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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: "Dank Shadows" returns
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:39:18 PM »
Episodes have continued to be added on a weekly basis, and we're now up to episode XXII (22).  We had our first glimpse of "Mangelique" today.  Horrifying!

G.

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I am guessing the new trailer with Chinese subtitles and voiceover is for the Taiwan release.  Not to show off or anything, but I read Chinese and the type of characters and style of Mandarin used in the trailer are typical of Taiwan.  I suppose it might be for Singapore as well... wasn't there a Singapore website that leaked some early photos?  Or was that Brazil?  Or both?

The Chinese title, for anyone who cares, translates as "Dark-shadowed Family" or "Dark Shadows Family" (it's ambivalent; Chinese doesn't have tenses and inflections the way Indo-European languages do).

The scene with Barnabas and the hippies makes me wonder if Burton is also a fan of the late Robert Quarry Deathmaster film (about a vampire setting himself up as a hippie guru).  This movie seems to be his opportunity to offer homage to just about anything in or out of reach from the Sixties and early Seventies.

I know I'm being a sourpuss but I don't find the idea of Barn slaughtering an entire camp full of people funny.   Love means never having to say you're sorry so I won't.

cheers, G.

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I was thinking the same too, Nancy.  I know it often sounds harsh to those who are bereaved, but sometimes a quick, sudden passing, when the person says farewell to life with his dignity intact, is preferable to the alternative.

I really do think of him as taking a very well deserved rest... free from what I believe the Bard called the "slings and arrows" of continued existence.

Steve

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There is an update now on the link for KLS' eulogy of him:

http://www.kathrynleighscott.com/?page_id=298

Google showed an obit on a soap opera history page, too, but I didn't clip the link.  I am sure the obits will be posted as we move deeper into the day.

May his spirit be blessed.  He brought happiness and comfort to so many.

G.

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I am shocked and saddened.  But he has gone to a well deserved rest.

As he recited so memorably on the 1969 LP:

"Until the morning of eternity
His rest shall not begin nor end, but be:
And when he wakes,
He will not think it long."

May the Peace that Passeth all Understanding be his.

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: foreverlynn
« on: April 19, 2012, 05:45:55 AM »
I met her once, I believe at a Jonathan Frid event around 13 or 14 years ago.  I remember her as a lovely, warm, quiet individual.

It is really an awful loss for her family that she has been taken at such a young age.  I pray that memories of her may help comfort them, and those who loved her.

Best, Steve

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I was just updating my Netflix queue and for the hell of it, checked the status of DS.  I live in the Boston (Mass./New England) area and all 26 sets are showing up as available.  I think the pre-Barn episodes are as well; there was a picture of Vicki from the box cover of the first 1966 set in use as the icon for the series.

Netflix uses thematic keywords that may either be genre terms ("comedy") or descriptive of mood and atmosphere.  For the original series of DS, the keywords given are "dark, suspenseful."  I was quite surprised to see that there is already a page up for Depp Shadows even though the movie hasn't even been released.  I have the feeling this is common practice nowadays so I shouldn't be surprised.  I kid you not, for the 2012 feature films the keywords given are "dark, goofy." 

Time will tell how accurate that assessment is... at least it's "dark, goofy" rather than "goofy, dark."

Even though they are commenting on a movie they haven't seen, there are substantial comments from Netflix patrons giving their opinions about the 2012 movie.  I only read a few.  The back and forth is one with which we have all become familiar in recent months.

G.

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I personally thought it jumped the shark in issue 3.  Always willing to agree to disagree, of course.

Uncle Roger, I am also guessing editorial interference came into play with the disastrous issue 4, and I personally suspect that another individual (oh, how hard I struggle not to type the word "hack") rewrote Stuart's original story. 

YMMV.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Mad Men meets DS?
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:25:23 PM »
But then one wonders about the bleeder valve storyline...

*wink*

G.

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It looks as if Carolyn has an issue of 16 magazine under the sofa in one of the photos with her and David.  Another nice nod to ye olde days if so.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Mad Men meets DS?
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:53:17 PM »
But of course, Sandor, we privileged few here on this Board are aware that "the Pen" storyline WAS the highpoint of DS!  Barnabas who?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: brooklyn DS "tribute"
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:20:43 PM »
I am only interested in Return/Collinwood for Darren's revised work on the films (which will be quite a treat!) and the photos, which could potentially be a thrill.  Nancy K just posted a Barnabas publicity photo from the 1967 sessions I am pretty sure has gone unseen all these years, and it's a really good one--great angle, with the cane, in Josette's bedroom with her portrait above Barnabas.

I hope you enjoy the event!  If I lived in NYC I would definitely plan to be there.

G.

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I read the review Jimbo mentioned.  No direct link but it's on this site:

http://www.aintitcool.com/

Although it is technically spoiler free, it *is* a review of the movie.Depp, Pfeiffer, and Moretz all get high marks. 

It seems as if the characters of Angelique and the original-concept Burke Devlin have been combined here, interestingly.  Angelique is described as a "literal witch" who "uses boardrooms as her cauldrons."

cheers, G.

[Direct link to the article:  http://www.aintitcool.com/node/54989 --admin]

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Wow.  "the Barnabas Collins character is the property of Warner Brothers."

So much for the days of "this has been a Dan Curtis Production."

G.

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KMR, that article is a typical example of the UK Daily Mail's stripe of "journalism" (read: hack phrase-making pandering to the absolutely rock-bottom lowest market denominator).  My friends always refer to the rag as the "Daily Fail." 

Some people do read the thing regularly for the tacky camp entertainment value.  The typical Fail piece is a lurid description of some troubled pop-tart with a name like Britney, JayHo or Tina on a major drugs and drink bender, illustrated with paparazzi snaps of the celeb looking like death warmed over with anatomical parts hanging out of minimal clothing and badly misplaced makeup.

At least the photos in the DS puff piece are decent.

G.

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