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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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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

So, looking forward to the Golden Globes and seeing Justin and Amanda? Comment below.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

Share your condolences on the passing of Richard Roundtree via the comment section below.


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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

Share your well-wishes for a speedy recovering to John via the comment section below.

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