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Kathryn’s Kelly’s Hollywood

poster_001This one seems to have passed us all by, but it is worth a bit of digging to find the story behind it.

Brian Donovan was an actor (still is) looking to make it in Hollywood.  He had many small jobs across a wide range of TV (Wings, In Living Color, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, General Hospital, Beverly Hills 90210) and films (Gia, starring Angelina Jolie in an early role).  He met a lot of different people over this time.

Brian had a younger sister, Kelly, who was born with Down Syndrome.  The two of them were very close and as she grew up Kelly proved herself to be a real character and quite the performer, loving the spotlight.

Kelly’s health began to decline and Brian decided to try and make her Hollywood dreams come true.  To let her star shine.

The 2015 documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, is the film Brian made of their journey through this process and the effects it had on both of them.

Kelly was embraced by Hollywood with all sorts of people contributing to this project.  A red carpet style première was created, where Kelly turned up in a limousine and faced the paparazzi.  Kathryn, Danny Pino and John Finn also welcomed Kelly onto the set of Cold Case to do an interrogation scene with them.  In it Kelly was questioned as a suspect in a case involving her favourite actor Colin Firth (A King’s Speech).  Detectives Rush and Valens grilled her on her involvement.  This whole thing was improvised by them all, not every one could keep a straight face throughout (Kathryn!), and it took some dark turns.  Kathryn was also at the première event.

The documentary premièred in October 2014 and had a Los Angeles screening in the January of 2015.  Kathryn attended that ocassion, and her and Danny were at a live event where Kelly was on stage with her brother.  Danny was one of Kelly’s favourite men and he was great with her.

Sadly, Kelly passed away in 2009 but Brian continues to show the film at festivals around the world as part of campaigns to raise awareness of disabilities and that people should not be defined by them.  Kelly wasn’t going to let hers stop her enjoying life.  Brian continues his acting work, mostly doing voice work in Naruto anime games in films.

Kelly’s Holllywood was shown on the Showcase network and is now available on Amazon Video, free to Prime subscribers, in the UK and US.  I’ve posted a very small selection of not-so-great quality screencaps in the Gallery to give you an idea of Kathryn’s appearance in the film, and a couple of photos related to the première event.  There is a trailer and few videos out there if you want to see them.  Check out the full film if you can.

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Stop, Start Continues

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The Start TV network has posted some additional items on their website referencing Kathryn.

The channel is very much focussed on women in and around the media.  All but one of the main shows they broadcast is female lead.  Only Early Edition starring Kyle Chandler (Catch-22) gets a look in, and he’s relegated to the appropriately middle of the night slots.  Cold Case gets televised back-to-back in mid-afternoon double.

First up is a brief article previewing a series of pieces celebrating women in TV ahead of the Emmy Awards, which happens on Sunday (22nd September).  After a quick recap of Kathryn’s career (so far) they link back to the interview we covered here back in July.  Not surprisingly that interview was not a complete transcript of the conversation which took place, and they have been holding bits back for use in these extra items.  It ends with this quote:

“I never really looked at Cold Case as an overnight success. I feel like I had 13, 14, 15 years of being an apprentice or a journeyman. I never underestimate the small steps in learning to become an actor.” After a pause, she added, “or learning how to do anything in life.”

Next is a much longer feature covering ten women, including Kathryn and Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC), that work in and around TV.  There are actors, producers and writers.

I assume that Start TV will continue to post pieces like these in the future and I will endeavour to highlight the ones involving Kathryn when they do.

Reverie S01E10 – Point Of Origin Full HD Screencaps

Reverie_S01E10_1080p_076We reach the end of our own little season 2 of Reverie, as we looked back at last year’s only run for the show.  We did so in style, though, with loads of great new full HD screencaps and some embiggened promo photos.  Some of those images were more than double the size of the earlier versions.

Along with our new high quality, 1080p screencaps from this finale episode, we have another set of absolutely huge promo photos.  We are seeing out KM UK’s Summer Of HD for 2019 with a bang!

‘Point Of Origin’ was primarily about Oliver, the ex of Alexis (played by Jessica Lu), trying to bring down Onira-Tech and the VR tech.  Monica (Kathryn) turned all TV FBI agent, putting on the body armour and wielding a torch with intent.  It looked like the Cold Case sequel we were half expecting.

We were left with a fundamentally happy ending but there was a twist.  There’s always a twist in case of a second season being commissioned.  Paul (Sendhil Ramamurthy) told Mara (Sarah Shahi) that the VR system showed her, Mara, as still in Reverie.  Was Mara still in there?  If so, then the reality we were watching was brought into question.  Could some remnant of Mara’s avatar still be running in the system as an A.I.?  Maybe, but that is hardly a thing to worry about, just turn it off.  My feeling was that the unconscious Oliver had either been put in the Reverie as a punishment (I’m looking at your Monica!), or he put himself in it during the fire and got his wires crossed with Mara’s reverie and was now stuck in there.  That’s my best guess.

All five of the promo photos we have for this episode have been supersized.  As before I have added them as extra images (6 – 10), rather then replacing the existing ones (1 – 5), to give you the choice.  Keep clicking through an image to get to the full-sized version.  And, a year on from the original air date we have nearly 100 new full HD (1080p) screencaps from the season finale of Reverie are now in the KM UK the Gallery.

At least we got to enjoy a second season (another summer) of Reverie.

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Start TV Starts CC On TV CC’s Stars Of CC

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The other week Start TV posted a couple of pages, with videos, about Kathryn and Tracie’s starts in the business that is show.  We covered it HERE.

Last week Start TV followed-up those two articles with a piece marking their ‘Investigation Week’, which includes Cold Case being broadcast from the beginning again today (29th July).

The initial focus of the newer feature is a collection of real-life investigators.  An FBI Special Agent, Chief Of Police, marksman, Canine Handler, a coroner, and Coast Guard.  As is the underlying theme of the whole TV channel, all the people being highlighted are women.

It continues with our two favourite ladies talking about what drew them to Cold Case, and Kathryn’s experience learning from Detective Tim Bass to inform her portrayal of Lilly Rush.

Read the full article HERE on the Start TV website.

Kathryn’s Start Story

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Sit down children, and then I’ll begin…

Remember the surprise selfies (selfi?) posted by Tracie back in March?  Well in case you don’t you can view that post HERE.  It was clear the photos had something to do with the new female-centric US television network Start TV, currently broadcasting Cold Case daily, and I hoped we would hear about it later.  That time has finally arrived.

Start TV has published Kathryn’s My Start Story article.  It details Kathryn’s early life performing in her family’s gospel group, The Morris Code, through her introduction to movies and getting the role of Lilly Rush in Cold Case.  There are quotes from Kathryn throughout and a couple of short video clips as companion items.

I urge you to read the full article HERE on the Start TV website.

Of course Tracie was there too and you can read her My Start Story HERE.

It wouldn’t be KM UK without some images and in this case we have some nice HD (720p) screencaps from the two video clips in the Gallery, and we have small versions of the videos for completeness.

Have a good weekend.

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