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Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, Christmas Day will be all the rage this holiday season. If you're not interested in staying home to open your presents and spend time indoors with the family, why not go "Into The Woods" with soap alums Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, "As The World Turns") and Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful")? This holiday season, Disney presents a new whimsical film starring Meryl Streep as The Witch in a modern day twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, while intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. Featured tales include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Before becoming Thor for millions of fans in the "Thor" film series or "The Avengers" cinematic universe, actor Chris Hemsworth was probably best known for his role on the Australian soap "Home and Away," where he played Kimberly Jonathan "Kim" Hyde. Now a major movie star, Hemsworth has graced the cover of People Magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive!" He's not the only one though as several of daytime's biggest and brightest stars of today and yesterday have also made the annual list of sexy men, which hits newsstands today.

Although it had been rumored, Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful"; ex-Lizzie Spaulding, "Guiding Light") has joined the cast of Disney's "Into the Woods" playing Rapunzel opposite Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, "As The World Turns"), who will play her prince, in the studios Rob Marshall directed film. "Woods" is an adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical and will be produced by Marc Platt.

With movie star Jake Gyllenhaal unavailable due to a scheduling conflict, Disney is in the process of signing Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, “As The World Turns“) to take over the role as Rapunzel's prince in the studios Rob Marshall directed "Into the Woods," reports Deadline Hollywood. The film is an adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical and will be produced by Marc Platt.

While Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, "As The World Turns") did not win Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance as Spike in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," the play itself did win in the category of Best Play. Written by Christopher Durang, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" tells the story of Vanya (David Hyde Piece, "Frasier") and Sonia (Kristine Nielsen,"Political Animals") and Masha (Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals") and Spike (Magnussen), who together turn a generally quiet household into a standing circus full of intrigue and super fun.

Daytime fans might remember Billy Magnussen as “As the World Turns’” Casey Hughes, a role he played from 2008-2010. But the Broadway world has taken notice of the young actor for his work in front of live audiences, and his recent stint as the empty-headed yet handsome boy-toy Spike in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has even earned him a Tony nomination! But will the former soap stud be able to nab the role? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
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