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Monday, June 11, 2007

Constantine Goes "Boldface"

CBS has built a special website to help promote Constantine’s run on “The Bold and the Beautiful”…

The website is at www.boldfacerecords.com. Boldface Records is the name of the fictional Constantine’s record label. At the site, you’ll find an interview with Constantine, his biography and clips from the show. One of those clips is a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the “Girl Like You” video, which will appear on the show at a later date. During the clip, the crew gushes about Constantine and how great it was to work with him.

If you listen closely to the music in the clip, you’ll notice that Constantine has tweaked this song slightly, but it’s still a great one and I hope it can find some success as a single. If you’re watching the show, you know that the song is about to become a major part of his storyline…

If you’re not watching, here’s what you missed last week…

Phoebe decided to go to Constantine’s studio and lay down some tracks, but she wasn’t really feeling it without Rick. So, she called Rick to come sing with her, but he was too busy trying to help his sister Bridget with her egg-switching crisis (which is a genius story in my opinion), so he rudely told her he’d call her back. Constantine, of course, took full advantage to plant seeds of doubt in Phoebe’s head, but she wouldn’t fall for it. Since Phoebe seemed really exhausted, Constantine invited her to sleep on his couch. Watching her sleep, he was inspired to write a song about her (“Girl Like You”).

When Phoebe woke up, she was shocked to discover it was morning and she had spent the night (Constantine didn’t want to wake her.). But being the nice guy he is, Constantine sent her mother a text message from her phone so she wouldn’t worry. Phoebe went back into the studio to work on her song, but she still wanted Rick to be there.

As Constantine was giving Phoebe tips on how to loosen up in the studio—which he could only demonstrate by getting up close and personal, of course—Rick walked in and demanded an explanation. When Rick told Phoebe they had to leave, she got upset and Constantine tried to explain himself. However, Rick would hear nothing of it, telling Constantine he knew what he was interested in, and it wasn’t just her voice…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

FINALLY! A Constantine CD!

After what seems like forever, we are finally going to get a Constantine album…

“Constantine” will be released August 7th on Sixth Place Productions, Constantine’s own record label. The CD will be distributed by Sony/Red, who also distributed Elliott’s CD.

Rob Thomas co-wrote one track, as did Angie Aparo (Faith Hill’s “Cry”). Constantine told MTV that the CD has “kind of an East Coast Bon Jovi/Rob Thomas vibe with great pop hooks.”

The first single, “Everybody Loves,” is now available on iTunes. It’s been reworked since it was first released via Constantine’s website to give it more of a live feel. The second single will be “Girl Like You,” which is my favorite (so I hope it hasn’t been reworked too much). It will soon be tied to a story on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (I’m guessing Constantine will use it to woo Phoebe.).

Constantine told MTV that the CD is better than the one he could have made right off of “Idol.” “It’s more grassroots—I picked the band, financed it and co-wrote a bunch of the songs.” He also said he’s not concerned about the sales. “I can sell a couple hundred thousand copies and do what I love to do: play clubs. I don’t need to be a huge star.”

By the way, you can see Constantine present—along with his co-stars Kyle Lowder and Mackenzie Mauzy—at the Daytime Emmy Awards Friday, June 15th at 9 p.m. on CBS…

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Catching up with Constantine on "The Bold and the Beautiful"

My man Constantine is now heading into week four of his 13-week stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

He’s only made a handful of appearances, but his story is about to kick into high gear (which is probably why he’s been added to the opening credits).

Since “B&B” is only a half-hour soap, it’s not as hard to jump in. So let me get you caught up so you can start watching…

C-man’s story revolves around Phoebe Forrester and her boyfriend Rick Forrester. Phoebe is the 18-year-old daughter of Taylor Marone and Ridge Forrester. Rick is the slightly older son (26, maybe?) of Brooke Logan and Eric Forrester, Ridge’s father.

Now, before you start yelling, “Ewww!” let me explain that although Ridge always considered Eric to be his father, his biological father was revealed a few years ago to be Massimo Marone. So technically, Phoebe and Rick are not related, but I agree it’s a little borderline…

Phoebe and Rick occasionally sing karaoke at Insomnia, the local café. C.J., Insomnia’s owner, put a video of one of their performances on the Internet to create some publicity for the café. The video got 5000 hits on its first day.

Constantine (His last name has been dropped.), a well-known recording artist, sees the video and the attention it’s getting. Since he’s starting a new record label, he decides to track Phoebe down. He invites her and Rick to his studio (which is conveniently located in his apartment), but it’s clearly Phoebe he’s interested in. And since Rick is clearly the better singer, it’s obvious that Constantine has other things besides music on his mind…

Phoebe takes Constantine up on his offer and goes to the studio (without Rick) to watch him lay down tracks for “Everybody Loves, Everybody Cries” (which sounded awesome, by the way).

Meanwhile, Phoebe’s stepfather is convicted of a murder that, unbeknownst to Phoebe, her father, Ridge, committed. Rick, however, is convinced that Ridge was involved and tries to find evidence to help Nick, which makes Phoebe so angry she breaks up with him. But when Ridge confesses, Phoebe is devastated—both about her father and her reaction to Rick’s suspicions. Unable to get in touch with Rick, Phoebe turns to Constantine, who offers to be there for her until she can get in touch with Rick.

However, the reason that Phoebe is unable to reach Rick is that he is with his former love, Ashley. Using his breakup with Phoebe as a chance to rekindle their romance, Rick convinces Ashley to run off to Mexico with him. But when they discover Ridge’s confession, Rick immediately calls Phoebe and tells her he’s coming home. Phoebe is thrilled, but Constantine (who is obviously not so thrilled) does his best to put doubts in her mind about why she couldn’t get in touch with Rick. Constantine invites Phoebe to come record tracks in his studio while she’s waiting for Rick, but before they can leave, they run into Phoebe’s aunt Felicia and then Rick calls and asks her to meet him at his office. When Phoebe leaves, Felicia takes the opportunity to set Constantine straight about her niece. Constantine assures her his interest in Phoebe is purely professional, but he does care about her as a friend. Felicia doesn’t fall for his act or his smoldering gaze. Or does she?...

When Rick and Phoebe meet up, he promises her he won’t leave her. Rick goes to Ashley’s and after a few passionate kisses, he leaves, breaking off their relationship. Or does he?...

And now you're caught up...

Soaps always focus on their younger actors during the summer, but this story looks like it could be better than most. I’m having a little trouble buying the Rick-Ashley thing though since Rick is played by Kyle Lowder, who played Brady Black on “Days of Our Lives” and Ashley is played by Eileen Davidson, who played Kristen DiMera on “Days.” So I feel like he’s sleeping with his dad’s girlfriend, even though that was another show…

But one of the great things about watching “B&B” is that it’s reminded me of my love for Jack Wagner, who is fantastic as Nick Marone. And after watching today’s episode, I’m hooked as it appears that Nick’s wife is carrying his ex-wife’s baby (There was a mix-up with the in vitro fertilization.)…

Oh, and Constantine’s good too. I just wish he didn’t look so scary…

“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays at 1:30 p.m. on CBS…

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Constantine Gets Bold and Beautiful...

For those of you who have been on this “Idol” train with me from the beginning, you know that in season four, my heart belonged to Constantine Maroulis…

But I’ve been a little ticked at C-man (as I call him) ever since I read an interview with “The Village Voice” where he smoked pot and pretty much told anyone who didn’t like it where they could go.

However, when I saw his smiling face in this week’s “TV Guide,” I couldn’t help but get excited…

Constantine will be joining “The Bold and the Beautiful” this summer for a music storyline. “B&B” Executive Producer Brad Bell says C-man will play a fictional version of himself as he tries to become Phoebe Forrester’s music producer. He’ll also become part of a love triangle with Phoebe and her boyfriend, Rick. Bell also promises C-man won’t be the only Idol on the show this summer.

As for his LONG awaited album, C-man hopes to release it in June on his own record label, Sixth Place Records (named for his finish on “Idol”). I hope this works out because “B&B” would be a great promotional tool for him.

I guess this means I’m starting to forgive him…

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