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Today in Soap Opera History (February 2)

1968: The Doctors' Liz was on a ledge, and on the news.

1977: David Hasselhoff performed the Y&R theme song on Merv.

1995: Oltl's Viki had an emotional confrontation with Dorian.

2006: Gh's Port Charles faced an encephalitis outbreak."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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1955: On The Road of Life, Sybil Overton (Barbara Becker) became upset
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The Merv Griffin Show, Van Dyke and Company: getTV Celebrating Lucille Ball's Birthday

August 6th marks Lucille Ball's 106th birthday and getTV is celebrating. Recently, the network announced they are airing a marathon of TV shows featuring Ball in honor of the I Love Lucy star's birthday.The special event will include episodes of The Merv Griffin Show and Van Dyke and Company that feature Lucille Ball, her family, and her friends. The marathon kicks off on getTV on August 6th at 10 p.m. Et.Read More…
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Looking Back at the Intriguing Life of Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor

Looking Back at the Intriguing Life of Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor
Long before the Kardashians captured the public's imagination, three sisters from Hungary established that you can become famous just for being famous, with only a dash of acting ability and a whole lot of personality. And with her mellifluous moniker, glittering glamour, multiple marriages and bawdy bon mots, Gabor fully embodied and embraced the role of Hollywood royalty.

All the "daahlings," décolletage and drama were carefully calculated, creating both an air of majesty and mystery that made Gabor irresistible to men, women and the gossip pages, catapulting her past sisters Magda and Eva to a level of fame that allowed her to draw headlines into her 90s.

"I'm a very serious person," Gabor said in a The New Yorker profile decades ago. "I couldn't have built up this idiotic image of myself all these years if I hadn't been serious." Born in Hungary in 1917 as Sari Gabor (although she went out of her way to obfuscate her age
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Karen Morrow

For over fifty years, the big, belt voice of Karen Morrow has been filling theatres and TV screens. While audiences across America will fondly remember her numerous appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, it is her live appearances on Broadway, blasting the roof of numerous theatres, that epitomize Karen Morrow. Joining Rob amp Kevin via phone, Karen reminisces on how she became known as 'the flop queen', what it was like to share the spotlight with Buddy Hackett, and how she counted Ethel Merman among her biggest fans.
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Chimes at Midnight

Fans that lament Orson Welles' many career frustrations will flip over this Spanish-filmed masterpiece. Not well distributed when new and Mia for decades, its serious audio problems have now mostly been cleared up. It's great -- right up there with Kane and Touch of Evil, and it features what is probably Welles' best acting. Chimes at Midnight Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 830 1966 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Falstaff, Campanadas a medianoche / Street Date August 30, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Norman Rodway, Marina Vlady, Walter Chiari, Michael Aldridge, Tony Beckley, Alan Webb, José Nieto, Fernando Rey, Beatrice Welles, Ralph Richardson. Cinematography Edmond Richard Film Editor Fritz Mueller Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Produced by Alessandro Tasca Directed by Orson Welles

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's even better than I remembered. Sometime during film school I went with UCLA friends Clark
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Cronenberg’s The Brood

David Cronenberg swaps his  venereal ick-monsters for Samantha Eggar's mater furiosa,  an annihilating female who commits her killings as would the villain of a Greek tragedy -- through her offspring. Oliver Reed is the new-age guru of 'Psychoplasmics,' who teaches Eggar to direct her rage in an utterly unique way. The disturbing concept sounds less preposterous when one finds out it was written in response to a brutal divorce experience. Hell hath no fury. The Brood Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 777 1979 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 92 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan, Michael Magee, Robert Silverman, Felix Silla. Cinematography Mark Irwin Film Editor Alan Collins Original Music Howard Shore Special Makeup Jack Young, Dennis Pike Art Direction Carol Spier Produced by Claude Héroux Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Reviewed by
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New on Video: ‘The Brood’

The Brood

Written and directed by David Cronenberg

Canada, 1979

Inspired by his own unpleasant divorce, and the subsequent liberation of his daughter just before his ex-wife was able to take the girl to a California cult, David Cronenberg’s The Brood is essentially an ugly, highly unorthodox custody battle. As the great Canadian filmmaker famously quipped, “The Brood is my version of Kramer vs. Kramer [also released in 1979], but more realistic.”

The Brood is Cronenberg’s sixth feature, coming just after the seemingly out of place Fast Company (1979)—not so very odd given the director’s love for automobile racing—and just before his more exemplary breakthrough, Scanners (1981). It is consummate Cronenberg, with a heady mixture of clinically twisted science and the deep psychological strain that inevitably mars said science with corporeal disfigurement.

With his wife, Nola (Samantha Eggar), undergoing treatment at a facility known as the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics (a Cronenbergian
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October 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 / 1929), The Brood, The Return Of Count Yorga

  • DailyDead
As we get closer and closer to Halloween, the home entertainment releases on Blu-ray and DVD seem to get better and better, as this Tuesday will see the release of several fantastic cult classics and so much more. On October 13th, Criterion Collection is bringing home David Cronenberg’s terrifying masterpiece The Brood to both Blu and DVD and we’ve also got The Return of Count Yorga to look forward to courtesy of Scream Factory.

For those of you who love a good "bad movie," Synapse Releasing has a restored version of the granddaddy of them all, Manos: The Hands of Fate, arriving on both formats this week as well.

Other notable October 13th releases include a two-disc Blu-ray of the 192os classic The Phantom of the Opera, The Gallows, the 2oth anniversary release of Mosquito, Shakma, Tomorrowland, and the high-def debut of Class of Nuke ’Em High 3.

The Brood (Criterion Collection,
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Review: David Cronenberg's "The Brood" (1979) Starring Oliver Reed And Samantha Eggar; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
“Mommie’S Dearest”

By Raymond Benson

David Cronenberg’s horror films always seem to tackle subjects that involve an unpredictable human body and the terror of your consciousness residing inside of it. He explored parasites in his first mainstream picture, Shivers (aka They Came From Within, 1975), and viral “stingers” than grow in a woman’s armpit in his second, Rabid, 1977. The rest of his movies, leading up to the ultimate statement of being trapped in a horrible body, The Fly (1986), all dealt with some aspect of physical or mental transformation. The Brood, released in 1979, fits right in with Cronenberg’s thematic fascination with flesh and blood. And it’s a corker.

Oliver Reed plays Dr. Raglan, an unorthodox psychotherapist who uses controversial techniques that cause his patients to manifest their inner turmoil and anger into visible, bizarre growths on their bodies. One guy sprouts spots. Another man grows a weird
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Watch: Judy Garland and Merv Griffin Are Coming Back to Television

Watch: Judy Garland and Merv Griffin Are Coming Back to Television
From the time it debuted, on CBS, in the fall of 1963, "The Judy Garland Show" featured guests of which Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel could only dream: Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee. The series was, as evidenced by Garland's singing introduction of Barbara Streisand and The Smothers Brothers in the clip below, very much of its time, with swooning, sincere musical numbers and strained comic chatter, and it failed to measure up to NBC's unbeatable "Bonanza." "The Judy Garland Show" was cancelled in 1964, after just one season. Now, the iconic performer of "The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "A Star Is Born" is returning to television, in getTV's weekly block of classic variety and talk programming. On Monday nights beginning Oct. 12, the network will showcase both "The Judy Garland Show," long considered "lost," and "The Merv Griffin Show,"...
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The Brood and Dressed To Kill Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

Fans of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma are in for a treat this summer and fall, as The Criterion Collection will release the former's The Brood and the latter's Dressed to Kill on respective Blu-rays.

The Criterion Collection will release The Brood on Blu-ray October 13th and Dressed to Kill on Blu-ray August 18th:

From The Criterion Collection: The Brood: "A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands
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15 years in the making and ‘I Am Thor’ makes for the most memorable screening at the Fantasia Film Festival

I Am Thor

Directed by Ryan Wise

2015, USA / Canada /Finland / Sweden

Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are often associated with masculinity, aggression, and machismo but even by Heavy metal standards, the artist known as Thor (a.k.a. Jon Miki Thor) is an absolute beast!

The Norse god impersonator, semi-professional bodybuilder, performance artist, b-movie actor, and all-around nice guy is the subject of I Am Thor, an 84 minute documentary by director Ryan Wise which shines some insight into Thor’s wild life and documents his long-running come back. With a music career spanning five decades, Thor is one of the legends of rock-n-roll that not enough people know exists —and hopefully this film will change that. 15 years in the making and I Am Thor is finally here, and totally worth the wait.

I’ve seen some remarkable screenings over my 19 years of attending the Fantasia Film Festival. I’ll never forget the enthusiastic,
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The Criterion Collection announces October Blu-ray releases

Blu-ray distributors The Criterion Collection have announced its line-up for its October releases, which once again include some of cinema’s finest actors, directors and creators. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho and David Cronenberg’s The Brood are amongst the latest list of films to get the Criterion touch.

You can view all the Blu-ray details and artwork below…

My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant, about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narco­leptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search
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Hot Docs Toronto: The Bells – an Intimate Portrait by Jessica Edwards

The Bells was a band known for signature vocal harmonies and the hit songs “White Dove” and “Stay Awhile”. In 1965 South African sisters Jackie and Anne Ralph were performing with their trio in small town Quebec when they first laid eyes on Cliff Edwards and his band. The electricity was palpable. The girl’s manager thought pairing Cliff’s band with the sisters would be a good idea. It was, The Bells was born and tasted spectacular success in the States. They performed on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show and American Bandstand and some of the most prestigious rooms […]
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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here.
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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship

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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship
Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career. In the mid-1950s, at age 23, Rivers ran away from home to become an actress. By 1958, she had decided on comedy. But she auditioned for The Tonight Show seven times - as a favor to her manager's other client, Bill Cosby - before she was put on Carson's show in 1965 as a gag writer. "It was a mercy booking," she told
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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship

  • PEOPLE.com
Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship
Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career. In the mid-1950s, at age 23, Rivers ran away from home to become an actress. By 1958, she had decided on comedy. But she auditioned for The Tonight Show seven times - as a favor to her manager's other client, Bill Cosby - before she was put on Carson's show in 1965 as a gag writer. "It was a mercy booking," she told
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A History Of Repeat Blackface Offenders

There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)

The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three.
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A History Of Repeat Blackface Offenders

  • VH1.com
There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)

The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three.
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TBS To Mark 25 Years of Seinfeld

TBS knows they have a huge event coming up, the 25 year anniversary of Seinfeld. The classic adult comedy about nothing become a massive hit a couple of seasons after it premiered on July 5th of 1989. Now TBS will be celebrating the show that they have kept on air since it ended 16 years ago. Starting June 30th the network will start airing what they consider to be the 25 best episodes in the normal time slot. This will end on July 5th, the actual day marking the 25th series anniversary. Here are the episodes and when they air.

Monday, June 30

6 p.m. – “The Pen” – Jerry accepts a gift his parents wanted him to refuse.

6:30 p.m. – “The Bizzaro Jerry” – Elaine’s soon-to-be former beau has two friends who resemble George and Kramer.

7 p.m. – “The Jimmy” – Jerry suspects his dentist and hygienist are living out their fantasies at his expense.

7:30 p.
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