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Current Talk '03 I / Grayson Hall, Glamour Goddess!
« on: May 07, 2003, 04:03:29 PM »
Well, this a.m. I had the show on again while getting ready for work.  I turned around to see Grayson come in the room and my jaw dropped.  That black coat with the black fur collar and the little touch of color with the scarf has got to rate as one of Julia's most fabou ensembles to date!  She simply SCREAMED glamour!  The coat had kind of a Weimar look to it... the hair of course was the summit of Sixties glamour.

I love the scenes between Julia and Stokes in these episodes.  What a pity Thayer had to take time off again to make a movie (I think that's why he disappears for a couple of months around this point).  I always thought Grayson and Thayer played off one another so beautifully.

Also LOVE the actress who played Mrs. Hutchins.  What was her name?  This is the first of 3 roles she played on DS.  I believe she was in hoDS as Mrs. Pettibone, too.  (One of my pal Nicky's fave characters!)

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Barnabas' Change of Heart
« on: May 06, 2003, 08:45:27 PM »
Barnabas' true change of heart is still to come.  The whole Leviathan dream sequence episode was something they threw in literally at the last minute (as I recall it, the episode was taped very close to air date) because so many fans were writing in and complaining that they were having difficulties with "evil" Barn.  (As an adult viewer, at least, I find him a lot more compelling than "good" Barn.)  The episodes that follow that big dream sequence show don't really follow up the theme of Barnabas having a change of heart because they had already been scripted and taped BEFORE the episode chronicling Barn's encounter with Adlar and Marshina, Queen of Darkness.

I do remember that the Leviathan sequence all made perfect sense to me at the time because I followed the show so obsessively.  So I was a little surprised when a voiceover began playing over the end titles of the show informing the audience at home that "major information regarding the nature of the Leviathan plot will be revealed on this coming Friday's show, so be sure to tune in!"  The "revelations" consisted of a celebrated clip show (maybe the only one in DS' history, now that I think of it) that summarized what had happened up to that point.  I'm not sure when that episode will be aired, but I think it's coming in a week or two.

Gothick

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John darling, THESE ARE GORGEOUS!

You go to the head of the class of Grayson Hall devotees!  Thank you for this beautiful shrine to our beloved Goddess of Chic!

I'm delighted, too, that you have a copy of the trailer and included a snap of her from that!  I was under the impression that it wasn't included on the DVD release--hope I was wrong about that.  I don't have a DVD player but have been thinking I should get the DVD of this movie since it is such a favorite.  I play the tape at least once every six months.

Thanks again,

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:TLAKLS Speaks re Fest
« on: May 05, 2003, 05:22:42 PM »
Jenny, thanks for letting us know that the decision to make this year's event a "Farewell" was the decision of a few (or perhaps only one?) member(s) of the Festival committee.

Just thinking of all the flak the rest of you are catching from upset fans and celebrities makes my head ache!

Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of this beleaguered event.  It's obviously one that means a great deal to a great many people.

Sincerely,

Steve (Gothick)

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Congratulations, Kuanyin!  that's beautiful news.  And what a blessing for you that he relates so well to your child.  He sounds like a real treasure for both of you!

I wish you and your intended every happiness.

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:TLAKLS Speaks re Fest
« on: May 05, 2003, 03:04:29 PM »
Well, I don't shock easily, but I must say that as someone who plans a lot of events myself in my own community, I'm simply staggered that nobody on the Festival committee had the courtesy to call or email the actors and let them know ahead of time about a decision of this magnitude.

I had also always thought that the actors were kept in the loop of the date planning for each year's Festival.  Another illusion shattered.

Given these revelations, I'm starting to think it might be just as well to say "Farewell" to the current Festival committee and let folks who know how to do their jobs take over.  (Just my opinion, quite honestly... I know it's been a thankless job for years, but if you're not going to do it right, why bother?  which presumably is the line of thinking that led to declaring this year the "Farewell" Festival.)

I do like KLS' spin on it as being like when a character would say "farewell" on the series and then the same actor would reappear shortly thereafter in a new role!

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Born to Diva
« on: May 02, 2003, 04:22:11 PM »
You're the REAL Diva in that photo, Midnite!

I notice how tightly gritted Dear Donna's teeth are in that smile.  She's fighting with every inch of ladylike self-control not to shove you out of the camera frame at the last second!

Baseless canards, I'm sure.  I'm glad that you and the other lovely ladies had such a great evening!

Goth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Secret Closet?
« on: May 02, 2003, 04:17:53 PM »
John, doll, YOU ARE A GOD!

thankyouthankyouthankyou for that FABOU link.

You and I are SO on the same page about The Divine One.  One of the oldtime fans recalled on one occasion that her Dad also worshipped at the Shrine of Grayson and used to say:  "There's God the Father, God the Son, and Grayson Hall ... and the first two better watch Their Step!" (my apologies if this offends any individuals in the audience)

Gothick
A Senior Officer of Hall-o-holics Anonymous

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:The Horror of the SPOON
« on: April 30, 2003, 09:17:01 PM »
I actually thought the whole thing with the spoon worked, *in the context of the episode*.  I did think that DP was chewing up the scenery there and not just a bit, which did give it a camp edge.

I agree with Luciaphil; what we're seeing now is more of the "inner Liz" than we've seen since around Spring 1967.  Remember how when Liz came back from her Laura-induced illness, she gave Roger a dressing down about minding his own business?  She was so icy in that scene I had to pour antifreeze over the TV set after I played the tape (OK, I'm exaggerating, but not by much).

She could also mete out some pretty brutal fare to Burke Devlin in the early months... entirely understandable since he was plotting to destroy Collinwood and everything the family stood for.

I often find myself snapping my fingers a lot during Joan's scenes in this storyline.  Just love my LeviaLiz!

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Secret Closet?
« on: April 30, 2003, 09:09:17 PM »
Oh yes, John, I definitely want to see Julia's shopping spree. One of my favorite sequences in Satan in High Heels is the infamous "montage" clip where Grayson takes Missy out for her fashion makeover.  There are some hilarious, all too brief shots of Grayson in one of those early Sixties Paris knockoff hats with the huge wavy brim and a jacket with this big elaborate gilt fob hanging off one side puffing on her endless cigarette holder appraising her gal in the latest ensemble.  And all played to jazzy beat coffeehouse style music. FABULOUS!

I can just see Julia as they return to Collinwood:  "Chris, darling, it's so hot in here.  Don't you want to take your shirt off now???"

eee-vil Gothththth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:When Was the Last Time
« on: April 29, 2003, 09:59:26 PM »
Hi Julia, this reminds me of the talk I saw in a 1965 press clipping of Grayson playing Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.

I would have LOVED to see her doing that.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 29, 2003, 09:31:34 PM »
Caleb is played by the luscious Nathan Fillion, who played the Captain on Firefly, a Joss Whedon series I'd love to see get off the ground again.

I have not been able to catch Fillion's appearances on BTVS, unfortunately.  I just adore his mouth, though.  mmmmmmm

purring provocatively,

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:OT Congrats, Cris
« on: April 29, 2003, 05:09:48 PM »
Congratulations, Criseyde. This sounds both like a lot of fun, and a very useful way of quietly building some important skills these kids will need to function in college.  Some of the writers you mention, such as Penley and Jenkins, might even make the kiddies think about reasserting their subjectivity in the face of the stifling, all-flattening multimedia juggernaut that saturates North American postmodern consciousness.

That said, I'm horrified to learn that these kids are so illiterate they don't even know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.  I shudder to think what they would make of a Shakespeare play, a Bronte novel, or an Auden poem.

You're working in the trenches, dear.  Goddess bless you!

Gothick

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A brilliant critique, as always, Luciaphil.

My favorite comment on the character of Olivia/Amanda comes in a wonderfully played little scene between "Grant" and the lady herself.  At some point, completely frustrated with Olivia's antics, Grant bellows at her:  "Maybe I don't know at the moment who I am.  I don't think YOU EVER knew who you are!"

It kind of sums Amanda up in a nutshell.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:W. C. Feilds was right........
« on: April 28, 2003, 03:29:00 PM »
Leviathan really starts to jump the shark when Widdle Alexander shows up.  His poker-faced bangs-obscured glares are about as alarming as the fur on my childhood Fuzzy Wuzzy.  And everytime he shrills "MISSUS STAWDAWD!" I crack up.

Don't get me wrong, there are still some of the greatest moments in the history of DS ahead of us.  I thought Alexander's successor was the best of all the Leviathan Leader casting choices.

And then, of course, there's everybody's favorite--BRUNO!  He of the Ranch Poodle chic and the brylcreem addiction.

Gothick

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