Monday, May 16, 2011

Shadowgram Update 5/14/2011

The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
The Official Dark Shadows News Updates - posted via The ShadowGram Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates
An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM
Number 239           May 14, 2011
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online DS News Update "bulletin."

The new DS theatrical version has been given a May 11, 2012 release date by Warner Brothers Studio, which is behind the film along with Johnny Depp's Infinitum/Nihil Productions, GK (Graham King) Productions, and the Dan Curtis Estate.
SG announced the project in July, 2007, and has continued reporting confirmed developments in each SG print issue and in SG Online Updates. Johnny fulfills a childhood dream to portray "Barnabas." His longtime collaborator Tim Burton (also a lifelong DS fan) will direct. Production starts this month, shooting entirely in London's Pinewood Studios and at locations in England.
"Theatre executives" and SG received the following "Release Calendar" announcement 5-13: "Title: Dark Shadows. Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: 05/11/12. In Wide Release."
SG reminds fans: "There's always a possibility that a strategic or technical reason could lead to a change of the release date, but (this is) the date currently scheduled." The movie "will be filled with familiar characters from the original DS but also promises to have some new twists, as well as the addition of Johnny's and Tim's unique style."
SG will be kept informed and announce confirmed developments.
CAST: Barnabas - Johnny Depp. Angelique - Eva Green. Victoria - Bella Heathcote. Elizabeth - Michelle Pfeiffer.  Julia - Helena Bonham Carter. Willie - Jackie Earle Haley. Carolyn - Chloe Moretz. David - Gulliver McGrath. Young Barnabas - Thomas McDonnell. 
The screenplay is by Seth Graham-Smith from a script by John August. Music composer: Danny Elfman. ((SG previously announced Robert Cobert's original DS Theme or other musical elements may be incorporated into the movie score))  Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs. Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood.

Recent SG Online Updates and the current Double SG #119-#120 print issue have premiere-announced official news for 2011's annual DS Cast Reunion & Fan Convention.
August 19, 20 & 21, 2011 (Friday to Sunday)
New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-246-7000
We welcome our DS guests for a full weekend of sharing DS together with them and fans of all ages from across the US and beyond.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy,
Marie Wallace, Kathleen Cody, Donna Wandrey, Sharon Smyth, and others to be announced.
Newly-added guest: Bobbi Ann Woronko. She played "Nurse Pritchard" in a 1968 episode and was Miss Polish America at the time. Her appearance was well-documentated with an on-set ABC-TV publicity photo shoot.
--- SG Premiere Announcement - Weekend Highlights:
Jonathan Frid and David Selby present a dramatic performance live on stage - performing together for the first time since 1971.
Programming highlights throughout the weekend: Guest onstage talks, audience Q&A sessions, and live presentations; free guest autographs and photo opportunities with fans; huge Marketplace Vendors/Dealers area with countless items for sale at a range of prices; rare video screenings; panel talk on the new DS movie; DS memorabilia auction to benefit charities; answering your questions and discussing DS' history, current events, and more; the real "Collinwood" historical presentation; fans onstage in Costume/Presentation Gala just for the fun of sharing; and other surprises.
General Daily Hours - PLEASE NOTE: All times are approximate and subject to change.
FRI. 8-19: Registration opens 4pm. Fest programming runs 6pm-midnight. SAT. 8-20: Registration opens 10am and programming runs 11am-midnight. SUN. 8-21 Registration opens 10am and programming runs 11am-5pm.
Sunday evening at 6-9pm is the DS Anniversary Awards Ceremony & Dinner. Guests and fans will enjoy a full dinner, with an all-new 45th Anniversary Retrospective Tribute, special awards ceremony, and door prizes. In addition, each attendee will receive exclusive DS commemorative gifts and a personally autographed photo of Barnabas signed by Jonathan Frid. (Jonathan will not be signing autographs during the weekend. Memorabilia from his personal collections will be offered in auction. Fans with winning bids on these items may have the opportunity to greet him and have him sign those items.) Both casual, office, and formal dress are welcome at the Dinner.
The hotel has a very limited number of sleeping rooms available at a special reduced Fest rate that is substantially lower than the notrmal per-night room rate.
Fans are urged to make their Brooklyn Marriott sleeping room reservations as soon as possible. You must call the hotel directly and mention the "Dark Shadows Festival" to receive the discount rate: Please call 1-718-246-7000.
Fans seeking potential hotel roommates may contact the Fest Roommate Coordinator, Pam Jarman: She will relay contact information to fans, who then make their own arrangements. Contact Pam at or send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to Pam Jarman, P.O. Box 45674, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The Fest asks SG to announce: "If the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge sells out of sleeping rooms, out-of-town fans are advised to secure room reservations with one of the following hotels that are approximately 1 mile away, with easy taxi and subway access to the host Marriott Hotel."
New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, NY, NY 10006 (phone 212-385-4900) Millenium Hilton Hotel, 55 Church Street, NY, NY 10007 (phone: 212-693-2001)
--- The Fest also asks SG to announce: "The DS Festival/Official Fan Club expects to send out registration information for the convention and dinner event after June 1. For further advance information, fans may send a SASE (self-addressed, stamped return envelope) to: Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. Additional information also should be posted soon at the website."
PLEASE NOTE: SG is * not * involved in this mailing or the Fest website. These are handled solely through the Fest. You MUST include the Fest membership registration form with all payments. This required form will be included in the mass mailing and should be posted on the Fest website after the mailing goes out. Please send any questions about memberships, payments, etc., directly to the Fest at the above addresses..

Joe has the title role in HESHER, opened in limited release 5-13. SG #117-#118 has extensive commentaries, reviews, and analyses of the film after it world-premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Co-starring and produced by 2010 Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, it's the story of a father and son, deeply grieving after the recent death of their wife/mother in a car accident. Joe's brash, long-haired heavy-metal character literally moves into their home and becomes the violent catalyst - physically and emotionally - in changing their lives. The slang term "hesher" means a burned-out, delinquent, profane "loser" living on the edge of society. HESHER is rated R for "disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content."

Please share with SG any HESHER articles, reviews, interviews, or publicity material you find. Send all materials to SG's e- or postal- mail addresses below.

A publication party for Kathryn's supernatural thriller novel "Dark Passages" will be held 8-7 at Diesel Bookstore in Santa Monica (Brentwood), CA.
Reflecting Kathryn's (Maggie) own DS ties, it's a story set in the early 1960s about a popular hit TV soap opera. A young woman actress, who's actually a telekinetic vampire raised to resist human blood, joins the series' cast. She finds herself confronted by "her nemesis, a beautiful spell-weaving 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her." The 2 also vie for "the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own."
The publication party will be at 3:00 on 8-7 at Diesel - A Bookstore in Brentwood, located in the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA. 90402. 310-576-9960.
Fans attending the event are welcome to share their photos and reports with SG.

--- All fans are invited and encouraged to send SG any and all DS-related media mentions that you find at any time. Such references can be about the DS personnel and their projects, the upcoming Depp/Burton DS movie, the DS Festivals, DS merchandise, etc These items can come online, in print, or on the air; be international, national, or local; general or detailed; accurate or incorrect in content; specific or generic references.
Please identify the complete source and send all materials to the SG addresses below.
These items are important to the ShadowGram Newsletters, the actual complete published Official DS Newsletter and News Source. The current issue is the huge Double SG #119-#120 and it is immediately available by postal-mail subscription.
SG print edition subscription information is later in this Update.

Please include your full name so I can list you as a Contributor in the published SGs. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, photos, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for sharing.
This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and is dispersed by interested people  to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, in personal emails and other online/print communications. Please include SG's complete address and subscription information in your sharing.
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Membership in the group is free and you do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join.
You can read past SG Online Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.
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Thank you.
Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
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