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Today in Soap Opera History (July 16)

1981: Alexandra Neil first appeared on Texas as Ruby.

1987: Days of our Lives' Charlotte Ross debuted as Eve.

2001: One Life to Live's Melissa Archer debuted as Natalie.

2004: Kirsten Storms made her last appearance as Belle on Days."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.

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1934: Musical radio soap opera Dreams Come True premiered on the NBC Red network. The show aired three times a week
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Win Genesis on DVD

To mark the release of Genesis on 16th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Prepare yourself for stellar British sci-fi adventure Genesis, as Man battles Machine in a desperate future.

The year is 2069. Mankind has been devastated by a chemical Armageddon. Forced to live underground where the air is breathable, the civilians, led by the charismatic Paul Brooks (John Hannah) survive in dire conditions, starving and pushed into slave labour.

As the civilian unrest grows, the politicians and scientists, led by Dr. Eve Gabriel (Olivia Grant) dedicate all resources to the construction of Abel, a humanoid life- form, and mankind’s last hope. When the powerful A.I. Machine learns its preprogrammed fate, it is up to Eve and Paul to stop the catastrophic consequences as humanity’s future lies in the balance.

Starring Olivia Grant (Stardust), Chike Okonkwo, (The Birth of a Nation), Ed Stoppard
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‘The First Purge’ Film Review: Slow-Burning Prequel Is Potent Political Allegory

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‘The First Purge’ Film Review: Slow-Burning Prequel Is Potent Political Allegory
The Purge” may be the only horror movie franchise that gets more plausible with each sequel. Sure, “Friday the 13th” gave us a Jason Voorhees who turned undead, fought Firestarter, transformed into a mustache-fetishizing bodysnatcher, and journeyed into space, but “The Purge” just keeps peeling back layers.

When the series started, the vision of a dystopian future where all crime is legal in the United States for 12 hours seemed like a ridiculous fantasy. Nowadays, it seems only a few steps removed from actual national policy.

The First Purge,” directed by Gerard McMurray (“Burning Sands”), tells the story of those few steps. The film is a prequel and opens with news footage that we all recognize, of white supremacists in the streets, economic strife, and a nation wholly divided. By the time a conservative president takes the podium and declares, “The American Dream is dead. We will do whatever it takes to let you dream again,
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Joivan Wade Discusses “Relatable” Story Of ‘The First Purge’

Independence Day is a holiday to be celebrated, but fans of The Purge franchise know that certain events come with a deadly price. The First Purge brings us into the origins of this exacting social experiment, as an isolated community in Staten Island are given one night to commit crime sans repercussions. Joivan Wade (EastEnders) [...]

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Exclusive: Joivan Wade on The First Purge & why black British actors head to Hollywood

The First Purge is a film that is enriched by its social commentary, steeped in American culture and politics. But in the centre of proceedings is a younger actor hailing from England, in the form of Joivan Wade, best known to British audiences for roles in Eastenders and Doctor Who.

He’s now crossed the Pond to star in The First Purge, the fourth instalment into a successful franchise that dresses up powerful themes in a survivalist thriller genre. We spoke to the actor about entering into the series and what it was like to be only Brit in the leading cast.

He then discusses why he feels black British actors feel the need to set off to the States to search for roles, pointing a lack of opportunities over here in the UK. He tells us of his long-term plans as an actor, why it’s nice to spread
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‘Love Island’ Star Dani Dyer In Talks To Star In Socially Conscious Thriller ‘O31’

Exclusive: Dani Dyer, star of British reality smash Love Island, is in talks to star in a feature film that deals with race, politics, religion and sexuality from a fledgling, socially conscious production collective. The British actress, who is the daughter of EastEnders and The Football Factory star Danny Dyer, has been lined up to star in O31, from Roccowinks Productions, set up by Joshua Whincup and Miriam Ahmed. It would mark her first leading feature role, having…
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Movie Review – Fractured (2018)

Fractured, 2018.

Directed by Jamie Patterson.

Starring April Pearson, Karl Davies, Louisa Lytton, Jordan Metcalfe and Calvin Dean.

Synopsis:

A couple seemingly suffering relationship issues escapes to a secluded country house for a romantic getaway, but they soon become convinced that they are not alone.

The first half of low-budget British horror movie Fractured plays as a very conventional haunted house story. Rebecca (April Pearson) and Michael (Karl Davies) are fixing a blowout at the roadside while en route to a getaway in a country house miles away from anywhere. They have a bizarre encounter with a creepy dude at a petrol station and, once they arrive, it becomes clear that some sort of force is stalking them. So far, so generic.

However, it’s as this story is winding up for its descent into third act insanity that director Jamie Patterson pulls the rug out from under the audience. A second couple,
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Danny Dyer cuts through Brexit bluster with TV tirade

EastEnders actor and his Love Island star daughter capture the mood of the nation

Who will speak for England in its moment of crisis? The answer this summer, it appears, is actor Danny Dyer, who – with a bit of help from his daughter Dani – is dominating the national conversation.

In a deeply surreal appearance on a one-off evening edition of ITV’s flagship Good Morning Britain programme on Thursday, the EastEnders star – flanked by Piers Morgan, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Pamela Anderson – unleashed a tirade of abuse at the state of Brexit negotiations to an audience of millions.
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‘Girl’s Lena Dunham & ‘Baby Driver’s Edgar Wright Laud Danny Dyer’s Brexit Take As ‘EastEnders’ Star Goes Viral

Girls creator Lena Dunham and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright are among the stars to have lauded EastEnders and Vendetta star Danny Dyer for his frank take on Brexit and the current political climate in the UK. Dyer, a refreshingly honest and misunderstood actor, went viral on Friday morning after appearing on ITV current affairs show Good Evening Britain. Speaking about Brexit, he called Brexit a "mad riddle". "No one's got a clue what Brexit is. You watch Question…
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Dirty Den: how Eastenders' bad boy became the biggest soap star of them all

Leslie Grantham’s Fagin-like portrayal of the Queen Vic landlord brought him immense fame, but his career was undone by scandal

Leslie Grantham, who has died aged 71, had the luck of playing one of the highest-impact characters in TV soap opera, watched by 30 million viewers as philandering crook Dennis “Dirty Den” Watts in EastEnders. But Grantham also had his career disrupted twice by unwanted tabloid publicity.

The scandals that bracketed his time on EastEnders sadly distracted from what a fine TV actor he could be. EastEnders often contained a bit of Charles Dickens – the favourite author of series lead writer, Tony Jordan – and Den became the show’s most Dickensian figure, a modern east London combination of Fagin and Magwitch, trailing sleaze and danger. Jordan and the producers rated Grantham enough to trust him with first the show’s longest-ever scene – a 15-minute showdown with pregnant Michelle – and then a two-hander episode with Angie.
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Leslie Grantham, 'Dirty' Den in EastEnders, dies aged 71

Actor best known for playing the London soap opera baddie has died

Leslie Grantham, the soap actor who rose to national prominence with his performance as roguish pub landlord “Dirty” Den Watts in EastEnders, has died aged 71. The news was confirmed by a representative.

A former soldier with the Royal Fusiliers, his acting career began relatively late in life. Grantham enjoyed two popular spells in the BBC soap, with more than 30 million viewers tuning in to watch a 1986 Christmas Day episode in which his character served divorce papers to his onscreen wife, Angie, played by Anita Dobson.

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Leslie Grantham Dies: British Actor & ‘EastEnders’ Star Was 71

Leslie Grantham Dies: British Actor & ‘EastEnders’ Star Was 71
British actor Leslie Grantham, best known for playing rogue "Dirty" Den Watts on long-running BBC soap EastEnders, has died aged 71. The actor, who also co-hosted the UK version of French gameshow Fort Boyard, appeared in EastEnders from 1985 to 1989 and returned to the BBC One series from 2003 to 2005. He played main character Watt, who was the landlord of the Queen Vic, the pub which serves a the focal point of the soap. During his initial four years, ratings reached up…
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Leslie Grantham obituary

Actor at the centre of some of EastEnders’ most explosive storylines as “Dirty Den” Watts, landlord of the Queen Vic

The actor Leslie Grantham, who has died aged 71, was one of the most written-about British TV stars of the 1980s. As Den Watts, landlord of the Queen Vic pub, he was in the original cast of EastEnders and at the centre of some of the new BBC serial’s most explosive storylines, as it took on Coronation Street in the battle of the soaps. “Everyone thought Den was a lovable rogue,” said Grantham. “He wasn’t evil – he was just Jack the lad.”

Following in the gritty style trailblazed by Brookside on Channel 4, EastEnders began in 1985 with a scene that set its tone and clearly distinguished it from what some saw as the cosiness and comedy of the Street, its ITV rival. “Dirty” Den, Arthur Fowler and Ali Osman
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Leslie Grantham: actor who played 'Dirty' Den in EastEnders dies aged 71

Best known for playing roguish pub landlord Den Watts in the BBC soap, the ex-soldier also spent 10 years in prison for murder

Leslie Grantham, the soap actor who rose to national prominence with his performance as roguish pub landlord “Dirty” Den Watts in EastEnders, has died aged 71. The news was confirmed by a representative.

A former soldier with the Royal Fusiliers, his acting career began relatively late in life. Grantham enjoyed two popular spells in the BBC soap, with more than 30 million viewers tuning in to watch a 1986 Christmas Day episode in which his character served divorce papers to his onscreen wife, Angie, played by Anita Dobson.

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‘Maleficent 2’ Adds Judith Shekoni of ‘Heroes Reborn’ and ‘Ice’ (Exclusive)

‘Maleficent 2’ Adds Judith Shekoni of ‘Heroes Reborn’ and ‘Ice’ (Exclusive)
Judith Shekoni has joined the cast of “Maleficent 2.” The British actress is coming off two seasons of Antoine Fuqua drama series “Ice” for At&T’s Audience network in which she played the female lead, Lady Rah, opposite Donald Sutherland.

Maleficent” was loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, but little is yet known about the sequel. Shekoni will star as Shrike, a character who befriends the titular anti-hero, Maleficent, who is once again played by Angelina Jolie. Filming is underway at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.

Shekoni starred in “Twilight Breaking Saga: Breaking Dawn II – Part 2” as Zafrina, the leader of the Amazonian Vampires. On TV, having started out in the U.K. in series such as “Eastenders,” she has gone on to star in numerous U.S. network shows including CBS comedy “Mike and Molly,” ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters,” and the CW’s “All of Us.” She is
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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Will Be Producing a Series of Films For Young Adults

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's production company called Stolen Picture has launched a new initiative where they will work with up-and-coming writers on a collection of young-adult projects and they are calling it the Righta Incubator. There are already two film projects in development.

The first project is called We Never Sleep, and it's a detective comedy-thriller that will "tackle bullying, justice, morality, mental health and post-Brexit small-town life."

The second one is called Chemistry, and it will be "a fast-paced genre hybrid that will pose questions about what it means to be human as the show follows protagonists on the run for their survival."

There are currently five writers that have been brought on board this Righta Incubator and they include BAFTA-nominated Olly Cambridge (Pls Like), Gemma Copping,, playwright and writer Phoebe Éclair-Powell (Tin Star), comedian Ellliot Steel and Faryal Velmi, who have written a series called Ackley Bridge.
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Pact With Up-and-Coming Writers on Ya Projects (Exclusive)

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Pact With Up-and-Coming Writers on Ya Projects (Exclusive)
Stolen Picture, the production company founded by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, has launched a new drama initiative to work with up-and-coming writers on young-adult projects, with two series already in development.

The first project from the Rights Incubator initiative, “We Never Sleep,” is a detective comedy-thriller that will tackle bullying, justice, morality, mental health and post-Brexit small-town life. “Chemistry,” the second project, is a fast-paced genre hybrid that will pose questions about what it means to be human as the show follows protagonists on the run for their survival.

Pegg and Frost formed London-based Stolen Picture with former Fox Searchlight
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Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Has Rami Malek Rocking Out as Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Has Rami Malek Rocking Out as Freddie Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody has been in development for what seems like forever, so today is a very special day with the first trailer from the biopic hitting the internet. Queen has been teasing the trailer ever since it made its debut at CinemaCon a few weeks ago and yesterday, the band unveiled the first poster of the biopic, which featured Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The poster was then followed with a 10-second teaser of Bohemian Rhapsody that had Queen fans begging for more. Thankfully, the teaser was only released 24 hours before the actual release of the trailer.

The first trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody shows off more of Rami Malek's brilliant Freddie Mercury than we've seen thus far. The previous leaked footage from the set is absolutely nothing when compared to the official trailer. It really is remarkable how much Malek was able to channel the look and energy of one
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Barbara Windsor suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Husband Scott Mitchell reveals EastEnders and Carry On star was diagnosed four years ago

The EastEnders and Carry On actor Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her husband has revealed.

Scott Mitchell said Windsor, 80, had kept the news secret since they were first told four years ago, but that her symptoms had grown worse in recent weeks.

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Today in Soap Opera History (May 5)

1965: As the World Turns spin-off Our Private World premiered.

1985: Days or our Lives' John rescued Marlena.

1992: Another World's Donna and John shared a kiss.

2004: The Young and the Restless' Kevin flatlined."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...

1948: On This is Nora Drake, Bob had disappeared from the hospital, and Nora knew that she was the cause of Bob's unhappiness. Peggy found him in the park,
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