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Today in Soap Opera History (November 14)

1984: Oltl's Asa wanted to stop Bo from marrying Didi.

1984: Dominic's identity was revealed on Santa Barbara.

1995: The gold balloon wedding of Oltl's Todd and Blair.

2000: AMC's Erica had Libidozone sex with David."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.

On this date in...

1952: Jone Allison aired for the final time as Meta Bauer on The Guiding Light.

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike (John Larkin) and Marceau (Carl Frank) arrived at the garage, just as Pike (Leon Janney) forced Mary (Anne Sargeant) into the car.

1969: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) was angry when Steve (George Reinholt
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Ennio Morricone Slams Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood And The Us – Or Does He?

Ennio Morricone Slams Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood And The Us – Or Does He?
Update: Ennio Morricone has issued a statement claiming that they got it all wrong in the Playboy Germany interview. He has issued the following statement:

“It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.

I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career,
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‘The Affair’ Season 5 Casts ‘The Square’ Star Claes Bang as Helen’s New Love Interest (Exclusive)

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‘The Affair’ Season 5 Casts ‘The Square’ Star Claes Bang as Helen’s New Love Interest (Exclusive)
Claes Bang has been cast in the fifth and final season of “The Affair” in a recurring guest role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bang will play Sasha Mann, described as a charismatic, A-list movie star who will play an influential role in both Helen (Maura Tierney) and Noah’s (Dominic West) lives in Season 5. As Helen’s love interest this year, Sasha’s minimalistic lifestyle and objectivist way of thinking will influence how she lives her own life in the wake of a personal loss.

Bang had his breakout role in the Ruben Östlund film “The Square,” in which he co-starred with West. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as well as six European Film Awards, including best actor for Claes. It was also nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film. He will be seen in
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Frightfest Halloween 2018: ‘Mara’ Review: Dir. Clive Tonge (2018)

Mara Review: Olga Kurylenko makes her horror debut as she battles a demon who uses sleep paralysis to trap victims.

Mara Review. Image courtesy of Clout Communications.

Olga Kurylenko burst onto the acting scene as Camille in Daniel Craig’s second stint as Bond, Quantum of Solace. Since then, she has undertaken a multitude of roles in many genres, though it has taken her until now to venture into the horror genre. Mara will almost certainly not have been the first horror project sent to her, but it is the first one to bag her. Her interest was clearly peaked by the subject matter: sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a very real condition, one that affects around forty percent of the population at some point or another. It occurs when the person finds themselves in that strange state between sleep and waking. Essentially, it’s like a waking dream, but
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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (Exclusive)

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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (Exclusive)
Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories.

The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini and James Thierée.

Gaumont, which is hosting screenings of the film at Afm, has closed Latin America (California), Germany/Austria (Splendid), Spain (Selecta), China (Suee Media) and South Korea (The Coup/Activers).

Produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Production (“Saint Laurent”), “The Emperor of Paris” has also been sold to Taiwan (Eagle), Switzerland (Ascot), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Athena), Portugal (Lusomundo), Hungary (Media Squad), Poland (Akson), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aqs), Romania (Vertical), former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Baltics/Cis (Central Partnership), the Middle East (Four Star) and Turkey (Medyavizyion).

A French adventurer who became a gangster and then the boss of Paris police,
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Afm: 120dB Film Finance Secures $100 Million in Funding

  • Variety
120dB Film Finance has executed a memorandum of understanding with a New York-based investment management firm for $100 million of financings with 100 loans during its 14-year history.

The company made the announcement Thursday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. Founded in 2004, the company offers gap, presale, tax credit, P&A, bridge, and finish fund loans to independent filmmakers and television producers.

“We are pleased to announce this transition in our business model as we approach our 15th anniversary, and 100th film loan since inception in 2004. Our first transaction under the new facility for Bcdf’s film ‘Can You Keep a Secret,’ based upon the best-selling novel and starring Alexandra Daddario, closed in just over two weeks,” said Stephen Hays, 120dB Films’ founder and managing member. “We look forward to offering borrowers much more competitively priced loans for larger transactions, while retaining the highly attentive service that has been our model from the outset.
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Olga Kurylenko To Star In UK Action-Thriller ‘The Courier’ For ‘Final Score’ Outfit Signature Films — Afm

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Olga Kurylenko To Star In UK Action-Thriller ‘The Courier’ For ‘Final Score’ Outfit Signature Films — Afm
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) is set to star in female-led action-thriller The Courier from Signature Films, the production arm of UK distributor Signature Entertainment, and new UK outfit Rollercoaster Angel Productions.

Kurylenko will play a London courier whose daily deliveries are interrupted when she discovers that her latest package is a gas bomb aimed at the witness of a crime lord’s murder. Director will be Zackary Adler (The Rise Of The Krays). Capstone Group spinoff Blue Box is handling international sales at the Afm.

Producers include Marc Goldberg (Final Score), James Edward Barker (Mara), Andrew Pendergast (An American Exorcism) and Elizabeth Williams (Final Score). Shoot is due to get underway in London in coming months.

Composer-producer Barker of Rollercoaster Angel said, “I’m really excited to be launching my new production company with Zack, and on such an exciting project. It’s also an honor to be working with Andy,
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Olga Kurylenko to Star in Female-Led Action Thriller ‘The Courier’

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Olga Kurylenko to Star in Female-Led Action Thriller ‘The Courier’
Olga Kurylenko will lead a female-led cast in “The Courier,” a London-set action thriller from Zackary Adler (“The Rise of the Krays”).

Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) will play the titular courier, whose daily deliveries are interrupted when she discovers that her latest package is a bomb aimed at the witness of a crime lord’s murder. She then embarks on a race against time to save the target from corrupt CIA agents and Russian mercenaries.

Marc Goldberg (“The Hatton Garden Job”), Andrew Pendergast (“An American Exorcism”), and Elizabeth Williams (“Final Score”) are producing. James Edward Barker (“Mara”) will also produce through Rollercoaster Angel Productions, the new firm he has formed with Adler, who has a pedigree in British crime drama.

The project comes from Signature Films, the production arm of distributor Signature Entertainment. Shooting will take place on location in London and will get underway in the coming months. Blue Box
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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Strikes Gold: Why The Spy Spoofs Bond Outside U.S.

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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Strikes Gold: Why The Spy Spoofs Bond Outside U.S.
Exclusive: Universal/Working Title’s Johnny English Strikes Again crossed the $100M mark at the international box office late last week and now has an offshore cume of $108.6M through Sunday. In North America this weekend, the opening was just $1.6M at a limited 554 sites, but the true domestic market on these movies is really the UK. There, the Rowan Atkinson-starrer has taken $18.2M to date. More play is ahead as the movie looks to become the biggest in the franchise overseas. It will also be the first film in the spy spoof series that gets an official theatrical release in China.

Already, this is Universal’s biggest comedy internationally of the past five years, and the biggest studio comedy of 2018 overseas (Uni also has bragging rights to five of the Top 10 studio comedies worldwide over the past five years). The Johnny English franchise itself has now grossed $431M worldwide,
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Prepare to Lose a Lot of Sleep When Mara Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital November 6th

Prepare to lose a whole lot of sleep when Mara arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital November 6 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Based on famous folklore, the film’s expertly crafted story line tells the tale of criminal psychologist Kate Fuller, who starts to experience the same terrifying symptoms as the victims of an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep. The absolutely chilling Mara will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

From a producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this shock-filled descent into fear. After a man is seemingly strangled in his bed, criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) interviews the sole witness, the victim’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. When asked to identify the killer, Sophie says, “Mara.” As Kate digs into the case, she unearths a community of people who
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Johnny English Strikes Again – Review

Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English and Ben Miller as Bough in Johnny English Strikes Again, a Focus Features release.

Let’s get straight to it: If you like Rowan Atkinson’s loopy parody of James Bond, Johnny English, you’ll have fun with Johnny English Strikes Again, the third in the comedian’s series. If not, or you don’t care for Rowan Atkinson’s style of physical humor, particularly his “Mr. Bean” character rather than the one in the BBC show “Black Adder,” Johnny English Strikes Again won’t change your mind. There you have it.

If you are still with me now, there is a lot of fine, typically silly low-comedy fun, of the type in which Atkinson excels, in Johnny English Strikes Again. This time, Atkinson not only mocks the whole James Bond super spy franchise, but the fact that the James Bond character is so dated at this point.
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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Film Review: Rowan Atkinson’s Third 007 Spoof is Shaky, Not Stirring

  • The Wrap
Despite the halfhearted mystery propelling its plot, the primary question that floats above “Johnny English Strikes Again” is … “Why?”

It is true that its two predecessors — “Johnny English” and “Johnny English Reborn” — did remarkably well overseas. (Americans remained flatly immune.) So clearly, there are still loyal Rowan Atkinson fans out there. But if you’re determined to recycle one of his characters over and over, wouldn’t the beloved Mr. Bean or Blackadder make more sense than a James Bond parody made up for British credit card ads? At the very least, doesn’t he, and don’t his fans, deserve better material?

What’s particularly disappointing about this effort is the amount of talent wasted. In addition to the always-game Atkinson, we’ve got accomplished BBC comedy director David Kerr (“That Mitchell and Webb Look”) and screenwriter William Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”). And also, rather curiously, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.
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Bo Report: Dazzling debut for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga in ‘A Star is Born’

A Star is Born.’ (Photo: Warner Bros)

While Hollywood films usually open day-and-date in Australia, staggering the release here can a smart tactic, and so it proved last weekend for A Star is Born.

Warner Bros’ musical romance took $42.9 million in its first weekend in the Us three weeks ago, an impressive figure that was dwarfed by Sony’s unforeseen blockbuster Venom, which grabbed $80 million.

Avoiding that head-to-head confrontation in Oz paid off handsomely as the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga movie had a stellar debut, WB’s biggest of the year so far.

Meanwhile romantic comedy Badaai Ho drew plenty of Bollywood fans and Lorna Tucker’s biopic Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist and Ukrainian dark comedy Donbass failed to cut through.

Stephen McCallum’s crime drama 1% had a modest start but is already a big success commercially, with sales to the Us and more than a dozen major markets,
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Johnny English Strikes Again Music Video Teams Olly Murs, Snoop Dogg and Rowan Atkinson

Johnny English Strikes Again is getting ready to strike the states. And Olly Murs has released the music video for new single "Moves." The song appears on the film's soundtrack and features rapper Snoop Dogg. The music video sees Murs sneak into a fancy night club underdressed and looking rather nerdy. However, he meets Rowan Atkinson's undercover Johnny English at the bar who gives him a drink that changes his appearance, winning over a girl with his moves and new clothing.

"Moves" was written by popstar Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, and it's a slick pop song with hooks for days that is perfectly suited for the voice of Olly Murs. While Snoop Dogg is on the track, he only comes on for a bit during the intro and then again at the end of the song. The track is featured during the credits for the upcoming Johnny English Strikes Again,
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, 2018.

Directed by Terry Gilliam.

Starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, and Joana Ribeiro.


Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.

Terry Gilliam’s legendary, two-decades-in-the-making epic has finally been completed, and while it stings a little that one can’t lavish more effusive praise on the end product, it’s at least nice to be in a world where this film actually exists. For everyone who complains that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote doesn’t make a lick of sense, there will surely be someone who asks – does it have to?

Shirking a straight adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel in favour of a far more ambitious – and yes, sloppier – effort, Gilliam
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Bo Report: Soft launch for ‘First Man’ while ‘In Like Flynn’ misfires

‘In Like Flynn.’

Universal’s First Man has an Academy Award-winning director in La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, an Oscar-lauded writer in Spotlight’s Josh Singer and stars two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.

But that combination did not catapult the Neil Armstrong biopic to great heights in Australia, the Us or 20 other markets last weekend.

Meanwhile Sony’s Venom easily retained the top spot while Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale opened better here than in the Us, which isn’t saying much, and Umbrella Entertainment’s Errol Flynn biopic In Like Flynn flopped.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Thomas Cocquerel as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas and David Wenham, the action-adventure took just $22,000 from limited sessions on 69 screens and $38,000 including previews.

The MA15+ rating caused by the violent opening sequence in Papua New Guinea, which is at odds with the rollicking,
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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Review: Rowan Atkinson’s Latest Bond Parody Isn’t Even as Funny as Spy Movies It’s Spoofing

Like the monarchy, the metric system, and the inexplicable desire to refer to Madonna as “Madge,” the “Johnny English” franchise is one of those British things that’s never really made it across the Atlantic. Hatched from an ad campaign that remains considerably funnier than any of the feature comedies that have derived from it, these doddering James Bond spoofs are reliably massive draws on the other side of the pond, but American moviegoers don’t seem to have any interest in seeing Rowan Atkinson wreak havoc as a braindead spy who always manages to save the day. If nothing else, the limp and lifeless “Johnny English Strikes Again” serves as final confirmation that America was right to reject these moldy imports — consider it a pyrrhic victory for our paranoid new border policies.

More of the same, but also just a little bit less, “Johnny English Strikes Again” may not
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Bo Report: ‘Venom’ defies the critics while ‘Ladies in Black’ stays strong

Venom’ (Photo credit: Ctmg)

The critics hated Venom, blasted by Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers as a “puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel” and the worst Marvel film of the year, and by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as clumsy, monolithic and fantastically boring.

Audiences must be watching a different movie as the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man spin-off starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed smashed October opening weekend records worldwide last weekend.

Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black clearly is benefiting from repeat business in its third weekend while Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga advanced to $128,000 including festival screenings after taking $16,000 in its second weekend on 10 screens.

Paramount released Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups direct to home entertainment in the Us but gave it a theatrical run here as an alternate content release.

Transmission’s The Seagull didn’t fly while of the limited releases Madman Entertainment’s American Animals
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Close Up: Olga Kurylenko

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Take a look at new images of actress Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum Of Solace"), wearing Bulgari, Graff and a whole lot more, photographed by Marcin Tyszka:

Kurylenko, a former model, started her acting career in 2005, playing 'Nika Boronina' in "Hitman" (2007), followed by the role of 'Bond' girl 'Camille Montes' in "Quantum of Solace" (2008).

She starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's "Momentum" (2015), Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" (2012), "Oblivion" (2013), "The Water Diviner" (2014) and the upcoming comedy feature "Johnny English Strikes Again" (2018).

New films in post-production include "The Room" (2019) and "The Bay Of Silence" (2019).

New films in pre-production include "Empires of the Deep", "Android" and "Radiant".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Olga Kurylenko...
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Arrow Video FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2018 event

Arrow Video FrightFest unleashes an intoxicating six-pack of horror, sci-fi and fantasy for their popular Halloween all-day event, now at the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 3rd November. The 12-hour monstrous marathon embraces four continents and includes two world premieres and four UK premieres

The day kicks off with Julian Richards’ latest chiller Reborn, a Carrie for the Z Generation, starring the First Lady of FrightFest, Barbara Crampton, and featuring a stunning performance from rising newcomer Kayleigh Gilbert. Richards, famous for The Last Horror Movie, is with us for this World Premiere screening. Next up is the UK premiere of Parallel, director Isaac Ezban’s first English language horror fantasy after The Incident and The Similars. Be prepared for an ingenious killer alternate-universe concept, pitch-black thrills and a top-notch cast including Brit-star Georgia King. You’ll definitely keep your eyes wide open for the UK premiere of Mara, Clive Tonge
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