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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 Deadline.com, 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.

Ann
Ann

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.

RLeternal
RLeternal

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.

molli
molli

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

mmc
mmc

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 !

Patrick
Patrick

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.

mollie
mollie

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.

janet
janet

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.

Rodd
Rodd

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.

RLeternal
RLeternal

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.

Ann
Ann

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

RLeternal
RLeternal

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.

RLeternal
RLeternal

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.

Michael
Michael

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.)

Ann
Ann

@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.

RLeternal
RLeternal

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.

Ann
Ann

LOL!

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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