5 items from 2016
Despite the name Hotel Dallas and general premise surrounding a replica of Southfork Ranch (where both the old and new Dallas series were filmed) built in Romania by an aspiring capitalist, husband and wife directing duo Sherng-Lee Huang and Livia Ungur‘s film is really about a country crippled under its past that’s still unsure of its future. It’s about art and its ability to speak to people’s hearts and souls whether seeking to do so or not. It’s also about a young girl who grew to embrace a vocation that one day allowed her to work alongside her childhood celebrity crush: Patrick Duffy. Part documentary, soap opera-y restaging of history, memory curio, and love letter to home, this art piece is as uniquely informative as imaginatively wild.
Do not expect convention or concrete answers beyond philosophical dreamscapes of poetic words trying their best to encapsulate »
- Jared Mobarak
It was 36 years ago today that the world was left with what still stands as one of TV’s greatest cliffhangers: In the March 21, 1980 episode of primetime soap Dallas, J.R. Ewing is shot twice by an unseen assailant. Viewers were left frustratedly wondering who shot the conniving oil tycoon and whether he would survive. The whodunnit mystery had everyone guessing for a while: J.R. had a host of enemies, so there were lots of suspects. CBS created a marketing campaign around the phrase “Who shot J.R.?” T-shirts and bumper stickers printed with the phrase and “I Shot J.R.” became a common sight over the summer. During the 1980 presidential election, Republican campaigners made buttons that read “A Democrat shot J.R.,” while Jimmy Carter told people at a fundraiser in Texas, “I came to Dallas to find out confidentially who shot J.R. If any of you could let me know that, »
- Emily Rome
The impact of the long-running TV series “Dallas” on Eastern Europe, already the subject of books and academic studies, is now the focus of a docu-fiction work, “Hotel Dallas,” made its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama Documentary section Feb. 15. Film screens today and Saturday.
Written, produced and directed by New York City-based wife and husband artist duo Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, the film, in which former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy makes an appearance, is both a nostalgic look at the primetime soap as well as an indictment of the corruption that has plagued Romania since the end of communist rule.
During the 1980s, “Dallas” was the only U.S. series on Romanian television. Some have speculated that the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu allowed “Dallas” on TV in order to show the greed and corruption of American capitalism. Ungur, who grew up in Romania and immigrated to the U. »
- Ed Meza
Following the debut of Irvin Yeaworth Jr.'s The Blob in 1958, filmgoers were safe from its absorbent wrath until Beware! The Blob (aka Son of Blob) invaded the big screen in 1972. Now Kino Lorber is looking to bring the oozing menace into living rooms with their newly announced Blu-ray and DVD release of The Blob sequel.
Kino Lorber revealed today that they will release Beware! The Blob on Blu-ray and DVD sometime in 2016. The enhanced release will benefit from a new HD master. No special features are known at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
Beware! The Blob stars Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Larry Hagman, Dick Van Patten, Shelley Berman, Gerrit Graham, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Sig Haig, and Burgess Meredith. The sequel was directed by Larry Hagman from a screenplay by Anthony Harris and Jack Woods. For those unfamiliar with the film, »
- Derek Anderson
Goodbye, farewell, and amen. Wayne Rogers, who played Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre, on the long-running mega-hit CBS comedy, M*A*S*H, has passed away, at the age of 82. According to Entertainment Tonight, McIntyre died from complications of pneumonia.
While M*A*S*H, starring Alan Alda, ran on CBS from 1972 to 1983, Rogers left the show in 1975. He went on to appear in many more cancelled or ended shows, including City of Angels, House Calls, and Murder She Wrote. Rogers also starred as Tony Nelson (the Larry Hagman role) in the I Dream of Jeannie TV series movie sequel, I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later.
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5 items from 2016
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