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Mark Hapka, Kim Zimmer, Crystal Hunt Star In New Film 23 BLAST – Watch The Trailer!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

It’s a very exciting time for former Days of our Lives star Mark Hapka (Ex-Nathan), who is the leading character and star of the new film 23 Blast which is heading to theatres shortly! But Hapka is not alone! In the motion picture with him are: daytime icon, Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, GL and Ex-Echo, OLTL) who plays Hapka’s mother, and Queens of Drama cast member Crystal Hunt (Ex-Stacy, OLTL, Lizzie, GL)!

The inspiring theme in the movie is one young man’s triumph over tragedy.  23 Blast is based on a true story of Travis Freeman (Hapka).  Freeman is a football player, a sport he loves, who goes blind while in high school. A s the story progresses, Travis must decide whether to attempt to play again, even without his sight!

The film by Dylan Baker has its world premiere earlier this week on  October 20th at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Theatre, New York City, where many of the cast was in attendance including former OLTL director Gary Donatelli (pictured here with Mark Hapka and Kim Zimmer) who is in the film, and none other than GH’s Kristen Alderson and OLTL’s Kelly Missal, who stopped by for the premiere to wish their soap star pals well!

Watch the trailer for 23 Blast: Vision Come From Within after the jump! Then, let us know what you thought of it!

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Mark hapka is so cute!

I think Kim Zimmer looks her age. NATURAL. We are so used to seeing ageless faces on TV, that we forget that the majority of actors/actresses go under the knife to make themselves look younger. The results are sometimes great and other times monstrous. When I reach 60, I’d rather age gracefully and look my age than look like Jackie Zeman.
Donna Mills looks great for 73…. Thanks to plastic surgery?…she has a youthful face on an old body.
I will probably be penalized for this. Why hide it? I’m speaking the truth and what most think but not dare voice.

Thats what i say too…why hide it…my comments are always going to be truthful and i will speak it…ive got a lot of backlash for it but that wont deter me from speaking mho…meanwhile, i certainly could use a plastic surgeon…lol

Looks like a cute and corky fun sports movie to watch.I will look for it when it comes out..I wish some of the remaining soap will give Kim “The Legend” an offer, she is SO needed back in daytime, only if she wishes..Crystal Hunt is such a under rated and talented actress that I will also love to see back in daytime…Her portrayal of Lizzie was good and of the conniving Stacy was classic “love to hate”!!

Hope it gets a wide release. I would love to see them all.

The movie actually looks cute. I would go see it. Kim is a very talented actress. Crystal was never given her due. Loved Lizzie no matter who played her. I agree about Kim looking her age. I am 72 , and why put yourself through something like face lifts that will fall and you will look worse. Jackie Z, and Hunter Tylo both were beautiful and now look disgusting. You watch them and can’t look away.. We all get old and men are allowed to age so just be glad you are still alive and enjoy your life.I look at Meg Ryan and want to cry for her. Someone needs to talk to the younger actors now, and say don’t do it. This is what you will look like after a while. Look at Jane Eliot she is aging beautiful and she doesn’t look like she had anything done.

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Days of our Lives Longtime Lovebirds, Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian, Set Wedding Date

In the words of Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) himself, “Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships,” it appears that he and his longtime love. Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), have finally picked their wedding date, and the destination for their nuptials.

Back in August of 2023, the couple shared that they plan to tie the knot in 2024, and with their latest IG post it looks like the wedding day is becoming closer and closer.

As Days of our Lives fans know, Zucker is suing the soap opera’s producers and production entity, and her last episode should air on July 29th, since the show tapes so far in advance. One can assume, her character, Nicole Walker may get a happy ending and get her baby back before exiting Salem? However, that’s yet to be seen.

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In the meantime, the couple who live in Nevada, continue to make plans for their big day. In their newest update, Zucker shared, “We discovered a wedding DESTINATION and DATE DATE! So grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exploration an eye-opening awe-inspiring adventure!”

While Christian chimed in, “I already hear many of you saying ‘finally Shawn!’ Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships.” #justsaying #loveispatient #loveiscrazy”

Shawn’s journey as Daniel Jonas on DAYS lasted from 2008 to 2017, while Zucker has portrayed Nicole Walker since 1998. The couple have been engaged since 2021.

The duo made no clear mention of the exact wedding date or location in their post, only that they have got things locked in and all systems are a-go!

So, happy to hear that Ari and Shawn are finally about to become husband and wife? Comment below.

 

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NATAS Reveals 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees Recognizing Admired Individuals and Their Enduring Contributions to Daytime Television

Ahead of the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday, the recipients of the 2024 Gold and Silver Circle honors.

Those chosen as honorees were chosen for this recognition, as NATAS explained, “As admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television. Inductees are exceptional professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years, respectively. They represent the best and brightest in the industry.”

Some daytime favorites in front of the camera and behind the scenes made this year’s honor roll.

The 2024 Gold Circle Inductees are:

Jerome Dobson, Writer: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Santa Barbara 

A Martinez, Actor: Santa Barbara, General Hospital, Days of our Lives and The Bay.

Suzanne Rogers, Actress: Days of Our Lives

The 2024 Silver Circle Inductees are:

Patricia Denney, Former Hair and Makeup Department Head: The Young and The Restless

Kathleen Finch, Chairman and CEO, US Networks, Warner Brothers Discovery

Linda Grand, Set Master Props: The Bold & The Beautiful

Janet Spellman-Drucker, Co-Executive Producer: Days of Our Lives

Mark Teschner, Casting Director: General Hospital

Rolonda Watts, Talk Show Host, Actress & Voiceover Talent: Sherri, Curious George, Divorce Court

What do you think of the selections for this year’s Gold and Silver Circle Honorees? Comment below.

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TODAY: Days of our Lives Icon Deidre Hall Guest Stars on ‘Hacks’

As we previously reported, Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall (Marlena) is playing a version of herself on the hit Max comedy series, Hacks. The episode dropped today on May 23rd and is already available for streaming.

In it, Deidre plays Jimmy’s mother (Paul W. Downs). For those in the know, Downs is not only one of co-creators and stars of Hacks, but as it turns out is a fan of Days of our Lives.

Speaking on her guest star appearance, Hall told TV Insider, “I was told by Paul and Lucia Aniello (co-creator) that Paul’s mom was a longtime fan of DAYS and of Marlena, and then she introduced him to the show when he was a toddler.“

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Deidre added, “So when they were looking for a person to play Paul’s mother, they said, ‘Wait a minute, are we crazy? Why don’t we see if we can get Deidre.’”

As to her guest star turn, Hall previewed,“The script was written that the part is ‘legendary Deidre Hall,’ so I didn’t have to reach too far for what she looks like, what she sounds like, how she moved.”

In story, Deidre got the opportunity to work with Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, whom she shared, “Working with Christopher Lloyd was probably the most daunting thing that’s happened to me for a while.” Hall added, “He was just the loveliest.”

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According to Hall, her Days of our Lives co-stars will be tuning-in at some point today or this evening to catch her appearance, which she is very excited about.

Hacks stars Jean Smart as everyone’s favorite comedian Deborah Vance. In season 3, the critically acclaimed and Emmy-wining comedy series explores the dark mentorship between a legendary stand-up comedian and young, entitled comedy writer.

Will you be checking out Deidre Hall, playing soap legend “Deidre Hall” on Hacks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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