Friday, June 30, 2006
One of the film's plotline's from its IMDb page: "Dorchester, one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Boston, is no place for the weak or innocent. It's a territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets littered with broken families, hearts, dreams. When one of its own, a 4-year-old girl, goes missing, private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything -- their relationship, their sanity and even their lives -- to find a little girl-lost."
The movie, which is listed as currently filming, is based on Dennis Lehane's novel of the same title.
Before he starred in those first couple seasons of "Dallas," Ashton did some fun classic TV, such as "Wonder Woman," "Police Woman," "M*A*S*H" and "Starsky and Hutch." He's also appeared in films such as "Beverly Hills Cop I" and "II." Keep up with his work at his official website, http://www.johnashton.com.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The second 2006 project for Paul is the movie "Seance," in which he plays a character named Spence. The film's plotline from the IMDb: "In an attempt to rid their dorm of a troublesome little girl ghost a group of college students inadvertently bring back the little girl's killer." Keep track of the film's progress at http://www.snowfallfilms.com.
And the latest project on Paul's plate is the movie "Nine Miles Down," in which he has the starring role. From the film's official website: "The philosophical thriller 'Nine Miles Down' is a spine-chilling journey into the psyche of a man struggling to escape his tortured past. In the remote desert of the Australian Outback, a sandstorm batters a deserted drilling station. Thomas ("Mac") MacLeash, a security patrolman, battles through the high winds to find out why all contact with the station has been lost. Originally built for gas exploration, and then abandoned, the site had recently been taken over by a multi-national research team intent on drilling deeper into the earth’s crust than ever before." The film is due in 2007. To learn more, visit the film's official website, http://www.ninemilesdown.com.
To keep track of Paul's projects, check out his quite extensive news page at:
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Nichols has done some other notable soap work: He was the sinister Stefan Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital" and its offshoot "Port Charles." He played a paramedic on a couple episodes of "Dallas" in the early '80s, and he was a flight attendant in the pilot of "Dynasty" in 1981. (Now, if he woulda made a "Dukes of Hazzard" appearance, we're thinking that woulda made him our first-ever BRBTV quadruple shot!)
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
By the way, as you're out browsing, check out a little more on Aaron Spelling, who just died on Friday, and his life:
Monday, June 26, 2006
Walker's recent work includes episodes of f/X's "The Shield" and NBC's "ER" this year, and she was the "Profiler" in the late 1990s on NBC. (The latter series also featured her "SB" costar A Martinez.)
BRBTV News Blog Blip: Remember to catch "Desolation Canyon" this Saturday on the Hallmark Channel, where you'll see our own Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing of "Dallas") and the aforementioned A Martinez! Check out the February 10 post of the BRBTV News Blog for photos and more details!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
"Prison Break," Fox's daring drama that has been garnering a lot of attention lately (and which BRBTV affectionately calls "Prison Boys") is moving its shooting from Chicago to Dallas, now that its convict characters have broken out of the prison its first season was centered on, a prison that Joliet Correctional Center in Chicago had provided the backdrop for. In a story in the Hollywood Reporter, Janis Burklund, director of the Dallas Film Commission, talks about not just this new "Prison Break" shooting but also some other Dallas shooting news: It looks like the big-screen version of "Dallas" will shoot up to four weeks in the city, with the rest of the shoot taking place in Louisiana.
"I would have liked to have gotten the whole film," Burklund was quoted as saying, "but given that the large studio films are so intent on incentives, I'm actually fairly happy, because initially we were only going to get four or five days of it. We got a significant bump up, so I feel good about that."
She adds: "We've been fighting a battle of getting state incentives in place to combat what Louisiana and New Mexico and some of the others are doing. Hopefully this will help in our battle to get our legislators to understand what we need."
Read the whole story about BRBTV's fave prison boys, and the Dallas shooting, at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/columns/on_location_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002691161.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Check out the official website: http://www.hottamalethemovie.com. You can see Best in the cast clips, read his acting bio and see him in the photo gallery. The movie's cast also includes Jason Priestly, Carmen Elektra and Randy Spelling (yes, son of "Dynasty" producer Aaron, brother of Tori).
A bit from the movie's synopsis: "A small sleepy town in Wyoming is just no place for a young man with dreams of playing the timbale drums in a salsa band. Seizing his destiny, Harlan (Randy Spelling) packs up his car, bids the Midwest adios, and heads west to the Mecca of showbiz wannabes everywhere: Los Angeles."
The film is directed and written by soap hunk Michael Damian, with some help from his wife, Janeen Damian, who just happens to be Best's daughter. Janeen, by the way, starred as Mary Lou in the "Dukes" episode "A Baby for the Dukes." She's had an interesting career, from Solid Gold dancer to stunt double!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
- Leigh McCloskey, who is a BRBTV triple shot as Mitch Cooper on "Dallas" and both Zack Kelton and Ethan Asher on "Santa Barbara," turns 51 today, June 21.
- Paula Irvine, who played the second Lilly Light Blake on "SB," was born the same year as BRB and turns 38 tomorrow, June 22.
- Ted Shackelford, who was Gary Ewing on "Dallas" and its spinoff, "Knots Landing," turns 60 on Friday, June 23.
BRBTV News Blog Blip: "Dynasty" producer Aaron Spelling has suffered a stroke, "Entertainment Tonight" and various other news agencies are reporting. The 83-year-old Spelling has reportedly been in ill health since an oral cancer diagnosis in 2001.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
BRBTV News Blog Blip: "Dynasty" has dropped from the SoapNet schedule. But don't worry, "Dallas" fans -- J.R. and crew are still airing.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Jonathan Bennett, who even had a role on John Schneider's latest show "Smallville," has been cast as Bo Duke. He's done a smattering of other TV appearances, including the WB / CW's "Veronica Mars." His counterpart, Luke Duke, will be Randy Wayne, who's had a recurring role on ABC's new "Sons & Daughters." They're both 25, nice and young enough for this take on the cousins when they first come to Hazzard County and get busted for moonshinin'. Their cousin Daisy will be played by April Scott, who's done some modeling (particularly on SoapNet's "SoapTalk").
BRBTV will try to tactfully remain quiet about the casting of the beautiful Sherilyn Fenn as Lulu Hogg. (We always loved Lulu, and we always loved Fenn as the irrepressible Audrey in "Twin Peaks" -- but holy cow, talk about universes colliding!) Willie Nelson will return as Uncle Jesse. Christopher McDonald will take over the role of Boss Hogg. He's done a whole lotta TV, and Kryptonian fans will know him as the voice of Jor-El in the "Justice League" and "Superman" animated series. Adam Shulman, who (appropriately enough) looks to be a newbie in the biz, will play Enos.
With Robert Berlinger at the helm and a script by Shane Morris, the film is currently titled "The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning" and scheduled for 2007 release.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Now, you can't see 'em very well, but those are stars-and-bars centerpieces on the wheel covers. Coolness. (It was dark outside when we got this shot, around midnight after the track closed.)
Donnie lives in Loganville now, but at the time when "The Dukes" originally filmed in Georgia in 1978, he was living in Conyers, one of the show's filming sites. He says he could hear some of the car chases and crazy stunts going on up and down the road.
He plans to have another "Dukes of Hazzard" night at the speedway next year, by the way. Keep an eye on the website.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Call it the midnight movies: "Dallas: The Early Years," the recast TV miniseries that told the story of the beginning of the Ewing-Barnes feud and how Jock and Digger both vied for Miss Ellie's hand, runs at midnight on Wednesday, June 21. The two high-action movies that utilized the regular "Dallas" cast will also air: "Dallas: J.R. Returns" airs at midnight on Tuesday, June 20 and "Dallas: War of the Ewings" at midnight on Thursday, June 22.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Written and directed by Andrew Robinson (no, not that Andrew Robinson), the film centers on an 18-year-old kid, played by Robinson, who learns something from his mother's past. Arnold plays Neil McKenzie in the movie. An excerpt from the IMDb's plotline: "Eighteen-year-old Steven Borman is at a crossroads in his life. With no real future in sight, he's forced to work his mother's antique shop. A struggling single mother, Angela Borman has been the subject of town gossip since becoming pregnant with Steven at age 16. Together, Steven and Angela just try to make it through the day without killing each other. Their lives are turned upside down when a former friend, Eric Mackenzie, returns home to Shimmer after almost 20 years. But all is not well in the quiet little town. Steven is inexplicably drawn to Eric, and during a night of drinking he and his friends break into Eric's home and uncover a photograph linking Eric to his mother and a past he's never known."
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
- Waylon Jennings, our "Dukes of Hazzard" balladeer, was born on June 15, 1937 and died on February 13, 2002.
- Eileen Davidson, the last Kelly Capwell on "Santa Barbara," turns 47 on Thursday, June 15.
- Joan Van Ark, Lucy's mom Valene Ewing on "Dallas" and its spinoff "Knots Landing," turns 63 on Friday, June 16.
- Nedra Volz, our bright and feisty Miz Tisdale on "Dukes," was born on June 18, 1908 and died on January 20, 2003.
Monday, June 12, 2006
"Driftwood," where Beatty plays a character named Doc Roberts, is written and directed by horror maven Tim Sullivan. The plot line from the IMDb: "Riddled with guilt over the loss of his rock star older brother, 16-year-old David Forrester (Ricky Ullman) becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an 'Attitude Adjustment Camp for Troubled Youths' run by the sadistic Captain Doug Kennedy (Diamond Dallas Page) and his brutal young henchman, Yates (Talan Torriero). Once there, David becomes haunted by the spirit of Jonathan (Connor Ross), a former inmate who met a mysterious end; a mystery whose resolution could very well be David's only way out." You can learn more about the film at http://www.horrorchannel.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4399.
Beatty's other current project is "Welcome to Paradise," written and directed by Brent Huff. BRBTV was delighted to see William Shockley sharing the writing credits -- he was the amazing, can't-help-but-be-hunky Hank Lawson on CBS' "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Shockley even posted his own official plot line for the film to the IMDb message board: "'Welcome to Paradise' is a family film about a female minister (Crystal Bernard) whose faith and conviction in God leads her to the small town of Paradise, Texas, where she finds a community in need of direction, a church congregation searching for inspiration, and the one man (William Shockley) who just might be the love of her life." Sounds cool. Beatty plays Trevor Goodman in the film.
Friday, June 09, 2006
That rounds out our week of special CMT DukesFest 2006 coverage. We want to send warm wishes and thanks to the folks we saw there at the event, including all the folks we profiled here in the blog, plus "Dukes" fan Tony, who caught BRB in the stands for a second, Jon and Amber and Paul and Cheryl. Thanks to Lee owner Mike for talking with us after the show for a story for the Covington (Ga.) News. It's always so much fun to share the love of a show like this!
BRBTV News Blog Blip: Next up for BRB is Braselton, Georgia. If you're anywhere near it, or you can be, don't miss the "Dukes of Hazzard" Night at the Lanier National Speedway. James Best, fresh off this DukesFest gig, will be there, and they'll have a special cop chase of a Lee around the track and other fun stuff. BRB will be signing copies of "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" Check their website, LanierSpeedway.com, for details. See ya there!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
In these couple-a shots, you can see the Sea of Lees lined up along the raceway. Another Lee was charging around the track, offering rides to attendees. At the bottom, Ben Jones does his hostly duties -- and a whole lot of performin' -- from the trackside stage.
BRBTV birthdays this week:
- Gary Graham, who made a couple appearances on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and whom BRBTV just likes anyway, turned 46 on Monday, June 6.
- Colleen Camp, one of the Jenna Wades on "Dallas," turned 53 yesterday, June 7.
- Andrew Stevens, who was the slightly weasely Casey Denault on "Dallas," turns 51 this Saturday, June 10.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
John and Jaci Jablonski and Rick and Paula Jablonski, two brothers and their wives, all of Ohio, jointly own this lovely Lee. BRBTV got a chance to chat with Paula Jablonski about the car, which is one of the treasured 17 Lees recovered from Warner Bros. by Wayne Wooten and his Dodge Charger Registry of Grafton, Va., a few years after the show left the airwaves. Only the transmission has been replaced on this car; everything else is original, Jablonski said, even the tires.
Photo by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
And this Lee makes the rounds, for sure.
“We’re here every year,” Jablonski said, “and then usually every weekend we’re somewhere with it.”
This Lee, a stunt car, was used in the episode “Goodbye, General Lee” (and possibly others, though "Goodbye, General Lee" is the one that's documented for it). It's done jumps and wheel stands and the like for Bo and Luke. Jablonski tastefully declines revealing the price she paid for it – or what it’s worth. But hey, in Hazzard County, everything's priceless ...
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
At any rate, all of the "Dukes" stars -- the whole surviving cast assembling for this special year of the event -- were real troopers, signing as fast as they could to accommodate the most number of people. Here's a glimpse at Catherine Bach (who reapplied her lipstick to rousing cheers and wolf whistles from the male attendees nearby), James Best and Rick Hurst.
Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
Monday, June 05, 2006
You see, when Waylon Jennings explained in those first few episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" in 1979 that the Dukes "had the whiskey craft," he really meant the Rushings. Following in the legacy of his father and grandfather, Jerry Elijah Rushing ran two million gallons of bootleg moonshine whiskey through the beautiful hills of North Carolina in his 1958 Chrysler 300-D, which he dubbed "Traveler," after General Robert E. Lee's horse.
BRBTV had the pleasure of chatting with Mr. Rushing at DukesFest this past weekend, where he was set up with his lovely wife Dean, Larry Wolfel of TravelerMovie.com, and the bold, white Traveler itself.
As Rushing signed our copy of his autobiography "The Real Duke of Hazzard," we asked what stands out in his mind about those early days of filming the show in Georgia, when he even guest-starred as used-car dealer Ace Parker in the episode, "Repo Men":
"I just thought it was kinda exciting, that they were making a TV show about my life." He added with a smile, "I was a bit of an outlaw back then."
Since then, of course, Rushing has known the redeeming love of Jesus Christ in his life, and his autobiography shares a lot about that. (You can find Rushing's book, by the way, at Amazon.com.)
Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
Friday, June 02, 2006
The show, set in 1930s Athens, Ga., debuts on June 30 and continues on July 1-2, 7-9 and 14-16. All performances begin at 8 p.m. It's on the campus of California Lutheran University. Tickets, at $50-65, can be ordered by phone at (805) 493-3455. For more information, visit http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org/festival/tickets.php. You can also learn more about the show, and all of Davies' activities, in the forum at his official website, www.lane-davies.com.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Click over and you'll hear the fun sound bytes and see the lovely images of these two fine actresses, who are playing a couple feuding characters reminiscent of their "Dynasty" days. The site also features some nice write-ups from national publications.
"Legends," which will also hit Philly, San Diego, Chicago and other U.S. spots, is a revival of the 1986 stage comedy that originally starred Carol Channing and Mary Martin (the mom of our "Dallas" icon Larry Hagman). The show "centers on two somewhat desperate and waning movie stars named Sylvia (played by Collins) and Leatrice (played by Evans)," according to the site. "Both actresses are courted by an unscrupulous young producer to star together in a Broadway show, despite the fact that they have hated each other for decades." Yummy!