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Number 192. February 24, 2009.

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Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news.

**** NEW SHADOWGRAM # 114 PRINT ISSUE BEING BEING MAILED NOW ****

The latest published ShadowGram is being sent to all current postal-mail subscribers. As always, these Official DS Newsletter editions have exclusive pictures, specific announcements, and full details for all the DS-related news, far more than the brief SG Online DS News Updates "bulletins."

Following are SG # 114 highlights.

*** JONATHAN FRID LOOKS BACK AT THE DS FESTIVAL – BURBANK, CA – JULY 2008 (SG Exclusive)

SG is honored: Jonathan shares his own thoughts about the most recent Fest convention: Excerpt: "I keep reminding myself of the three recent and coming happy years involving my planning and presence at Dark Shadows festivals.... For this coming Festival next August I hope to participate in the events with other actors. " He comments on his feelings as he prepared for the Burbank event and for his previous Fest appearances (2006 and 2007). He also considers the coming Fest this summer...and he has plans....

 

*** UPDATING: 2009 DS FESTIVAL CONVENTION – Newark, NJ, Aug. 14-16, Marriott Airport Renaissance Hotel, 100 Spring St., Elizabeth, NJ 07021. 908-436-4600.Elizabeth (Newark), NJ.

SG Online Update #191 premiere-announced the convention and our confirmed guests: Jonathan, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Marie Wallace, and additionally, Donna Wandrey. More guests to be announced.

SG #114 notes Fest plans: The general schedule; some planned programming activities; membership fees and reservation information for the traditional Banquet with the Stars; and much more. The latest confirmed plans will be announced and updated in the next SG #115 print edition and in the SG Yahoo Group.

The hotel offers sleeping rooms at a special reduced per-night rate. You must mention "Dark Shadows Festival" to get the discounted rate. Fans are encouraged to make their reservations soon. Call the hotel’s direct reservations line: 866-234-7535.

For the membership registration form, plus information about volunteering at the Fest or contacting potential hotel roommates, send a SASE to Dark Shadows Festical, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. DarkShadowsFestival.com

*** UPDATING: NEW DS MOVIE PLANS

The long-awaited Warner Brothers feature film to star Johnny Depp as "Barnabas Collins" is still very much in the works, despite rumors to the contrary that have appeared in print and online. Scriptwriter John August has been hard at work and Depp's frequent collaborator Tim Burton (SWEENEY TODD, SLEEPY HOLLOW) plans to direct. If all goes well, the movie will hopefully go before cameras before year's end. However, it would not be released to theaters before late 2010 at the earliest. The next SG # 115 will announce confirmed casting and filming details.

*** UPDATING: HOUSE & NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS ON DVD

With the new Warner Bros. DS film on the horizon, Warners Home Video intends to release HODS (1970) and NODS (1971) on dvd close to the time the new movie hits theaters. This means the dvd could appear as soon as Halloween 2010, if not slightly earlier. There also is the continuing hope that NODS will be represented by a restored version featuring approx. 30 minutes of outtake footage.

 

*** SG #114 PHOTOS & NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

--- Numerous casual and candid pictures of our 2008 Festival guests: Jonathan, Lara, David Selby, John, Kathryn, Marie, Jerry Lacy, Robert Rodan, Chris Pennock, Roger Davis, Robert Cobert, and Sy Tomashoff.

A report on the Burbank Fest details the guest Q&A talks, live onstage performance of the "lost" 1968 DS script, annual Banquet With the Stars, and more. The highlight of the weekend was Jonathan’s introduction: John Karlen, as "Willie," stepped onstage holding a lit candleabra and discovers a chained coffin as the room echoes with Barnabas’ commanding "Willie!" He opens the casket, a hand shoots up from inside, grasping at his throat – and John then assists Jonathan out of the coffin, to the roaring delight of the standing-room-only audience.

--- DAVID SELBY is portraying "Abraham Lincon" at the historic re-opening of Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC – the place where Lincoln was shot in April, 1865. The theater restoration and world premiere play "The Heavens Are Hung In Black" are part of celebrations for the Bicenettial of Lincoln’s birth. David is pictured in the role and – in character – greeting President Barack Obama at the 2-11 official re-opening event.

David was keynote speaker at the 275th Anniversary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salem, MA 9-18 He also was a guest speaker at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, 2-22.

David is pictured from his Sept. readings/book signings.

--- MARIE WALLACE stars as "Beverly Carstairs" in the world premiere comedy THE CHISELERS 2-27/3-8 at the Emerging Artists’ Theatre (E.A.T.) Group. The play is at the TADA Theatre, 15 W. 28th St., NYC. 866-811-4111. Marie asks SG to tell fans she "is looking forward to seeing a number of DS fans in the audience."

Marie shares about her 2 weeks in Oct. in Greece. She "came back with great memories and some wonderful photographs," adding "every mment of our time was filled with joy."

She’s also featured in the Sondheim Review Magazine, Winter 2009 in a detailed article about the "The Gypsy Stripper Christmas Tree" – Marie’s own Broadway debut. She helped provide information, resources, and contacts with some of the people involved in the unique holiday production number.

--- PAUL MICHAEL and his lady love MARION ROSS starred in Overland Park, KS, in the premiere of a play written for them THE LAST ROMANCE. Paul’s program book biography is in SG #114, as is their Christmas card.

--- STUART GOODMAN is an executive producer of A&E’s new real-life series MANHUNTERS.

--- MARY McKINLEY-HAAS showed her paintings at a Jan. NYC art exhibit.

--- DONNA McKECHNIE will choreograph GUYS & DOLLS IN CONCERT for the iconic Hollywood Bowl this summer.

--- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT stars in the romantic comedy 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan.

--- ELAINE HYMAN’s film ONCE MORE WITH FEELING screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan.

--- MARSHA MASON & MICHAEL T. WEISS are in the debut play IMPRESSIONISM at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre; previews begin 2-28..

--- BARBARA STEELE provides commentary for the new dvd release of her starring role in 1966’s THE SHE-BEAST. Barbara is pictured from her appearance at the Chiller convention in NJ in Oct.

--- BLAIR BROWN plays a powerful, mysterious corporate executive in Fox’s new drama FRINGE.

--- MARLEY SHELTON stars as a seasoned FBI agent investigating unusual crimes in CBS’ ELEVENTH HOUR series.

--- ALSO: KATE JACKSON, CHRIS PENNOCK, SUSAN SULLIVAN, LYSETTE ANTHONY, BARBARA BLACKBURN, and other DS actors were in recent plays and films. See their sections.

**** SAD DS LOSSES:

--- DS director JOHN SEDWICK died 7-3.

--- MARY COOPER (1841 Parallel Time Josette) passed away 10-22.

 

**** NEW DS MERCHANDISE

--- MPI’s new "exclusive DS merchandise": a cell phone lanyard, mouse pad, bistro mug with spoon, and the "limited edition collectors plates" pictured in SG #113. Also available now is the "DS Bobblehead Collection, complete with all the characters! Pick up Angelique, Barnabas, Quentin, Josette, and Werewolf today! Each doll is one in a series of 5." MPI, 16101 S. 108th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60467. 800-323-0442. www.darkshadowsdvd.com

--- SG #114 reports on the new audiodramas from Big Finish Productions. These original stories are recorded by some of the DS actors.

The newest releases are: "The Skin Walkers" – In 1899 New York City, a supernatural group seeks Quentin’s powers to build their own future. "The Path of Fate" – Quentin steps onto a mysterious new stairway through time" and must ally with Angelique to help escape its swirling influences. The focus is on the characters of Quentin and Angelique, played by Lara Parker and David Selby."

"The Wicked and the Dead" stars Jerry Lacy and John Karlen – Rev. Gregory Trask is trapped in utter dark desperation behind the solid brick wall of Collinwood. Then "a stranger appears to him with an intriguing offer."

These new audiodramas and previous releases are available from the Dark Shadows Festival, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. DarkShadowsFestival.com

More information about all the audiodramas is found on Big Finish’s special website: darkshadowsreborn.com

*** SG #114: DS IN THE MEDIA – DS FILMING LOCATIONS

--- An interesting major article from the Chicago Tribune about DS, the Fests, the planned Johnny Depp film, and more.

--- DS has been featured recently in TV Guide and several publications, on-the-air programs, online genre sources, etc. Details and excerpts are in SG #114.

--- Evocative photos (taken this month) of Seaview Terrace/Carey Mansion Collinwood) and the Black Pearl (DS’ Blue Whale) coated in snowy winter white.

 

*** SG # 114 details all the above and much more.

*** COMING SOON !!!!!

THE OFFICIAL SHADOWGRAM WEBSITE: SHADOWGRAM.COM

This will be your main online source for the SG online update announcements, plus a range of photos, background information, current events, and much more.

The site presently is under construction, but please visit in a few days. As always, SG welcomes your pictures of the DS personnel, media references to DS, and more.

 

NOTE: SG #114 contains the current confirmed, official news relating to DS, its personnel, merchandise, and more. It has a different look because we still are working on the "bugs" in the new formatting process. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

NOTE: Individual news sections for the 2004 WB Pilot DS version are not included in this issue but will be available on the SG website soon.

Since last summer, I’ve had a number of unexpected, ongoing demands at home, at my fulltime job, and with other matters. These have been and continue to fill much of my time and attention. As always, everything I do for SG/DS must fit in around my daily life, and I regret that my fannish time has been severely limited of late, leading me to postpone this issue. Now it’s finally ready for all SG readers and I hope everyone enjoys it. I appreciate all your understanding and patience with the issue and my delays in correspondence, etc.

*** Fans attending play performances, personal appearances, and the Fest are encouraged and invited to send SG their photos, reports, local publicity references, etc. In this way, fans who cannot attend can enjoy the events through your experiences. Please also share with SG any DS mentions you find.

You will be named as a Contributor in the SG published issue(s). A complimentary Contributor's Copy SG print issue is given in appreciation for major contributions.

Please send all photos/images via email in high resolution jpeg format to ShadowGram1@yahoo.com

Or you can send photos/articles in hard-copy by postal-mail to

Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766.

Thank you in advance for sharing!

**** Subscription information for the ShadowGram Newsletter print issues follows. When your order arrives, I will send you the new SG #114 to begin / renew your subscription. The next SG #115 and subsequent issues will be sent to you and all postal-mail subscribers as they are published..

Thank you.


Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
E-mail: ShadowGram@aol.com

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SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the *Official* "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series, 1991 TV series, and 2004 WB pilot. Established 29 years ago in 1979, SG works directly with individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.

Regular SG print issues are published throughout the year. Free bonus complimentary breaking-news published updates can be sent to all current paid postal-mail subscribers as needed.

Brief Update bulletins are posted through the this ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates Yahoo Group.

NOTE: The e-mail Updates are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The Official DS Newsletters are the published SG print issues that expand and explain each short online post I make to this List . Each postal-mail edition, available by paid subscription, features specific detailed information, exclusive and rare photos, media coverage, and much more than the brief Updates on this List.

SG postal-mail print issues are immediately available:

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Thank you.

 

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Number 191. September 30, 2008.

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Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following breaking news.

*** SHADOWGRAM PREMIERE ANNOUNCEMENT:

*** DARK SHADOWS 2009 CONVENTION ANNOUNCED !

The Dark Shadows Festival will be presenting The Dark Shadows Resurrected convention over the weekend of August 14-16, 2009, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201.

The hotel is just five minutes from the Newark Liberty International Airport, which serves domestic and international flights for the entire NYC/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area and beyond. The hotel is less than half an hour from Manhattan-New York City by train.

Our extra-special guest of honor will be Jonathan Frid. Also scheduled to appear are John Karlen, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Marie Wallace, and other guests to be announced.

The hotel is newly-refurbished. Discounted sleeping rooms of only $120.00 + tax a night are available exclusively to Dark Shadows Resurrected attendees for a limited time. Fans may begin making room reservations now.

The Renaissance Newark Hotel reservation line: Call direct: 908-436-4600

You must mention "Dark Shadows Festival" to receive the reduced room rate.

Reservations may be made online by going to renaissancenewarkairport.com and using Dark Shadows Booking Code DKSA to receive the reduced room rate.

The next SG #114 and subsequent print issue newsletters and this SG Updates List will premiere-announce and report all confirmed convention plans, guests, and programming as we finalize them.

A general Fest postal-mailing is planned after details are set, probably by the end of the year. Fans may send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the Fest address to be used for this mass mailing. Dark Shadows Festival, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

 

*** BARBARA STEELE AT UPCOMING EVENTS

Barbara (1991 DS Julia & Natalie) makes her first appearance at the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show on Oct. 4-5 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. 818-843-6000. ((Note: This hotel was the site for our 2008 DS Festival DS Resurrected convention last July.))

Barbara will be sitting next to film director Roger Corman, who directed her in the 1960s movie adaptation of "The Pit & The Pendulum," co-starring Vincent Price. Barbara also is well-known for starring in many Italian horror classics of the 1960s such as "Black Sunday" and "Nightmare Castle," as well as Fellini's "8 1/2" and other genre favorites. http://www.hollywoodcollectorshow.com/

Barbara also is expected to attend the upcoming Chiller Convention in New Jersey Oct. 24-26 at the Hilton in Parsippany, New Jersey. http://www.chillertheatre.com/

 

*** DS MOVIES SCREENINGS – UPDATE

LARA PARKER (Angelique) will join KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT (Maggie) at screenings of the movies HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS on Oct. 17-18. The screenings are part of the annual "Shock It To Me!" Horror Film Festival at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco, CA. 415-621-6120.

Please note the films will not include any new or restored footage. Photos, books, and some other items will be available. Please see previous SG Updates #188 and #189 for more information.

 

*** DS MOVIES ON CHILLER TV

During October, the digital satellite Chiller TV channel will be showing HOUSE OF DS and NIGHT OF DS, both in their original, unedited theatrical versions. Please note the films are as they were released in theaters in 1970 and 1971, respectively. They will not include any new or restored footage. http://www.chillertv.com/

Chiller lists the airdates and times as follows:

--- HOUSE OF DS - Eastern Times:

Thursday, Oct 16 5:00 PM

Tuesday, Oct 28 1:00 AM

http://www.chillertv.com/app/Schedule/index.php

--- NIGHT OF DS – Eastern Times:

Friday, Oct 10 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Thursday, Oct 16 10:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct 29 4:00 AM

http://www.chillertv.com/app/Schedule/index.php

 

*** DS EPISODE DVDS ON SALE AT AMAZON.COM

Amazon.com includes the MPI DVD sets as part of "our premiere-season-blowout, something-for-everyone Fall TV Event, featuring over 700 titles up to 55% off." The 4-disc sets are in stock, shipping from and sold by Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000060MVN/ref=pe_25230_10262130_fe_img_9/#productPromotions

 

*** Fans attending Barbara’s appearances and the HOUSE OF DS and NIGHT OF DS screenings in San Francisco are encouraged and invited to send SG their photos, reports, local publicity references, etc. In this way, fans who cannot attend can enjoy the events through your experiences. Please also share with SG any mentions you find about the Chiller Network broadcasts or amazon.com sale.

You will be named as a Contributor in the SG published issue(s). A complementary Contributor's Copy SG print issue is given in appreciation for major contributions.

Please send all photos/images via email in high resolution jpeg format to ShadowGram@aol.com

Or you can send photos/articles in hard-copy by postal-mail to

Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766.

Thank you in advance for sharing!

**** Subscription information for the ShadowGram Newsletter print issues follows. When your order arrives, I will send you the current SG #113 and its companion SG #112 to begin / renew your subscription. The next SG #114 and subsequent issues will be sent to you and all postal-mail subscribers as they are published..

Thank you.


Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
E-mail: ShadowGram@aol.com

*****************************************************************

SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the *Official* "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series, 1991 TV series, and 2004 WB pilot. Established 29 years ago in 1979, SG works directly with individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.

Regular SG print issues are published throughout the year. Free bonus complimentary breaking-news published updates can be sent to all current paid postal-mail subscribers as needed.

Brief Update bulletins are posted on this ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates List / Marcy Robin's ShadowGram "Dark Shadows" Cyberspace News Updates List. These posts are sent via e-mail between regularly-published issues to quickly notify fans of time-sensitive developments.

You also can receive this identical SG Online Update by joining the ShadowGram Group at yahoogroups

NOTE: These e-mail Updates are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The Official DS Newsletters are the published SG print issues that expand and explain each short online post I make to this List . Each postal-mail edition, available by paid subscription, features specific detailed information, exclusive and rare photos, media coverage, and much more than the brief Updates on this List.

SG postal-mail print issues are immediately available:

--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.
---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.

Please send print issue subscription/renewal payment (check/money order) made payable to:

Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766.

Online subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to: ShadowGram@aol.com

For more information on the newsletter, please write with a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the above postal-address or e-mail: ShadowGram@aol.com

Whenever your e-mail address changes, please notify me immediately or you may not receive future Updates. Please include your old and new e-mail addresses, and your name

If you do not wish to remain on the "Official Online ShadowGram / Marcy Robin's Cyberspace Dark Shadows News Update List," please notify me directly via return e-mail.

Thank you.