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Today in Soap Opera History (March 24)

1975: Y&R's Kay begged Phillip not to leave her.

1987: One Life to Live's Viki visited heaven.

1987: B&B's Brooke confided in Stephanie.

2008: Days of our Lives' Shawn & Belle left Salem."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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...

1955: On The Inner Flame, Walt (Karl Swenson) was unwilling to accept Murray's help.

1955: On Golden Windows, Carl told Charles (Eric Dressler) he would confess his crimes.
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March 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special, Scanners Criterion Collection, The Outer Limits Season 1

The month of March is closing out with a busy week of home entertainment releases, with two of the highlights this week being Scream Factory's stunning Steelbook editions for Assault on Precinct 13 and Prince of Darkness. Scream Factory is also keeping busy with their Collector’s Edition release of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and their Blu-ray release of IFC Midnight's I Remember You.

David Cronenberg’s Scanners is also making its way into the Criterion Collection this week, and The City of the Dead is the recipient of another limited edition release as well. Other notable titles coming home on March 27th include The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special, The Outer Limits Season 1, Hell’s Kitty, Star Time, The Executioners, Mercy Christmas, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Assault on Precinct 13 Limited Edition Steelbook (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Isolated inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station,
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Oscars 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ tribute will honor Jerry Lewis, Martin Landau, Bill Paxton and ??

Oscars 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ tribute will honor Jerry Lewis, Martin Landau, Bill Paxton and ??
The upcoming 90th Academy Awards will mark the 25th consecutive year that the Oscars will feature an “In Memoriam” segment. While it had been done on occasion before, the annual tribute to Academy members and other film legends started a regular tradition at the 1994 ceremony hosted by Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.

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We’ve assembled a list below of people who have died in the past 12 months who might be featured during the “In Memoriam” for the ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on March 4. Producers have not yet revealed who might be performing during the tribute. Sure to have prominent placements are previous Oscar champ Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” 1994), honorary Oscar recipient Jerry Lewis and respected actor Bill Paxton (“Titanic,” “Apollo 13”). Paxton actually died on the weekend of last year’s ceremony and was mentioned on the broadcast,
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SAG Awards 2018: In Memoriam segment Sunday will pay tribute to Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton and ???

SAG Awards 2018: In Memoriam segment Sunday will pay tribute to Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton and ???
Sunday’s telecast of the Screen Actors Guild will feature a special In Memoriam segment devoted to many of the actors and actresses who have died since last year’s ceremony in late January. Sure to be among those saluted include Oscar winner Martin Landau, comedy legend Jerry Lewis, and beloved film and TV star Bill Paxton. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for this past year of 2017 and the newly-started gallery for 2018.

Over 100 people in SAG/AFTRA have passed away in the past 12 months. Which of the following 60 names will also be featured in the televised tribute?

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Richard Anderson (actor)

Chuck Barris (host/executive)

Shelley Berman (actor)

Chuck Berry (singer/actor)

Joseph Bologna (actor)

Powers Boothe (actor)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Glen Campbell (singer/actor)

Bernie Casey (actor)

David Cassidy (actor/singer)

Mike Connors (actor)

Danielle Darrieux (actor
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Review: "Cannon For Cordoba" (1970) Starring George Peppard; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Fred Blosser

Cannon for Cordoba,” a 1970 film produced by Vincent M. Fennelly for the Mirisch Corporation, written by Stephen Kandel, directed by Paul Wendkos, and distributed by United Artists, has been released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics in an attractive new Blu-ray edition. In the movie, U.S. Army Captain Rod Douglas (George Peppard) leads a three-man team across the Mexican Border in 1916. Douglas has been assigned to gather intelligence on a predatory rebel general, Cordoba (Raf Vallone), who has confiscated American-owned property in Mexico. Wealthy U.S. ranchers and politicians are demanding that the Army secure the border with troops (an outcry for a $70 billion wall would have to wait another hundred years). After Douglas’ team enters Mexico, one of the trio, Adam, is captured and tortured to death by Cordoba’s troops. Douglas and the third ranger, Jackson (Don Gordon), escape to warn Gen. Pershing (John Russell
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Cannon for Cordoba

A middling entry in the genre of blow-it-up big action spectacles, Paul Wendkos’ Spain-filmed western gives us all the excitement promised by the poster, but with some cardboard characters and lumpy storytelling. George Peppard is on the job, however, and once again proves he can carry a big picture, flaws and all.

Cannon for Cordoba


Kl Studio Classics

1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: George Peppard, Raf Vallone, Giovanna Ralli, Don Gordon, Pete Duel, Nico Minardos, John Russell, John Larch, Gabriele Tinti, Francine York, Lionel Murton, Hans Meyer, Aldo Sambrell, Luis Barboo.

Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli

Film Editor: Walter A. Hannemann

Special effects: Emilio Ruiz del Río

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Stephen Kandel

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

Directed by Paul Wendkos

While providing backing for independent writer-producers like Billy Wilder, Walter Mirisch also shepherded various less ambitious war movies and westerns,
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Actor Don Gordon Dead At 90; Appeared With Steve McQueen In Three Films

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Gordon with Steve McQueen in the 1968 blockbuster "Bullitt".


By Lee Pfeiffer

Character actor Don Gordon has died at age 90. Gordon was a close friend of Steve McQueen and he appeared with McQueen in three of his biggest hits: "Bullitt", "Papillon" and "The Towering Inferno". Gordon generally played strong silent types and his face was familiar to movie goers especially in the 1960s and 1970s. In "Bullitt" he had a meaty role playing the partner of McQueen's maverick detective. In "Papillon" he was a fellow convict suffering through the hell of Devil's Island prison and in "The Towering Inferno" he played a fellow firefighter helping McQueen to save trapped people from a blazing skyscraper. Gordon also appeared on numerous television series in guest star roles and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in "The Defenders". Among his other screen credits: "Wusa", "Fuzz", "Lethal Weapon", "The Final Conflict" and "Exorcist III". For more click here.
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Don Gordon, Actor in ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Papillon,’ Dies at 90

Don Gordon, Actor in ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Papillon,’ Dies at 90
Character actor Don Gordon, who appeared alongside his friend Steve McQueen in “Bullitt,” “Papillon,” and “The Towering Inferno,” died April 24 in Los Angeles, according to his wife.

Gordon, who often played tough cops and gangsters, was Emmy-nominated for “The Defenders” in 1962. His first major television role came in “The Blue Angels,” which ran in 1960-61.

In “Bullitt,” he played Delgetti, the partner of McQueen’s detective character. In “Papillon,” he was the inmate Julot; he was a fire captain in “The Towering Inferno.”

His early TV roles included roles in McQueen’s 1959 “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “Peyton Place,” “Border Patrol,” “U.S. Marshal,” and “Twilight Zone” episodes “The Four of Us Are Dying” and “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross.” His other 1960s TV appearances included “The Lloyd Bridges Show,” “Channing,” “Empire,” “The Fugitive,” and “The Outer Limits.”

In the 1970s, he appeared in “Columbo” and starred in the TV series “Lucan
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DVD Review: "Cannon For Cordoba" (1970) Starring George Peppard

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By Lee Pfeiffer

MGM has released the 1970 Western Cannon For Cordoba as part of their burn-to-dvd line. This is yet another film that was written off as "run of the mill" at the time of its initial release but probably plays far better today when Westerns are scare commodities. The film is clearly designed to capitalize on movies such as The Professionals and The Wild Bunch, and while it certainly isn't in the league of those classics, it's a consistently engrossing and highly entertaining horse opera.  Set in 1916, when the Us was embroiled in assisting the Mexican government in suppressing "revolutionaries" who were really bandits, the plot centers on a crime kingpin named General Coroba (well played with charm and menace by Raf Vallone), who launches an audacious raid on American General Pershing's troops and succeeds in stealing a number of valuable cannons that will make him almost invulnerable
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Beast Within

The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.

Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost
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‘The Beast Within’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston, Ron Soble, Luke Askew, Meshach Taylor, Boyce Holleman | Written by Tom Holland | Directed by Philippe Mora

The Beast Within is a strange movie, you spend a lot of the time thinking it’s a strange werewolf film and the rest wondering just what the hell the beast is. The fact is though if you take your time and watch it you realise that the so-called Beast is unique, by listening to the commentary and watching the documentary included in this release you realise that the creature is in fact a cicada. I know, I had to look up what it was too.

The Beast Within starts with newlyweds Eli and Caroline MacCleary (Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch) enjoying their honeymoon until their car breaks down on a cold dark country road.
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The Beast Within Blu-ray Review

Director: Philippe Mora

Starring: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Making Of, Director’s Commentary

The Beast Within hints towards a werewolf film, with its imagery of a full moon and a credit mentioning “Transformation effects.” However, this is far from a werewolf tale although it does take onboard some of the key elements. In order to make this a much fresher piece there are ideas of possession too and an overall theme of circularity and metamorphosis.

Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch play a just married couple whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, as Eli (Cox) goes for help, Caroline (Besch) is attacked by an unseen creature who rapes her before disappearing into the night. 17 years later and the couple now have a 17 year old son who is a
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‘The Beast Within’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston, Ron Soble, Luke Askew, Meshach Taylor, Boyce Holleman | Written by Tom Holland | Directed by Philippe Mora

When I was a kid, there were two movies that terrified me as a kid. This wasn’t the creeping dread I felt when I watched Night of the Living Dead or The Twilight Zone. No, this was outright fear, the kind that sends you under the covers, sleeping in a sheen of sweat with the lights on. And maybe it sounds silly but as someone with a highly overactive imagination who lived in the woods, I don’t find it silly at the time. But now when you’re older, you look back and feel stupid about some of the things that terrified you or the film just isn’t that good. The
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'The Mack' 40th anniversary screening: Director talks blaxploitation and Quentin Tarantino

'The Mack' 40th anniversary screening: Director talks blaxploitation and Quentin Tarantino
When director Michael Campus’s The Mack was released in 1973, it played in only 22 theaters. Even though it did decent business in its limited run, the drama starring Max Julien, Don Gordon, and Richard Pryor about a man who returns from prison to become the king of the pimps in Oakland seemed destined to remain a cultural blip. It wasn’t even released on video.

But then people got hold of the wonderful soundtrack, Quentin Tarantino started touting it as one of his favorites and wrote it into Tony Scott’s True Romance, prolific rappers like Jay-z and Dr. Dre
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Scream Factory Announces The Beast Within and Crawlspace; Reveals Artwork for Amityville Trilogy Blu-ray

Today Scream Factory celebrates its one-year anniversary so the label revealed some new goodies for the masses! Check out all the latest here!

First up came this announcement...

We're so thrilled to be celebrating our 1-year anniversary today that we thought we'd treat you guys and reveal two cult favorites we have planned for Blu-ray releases before the end of this year: 1982's The Beast Within and 1986's Crawlspace! No details to provide at this time, but more will become clear on them in late summer.

The Beast Within

Directed by Philippe Mora

Starring Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, and R.G. Armstrong

Eli and Caroline MacCleary are on their honeymoon driving through the middle of nowhere in Mississippi when their car gets a flat. Leaving his wife with the car, Eli hikes off to find a tow truck. While he's gone, a mysterious creature attacks and rapes Caroline.
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Blu-ray Release: Wusa

Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $24.95

Studio: Olive Films

Paul Newman takes to the airwaves in Wusa.

Paul Newman (Hud), Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve), Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and Pat Hingle (Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) star in the 1970 drama Wusa.

The film concerns a jaded disc-jockey (Newman) who offers his services to Wusa, a conservative, hate-stirring station out of New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, the deejay begins spreading hateful messages perpetrated by the owner of the station (Hingle), which leads to some pretty ugly goings-on.

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s best-selling novel A Hall of Mirrors , Wusa also stars Laurence Harvey (1962′s The Manchurian Candidate), Don Gordon (Bullitt), Cloris Leachman (The Women), Moses Gunn (The Neverending Story) and Wayne Rogers (TV’s M*A*S*H).

Wusa was released by on DVD by Olive
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Review: "Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series" On DVD From Timeless Media Group

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By Harvey Chartrand

Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 4-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 34 episodes, with a running time of about 840 minutes. Mr. Lucky– created by writer/director Blake Edwards (Peter Gunn) – ran for only one season (from 1959 to 1960), even though it was a hit with viewers.

This adventure/crime drama is a sort of Peter Gunn Lite, featuring a lush, organ-powered theme song by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of Mr. Lucky’s soundtrack is included in the set), an assortment of shady characters aboard a floating casino, and competent acting by series regulars John Vivyan (as suave professional gambler Mr. Lucky), Ross Martin (as his sidekick and business partner Andamo), Pippa Scott (as Mr. Lucky’s girlfriend Maggie Shank-Rutherford) and Tom Brown (as Lieutenant Rovacs, Mr. Lucky’s
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Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 1 of 5)

With the Academy Awards for the 2011 film year in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at one of the event’s most consistently fascinating categories: Best Supporting Actor. The most interesting story in the category this year isn’t who got nominated, it’s who didn’t. More specifically, Albert Brooks was completely robbed of a nomination for his performance as film producer turned lethal gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

As much as I’d like to say I was surprised by this, considering both the quality of performance and Brooks’ slew of nominations from other critical circles, in light of the Academy’s history of overlooking outstanding supporting performances, I simply can’t.

Following is a chronological look at a number of performances richly deserving of a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.

In some cases, the performances are in films
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Exploring The Twilight Zone #136: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #136): “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” (airdate 1/17/64) The Plot: A no-good putz wishes the universe would give him a break just once. And it does… Twilight Zone style. The Goods: Salvadore Ross (Don Gordon) is what the French call “a douche.” He pulls up one morning in a fancy new car and accosts a woman on the street who he used to date (and who briefly looks like Rene Russo). Leah (Gail Kobe) is surprised to see him riding around in style, but she’s less impressed when she learns he simply “borrowed” the car from an old man he’s currently working for. She rebuffs his aggressive advances, but
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Baby! Baby! Z.P.G. Delivers Retro Sci-Fi Chills

Here’s a quick recommendation for sci-fi fans seeking a vintage fix: Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) is a seriously underrated gem directed by Michael Campus. Campus has precious few other helming credits, with The Mack and The Education of Sonny Carson among them, but in this 1972 shocker that channels classic Orwellian themes, Campus’ debut proves to be admirably assured, resulting in a picture of extremely deliberate pacing while also indulging in many unsettling and near-experimental flourishes.

This particular dystopian future is one in which the curing of diseases has resulted in a population explosion of globe-threatening proportions, while the environment has been thoroughly violated by smog so thick travelers must wear oxygen masks when venturing outdoors. At the outset of the film, childbearing is officially outlawed on punishment of death. “Legal” babies are branded with a mark that’s visible when scanned by authorities, and citizens are encouraged to fink
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