Friday, October 29, 2010


TRENT DAWSON talks about his upcoming play, Vaclav Havel's THE MEMORANDUM and playing "Henry" on AS THE WORLD TURNS on the OutTakes Blogtalkradio show. You can listen to the show at this link or on the player button to the left. Running time: approx 23 minutes.

More information about THE MEMORANDUM can be found here at The Actors Company Theatre website.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Web Series Review - THE BAY Ch. 2, Ep. 1

Chapter Two is coming off to a great start with the debuts of Real Andrews, Daphne Bloomer, Clare-Louise Sedgley and Charles Shaughnessy. Dr. Keith Campbell (Real Andrews) pays Colleen (Daphne Bloomer) a visit. During the conversation we learn that Colleen gave up her daughter, Vivian, when she was sixteen. Charles Shaughnessy (as Captain Elliot Sanders) can read the phone book and be if product placements really have to happen in the series, he's an excellent choice as resident salesman. I love the father-daughter relationship going on with Elliott and Isabella (Clare-Louise Sedgley). Sedgley is a wonderful casting choice; and I'm looking forward to finding out more about the story of these two. Wild and crazy Igor has da bomb...and gives off a big reveal about Brian which I will not spoil here. Now THE BAY is really rocking!

Watch the episode at this link.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

ANTHONY HERRERA to work on Tennessee Williams documentary

As per OUTTAKES guest Anthony Herrera's Facebook page:

"In 2007, Dr. Daniel Lenihan (my heart doctor) initiated a partnership between cardiologists and oncologists, originally having a conference for representatives of each major medical discipline, to “talk to one another” so that their separate paths of treatment do not interfere with one another in treating a patient with cancer and heart disease. One principle goal was to better communicate problems that chemotherapy can cause in the patient and to find early warning signals to prevent heart damage and other circulatory complications that might occur from the cancer treatment.

Dr. Lenihan ask me to give a talk and I first presented THE HUMAN SPIRIT – A VITAL WEAPON at MD Anderson that year / 2008 - Sloan Kettering / MD Anderson Cardio Conference - New York City / 2009 - Hackensack Cancer Center - New Jersey and St Jude - Memphis

I presented at Vanderbilt – 7 October 2010 And SLU in St. Louis - 9 October.
This can be viewed on:
I received a hardy applause at Vanderbilt and a standing ovation in St. Louis.
I was awarded by the New York Foundation for the Arts
$10,000 for a documentary on Tennessee Williams in
New Orleans featuring - Kenneth Holditch, PhD - the
world's leading scholar on America’s greatest playwright.
I am now in the Crescent City preparing for the shoot.

Thank you all . . .

Congrats, Anthony!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Link to WAYNE NORTHROP interview

Here is a great gem of a short interview (about 3 minutes) with Wayne Northrop (in my opinion, the first and best Roman Brady from DAYS OF OUR LIVES...sorry, Josh Taylor)...who happens to be the most famous person from Sumner, WA. Check out the link.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

JON LINDSTROM in Axiom Theatre Production

Jon Lindstrom (ex-Craig, ATWT) to star in Axiom Theatre's "Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community" in Pleasantville, NY. Performance dates: November 4th through November 21st. See link for more details.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor III, The Young and The Restless) will talk about his recent public service announcement addressing young gay teens contemplating suicide, his book Forgiving Troy about his own struggles with family tragedy and dysfunction and how art can be used to heal.

Thom will be talking with OutTakes on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH at 10:00 PM EST. Call-in number: (347) 989-0605. The link where the radio show can be heard either live or with on-demand playback is here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cady McClain in NYC Reading

Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC and Rosanna, ATWT) will be in a reading of "Jonah Hex" for the Writers Guild of America on Monday, October 18th in NYC. Check link for more details.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MISS BEHAVE Season Two Teaser

Looks like less fun and games and more drama for Tori (Jillian Clare) in the Season Two MISS BEHAVE teaser clip. At the end of Season One, Tori's father comes home right in time to catch his kids making out and partying in the mansion. Is it all going to come crashing down?

Go to Miss Behave TV to check it out! Season Two due to start in December.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

OUTTAKES at Deidre Hall NYC Book Signing

Promoting her book KITCHEN CLOSE-UP, Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was thrilled to see the crowds lined up for the book signing at the NBC Experience Store in Rockefeller Center, NYC. When I asked Deidre if we could look forward to seeing her in any new roles in the future, she said that it was possible...but that right now she was simply enjoying being at home, spending time with her family and living her life. Look for more pictures from the signing at the "OutTakes Interviews" Facebook Page in "Photos".

Friday, October 8, 2010

Television Review - HARRY LOVES LISA

Wednesday night was the premiere of HARRY LOVES LISA on 10 pm EST, TVLand. Will it be a smash hit? Probably not...but it will be fun while it lasts.

“I think Twitter is a problem for me," complains Lisa Rinna. "I can’t keep my mouth shut!” Everything she says is taken out of context and used against her...the price of celebrity. We get a taste of the annoying side of Hollywood as Lisa is hounded about her lips, plastic surgery and her tweets.

Harry Hamlin, quirky and intense, seemed to be unlikely as a stand-up comedian. We see how he fares when his agent sends him to do an act at a local comedy club.

While it is supposed to be reality TV, it does seem fairly scripted...although no doubt, it is based on the real lives of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna. I've always had a soft spot for this couple so I enjoyed what I saw.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


October 5th Book Signing at BORDERS (Columbus Circle) promoting Harry Hamlin’s autobiography, Full Frontal Nudity, and Lisa Rinna’s fictional novel, Starlit.

Let me start off that I’ve been to many book signings here in New York City...but I have yet to go to one with such intense media coverage. I’d almost swear that the number of photographers may have been equal to the amount of people who were simply showing up to the event to get their books signed. So a little bit of old-style Hollywood paparazzi seemed to have hit BORDERS last night.

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna made an entrance in style. First, Lisa’s voice came out over the microphone announcing they were at the store, followed by Harry saying hello.

If you caught Lisa Rinna’s performance during the second season of Dancing With the Stars, you know that the lady is in great shape. She looked even more disgustingly perfect in person, wearing a white Narciso Rodrigez dress and a white leather fendi jacket (Thanks, Lisa, for that Twitter update, LOL!) along with a pair of beige shoes with neck-breaking high heels. Harry looked like he often does on television, wearing all black with a black leather jacket.

Unfortunately, Harry announced that their Belle Gray store in Truman Oaks had been robbed earlier in the morning; so the couple was obviously not too happy about that. Even so, they rose to the occasion with a fun Q&A before the book signing.

Here’s a recap of the Q&A done at the book signing:

Harry gave a great story regarding the coincidence of how his book and Lisa’s book came out at the same time. When he was married to actress Laura Johnson, he was on LA Law while she was on Falcon Crest. The shows aired at the same time on Friday nights. A little later on, LA Law was moved to Thursday nights while Laura got a new show called Heartbeat. And guess when that show aired? Thursday night. That marriage didn’t work out. Second wife Nicolette Sheridan comes along (well known as Edie of Desperate Housewives) who at that time was on Knots Landing. Yes, that show aired at the same time as LA Law. Later on, Harry left LA Law and was on another show called Movie Stars...which aired at the same time as Lisa Rinna’s Melrose Place. So now, they are going to be on the same show...Harry Loves Lisa...and Harry will no longer be plagued with a spouse's competive TV show!

Harry and Lisa had been too busy to read each other’s books so they had speedread them on the flight to NYC. Lisa loved reading about Harry’s life described in Full Frontal Nudity taking place before she had ever met him, finding out about all the dirty little secrets like how many times he was arrested. She summed up that “Harry is a good writer” and it was a “quick read”. Laughs abounded as Harry gave Lisa a ten-dollar bill for the review. He in turn described Lisa’s book as “juicy”.

Lisa admits that Starlit is “romantic fluff along the lines of Jackie Collins”. Urged by her publisher to write it, Lisa’s book is slightly autobiographical, talking about the life and times of a young actress who is trying to make it to the big time. And, yes, a lot of the characters are based on people she knows in real life...specifically, people from Harry’s past!

There was some discussion if Lisa’s store, Belle Gray, would ever make it to NYC. Do it! I could never afford to buy anything there but do it anyway!

Harry would love to do more Broadway but wants to spend time at home with his kids. The couple described their appearance in the Broadway version of Chicago as a "magical time" where they could act on stage as well as have their children stay with them in New York. "We really have a middle class life," Harry said. "No limos or mansions..." Harry Loves Lisa will pull the curtain back and show what they are really like in their home life.

When asked if she still kept in touch with her Days of Our Lives co-stars, Lisa said that "DAYS was the best training". While I have heard all kinds of rumors about Robert Kelker Kelly (the ex-Bo Brady who was not Peter Reckell) over the years, apparently the couple had to have security detail around because of him. Wow! Lisa still sees Peter Reckell (Bo), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) and Deidre Hall (Marlena) from time to time. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) has been seen shopping a few times at Lisa's store, Belle Gray.

Harry enjoyed working on Veronica Mars. He revealed that Kristen Bell is pushing to make a movie from the series.

Harry loves Lisa will be premiering tonight (October 6th) on TVLand. Check your local TV listings for specific times. Be sure and tune in to learn more about this glamorous couple!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What I Would Have Blogged

Suffering a bit of technical trouble this last week...but now all is fixed. Here's a rundown on what I would have blogged if I could:

James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS) directs "Top Dog/UnderDog" at Cape May Stage, NJ, running from September 29th through October 23rd. Link.

Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel Boudreau, GL) has her first airdate on Blue Bloods on October 1st.

Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan, GH) are in the play "The Busy World is Hushed" at Theatre 68. Link.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Web Series Reviews - VENICE and THE BAY

VENICE - Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2: So far, so good. Crystal Chappell as "Gina" is very angsty as she tries to deal with her anger against her father ("The Colonel" played by Jordan Clarke) and her breakup with Ani (Jessica Leccia). The roles that Crystal Chappell, Galen Gering (Owen) and Nadia Bjorlin (Lara) play are so much more interesting than their DAYS OF OUR LIVES counterparts. A shout-out for Hilary B. Smith (Guya) and Gina Tognoni (Sami)for their great work. I'm wondering if Galen Gering is asking himself why he always seems to be a character who is going to bed with other characters named "Sami"...

THE BAY - Season 1, Episodes 2 and 3: More plot build-up with the Garretts. Honestly, I'm hoping to see the plot move a little faster since we already have the character build-up from the "Confessions". I also think there's no need for the repeating dialogue at the beginning of Episode 3. With ten minute episodes, that's just not necessary. The potential's good but I'm hoping for more build-up. Three cheers for Camden Toy who pretty much stole Episode 3 with his two lines of dialogue. More Igor...more Igor!!! Awaiting what's coming up next...