Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEWS: AS THE BUS STOPS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES Casting New Role, Ashley Judd Joins SALVATION, Richard J. Allen

DAYS OF OUR LIVES casting new role
DAYS is looking for a gorgeous 24 to 35-year-old African American male to play the contract role of Micah, who is described in the casting call as "charismatic confident and charming without even trying. Ladies want to date him and men want to be him. He gives off a very well rounded confident vibe but there is pain in his past that keeps him guarded."

North Carolina's Triangle Transit Is Filming A Soap Opera On Its Busses
Conceived over a lunch between Lauren Parker and Damien Graham of Triangle Transit's communication team, AS THE BUS STOPS is the organization's attempt to make public transportation approachable in a city that doesn't have quite the same appreciation for shared seats as New York or LA.

Parker and her team got together and made two lists; First, a list of all the services they would like potential riders to know about; Second, a list of all the tropes of a good soap opera. Put them together and and it's only a matter of time before the research triangle becomes the love triangle.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Emmy-award winning TCU professor Richard J. Allen looks forward to world premiere
Back in his days as an Emmy Award-winning soap opera writer, Richard J. Allen brainstormed inventive plot turns that led to climactic cliffhanging endings in AS THE WORLD TURNS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

He let that go for "Starbright & Vine," his comedy about an aging writer who teams up with a disillusioned actress to write a sketch for an awards show on national television. It makes its world premiere at Stage West, with previews starting Thursday. It opens Saturday.

"For years and years I was very story-oriented," Allen, 54, says from his office at Texas Christian University, where he’s a professor of film, television and digital media. "What surprised me most was that I could focus on the characters being together instead of having a contrived crisis, conflict and ending. It was a pleasure. The play wrote itself."

Ashley Judd to Star in NBC Church Drama SALVATION
The drama follows a family that rallies together after the death of their father, the leader of a Texas mega church.

Former ALL MY CHILDREN star Aiden Turner agrees to plea bargain in domestic violence case
Turner was charged with 2 counts of domestic violence with injury and 2 other related charges. He allegedly chucked a remote at his live-in girlfriend and gave her a black eye and bruised her elbow. Enter criminal defense attorney Mike Cavalluzzi. He scored a plea where all of the charges were dropped and Aiden pled no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace.

Troian Bellisario Engaged to Patrick J. Adams: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Star to Wed SUITS Actor
Bellisario, 28, and Adams, 32, who first met while performing in a play back in 2009, have been dating for three years.

Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates headline 'Boychoir', cast includes Maura West's son, Joe West
Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale have joined the cast of the feature film Boychoir, director Francois Girard’s feature about a troubled 12-year-old boy who enters an East Coast school built around a boys’ choir.

Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates headline the film, written by Ben Ripley. The project will introduce newcomer Garrett Wareing and also feature Joe West and River Alexander.

EASTENDERS confirms Amy Mitchell recast
Producers have confirmed the character will be played by a new actress upon her return to Albert Square. Amy is back on screen next week as she returns from a holiday in Ibiza with her mom Roxy and aunt Ronnie. Abigail-Louise Knowles previously played Amy.

EASTENDERS to kill off character [SPOILER ALERT]
EASTENDERS is set for another murder hunt after Lucy Beale , played by Hetti Bywater, is killed at Easter. Ian Beale's daughter's death will spark one of the soap's biggest 'whodunnits'.

The BBC's EASTENDERS blog says: "The huge storyline has been ingeniously plotted so that it isn’t a typical whodunit, but rooted in truth - raw, emotional and gritty. Lucy's death will mark the end of an era and the start of a dark new chapter for the Beale family."

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