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I would crawl through broken glass to see footage of HAA as the interior decorator on ANOTHER WORLD.  The fastidious and relentless piano maestro sounds like another great role for him.

Unfortunately I don't think any of this survives anywhere.  Around the same time Grayson Hall had a brief role on another soap--the details elude me, I think character was named something like Madge.  I heard that a fan took and made copies of some TV photos but even those have never surfaced.

At least it's better than knowing that Grayson's Playtex commercial exists on the original DS tapes, but nobody could be bothered to track it down and have it added to the goodie package for one of the disc releases.

G.

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All of the scenes between HHA and Grayson were so fab because they were so evenly matched in terms of talent and training.  I loved it when a horrified Julia, finally learning of Nicholas's master plan, blurted out "That is monstrous!" and he leered evilly and gloated, "it is MEANT TO BE."  A great moment...

Thanks to the kindness of a friend, I just learned that KLS posted this to FaceBeast earlier today:

I am so sad to hear that Humbert Allen Astredo has passed away. He was charming, funny, loving and so very handsome . . . we all adored him. During the time he starred with Elizabeth Taylor in a production of The Little Foxes, he lived in our London Cottage and wrote hilarious letters about his stay in England. Long before I worked with him on Dark Shadows, he was a close friend of my husband Geoff. I'm so very sad we've lost this dear man. I'd hoped we'd see him at the 50th anniversary Dark Shadows Festival. (end of post from KLS)

Best, G.

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A sad loss for DS fans.  Humbert created Nicholas Blair, a character specifically invented for him, at the behest of Dan Curtis who was impressed by Humbert when he came to the studio to audition for another role.  Nicholas was and always will be my favorite Warlock. "Get hip to the Warlock!"

Humbert was only interviewed a very few times.  This podcast interview from two years ago was by far the best of all of them.  However, Humbert only speaks about DS during the final minute or so of the interview.

From listening to this, it would appear that one of Humbert's favorite roles was in the stage play, EQUUS.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2014/03/podcast-humbert-allen-astredo.html

May his spirit know true Peace.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: DS Crew
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:34:52 PM »
No timeline is given for the demolition of the studio, but it sounds as if it will be gone well before the date of the DS event.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:08:08 AM »
I'm really ready for Vanessa to do something other than shred the walls in the loony bin. 

After the events of the last season, I would expect to find Malcolm in there, not her. 

But, we'll have to see how it all plays out.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Alec Newman in Dracula (2013)
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:28:05 AM »
Fans,

I finally found the DVD set for the Jonathan Rhys Meyers DRACULA series which aired on NBC in 2013-14.  The set includes several deleted scenes from various episodes.  I was surprised to see one between JRM and Alec Newman from Alec's episode; I think the title of it was "From Darkness to Light."

The scene lasts around 3 minutes and is pretty intense between the two.  Alec played a warrior from Vlad Tepes's court who had become a vampire and come to London to serve his former liege.  There is a kind of hypermale energy between the two that has some slashy overtones.  Because it aired on NBC, however, it's just suggested, nothing more.

I checked YT and I don't see any of this posted there.  I am thrilled to have the discs.  I found them on Amazon priced at $7.99 last week.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: February 25, 2016, 11:05:44 PM »
Fabulous.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Q Q
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:20:37 PM »
If David Selby was given a contract at all, it was probably for 13 weeks.  A lot of the actors on DS worked without a contract.  I don't know how they got away with that.  Once it became obvious just how huge a hit Quentin had become with the fans, presumably they did put him under some kind of contract.  Towards the end of the series, it was reported in a teen mag that Keith Prentice had been signed for a 5 year contract.  I don't know how many actors they did that with.  I think Alex Moltke may have been signed for that length of time.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Opening Board/Side Pic
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:12:01 PM »
Hi Patti,

There are different photo montages that show up each time you navigate to a fresh screen on the board.  This is February of 2016 which means that the original series montage shows episodes that aired in February of 1967 through Feb. of 1971.  So, the Laura and David shot aired in Feb. of 1967, while the Pennock/Edmonds shot (showing the actors in the roles of Jeb and Roger) aired in Feb. of 1970, towards the end of Leviathan.  I also see Millicent from 1795 and Julia and Morgan from PT 1841. Those eps aired respectively in 1968 and 1971.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: DS Crew
« on: February 23, 2016, 11:43:06 PM »
One illustrious survivor that's about to bite the dust is the recording studio.  the Collinsport Historical Society posted a link to a story a couple of weeks ago about the building being demolished.  I think they're going to build a parking garage there--either that or a block of condos.  Can't recall.

Sad to see it go!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Strange Paradise Blog
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:47:19 PM »
Bob Costello's first episode was episode 45.  I personally would recommend starting around episode 50.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Strange Paradise Blog
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:50:27 PM »
From what I recall, Daniels was female and a fairly prolific novelist in her own right.

IMNSHO she was a much better writer than Dan Ross, who was a hack... but given how quickly he churned the stuff out, he could hardly be expected to produce work of a high calibre.  I loved this one article that explained that he was under deadline as always for some publisher and he took the typewriter and a ream of paper in the car with him and he sat in the car at the typewriter and typed the entire last chapter, then stuffed the completed MS into an envelope and dashed inside to mail it just before closing.

Email makes this kind of thing so much easier...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Strange Paradise Blog
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:21:27 PM »
Doctor & K9, I will check with him and ask him if he got your message.  I had no idea that any of the books came out in Germany.  I wonder if the show ever ran there?

All the episodes are, or were on Youtube... there were still at least a substantial number last time I checked.

G.

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Carlotta was the real Mistress of Collinwood.  That becomes crystal clear in a much later scene with Tracy.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Strange Paradise Blog
« on: February 17, 2016, 11:20:32 PM »
The rights owner reportedly has no interest in releasing it in any home video format.  I don't know why that is.  Maybe somebody who actually wants to release it will buy it.  One of these days...

G.

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