Former daytime queen Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities list, thanks to her earnings from Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show, O magazine and her satellite radio station. Reportedly, she earned $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Forbes warns that they expect her to fall next year when they will not include syndication money in their count.
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!
Ex-All My Children actress Brittany Allen has moved on from crying over JR (Jacob Young) as put upon Marissa, to trying to stay alive in the new comedic horror flick Dead Before Dawn 3D. The story follows a group of college students who inadvertently set a curse free, which causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons aka Zemons. Watch the trailer below!
Former As the World Turns star Zach Roerig (ex-Casey Hughes) was joined by his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Michael Trevino and Steven R. McQueen (pictured above) at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Fellow soap grad and TVD star Paul Wesley (Guiding Light, Another World) also appeared at the annual convention with Nina Dobrev.
Cast members from Glee, Ironman/Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. and the cast of Twilight were also on hand. See more photos from Comic-Con 2012 after the jump!
On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels are joined by Joseph Kapsch, newly-installed executive editor of Celebuzz, to talk about his decision to leave The Hollywood Reporter for his new gig at Buzz Media. Kapsch also dishes the latest in primetime TV, music, movies and Hollywood gossip with the PC gang.
During the podcast, the panel dives into TNT’s Dallas, True Blood, Snooki & J-Woww and other series on the boob tube this summer. Then they tackle the latest in celeb gossip, from Chris Brown and Drake's nightclub brawl, to the most recent Kardashian and Lohan dramas.
Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike premieres this weekend, and is sure to have the ladies—and more than a few gentlemen—snapping up tickets to see Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez strip down to their G-strings. Will you watch?
The summer music scene is heating up and Kapsch reveals he’s a “Belieber” in Justin Bieber’s new album.
All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast.
Daytime vet Brian Gaskill recently held an event for a good cause. This past May, he was named the director of Garden State Players’ (a non-profit theater company in New Jersey) inaugural summer theater camp. Celebrating his new spoken word poetry album, Make It Real, Gaskill held an intimate reading at Keyport’s luxe Trinty Resturant, a staple of the quaint Bayshore town. Proceeds from this night of poetry went to help fund the company’s production of Footloose. The musical’s profits will then go towards benefitting a local children’s hospital.
I chatted with the Models, Inc., All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful alum before he took the stage to perform the material in front of an audience for the first time. Gaskill shared the details of his new gig, as well as what he thinks about the current state of television, and the fan efforts to resurrect daytime soaps.
Daytime Confidential: How did you become involved with Garden State Players?
Brian Gaskill: Lauren [Raad], who runs it, is somebody I went to high school with. She was actually a freshman when I was a senior at the performing arts school at Red Bank. I had started posting stuff on Facebook of these pamphlets that I made up in trying to pursue teaching. ‘Cause I’ve done it at Red Bank Regional, and other places; I’ve had other workshops at places. When she saw this thing in this organized fashion, and I started to put it up there, she said, “Hey why don’t you come back home to New Jersey and teach for the summer? We want to start a school for the theater company,” and I was just excited about it. I wasn’t sure I was going to come at first, but then I decided that [I could] continue [to] do what I’m doing, and could pursue my career, but also broaden my life. In the sense that when I’m waiting for other jobs, I don’t want to be a waiter, who’s you know, it’s okay to do that, but I’m 42 and I have other things to offer the world, and I love working with kids. I just always wanted to make it [teaching] a part of my life. Even when I just did it—showing up and helping places, being there for kids, especially for high school—it is something that I’ve always been drawn to. So, it’s just being part of an artistic community, and starting with her company at the ground floor and helping build it up to do more. Right now they’re doing Footloose, but then in the future to do more original productions, and make it a real theater company, and help be a part of it.
DC: You grew up around here, right?
BG: I did. I grew up in Neptune and Ocean Grove, and I was bussed to Red Bank. READ MORE