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Rugby star Nick Youngquest talks to AfterElton about his straight-gay alliance with Gareth Thomas

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http://oconfessionario.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/nick-youngquest2.jpgI just got around to reading AfterElton.com editor Michael Jensen’s terrific interview with Aussie rugby star Nick Youngquest who has a big gay following for a couple of reasons: he looks great naked as we’ve seen in photo spreads he’s done for gay publications; and he has been an outspoken straight ally to the LGBT community.

What I find especially cool is that Nick is teammates with Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas whose coming out story has been so inspiring because of his candor and honesty about his painful journey and the happy place he finds himself in now.

“Gareth and I met this year when he came to the club we both now play for called the Crusaders,” he said. “I remember the first day he turned up and everybody was in awe of him because he is such a big deal in the rugby world, especially here in Wales! … I only found out he was gay when it was rumored he was coming to the club, and naturally because I have done gay magazines before, the boys were saying he was coming because he saw me on the front cover and this and that. What he has done is so admirable and a decision I know now he is so glad he made. He is such a good guy and everyone in our squad loves having him here with us!”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_i4SCkqE_8BU/SP-VvmAfr_I/AAAAAAAAGN8/1sZgI-V70PE/s800/DNA+NickYoungquest+(1).jpgOn being a sex symbol to gay men: “I have no problem with it at all, if they want to look at me that way that’s all good! I wish sometimes I got as much attention of the ladies as I do off the men to be honest, but it’s all good. The first time I realized it was after doing a calendar in Australia in ‘06 for breast cancer. It was a naked calendar and I think gay guys took a liking to it then. Flattering, but you can hardly put me in the same category as [Ben] Cohen and [David] Beckham though!”

Here is a LINK to the complete interview!

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How does Novak Djokovic celebrate avoiding the upset bug at Wimbledon? He rips off his shirt!

Novak Djokovic Of Serbia ReactsYou gotta love that Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, the world’s third-ranked tennis player, enjoys taking his clothes off in public.

Novak is still alive at this year’s Wimbledon after holding back a strong challenge from former champion Lleyton Hewitt on Monday. Not so lucky was Greg In Hollywood fave Andy Roddick who lost in five sets.

Today, the upsets continued as my pick on the women’s side, five-time champion Venus Williams, lost in the quarterfinals as did reigning US Open champion Kim Clisters.

Still alive is top-ranked female Serena Williams who is now heavily favored to win her fourth title and the top two men’s seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have had to survive five-set scares to make it to the quarterfinals.

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On the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys!

Regis and Joy Philbin by you.Sorry this is a day late but I had to get a few of the interviews posted before I could get to this round-up!

I love the rec carpet at the Daytime Emmys and this year was the first time that I can remember that we didn’t have to contend with the hot sun. The lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton was nice and cool and the set-up allowed for lots of fans to be lined up and to be able to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.

Regis Philbin (seen arriving with wife Joy) was host of the show which aired on CBS with ratings improving dramatically from last year when it aired on the CW and took place at LA’s Orpheum Theatre.

Regis is great but let’s face it, he’s no Neil Patrick Harris and did little to keep the show’s energy flowing. But the red carpet was was about the best that I can remember. Here are the highlights of some of the interviews I did and photos I took.

carolyn hennesey by you.One of my favorite soap stars is Carolyn Hennesy, so good as Diane on General Hospital (and also as Barb on Cougar Town).

It was so great to see her looking so regal on the red carpet in her dazzling Lloyd Klein gown and, for the first time, as an Emmy nominee.

“My father [art director Dale Hennesy] won an Academy Award many, many years ago  and I’m the only person I know who has actually practiced an acceptance speech holding an Academy Award,” she shared. “But that’s pie in the sky but with this, is somebody going to make this all disappear? I wouldn’t be surprised. As a little girl, as an actress, it’s what we dream of.”

I told her the Emmy would look good with her dress and Carolyn, with perfect comic timing said: “Ya think? I’m just sayin.”

Bonnie Hunt and her mom by you.Bonnie Hunt was a first-time Emmy nominee for outstanding talk show host. She brought her mother to the awards and remained upbeat despite the fact that The Bonnie Hunt Show was canceled after two seasons and had its last original episode air last month.

I had spent time with her several years back on the set of her ABC comedy Life With Bonnie and was happy when she took a break from snapping pics of her mom on the red carpet to come on over for a chat.

“I’ve been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes but this is my first daytime nomination – and it’s probably my last (laughs),” Bonnie said.

Bonnie has had several critically acclaimed TV series (The Building, The Bonnie Hunt Show sitcom, Life With Bonnie) but all have lasted just a year or two. It’s a good thing she’s always had plenty of movie roles in such films as Jerry Maguire, Dave, Only You and Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel.

“That’s the way it goes,” she said of the latest cancellation. “I’ll do something else, a movie or something. I had the best time.”

I asked Bonnie what the highlights were for her during her two years on daytime: “Having Carol Burnett on, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner. I had all the great sitcom people on. We had Betty White on and we started all the stunts with her, we had a Betty White body double in the first season then she did the [Snickers] commercial so we felt really proud of her. Those really were the highlights for me. I loved all the guests.”

Drew Tyler Bell by you.When I chatted with outstanding younger actor nominee Drew Tyler Bell, we of course had no idea that he would go on to win the Emmy for his performance as Thomas on Bold and the Beautiful.

He really just seemed excited to be in Vegas with his wife and castmates.

“It’s really special to be nominated because the people who are in daytime vote for the nominees so to be recognized by your peers is really cool,” he said.

How much did he want to win?

“It would be nice to win, of course,” he admitted. “But I don’t base success on awards. It’s great just to be working on a wonderful show like B&B. But of course if I were to win I would definitely like that.”

Jon Lindstrom by you.Outstanding lead actor nominee Jon Lindstom has filmed his last scenes as Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns.

I pointed out that Craig had done so many horrible things including hurting poor Carly!

“The hell with Carly,” he joked. “She should have just gone along with him and everything would have been fine.”

Would he act happy if someone else’s name was called in his category?

“I will be clapping happily and I would mean it, but I would rather take it home to be quite honest,” he said.

(He ended up losing the Emmy to co-star Michael Park).

He’s enjoyed playing Craig: “It’s always more fun to play a scoundrel, they’re easier. You can do pretty much whatever you want and it makes sense. Nobody questions it, they just go Oh, he’s a bad guy, he’s crazy, he’s whatever.”

Next up for Jon is a movie called You Can’t Have it All with Wendy Malick.

Crystal Chappell by you.Outstanding lead actress nominee Crystal Chappell may be playing Carly on Days of Our Lives these days but on Emmy night, her thoughts were with her former soap Guiding Light. It was for her GL role of Olivia for which she was nominated for the sixth time (she won in 2002).

“I’m proud to have a nomination because it’s going to be the last nomination for Guiding Light,” Crystal told me. “It was such an important part of my life for so long.”

Of her new job: “I love ‘Days,’ I love the people there. I’m very, very lucky.”

I wondered what Crystal thought of the Emmys new home in Vegas: “Somebody just handed me a $25 chip. Where else would that happen? LA? New York? I don’t think so. I love Vegas.”

Austin Peck by you.It was so great to see Austin Peck who played Brad Snyder on As the World Turns until last December.

His character was killed off last October (but returned as a ghost for awhile). I wanted to know how he felt about that and if it was difficult to watch the show where his character’s wife and kids and other family members continue on without Brad.

“I was sad but the wonderful thing about playing the character is it was a fantastic arc from the character’s inception to the death to coming back,” he said. “It couldn’t have been better for me as an actor. … It is a little painful [to watch now] but I love the fact that they continue to talk about me.”

Austin just finished an off-Broadway play called The Irish Curse.

Bradford Anderson by you.General Hospital cast member Bradford Anderson was a nominee for the second year in a row for his performance as Spinelli.

I remember meeting him at a pre-Emmy party in Hollywood 3-4 years ago and laughing when he described his character as a big computer nerd. Since I’m not following the show too closely these days, I asked Bradford if the nerd label still fit.

“He’s still an absolute nerd,” he confirmed. “He’s found a way to communicate with the people of Port Charles but he’s in now way assimilated to the normalcies, he’s still trying to find his way.”

Of his second Emmy nomination, Bradford said: “It’s gratifying every time, a nice pat on the back from the people that you work with.”

And what about the change in venue from last year in downtown Los Angeles to the Las Vegas Hilton?

“Well, it’s a lot shinier here,” he said.

Kate Linder by you.Longtime The Young and the Restless cast member Kate Linder was glammed out as usual.

Kate has long been busy behind the scenes serving on various Emmy committees and on the Television Academy’s Board of Governors. She’s also one of the few soap stars to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She was very excited about the Vegas venue.

“There’s so many people here,” she said. “It’s what we need. It’s celebrating daytime, celebrating the glamor, the excitement, entertainment. Daytime is an important part of this industry and we have to make sure it does not go anywhere.”

Zach Conroy by you.Zach Conroy arrived in Vegas as a nominee for outstanding younger actor for his role of James on Guiding Light.

“I don’t really care if I win,” he said. “Being nominated gives you a nice feeling that people appreciate what you’ve been doing.”

“I was only [on Guiding Light] for a very short time but I learned a lot. I made quite an impression and I got quite an impression.He had also spent a month on As the World Turns.

He now plays Oliver on Bold and the Beautiful.

He said “it was a long four months” between jobs.”

Greg Hernandez and "We Love Soaps" guys by you.And finally, I was very excited to meet Roger Newcomb and David L. Jacobs who do the We Love Soaps site.

They do such a terrific job and I am a big fan. It was great to meet them in person after swapping emails.

Stay tuned for my interviews with Michael Muhney and Brandon Beemer!

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ATWT’s Jon Hensley talks to Greg In Hollywood about Holden and Lily, Luke and Noah and his future

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For fans of As the World Turns, the end of the beloved soap after more than 50 years is still something a few months away as the show continues to air throughout the summer.

But its end was really brought home on Emmy night when winners Michael Park (actor), Maura West (actress) and Julie Pinson (supporting actress) grew emotional talking about the end of an era.

I got that same feeling from Jon Hensley when we talked before the show. The man who began on ATWT as Holden Snyder  back in 1985 talked about the final days of shooting last week.

“The last day was kind of nice because we were all just hanging out together and there wasn’t a lot to do,” Jon told me on the red carpet. “But the lead up to it, the month up to it, was really the hardest because we had a lot of stuff to do and you knew the end was near. Everybody was just wanting it to be over with and move on, not being able to deal with this idea of it all going away.”

Holden was been engaged to Molly and was set to marry her but, Jon reveals: “I’ll tell you this much: Holden and Molly don’t make it, that’s all I can say.”

But he would not say whether he and Lily, one of daytime’s super couples, will end up together when the final credits role or whether his onscreen son Luke (Van Hansis) will end up with Noah (Jake Silbermann) or Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens).

Jon acted opposite Emmy winner Martha Byrne as Lily for much of the show’s run but in 2008, Byrne left the show and was replaced by Noelle Beck. I wondered how he felt about such a change after acting for so long opposite Byrne.

“[Noelle] is very sweet and I liked her from day one,” Jon said. “I don’t know that it was easy for her because she was coming into a situation where, you know, Martha Byrne was a big deal. She always was afraid that she would never fill those shoes. But as far as I’m concerned, I think she did an incredible job. I think we had pretty decent chemistry and it was great having her for two years.”

So what does Jon think of Dr. Reid Oliver who has arrived on the show and turned Luke and Noah’s world upside down?

“I love the character of Reid,” he said. “He’s got the best character in daytime. I thought it was a great way to mix it up for those two characters. I like them together. But it’s like Holden and Lily, you want Luke and Noah to be together ultimately in the end.”

I beg to differ! But Jon is speaking as a father!

As for the future, Jon and his wife Kelley Menighan (Emily on As the World Turns), are moving to California with their three kids.

“We just need a change,” said Jon.

The actor is now 44 years old and is coming off of a 21 year stint as a major character on a daytime soap but confesses that professionally “my window of opportunity is shrinking. I’m getting old! I’ve been around a long time.”

I remind him that Mark Harmon was 52 when he landed NCIS which is set to begin its eighth season this fall as one of the most popular prime time dramas on television.

“A nighttime show that goes a good 10 years,” Jon said, smiling. “That would be fantastic”

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“Knots Landing” Tuesday: When Gregory Sumner proposed to Paige Matheson

nicollete-sheridan-after-photoshop1.jpg image by j2k32 Long before she was tapped to play Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives, gorgeous Nicolette Sheridan had spent seven seasons on Knots Landing as Paige Matheson.

And boy, was Paige a handful. She faked her own death, accidentally killed her boyfriend, was shot and kidnapped and on and on. But she excelled best as seducing and manipulating and one man who could not resist her charm was the powerful Gregory Sumner (William Devane).

In this scene from the show’s 11th season, Greg tries to get Paige to marry him.

She’s not going to make it easy!

Tuesday Morning Man: Trevor St. John!

http://static.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/trevor-st-john-image.jpgIt’s a pity I didn’t get to interview Trevor St. John at the Daytime Emmys over the weekend.

I spotted him standing off to the side on the red carpet with One Life to Live co-star Michael Easton.

I wonder if they were plotting what they would do as presenters. Word has it that they wanted to come out holding hands, were told they couldn’t, so settled for Trevor holding onto Michael’s arm as they took the stage to present the outstanding lead actress Emmy (see video below).

I think they should’ve just made out!

Trevor has been such a nice fit as Todd Manning since 2003 and has also appeared in several feature films including The Bourne Ultimatum, The Kingdom and Payback. He also has a role in the upcoming film My Soul to Take.

The handsome 38 year old is also an accomplished jazz percussionist and started his own fitness company, Bioconstructs, in 2001.

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Greg In Hollywood Interview: Tuc Watkins!

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On the red carpet of yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards, I was speaking with Susan Lucci when out of the corner of my eye I spotted the tall, dark and handsome Tuc Watkins making his way past me.

I couldn’t break away from a conversation with the queen of daytime but Tuc, so great as David Vickers on One Life to Live and as Bob Hunter on Desperate Housewives, kindly made his way back to me a few minutes later.

I wanted to be sure and check in with Tuc who has been so busy lately with a return to One Life to Live which he juggled with a role in the off-Broadway play White Lies with Betty Buckley, Peter Scolari and others.

It was recently revealed that Tuc has been elevated from recurring status on Housewives to series regular which is great news for his many fans.

“We start up in mid-July,” he said of Housewives. “I was in New York doing a play for awhile, then did One Life to Live. All the timing worked out. Usually the timing works out so that I don’t get to do anything and this worked out perfectly for the first time in 2o years – the schedule worked out great so that I got to do all three. When Desperate Housewives went on hiatus I came to do the play, worked on One Life to Live and got to wear an amazing technicolor dream coat, marry Bo and Nora and things are looking good for me and Dorian to get hitched.”

So what will becoming as series regular under contract mean for his work on Housewives?

“They’re going to expand the role a little bit, they’ve made a commitment for more appearances. I think we can look forward to seeing more of Bob and Lee’s storyline hopefully.”

In the season finale, Lee (Kevin Rahm) had left Bob and while Tuc could not say for sure whether the two reunite, he did say: “I sure hope so. Bob without Lee is like eggs without bacon, like Ernie without Bert.”

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In case Lee and Bob split, I suggest that perhaps Bob could date Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom).

Tuc is not for it.

“There’s a little bit of a creep factor there and a convenience factor,” he said. “Dating somebody who lives across the street? Everyone knows that’s not a good idea. Who knows, maybe he’ll date around for awhile.

“But I think and hope that while Bob and Lee did have a bit of a cliffhanger, will hopefully come back together. The thing that split them apart was their desire to have a kid and it was a difficult road that became too much. So maybe they can come back together and things will work out a little bit better.”

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My interview with Susan Lucci at the Daytime Emmys: “I would hope to be nominated again.”

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Susan Lucci by you.For so many years – 18 to be exact - Susan Lucci attended the Daytime Emmys as a nominee only to hear another actresses name called when it came time to announced the winner in the outstanding lead actress category.

It became the most intriguing part of the Emmys and Susan went on to spoof the losing streak with commercials and a skit on Saturday Night Live.

But enough is enough and in 1999, on her 19th nomination, Miss Lucci finally took home the Emmy for her portrayal of Erica Kane on All My Children.

Susan never misses the Emmys and was present on Sunday night to present Agnes Nixon with a lifetime achievement award and also to present the outstanding drama prize with Regis Philbin.

When we chatted on the red carpet, I asked Susan if she preferred showing up as a presenter without the pressure of being nominated (she’s only been nominated twice since her big win and lost both times).

“I would hope to be nominated again,” she said. “I love my work and they are writing beautiful material.”

Now that All My Children is filming in Los Angeles after 40-plus years in New York, I wondered how Susan is enjoying life on the West Coast.

“Well, we go back and forth,” she said. “It’s going so well. We found ourselves so lucky to walk into another great situation in LA. So I feel doubly blessed – a great life in New York and a great life in LA.

Her current storyline of being in a plane crash and meeting up with a new character played by Michael Nouri has been really juicy and entertaining for a character who has been through so much from 10 marriages to fighting off a bear!

“I love it,” she said. “It’s so much fun. You know, Michael Nouri is just not handsome enough! (laughs) He’s sexy, talented and a wonderful thinking actor.”

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Eden Reigel talks about her new life on “The Young and the Restless” and about leaving AMC’s Bianca behind

Eden Riegel by you.Just about every news outlet wanted to chat with Eden Reigel at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards so by the time she got to Greg In Hollywood, I was afraid she might be too exhausted to be very coherent!

But this is one professional actress and a very gracious woman.

Eden, of course, is beloved for her Emmy winning role as Bianca Montgomery on All My Children. The character is the daughter of Erica Kane and a lesbian who participated in daytime’s first same-sex wedding last year.

But these days, Eden is playing attorney Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.

I talked to her about all of it but before we began, music legend Chubby Checker – at the Emmys to participate in a tribute to Dick Clark - asked if I wouldn’t mind snapping a photo of him with Eden (see below). She was delighted to do it and he was thrilled.

Then we got down to business:

On her new soap gig: “It’s going good. It’s been a challenge because it’s new terrain and a very new character, very different from what I did before. But I love the challenge and I certainly have a great group of people to work with. They are just spectacular.”

On Bianca being recently recast on All My Children: Christina Bennett Lind is doing an dsuch an amazing job on the show. I’ve been so thrilled and so impressed with what she’s done in such a short time. It’s a role that I care about a great deal and she is perfect for it. She is going to do great things.”

On the legacy of Bianca: “It was very important to me when Bianca came out. A lot of people who are very close to me are gay and also marriage equality is a very important issue. I wanted to play the character in an effective and responsible way. I didn’t always agree with everything that the show did but appreciated that Bianca always had a part that people could really relate to and that even if she was the only gay person in their lives that they knew that maybe that would make the difference and help open up their hearts.”

On the Emmys: “It’s fun to be here and not be nominated. You can just relax and have fun. We’re here to have a good time.”

Eden Riegel and Chubby Checker at Emmys by you.

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The red carpet at the 2010 Daytime Emmys was crawling with Morning Men alums!

Greg Hernandez and Austin Peck by you.

Tuc Watkins and Brandon Beemer by you.

Shawn Christian by you.

Michael Muhney by you.

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Was that arrivals to the 2010 Daytime Emmys going on at the Las Vegas Hilton last night or was it a convention of Greg In Hollywood Morning Men?

So many of my favorite guys were in one place!

Among them: Austin Peck (pictured with me) who played Brad Snyder on As the World Turns; Tuc Watkins of One Life to Life and Desperate Housewives and Brandon Beemer of Bold and the Beautiful who happily poses together when I interviewed them back-to-back; Shawn Christian of Days of Our Lives who could not have been nicer; Michael Muhney of The Young and the Restless who I was able to coax over between his interacting with fans; and Jon Hensley who plays Holden Snyder (Luke’s dad) on As the World Turns.

I will feature interviews with most of these guys in the days to come and many of them were very candid so stay turned!

Coming up today: Interviews with Susan Lucci, Tuc Watkins and Eden Reigel! Plus more red carpet photos!

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Morning Man Austin Peck! Morning Man Tuc Watkins! Morning Man Brandon Beemer! Morning Man Shawn Christian! Morning Man Michael Muhney! Morning Man Jon Hensley!

Backstage at the 2010 Daytime Emmys!

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I’ll have red carpet coverage galore from the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards later today and lots and lots of bits of news that I picked up from here and there.

Chatted up just about everyone I really wanted to including Susan Lucci, Bonnie Hunt, Tuc Watkins, Michael Muhney, Jon Hensley, Eden Reigel, Brandon Beemer, Mark Hapka, Shawn Christian, Carolyn Hennesey, Doug Davidson, Drew Tyler Bell, Zach Conroy and Austin Peck, among many others.

But first let’s tell you who won what and share some of the backstage dish and the photos I snapped.

While there is debate about the quality of the telecast itself (Dick Clark tribute too long, As the World Turns Tribute too short etc), I must say that it was a dream backstage where everyone was in a good mood, the food they served us was delish, and the WiFi was nice and speedy!

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The group shot is the very happy cast of Bold and the Beautiful which won Outstanding Drama for the second straight year.

Executive Producer Bradley Bell, who also won a writing Emmy for the first time, joked backstage that he felt like Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with the back-to-back wins.

Could there be a three-peat?

One of the more dramatic storylines for the show featured the red-hot Betty White. Prior to the Saturday Night Live campaign and all the rest, White had a recurring on the series over the years as Ann Douglas, mother of Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Pam (Alley Mills) on the show.

The storyline had Ann returning to Los Angeles to reunite with her estranged daughters before dying.

Agnes Nixon, creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, was in a chatty mood backstage after receiving a well-deserved lifetime achievement award presented to her by Susan Lucci who had said onstage “I would not even be here today if Agnes Nixon had not created Erica Kane.”

Miss Nixon said backstage that she is particularly proud of the social issues tackled on the show over the years such as Erica Kane’s daughter Bianca being a lesbian and having the first same-sex wedding on daytime.

Billy Miller, supporting actor winner for The Young and the Restless (pictured below), seemed pretty calm and collected backstage in contrast to the emotion showed by actor and actress winners Michael Park and Maura West whose show, As the World Turns, has been canceled and filmed its final scenes last week.

“Knowing for 6 months that we weren’t going to have a job made it hard 2 go to work every day with a smile but we did it,” Park told us as he held his first Emmy after 13 years in the role of Jack Snyder.

He got choked up when he said he might give Emmy to his grandmother who’s been watching ATWT for 53 years.

Miss West brought her daughter backstage to meet the press just as she had brought her onstage when she accepted her second Emmy for her performance as Carly Snyder.

She told us she is busy packing up her home in Connecticut and will be moving to Los Angeles.

Here is a list of winners:

Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful
Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Maura West, As the World Turns
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Park, As the World Turns
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Julie Pinson, As the World Turns
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless
Game Show: Cash Cab
Informative Talk Show: The Doctors
Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Drew Tyler Bell, The Bold and the Beautiful
Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Julie Berman, General Hospital
Drama Series Directing Team: General Hospital
Drama Series Writing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful
Talk Show Host: Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show
Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2010 Emmy Awards!
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Meryl Monday: Miss Streep and Shirley MacLaine are a formidable team in “Postcards from the Edge”

http://smackamack.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/aaaaaaashirleymeryl.jpgSome people might think it’s strange but true fans of Postcards from the Edge understand completely: me and one of my best friends can do every single line uttered by Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep in this 1990 film.

The writing is so great (Carrie Fisher wrote the screenplay based on the novel loosely based on her life) that we just have a blast with the lines, inserting them into our conversations whenever it seems fitting and never failing to crack ourselves up.

This scene comes early in the film and is brilliantly executed as Streep and MacLaine talk over each other in a meeting with a business manager played by Gary Morton.

Both play actresses with Meryl’s character just out of rehab and forced to live with her self-absorbed mother in order to make a film.

Some of my favorite lines come from Shirley: “I remember when I was 15 years old, Mr. [Louis B.] Mayer called me in for a meeting and he was sitting on the toilet. He conducted the entire meeting on the toilet. You can be sure he wouldn’t have done that to John Garfield.”

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Greg In Hollywood talks to Lorna Luft about “Grease 2″ and taking her kids to see their grandma Judy Garland’s greatest film

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http://media.port-network.com/picture/instance_2/22130_2.jpgGreat to see Lorna Luft last week at the opening of In the Heights at the Pantages Theater.

It’s a venue that holds special significance for the daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft: It was at the Pantages that the premiere of A Star is Born was held back in 1954 when Lorna was just two years old.

The film earned her mother an Academy Award nomination for best actress and was produced by her father. It is considered Miss Garland’s greatest performance in a career that included so many great ones in such movies as The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me In St. Louis.

I had last seen Lorna back in April when A Star is Born opened the TCM Film Festival at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She was there with her two children who had never seen the movie before.

“It was so emotional, it was uplifting, it was heartbreaking and everything that I thought it would be,” Lorna said. “The ride I took that night with my children, it was extraordinary. They had never seen it because I didn’t want them to see some cut up version, I wanted them to see their grandmother’s and grandfather’s movie put back together as well as it could be. It was amazing.”

I wondered if she was aware that Grease 2, the 1982 musical that starred Maxwell Caufield and a then-unknown Michelle Pfeiffer has been selected as the musical sing-along film for next month’s Outfest Film Festival.

Lorna played one of the Pink Ladies named Paulette Rebchuck and was a part of such numbers as Who’s That Guy?, Girl for All Seasons and We’ll Be Together.

She was not aware of the Outfest event but smiled wide upon finding out about it: “I had a great time and I made great friends on that film and I loved, loved making it. I always giggle and laugh at myself. It’s a very cute movie.”

She also was unaware that some very early recordings of her mother singing have been packaged for release. But Lorna said  “it’s interesting to hear this amazing, amazing talent that young. I think she kind of set the bar, she broke the mold.”

That is for sure!

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Monday Morning Man: James Scott!

http://blog.soapoperafan.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/james-scott.jpgSo many great looking guys at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards and one of them was best actor nominee James Scott.

In the world of soaps, actors are often not the first to play a specific role but James has originated both of his parts: he was Ethan Cambias on All My Children before joining Days of Our Lives as EJ Wells in May 2006.

James, who is 31, began his career working in the music industry, and later started acting in community theatre. Shortly after this, he made the move to London where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

He later began to modeling and during a modeling trip to Los Angeles, he went to an acting class and was so inspired that he decided to save money and make the move to Los Angeles for good. Two years later, he was cast on All My Children.

Sounds like he made a good decision!

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Absent Ellen DeGeneres takes to Twitter to congratulate her staff on outstanding talk show Emmy win

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20080621/tv-daytime-emmys/images/1cdadbcc-4ece-4148-a36c-fb276b2b292f.jpgNo, this is not a photo of Ellen DeGeneres at this year’s Daytime Emmys.

Had to dig one up from year’s past because Ellen did not attend the show held for the first time in Las Vegas!

But that did not prevent her show from taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show (Ellen had taken herself out of the host category after several consecutive wins).

Ellen did publicly convey her happiness via Twitter: Congrats to my incredible staff on their Emmy win. You guys deserve it. Don’t leave Vegas without hitting the poker table for me!

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See Adam Lambert [as the Mad Hatter] onstage!

I’m backstage at the Daytime Emmys right now but there’s a lull in the action and I just spotted these new pics of Adam Lambert taken at his concert last night at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City.  http://www.adam-pictures.com/.

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Daytime Emmys are in Las Vegas tonight! Greg In Hollywood is on the red carpet and backstage!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ae9WURKuCro/ShCTmxuuypI/AAAAAAAAD1o/9F-he8OQTZA/s400/LasVegasSign.jpgI’m on a roll here in Vegas!

My nephew lives out here with his wife and stepson and showed me all around the revitalized downtown area which is a lot less daunting than the strip.

By evening’s end, I had won $8.41 and paid for the cab ride home.

But now it’s time to get down to business and prepare to head over to the Las Vegas Hilton for the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards!

http://sharetv.org/images/the_bold_and_the_beautiful-show.jpgI will have full coverage posted later tonight or early Monday but in the meantime, will be tweeting like a mad man from the red carpet and backstage beginning at about 4 p.m. PT.

If you are not yet following me on Twitter, please do! Here is a LINK to my page.

Here is a full list of the major nominees so you can make some predictions or at least follow along!

Outstanding Drama Series
All My Children (ABC)
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young and the Restless

http://static.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/mr-peter-bergman.jpgOutstanding Lead Actor
Peter Bergman (pictured) as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless
Doug Davidson as Paul Williams on The Young and the Restless
Jon Lindstrom as Craig Montgomery on As The World Turns
Michael Park as Jack Snyder on As The World Turns
James Scott as E.J. DiMera on Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Lead Actress
Sarah Brown as Claudia Zacchara on General Hospital
Crystal Chappell as Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light
Bobbie Eakes as Krystal Carey on All My Children
Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Newman on The Young and the Restless
Maura West as Carly Tenney on As The World Turns

Outstanding Talk Show: Entertainment
The Ellen Degeneres Show
Rachel Ray
Live with Regis and Kelly

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FZRjI70iABE/SwtQ56EpQoI/AAAAAAAAAeg/92HEQyaiB7o/s1600/regis+and+kelly.jpgOutstanding Talk Show Host
Bonnie Hunt on The Bonnie Hunt Show
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on Live with Regis and Kelly
Rachel Ray on Rachel Ray
Dr. Mehmet Oz on The Dr. Oz Show
Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters on The View

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The Doctors

The Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Phil

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Billy Miller as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless
Bradford Anderson as Damian Spinelli on General Hospital
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital
Ricky Paull Goldin as Jake Martin on All My Children
Brian Kerwin as Charlie Banks on One Life to Live

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2008/03/gh_dianemiller_abcpromo.jpgOutstanding Supporting Actress
Beth Chamberlin as Beth Raines Spaulding on Guiding Light
Julie Pinson as Janet Snyder on As The World Turns
Carolyn Hennesy (pictured, above) as Diane Miller on General Hospital
Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker on Days of our Lives
Bree Williamson as Jessica Brennan on One Life to Live

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Drew Tyler Bell as Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful
Drew Garrett as Michael Corinthos III on General Hospital
Dylan Patton as Will Horton on Days of our Lives
Scott Clifton (pictured, left) as Schuyler Joplin on One Life to Live
Zack Conroy as James Spaulding on Guiding Light

Outstanding Younger Actress
Christel Khalil as Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless
Marnie Schulenburg as Alison Stewart on As The World Turns
Molly Burnett as Melanie Layton on Days of our Lives
Shelley Hennig as Stephanie Johnson on Days of our Lives
Julie Berman as Lulu Spencer on General Hospital

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Video: Tim Urban talks about the “Idol” tour

http://media.nj.com/entertainment_impact/photo/american-idol-tim-urban-buzz2jpg-360d1758a3125bde_large.jpgI miss my Timmy!

Tim Urban was my favorite contestant on American Idol this year and despite heavy criticism from judges, he stuck to his guns, smiled a lot and ended up finishing seventh.

I’m not sure who is interviewing Tim here but the chat seems to be taking place during a break in rehearsals for the American Idol nationwide tour which will feature the top 10 including winner Lee DeWyze and runner up Crystal Bowersox.

Tim will be performing Better Days which he sang on his final week on Idol.

“I think it fits me pretty well, it’s a big song and perfect for a stadium,” he said.

Tim wouldn’t say what his second song will be but promised that it will have a surprising twist.

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Ellen DeGeneres talks to USA Today about tonight’s “Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special”

Ellen DeGeneres is giving the Daytime Emmys some competition tonight with her Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special airing on TBS tonight (9 ET/PT).

Ellen, who removed herself from outstanding host competition but whose show is nominated once again, hosts a variety hour she taped last week in Las Vegas.

Acts range from Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum to a comedian, a magician and acrobats, including one known as The Flag Man. Japan’s Kabuki Expert, in its first U.S. appearance, will perform its Matrix Ping Pong act, made popular in a YouTube video.

Ellen also does some stand-up and a Q&A with the audience.

“I grew up watching Carol Burnett and the Smothers Brothers and Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie. I just like that format. I like seeing different things,” Ellen told USA Today. “We try to find people who have not performed in the States before, or if you’ve seen them, it’s not in this kind of situation. … It’s all about paying it forward and sharing it. I like being able to give somebody a break and share my experience and help them along.”

But Ellen is too busy with her daytime show and American Idol to become the new Ed Sullivan on a regular basis: “If there’s a life after my talk show, if I want to move into a different thing, I would love to do that. But I think I’m going to be busy for a while. By the time I’d be available to host, I think I’d be having a walker. Or at least a cane.”

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Showtune Sunday: “A Little Night Music” stars Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters do “Broadway Baby”

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The stage is barely big enough for Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch alone and now these two Broadway legends will be appearing together on The Great White Way.

They begin performances of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre on July 13.  Catherine Zeta-Jones just won the Tony Award for the show and Angela Lansbury was nominated. I cannot think of two better replacements. What a pairing!