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Round Ireland With a Fridge Featuring Comedian Tony Hawks Now Streaming On-line

For Immediate Release

Round Ireland With a Fridge Featuring Comedian Tony Hawks
Now Streaming On-line

4/21/2012 – London, UK – First it was a bet, then it became an internationally best selling book and now Tony Hawks’ eccentric, hilarious, and life changing hitchhike Round Ireland with a Fridge has become a feature film, the first in a trilogy of feature films (Playing the Moldovans At Tennis and A Piano In The Pyrenees) of books which have collectively sold over a million copies.

Round Ireland with a Fridge is directed by Ed Bye (My Family, The Detectives, Red Dwarf) and stars Tony Hawks, Ed Byrne, Sean Hughes, Valerie O’Connor, Josie Lawrence and Sara Crowe.

As an inspiring and funny British comedy-drama that will evoke memories of Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and Local Hero, the film recreates Tony’s actual 1997 journey around Ireland as he re-evaluated his life and career, found romance, met a wide range of bizarre characters, made many new friends and discovered that people are perfectly prepared to treat a small white domestic appliance as though it was a fully fledged person with a personality in its own right.

During the course of the film the fridge is taken surfing, christened, blessed by nuns, accompanied by a bagpiper, taken to a bachelor festival and becomes the hero of a national radio station as Tony and all those he encountered become aware of the power and philosophy of the fridge !

Round Ireland with a Fridge was aired on BBC 4 in March this year, and topped BBC 4’s Sunday night ratings.

The DVD is available to stream at http://www.roundirelandwithafridge.com from April 16th 2012

“Fabulous. Very very funny, wonderful performances and music, and beautifully shot.” – Ben Miller

” ‘Round Ireland With A Fridge’ is a human, gentle, uproariously funny, touching, poignant, uplifting, and happily spiritual film.” – Stephen Simon, Producer, ‘Somewhere in Time’, ‘What Dreams May Come’, ‘Author’, ‘Bringing Back The Old Hollywood’.

A trailer of the film can be seen on http://www.roundirelandwithafridge.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com
Tony Hawks is available for interviews, please contact Billy James, Glass Onyon PR

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Media Mikes – DVD Review “I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster: Volume One”

Directed by: Arthur Hiller, Norman Abbott
Starring: John Astin, Marty Ingels, Lee Meriwether
Distributed by: Lightyear Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Running Time: 609 minutes

Volume One: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 stars

Prior to reviewing this DVD, I have to admit I was unaware of “I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster”. I was though quite aware of John Astin, Marty Ingels and Lee Meriwether. This DVD marks the 50th Anniversary of 1960s TV sitcom and it is also the first time that these episodes have been released on DVD. The release contains a three-disc set which contains over 10 hours of content. It features the first sixteen episodes of thirty-two from the show’s only season. It is very sad that this show only latest one season because it is a riot. It is simple and subtle but extremely funny. The show is created by Leonard Stern who is responsible for hit comedy shows like “The Honeymooners” and “Sergeant Bilko”. I have to certainly thank Glass Onyon PR for allowing us to find this wonderful gem of a show. This DVD is highly recommended…simply wonderful.

“I’m Dickens… He’s Fenster” follows Harry (Astin) and Arch (Ingels) and their adventures being best friends and also working together as construction workers. The two are absolutely hilarious and are backed but some amazing guest stars including: Yvonne Craig (Batgirl from “Batman”), Harvey Korman (“The Carol Burnett Show”), Sally Kellerman (“M*A*S*H”), Peter Lupus (“Mission: Impossible”), Lee Meriwether (“The Time Tunnel”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), Edy Williams (“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”), and Jim Nabors (“The Andy Griffith Show”). The series looks great on DVD and the episodes look sharp and really clear for a show that is 50 years old. It is also presented in full frame with 1.33:1 ratio and original mono audio track.

The special features on this DVD release are jam packed. There are all-new interviews including stars John Astin and Marty Ingels, Directors Arthur Hiller, Norman Abbott, and Creator/Producer Leonard Stern. If you are fan of audio commentaries there are bunch feature John Astin and Marty Ingels, Yvonne Craig, Lee Meriwether, Dave Ketchum, Chris Korman (son of Harvey Korman) and creator/producer Leonard Stern. There is a funny featurette called “I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Get Physical”. There is a very sweet video tribute to the late Leonard Stern. There are three funny featurettes including “The Joke”, “Love Me, Love My Dog” and “How Not to Succeed in Business”. There are old commercials including Bumpers, ABC TV Network Promo and Cast Commercial. Lastly there is a ‘Thank You’ slide show video featuring the dozens of people who helped make the 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition a reality.

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I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD set of 1960s TV sitcom To Be Released April 10, 2012

For Immediate Release

I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster
50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD set of 1960s TV sitcom
To Be Released April 10, 2012

Starring John Astin and Marty Ingels

“Still holds up beautifully, fresh and funny” – Mel Brooks

“Powerful – Still funny – I love it” – Jerry Lewis

“I was only 13. But it was my favorite show.” – Jay Leno

“These guys, that show, way before their time” – Bill Cosby

“It’s great seeing them again. What a hoot.” – Carl Reiner

“These are masters of comedy. Razor Sharp – A genius team.” – Dick Van Dyke

“A ‘Gleason and Carney’ even ‘Laurel and Hardy’. I laughed louder now than before” –
George Schaltter (Producer of “Laugh In”)

3/14/2012 – Hollywood, CA – Lightyear Entertainment, in association with TV Time Machine Productions, is proud to announce that the brilliant but short-lived 1962 ABC TV situation comedy, I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster, starring John Astin and Marty Ingels, will be released on April 10, 2012, through eOne Distribution.

The I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Golden Anniversary three-disc set contains over 10 hours of content. It features the first sixteen episodes of thirty-two from the show’s only season, and includes the following:

Sixteen hilarious digitally remastered I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster episodes, many of which haven’t been seen in 50 years!
Video features with all-new interviews including stars John Astin (The Addams Family) and Marty Ingels (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Directors Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws, Silver Streak), Norman Abbott (The Munsters), and Creator/Producer Leonard Stern (Get Smart)
Audio commentaries featuring John Astin and Marty Ingels, Yvonne Craig (Batman), Lee Meriwether (The Time Tunnel), series regular Dave Ketchum (who played “Mel Warshaw”), Chris Korman, son of Harvey Korman (Blazing Saddles, The Carol Burnett Show), and creator/producer Leonard Stern
I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Get Physical featurette
Video tribute to the late Leonard Stern, Creator/Producer of I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster
The Joke featurette
Love Me, Love My Dog featurette
How Not to Succeed in Business featurette
I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Commercial Bumpers
Rare I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster ABC TV Network Promo
Rare I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Cast Commercial
Thank You slide show video featuring the dozens of people who helped make the 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition a reality
I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster six-page Collector’s Booklet
Three discs in a Collector’s Edition Digipak with Slipcase

I’m Dickens… He’s Fenster followed the comic exploits of two construction workers and bosom buddies (played by John Astin and Marty Ingels). After producing thirty-two side-splittingly hilarious episodes, and despite critics’ raves in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Time Magazine, the show was prematurely canceled in its first season. By the time its final ratings came in, showing it having beaten Sing Along with Mitch and Route 66 for its time slot, it was too late to reassemble the cast, who had moved on to other projects. The successful and beloved show had become a casualty of timid programming and unlucky timing.

Although short-lived, I’m Dickens… He’s Fenster featured an extraordinary roster of guest stars, many of whom made their television debuts on the show including: Yvonne Craig (“Batgirl” from Batman), Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H), Peter Lupus (Mission: Impossible), Lee Meriwether (The Time Tunnel), Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Edy Williams (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), and Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC). The series also featured such directing talent as Arthur Hiller (Love Story, The In-Laws), Jay Sandrich (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls) , Norman Abbott, (The Munsters), Claudio Guzman (I Dream of Jeannie) and writers Mel Tolkin (Your Show of Shows, All in the Family), Don Hinkley (The Steve Allen Show, The Muppet Show) and Jay Sommers (Green Acres, Ozzie & Harriet).

In addition to being creator, writer, director and producer on I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster, Leonard Stern’s remarkable career included writing for the Abbott and Costello and Ma and Pa Kettle movies, and the classic TV shows The Honeymooners, Sergeant Bilko and The Steve Allen Show. From 1965-1970, Mr. Stern was executive producer, writer and director on the classic spy spoof Get Smart (starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon). He also created, produced and directed the TV series He & She (co-starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss) and McMillan & Wife (starring Rock Hudson and Susan St. James). He also co-created the immensely popular series of children’s game books, Mad Libs.

2012 is Lightyear Entertainment’s 25th Anniversary year, since its origin in the management buyout of RCA Video Productions in 1987. eOne Distribution is a leader in the distribution of entertainment products through partnerships with the world’s largest physical and digital retailers.

To purchase I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster Golden Anniversary three-disc set:
http://www.amazon.com/Im-Dickens-Hes-Fenster-John-Astin/dp/B00746R3LM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331318524&sr=8-1

Lightyear Entertainment: http://www.lightyear.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com
Promotional copies / Marty Ingels interview inquiries please contact Billy James/Glass Onyon PR