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Today in Soap Opera History (March 7)

1980: Days' Tom & Alice celebrated their 50th anniversary.

1980: A train carrying Edge of Night's Draper derailed.

1983: Search for Tomorrow's Liza shot her father-in-law.

1991: The Young and the Restless' Nina shot David."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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1968: On Dark Shadows, Millicent Collins (Nancy Barrett) visited Nathan Forbes and asked him to stay in Collinsport.
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From VHS to VOD #3

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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NCIS: Los Angeles: CBS Series to Pay Tribute to Miguel Ferrer This Sunday

On Sunday, March 5th, the NCIS: Los Angeles TV show on CBS will pay tribute to its late star, Miguel Ferrer, who died of throat cancer on January 19, 2017. The son of Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer, Miguel was also a cousin of actor George Clooney. NCIS: Los Angeles also stars Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, and Renée Felice Smith.According to Variety, episode 8.16, "Old Tricks," will feature Ferrer singing a version of the Bob Dylan song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” Ferrer’s band, the Jenerators, accompanies him in the performance. Guest stars this week include Peter Cambor, Daniel J. Travanti, Martin Mull, Debra Jo Rupp, India De Beaufort, Marsha Thomason, Terryn Westbrook, Mike Erwin, Anzu Lawson, Connor Weil, John Colton, Jeronimo Spinx,
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Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83

Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83.

Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.

The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.

It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum.
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Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83

Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83.

Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.

The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.

It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. Vaughn
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16mm Double Feature Night August 2nd – King Kong Vs Godzilla and St. Ives

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday August 2nd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962)

Lets get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!! In the far corner of Tokyo, weighing in at 127 tons. 407 feet tall. Wearing a rubber lizard suit. He represents the island nation of Japan. He is the slayer of the shipping lanes! The smasher of cities! The self-proclaimed King of All Monsters! The one and only………Godzilla!!!!!! *Applause*. In the other corner wearing the world’s largest ape suit…..he represents the United States.
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Contest: Win Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Double Feature on Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
Time traveling twists and a robot on a rampage hit home media tomorrow with Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. double feature, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of the Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. double feature.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Millennium / Rotor Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 28th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Previous Press Release: “The future is yours with time travel and a killer robot! Scream Factory presents a sci-fi double feature to shout about when Millennium & R.O.T.O.R. come to
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Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.

Two 1980's science fiction efforts from the 'eighties: Millennium is an expensive book adaptation with Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd navigating a time travel story about body snatchers from the future. R.O.T.O.R is direct to video and strictly from hunger. Oh, the agony… However, both films surely have lessons to teach the budding filmmaker who thinks moviemaking is easy. Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date February 23, 2016 / 26.99

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory plumbs the depths of the MGM library, which includes not only the holdings of United Artists, Orion and the old American-International Pictures, but also an alphabet soup of smaller outfits that were bought up in the 1990s. The independent productions seen on this Scream Factory Blu-ray double bill give us two kinds of science fiction properties. One is an expensive Canadian production with a big star, and the other is a
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Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Double Feature Blu-ray Clips & Trailers

  • DailyDead
Time traveling twists and a robot on a rampage will hit home media next Tuesday with Scream Factory's double feature Blu-ray of Millennium and R.O.T.O.R., and we have high-definition clips and trailers from the films.

From the Previous Press Release: "The future is yours with time travel and a killer robot! Scream Factory presents a sci-fi double feature to shout about when Millennium & R.O.T.O.R. come to Blu-ray on February 23, 2016. These two cult classics from the 80s are now finally available for the first time on Blu-ray, in a release including an alternate ending for Millennium.

Millennium (1989)

Leap into thrilling, time-travelling mayhem with Millennium.When safety investigator Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson, Blade) looks into a disastrous airplane crash, he soon makes a shocking discovery – one that will impact the future of humanity itself. The beautiful but mysterious Louise (Cheryl Ladd, Charlie’s Angels) may prove to be the key to
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 7,Episode 13 Official Spoilers,Description Hit The Net

  • OnTheFlix
Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/description for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 13 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Matryoshka Part 2," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty drama-filled and intense stuff go down as Eric gets a taste of field work from Kensi and Deeks. Then we'll see Sam and Anna trying to execute an elaborate plan to free Anna's dad from prison, and more! In the new, 13th episode press release: While They're In Russia, Callen, Sam And Anna Craft A Plan To Break Anna's Father And His CIA Agent Companion Out Of Prison, On Part Two Of A Special Two-part Episode Of "NCIS: Los Angeles," Monday, Feb. 22. Press release number 2: While they're in Russia, Callen, Sam and Anna (Bar Paly) are going to craft a plan to break Anna's father and his CIA agent companion out of prison. Also,
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Round-Up: Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray Release Details, Sable and Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir Teaser Trailers

  • DailyDead
Time traveling twists and a robot on a rampage will hit Blu-ray in February via Scream Factory's double feature Blu-ray of Millennium and R.O.T.O.R., and we have a look at the release details. Also in this round-up: teaser trailers for Sable and Chateau Sauvignon: terroir.

Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray: Press Release: "The future is yours with time travel and a killer robot! Scream Factory presents a sci-fi double feature to shout about when Millennium & R.O.T.O.R. come to Blu-ray on February 23, 2016. These two cult classics from the 80s are now finally available for the first time on Blu-ray, in a release including an alternate ending for Millennium.

Millennium (1989)

Leap into thrilling, time-travelling mayhem with Millennium.When safety investigator Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson, Blade) looks into a disastrous airplane crash, he soon makes a shocking discovery – one that will impact the future of humanity itself. The beautiful but mysterious Louise (Cheryl Ladd,
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The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Double Feature Blu-rays Announced

  • DailyDead
Although it's not the New Year yet, Scream Factory's already gearing up for 2016 by announcing two double feature Blu-ray releases for February 23rd: The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.

From Scream Factory: "More retro double features are planned for blu-ray release in the beginning of the new year! Read on for all the details:

The Curse & The Curse II

- The Curse (1987) Young Zach Hayes' (Wil Wheaton, Stand by Me) life on the family dairy farm is what anyone would expect. Hard work, long hours and the normal family squabbles. When an ice-blue meteor plunges through the midnight sky, Zach sees in hand on their property. Zach and the local doctor discover that something inside the meteor is infecting the local water on their farm. Fruits, which looked perfect on the outside are teeming with worms… and Zach's family is beginning to change…
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Scream Factory Has Your February covered with Double Feature Bluray releases of The Curse/The Curse 2 and Millennium/R.O.T.O.R

I know what I’ll be getting for myself for a late Valentine’s Day gift and we can all thank Scream Factory for that. Today, the gang over at Sf announced Bluray double features of ’80s horror/sci-fi gems The Curse/Curse II: The Bite and Millennium/R.O.T.O.R, with both hitting shelves this coming February (which makes my Valentine’s Day opening make a little sense I guess). Growing up in the ’80s, I was a big fan of all four films, so if you haven’t seen them, get ready for some fun, because they’re all four a lot of fun (especially The Curse/Curse II). While the specifics as far as supplemental material goes haven’t been announced as of yet, we’ve got the artwork and release date (Feb. 23rd) as well as each film’s synopsis and pre-order info below.
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10 TV Series From 1981 To Binge-Watch Now

Ok, so you may have to search hard for some of these TV blasts from the past. But whether you watch them via DVD or catch them through some online streaming site, they are a collection of classic TV series from 1981 that are definitely worth binge-watching now: 1. Hill Street Blues (NBC, premiere: Jan. 15, 1981) Let’s be careful out there! Hill Street Blues still ranks as one of the best police dramas ever made. Set in a fictional police station in an unnamed large city, the series boasted a solid ensemble cast led by Daniel J. Travanti as … Continue reading →

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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Hayden Christensen And Nicolas Cage Soldier ‘Outcast’ To A Limited Weekend Bow: Specialty Preview

Hayden Christensen And Nicolas Cage Soldier ‘Outcast’ To A Limited Weekend Bow: Specialty Preview
The weekend is chalk full of new Specialty releases, though most will likely be low performers in terms of dollars at the box office. Entertainment One is opening Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen starrer Outcast with limited runs and will likely find tepid returns at the theatrical box office, though it may shine in the digital/on-demand space where it will also bow this weekend. Documentary Ballet 422 (Magnolia Pictures), meanwhile, has had solid buzz heading into the weekend and should score well in its niche market. Monterey Media is hoping to have traction with stars Wes Bentley, Vincent Piazza and Amber Tamblyn as it opens 3 Nights In The Desert in theaters and on-demand, while Freestyle Releasing is targeting the rom-com crowd for its debut, One Small Hitch. Other Specialty openers this weekend include First Run Features’ doc The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk And The End Of Apartheid In South Africa,
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Review: “St. Ives” (1976) Starring Charles Bronson And Jacqueline Bisset; Warner Archive Streaming Service

  • CinemaRetro
By Don Stradley

Charles Bronson was 55 at the time of “St Ives” (1976). He was just a couple years past his star-making turn in “Death Wish”, and was enjoying a surprising run of success. I say surprising because Bronson had, after all, been little more than a craggy second banana for most of his career. Now, inexplicably, he had box office clout as a leading man. In fact, Bronson reigned unchallenged for a few years as the most popular male actor in international markets. Yes, even bigger than Eastwood, Newman, Reynolds, Redford, or any other 1970s star you can name. Many of Bronson’s movies were partly financed by foreign investors, for even if his movies didn’t score stateside, they still drew buckets of money in Prague or Madrid. Some have suggested that his popularity on foreign screens was due to how little he said in his movies (there was
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‘Sisters,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and the Complete Series Set of ‘Hill Street Blues’ Are the Best New Releases of the Week

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Hill Street Blues: The Complete Collection Capt. Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) heads up an inner city police precinct with smarts, heart and determination, but even with the best officers at his command the job can be a constant struggle. Of course not all of his cops are quite at that level, and the various dramas they endure and sometimes cause keep the station constantly in flux. One of the most acclaimed TV series of the ’80s, this Steven Bochco-created cop show is the clear precursor to ones like NYPD Blue in its mix of police dramas and personal story lines. Its epic ensemble allows for season-long arcs across multiple characters, and the show does a fantastic job of ensuring that each of the characters get their own moments and episodes to shine
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Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD

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Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD
Late in the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of "Hill Street Blues," actor Joe Spano marvels at the show's impact on the medium. "It's extraordinary," he says, "the repercussions of this 48 minutes of television." The cop drama's co-creator Steven Bochco follows by suggesting, "It's sort of a family tree, and if you look at the branches of the tree, you'll see 25 years of television." Bochco is, if anything, underselling the importance of "Hill Street," which is on the short list of the most influential TV shows ever made. Whether through shared actors, writers, directors or through stylistic and thematic complexity, its DNA can be found in nearly every great drama produced in the 30-plus years since it debuted. The show was only occasionally interested in the legal trials of the criminals in its unnamed fictional city, but the complete series DVD set (it arrives in stores on Tuesday, for
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