Sunday, October 5, 2008

News Brief

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Alison Sweeney
"I love playing Sami. It still excites me. She’s different every day. Every day I get a script, and it’s a brand-new challenge."

"She’s had two men fighting over her for so long, and now there are none. She is definitely wondering what happened with that. With Lucas, she found a real, adult, mature relationship. Then EJ came along, and he manipulated Sami like she did with Austin. As an actress, it’s fun for me to be along for the ride."

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is a slow-developing play
"This is how new characters make their way onto FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: They creep. The producers and writers of this finely whittled show know this: There are few truly grand entrances in life. And so when a fresh face needs introduction, it's in neatly doled-out dabs -- seen from a distance, barely sniffable at first. After a little while, when that person becomes central to a plot line, it's with a heavy inevitability. They've been there all the while, it seems, waiting for a change in tide."

Desperate Housewife Supports Obama in New Mexico
Eva Longoria Parker was campaigning at New Mexico State University’s Corbett Center yesterday in a rally for Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama.

...and also in Colorado
Cameras flashed and cell phones clicked Saturday evening as Eva Longoria Parker addressed a capacity crowd at the Lory Student Center Theatre on the CSU campus in support of Barack Obama.

"It's energetic, almost tangible," Longoria Parker said in describing the support on the CSU campus for Obama. "You can feel it, they're ready."

"Do It Now!" by Jim McMullan
A veteran Hollywood actor who calls the Jersey Shore home has written a book designed to help people seize the moment and live in the present.

"Do It Now!" by Jim McMullan (Sterling Publishing, $12.95 from Barnes & Noble online) comes packaged with a working clock — with every hour marked "NOW" to remind the reader of the importance of staying in the present.

McMullan, who was raised in Long Island, lived in California and France, and now lives in Island Heights, was inspired by books by Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert, a onetime colleague of Timothy Leary who turned from psychedelic drugs to Eastern religion) and Eckhart Tolle (one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite authors). He was the original Brent Davis on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and played Senator Andrew Dowling on DALLAS for a season.

Soap Operas Test Limits With Scenes of Sex and Equality
Many Arabs were shocked and appalled earlier last month when a prominent Saudi cleric declared that it was permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that broadcast "immoral" material.

But the comment, by Sheik Saleh al-Luhaidan, was only the most visible part of a continuing cultural controversy over Arab television. This summer another Saudi cleric denounced the Arab world's most popular television show ever -- the dubbed Turkish series NOOR -- calling it "replete with evil, wickedness, moral collapse and a war on the virtues." He also barred Muslims from watching the series, which portrays the lives of moderate Muslims who drink wine with dinner and have premarital sex.

And last week, as if to provide comic relief, a third Saudi cleric said (in all seriousness) that children should not be allowed to watch Mickey Mouse, labeling the cartoon character a "soldier of Satan" who should be killed.

Ex-EASTENDERS Star Richard Has Cancer
Actress Wendy Richard, known best for her role on the British TV series EASTENDERS, says she has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 65-year-old TV star, who played Pauline Fowler on the popular soap opera, said she was diagnosed in January with breast cancer that has since spread to her kidney and bones, The Sun reported Sunday.

"Twice I've had breast cancer but this is different. It's more aggressive this time, unfortunately, and has spread to the top of my spine and left ribs," Richard said.

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