NEWS: Julianne Moore, MIchael Easton, B&S, Alden, Park, FNL

Former ATWT Emmy winner Julianne Moore on her new film and working on soaps
The biggest lesson she learned from soap operas? "To be prepared. The great thing about working on television is you have to work very, very quickly. And in order to work quickly you have to be ready. You need to know your lines and know what you are going to do. The director is not going to elicit a performance. That's not the director's job. You supply the performance. That's something you learn in daytime television. You are responsible for your own work."

Moore's new film, The Kids Are All Right, is now out in limited release. "The thing I have going for me is that I have been with someone for 15 years now and we have two children. So that's not any different than any of the lesbian or gay male parents that I know. Parenting is parenting. It's the person rather than you're sexuality that defines you."

Michael Park coming to Canandaigua this weekend
He will appear from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 in the Market Cafe at the Canandaigua Wegmans at 345 Eastern Boulevard (Routes 5 and 20).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS shooting some of finale in Philly
SEASON FIVE SPOILER: As often happens in series finales, the plot has the couple at a crossroads. In this case, the crossroads is a college campus, where Tami fields a job offer. (I hear that the literal crossroads are Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue, as Temple University has been drafted for shooting. La Salle also was scouted.)

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Portrait of a Marriage
The Taylors' union is one of the best real depictions of a good marriage perhaps in the history of television. There are no sensationalistic storylines involving infidelity, illegitimate children, mistrust, or even just spite. The Taylors truly are a team. They respect each other, and it's the security that they exude and the trust in each other that they display that make this marriage different from most that are depicted on television.

Michael Easton guest blogs for USA Today
"I wrote some poetry about that time, a short collection called 'Eighteen Straight Whiskeys,' but not much else. I was in and out of odd jobs and quickly realized I had no real discernable skills ...

... So I become an actor."

Is the end near for BROTHERS & SISTERS?
“No one has told me that it’s the last season,” maintains executive producer David Marshall Grant . As a result, the scribe isn’t approaching the season as a bookend to the series. “I don’t want to do that. It’s sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Broadcast Network Resurgence in Primetime Emmy Nominations
After several years of being overshadowed by cable, broadcast television has re-established itself as a contender at the Emmys.

Author Allison Amend's playlist includes "Another World"
"I used to love soap operas. Through middle and high school I followed all three NBC soaps religiously, which resulted in my getting voted 'Most Likely to Write for Soap Operas' my senior year. My brother and I used to sing the theme song from ANOTHER WORLD together in a beautiful daily tuneless duet. It was the first soap opera theme song to hit the Billboard 100. How’s that for trivia? And not that I’m looking for depth in shallow waters, but I still find the show’s epigram inspiring, even as I write literary fiction instead of soap operas: 'We do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand other worlds.'"

Fine & Company, LLC, to Auction Emmy Winner Kay Alden’s Penthouse in Chicago
“With the way our home and offices were arranged, I was able to be here with my three children through all the stages of their growing up, at the same time maintaining an extremely busy and consuming career as a daytime television writer and head writer,” Alden says.

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