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Today in Soap Opera History (February 25)

1980: The Edge of Night's Raven took the witness stand.

1992: General Hospital's Robert said goodbye to Robin.

2009: Oltl's David found out Bo was his biological father.

2010: All My Children's Greenlee married David."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1966: On Another World, Lee told Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) she had come to depend too much
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Trailer From "Easy Rider: The Ride Back"

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Sneak Peek the first trailer from the sequel to director Dennis Hopper's 1969 feature "Easy Rider", titled "Easy Rider: The Ride Back".

The new film is directed by Dustin Rikert, starring Jeff Fahey as biker 'Wes Coast' and Chris Engen as 'Virgil Williams', following the family lineage of Peter Fonda's original character 'Wyatt Williams', including his younger brother (Phil Pitzer) and younger sister (Sheree J. Wilson):

"...'Easy Rider: The Ride Back' looks at the life and times of 'Wyatt Williams' before he went looking for America..."

The new movie will be available on DVD September 17,2013.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Easy Rider: The Ride Back"...
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'Easy Rider: The Ride Back' Trailer Debuts (Exclusive Video)

'Easy Rider: The Ride Back' Trailer Debuts (Exclusive Video)
The Easy Rider family is back and ready to ride. The first trailer for Easy Rider: The Ride Back, which The Hollywood Reporter is debuting exclusively, has plenty of bikes and Vietnam-era strife in the first look at the film, which expands upon the Peter Fonda-Dennis Hopper 1969 classic. Photos: 25 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies The film follows the family lineage of Fonda's Wyatt Williams, including his younger brother (Phil Pitzer) and younger sister (Sheree J. Wilson). Jeff Fahey stars as biker Wes Coast, and Chris Engen stars as Virgil Williams. The film's producers say the movie looks

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Which Hollywood Actors Are Homophobic?

Today: The Flying Monkey answers all questions, including: why are so many online fandoms so queer?

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)

Q: I heard recently that [a famous singer] was so homophobic that members of the chorus in [a Broadway show] wanted to bring him up on charges. Do you know any of the details? Also, are there any other performers you can name who have reputations for their homophobic behavior? – Mike, West Hills, CA

A: I wasn’t able to verify the dispute you refer to, and it would surprise me, because the actor has worked with plenty of gay and gay-friendly actors before.

Other homophobic actors? South of Nowhere’s Danso Gordon famously left that show because he was upset by the positive portrayal of a character’s coming out and what he perceived to be a
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IMDb Starmeter

According to the Internet Movie DataBase (IMDb.com): "The STARmeter rankings provide a snapshot of who's popular based on the searches of millions of IMDb users. Updated weekly, these rankings also graph the popularity of people over time and determine which events affect public awareness."  Here is a listing of some present and past soap stars and their current ranking, as well as some public figures.  Do you agree with the list? Is Lisa Rinna really more popular than President Obama? Weigh in below.   1. Darren Criss (Glee) 3. Leonardo DiCaprio (ex-santa Barbara)4. Johnny Depp (star of Dark Shadows movie)9. Dot Jones (Glee, Venice) 11. Jill Clayburgh (ex-sft)19. Brad Pitt (ex-aw)28. Amber Tamblyn (ex-gh)54. James Franco (ex-gh) 101. Parker Posey (ex-atwt)

119. Jessica Lowndes (90210) 121. Amanda Seyfried (ex-atwt)125. Demi Moore (ex-gh)134. Lyndsy Fonseca (ex Dh, ex-y&R)144. Courtney Thorne-Smith (ex-Melrose Place)157. Morgan Freeman (ex-aw)189. Josh Duhamel (ex-amc)200. Julianne Moore (ex-atwt)208. Paul Wesley (ex-gl)236. Lindsay Lohan
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Today's Soap World Birthdays

Jeanne Cooper joined the cast of The Young And The Restless in November 1973 and has been going strong ever since. She's one of several current and former daytime stars celebrating a birthday today. See the full list below.

Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young And The Restless) - 82

Brian Kerwin (Charlie, One Life To Live; ex-Greg, The Young And The Restless) - 61

Tom Eplin (ex-Jake, Another World/As The World Turns) - 50

Darlene Vogel (ex-Melanie, One Life To Live) - 48

Chris Engen (ex-Adam, The Young And The Restless) - 31
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2135

Below you will see a rating for Easy Rider: The Ride Back, a film from Pan America Pictures that I had not heard of, but checked out and based on the official site it's described as a "long awaited" prequel to the Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson classic Easy Rider and apparently "shows through flashbacks how these much loved characters became the classic icons of a generation."

The film is directed by Dustin Rikert and stars a bunch of people I've never heard of such as Chris Engen, Michelle Borth, Thomas Blankenship and Newell Alexander. Oh, and Jeff Fahey (Grindhouse), I've heard of him. You can watch the trailer just to the right if you are so inclined.

Other than that note, here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2135.

Bran Nue Dae Rated PG-13 For sexual content and drug use. Catfish Rated PG-13 For some sexual references.
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Michael Muhney’s “Young and the Restless” character killed off

By Greg Hernandez

We were so excited last summer by the arrival of Michael Muhney as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless.

He was an emergency recast last summer for Chris Engen and walked right into a storyline that had his character partially blind and sleeping with his lawyer and friend Rafe (Yani Gellman) to get out of a jam. It was disappointing that the Adam and Rafe storyline did not develop further or that the two never even shared an on-screen kiss.

But Muhney, previously best known for his role on Veronica Mars, was just terrific in the role and it is sad that Adam was killed off. He had gotten so evil it seems there was no way to let him live!

On his Twitter account today he wrote to fans: You all stop worrying about me! You’re too kind. I couldn’t be happier with my predicament.
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Easy Rider Sequel Revs Up

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Easy Rider Sequel Revs Up
A secret sequel to cult biker film Easy Rider is set to hit cinemas next month, 40 years after Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson hit the road to make movie magic.

Easy Rider: The Ride Back delves into the family lineage of Fonda's iconic character Wyatt 'Captain America' Williams and his family's trials and tribulations from the 1940s to the present day.

Written by newcomers Dustin Rikert and Phil Pitzer, the new movie features little-known stars like Chris Engen, Michelle Borth, Jeff Fahey, and Rance Howard.

The film is the first part of a new trilogy.

Is “Heteroflexible” the New Gay?

What does it mean that there are three new entertainment projects where straight men are sexually involved with other men?

The three projects: Torchwood, Humpday and the Adam/Rafe storyline on The Young and the Restless.

Torchwood's Jack (John Barrowman) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd)

Britain’s Torchwood first broke gay ground with its leading bisexual character (in a genre show, no less). Now with the show’s third season (a five-part miniseries) running on BBC America for five days starting last night, that leading character, Captain Jack Harkness, is still involved with his male co-worker Ianto.

But this time around, we learn that Ianto is not gay or bisexual; he’s actually straight, but just happens to respond emotionally and sexually to Jack. Confusing? It shouldn’t be. Such emotions and relationships have always been part of the human spectrum. It’s just that, until very recently, we haven
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"One Life to Live" reportedly second show to lose actor over gay storyline.

Patricia Mauceri is out, Saundra Santiago is in ... and younger

This weekend soap boards were abuzz with news that U.S. daytime television apparently lost another actor due to a gay storyline. (Chris Engen left The Young and the Restless earlier this month, reportedly in part over having to kiss another man.) This time it is One Life to Live's Patricia Mauceri who is being replaced by Saundra Santiago.

To nutshell it for you, Maureci's character (Carlotta Vega) was to have a "comedic" storyline in which she mistakenly believed her womanizing son Cristian (David Fumero, pictured below) was gay. Daytime Confidential reported that Mauceri personally objected to a gay-positive storyline while SoapCentral says not only was the actress already unhappy with the show, but the show might have deliberately provoked her into quitting.

Would you object if this man was gay?

Both sites, as well as Nelson Branco's The Suds Report,
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Gays of our Lives (June 23, 2009)

There’s a lot going on in this week’s Gays of Our Lives, starting with an extra heaping portion of Gool Theater. We visit One Life To Live’s Llanview for the first time, get in on the ground floor of shocking new storylines on both Hollyoaks and EastEnders – and that’s just for starters.

We also bring you more spoilers than ever before, including the dish on a possible kiss that may have led to a recast on The Young and the Restless, why Christian and Olli don their swimsuits on Forbidden Love and the return of Lucas Sanders to Dutch soap Good Times, Bad Times.

Meanwhile, in Gool Newsbeat you’ll find out why openly gay actor Luke Macfarlane traveled to South Africa and learn just how gay True Blood is going to get in its new season.

And as always, I’ve got Snapshots and our Soap Stud Of The Week!
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Gays of our Lives (June 16, 2009)

This week’s column kicks off with Gays Gone By featuring As The World Turns’ first gay character all the way back from 1988. Gool Theater has the return of Spanish teen soap Física O Química and some steamy clips from All That Matters. Plus spoilers of domestic unrest on Forbidden Love and a shocking kiss on EastEnders. Meanwhile, Gool Newsbeat has the dish on what’s ahead for The Young and the Restless’ Rafe Torres and Raising the Bar’s Charlie Sagansky. And as always, I've got the Snapshots and Soap Stud Of The Week for you!

Table Of Contents

Feature: Gays Gone By

Gool Theater

In My Humble Opinion (Imho)

Scoops & Spoilers

Gool Sneak Peeks

Gool Newsbeat

Bits & Pieces

Ratings & Rankings

Snapshots

Soap Stud Of The Week

Question Of The Week

Gays Gone By — As The World Turns’ Hank Eliot

While As The World Turns’ Luke Snyder (Van Hansis
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Gays of our Lives (June 09, 2009)

Are the gays taking over daytime? It would seem so, as yet another daytime soap reveals its plans to tell a gay love story this summer. We’ve got the latest news and spoilers on the upcoming plot, including a clip of the intended lovebirds. Plus, we have an extra large helping of Gool Theater this week, including a hot and sexy episode of Forbidden Love, some explosive events on EastEnders, heart pounding moments on Coronation Street and our first visit to New Zealand soap Shortland Street.

We’ve also got spoilers on a goodbye to Fair City’s gay character and the dish on what cutie pie Noah Mayer is shooting this week on As The World Turns. Meanwhile, Gool Newsbeat looks at the controversy surrounding EastEnders’ gay Muslim storyline as well as the scoop on another U.K. sudser's returning gay character. And as usual, Snapshots and our Soap Stud Of The Week!
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Gays of our Lives (May 26, 2009)

This week, we’ve plenty of The Young and The Restless news and information for you, starting with an interview with Thom Bierdz. The out actor is returning to the show after a twenty year absence for a provocative storyline already being avidly discussed all across the daytime television landscape. Plus we’ve got the news about a Y&R actor rumored to have quit over a same-sex kiss. If that weren’t enough Y&R scoop for you, there’s some summer spoilers for the show that will guarantee that things will stay hot in Genoa City.

And as always, I've got Gool Theater visits Waterloo Road, the latest news on As The World Turns and Hollyoaks, red hot Snapshots with the boys from Forbidden Love — and a video spoiler from All That Matters that has to be seen to be believed!

Table Of Contents

Feature: Interview With Thom Bierdz
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Did a gay kiss for Rafe lead to a last-minute recast on "The Young and The Restless"?

Yani Gellman and Michael Muhney

TV Guide is reporting that The Young and The Restless has just recast the role of Adam Wilson, the nefarious client of gay lawyer Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman). The role will be taken over by Michael Muhney, best remembered as Sheriff Don Lamb on gay-fave Veronica Mars.

Why the recast and why would it matter to AfterElton readers? File this under "rumors and speculation" for now, but soaps columnist Nelson Branco says that Chris Engen (who previously played Adam) walked off the set after refusing to kiss Gellman for a scene and has quit the show, leading to the last-minute replacement casting. Branco adds that Engen hasn't been happy with his character's villainous ways and has previously staged a few sickouts in protest.

We've asked the show for a comment and will let you know when we hear more about the situation, but for now
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Gays of our Lives (May 19, 2009)

This week, thanks to my editor Michael Jensen, I have an interview with Greek star Gregory Michael conducted last January at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour. Thanks, Michael!

Table Of Contents

Feature: Interview With Gregory Michael

Gool Theatre

In My Humble Opinion (Imho)

Scoops & Spoilers

Gool Newsbeat

Bits & Pieces

Ratings & Rankings

Snapshots

Soap Stud Of The Week

Question Of The Week

Greek’s Gregory Michael Plays Gay Again

Many AfterElton.com readers are familiar with Michael from his three years on steamy supernatural soap Dante’s Cove, while some, including this columnist, may even recognize him from his stint in 2003 on As The World Turns. Below we chat with the handsome actor about how he feels about his new role as Grant, Calvin’s love interest on the college comedy-drama Greek, his time on Dante’s Cove – and more!

AfterElton.com: How did you end up on the show?
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