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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: Sleepy Hollow and Depp Shadows
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:43:39 PM »
Abbie is a great character--hip without being flip, if that makes any sense.  She and Mison have great onscreen chem together. 

I have to admit I got into the series because Tom Mison is just so unbelievably adorable, both in looks AND persona, but how the Ichabod/Abbie relationship was written definitely helped make me think the show was worth more than just a bit of eye candy. 

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:03:55 AM »
I just commented to a friend that "Alexander Grayson" seems more like an updated or expanded version of Barnabas Collins than any other recent vampire I've seen.  Of course I haven't been watching True Blood or the Vampire Diaries or any of the others...

"Grayson" has the Barnabas thing going on (particularly reminiscent of the 1897 Barnabas, and the date of the Dracula series is supposed to be 1897, even though an automobile that appeared in the new installment dates I think to around 1904) of having big plans but also issues of impulse, moodiness, and difficulties with rage management... and on top of it all... bloodlust.

I loved how the new show was filmed, particularly the scene where Dracula was seducing/luring Sinead.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: November 03, 2013, 03:45:06 AM »
Just to let anyone who's looking for it know... episode 2 of Dracula, "A Whiff of Sulfur," is available for streaming on nbc dot com's page for the series.

There was a scene in this new installment that seemed to potentially carry reference both to a familiar storyline in the original series, and a twist from the Depp Shadows incarnation.

There's also a highly entertaining (to this viewer, at least) sequence set in a gay bordello.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:56:50 PM »
The promo for tonight's episode has Dracula speaking of wanting to "be free to walk in the sunlight" and to be a mortal again... sound familiar?

As far as I'm concerned, the show earns its keep everytime one of those haughty minxes flounces her heavy crinoline through one of those sets... or, on the other hand, the camera lingers lovingly on JRM's nude body (only the upper portion of course, since it is NBC, but we'll take what we can get).

G.

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All I will say is that's one list I find impossible to take seriously.

In general I detest lists... even for the typical fluff featurette that clutters today's interweb media, however, this one is really low on substance.

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: NoDS 126/127 Mont
« on: October 29, 2013, 11:14:48 PM »
The time period is 1810.

Pennock or whoever it was may have just been wearing his own wedding ring.  When did the custom of rings become widespread for married folk?

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: T.V.'s Top Ten Greatest Snobs of All Time!
« on: October 29, 2013, 03:09:00 AM »
That's a great list, Bob.  I have barely ever seen more than a few minutes here and there of DOBIE GILLIS, but Chatsworth sounds like a fun character.

I always loved seen Mrs. Drysdale do her thing back when I watched Bev Hillbillies.  I loved those funny hats she wore and the white gloves. 

Roger Collins IS the star (next to do the Divine Miss Joan Bennett, of course, as Liz) of the first 9 months of DS.  I'm really looking forward to sitting down with the 1966 episodes again one of these days just to enjoy all of Roger's snide, sneering, vitriolic comments (and, of course, those moments when the facade cracks because of the latest threat from Burke).

G.

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If I'm understanding this new announcement on the VW site correctly, this issue, #175, is now available in its entirety for free download:

http://www.videowatchdog.com/home/home.html

I haven't checked it out but they are saying that there will be links for clips, trailers, etc so there may be some DS themed goodies in the review of the Depp Shadows DVD release here.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / OT: Batbaby
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:34:07 AM »
A friend sent me this video, the product of Fred Schneider (of the B-52s) and his "The Superions" campy side-project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnsPFi3-s1o&feature=em-share_video_user

I hesitate to specify, but if you watch you'll definitely spot some familiar DS allusions (pace the Bil Baird thread earlier in particular).

Great fun for Halloween!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: October 27, 2013, 07:56:28 PM »
A friend said that she read somewhere online as regards the forthcoming plot twists that[spoiler]a gay subplot is due to surface, and I'm really hoping it will be Dracula/Harker.  Even PG rated, those two together will be INCENDIARY.[/spoiler]

I think if you're a fan of Victoriana, steampunk, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, you'll love it.  Especially if you're a fan of all three. 

The actress I think would make a good Angelique is apparently named Victoria Smurfit and she is the mother of three children.  Great screen presence from her... and like JRM, born in Dublin.

G.

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Any doubt that Chloe is the very epitome of cool, hip, smart and caring has vanished in the wake of the report that she was an attendee at this charity event for a very important cause:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/style/A-Jaded-Celebrity-Crowd-Shaken-by-a-Story-At-the-GLSEN-Respect-Awards.html

G.


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Happy Birthday Taeylor!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: October 27, 2013, 12:00:40 AM »
There is a blonde vampire hunter in this one who would make a fab 1890s Angelique...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: NBC's Dracula Series
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:46:31 PM »
Episode 1 is available for free streaming here:

http://www.nbc.com/dracula/video/the-blood-is-the-life/n42270/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:32:51 PM »
What the BarnaDepp makeup makes me think of most is the Munster makeup used in the 1966 color film MUNSTERS, GO HOME, where makeup designs were used based on the Bud and Wally Westmore adaptations of the original Jack Pierce classic Universal monster designs.

The joke or "camp" in the movie was that those makeup designs were specifically meant for black and white shooting.  Using them in a color film really made the family look like cartoon characters.  On a related topic, there's actually footage on Youtube of a color Frankenstein monster makeup Jack Pierce devised, presumably when the notion of shooting SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) in color was briefly considered and it's more subtle.

Depp's makeup would have worked much better in b&w.  In color it looks very cheap and garish.  And then there are the fingernails...

G.

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