Monday, July 7, 2008

News Brief

Actors unions, studios await contract vote results
Hollywood's still holding its breath. The potential for a strike by the Screen Actors Guild or a possible lockout of the union's roughly 120,000 members by the studios will be greatly influenced by the results of rival union AFTRA's contract ratification vote. Ballots are due back Monday with the results expected to be announced Tuesday.

INTERVIEW: Departing HOLLYOAKS star James Sutton
"I've always been quite ambitious and there is so much more that I want to do. I want to do theatre and drama and film and I just want to spread my wings a little bit."

CORONATION STREET Whodunnit - Who kills Liam Connor?
CORONATION STREET's sexy star Rob James-Collier who plays Liam Connor has decided to quit the show. The former knicker factory boss will be killed off in a sensational story line later this year. The plot is likely to pull in the viewers, though not nearly as much as the who shot Phil Mitchell line in EASTENDERS, or the who pushed Claire Cunningham line from HOLLYOAKS, but will manage to instill an amount of intrigue.

Dunn reveals Christian Bale crush
HOLLYOAKS star Sarah Dunn has revealed that she developed a crush on Batman actor Christian Bale last year. The soap actress, 26, who makes an appearance in Batman: The Dark Knight, admitted she fell for the Welsh-born actor while on set.

"Oh my god, he's so fit!" she told the Daily Star. "I think he is the best Batman that there has ever been and it was an absolute pleasure working with him. I was starstruck by the whole experience - it was incredible, I loved it. I am not allowed to say too much about it because they want to keep everything a big secret, but I can't wait for it to come out."

Weymouth scrubs up well in soap
EASTENDERS will feature footage of its Weymouth visit at the end of this week. Barbara Windsor, Samantha Janus, Rita Simons and Robert Kazinsky caused a stir among residents when they hit the beach in April for five days of filming. Their four characters - Peggy, Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell and Sean Slater - can be seen in the town in two episodes - on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11.

The popular soap, which has an average of 10 million viewers, wrote Weymouth into the storyline after EASTENDERS' producers scrapped plans to shoot a series of special episodes in Spain due to budget cuts.

INTERVIEW: IMAGINARY BITCHES creative force Andrew Miller
"I was watching a band play at the Troubador in Los Angeles (Au Revoir Simone). They were three girls standing behind stacks of keyboards. And they kind of looked "imaginary". I thought, if someone had imaginary friends, I bet that’s what they’d look like. Then I thought of Eden (as I do much of the time). And started thinking about her with the imaginary friends. And then I just thought it would be funny if the friends were bitchy and a pain in the ass to have around. Then I wondered why Eden might have them to begin with – and I came up with the idea that she created them because her real friends bailed on her. And then it occurred to me that even if they were bitchy, they’d be good to have around - that they could actually help Eden grow as a character."

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