Thursday, November 5, 2009

News Round-up: Franco, Muhney, McClanahan, Riegel

GENERAL HOSPITAL Welcomes James Franco
“Franco is fascinated with Jason and what he does for a living—he thinks they both love death and are essentially the same kind of guy,” Steve Burton reports. “But then Jason refuses to meet with him and that’s when things start to go south.”

“We’re mixing James up with as many of our major characters as possible and creating a big umbrella story that will continue to play out after he’s gone,” says head writer Bob Guza. “He’s very excited and wants to do more. There’s a very good chance he’ll be back.”

James Franco’s Soap Opera Stint Is a Genius Move
This latest move not only takes the cake, but frosts it with awesome. Franco essentially is doing something no one has done before: voluntarily, and apparently by his own design, embracing daytime drama.

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Michael Muhney (Adam)
"Let me tell you something, as an actor, the Rafe seduction really whet my appetite. First of all, as an actor I have no boundaries whatsoever. A character who will do anything to get what he wants will always draw me in as an actor. Adam blurred the lines of sexuality when he seduced his gay friend for the sake of self-preservation. That told the audience that there isn’t a line he won’t cross. Which makes Adam the ultimate threat because he refuses to fail or lose. That’s very dangerous. At some point, we have to find Adam’s Achilles heel, of course. Perhaps then, Adam will stop wielding his sword."

Some TVs Go Directly Online for Streaming Movies
“This is huge,” says Dan Schinasi, a marketing manager at Samsung Electronics America. “This is what we have been waiting for.” Samsung is doubtless enthusiastic, introducing Internet connectivity on 23 different TVs, starting at $1,600 for a 40-inch LCD model and three Blu-ray players priced from $200 to $350. Indeed, the trend is that such Internet connections will rapidly become standard. According to research analysts at NPD, 12 percent of flat-panel sets sold in September in the United States had networking capabilities, up from less than 1 percent a year ago. There are now Internet-ready models from LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony and Vizio.

INTERVIEW: Former AMC star Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca)
On Bianca and Reese: "I think the show was very brave and that it was a sign we’ve made amazing strides. It was really cool to experience first-hand the evolution from practically having to get approval for a peck on the cheek to being able to be totally free physically with one another, just like any hetero couple on the show. I was so happy to be able to tell our love story without physical boundaries."

Rue McClanahan recovering after bypass surgery
Rue McClanahan, 75, is “doing great” after a bypass surgery performed yesterday in New York, according to her rep, Barbara Lawrence. The ANOTHER WORLD and LOVE OF LIFE actress first diagnosed with acute cardiac illness on Monday during a routine physical exam.

“He listened to her ticker and didn’t like what he heard,” Lawrence told EW. “But [the surgery] couldn’t have gone better. Everything went according to plan.”

McClanahan, remains in the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery and begin shooting an undisclosed movie project in January.

Soap actors to attend Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Tribute Gala
Leonard Maltin will be emceeing the very first Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Tribute Gala on Thursday night in Los Angeles, which will honor a renowned USC staffer. The inaugural gala, hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Los Angeles Chapter, will honor USC's Dr. Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Hitchcock's family, along with Michael Papajohn), Yuval David (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kevin Farley, baseball great Chuck Finley, Lorna Scott), Sterling Beaumon, Matthew Borlenghi (GENERAL HOSPITAL) are expected to attend.

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