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Did you know that Ian Somerhalder, voted EW's Sexiest Beast by fans this past summer and starring in tonight's Season 2 premiere of Vampire Diaries, is a DS fan?  If not, his appearance on It's On With Alexa Chung that aired on MTV a year ago yesterday, will set you straight.

After the clip from Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder was asked by interviewer Alexa Chung, "Who is the best vampire ever besides Count Chocula?"
Ian:  "Probably, I would say if we would go back to Dark Shadows."
Alexa (dismissively):  "Yeah, really?"
Ian:  "Oh yeah, well it's very old. That's from the 60s, sorry. Yeah, there won't be references that any of us really remember."
Alexa (rushing to next question):  "Why don't..."
Ian:  "Barnabas Collins."
Alexa:  "Much less me. I was probably hiding in England, so..."

Full interview:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJy_21DVdg


I don't get why he felt the need to apologize to that twit, who is too young to have been around in the 60s, btw.  No wonder her show was canceled.

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Revealed yesterday by Forbes Magazine:  Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors
From Johnny Depp to Ben Stiller, the stars who command a couple more zeroes than everyone else in Tinseltown.


Depp earned $75 million between June '09 and June '10 and Alice made him the only actor to have starred in two $1 billion movies.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Belated Happy Birthday to deron!
« on: September 06, 2010, 06:09:23 PM »
Happy Birthday
deron!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to Ben!
« on: September 06, 2010, 06:04:04 PM »
Happy Birthday
Ben!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to Elmont!
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:18:58 PM »
Happy Birthday
Elmont

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Happy Birthday
Robot Quentin!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Belated Happy 50th to CyrusL!
« on: August 22, 2010, 05:00:05 PM »
Happy Birthday
CyrusL


Belated best wishes  ♥♥♥  Hope your special day was great!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to tripwire!
« on: August 19, 2010, 05:28:00 PM »
Happy Birthday
tripwire


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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to Julianka7!
« on: August 14, 2010, 07:32:18 PM »
Happy Birthday
Julianka7



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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to CrazyJenny!
« on: August 10, 2010, 08:52:08 PM »
Happy Birthday
CrazyJenny!


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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to MsCriseyde
« on: August 07, 2010, 06:29:20 PM »
Happy Birthday
MsCriseyde!



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Happy Birthday
Nightfall59




Welcome!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Happy Birthday to IluvBarnabas!
« on: August 06, 2010, 04:01:52 PM »
Happy Birthday
IluvBarnabas


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SHADOWGRAM
The Official Dark Shadows News Updates Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM -
The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters

Posted through the ShadowGram YahooGroup address: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

ShadowGram@aol.com


Number 222. August 4, 2010

Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news in this Online News Update "bulletin."

--- JAMES STORM MESSAGE TO DS FANS

--- MARIE WALLACE TO APPEAR IN CHICAGO

--- KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT TO APPEAR IN NASHVILLE

*** JAMES STORM THANKS THE FANS AT THE DS FESTIVAL

Jim (Gerard Stiles) guested at the DS Festival's SHADOWS IN THE SUN: 2010 DS CONVENTION 7-16/18 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center Burbank (Los Angeles/Hollywood).

Jim asks SG to pass along his message to the fans of all ages who joined us at the convention:

"Hello to Everyone,

"Just want to take a moment and say how much I enjoyed our last gathering and you all made it very special. It was wonderful seeing old faces and meeting new ones and look forward to the next year.

"I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who made such generous contributions to my cause. It felt so good and was so appreciated by the American Cancer Society when I stopped by with a check. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

"This weekend would have been nothing without you guys and thank you for all your years of love and support.

James Storm"

SG thanks Jim and all our guests the fans the volunteers and everybody involved in making the weekend happen. The Fests always have been meant to be by, for, and with the fans. We're happy you came, or were with us in spirit (and hopefully in person at a future Fest).

Please see SG Update #221 (Aug. 2) for a Fest report.

*** SG NOTE: As of this time, we have not yet set specific plans for the next Fest. I will premiere-announce details as we confirm them in these SG Updates to the SG Yahoogroup. I also will expand on the brief Updates in upcoming published SG newsletters. The next SG #119 print issue will focus on the Burbank Fest with pictures, details, and more.

*** MARIE WALLACE AT SEPT. CONVENTION

Marie (Eve, Jenny, Megan) says she expects to guest at the Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo Sept. 9-12. It will be at the Holiday Inn in Carol Stream, IL. The website is:

http://www.facebook.com/l/d3a97uV-3mUH3tOUehmDAh5OUqg;www.ChicagolandExpo.com

She "hopes to see some of you who missed the California Convention ((Burbank DS Festival)), especially if this is in your backyard."

*** KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT AT SEPT. CONVENTION

Kathryn (Maggie, Josette, Kitty, Rachel) expects to guest at the Nashville Comic-Con 9-25/26. It will be at the Music Valley Event Center in Nashville. For more information, see:

www.comiccitytn.com

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SHADOWGRAM
The Official Dark Shadows News Updates Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM -
The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters

Posted through the ShadowGram YahooGroup address: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

ShadowGram@aol.com


Number 221. August 2, 2010

Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news in this Online News Update "bulletin."

--- REPORT on the July 16-18
DS FESTIVAL SHADOWS IN THE SUN DS CAST REUNION / FAN CONVENTION

*** REPORTING: SHADOWS IN THE SUN: 2010 DARK SHADOWS CONVENTION
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Burbank (Los Angeles/Hollywood), CA
July 16-18

NOTE: Photos and more details will be in SG #119, the next published ShadowGram Newsletter.

The convention drew over 1,000 DS fans of all ages from across the country, Canada, and England, plus 14 actors and production personnel from the original daytime series.

Appearing in person: Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy, Marie Wallace, Kathleen Cody, James Storm, Lisa Richards, Roger Davis, Chris Pennock, Robert Cobert, and Sy Tomashoff.

Festivities began Friday afternoon, July 16, with a special matinee screening of the 1970 feature film "House Of DS" (HODS) at the historic Vista Theatre in the nearby Los Feliz area.

In a brief ceremony before the screening, Jonathan Frid (HODS star) placed his handprint in a slab of wet cement in the Vista`s outside forecourt. Then the standing-room-only audience of 400+ entered the theatre for the movie.

The Vista (opened in 1923) was the location for 3 previous DS celebrations: the 40th anniversaries of HODS (2000) and "Night of DS" (2001), and the DS 40th Anniversary Halloween Party (2006). On those occasions, a number of Jonathan's DS colleagues also had put their hand/foot prints and signatures in cement across the theatre's open forecourt.

Friday at 6pm, Fest activities began at the Marriott Convention Center. The Marketplace area offered countless DS (and other) items including photos, books, MPI's merchandise, the Big Finish audiodramas, the new figures, ShadowGram issues, DS magnets, keychains, jewelry, collectibles, and much more. Most of the DS guests were at their own tables during the weekend to meet the fans. Two tables held Jonathan's personal items for silent auction bids: newspaper interviews, program books, performance posters, and more. Fans with the winning bids had a special opportunity Sun. evening to have the items autographed, greet, and take a picture with Jonathan.

Friday's onstage highlights were a trio of DS Recollections with, respectively, Kathryn and Marie; Kathleen and Jerry; and Lara and John. Each pair reviewed vintage DS clips and answered audience questions, followed by autographs.

Saturday, July 17, featured onstage appearances by scenic designer Sy and music composer Robert, who also autographed the brand-new CD release of his 1991 DS primetime TV series soundtrack music. John, Kathryn, and biographer R. J. Jamison presented a moving video tribute to the late Grayson Hall's career and reminisced about her days on DS. David spoke about the start of his television career on DS. He also discussed the show's historical context, connecting to the social and political changes taking place in the late 1960s and early `70s, as featured in his new book, "My Shadowed Past".

Jonathan then came onstage to offer a selection of 10 favorite clips from DS, as voted by fans online via his official website. He examined and observed the characters and each scene's relevance to the development of Barnabas' persona.

Jonathan was joined onstage with his acting colleagues for one of the most powerful cast reunions in the 27-year history of the DS Festivals. The stars answered fan questions, reminisced, and talked about their careers and projects. Soon after, the traditional for-fun Fan Costume/Presentation Gala saw 20+ participants step onstage to share their creative interpretations of DS characters, costumes, and more.

All work done by the Fest staff is volunteer and fans are invited by Volunteer Coordinator Nina Johnson to volunteer their time during the weekend to help in various ways. Later Saturday evening about 2 dozen staff members and volunteers joined Lara, John, Kathryn, Kathleen, and Marie for a special private "thank-you" party.

Sunday brought special live performances: Chris read from his new comic book, then Jim played guitar and entertained everybody with his country western-themed songs. Next David and Lisa presented a dramatic scene from "Summer and Smoke." Jonathan then returned to the stage and gave a strong reading of a scene from Shakespeare's "Richard III." The final event was the closing banquet dinner, enjoyed by approximately 500 fans. Participating onstage were Kathleen, Roger, and Lisa.

As a Fest staff member myself, I thank everyone who was involved: Our DS guests and their companions, my fellow staff members, the volunteers, and you, the fans of all ages, who joined us for a few hours-a day-2 days-the entire weekend. Special thanks to Lance and the Vista staff as well as the welcoming, attentive, and cooperative hotel personnel with whom I worked before, during, and after the Fest.

*** SG NOTE: As of this time, we have not yet set specific plans for the next Fest. I will premiere-announce details as we confirm them in these SG Updates to the SG Yahoogroup. I also will expand on the brief Updates in upcoming published SG newsletters.

Marcy Robin

ShadowGram1@yahoo.com

www.ShadowGram.com