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I'm Mark & I've Been a Fame fan since 1982. This blog is dedicated to the incredibly talented cast of the show and is a place to share music, videos and pictures. To contact me please send emails to: mark1814uk@googlemail.com

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Friday, 28 January 2011

Jesse Borrego Hello Instrumental Version


Jesse Borrego performed Lionel Richies "Hello" in the season 4 episode "Reflections". This is an instrumental version of the song.

To download the MP3 click the link below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?16231kuk157yv1w


Debbie Allen Interview On O mam Oman with GDLA


Debbie Allen Interview with GDLA on O man Oman.


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Erica Gimpel This Moment


Erica Gimpel performing "This Moment" live at the Helix Theater in Ireland. Written by Erica from her Album "Spread Your Wings and Fly.



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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

"Get Shakey" Fame dance video


DJ Reuben and DJ Tony Lopes started playing "Get Shaky" by the Ian Caery Project at Llama Bar, and thought it suited the Fame treatment :)


Fame Top Ten Things I Love No 5!


At number 5 on my Top Ten Things I love about Fame is Debbie Allen:

The entire cast worked really hard on Fame but for me, no one worked harder than Debbie. Just the normal singing, dancing and acting that she did on the show as Lydia was hard enough work but Debbie did so very much more.

I’ve heard her say in interviews that she made a lot of sacrifices in her personal life to do Fame and I think that really shines through. Not only did she do the choreography, but right from the start she had a very clear vision of the creative direction she wanted the show to go in. Most of the production staff had little clue about the dancing and music side of things so pretty much it was left to Debbie to decide on the creative issues and how the shows production numbers would look.

She was virtually directing these parts of the episodes so it was a natural progression for Debbie to become an actual producer and director on the show. I believe she was the first African American Woman to direct prime time American TV, which is a major feat in itself.

The fact that Debbie remained with the show for all 6 seasons despite the fact that in her personal life she was dealing with divorce, the death of her Father, marriage and having children, is a great achievement. Did anyone even notice she was pregnant in season 3 and then rushed back from her maternity leave to start season 4? Did anyone notice she was pregnant at the end of season 6? Whatever was happening around her Debbie just got on with the job.

For me she is the undisputed Queen of Fame!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Fame Trivia Light Help From My Friends Edited DVD scene

There's yet another change of the DVD version of Season 2's "Help From My Friends" episode. The start of the episode the dancers should be dancing to an instrumental version of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Starting Something" but on the DVD this has been replaced by a different instrumental.
Here's the original scene:



There are a couple of additional scenes later where the action cuts back to the dance class and they are still performing the routine. Again the music has been replaced.

Fame Reality show Performance


The final 12 contestants on the Fame Reality TV series perform the Fame theme, introduced by host Debbie Allen.



Monday, 24 January 2011

Request Fame Season 3 to be released on DVD

Well, we are still waiting for season 3 to be released on DVD and as it's been over a year since season 2 was released in America and approaching a year since the U.K. release, so the signs aren't looking good.

Maybe it's time to let the powers that be know we are still here and still want more Fame DVDs.

20th Century Fox currently hold the disribution rights so maybe a few emails might get their attention.

Here's a link to take you directly to their contact page. Simply input your name, email address, click DVD/Blu Ray and include a brief message for them to release season 3. It only takes a takes a minute.

http://www.fox.co.uk/contact


The link above is for the U.K site so here's a link to their main international site:

http://www.foxinternational.com/

On the right side at the top there is a select Country drop down menu, which after you choose the appropriate country will take you to the correct site. Sadly not all of the sites have the same contact button as the U.K. sites but have a look and see if there is another way to make your views heard.

Best of Luck and please let me know if any of you receive a reply.

Thanks to Bev for the original link.

Albert Hague Loving Magazine Interview 1983


Albert Hague interview with Loving Magazine from 1983.


Instrumental dance Music from Losin It

Instrumental Dance Music from the season 5 episode "Losin' It".


Friday, 21 January 2011

The Story of Irene Cara part 3


Pop Princess Documentary featuring the story of Irene Cara. Part 3 of 5.

Janet Jackson I Love The 80s Featurette


"I Love The 80s" segment on Janet Jackson's solo career from 1986.

Sing For You Cover Version


"Sing For You" conmes from the season 2 episode "Words" this is a cover version.

To download the MP3 click the link below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?qvycgkttqtz

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Erica Gimpel Show Reel


Show Reel, showcasing Erica Gimpel's recent acting projects.


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Cynthia Gibb The Karen Carpenter Story

Made in 1989 and staring Cythnia Gibb "The karen Carpenter Story" shows the highs and lows of Karen Carpenter's life from the 1960s to 1983 when she died of Heart Failure, due to her anorexia.


Billy Hufsey Turn the Beat Around, Shake Your Bon Bon, She Bangs Medley

"Turn the Beat Around, Shake Your Bon Bon, She Bangs Medley" comes from Billy Hufsey's Live Album.

To download the MP3 click the link below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?j23jmdinjjh


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

William Blinn Archive of American TV Interview Part 5


Fame executive producer for seasons 1 to 3, William Blinn was interviewed for the Archive of American TV in 2005. The full interview lasts nearly 4 hours and covers the whole of his career as a writer and producer. The segment on Fame last about 35 minutes and has been broken down into 5 parts. This is part 5.

Bill discusses how they needed to change the original Fame pilot to make it work better. He also gives an idea of what would be happening behind the scenes when planning an episode, which was done at the same time as they were recording the current episode; The problems they had with Gene Anthony Ray; his relationship with Erica Gimpel and Debbie Allen and how he was fired by MGM from the show.

To download the video click the link below:
http://www.mediafire.com/?087vns6a31fn34q

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Catch Me - Carrie Hamilton

"Catch Me", written by Mary Lee Kortes, is performed by Carrie Hamilton and comes from the season 5 episode "Losin' It".


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Spirit Is Alive

"The Spirit is Alive" comes from the season 5 episode "Losin' It". The performer is unknown as they are not listed in the episode credits. If anyone does know who this is please contact me.

Download MP3 


Nia Peeples Fitness Challenge steps 2 & 3


More health and fitness advice from Nia Peeples. For full information go to: http://www.niapeeples.com/fitchallenge







Monday, 17 January 2011

The Story of Irene Cara part 2


Pop Princess Documentary featuring the story of Irene Cara. Part 2 of 5.

Janet Jackson North American & Canadian Tour Dates 2011


The US and Canada Tour Dates are:

Houston, TX March 3 Reliant Stadium

Chicago, IL March 7 & 8 The Chicago Theatre

Toronto, ON, Canada March 12 & 13 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Uncasville, CT, March 16 Mohegan Sun Arena

New York, NY March 18 & 19 Radio City Music Hall

Washington, DC March 22 DAR Constitution Hall

Atlantic City, NJ March 25 & 26 Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center

Atlanta, GA March 29 Fox Theatre

Saint Louis, MO March 31 Fox Theatre

Grand Prairie, TX April 2 Verizon Theatre

Omaha, Nebraska April 5 Quest Center Omaha.

Denver, CO April 6 Wells Fargo Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center

Phoenix, AZ April 8 Comerica Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA April 9 Santa Barbara Bowl

Los Angeles, CA April 14 Gibson Amphitheatre

San Francisco, CA April 19 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Las Vegas, NV April 22 & 23 Caesars Palace - The Colosseum

Tickets on sale at ticketmaster:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&q=Janet+Jackson&search.x=0&search.y=0


and

http://www.janetjackson.com/tour

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

Making of Fame 2009 Featurette


Behind the scenes making of Fame 2009 movie with interviews with Marguerite Derricks, Kay Panabaker, Naturi Naughton, Walter Perez, Asher Book, Collins Pennie, Paul Mcgill, Kirsty Flores, Kherington Payne, Anna Maria Perez De Tagle, bebe Neuwirth, Paul Iacono, Megan Mullally & Kevin Tancharoen.



Thursday, 13 January 2011

Man In The Mirror - Gene Anthony Ray

"Man in the Mirror", written by Sue Sheridan and Mark Goldberg, is performed by Gene Anthony Ray and comes from the season 5 episode "Losin' It".

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Story of Irene Cara part 1


Pop Princess Documentary featuring the story of Irene Cara. Part 1 of 5.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Fame News!

Hi Everyone,
We're back to start another year of Fame fun! I've made a few changes to the logo and the colours just to give us a fresh look for the new year.


I hope everyone had a really wonderful Christmas and New Year period.

For those of you who feel the need to get back into shape after the holiday period, don't forget Nia Peeples 6 week fitness programme that is starting this month as Nia starts on the journey towards her 50th birthday in December. For more information and to join up go to:

www.niapeeples.com/






Congratulations to Debbie Allen on the success of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, in which she featured along with Carlo Imperato. Debbie has vowed that the show will be back next Christmas and has won the Goldstar Nutty Award for the best Nutcracker production.

Debbie had the following to say on winning the award:
"I am Just over the moon to receive the news that our production has been voted by theater-going audiences as this year's winner of the Nutty Award. Incredible!"






Well due to the holiday period it may be a shorter month than normal but it's a packed month with our usual mix of interview, videos, mp3s, pictures etc.. We have the 3 final parts to the William Blinn interview. Part 3 goes live today and the other 2 videos will be spread over the rest of the month.


We also have a special in depth fan made documentary on Irene Cara, charting her life and career. Talking about Fame and how she was the first cast member from the film to be asked to do the TV series but turned the role down. It also charts her legal battles with the record company and her fight to her musical royalties. The documentary comes in 5 parts and part 1 will be posted tomorrow, with the other 4 parts going live throughout the month. Here's a preview video:





This months episode of the month is "Losin It" from season 5 and posts for that start tomorrow.

The big news for Janet Jackson fans is that her Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour kicks off in February. Originally scheduled to start on Valentines day February 14th in Hong Kong, it has now been announced that the first date will be in Manila on February 4th. Then Singapore (February 7th), Hong Kong (14th), & Taipei (18th). More dates to be announced soon.






This tour will differ from her previous concert schedules in that she will perform music exclusively from her chart topping CD NUMBER ONES. There will also be a focus on venues that will allow Janet to be up close and personal in a much more intimate setting. This show is JANET more revealed, more intimate, and more personal than ever before.


Janet has expressed her excitement for the upcoming performance in Singapore by stating: “I’ve seen the world, been to many places :). . . the one thing missing was you. We’ll be together in Singapore on February 7th and I can’t wait to sing, dance, and be up close and personal with all of you. Your votes are helping me decide where to bring this very intimate, very different show. It’s not about effects, it’s not an extravaganza, it’s not about being as big as in the past. This one is all about you and me. I love you Singapore. Let’s go!”





William Blinn Archive of American TV Interview Part 4


Fame executive producer for seasons 1 to 3, William Blinn was interviewed for the Archive of American TV in 2005. The full interview lasts nearly 4 hours and covers the whole of his career as a writer and producer. The segment on Fame last about 35 minutes and has been broken down into 5 parts. This is part 4.


Bill discusses how they needed to change the original Fame pilot to make it work better. He also gives an idea of what would be happening behind the scenes when planning an episode, which was done at the same time as they were recording the current episode; The problems they had with Gene Anthony Ray; his relationship with Erica Gimpel and Debbie Allen and how he was fired by MGM from the show.
To download the video click the link below:

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Fame Theme Cello Version


Fame instrumental played on Cello

To download the MP3 click the link below:


http://www.mediafire.com/?60y9gdnl83auqpm


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year 2011 to all the Fame fans out there.

It's because of all of us that Fame lives on nearly 30 years later.

Here's wishing Everyone a Happy, peaceful and Fame filled 2011.

Kids From Fame Media returns with New Posts on January 10th.

Love Mark xx