Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NEWS: B&B in the Emirates; Blake Berris Film; Donna Mills; Amanda Seyfried

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL lands in the Emirates
“Many people here come up, say how much they love the show,” Katherine Kelly Lang said. “I didn't know how popular it was here.”

For the Emirates, the three-day shoot is an opportunity to help develop the local entertainment industry. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the country’s two biggest cities, have each been working to entice filmmakers to the country.

Showrunner Brad Bell hopes the show’s Mideast foray changes viewers’ perceptions of the region.

“I was just struck by how wonderfully open and welcoming everyone was. Just the beauty and extent of all there is to see here in Dubai, it’s something that the world needs to see,” he said.

Dubai One’s B&B connection
“The B&B crew shot a mock scene for us," said THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT host Marwan Parham Al Awadhi. "It was the first time they’d ever done anything like this – it’s basically going to look like an episode of the show. We’ll be screening it at the end of our 27th birthday show.”

Blake Berris and RJ Mitte film screening in Florida
The Gasparilla International Film Festival, taking place March 19-23, will screen psychothriller House of Last Things for its North American premiere.

Donna Mills on coming full circle in daytime from THE SECRET STORM and LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING to GENERAL HOSPITAL
"I started out in daytime soaps, doing THE SECRET STORM and LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING in New York back in the '60s — and, boy, have things changed!" the actress says. "Soaps always moved fast, but not like this. We used to have a full, calm day to prepare for each episode and get it on its feet. GH is like a runaway train! They do nine episodes a week! On KNOTS we shot, oh, maybe 10 pages a day at most — and that was a really heavy day for us. On GH, they're shooting 150 a day, every day. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of in shock."

Amanda Seyfried on falling in love with co-stars, like AMC's Micah Alberti
Seyfried admits she's fallen for her colleagues in the past. "I met my first boyfriend on a soap opera," she says of ALL MY CHILDREN's Micah Alberti. "We kissed for the first time on the show. It was like a fairy tale. When you're young, it's hard not to get together with your co-star. It's not always the greatest idea, but the experience of making a television show or a movie is so intimate and romantic."

Have Soap Fans Changed?
Is social media turning some soap fans into haters? Or were they angry all along and now just have a wider forum?

Read ABC's countersuit against Prospect Park
According to ABC's cross-complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, Prospect Park made licensing payments for the months of April, May and June of 2013, but only for All My Children the next two months and then nothing for either series thereafter.

ABC says the series fee for the first season alone was $8.5 million. Over the term of the license agreement, the money payable to ABC from Prospect Park was expected to exceed $145 million plus profit participation and merchandise distribution fees.

For now, ABC says it has suffered breach-of-contract damages of at least $5 million.

Veronica Mars opens to $2 million; conversation about future plans and a possible sequel could happen soon
The Kickstarter-funded, cult TV show adaptation opened to a cool $2 million from 291 theaters (265 in the U.S.), earning the pic a spot on the top 10 according, to initial estimates.

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