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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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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays Together Again For Upcoming ATWT Virtual Chat

Got to love Oakdale’s enduring favorites Bob and Kim Hughes! And now, although As the World Turns has been off our screens for back on September 17th, 2010, the love for the soap is still as strong today to its ardent fans.

So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Mark Collier Added To ATWT Reunion Line-Up For Friday

Everyone needs a little Mike Kasnoff in their lives, right?  Well, news today from The Locher Room has that for the scheduled As the World Turns virtual chat tomorrow, Mark Collier will be joining the funfest.

Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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