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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:51:22 PM »
I do love that snap of Miz Laura doin' her thang at that big-ass Seance (sorry, it's Mardi Gras and I'm channelling some withered old Queen who haunts the French Quarter) in the Big House.  Big!

But even more do I love the capture of Laura glaring insanely with teeth bared the time Liz interrupted Herself in one of her cozy fireplace moments (I think she was trying to hex someone--maybe Sam?).

The latter occasionally surfaces as a floaty here.  It's memorable.

MSC, I agree that Laura is less effective when she's just one occult element in a whole crazy late Victoriana hullaballo of freaks that is the glory of 1897.  But I do cherish her return in that storyline because we get the unforgettable joy of her one on one scenes with Quentin (just love the one in the cottage when Q is lying there to all appearances in his death-agony and Laura is purring and cooing with cold, savory malice), Edward, Magda, Minerva, Trask, et al.  Diana Millay was always so beautifully focused--even lethally so--in these scenes, and she seemed to bring the series up to a higher level when she was on board.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Re: Vera Marano
« on: March 07, 2011, 02:11:27 AM »
How sad.  But strangely fitting for a DS fan's funeral to be held Halloween weekend.

May she rest in peace.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: March 06, 2011, 03:54:17 AM »
Looks as if I missed the climax of the Laura '67 storyline.  Some of DS' most beautifully staged scenes.

I love that shot of Julia's reaction at the sight of Jeb in his true form, and the great two-shot from their conversation that follows. Interesting how while Julia does let out a good old fashioned blood-curdling shriek at the sight of the Leviathan Creature, unlike others who have confronted it she snaps right back to sanity.  Perhaps that's because of her "special genetic structure" that also makes her immune from the wiles of the "Leviathan box trick."

Great stuff!  Love the shots of Barn administering justice to Trask in 1796, too!  And for the Quentin fans, there are some very juicy shots of him in all his Victorian splendor tonight.

G.

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I received my copy of the magazine today.  The painting of Barbara Steele on the cover looks rather nicer than the scan of it would suggest, I thought.  The article about her consists of a page and a half of screen captures from two recent DVD film releases, An Angel for Satan (1966) and The Maniacs (1964); the latter is particularly interesting because it was a non-horror film and features Barbara in two comedic roles (the movie was in the popular anthology format we enjoyed so much in the 1960s). 

The feature on the Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism was beautifully done, and there were articles on Paul Naschy's last werewolf movie, and one of the actors from an early Naschy film, Werewolf Shadow.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 02, 2011, 06:38:26 AM »
Thanks, MB.  Again, I really wish the costume party sequence had been the length originally planned!  Ah well...

G.

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I thought HBC's ensemble was very elegant and distinctive, maybe even with some witty references to some of Tim Burton's hobbyhorses. 

I've always found Joan Rivers to be a shrieking, neon-lit, cybernetic harridan.  I heard that a documentary about her showed that there is still a person inside that plastic casing--I leave it for others to discover.

IMO Americans take fashion far too seriously.  The only time it gets really interesting is when people let loose and wear something extravagant, flamboyant, and possessing real character.  Otherwise it gets really boxy and robotic. 

cheers, G.

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Thanks for that link, MB.  I did play the interview out of simple curiosity to see what JD would say about the series.

Maybe the simple explanation of the difference in how the script is being described is that Zanuck and Atwood are suits who don't have a clue, while Depp is a fan and reads the material through a fan's eyes?

I thought HBC looked less than excited to be playing Julia in her Oscar clip.  I chalk it up to extreme nervousness as she realizes just WHOSE shoes she's stepping into--one of the most distinguished actresses of the 20th century!

I would love a stunt cameo for Mrs Johnson--I'm thinking Kathy Bates?

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:52:44 AM »
If it's not too much bother, just to whom was Professor Stokes speaking in today's never filmed quote?

I'd guess the Sheriff...

G.

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Um, there's this actress who was on the show named Grayson Hall... you might have heard of her...

sighing,

G.

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Very exciting; I just ordered the mag.  Not only does the article on Steele sound intriguing, but I have over the years seen very few writers take on the underground Sixties German classic horror film "The Snake-pit and the Pendulum," aka "The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism." 

Thanks for the link!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:03:20 PM »
That featured shot on the Robs board of LeviaLiz giving a completely clueless Willie the freeze today is a hoot!  Love it!

Today's slide show also features the great scene of Lt. Costa visiting the Phoenix morgue.  Sy Tomashoff really earned his bacon that week. 

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 24, 2011, 06:02:16 AM »
Many thanks for the above selection, MB.  The shot of the werewolf doing his MJ impersonation is hysterical!

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: February 17, 2011, 06:20:10 AM »
Just love the shot from 1796 of Natalie and Abigail.  A rare humane moment for the latter.  It's always such a treat to see Grayson and Clarice working together.

G.

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You know, this one is starting to sound an awful lot like a retread of 1967/hoDS/the first few episodes of the 1991 series.  Which means this will be, what, the FOURTH time this story has been filmed.

I'm guessing that plot points and character profiles are being filled in by journalists from websites, and that the actual screenplay will offer something different.

Perhaps this "waitress"will be named Vicki Evans... or Maggie Winters?  *wink*

Ah, now for the announcement of the hoDS/NoDS DVD release date...

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: louis edmonds' "business trips"
« on: February 16, 2011, 05:44:10 AM »
Hi MSC,

Louis was a veteran stage actor and did a lot of theatre during his various times of hiatus on DS.  I believe some of it was outside the city, actually.  I don't know about his contract or whether he was allowed to request leave at certain times or how it worked.  The Craig Hamrick book, at least the original edition (I never got hold of the revision) did not give any insight into this, as I recall.

G.

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