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Brian Malarkey Headed to Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel

Brian Malarkey Headed to Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel

The former 'The Taste' host will open his Los Angeles restaurant this New Year's Eve

The San Diego chef is opening a West Hollywood restaurant this winter.

Just because Brian Malarkey got kicked off The Taste doesn't mean he'll be leaving Los Angeles anytime soon; the LA Times reports that Malarkey, a former Top Chef cheftestant, will be opening a restaurant in the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood this winter.

Last we heard, Malarkey was planning to replace Asia de Cuba in the hotel with seafood restaurant Herringbone (which he opened in La Jolla, Calif.). Malarkey, however, tells LA Times that he has yet to decide which concept to bring to West Hollywood. Searsucker (of which he has four of) showcases New American food, while Herringbone focuses on "ocean-to-table, farm-fresh cuisine," he told the LA Times. The Gabardine, in the meantime, serves relatively straightforward American neighborhood classics.

Malarkey reportedly plans to open his new Mondrian restaurant on Dec. 31, just in time to ring in the new year. Last we heard, Malarkey will also take over room service, catering, and breakfast.


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The chief marketing entity of the Tri-Lakes Area made a commitment to help bring a filming of the CBS daytime drama to Branson Friday morning.

The Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District Board of Directors approved paying $36,000 to pay for CBS executives and crews to be flown into Branson and transported while here and working on the production of the five to eight episodes of “As the World Turns” that will be filmed on location in the area this summer. An additional $11,000 could be approved at a later date as a contingency fund if needed.

Officials report the series of episodes to be shot in Branson would feature the show’s character Gwen (played by Jennifer Landon) looking to further her musical career in Branson.

“This thing could mean a lot of dollars and a lot of PR to us,” Branson alderman and TCED board member Dick Gass said of the filming.

Ann Reinke, account executive with Concept Marketing said CBS officials have confirmed that any business opening its doors to the show’s crews and actors will also see some screen time.

“We’ve been told by the executive producer that whoever gives the rooms, whoever gives the food comped will actually be featured in the show,” Reinke said.

The show is set to do filming in Branson June 6-8.

Soap-off has three NYU finalists

Move over "All My Children." The next big names in the soap opera world seem to be coming from NYU.

In a contest for SOAPnet, a TV channel and website that airs same-day episodes of popular daytime soap operas like "Days of our Lives" and "One Life to Live," three NYU students have made it to the finals. Co-directors Gladys Silvera and Emma Mankey Hidem, a Tisch junior and senior respectively, have made it one step closer to winning the contest with their soap "All the Bold and Beautiful Days of Our One Life to Live," along with Tisch senior Tiffany Jackman, who also made it to the finals with "Love Pentagons."

Winners of this contest will win $20,000 to create and direct their own soap and will also win a trip to Los Angeles to meet with hotshot Hollywood executives to pitch their ideas. The winner's soap will then be aired on SOAPnet's website.

Attention Florida Soap Fans

People can see daytime TV actors while helping people gain independence in an annual event presented by Samantha's Friends.

"Passion in Paradise" will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton.

Actors scheduled to attend are Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison and Rachel Melvin and alums Patrika Darbo and Kevin Spirtas from "Days of Our Lives" and Walt Willey from "All My Children."

VIP tickets are $150 (VIP tables for Patrika Darbo, Walt Willey and Kevin Spirtas are sold out), and general admission tickets are $70.

All proceeds will benefit handicap victims to gain basic lifestyle independence with the assistance of a highly trained service canine.

For more information, call Samantha or Alice Bozza at 448-8558 or 518-3906 or visit the Web site at www.samanthas-friends.org.

Catching up with Alicia Leigh Willis

Alicia Leigh Willis spent a year on Another World and two years as Courtney Matthews on General Hospital, and she has two Daytime Emmy nominations to show for it. Now she's ready to headline, as she is the title character in MyNetworkTV's newest nighttime drama, American Heiress, which airs Tuesday nights from 8-10. Alicia plays Elizabeth Wakefield, the intended heir of a family fortune who is stranded in a Guatemalan jungle after the private jet she is flying in crash lands.

The Jamaica Gleaner caught up with Alicia and asked her about her transition to prime time.

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Coke ad features soap actor

That's Nicholas Coster in the Coke commercial in which the older man drinks Coke for the first time and starts daydreaming about doing other things he's never done.

Coster has a ton of TV and movie credits, including experience on several soaps. He played Lionel Lockridge on the NBC soap "Santa Barbara." He played Anthony Makana on the ABC soap "One Life to Live." He played Eduardo Grimaldi on the CBS soap "As the World Turns." His longest soap gig was on NBC's "Another World." He played Robert Delaney in 1970-71, 1972-76, 1980 and 1989.


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