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Today in Soap Opera History (December 13)

1954: Radio soap The Road of Life made its TV debut.

1979: General Hospital's Monica gave birth to Aj. 1991: All

My Children's Adam and Erica married for the second time.

2010: One Life to Live's Natalie accepted John's proposal."History is a vast early warning system."

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"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1954: Procter & Gamble's popular radio soap opera The Road of Life, created by Irna Phillips in 1937, made its television debut on CBS in the 1:15-1:30 p.m. Et time slot.

Because many CBS affiliates chose to run local news and talk shows during this time, the program never achieved the popularity
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Celebs And Others To Participate In Annual Architects For Animals' Giving Shelter Event

One of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returns to the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City on October 19th 2017.

The event is expected to be a sold-out fundraiser for La-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay and neuter services for the city’s skyrocketing population of homeless cats.

La’s top architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers have been invited to design, build and donate one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor dwellings for cats. Shelters will be displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display: cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities such as Jay Leno, Beau Bridges, Morgan Fairchild, Tricia Helfer, Jackson Galaxy and Elvira; all bowls will be available for purchase via an online auction.

“These cat shelters are absolutely remarkable,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers.
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Mourning Don Rickles: Bob Newhart, Billy Crystal & More Celebrate the ‘Merchant of Venom’ — with a Heart of Gold

Mourning Don Rickles: Bob Newhart, Billy Crystal & More Celebrate the ‘Merchant of Venom’ — with a Heart of Gold
Don Rickles’ many famous friends and fans are taking to social media in the wake of his death to mourn and share memories of the beloved comedian.

The legendary insult comic died on Thursday, with his longtime representative Paul Shefrin telling People in a statement: “Emmy-Award winning iconic comedian Don Rickles passed away at his home Los Angeles this morning (Thursday) as a result of kidney failure.”

Rickles would have turned 91 on May 8. Rickles also had great success as an actor and best-selling author,” he continued. “He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter
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10 Crazy Full-Motion Video Game Performances By Well-Respected Actors

Tim Curry has stolen my heart and he’s taking it into Communist space.

Full-Motion Video games were a mid- to late-1990s fad that were either semi-playable movies (where you shot at bad guys running on screen) or incorporated live-action cutscenes into otherwise animated games. Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit? but on your grandma’s PC. They’re usually all as silly as you’d imagine, either aimed at a younger audience delighted to watch some over-the-top fantasy or an older audience wowed by the possibilities of technology. It seems like the perfect home for character actors and infomercial escapees to camp it up with little career risk and some quick cash, right?

The weird thing is how many A-list actors — or at least people you’d never expect — appeared in these games. What’s even weirder is how crazy most of their roles were. Nobody’s a heartfelt dramatic lead, they
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Slideshow: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland on Mar. 24-26, 2017

Previous | Image 1 of 23 | NextMariel Hemingway of ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Star 80.’

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition is coming up – March 24th-26th, 2017 – at the Hyatt Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Among the TV and film stars scheduled to appear is Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Stefanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”), Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman,” original “Ocean’s 11’), Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”), Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”) and Richard Chamberlain (“Dr. Kildare,” “Slipper and the Rose”). Detail link below the Slideshow.

To give you an example of the celebrities that appear at The Hollywood Show, photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took Exclusive Portraits at last year’s Fall show in September. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below.
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Mipcom: Pure Flix lines up sales roster

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Mipcom: Pure Flix lines up sales roster
The Los Angeles-based family and faith-based content provider is in Cannes talking to international buyers on a trio of new series.

Vice-president of Pure Flix/Quality Flix international sales and distribution Ron Gell has introduced Hitting The Breaks, The Encounter and Revelation Road to the market. All three titles will become available on the company’s streaming platform.

“I am excited to bring three new series to Mip this year,” said Gell. “They capture the essence of the Pure Flix Svod platform – adult, family-friendly, inspiring and compelling entertainment with a dynamic, well-known, internationally recognised cast. We feel we have terrific new products to introduce at Mip this fall.”

Comedy Hitting The Breaks recently wrapped production and is described as being in the vein of Evening Shade. It tells the story of a former race car driver who relocates his family to the Rockies to run a struggling bed-and-breakfast inherited from his estranged father.

Pure Flix co-founder
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Hollywood Mourns Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Shimon Peres

Hollywood Mourns Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Shimon Peres
Hollywood was quick to mourn and pay tribute to former Israeli president and prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres, who died on Tuesday aged 93. THR has collected together social media reaction of the news. Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 93 https://t.co/6N1B4LtB1R Great loss for Israel & world-and for Peace — Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) September 28, 2016 Rip #ShimonPeres Very sad news https://t.co/zgr31tFnk2 — Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 28, 2016 Of all political leaders I have ever met, few commanded a room with as much grace, charm, and

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Nicholas Brooks’ Comedy ‘Sam’ Scheduled for October Release (Exclusive)

Nicholas Brooks’ Comedy ‘Sam’ Scheduled for October Release (Exclusive)
Vision Films has set an Oct. 11 release for romantic comedy “Sam,” the debut directing movie for Nicholas Brooks with his father Mel Brooks executive producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sam” will be available on DVD & VOD with special theatrical events in New York and Los Angeles.

Sibyl Santiago produced “Sam” with a screenplay by Nicholas Brooks and John A. Gallagher. The story follows a New York City alpha male — portrayed by Brock Harris — who is suddenly transformed into a beautiful woman, played Natalie Knepp (“Orange is the New Black”).

Sean Kleier (“Odd Mom Out”), Stacy Keach, Morgan Fairchild, Bryan Batt, James McCaffrey and Sarah Scott also star.

Nicholas Brooks has worked for 25 years as a story editor for his father’s production company Brooksfilms. “Sam” is his sixth screenplay.

“Working with my dad on my first feature has been a fantastic experience – he is a continuously supportive, caring and wonderful executive producer,
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Slideshow, News: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland From Sep. 9-11, 2016

Previous | Image 1 of 17 | Next1970s and ‘80s icon Kristy McNichol.

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition will be this weekend – September 9th-11th, 2016 – at the Hilton/O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. (details below). Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com will be there to photograph the stars, and offers a Slideshow featuring the celebrities who attended the 2015 event.

Scheduled to appear at the 2016 Hollywood Show are Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company), Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”), Oscar nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Fairchild (“Falcon Crest”) and Jan Michael Vincent (“Airwolf”), among many other favorites from “Three’s Company,” “My Three Sons,” and “The Waltons.” There is a fee for autographs and pictures, and the show offers a huge memorabilia market.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to
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The McLaughlin Group Host John McLaughlin Dies at 89

Longtime political pundit John McLaughlin has died. He was 89. The creator, executive producer and host of The McLaughlin Group "passed away peacefully," according to the CBS show's Facebook page on Tuesday. "A message from the McLaughlin Group family. Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven.
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The McLaughlin Group Host John McLaughlin Dies at 89

The McLaughlin Group Host John McLaughlin Dies at 89
Longtime political pundit John McLaughlin has died. He was 89. The creator, executive producer and host of The McLaughlin Group "passed away peacefully," according to the CBS show's Facebook page on Tuesday. "A message from the McLaughlin Group family. Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven.
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Kenny Baker Death: ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star Mark Hamill, Friends Mourn

Kenny Baker Death: ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star Mark Hamill, Friends Mourn
It’s a sad day for “Star Wars” fans and those who have worked on the franchise. Today, news broke that Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the beloved character R2-D2 in six films, had passed away after a long illness. The British actor rose to fame after taking on the role of the droid in 1977, and has since been a key factor in the “Star Wars” universe.

Upon heading the news of his passing, Mark Hamill tweeted a special message in remembrance of his dear co-star. “A lifelong loyal friend. I loved his optimism and determination. He Was the droid I was looking for!” he wrote, quoting “Star Wars.”

Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-i loved his optimism & determination He Was the droid I was looking for! pic.twitter.com/rd94OEYaHi

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016

Read More: Kenny Baker, ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 Actor, Dies at 81

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Vision Films Allies With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Family movie specialist Vision Films has signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its new releases in the United States and Canada, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lise Romanoff, managing director/CEO of Vision Films, said, “Our distribution agreement will be instrumental in the growth of our home entertainment division, further ensuring our role as one of the premier providers of independent films in the marketplace.”

The first title covered by the alliance is political satire “The Congressman,” which will be released first by RedBox on Aug. 9 and then by Sphe. The film is directed by Jared Martin and former congressman Robert Mrazek, and stars Treat Williams, George Hamilton, Elizabeth Marvel and Ryan Merriman in a story of sabotage, media manipulation and patriotism.

Mrazek served five terms as a Democratic congressman from New York between 1983 and 1993.

The thriller “Desiree,” based on the cult novel “Dermaphoria” by Craig Clevenger,
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It Came From The Tube: The Initiation Of Sarah (1978)

Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976) has cast a very wide shadow since it hit theatres. Many horror films have used the trope of telekinesis for the greater bad following its release, including Jennifer, The Fury, Patrick, The Medusa Touch (all ’78), Scanners (’81), and several more. (You can’t make me mention Friday the 13th Part VII. Oh. Dammit.) Of course, television is anything if not inclusive, and the networks scrambled to come up with their own takes on teenage angst. However, ABC’s The Initiation of Sarah (1978) took a slightly different tact and sent the girl off to college – and ended up serving a strong dose of female empowerment.

First broadcast on Monday, February 6th, Sarah had her work cut out, not so much from NBC, who provided their own Monday Night at the Movies, but from CBS’ juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time. Regardless of ratings,
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57 SAG-aftra L.A. Members Seek to Fire Exec Director David White

Fifty-seven Los Angeles SAG-aftra members are seeking to dismiss David White, the union’s national executive director since 2009.

The action, approved Sunday in a 57-40 vote at the SAG-aftra Local annual meeting, means that the question will go to the union’s national board — where it is highly unlikely to receive any traction. The board gave White a four-year extension to his contract in late 2014.

SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, a longtime ally of White, brushed off the vote and said the supporters were “out of sync” with the membership.

The vote, which took place during the members-only portion of the meeting, reflects the longstanding divisions between the moderate Unite for Strength faction, which supports White, and the self-styled progressives in the Membership First faction, which has only a dozen of the 80 seats on the board.

The Sunday vote was not presented as being sponsored or tied to Membership First, however.
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'Last Week Tonight' goes back to the Donald Trump well

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'Last Week Tonight' goes back to the Donald Trump well
Last week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver went after Donald Trump in a segment that you either loved or loved and also wondered if perhaps Oliver had become a "brilliant and hilarious schoolmarm to the world." (Or thought was just okay and would prefer that Oliver ease off on the holier-and-smarter-than-thou lecture/aggregationfests that are becoming his show's bread and butter.) Oliver went back to Trump briefly last night because, well, after a week that saw two potential presidential candidates discussing penis size on a national stage, he pretty much had to. We got some good digs in at Trump's appearance ("Trump does resemble a kidney dropped on the floor at a Supercuts") and basically an outtake from last week's show: Morgan Fairchild narrating Ivana Trump's book For Love Alone, a "barely fictionalized account" of the Trumps' marriage. Warning: it will leave you with a mental image you
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SAG-aftra Honors Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild in Echo of Past Battles

SAG-aftra Honors Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild in Echo of Past Battles
SAG-aftra’s Los Angeles local awarded its highest honor Sunday to two former board members whose devoted service to SAG and AFTRA put them on opposite sides of the fights that wracked the actors’ unions until their merger in 2012. The honorees, Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild, received this year’s Ralph Morgan Award in front of a standing-room-only crowd estimated at more than 400 Los Angeles members, staff and invited guests. The award was established in 1981 and is named for SAG’s first president. Johnson, who served more than 15 years as a SAG national board member

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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson Honored by SAG-AFTRA

Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson Honored by SAG-AFTRA
Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson received the Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor, in an emotional ceremony Sunday.

The awards evoked several standing ovations by the more than 500 union members attending at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Former SAG VP Mike Farrell presented Fairchild with her award and former SAG president Alan Rosenberg made the presentation to Johnson.

Johnson, who was a key figure in pushing for diversity in show business during the past two decades, noted in her acceptance that she is the first African-American recipient of the honor. “I will continue to talk about diversity, no matter how uncomfortable those conversations may be,” she added.

“She’s ensured that diversity has become an integral part of our industry,” Rosenberg noted.

Johnson recalled a key moment during the six-month 2000 commercials strike when the union
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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson Win 2016 Ralph Morgan Award

SAG-aftra announced performers Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award. The honor is presented to SAG-aftra members who devote time to serving their fellow members within the community. “Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, SAG-aftra Secretary-Treasurer and L.A. Local President. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.” Fairchild served nine years on the National Board of Screen Actors Guild and seven years on AFTRA’s Hollywood board. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee and helped found the Environmental Communications Office. Fairchild is also an AIDS activist, leads pro-choice marches and rallies, and participates in events saving California deserts.
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Anne-Marie Johnson Named a 2016 SAG-aftra Ralph Morgan Award Recipient (Highest Honor)

SAG-aftra has named performers Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild as the recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor. Established in 1981 and named in honor of the first president of Screen Actors Guild, the Ralph Morgan Award salutes SAG-aftra members and/or union staff for their devotion to serving members. The award will be presented on Sunday, March 6, at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. “I am delighted with the Honors and Tributes Committee’s recognition of both Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild as recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award,” said...
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