First James Franco, now Will Smith wants to become the Fresh Prince of Albert Square
Hollywood superstar Will Smith is so keen to be a part of British soap opera EASTENDERS that he has requested the producers cast him in the show. The 41-year-old actor became a fan of the series earlier this year when he was here to promote his movie Seven Pounds and now he's hooked.
"I was just chilling in my hotel and EASTENDERS was on TV. I literally could not stop watching it. Before I knew it, all I had done was get room service and waste a whole afternoon watching this show I'd never heard of," said Smith.
"It was so real and gritty. American soaps are all about the beautiful people and being cheesy. This soap had everything. There was fighting, people sleeping around, it had it all going on! I'm a bit busy but when things quieten down I'd love to do a cameo," he added.
UGLY BETTY premiered to just 5 million viewers
It may turn out to be a popular DVR draw, but ABC's UGLY BETTY is off to a quiet start on Friday. BETTY premiered to 5 million viewers in its new Friday time slot, Variety reports. While BETTY has performed considerably better in previous years, reports suggest that some of the decline might be due to the scheduling shift, as Friday generally sees low levels of television watching.
Networks Seek Richer Show Sites
In an about-face indicative of uncertain business models and the fight for Internet profits, networks have begun shifting more time and resources toward building uniqueness into their series' Websites. It's a move welcomed by advertisers who covet the specialty, targeted buys of ads linked to popular shows, as opposed to more department store-like aggregate video sites. Ironically, the partners of such sites are driving the change.
Eastburg South grad actress Alexandra Dickison enjoyed one day at OLTL
"It was the most amazing experience to be around people that I've watched on television for years. It was so surreal," she said. "The actors really enjoy themselves but it is still a job and it's all done professionally. That's a side of the business you don't always get to see."
Names increasingly reflect dogs’ integration into the family
Television is a strong influence on baby and dog naming, said UBC psychology professor Stan Coren, with many women choosing the names of strong female characters with whom they personally identify.
Many of the human names frequently given to dogs are characters in the world of TV drama and soap opera: Abby (ER, Y&R, DAYS); Chloe (Y&R, DAYS), Molly (GH, ATWT) and Lucy (GH).
At USC Law symposium, Bob Iger saves sharp words for pirate-enablers
Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger believes technology companies are winning the PR war at the expense of Hollywood, and the result could make it tougher to police illegal activity online.