Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NEWS: Kristoffer Polaha, Amber Tamblyn, James Franco, Message Soaps

Amber Tamblyn to young actors: Soaps are good start as long as long as you don't have "soap opera-ish acting"
“I try not to give advice because I feel like you can really lead someone astray,” she said. “All I tell actors is that it’s really a very difficult industry and you need to be ready to be rejected 5000 times over and over again. The rejection part of it can be rough. I think I also tell people to look at soap operas first. It’s one of the best mediums to get your foot in, as long as you don’t start having soap opera-ish acting. You have to be careful to stay out of the melodrama of it but as an exercise, as a way to be on the set every day and exercise your emotional intelligence, I think it’s a very, very good way to start out in the business. They do open casting all the times. Getting out of soaps is the hard part but I feel if I can do it, anyone can.”

James Franco's INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO results in record demand for tickets
Tickets to Sunday night's taping were so in demand that 250 people were turned away.

Italian filmmakers blame soaps for decline in movie audiences
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Italian filmmaker Marco Amento blamed TV soaps for the decline footfalls in theatre in Italy. "We need to make better films, and get audiences back into theatres. The onus is on us," he said.

CW developing a "companion" to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Kevin Williamson's new series will revolve around researchers who investigate paranormal happenings, but it's unclear it will have to the original show.

THE EVENT said goodbye last night for 3 months
Executive producer Evan Katz promises the drama's return on Feb. 28 will relaunch the show to appeal to new viewers while answering more questions about the actual event.

CBS signs LIFE UNEXPECTED's Kristoffer Polaha to star in a pilot for next fall
Polaha was offered the deal the day CW decided not to give LIFE UNEXPECTED a back order, effectively sealing the fate of the sophomore drama.

"V" recruts another original "V" star
Marc Singer, who played freedom fighter Mike Donovan on the original series, will play a new character. He's the 2nd original "V" star to appear on the new ABC series, following Jane Badler.

Land mine soap raises awareness
The BBC radio series NAWAY KOR, NAWAY JWAND (New Home, New Life), broadcast in Afghanistan, is a soap opera with numerous subplots about mine awareness. Survey evidence suggests that listeners are significantly less likely to be injured or killed by mines than non-listeners.

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