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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Review of DS Reunion DVD
« on: July 21, 2004, 09:46:11 PM »
Here's a terrific review from the Summer 2004 issue of Videoscope (#51) that appears here with the permission of its author.

Dark Shadows Reunion (2003)  3 antennas
Dir: uncredited. With Dan Curtis, Kate Jackson, David Selby, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, Roger Davis, Jerry Lacy, others.
105 minutes. DVD (MPI Home Video) 2003

     In March, 2001, the Museum of Television and Radio paid tribute to the groundbreaking horror themed soap opera Dark Shadows. Held at the Director's Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles, the Q&A styled tribute features the only personal appearances made--up to that time--by Dark Shadows creator/producer Dan Curtis, director Lela Swift, and cast members Kate Jackson (Daphne) and Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters).

     This disc is a video presentation of that event. Shot in a simple, straightforward manner, Dark Shadows Reunion is nothing more than Curtis, plus most of his surviving cast and crew, talking about the show and answering audience questions.

     Having said that, let me add that the disc is well done, featuring steady camera work and superb sound. Curtis and company are clearly a group who enjoy being with each other, and are having a great time!

     There are serious moments, as Lela Swift discusses having been a female director working in a male dominated industry. There are funny moment, as actor John Karlen (Willie) admits to having six children with various of his Dark Shadows castmates! (An audience member admits to being one of those children!) And there are deeply touching moments, as the cast pays quiet tribute to one of their own. Only five days before this event took place, Dark Shadows actor Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins) had died.

     Dan Curtis proves himself to be quite the comedian. He recalls that an unseen character named Dr. Julius Hoffman was mentioned on air one day as being "the best man for the job". When the character appeared a week later, it was Dr Julia Hoffman, a woman (Grayson Hall), who went on to become one of the show's most beloved characters. When it was pointed out to him that the character was announced as a man, Curtis quotes himself with a gut busting laugh: "Who cares? No one will notice! No one will ever see these episodes again!!" The audience roared!

     Obviously, this disc will appeal only to die hard fans of the series. But there are a lot of Shadow-holics out there, and for them, Dark Shadows Reunion will be a delight. As a proud Dark Shadows groupie myself, I highly recommend Dark Shadows Reunion.

     The extras are gems. Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie/Josette) is seen in Dark Shadows promos from 1969. Also featured are uncut interviews with Jonathan Frid (Barnabas) on the Merv Griffin Show(1969) and Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) with Mike Douglas (1970). The latter is rather amusing as Bennett's fellow guest, the every ditzy Dody Goodman, cuts in several times, rambling on and on but making little sense!
--David Nahmod
Other reviews by David in this issue:
The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)
Myra Breckenridge (1970)
The Lon Chaney Collection

A very happy birthday to
The Ghost of Sarah Collins!

see The Hollywood Reporter, 2nd paragraph:


The following is an excerpt from the new book Making It on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top by David Wienir and Jodie Langel and is the first quote featured in the review "And the Tony for pluck goes to ..." in today's LA Times Calendar section--

On always starting over:
     "Once, I was out of a job and I was really scared because I couldn't pay the rent....I was cleaning the apartment, crying and feeling sorry for myself.... The game show 'Jeopardy!' was on [and] I heard my name. I looked up and I was the answer to a question. It was so ironic."


The book can be ordered from Amazon.  Don't forget your favorite DS sites when ordering books; just click on the Amazon banner on their pages before placing your order.

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« on: June 30, 2004, 04:53:46 PM »
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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / DS Forums' FIRST God!
« on: June 29, 2004, 07:46:46 PM »
Congratulations to MysteriousB,
the first among us to reach God status!

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

VH1's When Playboy Ruled the World includes an interview with KLS.  Show times are:

  • Tuesday, June 22    12/11c AM
  • Wednesday, June 23     11/10c PM
  • Saturday, June 26     11/10c PM
  • Wednesday, June 30     2/1c AM
  • Tuesday, July 6     1/12c AM

Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Happy Birthday, Bernie!
« on: June 19, 2004, 08:42:33 PM »

Hope you're enjoying your special day!

Airing on VH1 now is the Maxim Hot 100 list of female hotties:



go to complete Hot 100 list

Kelly Hu, #56, is interviewed briefly.
 :o Kelly's image in the VH1 flipbook :o

The show will be repeated at 10 p.m. tonight (9 p.m. Central) and again at 12:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. Central).  Click "Show Times" for more, cuz you know how VH1 loves to repeat shows again and again and...

Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Missing post buttons
« on: June 11, 2004, 03:23:34 PM »
We've got a problem on 3 of the boards (Current Talk, Robservations, and this one) but we're working to fix it.  Thanks for your patience!

In the second season finale of Crossing Jordan, Jordan's father was seen standing over the body of the murdered chief of police.  In next Sunday's conclusion, she tracks down her unbalanced half-brother, played by Michael T. Weiss, in an attempt to clear him.

As to why they waited until the end of the 3rd season to show the conclusion to the 2nd season cliffhanger, or why they did the disappearing-half-brother trick in between, your guess is as good as mine, but I'll watch MTW in anything.  :P

"O, Brother Where Art Thou?" airs Sunday, June 6 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Okay, all you fellow L&O junkies (you know who you are)-- here's the newest La Liz <sniff> in her appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  The episode, titled "Mean" (with a plot that was ripped from the movie theaters, apparently), originally aired Feb. 24, 2004 and was repeated earlier this month.

Blair Brown as attorney Lynne Riff

With another defense attorney, played by Ned

Cross examining one of her client's two friends,
all of whom are popular girls accused of killing a
fourth member of their bullying clique.

Humor me, I think her hair looks great here.

Sidebar, with L&O regular Diane Neal on the left
as the Asst. DA

Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Alexis Thorpe in EW
« on: May 22, 2004, 04:36:36 AM »
Oh, thank God.  Alexis Thorpe.  How wonderful for her, after having been mauled and stuffed into a pinata by the Botox horror that is Deidre Hall.

Ew is all I can say about the photo of her bloodied corpse in the May 28 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

And after seeing the picture (Cassie's body had just tumbled out of a turkey-shaped piıata on Thanksgiving :o), I can't imagine how the writers are bringing her character back [see: www.collinwood.net].

Anyway, it's in an article on DOOL's serial killer storyline that starts on p. 73.


Congratulations on your graduation from high school.
We wish you the best today and always!

Blair Brown is on ER *now*.

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