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Billy Magnussen's World Turns! Set to Replace Jake Gyllenhaal In Film Adaptation Of Into The Woods!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photo

Former As the World Turns star, Billy Magnussen  (Ex-Casey) has had a magnificent year after first receiving rave reviews and accolades and a Tony nomination for his performance on Broadway in the play Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike.

However, now comes word today via, that Billy is set to replace Jake Gyllenhaal in the motion picture adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Into The Woods!

Magnussen is in final negotiations to replace Gyllenhall for Disney and director Rob Marshall.  He will play Rapunzel’s prince in the Marc Platt-produced adaptation of the stage musical.

Billy joins a film that shoots in London this fall with cast that includes  ready for it … Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Emily Blunt.   Ah, can we come visit the set?

So what do you think about Billy Magnussen’s rising career?  Excited to see him in Into The Woods? Comment below!


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This is the problem w/ hollywood. Unknown actors who are white get chances to portray lead characters on films while unknown actors who are racial minorities are never cast as lead chars on a major film. Nobody britsh actor jim sturgess was cast as lead on movie 21 w/c was abt Asian american MIT student. Nobody hemsworth was cast as leach char thor. hollywood cast a nobody white actor for the lead role on a summer movie franchise! It’s bec tolerant hollywood keeps wanting to launch only white actors as leading men. While hollywood’s leading man “diversity quota” is filled w/ very little African american actors. None though for Latin american actors and Asian american actors as leading men. Creating new leading men who are white is tolerant hollywood’s priority. Same goes w/ flopping white actors. depp’s soap opera remake “dark shadows” flopped. Same thing w/ whitewashing mess “lone ranger” w/c flopped even more compared to “john carter”. And that was 1 of disney’s worst flops ever. Other taylor kitsh flops are battleship and savages. But kitsch still gets roles. A racial minority actor would not be hired if he had the same number of flops as white actor kitsh.

Horrid ryan reynolds’ “green lantern” and “change up” both flopped during the same summer. Yet he still gets roles. Flop actor ryan reynolds’ summer films ripd and turbo both flopped during the same week! White actors can have 1 flop film after the next. But hollywood would still hire those same flop white actors while still casting unknown white actors for lead roles. Yet tolerant hollywood would blame the lead actor being a racial minority if his films flopped.


These are the things that actors of color have been saying for years so nothing surprises me anymore. Just take a look at some of the terrible injustices that have happened lately in this country so you know things will never be fair or equal for minority actors in Hollywood.


I agree completely. Things will never be fair or equal for people of color or minority groups anywhere in the world. Equality for all is actually a major farce, especially in the USA. Even the Presidents and Leaders can’t do anything about the rotten Justice Systems.


Good for Billy. I loved him as Casey, and always thought he had the “It” factor.


So happy for him….i always believed most of the ATWT actors were some of the best & to work with with Meryl Streep…..a dream come true !


I was all set to say… what a magnificent opportunity… till i read… he was nominated for a Tony…

how excellent is this….

course, it’s always been my opinion… that the ATWT’ “cast” has the most success… of all the soap world.

He’s Margo and Tom’s son…

Oakdale moment…. Margo is one thing….. but… when you add in Lyla, her mother… whom I just loved… and Lyla’s sister Maggie Crawford andropoulus…. dang… I loved Maggie when she was attorney… the fights she’d get in with Margo…. what a hoot.


I really miss As The World Turns…wish someone would bring it back, like One Life to Live and All My Children were brought back! ATWT was an awesome show.


Nice to see As the world turns actors are being recognized. They had some of the best, and some of the best writers until the end. I watched the show for years and just before the end they destroyed the show, let the real actors leave and let the set eaters dine. Congratulation to Billy. World certainly had lots of alums go on to better things.


I am absolutely thrilled for him and wish him all the best! So nice to see daytime stars making it big(ger) (Because they’re already big stars to us daytime fans) as their careers progress.


So, so happy for BM. But, unfortunately most talented actors of ATWT have not got anything nice since the show went defunct. I hope my favorites including VH, ESS, JS, MH, TC, VH, TD get some good and long-time roles on shows or are picked up as major characters for movies. Had it not been for the stupid EP and HW who completely destroyed ATWT in its last two years; the ratings would have remained high and the show would still be on. It’s a thorough shame that ATWT was not resurrected like OLTL and AMC. Even if it were, CG and JP should never be hired for it or any other show. Whatever they touch, that goes down the drain faster than water evaporates to vapor.


I’ll never understand how Goutman and Passanante continue to get work being the hacks they are.


Oh! Dear; are those 2 idiots employed. My 100% sympathies with the characters they are going to destroy or kill off; and the shows they are going to drain down the toilet.


Which shows are they working for? I want to stop watching those shows. After the ATWT debacle, I vowed never to watch anything with which CG and JP are associated.


I saw him on Broadway- if you’re in town and if he’s still in the show- run to see him. He is VERY hot in the play, Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike. (He plays Spike.)


@RLeternal…If I’m not mistaken, Passanante is a writer for General Hospital, not the HW thankfully. And Goutman directs for either AMC or OLTL, I don’t remember which show. I guess as long as he’s not an EP or writer they figure he can’t destroy their show.


Thanks! Ann. I do not watch GH. But, I hope GH never appoints her HW unless they want to go off air. I don’t watch AMC and OLTL either. So, if the other idiot of ATWT is employed by either AMC or OLTL, then they better not make him EP. I hope those 2 are not taken in by DOOL or YR; if they do, I will stop watching those soaps.



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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company,

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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EastSiders Season 3 Starring Van Hansis and Kit Williamson Kickstarter Campaign Underway!

EastSiders is on its way back for season three, which is great news since the LGBT series starring former As the World Turns star Van Hasis (Ex-Luke) as Thom and creator/writer/producer Kit Williamson as Cal.

Over the last few seasons, the funny, poignant, and extremely well-written series tells the tale of a couple who go through the struggles of their relationship while living in Silver Lake, California.

With many twist and turns and featuring a supporting cast that includes: Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat)Brianna Brown (General Hospital, Devious Maids, the upcoming Dynasty), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings, I’m Dying Up Here), Willam Beli (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nip/Tuck) Traci Lords (Crybaby, Zach and Miri Make a Porno), Matthew McKelligon (You’re Killing Me), Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby) and John Halbach (Producer, EastSiders), the series third season looks to be one of its most intriguing yet.

This time Thom and Cal (Hansis and Williamson) end up on the great American road trip after moving from L.A. to the Big Apple and then trying to get back home! The journey home to Silver Lake was shot on-location in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and  California over 35 days last fall.

The production has now launched their Kicktstarter campaign to finish up the series and is hoping for some funding for additional shoot days, and post-production costs. The campaign is set to run until June 6th, by which time the producers must have attained their goal of $60,000, or if you contribute and they have not met their goal, it is refunded. (more…)

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