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For those who enjoy technical stuff (and who have seen the episode), this featurette reveals how some of the special effects and stunts in episode 2 were accomplished.  Eva Green is not only an extraordinary actress, she's physically also got great stamina and flexibility:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg5XaxTy1qs

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:47:45 PM »
Was Maggie going to be the Prof. Stokes/town psychic character here as well? It would seem so...

G.

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I also just watched episode 2 and it is all quite the bizarre concoction.  Art direction seems to wind up trumping performances and storyline; though set in the 1890s, it is very much an artifact of our times.

Simon Russell Beale is too delicious, though.  The scenes with Dr. F and friend were poignantly played but I found the denouement to be gratuitious and garish.  Still, this is what audiences expect.

I do hope to keep watching...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 19, 2014, 11:27:43 PM »
I continue to be fascinated by all of this.  Thanks again, MB, for your diligence, imaginative energy, and wit in editing, compiling and annotating all of this material.  My mind reels at the thought of how much time it all must have taken, particularly whenever you post one of your script outline charts!

cheers,

G.

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I'm just back from a trip and just heard this heartbreaking news a few minutes ago from a friend.

My heart goes out to Danielle and all who loved Magoo.  I was privileged to meet Danielle and Magoo once.  They were an adorable couple and Magoo was such a sweet guy with a great heart and an unforgettable sense of humor.

Those who are remembered live on in our hearts and minds.  Wishing comfort and condolence to Danielle and those who remain.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: Repent, Ye Sinners!
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:11:57 AM »
That is cool to hear about, Gerard.  It sounds like a chance to sample what we might have seen had Karlen been cast in the Trask role. (I think he was either doing Death of a Salesman during the 1795 storyline, or out on the West Coast.)

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:16:20 AM »
Doctor, I watched every episode and the main arc does reach a conclusion, though there are threads left for a continuation, had it been renewed, and the fate of a couple of characters is left unclear.

Since you're a Big Finish fan you might enjoy it because it is kind of a pastiche of some of the themes of the novel and the various films--in the same way that the Big Finish stories tend to have sometimes an oblique or speculative relationship to their source material, be it the DS stories or stuff they've done from other fandoms.  There is *a lot*, IMO, in this DRACULA that kind of nods to elements of various DS plotlines, as well.

G

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Oh Penny darling, if only!  I think Alan Moore may be looking for some checks as well...

Hope all is going well!  I often think of yourself and darling Garou, and pray that he is well & truly on the mend.

sincerely,

GothEEEEEK

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I forgot to mention that I noticed a major gaffe in the script for Penny Dreadful, episode 1 (no spoiler involved)--a character refers in conversation to something like "a secret world, a demi-monde"--using the French expression demi-monde or half-world to refer to the supernatural and the occult.  In fact, in popular parlance of the period, "demi-monde" simply referred to the life of wealthy courtesans and "adventuresses," flamboyant women who flouted convention with multiple lovers and a highly visible, famous or infamous way of life (in some ways, the Victorian version of today's Kardashian women, except that demi-mondaines typically lacked their own independent income--though some had great amounts of wealth settled upon them through fully legal means by their male admirers). 

There's a Wikipedia entry on the demi-monde which is interesting to read.  I think it said that the term became popular after Dumas wrote a play with this title in the 1850s.

I noticed another, sartorial gaffe that I find inexplicable in the photos from episode 2, but I'll wait until that has been aired to note it.

G.

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Midnite, I definitely thought of Sherlock (but for me, Benedict Cumberbatch came to mind, not JLM) in that scene with Josh and Eva.  Eva is so incredibly good in this.

The NY Times review mentioned who that actor is playing, but if you want it to be a surprise, I'll keep mum about the role.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Lisa Richards
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:49:49 AM »
apparently most of the DS actors were not under any sort of contract at all.  I don't know how DCP got away with this... it may have been a common practice on soaps at the time.  I just don't know.  KLS admitted in the original edition of SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES that her original contract on the show had run out for many months before her final episode--which implies to me that if she was signed to a contract it might have been for three years.  Again, don't know.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:45:14 AM »
Hahaha.  You're reminding me why that comic wound up in my recycling bin about five seconds after I finished reading it.

No, this was the BarnabasUndead material.  I'd forgotten about that site but MB helpfully jogged my memory. 

I don't remember making a copy of it because I wasn't all that interested at the time.  It would be interesting to re-read since the discussion here is going into such detail about this thwarted project.

One wonders whether a plot outline for season 1 was ever generated.  I would presume so since they were pitching it and spending so much money...

G.

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Gee... you thought the nudity was unnecessary?  I thought it made perfect sense given what was happening... and was pretty unexceptional...

My favorite thing is Eva Green as Vanessa Ivy. Wow.  I'm wondering though if Alan Moore has grounds for a lawsuit.  It is VERY reminiscent of the original comic books, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN... Green's character in particular is reminiscent of Mina Murray (who, somewhat confusingly, is also a character in this).  A to-me-unrecognizable Timothy Dalton plays Sir Malcolm Murray who seems very much based on Allan Quatermain in the LEAGUE comics (borrowed from the Rider Haggard novels, of course).  Simon Russell Beale plays a possibly mad Egyptologist at the British Museum (and reminded me of the late Victor Buono in the role... hope he comes back).  A young actor, Harry Treadaway, appears as a believably neurotic and obsessed Victor Frankenstein.  Rory Kinnear has a surprise role...

The first episode includes vampires, Jack the Ripper, Frankenstein (obviously), tarot cards, Egyptology, mummies, carnivorous beetles, spiders, ghosts, and no doubt more I'm forgetting...

The Victoriana here is a little more believable than was the case in Jonathan Rhys Meyers' eye-poppingly lush DRACULA.  If I had Showtime, I'd definitely be watching.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Terry Crawford
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:38:26 AM »
There's an interview somewhere in print with Terrayne where she talked about how fond the fans were of the Beth role.  When she came back, she did not care for the role of Edith, and neither apparently did the fans.  She spoke of fans writing letters in imploring the show to bring Beth back.

This may be the only instance, apart from Diana Millay with Laura, that I've heard of someone who worked on the show being so personally invested in a specific role.

G.

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dom honey, I really appreciate your astutely written review of this bagatelle, especially your red flag regarding

gratuitous full frontal male nudity.

As the Cyber Leader on Dr. Who used to say... EXXX-CELLENT.

This is definitely on my must-view list now...

G.

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