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Rob Reiner

Son of comic genius Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner has picked up the family torch and directed some of the most memorable, quotable, and endearing comedies of the last two decades, and he’s no schmuck when it comes to dramas either.

This is a hilarious spoof filled with biting satire about a filmmaker making a documentary (or “rockumentary” if you will) about a once famous raucous British heavy metal band on a disastrous U.S concert tour, featuring the magnificent talents of co-stars/co-scripters Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. This granddaddy of the mocumentary speaks to the hard rockin’, air guitar playing 14-year-old boy in us all.

In this low-key sleeper hit based on a Stephen King story four young boys in 1959 Oregon set out on a camping trip in order to see a dead body one of them accidentally found. This is a loving memoir to a simpler time with an exceptionally talented young cast tentatively taking the steps on a road that leads to maturity.

Reiner turns a wry, even caustic, eye on men and women in friendship and in love, and that gray area in between. This is an engaging and smartly performed comedy about a pair of longtime platonic friends who turn a feud into a lasting friendship, determined not to let sex mess up a great relationship, until love threatens to ruin everything.

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Countdown To The Buffy Finale Continues

By EdwardHavens

March 10th, 2003

March 14 is the start date for shooting on the next-to-last episode of the adventures of the world's favorite vampire slayer. And so, while we prepare to mourn the eventual loss we will feel around 8:58PM on May 20, allow us to give you a slight glimpse at a new character who will help Buffy on her quest to vanquish the ultimate Big Bad once and for all.


Her name is Dora Bates. She is an American caucasian in her fifties, and a well-preserved lady of stature. A ‘Mrs.Havisham’ type who has been waiting in a secret crypt for some time for Buffy to show up in the currently-untitled Episode 21. Dora is there to explain the history of the scythe’s power, forged by women for The Slayer's use.

In casting notices obtained by Filmjerk.com, Dora is described as "Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen or Fionula Flanagan, without the accent." We at Filmjerk ask why go for an Angelika Huston or Joan Allen type, when you can probably get Angelika Huston or Joan Allen themselves, especially since this character is only going to shooting on set for one day.

Update to this news story: We've gotten some e-mails concerning the production date, as they are currently filming Episode 19. We hurriedly called our scooper on this. In his reply, he said he's not sure what the discrepancy is here, but since this is only one scene, he believes that it is conceivable they could shoot this scene separately before the episode, for scheduling purposes.

Episode 21 is scheduled to air on UPN May 13.


"Buffy Episode 7.21" Scorecard
Director: Marita Grabiak
Producer: Marc David Alpert
Executive Producers: Marti Noxon, Joss Whedon
Writer: Doug Petrie
Casting Directors: Amy McIntyre Britt, Anya Colloff, Jennifer Fishman Pate
Production Start Date: March 14, 2003
Network: UPN