Billy Magnussen Debuts as Sigourney Weaver’s Boy Toy in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’


Have you missed seeing Billy Magnussen (pictured above with co-star David Hyde Pierce) and his ripped body since As the World Turns ended its run? If so, now is your chance to see him strip to his skivvies once again during the run of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre.

Magnussen plays Masha’s (Sigourney Weaver) boy toy Spike, who has a propensity for abandoning most of his clothes, in the play that opened November 12.

Theater Mania weighed in on Magnussen’s role,
Life gets temporarily upended when Masha unexpectedly shows up one day – with decades-younger boy-toy Spike in tow (the extraordinarily fit and often semi-dressed Billy Magnussen). She has returned ostensibly to attend a neighbor's costume ball, but also to deliver the shocking news that she has decided to sell the family homestead in order to cut down on her own expenses.


 

10 Soap Opera Politicians Who’d Get Our Vote

No. 10: EJ DiMera, Days of Our Lives


He may have played dirty to beat incumbent Mayor of Salem, U.S.A. Abe Carver (James Reynolds), but the filthier EJ DiMera (James Scott) gets on Days of Our Lives, the more we like him! Besides, "Honest" Abe and his campaign manager Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Melissa Reeves) ended up playing just as many foul tricks as Elvis and his PR-flack-with-benefits Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) did during the nasty political battle.

What's that they say, if you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em? Jennifer Rose, your donut-making Gran would be appalled!   
 



 

Political Animals Gets Kicked Out of Office at USA


Political Animals, the fantastic miniseries by Greg Berlanti, has been turned into roadkill by USA. According to TV Line,  USA appreciated the episodes, but it wasn't enough.
“We are proud of Political Animals, our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer,” the network said in a statement. “It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives.”


 

PC #55: Political Animals

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels discuss the latest celebrity headlines and TV storylines, including:

Amanda Bynes was accused in a third hit and run. Bret Easton Ellis dissed White Collar and Magic Mike star Matthew Bomer over 50 Shades of Grey. What is the Jackson family doing now? Taylor Swift is dating a Kennedy, but will she end up writing or and singing about the relationship? Olympian Gabby Douglas found herself in a hair controversy after winning Gold in gymnastics.

The PC gang then dish about USA Network's hot summer TV series Suits, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Burn Notice and Necessary Roughness. Why aren’t more people watching Political Animals? Has True Blood jumped the shark? PC’s Jamey Giddens weighed in. Former The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell guests on Single Ladies.  Luke wanted Jamey to explain some of Awkward’s past twists on MTV. 

The Great Gatsby was pushed back to summer 2013. One PC co-host is looking forward to it, another not so much. Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in Scary Movie 5, but would anyone insure a film with both Lohan and Charlie Sheen in it?

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast.







 

PC #54: Snow White and the Hunchin’

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Regan Cellura dive into the latest pop culture news, headlines and TV series storylines.

The Batman: Dark Knight Rises tragedy at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado rocked the country. The PC gang weighs in on the tragic event.  Kristen Stewart was photographed cheating on Robert Pattinson and issued a head scratching statement. Are their relationship problems getting more coverage than deserved? The 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off with a cameo by James Bond star Daniel Craig.

TV lost an icon with the passing of Sherman Hemsley and the PC crew shares their favorite memories from The Jeffersons and Amen.  The team discusses the latest twists on TNT’s delicious Dallas. Political Animals reminds Luke of a political version of Brothers & Sisters.  Does True Blood need to refocus because it has too much going on? Dancing with the Stars announces the returning cast list for Dancing with the All-Stars.  The original Teen Mom is ending its run.

The Jackson family is acting out and Jillian says it’s a sad day when La Toya Jackson is providing the voice of reason. Is there a plot by Jackson siblings to get their hands on Michael Jackson’s money? Katherine Jackson went missing. Allegedly, Janet slapped Paris and Paris slapped Janet right back.  Did Janet go along to protect her own fortune from her brothers? A judge awarded Tito’s son TJ temporary custody of Michael Jackson’s three children.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast!