RIP Stephanie Niznik

#RIP: actress Stephanie Niznik passed away at the age of 52 on June 23, 2019. Her death was only reported today. She played Lt. Peril in “#StarTrek IX: #Insurrection”, the Wraith in #Enterprise; Dr. Evelyn Ariza in #Lost; Lena Weisinger in #Viper; Debra Carbol in #Sliders; & much more, including playing Nina Feeney in 82 episodes of the drama TV series #Everwood.

Our condolences to her family, friends & fans. May she rest in peace.

Stephanie Niznik

Stephanie Niznik (1967-2019)

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RIP Denise Nickerson

#RIP: earlier this evening, actress Diane Nickerson passed away at the age of 62 after being taken off of life support. She played Violet Beauregarde in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Amy Collins in #DarkShadows (71 episodes), & more, including playing Pamela Harris in an episode of #TheBradyBunch and as Allison in the educational comedy TV show #TheElectricCompany (130 episodes).

Our thoughts and sincerest condolences are with her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.

For anyone who may want to contribute to her funeral costs, her son setup a GoFundMe account specifically for that purpose.

Denise Nickerson

Denise Nickerson (1957-2019)

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“Willy Wonka” Actress Denise Nickerson Taken off Life Support

Denise Nickerson, who is best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, has been taken off of life support by her family. Nickerson, who suffered a stroke last year, was at home Monday and took took as many medications as she could. When her family came to check on her not long thereafter, they rushed her to an emergency room, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. On Tuesday, she suffered a massive seizure and doctors put Denise on life support. 

After her condition continued to worsen, her family decided to take her off of life support. She is not expected to live long. Her son Josh and his wife have started a GoFundMe to honor her last wishes of being cremated and to have her ashes turned into glass artwork.

Denise Nickerson played played Violet Beauregarde in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Amy Collins in #DarkShadows (71 episodes), & more, including playing Pamela Harris in an episode of #TheBradyBunch and as Allison in the educational comedy TV show #TheElectricCompany (130 episodes).

Denise Nickerson

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RIP Freddie Jones

#RIP: actor Freddie Jones has died at the age of 91. He played Thufir Hawat in #Dune, Ynyr in #Krull, Dr. Charles Logan in #Space1999, & more, including playing Sandy Thomas in the long-running British TV series #Emmerdale from 2005 to 2018 (for a total of 632 episodes). He also appeared in the drama #TheElephantMan (which received 8 Oscar nominations) and the action-thriller #Firefox.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

Freddie Jones

Freddie Jones (1927-2019)

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RIP Rip Torn

#RIP: actor Rip Torn passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He played Zed in #MenInBlack I & II, large headed alien at funeral in “Men in Black III”; Larraby in #Zoom; Maax in #Beastmaster; Bob Diamond in #DefendingYourLife; Bud Kruger in “#Airplane II: The Sequel”; Nathan Bryce in #TheManWhoFellToEarth; the CEO in “#Robocop 3”; & much more.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Rip Torn

Rip Torn (1931-2019)

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Disneyland & “Galaxy’s Edge” Practically Empty

After the massive crowds that filled #GalaxysEdge at #Disneyland to capacity within an hour on its first full opening day on June 24, 2019, people have since essentially stopped visiting the park, leaving it and “Galaxy’s Edge” practically empty. Obviously #Disney had not anticipated this to occur as it had also opened a brand new 5000-space parking garage to handle the anticipated increase in crowds that “Galaxy’s Edge” was expected to bring in.

So why is hardly anyone visiting Disneyland & “Galaxy’s Edge”? Several factors are believed to be keeping people away:

  • The most obvious: fear of overcrowding and long lines for “Galaxy’s Edge”, even with Disney creating a “virtual queue”.
  • Overall fear of crowds flooding the rest of Disneyland and causing long lines throughout the park.
  • Increases in ticket prices.
  • Blackouts for Disneyland season pass holders and cast members.
  • “Galaxy’s Edge” is only half complete & half open.

People visiting Disneyland who have posted videos on YouTube show a relatively empty park with very short wait lines for rides as short as 5-10 minutes:

 

 

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Huge Opening Day Crowds at “Galaxy’s Edge”, Disneyland’s “Star Wars”-themed Area, with Some Guests Stealing “Souvenirs”

So just how crowded was the new #StarWars-themed area called “Galaxy’s Edge” at #Disneyland? The area reached capacity on opening day (Monday, June 24, 2019) in under an hour. And, even before “Galaxy’s Edge” had reached its maximum capacity, the wait for the “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” ride was three hours.

After the area had reached capacity, guests would be allowed to come back later in the day with a “boarding party,” or a virtual queue; but the land was packed almost immediately.

Disneyland had opened the immensely popular land 30 minutes early, at 7:30 a.m. By 8:20 a.m., no more walk-ins were allowed. Then the Disneyland app made it clear that some people might not get in at all:

“Entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or its experiences is not guaranteed.”

By 4:45 p.m. (9 hours & 15 minutes later), the park was able to turn the queue off; at which point guests were once again allowed to enter the land at their leisure, according to Disney.

Wait times for the area’s only ride, the “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run”, varied over the course of the day, but averaged to around an hour after the initial opening line had gone through according to park officials.

Some guests then complained about a number of purchasable items having sold out, including some light sabers and droid personality chips.

Now, barely open a month, and only recently opened to the public on Monday, “Galaxy’s Edge” has already spawned a growing underground market of unauthorized park “collectibles.” Drink coasters from Oga’s Cantina are one popular item. Maps of “Galaxy’s Edge” are also appearing on online auction websites, as are eatery Docking Bay 7 sporks, a combination of fork and spoon.

  • The going price for an Oga’s Cantina coaster is $10. (The coasters are emblazoned with sayings written in Aurebesh, a “Star Wars” language.)

  • The postcard-like cards from the Oga’s Cantina virtual queue.
  • The color-coded flight crew cards visitors receive when they ride the “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” ride are selling for $20 apiece online.
  • The very popular menus for Oga’s Cantina are being sold for $40.

As the Orange County Register described it:

The “free” collectibles in Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that didn’t have a price tag and weren’t nailed down have found their way to cyberspace with many of the five-finger discount items showing up on the secondary market.

A simple search for “Galaxy’s Edge” on the eBay online shopping site reveals a slew of purloined items that probably should not have left the Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre land at the Anaheim theme park.

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