Sunday, August 7, 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 246       August 6,  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."
Dick Smith did the "Old Barnabas" makeup during DS and then "improved" it for 1970's HOUSE OF DS, the first DS movie.
Dick is named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to receive its Governors Award -an Honorary Oscar - at a special dinner ceremony on Nov. 12.
The Academy describes the award recognizes "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement (and) exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences." Actor James Earl Jones also will receive the honor.
Dick, now 89, began his professional career in 1945 and created aging makeup for Dustin Hoffman as a 121-year-old in the 1970 movie LITTLE BIG MAN. He created makeup, effects, prosthetics, and more on THE GODFATHER I & II, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, THE EXORCIST, and Dan Curtis' BURNT OFFERINGS, among many other films.  He won the 1984 Oscar for AMADEUS.
As announced in a previous SG update, the publication party for Kathryn's new novel, "Dark Passages," loosely based on her own early-1960s experiences living in NYC, working as a a Bunny at the Playboy Club - and then being cast in DS.
 "A publication party for Kathryn's supernatural thriller novel "Dark Passages" will be held August 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.
--- Kathryn asks SG to announce these book-signing events:
Aug. 17 - 7pm:  Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 150 E. 86th St. at Lexington Ave., NYC, NY 10028. 212-369-2180.
Sept. 13 - 7pm - Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, CA.
--- SG Announcement:
The newest SG #121 print issue will be mailed within days to all current and new postal-mail subscribers. Its exclusives and special contents will be highlighted in an upcoming SG Online Update.
The most recent published SG Newsletter is the huge Double SG #119-#120. It can be sent with SG #121 to new subscribers. Recent SG postal-mail print issues also are available.
To subscribe to the complete ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:
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Please send your print issue subscription / renewal payment (check/money order) payable to:
Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
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--- Fans are encouraged to please share with SG any and all media mentions you find about Dick's honor. Fans attending Kathryn's book events are asked to please share their photos and reports as well.
Any time you find DS-related references, please notify SG. Media attention can come at any time for the DS personnel and their projects, the new Depp/Burton movie, DS Festivals, merchandise, etc These items can be 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 include your full name, the source, and date 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.
All such items are important to the ShadowGram Newsletters, the actual complete published Official DS Newsletter & News Source. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and worldwide. I send complementary issues directly to many of the DS cast and crew, who share their news with me for SG, and who enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.
NOTE: The e-mail Updates like this one are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The Official DS Newsletters are the published SG print issues that expand and explain each short Online Update post. The postal-mail edition is available by paid subscription and provides specific detailed information, exclusive/rare photos, media coverage - all much more than these brief Updates.
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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1991 TV series, and the new DS motion picture, now in production.. Established 32+ years ago in April, 1979, SG works directly with individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.
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