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REVENGE Showrunner Sunil Nayar On Midseason Finale: "The two shots to the gut is not the only injury Emily suffers over the course of 43 minutes."

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Sunday night is the midseason finale of ABC’s Revenge (9PMEST/PST), and it’s time for Emily’s plan to swing into action, only as we know, and according to Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar, things don’t go exactly as planned!

The set-up:  Daniel (Josh Bowman) and Emily (Emily VanCamp) will make it official and say their “I do’s” and then Emily will enact her plan for revenge on the Grayson clan aboard their family yacht.  As we learned on last week’s episode, Emily was planning on framing Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) for her own murder and taking off with Aiden (Barry Sloane) never to return to the Hamptons!  However, Victoria told Emily, aka Amanda Clarke, at the end of the episode that she would not be attending the wedding at all ! But from all the promos since the beginning of the season, Emily is shot by someone, but who will be the culprit?

In a piece at Yahoo! TV,  Sunil Nayar revealed about tomorrow night’s big episode: “Finding out the shooter is almost enough, but so many more secrets are revealed in the course of the episode. The two shots to the gut is not the only injury Emily suffers over the course of the 43 minutes.”

On who would actually be the one to pull the trigger, the showrunner added,  “We toyed with a lot of different options and seriously considered three, because we wanted to do the one that’s the juiciest and that ultimately changes the show as much as possible. We teed up everybody we could think of as the shooter and saw which created the best surprise, had the best dramatic merit coming out of it, and worked best with the stories we want to try to tell.   We wanted to almost paint ourselves into a corner where you’ll think, how on earth are they going to get out of this? We’ve established so many realities that we can’t deny are true now, but we found really elegant ways out of these problems that give us tons more story going into the back half of the season.”

So, who do you think will pull the trigger on Emily AKA Amanda? What do you think will be the twists on a twist on tomorrow night’s midseason finale?  Weigh-in!

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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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