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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Infamous Ep #0938
« on: June 12, 2015, 11:56:02 AM »
I actually thought Chris Bernau and Marie Wallace were wonderful in their work as the Todds.  I think the people who wrote those letters may have lacked what we used to call "maturity"--my Mom would say "Don't be so immature."  The Todds were very different from what kids were used to seeing on the show at that point.  The whole set-up was an unexpected step in a very different direction.  I still think the first five or six weeks were really good, some of the best episodes the shows produced. IMO it got bad when DC was told that the ratings were dropping and, more significantly, had to figure out how he was going to do the movie while the series was still in production.  Whoever hit on the whole Parallel Time shtick really should have gotten a bonus because it was a brilliant concept to achieve that goal--have some actors carrying on with the series while most of the heavy hitters were in Tarrytown.  It meant that the wind-up of Leviathan was really speeded-up, though.  I do feel for the writers being given those targets and having to come up with stuff that hadn't been properly planned.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Infamous Ep #0938
« on: June 11, 2015, 02:45:51 AM »
It's fascinating to read those old letters from 1970.  I actually enjoyed the Leviathan storyline at the time.  Nobody I knew watched the show at that point so I watched in my own weirdie bubble.  I was already a Lovecraft fan at that point so I actually thought bringing a touch of HPL to DS was cool.

I do remember the announcements regarding this episode.  I was somewhat puzzled because the "revelation" turned out to be a re-cap. 

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / JGL--Sandman
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:00:02 AM »
JGL fans will find this of interest:

http://comicbook.com/2015/06/07/sandman-is-going-to-be-a-grand-spectacular-action-film-with-no-p/

I read some of the Sandman books and there was considerable occult content.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: June 07, 2015, 06:07:18 PM »
and Dorian's new lover is named... ANGELIQUE!!!

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: The Best Episode of the Series
« on: June 06, 2015, 01:46:46 AM »
That's a really good choice, Josette.

The writers really dropped the ball with Quentin and Chris.

One of my favorite moments is in Leviathan when

[spoiler]Liz looks down at Paul, whom she thinks has been knocked out by a drug, and tells him:  "How did you think I would EVAH take you back?"  And then turns contemptuously away.  It's a great moment for those who have seen the 1966/67 storyline, and probably the Liz character's last moment of glory on the series.[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: The Best Episode of the Series
« on: June 04, 2015, 09:14:35 PM »
I doubt I could pick just one episode as "the best," but it's very refreshing to see a fan write something like this about something other than the usual suspects--Barnabas is released from his coffin, Barnabas reminisces about the death of Josette to a terrified Carolyn and a thoughtful Vicki, Angelique curses Barnabas, etc.

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0925
« on: May 31, 2015, 01:43:41 AM »
Sublime, MB.  I loved Chris Bernau and wish he had returned in another role.  He really had the DS affect (however one chooses to define that).  I mean, he got out one of the most infamous lines in the series without cracking even a hint of a smile:  "I'm just... plain ... SCARED."

I also feel that Marie's work as Megan was underrated.  This was a committed, believable performance. 

I do not think the faux "incest" angle would make it onto daytime today.

G.

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Sounds confusing and frustrating.  Oh well.  At least the marathon seems to have generated a fun flurry of attention.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: NODS script Grayson!
« on: May 20, 2015, 11:24:15 AM »
Sorry to hear about your bereavement, Taeylor.  It's nice to have you back with us.

Yes, Grayson was a truly exceptional actress.  I do think her performance as Hoffman in PT 1970 shows that she could be very understated.  In general, I think fans do not realize that the directors of the series, particularly Henry Kaplan, actually encouraged a really overstated approach to work on the series. In all fairness, I suspect that this was because reading the scripts, the idea of a naturalistic approach to lines such as, "You have BETRAYED me!" or "You will walk the night as one of the living dead... FOR ALL ETERNITY!" or "Julia... YOU MUST!" would have seemed beyond absurd.  The only way those lines work is to recite them, with total conviction, at five hundred percent volume and intensity.  But anyway...

Grayson's performance as Carlotta was a gem.  Her best screen performance ever was probably as Miss Fellows in NIGHT OF THE IGUANA.  Huston had wonderful instincts when it came to directing Grayson.

Best, G.

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Some fans may enjoy this article about "the Twin Peaks Festival" which sounds like one of the more unusual fandom events I have read about in my time.  The link points to a site that often includes explicit gay male photography, but the images on this article are completely G rated.  It includes a photo of the author as a very young man posing with an individual known as "the Log Lady."  John Waters must have loved it.

http://www.buttmagazine.com/blog/tips/sexy-times-at-the-annual-twin-peaks-festival/

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Living DS writers?
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:23:56 PM »
Wow, maybe the interview was in TWODS.  I wonder if I still have that issue.  Have no idea why I misremembered it having been in ITOH.

Lots of people in the "industry" use ghost writers. 

Thanks!

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Living DS writers?
« on: May 18, 2015, 11:03:11 PM »
DS fan and publisher of a DS zine (was the title "Inside the Old House"?) Dale Clark did interview Violet Welles in his zine many years ago.  I believe Dale is also on FB and I had the inspiration a couple of months ago to contact him to see if the interview could be shared with other fans online.  But then I dropped the ball and failed to write to him, I suppose because I looked for my own copy of the zine and couldn't find it.  (Found other issues, but not that one.)

Violet was mentioned briefly in a book about some aspects of the NYC theater scene recently.  I think she was described as a "hippie turned publicist."  Apparently she was earthy, and a woman who did not mince words.  She wrote some of the most delicious dialogue for DS.  Reportedly, Violet ghost-wrote several scripts for Gordon Russell, which is how she got the gig to do her own scripts under her own name.  In the interview she says that she wrote all the scripts for the final month which were officially credited to Gordon.  I think he had other things on his plate then so she took over.

G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 18, 2015, 11:32:11 AM »
A few production photos from Depp Shadows have been posted on this most excellent blog:

http://shadowsonthewallzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/behind-scenes-of-dark-shadows-2012.html

For my money, by far the nicest shot is a candid photo of a delighted Depp and Burton chatting with THE Elder Statesman of classic horror, Christopher Lee.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: May 18, 2015, 02:39:11 AM »
FABULOUS!!!

Warmest congrats on the launch of Season Nine!  I'm sure it will be a ghoulish goulash redolent with ghastly grisly gaiety!

cheers,

GothEEEEK

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:22:45 AM »
Wow, that was Patti Lupone?? EMMY.

G.

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