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Today in Soap Opera History (January 30)

1996: Gh's Brenda called Miguel for help stopping Sonny's wedding.

2004: Days of our Lives' Tony "died" following a tiger attack.

2007: All My Children's Dixie "died" after eating poisoned pancakes.

2014: Billy and Adam were involved in a fiery crash on The Young

and the Restless."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"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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1958: On The Edge of Night,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 13 – Alien 3 (1992)

Alien 3, 1992.

Directed by David Fincher.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, Brian Glover, and Lance Henriksen.

Synopsis:

An escape pod containing Ripley, Newt and Hicks crash lands on a wind-battered prison planet, with Ripley being the sole survivor. Finding herself trapped on a planet whose entirely male population consists of murderers and rapists, Ripley quickly realises that she wasn’t the only one to survive the pod crash. With another acid-blooded monster stalking the halls, Ripley reluctantly joins forces with her new companions as they attempt to defeat the creature and survive until help arrives.

For the third time this month we return to the Alien franchise and after two stellar universally beloved installments with Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, we now enter the more divisive side of the series, beginning with David Fincher’s polarising attempt to make his mark on this
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‘The Leftovers’ Is Officially an Elite HBO Drama, Thanks to the Emmys

‘The Leftovers’ Is Officially an Elite HBO Drama, Thanks to the Emmys
Emmy nominations are out, and they largely went as expected for “The Leftovers”: No nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, nothing for leads Justin Theroux or Carrie Coon (though the latter omission was stunning), nothing for writers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta (or any of the talented staff), no nod for the gorgeous work of director Mimi Leder, and very nearly nothing across the board.

Save for one glorious exception: Ann Dowd.

Up for her turn on “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a supporting actress, Dowd snagged her second nomination of the morning as a guest actress on “The Leftovers.” To say this came as exciting news would be an understatement. The level of respect and adoration heaped upon Dowd by her fellow cast members, the writers, and Leder is unparalleled; to see the industry follow suit is the kind of things that keeps us invested in the Emmys. Dowd
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Amazon Video Direct: E-Commerce Giant Reveals Top-Performing Content Partners (Exclusive)

Since Amazon’s launch in May of Amazon Video Direct, the company says users have streamed several billion minutes of video from its partners the service, which is open to any content creator or owner and provides multiple options for generating money from that video.

That’s likely less than the staggering amount of video gushing from the fire hoses of YouTube or Netflix. But Amazon Video Direct content partners say the program represents a noteworthy new platform that is letting them generate incremental revenue. And for the first time, the e-commerce behemoth has released the list of the best-performing movie titles, TV shows and digital partners the service — which Amazon is rewarding with extra cash doled out from a $1 million pool on a monthly basis, through its “Avd Stars” program.

Amazon Video Direct partners have four distribution options: They can make their content available to Prime Video subscribers and
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Emmy episode analysis: Reg E. Cathey (‘House of Cards’) would make history with back-to-back wins

Emmy episode analysis: Reg E. Cathey (‘House of Cards’) would make history with back-to-back wins
Last year’s Drama Guest Actor champ Reg E. Cathey is back in contention for his recurring role as Freddie, a close friend of President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), on “House of Cards.” If Cathey prevails for the episode “Chapter 50,” he’ll be be only the second back-to-back winner (after Charles S. Dutton (“The Practice” [2002] and “Without a Trace” [2003]), and […]
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Q&A: Composer Giona Ostinelli on Collaborating with Mickey Keating for Carnage Park, Darling & More

Hitting the big screen in New York City and VOD platforms on July 1st before making its Los Angeles theatrical debut on July 8th from IFC Midnight, Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park marks his fourth feature film collaboration with acclaimed composer Giona Ostinelli. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Ostinelli to discuss working with Keating, using a wide range of instruments and items (including a nail gun) to create unease in Carnage Park, and much more.

Giona, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Your score for Carnage Park marks your fourth collaboration with director Mickey Keating. What first attracted you to Keating’s work?

Giona Ostinelli: Thanks so much for having me! Yes indeed, Mickey Keating and I have collaborated on four films. Our first film together, Ritual, was acquired by Lionsgate; our second film, Pod, was released theatrically with
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Trailer: Charles S. Dutton & Vivica A. Fox Headline 'Carter High' (Opening This Weekend)

Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner and Pooch Hall all star in the upcoming feature drama "Carter High," which centers on the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, a formidable high school football team in Texas that overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship. However, it is what happened after their championship season that rocked the world of sports: 9 of the 18 Division 1 scholarship players went on to commit a string of robberies, and all were apprehended before the start of their freshman college seasons, leading to national headlines, courtroom drama and eventual prison sentences. Their state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned, the record...
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Trailer: Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner in Film Based on Controversial 1988 Carter High School Football Team

Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner and Pooch Hall all star in the upcoming feature drama "Carter High," which centers on the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, a formidable high school football team in Texas that overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship. However, it is what happened after their championship season that rocked the world of sports: 9 of the 18 Division 1 scholarship players went on to commit a string of robberies, and all were apprehended before the start of their freshman college seasons, leading to national headlines, courtroom drama and eventual prison sentences. Their state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned, the record...
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Film Review: ‘The Perfect Guy’

Film Review: ‘The Perfect Guy’
Sanaa Lathan is as tough as she is fetching, which is why it’s so disheartening to watch her play a dopey victim for much of “The Perfect Guy,” in which her well-to-do professional is terrorized by a new flame who doesn’t take kindly to being dumped. Boasting a screenplay by Tyger Williams that never fails to telegraph its every move, David M. Rosenthal’s film is a cheap “Fatal Attraction” knockoff, complete with a subplot involving the potentially dire fate of Lathan’s beloved pet. While no bunnies wind up being boiled, the rest of this second-rate genre effort is a strictly by-the-books affair. Despite an appealing trio of leads, it seems likely to entice only those with an unquenchable thirst for thriller cliches.

Leah (Lathan) is a successful California lobbyist whose relationship with Dave (Morris Chestnut) falls apart due to his disinterest in committing to the type
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Do audiences want quality movies? L.A. Earthquake Flick to Pass Domestic $100M Mark Today

'San Andreas' movie with Dwayne Johnson. 'San Andreas' movie box office: $100 million domestic milestone today As the old saying (sort of) goes: If you build it, they will come. Warner Bros. built a gigantic video game, called it San Andreas, and They have come to check out Dwayne Johnson perform miraculous deeds not seen since ... George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, released two weeks earlier. Embraced by moviegoers, hungry for quality, original storylines and well-delineated characters – and with the assistance of 3D surcharges – the San Andreas movie debuted with $54.58 million from 3,777 theaters on its first weekend out (May 29-31) in North America. Down a perfectly acceptable 52 percent on its second weekend (June 5-7), the special effects-laden actioner collected an extra $25.83 million, trailing only the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Statham comedy Spy, (with $29.08 million) as found at Box Office Mojo.* And that's how this original movie – it's not officially a remake,
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Khandi Alexander Talks Bessie, Working with Queen Latifah and More

The HBO Films drama Bessie highlights the life and career of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah, in a truly remarkable performance) and showcases her transformation from a struggling young singer into one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s, whose work still endures today. Bessie Smith was a woman determined to use her immense talent and love for music to pull herself out of a very challenging home life, never truly conquering her own demons on her way to becoming a celebrated legend. The film also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Khandi Alexander talked about playing Bessie’s older sister Viola, why she wanted to be a part of the project, the experience of working with Queen Latifah, how oppressive this time period was for women,
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Bessie | Review

Lady Sings the Hues: Rees Returns to Resurrect the Star of Blues Singer

Many may not be immediately familiar with the name Bessie Smith, an incredibly talented and enigmatic blues singer from the 1920s and 30s, whose accomplishments may have lapsed into obscurity outside of the aficionado’s realm. Until now. Returning with her sophomore feature after her powerful 2011 debut Pariah, Dee Rees throws herself into the prickly wiles of the biopic with Bessie for HBO Films. Following in the footsteps of several auteurs that have developed projects with the network, often imbued with those exact details of real life personalities that made their lives so startling in the first place (like Soderbergh’s 2013 Liberace film, Behind the Candelabra), on the surface, Rees gracefully navigates the period with graceful resilience. Until we start to realize there’s still too much we don’t know about Bessie Smith. Eschewing, or more aptly,
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News Nuggets: Will Queen Latifah and 'Bessie' be the ones to beat at the Emmys?

News Nuggets: Will Queen Latifah and 'Bessie' be the ones to beat at the Emmys?
One of this year's top Emmy Awards contenders in the movie/limited series categories could well be "Bessie." The telefilm will debut may 16 on HBO and stars past Emmy and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah as the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. She started as a struggling young singer and became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. Watch an HBO trailer and teaser in advance of the debut. Co-stars include Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Charles S. Dutton, and Oliver Platt. TV by the Numbers -Break- The Television Academy Honors announce their recipients for the 2015 ceremony. This year's list includes "Black-ish," "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest," "The Normal Heart," "Paycheck to Paycheck," "Transparent," and "Virunga." Each selection is a program that uses the power of television "to shift cultural acceptance and influence t..."
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Watch: Queen Latifah Sings The Blues In New Trailer For Dee Rees' 'Bessie' With Mo'Nique & Michael Kenneth Williams

As the record industry came of age, one name towered above all others: blues singer Bessie Smith. Mentored by Ma Rainey, she soon caught the attention of Columbia Records, and just as executives were realizing that there was huge black audience waiting to buy records, Bessie Smith was there to lead a new generation of influential artists. "Bessie" is her tale, and a new trailer has arrived. Queen Latifah takes the lead role, with Mo'Nique, Michael Kenneth WilliamsKhandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, and Charles S. Dutton in supporting roles in the Dee Rees ("Pariah") directed movie about the life, hardship, loves, and music of Bessie Smith. And it certainly looks handsomely mounted, with Rees embracing her opportunity to work on a historical canvas. "Bessie" hits HBO on May 16th. Watch below.
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Longmire Season Three Blu-Ray Review

Longmire is an absolute anomaly in the world of television, which could have something to do with the fact that it was pulled from A&E, despite consistently high ratings for the network. It’s also the reason that it was something of a no-brainer that it would be picked up by someone else, and season four will air on Netflix later in the year.

Where the first two seasons pulled us slowly into the depths of Sheriff Walt Longmire’s life on the sprawling plains of Wyoming, the third season is like the hammer blow that follows the slow, methodical wind-up.

The second season ended by bringing a lot of forces to the fore in a move of plot construction that brilliantly weaves angles and conspiracies into a show that actually makes it difficult to look away. The third season spins this all together, but uses a mode of
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Watch Queen Latifah emerge as the Empress of Blues in ‘Bessie’ teaser trailer

The latest in HBO original films will bring the story of legendary iconic blues singer Bessie Smith to life with an all star cast and a notable director. The biopic is directed by Dee Rees, best known for her award winning feature film Pariah about a young girl discovering her sexual and gender identity in the inner city. The biopic is executive produced and stars Queen Latifah, an actress who has proven herself as a musical performer in the film adaptation of musical Chicago and as a dramatic presence in the Television movie Life Support. Also notable in the cast are Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique.

Here is the synopsis:

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay
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Watch: Things Go Downhill Fast for Queen Latifah in Trailer for Dee Rees' 'Bessie' on HBO

Watch: Things Go Downhill Fast for Queen Latifah in Trailer for Dee Rees' 'Bessie' on HBO
Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie Written and directed by Dee Rees, "Bessie" follows the life and times of legendary "Empress of Blues," Bessie Smith (played by Queen Latifah)."Bessie" also stars Mo'Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps and Tika Sumpter, promising high drama, great period costumes, even greater music and greatest-of-all performances. "Bessie" will premiere May 16 on HBO. Check out the teaser trailer above for a glimpse of Bessie's meteoric rise to fame and the subsequent drama and heartbreak through the gilded '20s and harsher '30s, all in just 30 seconds. Read More: HBO Teases Bessie Smith Biopic Footage in 2015 Highlight Reel
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Get Ready for Queen Latifah in HBO's 'Bessie' (Video)

Are you ready to see Queen Latifah as the Empress of the Blues? HBO released a tiny teaser for "Bessie," and it looks excellent. Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this TV movie from "Pariah" director Dee Rees, about Smith's beginnings in vaudeville, her extraordinary rise to fame in the Jazz Age, and her increasingly troubled personal life.

"Bessie" has an incredible cast and crew behind it, Michael K. Williams as Bessie's husband Jack, and Mo'Nique as blues legend Ma Rainey. Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Bryan Greenberg, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, and Khandi Alexander also appear in the film.

"Bessie" will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. Est.

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Longmire Season 3 Now on DIsc

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The wonderfully underrated Longmire completed its third season last year and was then canceled by A&E for reasons beyond understanding. After some protracted negotiations amidst a fury of wronged fans taking to social media to save the series, Netflix announced they have picked up the series for a fourth season to air later this year.

Burbank, CA (February 23, 2015) – The stunning skies of Wyoming, and the mysteries beneath them, have never been more enthralling than in the unfolding episodes of Longmire, the popular A&E-turned-Netflix television series. Those cinematic visuals and intense situations have also never looked better than in the full 1080p HD presentation of Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray™ release of Longmire, Season 3, available now via your favorite online retailers.

Warner Archive Collection’s release of Longmire, Season 3 on Blu-ray™ includes all 10 episodes in a three-disc set, as well a documentary entitled “The Ghost in the Storm,” which
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Ex-nfl Star Greg Ellis -- I'm a Hollywood Producer Now ... Casts Big Stars On 1st Movie

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He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys ... but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. TMZ Sports has learned Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" ... starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner. The movie is based on the
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