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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Happy Birthday, MagnusTrask
« on: June 23, 2005, 07:08:41 PM »
Have a great birthday, MagnusTrask!

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Happy Birthday, Bernie!
« on: June 19, 2005, 04:41:36 PM »
Hope your special day is great!

Jean Simmons has voiced the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's newest anime tale, "Howl's Moving Castle," due out Friday.  From a review in yesterday's L.A. Times--

[Pixar's] Docter and [co-director] Dempsey found their Old Sophie in a screen legend -- Simmons ("Spartacus," "Great Expectations"). "She really got in to the character" during the dubbing sessions, Dempsey said. "She hunched over, making her posture like Sophie's to ensure that she would sound like that character.

To read the full review:  'Howl's' a natural draw for an anime master
[I believe registration to CalendarLive is required]

Entertainment Weekly had this to say about her:

Jean Simmons, who knew nothing about Miyazaki -- a virtual legend in the animation community and one of Japan's highest-grossing filmmakers (''I'm learning,'' she says) -- voices the elder version of Sophie, a young woman magically turned into a 90-year-old. ''I think I need to go get my back straightened,'' Simmons reports. ''I did a lot of hunching over to get the lack of lung power some old folks have.''

EW's full preview is here--  (Subscribers and newsstand readers must log in to read it)
Howl's Moving Castle

I know I'll be seeing this one.  My daughter loves Miyazaki's movies.

From the Chair of the Earthbound 2005 Convention--

"Kathryn Lee Scott will be appearing at Earthbound 2005, a Space:1999
convention, in Tampa Florida the weekend of July 22 - 24.  In addition
to participating in regular convention activites, Kathryn will also
attend the play 'Contact' and Celebrity Banquet; where, along with the
other actors, she will host her own table and sit with fans for the
evening.   For more information regarding Earthbound 2005, please visit
our website at"

Many thanks to Ms. Lindow for the info.

According to the posted schedule of events, the Q&A with Kathryn Leigh Scott will be Saturday at 3.  Check out the Guest Biographies page to see photos from some of her SciFi roles.

Note:  DS fan Terry S. Bowers (prolific fan fic writer, member of the Shadows on the Wall writing group, and J-Lister), has a special listing as Fan Guest of Honor.

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Happy Birthday, Boodlums!
« on: June 01, 2005, 05:28:52 PM »
[occasion16]  Happy Birthday!     [occasion16]

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Grayson in Kojak, Pt. 3
« on: May 29, 2005, 06:19:45 PM »
Her 4th scene: 

Kojak points out that her son didn't pack his boots and warm jacket for his supposed hiking trip.

"See here, Lieutenant, I don't question every move my son makes or what he wears.
Now what is this all about?"

"I refuse to be intimidated  by the police on some vague pretension."

She refuses to tell him anything more.

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Grayson on Kojak, Pt. 2
« on: May 29, 2005, 06:51:57 AM »
These are from her 2nd scene:

GH:  "I'll get it."

The father of the girl who was attacked is on the other end.
He lies that he has her son's spare glasses, but really intends to kill him.

"He's not here right now."

"Really, I'm not an answering service, you know."

Southern Californians can see the Kojak ep "Hush Now, or You'll Die" (1974) with Grayson Hall on channel KDOC out of Orange County.  It's a small role but a must-see for DS fans.  It will air Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m.  Enjoy!!!

Caption This! - Night of Dark Shadows / Night of Dark Shadows
« on: May 09, 2005, 10:54:10 PM »

Caption This! - Night of Dark Shadows / Night of Dark Shadows
« on: May 09, 2005, 10:53:15 PM »

Caption This! - Night of Dark Shadows / Night of Dark Shadows
« on: May 09, 2005, 10:52:30 PM »

Hope you're having a great birthday, Cheryl!   [occasion16]

A friend saw Michael Cavanaugh (Sheriff Patterson, 1991) on TV recently in a trailer advertising the Area 51 game.  The ad is also available to download here--

Look for "Department of Defense," or Michael Cavanaugh's image.  He is seen in a Pentagon briefing, denying a rumor about space aliens at the facility as the trailer cuts to gameplay.  Check it out.  :)

Today's LA Times has an obituary for the composer of the first version (pre-1795) of "Josette's Theme":

Robert Farnon, 87; Composer and Arranger for Movies, Pop and Jazz

[Free] registration is required to view the online article and photo.

In today's LA Times Calendar section, p. E2:

There's not enough to 'It'
The Geffen serves up a warm but bland staging of Kaufman and Hart's vintage comedy 'You Can't Take It With You'

Lisa Richards stars as Penelope Sycamore, a Mom who "types vaguely scandalous plays."
You Can't Take It With You  runs through May 22 at the Geffen Playhouse at the Brentwood Theatre, 1301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, West L.A.
When:  7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays
Price:  $38 to $52
Contact:  (310) 208-5454
Running Time:  2 hours, 20 minutes

Full-time subscribers to the LA Times or paid subscribers to CalendarLive can read the full review here:,2,7211008.story
The print article includes a photo, but LR is not in it.

Thanks, Bette!  :D