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Today in Soap Opera History (September 11)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Jack visited Sister Mary Joel.

1984: Santa Barbara's Jade ran into David Hasselhoff.

1986: Another World's Reginald had a fire started to stop a story.

2003: The Young and the Restless' John punched Victor."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1941: On radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful, "Chichi" Conrad (Alice Reinheart) coped with heartbreaking news.

1967: CBS aired the first color broadcast of The Secret Storm.

1972: The Edge of Night began airing at 2:30 p.m. Et, moving from its usual 3:30 p.
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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Final Season Trailer: Welcome to 1985, and Porn on VHS (Video)

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HBO released the trailer for its eight-episode third and final season of David Simon’s porn drama, “The Deuce” on Thursday.

Welcome to 1985. Here’s what’s going down this decade:

Season 3 of “The Deuce” brings us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of “The Deuce” brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.
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‘Breakthrough’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

The incredible and inspirational story of Joyce Smith and her son's miracle is coming to home video this July.

Fox Home Entertainment has announced plans to bring Breakthrough to Digital on July 2nd. A Breakthrough 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD versions are slated for a July 16th release.

Breakthrough is based on Joyce's book The Impossible that is based on her own story of what happened in January 2015. Her adopted son, John, had fallen through thin ice and remained underwater for approximately 15 minutes.

Doctors were ready to declare John (Marcel Ruiz) dead after 43 minutes without a heartbeat, but Joyce (Chrissy Metz) continued praying and he was resuscitated after 45 minutes. In short it was a medical miracle, and Joyce maintains it was an act of God.

The following bonus features will be available on all home video formats of Breakthrough.

A Tapestry of Miracles: Making Breakthrough

“Carry My Soul” Phil Wickham Deleted Scene,
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Female Directors Are Finally Landing Big-Budget Gigs, But The Fight For Industry Inclusivity Is Far From Over — Deadline Disruptors

Female Directors Are Finally Landing Big-Budget Gigs, But The Fight For Industry Inclusivity Is Far From Over — Deadline Disruptors
At last, women are directing tentpole features, an arena in which they’ve historically been sidelined. The big comic book franchises are on board too, finally hiring from the plethora of talented women in the industry. Cathy Yan and Ava DuVernay are helming two of DC Films’ upcoming blockbusters for Warner Bros., Birds of Prey and New Gods respectively. Meanwhile, Marvel has Cate Shortland directing Black Widow and Chloé Zhao helming The Eternals, as Gina Prince-Bythewood develops Silver & Black for Sony. And Disney has Niki Caro directing the live-action remake of Mulan.

But despite that encouraging list, true gender parity remains elusive, and the women in those big-name jobs aren’t going to be satisfied with just their own successes—they want the odds to be even for all women in the field, disrupting the status quo and blazing a trail for future female storytellers.

“I am seeing a definite shift,
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Movie Review – Breakthrough (2019)

Breakthrough, 2019.

Directed by Roxann Dawson.

Starring Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Josh Lucas, Rebecca Staab, Lisa Durupt, Alissa Skovbye, Isaac Kragten, Marcel Ruiz, Nikolas Dukic, Travis Bryant, Sam Trammell, and Dennis Haysbert.


When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

For those of you site regulars who have followed along with the endless output of reviews I crank out here, you might have noticed I rarely subject myself to evangelical Christian faith propaganda flicks, with the reason being why as simple as I’m not very religious nor do I have anything against anyone that does practice and pray to a deity of their choosing. However, every once in a while one catches my eye mainly because of the cast and the fact that I enjoy supporting actors I like. With that said,
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Breakthrough Review

In January 2015, 14-year-old John Smith was playing with two friends on the frozen surface of Lake St Charles, Missouri when all three of them fell through the ice and almost drowned. Although the other boys were recovered having suffered very minor injuries, John remained submerged underwater for 15 minutes before being rescued by emergency services.

After spending an agonising 45 minutes working to revive him, John was eventually declared unresponsive by a team of doctors and nurses at the local hospital. However a few minutes later, the teenager appeared to come back to life seemingly thanks to audible prayers of his deeply devout mother Joyce.

In Breakthrough, director Roxann Dawson tells the story of John Smith and his “miraculous” recovery in this rather schmaltzy and religiously charged adaptation of a book written by the teenager’s own mother about her experiences.

Starring Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) as the boy’s mother Joyce Smith,
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Breakthrough Interviews: Chrissy Metz, Mike Colter, Dennis Haysbert, Director Roxann Dawson & more

Breakthrough, the Christian drama film is based on the Christian book The Impossible, an account of true events written by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, and is directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Grant Nieporte. The film tells the story of a St. Louis teenager who slipped through an icy lake in January 2015 and was underwater for 15 minutes before resuscitative efforts were started.

The film stars Topher Grace, Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammel, and Dennis Haysbert. DaniElle DeLaite sat down with Chrissy Metz, John Smith, Marcel Ruiz, Mike Colter, Dennis Haysbert, Producer DeVon Franklin and Director Roxann Dawson to talk about the film.

The film is out in the UK on the 17th of May.

Breakthrough Cast Interviews


When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail.
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Review: Breakthrough is a well-intentional divine drama that's deemed a serviceable sermon in its melodramatic miracle

Faith-based Christian films are one of the more readily defined type of subgenres in cinema where the theme is rather self-explanatory in terms of its spiritual foundation. In director Roxann Dawson's divine and soul-searching Breakthrough, there is no doubt about the emotional and psychological padding applied to this absorbing account of one grieving mother's power of prayer being applied as her strengthened tool of hope. Indeed, Dawson's poignant display of healing and salvation are the given ingredients within a captivating narrative extolling its virutues on miracle-inducing happenstance. Unfortunately, faith-based films steeped in Christian doctrine do not have a universal appeal and can sometimes trigger cynicism and disdain for those that feel overwhelmed by its confining preachiness. Still, Breakthrough is warmly inviting for its ability to be honest, moving,...

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Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

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Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters.

La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as one of the most reliable box office draws. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed a combined $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005, according to Comscore. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is expected to crush records when it debuts on April 26.

The Curse of La Llorona” also launched this weekend in 71 international markets, where it collected $30 million for a global start of $56.5 million.
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office
New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” is summoning a $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with Hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% of ticket sales. The R-rated film, budgeted at only $9 million, marked the directorial debut of Michael Chaves, who will next helm Wan’s “The Conjuring 3” at Warner Bros.

Overall, Easter weekend is looking scary bad compared to last year’s Easter frame (down 22%). t’s also the worst Easter frame since 2005. Box office observers feel the low numbers are simply a result of auds holding out for the “Avengers” next weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” held strong in second place with a $17.2 million outing. The Zach Levi-starrer has now collected $120 million in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Fox
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Chrissy Metz Releases Her First Music Video! Actress Walks on Water in Breakthrough-Inspired Story

Chrissy Metz Releases Her First Music Video! Actress Walks on Water in Breakthrough-Inspired Story
Chrissy Metz has given another stunning performance of her single “I’m Standing with You.”

On Friday, the This Is Us star, 38, released her first music video on her YouTube channel, which serves as the visual accompaniment for her track from the film Breakthrough, which Metz also stars in.

In the video, Metz, who stands strong on a stage eclipsed by water, belts out the emotional lyrics to the original song, which was written by 10-time Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren.

Later joined by a gospel choir, Metz walks across the stage as scenes from the Roxann Dawson-directed movie interweave,
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Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Conjures $2.8 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Conjures $2.8 Million on Thursday Night
The Curse of La Llorona,” the latest entry in Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Conjuring” universe, conjured $2.75 million from Thursday preview showings, while “Breakthrough,” a faith-based offering from Fox-Disney, brought in $1.5 million from its second day of screenings.

La Llorona’s” haul tops recent horror counterparts “Pet Sematary” and “Escape Room,” which each took in $2.3 million in previews.

The two films are hoping to dominate the Easter and Passover holiday box office, but they face stiff competition from “Shazam!,” the tongue-in-cheek superhero flick that has topped charts for two weekends in a row. The domestic haul of “Shazam!” stands at $104 million.

Breakthrough,” which is the first 20th Century Fox film to be released by Disney since it wrapped its deal to buy most of the studio’s assets, already got a jump on the weekend, opening on Wednesday. It is expected to earn between $13 million to $20 million from 2,700 theaters
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Box Office Scares or Prayers? ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Battles ‘Breakthrough’ on Easter Weekend

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Box Office Scares or Prayers? ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Battles ‘Breakthrough’ on Easter Weekend
With Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” gearing up to obliterate box office records, the rest of Hollywood is laying low on the film front.

“Endgame,” a culmination of sorts for the comic-book empire’s film saga, is expected to suck all the oxygen out of other movie theater auditoriums when it launches on April 26. For the most part, studios shied away from major releases even before Avengers in fear that rival movies could struggle to recoup ticket sales beyond opening weekend.

However, there was at least one studio brave enough to take on Disney, and that is, well, Disney. The Magic Kingdom is launching two movies this weekend, most notably, “Breakthrough,” the studio’s first Fox title since completing its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney also has “Penguins,” a documentary from the Buena Vista company’s Disneynature label. Both titles are getting a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday.
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Will ‘Breakthrough’ Continue the Box Office Resurrection of Christian Films?

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With “Unplanned” still performing well at the box office, the recent hot streak for Christian films could continue with Roxann Dawson’s “Breakthrough,” which is hitting theaters tomorrow ahead of Easter weekend

Breakthrough” tells the story of a married couple (Chrissy Metz and Josh Lucas) who rely on their faith to pull through after their son falls through a frozen lake and ends up in a coma. The film is also a historic one for the film industry, as it will be the first film released by 20th Century Fox under ownership of Disney, which completed its acquisition of the 83-year-old studio last month. It will be one of the final films released through Fox 2000, which Disney is shutting down after it completes the release of its remaining films.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Still Flies High at Box Office With $25 Million 2nd Weekend

Prior to the completion of last month’s merger with Disney,
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Will ‘Shazam!’ Be Cursed By ‘Llorona’ Over Easter Weekend? – Box Office Preview

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For the first time since 2014, Easter won’t have a huge multi-quadrant event film opening and dominating this weekend, and as we explained last week, that’s due to Disney dating Avengers: Endgame on the calendar next Friday.

The Russo Brothers-directed Marvel film is expected to be one of the five highest grossing pictures of all-time, not adjusted for inflation, and as such rival studios have opted to hold back any tentpoles over this lucrative holiday weekend when kids are off from school, and not play in front of Endgame. Instead studios are pushing out non event titles, geared at one or two demos. This despite the fact that the theatrical marketplace has demonstrated many times that two event pictures can perform simultaneously, even outside of summer. According to ComScore 74% K-12 schools and 29% colleges are on break Good Friday, moving respectively to 37% and 8% by Monday.

New Line will wind up
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Breakthrough – Review

The hardest thing for any parent is watching your child suffer and knowing there is little you can do to help. The new faith-based drama Breakthrough is at its best when capturing that gut-wrenching dilemma. A true story, Breakthrough tells of 14-year old John Smith (Marcel Ruiz), who fell through the ice on a frozen lake and was submerged over 15 minutes before being rescued. For the next 45 minutes, he was treated with CPR at the scene, on the ambulance, and the emergency room with several attempts with a defibrillator. It was not until the desperate prayers of his mother Joyce (Chrissy Metz ) that the boy would regain a heartbeat. Flown to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, every diagnosis for the next few days from the medical team led by Dr. Garrett (Dennis Haysbert) predicted John wouldn’t regain normal functions – if he even survived.

Chrissy Metz does
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‘Breakthrough’ Film Review: Faith-Based Saga Freezes Out Deeper Analysis

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‘Breakthrough’ Film Review: Faith-Based Saga Freezes Out Deeper Analysis
In journalism, there’s a term called “burying the lede” in which the writer stresses a secondary story and postpones the more essential facts and narrative. Sometimes it can work to the article’s favor, but it’s pretty rare. Roxann Dawson’s feature directorial debut “Breakthrough” buries the lede so much that it sacrifices the potential of reaching non-believers in favor of a narrative that is shallow and, despite being based on a true story, woefully uninspiring.

John Smith is a regular 14-year-old: He’s a star on his basketball team, listens to pop music, crushes on a girl in his Missouri small town and goofs off with his friends. He is deeply loved at home but is plagued with feelings of being unwanted by his birth parents, no matter how much his adoptive mother, Joyce (Chrissy Metz), and father, Brian (Josh Lucas), shower him with affection.

Joyce is
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Wamg Attends the Breakthrough Tribute to the Film’s Subject John Smith at the Lake Where He Almost Drowned

Breakthrough is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction.

Applauded by the first responders who worked to rescue him, John Smith made his way to the stage in front of Lake Saint Louis on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Lake St. Louis, where he was introduced as the young man who was saved four years ago after falling through the ice. There was a proclamation by the mayor of Lake St. Louis and many of the principals spoke. They gathered to celebrate his rescue, miraculous recovery, and the movie Breakthrough,
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Chrissy Metz Gets Support From 'This Is Us' Costars at Premiere of Movie Star Debut 'Breakthrough'

Just hours after Disney outlined its plans for streaming service Disney+ on its Burbank campus, the company's first post-Fox-acquisition film premiered across town in Westwood. Breakthrough, the based-on-a-true-story tale about how the power of prayer helped a mother after her son suffered a tragic accident, was produced by Fox 2000 and Franklin Entertainment, but ultimately wound up as a Disney release.

"To be honest, that doesn't touch me at all. It's something I read in the papers," director Roxann Dawson told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet outside the Westwood Village Regency Theater on Thursday ...
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Why ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Could End Up Performing at the Next Oscars

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Why ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Could End Up Performing at the Next Oscars
Chrissy Metz made her live-singing debut on Sunday when she performed “I’m Standing With You” from her new movie “Breakthrough.”

Was that just a step on her way to performing at the Oscars?

Could be. The song was written by 10-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren.

“They said Chrissy had to sing it and I was like: ‘Oh, God! She’s an actress. Actresses can’t sing,’” Warren recalled on Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie. “I said: ‘Let’s get a superstar. Get Carrie Underwood. Get Kelly Clarkson. Get Celine.’” In the end, however, Warren was singing the star’s praises: “I was f—ing blown away and I was like: ‘Now I don’t want anybody on this but you because you’re awesome.’”

“Breakthrough” is a faith-based film inspired by a mother who says the power of prayer helped bring her son back to
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