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Actor updates for December 26 – January 1.

The past week brought more hope for "AMC" going online and news of Daytime alums on the big screen, voicing video game characters, and holding fan event parties. As we wait for confirmation on the cancelled soaps being resurrected, catch your favorite former Daytime stars in other projects.

AMC migrating online update:
Some encouraging news came down last week regarding Prospect Park resurrecting "All My Children" online. Two former Pine Valleyites have already signed on to reprise their characters should the online version of the soap become a reality. Lindsay Hartley and Vincent Irizarry are ready to play Cara Castillo and David Hayward once again. In addition, former "AMC" writer and producer Ginger Smith has reportedly been tapped to take on the role of executive producer. Read more in's Prospect Park to Migrate AMC and OLTL Online?

Emerson Brooks voices character in Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel:
Brooks, who played Jane's (Susan Lucci's) right hand man Ben during Erica's (Lucci) kidnapping, has been keeping pretty busy voicing characters in video games. The last two years he could be heard in such games as "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," "Saints Row: The Third" and "Halo 4." Coming up in 2013, he'll be part of "Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel."

Ricky Paull Goldin's Spontaneous Construction premiere party:
Fans can be part of the premiere party for the new HGTV show hosted by Goldin (ex-Jake). The Sunday brunch on February 10, 2013 with cash bar will be held from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Guy's American Kitchen and Bar in New York City. The guest list features several Daytime stars including Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, "AMC"), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, "AMC"), Tom Pelphrey (ex-Jonathan, "GL"), Laura Wright (Carly, "GH") and Kim Zimmer (ex-Echo, "OLTL," ex-Reva, "GL"). For tickets, go to RPG Events Online.

Billy Miller re-signs with The Young and the Restless:
Soaps in Depth has reported that "AMC's" former bad seed Richie Novak has decided to continue on as Billy Abbot, who he has been playing since 2008. Read more at Y&R re-signs Billy Miller.

Sydney Penny in Heart of the Country:
Penny, who played Julia Santos Keefer, stars in the film about a woman who returns to her family in North Carolina after her husband is arrested for Wall Street fraud. The movie, due out in 2013, also stars Gerald McRaney ("Fairly Legal") and Jana Kramer ("One Tree Hill").

Josh Duhamel in Movie 43:

Duhamel (ex-Leo) will star in the ensemble comedy directed and produced by Peter Farrelly ("Hall Pass"). The film will tell 12 different stories, all directed by someone new. Those helming the different segments include Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect"), Griffin Dunne ("House of Lies"), Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad") and Bret Ratner ("Tower Heist"). The cast is equally star studded, including Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Emma Stone ("Gangster Squad"), Kristen Bell ("House of Lies"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible") and Halle Berry ("Dark Tide"). Movie 43 comes out January 25, 2013. Watch the spoiler video below, but be aware this is a red band trailer containing nudity and profanity.

Ella Thomas in Nina:

Thomas played Ricky Torres' (ex-Eddie Matos) partner in crime Diana Holden on "AMC" and in 2013 she'll play Lorraine Hansberry in the biopic about jazz musician Nina Simone. Hansberry was a playwright and the author of "A Raisin in the Sun," as well as a close friend of Simone's. The project also stars Zoe Saldana ("The Words"), David Oyelowo ("Jack Reacher") and Mike Epps ("The Hangover").

Walt Willey's Wild and Willey Comedy Tour:
Willey (ex-Jack) will perform at the Racine Theatre in Racine, WI on February 9. The event will serve as a party to celebrate his new comedy DVD "Wild and Willey in Jackson; Live at South Street." Go to Walt Willey World for more information.

AMC Fun Fact:

Ricky Paull Goldin is the son of famous hypnotist Paul Goldin and the nephew of movie producer Jake Gold ("Guns of Navarone").

Read about the new developments regarding "One Life to Live" migrating online in OLTL Soap Digest.

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- Lori Wilson