Chiller Theatre 2011: A Video Diary

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Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party."

The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J., Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1.

The guest list (or "obituaries" rundown in the print program) boasted numerous stars of classic horror films, including Heather Langenkamp ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), such sci-fi icons as Dean Stockwell ("Battlestar Galactica"); and, Ernest Borgnine, "Mr. Rogo" from the 1972 sea thriller "The Poseidon Adventure." (At 94 years of age, Borgnine drew one of the longest lines of autograph seekers Saturday).

More than a "spring spooktacular," per the event's literature, Chiller Theatre 2011 welcomed a wide-ranging roster of more than 100 names that combined to create a TV Land lineup brought to life.

Other headliners filling the event's bustling main lobby included Loni Anderson ("WKRP in Cincinnati"), Hal Linden ("Barney Miller") and Butch Patrick ("The Munsters").

Stars known for more recent work likewise greeted fans - Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Mariana Klaveno (in person, the welcoming opposite of her villainous vampire persona on "True Blood") and reality TV staple Gary Busey - but the three-day gathering decidedly feted the era of three network TV channels, affordable cinema popcorn and AM radio.

With Flip cam in hand, Chart Beat ventured across the Hudson River to soak up Saturday's celebrity swarm. Following is a video diary starring the several known names from stage and song who graciously took time to chat with Billboard.com.


Jane Wiedlin
While Belinda Carlisle sang most of the Go-Go's' lead vocals, Wiedlin's turn on the "Our Lips Are Sealed" bridge previewed a solo career that included her 1988 No. 9 Billboard Hot 100 solo hit "Rush Hour." The singer, actress, director, comic book creator (and ordained minister) shared with Billboard her excitement over the upcoming 30th anniversary re-release of the Go-Go's' debut album, "Beauty and the Beat"; recollections of her role in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"; and her fond memories of scaling the Billboard 200.

Alex Winter
Wiedlin wasn't the only cast member available to reminisce about "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." Winter - aka, "Bill" - reflected on why the 1989 movie remains an '80s pop culture favorite and teased the franchise's forthcoming third installment. ("Just got the script ...," Winter recently Tweeted).




Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party."

The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J., Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1.

With Flip cam in hand, Chart Beat ventured across the Hudson River to soak up Saturday's celebrity swarm. Following is a video diary starring the several known names from stage and song who graciously took time to chat with Billboard.com.


Joe Bouchard
Blue Oyster Cult may have notched only one top 20 Hot 100 hit, but "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" has endured, reaching new generations through such opportune placements as in the blockbuster slasher film "Scream" in 1996. The gregarious Bouchard discussed his current band, Blue Coupe (in which he's joined by his brother and fellow former Blue Oyster Cult member Albert and Dennis Dunaway, original bandmate of newly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper), while treating his newfound music video director to an impromptu sample of his best-known smash.

Michael Boellner
"Augustus Gloop" joined several of his castmates from the beloved 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" for a standing-room only Q&A. Boellner and Julie Dawn Cole sat down first ("I'm Veruca Salt. Of course, I should go first!," kidded Cole), followed by Diana Sowle ("Mrs. Bucket"), Denise Nickerson ("Violet Beaureaugarde"), Paris Themmen ("Mike Teevee") and Peter Ostrum (then "Charlie Bucket"; now a veterinarian in upstate New York). Eliciting one of the session's biggest laughs, Cole recalled Themmen as an insufferable co-star; "Imagine being called obnoxious by Veruca Salt!," Themmen joked back. Boellner spoke with Billboard to address whether he's an actual chocolate addict or whether he only played one on-screen.




Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party."

The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J., Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1.

With Flip cam in hand, Chart Beat ventured across the Hudson River to soak up Saturday's celebrity swarm. Following is a video diary starring the several known names from stage and song who graciously took time to chat with Billboard.com.


Geri Reischl
Although TV Guide in 2002 declared "The Brady Bunch Hour" the fourth-worst series of all-time, the actress who replaced Eve Plumb as "Jan Brady" in all nine episodes of the 1976-77 variety program proudly displayed the issue (atop a swatch of Astroturf approximating that in the famed Brady backyard). Reischl, in fact, has nothing but positive memories of her Brady run, which she has extended through her fun-loving branding as the "Fake Jan." (The annual "Fake Jan Day" celebration occurs each - when else? - Jan. 2, in fitting honor of the second Jan). The accomplished actress/singer discussed with Billboard her upcoming album, whether it was difficult joining such an established cast and whether she and Plumb have ever met. (Here's the story).

Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen
As Saturday's festivities wrapped just after 6 o'clock, only two stars remained in the main lobby signing autographs. As Lookinland waited for his TV sister to join him on camera, he remarked that, in seven hours, he'd taken only one break - "to go to the bathroom!" (Surely, he was relieved that the Hilton Parsippany men's room included more than just a sink, like the lavatory between the Brady kids' bedrooms). The affable Lookinland and Olsen reflected upon growing up on-screen; recounted the classic TV shows that they'd rather watch than their own; and, marveled at their fortune that "Brady Bunch" fandom has remained fervent for six decades.