Sunday, December 2, 2007

News Brief

New York Daily News: SPOILER ALERT: Rick stabs Edmund Monday on "Guiding Light," but that turns out to be the least of his problems. "Rick is very high-strung," says David Andrew Macdonald, who plays the villainous Edmund. "Edmund used to sleep with Rick's wife [Beth] and it was the best sex she ever had. Rick is threatened by that." No, seriously. "The other version of the story is that Edmund has information that he challenges Rick with. But 'better sex' is a better story. "The "information" Edmund has is that Rick is not the father of Beth's baby - Alan is.

Boston Herald: TV Insider: Hayden Panettiere: Panettiere got her start playing Lizzie Spaulding on “Guiding Light.” She also played Ally’s daughter Maddie on “Ally McBeal” and neighbor Jessica on “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Daily Star: The sexy new girlfriend of pop megastar Robbie Williams has been given a naughty nickname by her co-stars on a US TV sitcom – “Big Pumpkins”. Ayda Field, 28, earned the moniker after her outstanding assets were mistaken for giant pumpkins in an episode of the show "Back To You." California-born Ayda, who also starred in the American daytime soap "Days Of Our Lives," is said to consider her nickname “hilarious”.

Cape Cod Times: There's always a new crop of people wanting to buy or sell homes, or fix up the ones they have. As long as those folks exist, so will demand for real estate books that tell them what to do and when. Making an impression on the consumer becomes easier if a publisher sinks a lot of money into promotion. A major publishing house is most likely to do that if the author has a platform: a TV show, a popular Web site or an existing following. Case in point: Michael Corbett, author of "Find It, Fix It, Flip It!" Yes, he's a real estate entrepreneur with many years of experience flipping houses. But he's also a onetime soap opera heartthrob (David Kimball on "The Young and the Restless"), as well as a host of the syndicated TV news magazine "Extra's Mansions and Millionaires."

TV Guide: "One Life to Live" has a new Michael McBain. Effective Dec. 3, actor Chris Stack (School of Rock) replaces troubled star Nathaniel Marston, who has been fired after his arrest for assaulting three people (plus a cop) in Manhattan in October. Crazily, Stack did a recurring gig on OLTL in 2003 as a preppie drug dealer who got Marston's character hooked on speed, a scenario that now seems "like a snake eating its own tail," Stack notes. "This is a bittersweet way to get a job. I remember Nathaniel very fondly and was sorry to hear of the circumstances that led to my hiring. At the same time, it's my hiring. I'm really thrilled to have a job." Too bad he'll start off on the wrong foot. Michael, who's facing perjury charges in Llanview, will jump bail and flee to Texas to find his on-the-lam wife. "That will come back to haunt him," Stack says.

Metro: Cerys Matthews has told of her love for fellow "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" star Marc Bannerman. Viewers were gripped by the pair's growing love affair as they cuddled beneath the Australian stars, despite former "EastEnders" star Bannerman having a girlfriend.

Glasgow Sunday Mail: Soap Round-Up for "Coronation Street", "EastEnders", "Emmerdale", "River City", "Hollyoaks" and "Neighbours."

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