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Justin Hartley On Working With ‘This Is Us’ Guest Star Sylvester Stallone & His Training Tips: "So Much Star Power He Brings To The Show … It’s Awesome"

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On Tonight’s episode of This Is Us (9PMEST/8PMCST) none other than Sylvester Stallone will be part of the drama and playing himself, when Kevin, played by Justin Hartley (Ex-Adan Newman, Y&R) is set to work in a major feature film with the icon, and while doing so gets a set visit from his sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz).

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Hartley recently, where he shared his thoughts on the opportunity to work with the man that made “Rocky” and “Rambo” household names, and how he even gleaned some tips on how to have your physique camera-ready for shirtless scenes, and more from Sly!

Hartley relates it was a very cool surprise to have Stallone come onto the smash hit series: “We do these big huge massive ideas and things on This Is Us.  Then you hear about it through the grapevine and think, ‘how are we going to pull that off?’  And then you hear the players they want to get for the story, and they say, ‘We are going to talk to this guy?’  I’m thinking, ‘I am not sure he does television!’ (Laughs) The show is that good though, that people want to be a part of it.  If you can get Sylvester Stallone to be a part of it then you know you are doing something right.  So much star power he brings to the show … it’s awesome.”

As to what transpires when the starstruck Kevin meets Mr. Stallone, and what type of film they are supposed to be working on, Justin revealed: “It’s a kind of like a war movie, period piece.  It’s a big budget movie, and we got the main man to come to it, and so it doesn’t really get any better than that.”

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Working in scenes with Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us, was actually not Hartley’s first encounter with the film star.  Justin recalls, “I had actually met Sylvester Stallone, previously.  We work out at the same gym, sometimes.  One of the first questions I asked him, which was right before I filmed the movie, Bad Mom’s Christmas was because I had take my shirt off one, or two, or in ten of the scenes. (Laughs) I asked him, ‘What is a quick pump thing that you do right before scenes like that?’  I asked that because no one has done more than Sly has – maybe he and Arnold Schwarzenegger – those I would say are the two.  So, Sylvester gave me some pointers on how to look good before your scenes.  We talked about that, and we took some photos together.  He’s fantastic.  Sly is a guy who has been doing it for decades and decades,and doing it well, plus he has been writing, directing, painting, as well as acting.  The guy does it all!”

Later, Justin would learn that Stallone actually thought he played for a major sports team when they first met!  “We did not talk about the show,” expressed Hartley  “I did not think he knew who I was at all, but I remember the day I came back to the gym.  One of the trainers told me, ‘Sly was asking what football team you played for?’ He thought I was a wide receiver!  I said, ‘That’s nice.  I will take that!’  Being an A-list celebrity, I can clearly say that Sly is also an amazing human.”

Make sure to watch This Is Us on NBC tonight, and let us know what you think of Justin’s comments on Stallone, and if you love Mr. Hartley as Kevin Pearson on the hit series in the comment section below!

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”This Is Us” is a powerful series..
It holds humor, intense drama, intruge, and it’s heart ..
It truly is a primetime soap that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
It is realistic life ..

Justin is awesome, the whole of the cast is perfection..

I actually look forward to the next episode.

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Sylvester Stallone : in my generation plus … I would go their and say… absolutely this man is an icon. growing up.. in my family.. we grew up with: go their John Wayne Elvis Bruce Lee Rocky – yeah.. I love the underdog.. and have admired SS from the getgo. it’s more than – HIS – action films.. he resonated with the public.. no matter what “Hollywood” means the American public and world around.. he made it I just love when… actors who are from the old skool.. and yeah.. he may have.. 1976.. the era of old Hollywood accepted… Read more »

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I love This is Us and Justin so does my friend,oh by the way nice look with the diaper ,I laughed so hard when I saw that just wish that it had fallen off lol. Justin is one hot looking man and on top of that he is a terrific actor.Deb and I just love you.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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