Monday, August 16, 2010

NEWS: J. Black’s, William Levy, HIV/AIDS Radio Soap

Soap Opera Star Claims L.A. Attorney and Young Woman Tried to Extort Him
Spanish-language soap opera star William Levy demands $10 million from a Los Angeles attorney and his clients, claiming they tried to extort $950,000 from him with false accusations that he forced a girl to perform oral sex on him, and gave her a venereal disease.

Levy, an unmarried actor whose life has become tabloid fodder for Spanish-language media, claims attorney Steven Lerman at Steven A. Lerman & Associates "maliciously misstated the facts" in order "to blackmail/extort him into a settlement for alleged acts defendants knew were fabricated and untrue."

Restaurant named after DAYS character John Black
The waitress at J. Black's offered no other explanation than the owners are fans (and men). She then went on to mention that there are menu items named after other characters, like the Stefano, a pizza with applewood-smoked bacon, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, shallots, and arugula. And though I personally think this is silly, I was willing to get into the spirit of things, so I searched the menu for other items named after the fictional residents of fictional Salem. I found only the Marlena Margarita. Maybe two is enough to carry the theme. But calling the Greek pizza the Victor Kiriakis seems natural, and I might suggest calling the coffee and donuts dessert the Bo & Hope—just to push it a little further. Or not.

HIV/AIDS radio drama brings good social impact
As Vietnam’s first national radio soap opera, DESIRE FOR LIFE was produced using the Sabido methodology and aired on VOV from April of 2008 until July, 2010. The series spanned a total of 104 episodes.

John Yorke: 'Poor soap eps lose 5,000 viewers'
BBC drama boss John Yorke has claimed that soap operas lose 5,000 viewers every time a "bad episode" is aired.

"I can't remember a time when it's been more competitive," he said. "25 years ago there was little to draw your attention away from the soaps but now it's not just the multitude of other channels and the internet we're competing with, it's everything else too."

JetBlue's Steven Slater gets reality TV job offer
The JetBlue flight attendant would help "disgruntled workers quit their jobs in extravagant ways," according to TMZ.

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