Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NEWS: Binge Watching, Shawn Christian, Alley Mills, James Lipton, Melissa Leo, Peter Parros, Tika Sumpter, Antonio Sabato Jr., Jeanne Cooper Deleted Scene

From ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT to DR. WHO, Binge Watching Is Changing Our Culture
Grant McCracken writes: "Why do we binge watch? One way to answer this question is to say, well, we binge on TV for the same reason we binge on food. For a sense of security, creature comfort, to make the world go away. And these psychological factors are no doubt apt."

"I believe we binge on TV to craft time and space, and to fashion an immersive near-world with special properties. We enter a world that is, for all its narrative complexity, a place of sudden continuity. We may have made the world “go away” for psychological purposes, but here, for anthropological ones, we have built another in its place. The second screen in some ways becomes our second home."

Former GUIDING LIGHT actor James Lipton (who also wrote for many daytime soaps) talks about being a pimp in Paris in the 1950s
"I was. It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu."

"[I represented] a whole bordello. I represented them all, but her especially. I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life."

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Shawn Christian busy with three other projects
No less than three projects consume his waking, non-“Daniel” hours: Spanners, a sci-fi, film noir “loooow budget” thriller, in which he produces and acts as an 8,000-year-old immortal with a “deep-dish monotone” voice; ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, a half-hour, single camera comedy for which Christian and his cohorts (including DAYS actor Freddie Smith) are seeking funding through; and Carolina Blues, a movie he’s writing, loosely based on Sierra Lantz, the Kent City teen stock car driver who races her pink four-cylinder at Berlin Raceway and other venues. Christian is one of Lantz’s proudest racing sponsors.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Alley Mills on How Buddhism, Jesus Picture Led Her to Christ
A shift in her life began, she says, when she went to a Lutheran school's church service because it was recommended that as grandparents (Mills is married to actor and author Orson Bean) who are helping to place their grandchild in the school, they should attend.

"There on the wall [of the church where service was held] was a very old picture of Jesus and it was the same picture that the woman who raised me, my whole childhood, had by her bed," she said. "It was as if I was hit by a thunderbolt. I saw that picture and I suddenly remembered everything that I had not remembered at all about Mary (her caregiver) raising me pretty much from the age of two. She was a devout Christian. She was an African American. She kind of rescued me from a very crazy caregiver we had at that time, and always took me under her wing."

Antonio Sabato, Jr., Named International Celebrity Spokesperson for AnastasiaDate
Sabato, Jr., has been named the international celebrity spokesperson for AnastasiaDate, one of the fastest growing online dating services.

Sabato, Jr.—widely known as an American heartthrob and no stranger to dating international women throughout his life— is working with AnastasiaDate on creative broadcast entertainment initiatives to raise awareness of the growing trend and benefits to dating internationally. He will promote the importance of getting to know women from diverse backgrounds and cultures as well as deliver advice on how to successfully date someone who is ”not the girl next door.” Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Sabato, Jr., spent much of his life traveling the globe and experiencing a multitude of different traditions and worldviews.

Former ALL MY CHILDREN actress Melissa Leo To Co-Star In Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan Event Series WAYWARD PINES
Leo will play Pam, the intense, unpredictable nurse who first takes care of Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) when he wakes up in the Wayward Pines hospital.

Stephen King: 'MAD MEN is basically soap opera'
The popular horror writer told Parade that he does not watch the award-winning AMC drama and that he prefers ABC's REVENGE.

"I don't watch MAD MEN," he said. "I think it's basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch REVENGE. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes."

The Oprah Winfrey Network's THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS premieres, features daytime alums
The Tyler Perry series premiered Tuesday and has been described as a modern American version of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. The cast includes SMALLVILLE's John Schneider, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Peter Parros and ONE LIFEL TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter. Check out the trailer for the show below.

Oakwood’s Dorell Anthony on ALL MY CHILDREN
Over the last couple of months, Anthony has fulfilled his lifelong dream. He auditioned as an extra for the new ALL MY CHILDREN. He got the part. He found it very ironic that he was back in high school again, even if it was just to play a high school student on TV.

Jeanne Cooper: Saying goodbye to 'The Duchess'
Leave it to The Duchess to offer this parting advice: "Suck in your gut, stick out your boobs, and act."

Deleted Scene of Y&R's Tribute to Jeanne Cooper
In the deleted scene, Katherine bids farewell to a dying John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), reminiscing about their lifelong friendship. It’s doubly poignant, because Douglas is alive and well and appears in the tribute to Cooper.

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