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OLTL's Florencia Lozano's new play featured in NY Times!

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In a fantastic article out in the New York Times earlier this week, One Life to Live’s ” dead”  Tea Delgado, Florencia Lozano is featured in a write-up about her new play underneathmybed , currently playing at the Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre in New York City. Titled: Soap Suds by Day, Political Drama at Night, the feature discusses the parallels between Florencia’s two worlds, daytime TV and writing and performing for the theatre.

David Van Asselt, artistic director of the Rattlestick, said he was drawn to Lozano’s play about the entwined political and family tumult in underneathmybed, but even more to its extensive use of Spanish, as the parents bicker in their first language and the three daughters argue and agonize in English. The play takes several twists and absurdist turns at times, and Mr. Van Asselt said he worked with Ms. Lozano and the play’s first-time director, the actor Pedro Pascal (“Some Men”), to focus the story on the central character of Daisy.  Ms. Lozano said balancing the fantastical with reality came fairly easily to her, pointing to her work on One Life to Live. Téa, who married the show’s rakish antihero four times, is now officially dead, but her body has mysteriously disappeared, and the first rule of a soap death is that anything can happen.  “I really pushed myself to take risks with my writing, to experiment and try to stay away from conventions,” Ms. Lozano said. “In that sense I think Téa helped me, because she is in a world where the most outrageous surprise is as ordinary as breathing.”

Indeed, none of her fellow soap actors seemed fazed to see her back during a recent visit to the set. Dozens of stylish dresses and pantsuits marked “Téa” remained in the wardrobe department. Asked about her character’s future, Ms. Lozano offered a sly smile and said nothing more. She gossiped breezily with her cast mates, then headed downtown to her play.

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Victoria Konefal Returns to Days of our Lives

Cin fans will be happy to know the other half of the DAYS super couple will be back on-screen later this month as Ben (Rob Scott Weston) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) love story is set to continue.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Look for Konefal to first appear back on-screen during the January 28th episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

When the missing in action Ciara returns she will bring with her a new character named Rhodes played by Jason Downs.

No word on how long Konefal’s stay will be this time, since she has been off-contract with the show since last year.

However, reportedly this this will be Ciara in the flesh, not a conjured up or “Vision” of her that comes to Ben in his time of need.

What do you think has happened to Ciara since the car explosion she was supposedly part of? Glad to know Victoria is on her way back on-air to DAYS? Comment below.

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Will AMC Favorite Josh Duhamel Replace Armie Hammer in JLo’s Film, ‘Shotgun Wedding’?

After a controversial few weeks, which saw Armie Hammer exit his leading role opposite Jennifer Lopez in Liongate’s upcoming romantic-comedy/adventure film Shotgun Wedding, it appears the motion picture has found its replacement if the ink is signed.

Former All My Children and Daytime Emmy winner Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo) has been picked as Hammer’s replacement.

The film tells the story of a couple that gathers their families for a destination wedding even as they get cold feet. If that wasn’t enough, the entire party then gets taken hostage.

Lopez and Hammer were headed for the film shoot in the Dominican Republic when salacious DM’s rumored to be attributed to  Hammer came to light on social media and derailed the films for now.  However, if Duhamel signs on to the film, they could can retain its start date in February

Hammer had responded to the allegations against him and the DM’s by sharing: “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,”

A Lionsgate spokesperson  also responded to Hammer and his exit sharing: “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision.”

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the casting news update.

So what do you think of Duhamel as Hammer’s replacement to play opposite JLO? Comment below.

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DAYS Mike Manning On Role in Film ‘Son of the South’: “I Hope it Strengthens the Dialogue Our Country is Currently Having About the Fight for Equality on All Fronts”

Days of our Lives Mike Manning (Charlie) has been one busy actor; not only appearing on the NBC daytime drama series and in the digital drama series, The Bay, but also in the new film Son of the South.

The film will be released on February 5th and was executive produced by Oscar-winning director, Spike Lee.  In story, Son of the South is about the grandson of a Klansman who comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. The film is based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.”

Manning plays the role of Townsend Ellis, and the actor took to his Twitter account on Monday, during Martin Luther King Day, to let his fans know to be on the lookout for the film and why it is such an important piece for our time.   

Mike expressed: ” I think #MLKDay  is a good day to tell you “Son of The South” will be out Feb. 5th. I hope it strengthens the dialogue our country is currently having about the fight for equality on all fronts. Exec produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee. Proud of this one.@son_movie”

You can check out a trailer for Son of the South below, along with Manning’s tweet.

So, have you been enjoying Mike’s work on DAYS? What do you think of his message sent out yesterday on these important moments of our time? Share your thoughts via the comment section,

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