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    There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100.
    And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too.

    The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada (MAGIC!'s "Rude") and Australia (Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Sia's "Chandelier") to England (Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," Disclosure's "Latch," featuring Smith), Norway (Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong") and Scotland (Calvin Harris'"Summer").

    The influx of foreign talent follows breakthroughs by Lorde (New Zealand) last year, Gotye (Belgium) in 2012 and Adele (England) in 2011.

    Meanwhile, Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer just blasted onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with a hefty 259,000 first-week copies sold of their debut album, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and join English/Irish quintet One Direction in the battle for boy-band supremacy, both in the U.S. and worldwide).

    Such non-domestic chart dominance stands in stark contrast to a year ago. By the numbers: seven of the lead acts in the Aug. 9, 2014 Hot 100's top 10 are foreign. A year ago, only 2.5 were. (Why a .5? Robin Thicke was born in Los Angeles but has dual American/Canadian citizenship.)

    Five years ago (on the Aug. 8, 2009 Hot 100), the gap was even greater, as just one non-American-born act populated the top 10: Canada's Drake. (Also in that top 10: Sean Kingston. Although born in Miami, he moved to his namesake Kingston, Jamaica as a child.)

    In a roundtable discussion (via email) with U.S. record label executives and radio programmers, certain factors pinpoint why the Hot 100 has become the domain of acts from other countries.

    Let's look at three key reasons why.


    Most simply, songs that react the best among audiences will always find their way onto playlists. Right now, the biggest hits happen to come from acts beyond U.S. borders.

    "Great songs win," says Erik Bradley, assistant program director/music director at CBS Radio's top 40 WBBM Chicago. "And, all these hits -- 'Rude,''Fancy,' [British-born] Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' -- are incredible songs."

    Going hand-in-hand with what infuses top 40 playlists, since its inception more than a half-century ago, the format has prided itself on breaking new music, often from new artists. In summer 2014, the biggest new hits belong not only to artists, but rookies, especially, hailing from outside the country.

    "Discovering new artists is one of the many things that keeps radio great," says Tommy Chuck, program director of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment-owned top 40 WFLZ Tampa, Fla.

    "Azalea and Smith were chosen as Clear Channel [multi-platform new artist exposure program] 'On the Verge' artists months ago. We're proud to have championed them."

    Meanwhile, the bevy of foreign-born hits coincides with a relative lull in releases from American top 40 standbys.

    "A lack of core artists can make room for new artists," notes Jeremy Rice, PD of Cox top 40 WBLI Long Island, N.Y. "Rihanna is in between albums rights now. So is Bruno Mars. Lady Gaga is not as hot as she was. And, Beyonce, as huge as she is, is not having huge top 40 hits from her latest album."

    "This opens up the chart, and I think it's great," Rice says. "Right now, Sam Smith has the best shot of becoming a core artist and we always need new core artists."

    By far, the biggest reason cited for the current wave of worldwide hits working in the U.S. is technology. The way we now consume music, industry insiders say, is clearly the main catalyst.

    Prior eras have brought foreign acts to U.S. shores (and airwaves), most famously starting with Beatlemania 50 years ago. A second British invasion followed in the '80s, led by new wave/pop acts. (The Beatles were simply an unstoppable force whose U.S. success was inevitable; two decades later, such U.K. acts as Duran Duran, Culture Club and Wham! helped American music fans transition from the disco-dominant '70s.)

    Now, the reach of YouTube and social media are shaping sounds like never before.

    Says Def Jam executive vp of promotion Rick Sackheim, "America's consumption of music, especially new, cutting-edge artists and songs, has never been stronger. Everyone wants to 'discover' the next 'cool' thing. Foreign acts have always crossed into American culture once their fame gets to the point that they become undeniable. The difference today is that music discovery no longer takes months. Now, it can literally take minutes.

    "Artists like [Def Jam's Azalea] have built up fan bases by releasing music and dropping videos and other clips on their social media sites," Sackheim says.

    "I think labels have become better at the overall set-up of music from outside the U.S.," adds RCA executive vp Joe Riccitelli. "A constant flow of new [social media] content really helps stoke the fires."

    Technology may not be aiding only audiences. Artists themselves benefit from modern tools, and no longer need to be near music meccas to produce hit songs, posits Interscope senior VP of promotion Chris Lopes. "Access to laptops and new software levels the playing field for talented artists everywhere to record quality music."

    Ultimately, says Lopes, labels have better access to acts abroad, which has changed their A&R practices. "Music is shared and discovered differently now. It crosses borders and boundaries faster and more easily. As a result, fans hear new music immediately, labels cast a wider net to scour for talent and radio is more open to more kinds of music, like EDM from Disclosure."

    "We've had success with international artists for as long as I've been at Interscope, 16 years, but music is clearly weighted more toward foreign hits now," Lopes says. "For us, in the last couple years, Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' blew up in the U.S. after it was a hit in Canada, driven by YouTube views and Justin Bieber's social media push.

    "Now, 'Latch' is a U.S. hit, but it had 25 million [YouTube] views before we impacted radio. Top 40's audience was more familiar and passionate about the song than many radio programmers initially realized."

    It's fitting, then, that even one of the biggest current hits by an American act, Maroon 5, is called … "Maps."

    "The digital age has changed our mindsets, Rice says. "Australia" -- and England, Norway, Scotland and other foreign countries -- "isn't really that far away anymore."


    Who are your favourite non-American bands?

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    Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci are in advanced talks to board the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal film Spotlight.

    The ripped-from-the-headlines drama chronicles the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts that came to light thanks to a yearlong investigation by The Boston Globe. Tom McCarthy (Win Win) is directing. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters. Insiders say McAdams' part is a supporting role.

    The movie project tells of how the Globe's "Spotlight Team" reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-ups by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to revelations of molestation and cover-ups worldwide that still reverberate today.

    Participant Media is financing the film, which is being produced by Michael Sugar and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. Open Road will distribute in the United States. eOne is taking international sales rights and will distribute in its territories. The then-untitled film had been set up at DreamWorks, but the studio quietly exited the project last year. Multiple suitors are said to be vying for the potentially controversial title. Josh Singer wrote the Black List script.

    The Globe team won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service "for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy; stirred local, national and international reaction; and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church."

    David Mizner is serving as a consultant and associate producer, while Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll are executive producing.


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  • 08/08/14--17:42: Bollywood blind item

  • In the good ol’ days of film magazine journalism, you could always rely on an actress’ hairdresser and make-up man to dish out the real dirt on her, before ‘press-release journalism’ became the way. The Hindi film heroine’s staff is still possibly the most reliable source for information related to the diva. And one top actress’ team has reportedly been high-fiving one another lately over having figured out her dirty little secret. The boyfriend she’s been dangling around is very likely just a cover for the married actor she’s been having a fling with over the last several months.

    The reason few people caught on until now is that the male actor himself has been involved in a controversy that was the focus of all attention; allowing both him and his part-time squeeze to fly below the radar with their own shenanigans.


    Popular guesses: Anushka Sharma (bf: Virat) and Aamir Khan, costars in the upcoming film PK (controversy: PK nude poster, but it's very recent) / Katrina Kaif (bf: Ranbir Kapoor) and Hrithik Roshan, costars in upcoming Bang Bang (controversy: Hrithik's messy separation)
    Who do you think it is??

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    Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Former pop star Lance Bass and girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

    In a series of competitions held until 17 August, athletes will compete in everything from diving, cycling, bowling, bodybuilding, martial arts and more.

    The Gay Games originally launched in 1982 as a ‘vehicle of change,’ according to founder Dr Tom Waddell, to challenge homophobia in sport and provide a platform for LGBTI athletes.

    'It’s not about how many medals someone wins, equality in sports is about allowing people to play in inclusive and welcoming environments,' said Steve Sokany, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games in a statement.

    The 2014 Gay Games count with the sponsorship and support of United Airlines and Wells Fargo bank, and a partnership with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to help with outreach and asking more leagues to support the Gay Games.

    This year’s games are marked by a provocative ad campaign, where the phrase 'That’s So Gay' is reclaimed in a positive connotation referring to an athlete’s abilities.

    source: GayStarNews

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    Here's a clip from Conan with guest Larry King, who admits to O'Brien that he used to smoke weed (with his doctor, of course) but had to stop after quitting cigarettes. O'Brien jumps on the opportunity to bring King back through the magic of pot brownies, and it works much faster than expected.


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    "This is how I get my day started, everyday. - MR. MY LIFE IS THE SH*T  Download @shots"

    According to Forbes, Floyd Mayweather has been the highest-paid athlete in the world two of the last three years. As such, Money likes to flaunt his wealth on social media (the boxing superstar is notorious for bragging about his winning sports wagers). The 37-year-old has been especially boastful on Instagram, where he can offer up videos in 15-second increments of just how fabulous his life is. But one clip Mayweather posted Thursday may take the cake for excess.

    In it, the reigning WBC welterweight champion is given a sponge bath by a female assistant while brushing his teeth. Part of the caption reads, "This is how I start my day, everyday" (followed by a hilarious-yet-not-suitable-for-print-in-this-space nickname for himself that can be seen here). The song that plays over the video is Guy's "I Like", which was released in 1989 and was also on the soundtrack for the 2000 film "Love & Basketball." The fighter's luxurious bath is reminiscent of Prince Akeem's, the fictitous character portrayed by Eddie Murphy, in the opening sequence of 1988's "Coming to America."

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    DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND From the producers of The Slap, this series follows on from the 1976 movie by Fred Schepisi, The Devil’s Playground. It begins in 1988, by which time the character of Tom Allen has become a psychiatrist, a widow and father of two children. When he agrees to act as a counselor and therapist to the clergy, Tom soon finds himself caught up in a scandal that the church is trying to cover up. With its rigorous formal structure, this ambitious and expertly handled series examines the power of the Catholic church.

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    Grey's Anatomy has landed an Oscar winner.

    In her return to ABC, Geena Davis has joined the cast of Shonda Rhimes' long-running medical drama for a major arc in season 11, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Davis, who starred in the network's Commander in Chief from 2005-06, will play a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial.


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    "Bad Girls Club" star Natalie Nunn's foot was savagely bitten during a fight with co-star Alyssa "Redd" Carswell ... and the injury was so severe, medics thought she'd been attacked by an animal.

    Eyewitnesses tell TMZ ... Natalie and "Redd" were shooting a scene for "BGC 13" May 15th when they got into a violent confrontation ... and during the fight, "Redd" chomped down on Nunn's foot ... tearing the flesh away.

    Nunn was taken to a hospital ... where she filed a battery report. Law enforcement sources tell us ... police investigated and turned it over to the L.A. City Attorney -- who rejected it based on insufficient evidence.

    We don't know if prosecutors looked at any of the show footage. We know cameras WERE rolling during the fight ... and the footage will air on an upcoming episode.

    They're called bad girls for a reason.

    guess she didn't have any at the house


    Plus: season 13 PROMO


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    Who was evicted?

    Mark (Finished 8th)

    Winston (Finished 7th)

    They were both shocked by their evictions

    Mark Byron and Winston Showan have been evicted from the Big Brother house.

    First up, eyebrow 'expert' Mark was evicted from the Channel 5 reality show to deafening boos and continued to be booed while he was being interviewed by host Emma Willis.

    He discussed everything from his relationship with on and off love interest Christopher Hall, his behaviour towards Chris Hall and his friendship with former escort Helen Wood.

    Then when he was told that another housemate would be evicted, he said he was gutted because he wanted a 'night to himself'.

    The second housemate to leave the house was sometime EastEnders extra Winston Showan.

    "He's not going," screamed Helen Wood as if she was Big Brother's answer to Jessica Fletcher, with the other housemates eagerly agreeing.

    But, alas, it stuck and so Winston became the twelfth housemate to be evicted from this year's competition

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    Ashleigh To Win!


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    It's a boy! Christina Ricci recently welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband James Heerdegen, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.

    The former child actress, now 34, first sparked pregnancy speculation in late May when she stepped out at LAX airport in Los Angeles with a tell-tale baby bump, confirming the news via publicist shortly thereafter.

    The new parents couldn't be more excited about welcoming their little bundle of joy. "They are thrilled and ready for a change of pace," a pal told Us at the time.

    The couple, who first met on the ABC series Pan Am in 2011, tied the knot on the Upper East Side in New York City in October 2013. Us exclusively broke the news of the intimate nuptials, where the duo were feted by close family and friends at the Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall.

    "I love so many things about him," the Addams Family and Mermaids actress gushed to Us of Heerdegen back in May 2013. "He's my favorite person on Earth," she said, adding at the time that she "absolutely" wanted kids. "I can't wait to have our own little world replete with small beings!"

    Ricci's rep did not respond to requests for comment.


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    The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel movie universe haven’t quite faced off against the biggest, baddest villain in Thanos yet. However, the upcoming Age of Ultron film does pit Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers team against one of their more formidable opponents from the comic books. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) sounded off on what he thinks of Ultron as a bad guy in an interview released Friday.

    “These are about as high as they’ve been,” Downey Jr. said when asked about the stakes in Avengers 2, as captured by io9. “But the nice thing in Age of Ultron what Joss Whedon has done exceptionally well — I’ve never really seen it done like this before — [is that this movie] really is a Swiss Watch of character and action and stakes. It’s easily the best bad guy plot I’ve ever read in a script, let alone gone out and shot.”

    Downey Jr. also provided another clue when asked how letting a smart artificial intelligence loose in the real world might play out. “Well, it could be the Singularity or it could be ‘Terminator 9.’ It’s a big question mark. And fortunately that’s addressed in this,” Downey Jr. explained. He then jokingly added, “All your questions about existence will be addressed.”

    Just to be clear: I absolutely love Guardians of the Galaxy. It just may be my favorite Marvel movie so far. But even though the film is terrific, it continues the disappointing trend of one of Marvel’s biggest weaknesses when it comes to their films: it has a weak villain. This movie actually has two of them, and one of them – and this might surprise some of you – is named Thanos.

    “Thanos?” you might gasp, “but he’s the guy from the stinger at the end of The Avengers! The baddest mother-effer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! He can’t be a disappointing villain because Guardians will be the first time we see him for more than five seconds on screen!” Well, you’d be right about the fact that this is the first time we see more than a smirk from the character, but here’s the problem: Thanos doesn’t actually do anything in Guardians of the Galaxy. He sits on his throne, threatens a couple of people, and demands that Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) do what he commands, but there’s nothing there (aside from his large build) that proves to the audience he’s a credible threat.

    I understand that Thanos has a ton of history as a major villain in the comics, but I’m talking about the character as portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Why do we care about this guy again? Guardians finally spells out what many comic fans have suspected for a long time: that Thanos wants the Infinity Gauntlet. And even though the film gives us a great sense of the sheer power of only one of the Infinity stones/gems - allowing us to extrapolate the idea that if one guy got his hands on all of them, it would be…well, pretty bad - there’s still no sense of character to Thanos. Audiences still don’t have any real idea who Thanos is or why it would be so terrible if he ended up with the Gauntlet compared to any other giant weirdo in the galaxy. Guardians is a movie that does a great job of building characters and making you care about the film’s heroes, but one of the areas it stumbles is in creating that same sense of motivation for the villains.

    Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser looks threatening and dangerous, but much like Malekith from Thor: The Dark World, he’s forgettable and bland. In fact, aside from Iron Man 3‘s clever bait-and-switch with Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin/Trevor Slattery and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, I don’t think there’s a single Marvel villain who has proven to be as captivating as its film’s hero(es). Let’s run through the list, shall we?

    Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane from Iron Man
    Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky from The Incredible Hulk
    Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko from Iron Man 2
    Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2
    Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger
    Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian from Iron Man 3
    Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith from Thor: The Dark World
    Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Look at those names and see if you’d call any of those characters “iconic,” or even just “memorable” a few months after seeing the movie. I wouldn’t. Bucky Barnes in The Winter Soldier is a bit closer to what I hope for in a villain because at least he provides a sense that our heroes are legitimately outmatched, and even Karen Gillan in Guardians has a cool sense of menace that she backs up with action, but the rest of these jokers? Not in the least.

    James Spader’s Ultron sounds like he’s going to be a formidable force that gives the Avengers some serious trouble, but I had my fingers crossed that we’d see Thanos really exert some power in Guardians that would make us fear him in the background of all of the Phase Three films until the inevitable battle between good and evil.
    But sadly, we’re just told that he’s a badass instead of shown. After last year’s Comic-Con presentation, in which Hiddleston showed up in costume as Loki, I’ll admit I was suffering from a bit of weariness when it came to that character. But if what we get instead is an angry guy holding an oversized hammer and a big purple dude talking on a throne, I’ll take Loki back any day of the week.


    Do you think the MCU has a problem providing interesting villains?

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    Andy Park, who has served as a concept illustrator on Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, released an early design for Nebula inGuardians of the Galaxy, which you can take a look at below.


    + Featurette: Gear and Garb of the Galaxy

    With Guardians of the Galaxy heading into its second weekend in theaters starting today, Marvel Studios has released a new two-part featurette that explores the "gear and garb" used in this cosmic adventure. Learn more about the props and costumes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy with Prop Master Barry Gibbs and Costume DesignerAlexandra Byrne, before seeing Guardians of the Galaxy again in theaters. Take a look at the videos, then read on for a glimpse at an early design of the villainous Nebula.


    the movie version is much better

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  • 08/08/14--19:38: ITS SOAP NEWS FRIDAY!!!!!!!

  • Joshua Morrow and Hunter King Welcome Gina Tognoni To The Young & The Restless!

    Monday, August 11th is a big day for fans of The Young and the Restless when two-time Daytime Emmy winner Gina Tognoni makes her debut as Phyllis Summers.

    When the story starts, Phyllis will still be in her coma. Question is: with Victor’s help … will Phyllis spring to life sooner than later?

    The Young and the Restless brought out the cast welcome wagon for Gina in this new video from, where Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Hunter King (Summer) chitchat with Gina!

    During the clip, Gina gives Joshua a hard time for learning that Nick is now back with Sharon! Gina also says that Phyllis’ first concern when she wakes up will be the well-being and what is happening with her daughter Summer.

    Meredith Baxter Is Joining The Cast Of The Young & The Restless!!

    Hmmm...wonder if she'll have any family ties? TV Guide Magazine can exclusively confirm that TV icon Meredith Baxter is heading to daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless.

    The juicy gig will have her character, Maureen, kicking back a few cocktails — make that lots of cocktails — with troubled socialite Nikki Newman.

    According to a rep for the CBS soap, Maureen is a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had. She appears kind and sympathetic, but can be quite manipulative. She is skilled at getting people to do the things she wants them to do by making them think it's their idea!"

    Adds the rep: "When not hitting the sauce with her new drinking-buddy, Nikki, Maureen will be crossing with several key players on the Y&R canvas."

    A member of sitcom royalty, Baxter starred from 1982 to 1989 as mom Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. She earned two Emmy nods in the landmark '70s series Family, and a third for the 1992 movie A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. She took home a Daytime Emmy for the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Other Mothers.

    Baxter's most recent TV appearances include Family Guy, Switched at Birth, The Neighbors, Glee and Finding Carter.

    Oh, and if you haven't read her terrific 2011 memoir Untied, do.

    Baxter will hit Y&R on Monday, Sept. 8 and will be prominent throughout the fall because, word is, boozy Maureen has connections in town!

    Battle of the Blondes on The Young and the Restless!

    Honeymoon for three? On CBS's The Young and the Restless, hotshot attorney Christine (Lauralee Bell) has been in a tizzy since learning that her hubby Paul (Doug Davidson) and his pal Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) created a child decades ago when they were members of a hippie love cult.

    This bizarre development — news to everyone in Genoa City, including the parents — has really bonded Paul and Nikki, to the point where he now seems hesitant to go through with plans to have a baby with Christine.

    What's worse, that damn drama queen Nikki won't go away! On Aug. 8, she's so emotionally distraught she intrudes on Christine and Paul's long-delayed honeymoon. TV Guide Magazine went to lunch with the three stars to find out where this divine mess is headed.

    TV Guide Magazine: Chris is going bat-crap crazy over Nikki these days, but is she really being rational? Isn't her reaction just a bit over the top?
    Lauralee Bell: Chris feels like she's lost control of her life. First, Nikki was right there with them in the hospital, in the I.C.U., when Paul could have been minutes from death — a very private moment. Why did she have to share it with Nikki?
    Melody Thomas Scott: It was extremely inappropriate for Nikki to be there!
    Doug Davidson: Of course, Chris left the hospital when Paul was fighting for his life to go have dinner at the Athletic Club.
    Bell: Hey, wait a minute. She left him in the room with a priest!
    Davidson: [Laughs] Yeah, a priest who was giving Paul the second-to-last rites!

    TV Guide Magazine: Paul and Nikki's love child, Dylan, is now a grown-ass man. How can he be a threat to Chris and Paul's happiness?
    Bell: Chris has no idea how to fight this. Nikki and Paul now have something in common that Chris and Paul may never have, and that's a major issue. It trumps everything. And it doesn't stop. Now, Nikki somehow finds her way up to the mountains while they're having a belated honeymoon. And she stays! [Laughs] At one point, Chris walks in and sees them cozily working together on a jigsaw puzzle, which I'm sure the viewers will find hilarious. But Chris is pissed. The history Paul and Nikki share is a tough thing to compete with.

    TV Guide Magazine: But how does this ruin their baby plans? It's not like Paul will be too busy diapering Dylan.
    Bell: This could mean a delay and, when Chris decides to do something, she's! I don't think she's worried that Paul will leave her but, when he says, "Why don't we wait a bit?" her confidence is shot. Why should she wait for a baby? In her mind, everything has changed in a heartbeat. And she's freaking out about the future. Now, when there's a family gathering, do we have to invite Dylan? Do we have to invite Nikki? It used to be so simple.

    TV Guide Magazine: Mel, what's your take on this? Is Nikki trying to move in on Chris's man, or is she just being...well, Nikki?
    Thomas Scott: Nikki is always a wild card, though she's not consciously trying to steal Paul, at least according to anything I've seen in the scripts so far. Not at all! Nikki has no idea her behavior is inappropriate. She's always been a bull in a china shop — completely clueless to the damage she's doing.

    TV Guide Magazine: And what's Paul thinking here?
    Davidson: For him, it's like looking back at an old high school romance and wondering, "What if it had worked out?" A lot of people have that fantasy. "What if I had been more bold? What if I had pursued that relationship?" Nikki and Paul already share a long history. Now, suddenly, they share a son. What do Paul and Chris have when it gets right down to it? Careers.

    TV Guide Magazine: Does any of Chris' emotional chaos spring from the fact that she and Paul got remarried out of the blue — at Kay Chancellor's memorial service, of all places. This revived relationship has never felt all that solid.
    Bell: I think the remarriage made a lot of sense. We just didn't see a lot leading up to it, but we'd already played that out with the first marriage. Sure, there might have been more of a triangle this time with Paul, Chris and Nina, but it's one of those cases where two people split and then realize they're better off together. They thought the grass was greener elsewhere, but found out it wasn't. Paul is a great catch.

    TV Guide Magazine: And he must be looking mighty damn fine to Nikki right now, after all the hell Victor has put her through.
    Thomas Scott: Paul has no flaws! He is perfect but, oddly enough, Nikki kind of likes that Victor drives her crazy. Paul is so wonderful and good and kind but, deep down, I don't think Nikki could handle that. He's too passive for her. She loves and adores Paul, but she is addicted to Victor.
    Bell: But it's Paul who Nikki goes to when she's in trouble.
    Davidson: Nikki needs a solid rock and Paul is the only one who can be that for her.
    Bell: A wife always gets upset when a husband doesn't see an issue clearly. Paul doesn't say to Chris, "Nikki's showing up in our lives all the time! I know this must be hard on you." Instead he'll say, "Poor Nikki seems really frazzled today. She must be going through so much!" For a wife, that's a knife to the heart! When a husband is that oblivious, it sends you into a panic. "Wait a this going to be my new life? Always worrying about her?"
    Thomas Scott: [Laughs] Women can always see through the s--t other women pull. Men can't!
    Bell: [Laughs] Maybe this would be a good time for Chris to turn to Dylan for emotional support!

    TV Guide Magazine: Now we're talking!
    Thomas Scott: She is her father's daughter!
    Bell: No! I'm just joking about that.

    TV Guide Magazine: Why? It's a phenomenal idea — and it sure would frost Paul and Nikki's shorts.
    Davidson: This could go in so many great directions.

    TV Guide Magazine: What about Chris and Victor getting together?
    Thomas Scott: Now, that would be very interesting.
    Bell: The writers actually toyed with that about 10 years ago. Chris and Victor were working closely on some case or whatever. He was her mentor and they were bantering over all this legal stuff and there was sexual tension. [Laughs] Nikki didn't like it one bit.

    TV Guide Magazine: Why don't I remember this storyline? Did you kiss Eric Braeden?
    Bell: I don't remember. I don't think so...

    TV Guide Magazine: Oh, you'd remember all right. Moving on. Another interesting twist to this triangle is that it could be a quadrangle but isn't. Victor and Paul get along like cheese and crackers.
    Davidson: Which is odd, considering Victor set up Paul's sister, Patty, and drove her over the edge. He had her face redone and everything. But all that seems forgotten and they do respect each other. There's no jealousy on Victor's part, even though he sees this growing connection between Paul and Nikki. Paul is turning into the new Douglas Austin — the guy who can call Victor on his s—t and get away with it.

    TV Guide Magazine: Why did Nikki freak out about her old journal, and how Dylan would react to the contents, when it was clear he was totally sympathetic? Any excuse for a meltdown?
    Thomas Scott: Nikki felt disgusted to be carrying what she thought was Ian Ward's baby all those years ago and she said so in her journal, and she thinks that's very hurtful to Dylan. Yes, he's been very understanding, but that's not good enough for Nikki. When there is no drama, she creates it. She must feel bad. Nikki is the consummate victim and she will always find a way to be one.
    Davidson: And Nikki did have a very graphic past. Some of these revelations make her look like a tramp.
    Thomas Scott: Her self-worth was never very high. Now it's plummeting.

    TV Guide Magazine: And that's good news, because it means Nikki is going back to the bottle. I'm told she will be pretty blotto by the end of August.
    Davidson: The fans love that!
    Bell: I think a lot of women in our audience want to be Nikki, and watching her have problems makes her more real to them.
    Davidson: [Laughs] She certainly makes the rest of us feel better. People are sitting at home, grabbing a cocktail and saying, "I can handle my booze and Nikki can't!"
    Bell: This is yet another reason for Paul to become Nikki's caretaker.
    Thomas Scott: I can just see him sweeping her off to some mountain spa and treatment center and getting her dried out.

    TV Guide Magazine: How bad will her drinking get this time?
    Thomas Scott: Pretty bad, I hear. For weeks now she's been leading up to this. She's been staring at vodka bottles and playing with cocktail glasses, running her finger longingly around the foreplay. Her need for a drink is becoming more and more urgent and inevitable. [Laughs] And I am delighted! A big part of Nikki's appeal is that she's a wealthy, high-society woman who seemingly has everything, yet she's a drunk in the gutter. The audience enjoys seeing her suffer — and I am happy to accommodate!

    Frank Valentini On What GH Fans Can Expect With Robin’s Return!

    Kimberly McCullough's latest reprisal of the role of GH's Robin kicks off this week. “We’re excited to have both of the actress and the character back," says Frank Valentini, GH's executive producer.

    "For the audience who hasn’t seen what we shot last month, they’ll be really excited to see this next chapter of the story. We’ve been working with Kimberly’s directing schedule so that she can do the show and still pursue her dream. I think it will be a lot of fun for the fans, and they’ll see her move the story in a really interesting direction.”

    Days of Our Lives Alum Nadia Bjorlin Engaged!

    It's time to plan a wedding. Days of Our Lives alum Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe Lane) is engaged.

    The actress' beau, entrepeneur Grant Turnbull, surprised her when he popped the question while they were vacationing in Ireland. An excited Bjorlin quickly took to Facebook to announce the news -- and post a photo of her gorgeous engagement ring: a square diamond in a pave setting.

    "So, this happened. Couldn't be happier! And so it begins in Ireland... with Grant Turnbull," posted Bjorlin.

    Later, the couple celebrated, but not with the traditional champagne.

    "Tea time with my handsome fiance," posted Bjorlin from The Merchant Hotel.

    Bjorlin and Turnbull met earlier this year through mutual friends on a memorable holiday -- Valentine's Day. The pair began dating shortly thereafter and before long realized they were destined to be together.

    Turnbull took Bjorlin to Ireland to celebrate her August 2 birthday, and they've been exploring the countryside ever since.

    It turns out Bjorlin now has another recent to celebrate: she's getting married.

    Congratulations to the happy couple.

    GH Tot Recast!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's tiniest stars, Jaxon and Jakob Kring -- the twins who play Sam's son, Danny -- have been recast. A show rep shares that Caden and Corben Rothweiler have taken over the role.

    "We just want to say thanks to all the fans and GH cast/crew for an amazing two years," the twins' mom tweeted. "Unfortunately, the boys have been recasted. We are very thankful for the time we had and wish the new Danny much success and luck."

    The show's casting call was for 3- or small 4-year-old twins; the Krings will celebrate their third birthday in January. As for the 3 1/2-year-old Rothweiler brothers, they appeared in a 2013 episode of DISNEY XD's KICKIN' IT.

    B&B's Mosley Waxes Poetic!

    Inspired by a magazine article about a man who wrote a haiku a day, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Karla Mosley (Maya) set a similar goal for herself, daily writing brief "micropoems" that range from the silly to the sublime.

    The actress compiled a collection of her favorites into the newly-released self-published book called Short Poems For A Long And Happy Life, which is currently available in paperback at

    "The only reason it happened is because of the fans that I stay in touch with on social media," Mosley explains. "I was posting haikus, and fans started asking me, 'When are you putting a book together?' I finally said, 'Why not?'"

    In addition to adding "published author" to her repertoire, Mosley has kept busy during B&B's summer hiatus on the set of HART OF DIXIE, on which she recurs as the comically stereotypical Southern belle, Elodie.

    In July, Mosley shared with Twitter fans a setside photo of herself sporting a bright pink bow on her head for the role. "All pink. All day," she quipped. "Must be back in Dixie."

    Jessica Collins' Sister To Appear On The Young and the Restless!

    Olivia Capogna, the younger sister of The Young and the Restless star Jessica Collins (Avery), will appear as an extra on the Crimson Lights coffeehouse set on September 8.

    "Just made an album of my sister's big debut on #YR!" tweeted a proud Collins.

    Laura Bozzo Joins Mi Corazon Es Tuyo!

    Laura Bozzo is best known as the controversial talk show host and her "que pase el desgraciado" catchphrase. Now you will know the 62-year-old Peruvian personality as an actress. Sure many already say her panelists are all actors and Laura is in on the joke, but this time she will be more legit guest starring in a Televisa telenovela.

    That's right! Bozzo has announced she will have a role in Mi Corazón Es Tuyo, the Univision series that stars Silvia Navarro and Jorge Salinas. Laura said she was very thankful to Juan Osorio for giving her the opportunity and that her character will have a social conscious and will be tied to Adrian Uribe's Johnny. "I cannot say more because Juan will lynch me, he will make the announcement soon, all I can say is not to miss Mi Corazón Es Tuyo," she told reporters.

    We are not sure how to feel about her stint on a telenovela that is family oriented. Laura can be a little delusional and she says she's all about family integrity, but her show is all about infidelities and violence.

    Watch First Promo Teaser For Yo No Creo En Los Hombres!

    Yo No Creo En Los Hombres" is coming soon starring Gabriel Soto and Adriana Louvier. The Televisa production is based on a Caridad Bravo Adams classic with this updated version being helmed by Giselle Gonzalez. The aforementioned producer had worked with Roberto Gomez Fernández in productions like Para Volver a Amar, Alma De Hierro and Cachito De Cielo side by side. With this new telenovela, she has broken lose and calling the shots and we are loving what we are seeing so far.

    A teaser for the soap was released this week that shows a lot of creepy mannequins and a voiceover that says: "They are charming, false, disloyal, dreamers, you believe in them?"

    The show will also star Irán Castillo, Flavio Medina, Sophie Alexander and Rosa María Bianchi. The story revolves around a malicious family that torments the main protagonist. She falls in love with a man that only takes advantage of her good heart and ends up marrying another woman. One night he tries to abuse her and as self-defense he dies. Our leading lady is accussed of murder and sentenced to jail. This is where she swears never to believe in men again. After she regains her freedom she meets a lawyer that sparks her interest and the possibility of falling in love.

    Angelique Boyer and Sebastián Rulli Reunite For Comedy Stage Show!

    Amidst rumors that just won’t go away about their “personal” relationship, Hispanic telenovela stars Angelique Boyer and Sebastián Rulli are reunited, just weeks after finishing filming for Lo que la vida me robó.

    The duo are starring in a new comedy stage show called Los Derechos De La Mujer (The Rights of Women), produced by Ruben Lara. Several clips of their rehearsals have already been uploaded to YouTube, and Boyer has been sharing photos from the set on Twitter.

    One picture shows the couple about to embrace each other with a kiss, and another shows Boyer in bed in only her underwear, arguing with Rulli, who is wearing a dressing gown.

    Critics who watched the first showing on Saturday are calling them an excellent combination as a stage couple. The story follows the life of two newlyweds, and explores the roles of men and women in society. The comedy twist is that Boyer’s character is the one working to support the household, while Rulli is the stay at home husband. The first show of four entertained more than a thousand people in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Co-star Alex Sirvent said “In The rights of Women you can see Sebastian and Angelique from a different perspective, they came out of their comfort zone.”

    Rulli said: “I wanted to break from the character that people are familiar with from soap operas, and show that as an actor I can also make people laugh.”

    The Week In The Year 2013!

    Bill passed Katie's spying tests, and Katie decided she wanted him back. Bill, however, discovered that Katie had wired the house with cameras to spy on him and Brooke, and he washed his hands of the marriage. Bill flew to Monte Carlo, where Brooke had just arrived. Liam threw Wyatt out of the house for kissing Hope, but Bill insisted that his sons get along and continue to live together. Thomas and Thorne were anxious to get their chance to run Forrester, but Caroline convinced Eric that Rick's innovations would make them hit their profit goals by the year's end.

    Kristen managed to elude Eric and Daniel before they could speak to her. Rafe asked Nicole about her feelings for Eric. Jennifer made a bold move to get back together with Daniel, but her terms infuriated him. Theresa and Anne joined forces. Marge visited Sami in jail and promised Sami that she would get justice for Joe. Brady encouraged Nicole to tell Eric that she had feelings for him. Theresa flirted with Nick, but she lost interest in him after J.J. told her about Nick's past. The judge agreed to have Bernardi's body exhumed, but Marge shocked everyone with the fact that she'd had Joe's body cremated. Eric was shocked to learn that Nicole and Eric had had an affair. Nicole allowed Eric to think the worst of her so he would not catch on that she had feelings for him. Kristen accepted Father Matt's offer to work with Eric on the school project. J.J. offered Will moral support. Nicole and Kristen butted heads. Marlena was shocked when she learned that Brady and Kristen were back together. Later, Marlena had a fight with Kristen and attacked her. Sami had a talk with Sonny and told him not to be too hard on Adrienne. Adrienne worried that her marriage was falling apart, but she was happy that Sonny had forgiven her. Rafe feared that he would never walk again. Cameron and Abigail kissed while Chad received bad news. Chad met with a specialist who told him that he was dying.

    Connie ran the story about Kiki's paternity in the newspaper. Sonny was hurt by Connie's betrayal and questioned if he had made the right decision to let Olivia go. An angry A.J. confronted Connie about the story that had stripped him of ELQ. Sonny threatened to shoot A.J. when A.J. grabbed Connie by the throat and pinned her against the wall. A.J. backed down but later admitted that he would have killed Connie if he had been armed with a gun. Morgan continued to lie and manipulate Kiki to get her to marry him before she found out that she was not a Quartermaine. Kiki reluctantly agreed to a quickie wedding at the courthouse. Michael raced to the courthouse to stop the wedding. Mac and Felicia picked up their marriage license. Luke enlisted Holly's help to find out who had withdrawn Jerry Jacks's money from the Swiss bank. Luke was stunned to learn that Sean Donely had collected Jerry's money, so Luke tracked Sean down. Sean showed Luke a small vial of an unknown substance that Sean had purchased with Jerry's money. Julian agreed to be tested as a possible bone marrow donor because he felt bad that he had bumped Danny's story from the front page of the newspaper.

    Neil underwent hypnotherapy and realized that he'd been with Rose on the night she'd died. Hilary continued to insinuate herself into Cane's life, and Jill was suspicious of Hilary. Lily denied her jealousy about Tyler and Abby's growing relationship. Devon asked Tyler to return to the Jabot campaign, but Tyler declined the offer. Fen agreed to go to rehab. Jack and Avery accompanied Phyllis to the medical facility in Georgia. Noah expressed his concerns about Sharon's behavior to Nick. Sharon schemed to spend more time with Nick. Summer told Nick and Sharon about the lipstick that had been found on the stairwell. Victor and Nikki tried to assure Summer that they were still family, but the plan backfired when Victor badmouthed Jack. Upon Kyle's urging, Jack decided to return home to support Summer. Nikki tried to convince Victoria to reconcile with Billy. Adam was released on bail, and Billy recorded Adam attempting to bribe Melanie to drop the rape charges. Victor worried about how the charges would affect the Newmans' reputation, but he stood behind Adam. Billy tried to blackmail Victor with the recording. Adam hoped that Chelsea would serve as a character witness on his behalf. Chelsea experienced contractions, but the doctor managed to stop Chelsea from going into labor. Chelsea grappled with whether or not to tell Dylan the truth, but Chloe talked her into keeping mum. Dylan surprised Chelsea with an impromptu wedding, and they got married in front of family and friends. Chelsea went into labor after the ceremony.


    Monday, August 11
    Kristen (Eileen Davidson) realizes what Daniel (Shawn Christian) has planned; Theresa (Jen Lilley) tells Eve (Kassie DePaiva) to steer clear of Brady (Eric Martsolf); Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) tells Hope (Kristian Alfonso) he has a date with Jennifer (Melissa Reeves); Marlena (Deidre Hall) tries to get through to John (Drake Hogestyn).

    Tuesday, August 12
    Kristen tries to avoid paying for her crimes; Sami (Alison Sweeney) decides to take legal action against EJ (James Scott); Sonny (Freddie Smith) worries Will (Guy Wilson) will regret publishing his article; Hope questions Jennifer about her plans with Aiden.

    Wednesday, August 13
    Kristen's return to Salem shakes up everyone's world; EJ comes to a decision about Kristen; Brady gets unexpected news; Sami confronts Nicole (Arianne Zucker) about Eric (Greg Vaughan).

    Thursday, August 14
    Kristen goes to Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) for help; Marlena helps Brady plan his next move; Sonny feels guilty for keeping something from Will; Clyde (James Read) plans for the future.

    Friday, August 15
    Sami and Will have a confrontation over his article; EJ warns Kate (Lauren Koslow) that Stefano may be after her and Sami; Clyde and Ben (Robert Scott Wilson) make a deal; Rafe (Galen Gering) makes his case to Jordan (Chrishell Stause).

    Monday, August 11
    Levi (Zachary Garred) starts to feel the heat for his indiscretions; Mac (John J. York) talks to Maxie (Kristen Storms) about Nathan's (Ryan Paevey) feelings for her; Silas (Michael Easton) tells Sam (Kelly Monaco) about Molly's revelation - someone made Rafe cause Patrick and Sabrina's car wreck.

    Tuesday, August 12
    The truth weighs on Levi as his wedding approaches; Maxie has to decide if she really wants to get married; Sam and Patrick (Jason Thompson) team up to find out who forced Rafe to cause the crash.

    Wednesday, August 13
    Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) confront their relationship; the wedding begins most ominously; Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) disrupts Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Elizabeth's (Rebecca Herbst) lunch; Lucas (Ryan Carnes) extends a dinner invitation to both Brad (Parry Shen) and Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel).

    Thursday, August 14
    Someone is put in the line of fire at Maxie and Levi's wedding; a shot goes off at the wedding; Brad, Felix and Lucas plan to meet at Brad’s place.

    Friday, August 15
    Nikolas and Britt get a whole lot closer; Felix decides to find his own true love.

    Monday, August 11
    Liam (Scott Clifton) is faced with a life changing decision; Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Deacon (Sean Kanan) await news from Hope (Kim Matula); Wyatt (Darin Brooks) watches as Hope waits for Liam.

    Tuesday, August 12
    Brooke becomes more worried when she learns no one has heard from Hope; Quinn (Rena Sofer) enjoys watching her plan unfold.

    Wednesday, August 13
    Brooke has news about Hope for Deacon; someone makes a marriage proposal.

    Thursday, August 14
    When Deacon learns about Ricardo's death, he decides to investigate; word about happenings in Monte Carlo gets out.

    Friday, August 15
    Bill (Don Diamont) tells Brooke the reasons they should be together; Deacon questions Quinn about her role in Ricardo's death.

    Monday, August 11
    Jack (Peter Bergman) travels to Georgia to tell Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) goodbye; Hilary (Mishael Morgan) looks for Neil (Kristoff St. John); Austin (Matthew Atkinson) makes plans for Summer (Hunter King).

    Tuesday, August 12
    Paul's (Doug Davidson) concern for Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) bothers Christine (Lauralee Bell); Victoria (Amelia Heinle) makes a request of Abby (Melissa Ordway); Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Billy (Burgess Jenkins) celebrate.

    Wednesday, August 13
    Jill (Jess Walton) gets an unexpected letter from Katherine; Kevin (Greg Rikaart) gets word from Chloe; the Winters family gets surprising news.

    Thursday, August 14
    Nikki faces temptation; things between Neil, Hilary and Devon (Bryton James) take an unexpected turn.

    Friday, August 15
    Dylan (Steve Burton) and Paul face the rocky road of their relationship; Jack hopes Summer can accept Kelly (Cady McClain); Nick (Joshua Morrow) wants answers from Mariah's mother, Helen Copeland (Karina Logue).

    sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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    As he performs with his band-mates on the North American leg of their mammoth world tour, his thoughts are on the other side of the Atlantic. One Direction star Zayn Mailk and his Muslim relatives are united in prayer as they support three-year-old Arshiya Malik, who is bravely fighting for her life following a brain tumour operation.

    The star's little cousin, whose image has been shared on social media by distraught yet hopeful relatives, enjoyed a special day out in July, when Zayn threw a funfair party for his fiancée Perrie Edwards on a Hertfordshire country estate as she celebrated turning 21.

    On Wednesday, the star's cousin Aaroosa Malik posted a picture of Arshiya on Instagram, with the accompanying caption: 'Please can everyone pray for Arshiya as much as you can as her MRI scan didn't come out good. 'Doctors are saying theres nothing they can do & have put her on life support machines now. 'Please keep her in your duas always & the rest is up to Allah. '

    In the early hours of Friday morning she tweeted: 'Went to see Arshiya today. Gutted me up! Looks like a totally different baby :( Please keep her in your duas [prayers]. Thank you'  On Tuesday, Zayn's sister Doniya Malik tweeted: 'Thank you every1 hu did dua for arshiya things are looking good, but still need ur duas she had 1% chance! Jus shows there is a god.. (sic)' She added: 'And prayers work xxx'

    Arshiya, of Bradford, went in for surgery on Monday, while her famous older cousin was a whole ocean away with his 1D bandmates on their Where We Are tour. The stars are due to play at the Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, for the second night in a row on Friday. They will then go on to Washington, DC, for a show at the Nationals Park on Monday.


    My prayers go out to Zayn and his family :(

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    Game Changer
    “Hey are you that guy from TV? I don’t really watch TV, but my mum says she recognizes you.” That is how Dutch actor Michiel Huisman recounts his experiences with being recognized on the streets of his home country. The Dutch are a low-key people; much like Huisman himself, who has retained that laid-back cool despite his fast-growing fame.

    The handsome, charismatic actor has been a regular on the small screen for the past few years, appearing in highly acclaimed shows such as HBO’s Treme, BBC America’s Orphan Black and ABC’s Nashville. Despite notable performances in each show, it wasn’t until his appearance as a re-cast Daario Naharis on the HBO global mega-hit Game of Thrones that brought the actor to the attention of a wider audience. After his casting was announced, the internet buzzed with speculation about who he could be playing and it was with some degree of surprise when fans found that he would be filling Ed Skrein’s recently vacated shoes as Daenerys Targaryan’s Tyroshi sell-sword lover.

    “Daario is an extremely confident man,” Huisman explains, “and he’s a man who is very aware of his strength. I felt that I needed to find something in myself that was also so confident.” A photo of Huisman with his trainer at the gym leaked ahead of his appearance on the show, sparking more interest in his character: “Yeah, it’s a miracle that not more pictures were leaked, because let’s just say I worked out a lot preparing for that role!”

    Despite being a newcomer to the series, Huisman got what were arguably two of the most memorable scenes in the season; one in which he takes out the Champion of Meereen with barely a second glance, and that highly anticipated scene where his queen orders him to strip for her. The latter sparked plenty of discussion amongst show devotees, many of who lamented that the sequence could have been…well… expanded upon. “It was a lot of fun for me to be part of something that was so highly anticipated,” he laughs, “it was a good power dynamic because she’s so completely in control.”

    Having signed on as a series regular for season five, Huisman will be returning to Essos next year and chances are you’ll be seeing more of him. Game of Thrones aside, the actor brings his “scruffy- hot” factor, as fans have dubbed it, to several soon to be released big screen projects as well. Despite appearing in such high-profile movies as The Young Victoria and World War Z, the upcoming Age of Adaline will mark his first Hollywood movie as the male lead, starring opposite Blake Lively in a star-studded cast that includes Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn. “Oh my god, it was so cool!” Huisman enthuses about his involvement in the movie that just completed shooting several weeks ago, “It’s something that I was really hoping for and working towards. But you never know if it’s in the cards for you or not so I was really over-excited to get that opportunity.” Though little information is currently available yet for Age of Ada
    line, it is confirmed that Huisman plays the eponymous heroine’s love interest and the son of Harrison Ford’s character. When asked how it felt to act alongside the screen legend Ford, Huisman has nothing but praise for him: “He was just blowing me away on set. His focus is so inspiring.”

    Another upcoming project for Huisman, to be released at the end of this year, is the Jean-Marc Vallée directed biopic Wild, which will see the actor starring alongside Hollywood darling Reese Witherspoon. This will mark the first reunion for Huisman and Vallée, still fresh from the success of Dallas Buyers Club, since they worked together on The Young Victoria. “That really is one of my favourite things about working with someone you’ve worked with before,” Huisman says, “You know what you’re going to get, and that way, you can really build on it and take it to the next step. I very much liked working on The Young Victoria, and knowing that you’re working with such a great director gives you so much trust and faith. Really, Jean-Marc is one of the greatest directors of our time.”

    Oh, about the “scruffy-hot” identifier, Huisman just wanted to clarify that it was simply a matter of circumstances: “I was shooting so many different things at the same time that I couldn’t really change my look. I did shave my beard when I played a ballet dancer for the BBC movie Margot. Yeah… in that movie I had to shave a lot of hair… I won’t elaborate, but it was more than the beard I’ll tell you that!” Follicular consistency aside, it’s a real testament to his acting skills that he manages to make each of his roles distinct enough that you might do a double-take upon realizing that it was the same actor in each.

    With his slow, relaxed pan-American accent with just a touch of Southern, it’s easy to forget that Huisman originally hails from suburban Amsterdam. Both he and his wife Tara Elders were heavily involved in the movie scene in the Netherlands before moving to the US in 2009 with their young daughter for the filming of Treme. Set in New Orleans, the critically acclaimed show was Huisman’s first foray into American television, and indeed first time living in another country. The family still has their home base in New Orleans to this day. “It’s a funny place,” Huisman says of his adopted home city, “it’s definitely not Europe, but it’s also not entirely typical USA. New Orleanians like to refer to it as the northern-most point of the Caribbean. I think it was a great place for us to land and start our life in the US.”

    It is understandable why Huisman would relocate his entire family to the States. The film industry in the Netherlands isn’t exactly what you’d describe as thriving. Having thought that his career would lead down the musical route, Huisman always played music alongside his acting gigs. It was only after acting seemed to continuously yield more fruitful results that he put music on a bit of a back burner. However, having played a musician in both Nashville and Treme, it seems that his skills came in handy after-all.

    Now with the majority of his time tied up in American productions, the question of how he and his wife will pass on their Dutch heritage and culture to their daughter comes up. “She’s grown up most of her life in America,” he says, “but she stays connected through her family and grandparents. We try to at least spend a lot of time in the summer in the Netherlands, when the movies are a little slower. We all speak Dutch at home, so she’s fully bilingual and at the same time she has a better American accent than I do!”

    With so many different shows and movies
    in the works, Huisman confesses that he’s been
    lucky enough to be able to bring his family with
    him wherever he goes: “My family is my home,
    I’ve learned to be home wherever they are.”
    As for his daughter, in order for her to have some semblance of consistency in an almost nomadic lifestyle, he and his wife bought her a cat that they take everywhere. “It’s one of those hairless cats, the ones that often play the evil cat in movies,” he laughs, “but in reality she’s very sweet. A kid needs a pet, our daughter really loves animals so how can we deprive her of a pet just because it’s not always so convenient?”

    Whether it’s protecting the Mother of Dragons, or charming an immortal woman, expect to be seeing a lot of Huisman next year. The ever on-the-go actor is currently shooting an independent movie in LA as this issue goes to print, and then he’s jetting off to spend a few precious weeks with his family in Amsterdam. After that, it’s back to work filming the next season of Game of Thrones. With all the attributes of a Hollywood leading man mixed in with a good dose of the Dutch down-to-earth personality, there’s no doubt that Michiel Huisman will go far, so watch this space.

    Michiel Huisman: Chanel's New Face
    Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman is featured in the campaign for Chanel No.5 fragrance.

    (Prefacing this by saying that I don't speak Dutch, so this is a Google Translation of the article to English + a little finagling on my end. There's a bit of weirdness but the point gets across well enough.)

    Chanel has a new face for the No.5 fragrance. It's no Keira Knightley or Audrey Tautou, but our own Dutch Michiel Huisman. The Game of Thrones actor follows in the footsteps of Brad Pitt , who was previously the face of Chanel's classic scent. In May it was announced that the No.5 campaign would include the model Gisele Bündchen, who previously stood for Chanel Les Beiges. Now it appears that Michiel Huisman, alongside the Brazilian model, will be seen in the campaign for Chanel. Recently, the two were spotted on a set all together, which now appears to have been a real Chanel set. Unfortunately we have to wait until September until we along with Gisele admire this Dutch actor.

    (Pictures from Michiel Huisman DailyOP Note: Mods, I know that Tumblr isn't considered a real news source, but these are just for the pictures of MH and Gisele on set, as referred to by the article above. The article above is the real informational source.)

    Sources: Vantage Shanghai, Vogue Nederland

    Sorry mods, I totally forgot to LJ-cut the first article. Fixed now!

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    James Marsden has been tapped to join HBO’s upcoming sci-fi pilot “Westworld.”

    The one-hour drama is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 Western thriller about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

    Marsden is set to play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.

    Eddie Rouse has also been cast for the role of Kissy, a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon.

    Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman will also star.

    Jonathon Nolan is set to write and direct. Executive producers include J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.

    Marsden can be seen in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks film “Best of Me” and “Business Trip” with Vince Vaughn.



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    Starz’s “Outlander” premiere has drawn almost 1 million views since it debuted in a free multiplatform preview on Aug. 2, a week before its official air date on Aug. 9.

    The premium cabler made the first episode of its hotly anticipated adaptation available online through, YouTube, the Starz Play app, Starz On Demand and via various cable, satellite and telco affiliates in the U.S. Starz offered similar previews of other recent dramas, “Power” and “Black Sails,” ahead of their linear airings.

    According to preliminary data drawn from Starz On Demand, Starz Play,, YouTube, and Xfinity, the premiere has been watched approximately 900,000 times by more than 600,000 unique viewers, not counting On Demand orders from the cabler’s affiliates — including Time Warner, which launched a dedicated “Outlander” Enjoy Better campaign featuring the show’s stars.

    We’ve heard from fans the world over who are anxiously awaiting to see how we’ve brought Claire and Jamie to life in what may possibly be the most highly anticipated series in Starz history,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said of their sampling rollout. “Our ‘Outlander’ sampling strategy serves the dual purpose of giving early access to the series premiere for those fans thirsting to watch it as soon as possible, as well as providing a vehicle that introduces the Starz experience to prospective new subscribers who are eager to learn all about this great new series.”

    While Starz added 100,000 subscribers in the second quarter, it remains to be seen whether “Outlander” can prove compelling enough to draw new eyeballs to the pay cabler following its premiere. Starz is betting big on the lavish adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel, hoping to capitalize on the “lack of female-skewing programs in the premium space,” according to Albrecht.

    “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. “Battlestar Galactica” helmer Ron Moore executive produces the series.


    I admit I'm one of the multi-viewers, well not the whole episode just the end half...

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