Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Martha Byrne & EMPIRE Have Talent, J.R. Martinez Flawless, Alicia Minshew On Motherhood

“Empire’s Got Talent”: Bergen native Martha Byrne holds one night only event
Waldwick native and Ridgewood resident Martha Byrne held an “Empire’s Got Talent” event last night in New York City. The event featured two-time Indie Soap Award winner and fast growing soap opera web series, EMPIRE. “Empire’s Got Talent” was an intimate one night only event full of songs, sneak peaks and surprises!

J.R. Martinez flawless on DANCING WITH THE STARS
The U.S. Army veteran and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff earned a pair of perfect scores - 30 out of a possible 30 for a total of 60 - on the ABC ballroom competition Monday. They danced a dreamy waltz to "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and a swift jive to "Tutti Frutti." It was the first time this season couples performed two routines.

Alicia Minshew: Motherhood "Has Changed Me In Every Way"
"It has taken my attention completely off myself and put it on this little human being. As an actor it is easy to be self-involved and then you have a child and all that just shifts. Now I am focusing on what’s really important and everything else will just fall into place."

Photos: ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Amanda Setton in "Love, Loss & What I Wore"
The new cast, which features Setton, performs through December 4, 2011.

Tanya Clarke cast as Sam's mother on GLEE
John Schneider will play Sam's father. The pair will appear on the show's eighth episode and could potentially return for more episodes in the future.

Celebrities who hang in Maine for love
GENIE FRANCIS AND JONATHAN FRAKES, Belfast: Hold onto your hats, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans: Laura has forsaken Luke for a home furnishings shop in Maine. Sort of. About five years ago, Francis resolute to take a break from acting to open an interior design store, The Cherished Home, in Belfast. The woman who made GH's Laura a household name in the 1980s brought her real-life husband, actor Jonathan Frakes, with her. Frakes is best-renowned for before a live audience Cmdr. William T. Riker on TV's STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Francis has since gone back to TV soaps, with roles on both GH and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. But she still owns the store, and she and Frakes still spend summers in Belfast.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Hunks Thrill Local Soap Fans
The sold out show featured heartthrobs Joshua Morrow, who plays Nicholas Newman, and Christian Le Blanc, who portrays Michael Baldwin and Greg Rikaart who plays Kevin Fisher on the long running TV soap opera.

Genoa City's Y&R Hunks visit Sault Ste. Marie
A screaming audience of Y&R fans welcomed the stars to "The Zoo", a nickname that the soap stars gave Sault Ste. Marie after their visit here last year.

Eastender to switch Christmas lights on
Stefan Booth will flick the switch on this year's Christmas Lights to get the festive season in Redditch officially underway.

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