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Today in Soap Opera History (January 15)

1953: Love of Life's Meg was upset with Vanessa.

1983: Guiding Light's Mike investigated a birth certificate.

1988: General Hospital's Grant tried to kidnap Robin.

1993: NBC aired the final episode of Santa Barbara."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.

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1953: On Love of Life, Van (Peggy McCay) and Meg (Jean McBride) were at odds over Meg's son, Beanie (Dennis Parnell). Meg later asked Van, "How can you go on being friends with a man who threatened my life?" McCay left Love of Life in 1955 after 4 years. She currently stars as Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives.

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Today in Soap Opera History (December 15)

1966: David found Victoria on Dark Shadows but left

without helping her. 1982: Holly's preliminary hearing got

underway on Gh. 1988: Gl's Ben wanted to know if "Aunt Mo" was

his new mommy. 1999: AMC's Alex had big news for David."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...

1964: On Another World, on the night before Pat Matthews' (Susan Trustman) murder trial was to begin, she still refused to take the truth serum despite a last-minute plea from her father, Jim (Shepperd Strudwick).

1966: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy) discovered Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) in the secret room
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One of the Greatest Film Noir Stars of Them All? Four Crime Classics to Remember

Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains.
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On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’ to TCM premiere ‘Skylark’ (photo: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’) Claudette Colbert, the studio era’s perky, independent-minded — and French-born — "all-American" girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies’ star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount’s biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood’s top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 — or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM’s Claudette Colbert day in 2011.) Right now, TCM is showing Ernst Lubitsch’s light (but ultimately bittersweet) romantic comedy-musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), a Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Maurice Chevalier as a French-accented Central European lieutenant in
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Easter Season Music, Part II: Beyond Bach

Earlier this week, I looked at recent releases of Easter-season choral works by J.S. Bach and one of his sons. Today I cover a bit more historical range in terms of composers and eras, again sticking to recent releases.

Maria Venuti, Keith Lewis, Michel Brodard/Gächingen Chorale of Stuttgart/Bach Collegium of Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85 (Hänssler Classic)

Written in 1802 in just 14 days (but not published for a decade, hence the high opus number), Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives) is a dramatic oratorio depicting Christ's emotional acceptance of his fate during His conversation with an angel in the garden of Gethsemene, followed by His arrest and Peter's protest. 

It's not one of my favorite pieces; there's just one memorable chorus (all the way at the end) and a lot of fairly rote Beethovenisms. Even the composer spoke disparagingly of it, disliking the libretto.
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'Stargate Atlantis' Actor Joe Flanigan -- 90s Star Wife Decimates Marriage

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The intergalactic adventures of Lt. Colonel John Sheppard have been derailed ... at least as a married man -- TMZ has learned, "Stargate Atlantis" star Joe Flanigan's wife has filed for legal separation.Katherine Kousi -- who starred in a bunch of 90s classics like "Encino Man" and "Bio-Dome" -- filed the docs in L.A. citing irreconcilable differences. They got married 17 years ago and separated in November.They have three sons -- a 13-year-old,
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More Classical Christmas Music

It's been eight years since I wrote about my favorite classical Christmas music. So here's a look at some of the finer Christmas releases since then. As before, I try to spotlight some less familiar Christmas music while still including old favorites.

Monica Piccinini/Christina Kuhne/Ursula  Eittinger/Alberto ter Doest/Thilo Dahlmann/Cologne Academy/Michael Alexander Willens Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Music for Christmas II (cpo)

I've got to get my hands on vol. I, because this is wonderful. Durante (1784-1755, an almost exact contemporary of J.S. Bach, was considered one of the greatest church composers in Naples at that time, and also taught such future famous opera composers as Pergolesi and Paisiello (Durante was himself a student, in Rome, of Pasquini).

Even Bach, always interested in the Italian masters, found Durante's work worthy of study. One of the tropes of Italian Christmas music was a pastoral mood celebrating the shepherds,
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More Classical Christmas Music

It's been eight years since I wrote about my favorite classical Christmas music. So here's a look at some of the finer Christmas releases since then. As before, I try to spotlight some less familiar Christmas music while still including old favorites.

Monica Piccinini/Christina Kuhne/Ursula  Eittinger/Alberto ter Doest/Thilo Dahlmann/Cologne Academy/Michael Alexander Willens Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Music for Christmas II (cpo)

I've got to get my hands on vol. I, because this is wonderful. Durante (1784-1755, an almost exact contemporary of J.S. Bach, was considered one of the greatest church composers in Naples at that time, and also taught such future famous opera composers as Pergolesi and Paisiello (Durante was himself a student, in Rome, of Pasquini).

Even Bach, always interested in the Italian masters, found Durante's work worthy of study. One of the tropes of Italian Christmas music was a pastoral mood celebrating the shepherds,
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Forget Hitchcock's Vertigo: Tonight the Greatest Movie About Obsessive Desire

Joan Fontaine movies: ‘This Above All,’ ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’ (photo: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine in ‘Suspicion’ publicity image) (See previous post: “Joan Fontaine Today.”) Also tonight on Turner Classic Movies, Joan Fontaine can be seen in today’s lone TCM premiere, the flag-waving 20th Century Fox release The Above All (1942), with Fontaine as an aristocratic (but socially conscious) English Rose named Prudence Cathaway (Fontaine was born to British parents in Japan) and Fox’s top male star, Tyrone Power, as her Awol romantic interest. This Above All was directed by Anatole Litvak, who would guide Olivia de Havilland in the major box-office hit The Snake Pit (1948), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod. In Max Ophüls’ darkly romantic Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Fontaine delivers not only what is probably the greatest performance of her career, but also one of the greatest movie performances ever. Letter from an Unknown Woman
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A Look Back At Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

There’s something about the Friday The 13th film series that I just love. Sure, in my opinion Halloween is a better film than Friday The 13th (in fact so is A Nightmare On Elm Street), but as a series, F13 just blows them out of the water. The Halloween franchise had only about four films that I liked then it became pretty forgetful (The Thorn angle, the CG mask shots, Busta Rhymes..). The A Nightmare On Elm Street series had gotten so bad that by Freddy’S Dead, I was over it as well (massive props to the original and the 2nd and 3rd one though). As a series, I’m on board with the first seven Fridays though. They established a formula, and didn’t deviate from that formula very often (in a good way) during those first few bouts with Jason and in the original, Pamela Voorhees.
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Celebrity Biography: Joe Flanigan

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Joe Flanigan was born Joseph Harold Dunnigan III on 5th January 1967 in Los Angeles, California. He has three brothers and four sisters. His father left shortly after Joe's birth and Joe changed his surname to Flanigan after John Flanigan, his step father who adopted him. Joe spent most of his childhood at a ranch near Reno, Nevada when his family relocated there when he was aged 6. Joe attended boarding school in Ojai, California at 15. Here he had the lead role in the school production of A Streetcar Named Desire, where he played Stanley Kowalski. After he graduated high school, Joe attended the university of Colorado. Here he read for a history degree and starred in the production of Coriolanus. Joe was seen as shy (hard to believe now) and was told by a friend to take up acting as a means to alleviate his timidness. Said Joe, "At one point in college,
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Complete Blu-Ray Collection of 'Stargate Atlantis' Released

MGM has released the entire collective series of the popular Stargate Atlantis, and they have not held back on the extras.

The complete one hundred episodes from all five seasons are spread out over twenty 1080p Blu-ray DVDs; however, this isn't all. The Blu-ray collection also includes a rather staggering fifty hours of additional extras and goodies, including commentaries, set tours, featurettes, deleted scenes, interviews, as well as photo and design galleries.

Stargate Atlantis aired on the Sci-Fi Channel from 2004 through to its unfortunate cancellation in 2009. The show kicks off from the season finale reveal of Stargate Sg-1, wherein it is shown that an alien outpost has been established in Antarctica by a race known as the 'Ancients'.

The revelation of the Outpost leads the military and scientists to discover yet another Stargate which allows (one way!) travel to the lost city of Atlantis - which is on the planet
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Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series DVD Giveaway

As our journey through myriad universes continues during Ugo's sci-fi week, the ancients beckon us to the watery city of Atlantis!  Today we're giving away Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series on DVD.  Relive the adventures of John Sheppard, Dr.McKay and the rest of the Atlantis crew with over one-hundred hours of Atlantis on twenty-six discs. That's a lot of Stargate.

So how do you activate the gate to grab these two sets?  Here's how it works.  We'll post a secret message in the kicker of our Top Story. The kicker is the punchy text below the headline. Here's a pic:

 

To win, copy the kicker and Tweet it to @ugodotcom. The first to tweet wins and will be contacted via a direct message - so be sure to follow @ugodotcom.

Click Here For The Official Rules

Keep your eyes on Ugo.com for your chance to win.
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NBC’s Spin on Stargate Universe Ratings Falls Short

All we ever hear from NBC when it pitches Stargate Universe is how it beat Stargate Atlantis in some fashion. They keep trying to equate Stargate Universe ratings to something spectacular. Sure, the way they spin it, the numbers are great. But let’s take a closer look at a few items from both shows.

When Stargate Universe (Sgu) premiered on October 2nd of 2009, Syfy announced its excitement about the viewer numbers. The 2-part Sgu premiere produced 2.3 million viewers, which for Syfy on a Friday night, were decent numbers.

The show averaged almost 2.9 million viewers through October and Syfy noted with a press release that 2.9 million viewers was better than the last season of Stargate Atlantis. Or 36% more viewers.

The First 8 Episodes of Sgu

More recently, (January 2010) Syfy was getting even more excited about Sgu’s ratings because when they add in the Live+7 DVR ratings, the first 8 episodes of Sgu averaged of 2.64 million viewers.
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Box sets for Christmas | Gift ideas

Stumped for what to buy your friends and family this year? Forget the socks and chocs and bubble bath – our critics have chosen 40 of the best music, film and TV box sets

Pop by Kitty Empire

1 The Beatles Remastered Stereo Box Set (Parlophone)

At £145, the Beatles box set probably costs roughly what a small car did in the early 1960s. But the startling detail on these CDs will repay the outlay for Beatles nerds and mere mortals alike. Its sister release, The Beatles in Mono – 1960s scooter prices, at a guess – is even more desirable, audiophiles reckon.

2 Kraftwerk The Catalogue (Mute/Emi)

Eight albums by the electronic Beatles, dating from 1974's Autobahn, all gleamingly remastered. Costing considerably less than one of Ralf Hütter's beloved bicycles, this is the master text of most electronic genres – electro, techno, even hip-hop – today.

3 Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space Deluxe
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[TV] Stargate: Atlantis Fans' Choice

The creation of a Stargate: Atlantis Fans’ Choice disc doesn’t come without a stark revelation on the show’s initial and final levels of quality. That the fans would choose the series’ feature-length pilot episode “Rising” should come as no surprise to those familiar with it, but when compared to the final episode, which also appears on the disc, you realize just how far the production values fell in its five season span. Perhaps the most pertinent question is who the target of this dual-episode set could be. Wouldn’t the loyal fans already own the first and last seasons on DVD, and if so why purchase the bookends on one disc? In which case you have to wonder if there’s any way the set can draw in new viewers on the first episode’s merits. This disc raises so many questions.

“The Rising”

With the Stargate technology
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Interviews: ....but what about Joe?

All this Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson love is well and good, but what about some mature man-packing, gun pounding, Stargate: Atlantis' Joe Flanigan floutin' hotness, to remind us all what Real Men can do for ya' too?

Flannigan is still a bit peeved at the unceremonial way Sg:a was cancelled, telling a Hungarian site that:

“No one is really certain why it was cancelled,” said Flanigan, who playedLt. Colonel John Sheppard for Atlantis’s 5-year, 100-episode run. “Every producer/executive lays the blame on the other so it’s becomes impossible to understand the true reasons. I think our cast did a truly amazing job in helping build a successful franchise, but I don’t think that it is seen that way by the writers and producers.” Still, he's not staying mad for long. He's about to appear in an episode of SyFy's upcoming Warehouse 13, as well as
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New 'Stargate: Universe' Cast To La Bamba

The third series in the Stargate line is now pretty much ready to go as some of the final major cast members have come on board, including Lou Diamond Phillips.Phillips, who most recently had a slightly recurring role in "Numbers" on CBS, will play Col. Telford on "Stargate: Universe," who like John Sheppard before him, suddenly has to become a military leader on board an Ancient-built ship they seem to be trapped in.Joining Phillips are Ming-Na, Elyse Levesque and Alaina Huffman. Ming-Na, who most recently Emily Hu in the film "Push
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‘Stargate: Atlantis’ Is Coming To A Close

Stargate: Atlantis is coming to a close - it’s been a great ride. The show took a bit to adjust to, but after a while the characters and new location grew on me because it had the same feel to the writing that we’ve come to enjoy from the Stargate franchise.

It was hard not to know that last week’s episode was the next to last episode for Atlantis. I went into the episode, titled “Vegas” (written and directed by Robert Cooper), not really looking forward to it. I was coming into it with a bit of a dour perspective because it was some alternate timeline story. My thought? “Why would they do this to us in the next to last episode of the series?”

Warning: If you DVR’d the episode, a bit of an outline spoiler follows the break.

The episode surprised me. It started
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