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I grew up with the Jackson 5.  I stopped paying attention after the Thriller/Billie Jean era ended.  It was just too sad to see him in later years.

BTW--did the news bring down LJ?  Even Wikipedia has had sporadic outages.

Also Farah Fawcett.  So sad.  I like 10 million other girls in America during the 70s, had a Farrah Fawcett haircut.
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Found via [ profile] missyjack is this wonderful fanvid made by [ profile] deirdre_c .  A tribute to Kim Manners--please find it our her site here and leave her feedback.  Fanvid includes clips from Kim's episodes.


Jan. 28th, 2009 07:13 am
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Guys, I tracked all the comments on three LJ posts just before I left for my drawing class last night at 5:30 pm.  It was the posts from [ profile] missyjack , [ profile] anteka  and [ profile] canadiangoddess  about reports from the set of SPN about Kim. 

I didn't log in last night when I returned from class.  I was too hyped from the drawing class itself.

When I logged in this morning there were 210 emails of comments to those three posts. 


I'm trying to read through them right now while I'm working to get my son off to school--who is likely to miss the bus..... 

ETA:  Looks like Tim made the bus.  Whew!

And [ profile] anteka responded to one of the commenters to her post about her visit to the SPN set:  "The day we were up on set, he [Kim] didn't need to be there but was just hanging around because he liked being on set. Jim Beaver was there too, not because he had scenes, but just because the set was like a home."

This is such a big factor in why I'm a such a devoted SPN fan.  The CONTINUOUS and CONSISTENT reports from crew/cast members and set visitors (some from jaded reporters) about the sense of family on that set. 

A couple of years ago I was enjoying watching Grey's Anatomy and while I never would have gotten that involved with that fandom--I did really enjoy it.  Until one day I stumbled across a report about bickering and back-stabbing between cast members.  And I totally lost interest in the show.
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From [ profile] anteka  here:

"Eric Kripke flew up from LA today to be on the Supernatural set to offer support to the cast and crew. He gave a really wonderful talk about Kim, about how he will be greatly missed. It was very heartfelt and there were a few tears at the end. The mood on set is pretty dark, but the fact that Kripke flew up just to rally the crew forward meant a lot to everyone.

Kripke suggested anyone wanting to could make a donation to cancer research in Kim’s name. "

I'm talking to Kim Manners wife tomorrow ....

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I posted on my other LJ today about how thankful I felt.  One of the items I mentioned was that while yesterday was so very, very sad.  I felt so warm from the outpouring from fandom about Kim.

Just now the wonderful [ profile] missyjack  posted her refections on this in her LJ.  Check it out here

I just had to include this in my LJ -- but it's from her post above.  I love this fandom.

From [profile] canadiangoddess some news from the set (please thank her for passing this on.

In light of yesterday’s devastating news regarding the death of Kim Manners, I was shocked to hear from my old friend Julie from set-dec today - they all had yesterday off, but almost everyone was at the studio to be together. When I mentioned that we had all heard, and that we hoped everyone was going all right she said a couple of things I wanted to share with you guys.

• everyone (cast/crew/Kripke etc) is aware that we know, and that there have been some amazing things said all over the internet and they are SO grateful to us for that

• Jensen and Jared are trying to get a remembrance thing on the season 4 special features with pictures, behind the scenes stuff, and generally Kim as we the fans never got the chance to see him. As far as Julie knows Kripke & Co are 110% behind the idea

• Robert Singer referred to us as “the greatest fans anyone could ask for, because they make this show so much a part of their lives that they bleed when we bleed, cry when we cry, and that is a beautiful thing.”

Hearing the Robert Singer talk like that about us is pretty amazing!

The wonderful [profile] pocketfull is collecting donations for the American Lung Foundation here and has already raised over $400.

If you wish to send a card or flowers to the set the address is:
Supernatural Cast & Crew c\o
Supernatural Films Inc.
8085 Glenwood Drive
Burnaby, B.C.
V3N 5C8


Jan. 27th, 2009 10:53 am
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There are a thousand plus one terrific tribute posts to Kim out on my flist. I wanted to link to raloria's tribute this morning. It has single screen caps of all of the SPN episodes Kim directed. I love this umbrella shot from Scarecrow. Seeing all those shots of an emotional Dean and reading yesterday about how masterful Kim was at getting the best out of his actors--just makes me appreciate him more.

I posted segments of Jim's tribute to Kim yesterday. But [ profile] mrsr58 had a version that was more complete than mine, so I'm reposting it again:

"Last night, a friend my age left me and all those who loved him forever. I first met Kim Manners when he directed me in an episode of THE X-FILES, for which he was a major figure in the appeal of that show, its look, style, and movement. I thought, in that few days, that I had found one of the great directors I'd ever worked with, and a mensch of the first order. Little did I know.

Several years later, I ended up with a recurring role on SUPERNATURAL, where Kim was both an executive producer and a principal director. I have never had such fun working with a director, and Kim became a dear friend. He was the willing butt of the enormous humor on that set, most of it from the two leads, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who delighted in tormenting him, and he was as good at giving it as taking it. He was an AMAZING director, who knew everything I can imagine a director might need or want to know about directing television. And he was one of the very best people, one of the very best friends, a person might ever want to have. His illness since the beginning of this, SUPERNATURAL's fourth season, has cast a pall over the show for months now, and every time I have appeared on the show this season, someone has broken down in tears in discussing Kim's health or how much we missed him.

I will go to my grave regretting the very real opportunities I missed in connecting with him these last few months. Take a lesson from one who let a dear friend down badly. My only excuse is that I, like all who knew him, never believed anything could take him down. I loved him dearly, and I hope he knows that.

"All right, now, KICK IT IN THE ASS! ACTION!!"

Rest in peace, chum."

I tracked responses to just about every LJ post about Kim yesterday. I have 400+ email comments in my inbasket so far. Had to stop this morning because I didn't think I could take anymore.

Jim on Kim

Jan. 26th, 2009 06:46 pm
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From here (via post here by [ profile] sam_dean ):

"It is with extraordinarily heavy heart that I report the death last night, Jan. 25, of my friend Kim Manners. I first met Kim when he directed me in an episode of The X-Files, for which he was a major figure in the appeal of that show, its look, style, and movement. I thought, in that few days, that I had found one of the great directors I’d ever worked with, and a mensch of the first order. Little did I know.

Several years later, I ended up with a recurring role on Supernatural, where Kim was both an executive producer and a principal director. I have never had such fun working with a director, and Kim became a dear friend….He was an AMAZING director, who knew everything I can imagine a director might need or want to know about directing television. And he was one of the very best people, one of the very best friends, a person might ever want to have….

Rest in peace, chum."    Jim Beaver

ETA:  And from the original post from Jim from here (via [ profile] hanncoll  here):

"He was the willing butt of the enormous humor on that set, most of it from the two leads, Jensen ... and Jared ..., who delighted in tormenting him, and he was as good at giving it as taking it."

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This is the kind of person I want to work for.

Kim Manners you were a gem and will be very missed.

“We spend way too much time with each other not to enjoy each others' company.”  Kim Manners quoted by Jensen, Summer 2008.

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Posted here by [ profile] hanncoll .

More context at the post above.  But from Kripke:

"Everyone at 'Supernatural' is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated.  Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend.  He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately.  He gave so much to 'Supernatural,' and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him."

ETA:  An additional statement from a writer/producer of X-Files:  (an excerpt)  "Kim had a blazing intensity that inspired everyone -- writers, producers, actors and crew. "Kick it in the ass!" he'd say to us. And "I love you," really meaning it."

You all remember the S2 gagreel where during the filming of Heart Jared kept saying to Kim "I love you."  "I love you, Kim."  I wonder now if that was in semi-joking response to what Frank says in the quote above was Kim's habit of saying "I love you" to cast/crew of his shows (and meaning it.)
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Via [ profile] missyjack :

Jim Beaver just posted on his MySpace.

Jim is in mourning for one of the best friends and best directors he's ever known--Kim Manners, who died last night from lung cancer

I'm total and complete SHOCK.  I had no idea he was ill.  If it weren't for the Jim Beaver source, I'd so be doubting this right now.  I'm still not so sure.  Although Kim's Wikipedia entry has 25 Jan 2009 as a death date.

ETA:  From Wikipedia:  After directing the first episode of the fourth season, he learned he had lung cancer. He died in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 2009.

I am still having trouble even absorbing this fact.  I kept hoping we'd get Kim on a panel some day at a convention.  He was my favorite SPN director.

When I first read Jim's words I kept thinking--who is this "other guy" with the name of Kim Manners?  Because my brain just couldn't wrap around the idea that it was our Kim Manners.

ETA2:  Still trying to absorb this.  [ profile] mrsr58  posted this interview with Kim that I've included below.  One of the inner circle, original members of the SPN family.  M used the right words to describe this--I'm crushed.  I keep remembering hearing Jensen talk about their first experience having Kim direct "Dead in the Water" (which I just re-watched yesterday.)  Jensen was so expansive in his appreciation of Kim's talent.

Also Kim's entry from Super-Wiki.

ETA3:  And a post by [ profile] missyjack on Kim from a while back

From that post:  "It became clear through interviews with the cast and crew that Kim was an incredible influence and presence on that series behind the scenes. It was the first time that I became aware of the way a director and producer could shape a show."

I totally agree with MJ's statement.  It was also the first time I became aware of the influence of a director.

And here's missyjack's first post of this news.

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He was one of the first artists whose biography I read.  I was just fascinated by his work and his life.   I have three of his prints on my bedroom wall.  There's always been something about his work that just speaks to me.

American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91 in Pa

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(Note:  Forgive the weird periods appearing in names.  I want to make this post not friends locked but don't particular want to be picked up by things like google alerts...)

This is a little late, but I just found this and wanted to include it in my LJ.  Many of you know that Majel Rod.denberry passed away recently. 

I wrote an email to the site for fans to remember Majel and recently received an email back from Rod Rod.denbeery where he thanked the fans who wrote in.  He included a scan of the memorial brochure used for the service.  I originally didn't want to post it--but just found it posted on more than one blog entry so I don't feel like it's not for public dissemination any more.

You can read about the memorial service here.  There are photos of attendees, etc.

And here's the memorial brochure.


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I just found out through fickleone that she died.  Star Trek and all the participants in that show are so very, very much an integral part of my childhood.  I so identified with that show in every way.

I feel almost like I lost a family member.
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Is this true?  Link

And here

Carlin may have stopped voting in 1972. But America's most consistently savage social commentator for the best part of a half century, who has died at age 71, did not give up on politics.

And a YouTube obituary here.
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Harvey Korman.

Man--loved that guy.

And Harvey Korman and Tim Conway?  An early OTP if you ask me:

Korman and Conway developed an uncanny rapport that made them arguably one of television's most lethal comic teams; Conway's on-camera ad-libs often made Korman crack up; producers wisely kept them in the show.

For about eight years, until late last December, the pair toured the country in a stage show that, more than anything, was a homage to their years with Burnett. They performed about 120 shows a year.

"I don't know whether either one of us was the straight man," Conway said. "The most important thing in comedy when you're working together is for one guy to know when to shut up. And we both knew when to shut up; quiet show, actually."  (From here)

They worked together for 30 years and were still touring together!

RIP Mr. Korman.  You brought joy and laughter (sometimes uncontrollable) to millions.
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I know I've already posted on this.  But just viewed one of my saved fanvids for Brokeback.  Set to the turn of Ever the Same.  Seeing Heath play Ennis--man it just hurts to think he's gone.  Reading through my flist it's like everyone is having the same reaction--namely WTF?  Those were the first words out of my mouth when I first heard it.  My daughter says she also reacted with WTF??!!!  Part of me wonders if my reaction is the feeling of two people passing.  Both Heath and Ennis.

Edit:  I just realized another reason why this has hit me so strongly.  Brokeback Mountain was the first film in what turned into a greater appreciation of media that explored the entire range of human relationships--including same sex relationships.  Brokeback, then QAF, Torchwood, and along the same timeline--slash fanfic.  Although I think I was into slash prior to Brokeback by a year or two--but it's all tied together and somehow symbolized in my mind by Brokeback Mountain.  And I really, really do not mean because of the "shock" factor or the "tee-hee, omg m/m action" factor.  Truly because of the depth of emotion and tragedy that the relationship represented.  It touched me so deeply. And while I enjoyed Jake's performance--it was Heath and Ennis that hit me deep in my soul.
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Man I loved him so much ages ago back in my college dorm days.  My roommates brother introduced me to "Netherlands" and "Twins Sons of a Different Mother."  I burned deep groves into those albums.  Very well matched for angtsy college days.


Nether Lands

High on this mountain
The clouds down below
I`m feeling so strong and alive
From this rocky perch
I`ll continue to search
For the wind
And the snow
And the sky
I want a lover
I want some friends
And I want to live in the sun
And I want to do all the things that I
never have done.

Sunny bright mornings
And pale moonlit nights
Keep me from feeling alone
Now, I`m learning to fly
And this freedom is like
Nothing that I`ve ever known
I`ve seen the bottom
And I`ve been on top
But mostly I`ve lived in between
And where do you go
When you get to the end of
your dream?

Off in the nether lands
I heard a sound
Like the beating of heavenly wings
And deep in my brain
I can hear a refrain
Of my soul as she rises and sings
Anthems to glory and
Anthems to love and
Hymns filled with early delight
Like the songs that the darkness
Composes to worship the light.

Once in a vision
I came on some woods
And stood at a fork in the road
My choices were clear
Yet I froze with the fear
Of not knowing which way to go
One road was simple
Acceptance of life
The other road offered sweet peace
When I made my decision
My vision became my release.
  Nether Lands


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