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SHADOWGRAM NEWS UPDATE   # 333
 
October 5, 2014
 
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
 
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following key breaking news in this Official DS News Online Update "bulletin."
 
 
**** NEW FILM WITH DAVID SELBY NOW AVAILABLE
**** JAMES STORM’S “THANK YOU!” MESSAGE
 
 
**** DAVID SELBY IN COMEDY FILM ON DVD & BLU-RAY
 
In SG Update # 327 (8-21), David (Quentin) shared about his role as attorney “Karl Stevens” in the comedy ARE YOU HERE. It came out on DVD and Blu-Ray 9-30 and is available through online sources such as amazon and in retail stores.
 
It’s about a young man who unexpectedly inherits his estranged father’s large fortune. He asks his childhood best friend to join him on the road trip back to his hometown. Once there, the pair tangle with his sister over the inheritance. David portrays the sister’s lawyer.
 
This is the first theatrical film directed by MAD MEN creator Matthew Weiner. It was released 8-22 on VOD (Video On Demand) and in a limited theatrical run in 10 American cities: LA, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Denver, and Atlanta.
 
(Also please see SG Online Update #327, dated 8-21).
 
 
**** JAMES STORM SAYS “THANK YOU!”
 
To So Many Kind & Supportive People,
 
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
 
I would like to take a moment and send my deepest heartfelt appreciation to all who have helped to make the WANDERLUST project such a success.
 
In just a few days, I board the Greyhound bus here in Los Angeles and start to record this adventure for all of us as I ride to Billings, Montana, and the world-class Nile Rodeo (Northern International Livestock Exposition). My photos, blog, Facebook, and Twitter reports will have you “riding” alongside me, sharing the people places, and experiences. This WANDERLUST journey will take a few weeks.
 
As I travel, your continuing support with your tax-deductible contributions will help in many ways. And remember: Dark Shadows fans who donate $50.00 or more will receive a personally-autographed copy of my rare country-western musical CD, “Shadow of a Storm,” including 2 songs I wrote.
 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wanderlust--11/x/8467873
 
Money is very important throughout this entire trip, but I want to emphasize that what means more is your belief in this project. For that, I can only humbly express my great appreciation.
 
THANK YOU.
 
Jim Storm
(Dark Shadows’ Gerard Stiles)
 
(For more information about Jim’s WANDERLUST project, please see ShadowGram Online Updates #328 (8-21), # 330 (9-11), and #331 (9-21).

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Happy Birthday to Julia99!
« on: September 30, 2014, 02:08:08 PM »
Happy Birthday, Julia99!  See you soon.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Sam Hall 1921 - 2014
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:15:25 PM »
Matt Hall, son of Sam and Grayson, shared on his blog that his father passed away yesterday.

Nantucket '73: Sam Hall

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In case you missed Jessica Chastain on today's CBS Sunday Morning, here's a transcript of the segment in which she speaks about her new film "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," working with Pacino, playing Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty," and how Robin Williams' generosity made it possible for her to attend college.
The brightly-burning star that is Jessica Chastain

And if you did catch it, here's a (much) extended transcript of Tracy Smith's interview with the actress, who also talks about her shyness, working with Guillermo del Toro, Matthew McConaughey's swagger, and her admiration for Gary Oldman's "Dracula"(!).
Extended interview: Jessica Chastain

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SHADOWGRAM OFFICIAL DARK SHADOWS ONLINE NEWS:
SHADOWGRAM NEWS UPDATE   # 328
August 27, 2014
 
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
 
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following key breaking news in this Official DS News Online Update "bulletin."
 
***** JAMES STORM INVITES YOU TO JOIN IN AN EXCITING PROJECT
 
Jim (Gerard Stiles) asks SG to premiere-announce something he’s very excited about: A special new project. He hopes you will share it with other DS fans, family, friends, colleagues, and everyone who’d be interested.
 
Here is Jim’s full message to all of you.
 
WANDERLUST
 
"The heart of America is in the open road."
 
What is it about the open road?
 
What is it about the constant motion, no matter where you are going or what direction?
 
What is it about the WANDERLUST?
 
Combined with the two great passions of mine, travel and of course photography, it is the "Unknown."
 
It's the thrill of being in the present moment, hearing the stories of people and capturing their lives and the events surrounding those lives through the distinctive personal eye of the camera lens.
 
So in October of this year I am jumping on a Greyhound Bus, leaving Los Angeles, and heading for Billings, Montana. I want to take an in-depth look at the people who travel by this means of transportation, whether for just pure pleasure or maybe out of necessity. I want to hear their stories and capture those stories and events of the unknown in photographs.
 
Once in Billings, I will be going behind the scenes at the world-class Nile Rodeo (Northern International Livestock Exposition) and photographing an in-depth look at the lives and spirits of these "Gypsies of the West."
 
I really would like to take you on this trip with me. To do that, I am asking for your support to help me raise the funds to document the lives and events of the folks I meet on this journey.
 
To learn more about this exciting project and to contribute to "WANDERLUST," please view my video at INDIEGOGO.
 
---- THE DIRECT VIDEO LINK IS:
 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wanderlust--11/x/8467873
 
The good news is that ALL contributions are a tax deduction. I have recently been accepted by FROM THE HEART, a not-for-profit organization, All donations will go for equipment and post-production work.
 
In 2015, my photographic work will be shown at THE LOST STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY in Hollywood, California. Contributors will have their names printed and recognized as sponsors of this exhibit. There also will be a coffee table book in the near future and all donors will be acknowledged as well.
 
You are invited to become a fellow traveler on this journey because I daily will be blogging captivating images on Facebook and Twitter. I will dedicate my online commentaries to all those who have been so generous to donate.
 
And now it's time to Thank You.
 
I have created some truly wonderful gift ideas from this project. Each is named for an American photographer who has inspired and influenced me.
 
And once again, all contributions are tax deductible.
 
--- GIFT IDEAS / PERKS:
 
The Robert Frank   $25.00  One of six images from the collection to be a screen saver for the computer. Also a "shout out" on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The Dorothea Lange    $100.00  Choice of one of six prints mounted and signed. Also a "shout out" on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The Vivian Maier   $250.00  One of six prints signed and framed. A Limited Edition.
 
The Richard Avedon   $500.00  All of the above and dinner with the photographer, James Storm.
 
I want to thank you for your time. Thank you also for taking this journey with me and being part of documenting a history of people on the move, people with the WANDERLUST.
 
THANK YOU,
 
JAMES STORM
 

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Alice Cooper comic series
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:01:08 PM »
Alice Cooper #1 by Dynamite is in stores today.  In the series, the rock legend and Lord of Nightmares escapes imprisonment and seeks to regain his power and influence.

Review (Comicosity)

Exclusive First Look at Alice Cooper #1 (Bleeding Cool)

The variant cover is pretty cool!

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Barbara Steele is scheduled to appear at the October 24-26 Chiller Theatre
Chiller guests

With thanks to Kosmo!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Happy Birthday to Elmont!
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:21:24 PM »
Happy Birthday

Elmont!

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Happy Birthday
Robot Quentin

           

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SHADOWGRAM NEWS UPDATE   # 327
August 21, 2014

Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
 
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following key breaking news in this Official DS News Online Update "bulletin."
 
**** DAVID SELBY – NEW FILM OPENS IN LIMITED RELEASE & VOD
**** JERRY LACY – NEW FILM PREMIERES IN LOS ANGELES
**** CHRIS PENNOCK – NEW FILM ON YOUTUBE
**** PERSONAL NOTE FROM MARCY ROBIN
 
 
**** DAVID SELBY IN COMEDY-DRAMA “ARE YOU HERE”
 
David (Quentin) asks SG to “please spread the word” about the movie “Are You Here.” It opens Fri., Aug. 22 in limited release and Video On Demand (VOD). It marks the big-screen directorial debut of “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.
 
Plot summary: A man learns he’s inherited a fortune from his estranged father. Accompanied by his womanizing weatherman best friend,  he returns home for the funeral - and to face legal challenges from his formidable sister. David says his character “Karl Stevens” is the sister’s attorney.
 
YouTube Link to the movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMtNpu6xBvU
 
David also provides the following cities and theaters information:
 
--- Opening on VOD and these theaters this Friday, August 22n:
New York - AMC Empire 25
Los Angeles –Sunset 5 **
Los Angeles – Laemmle North Hollywood ***Chicago - AMC South Barrington 30
Philadelphia - AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
Dallas - AMC Mesquite 30
Houston - AMC Studio 30
Detroit - AMC Livonia 20
Tampa - AMC Woodlands Square 20
Denver - AMC Westminster Promenade 24
Orlando - AMC Downtown Disney 24
 
Note:
** Q&A's following the showings on 8/22 @ 4:30pm, 7:45pm. 8/23 @ 4:30pm
*** Q&A following the showing on 8/24 @ @ 1:20pm
(David will not be at the Q&A sessions)
 
 
**** JERRY LACY OPENS IN INDEPENDENT FILM “SPIDORA”
 
Jerry (Tony Peterson, Rev. Trask, Lamar Trask, Gregory Trask) appears in the new movie “Spidora,” beginning its theatrical engagement 8-29/30/31 at the Los Feliz Cinema, 1822 N Vermont Ave., Hollywood, CA 90027. Showtimes are 12 noon &12:30pm.
 
 
**** CHRIS PENNOCK IN NEW YOUTUBE FILM “THE HAPPY HOME…”
 
Chris (Sebastian, Cyrus/John, Gabriel) stars in Theatre Fantastique’s “The Happy Home of The Murderous Mahones,” released on YouTube 8-15.  Summary: “A long married couple try to kill each other, but accidentally kill an innocent bystander. Now they must cover up the murder, while still plotting to kill each other.”
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_aULpcIF5E'
 
Writer/director Ansel Faraj featured Chris and other DS stars in some of his previous films, including “Doctor Mabuse” and “Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar.”
 
 
**** A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM MARCY ROBIN
 
In correspondence and at the recent DS Festival Weekend, I mentioned I’ve had health difficulties with emergency / follow-up surgeries and long recovery periods for 4+ years. I’m grateful to everyone for their good wishes, understanding, and patience over that time.
 
Briefly, I probably was born near-sighted (myopia). Myopic eye interiors grow fast throughout life and mine did – extremely, which left me vulnerable to retina detachments.  Starting in my late teens and over the next 10+ years I had multiple surgeries, including new, barely-tested procedures.
 
These early procedures were successful though they left multiple scars inside both my eyes. The problem stabilized by my 30s and doctors often told me they were amazed that “you can see as well as you do!” I obsessively went for regular check-ups and thankfully I only needed minor glasses/contact lens prescription adjustments. Yet the strong possibility of recurrence always hung over me as my eyes changed with age.
 
In Spring 2010 I had a major retinal detachment in my left eye. My regular eye doctor immediately sent me to a pioneering eye-specialist surgeon he knew well, since medical school. To secure the detachment, the surgeon performed a procedure he’d helped develop. For maximum healing success, I had to stay totally face-down for a full week with very limited activity for weeks afterward. This did work, thankfully. However, another retinal tear recurred about a year later. We had to repeat the surgery, with increased post-op restrictions. Again, everything worked.
 
Three months ago in late May 2014, my left retina abruptly tore again. Surgery repaired the damage but a new, different retinal hole occurred. Less than 36 hours after I stepped off the plane back home from the Dark Shadows Festival Weekend, he did my 4th procedure in 2 years. I was back to being strictly face-down for a week. He used a slightly different process this time, which has required an even longer recovery period. My most recent check-up was good, but he awaits final assessment in October.
 
All these surgical repairs have been invasive, done entirely inside each eye.  During the recovery time for each surgery I have been unable to see well enough to read for weeks at a time, which has prevented me from working on ShadowGram or keeping up with email and other correspondence.
 
I’ve had superb support every step of the way from the beginning.  My constant thanks and admiration go to all my doctors, their staffs, and every person anywhere who was involved with the nursing care, equipment, medications, actual procedures, hospitals and similar facilities, paperwork, etc., as I’ve gone all this throughout my life.
 
My deepest thanks and appreciation also go to SO many loved ones, friends, co-fans, co-workers, and others who’ve sent me messages, emails, cards, prayers, and thoughts of healing and hope. You’ve been there for and with me in so many ways and I am blessed.
 
Though I’ve been reluctant to say anything about my eye problems all my life, I now feel comfortable about explaining my What and Why.
 
We ALL have health and various personal worries for ourselves and those around us. (I’ve had other unexpected medical issues too.) Yet we are not alone when others openly and kindly offer their help, support, prayers, care, love…and to Just Be There.
 
To all those facing any kind of health and personal difficulties – and others you care about who have challenges as well  – I send my own positive thoughts, encouragement, and prayers for healing, calm, focus, strength, and happiness. When we reach out to and receive from others, each person benefits in countless ways.
 
When people care and wish you well, it lifts your spirit, wraps your heart in love, and brightens your path to ease you along Life’s Way ahead.
 
Thank You All.
 
Marcy Robin
August 21, 2014

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Depp Shadows' Shane Rimmer (board member at far right in screen grab from the trailer) will appear at Camden Film Fair on August 16:

http://www.midnight-media.net/id10.html



With thanks to Kosmo!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Happy Birthday to MsCriseyde!
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:53:14 PM »
Happy Birthday
MsCriseyde



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Trailer for Lifetime's "The Lottery" featuring '04 DS alums Marley Shelton and Martin Donovan.  The series premieres Sunday.