Thursday, October 25, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Ron Raines On Alan Spaulding vs. Joseph Pulitzer; New Roles for Mark J. Sullivan, Taylor Spreitler, Kamar de Los Reyes

GUIDING LIGHT's "Alan Spaulding" is now playing "Joseph Pulitzer"
in Disney's "Newsies" on Broadway / Photo by: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Ron Raines On How GUIDING LIGHT Prepared Him For "Newsies" and Why He Still Loves "Follies"
"I think I've brought a bit of the mean Alan [Spaulding] to the role [of Joseph Pulitzer]. To me, they're the same guys -- moguls who can manipulate and are controlling. Like Alan, Pulitzer is not stupid and he doesn't suffer fools gladly. In some ways, I think my 15 years on GUIDING LIGHT was preparing me for playing Joseph Pulitzer."

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" begins performances with soap alums Sigourney Weaver and Billy Magnussen
The Off-Broadway show officially opens on November 12.

ABC Family’s CONTINUING FRED comedy pilot has cast the lead character’s funny folks. THE SIMPSONS' Dan Castellaneta will play Harry, father to Mimi Gianopolous’ Winifred “Fred” Harris. Sullivan (ex-Reg, ATWT) will play Fred’s brother Ben.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Taylor Spreitler Explores A Darker Side in Lifetime movie Stalked At 17
"Physically it was wearing the fake belly and then carrying a baby all day. Babies are heavy! Emotionally it was just getting into the mindset of Angela feeling so betrayed and terrified of someone she once trusted."

Chuck Hittinger (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Brian Krause (ANOTHER WORLD), Jamie Lunar (ALL MY CHILDREN) and Linda Purl are also in the film.

Wally Kurth and Robin Christopher to Return For Edward's GENERAL HOSPITAL Memorial
Look for Skye to mix things up with Todd (Roger Howarth), Blair (Kassie DePaiva) and Tea (Florencia Lozano) during her visit.

Victoria Rowell Tweets About Y&R Return
Victoria Rowell, who played Y&R's Drucilla from 1990-2000 and then again from 2002-07, revealed on Twitter she will not be returning in the near future.

"Sony TV Sr VP STEVE KENT stated Friday that bringing back character DRU WINTERS is NOT the creative direction Young & Restless is going in... Head of Diversity at CBS, Josie Thomas asks if I can find work w/ another Network? CBS helmer, Leslie Moonves does not want me affiliated..." she wrote. "Here's the scoop ppl - for years I tackled diversity issues behind the camera re: unfair practices for minority hiring on Young & Restless... Nat'l Urban League Pres. Marc Morial, Bill Bell Jr., Sony VP Steve Kent, and me met on Wall Street in NUL offices 2discuss hiring practices... Young&Restless soap in its history had NEVER hired an African American producer, writer or director, and its audience is over 50%black... I was told Steve Kent was trying to gets off Young & Restless while I was still there. And I knew that without anyone telling me... As a result Bell Dramatic Serial & Sony Pictures TV were forced to hire FIRST black female writer, Susan Dansby, a 4time EMMY winner on Y&R...There is nothing easy about speaking up for change - especially the blackball-bullying but rest assured there is more than CBS & soap opera!... I gave 22 years to CBS on two, now you know the truth and it doesn't take a Charlie Sheen moment to send a smart girl packing."

First Look At 'Husbands' Comics
Take a dive into the new digital comic series from the Indie Soap Award-nominated web series by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell.

Lark Voorhies says she's not bipolar, despite her mother's claims
Lark's mother recently told People her daughter had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but this week in L.A., Voorhies told TMZ she finds the report "comical."

ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Kamar de Los Reyes in new film Hot Guys with Guns
The cast did a reading of the script at a kick-off party on Monday.

Lacey Turner on possible EASTENDERS comeback: "Never say never"
"Playing a character like Stacey who had such intense and dramatic storylines was quite draining. I had to cry so much as Stacey that I found it hard to cry in real life."

SHORTLAND STREET – The New Zealand Soap That Gave so Much to Geeks Everywhere
Many actors from the show have become beloved in the Geek universe.

P&G Hopes Solid Earnings Will Turn The Company Tide
Investors in Procter & Gamble Co. PG +2.97% are on the edge of their seats waiting to see if embattled Chief Executive Bob McDonald has turned the tide at the company or if the latest quarter will be another washout. At the least, P&G needs to post fiscal first-quarter earnings per share for the period ended in September within the 91-to-97-cent range provided by the company.