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Billy Magnussen Set To Screen Test For Christian Grey In Fifty Shades of Grey!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photo

With all the talk of former and current soap stars who should be play the S&M hottie billionaire Christian Grey in the motion picture version of 50 Shades of Grey, now comes word out of E! Online that former As the World Turns hunk, Billy Magnussen (Ex-Casey) is indeed in the running and will test for the role of Christian Grey tomorrow.  As everyone knows by now, Sons of Anarchy star, Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role earlier this week and now the producers are scrambling to find the new Christian as production was set to start next month!

Magnussen, whose career has skyrocketed over the past year, earned a Tony nomination for his work last year in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and he is s currently filming the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Into The Woods, playing Rapunzel’s Prince opposite the likes of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick!

In addition, E! learned that former Home & Away star, (Australia’s long running soap) Luke Bracey is also in contention.  Bracey played the role of Trey Palmer on the sudser, and was recently spotted with none other than Selena Gomez at the Golden Globes!

So, what do you think of Magnussen for the role of Christian Grey?  Seems like the role may go to a relative newcomer to movie audiences, which may be a good thing!  Weigh-in!

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He;s sexy, But Tom Pelphrey would make me go see it!

toscanti
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I love his work and think he could pull this off.

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I am not familiar with Magnnussen’s work but he is a good looking young man – might work!!!!!!

Ann
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Can you say “career suicide?”

SZima
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I agree Ann!
I’ve never seen Billy in anything, but he’s a little creepy looking in THIS picture, so I don’t see him in the role.
But then, I haven’t read the book, won’t read the book, won’t go to the movie, so I really don’t give a shit. By the time they finally cast/make this stupid movie, no one is going to care any more.

George
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Hot!

jolan
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I think it’s wonderful for Billy to be given this chance. But there is another former star from ATWT who would be awsome as Christian Grey namely Eric Sheffer Stevens, who played the role of Reid Oliver on ATWT. His looks, charisma and body should be perfect for this role!!!!! Give him a chance!!!!!

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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