Saturday, December 8, 2007

News Brief

Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke writer's strike update: Talks Day #8: Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum To Writers; Both Sides Accuse Each Other Of Lying.

Boston Globe: For years, says Kristian Alfonso, she's been getting e-mails from fans asking where she gets her jewelry. "They loved what I was wearing, and they wanted to buy it," says the Brockton-bred actress who plays Hope Brady on "Days of Our Lives." "So my sister and I put our heads together and thought, 'Why don't we give them what they want?' " Since Alfonso designs much of her own jewelry, she decided to start her own line - "Hope, Faith, Miracles" - which includes many of the same distinctive earrings, bracelets, and necklaces Hope wears on the show.

Contra Costa Times: The 22nd annual Kwanzaa Holiday Gift Show, which runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Sunday at the Oakland Convention Center will be a star-studded event. Emmy-nominated actress Victoria Rowell -- known for her longtime role on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" and her role opposite Samuel L. Jackson in 2006's "Home of the Brave" will be promoting her book, "The Women who Raised Me," a memoir about her 18 years in foster care.

Australian Stage Online: Jonathan Gavin’s new play, Tiger Country, opens on a very bogan Christmas with the Unwins. There’s Eddie (Josef Ber), who’s just out of jail after doing eight months and his young preggie wife Kylie (Eve Morey), who’s ready to pop, but still keen to get home and watch her favourite soap "The Bold and The Beautiful."

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Soap icon starting over. Genie Francis is starting over. “I feel like, for whatever reason, I have been given a second chance,” says the “General Hospital” icon, known to millions as Laura Spencer, now starring in the Hallmark Channel movie “The Note” (at 9 tonight).

GoErie: A little more than 20 years ago actress Genie Francis was gracing the cover of every magazine and tabloid as the fabled Laura of the Luke-and-Laura romance from daytime's "General Hospital." Thirty million viewers tuned in to watch their wedding -- more than any before or since. But the bride did not live happily ever after. Francis was already snagged in a web of self-destruction when she was told that the show's producer considered her a mere appendage to her co-star.

Jamaica Gleaner: When the dynamic Tom Pelphrey left "Guiding Light" earlier this year, fortunately the writers didn't kill off his character, Jonathan Randall. Not that the death of a character can't be undone in soaps, but by making Jonathan fake his death after his soulmate, Tammy (Stephanie Gatschet), died and leave Springfield, they have made it much easier for Pelphrey to return.

Digital Spy: SPOILERS: "EastEnders'" Kevin Wicks will be killed off in a dramatic car accident on New Year's Eve. Kevin, played by Phil Daniels, will be driving a bent motor from Phil Mitchell when a fault causes the crash. The vehicle flips through the air and lands on its roof, causing Wicks to be impaled on a piece of wreckage. His fate is sealed when the car bursts into flames.

Glasgow Daily Record: Soap Week: Plot The Next Six Days on "Coronation Street," "Emmerdale," "Neighbours," "EastEnders" and more.

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