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Q&A Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) & Fan Factions

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Hi Suds Buds,

Have you noticed how much soap related print media coverage there seems to be these days?  I am not talking about what you get in your dose of "Soap Opera Weekly," "Soap Opera Digest," or "Soaps In Depth."  I am talking about "Passions" on not one, but two "TV Guide" collector covers, and Kelly Ripa (co-host Regis & Kelly AND Hayley, AMC) on the cover of this week's "TV Guide." In this week's "TV Guide" there is also a feature on "Port Charles" Caleb AND Michael Logan's usual weekly soaps column.  The current "People Magazine" is carrying a story on Cassie and James DePavia (Blair and Max, OLTL). 

Super Soap Sleuth, TRO's own Jessica Radloff, brought the soaps print media coverage blitz to my attention.  Thanks, Jess!  ;o) Why do you guys suppose that all of a sudden soaps are garnering such a wide variety of mainstream coverage? Could soaps finally be generating the respect of the entertainment industry they so rightly deserve? 

I'd love to read your comments on this.  Please post them in the "Criticize the Critic" folder on the Turtle-Run Message Boards.

Fan Factions Campaign for their Favorite Stars, Couples and Shows

It is remarkable how groups of fans immediately take to certain characters and/or couples.  I have dubbed them "The Fan Factions."  For example, "Passions" has its Ethan & Theresa contingent, along with Shuis, the Sheridan & Luis fans.  "As the World Turns" has its LIMONS (Lily & Simon fans) and CarJackers (Carly & Jack Fans) among others. "Days of Our Lives" has many fan factions:  Broe fans (Brady & Chloe), Shelle fans (Shawn & Belle), Bope fans (Bo & Hope), Phloe fans (Philip and Chloe).  Y&R has its Billy and Mac fans.  "All My Children" has so many fan factions I could not even begin to name them all. 

In the past, Fan Factions from various shows have mounted successful campaigns to restore favorite actor's contracts, encourage actors who have left the show to pursue other career endeavors to return to the show, or reunite favorite couples who have been torn apart.  Even though networks are loathe to admit that these campaigns swayed them one way or the other, actors have returned, couples have reunited, and storylines have changed direction.  Right now, Missy_cat, a TRO "Port Charles" fan, is promoting a petition to save "Port Charles," just in case the rumors of its cancellation prove correct.  She posts:

"Rumors about the possibility that 'Port Charles' may be canceled propelled a fan to begin a petition for ABC to (keep PC) on the air. Even though the cancellation rumors may not mean anything, it can't hurt to sign the petition and show ABC how many fans 'Port Charles' has."

Missy_cat continues by making this extremely valid point. Networks listen up:

"BTW...my opinion on the whole cancellation topic is that I find nothing wrong with PC being number 10.  If networks continue to cancel soaps for being in the last spot, what is going to happen when we only have two soaps left and some bigwig decides to cancel #2? My two favorite soaps are the last two in ratings, 'Passions' and 'Port Charles.'"

To respond to Missy_cat's post and/or get the link to the petition, visit TRO's "Port Charles" Message Boards.

In addition, there are several other petitions circulating right now. "As the World Turns" has the CarJackers to reunite Carly and Jack, for example, or the forever die-hard and persistent "Loyalists," fans of "All My Children's" Michael Nader (Dimitri) who recently saw some trouble with the law due to a substance abuse problem and was asked to leave the show till he underwent rehab treatment and got his act together.   With rehab completed, and the actor expressing interest in returning to the show, the "Loyalists" continue in full force to petition the network for his being re-hired. 

Most recently, another uproar developed among "All My Children" fans.   When Princess Gillian Andrassy (Esta Terblanche) was abruptly shot in the head and killed off the show as her heart was donated to another, less popular character, fans of the extremely popular and romantic couple, Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and Gillian were outraged. 

Almost immediately the Fan Faction machine went into motion, even though the character of Gillian is still appearing on the show in a ghost-like state. Ryan and Gillian fans wanted Ryan and Gillian together, in the flesh, in each other's arms, right back here on earth. A "Save the Princess" petition was started on July 7th and as of today there are 1274 signatures.  According to rspriggs2, the creator of the petition, "the consensus is that the fans want Gillian back and they don't care how." 

The petition was brought to my attention by a die-hard Ryan and Gillian fan who is against what AMC has done to her favorite couple. However, the mastermind behind the entire move to alert the powers that be at ABC that the fans are not happy with the current direction the story has taken for their favorite couple is Divine. Divine built a web page at http://www.fadedtimes.com/divine devoted to "Saving the Princess." In addition to the petition, the second phase of the campaign includes sending tiara's to the network. The fans have zeroed in on the honchos in charge and hope to get them to reconsider the story direction.

According to Divine, "We just want the powers that be to know that we are truly outraged by all this, and that we will not accept Gillian dead.  It just doesn't work.  She is a valuable asset to the show.  Esta and Cameron have such wonderful chemistry together that it gives fans a sense of hope that happy endings do come true." 

Esta Terblanche (Gillian) recently renegotiated to stay with the show at least until December.  How the story will play out from now until then is an unknown.

Q&A with AMC's Ryan on the AfterLife Storyline and his Comments on Michael Nader (Dimitri)

Turtle-Run had the opportunity to speak with Cameron Mathison (Ryan) on his current storyline and the "Save the Princess" campaign. He is well aware of the dissatisfaction of the fans in regard to this story.  As he dashed to make a plane, he shared with us his candid comments.

LMS:  How did you first hear about the "afterlife" storyline?

CM:  I heard that something major, some sort of a buzz was going on involving my storyline, and I wasn't really sure what it was.  I heard little hints about this and that and I tried to investigate a little bit. I tried to find out what it was, but they really wouldn't tell me what was going on. 

LMS:  How long before you got the scripted material was this? 

CM:  This was before, but I didn't know anything.  It's just like anything that you hear, buzz and stuff.   So I really didn't pay much attention to it.  I didn't even talk to Esta much about it. It's just stuff that was floating around and I let it go and then all of the sudden Esta pulled me aside one day and she told me that she's being killed off!  And I don't know, my heart sank.   We kinda sat in her dressing room and cried a little bit and stuff. It was sad and at the same time it wasn't, because we didn't know what they were planning with this afterlife storyline and we were hoping it would be done like kind of the cool way (it was) done in "Ghost."  (We decided to) make it good a opportunity for us as actors.  (But) it was very sad.  Esta and I are very close and it's been sad.

LMS:  The afterlife story is a more unique kind of thing.  You and Esta have both been doing an amazing job with the material.

CM:  Thank you.  As far as the scenes where she was actually in the hospital and all that and they wanted to take her heart, I never had the opportunity to do that kind of work as an actor.  On paper this seems a little silly, and I know people are angry with it and whatever, but the only way as an actor that you can do it is literally dive in head first and completely and totally believe everything that is going on.  Because a certain part of me really believes in spirits and things like that and I think in Ryan's state, it's very possible that he totally and completely believes all that because he can feel (Gillian's) spirit .  It's been interesting.

LMS:  Do you know what's going to happen down the line in regard to it all?  Let's put it this way, rather than revealing any storylines, what would you like to see happen or what would be your fantasy storyline outcome of this?

CM:  I have no idea what is going to happen.  What I would like to happen? I think that I would like  -- I'd  love (for Ryan and Gillian) to stop popping in and popping out of the frame.  I wish that they would just be discovered there with certain camera angles or something like that.  I think the popping in and popping out sometimes takes away from it and almost brings an element of silliness to it, but that's just a personal opinion.  And I know why they do it, and why they have to do it, Because doing it the other way would be much longer and they'd have to do the scenes twice, but with that said, I think that it would be nice if Gillian's past had something to do with a family member of Ryan's and it uncovered a reason to make him want to stay in Pine Valley.  I think it would really be great if it had to do with Duke Lavery and Ryan.

LMS:  We had this discussion a long time ago, like a year ago, where you said that you would love a Duke Lavery connection.  Well, it might happen, because the Anna Devane character was married to Duke Lavery.

CM:  And that's the whole thing...

LMS:  When I saw that, I really thought of you and the conversation we had and started giggling. I said, "Gee, Cameron's right on the money with that one."

CM:  It looks like it could happen, but you know the other thing is that Dimitri and Alex went to England because they got a call from from a Duke.  So that was kind of interesting.  They got a call regarding Ryan from a Duke and..

LMS:  ...and they took off.

CM:  Yeah, but then again they won't tell me anything and to tell you the complete and honest truth, I don't think they know for sure.

LMS:  What they're going to do yet?

CM:  No, I really don't.  I don't think that they know what they're going to do and how they're going to do it.

LMS:  As an aside, on the whole Dimitri thing, have you spoken at all to Michael Nader? Were you friendly or close to him?

CM:  I was really friendly and close to him on the set.  I wasn't really friendly or close to him off the set on a personal level but I tried to give him a call just to send him my best.  I think he's a really great person and a talented man and I wish him the best, but no, I haven't had a chance to speak to him.

LMS:  Anything you'd like to say to your fans for their support and the fact that they want to bring back the princess and reunite Gillian and Ryan?

CM:  All I can say is that it helps, y'know?   No matter what.  If you really want to see Ryan and Gillian again together somehow...  I don't know how they could possibly do it.  I mean, she got shot in the back of her head and her heart was taken out of her body.

LMS:  But y'know what?  I say is that it could all be a dream!

CM:  Yeah, but it's too late for that.

LMS:  Remember Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) on "Dallas?"  Did you ever watch that show where two seasons later, he woke up and it was all a dream?

CM:  Oh, you're kidding.

LMS:  I mean, it's soap opera!  You can do anything.  If they could bring back that one boyfriend of Erica's that was cremated, they can do anything!  So, you never know?!   If the fan support does rally that much. . .

CM:  All I can say is that it does make a difference.  It always makes a difference.

2nd Annual "NBC Soap FanFest"

With the first-ever "NBC Soap FanFest" event under their belts, the stars of "Days of our Lives" and "Passions" are ready to return to Orlando, Florida on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, 2001 for the 2nd Annual "NBC Soap FanFest," to be held at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.  NBC Daytime and Universal Orlando are inviting fans of the top-rated daytime dramas to get their travel plans in order to share in a weekend of excitement and up-close-and-personal contact with their favorite actors and actresses.

"We are thrilled to again be partnering with Universal Orlando for our second annual "NBC Soap FanFest.'  Last year, thousands of NBC soap fans from all over the country came and experienced the excitement and fun of the biggest and best NBC soap fan event of the year," commented Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs, NBC Entertainment. "We have many surprises in store and a great new venue at Orlando's premiere entertainment park, Universal Studios Florida."

Two dozen of NBC Daytime's hottest stars will make the cross-country trip to Orlando this year. Those scheduled to appear at "NBC Soap FanFest" include Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Melissa Reeves (Jenn), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Renee Jones (Lexie), Matt Cedeno (Brandon), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Austin Peck (Austin), Jason Cook (Shawn), Kirsten Storms (Belle) Kyle Lowder (Brady), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) all from "Days of our Lives." They will be joined by McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) Galen Gering (Luis), Travis Schuldt (Ethan), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), James Hyde (Sam), Dana Sparks (Grace), Justin Carroll (David), Ben Masters (Julian), Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), Donn Swaby (Chad), Brook Kerr (Whitney), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Christopher Douglas (Brian) and Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) from "Passions."

The 2nd Annual "NBC Soap FanFest" kicks-off with a classic Hollywood motorcade complete with celebrities, convertibles and confetti. Throughout the two-day event, fans attending will have the opportunity to secure the stars' autographs at various locations throughout the park, ask questions during the Q&A sessions at the "Hercules and Xena Theatre" and possibly have a chance to act out a scene with a soap star.  Fans will also be able to mix and mingle with all their favorite daytime stars at the official after-hours party at "The Groove," the hippest nightclub at Universal Orlando's City Walk.  Admission to "NBC Soap FanFest" will be included as part of either day's admission to Universal Studios Florida.

The Universal Orlando resort destination (www.universalorlando.com) includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios movie theme park and Islands of Adventure.  Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining, shopping, club and live-entertainment venue as well as premier on-site Loews hotels and world-class film and television production facilities. Universal Orlando is a unit of Universal Studios, a part of CANAL+, the TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications. 

Admission to Universal Studios Florida is $48.00 for adults (ages 10+) and $39.00 for children (ages 3-9).

More information about "NBC Soap FanFest" will be available at the official NBC Daytime website at nbc.com/daytime beginning September 3, 2001. The website will provide up-to-the-minute information on the weekend's events and exclusive coverage of the event as it occurs.

Into Spyder Games? Here's your Sneak Peek for this week's shows!

The "Witch Wars" lawsuit from the burned babysitter hits the local papers.  Who stands to get burned now?  In the meantime, Sasha gets promises of record deals.  Will one really pan out?  While across town, Francisco has an encounter with a man and his gun. Will he make it out alive? Later, Lyle makes plans to leave town, but not without first kissing Daphne goodbye. Is he really out of there? Then, it's back to Sasha who performs for Dean and Jimmy.  Is it for that record deal or for pure entertainment?  One way to find out.  Tune into "Spyder Games" August 20-24, 2001 and see! ©2001 turtle-run.com

*Spyder Games airs at 7 PM and 11 PM, Monday-Friday on MTV. Sneak Peek info developed from content provided by MTV Networks, ©2001 MTV Networks to Turtle-Run.com. 

Melissa Reeves, Cameron Mathison and Elizabeth Keiffer to Guest-Host on SoapCenter

Beginning, Friday, August 24, 2001, SoapCenter will have a special guest host.  First up, join Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DOOL) for the Friday, August 24, 2001 show.  On August 31, 2001, Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) guest hosts.  Join him as he takes you on a tour of his All My Children hometown, Pine Valley, PA.  On Friday, September 7, 2001, Elizabeth Keifer interviews friend and co-star Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL), plus a fantastic flashback segment honoring the 50th anniversary of "Search for Tomorrow."  Be sure to tune in!

On SoapCenter, Friday, August 17, 2001.

At Home with AMC's Julia Barr  The Emmy-winning actress gives you a guided tour of her suburban New York home and introduces us to her family of pets which includes a lop-eared rabbit, the family "mutt," two cats, a parakeet and the nine Koi goldfish that live in their own outdoor pond.

Spotlight: B&B's Bodacious Darlene Conley--SoapCenter sat down with actress Darlene Conley and learned that she's just as sassy and outspoken as Sally Spectra, the character she's played on "Bold & the Beautiful" since 1988.

Feature Report: Secrets  They're the storytelling tool no soap could do without. In interviews with Head writers, stars and Executive Producers, this Feature Report illustrates how the world of daytime would just not be the same without secrets--an essential element of good soap.

Spotlight: PC's Vampire Love Triangle  It's the classic soap staple  with a fiendish twist!  Sink your teeth into how Kelly Monaco (Livvie) and Brian Presley (Jack) have felt bringing the "unnatural" Jack/Livvie/Caleb triangle on "Port Charles" to life.

Fashion: Getting the look at Young and the Restless  SoapCenter goes behind the scenes at Y&R's hair and make-up department with actress Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) for a look at how this soap own particular brand of glamour is created.

Premiering on SoapCenter Friday, August 24

Special Guest Host:  Melissa Reeves (Jen, DOOL)

Behind the Scenes: Flashflood at Guiding Light  A flashflood strikes Mexico, endangering Beth (Beth Chamberlain) and her estranged husband, Edmund (David Andrew MacDonald).  Go behind the scenes at Guiding Light to see just how the show staged its latest devastating disaster.

Feature Report: Secrets  Secrets of the heart, secrets of the past, secrets that can change lives. In interviews with headwriters, stars, and executive producers, examine how the world of daytime would not be the same without secrets, the essential element of some of the greatest soap stories.

Stars On:  General Hospital  Actors from the long-running soap including A Martinez (Roy), Stuart Damon (Alan), Billy Warlock (AJ), Robin Christopher (Skye), and Genie Francis (Laura), reveal why they love working on the show and what they really think about their characters!

Spotlight: Jack and Jennifer's Days of Romance  Matthew Ashford (Jack) and guest-host, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) recount their popular characters' long-running romance on Days of our Lives.  Plus, renowned relationships guru Dr. Guilda Carle offers advice for the star-crossed couple.

Behind the Scenes: Former Stars Turned Acting Coaches  Lisa Brown (formerly of Guiding Light and As the World Turns) and Larkin Malloy (formerly of Guiding Light, All My Children and Edge of Night) are well known for their work in front of the camera. However, these days they are working behind-the-scenes as acting coaches on Guiding Light and As the World Turns. Come see just how they share their expertise with a new generation of actors.

**TRO Disclaimer: The above SoapCenter segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for airing at a later date. The above segments may then be replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.**


All My Children: Olivia Birkelund returns to Pine Valley as Arlene on Tuesday, September 4, 2001.  Donna Hanover will appear in two episodes. Her airdates are September 4 & 5, 2001.  Elizabeth Hendrickson has been cast in the contract role of Frankie. Her first airdate is Friday, September 21, 2001. Terri Ivens has been cast in the contract role of Simone.  Her first airdate is October 4, 2001.  Say hello again to Colleen Dion who returns in the role of Leslie Coulson.  Her first return airdate is October 9, 2001.

As the World Turns:  Michael Swan reprises the role of Duncan McKechnie on Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23, 2001. He last appeared as Duncan in 1995.  Napiera Danielle Groves joins the cast as Bonnie McKechnie.  Her first airdate is Thursday, August, 23, 2001.

Days of Our Lives: James Edson plays Roger on Monday, August 20, 2001.  On Friday, August 24, 2001, Adam Jeffries returns as Larry.

General Hospital: Newcomer Jamie Rey has been cast as Kristina. Her first airdate is Friday, August 24, 2001.  The role of Michael Quartermaine has been recast and is now played by Tiarnan Cunningham.  His first airdate is Wednesday, August 29, 2001.  The role of Leticia has been recast and is now played by Christine Carlo. Her first airdate is Wednesday, August 29, 2001.

One Life to Live:  Brooke Alexander plays the recurring role of Julia Michaels beginning Friday, August 24, 2001. Sherri Saum has been cast in the contract role of Keri Reynolds.  Her first airdate is Friday, August 31, 2001. 

Passions: On air week of August 20-24, 2001, Daryl Anderson, FrankCollison and Ralph Diner play the warlocks on Warlock Island!  Mark Ryan plays the boat captain, and Jim Krestalude and Shareen Mitchell return as Basil and JuneLA Local KNBC-TV weatherman Fritz Coleman joins the cast as a meteorologist! (Not much of a stretch!  LOL) He airs August 28, 30 and September 4, 2001.  Christopher Douglas will join the cast in the contract role of Brian. His first airdate is Monday, September 24, 2001.  Harrison Young returns to Passions in the recurring role of Palmer Harper, Julian's attorney.  Young, a well-respected character actor, has appeared in "Saving Private Ryan," "Primary Colors," Rocky & Bullwinkle," "The Conspiracy," "The Outsiders," and "Durango Kids."  His TV credits include "West Wing," "Providence," "ER," "Law & Order," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Melrose Place," and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."  Young begins taping August 29, 2001. His first airdate is tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2001 .  Harrison Young returns as Palmer Harper. His first airdate is set for October 1, 2001.

Port CharlesMarcelo Tubert has been cast as Father Armando.  His previous on-camera work includes "Code Blue," "Under Suspicion," and Leprechaun 3."  He also works regularly as a voice over artist.  His first airdate is Thursday, August 23, 2001.

Young & the Restless:  Rich Hearst appears as Matt on August 22-24, and 27, 2001.  Granville Van Dusen appears as Keith on August 22 and 27, 2001.  Beth Maitland appears as Traci on August 22, 23, 2001.  Anita Finlay appears as Dr. Nora on Thursday, August 23, 2001.  David Shark Fralick appears as Larry on Friday, August 24, 2001.  Tracey Bregman returns to Y&R as Lauren Fenmore.  She airs Friday, August 24, 2001. Brody Hutzler appears as Cody on August 23, 24, 2001.  Alex Hernandez and Brian Lester appear as paramedics on Friday, August 24, 2001. Kim Strauss appears as Dr. Walker and LiseSimms appears as Connie on Monday, August 27, 2001. Thad Luckinbill appears as J.T. on August 27, 28, 2001. Kathy Brannan appears as a nurse on Tuesday, August 28, 2001.

Seeing Stars

AMC:  Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, 2001, join Walt Willey (Jackson) at Zanies in Vernon Hills, IL Call 847 549-6030.  On Saturday, September 1, 2001 see John Callahan (Edmund) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo) along with Mark Derwin (Ben, OLTL) in the Hollywood Allstars Celebrity Softball Game at the new Staten Island Yankees Stadium, Staten Island, NY.  Call 718 720-YANK for info. On September 21-22, 2001 see Walt Willey at Funny Bone in Evansville, IN, two shows nightly at 8 and 10 PM.  Call 812 471-7171.  See Walt Willey on October 21, 2001 at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ. Call 732 545-4242 for info.

As the World Turns:  Chad Tucker joins Phylicia Rashad in the Roundabout Theatre production of the musical, BLUE.  Performances are at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street.  For ticket information, call the theater at (212) 777-4900 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100.  Lea Salonga (Lein) has been cast in the leading role of Mei Li in "Flower Drum Song," which will open in previews at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on October 2, 2001 .  The opening is currently set for October 14, 2001. For further information call 213 628-2772.

Days of Our Lives:  On August 26, 2001 in the 3 PM performance, Matthew Ashford reprises his role as Count Carl Magnus-Malcolm in "A Little Night Music" at the Interact Theater Company in North Hollywood, CA. Call 818 773-7862 for ticket info. On September 14-16, 2001 see the stars at Days Fest, 2001 in Salem, Illinois. There are ticketed events with Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, Jay K. Johnson and Kyle Lowder, and Peter Reckell, as well as a free outdoor festival. Call 618 548-0878 for the latest info on who will be appearing and ticket and accommodation information.

General Hospital:  On Wednesday, August 22, 2001 join Jacob Young (Lucky) beginning at 9 PM at the Hard Rock Café in LA for an evening of music.  Young will be playing songs from his new CD, "Devil's in the Details," to be released September, 21, 2001.  Call 310 276-7605 for information.  Soap Opera Bistro at Disneyland's California Adventure proudly hosts Marisa Ramirez (Gia) and Coltin Scott (Nikolas) on Friday, August 24, 2001. 

Guiding Light:  Michael O'Leary (Rick) appears at Marshall-Fields' Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, August 25, 2001 from 12-2 PM at the Meriden Mall in Okemos, MI.  For info call 517 347-4400.

One Life to Live:  On Saturday, August 25, 2001 see Laurence Lau (Sam) at the Giant Eagle on Aurora Road in Solon, OH from 1-3 PM. Call 440 248-4400 for info.  Also on August 25, 2001 at Rabs Country Lanes in Staten Island, NY, the 6th Annual One Life to Live Sing-A-Long Spectacular will take place from 7:30-11:30 PM.  Goumba Johnny and WKTU radio will host.  Stars include Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Laurence Lau (Sam), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay),Ty Treadway (Colin), David Fumero (Cristian), Jessica Morris (Jennifer), Brandon Routh (Seth), MelissaArcher (Natalie), Fiona Hutchinson (Gabrielle), Michael Tipps (Al), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta) and Mark Derwin (Ben),  Plus -- the promise of other "surprise" guests.  Proceeds go to Rainbows Hope, a non-profit organization that provides for the needs of children who are stricken with chronic and life threatening illnesses.  For further information call 212 456-3585. Kamar de los Reyes stars in "The Way She Moves," a VH1 Original Movie, premiering Wednesday, August 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on VH1. On Saturday, September 1, 2001 see Mark Derwin (Ben), along with John Callahan (Edmund, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo, AMC) in the Hollywood Allstars Celebrity Softball Game at the new Staten Island Yankees Stadium, Staten Island, NY.  Call 718 720-YANK for info.

Passions Galen Gering (Luis) appears at the Aventura Mall in Miami, FL on Saturday, September 1 from 1-4 p.m. as part of Soap Opera Digest's 'Mall Tour 2001.'  Galen will conduct a Q&A session, perform a scene with a member of the audience and sign autographs and pose for pictures.  Look for more information in upcoming issues of Soap Opera Digest. Andrea Evans (Rebecca), a member of the Celebrity Council for the Annual City of Hope's "Walk of Hope," will be participating in the "Walk of Hope 2001" in Duarte, CA on Sunday, September 9James Hyde (Sam) and Galen Gering (Luis) play in the Wendie Jo Sperber 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting weSPARK on Saturday, September 15 at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. For info, visit www.wespark.org.  Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) is a celebrity participant at the Gala for Literacy, a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Literacy and Libraries Foundation on September 15 at the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Center in Costa Mesa, CA.   ( Matt Cedeno, DOOL, is also participating). Call 949 366-1056 for info.  On Saturday, September 29, 2001 see Galen Gering (Luis) at the Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, AL.  Check NBC.com/passions for additional info.  Andrea Evans will also participate in the "Walk of Hope" in San Francisco on Saturday, October 6 in San Francisco and in Chicago, IL on Sunday, October 21.  For informatio

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