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Ex-OLTL's John Brotherton Nabs Role in Fast & Furious 7 with Kurt Russell!

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Remember when Jared Banks was killed by Mitch Laurence on One Life to Liveleaving poor Natalie  (Melissa Archer) husband-less once again?  We do!  And for those who enjoyed the performances of John Brotherton (Ex-Jared), now you can see him on the big screen!

According to Deadline.com today, Brotherton has nabbed the primo role of Kurt Russell’s sidekick in the upcoming feature film, Fast & Furious 7 in the next chapter of that movie franchise whose 6th installment was the best worldwide opening in Universal’s history this past summer.

While not all details are known, Brotherton will play Sheppard, who’s described as the Russell character’s right-hand man.  Fast & Furious 7 is shooting in Atlanta with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Black and franchise rookies including Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou.

Former OLTL head writer during Brotherton’s time on the ABC soap, Ron Carlivati tweeted to the actor ,”Congrats, John! That’s awesome!”  To which John tweeted back, “Thanks Ron!! Hope you and the team at GH are doing well! Hugs and hellos to all.”

Were you a fan of Jared and Natalie on One Life to Live? Are you happy to hear the new of John landing a major motion picture role in a big blockbuster movie franchise?   Let us know!

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Not a good detour for FF franchise. Asian american director jared lin revived the franchise and turned it into a billion dollar franchise w/ lush locales and balletic car sequences and a very racially diverse cast! FF has numerous African american actors and hispanic american actors. It even had an Asian american actor w/ FF fave sung kang who’s char was killed off on newest hit bec FF 4-6 were pretty much prequels bec his char died on FF 3 w/c was FF: tokyo drift. Typical hollywood whitewashing now that FF’s a billion dollar franchise and Asian american director jared lin is not directing next FF? They’ve cast kurt and white british actor statham and now this oltl actor. They should have cast more women of color and more Asian american actors to replace Sung kang’s char and not this oltl actor. FF is a franchise abt racial diversity and it has enough white chars already. It’s too bad FF is going this route bec Sung Kang’s char was even romantically paired w/ giselle! It’s seldom that a hollywood movie portrays Asian americans w/ romantic storyline bec majority of hollywood movies even asexualize an Asian american char even on testosterone charged action movies! That alone makes FF very progressive for backwards/trashy hollywood. FF really could resurrect Sung Kang bec he is a FF fave. They did that w/ letty who perished onscreen. The audience wouldn’t care bec FF is really a soap opera for straight male crowd w/c is it’s core audience.

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Well I guess you were too busy putting together your rant to hit up the Wikipedia page and see that other new cast additions include Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dijmon Hounsou, and Ali Fazil, all actors of color. So I’m not seeing the white wash.

Also, the new director? James Wan, an Asian-American.

Back on the ACTUAL TOPIC, Brotherton was great on “One Life to Live”. Hated that he got killed so Natalie and John could get put back together. This will be great exposure, good for him!

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LOL! Snap!

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Not everyone. Loved that so John and Natalie could get together.
Even more so because he killed Nash indirectly but still killed him.

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Jan, where did I say everyone? I know John/Natalie have a lot of fans, but I always preferred her with Jared (or Cristian).

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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

James Wan is Australian.

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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

He also worke with James Wan, the director of The Conjuring. James Wan is also directing Fast and Furious 7. He was the cop in The Conjuring.

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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Sorry supposed to say worked. LOL

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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