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'Homeland' heads to South Africa
When we last left Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes), she was pregnant and had accepted a new assignment overseas.
Showtime announced today that Homeland will begin production of Season 4 in Cape Town, South Africa, in mid-June. Shooting will continue through November.
The storyline is that "Mathison is assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East, back on the front lines in the war on terror," read a statement.
For three seasons, Homeland has been filmed primarily in Charlotte, N.C., but showrunner Alex Gansa notes that to tell a story set in the Middle East, the production needed to move overseas. "We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground," he wrote in the announcement.
Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend return, and Nazanin Boniadi is now a series regular.
One big question revolves around how the show's storyline will handle Carrie's baby. In the Season 3 finale, Carrie's father, Frank Matheson (James Rebhorn), offered to keep and raise the child for her. But Rebhorn died in March at age 65 after battling skin cancer.
Homeland's fourth season premieres in the fall.
DAMIEN LEWIS UPDATE
Naomie Harris And Damien Lewis Join Our Kind Of Traitor
Last we heard, a year or so ago, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen were in talks for the John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor. But while Susanna White's spy thriller may have lost an M and a Le Chiffre along the way, it's now gained a Moneypenny. In a flurry of casting news, Naomie Harris has signed up, along with Damien Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard, to join the already-attached Ewan McGregor.
Le Carre's 2010 novel involves an Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend holidaying on a Caribbean island. There they encounter a money launderer fleeing the Russian mafia with juicy intelligence on the banking sector and a plan to claim asylum in the UK. The ensuing globetrotting shenanigans take in Paris, Switzerland, London, Russia and Antigua.
McGregor and Harris are set to play the couple – Perry and Gail – with Skarsgard the ex-mobster Dima. Lewis will show up as a member of the British Intelligence Service.
Hossein Amini (47 Ronin, Snow White & The Hunstman) wrote the screenplay, and Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) was originally signed to direct, but was replaced by Susanna White (Generation Kill, Parade's End) last autumn. That was presumably down to a scheduling clash with Kurzel's Michael Fassbender-starring Macbeth, which is shooting now. White's cameras will roll next month.
RUPERT FRIEND UPDATE
Homeland's Rupert Friend: Starred Up has a very different budget but its originality makes it special
His character of assassin turned CIA man Peter Quinn is central to the gripping hit US TV import Homeland.
But Rupert Friend has returned home to appear in the low-budget prison drama Starred Up, playing a volunteer prison psychologist who tries to help a young inmate.
“I knew it was something very original,” says the Oxfordshire-born 32-year-old. “That’s rare to find.
"The whole thing is very much drawn from life. I didn’t know that when I read it, but I still felt it very keenly.
"That kind of authenticity leaps out at you and is very appealing.”
The actor, who dated Keira Knightley for five years, received an Emmy nomination for his role in Homeland. But it was a homemade video that got him the part on the show.
“I was busy doing Dennis Potter’s Brimstone And Treacle on stage in London,” says Rupert, “so for my audition I just made a tape in my kitchen and sent it to the makers of Homeland.
“I was a fan of the show and watched it religiously because I thought the writing was so good. I was thrilled to get the part.
“Strictly speaking, my character Peter isn’t an intelligence officer, he’s Black Ops and the burdens of his job are to commit acts which any normal civilian would find stomach turning.”
CLAIRE DANES UPDATE(she's on a break so obviously not many articles on her)
Make-up free Claire Danes works up a sweat with morning jog as she shows off her lean legs in tights
She begins filming season four of Showtime series Homeland in May.
And Claire Danes is making sure to stay in tip top shape for her role as CIA operative Carrie Mathison on the hit drama as she was spotted on a vigorous jog on Thursday.
The actress, who turns 35 on April 12, let her skin breathe as she worked up quite the sweat for the pavement pounding run in New York.
Wearing her blonde locks in a loose knot, she showed off her lean legs in a pair of pedal pusher tights.
Donning spongy trainers for the jaunt, the Brokedown Palace star covered up in a large grey hooded sweater emblazoned with the logo for her show Homeland.
Tuning out the noisy bustle of the Meatpacking District, Claire wore headphones as she carried a handheld device in her left hand.
Homeland, meanwhile, is scheduled to start filming the fourth season.
Claire plays a brilliant bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison who can solve cases normally impenetrable to other investigators.
The series usually shoots in Atlanta and on location in such international locals as Morocco and Egypt, which cuts into family life.
In December Claire told the Daily Mirror she and Hugh Dancy, who she shares son Cyrus with, are 'figuring it out as we go. I tend to work and then Hugh works.'
The couple have been spotted out frequently in Toronto over the past few weeks.
Hugh was recently spotted pushing Cyrus in his pram, while Claire lagged behind by several paces.
Zoe Kazan, Homeland's Morgan Saylor & More to Join Cherry Jones in MTC's When We Were Young and Unafraid
The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid. Joining the previously announced Cherry Jones will be Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. The new play will have a limited engagement at the off-Broadway New York City Center – Stage 1, with performances beginning on May 21 prior to a June 17 opening.
When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne (Kazan) is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny (Saylor), forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she's been trying to help.
When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam McKinnon, will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Russell H. Champa, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and fight direction by Thomas Schall.
Her film Mcfarland, starring Kevin Costner, is still in post-production.
BONUS from her IG:
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 5
We really have so much in common with Emma Stone.
Up there with her love for The Spice Girls, The Amazing Spider-Man actress admires fellow thesp and funnygal Jennifer Lawrence (and it goes without saying that we're obsessed with J.Law. It's almost unhealthy).
"I just think she's so great isn't she? She is so inspiring to me and I am so grateful that she exists in the world, as someone who is authentic and who has not bent to fit any idea of what a woman should be in that kind of position. And she is so talented," the 25-year-old said of The Hunger Games star during an interview with The Stylist.
"I am just so happy she is around for women everywhere. It's just fantastic."
Emma also gushed about another strong female in her life—her mom, Krista.
"She has just been wonderful. When it comes to advice for me, or being there for me, she has been my rock through my life, so that kind of unwavering love, always knowing that somebody loves you unconditionally, that has been the biggest influence on me in my life, that absolute solidity."
Hey, as Emma Stone knows all too well, it's all about girl power.
The final game in Bioware’s science fiction role playing video game trilogy Mass Effect may have come out two years ago, but the dedication and popularity of the game hasn’t waivered since that last installment. This was abundantly clear at Saturday’s PAX East panel “Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Initiative: The Event.”
The event featured two actors who voiced characters in the series (Keythe Farley who voiced Thane Krios and Kimberly Brooks who voiced Ashley Williams) as well as two models characters were based on (Luciano Costa who Kaidan Alenko was modeled after and Rana McAnear who Samara and Morinth were modeled after.) All four cosplayed as their respective characters from Mass Effect.
The event has been over a year in the making and was itself powered by fans. The goal of the Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Initiative is to have as many voice actors and models as possible cosplay as their respective characters to give back to fans as they ask fans to give to charity. The project was created by Karissa Barrows, moderator of the PAX panel, who had the idea after seeing McAnear cosplay as Samara with the voice actor behind the male Commander Shepard, Mark Meer, cosplaying as his character at Dragon*Con.
Thanks to fan support and donations, Barrows was able to put together this PAX event. The costumes worn by the panel participants were created by the Initiative. The event almost filled the Main Theatre at PAX as fans lined up well before the start time and 10,000 people watched the panel live stream on Twitch, showing how the passion of the Mass Effect fandom is still at full strength.
“I think that what Bioware has done in general and what they really did specifically with Mass Effect was they really paid attention to character and story and that’s why the people are lining up out there two years later because they feel like they have an investment not just in the game but in the characters as part of that game and bioware and the whole team just did an amazing job just creating a world that’s populated with characters that people really care about,” Farley told the Daily Dot.
This was the first time Farley dressed up as his game counterpart, and the same goes for Brooks, who told the Daily Dot cosplaying as Williams felt amazing and empowering. She was also very excited to see the line of fans waiting for their panel.
“It’s unbelievable. The fan loyalty is amazing. It’s such a huge, amazing community of really dedicated fans,” she said.
The cosplay event was mainly a Q&A, giving fans an hour to ask questions. Questions ranged from asking the panelists about their favorite lines to their thoughts on character development, showing the fans’ dedication to the franchise after all these years and making it seem like they could go on even longer than the panel allowed. Costa called the passion shown by fans humbling and his first time dressing up as Alenko exhilarating.
“I didn’t realize how big an impact this game had on the gaming community, so it’s exciting to see so many people out there that really want to see us and talk to us so that’s good,” he told the Daily Dot.
The charity component of the event took place right after the panel. A photo opp was offered with the talent, from which all the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And it certainly inspired fans to take part: The line for photos wrapped around the Queue Hall.
The lines for both the photo opp and panel at PAX show that even though for now at least fans don’t know much about the future of the series beyond a rumored Mass Effect 4, their passion until then won’t wan.
Learn more about the Mass Effect Cosplay Initiative and how you can help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on their website. Watch the entire panel on Twitch.
Photos by Lisa Granshaw; Lead art via Jackie/Kriss/Twitter
Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington could start as soon as Friday. Brown's trial is scheduled to begin as soon as a judge finishes the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy.
Both men are facing an assault charge after a Maryland man says they punched him outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy's trial began Thursday and is expected to finish Friday.
Hollosy told police he punched the man after the man tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police a different story: He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.
Court papers say the man's nose was fractured. Brown has denied hitting the man.
Chris Brown's Bodyguard Goes On Trial
Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.
Christopher Hollosy's trial began Thursday in Superior Court.
Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.
Court papers say the man's nose was fractured.
Hollosy's trial is expected to last one to two days. Brown's trial will follow. Brown has denied punching the man.
Colombian pop star Shakira believes she will one day be the first lady of Barcelona when her boyfriend and centre back Gerard Pique becomes the president.
The Spain defender commented a few months ago about his desire to become president of the club in years to come, saying: ‘Who knows, maybe I'll become the president of FC Barcelona one day.’
And Shakira has added to the speculation by saying in an interview with Bocas magazine: ‘I think that Gerard will someday be president of Barcelona and I will be the first lady…. of Barca.'
Pique will have no immediate desires to move from the pitch to the boardroom as at 26 he still has plenty to achieve in the game – starting with Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey final with Real Madrid, before which he faces a late fitness test.
Internationally, Spain are world and European champions and will be hoping to defend their crown in Brazil this summer.
Off the pitch, Pique and Shakira became parents to a son, Milan, and the Barcelona centre back enjoys being a dad.
He said: ‘I love being a father. I've matured a little and now I'm much better at changing nappies and I sleep less regularly.'
Shaki-Barfa are gonna through so much shit already girl, they don't need Pique running the show
In between rounds of golf, the singer gets busy on his 'Some Nights' follow-up
Nate Ruess definitely earned his vacation days – and he was determined to use 'em all. So much so that it basically took the combined powers of Bruce Springsteen, the NCAA and his bandmates in fun. to lure him down to Dallas for a performance at the Final Four.
And even after agreeing to do the show, he still managed to miss his flight. Seems like this was one vacation he didn't want to end.
"After doing this for three-straight years, I've been thrilled about getting some time off. So my feeling for the Final Four show was kind of like, 'Gosh, I can't believe we gotta do this,'" he told Rolling Stone. "It's always weird going back … the same thing used to happen when I'd go away on tour. When I'd come home, my girlfriend and I would have to spend a week getting used to each other again."
It didn't take quite as long for Ruess to reconnect with guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost; after all, they'd spent almost three years on the road together, touring in support of fun.'s breakout Some Nights album. And at several points during that Final Four show, it was apparent that the reunion had succeeded in lifting Ruess' spirits ("We need to fucking come out of retirement," he joked to the crowd), noteworthy because singer is the first to admit that he's definitely been enjoying his time out of the spotlight.
"I've been golfing a lot," he laughed. "But once I saw everybody, I just felt good. That's about as sincere as it gets. But it also showed me that less is more. Between me, Andrew and Jack, we're the kind of people who think anything worth doing is also worth overdoing, so I want to find a balance."
Striking that balance begins with the follow-up to Some Nights, which Ruess is currently writing – tentatively. Because now, whether he likes it or not, he's aware that these new songs will have stand the test of time and stand up to repeated plays on the road.
"It's moving. There's an apprehension at first, because I don't want this thing to move too fast, because I want to be able to enjoy being at home," Ruess explained. "And with this album – and after being on the road for a few years – you can't help but think of how each song is gonna fit. You start thinking about what you're gonna want to play, and what you're gonna want to say."
And to that end, while he's aware that the success of Some Nights has raised his band's profile exponentially, Ruess said he's less interested re-creating that record and more taken by the idea of documenting this very unique point in his life, which, needless to say, is quite different from the last time he sat down to write a fun. album.
"It's weird to talk about this, but it is interesting when you look at a song like 'Some Nights.' I remember when writing it, the thought was, 'No one’s gonna understand this. This isn't gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job,'" he said. "The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, 'You got what you wished for. What the fuck are you wishing for now?'"
Still, he's taking any and all pressure in stride. Like he said, over the past three years, Ruess has had plenty of life experiences, and he's survived them all. His break may be coming to an end, and the business of following-up Some Nights just beginning, but Ruess is rested and ready to get back to work. Vacations can't last forever, after all.
"I look at Some Nights and some of the things that I feel like I did wrong on that, and I look at other albums that I’ve done in the past as a lyricist and not only do I want to maintain a certain level, I want to exceed it," he said. "The pain for me in songwriting is always putting lyrics to things. And so hopefully I’ve got enough firepower. I’ve definitely had enough shit go down in the last few years."
The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.
But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.
Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.
In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.
All That had its moments of being downright radical, too. Consider the “Loud Librarian” sketch: Lori Beth Denberg (Seasons One through Four) played a school librarian who, in her efforts to maintain absolute silence among the stacks, ends up being far more disruptive than her students. “QUIET, THIS IS A LIBRARY,” she screeched into a bullhorn on one occasion. Was it the most sophisticated humor? No—but viewers loved “Loud Librarian” all the same. After all, what kid hasn’t experienced the maddening realization that authority figures are often, in fact, totally prone to hypocrisy?
What’s more, at a time when TV programming remained largely segregated by race (think Seinfeld and Friends; Martin and Living Single), All That featured an effortlessly diverse cast both in terms of ethnicity and gender. “I thought it was awesome because none of us look like each other,” cast member Alisa Reyes (Seasons One to Three) told Complex. “We were like a total melting pot of diversity.”
The original cast included four girls (Denberg and Reyes, with Angelique Bates and Katrina Johnson) and three boys (Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Josh Server); three white performers, and four performers of color. Compare that to the concurrently running Season 20 of Saturday Night Live (1994-95), which featured a cast of 17. Only four were women, and only two were of color.
Was “Loud Librarian” sophisticated humor? No—but what kid hasn’t experienced the maddening realization that authority figures are often, in fact, totally prone to hypocrisy?
All That’s producers knew its audience would be diverse, too, and embraced that fact wholeheartedly. The opening credits were scored with an original song by TLC, and weekly musical guests ran the gamut of late ’90s and early 2000s pop, alternative, R&B, and hip-hop acts: Aaliyah, Coolio, Sugar Ray, Nas, Erykah Badu, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Barenaked Ladies, and *NSYNC, to name a few.
Furthermore, the kids of All That were refreshingly normal-looking. Some were traditionally attractive, sure. Others were still growing into their features. Absent were the hyperactive, over-costumed Disney Channel tweens (Lizzie Maguire, et al), or the pouty, brooding 26-year-olds playing 16 on The WB (like the weirdly grown-up high schoolers of Dawson’s Creek or Popular). The cast of All That reflected the nature of its audience: They were growing up—lanky limbs, zits, and all.
This highlighted a distinct understanding among the adult writers and producers of All That (though it should be noted that its young performers were frequently encouraged to write their own material and improvise). The show was unique because it avoided the two predominant perils of programming for young people. It managed to be precocious and unruly without slipping into purposeful obnoxiousness—an unfortunate trend peddled and perpetuated by contemporary Nickelodeon cash cows (i.e. SpongeBob SquarePants)—or becoming a sexy marketing tool for clothing and gadgets, like the CW’s bevy of glossy teen dramas. At the same time, All That consciously rejected family-friendly standards. It was messy and irreverent—a show unapologetically written for kids, not their parents. And in that regard, it remains truly one-of-a-kind.
The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy
The momentum of Calvin Harris'"Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and climbs 7-6 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
The first single from Harris' forthcoming studio album concurrently vaults into the top 10 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (12-7) following the April 6 premiere of its official video. Of the track's 1.8 million U.S. streams (up 93 percent) in the April 7-13 tracking week, 52% are owed to Vevo on YouTube views, according to Nielsen BDS.
On Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (6-5), "Summer" spikes by 33 percent to 34,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song also soars into the top five on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (14-4). The cut, on which Harris sings lead vocals, is his eighth Dance/Mix Show Airplay top five, second among male solo artists to David Guetta (12).
"Summer" is additionally the top debut on Dance Club Songs (No. 46). It cruises up the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (72-47), also with Streaming Gainer honors.
'LATCH' LEAPS: Disclosure, featuring vocalist Sam Smith, scores its first top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as "Latch" pushes 11-9. At 33 weeks, it completes the longest climb to the top 10 in the chart's 15-month history; it eclipses the 29 weeks taken by Calvin Harris'"Thinking About You." ("Latch" also lifts 90-79 on the Hot 100.)
'BAD' IS GOOD: David Guetta's "Bad" is the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 36. Guetta, in collaboration with Showtek, debuted the song to fans at Ultra Music Festival last month; in its first week of iTunes availability, it sold 3,000. "Bad" features distinctive vocals from Vassy, who charted earlier this year with "Mad," which reached No. 27 the week of Feb. 1.
"Bad" is the follow-up to Guetta's "Shot Me Down" (featuring Skylar Grey), which returns to its Hot Dance/Electronic Songs peak (18-15). Both tracks are part of a series of songs aimed squarely at Guetta's core EDM fanbase.
'BORN' AGAIN: Dada Life debuts on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with a track originally released last fall as an instrumental, "Born to Rage" (No. 47). The newly-released version features vocals from an unlikely source: former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach. The hard rock band is most famous for its 1989-90 Hot 100 top 10s "18 and Life" (No. 4) and "I Remember You" (No. 6).
Bach's upcoming solo album, "Give 'Em Hell" (April 22), does not contain "Born to Rage." In addition to his foray into EDM, he'll also head to TV on May 31 when "Sing Your Face Off" premieres on ABC. Bach will appear as one of five celebrities transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons. The surely quirky competition also includes comic Jon Lovitz, NBA player Landry Fields, Disney Channel's China Ann McClain and "Days of Our Lives" star Lisa Rinna. Dance/pop vet Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond (like Lovitz, formerly of "Saturday Night Live") will serve as judges.
SHAKING UP THE CHART: "Tremors," the debut album from songwriter/producer SOHN, enters Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 4 (3,000 units). The set from SOHN (whose given name is Christopher Taylor) also enters Heatseekers Albums at No. 1.
'DISCO' INFERNO: Scotty Boy, aided by vocals from Sue Cho, achieves his first Dance Club Songs No. 1, as his remake of "Shiny Disco Balls" bounces 3-1. The original "Balls," by Who Da Funk featuring Jessica Eve, peaked at No. 28 in 2002.
"'Shiny Disco Balls' is one of my all-time favorite songs," the DJ tells Billboard exclusively. "I have a list of favorite classics I want to remake and this was first on my list. When I was thinking about who to ask to sing it, Sue Cho, a Los Angeles-based EDM vocalist, was the first that came to mind … and she nailed it!"
Remixes, varying stylistically from east coast tribal to funky nu-disco, from Made Monster, Sted-E & Hybrid Heights, Highjack'd, DJLW, Danny Diggz and Cuzzins, among others, helped the remake reach No. 1.
What's going to be your summer album, ONTD?
What were some of your summer songs from years past?
French prosecutors have dropped the charges leveled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws, the Wall Street Journal reports. Instead, law officials are looking to looking to indict Rolling Stone's French edition for printing the remarks in the first place.
In December, Dylan was quoted as telling Rolling Stone in an interview:"Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery -- that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke . . ., and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."
After the statement was published, a Croatian organization in France deemed it an example of speech used to incite hatred and strife between racial and ethnic groups and filed preliminary charges, which magistrate Marion Potier dismissed on Monday, April 14. She explained her decision on the basis that Dylan conducted the interview with Rolling Stone's U.S. publication without giving the go-ahead that it be published in France, where "hate speech" allegations (which are considered a crime in the country) almost always go to trial.
Now that the five-month investigation into Dylan's case has been closed, the same charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of €45,000 ($62,000) for publishing the remarks. Neither his lawyer nor representatives from the U.S. edition of Rolling Stone gave comments to the Wall Street Journal.
The songs are "more boisterous" than this year's mellow "Morning Phase" album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica
Although nearly six years passed between Beck's "Modern Guilt" and "Morning Phase," the singer believes he may well have another album out by the end of 2014.
"I've been working on and off on a different set of songs – they're more boisterous (than "Morning Phase")," he said April 16 during a mid-concert interview in Santa Monica for KCRW. ""You're screwed with any kind of adjective," he cautioned, "but hopefully we'll get it out this year."
Beck performed six songs from "Morning Phase," some of which he had only played live once or twice, in a 16-song set at Apogee Studios, adding Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" to his own 2006 composition "Think I'm in Love" and offering a drawn-out reading of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that fed into imitations of the late qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The concert will be broadcast April 23 on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show and at KCRW.com; "MBE" host Jason Bentley conducted the interview.
Beck's first set wholly captured the moody dreamscape milieu of "Morning Phase," sliding gently from new songs into "Lost Cause" from the album's sonic predecessor "Sea Change." His five-piece band did a dramatic personality change for the final eight songs, instantly emphasizing spiky guitars and percussive elements while Beck sprang into his more animated self best typified by "Devils Haircut."
As Bentley pointed out in his interview, Beck's 50-minute sets at Coachella offer dips into more genres than any other performer on the bill. "It's not our show," Beck said, "so we try to come up with something that makes sense."
Beck plays Coachella again April 20 and wraps the first leg of his "Morning Phase" tour April 24 in El Paso, Texas and resumes in June with six dates in the Northeast and Canada before wrapping July 1 in New York's Central Park.
Don't Let It Go
Think Im' in Love --> I Feel Love
Soul of a Man
Andi Dorfman has officially taken over rose-giving duty on The Bachelorette, and her Season 10 filming is almost over! In fact, they've concluded the international portion of the show travels, and Andi is getting ready to head off for Season 10 Hometown Dates this week! While the May 19 premiere is still a little ways off, we've been staring at the guys who will seek out the Atlanta girl's love!
26-year-old Andi has some major hotties in this group, including a Stanford MBA who now runs his own clothing line, an adventure traveler who's planning on taking over the world, and a guy whose sports lineage will definitely win over tough dad Hy Dorfman. We just want to give the casting department a standing ovation, because this may very well be the most attractive cast we've ever seen on a show. In the words of Gaga: applause, 'plause, applause, 'plause.
Reality Steve released the names of eight of the guys the day after Andi was confirmed as Bachelorette (though he totally called her getting the job way back in 2013) and has since revealed several more of the eager hopefuls. Let's just say that we hope some of these guys are less appealing IRL, or Andi is going to have a really hard time choosing just one!
We look forward to getting tons more information on the men we'll love, hate, and mock on The Bachelorette Season 10, but until then we'll just have to be content with taking a peek at what's in store. Oh, and in case you want to know who the final four guys are... we've got you covered.
Click through our gallery to get a sneak peek look at the hotties vying for Andi's heart, and make sure to check back daily for more additions to this growing gallery!
More pics at source. Excited for the all the deep conversations on this show...
We knew the titular serial killer was up to no good when he led the FBI straight to Miriam Lass last week on NBC’s Hannibal. Why would he let her go after two years, if not as part of some dastardly plan that he’d concocted? Turns out she was exactly that: he had brainwashed the former FBI trainee into believing that Dr. Chilton — not Hannibal — was responsible for her kidnapping and torture, and was also the infamous Chesapeake Ripper. So when she saw him through an interrogation room mirror, she reacted on instinct, pulled out a gun, and Miriam shot Chilton in the face.
Wait, what? As anyone familiar with Hannibal mythology knows, Dr. Chilton (played on the show by the superb Raúl Esparza) is quite an important character in the series of books by Thomas Harris. The TV show hasn’t even caught up to the events of Red Dragon yet (the first novel in the series), so how can Chilton already be dead? Is the show starting to drastically depart from its source material? Or is this all a big red herring to throw us off?
Let’s examine the evidence to determine whether or not Chilton really is dead.
THEORY #1: CHILTON IS DEAD.
That gunshot wound looked pretty fatal. Did you see all that blood? And killing off such a famous character from the franchise would be a very effective way for creator Bryan Fuller to set his show apart from the books and films. Nor would he be the first television writer to depart drastically from his source material; there are plenty of TV shows adapted from books that have made the decision to craft their own stories rather than retell old ones with slavish faithfulness. (HBO’s True Blood, Showtime’s Dexter, and AMC’s The Walking Dead all come to mind.) Does Hannibal really need Dr. Chilton? While a consistent presence in the books and films, he never really does anything other than act sinister and incur Hannibal’s wrath. Perhaps his character serves a bigger purpose by dying than by continuing to live… even though we will miss Esparza’s deliciously conniving presence.
THEORY #2: CHILTON IS ALIVE.
On the other hand, Chilton does have a history of surviving brutal injuries. Last season he had all of his internal organs systematically removed by psychotic patient Abel Gideon. He managed to survive intact, minus one kidney, rendering him unable to consume meat — which in this world is probably an advantage because it means you can’t unknowingly be fed human body parts by a sadistic cannibal.
That bullet went through his cheek, which, while gruesome, is probably more survivable than one through the forehead or straight through the heart. And he wouldn’t even be the first character on the show to be presumed dead before resurfacing. There is of course Miriam, who was found two years after disappearing. And last season, viewers assumed Gideon was dead after being shot by Will Graham, but he popped up very much alive this year. So if Chilton survived his wound, it’s possible that Jack Crawford, who’s been growing more and more suspicious of Hannibal over the course of the season, would keep the doctor’s condition a secret to protect him. So don’t be surprised to see Chilton pop up very much alive (if very scarred) sometime in the future.
After all, consider this exchange between Fuller and an interviewer after the most recent episode:
Chilton, correct me if I’m wrong, is the first character from the literature that you’ve killed who’s still alive in later books. Do you feel that shakes things up, or do you worry about not having that character to play later?
Serpico survived a bullet to the face.
(Fuller is referring to the 1973 Sidney Lumet film starring Al Pacino.)
THEORY #3: BRYAN FULLER IS HEDGING HIS BETS.
Perhaps Fuller does intend for Chilton to be dead at the moment, but purposefully wrote his death to be conceivably survivable in case he needs to revive the good doctor at some point in the future. Killing off such an important character is a ballsy move, and if he had done it by, say, decapitation, then if he realized a season or two from now that he needed Chilton back, he would have painted himself into a corner.
Lending credence to the “hedging his bets” theory, here’s what Fuller had to say to TVGuide:
As far as canon goes, I wouldn’t put it past me to have [Chilton] show up looking like Ed Harris in History of Violence in Season 3 or 4. I love Raúl and I love what he brings to the show. […] I would never count out Dr. Chilton.
This makes it seem like Fuller reserves the right to bring back Chilton at some point in the future, but isn’t planning on reviving the doctor anytime soon. Then again, he could just be saying that so we’re surprised when he pops up next week. Either way, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Chilton makes a comeback sooner or later. Esparza has been a terrific addition to the show and we’re sad to see him go.
abandon all hope, ye who enter here
Nick Carter isn't too happy with Joey Fatone.
One day after Fatone blasted the Backstreet Boys' recent tour and said the boy-banders did it just because they needed money, Carter took to Twitter to respond to the 'N Sync star's diss.
"Just disappointed, I really liked joey..." Carter wrote earlier today.
He added, "I'm proud of who we are and love what we stand for. Truthfully its about not letting our fans down. Sorry bro but you have us all wrong."
The recently married star finished his response with, "Now let me go back to enjoying my Honeymoon."
Fatone's diss happened during an interview with Huffington Post this week. "All these other groups and bands said that we will never tour again and you see New Kids On The Block tour and stuff like that," he said.
The interview then brought up the Backstreet Boys' recent tour and Fatone joked, "I feel like they just need the money," before quickly adding, "No offense guys!"
Fatone also shot down the possibility of another 'N Sync reunion. "At this moment in time is anything gonna happen? Absolutely, 100 percent no...at this moment," he said.
A brief, uber-dramatic recap of Flowers in the Attic? Check. A shot of Heather Graham in a gorgeous ball gown, torching her ancestral home with an ornate candelabra? Brother-boning, ballet, and literal petals on literal wind? Check, check, and mate.
In short: Why are you not already watching the very first trailer for Petals on the Wind, Lifetime’s juicy followup to its smash hit Flowers in the Attic adaptation? The film features returning stars Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Dylan Bruce, as well as Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash in parts originated by Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye. (The sequel picks up 10 years after the events of Flowers, meaning it’s really an adaptation of the second half of Petals. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, because the second half of Petals is just as insane as the first.)
Check out the deliciously melodramatic teaser below, all set to the haunting strains of Kelly Sweet’s take on “In the Air Tonight” – or risk Withered Old Ellen Burstyn haunting your dreams forevermore.
X-Men director Bryan Singer strenuously denies that he drugged and raped a 17-year-old in 1998, and claims he has evidence to prove that he wasn't even in Hawaii at the time the assault is said to have been taken place there. But the accusation has opened the floodgates of stories, memories, rumors and gossip—much of which landed in our inboxes over the last two days. Welcome to the Bryan Singer sex party mailbag.
If there was one sentiment that was consistent across the emails we received about Bryan Singer, it was that "everyone" in Hollywood knew exactly what boys Singer hung out with (young, skinny, and white), what he did with them (gave them cocaine, molly and other drugs at raucous house parties), and why (sex).
Our inboxes, certainly, have been filled with—unverified, to be sure!—stories of Singer's raucous parties. If you're not "everyone," here's a window into what all of Los Angeles is talking about:
I went to many of Bryan Singer's parties in 2005 [...] It was common for [Singer] to get me (or anyone else under 21 at the time) alone in Bryan's bedroom, where he'd offer MOUNTAINS of coke. If you didn't take it (I never did) he'd just take of his shirt and try some tacky "I want to get more comfortable" pick-up lines. He used the same lines almost every time. When I turned down an all-expense paid trip (where I'd be sharing a room with producers) to Australia to be on set to watch Superman production, I wasn't invited back.
Bryan has had pair(s) of twins living in his house, is a total bottom unless his partner is drugged up (coke and meth were favorites, though weed was everywhere).
According the tips we've received, Singer's reputation for surrounding himself with just-legal boys dates back to at least the early 2000s, a short time after he directed X Men.
I did security at Chateau Marmont in 2001 - 2002. Every time I saw Singer he had really young looking guys with him but none of them seemed to be with him under duress. The only times I saw him / them was in common areas so nothing too crazy was happening. The most salacious thing I remember is Singer, Kevin Spacey and some other guy holding court over a bunch of young guys in the corner of the big room downstairs. Lots of flirting and booze (and presumably drugs) but no ones clothes came off. Barely legal is good descriptor for the guys he had with him ... it was like a haram of twinks. There were some guys who looked to be in their early 20's but mostly it guys who were 'late-teens' looking.
Singer was also a regular at USC:
He was a regular fixture on the USC film floor in the early 2000s. He would come by and hang out in the dorms (exclusively with Freshman boys) and always behind locked doors.
And was known for his well-attended Halloween parties:
I went to Bryan's two times. Halloween 2004: his house had either just been remodeled or he had recently moved in. By the end of the night the place looked like a wreck - there were at least 200 guests (mostly young men in their 20s). I saw Bryan wandering around his home a few times that evening, but didn't notice anything suspicious about him; my lasting impression: he seemed rather lost or misplaced at his own party and didn't behave like much of a "host" at all. He stuck out of the crowd mainly for being older and less attractive than the attendees.
My second visit was on a rather cold Sunday in 2010 and a bit more interesting. Bryan was at the Abbey, kissing and grabbing a kid that he had met that afternoon. I can only guess the boy's age, but he may very well have been under 18. This kid may have initially wanted to take advantage of Bryan, but by the time Bryan was ready to move proceedings to his house, this boy was so wasted, that me and a friend were exchanging looks and comments about how creepy Bryan's behavior had become. Once we arrived at the house, Bryan and the boy disappeared into the bedroom, never to be heard from again that night.
Another tipster confirms the nature of Singer's Halloween parties:
These allegations are consistent with what I witnessed years ago at the annual Halloween party thrown by Singer's former producers for the first xmen movies (Daugherty and Harris). It is well known among young gay men in Hollywood, who are into or trying to make their way into the movie biz, that certain older men have certain tastes for younger, barely legal boys. It is no secret, if you are a gay man with even the most tertiary of connections to the movie industry gays, that Singer likes them young. That, and be is a pretentious douchebag. He would have made a great Catholic priest if he weren't so busy making shitty movies.
I guarantee there are plenty of folks in the Weho and Hollywood area who can shed greater light on this story, because as I said, it is no secret that Brian Singer is a compete pig. My friends and I always joke that we face an ethical dilemma seeing his movies.
As anyone who has been to his parties can confirm, if you're older than 21 years of age, you're only getting in unless you look younger than 21, or, in the alternative, unless you have some hollyowood connections Singer can exploit.
He is really a vile person.
If you grew up gay in L.A., Singer's reputation was well known.
Born and raised in LA I've had my share of Bryan Singer encounters. I was a total twink growing up and he rolled with a group of guys that were obsessed with young boys. I used to date a fifty something lawyer when I was 18 and he would throw parties at his Hancock Park mansion and Bryan was there often picking up boys. [...] Bryan was NOTORIOUS for chewing up and spitting out boys.
Singer, according to one tipster, had people who would funnel boys to him:
I'll tell you that a lot of what what goes on in these circles goes beyond Bryan himself, namely two other men at this current time that hunt for HW/WeHo's fresh meat, plow them with alcohol and promise them the world, before introducing them to Bryan and taking it from there. Both guys are said to be on his "pay roll" with their rent and expenses covered, boats, cars and jets at their disposal.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour may be regretting her decision to finally put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of the fashion bible: Her company is now being sued over the April photo shoot.
A forgotten boy-band crooner from the 1970s who sued West last year, claiming the rapper swiped one of his songs for a track on his album “Yeezus,” is now going after Vogue for using the tune in a behind-the-scenes video, The Post reports.
The “exclusive video,” posted on Vogue’s website, “takes you on set with the happy family,” with images of a canoodling Kimye posing with baby North for celebrity photographer Annie Leibowtiz.
Rickey Spicer — who sang lead vocals as a 12-year-old Michael Jackson wannabe for the one-hit-wonder group “The Ponderosa Twins Plus One” — was shocked when he heard his voice in the West title “Bound 2.”
His Manhattan civil suit against Vogue publisher Condé Nast says “Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the lyrics.”
A rep for Vogue did not immediately respond to The Post's request for comment.
Here's the original song:
Why did the New York Knicks sign Lamar Odom with one day left in the season? It's all about the value his contract represents in the trade market.
I this, the final week of the NBA regular season, the New York Knicks signed Lamar Odom to a contract running through the 2015 season.
An optimist's view would say that this is the first move of new team president Phil Jackson, who inevitably and understandably wants to stick with what he knows best and have his new team play the triangle offense. A point forward like Odom is integral to this ideology, and suitably difficult to come by to merit taking on Odom himself as a reclamation project.
Perhaps there is a bit of that involved here. Perhaps the Knicks really do see a chance for redemption with Odom, a possible contributor down the road in spite of the complete waste of his last three seasons (and, based on his brief Spanish stint, additional injury concerns). Odom really was good when he was good, and if there is a spark in the fire, the Knicks want to be the ones to throw a log on it. Yet realistically, the timing of the move is most representative of what is in play here.
Get ready for the playoffs
Odom was signed right at the very end of this season, to a contract running through next season. If he was supposed to help this season, he would have signed earlier. If he was supposed to help next season, he would have signed later, unless the Knicks felt they had to secure him early so as to not be outbid on him, which seems unlikely.
Instead, then, Odom was signed at a time he could be of no use, so that he was ready to deploy at a time when he could be at his most useful -- the July free agency period.
By signing Odom to a contract running through the 2015 season, the Knicks are able to trade Odom from the end of the July moratorium. When they do so, they will be trading an unguaranteed $1,448,490 contract, a contract which can be used in salary matching deals and waived without reprisal by the recipient team.
This is a fairly common science, recently also employed by the New Orleans Pelicans in their signing of Melvin Ely, and recently not employed by the Cavaliers in their signing of Scotty Hopson. It creates a small but useful asset from a roster spot and a minimum salary, just as they had done previously with Shannon Brown (who has an unguaranteed deal for $1.31 million next year via the same mechanism).
The Knicks have benefited from this process before when they waived Bill (now Henry) Walker to sign Dan Gadzuric down the stretch of the 2011/12 season, a player who never got the opportunity to contribute significantly on the court but whose $1.352 million contract became a valuable centerpiece to that summer's Raymond Felton trade. The Felton trade was unsuccessful, of course, yet the point remains that it could not likely have been done without Gadzuric's contract. His contract gave the Knicks an asset going into that summer, as will Odom's $1.44 million unguaranteed minimum salary deal. It is not a huge asset, but it is an asset nonetheless, something of which the Knicks will have scant few.
A well-documented penchant for giving away draft picks, particularly first round ones, is an easily cited and entirely correct reason for why the Knicks are short of assets. However, there is more to it than that. Mid-range contracts, just like first round picks, are fundamental to being able to complete trades, and the Knicks have almost none of them. They know the value of these well as they used a package of those things to land Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani, and now they have left themselves with barely any horses left in the stable. The only mid-range contracts they have belong to Felton and J.R. Smith - both run through 2016 and are attached to hard work players (not to be confused with hard working players). These are not desirable assets, and with a lack of first round picks to placate them, trade assets are few.
What they do have now, however, is a few outside chances of rustling up money. In addition to the combined $2.85 million unguaranteed of Odom and Brown, Kenyon Martin now has early Bird Rights with the team. This means he can potentially be used Keith Bogans-style in a sign-and-trade deal to a contract starting at 104.5 percent of the average salary in the previous season, or about $5.5 million. Assuming he is not signed before then, Kenyon will surely be complicit in that.
A big drawback here, though, is that any such sign-and-trade must see the Knicks finish below the so-called 'apron'. And with their payroll being as high as it is, this will be hard to do. Furthermore, if they team did do a sign and trade, the apron (expected to be about $77 million or so) would then be a hard cap for the remainder of the season, a non-negotiable limit on payroll expenditure of any kind. New York are so far above the apron that it is almost impossible to imagine them getting under it without losing Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Even if they did get under it, it would not by enough to enjoy the full benefits of doing so, as both usage of the sign-and-trade and non-taxpayer mid-level exceptions would create this hard cap.
The new CBA deliberately and effectively has restricted the ability to spend of those it deemed have already spent enough. The Knicks will likely have no cap room, no Bi-Annual Exception, no ability to sign a smaller mid-level exception starting at $3.278 million for only up to three years, and the requirement that incoming salary in trades is limited to a maximum of 125 percent plus $100,000 of the outgoing, and not the more liberal limits enjoyed by non-taxpayers. With over $92 million committed to 12 players already, luxury tax seems like a certainty, and thus so do these restrictions. And those restrictions grossly inhibit the team's ability to improve.
One of the few bright spots, Toure Murry, needs re-signing. And after signing him to only a one-year minimum salary contract last summer, New York have put themselves in another Chris Copeland-like situation whereby they have no Bird Rights and will find it difficult to re-sign him. Moreover, the roster needs more than just retaining. The decent enough 34-32 finish to the season does not offset the huge problems within it, the embarrassments along the way, and the sheer dearth of talent available. The Knicks need a lot of help without the means to acquire a lot of help.
The summer, of course, hinges on the future of Carmelo Anthony. If he leaves, it's over, and a rebuild (if such a thing is possible for a team with so few of its own picks) begins in earnest. If he stays, the Knicks will be paying $30 million to a 34 year old, which itself is not optimal but is surely better than the alternative. Tim Hardaway Jr. and whatever is left of Iman Shumpert's falling star represent the sum total of the 'future', unless Murry and Jeremy Tyler can establish themselves as regular rotation talents. And that is about it. The contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler expire after next season, which provides much more flexibility next offseason and/or potentially gives them some trade value as expirings (which famously do not have the trade value they once did, but nevertheless still have some), yet this does not solve the many immediate problems.
New York, as ever, will no doubt spend as much as they can. But they cannot spend very much. Odom helps a little bit, but only a little bit. It seems likely they haven't enough assets to pull off another Bargnani-like deal. This, perhaps, is a blessing.
Everyone wants a spin-off. That’s the talk du jour. It’s not enough to just have a franchise, you need solo films to keep that franchise going and going. It’s the new black: release a movie every other year while the main mothership has its flagship super-movie every two or three years, right? Fox hopes to do the same with the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” series and Mystique (a mooted spin-off while the super-hero team carries on every other few years). And Marvel obviously already has this plan in place: an “Avengers” movie ever few years and in between them they have their solo character movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World” etc.
This will be the plan for the next few years up until 2017 when “Avengers 3” comes out (it hasn’t been dated yet, but that’s a good bet). Remember, Kevin Feige recently said Marvel has a loose roadmap that leads to 2028. How do they get there? Well, by introducing new characters in each “Avengers” movie for one. After all, folks like Captain America (Chris Evans) are going to retire soon and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is presumably too expensive to re-up another contract with.
This means introducing new characters into “The Avengers” team, making them integral members for the next installments and then eventually giving them solo movies. So “Avengers: The Age Of Ultron” will already introduce three new super heroes: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), The Scarlett Witch (Elisabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany) and rumors of two more — Black Panther and Ms. Marvel (frankly, three seems like more than enough, and Feige was smart enough to not include Hawkeye in ‘Winter Soldier’ because they already knew it was overstuffed). Will these characters get solo movies? Well, according to Business Week, Disney Chiefs recently met with Marvel to discuss how to keep the gravy train going essentially.
"Iger and Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, recently met with the Marvel team to talk about new heroes who will be introduced in Age of Ultron and could be spun off in their own films as well. Iger declines to name them. 'The possibilities are endless,' he says."
And of course, when a strategy works, not only does every studio copy it (see How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies), but the studio that came up with it just wants to keep rolling it out over and over again (until it fails of course). So this means members of “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” could potentially have their own solo films if that movie takes off (confirming earlier reports).
"Iger would like to replicate the success of The Avengers with other Marvel teams. He says Marvel could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features."
Note, some are speculating that this means a Ms. Marvel movie is coming, but Iger nor Business Week suggest that at all. Furthermore, while the Ms. Marvel character is rumored to be in “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” one would think if she was going to get a solo movie, we’d likely know who the actor playing her would be by now. And certainly characters like The Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are bigger. What’s more, Marvel is fairly conservative with these decisions, thankfully. For example, fans would love to see a Black Widow movie (Scarlett Johansson), but Marvel understands she’s a better utility player that works alongside Captain America and a movie based entirely on that supporting character may not work. Same goes for Hulk, who they haven't been in any hurry to go solo with.
Finally, the latest rumor going around today: “42” star Chadwick Boseman will appear in “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” as Black Panther. I’d say take it with a grain of salt for now.
what already introduced Marvel characters would you want to see star in a spin-off solo movie?
Everyone looking fresh and beautiful at the Tribeca Film Festival!
+ Abby Elliot and director Susanna Foegel
Reception for the film seems to be positive!
Days Of Our Lives Star Guy Wilson Views Will & Sonny's Storyline As An Example Of True Love!
The soap opera made daytime television history earlier this month with the nuptials of Horton and Sonny Kriakis (played by Freddie Smith), broadcasting the genre's first gay male wedding.
“When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, each day it became increasingly powerful for us,” Wilson told Gay Star News. “The actual day of filming it, there was no acting. It was simultaneously one of the most powerful moments I've had as a performer or otherwise and also one of the most fluid moments I've had as an actor.”
“We were trying to demonstrate for our viewership the fact that it's okay to be fearless, to express who you are and what you believe in and it's okay to love whoever you want to love. I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love,” he added.
Wilson joined the show just as Sonny was to propose marriage. He replaced the popular and acclaimed actor Chandler Massey who had won two Emmys for the role and inhabited Will as he came to terms with being gay, came out publicly and fell in love with Sonny.
Now that the wedding has taken place, Wilson feels more at home than ever as Will.
'As far as the Will and Sonny storyline, the marriage is a new chapter,' he said. 'As far as my tenure as an actor on the show, I do feel on an internal level that it is the beginning of a new chapter. I feel like I'm Will now. I feel like I've achieved something for the storyline, I've achieved something that I can own.'
Cady McClain has joined The Young and the Restless as grieving mom/town pariah Kelly Andrews, just as she's published her brutally frank memoir, Murdering My Youth. The two-time Emmy winner tells TV Guide all about it.
TV Guide: How does it feel to land on a healthy, high-rated soap after your last two died such dismal deaths? In fact, AMC died twice!
McClain: It's the most amazing thing. Y&R had its 41st anniversary a couple of weeks ago with the big press party and the cake-cutting and a lot of celebration — something I never thought I would experience again. [Laughs] I thought the party was over for me!
TV Guide: Are you still stinging from the failure of Prospect Park's reboot of AMC?
McClain: When you watch a beloved show come to an end and see the toll it takes on everyone with the production and the fans who have loved and supported it, it's like the death of an entire family. The experience with Prospect Park was nightmarish and heartbreaking. I was a big supporter of the show and what they tried to do with it online, but the powers that be who held the purse strings did not have their plan in place. It was all rather sad. [Laughs] Now there is nothing to bitch about! I'm, like, "You people at Y&R don't even know how bad it can get!" Every time I drive on the lot at CBS, I say a big prayer of thanks and gratitude. I hate to say it — and I would never wish those soaps to have been cancelled ever — but the gift of that loss is that it put a hot fire under everybody's ass. The surviving shows got their s--t together and everybody — actors, writers, producers — stopped taking their jobs for granted and worked a lot harder to make the most of the opportunity. It also made the networks realize how much these shows mean to the public.
TV Guide: You're replacing Cynthia Watros, who left Y&R to do an MTV series. She was last seen April 14 and you hit the air two days later. How are you dealing with that crazy-fast switch?
McClain: There's much more pressure being an instant replacement. Boom! Usually when this happens on a soap there's a break of a few months or at least weeks. And Cynthia was mind-bogglingly good and really made her mark with some award-worthy work. So I'm like, "Oh, s—t!" But I'm bringing my A game and hoping the fans will accept me.
TV Guide: Kelly easily could have been written out when Watros left, but the decision was made to keep the character because Peter Bergman needed a love interest. Do you feel used in a way? This seems so much less about Kelly and more about Jack.
McClain: Peter is an amazing actor and this is a soap opera, which is about love and romance. He needed somebody to play with and I'm thrilled to be the one. In a way, it's very special. When you're dancing in a couple, there's a leader and a follower, and there's an art to being a follower. You have to be present and open and pay attention to the cues you're given, and I love that. That's a big part of why I worked so well with Michael Knight on AMC — we were great dancing partners. I think the same thing is happening with Peter. He's very responsive, as well. He catches what I throw. But it's fine with me to let him be the lead. I have no problem with this!
TV Guide: Murdering My Youth, your shocking survival story, is a fantastic but tough read, marked by years of family madness, alcoholism, abandonment and domestic violence. You were also sexually abused by your father. Was it hard to get it all down on paper?
McClain: For years I could not return to L.A. and spend more than two days there without freaking out and needing to leave quickly, because that's the town where I was put on sale. I know my story is bigger than life — not everyone was a kid in showbiz — but I wrote the book for anyone who was forced to grow up in chaos and violence. A child's innocence should never be for sale. I really wanted and needed to understand what had happened to me. It didn't really sink in until 2012 when I fully realized that my parents had spent all of the money I had made as a child actor — and it was a lot! It wasn't until I started writing the book that I thought, "What the f--k did happen to all that money?" And so I dug into my old boxes of crap and found the original incorporation papers and found out that I had been paying the mortgage on our house and that my parents were taking salaries. Finding out the truth — 100 percent of the truth — was essential to me. That's how I know who I am. That's how I keep myself from going nuts or turning into a drug addict.
TV Guide: You don't write about your early years at AMC with much happiness.
McClain: It was tough. It was brutally hard. Michael Knight always made me laugh, God bless him, but you're right. I wasn't a happy person then. I was going through a lot of s--t and there was a lot of fallout. Maybe it was a happy time for other people there but I didn't have a lot of joy in my heart back then.
TV Guide: The book concludes when you are 25. Will there be a sequel?
McClain: I wanted to end the book when my mom died, which was the most dramatic and profound thing that ever happened to me. The years after that? [Laughs] Oh, dude, I got into a lot of trouble! I decided after a life of so much pain and childhood crap that I was going to have fun and, oh boy, did I! That is a different book and, if I ever write it, it would have to be called something like Days of Being Wild. I turned into a wild child who set out to have fun but instead I got really hurt and really screwed up and made some really stupid choices. That was part of the reason I starting writing Murdering My Youth so many years ago. It was my attempt to say, "Whoa! Slow yourself down, girl!"
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is heading back to tape at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on April 16 for scenes that will air on May 19. He will cross paths with Eric Braeden (Victor) and Sean Carrigan (Stitch).
The fullback first appeared on March 13 as a businessman.
“It was an amazing experience! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show,” Robinson said of his first on set. “I’ve always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their storylines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like a part of the Y&R family.”
Former ALL MY CHILDREN actor and THE PRICE IS RIGHT model Robert Scott Wilson has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, according to Soap Opera Digest. He will replace Justin Gaston in the role of Ben, Jordan's brother.
DAYS has not said why Gaston, who first aired on February 27, was being replaced by Wilson.
Wilson will first air next month. He played Pete Cortlandt on The OnLine Network's web version of ALL MY CHILDREN in 2013. His final appearance on THE PRICE IS RIGHT is scheduled for April 15.
Gaston was a contestant during Season 6 of NASHVILLE STAR. He is married to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS actress Melissa Ordway (Abby).
If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt); and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).
SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin'& Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.
General Hospital" fans love the way things are right now and hate the idea of actresses changing around on this soap opera. On Tuesday, Soaps in Depth shared some news about one of the actresses on the show. It looks like the actress that plays Sabrina might be leaving the show. This would mean Teresa Castillo would be leaving.
The show is looking for a new actress. They want someone who looks like they originally came from Mexico and is pursuing a career in medicine. In May, Teresa will be going on maternity leave from the show. They are wanting the new actress to come in about the exact same time. That could easily mean that they are replacing her. It is perfect timing and has fans wondering what is going on.
A source spoke out saying that it is a new character, but that doesn't mean that is true. You never know with these soap operas and they also will be trying to keep it a secret if they are planning to have Sabrina be recast. They do change actresses all the time. Teresa has been on Twitter talking about the baby and things but hasn't mentioned if she is leaving or not.
Teresa Castillo confirmed to fans that she is due on May 24. That means she won't be filming for very much longer and will be taking off for her maternity leave pretty soon.
Canadian fans will have an opportunity to mingle with Kate Linder (Esther) and other cast members of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS while donating to a worthy cause on Sunday, April 27. The actress will be hosting 'OpportuniTeas' For Independence, a high tea in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that will benefit the March of Dimes Canada.
"It's exciting because we're going to a different part of Canada," Linder tells Soaps In Depth. "This will be different because while I'm sure some fans who have been to past teas will come to this one we'll also have some new faces, too. It's always nice to meet people who support the show!"
Joining Linder at the get-together will be co-stars Jess Walton (Jill) and Tristan Rogers (Colin). "Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is coming, too, and I'm very excited about that because this might be one of her last events for a while," says Linder sadly, of her soon-to-be-exiting on-screen daughter.
The tea will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session. The afternoon of fun and festivities will include a raffle, live auction and gift bag giveaway. Plus, Y&R make-up artist Patti Denney and hair stylist George Guzman will auction off an on-the-spot makeover for a lucky winner!
Greg Vaughan announced his divorce from wife Touriya Haoud via social media on Monday, April 14.
The couple had been for married eight years before the split, and they share three children together; Jathan James, 6, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2. Consequently, Vaughan's Twitter announcement clarified that the split was harmonious.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together & 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," the announcement to both Twitter and Instagram read. Vaughan's post also included a photo of himself with Haoud.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time," the 40-year-old actor added. "With our sincere love, Greg & Touriya."
Vaughan stars as the adult version of Eric Brady on Days, but the actor is best known for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital from 2003 to 2009. While his fame continues to grow, Days is now one of the longest-running scripted television series in the world. Over its nearly 50 years on the air, the soap opera has accumulated a strong fan following that continues to grow today, with many tuning in to the show which airs almost every week day.
Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has spoken to Digital Spy about Danny Miller's upcoming return to the soap.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Miller has agreed to reprise his role as Aaron Livesy and will be back on screen in the summer.
Hit play below to see Hordley reveal his reaction to the news in an exclusive video interview with Digital Spy:
Maite Perroni has been filming La Gata for two months, and she opened up about her experiences shooting the upcoming telenovela.
"I'm very happy," she said to El Mañana. "I think La Gata is a project that allows me to develop in the areas I most like, music and acting. With this novela, I'm super happy that it's a story that moves me very much and each episode that I see makes me excited, and it has a good rhythm. We are telling a very real story."
As for the music, the song, which is a bachata, won't be released until the premiere of the series on May 5. It will be released on the show and later it will be on the radio.
She has been working on the border of Xochiaca, which is the largest dump in Mexico City. They started filming on Feb. 10, and this location is where her character comes from.
"It's a special place," she said. "We have met incredible people. We've been able to share with the people that are there that either live or work there. It's been a beautiful thing. We laugh, eat together and they support the show, and you realize that this is the kind of life someone leads. You have to respect that."
She was drawn to the role in La Gata because she would be able to learn about someone else's life. It didn't take her long to feel moved by the place, she said. She even said that this role is one of the most important she has played to date.
As Alison Sweeney is set to depart the NBC soap opera this year after more than two decades as Sami Brady, the fan favorite posted a special message on her facebook page which relates to the current story, where it looks as if Sami may discover that the man she is about to marry, EJ DiMera (James Scott) has been having an affair with Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi)!
From this week’s promo of DAYS: A mysterious envelope shows up at the DiMera mansion that Sami gets her hands on which has incriminating evidence of EJ and Abby in the throes of passion. So is it what happens next that will be one of the best episodes for Sweeney of all-time? Well, according to this post below, it surely is!
Alison: “I am so proud of the episode airing on Monday, April 21st. We worked so hard on it, and everyone gave their all. I hope you watch. Thinking back on all the pivotal episodes I’ve been blessed to be a part of at Days of our Lives, this without question stands out at the top. And believe me, as we were shooting it everyone was thinking about YOUR reactions. So … I can’t wait to read your thoughts after!! XOXO”
In addition, if you picked up the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Sweeney also mentioned the episode and elaborated a little more saying: “In fact, we were in the fan event last November right when we shot those scenes, like giddy, practically from the excitement and the buildup it created in that particular episode. We did a read-through with the director and I am going to say that we dedicated probably at least nine hours or more of rehearsal time toward them.”
Following the success of the first season of El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies), that averaged 2.3 million viewers nightly and generated more than 35 million page views on Telemundo.com, Telemundo announces the premiere of The Secret Episode (El Capitulo Secreto), an unprecedented seven-part mid-season web-series that will bridge the first season cliffhanger with the upcoming second season. Starting April 22nd, fans that sought long-awaited answers regarding the fate of Aurelio Casillas will enjoy two new action-packed digital chapters per week leading up to the complete full-length episode that will be available on May 9th across all Telemundo Digital and Social platforms including Online, Mobile and the novelas application.
“Following the climatic cliffhanger of the first season, we wanted to produce original content in order to continue the story of El Señor de Los Cielos, prior to the on-air second season premiere” said Joshua Mintz, EVP Scripted Programming & GM Telemundo Studios. “Digital platforms allowed us to create our first-ever mid-season series.”
The popular action series will defy expectations with the launch of the second season in May which promises to deliver cutting-edge special effects, explosions and thrilling action sequences. Produced by Telemundo Studios and filmed by Argos Television, El Señor de los Cielos is inspired by actual facts and recreated in the late 1990s on location in Mexico.
“Our goal is to continue delivering the highest quality content and go beyond traditional on-air programming, taking the viewer’s experience further” said Borja Perez, SVP Digital & Social Media. “The vision is to continue this initiative with other series in the future by combining programming strategy with digital and social innovations.”
Rafael Amaya reprises the role of Aurelio Casillas along side lead actors Ximena Herrera, Carmen Villalobos, Raúl Méndez, Fernanda Castillo, Manuela González, Robinson Díaz and Mauricio Ochmann. For the first time, renowned actress Marlene Favela will join the cast for the second season.
Danna Paola is experiencing one of her best career moments as a star of the Mexican version of the Broadway musical, Wicked, that has received positive reviews. The 18-year-old actress also scored the starring role of Saving Sara Cruz, a remake of The Bodyguard that Selena Gomez also auditioned for. Paola was also cast as one of the three female leads of Televisa's new primetime telenovela Hasta El Fin Del Mundo from the Amores Verdaderos and Soy Tu Dueña producers.
Due to her very busy agenda, she ultimately had to bow out of the project as scheduling issues wouldn't allow her to film her first movie in Hollywood and tape the Mexican series.
Now the production headed by Nicandro Diaz had to re-audition young girls to replace Danna and caused a delay in the project. Televisa is upset at the Atrevete a Soñar star for leaving the series and has subsequently banned her.
Alex Kaffie who hosts gossip show Pasillo TV mentioned on the radio show that the network issued a memo where they prohibit their shows from mentioning Danna Paola. None of the Televisa produced shows is able to talk about the singer and actress, effectively ignoring all of her projects and giving her any press.
This policy is common practice for the No. 1 Mexican network that operates four over-the-air television stations and multiple cable channels. Danna has bigger aspirations and if she takes off in Hollywood, she won't need to worry about Televisa's practices.
Singer Pedro Fernández is once again ready for his closeup.
The 44-year-old will be making his return to telenovelas in Nicandro Díaz's Hasta El Fin Del Mundo, according to TV Notas. In a press release, Díaz confirmed that Fernández would be working with him again. The two previously teamed up for 2009's Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe, which was highly successful. The singer starred opposite Itatí Cantoral.
In an industry where actors can get very worn out by the amount of work that goes into a telenovela, Pedro Fernández has made sure this isn't his fate, too. As part of his contract, he will only work Mondays through Thursdays. He would like to take Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off so that he can continue performing those days.
Claudia Álvarez, Marjorie de Sousa, Mariana Seoane, Julián Gil, Aleida Núñez, César évora, María Rojo, Alejandro Camacho, Jaime Moreno and Diego Olivera have also been confirmed.
Hasta El Fin Del Mundo is based off of Dulce Amor, an Argentine telenovela from 2012. The story will revolve around sisters who own a candy factory, and they are facing tough economic times. The oldest sister is chiefly in charge, along with her boyfriend. But she doesn't know that her boyfriend is actually trying to sabotage her business. The show will start shooting in April, and is slated to released in August.
DAYS's Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their first child together, due this summer. "I'm having another little rugrat!" confirms the actor.
A baby shower for the duo, who wed on July 12, 2011, is being held this weekend. Dattilo, already a father to Gabe, 14, is looking forward to having a new baby in the house. "I miss my son as a baby so much," he shares.
"I love him as a young man now, but when he was a baby it was insane." This time around, Dattilo notes, "I'm more prepared in the sense that I know what's coming: the hard work, responsibility and lack of sleep. It's a long road. But I'm very content and happy."
As Steffy and Liam planned their nuptials, Hope became painfully aware that her advice to Liam about marrying Steffy quickly would mean that Hope would lose him forever. Liam told Hope that he'd always wonder what would have been. On the wedding day, Steffy rode up the aisle on her motorcycle, and Hope demanded that Rick take her to the ceremony. Katie awakened at the hospital and asked for her wedding rings. Katie had realized that she'd been wrong about Bill and Brooke, and Katie wanted to continue with her marriage. Bill told Brooke that he loved Katie, but he couldn't forget what he and Brooke had shared. Brooke loved Bill; however, she loved her sister, too, and Brooke insisted that what she and Bill had shared was just a memory.
Daniel tricked Jennifer into returning home and told her that he knew that Chloe had blackmailed her so that he would not lose custody of Parker. Chloe, sincere and regretful of her actions, told Daniel and Jennifer that she planned to leave Salem to get her life back on track. Chloe asked Daniel to take care of Parker until she returned. Chloe said goodbye to Nicole and Anne, who was still determined to take down Jennifer. E.J. was ecstatic that Sami agreed to marry him. Victor, Brady, and Kristen's meeting was interrupted just before they opened the envelope to reveal the incriminating picture of Sy and Kristen together. Stefano decided to take care of Sy but told Kristen that the photograph was still missing. Kristen was frantic to find the missing photograph, unaware that Ciara had found it on the floor at the coffee shop. Hope told an excited Ciara that Bo would soon be returning home. Gabi learned that Rafe and Kate were together, even though he tried to convince her that they were over. Rafe apologized to Kate, and they agreed to try the couple thing again. Vargas continued to pressure Nick to honor their deal. John gave Kristen a gift that was reminiscent of a special time in their past. The gift was part of John's master plan to expose Kristen's true agenda. Maggie told a shocked Brady the significance of the baseball shirt that John had given to Kristen. Sonny, Will, and friends shared some happy times together.
Bobbie bumped into Noah at the airport on her way back to Seattle and was surprised when Noah revealed that he had taken a job at Seattle General, where Bobbie worked. Patrick assured Sabrina that Britt's pregnancy hadn't changed his desire to pursue a relationship with Sabrina. Britt told Patrick that she had decided to have an abortion because she didn't want to raise a baby alone or have her child feel the pain of not being wanted by its father. Connie's integration was a success, so she decided to use the name that she had been given at birth. Sonny was devastated when Connie explained that she couldn't risk having a relationship with him because it might trigger her alter personalities to return. Michael confessed to Sonny that he had slept with Brenda. Carly demanded that Sonny kill Brenda, but Sonny pointed out that harming Brenda wouldn't help Michael. Carly warned Sonny that Brenda would continue to pursue Michael to get a reaction out of Sonny, so Sonny had to do something to stop Brenda. Michael was surprised when Brenda admitted that she had a confession to make. A.J. and Nikolas had a tense conversation about Elizabeth. Dante, Luke, and Laura were concerned when they realized that Stavros had manipulated Lulu's memories to erase her life and brainwash her into believing that she was Stavros' wife. Lulu's loved ones convinced her to return to Port Charles with them because it was too dangerous to remain on Cassadine Island. Sam was granted guardianship of Rafe.
Chloe was upset when Kevin continued to steal, but he thought the thrill was the only thing holding their marriage together. Lily tried to downplay her kiss with Tyler, but she was clearly jealous to learn that he was dating Lola. Gus and Leslie had problems adjusting to living together. Gus suffered an apparent heart attack. Despite Cane's pleas, Katherine refused to tell her family about her brain tumor. The Newmans celebrated Nikki's birthday. Victoria returned to Newman Enterprises over Billy's objections. Adam goaded Billy into a poker game, and Billy won On the Boulevard from Barry. Victoria was furious when Billy told her that he'd "bought" the restaurant. Phyllis accepted Jack's invitation to move in with him. Michael and Lauren drifted further apart, and Fen blamed himself for their estrangement. Lauren resisted Carmine's advances, and Carmine extended his friendship to Fen. Avery and Dylan discussed the baby they'd lost, and he realized that she hadn't told Nick everything about her past. Dylan asked Avery to marry him, but she remained with Nick. Dylan sold Avery's ring to repay the bail money, and he planned to leave town. Faith reacted badly to Avery's attempt to bond. Chloe discovered that Dylan had been Chelsea's one-night stand, and she attempted to push Chelsea and Dylan together. Adam unsuccessfully tried to reach out to Chelsea. Sharon had a romantic fantasy about Adam. Sharon discovered that Chelsea was pregnant, and she told Adam. Adam confronted Chelsea about her pregnancy in front of Dylan.
Monday, April 21
A photo of E.J. (James Scott) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) causes chaos at the DiMera mansion; Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) discuss the DiMeras.
Tuesday, April 22
Nicole (Arianne Zucker) discovers startling information about Liam (Mark Collier); Daniel (Shawn Christian) faces a disciplinary hearing; Jennifer finds incriminating evidence in Daniel's apartment; Nick (Blake Berris) makes Gabi (Kate Mansi) believe Sami (Alison Sweeney) is plotting to take the baby away.
Wednesday, April 23
Jennifer looks into the evidence she found; Nicole meets Liam's ex-wife; E.J. confronts Kate (Lauren Koslow); J.J. (Casey Moss) receives troubling news about Paige (True O'Brien).
Thursday, April 24
Nicole starts to realize Liam is dangerous; Theresa (Jen Lilley) worries the Liam situation is getting out of hand; Gabi, Nick and Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) meet to draw up a custody agreement; J.J. and Paige fight about the future.
Friday, April 25
Nicole turns to Rafe (Galen Gering) for help; Liam tracks down Jennifer; Daniel pushes Theresa to confess; Nick threatens Sami.
Michael turns to Sonny for comfort; Spencer comes face to face with Luke; Nik and Elizabeth share an emotional moment before Ric interrupts.
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Franco tries to bond with Carlos in jail; Sonny walks in on Luke and Spencer.
Port Charles gathers to pay their respects to AJ; Monica is upset when Sonny shows up to the funeral service.
Anna and Nathan assess the aftermath of a dire situation; Spencer tells Sonny about Luke's plans; Morgan defends Kiki.
Morgan faces the ultimate betrayal from his father; Sabrina and Patrick find out that their baby might be at risk.
Monday, April 21
A mother intervenes in her son's romantic life; Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) and Oliver (Zack Conroy) start their romance at the Forrester estate pool.
Tuesday, April 22
Liam (Scott Clifton) makes a future-altering proposition to Hope (Kim Matula); Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) tells Rick (Jacob Young) about her plans to help Bill (Don Diamont).
Wednesday, April 23
Hope tells Wyatt (Darin Brooks) about Liam's ultimatum; Aly and Oliver's flirtations go unnoticed at a board meeting.
Thursday, April 24
Maya (Karla Mosley) confronts Oliver about Aly; Wyatt gets Quinn (Rena Sofer) to let him fight his own battles.
Friday, April 25
Hope reveals her decision about Liam's ultimatum; two mysterious people take advantage of a romantic setting.
Monday, April 21
Nick (Joshua Morrow) confronts the Cassie (Camryn Grimes) imposter; tensions increase between Ashley (Eileen Davidson), Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Stitch (Sean Carrigan).
Tuesday, April 22
Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Leslie butt heads; Sharon (Sharon Case) talks toe Jack (Peter Bergman) about her memories; Victor (Eric Braeden) has the rug pulled out from under him.
Wednesday, April 23
Nick and Sharon face change; Noah (Robert Adamson) and Courtney (Kelli Goss) get intimate; Christine (Lauralee Bell) and Paul (Doug Davidson) consider the future.
Thursday, April 24
Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) sees Billy (David Tom) differently; Victoria and Stitch's date takes an unexpected turn; Colin (Tristan Rogers) tries to make peace with Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil).
Friday, April 25
Cane encourages Devon (Bryton James) to pursue Hilary; Jack and Kelly's (Cady McClain) relationship disturbs Summer (Haley King); Jill hits a speed bump in her path to happiness.