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Current Talk '16 II / Re: Mitchell Ryan
« on: September 11, 2016, 05:07:22 PM »
Ugh.  Yeah.

I've wondered how much a part he played in her decision to leave the series.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: Mitchell Ryan
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:43:40 PM »
I'm pretty sure one of Jonathan Frid's favorite scenes was the one in the Blue Whale where Barnabas and Burke are crossing swords and Barnabas has his speech where he says, "I thrust, you parry."  I remember hearing that that was included in the BEST OF BARNABAS compilation (when the VHS tapes began coming out) because Frid like it so much.  Of course, my memory could be playing tricks on me again.

I know Sam and Grayson were very friendly with Anthony George and I think Frid found him much easier to act with than had been the case with Mitchell Ryan. 

All of this is to say that although Ryan was undoubtedly the stronger screen presence, Tony George may have been an improvement in the eyes of at least some of the cast members.  Don't know what Mrs. Isles thought of him.

Best, G.

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I think Sam and DC kept forgetting that the movie was set in Maine, not Tarrytown NY.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: The October Gathering
« on: September 10, 2016, 07:30:11 PM »
Interesting if true that James Hall was kept on for a few days after his re-cast had been planned.  On DS, re-casts normally happened over at most a 24 hour period--sometimes more like 12 hours, or less.  I think that was the case when Craig Slocum left (or simply failed to show up for work).

I wish I trusted KLS's memories more, but she's told us so many things over the years that are documented to have been not at all the case.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / The October Gathering
« on: September 10, 2016, 03:08:09 AM »
Fans,

I'm sure that Shadowgram will be announcing further details of this soon, but this page produced by the Collinsport Historical Society about the upcoming October event in LA was posted to the Book of Face, and I thought fans here might like to see it.  Interesting that James Hall will appear.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2016/09/meet-cast-of-dark-shadows-in-october.html

If John Karlen also attends, it will be a possibly unique opportunity to see both Willies together for the first time.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: "You CANNOT Accept a Gift Like This..."
« on: September 10, 2016, 03:05:09 AM »
THE PEN edged out Bleedervalvulus Collins for ultimate Dark Shadows Superstar. 

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:17:44 PM »
Thanks, MB. I'm so confused by whether it's Daphne or Carolyn that gets attacked at whichever point in whatever version, apart from the OS of course... my memories of the WB thing are really quite sketchy.  I know I should be really clear about it since you spent a year analyzing every page of that script but alas...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: September 08, 2016, 03:21:50 PM »
Looking at today's Burton/Depp image, I was reflecting that Depp Shadows was the only version of the story where Barnabas didn't prey on Carolyn.  But then, I don't think he went after her in the WB pilot.  It would be interesting to know if they were planning to do that storyline.

In the Burton/Depp project, it would have been so very icky if he had attacked Carolyn since to all intents and purposes, she was still a child--albeit, a very precocious one.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: My Crappy ISP
« on: September 06, 2016, 04:49:27 PM »
I have Verizon as my ISP here in Mass., Patti, and I get the same.  They send me multiple notices every month trying to get me to "upgrade" to FiOS.  I've heard it's the same crap.  Buffer buffer buffer.

It's so much more relaxing to just put the DVD in the disc drive and actually sit back to enjoy watching something.  Rather than the anxiety that kicks in whenever I try to view anything I actually care about online.

G.

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Jessica Chastain was almost shockingly brilliant in CRIMSON PEAK.  Hiddleston and Mia (I have given up trying to remember how to spell Mia's last name) are both very good, but Jessica steals every scene she's in.

My criticism of the movie, for what it is worth, is that it was overproduced to an absurd degree.  I told a friend after I saw it last November that it would have been much better if del Toro had spent 30 million less on it.  I could make the same comment about the Burton Depp Shadows disaster except there wasn't all that much to salvage from the latter.  A vast improvement would have been made if Depp had never appeared onscreen.

And that's all she wrote.

G.

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THE CRIMSON CULT is a major guilty pleasure of mine.  I have a DVD from the UK which is slightly censored and isn't the best quality, alas, but it did come with a great illustrated booklet about the filming. 

Karloff got all the best lines and scenes.  Michael Gough had a funny role as a mentally compromised factotum.

Barbara Steele's role was almost just a cameo, but her costume was to die for.

G.

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That's such a fab shot of Grayson delivering what may be my favorite line in the entire film.  (Too bad Lara's "Laura my darling" got cut--it was such a bitchy line.)

I don't remember ever seeing the shot featured today of David and Kate. 

I am struggling to make myself order the two film DVDs in time for Horrorween.

G.

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I didn't remember the Cassandra drawing at all, but just as I was typing this, an image floated in to my mind and I think I did have the mag long ago that had it.  I bought 16 religiously when the show was on because it had such good coverage.  When AfterNoon TV started up towards the end of '68, it also had several fab features on the show.  And it even covered my beloved STRANGE PARADISE in at least one issue.

Great detective work in tracking down the 1967 drawing, MB!  I don't care for her portrait of Liz, but other than that, it's very good work.

G.

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Somewhere, maybe on a Facebook DS group, I saw Frenchy's very first DS drawing from 1967.  It was really well done and included Roger and Elizabeth, I think.  I don't believe she ever featured them much in the work she did from the later period, which is the material more often seen on Shadows fan sites.

It would have been really fascinating to have Gloria Stavers guest at a Shadows event.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: 1991 Shadows news
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:11:35 PM »
Holy Hell.  But that is fascinating on one level.

Thanks for sharing that, MB!

G.

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