. Larry was talking to his parole officer because the officer wanted to know if he was Victoria's harasser. Gary threw a sales pitch at Victoria for the Brash & Sassy ads. Ross was not impressed and wanted Gary out of the picture. Tricia got a phone message from Megan, telling about Meg's wedding plans. As Tricia tried to stop the wedding, she hit Tony on his bike. Tony was in the hospital, fighting for his life.



    PREVIEWS FOR NEXT WEEK!




    Monday January 14:
    Chad reveals that Nick's not the father of Gabi's child.
    The wedding is brought to a halt.
    Rafe accuses Chad of lying and the men physically fight.
    Will comes forward and reveals the truth. Sonny runs off.
    Lucas demands answers from his son.
    Sami rips into Gabi and Rafe warns Sami to leave his sister alone.

    Tuesday January 15:
    Rafe and Sami have an ugly fight over Gabi's lies.
    Nick learns incriminating information regarding Will's past and goes to Gabi, in the hopes of using it.
    Marlena offers Will support.
    Sonny and Will discuss Will's lies.
    Abby tells Chad to take a hike and Cameron makes sure Chad does so.

    Wednesday January 16:
    Marlena confides in Hope about her marital troubles and Hope comes up with an idea of how to get Brady to see the truth.
    Marlena's wearing a wire when she goes to see Kristen.
    Chloe burns while witnessing Jenn kissing Daniel.
    Daniel suggests Chloe grant Kate limited access to Parker, which she does not like.
    Kate tracks Jenn down, There's something Daniel needs to know.

    Thursday January 17:
    Kristen surprises Marlena by not outing herself on tape.
    John hears the tape and hears Kristen's revalation that Marlena was happy Brady was sleeping with her because it'd mean there was no room for John in her bed.
    Brady finds Kristen's note to Marlena.
    Chloe and Nicole clash over their love for Daniel.
    Kate presses her agenda to discredit Chloe's mothering.

    Friday January 18:
    Jenn doesn't tell Daniel about Chloe's past in prostitution.
    Anne helps Chloe set Jennifer up.
    Nicole and Eric make amends and she confesses her mixed feelings about her friend pursuing her ex.
    Brady passes out.
    Kristen feels guilt knowing Brady's physical issues could be a result of saving her from muggers.
    Marlena admits her mistrust of John. He decides to leave town to figure out what to do about his marriage and his son.
    Sami's past comes back to haunt her when she and Will discuss his role in his child's life.




    (Planning a Service)
    1/14, Monica and Sam plan a service for Jason; Sonny is bothered when he witnesses a kiss between Connie and AJ.

    (The Escape Plan)
    1/15, Todd uses Felix to assist in his escape; Sonny and Connie grow closer.

    (Wondering)
    1/16, Carly fears the worst when she wakes up in Todd's bed; Sabrina and Felix discuss their worries about the future of the Nurses Ball.

    (Pressing)
    1/17, Felix helps Carly get rid of her hangover and gives her an idea; Britt crosses the line with Patrick.

    (The Fear)
    1/18, Ellie is upset when her condition doesn't improve; Lulu is concerned about her father when she can't find his location.






    (Information)
    1/14, Steffy learns of some news that could change her relationship with Liam; Thomas and Rick prepare for the fashion show.

    (The Winner)
    1/15, Eric makes an important decision; Steffy sees something that could hurt her relationship with Liam.

    (Breaking a Promise)
    1/16, Taylor is forced to make a tough choice; Brooke advises Liam to reach a decision.

    (Comforting Eric)
    1/17, Pam tries to comfort Eric; Katie takes matters into her own hands.

    (Press Conference)
    1/18, Hope's personal life becomes the topic at a press conference; Brooke gives Katie some marital guidance.









    Friends and family gather together for the grand opening of Nick's new club

    Victor's PI guy turns on him to Jack who pays him off.

    Sharon ends up at Jabot (not Newman) and apparently so does Adam.

    Phyllis is forced to make a choice between Jack and Summer

    Nick and Phyllis come to a new understanding

    Lily plans a romantic surprise for Cane

    Things really heat up between Adriana and Noah

    Victor bargains with Billy






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