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Today in Soap Opera History (October 8)

1969: Dark Shadows' Petofi traveled to 1969 in Quentin's body.

1973: Another World's Steve and Alice finally talked about the past.

1985: Santa Barbara's Julia met Dylan.

2010: One Life to Live's Viki wanted Echo to leave Llanview."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1968: On The Doctors, Congressman Jason Randall (M. Emmet Walsh) arrived at Hope Memorial for a hospital tour with a posse of reporters, flustering Nurse Simpson (Carolee Campbell).

1969: On Dark Shadows, Count Andreas Petofi (David Selby), in Quentin's body, informed Angelique she had to follow his orders in the future. Julia (Grayson Hall) realized
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Exclusive Interview: Cinema Icon Cynthia Rothrock Talks Her Career, Rise To Stardom And More

The highly renowned Fantasia International Film Festival is happening now in Montreal and we’re kicking off our coverage with a woman who’s an absolute legend in martial arts and cult film. In a time of superhero movies where powerful female characters are growing to be more progressive and established in fandom, Cynthia Rothrock would be one of the cinematic matriarchs of every feminine but extremely tough and well-rounded characters we see today.

In Northern California in 1983, Hong Kong-based production company Golden Harvest was searching the United States for the next Bruce Lee. After witnessing her skills in a demonstration, they signed the young Rothrock to a contract which had her appear in several films overseas including Yes, Madam, along with superstar Michelle Yeoh. She stayed in Hong Kong until 1988 and upon her return to the Us, starred in a number of cult movies.

She was given her eighth-degree
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What has Kristanna Loken Been Up to Since “Terminator 3?”

At one point and time Kristanna Loken was going to be a big star. Her place in Hollywood seemed assured when she hit the big screen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She had the looks, she had the attitude, and, well, that’s kind of where it ended. Someone thought she could act otherwise she wouldn’t be where she is, but considering that there are plenty of actors out there that couldn’t seem to remember a line if it was fed to them off screen she’s not the worst. It could be that in the beginning of her career

What has Kristanna Loken Been Up to Since “Terminator 3?”
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All 43 Video Game Movies Ranked, Including ‘Rampage’ (Photos)

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All 43 Video Game Movies Ranked, Including ‘Rampage’ (Photos)
Video game movies have a bad reputation because, well, there are very few that we’d call “good.” At their best, at least so far, the big screen versions of video games have been fun and trashy entertainment. At their worst, however, they’re as bad as anything else we’ve ever seen in a movie theater.

So let’s rank ‘em!

41. “Postal” (2008)

The pinnacle of director Uwe Boll‘s string of horrendous video game movies (he has five that qualify for this list by getting theatrical releases somewhere), but to be fair it’s probably still a better work of art than the game it’s based on.

40. “Alone in the Dark” (2005)

House of the Dead” briefly tricked us into thinking Uwe Boll was a camp master, but his next video game movie, “Alone in the Dark,” was such an incomprehensible slog that I have never been able to
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March Of Dimes Presents Imagine A World Premiere Event

Inspired by the idea that every baby deserves to grow and change the world, the March Of Dimes presents the Imagine A World premiere event. Through this interactive pop-up experience, guest can imagine a world where every baby is born healthy!

The red-carpet premiere will kick off a two-day exhibit located in La Live in the heart of Los Angeles. The event takes place in a magical dome designed to capture the whimsy, imagination and innocence of childhood. Family-friendly displays and activities encourage participants to engage with the experience and share their stories via social media.

Expected guests include Naya Rivera (Glee), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Anne Geddes (Artist/Photographer), Derek Fisher (Former NBA Player) and Gloria Govan (Basketball Wives La), Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens), Adrianna Costa (Extra), Nathan Kress (Pinky Malinky), Rachel Roy (Designer), Julie Steines (Children’s Author) with Norbert The Dog (Influencer), Terra Jole (Little Women: La
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Alexander Nevsky and Kristanna Loken Try to Stop Serial Killer in Black Rose Exclusive Photos

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Alexander Nevsky and Kristanna Loken Try to Stop Serial Killer in Black Rose Exclusive Photos
Filmmaker Alexander Nevsky and actress Kristanna Loken have signed up to help the Lapd solve a series of gruesome murders in their recent action-thriller, ‘Black Rose.’ In honor of the crime drama premiering on Netflix this weekend, Shockya is premiering two new exclusive photos from the movie. ‘Black Rose‘s debut on the online streaming service […]

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The Wall: Aaron Taylor-Johnson On Being The Focus Of Doug Liman’s Military Thriller

Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has played his fair share of superheroes from the title character in Kick-Ass to Quicksilver in Marvel StudiosAvengers: Age of Ultron, but in Doug Liman’s The Wall, he gets to play a real superhero; Sergeant Allen Isaac, a soldier in Iraq trapped behind the title wall and pinned down by a sniper. Said sniper finds a way to tap into Isaac’s earpiece, and he begins to play mind games with the young soldier while trying to find out more about his life, and his past.

It’s a fantastic role for Taylor-Johnson with Liman’s camera trained on him for much of the film, creating the same kind of tension Liman brought to his earlier films, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity.

Lrm got on the phone with Taylor-Johnson from the L.A. junket last week:

Lrm: I spoke with Doug and he
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Kristanna Loken On The Crime Thriller Black Rose, Uwe Boll And More

Actress Kristanna Loken has established herself as one to call when you need a tough woman who can kick ass, something she established in the 1999 TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest, followed with playing the T-x in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. After making a couple movies with the infamous Uwe Boll including Bloodrayne, Loken got the role to play Painkiller Jane in the 2007 Sci-Fi Channel show based on the comics.

While she seemingly hasn’t been as visible in recent years, she can now be seen in the crime-thriller Black Rose, a Russian-American collaborative film that’s finally hitting these shores. It’s directed by, and stars, Russian bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky as a Russian super-cop who is brought to L.A. to help solve the murders of a few Russian women there. He’s partnered with profiler Emily Smith (Loken) as they try to find clues to find the ruthless killer.
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Chuck: Director Philippe Falardeau On The Liev Schreiber Boxing Drama

French-Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau has actually been making movies for almost twenty years, but it wasn’t until about 2011 when he first started getting attention for his drama Monsieur Lazhar, which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. Falardeau’s 2014 movie The Good Lie, didn’t get much notice despite starring Reese Witherspoon and being released by Warner Bros. Therefore, he hasn’t quite made the waves into Hollywood as his country-mates Denis Villeneuve or Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild).

Undaunted, Falardeau decided to take on the story of Bayonne, New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner, who famously went up against Ali at the height of his success in the ‘70s and managed to go 15 rounds before the fight was called due to Wepner’s famed “bleeding” during fights. Wepner was alternately known as “The Bayonne Brawler” and “The Bayonne Bleeder.”

The movie Chuck stars Liev Schreiber as the famed boxer who would
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Exclusive: Doug Liman On Why He Left Channing Tatum's Gambit

Doug Liman continues to be an in-demand director after hits like Edge of Tomorrow and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In November 2015, Liman was named as the director on Channing Tatum’s anticipated Gambit movie, then it was pushed back for him to do The Wall, a smaller film that’s coming out this Friday, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena. (Liman also reunited with Tom Cruise for American Made coming out in late September, as well.)

Last August, it was reported that LIman had walked away from Gambit to focus on other movies. It definitely seems like Liman is well-qualified to take on a superhero movie, and he might still do so, having attached himself to DC Entertainment/Warner Bros’ Dark Universe aka Justice League Dark around the same time as leaving Gambit.

When Lrm spoke with Liman over the weekend, we asked him about his decision to leave Gambit
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Black Rose: Loken is Green And Alexander Nevsky's Apparently a Robot in This Exclusive Clip

Having just bowed at cinemas this past weekend, if the lure of a stoic Alexander Nevsky and the allure of Kristanna Loken were not enough to get you into a cinema to watch Nevsky's Black Rose then fear not for it will be available on VOD and DVD tomorrow, May 2nd.  If by chance you need convincing then we have an exclusive clip to share with you which you will find further down. In the clip Nevsky's Russian police officer Vladimir and Loken's Lapd officer Smith arrive on the scene of a gruesome murder. Hardly phased by the sight of a dead body Vladimir engages his servos and moves off camera so Smith can head the warning from one of her fellow officers about the...

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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle
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Exclusive interview with Black Rose star Alexander Nevsky

david j. moore chats with Black Rose star Alexander Nevsky

Western Audiences may not be familiar with bodybuilder-turned action star Alexander Nevsky, but in Russia he’s a bona fide star. Nevsky has been quietly creating his own projects to star in, starting with the surprisingly earnest and stellar film Moscow Heat, which emulated the Walter Hill actioner Red Heat, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Speaking of Schwarzenegger, Nevsky’s build, voice, and demeanor are a striking ringer for Arnold, and Nevsky knows this and plays it to his benefit. Nevsky’s other films include the also quite entertaining genre hybrid mashup Treasure Raiders, which combined the best ingredients of The Fast and the Furious and National Treasure, and he’s back with this year’s serial killer thriller/action film Black Rose, co-starring Kristanna Loken, and a little later in the year with the Expendables-type action flick Showdown in Manila, which
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Exclusive Interview: Kristanna Loken on Black Rose

david j. moore chats with Kristanna Loken about her new film Black Rose

Action and serial killer suspense thriller collide with the new genre film Black Rose, starring Kristanna Loken and action star Alexander Nevsky. Loken, who established herself as a bona fide female lead and star in the huge Hollywood hit Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, has been very busy in the action and genre world with releases like Bloodrayne, In the Name of the King, Attack on Darfur, and Painkiller Jane. Her role in Black Rose is that of Emily, a serial killer profiler opposite Nevsky, who plays a Russian detective on the same case. In this exclusive interview, Loken briefly discusses her career in overview and her latest project Black Rose.

How did Black Rose come about as a project for you?

I met Alexander Nevsky years ago when I was doing press for Terminator 3. He
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Horror Highlights: Camera Obscura, The Bigfoot Project, Splathouse Productions’ Blue Caveman, Justice Served, Black Rose

This summer, the fine folks over at Chiller Films will release Aaron B. Koontz's feature directorial debut, Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9th and on VOD and Digital on June 13th. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have release details for The Bigfoot Project, Justice Served, and Black Rose, as well as information on Splathouse Productions' Blue Caveman Indiegogo campaign.

Camera Obscura Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY – April 11, 2017 – Chiller Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated horror thriller Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9 and on VOD and Digital HD on June 13. The film is written by Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and marks the theatrical directing debut of Koontz. The cast includes Christopher Denham (“Billions,” “Argo”), Nadja Bobyleva (“Bridge of Spies”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black”), Chase Williamson (Siren, “Beyond the Gates”) and Noah Segan (“The Mind’s Eye,
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Black Rose Gets Us Distro Through ITN

Tn Distribution has acquired North American rights to the action/thriller Black Rose, starring international action star Alexander Nevsky (Showdown in Manila).

Written by Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty) and George Saunders (The Hunt for Red October), the film was also directed by Nevky.

The cast includes Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Adrian Paul (Highlander: Endgame), Robert Davi (Expendables 3) and Matthias Hues (Dark Angel).

ITN Distribution will be releasing Black Rose in theaters on April 28, 2017 [Continued ...]
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ITN Picks ‘Black Rose,’ Uncork’d Bonds With ‘Mom & Me,’ Artsploitation Celebrates ‘Red Christmas’

ITN Distribution has acquired North American rights to the action-thriller Black Rose, starring and directed by Alexander Nevsky (Showdown in Manila). Written by Brent Huff and George Saunders, the film also stars Kristanna Loken, Adrian Paul, Robert Davi and Matthias Hues. Set for an April 28 theatrical release, it follows a Russian police major (Nevsky) enlisted by the Lapd to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic killer…
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‘Black Rose’ DVD Review

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Stars: Alexander Nevsky, Kristanna Loken, Adrian Paul, Robert Davi, Robert Madrid, Matthias Hues, Oksana Sidorenko, Emmanuil Vitorgan, Olga Rodionova, Polina Butorina | Written by Brent Huff, George Saunders | Directed by Alexander Nevsky

So let me get this straight; we have a brand-new direct to DVD film, the second feature from star/director Alexander Nevsky, who’s been dubbed the “Russian Schwarzenegger”, that is exec produced (and apparently re-written) by Sheldon Lettich, the writer/director of Awol, Double Impact and Only the Strong, and who also wrote Rambo 3 and Bloodsport. Not only that, the film stars a who’s who of 90s action including Adrian Paul, Robert Davi and – surprise, surprise – villainous action movie stalwart Matthias Hues. And… it comes from the writing team of Brent Huff, writer/director of the awesome 90s action flick The Bad Pack, which also starred Robert Davi; and George Saunders, who penned Bloodsport 4 and co-wrote the
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‘Hands of Steel’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, John Saxon, Claudio Cassinelli, Geroge Eastman, Roberto Bisacco, Andrea Coppola, Donald O’Brien, Amy Werba | Written by Sergio Martino, Elisa Briganti | Directed by Sergio Martino

As someone who grew up reading The Dark Side magazine I was privileged to be made aware of a myriad of genre films that, had I just stuck to the shelves of my local video store, I would never have heard of. Of course this was during a turbulent period in UK cinema history that, much like the video nasties era before it, saw horror films treated with disdain. Which meant that unlike today – where you can walk into HMV and buy former video nasty Anthropophagus on Blu-ray or order films from around the world online – it was a struggle to find a lot of the movies I read about. It’s not that I didn’t try, and thankfully
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Jessica Chastain Will Star in Painkiller Jane Movie

Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada's Painkiller Jane graphic novel series is getting a feature film adaptation, and it's locked down a stellar actress for its leading lady. Deadline reports that Jessica Chastain will play the title character.

Chastain, no stranger to playing tough female roles, will play Jane Vasko, a New York City street cop who gets recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. In a near death experience, Jane develops exceptional regenerative abilities that give her a unique indestructible advantage. With nothing to live for and no way to die, Painkiller Jane becomes an unstoppable force of nature seeking revenge to those who destroyed her life as she leaves a path of death and destruction in her wake.

The character has never gotten her own feature film, though she has appeared in a made-for-tv movie in 2005 and on a TV show
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