Ross Mathews

HOLLYWOOD — Tom Cruise, who’s been busy suing magazines to prove he’s not an unfit father, has nothing on his ex-wife Katie Holmes, who’s been busy rebuilding her waylaid career. In addition to “The Giver,” with Oscar-winners Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, as well as Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift (out in August), she’s filmed “Days and Nights” (inspired by Chekov’s “The Seagull”) opposite English actor Ben Whishaw, who in addition to “Hamlet” played “Q” in the 007 epic “Skyfall.” Their love scenes should be real acting; he entered into a “civil partnership” with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in 2012. The film screened at The Denver Film Festival this month. Katie currently is filming “Mania Days” with Christine Lahti and Griffin Dunne.
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It seems “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have gone to soap heaven. Produced by Prospect Park and shown online, the reboot failed to attract even diehard fans. When the Oprah Winfrey Network failed to air episodes, as announced in September, the plug was pulled. One of the casualties was “The Price Is Right’s” first male model, Rob Wilson, who was cast in “All My Children.” He hasn’t been working on “Price” because it’s been using “The Bold and The Beautiful” actors, who shoot across the hall.
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Casting movies and television has changed forever! Disney has invited young women 17 to 18 years old, who are “beautiful, smart and athletic” and 17- to 18-year-old guys who are “handsome, smart and athletic” to submit video auditions for the roles of Rachel and Thomas for the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Submit your videos to: http://www.opencastingcall2013.com/.

Meanwhile, a top casting director recently was stunned when a producer chose a weak actor for a role, when better actors were available, because he had Facebook and Twitter followers. Years ago, young actors featured in teen magazines swayed money executives into hiring them because of their teen idol-dom and what they could bring to a project because of their popularity, but Facebook and Twitter?
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Congratulations to Ross Mathews, who started as Ross the Intern on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, covering events that landed him a spot on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable once a week. Then his book, “Man Up,” became a bestseller, which led to his own weekly half-hour show, “Hello Ross.” When The People’s Choice Award nominations were announced, guess who was nominated as new talk-show host, against Arsenio Hall, Jenny McCarthy, Queen Latifah and Bethenny Frankel? Now that Jay Leno is being replaced by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show,” maybe he can do “Hello Ross” in turn. Ross the intern … no more!

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