Thursday, September 1, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Michael Fairman vs. Scientology, Diamont & Tom Talk B&B, Telenovelas, Eva La Rue

Y&R's Michael Fairman continues "exposing the cancer that is now the Church of Scientology"
"Those who have been manipulated, intimidated, or bought into silence will not stop it . It is apparent at this time that neither the media nor the government has a firm will to stop it. Only we can. ALL those who have voices must be heard. It has gone beyond amusing videos and making 'Squirrel Buster' jokes, Joy and I learned this week first hand that this is very serious and dangerous business. Probably more serious and dangerous than we know. We, all of US, are an intelligent, determined force and we must use our collective power to end this. Many are already engaged, Every single one of us must be."

Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter Join Johnny Depp in 'Dark Shadows' Movie
The Warner Bros.-backed big-screen take on the 1960s cult gothic vampire TV soap opera is shooting in the British capital and at Pinewood Studios.

The trio join a cast already boasting Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote and Jackie Earle Haley as well as newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

Don Diamont and Heather Tom share thoughts on Bill and Katie with South Africa's IOL
“I was given a broad outline of him and he sounded like a pretty dynamic guy,” nods Diamont. “I immediately had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with him and I started to formulate his emotional life. And I had some strong ideas of what he would look like physically in terms of his appearance and his dress style.”

Telenovelas woo US Hispanics with new twists
It has been more than 50 years since "telenovelas", most of which are made in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia, started cranking out classic fare in which typically, a poor country girl would go to the big city, work as a maid and fall desperately in love with the son of a wealthy boss.

The first ones were done even earlier on the radio in Cuba. Now, on dazzling high-definition TV, the telenovela genre shakes up a flirty cocktail of kissing, angry glances, outraged rivals and steamy love scenes.

But telenovelas' underlying stories also are often about achieving a better life.

And that near-universal plotline -- the aspiration to economic or social mobility -- has helped them play well across cultural barriers around the world.

SoFAB schedules annual gala and more in New Orleans food news
New Orleans resident and Y&R actor Christian LeBlanc is honorary chairperson. Supporter tickets are $65, and patron tickets are $125. For more information on any of the events, and to purchase tickets, see

Eva La Rue Talks Crest Complete Deep Clean, Time-Saving Beauty Tricks and Drugstore Must-Haves
"It's great to have oily skin, but when you're on camera you don't want to glow in the dark," she says.

Melinda Sullivan follows the rhythm at the Vancouver International Tap Festival
"Sullivan must have been equally impressive when she did her first TV audition: she scored a recurring part on CBS’s AS THE WORLD TURNS, as Zoe Finn, a stranger who comes to town with her fake twin and kidnaps a gay couple. Hey, it’s a soap! Still, she insists it was like 'Acting 101'—a marathon where she was learning blocking and memorizing lines every night."

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