Sunday, December 28, 2014

Soap Opra's 10 Most Famous Baddies!

           

What’s a good soap without those characters we love to hate? There have been countless soap villains throughout the history of daytime, but these 10 unforgettable baddies are in a class all by themselves. Some have come and gone over the years, a few have even made an attempt at redemption, while others are still happily wreaking havoc.

1. Sheila Carter,
‘Young and the Restless’ and ‘Bold and the Beautiful'                  

Sheila was so bad her evil couldn’t be contained on one soap. After a crime spree in Genoa City that included baby stealing, arson, and the attempted murder of her own mother, Sheila fled to L.A. where she murdered her therapist, poisoned her lover’s ex-wife, and hushed one of her cohorts by having him stung to death by a tank of bees. 
 
Although Lauren shot and killed Sheila in 2007, you can never be sure she’s gone for good, even when DNA tests say so. Despite her wicked ways we sometimes hope she’ll be resurrected, but only by her original portrayer, the magnificent Kimberlin Brown.
   
2.  Roger Thorpe, ‘Guiding Light’               
                           
Roger was one of the first soap villains to prove that the most fascinating bad guys are the ones who don’t realize they’re bad. Roger justified all of his misdeeds, from kidnapping his daughter to marital rape to dragging his ex-wife Holly against her will through the jungles of Santo Domingo.
When Roger fell from a cliff and was presumed dead, he was also one of the first to set the rule for dying on a soap: if we don’t see the body, a return is inevitable.                  
   
   
3.  Helena Cassadine, ‘General Hospital’                
      The widow of a mad scientist who tried to freeze the world, was schooled in the art of evil-doing by the master. To get revenge on Luke Spencer for killing her hubby, she made it a life-long mission to rain hell on the entire Spencer clan. She kidnapped Luke’s son Lucky and programmed him to inject his father with a brain-eating biotoxin.

Helena also likes to keep her diabolical plotting all in the family. She poisoned her son and threw him overboard from a yacht, and had her nephew institutionalized and drugged, simply because she didn’t approve of his choice in women.
   
   

                    4.  Stefano DiMera, ‘Days of Our Lives’                    
      With a name like that, how could he be anything but one of soaps’ most devious and dangerous villains? When he came to Salem, Stefano was a crime lord being pursued by number one cop, Roman Brady. Stefano’s desire to kill Roman and his family members was so relentless he became one of the most maniacal villains to ever hit daytime.
   
   Stefano and Roman’s cat and mouse game continued for years, with Stefano eventually kidnapping Roman, holding him hostage, and replacing him with an imposter. Stefano finally moved on from his Roman-fixation. He kidnapped Roman’s son-in-law, held him hostage, and replaced him with an imposter. Old habits die hard.               
   
                    5.  Carlo Hesser, ‘One Life to Live’                    
      This underground drug-trafficking mobster had not a single redeeming quality, but he gets points for creativity. During his reign of terror, he kidnapped sisters Megan and Sarah Gordon and trapped them in Amish Country, and tied Sarah Roberts and Cristian Vega to a raft and sent them over a waterfall. Carlo was last seen in 2008, which means he’s out there somewhere plotting his next move… maybe in Amish Country.
6.  James Stenbeck, ‘As the World Turns’                 
     
James had many enemies in Oakdale, but the two main targets of his wrath were always his arch-rival John Dixon, whom he blinded in a car accident and tortured with a dagger, and the object of his obsession, Barbara Ryan.
During their marriage, James tried to drive Barbara crazy, had her carted off to the loony bin, and, in the ultimate display of affection, trapped her in a bullring with a raging bull.
   7.  David Hayward, ‘All My Children’                    
                   
He may be a cardiac surgeon, but Dr. David is more famous for breaking hearts than mending them. Even the love of Pine Valley’s best women couldn’t save David. He continued to lie, cheat, steal, and spike his enemies’ drinks with a libido-enhancing drug called Labidizone.

In 2010 David faked his death to frame his wife’s true love for murder. The only snag was that his wife was the one arrested for the crime. After recovering from a recent gunshot wound, David claimed he wanted to turn over a new leaf. Yeah, like poison ivy.
  
8.  Vivian Alamain, ‘Days of Our Lives’
     

While many soap villains perform run-of-the-mill schemes like blackmail, stealing babies, and switching paternity tests, Vivian has the distinction of being the only one to bury an enemy alive – twice. First she stuck Carly in a coffin six feet under. And recently, she buried Maggie alive in a sarcophagus so she wouldn’t steal her husband.

Oh, did I mention, she had to relocate her daughter-in-law’s remains to a pet cemetery to create a vacancy in the sarcophagus? Vivian has taken villainy to new depths.
  
9.  Carl Hutchins, ‘Another World’
     

Carl’s passion was counterfeiting, but he also had a penchant for murder and explosives. He poisoned the son of his nemesis, the noble Mac Cory, and detonated a bomb that killed the beloved Frankie Frame.

Carl spent most of his years in Bay City inflicting pain and misery, but found redemption when he fell in love with heroine Rachel Cory in 1994. By the time the show went off the air in 1999, Carl had transformed into a full-fledged good guy.                  
   
10.  Alan Spaulding, ‘Guiding Light’
     

Despite his endless list of crimes against almost everyone in Springfield, Alan always had a misguided love for his children and grandchildren, and claimed his criminal activity was done in the name of family. He shot his son, gaslighted his sister, and had his granddaughter’s baby daddy run down – which resulted in the death of an innocent girl.

Although Alan faked two heart attacks, ironically his heart gave out in the end after he elected to go through a risky surgery to save his son Phillip. For most of his life, Alan was as rotten as they come, but he is one of the few villains who died with dignity.
   

The 80 Greatest Soap Opras of All Time


The Greatest Soap Operas of All Time

From daytime to primetime, soap operas have been a staple of television since Faraway Hill first aired in 1946. However, it wasn’t until the 50s that soaps really took off. Many of the most popular soap operas from the 50s first began as radio programs. For the next 6 decades, soap operas ruled the airways during both daytime and primetime, becoming obsessions for millions of people. Many of these soap operas spanned decades, introducing many new characters and twisty plots all the time.
 
(top: All My Children)
Many soaps dealt with the same types of settings. "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital," and "The Doctors" were all set in hospitals, while many other popular soaps like "Dallas" and
"Dynasty" (top picture above) surrounded the lives of wealthy families. There were also a few supernatural soap operas over the years, such as "Dark Shadows," "Passions," and "Port Charles."
(Below: Dallas: the Next Generation) 
 
"As the World Turns ," FOR 16 YEARS! "Another World", for 5 years! and  NOW "The Young and the Restless" the highest rated soaps for 27 years and running!" "The Bold & the Beautiful" #1 serial in the World over 20 years!"Primetime soaps, airing only once a week, have become incredibly popular as well.
 
What are the very Best Soap Opras ever? This list of the best soap operas of all time has been ranked by the community. The votes for the greatest soap operas below from the New York Times few weeks ago and see how the soaps you think are great rank.
 
1.   DALLAS
2.   DYNASTY
3.   THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
4.    KNOTS LANDING
5.   THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

6.    FALCON CREST
7.   GUIDING LIGHT
8.    PEYTON PLACE
9.   AS THE WORLD TURNS
10. GENERAL HOSPITAL
11.  DAYS OF OUR LIVES
12.  ANOTHER WORLD

13.  EASTENDERS
14.  CENTRAL PARK WEST
15.  ALL MY CHILDREN
16.   SEARCH FOR TOMORROW
17.   CAPITOL
18.  SANTA BARBARA
19.  DALLAS: THE NEW GENERATION

20.  FLAMINGO ROADS
21.  THE DOCTORS
22.  DOWNTON ABBEY
23.   SAVANNAH
24.   BERRINGER'S
25.   BRIGHT PROMISE
26.   FASHION HOUSE
27.   LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING
28.   OUR PRIVATE WORLD
29.   BARE ESSENCE
30.   A WOMAN TO REMEMBER
31.   PAPER DOLLS
32.   THE SECRET STORM
33.   CORONATION STREET
34.   HOME AND AWAY
35.   NEIGHBOURS
36.   GREY'S ANTAMONY
37.   DARK SHADOWS
38.   DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES 
39.   BERVELY HILLS, 90210
40.   PASSIONS
41.   RYAN'S HOPE
42.   GOSSIP GIRLS
43.    LOVE OF LIFE 
44.    THE COLBYS  (below)
45.    ONE LIFE TO LIVE
46.    PACIFIC PALISADES
47.    THE O.C.
48.    ANOTHER LIFE
49.    SUNSET BEACH
50.   DAWSON'S CREEK
51.    2000 MALIBU ROAD
52.    RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE
53.    TEXAS
54.   THE MONROES
55.   DIRTY SEX MONEY

56.   BROTHERS AND SISTERS
57.   ONE TREE HILL
58.   UGLY BETTY
59.   EMMERDALE
60.   LOVING
61.   EDGE OF NIGHT
62.   OUR FIVE DAUGHTERS
63.   EMERALD POINT N.A.S 
64.   MELROSE PLACE
65.   A FLAME IN THE WIND
66.   VALIANT LADY
67.   DANTE'S COVE
68.   THE CLEAR HORIZON
69.   REVENGE
70.   SCANDAL
71.   FARAWAY HILL
72.    DANGEROUS WOMEN
73.    FROM THESE ROOTS
74.    GENERATIONS
75.    MODELS, INC.
76.   NASHVILLE
77.   FOOTBALLER'S WIVES
78.   PORT CHARLES
79.   GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT
80.   THE CITY

Saturday, December 27, 2014

World Male SuperModel Tobias Sorensen for Adon Magazine!

Top model Tobias Sorensen, is photographed by Rick Day for the cover story and an interview accompanying the shoot. 

"I don't remember friends made a big deal out of my scar.
When I grew up some people thought it was a "bad boy" that I get into fights and that I was injured. It bothered me than because I'm a good boy and I didn't appreciate the reputation" - Tobias talking about his scar for ADON.
 

For more of the interview and accompanying images continue after the jump:


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Rick Day Interview by Underwear Expert

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Few photographers can cause an immediate guttural response to a picture of a man in his underwear. Rick Day? Yeah, he can do that.

The New York City based photographer, whose work has been seen in Elle, Details, Teen Vogue and GQ as well as GAP, Ritani, C-in2 and Rufskin campaigns, has just released his third installment of his coffee table book series, PLAYERS, which now consists of PLAYERS, PLAYERS 2 and the most recently released ALL PLAYERS. ALL PLAYERS consists of both previous collections as well as all new images.http://24.media.tumblr.com/a1ded923597292b6c91af0303e11d977/tumblr_mjmclvee7e1qzx74yo1_500.jpg



According to an ALL PLAYERS press release, “Rick day [succeeds] in creating a world of images in which the trained bodies of hunks in rough rugby outfits, tight shorts (or simply naked as God intended) exude much more than simply masculine sex appeal.” It’s not amped sex appeal, or men in rugby outfits that concoct a gripping experience, however, but “the interplay of the straightforward and the intimate and its palpable excitement.”


Check out this exclusive series of images from ALL PLAYERS and then read a candid interview with Day below in which he divulges his methods for keeping nude men comfortable, the photographers he looks up to, and what it was like working with Daniel Garofali on the recent C-in2 Grip campaign.
The Underwear Expert:

 How does ALL PLAYERS differ from your past two coffee table books, PLAYERS 1 & 2?
Rick Day:
Well, ALL PLAYERS is the end of the series. And the publishing house Bruno Gm√ľnder and I thought it would be a great way to end the series with an extra large sized book. I think it may be the biggest book they have published. So it’s 1/3 of PLAYERS, 1/3 of PLAYERS 2 and 1/3 of new men.

The Underwear Expert: You recently directed and photographed C-in2’s GRIP campaign featuring model Daniel Garofali. Can you tell us about that shoot?

Rick Day: I really love working with [Creative Director Greg Sovell] at C-in2, he really knows what he wants but is appreciative of a photographer’s view and allows for a lot of creative freedom. As a photographer that is a real pleasure.http://queerty-prodweb.s3.amazonaws.com/wp/docs/2013/01/Daniel-Garofali-Hot-Rick-Day-Burbujas-De-Deseo-02-505x670.jpg
 My business partner Steve and I had been toying with trying something new with this campaign, which would be a departure from the hot prison boy series that has become such a part of the C-in2 brand. Once Greg was on board, everything else started to fall in place. I had worked with Daniel Garofali in the past for the PLAYERS series and was really thrilled to see him at the casting for this job. He is the consummate professional and has a huge following of his own. http://attheloft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ecca8b988330148c7216b37970c-450wi
We thought he would be the perfect match for this ad campaign. It also just happened to be the perfect timing for release with the Olympic games.

The Underwear Expert: You seemingly have an unparalleled ability to capture the male form; with what do you credit your skill in so successfully capturing the male body on camera and film?
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Rick Day: Thank you for that wonderful complement but there are many great photographers shooting the male form so I just feel blessed to have such a following. Though I always credit Bruce Weber’s images with starting me as a photographer, it really was studying the lighting of the masters of my genre.. Herb Ritts
  who was amazing with using the lines of the body. I also loved Greg Gorman's  use of lighting and body imagery and a real fondness of the Tom of Finland series
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The Underwear Expert: What is the easiest part of the process for you when photographing men, Rick?

Rick Day: The actual shooting. That to me is the most creative part of it. Each man is built differently and each has different personalities.

The Underwear Expert: And what challenges do you face in capturing the male form?
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Rick Day: The biggest challenge is keeping the guy comfortable and engaged in the shooting process–understanding what I am asking of him.

The Underwear Expert: And if you had to choose your favorite part of a man’s physique to photograph?

Rick Day: I like beautiful armpits and really nice asses but my favorite part is not really muscular in nature. I just love a sexy hair pattern. You have probably noticed that most of the guys I shoot have beards or stubble and rarely if ever do I want to shoot a guy that shaves his pubic area. I really like a man to look like a man. Being ripped is also nice.
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The Underwear Expert: You play with viewers’ expectations in your work a lot; do you aim to provoke or unsettle with your photography?

Rick Day: I want to both intrigue and soothe the viewers visual palette. I want you to want to turn the page.
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The Underwear Expert: You utilize athletic themes in a lot of your photographs. Can you speak to that?

Rick Day: I use them for the PLAYERS series but as an accessory or an after thought rather than a prop.
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The Underwear Expert: You produce a lot of video work as well. Is there a medium you prefer?

Rick Day: I am a photographer first, but I am really enjoying the process of video. It really gives you a platform to express yourself in a more evolved way.

The Underwear Expert: We’ve also noticed your use of GIF’s in your work.
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Rick Day: I really, really love Gif’s–I use to use them a lot more. At the moment, I am really interested in using them in conjunction with video. That is what I love about what I do, there are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself in this medium.

The Underwear Expert: You shoot nudes a lot. What’s your trick for getting naked men to be comfortable enough to take good photos, Rick?

Rick Day: In the beginning it was a lot harder because most of the men I shoot are straight, and nudes were always thought of as taboo or somehow dirty. That goes back to religion and its condemnation of just about everything. We are born nude, we are taught that nudity is dirty. It is not. After PLAYERS was released, it was much easier to find guys willing to shoot. The key, though, is making your model comfortable and just being respectful.

The Underwear Expert: And are there any tips or directions you find yourself giving to models on a regular basis?
Rick Day: Relax.. Chin out.. Abs abs abs.. Great. Click.

The Underwear Expert: And what do you tell models before they come in to meet you?

Rick Day: My address! Just kidding. I usually have them come in to meet me. We can discuss what they want out of the shoot as well as what I would want out of the shoot–this way there are no gray areas and it makes the shoot much more comfortable for both of us.
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The Underwear Expert: In closing, what’s your fondest photo shoot memory?

Rick Day: Asking a really nervous guy what his astrological sign was, while I was doing his hair. His answer was “straight.” Not sure what month that is!
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