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1936
Current Talk '13 II / OT: Karloff's Farewell
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:19:30 PM »
Since I consider Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Peter Lorre et al to be spiritual grandfathers to DS, I thought it would be worth reporting that the cable channel Cozi TV is scheduled to show Karloff's final known appearance on film.  An episode of the Gene Barry series NAME OF THE GAME called, I think, "The White Birch," is supposed to air at 3:30 a.m. on Friday Sept. 20.  Please doublecheck your listings before programming your device.

It is said that this was the last time dear Boris went before the cameras; the episode was aired after his death.

G.

1937
Current Talk '13 II / Re: "The Julia Hoffman Show"
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:16:35 PM »
So pleased it help brighten your day, darling.

G.

1938
Current Talk '13 II / "The Julia Hoffman Show"
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:40:54 PM »
Some wag on Youtube has stitched together various scenes of Grayson's characters having meltdowns... mostly Julia, but I spotted at least one Magda scene and another of Aunt Julia Collins from PT 1841:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmfVofgcYT0

It's mostly Grayson screaming, wailing, and ululating, so if you live with people who are sensitive to unexpected or jarring noise, best to listen with headphones.  You have been warned.

G.

1939
Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: Lara Parker's NYC Book Signing
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:33:19 PM »
That's really unfortunate that B&N didn't order enough books.  I'm glad you had such a great time and that Lara was so generous!

I've been wondering privately if the cruise is happening at all.  I would presume that updates since registration closed in August are being sent only to those who have actually signed up for it, however.


G.

1940
For fans of the Angelexis Peter Max dresses and other psychedelic fashions that were seen on the show,  check out this, especially the gallery option:

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/hippie-chic

A friend and I are planning to visit this show next Sunday.

G.

1941
Current Talk '13 II / Re: Depp's Dark Shadows
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:31:10 AM »
I'm not a fan of Depp Shadows but I am enjoying the slide show because the design elements of the film were so fantastic.  I am also gaining more appreciation for HBC's performance as Julia.  On my single viewing of the film I had already decided that Michelle Pfeiffer was the real star of the movie and what I've seen here has confirmed that.

For what it is worth, I do understand where you're coming from, Janet.  For those of us who watched it as kids, the DS characters are like family.  At least that is how I feel about them.  And some of the stuff in the Burton/Depp movie was sooo cheesy and cartoonish.  I had a pretty emotional reaction myself when the trailers started coming out. 

I simply choose NOT to talk about how it all makes me feel 90 percent of the time when the movie is discussed here.

cheers, G.

1942
Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 07, 2013, 03:21:06 AM »
Love Liz's coffee cup/tea cup.  Very much a China trade heirloom I suspect...

G.

1943
Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 06, 2013, 04:08:11 PM »
Hilarious.  I wish I could get a disc just with HBC and Pfeiffer's scenes...

G.

1944
Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: Jonny Lee Miller's Elementary
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:56:09 PM »
That would be really FINE MB.  In every sense of the word.

No pressure, of course *wink*

G.

1945
Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: Jonny Lee Miller's Elementary
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:12:54 PM »
What the Hell is "Big Game Day"? *imagines legions of teams all over the US sitting around football field sized Monopoly boards or TWISTER cloths*

And what doofus decreed that the ravishing shots of JLM displaying that luscious chest of his should be excluded?

People really are beyond one...

G.

1946
Thanks, MB.  That certainly sounds like an interesting role for Bates--and grisly, too!

Given that the subtitle is "Coven," I do wonder if there will be Witchiness involved...

G.

1947
I have zero interest in seeing Moretz do Carrie.  Had Kathy Bates been cast in the Piper Laurie role, that would have made me curious to see it.  Bates is one of the few really skilled actresses working today (though we seem to see her very seldom--wonder if she's on television now?).

Had the movie been made in Europe, there would have been no fuss about a seventeen year old being nude.  But we live in this delightfully neurotic country where dreadful physical mutilations occur routinely onscreen in loving slo-mo and extreme close-up, but we're still treating the unclothed human body as "dirty."  SIGH.

OK, time for me to take a break... I'm sure the movie will be a huge success for Moretz.  At this point there seems to be no stopping her.

G.

1948
Current Talk '13 II / Re: Wolf Moon Rising novel
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:52:19 PM »
Even though original cast members have done some of the audio dramas, the first one which is the only one I have heard in entirety just did not work for me as a "continuation" of the original series.  I found the dialogue and characterizations too different from how the characters/personalities were established in the OS.  I'm particularly remembering a scene between Maggie and Willie at the Blue Whale and a couple of later ones with Quentin and Angelique.  The dialogue just felt really off key and jarring to me.

I am a writer (of sorts) and very sensitive (maybe overly so) to the textures of words and the nuances of characterizations.  Why I consider DS my all time favorite show is because the characterizations were so exquisitely nuanced and theatrically presented in the unfolding story.  Granted, even the OS had its speed bumps--I mentioned in the episode discussion a couple of episodes where I felt Julia was behaving and speaking completely out of character.  It was Grayson Hall in a show produced in 1968 or whenever but I just felt as if something wasn't right there.  Not to belabor but I guess it stuck out because by and large, the OS writing, even when it had severe continuity problems, DID have consistent writing for the characters. 

This kind of thing is very subjective.  But at one point in time, the definition of canon for TV shows was really simple. Anything that was aired, original broadcast content, was canon.  Period.  Fanfic, novelizations, tie-ins etc. have a relationship but aren't canon.  Film versions are their own canon.  I definitely think this about Serenity, the film that spun off from the Joss Whedon FIREFLY series (just to give a more recent example).

cheers, G.

1949
I don't "campaign against" anything.  But if I think material with the DS logo has crap content, you can bet your dollars to doughnuts I'm going to say so.

I don't see why being a fan means we have to be yes men to everything produced with the logo. 

Back in the early Seventies I kept buying the Gold Key comics as long as they were available in my area--same with the Marilyn Ross "novels"--despite the awful artwork and scripts that had at best only a peripheral relationship with ANYTHING in the original series. (At least the Ross "books" had great photo covers.) I was starved for DS stuff at the time.  In 2013, that's no longer the case and I don't see why I should bother buying material so poorly written, the last issue of the comic I purchased went straight into the recycling bin five minutes after I finished reading it.

cheers, G.

1950
Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:19:12 PM »
It's really too bad these scenes were cut.  I don't know how much I missed since I was away and offline starting last Wed. (28th), but this capture and the one for today again makes me think of just how good this movie COULD have been,  And that's all I have to say at this point.

cheers, G.

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