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

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

ShadowGram@aol.com


Number 215. April 30, 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."

---- Jonathan Frid returns as Barnabas Collins in Big Finish's new audio drama "The Night Whispers".

---- Conard Fowkes memorial service May 3, 2010 – open to the public.

---- Spectre Toys: New Barnabas and Angelique action figures

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JONATHAN FRID RETURNS AS BARNABAS COLLINS

Big Finish Productions are proud to announce that Jonathan Frid will be returning to the role of vampire Barnabas Collins for the very first time in "The Night Whispers", an all-new Dark Shadows audio drama. Dark Shadows, the classic horror soap opera, originally aired from 1966-1971 on ABC TV. A feature film remake, starring Johnny Depp, from director Tim Burton, is due to begin shooting before the end of 2010.

As reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid helped establish Dark Shadows as a pop culture phenomenon. Joining him for this special release is Emmy Award winner John Karlen as Willie Loomis, with legendary horror star Barbara Steele, who played Dr. Julia Hoffman in the 1991 Dark Shadows remake on NBC.

Dark Shadows audio producer and writer Stuart Manning comments: "Big Finish have been producing Dark Shadows audio dramas with the classic cast since 2006, and it's an honor to welcome Jonathan back as Barnabas for this special release."

Dark Shadows: The Night Whispers will be released on CD in June as part of Big Finish's ongoing series of Dark Shadows dramatic readings. The first teaser trailer can be heard online at www.bigfinish.com/dark-shadows

DARK SHADOWS: THE NIGHT WHISPERS
An Original Dramatic Reading

"He'd gaze across time and see himself at the other side unchanged..."

Long since released from his vampire curse, Barnabas Collins has settled into a new life away from the supernatural. But when a powerful storm sweeps through Collinsport, the elements bring back memories of past sins. Who is the mysterious spirit whispering in the darkness, and what is its connection with Barnabas?

Jonathan Frid returns as Barnabas for the first time since 1971 in this all new dramatic reading, based on the classic ABC TV
series.

Written by Stuart Manning
Directed by Darren Gross & Jim Pierson
Starring
Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), John Karlen (Willie Loomis), Barbara Steele (Celeste)
Producers: Stuart Manning, Jason Haigh Ellery
Executive Producer: Jim Pierson
Post Production: David Darlington
RRP: £9.99/$13.00. Duration: 45 minutes approx.
www.bigfinish.com

*** SHADOWGRAM NOTE: The new huge double issue of ShadowGram # 117-118 shows the cover of "The Night Whispers" and has cast photos and other details from Big Finish's 2010 DS audio dramas. This new issue is in the process of being mailed to all current postal mail subscribers. Subscription/renewal information is at the end of this email.

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From the 04-30-10 New York Times: "Actors' Equity Association hosts a Celebration of the Life of Conard Fowkes on Monday, May 3, 6pm at the Laura Pels Theater, 111 West 46th Street, New York, N.Y. The public is invited."

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A SPECTRE OF THINGS TO COME AND A COUPLE OF BLASTS FROM THE PAST: INTRODUCING SPECTRE TOYS

On July 1st, SPECTRE TOYS will unleash its first products to awaiting collectors. Although a new company, its roots are firmly planted in a storied past. Spectre Toys is led by Rick Phares, the brains behind Majestic Studios, which was known for its innovative and eclectic toy output, such as the 12-inch "Battlestar Galactica" Cylon and the Zuni Fetish Warrior Replica from "Trilogy of Terror."

Out of the past, Spectre's first release is a series of 8-inch action figures from the original 1966-71 ABC-TV gothic horror serial, DARK SHADOWS, which was named one of TV Guide's "Top 25 Cult Shows Ever." Phares said, "The brilliance of the show sprung from its legendary creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. The first scene of the show came to him in a dream and he applied a dreamlike quality to the entire series."

"In keeping with our retro theme," Phares continued, "our `Dark Shadows' line will be sculpted and clothed in the 70s MEGO style. They will look exactly how 8-inch articulated figures of the day would have looked during `Dark Shadows' initial TV run, but with just a few extra modern technical touches. We`ve come a long way in manufacturing since then."

Spectre Toys has partnered with EMCE Toys, the company that brought back the 8-inch classic MEGO format. Founded by pop culture entrepreneur Joe Sena and renowned expert Paul "Dr. Mego" Clarke, EMCE has "MEGO-ized" multiple classic properties such as DC Comics superheroes, "Star Trek", "The Venture Bros." and many others.

"The resurgence of `Dark Shadows' and 70s style figures have come together at the right time," Phares added. "It's been widely reported that a new `Dark Shadows' theatrical film will be shot this fall by director Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins."

Spectre's first "Dark Shadows" release will include the brooding, 175 year old vampire Barnabas Collins and the woman who put the vampiric curse upon him - the beautiful but deadly witch Angelique. Each figure will be limited to a 3,000 piece run. The prototype for Barnabas is available for viewing now at the Spectre Toys website (www.spectretoy.com)

Soon the comic book and pop culture convention season will be in full swing. As Majestic Studios did in the past, Spectre will have a convention-exclusive figure premiering at the San Diego Comic Con, July 21st to 25th. Only 500 pieces will be available at the `Entertainment Earth' booth at San Diego.

That exclusive will be the shape-shifting werewolf Chris Jennings, a descendant of Quentin Collins from the 1890s who was likewise afflicted with lycanthropy. (Yes, Quentin was cured and later time traveled and appeared in modern times, but that's a story for another day – or better yet, go watch the DVDs from www.mpihomevideo.com)

At the San Diego Comic Con, Spectre Toys will be making a few announcements regarding further "Dark Shadows" and Spectre Toys releases. Plus, attendees will meet a special surprise guest from "Dark Shadows!" Remember; make a note to look for Spectre Toys at the `Entertainment Earth' booth. Representatives will be there to answer questions and take fan suggestions for future figures.

Samples of some of the original 1970s figures can be viewed at the Mego Museum website (http://www.megomuseum.com/).

For more information about where to purchase Spectre Toys releases, go to www.spectretoy.com.

Contact:
Spectre Toys
13659 Victory Blvd.
Suite 490
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Email: info@spectretoy.com

***** SHADOWGRAM NOTE: The new huge double issue of ShadowGram # 117-118 also have details on the Spectre Toys figures.

***** MESSAGES FROM SHADOWGRAM

This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and is dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, groups, Facebook, Live Journal, Twitter, in personal emails, and other online/print communications.

You can join the actual SG YahooGroup easily at no cost: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

If you'd like more information on how to become a SG YahooGroup member, or an invitation to join the group, please e-mail Marcy Robin at shadowgram1@yahoo.com

Thank you.

Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766

www.ShadowGram.com

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Posted today by Bill Condon on The Official Twilight fan page on Facebook:

"Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid."

To read his entire message, see A note to fans from Bill Condon

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Happy 27th
Garth Blackwood!

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Happy Birthday
Angelique Wins!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Happy Birthday to Stuart!
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:09:18 PM »
Happy Birthday
        Stuart       

Happy 30th!!!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Happy Birthday to mspeel007!
« on: April 13, 2010, 05:05:18 PM »
Happy Birthday
mspeel007!



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Happy Birthday
to one of our lurkers
VampiresSuck!

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Rebecca Staab was recently added to the guest list for the Hollywood Show on April 23-25 at the Burbank Marriott.

That's in addition to her scheduled appearance at the Florida SuperCon in Miami on June 18-20:  http://www.supercon.tv/media-guests/163-rebecca-staab

So, a '91 DS alum is willing to participate in autograph shows on both coasts, including this year's Fest location... And Adrian Paul was at last year's Comic-Con... Are you listening, Jim Pierson?!

With thanks to Kosmo!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Marie Wallace on BlogTalkRadio
« on: April 12, 2010, 05:50:44 PM »
From yesterday (4/11), the hour-long show is archived at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beckoffshow/2010/04/11/the-beckoff-show.  [DS fan] Matt Beckoff's first guest is Jeff Thompson, who phones at 14 minutes into the show to discuss his book about Dan Curtis, the original DS, and what he knows about the new movie, and he's joined after a couple of minutes by a call from Marie Wallace, who talks about the DS Festivals, Jonathan Frid, her roles on DS, her book and website, and HoDS.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Happy Birthday to MB!
« on: April 09, 2010, 07:01:49 AM »
[icecream]  Ice Cream and Cake, Do the Ice Cream and Cake  [occasion15]


[occasion16]    Happy Birthday   [occasion16]
Mysterious Benefactor!

[icecream]  Ice Cream and Cake, Do the Ice Cream and Cake  [occasion15] 

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Happy Birthday to borgosi!
« on: April 08, 2010, 04:04:27 PM »
Happy Birthday
    borgosi
   


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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Happy Birthday to ProfStokes!
« on: April 08, 2010, 03:52:37 PM »
Happy Birthday
ProfStokes!



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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

ShadowGram@aol.com


Number 213. April 6, 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."

***** SG PREMIERE ANNOUNCEMENT:

----- UPDATING: DS FESTIVAL'S "SHADOWS IN THE SUN"
CAST REUNION & FAN CONVENTION

SG here announces our updated guest list, programming details, special events, and membership / Banquet prices.

The new SG newsletter print issue – a HUGE Double SG #117-#118 – will be sent to all current postal-mail subscribers very soon. I will announce its publication and highlight its contents in a SG Online News Update posted to the SG YahooGroup.

******* PLEASE NOTE:
This is a SG advance announcement intended for the fans' interest and information only. SG does not handle any Fest payments or the Fest's annual general mass postal-mailing. Those are done entirely through the Fest from its New Jersey P.O. Box address.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FEST PAYMENTS TO THE FEST POSTAL-MAIL ADDRESS BEFORE APRIL 20

The mass mailing should be en route by that date. It will have the actual Payment Form you must include when you pay for your Fest membership. After the mailing is sent out, you also can print the membership form off the Fest website.

Following is the latest confirmed Fest news, which is fully detailed in the upcoming SG #117-#118 print issue, along with more premiere announcements, exclusive photos, extensive news developments, and much more. (To receive the published print issues, see SG subscription information later in this Update.)

*** SHADOWS IN THE SUN – 2010 DARK SHADOWS CONVENTION

July 16-18, 2010
Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
818-843-6000

*** From SG #117-#118:

The latest complete updated guest list: JONATHAN FRID, DAVID SELBY, LARA PARKER, JOHN KARLEN, JERRY LACY, KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT, MARIE WALLACE, CHRIS PENNOCK, LISA RICHARDS, JIM STORM, ROBERT RODAN, ROBERT COBERT, and SY TOMASHOFF. More guests to be announced.

Also confirmed to guest for the first time: KATHLEEN CODY (Hallie, Carrie) and MICHAEL BROCKMAN (Unit Manager).

Planned weekend events: Cast Reunion & autographs; Jonathan Frid dramatic readings; surprise actor performances; audience Q&As with the stars; Marketplace sales rooms with new merchandise and vintage collectibles - countless items of all types, priced from $1 or less to $100s+; discussion of the upcoming new Johnny Depp/Tim Burton DS movie; charity auction of unique DS items; rare screenings; Fan Costume/Presentation Gala (all fans are invited to participate just for the fun of sharing their creativity); DS retrospective & museum.

--- Fri., 7-16: New Special Event:
DS FRIDAY MOVIE MATINEE WITH JONATHAN FRID

At 12:30pm on 7-16, Jonathan will be honored with a handprints-in-cement ceremony at the historic Vista Theatre in LA/Hollywood (a short distance from the hotel). Following the ceremony, the 1970 MGM motion picture HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, starring Jonathan, will be shown on the big screen inside the theatre from a pristine 35 mm print.

Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323) 660-6639.

The beautifully-restored Egyptian-style Vista is more than 75 years old and located not far from the hotel, at the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, 3 blocks east of Vermont Ave., in Los Feliz (Los Angeles).

The $10 admission for the ceremony/screening includes popcorn and a soft drink. Tickets are limited. For an additional $15, round-trip bus transportation will be provided to and from the Marriott Hotel to the Vista. The movie will finish at approximately 3pm, allowing attendees time to return to the Marriott before the Fest opens at 6pm.

Fans who want bus transportation must send their reservation/payment by postal-mail to the Fest address below before July 10.

Fans who do not need transportation can purchase tickets for $10 each directly from the Vista box office during afternoon/evening operating hours (after 4pm weekdays or after 2pm weekends)

--- Sun., 7-18: DS In The Sun Special Event:
BANQUET WITH JONATHAN FRID & OTHER DS GUESTS

On 7-18 at 7pm, join the guests for a 3-course dinner in the hotel Ballroom, followed by door prizes and after-dinner entertainment. Each banquet attendee will receive a commemorative Barnabas Collins photo (from the original negative) with a personalized autograph by Jonathan. The banquet price (includes signed picture) is only $50 per person and is non-refundable. Advance reservations are required and must be received by July 10. Send payment to the Fest address below.

Please Note: Jonathan appears at the Fest only on Sat., 7-17 and Sun., 7-18. His autograph will be available only to those attending the banquet. If you are paying for the banquet, your first name will be personalized on the photograph - no exceptions. NO REFUNDS for the banquet for any reason, but if you must cancel, you will be sent your Barnabas photo autographed by Jonathan.

--- FEST PROGRAMMING & ACTIVITIES

Your Fest membership (single day/all 3 days) gives you access to all Fest activities except the Banquet and the celebration at the Vista Theatre (separate payments). All weekend, you can attend the guest Q&As and presentations, video screenings, charity auction, Costume & Presentation Gala (as a participant or in the audience), and visit the Marketplace sales rooms.

SG #119 and my SG Online News Updates posts to the SG YahooGroup will announce and report more Fest details as we finalize them.

--- SHADOWS IN THE SUN Memberships:

REMEMBER: PLEASE DO NOT MAIL ANY PAYMENTS UNTIL APRIL 20.

Admission:

Adult: $30 for all 3 days or $15 for 1 day
Children 6-12: Half-price

Above rates by mail until July 10. The same rates apply thereafter, at the door only.

For your convenience you can pay for advance membership(s), the Vista Celebration, and/or the Banquet at the same time with a single check/money order. Send payment with 2 SASEs (Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope).

All payments must include a membership form, available from the Fest website or by sending a SASE to the Fest address below. Please include the full name/address for each person for whom you are paying. Please note that the Fest can not accept credit cards or PayPal.

Fans registering in advance receive a tentative programming schedule via postal-mail shortly before the Fest.

Dark Shadows Festival
P.O. Box 92
Maplewood, NJ 07040

www.darkshadowsfestival.com

***** MESSAGES FROM SHADOWGRAM

As always, SG welcomes and invites fans who join us at the Fest to please share their photos, reports, etc., with SG. Every picture captures a unique moment and mood, and each person has an individual experience. In this way, fans who can not be with us can enjoy the convention through your sharing.

Please also send - at any time – any mentions you may find about the DS personnel and their projects, the new DS film, DS merchandise, or other DS-related news/references.

Please send all materials to the SG addresses below.

You will be named as a Contributor in upcoming print issues. You also may receive a complimentary Contributor's Copy for major donations of information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc.

The next print issue SG newsletter is a HUGE Double SG #117-#118. It will be ready very soon for all current postal-mail subscribers. The issue, subsequent SGs, and future SG Online Updates also will cover all the latest official DS-related news

Subscription information for the ShadowGram Newsletter print issues follows. When your order arrives, I will mail you the new SG #117-#118 Double Issue newsletter to begin / renew your subscription. SG #119 and subsequent issues will be sent to you and all postal-mail subscribers as they are published.

This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and is dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, groups, Facebook, Live Journal, Twitter, in personal emails, and other online/print communications.

You can join the actual SG YahooGroup easily at no cost: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

You can read past SG Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.

If you'd like more information on how to become a SG YahooGroup member, or an invitation to join the group, please e-mail Marcy Robin at shadowgram1@yahoo.com

Thank you.

Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766

Official ShadowGram Website: ShadowGram.com

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Happy Birthday
darkshadowsrick!