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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Semi OT: Stoker
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:29:42 PM »
Yep, it's Mia however-you-spell-her-last-name.

Nicole totally steals what there is to steal of the movie--the cinematographer is the real star...

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Semi OT: Stoker
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:12:30 PM »
So, have any other cousins seen Stoker?  I went to see it more or less as an experiment with a friend last night.  And I kept saying to myself, "This is one way a DS remake could have been done."  There are only hints of supernatural themes in the film (including a couple of forms of vampirism), and I found neither the story nor the characters much to my taste--the exception that proved the role being Nicole Kidman's baroque, super-charged, and very DS-styled performance as the protagonist's mother (there was also an elderly housekeeper who had a DS flair to her scenes but was only in the early part of the film).

In some ways, this project also shows why it's smarter to come up with your own thing that might provide an opportunity to do an homage to DS, rather than attempting to go back and make more DS (which I've thought for years now isn't really possible). 

I kept thinking of DS throughout the movie (and at times, I was laughing at stylistic touches that nobody else in the theatre seemed to get--I always feel slightly odd laughing in a room full of people sitting in stony silence).  The strongest visual reference I noticed was when a character played by Michael Goode glanced through a window and saw the central female character running away from the mansion.  It made me think of Vicki in those old 1966 photographs...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: About to...
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:19:56 PM »
JGL was really good in Lincoln.  If you like history, I recommend that one.

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: BARNABAS Is in the top 10
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:15:25 PM »
I started watching in June 1968 and at that point, Barnabas wasn't the villain, he was the hero.  Angelique (or Nicholas, or Quentin, or ...) was the villain.

H.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Any Truth to the Joan Crawford Rumor?
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:23:36 PM »
And here's the audio recording of Joan Crawford on Secret Storm mentioned earlier, for those who are curious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG-DkuB1V28

Interesting to hear, particularly for those who wonder why DS was such a phenomenon in the Sixties.  This is probably a good sample of typical daytime drama fare in 1968.  Even the dullest episodes of the Adam storyline sound like Ibsen compared to this claptrap.

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Any Truth to the Joan Crawford Rumor?
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:54:59 PM »
Joan Crawford would have been a disaster in the role of Liz.  Joan Bennett had a strong background in theatre, which was why she was so perfect in the role.  Granted, Joan Bennett occasionally forgot her lines, but she maintained her regal composure to the end onscreen. 

This is just personal, but I always felt that our Joan exuded a certain warmth, even when she was laying down the law in what appeared to be an unreasonable fashion to Miss Winters (in the early weeks).  I've never felt warmth from Joan C (although I admit I enjoy her film performances enormously).

I wonder if the "other actress" who "talked to" Joan C on the set of the Lucy show was Viv Vance.  I could see Viv doing that in a sensible, yet sensitive way, that would have gotten the message home without making Joan get her dander up.

G.

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David, from what I recall--[spoiler]Crystal Cabot was a Collinsport doxie, killed by Barnabas.  Angelique caused Crystal's corpse to appear in Rev. Trask's bed in his room at the Inn.  Later at Collinwood, Crystal shows up again alive and well and then turns into a cackling Angelique.  I may have some of this wrong, but that is what I recall--from ONE viewing of that episode over ten years ago.[/spoiler]

I agree that Buzz would be a great reason to go to that event.  I just wish I could drive.  Not being able to drive makes the logistics of T'town hellish, IMO...

cheers, Gothique

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According to IMDB, Audrey Larkins played Crystal Cabot.  I barely remember the character, much less the name, and the only thing I remember about the character involves a big spoiler for her episode so I won't write it here.

Audrey died, I think the entry said, in 1994, while she was still in her early 60s. 

Some of you guys just make me feel as if I barely know the show at all.   I'm sure I would never have recognized Miss Larkins if she had appeared at an event I attended.

G.

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Wow, I'd love to hear that tape of Joel talking about his time on the show.  I wonder whether he discussed the episodes he wrote (but never got credited for).  I'd never heard discussion of Joel's attendance at a Manhattan Shadows event.  I was living in Taiwan at the time.  I agree that a book about the history of the various fannish convocations would be fascinating reading.

G.

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Wow, Michael Hadge.  I remember many years ago he was going to attend a Festival, but couldn't make it due to scheduling conflicts.

I do hope somebody plays the clip where he utters his immortal line, "if ya feel it... SIT IT!"  Grand stuff.

I was really puzzled last Summer which I expected to be the biggest Festival in fan history due to the Burton/Depp redaction... instead what was done sounded fairly small and intimate.

The fandom started out in the early 1980s with small get-togethers here and there... for instance in the Magique discotheque, if I'm remembering correctly, around 1982--I was not involved with fandom then, but I've seen great photos from that party.  It seems to be ending (or that is what I surmise is happening) with small regionally focused get togethers.

Given this was a daytime drama of the 1960s which has broken every conceivable record (including managing to stay in print on home video for over 20 years... do you know how many entertainment products can match that record? not many at all)--I think the fandom has had a great run. 

I did love Alexandra's suggestion that at some point those of us who are left have a reunion around the ouija board. lol.

G.

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Millicent had a maid?  Golly.  I missed that one completely.

Thanks to Kosmo for providing the link and the information, and my admiration for his discernment when it comes to really obscure, briefly appearing actors just went up several notches....

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:43:42 PM »
Dracula's Daughter is a beautifully excecuted, classic horror film. There are some touches of humor, particularly when the stalwart hero informs his valet he's off to "run down a vampire" and the gentleman's gentleman responds, "but sir, don't you usually do that with your checkbook?" Around the 1890s/1900s, a "vampire" was a common name for an "adventuress" or "gold-digger" or woman who entertained men (sometimes but not always involving sexual favors) but was really after their cash.

House of Dracula IMO isn't as good as the preceding film, House of Frankenstein, but the scenes with John Carradine are fun to see and effective.  Despite the title, Dracula is only in the movie for the first half or so.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:26:38 AM »
In Dracula's Daughter (1936), a female vampire approaches a male psychotherapist in hopes that he can provide a cure for her "evil."

In House of Dracula (1944?), there is a very similar scenario to Julia's original analysis of Barnabas's blood and her strategy for curing him.

I think there's another one from the 1950s but I can't recall the details at the moment.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:18:19 PM »
Isn't that shot of that wrecked boat meant to be what is left of the boat the Collins sailed in on?

Forgive me if I am belaboring the obvious.

I seem to recall a derelict 1950s boat having been bought for the movie during the pre-production period.

G.

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Things have really changed in Hollywood (and its outliers--I guess this series is being filmed in New Zealand?).  In this clip, Antony Starr talks about getting multiple stitches from various mishaps doing stuff you would expect a stunt double to handle in this day and age.

Some of the stitches were on his lip--I wonder just how that was written into the script?

The header mentions sex scenes but very little is mentioned or shown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA7Y0dr5fPA

G.

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