It was a July morning in 1989 in Portland, Oregon, and Dana, a writer and teacher, was working on a play. So when her phone started ringing at about 11:30 a.m., she let it go to her answering machine.
Then she heard the message an ABC executive had left for her, and she called back.
“I still remember how sunny my voice sounded when he picked up the phone,” Danna told Entertainment Weekly. “Then he said, and these words are inscribed in my brain,
Those two West Hollywood tragedies pushed the California Legislature to enact the nation’s first anti-stalking laws. They also forced film and TV performers and their handlers to reconsider how they interacted with the public. The result for many stars: though they were safer, they also were more insulated from fans, reclusive, and walled off.
Now, in the wake of Christina Grimmie’s June 11 murder, online stars who weren’t even alive when Schaeffer died face an almost existential question. How can they protect themselves while still maintaining and building their most valuable resource: a direct relationship with their ardent fans?
Kevin Williamson’s new drama project about cops who go after stalkers just received a CBS pilot order. The Vampire Diaries and The Following writer-producer’s show is a described as a “psychological thriller centered around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the Lapd.”
It case you’re wondering, the show is based on a real police unit. The Lapd created the country’s first Threat Management Unit in the early 1990s after actress
Salerno, 40, began the project when he was 30. “I don’t recommend 10-year productions. It’s extraordinary to be standing here and I want to thank everyone who shared stories with me for the first time,” including Jean Miller (pictured above with Salerno) who at age 14 met J.D. Salinger, who was then 30. Salinger pursued her until she was 18 and once they went to bed left her.
“Something I’ve never told,” Salerno added, “Deborah Randall who is credited as a producer is my mom. We made this film together and she’s very sick and wasn’t able to be here tonight. So after a decade it’s an emotional night and with your permission I’d like to dedicate this to her.
Birthday shoutouts go to Shawn Colvin, who is 57, and Pat Benatar is 60. This year's biggest Oscar snubs. Did anyone really believe Matthew McConaughey was going to get a nomination?ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee insists that the network loves Happy Endings, and that's why it's now also seen on Sunday, "To raise sampling," but no decision about its future has been made.In a bit of a surprise, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower beat The Vow and Magic Mike for Favorite Dramatic Film at the People's Choice Awards.In ratings news, Stars In Danger wasn't ready for the deep end.Chris Colfer blogs about Struck By Lightning. Speaking of, here he is with Lea Michele, who won the People's Choice award for Favorite TV Comedic Actress.
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Our evening began, fittingly, at the Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard, where we were shown a number of bizarre "artifacts" from the Charlie Manson killings and the Heaven's Gate mass suicide. There were also some of the most sickening images I have ever seen, taken by an L.A. woman and her
Today being Valentine's Day, what better time to pay homage to one of cinema's most lovelorn maniacs? "The Love Bomber" was the villain of the 1984 made-for-tv thriller City Killer, the terrifyingly romantic tale of a deranged stalker's quest to prove his worth to the woman he loves by demolishing infrastructure.
The big three TV networks rarely make original movies anymore; cable networks have been left to pick-up the slack. Were it made today, City Killer would almost assuredly be a Lifetime
In 1989, Rebecca Schaeffer, a 21-year-old television actress, answered the door of her West Hollywood apartment to a flower delivery man. Moments later, Robert Bardo shot her in the chest at point-blank range. He was a crazed fan who had been following her for weeks and adopted the disguise to gain entry to her home. The case caused a sensation, eventually leading to anti-stalking legislation, and for months was the talk of Hollywood. Schaeffer's fiancé, Brad Silberling, then 26, a film graduate, was caught up in the story as he struggled to come to terms with his loss. Minutes before she died, he had spoken to her on the phone and wished her luck for an audition later that day for The Godfather Part III.
'It stopped me cold in my tracks.
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