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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Somewhat quiet 50th Anniversary
« on: March 30, 2016, 09:50:31 PM »
OK, this has to rate as the most bizarre DS 50th anniversary event:  the DANK SHADOWS crew are having a video feature(tte?) version of the Scorcha Collins saga screened on April 2 (which marks the 45th anniversary of the DS final episode airing, of course), at the Boston LGBT Film Festival.

For an extra DS wrinkle, the screening is scheduled to take place at the Cambridge Brattle Theatre, of which Thayer David was one of the founders.

Kooky?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjiy-IfsX_E

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Strange Paradise Blog
« on: March 30, 2016, 06:08:31 PM »
Not exactly a new SP blog, but "Dark Shadows Every Day" has announced that he's going to blog the first week of SP episodes, on a temporary hiatus from blogging the latter weeks of the 1897 DS storyline:

http://darkshadowseveryday.com/2016/03/29/strange-paradise-episode-1/

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: RIP, Patty Duke
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:28:15 PM »
Sad news. My strongest association with Patty Duke is with VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and Anne Wells (portrayed by Barbara Parkins) is so reminiscent of Vicki Winters, to me at least, that I've always considered the movie as somehow connected to the DS Universe.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Somewhat quiet 50th Anniversary
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:31:41 PM »
From what I recall, Alexandra attended an event honoring Dan Curtis at the Museum of Television in LA about ten years ago (a very rough chronological estimate).

I do not recall her ever attending a DS festival type event.  On one of her video commentaries, she somewhat impishly suggested that one could be held via seance, sometime...

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Somewhat quiet 50th Anniversary
« on: March 28, 2016, 04:03:26 PM »
I think it's all down to several things.  The surviving cast members who are interested or able to attend are really getting on in years.  I was thinking about this and realizing that if what I have read is correct, Lara will be 80 next year.  Sobering but then I myself will be 59.  and I was 10 when I started watching back in 1968. 

Thanks to WorldVision, the series isn't on the air apart from the same small packet of shows periodically run on Decades.  The cult shows that get the marketing are either prominently available such as TZ and Outer Limits, or have more active rebootings such as Trek and the Apes sagas. 

As Michael commented, the marketing angle for DS was always sub-par, at least as far as I am concerned.  The best products in terms of design and flair were the gum cards. What does that tell you?

Hadn't heard about the lunchbox--that could be fun.  Some "Blu Ray" products might have stimulated at least some interest, but home video in physical format is widely regarded as going the way of the dinosaur. I myself am going to hang onto my discs until they are pried from my dead fingers because I don't really trust the "streaming" sites to have the content I want in the way I want it.  but then, I'm antediluvian, at this point.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Rebecca/Ep 1022
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:09:18 PM »
This Youtube playlist comprises the complete circa 1979 adaptation of REBECCA with Jeremy Brett:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMLYwPUw6iE&list=PLA4C9E9D7B9BAF20B

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Rebecca/Ep 1022
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:40:49 PM »
Hi Patti,

People who knew Danvers well did call her Danny.  Besides Rebecca, this included her forever half-drunk would-be boyfriend (can't recall character's name).  The equivalent of the latter on the DS story is Bruno.

Chris Collins, played by Don Briscoe, was meant to be the estate manager on the PT 1970 grounds, but when Don became ill and had to leave, Cyrus eventually stepped into a role as Quentin's close friend who provided advice or just a friendly ear.

Two adaptations of Rebecca that I think are very much worth watching are one from, I think, the late 70s or early 80s with Jeremy Brett and Anna Massey (as Danvers), and another one from the 1990s with Dame Diana Rigg as Danvers.  The downside of the latter version is that Charles Dance was cast as Maxim but was really too old for the part, unfortunately, though I thought his acting was very good in it.

If I recall correctly, the 1990s version also has Faye Dunaway in a kind of stunt cameo role as the loudly vulgar American plutocrat who is "her" (the heroine's) original employer.

G.

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I watched that scene a couple of times several years ago and I don't recall noticing that you could tell that Daphne's dress was on fire.

On another occasion, as veteran fans know, Marie Wallace's wig caught on fire.

As I always say, it's practically miraculous that DS was as good as it was.  Part of what made it so good was that all the major actors had stage training.  In David's case, he also clearly had nerves of steel.

G.

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A great scene.  Ange's line to Laura is really quite a put-down.

G.

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OK, this one really is Off Topic but it somewhat pertains to this thread--it was announced today that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will be joining the cast of VIKINGS next season.

Nothing remotely related to DS, but VIKINGS is a very cool show.  I have only seen the first season but for those interested in that period of history, it's a beautifully accomplished production.  For costume junkies, the clothes are awesome.  I saw a Youtube video where the main costume designer (who heads up what I believe to be a fairly large team of craftspeople) was interviewed about the clothes created for the first year.

G.

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Good grief.  I hope those fans can afford to hire a good lawyer.

G.

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and since this scene was cut in its entirety, one thing the audience as it stands never comprehends is why the sound of fragmentary piano music keeps happening whenever Quentin starts to experience one of his mysterious flashback episodes.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: Barna/guin
« on: March 17, 2016, 06:26:30 PM »
Interesting, Penny!  I wonder if this Penguin has been known to utter such lines as:  "You have betrayed me!"  Or: "You MUST!"  Or:  "Tonight must go nothing wrong!"

curious DS fans are curious.

G.

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Oh wow, the piano scene starts today.  Fab.  "Laura my darling, you need to SIT THE F&&& DOWN, beey*tch." LOL

I've given up hope of ever seeing this and the sťance scene restored.  I am glad Darren was able to salvage the lost elements even if the rights owners don't allow the rest of us to enjoy the material.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Eps 1007-1008
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:25:04 PM »
Damion was one of Angelique's lovers.  She says that fairly directly in a scene I won't otherwise go into because it's a major spoiler.  It's implied in a way that has to remain tactful due to the network standards and practices office that Angelique was sexually insatiable but perhaps emotionally frigid.

I think somebody concocted the whole Damion storyline in an attempt to come up with something for those who were not out on the movie shoot to do.  No doubt when DC returned from the shoot he informed whoever was writing this that Damion had to go.  DC could be quite dictatorial when it came to suddenly "revising" the existing storyline, regardless of how much prep and build-up there had been to certain developments.  The writers always got the blame for this, of course.

G.

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