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Today in Soap Opera History (March 27)

1953: Search for Tomorrow's Jo tried to help a mystery patient.

1979: Ryan's Hope's Rae wanted to make Frank jealous.

1989: Daytime soap opera Generations premiered on NBC.

2001: Passions aired a Jerry Springer parody."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...

1939: Primetime radio soap opera Those We Love was canceled and taken off the air by NBC's Blue Network. It was the story of the Marshall family of Westbridge,
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‘Blacula: The Complete Collection’ Blu-ray Review

Urban action and fatal attraction give rise to a groove from beyond the grave in this funkadelic, fangadelic blaxploitation double-bill from Eureka Entertainment, which sees the eternally cool William Marshall put a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood as Blacula.

Produced at the height of the blaxploitation era, the Blacula movies are the perfect blend of genre and social film making, the types of which hadn’t been seen before… or since!

Blacula (1972)

Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, Emily Yancy, Ted Harris, Rick Metzler | Written by Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig | Directed by William Crain

In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending the slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire!
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One Life To Live: The Two Todd Mannings' Mom? It's Barbara Rhoades!

The mother of Tina and Todd (or is that both Todds?), Irene Manning, is alive and well--and back in Llanview!

Barbara Rhoades (Generations; Soap; Busting Loose) has now debuted in the mysterious, pivotal role of the not-at-all-dead mum, and We Love Soaps is proud to welcome the talented film veteran (Serial; The Goodbye Girl) and Broadway baby ("Funny Girl"; "Love, Loss, and What I Wore") back to daytime. 

We recently featured Barbara in episode 2.34 of We Love Soaps TV

alongside Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light; One Life To Live) and Orfeh ("Legally Blonde: The Musical"; Across the Universe). She talks about working with the great Barbara Streisand and even dishes on being fired from Generations. Let's just say she may have managed some parting gifts!

You can see the episode here http://welovesoa.ps/RhoadesVid.

We also reviewed her performance in Delia and Nora Ephron's "Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
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Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent
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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.   Timothy D. Stickney: The Wls Interview, Part Three

2.   Timothy D. Stickney: The Wls Interview, Part One

3.   Timothy D. Stickney: The Wls Interview, Part Two

4.   Exclusive: Maurice Benard Interview, Part 2

5.   News: Sherri Saum, Judith Chapman, Lifetime, Ratings, Chris Stack

6.   News: Joshua Morrow, Thom Bierdz, Nathan Filllion, Lindsay Lohan

7. Thom Bierdz on "Forgiving": The Wls Interview, Part Two

8.   Sean Patrick Flanery Joining The Young And The Restless

9.   We Love Soaps TV 2.36 Crystal Chappell

9.   10. Maria Bell, More TV on Computers Now, Betty Paul

11. Secret Storm's Peter Hobbs Has Died At Age 92

12. Wls Theater Review: "Priscilla Queen of the Desert"

13. B&B Hairstylist Sues Producers For Defamation

14. Thom Bierdz on "Forgiving": The Wls Interview, Part One

15. Brian Kerwin Out As Charlie On One Life To Live

You can also
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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.   Watch: 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards

2.   We Love Soaps TV 2.36 Crystal Chappell

3.   We Love Soaps TV 2.37 Crystal Chappell & Eddie Campbell

4.   Nelson Aspen's Y&R Set Visit With Rogers, Goddard & LeBlanc

5.   News: Castle Preview, Sonya Eddy, Dark Shadows, Katie Cassidy

6.   News: Anne Heche, Greek Finale, Zimmer, Marcil, Gatschet

7.   News: 40 Years of Slezak, Bugsy Siegel, Marg Helgenberger

8.   Timothy D. Stickney: The Wls Interview, Part One

9.   Timothy D. Stickney: The Wls Interview, Part Two

10. News: Burton/Reeves, Franco, Lynda Carter, Ashley Fink

11. Eastenders' Neil McDermott Admits Sex With 16 Year Old Fan

12. Commemorating 60 Years of Soap Operas on CBS-tv

13. B&B Hairstylist Sues Producers For Defamation

14. Results: Daytime Soap of the Week Poll

15. 50 Greatest Soap Opera Actresses: The Complete List

You can also catch up on the latest episodes of our web series,
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Exclusive Interview: Kim Zimmer Reveals Her "Love, Loss"

Emmy-winning actress Kim Zimmer is making a splash in the theater world with her poignant role in the new staging of Nora and Delia Ephron's play "Love, Loss, And What I Wore." Enjoy our exclusive new interview with the outspoken and fascinating talent as she discusses this new project, as well as life on One Life To Live, and her upcoming book. Plus, exactly whom was she channeling in her role as a pushy executive producer in Steamboat? Zimmer answers below!

We Love Soaps TV: You just started appearing in "Love, Loss, And What I Wore." How did it go?

Kim Zimmer: Personally it did not go well for me [laughs]. Every time my husband AC Weary is in the audience I get a little nervous. I so love his criticism. I could feel him and I could hear him laughing at Orfeh through the whole thing, but I
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Wls Theater Review: Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Scientists tell us that memories stored in the brain can be triggered by certain smells, sounds, and sights. But what about the memories triggered by a certain outfit, accessory, or bag you once used. Can our clothing and apparels be just as important in marking time, relationships, and life changes? According to Delia and Nora Ephron's play Love, Loss and What I Wore you bet your sweet bra they can!

This fun and touching play, now featuring the irrepressible Kim Zimmer (Oltl, Steamboat), examines how various characters recount significant events in their life via outfits in their closet. Topics such as relationships with mothers, sisters, husbands, weight gain, aging, illness, financial struggles, mothering, and even Madonna, are all touched upon through the lens of clothes worn at certain landmarks. There are moments of levity (frequently provided by Zimmer, Tony nominated Orfeh, and 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden), moments of nostalgia and sentimentality,
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We Love Soaps TV 2.34 Love, Loss, and Zimmer, Rhoades, Orfeh

On Episode 2.34 of We Love Soaps TV, Damon L. Jacobs attends the opening night party for Love, Loss, and What I Wore's current cast which includes Kim Zimmer, Barbara Rhoades and Orfeh. The show is an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. Zimmer offers scoop on One Life To Live, who inspired her executive producer character on Steamboat, her new book ("I'm Just Sayin': Seven Husbands, Three Deaths and a Clone - My Life as a Daytime Diva" out August 2nd) and previews the show. Rhoades remembers being fired from Generations, while Orfeh explains why this collection of stories is perfect for soap fans.

If you are in the New York City area and would like to be in the audience during a taping of a future episode of We Love Soaps TV, email us at audience@welovesoaps.net and we will keep you posted on our upcoming schedule.
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Come See Kim Zimmer's "Love, Loss" In NYC

More great discounts for theater fans in the New York City area!

Guiding Light and Santa Barbara alum, and current One Life To Live actress Kim Zimmer, will appear in the next cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre in New York City from February 16 through March 20, 2011.

Here is a link with the offer for Kim's fans

http://www.darylrothproductions.com/loveloss/kim

Use code LLSKZ75 to purchase tickets for $45 for performances February 16 to March 20, 2011.

Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, with its starry rotating cast and compulsively entertaining subject matter, is the toast of Off-Broadway. Entering its second smash year at the Westside Theatre, this intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Karen Carpenter and produced by Daryl Roth, is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. Like the book,
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