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Today in Soap Opera History (December 19)

1967: The Doctors' Althea turned in her resignation.

1997: General Hospital's Helena returned to Port Charles.

2008: All My Children celebrated the life of Myrtle Fargate.

2011: One Life to Live's Roxy dreamed about Fraternity Row."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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1966: On Peyton Place, Martin Peyton (George Macready) told a drunken Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) that he had always been inferior.

1967: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) stopped by the home of Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) to give him her official resignation from Hope Memorial Hospital. Althea was pregnant and unmarried at the time,
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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The
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Samantha Fuller's "A Fuller Life"

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A photograph of Samuel Fuller in "the shack."

It is always well to remember that documentaries are first of all films like other films, meaning that no less than fictional narrative movies, they too have a narrative shaped by the vision of their maker and are not only about their subjects but also are that vision and the individual elements that make it up. So, in A Fuller Life there are a number of choices that Samantha Fuller as director has made, for example to film in “the shack”—the bungalow her father kept as office and filled with his memorabilia from his days as a crime reporter, an infantryman in WWII, a writer and filmmaker; or to use her “readers” (including both actors—mostly from Fuller’s movies—and some well-chosen directors) dramatically, effectively acting their readings from Fuller’s posthumous autobiography A Third Face; or, very simply, to
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Film Review: ‘A Fuller Life’

Film Review: ‘A Fuller Life’
Sam Fuller’s daughter Samantha made a wise decision to utilize passages from her father’s autobiography as the soundtrack for her documentary “A Fuller Life.” Read aloud and with great feeling by actors and directors who admired and worked with him, these visceral, punchy sentences vividly conjure up an extraordinarily vital, fiercely engaged gestalt. But if the pic effectively evokes Fuller the man, it fails to do equal justice to Fuller the filmmaker, and its clip selections sometimes feel truncated and over-literal in their application. A loving tribute for those well versed in the Fuller canon, the doc may prove less revelatory than entertaining for neophytes.

There is something endearing about the sight of Samantha with her father’s rifle awkwardly slung over her shoulder as she pays affectionate homage to him in the film’s prologue; this hokiness feels infinitely preferable to the smudged resentments present in so many “daddy dearest” docus.
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'1600 Penn': Watch an exclusive clip from 'So You Don't Want to Dance'

Politics make for a rough game. Fortunately for viewers of "1600 Penn," that game is also pretty funny at times. Thus, an oh-so-familiar political compromise in order to pass a bill becomes fodder for hilarity on the upcoming "So You Don't Want to Dance" episode (airing Thursday, Jan. 17).

Get a taste of the political games with this video.

In the video, President Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) and First Lady Emily (Jenna Elfman) have to throw an extravagant gala in order to win the support of the unpleasant Senator Thoroughgood (guest star Stacy Keach), who will be attending with his wife, Bunny (guest star Constance Towers).

In this scene, the President and Emily try to win over Thoroughgood with logic and an appeal to his sense of decency. It doesn't work so well. Bribery and female submissiveness do seem to go a little further with the Senator, but the fact that they have
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Ed Martin: General Hospital: A New Beginning or a Dead End?

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Ed Martin: General Hospital: A New Beginning or a Dead End?
Watching General Hospital these last two weeks, as the energetic efforts of One Life to Live veterans Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati to save the show from almost certain doom begin to play out, it occurs to me that my time as a fan of this once-formidable serial has come full circle. I began watching Gh in 1978, shortly after fearless executive producer Gloria Monty had been brought on board to save the show from seemingly certain cancellation. In fact, as legend has it, Gh at the time had sunk so low in the ratings it was given only a few months to reverse its failing fortunes or be cancelled.

Thirty-five years later Gh is once again on life support or damn close to it -- and, once again, it may very well be terminated in a few months! ABC seems to have made clear that it wants out of the
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Book Review: Makeup & Misery: Adventures in the Soap Factory

Love in the Afternoon? Not so much for Makeup Artist Norman Bryn, author of "Makeup & Misery: Adventures in the Soap Factory. An Unauthorized Cosmetic Chronicle of the Disney-abc Soaps"

Review by Nelson Aspen

This giant (301 large, text-crammed pages) diary of New York makeup artist Norman Bryn is only available for purchase through www.makeupandmisery.com, which may be why it has yet to incur the wrath of the ABC "Mouse House" he so brazenly bashes. For five years at All My Children, with stops at One Life To Live and (an admittedly happier experience at) Guiding Light along the way, Bryn worked with most of the most well known, memorable stars of daytime's dazzling days...and he's not afraid to express his feelings about them for better or worse.

As a broadcast journalist, a big part of my job is attending press junkets for movies. Bryn is a frequent makeup
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News: Tristan Wilds Nude, Robin Christopher Returns, TV to Web

90210 star Tristan Wilds poses nude in Cosmopolitan UK for cancer awareness

Wilds, 21, is pulling back the sheets on an important cause by posing nude in the August issue of Cosmopolitan UK.

The Staten Island-born actor is doing what he can to raise awareness for Everyman, the UK's leading testicular and prostate cancer charity that encourages men to take care of their health and check themselves regularly for suspicious lumps.

"What made me do this photo shoot more than anything was the cause," he said. "My friend's granddad died of prostate cancer and it had a profound effect on me. So when I was presented with the opportunity to speak out, I had to take it.

Moving soaps from TV to Web: Easier said than done

Prospect Park will have to cut deals with the talent of the two soaps, who would probably have to take pay cuts if they want
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General Hospital's Constance Towers Drops Details on Helena's Juicy Return

Will General Hospital ever put an end to the 30-year feud between the Spencers and the Cassadines? Lord, let's hope not! The classy, fab-tastic Constance Towers returns to the soap June 30 as demon widow Helena Cassadine who, when last seen, had messed with the DNA tests of baby Aiden to make it seem he's a Cassadine when, in fact, he's a Spencer.

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Today in Soap Opera History

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1975: At the 2nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included The Young And The Restless (Drama Series, Writing), Macdonald Carey and Susan Flannery.

1980: At the 8th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included Guiding Light (Drama Series), Douglass Watson, Judith Light, Warren Burton and Francesca James. Hugh McPhillips won for "Cameo Appearance," a short-lived category.

1994: At the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included All My Children (Drama Series), Michael Zaslow, Hillary B. Smith, Justin Deas, Susan Haskell, Roger Howarth and Melissa Hayden.

2005: At the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included General Hospital (Drama Series, Directing), Christian LeBlanc, Erika Slezak, Greg Rikaart, Natalia Livingston, David Lago and Eden Riegel.

2008: Laurence Lau returned to All My Children as Greg Nelson.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Constance Towers (Helena, General Hospital; ex-Julianna, Sunset Beach; Clarissa, Capitol) - 78

Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, As The World Turns
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The Week in Review: Most Popular Posts

In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular topics over the past week at We Love Soaps TV:

1.   We Love Soaps TV 2.58 Billy Warlock

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6.   News: Beth Maitland, Constance Towers, David Essex, Kym Marsh

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12. Gotham & Venice Nomination for Daytime Emmy Award!

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14. Daytime Emmy Nominations By Show

15. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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TVLine Items: L&O Nabs Hero and Mad Man, Big Brother's Return, and More TV News to Know

Law & Order: Ci‘s final (?) season is officially underway, and a few good men are dropping by the long-running USA Network procedural during its swan song.

Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) and Bryan Batt (Mad Men) are set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Ci, titled “The Nose,” TVGuide.com reports. The two actors will play suspects in the case of a high-end wine connoisseur’s death.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• A new season of CBS’ Big Brother premieres Thursday, July 7, and will run in its typical three-nights-a-week time slots on Wednesdays at 8/7c, Thursdays at 9, and Sundays at 8. Additionally,
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News: Beth Maitland, Constance Towers, David Essex, Kym Marsh

Q&A with returning Y&R actress Beth Maitland (Traci)

"It got to the point where the show stopped calling altogether and I thought my soap ship had sailed. But, after Maria took over, I suddenly had 30 episodes when [Traci's daughter] Colleen died — the biggest storyline I'd had in over 10 years. It came at a time when I was off contract, off the radar, off the map! [Laughs]. Before that, when I'd show up for the occasional wedding, I was kind of treated like a second-class citizen. Now I no longer have to hide in my dressing room because people won't talk to me or because the new, young actors don't know who I am or because someone thinks they should have the makeup chair first. I don't have those problems any more. I feel like an honored member of the cast. The climate has changed."

Microsoft To Pay $8.5B For Skype

Microsoft will pay $8.5 billion for Skype,
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Shock Corridor: Criterion Collection – Blu-ray Review

The Film:

Only Sam Fuller could make a character like Trent, a well-rounded black man that fully believes he is a white supremacist and a Kkk member. In a scene that packs a visceral cultural shock now days, sees Trent viciously chasing another black man to hurt him. I don’t know how audiences then felt, as the film gained popularity throughout the years, but as Criterion releases this in the final year of the Obama administration, Trent represents a powerful token of how far we came, yet how close it still all is. Sam Fuller has made a career in social and political subtext within his films, as the character of Trent would be envisioned again in his most racially charged film, the criminally under seen White Dog.

Even at that, it still isn’t what Shock Corridor is about. Sam Fuller made great stories first and foremost, crediting getting a good story first,
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Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss Blu Ray Review

By the time Samuel Fuller had made his first film, he'd been a copy boy, fought in the second world war, written a number of pulp novels and screenplays and worked as a crime reporter. His directorial debut, I Shot Jesse James [1] (1949), was already informed by a lifetime's worth of real world experience. His films are personal -- even autobiographical -- and his storytelling is aggressive. His themes are often presented in an austere nature and his imagery can be heavy handed (White Dog [2]), but his earnestness leaves me smiling rather than cringing. It makes sense that Criterion would re-release two Samuel Fuller classics, The Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor, on the same day with matching cover artwork (provided by Ghost World author/illustrator Daniel Clowes). The films share a deep rooted pulp narrative that examines two of cinema's most prototypical social outcasts: hookers and schitzos. The Naked Kiss Directed
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DVD: DVD: The Naked Kiss / Shock Corridor

“He wanted that to be like a screaming headline in a newspaper,” Constance Towers, the female lead of Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss says of the latter’s opening scene, which finds her character attacking the camera with her purse shortly before losing a wig that hides her baldness. Fuller took a job as a copyboy at age 12 and started reporting on New York crime at 17. He eventually left the newspapers to become a screenwriter, soldier, pulp novelist, and director. But the newspapers never left him. Fuller loved a shocking headline and a well-told ...
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DVD Playhouse--January 2011

DVD Playhouse: January 2011

By

Allen Gardner

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (20th Century Fox) Sequel to the seminal 1980s film catches up with a weathered, but still determined Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, who seems to savor every syllable of Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff’s screenplay) just out of jail and back on the comeback trail. In attempting to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges a reluctant alliance with her fiancé (Shia Labeouf), himself an ambitious young turk who finds himself seduced by Gekko’s silver tongue and promise of riches. Lifeless film is further evidence of director Oliver Stone’s decline. Once America’s most exciting filmmaker, Stone hasn’t delivered a film with any teeth since 1995’s Nixon. Labeouf and Mulligan generate no sparks on-screen, and the story feels forced from the protracted opening to the final, Disney-esque denouement. Only a brief cameo by Charlie Sheen,
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Samuel Fuller Double Feature - 'Shock Corridor' and 'Naked Kiss'

I have had my introduction to the films of Samuel Fuller... and I want more. However, the wanting I'm experiencing has little to do with the films on Criterion's two recently released Blu-rays for Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss as much as it has to do with the selection of special features available on these two discs. Limited as they may be, the selection of interviews, short films and documentaries available across these two discs paint the picture of an artist of a bygone era. As director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) says in one of them (from a 1983 interview), "The B-picture is finished. For ten, fifteen years already. It doesn't exist anymore, and Sam's whole work was inside that genre. Sam never made a film that took more than four weeks to shoot and cost more than a million-and-a-half."

I've chosen to review these two releases together because
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Ryan Reynolds Escapes Two "Buried" Indies, Samuel Fuller Freakouts and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Buried"

Directed by Rodrigo Cortes

Released by Lionsgate

"Paper Man"

Directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney

Released by Mpi Home Video

While one can't feel too badly for the future "Green Lantern" star and People's sexiest man alive, Ryan Reynolds' two stabs at glory outside the beaten path went largely unseen, which is particularly a shame in the case of Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," the thriller where Reynolds has no acting partner but a cell phone as a military contractor who finds himself trapped in a coffin with no knowledge of how or why he got there. A success at Sundance, Lionsgate scrapped expansion plans for the film when it didn't do well in limited release, so home video will be the first chance for many to catch it. Still, that was a considerably bigger success than "Paper Man," which snuck in
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for January 18, 2010

Hey Fiends! Happy Monday! Got another list of flicks on the format of your choice.

Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Triple Feature (Attack of the Crab Monsters / War of the Satellites / Not of This Earth)

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Three Films Produced And Directed By Honorary Academy Award Recipient And King Of B-Movies, Roger Corman: With All New Film Transfers From The Negative!

In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).

An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs
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