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Kristen Stewart reveals her heartbreak whilst filming final scenes of the Twilight movie while Blake Lively shares how she went from Gossip Girl to sex siren in Savages. Tragedy strikes Katie on The Bold and the Beautiful when she goes into early labour – will the baby survive? On Days Of Our Lives Sami and EJ re-united by death.

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THE WORLD OF SOAP… with Rebecca Lake

October 29th, 2010 by Soap World | 3 Comments | Filed in The Bold and the Beautiful

Me And My Pal Bridget

I grew up with B&B‘s Bridget Forrester. Not literally, of course – while she was living in her Beverly Hills mansion surrounded by the bold and the batty, I was falling off my bike and listening to The Spice Girls in Sydney. Plus – she’s fictional, where as by most accounts, I am real. Honest!

When Bridget was born, though, I was six years old, and like Brooke Logan, I had spent many months eagerly anticipating her arrival. From the moment that Ridge placed Bridget in Brooke’s arms after delivering her at the Big Bear cabin, I felt a kinship with this girl from a far-off land.

Thanks to the miracle of rapid aging, Bridget and I were soon the same age, and I marvelled at how exciting her life was compared to mine (because, to a soap-crazed six-year old, nothing says “excitement” like a paternity scandal and a kidnapping scare).

Although I continued to age at a normal rate, while Bridget suddenly turned eighteen mere weeks after her eleventh birthday, I was still fascinated by her frequently harrowing escapades. Over the space of a few years, Bridget grew up, attended medical school, found a husband, lost that husband to her mother, found another husband, lost that husband to her mother, became pregnant, gave birth to a stillborn child, entered the world of fashion design, and gave birth to her father-in-law’s baby, which pretty much takes us up to the present day.

Having invested so many hours in Bridget Forrester, it makes me sad to see that Ashley Jones (who has been my favourite of the nine Bridgets to grace the screen since 1992) has been taken off contract and dropped down to recurring status – the same fate that befell Winsor Harmon (Thorne) earlier this year.

While I understand that B&B wants to highlight previously underused players, or bring in new characters (as Ashley became a recurring player, newbie Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee) was signed to a permanent contract) I can’t help but feel a pang of sadness for more old TV gal pal, who I still feel has plenty of tragedy – and hopefully a little joy – left to give her fans.

Do you have a favourite character that has been put on the backburner? Post your comments below, or send a message to soap@nextmedia.com.au

Rock The Vote With B&B!

October 29th, 2010 by Soap World | 2 Comments | Filed in The Bold and the Beautiful

Everyone has a favourite soap memory – whether it was seeing Marlena getting really up close and personal with Satan on Days, or watching Victor and Nikki Newman tie the knot for the third (or was that the fourth?) time on Y&R.

B&B is now giving fans the chance to vote for their favourite moments from the last 24 years. Log onto:

http://www.boldandbeautiful.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/416661

to have your say about the most memorable catfights, romances and mysteries from the veteran sudser. Don’t forget to check back in February to find out what fans chose as their all-time favourite B&B moment!

Brothers & Sisters: Season Four clips!

October 20th, 2010 by Soap World | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity, Interview, Video

Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Fourth Season is now out on Disney DVD! To celebrate, SOAP WORLD is giving you a sneak peek at some clips from this hot new release.

Check them out below:

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Pick up your copy of Soap World Issue #210 to read our EXCLUSIVE interview with Brothers & Sisters’ Sally Field and get the inside scoop on her firecracker alter ego, Nora Walker!

THE WORLD OF SOAP… with Rebecca Lake

October 8th, 2010 by Soap World | 1 Comment | Filed in Days of Our Lives, Video

She’s Baaaaacck!

When Ken Corday announced that Days of Our Lives’ most deranged diva, Vivian Alamain, was making a return to Salem, a collective whoop of joyful anticipation rang out through the Soap World offices.

For long-time Salem-worshippers, Vivian represents some of the maddest, most over-the-top storylines to ever come out of that bizarre soap hamlet. Whether she was pinching Kate Roberts’s eggs and having them secretly surgically implanted into herself, or whether she was jumping out of an aeroplane after being fitted with a mind-altering dental filling, Vivian was always good for a laugh and a “what will she get up to next?”

With Vivian and her arch nemesis Carly set to make a splash on Australian screens over the next few months, we have dug up (get it?!) a clip of Vivian’s most infamous storyline, which involved La Alamain, a coffin, and a whole lot of graveyard shenanigans.

Check out the madness at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fv04FtPA6w

THE WORLD OF SOAP… with Rebecca Lake

September 24th, 2010 by Soap World | 3 Comments | Filed in Celebrity, The Bold and the Beautiful

Sayonara, Stephanie Forrester?

If any of you have been checking up on your soap gossip online over the last week, you will probably have stumbled across the rumour that the great Susan Flannery – aka, Stephanie “don’t mess with my family or I’ll run you over with a herd of stampeding elephants” Forrester is gearing up to leave The Bold and the Beautiful.

The source of this rumour was US TV Guide’s Michael Logan, who recently sat down with B&B show-runner Bradley Bell to discuss Stephanie’s upcoming controversial cancer storyline, only to score a scoop when Bell revealed that there is a “possibility” that the marauding matriarch will not survive her disease! (For the full article, click here: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Bold-Beautiful-Shocker-1023296.aspx)

Before we start sticking pins in voodoo dolls of Bradley Bell (for contemplating killing off Stephanie) and Michael Logan (for revealing that Bradley Bell is contemplating killing off Stephanie), let’s pause and think of the bigger picture here, and that is a B&B without Stephanie Forrester.

Can you even imagine it? It’s like picturing a sky without a sun, or the cast of Home and Away without their radioactive fake tans – it’s just a completely alien concept. If Stephanie leaves B&B – who will keep Eric’s eye from wandering? Who will remind Brooke of her past sexcapades? Who will give Ridge a spine?

Aside from the loss of a fantastic character and actor, the biggest problem with Susan Flannery’s possible retirement is that the show itself really isn’t ready for Stephanie to leave.

Every soap opera is built around a matriarchal character that is there to metaphorically (and occasionally physically, if everyone is being really naughty) whip their kids, grandkids, maids, dogs and dining room furniture into line. On most soaps, there are back-up matriarchs, for whenever the primary matriarch is unable to fulfil her butt-kicking duties (like Days’ Maggie, Kate and Caroline or Y&R’s Nikki and Phyllis).

B&B, however, have not been grooming any of the their other leading female characters to step into the alpha role, once Stephanie has vacated it. It’s long been established that Brooke is a flake, Taylor is weak, and Felicia is… non-existent. The only character who could potentially step into Stephanie’s enormous shoes is her namesake, Steffy, but she is too busy pointlessly chasing Hope’s boyfriends to undertake the task of being a rallying-point for her family.

While we would like to think that Bell’s pronouncement is a way of scaring up ratings as the show moves into its November sweeps period, there’s no escaping that although Stephanie (and the rest of her soapy companions) is never a day over 45 on B&B, her portrayer is now 71 years old, and has made no secret of her desire to retire.

We can only hope that either a) Susan Flannery decides to remain with B&B until she’s 125, or b) Brad Bell finds some way to clone Susan Flannery so that she stays with the show forever, as a B&B without Stephanie would be a very dark (and very quiet) place indeed.

What are your thoughts on the (possible) end of Stephanie Forrester’s reign? Send your comments to: soap@nextmedia.com.au

THE WORLD OF SOAP… with Rebecca Lake

September 13th, 2010 by Soap World | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity, Days of Our Lives

Stefano, where did you go?

A Caged Phoenix

What would soap operas be without a villain plotting evil against his fellow man while twirling his metaphorical moustache with very real glee? Well, they would look a lot less like the melodramatic fantasies that we love, and a lot more like Play School.

Although every soap has its share of wrongdoers – Y&R plays host to boardroom baddie Victor Newman, B&B boasts gun-happy Stephanie Forrester, while Neighbours has been showcasing Paul Robinson’s sordid shenanigans since 1985 – none can touch Days’ Stefano DiMera for sheer evilness.

Unlike his naughty soap counterparts, who became villains out of power mania, greed or a lifelong appreciation for the the work of The Wizard of Oz‘s Wicked Witch of the West, Stefano was literally born to be wild. As the seventh son of a seventh son, the DiMera patriarch is fabled to be the very embodiment of evil, which has served as ripe fodder for storylines over the past three decades.

That’s why it is so tragic that this once great baddie has been robbed of his fire, and is now reduced to growling disconsolately while his son, EJ takes over Stefano’s position as the head of the family’s empire.

If Stefano’s shacking up with Kate in cosy marital bliss weren’t enough of a sign of his waning devilry, he actually (gasp) cries in an upcoming episode of the show. Yes, you read that right – the man who planted a mind-altering dental plate in Vivian Alamain can be spotted sobbing on the streets of Salem.

If Stefano can be de-clawed, what’s next? A sane Nicole? An ugly Rafe? An animated Chloe???

We can only hope that this Phoenix will once again rise up and embrace his inner cad, as Salem just isn’t Salem without Stefano at his maddest and baddest.

What are your thoughts on the new Stefano? Are you digging his softer side? Or would you like to see him return to his glory days of brainwashing and body snatching? Send your comments to: soap@nextmedia.com.au.

THE WORLD OF SOAP… with Rebecca Lake

September 7th, 2010 by Soap World | 1 Comment | Filed in The Bold and the Beautiful

Who's missing from this picture?

Welcome to Soap World’s THE WORLD OF SOAP blog where no botox injection goes unnoticed and no case of Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome goes unpunished!

The goal of this blog is to look at the crazy, fun stories from daytime TV that we all know and love, and ask the REALLY important questions about them, like – why does B&B’s Brooke seem incapable of keeping her hands off her daughters’ boyfriends, or will Days of Our Lives’ Chloe Lane ever have more than one facial expression?!

    In this instalment, we look at… The Missing Children of B&B

    There must be some kind of Pied Piper on the loose in Soap Land, scooping up the under-ten set and spiriting them away to a mysterious day care centre from which they never seem to return – that is, until the storyline dictates that one of the adult characters needs to show a little parental care, and the littlies are wheeled out for twenty minutes to play quietly while the grownups get on with their real lives in the foreground.

    The Bold and the Beautiful is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to disappearing daytime darlings (or DDD’s, as we shall call them.) When was the last time anyone saw RJ Forrester? Or Thorne’s daughter Alexandria? Or baby Jack Marone? This last is the most disturbing of all the DDD’s – with Jack’s sailor papa, Nick Marone, currently boozing it on the Shady Marlin with the shady Aggie, poor little Jack could be stuck under a lobster trap somewhere on board and no-one would ever know!

    We know that the kids of Los Angeles can’t always be active participants in the drama and deception swirling around them – and nor would we want them to be, as that would land in Taylor’s psych practice before the age of ten – but it would be nice if we could see them more than twice a year, AND if we could get some sense of who they are before they inevitably succumb to the virulent rapid aging syndrome that has claimed so many of daytime’s kids.

    What do you think? Do you want to see more of B&B’s DDD’s? Send your comments to: soap@nextmedia.com.au

    Deidre Hall back in Australia!

    July 5th, 2010 by Soap World | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity, Uncategorized

    Deidre Hall, most popular for her role as Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of our Lives, will be meeting fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.  She will share her personal Hollywood beauty secrets as well as discuss the latest discoveries that will help keep you looking young and vibrant at every age. After years of experience and research, Hall gladly reveals her personal guide to optimal wellness.

    “Since the birth of my sons, I have worked hard to provide them with the safest and healthiest environment possible. Yet, after years of carefully monitoring food labels and ingredients, I realized that I have unknowingly neglected the largest organ in my body, my skin,” shares Deidre Hall.  “I discovered a skin care and cosmetic line whose ingredients, testing, and beauty philosophy align with my own. I look forward to the chance of offering my fans a simple way to empower their own complete wellness.”

    Hall believes it is a parent’s obligation to teach children how to make healthy choices in an unhealthy world. She has dedicated herself in the fight for nutritional lunches in American schools and will continue to play an active role in this cause. Hall, with son David, traveled to Washington, DC last summer to host press conferences and lobby members of Congress to renew the Child Nutrition Act. Hall, will be given the opportunity to empower women to take a stand for their health by providing solutions on how to feel youthful at every age. She will share techniques on ways to reduce harmful toxins from products used in everyday life.

    “Beauty starts from the inside and flourishes out,” says Deidre Hall.  “We must begin planting seeds for a healthy future.  It’s never too late to begin living a conscious and healthy life no matter where you are in your journey.”

    Deidre Hall’s tour will begin on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Daltone House Jones Bay Wharf
    Piers 19-21 Upper Deck 26-32 Pirrama road Pyrmont, NSW.  She will continue to The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne on July 24th and will conclude her tour at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane on July 31st.  All events will begin at 10:30 am.

    Please visit www.DeidreHall.me for information on how to purchase tickets along with further event details.

    2010 Daytime Emmy Nominees

    June 17th, 2010 by Clare | 1 Comment | Filed in Celebrity

    Start putting the finishing touches on your red carpet look, because the  2010 Daytime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be telecast on June 27th, less than two weeks away. With the stars no doubt booking in with their stylists, trainers, designers, and endless beauty entourage, we take a look at what the Emmys are actually meant to be about – the awards!

    And the 2010 nominees are:

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

    The Bold and The Beautiful

    The Young and the Restless

    General Hospital

    All My Children

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Guiding Light

    CRYSTAL CHAPPELL
    As Olivia Spencer

    The Young and the Restless
    MICHELLE STAFFORD
    As Phyllis Newman

    As The World Turns
    MAURA WEST
    AS Carly Tenney

    General Hospital
    SARAH BROWN
    AS Claudia Zacchara Corinthos

    All My Children
    BOBBIE EAKES
    AS Krystal Carey

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

    The Young and the Restless
    PETER BERGMAN
    AS Jack Abbott

    As The World Turns
    JON LINDSTROM
    AS Craig Montgomery

    As The World Turns
    MICHAEL PARK
    AS Jack Snyder

    The Young and the Restless
    DOUG DAVIDSON
    AS Paul Williams

    Days of Our Lives
    JAMES SCOTT
    AS EJ Dimera

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Guiding Light
    BETH CHAMBERLIN
    AS Beth Raines Spaulding

    As The World Turns
    JULIE PINSON
    AS Janet Snyder

    General Hospital
    CAROLYN HENNESY
    AS Diane Miller

    Days of Our Lives
    ARIANNE ZUCKER
    AS Nicole Walker

    One Life To Live
    BREE WILLIAMSON
    AS Jessica Brennan

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

    The Young and the Restless
    BILLY MILLER
    AS Billy Abbott

    General Hospital
    BRADFORD ANDERSON
    AS Damien Spinelli

    General Hospital
    JONATHAN JACKSON
    AS Lucky Spencer

    All My Children
    RICKY PAULL GOLDIN
    AS Jake Martin

    One Life To Live
    BRIAN KERWIN
    AS Charlie Banks

    OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

    The Young and the Restless
    CHRISTEL KHALIL
    AS Lily Winters

    As The World Turns
    MARNIE SCHULENBURG
    AS Alison  Stewart

    Days of Our Lives
    MOLLY BURNETT
    AS Melanie Layton

    Days of Our Lives
    SHELLEY HENNIG
    AS Stephanie Johnson

    General Hospital
    JULIE BERMAN
    AS Lulu Spencer

    OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

    The Bold and the Beautiful
    DREW TYLER BELL
    AS Thomas Forrester

    General Hospital
    DREW GARRETT
    AS Michael Corinthos, Jnr.

    Days of Our Lives
    DYLAN PATTON
    AS Will Horton

    One Life to Live
    SCOTT CLIFTON
    AS Schuyler Joplin

    Guiding Light
    ZACK CONROY
    AS James Spaulding

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM

    The Bold and the Beautiful

    General Hospital

    One Life to Live

    All My Children

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM

    The Bold and the Beautiful

    As The World Turns

    The Young and the Restless

    All My Children

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    Anyone for Celebri-tea?

    May 24th, 2010 by Soap World | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity

    Australian’s will be able to sip tea in style when six of the Country’s most iconic figures auction off their personally designed tea sets as part of the Tetley Designer Tea Cup campaign.

    Raising money for the National Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women day on June 11th, Guy Sebastian, Kate Ritchie and Kate Ceberano, as well as singer-song writers Katie Noonan, Damien Leith and Mark Vincent, and Melbourne Graffiti artist DrewFunk will be auctioning off their personally designed tea sets inspired by the slogan: “Love Your Heart”.

    With all funds raised going directly to the National Heart Foundation, these limited designer tea sets will not only bring a little bit of celebri-tea to any herbal infusion but will help fund research into heart disease – currently the number one killer of women in Australia.

    Tea sets can be viewed at www.tetleycelebrityteaset.com and on eBay during the auction period of June 11th – June 21st, 2010.