SOUTHFORK RANCH STILL A MAIN ATTRACTION
by Bonnie Carroll
Fourteen years after the CBS television series “ Dallas” went off the air, Southfork Ranch will celebrate its 20 th Anniversary. In 1985, the ranch became a tourist mecca when the mansion officially opened to the public after numerous requests for private parties began to pour in and take its toll on the filming locations. Today the Ranch is open daily, year-round for special events, private parties, and conferences for up to 10,000 people.
Guests seem drawn to the television history and southern hospitality found there, along with the tours of the rooms where they saw their favorite Texan J.R. Ewing, portrayed by actor Larry Hagman, doing his devilish deeds. Jock Ewing’s original Lincoln Continental also sits on display at the ranch. However, Southfork Ranch has become a leading event facility for corporate events, meetings and convention outings, winning “Facility of the Year” three times from Meeting Professionals International DFW Chapter.
The Southfork Hotel, a sister property provides 279 oversized, beautifully appointed guest rooms, 12 VIP suites, and 17 meeting rooms. A Forever Resorts property, Southfork is one of the many venues in their collection located throughout the world. The company is committed to protecting human health and the environment. For information see www.ForeverResorts.com.
BBC, HBO GIVE YOU "ROME"
by Bonnie Carroll
With the success of the film Gladiator, which won an Oscar, there has been a renewed interest in the Roman history and culture. BBC and movie channel HBO joined forces to co-produce and recently release an epic drama series "Rome", chronicling the Roman empire through the eyes of two Roman soldiers. The production was filmed in Rome, Europe and North Africa, and screenwriter Bruno Heller is also an executive producer of the drama. The series contains 12 episodes to be broadcast in 2005. It tells the story of the fall of the republic and the creations of the empire.
The amazing look at the birth of the Roman Empire through the eyes of its citizens is being considered enormously successful and enthusiastically received by American viewers. Personally, I enjoy it and I find it fascinating to have this vivid look at the everyday life of Roman citizens in the time of Caesar.
by Rose Frances
Internationally renowned ENNIO Marchetto gave a highly anticipated performance at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles. The one-man tour-de-force, gave a side-splitting performance; one that was appealing to all ages in the audience. The show and costume designs by Marchetto and Sosthen Hennekam were simply brilliant, and Marchetto’s performance was pure fun at its best. ENNIO offers a very entertaining performance that is unlike anything you have ever seen.
Born and raised in Venice, Italy, ENNIO began his career by designing costumes for the Venice Carnivale. This was the beginning of the ingenious paper costume designs that he has become renowned for. The talented designer won first prize in Bologna’s comedic festival, “La Zanzara D’Oro.” Marchetto was awarded the Lawrence Oliver Award for Best Entertainment in London, New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and is a Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. He has performed before royalty and worked with a bevy of celebrities throughout Europe and the US, including Tina Turner, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Ozzie Osbourne..
For performance information see www.enniomarchetto.com.
ASHTON KUTCHER AND DEMI MOORE TIE THE KNOT
According to celebrity magazines, the two actors tied the knot in Los Angeles during the week of September 23, following a two-year-long relationship. According to US Weekly magazine, 100 guests attended the wedding, including Moore's second husband Bruce Willis, actress Lucy Liu and the actresses three daughters Rumer, 17, Scout, 14, and Tallulah, 11 who adore their Kutcher and call him MOD, short for "My Other Dad."
ACTOR JOHN O'HURLY HAS HIS DAY
The very handsome actor John O'Hurly danced his way to the top on the popular "Dancing with the Stars" by coming back to beat Kelly Monahan, soap opera personality, and took home over 100 thousand dollars for his favorite charity "Golfers Against Cancer." Personally, I've had the pleasure of bumping into John at a Starbucks in West Hollywood now and then, and never cease to be amazed at his humility and absolute charm. We are all hoping this special attention will catapult him into new opportunities to fully magnify his fine acting talent.
WAR OF THE WORLDS LIVES ON AT UNIVERSAL
Universal Studios has now included the set from War of the Worlds as a permanent feature on their studio tour. The movie starring actor Tom Cruise adds a current quality to the tour that has been enjoyed by visitors for generations. Other tour attractions include Wisteria Lane, where the "Desperate Housewives" do their dastardly deeds each week.