Sunday, March 1, 2015

NEWS: Eric Braeden, Katherine Kelly Lang, Freddie Smith, Eddie Redmayne, 'Downton Abbey' Finale, 'EastEnders' Transgender Character

Fact Checking LA Webfest's Exclusivity Clause
Pairings creator and star Ed Robinson writes: "I am going public now because there has been misinformation spread by LA Webfest about both the Indie Series Awards and Hollywebfest and if I do not speak out with corrections, there is no reason for new creators not to believe LA Webfest’s errors. I think it is important that new web creators have all of the facts when they make decisions with their money and it saddens me deeply that LA Webfest has e-mailed many new creators with incorrect information."

What the hell is going on in LA?
Writers 3some creator and star Lisa Gifford: "There are three web series events coming up in LA. LA Webfest, Hollyweb Festival and The Indies Series Awards. Hollyweb and LA Webfest are festivals, The Indie Series Awards is, as the name suggests, an awards show. I understand that LA Webfest was the first web series festival – it launched in 2010 (the ISAs actually launched the same year, but were an online event in year one). I can appreciate that they want to protect their business, but penalising web series creators is not the way to go about things. Can you imagine if McDonalds put out an email stating that anyone who eats in Burger King is no longer welcome in their restaurants? Ludicrous."

Eric Braeden
'The Young and the Restless' Star Eric Braeden on Victor's Villainy
"Storyline aside, the audience would never have forgiven Victor if he hadn't saved Jack, though, as you will recall, there was a scene years ago when Jack saw Victor collapse in his office during an angry outburst and he left him there to die—and stepped on his hand as he walked out the door! My God Almighty! Can you believe that? The animosity will continue. Just because Victor saved Jack's life doesn't mean anything. Victor thinks Jack is a dick and a son of a bitch and he always will. They don't ever change."

Julian Fellowes on Twists in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Season Finale
[Spoiler Alert!] In one fell swoop, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) abandoned any thought of rekindling a past infatuation with the Russian Prince Kuragin, and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) closed the door on her engagement to Lord Merton. Love bloomed in the servants’ quarters, where the stately Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) at long last proposed to the kindly Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

"A soap opera has many, many incidents," explained Fellowes. "People are being shot and stabbed and knifed. They’re dying in childbirth, having abortions, having their houses broken into, being attacked by vandals. We do, on Downton, have extreme cases, but not very many of them. And we have a lot of reaction to them, because that seems to me truer to life. That’s what I would like to tell myself, anyway."

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Star Katherine Kelly Lang on Brooke's Battle With the Bottle
[Spoiler Alert!] "I have no idea how far [exec producer-head writer] Brad Bell will take this but Brooke needs to hit bottom, and she will. There's an episode [airing March 10] where she is rejected by Deacon again and she's drinking so much she falls and hits her head. It's her idea to seek help. Whether it works or not, I can't say. But it'll definitely be tough for her. She's traded one addiction for another."

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Returns to the U.K. Via YouTube Channel
The new online initiative launches March 2, and will begin with Episode 6720, which sees Thorsten Kaye take over the role of Ridge Forrester.

Max George wants a soap opera role: 'I'm auditioning for roles in UK'
The former Wanted singer has just filmed a guest appearance on Glee, but would like a role closer to home.

"I'd be up for being in a soap, definitely," said George. "I've always been a big fan of them and I won't have to perform an American accent."

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne offered cameo role in Australian soap opera 'Neighbours'
The 33-year-old Brit, who recently won the Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in The Theory of Everything, is a huge fan of Neighbours, and producers are hoping he'll agree to appear on the show.

Series producer Jason Herbison said: "If we could cap off an incredible year for Eddie by writing a guest role, however big or small, it would be our privilege."

Redmayne has spoken of his admiration of actors Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne, who play Karl and Susan Kennedy, and it has been suggested he could appear in some scenes with the veteran performers.

Sonny (Freddie Smith) leaves Salem for a while on 'Days of our Lives'
"It shakes Will to his foundation," Guy Wilson (Will) tells Soap Opera Digest. "He’s already wracked with so much guilt about Sonny’s injury and that he wasn’t there for his husband when he was in the hospital. The fact that Sonny wants to leave town makes Will feel like he has completely failed him in every sense of the word."

BBC iPlayer records strongest month ever
Soap opera Eastenders was the most requested program on iPlayer in January, with 1.928 million views.

'EastEnders' Star Ben Hardy Nabs Major Role In X-Men Movie
Hardy joins X-Men Apocalyspe in a key role, which has yet to be revealed.

'EastEnders' may bring transgender character to Albert Square
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins told a gathering at National Student Pride on Saturday that "we are looking at a trans storyline". He added that EastEnders has the power to influence "bigoted" viewers.

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