Friday, April 6, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Vanessa Williams Reveals Sexual Abuse; Finola Hughes On Contract; Southern Leslie Bibb

Vanessa Williams Reveals Sexual Abuse as a Child
The DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star reveals that she was molested as a 10-year-old, which she chronicles in her new memoir, "You Have No Idea."

According to Williams, she was visiting family friends in California when one night the family's 18-year-old daughter came into her room.

"[She] pulled down the bloomers of my cotton baby-doll pajamas," Williams writes. "‘What are you doing?' I asked. ‘Don't worry—it'll feel good.' I lay there paralyzed. What was going on? I didn't speak. She kept at [the molestation] for I don't know how long. She slid my bloomers back up and whispered: 'Don't tell anyone.' "

Finola Hughes now on contract with GENERAL HOPSITAL
Per a tweet from exec producer Frank Valentini, "I am so excited to announce the lovely @finolahughes is now on contract!" Valentini promised "exiting GH casting news" on Monday and fans have been waiting to find out what that was all about. Co-star Jason Thompson tweeted his excitement over the Hughes contract: "NO ONE is happier than me right now. Congrats darling. Great news!"

GCB's Leslie Bibb proud of her Southern roots
"I've grown up around really strong, really funny Southern women my whole life and I feel really lucky to be in this with [executive producer] Bobby Harling because he loves Southern women," she says.

FRIENDS: Jane Krakowski could have played Phoebe and Nicollette Sheridan could have played Monica
According to an oral history of FRIENDS — an excerpt from Warren Littlefield’s upcoming book "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV," published in this month’s Vanity Fair – the ’90s sitcom could have been a very, very different show.

GLEE creator Ryan Murphy dated football players in high school
"I was an odd creature in high school because I was a target but also I was popular, and that’s because on the sly, I was dating a lot of the football players,” he tells host James Lipton during on Bravo’s INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO, airing Monday.

Ricky Martin opens in "Evita"
The 40-year-old singer, who plays Che in the Broadway revival, hit the stage with his co-stars, Michael Cerveris and Elena Roger.

The "Soap Opera Effect": When your TV tries to be smarter than you
Auto Motion Plus setting on your TV can lead to a bad video look that CNET calls the "soap opera effect".

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