Former One Life to Live Head Writer Michael Malone to Speak at Duke University Thursday


The man responsible for the powerful Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) gang rape storyline, as well as the saga of gay teen Billy Douglas (Ryan Phillippe) on ABC Daytime's One Life to Live, has gone academic. Michael Malone will be speaking at noon, this Thursday, April 26 at Duke University.

The best-selling novelist, short story writer and TV veteran currently teaches a course at the University entitled "American Dreams, American Movies." His lecture, part of Duke's "Office Hours" program, will be on the art of storytelling. The event is being webcast via Duke's Ustream channel.

Are you excited to hear what Malone has to say about storytelling? Watch a few clips from his iconic first stint on OLTL below, then sound off in the comments!



Ryan Phillippe Wants ‘Damages'; First Regular TV Gig Since One Life to Live

TVLine's Michael Ausiello is reporting, sexy, silver screen star Ryan Phillippe has snagged a huge role in the final season of Damages. Phillippe's character is being called a "Julian Assange-type" who needs some help from vampy legal eagle Ellen (Rose Byrne). Phillippe's gig on Damages is his first regular TV role since the actor played gay teen Billy Douglas on One Life to Live. Watch a clip from Phillippe's breakout role on OLTL after the jump!

Ryan Phillippe Wants to Quit Acting

Talk about cruel intentions. Pretty boy Ryan Phillippe—who got his acting start playing the first gay teen in daytime on One Life to Live—recently told The New York Post  he'd like to quit acting to escape the glare of the paparazzi. Said the ex-Mr. Reese Witherspoon:

"It's so hard to go out in LA. I'm going to move. I'm going to spend a third of my year in New York." He said brokers have been showing him places in SoHo and, "I think I'm going to end my acting career. I'm so introverted. I'm ready to be behind the scenes. I'm 36, but I've been doing this for 20 years."


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San Francisco Columnist Remembers OLTL’s AIDS Quilt

San Francisco Sentinel photojournalist Bill Wilson recently expressed sadness over the loss of One Life to Live.  In 1992 he was working for The Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt, and became an extra when OLTL featured the quilt during its history-making storyline that involved Llanview’s Billy Douglass (Ryan Phillipe). 
After going through this experience I gained a new respect for the actors in daytime dramas. It is demanding and challenging work because there is so little time for script memorizing etc. [...] It was a wonderful experience because you knew that you were reaching so many more people with messages of tolerance and understanding that were so much in need.

Watch a clip for the finale of the AIDS Quilt storyline after the jump.

AfterElton’s “Hot 100″ Includes Soap Hunks just published it's Hot 100 list and at least eight current and former soap hunks have made the list. Justin Hartley, Josh Duhamel, Eddie Cibrian, Mario Lopez, Ryan Phillipe, Jake Silbermann, Jensen Ackels and Van Hansis.

For those of you interested in the stats former Passions star Justin Hartley debuted at #88. As the World Turns' Jake Silberman debuted at #20 but it was his onscreen partner Van Hansis who was only one of two stars to debut within the top 10. Hansis debuted at #7 while Brothers & Sisters star Luke MacFarlane debuted at #3.

Former Days of Our Lives star Jensen Ackles was the only soap hunk on the list who climbed in the rankings  from his previous spot last year. He moved up to #13 from #35.

Josh Duhamel (#68), Eddi Cibrian (#58), Mario Lopez (#37), and Ryan Phillippe (#21) all lost ground on this year's Hot 100 list.

This is not the first time that Van Hansis has topped one of AfterElton's lists as the highest ranked soap star. Back in November AfterElton had him at #6 on their Top 25 Gay Characters in TV History. Daytime Confidential ranked him at #1 on our Top 10 Actors of 2007 list.