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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Pat comforted Delia with a song.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel fell off a train and had his ID stolen.

2008: Days of our Lives' Ej found John in Stefano's basement.

2014: Guy Wilson made his first appearance as Will on Days."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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.

On this date in...

1937: Clara, Lu & Em actress Isobel Carothers died suddenly at age 37. Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over Wgn-Am Chicago, Illinois. It moved to the Blue Network in 1931 and later NBC.

The show began as a Northwestern University sorority sketch by Louise
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 17)

1975: Frank told Delia he was leaving her on Ryan's Hope.

1993: A new Blair debuted on One Life to Live.

2007: The paternity of Victoria's baby was revealed on Y&R.

2007: General Hospital's Georgie was murdered."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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.

On this date in...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Virginia Dalton (Cathleen Cordell) interrupted her husband Peter's (Stephen Elliot) call with the governor, insisting he fire Sybil Gordon (Priscilla Gillette). She later became furious when Peter ignored her warnings about associating with Bruce Thompson's people.

1968: On Dark Shadows, David (David Henesy) felt guilty for causing Roger's "accident."

1975: On Ryan's Hope,
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Ashley Judd’s Fact-Based Human Trafficking Film Sets United Nations Premiere — Watch

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Ashley Judd’s Fact-Based Human Trafficking Film Sets United Nations Premiere — Watch
Inspired by real characters from the award-winning book “Sex Trafficking” by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara, Will Wallace’s “Trafficked” follows a trio of intertwining stories about young women forced into the world of human, organ, drug, and gun trafficking. The film focuses on three girls — from America, Nigeria, and India — who, though horrific experiences in the trafficking world, end up as sex slaves in a Texas brothel.

Read More:‘Human Flow’ Review: Ai Weiwei Delivers the Definitive Documentary About the Ongoing Refugee Crisis

Starring Ashley Judd, Anne Archer, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, Madison Wolfe, and Patrick Duffy, the film looks to cast a glaring light on the human trafficking trade, bolstered by fact-based reporting from Kara. The professor has been researching, writing, teaching, and advocating against modern slavery for nearly two decades, and the film is a continuation of that essential work.

Appropriately enough, the film will have a
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Ashley Judd Drama Trafficked in Theaters October 6

Epic Pictures has acquired the searing human trafficking drama inspired by true events, Trafficked, which will have a limited theatrical release on October 6. Starring Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Academy Award nominee Anne Archer, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Patrick Duffy, Trafficked explores the complex global crisis of human trafficking and is ultimately …

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Hollywood Darlings Premiere: Did You Enjoy Your Trip Back to the '90s?

Hollywood Darlings Premiere: Did You Enjoy Your Trip Back to the '90s?
The opening scene of Pop TV’s Hollywood Darlings finds ’90s child stars Jodie Sweetin (Full House), Christine Lakin (Step by Step) and Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven) engaging in the darkest game of F–K, Marry, Kill known to man.

The choices? Sweetin’s TV dad, Bob Saget; Lakin’s TV dad, Patrick Duffy; and Mitchell’s TV dad Home Improvement star Tim Allen. (Goodness, what reason could they possibly have for excluding Stephen Collins from that game?)

VideosA 7th Heaven Reunion? Only If Eric Dies, Says Catherine Hicks

In case you hadn’t figured it out at this point,
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Man from Atlantis: Patrick Duffy Writes TV Show Novel

Man from Atlantis starred Patrick Duffy – yes, he starred on a show before Dallas! The 1970s show starred the actor, and the story is now returning – in book form. The actor has penned his first novel based on the class series, and there could be a trilogy of books if the first book does well.

In an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland, the actor spoke about the project. He said the following:

“[In the show] we hypothesized where [Mark Harris] was from and who he was, but it was better television to never zero in on it. … I decided I wanted to zero in on it in the first volume, and literally in the first 50 pages he’s off searching for the roots of his entire genetic history. … And we set the stage of the mythology of planet
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Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive

Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive
“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine

Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.

From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.

Duffy with
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Director Paul Feig Defends Ghostbusters in latest Famous Monsters Exclusive

Director Paul Feig Defends Ghostbusters in latest Famous Monsters Exclusive
“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine

The all-new Ghostbusters are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer.

At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished Ghostbusters director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product.
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[HotDocs Review] Hotel Dallas

Despite the name Hotel Dallas and general premise surrounding a replica of Southfork Ranch (where both the old and new Dallas series were filmed) built in Romania by an aspiring capitalist, husband and wife directing duo Sherng-Lee Huang and Livia Ungur‘s film is really about a country crippled under its past that’s still unsure of its future. It’s about art and its ability to speak to people’s hearts and souls whether seeking to do so or not. It’s also about a young girl who grew to embrace a vocation that one day allowed her to work alongside her childhood celebrity crush: Patrick Duffy. Part documentary, soap opera-y restaging of history, memory curio, and love letter to home, this art piece is as uniquely informative as imaginatively wild.

Do not expect convention or concrete answers beyond philosophical dreamscapes of poetic words trying their best to encapsulate
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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)

Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?"

That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia.

If this
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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)

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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?" That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia. If this
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Berlin: ‘Hotel Dallas’ Enlisted Duffy for Surreal Twist

Berlin: ‘Hotel Dallas’ Enlisted Duffy for Surreal Twist
The impact of the long-running TV series “Dallas” on Eastern Europe, already the subject of books and academic studies, is now the focus of a docu-fiction work, “Hotel Dallas,” made its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama Documentary section Feb. 15. Film screens today and Saturday.

Written, produced and directed by New York City-based wife and husband artist duo Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, the film, in which former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy makes an appearance, is both a nostalgic look at the primetime soap as well as an indictment of the corruption that has plagued Romania since the end of communist rule.

During the 1980s, “Dallas” was the only U.S. series on Romanian television. Some have speculated that the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu allowed “Dallas” on TV in order to show the greed and corruption of American capitalism. Ungur, who grew up in Romania and immigrated to the U.
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The Top Five Television Characters That Were former Athletes

Nothing’s better than a former high school or pro athlete who will never get past his glory days. And it’s always fun to hear their stories. That same person, same character is great to see on television as well. While we’ve seen a fair amount of characters on television that reference their past athletic achievements, (even Patrick Duffy did it on Step By Step), there only a select few that make this list. Spanning over 40 years old television I’ve narrowed it down to only five candidates. Here are my top picks for the best TV characters who where once

The Top Five Television Characters That Were former Athletes
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Tamer Ahsan Joins Pakula/King & Associates

Tamer Ahsan has joined Pakula/King & Associates as a talent agent. Ahsan moves to the boutique agency from Apa where he began his career in the mailroom in 2012 and quickly moved up the ranks to a talent coordinator position. Ahsan joins Pakula/King & Associates with a client list that includes veterans Barbara Hershey, Mitch Pileggi and Patrick Duffy, along with rising talent in both features and…
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New Films From Mia Hansen-Løve, Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2016

As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.

Competition

Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)

Portugal

By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)

With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova

World premiere

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)

Iran

By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)

With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

International premiere

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary

Italy / France

By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, El Sicario
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Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama Section Unveils First Titles

Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama Section Unveils First Titles
London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has unveiled its first titles. Among the selection is the European premiere of Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan,” which stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.

Miller’s film revolves around possible relationships, and the compulsions and constraints of pregnancy, as well as a threesome — or maybe not. The director’s “Ballad of Jack and Rose” screened in Panorama in 2005 and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” was in Berlin’s Competition in 2009.

Also playing is the world premiere of John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” which stars Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard and Theo James in a biting satire set in New Mexico about cops on the loose. McDonagh’s “The Guard” and “Calvary” played in Panorama in 2011 and 2013.

David Farr’s debut feature film “The Ones Below,” which stars Clemence Poesy and David Morrissey, makes its European premiere.
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Da Vinci's Demons season 3 episode 4 review: The Labrys

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Can Da Vinci's Demons really spare the time for a dream episode at this stage? Here's our review of season three's The Labrys...

This review contains spoilers.

3.4 The Labrys

An adorable little boy playing with toys that look suspiciously like models of Da Vinci's famous tanks and castles. Mother's getting water from the well... and by mother I mean Lucrezia Donati. The little boy's name is Andrea, after a famous teacher of artisans. And the boy's father? Leonardo Da Vinci, of course, who emerges from his workshop with a model of his famous gyrocopter. Da Vinci is being summoned to Rome, but the trip will be dangerous because the Italian peninsula has dissolved into civil war between the Sons of Mithras and the forces of the Horns of the Increate.

If this is confusing to you, what with the creepy cave echoing with chanting voices and the
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Patrick Duffy, Anne Archer Join Will Wallace’s Directorial Debut ‘Trafficked’ (Exclusive)

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Patrick Duffy, Anne Archer Join Will Wallace’s Directorial Debut ‘Trafficked’ (Exclusive)
Patrick Duffy and Anne Archer have joined the cast of Will Wallace’s directorial debut “Trafficked,” TheWrap has learned. “Trafficked,” which began production in Malibu, California this week, is based on Harvard professor and writer Siddharth Kara’s best-selling book, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.” Kara is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Duffy, famous for his role as Bobby Ewing on iconic primetime soap “Dallas,” wrapped a run in the series’ reboot on TNT in 2014. His other most recent roles include stints on ABC Family’s “The Fosters,
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Welcome to Sweden

Network: NBC

Episodes: 20 (half-hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: July 10, 2014 -- July 26, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin, Per Svensson, Patrick Duffy, and Illeana Douglas.

TV show description:      

Based on events in the life of Greg Poehler, this comedy TV show revolves around Bruce Evans (Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch), seemingly the perfect couple. He's a successful money manager to the stars in New York. He lives with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden whom he loves and adores. A rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful, Emma believes she has finally found her true soul mate in Bruce.

After being with him a year, she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept
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Welcome to Sweden: Cancelled and Pulled; No Season Three on NBC

NBC is done with Welcome to Sweden according to executive producer and star Greg Poehler. He broke the news today via Instagram (see below).

On Welcome to Sweden, a former money manager to the stars (Poehler) decides to follow his Swedish love (Josephine Bornebusch) when she decides to move back to her native country. It's a big culture shock for him and he does his best to win over her unusual family. The rest of the cast includes Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Wagelin, and Per Svensson. Guests this season include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Neve Campbell, Jason Priestley, Jack Black, and Paul Simon.

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