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Thanks for the nice note, sweetie!  Whenever you're not around for awhile I figure it is that danged old beastie laughingly known as "real life" getting in the way of fun again.

I don't think that people who are fortunate enough not to live with chronic pain have a clue just how debilitating and exhausting it is. 

here's to healing and more fun in your life!

G.

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@Cousin Barnabas, your revised lyrics for Lara's Theme crack me up!  Thanks for sharing!

G.

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My condolences to the family.  She sounds as if she was a really lovely individual.  May she truly rest in peace.

"Darkness more clear than noonday holdeth her;
Silence more musical than any song--
Even her very heart hath ceased to stir.
Until the morning of Eternity
Her rest shall not begin nor end; but be;
And when she wakes, she will not think it long."

G.

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Thanks, MB--I like these better.  The aerial shots of Collinwood, while good, make me think of the opening credits of Dynasty!

Thanks for taking the time to track these down.

Best, G.

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From a non-gamer... it looks too boxy, crowded, and "fake" to my eye.  The drawing room is nice but doesn't really look at all like the Collinwood drawing room.  I hope she isn't on here because she says she worked really hard at all of it, and probably to those who are used to how places look in Second Life or whatever this is, it's fine. 

It's funny to read someone recalling that "Quinton" danced with Angelique to "Laura's theme" on the "music box"--several DS characters and storylines colliding there with Dr. Zhivago, methinks...

G.

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It's pretty cool that the MTV machine is promoting Depp Shadows as "one of the tentpole releases of 2012."  (an intriguing turn of phrase--various images come to mind around the metaphor of "tentpole releases," particularly since yesterday we were honoring the iconic deliciousness that lurked in Lieut. Nathan Forbes tight trousers--lol!)

I did spot some errors in the columnist's synopsis of certain plot events from DS.  The most egregious were the notion that Julia was seeking a cure for Barnabas "so he could be with" Vicki--Doctor might have had a thing or two to say about that.  And the presumption that Vicki returned from her sojourn in 1795 with "full knowledge" of Barn's secret, which of course was his fear, when in fact, she ended up not really knowing about it at all, and then having amnesia about it after subsequent developments in 1968.

But hey, a press item about DS without mistakes would be like an episode of the series without bloopers--ALMOST unheard of.

G.

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That was interesting to hear.  I remember that guy interviewing me about Grayson at a DS convention a year or so after this broadcast.  He told me he had a friend who always said Grayson should have been a big star.

It seems ironic that one of the points is how "obscure" DS is and another is "so bad only really odd people want to watch it" when now it's huge again with the Depp movie and all the rest of it.  I guess it just goes to show that pop culture patterns and trends truly elude any attempt at rational analysis (or:  maybe what seems like a rational analysis from Ira Glass--isn't).

G.

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Zack Golem,

Thanks for that review.  I guess it gives me a good sense of the audience that is buying the reprints.  Since the books sell for fifty bucks a pop, they're clearly a very dedicated audience.

I do know of Jeff Thompson's work--think I'll skip it.

Interesting about Constance Collins.  There was a character with that name on the series, but she lived in the seventeenth century and was only seen in one flashback episode, portrayed by Grayson Hall.

Oddly, I can sort of half remember that weird drawing of Barnabas looking at Quentin's jet streaking across the sky through the window of his basement cell.

I do like your comment that the "relationship" between Barnabas and Willie was deemed "too complicated" for kids to comprehend.  Of course, the kids who watched the series regularly knew all about Barnabas and Willie... and we were all very innocent back then...

G.

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Zack Golem,

I would love to see an in-depth review (even a short one that comments upon specifics, not just the tired old hash of the basics about the original publications and the series, etc.) of one of the Hermes books.  Please do post a link if handy.  I have been curious as to just who on Earth is buying these things, and why.  I enjoy reading well-reasoned statements of opinions that differ from my own, and I really appreciate the civility you demonstrate here (particularly since I'm just a cranky old fan).

michael, that scene with a cacchinating Angelique terrorizing Barnabas in his dreams actually looks and reads a LOT like similar scenes I recall from the Gold Key comics.  This is one element that does seem to make a nod, if that's the right phrase, to the Sam Hall outline for how the series would have continued.  Angelique's evil ghost played a part in that, and I think she even returned to fleshly existence for a time--it's been awhile since I last perused it.  It was because of her persecution that [spoiler]Barnabas and Julia ultimately moved away from the Collinsport area forever after their marriage in Singapore.[/spoiler]

I do suspect that there's more to Angelique's presence in this first bit than meets the eye.  I know I'm going to keep reading.

Lordee, how could I have forgotten Cheshire Collins?  What a hoot!

Cheers, Steve

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Really?  I thought only diehard collectors of DS memorabilia would buy the reprints.  Interesting... what can one say except that tastes differ. 

I bought loads of them back in the day, and actually looked forward to them in the early months.  So my 13 year old self enjoyed them.  At some point, however, I had had enough.  Revisiting them as an adult was not a happy experience.

I agree with you about Aaron's attempt to draw Angelique in the new book, and I'm not all that happy with how he draws Julia in general. There's one square or panel or whatever you call it that is decent but it's obviously copied from a well-known hoDS film still.  I'm not convinced that he used photographs for all of it... his renderings of Barnabas are pretty free and easy, I think.

But then I'm not a professional artist, so ... not sure how much my opinion about any of it matters!

cheers, G.

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Golem, I'd guess that what Certa was thinking of as he slogged out the DS stuff was "yep, that's another paycheck in the mail."  Or, as my long-suffering Dad (who hated his job) used to say upon returning home in the evening, "Another day, another dollar."

I'll take your word for it that he was a good or even exceptional artist--I really don't have the stomach to research the subject by looking at other examples of his work.

But, glad to hear you enjoy what he produced.  It's nice to know that there's a fan out there for every artist.

G.

2622
Love the leopard-print slingback pumps on Green!  The perfect accent for that gown.  The lipstick is just way too loud for me, although it may be the fault of the photog dialling the color up too high.

G.

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I can't get those links to load... will try again later.

I am hoping that Eva Green spends large chunks of time onscreen as a brunette... hint hint...

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Brian Sturdivant
« on: November 09, 2011, 06:03:39 AM »
I finally got hold of a copy of Diary of a Mad Housewife but haven't had time to watch it.  I remember you said Sturdivant appears in a party sequence in that film.

G.

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Hi Michael,

[spoiler]I think it refers to Angelique... look back at the statue scene again, and the enthralled Julia responds to the question "Whom do you serve?" with "I serve my mistress... she approaches."  That to my mind is definitely the start of Angelique making Julia her latest pet slave.  (I don't think this is related at all to the storyline in the 1991 DS where Angelique simply possessed Julia outright. [/spoiler]

I do hope they bring Laura into this... I would love to see her part of the new storyline... and apparently bringing her back was discussed at some point in 1970 or 1971...

cheers, G.

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