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PCR #366. (Vol. 8, No. 13) This edition is for the week of March 26--April 1, 2007.
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"Blades of Glory"  by Mike Smith
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Solving The Night Stalker Mystery....Trivial Pursuit....Movie Notes....Whatever Happened To...? Chapter 13: Trey Wilson  by Mike Smith
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This week's letter column features a note from a fan of 2005's "The Night Stalker." To answer some of her questions:

The series had filmed 10 episodes when it was canceled. The last episode to air (number six) was actually the first of a multi episode arc. In the summer of 2006 the Sci Fi channel aired all ten episodes. Also, the series is available on DVD. According to series creator Frank Spotnitz' commentary on the DVD, the mark on Carl Kolchak's wrist is the mark of evil. Had the series been given a full season run, the audience would have encountered other characters with the mark and Kolchak would have discovered the meaning by season's end. I hope this helps.

PCR readers will remember the journey of the 3 Ms trivia team to Texas in February. Upon our return, and with the addition of my honey Juanita, we began a 10 week battle at a local casino here in Kansas City and this past Wednesday won their pop culture trivia challenge. This Sunday we will compete for the Pop Culture Championship of Kansas City. I'll let you know the outcome next week.

Ray Winstone ("The Departed," Robert Zemeckis' upcoming "Beowolf") and Cate Blanchett have joined the cast of "Indy 4."

Unconfirmed rumors have cast Matt Damon and Adrien Brody as the young Kirk and Spock in "Star Trek XI," directed by J.J. Abrams. Any thoughts, cosmic or otherwise?


WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: "Bull Durham," "Raising Arizona."

Another favorite of mine who left us too early, Trey Wilson was a favorite of film makers Jonathan Demme and Joel and Ethan Coen. His first major role was as a white officer helping investigate the murder of a black soldier on a southern military base in "A Soldier's Story." Texas born and raised, Wilson had starred the year before in the short lived summer series "The News is the News." He later was featured in such films as "Marie" and "F/X" before being cast by the Coen brothers as furniture king and father of quintuplets Nathan Arizona in their comedy, "Raising Arizona." The next year, 1988, he co-starred in three very successful comedies, Demme's "Married to the Mob," "Twins" and the classic baseball story "Bull Durham." The Coen brothers had just cast Wilson as mobster Leo O'Bannon in "Miller's Crossing"when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 16, 1989. He was only five days shy of his 41st birthday. Albert Finney replaced him in the film. Three more films, "Miss Firecracker," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Welcome Home" were released after his death. "Miss Firecracker" and "Welcome Home" were dedicated to Wilson. In 1991, Demme dedicated "Silence of the Lambs" to his friends memory as was the 1992 Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls" starring Nathan Lane.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!

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