Aww Heck, Not Yet!

May. 26th, 2017 08:45 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

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 I popped into the Foster Room yesterday hoping to pick up a set of cuties to bring home. There were several sets of mamas with tiny babies and a few teen cats in need of some socialization, but no little orphan kittens for us.

Things have been pretty busy down there so I would be really surprised if our wait was long at all.

Should they arrive today or tomorrow (the shelter is closed Sunday and Monday) I'll pop over here and share a peek.  We'll blast in on the social media too, of course.

I know you're itchin' for kittens -- I'm sorry we'll be waiting just a wee bit longer!  Hopefully, just a day or so. Stay tuned!

Much Ado

May. 26th, 2017 04:22 pm
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Posted by hawkwinglb

Last night I went to a play.

It is the second play I have been to lately. The first, The Elephant Girls, I saw on the recommendation of Amal El-Mohtar while it was showing in Dublin, and that was excellent. This was a showing of Much Ado About Nothing at the Lir Theatre: a friend had got tickets through work and couldn’t go, so she passed the tickets along. So my girlfriend and I stroll along last night up by Grand Canal Dock at the hottest day (so far) of the year, to see the young people of the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art DO SHAKESPEARE.

Wow. What a show.

It was a modern staging and a very high-energy one, at that: Much Ado About Nothing reimagined as the eighties/disco house party from hell, complete with high heels, shirtless men in hot print shorts and fur coats, Claudio lathering Don Pedro in sunscreen, and Beatrice reading Caitlin Moran. It was a small cast: Beatrice, Hero, Leonato (cross-cast as Leonata), Don Pedro, Claudio, Don John, Margaret, and Barachio, whose actor also played the Friar. There was some compression of characters and scenes but it did not detract from the play.

There were musical numbers. Scene changes were signalled by the lights going down and a couple of bars of thematically-appropriate pop music. Leonato cross-cast as Leonata is a change that works really well, and allowed the play to play with the idea of Leonata and Don Pedro having an understanding.

Beatrice delivered her lines amazingly well. She and Margaret, I think, were the best performers in the cast, though I suspect when they have a little more age and experience, the actors who were playing Leonata and Benedick and Don Pedro will be able to bring more presence to their performances. (Leonata leapt in presence once she had some pathos, rather than comedy, to play with.) Don John had little enough to do, but did it really well. And the stage business, the physical comedy, was exceptionally well done.

This staging of the play understood the misogyny that is at the heart of Much Ado About Nothing, and did not seek to minimise it: there is drinking and drug-use shown during the play, and this, juxtaposed against Claudio and Don Pedro’s vile over-reaction to aspersions cast on Hero’s sexual virtue, plays with the hypocrisy that is at the heart of the play. And at the scene break immediately after Claudio and Hero are agreed to be married the first time, members of the cast handed out invitations to the wedding.

Wedding invitation of Hero and Claudio

The text inside the cover?

“Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.”

Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them

There is also a particularly telling bit of business at the very end of the play. All the cast are celebrating – with the exception of a hooded and bound Margaret. The cast exits, all bar Margaret, who is left in the middle of the stage, saying plaintively into the silence, “Hello?”

And then the lights go down.

They understood their Shakespeare enough to stage it well and faithfully and hilariously — and also critique its attitudes at the same time. An excellent play.


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Welcome to Freaky Fridays where paperbacks are still on the racks and they’re full of sexy vampires and the even sexier men in leather trench coats who kill them.

If you thought ‘Salem’s Lot needed more automatic weapons, then T. Chris Martindale’s Nightblood is for you. In the Seventies and Eighties the rugged, emotionally repressed tough guy who was equally comfortable with both guns and lovemaking was the leading man of choice. The hottest ticket in male hunkdom was the Vietnam vet because he’d seen such things that he was basically Rutger Hauer at the end of Blade Runner only he didn’t dye his hair. But after Anne Rice’s slim-hipped, glam vampires took over horror in the mid-Eighties they provided horror writers with a template from which all future leading men would be forged, giving rise to a legion of edgy male leads who were conflicted, tormented about their motivations and, when they confronted their nemesis, were subjected to a speech about how they’re both the same underneath the skin.

Martindale saw that trend and said, “Oh, hell no.” He took Anne Rice’s sensitive vampires and machine gunned them into kibble. He set them on fire. He stuck bombs down their pants. His book’s hero? A Vietnam vet dedicated to avenging evil, wearing a trench coat and toting an uzi. A man as reliable as a divorced dad, roaming the country, parking outside lovers lanes and spying on them from his creeper van to, erm, make sure no vampires were about. Or anything. Instead of doubting himself, he was sure of his abilities to kick ass. Instead of worrying about whether gazing into the abyss would turn him into an abyss too, he worried about making pipe bombs. Instead of carrying baggage, he carried an uzi. Ladies, put on your running shoes because this stud is single!

Like most marriage material, Chris Stiles rolls into the town in a van that doubles as his bedroom. The town is Isherwood, IN (pop. 800) and Stiles is there thanks to his ghost brother, Alex. In what might be the most Dagwood sandwich set-up in horror fiction, Alex was torn to pieces by some evil creature in Central Park (“Where’s your body in the park?” Chris shouts to Alex’s ghost. “All over it!” comes the reply), then he appears to Chris in ‘Nam as a ghost buddy who helps him machine gun a dozen VC, then forces him to roam America, hunting whatever EEEVILLL Alex detects, blowing it away with modified shotguns in the hope that eventually, through the law of averages, he’ll wind up murdering whatever killed his brother, thereby freeing his soul. Now Alex has detected EEEVILLL in Isherwood, and Chris is there to shoot it in the face.

Published in 1990, the shadow of ‘Salem’s Lot hangs heavy over this book, right down to the old Marsten, erm, I mean Danner place, an evil old house that squats on the edge of town being all spooky and unpleasant. When Del and Bart (two rambunctious young whippersnappers) break into the house on a dare, they help release Nathan Danner from where he’s been walled up in the basement. The cadaverous vampire attacks them and not even their nunchuks can drive him back until suddenly a little red dot appears on the evil vampire’s face and:

“There was a muffled burping sound from across the yard…The vampire stumbled backward…a large section of its brow and left eye socket were now gone…the machine gun burped again, and the vampire’s face all but ceased to exist. Each round slammed home with deadly efficiency…sending bone shards and tissue spinning into the air like confetti. Its left cheekbone and eye disappeared completely and part of the jaw with them before the red dot strayed to the other side of its face and spread destruction there as well…Another burst tore through its raised right talon and continued the devastation on the face beyond. “Who are you!” it cried again before its lips were torn away and its sharp, yellow teeth scattered across the steps. It wailed and gagged on pieces of itself as it tried to escape.”

Ladies…let me know when you’re back from your cold showers. As a cop says later, observing Chris Stiles in action, he’s “Superior and strong. A born hunter. A killer.”

He’s also “gruff yet vulnerable, like a lost child, searching for something” and the lucky lady who gets to explore this underaged side of him is Billie, mother of Del and Bart, a diner waitress with a heart of gold and a dead husband. She offers the handsome drifter a place to stay, then asks him about his background which prompts him to basically tell her the lyrics of “Born in the USA.” Then he melts her heart when he says, in his soft yet serious voice, that he’s looking for a special woman, “Someone I could talk to.” When they kiss, it sends shock waves coursing through her body, causing her to arch her back, and startling her with its hunger and honesty.

Then there are vampires. “C’mon you fucking pussy. Let’s see what you got,” Stiles snarls at Danner when he finds him in his hotel room later. After they karate each other, Danner squeezes Chris’s nuts until he passes out. As if the pain in his gonads wasn’t bad enough, when he wakes up Danner gives him the whole “You’re just like me” lecture before declaring that Stiles will drink Danner’s blood and turn into a vampire slave and Danner will administer this blood slurpee through his DICK. “He unbuttoned his pants and reached inside. The thing he took in hand was pale and bulbous, like a slug born to darkness.” Before events can get too M4M, Stiles frees himself, grabs his uzi, shoots Danner in the dong, then tries to decapitate him with an entire clip on full auto. Danner runs away, only to reappear later, looking even younger, listening to Bon Jovi, and dressed in a bright red Adidas sweatsuit.

Full of bright yellow T-birds and chicks dressed up in Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie, this book is from 1990 but it’s Eighties to the Max with Stile’s wicked butterfly knife, his pistol-grip Starlite Scope right out of the Sharper Image catalogue, and red dots from laser sights all over the place. It supersizes ‘Salem’s Lot. Where ‘Salem’s Lot has one dead vampire kid floating in mid-air and scratching at his friend’s window, Nightblood has six. And they’re lugging around their elementary school yearbook crossing out pictures as they eat way through their entire class, like a dim sum menu.

Stiles embraces the mayhem a little too hard, cutting the phone lines and putting up DANGER: PLAGUE signs to keep outsiders from coming into town (“We’ve got to contain this disease,” he barks), then inhaling the scent of the burning town deeply and proclaiming “A battlefield…I’ve come home.” I love the scent of burning vampires in the morning, he practically declares as he races into the final section of the book—Shadow War—with a shotgun in each hand. He teaches the locals to make fragmentation grenades out of shotgun shells the way they once crafted charming dolls out of corn husks, and he keeps blowing up Danner with vampires repurposed into suicide bombers. But the vampires are hard to kill and soon Stiles is holed up in an old folk’s home, keeping them out with black velvet paintings of Jesus and copies of the poem “Footprints.”

Stiles and Danner share a telepathic link but Danner learned to shut down his emotions in ‘Nam so that Charlie couldn’t smell his fear, and that gives him the advantage he needs to bring the war to the vampire king and win a final karate battle against a reanimated skeleton that’s on fire. As the book ends, Stiles is given a vampire-killing katana and vows to keep wandering the land because he wants to keep things mysterious and not get tied down—he has to keep killing monsters for his brother. But Billie uses her womanly wiles to trick him into sticking around, and in that there’s a lesson for ladies everywhere. If your heart is made of gold and you don’t take no for an answer, then you, too, can land a leather trench coated vampire hunter of your very own.

best-friends-exorcism-thumbnailGrady Hendrix has written for publications ranging from Playboy to World Literature Today; his previous novel was Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, and his latest novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is basically Beaches meets The Exorcist.

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Deep in Your ShadowsRating: 4.5 stars
Buy Link:
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Length: Novel


An object has crashed into the lake near the marina that Christian owns. He has an idea what it is, so does the rest of the team, but just who it belongs to is unknown. Three months ago the team was told to stay off the mountain and Christian is restless. Except, this wasn’t the kind of excitement that he wanted. The team needs to make the residents of the village feel safe and stop any rumors. That’s where their boss, Ogden, comes in and he brings his own agents determined to shut out the local enforcement.

This does not go over well with the local sheriff, Myles Murphy. Myles is already suspicious of Christian as the guy seems to land in trouble wherever he goes. Myles can personally attest to this as he has had to arrest Christian in the past. Myles is determined to find out exactly what is going on and he is also determined to uncover exactly why there is no history on Christian, only that he graduated high school, and even that does not add up. Christian is given the task of throwing Myles off track, which is easier said than done. It also doesn’t help that Christian has had a crush on Myles for a while and Myles, well, he doesn’t exactly like Christian at all. Yet, all it takes is a few close meetings for the attraction to flare hot and bright for Myles. But, Christian remains elusive and Myles may not be able to play second best to all of Christian’s closely guarded secrets.

The Village series is a bit addictive in the best of ways. There are the characters and the way they work together and have created a rough outline of a family, and then there is the larger plot that leans toward sci-fi and deals with just what is going on in Singing Bear Village.

Christian was introduced in the first book, Safe in Your Fire, and he was an intriguing character from the start. He’s JT’s ex and while the men still maintain a close friendship, they both know their romantic days together are over. Yet, Christian yearns for that closeness of having someone to share his life with. He’s a bit of mystery, as he has a redacted government file, and his wild child ways are slowly revealed. He has had his eye on the local sheriff for two years now, but it’s hard to date when he has to keep so many secrets and Myles mostly looks at him with disdain.

Myles has never let himself even think about how attractive Christian is because he knows the guy is just trouble. Myles plays the part of the grumpy sheriff well and doesn’t have time or patience for Christian’s antics. The guys aren’t exactly enemies, but let’s just say they have a lot of issues. There is plenty of entertaining dialogue to go around as Christian pushes all of Myles’ buttons to Myles’ complete exasperation. Myles is hesitant to get involved with Christian for several reasons, but mainly because he knows something is going on with Christian and his group of friends.

And there is something going on. Something secretive that has the government involved and Christian and the team thrive on the adrenaline, but then aren’t quite prepared for the danger. One of the true highlights is the character of Baz and he appears here in several extended scenes and steals each and every one.

The book is split between the men building a tentative relationship and then the larger plot that continues on from the first book. Deep in Your Shadows is not meant to be read as a stand alone as the larger plot continues on throughout the series.

With heat between the men, a great group of characters, and a little sci-fi to balance it all out, this series so far is a definite win.

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Posted by Roger Newcomb

What's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of May 29-June 2, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers below to find out.

Monday, May 29
Victor reveals a secret plan; Hilary encourages Juliet to fight back; Victoria puts someone on the chopping block at Brash & Sassy.

Tuesday, May 30
Jack pushes Phyllis' buttons; Chloe resurfaces; Chelsea's world is turned upside down.

Wednesday, May 31
Nick threatens to expose Victor; Ashley hosts a tense family dinner for Dina; Cane makes matters worse with Juliet.

Thursday, June 1
Neil is thrown a curveball; old feelings resurface for Devon and Hilary; Kevin confides in Gloria.

Friday, June 2
Ashley learns more about Dina's relationship with Graham; Abby comes clean with Victor; Sharon surprises Nick.

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What's happening on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful during the week of May 29-June 2, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers below to find out.

Monday, May 29
Saul asks Sally to partner up with him; Thomas gets a second chance at redeeming himself with his family.

Tuesday, May 30
Thomas makes an effort to arrange a reconciliation between the Spectra sisters; Kate threatens vengeance against Quinn.

Wednesday, May 31
Thomas asserts himself as the new boss at Spectra Fashions; Ridge attempts to calm Quinn's fears.

Thursday, June 1
Eric makes an effort to convince Thomas to remain at Forrester Creations; Katie becomes suspicious of what is really going on at the mansion.

Friday, June 2
News of Thomas' business venture is met with mixed reviews; Steffy confronts Sally.

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Posted by Roger Newcomb

The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for May 8-12, 2017. Days of our Lives was only watched by 1.943 million viewers, a new record low. General Hospital also reached a dubious new all-time low, with only 359K female viewers in the 18-49 age demographic. Both shows also reached new lows in the Women 18-34 demo.

On Pop TV, same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless made the cable Top 150 rankings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The Bold and the Beautiful did not appear in the Top 150 during the week. For the latest Pop's soap opera ratings, visit our Pop TV Ratings Hub.

Check out a breakdown below of the daytime soap opera Nielsen ratings by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 4,168,000 (+3,000/-554,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,457,000 (+110,000/-238,000)
3. General Hospital 2,325,000 (-121,000/-421,000)
4. Days of our Lives 1,943,000 (-125,000/-282,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. The Young and the Restless 492,000 (same/-146,000) <—— ties low (2nd straight week) 2. The Bold and the Beautiful 413,000 (+2,000/-108,000)
3. General Hospital 359,000 (-51,000/-106,000)
4. Days of our Lives 291,000 (-37,000/-139,000)

Women 18-34 Viewers
1. The Young and the Restless 111,000 (-2,000/-56,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 97,000 (-4,000/-44,000)
3. General Hospital 74,000 (-23,000/-61,000)
4. Days of our Lives 60,000 (-9,000/-41,000)

Women 25-54 Viewers
1. The Young and the Restless 776,000 (+21,000/-158,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 673,000 (+17,000/-107,000)
3. General Hospital 540,000 (-45,000/-81,000)
4. Days of our Lives 397,000 (-58,000/-143,000)

(via SON)

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the red and black

May. 26th, 2017 04:01 pm
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Posted by deb

For many Junes, this was my favorite cocktail. Yes, I realize that I sound particularly like a weird food writer person and not a person who lives among other people because most normal, sane people do not have a favorite cocktail for each month of the year, even if you agree with me — you do, right? –that a Perfect Manhattan is the ideal way to warm up on the first cold September day and a Porch Swing is the most refreshing way to endure a sulty July afternoon, but hear me out: this is squarely June or the weeks leading up to it because it’s a celebration of strawberries, so we might as well wait until they’re overripe the moment you turn your head and muddle them in a glass.

what you'll need, plus some limes and ice

The core flavor comes from fresh strawberries, black pepper, and lime, a combination I find so likable, I turned it into a popsicle, but at times when you’re not expected to share with kids, you should definitely add some white tequila. The drink was on the menu at Back Forty on Avenue B, an early locavore restaurant that abruptly, and with absolutely no notice, closed and never came back a couple years ago. Like all breakups you didn’t see coming, I’m still a little raw about it. Was it something we did? Something we could have done? But I’m sure they’re not somewhere pouting over us.

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Much Ado

May. 26th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Last night I went to a play.

 

It is the second play I have been to lately. The first, The Elephant Girls, I saw on the recommendation of Amal El-Mohtar while it was showing in Dublin, and that was excellent. This was a showing of Much Ado About Nothing at the Lir Theatre: a friend had got tickets through work and couldn't go, so she passed the tickets along. So my girlfriend and I stroll along last night up by Grand Canal Dock at the hottest day (so far) of the year, to see the young people of the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art DO SHAKESPEARE.

 

Wow. What a show.

 

It was a modern staging and a very high-energy one, at that: Much Ado About Nothing reimagined as the eighties/disco house party from hell, complete with high heels, shirtless men in hot print shorts and fur coats, Claudio lathering Don Pedro in sunscreen, and Beatrice reading Caitlin Moran. It was a small cast: Beatrice, Hero, Leonato (cross-cast as Leonata), Don Pedro, Claudio, Don John, Margaret, and Barachio, whose actor also played the Friar. There was some compression of characters and scenes but it did not detract from the play.

 

There were musical numbers. Scene changes were signalled by the lights going down and a couple of bars of thematically-appropriate pop music. Leonato cross-cast as Leonata is a change that works really well, and allowed the play to play with the idea of Leonata and Don Pedro having an understanding.

 

Beatrice delivered her lines amazingly well. She and Margaret, I think, were the best performers in the cast, though I suspect when they have a little more age and experience, the actors who were playing Leonata and Benedick and Don Pedro will be able to bring more presence to their performances. (Leonata leapt in presence once she had some pathos, rather than comedy, to play with.) Don John had little enough to do, but did it really well. And the stage business, the physical comedy, was exceptionally well done.

 

This staging of the play understood the misogyny that is at the heart of Much Ado About Nothing, and did not seek to minimise it: there is drinking and drug-use shown during the play, and this, juxtaposed against Claudio and Don Pedro's vile over-reaction to aspersions cast on Hero's sexual virtue, plays with the hypocrisy that is at the heart of the play. And at the scene break immediately after Claudio and Hero are agreed to be married the first time, members of the cast handed out invitations to the wedding.

Wedding invitation of Hero and Claudio

 

The text inside the cover?

 

"Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them."

Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them
 

 

There is also a particularly telling bit of business at the very end of the play. All the cast are celebrating - with the exception of a hooded and bound Margaret. The cast exits, all bar Margaret, who is left in the middle of the stage, saying plaintively into the silence, "Hello?"

 

And then the lights go down.

 

They understood their Shakespeare enough to stage it well and faithfully and hilariously -- and also critique its attitudes at the same time. An excellent play.

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Posted by Roger Newcomb


It is time to vote in our new Soap of the Week reader poll! Vote for the daytime drama, actor, actress and couple that were your favorites this week. In our last poll, General Hospital was voted the favorite show by our readers for the 20th consecutive week. General Hospital's Roger Howarth (Franco) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) were favorite actor and actress once again, while GH's Franco & Elizabeth repeated as favorite couple.

You can vote for your favorites below (one vote per person per day). This week's poll closes on Monday, May 29 at 4 p.m. ET.



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Today in Soap Opera History (May 26)

May. 26th, 2017 11:12 am
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Posted by Roger Newcomb

 
1980: Days of our Lives' Marlena was devastated when her son died.
1986: Santa Barbara's Eden faced off with a shark.
1989: As the World Turns' Lily tried to leave Montega.
2004: Days' Marlena was overjoyed to find Abe alive.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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...

1941: NBC Radio soap opera Buck Private and His Girl premiered. The series ran for three months.

1948: On radio soap Claudia, Claudia was late for her train.

1964: On Another World, tempers flared between Liz (Audra Lindley) and Janet (Liza Chapman).

1971: On The Doctors, John and Althea made post-wedding plans.

1980: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Don's (Jed Allan) son, DJ, died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

1983: On The Edge of Night, Jody (Lori Loughlin) wanted to know why the letter from Preacher's (Charles [Flohe] Grant) father upset him so much.



1986: On Santa Barbara, Kirk (Robert Newman) threw Eden (Marcy Walker) to the sharks, and Cruz (A Martinez) jumped in after her.



1989: On As the World Turns, Lily (Martha Byrne) was under duress as she tried to leave Montega.



1993: At the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included The Young and the Restless (Drama Series), David Canary, Linda Dano, Gerald Anthony, Ellen Parker, Monti Sharp and Heather Tom.





1994: On General Hospital, Luke dropped by Mary Mae's with questions about the loaded gun Lucky and Sly found in the Wards' attic and learned that her son Bradley did occasionally arm himself following threats of violence. Felicia told Tony she could never thank him enough for the generous gesture which saved her daughter's life. Sean reported to Mac that the driver of the car which ran B.J.'s school bus off the road was drunk and would be charged with vehicular homicide. Bobbie returned to the brownstone and told Tony he could not run her out of her own home. Monica noticed her breast was tender. Later, she made love with Alan. Damian stopped by Lucy's to tell her he slept with Bobbie as per their bet. Robin learned Felicia and Mac had called things off. Lucy warned Bobbie to show up at her apartment tomorrow night if she wanted proof that Damian seduced her on a bet.



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1999: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) tried to reassure Paulina (Judi Evans), who was on trial for murdering Grant Harrison.



2000: On Days of our Lives, Bo (Peter Reckell) wanted to have a romantic dinner alone with Hope (Kristian Alfonso), but it soon became a family affair.



2004: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) was overjoyed to find out Abe (James Reynolds) was alive, and she hadn't murdered him.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patrick Horgan (ex-John, The Doctors; ex-Arthur, One Life to Live; ex-Neil, Guiding Light; ex-Thatcher, Ryan's Hope; ex-Ansel, The Edge of Night; ex-Anton, As the World Turns) - 88
Barbara Stock (ex-Nicole, Port Charles; ex-Liz, Dallas) - 60
Margaret Colin (ex-Eleanor, Gossip Girl; ex-Margo, As the World Turns) - 57
Robyn Bernard (ex-Terry, General Hospital) - 57
Doug Hutchison (ex-Sebastian, Guiding Light) - 56
Genie Francis (Laura, General Hospital; ex-Genevieve, The Young and the Restless; ex-Dr. Kate, Pretty; ex-Ceara, All My Children; ex-Diana, Days of our Lives) - 55
Tamara Clatterbuck (ex-Alice, The Young and the Restless; ex-Barb, Days of our Lives; ex-Tammy, General Hospital) - 54
Lauryn Hill (ex-Kira, As the World Turns) - 42
Elisabeth Harnois (ex-Sarah, All My Children) - 38
Austin Michael Luciano (ex-Dante, Another World) - 22

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Posted by Roger Newcomb

The results are in from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for May 8-12, 2017. ABC's General Hospital was voted favorite soap opera by our readers for the 20th week in a row.

NBC's Days of our Lives came in second, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless.

The Favorite Couple again this week was General Hospital's Franco & Elizabeth. GH's Roger Howarth (Franco) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) repeated as Favorite Actor and Favorite Actress.

Check out the complete show ranking below as well as the Top 15 favorite couples, actors and actresses.

RANKSHOWLAST WEEKTOP 3
1General Hospital (ABC)1282
2Days of our Lives (NBC)2379
3The Young and the Restless (CBS)3165
4The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)4144

General Hospital's Roger Howarth (Franco Baldwin) was voted Favorite Actor for the 10th consecutive week.

RANKACTORLAST WEEKTOP 3
1Roger Howarth (Franco), GH173
2Billy Flynn (Chad), Days321
3Michael Easton (Finn), GH271
4Ryan Paevey (Nathan), GH41
5Drake Hogestyn (John), Days5203
6Stephen Nichols (Steve), Days130
7Greg Vaughan (Eric), Days-5
8Billy Miller (Jason), GH87
9Freddie Smith (Sonny), Days657
10Jason Thompson (Billy), Y&R76
11Eric Martsolf (Brady), Days90
12Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon), GH100
13Matt Cohen (Griffin), GH-0
14Maurice Benard (Sonny), GH140
15Christopher Sean (Paul), Days150

General Hospital's Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) was voted Favorite Actress for the 10th week in a row.

RANKACTRESSLAST WEEKTOP 3
1Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), GH154
2Marci Miller (Abby), Days26
3Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Days710
4Rebecca Budig (Hayden), GH314
5Deidre Hall (Marlena), Days5214
6Kirsten Storms (Maxie), GH49
7Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Days140
8Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), GH108
9Brytni Sarpy (Valerie), GH90
10Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Y&R80
11Camila Banus (Gabi), Days110
12Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Days-0
13Kelly Monaco (Sam), GH1322
14Finola Hughes (Anna), GH-6
15Chloe Lanier (Nelle), GH-0

The Favorite Couple for the 10th straight week was Franco & Elizabeth from General Hospital.

RANKCOUPLELAST WEEKTOP 3
1Franco & Elizabeth, GH131
2Chad & Abby, Days37
3Finn & Hayden, GH224
4John & Marlena, Days4218
5Nathan & Maxie, GH54
6Eric & Nicole, Days90
7Steve & Kayla, Days100
8Paul & Sonny, Days60
9Phyllis & Billy, Y&R70
10Valerie & Curtis, GH80
11Parker & Kristina, GH117
12Jason & Sam, GH131
13Thomas & Sally, B&B120
14Eric & Jennifer, Days-0
15Victor & Nikki, Y&R-0

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- 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners: 'General Hospital' Named Outstanding Daytime Drama
- 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: 'Days of our Lives' and 'The Bay' Lead Dramas with 5 Wins Each
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Posted by David Williams

One might say that 2016 is one of the weaker film year of this decade, and I have to agree to that. But that doesn’t mean the year lacks cinematic gems that are worth discovering. If you are a film buff who pays attention to new films around the world, it’s not difficult to find some really awesome movies that are not often talked about on mainstream movie sites.

The following 10 movies are carefully handpicked by the author, and some of them are personal favorites of 2016. They are not featured on any “best of 2016” lists you may have read, and hopefully the recommendations are intriguing enough to bring some new fans to these great underseen movies.

 

1. The Unknown Girl (The Dardenne Brothers, France | Belgium)

The Unknown Girl movie

When you are a two-time Palme d’Or winner, people expect you to get the third with your new film. So when the Belgian Dardenne Brothers took their latest film, ”The Unknown Girl”, to compete in last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the expectations were high.

However, the film didn’t win anything and even worse, it became the Dardenne Brothers’ worst reviewed film to date. The criticism focused on the over-the-top performance from Jeremie Renier and the abrupt third act. But you can’t deny the fact that it’s still a top-quality drama.

Like every other film from the brothers, the story draws you in from the get-go, and the camera stays so close to the main character that it puts you in her shoes and invites you to join a investigation full of guilt and redemption.

Adele Haenel, the young actress who plays the leading role, is able to deliver a nuanced performance that make it easy for the audience to see her thoughts and feel her emotions.

A thought-provoking film on the immigration issues in Europe and the untold truth, “The Unknown Girl” is a fine Dardenne Brothers offering you don’t want to miss.

 

2. I’m Not a Serial Killer (Billy O’Brien, UK)

In a nutshell, “I’m Not a Serial Killer” could be one of the coolest and most unconventional serial killer movie you’ve never seen. Take a look at the plot: a teenager who works in his mother’s funeral home is diagnosed as a sociopath and suffers homicidal impulses. He’s fascinated by serial killer cases, and actually witnesses someone being killed by the serial killer that has been around in the town lately. He suspects his neighbor, an old man who looks weak and is very good to his wife, and starts stalking him.

What’s really cool about the movie is the teenager whose obsession with death might remind you of the character Harold in the cult classic “Harold and Maude”. The foggy atmosphere and heavy metal score totally work in such an unsettling thriller. It’s also full of typical British black humor. If you are into serial killer movies, and are looking for something dark and different, “I’m Not a Serial Killer” is perfect movie to watch.

 

3. Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)

graduation

Romanian auteur Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or for his outstanding drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, deservedly shared the Best Director award last year with his latest film ”Graduation”. It chronicles the events after a young girl was attacked and her scholarship to a prestigious British university was jeopardized by that.

In the hands of other directors, the story might be told from the young girl’s perspective, and how her future was affected by this accident. This was not the way Mungiu told it; the director chose to navigate the plot from the girl’s father’s perspective, how he handles this situation by using all the social relationships he has, and how he goes through all mid-life crisis problems during the whole movie. This wise choice of shifting perspective brings us a bigger picture of the whole Romanian society and the dark side of it.

It also asks the ultimate question every parent will have to face someday: when you teach your children the lessons of survival in the society, do you tell them to obey social codes when sometimes it means you can not remain 100 percent honest? The static camera and its deliberate distance from the characters give you the time and space to think these questions.

 

4. Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet, UK | France)

The Childhood of a Leader

Judging from the visual style of the film, one would hardly believe this is actor-turned-director Brady Corbet’s directorial debut. But when you think from another angle, the aesthetic audacity can only come from someone who’s young and ready for something ambitious. It also comes as no surprise that this dark and twisted family drama comes from someone who’s worked with Michael Haneke, who’s so good at making such films.

The film chronicles the childhood of a fascist leader in a period closely following the end of World War I. It’s a great study of how evil is born and in what environment, both political and family, could give birth to dictatorship. It has arguably the best opening and ending of any 2016 movie. The exquisite cinematography and Psycho-like score, aided by superb performances of an ensemble cast (especially the double performance of Robert Pattinson), make the film one of the biggest surprises of 2016.

 

5. The Wailing (Na Hong-jin, South Korea)

South Korean cinema has had this big boom since the beginning of the century, and one of the genres that helped its growth of popularity is the thriller. Though the director Na Hong-jin only made two movies (“The Chaser” and “Yellow Sea”) before this one, both are classics that already gained cult followings. His third film, “The Wailing”, won four major Blue Dragon Film Awards including Best Director, and still holds 99 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie takes place in a small village where a series of sudden deaths occur after a mysterious Japanese man arrived there. Police officer Jong-goo, who is responsible for the case, gradually finds that his daughter is also in danger.

Like all great horror films, “The Wailing” knows how to build up suspense. It introduces characters that constantly give you confusing messages and you are easily affected to make false judgement. In the last 20 minutes, the director uses parallel editing to push this confusion to the highest level, and it’s probably the tensest last 20 minutes you will see in any movie. And boy, isn’t the final reveal of the villain horrifying!

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