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Today in Soap Opera History (February 6)

1976: Days of our Lives' Laura gave birth to Jennifer.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly received white carnations.

1995: One Life to Live's Joey wanted answers from his mother.

1996: Another World's Grant took Vicky hostage."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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1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin on Days of our Lives.
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11/8/16 Movie Review

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11/8/16 Movie Review
11/8/16 The Orchard Directors: Duane Andersen, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Andrew Beck Grace, Jamie Goncalves, Alma Har’el, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Martha Shane, Ciara Lacy, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq, Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce, Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 10/24/17 Opens: November 3, 2017 If we […]

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‘Dunkirk’ Is Too Loud For Some Viewers, But Christopher Nolan Says That’s the Way He Likes It

‘Dunkirk’ Is Too Loud For Some Viewers, But Christopher Nolan Says That’s the Way He Likes It
Yesterday during an advance screening of “Atomic Blonde,” the roar of “Dunkirk” from the theater below could be heard — and felt — above and beyond an ass-kicking Charlize Theron. Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie is loud — but when does soundscape become bombast?

Read More: Here’s Why ‘Dunkirk’ Will Likely Make $200 Million At the Domestic Box Office

“It was Very loud. Too loud in fact,” wrote a Reddit user in a popular post titled “PSA: A warning about Dunkirk.” “It might be the loudest movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t mean like a gun shot here or an explosion there, I mean sustained loud noises for minutes at a time. For large sections of the movie the soundtrack and the effects merge in this cacophony of noise and it becomes difficult to differentiate between any of the sounds. On a number of occasions it actually distracted me
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‘Arrival’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch

‘Arrival’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch
In his latest Lessons from the Screenplay video, YouTube user Michael Tucker takes a look at Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” the film adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang, “Story of Your Life.” He focuses on the changes made to the original story by screenwriter Eric Heisserer and the further tweaks made by Villeneuve and editor Joe Walker, “in order to bring the essence [of the story] into the cinematic realm.”

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Writing the Unfilmable Story

“Pure, thoughtful science fiction is never just about aliens or other worlds, or exciting visions of the future. At its core, hard sci-fi is about humanity, our hopes and fears, and behaviors,” Tucker says at the beginning of the video, adding that Chiang’s short story “is a great example of exactly this kind of science fiction.”

Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men
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‘Breaking Bad’ — Best Pilot Ever?

It’s a rhetorical question, as this excellent video proves.

Seems like every time a television series ends, the same question pops up: what are the greatest TV finales ever? But for some reason the opposite isn’t true: when new series start, you never see an abundance of “best pilots ever” lists.

If you had asked me that latter question up to January 20th, 2008, I would have told you Twin Peaks has the best pilot in TV history, but that was pre-bb: pre-Breaking-Bad. Because as anyone who’s seen that pilot knows, it is instantly captivating, confounding, intriguing, and obsession-inducing, all thanks to a whip-smart script from creator Vince Gilligan that balances a simple if unexpected premise with a complicated sense of morality. This week, that script goes under the erudite microscope of Michael Tucker in the latest video from his Lessons from the Screenplay YouTube channel.

I know I have a tendency to get hyperbolic
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Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France: ‘Inglorious Basterds’ First Scene Explained

How Qt established his film’s central tension in the opening minutes.

The opening sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a 17-page slow boil that introduces us to Colonel Hans Landa (Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz), aka “The Jew Hunter,” as he pays a visit to a dairy farmer in the idyllic French countryside. He’s there because of all the Jewish families living in the area, only one hasn’t been accounted for, which Waltz believes is because someone — namely the dairy farmer — is hiding them from the Nazis. As he downs the farmer’s delicious milk, Landa calmly, cooly, and masterfully manipulates the farmer through false promises to reveal that he in fact is the one hiding the unaccounted-for family. This is when Landa shows his true colors by inviting his troops inside to spray bullets through the floorboards, killing all the hiding family except for young daughter Shoshanna, who
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Great Job, Internet!: Breaking down the glorious first scene of Inglourious Basterds

The opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a drawn-out masterclass in tension that also functions as a prologue and an introduction to Christoph Waltz’s legendary antagonist Hans Landa. While the larger movie it’s attached to has an uncertain place in critical evaluations of Tarantino’s work, the scene itself is one of the most acclaimed of the director’s career. A new video from Lessons From The Screenplay digs into exactly how he pulled it off, using (as the name would suggest) Tarantino’s writing as a guide.

Filmmaker Michael Tucker views the scene’s 17 pages through the lens of the philosophy and psychology of suspense, noting how the introduction of instability (here in the form of Nazis approaching an idyllic farmhouse) makes us yearn for a return to stability. That ratchets up in intensity when—following Hitchcock’s decree that you tell the ...
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Great Job, Internet!: How When Harry Met Sally breaks from the rom-com standard

When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, is generally acknowledged as one of the greats of the rom-com form. But a close look by filmmaker Michael Tucker of Lessons From The Screenplay shows that the 1989 romantic comedy is actually groundbreaking as well.

According to Tucker, When Harry Met Sally succeeds by turning around standard rom-com standards. For example, in many such movies, the intended couple can’t stand each other at first, then fall in love over the course of the film as they spend more time together (as in It Happened One Night, among others). In Whms, the couple doesn’t get along when they first meet, and then separates for five years. Then they don’t get along again, and leave for five more years. When they finally meet again, instead of falling in love, they become friends. This, Tucker opines ...
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How ‘The Social Network’ Represents the Ideal Marriage of Writer and Director

Resonating since its release well over six years ago, David Fincher‘s The Social Network has endured as a film of expert structure and specifically collaboration. So comes a new video essay by Michael Tucker from Lessons on the Screenplay which dives into screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s famous stylings, pointing out specifically what makes the material soar. Through rhythms of dialogue — rising, falling, climaxing — and overlapping language with multiple trains of thought (just to name a few), Sorkin crafts a multi-layered story in The Social Network that makes it less a story Facebook’s inception and creation, but about two friend’s disintegrating relationship. On top of this, the non-linear structure adds for another layer of poignancy and intrigue, as the audience gets to see the two characters reflect on their now-shattered friendship years later.

Tucker also discusses the importance of collaboration — particularly, Sorkin’s work with David Fincher — and
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More

The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe.
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How the Control of Information in ‘Ex Machina’ Demands Attention

Writer and director Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina made its way onto many top of the year lists in 2015 (including ours) and became infamous on the internet for a certain famous Oscar Isaac dance sequence. While many hailed it as an intelligent and thrilling work of “thinking man’s sci-fi,” it seems certain few have delved as deeply into the film as Michael Tucker, whose new video essay Ex Machina – The Control of Information deconstructs the structural foundation of Garland’s script to explore how it demands and maintains audience engagement. Tucker argues that, through the use of an unconventional and limited perspective, Ex Machina pulls a Great Gatsby of sorts: The robot Ava (Alicia Vikander) is actually the protagonist, her journey of struggle and revelation told through the eyes of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson). Yet Caleb is the most interesting avenue for the audience to become engaged and ultimately, tangled up in the narrative yarn.
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Video Essay Examines Ex MacHina's Method of Revealing Information

In his latest video essay, YouTuber Lessons From The Screenplay (aka Michael Tucker) does a deep dive into Alex Garland's terrific thriller Ex Machina and examines the way information is doled out over the course of the story. He breaks the story down in some interesting ways, too, pointing out that Ava (Alicia Vikander) may be the true protagonist in the movie and providing a fascinating look at the way Garland cut parts of his script in order to construct the story in a way that makes the audience want to know more. The whole thing just makes me want to watch the movie again as soon as I can.
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‘Sense of an Ending’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival (Full Lineup)

‘Sense of an Ending’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival (Full Lineup)
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open Jan. 2 with the world premiere screening of “The Sense of an Ending,” starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

“Ending” is directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne, based on the novel of same name by Julian Barnes. The film also stars Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Dockery.

The festival will close with Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford on Jan. 15. “The Comedian” premiered last month at the AFI Fest.

Special presentations including the world premiere of “Breakable You”; the U.S. premiere of “King of the Dancehall,” directed by Nick Cannon; “Old Money,” directed by David Schalko and starring Udo Kier; and the North American premiere of “The Hippopotamus.”

The Palm Springs Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres.

View the complete lineup below:

World premieres:

– The Beautiful Fantastic (UK/U.S.
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’11/8/16′: More Than 30 Filmmakers to Take Part in Election-Day Documentary

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The election will be over in six days, but this cycle has been unprecedented in so many ways — most of them bad — that it’s likely to take years of hindsight and any number of books and movies to fully understand. Jeff Deutchman will start that process with “11/8/16,” a documentary he’s producing that will be directed by a huge group of directors that includes David Lowery, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang. The Orchard will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson and Danielle Digiacomo.

Read More: Career Moves: Jeff Deutchman Leaves Alchemy, Bob Pilon Goes to Participant and More

More than 30 filmmakers total will document Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier “11/4/08.” “This election has started to feel like it is testing the
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New Video Essay Explores The Masterful Terror Of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Screenplay

Stanley Kubrick’s masterful “The Shining” is a hypnotic, deliriously unnerving film that gets under your skin, refusing to let you think for a minute that you’ll be safe from its spell. It’s one that frightens YouTube editor Lessons from the Screenplay, a.k.a. Michael Tucker, like no other. It disturbs him, makes him look over his shoulder and believe there’s suddenly someone there in the room with him.

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Video Essay Goes Behind The Scenes of Stanley Kubrick's Horror Masterpiece The Shining

In the latest episode of Lessons From The Screenplay, YouTuber Michael Tucker dives into the 1980 horror classic The Shining and explores what make the film so psychologically frightening with an emphasis on the script. This proves a little tougher than you might think, since director and co-writer Stanley Kubrick was notoriously against making his screenplays available to the public, and the original version is apparently hosted at an archive in London.

But analyzing the score, the visual style, and the available bits of script, he explores the reasons the movie feels so creepy (there's an important distinction between creepy and scary) and how that creepiness gives way to pure suspense late in the movie. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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La Law: The NBC Legal Series Debuted 30 Years Ago (9/15/86)

Hop into TV Series Finale's time machine and travel back to Monday, September 15, 1986. When L.A. Law first premiered on NBC, thirty years ago, today, viewers met the Los Angeles-based lawyers and staff of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. The legal drama series threaded its oddball humor throughout storylines featuring hot topics of the 1980s and '90s, including sexual harassment, gay rights, HIV, capital punishment, and abortion.L.A. Law's large ensemble cast included: Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake, and Sheila Kelly. Read More…
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New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary selections announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-08-25 16:52:00

Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters and Life Itself director Steve James's latest, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, in the New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Films by Steve James, Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens (on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), Errol Morris (on Elsa Dorfman), Bill Morrison, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Raoul Peck, Kasper Collin (on Lee Morgan), Sam Pollard, Aaron Brookner (on William Burroughs and Robert Wilson documentarian Howard Brookner), Olatz López Garmendia, Shimon Dotan, Mohamed Siam, Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger (on Wendy Whelan), Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker will shine in the New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary section.

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th was announced earlier as the Opening Night Gala film, Gimme Danger's Jim Jarmusch appears in Brookner's Uncle Howard and Sacro Gra director Gianfranco Rosi has his latest Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) screening in the Main Slate program.

Chaired by Festival Director Kent Jones,
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Today in Movie Culture: Why Heath Ledger's Joker Is the Best, How 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Really Ends and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Praise of the Day: It's a big honor to get an Honest Trailer that is actually positive, and the latest rarity is for The Jungle Book, which is new to home video today:   Screenwriting Lesson of the Day:  With a new, unpopular portrayal of The Joker currently in theaters, Michael Tucker looks at why the character works so well, as written, in The Dark Knight:   Alternate Ending of the Day:  See what happens to Imperator Furiosa after the end of Mad Max: Fury Road in this animated parody:   Redone Movie of the Day: Watch The Revenant remade in animated 8-bit video game form:    Fan Theories of...

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Toronto next wave includes 'Free Fire', 'Blair Witch', DiCaprio doc

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Toronto next wave includes 'Free Fire', 'Blair Witch', DiCaprio doc
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.

This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.

Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.

Midnight Madness

Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link
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