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Current Talk '12 II / Re: Best two-actor combination?
« on: December 27, 2012, 05:37:26 AM »
Louis Edmonds and Joan Bennett.  Nancy Barrett and Joan Bennett.

Grayson and Humbert.

Thayer and just about anybody...

The real magic of DS is in those two character scenes, although in certain cases an ensemble piece, such as Judith confronting her brothers with the will in 1897, shows how superbly these seasoned pros worked together.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 II / Grayson Hall--1965 Oscars footage
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:37:29 AM »
Fans, footage from the 1965 Oscarcast has been posted on Youtube which includes two glimpses of Grayson Hall, nominee for Best Supporting Actress of 1964 for her critically-acclaimed work in the film Night of the Iguana, in the audience at the ceremony.  First, the camera lingers on Grayson in the audience as her name is announced and she smiles a little nervously.  The second glimpse comes if you look carefully behind Miss Kedrova when she stops to give co-star Anthony Quinn an embrace; Grayson is smiling gloriously and you can get a glimpse of Sam sitting next to her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS5zp5Z46I8

I have been told that in the complete video, you can catch other glimpses of Mr. and Mrs. Hall at various points in the proceedings.

I absolutely love Grayson's gown and the heavy black couture earrings with which she accessorized it.  The gown makes me think of the work of revolutionary Sixties French designer, Courreges.  It would be fascinating to know specifics of the gown.

She looks utterly glamorous, radiant, and simply stunning!

G.

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Current Talk '12 II / Re: If Dark Shadows ever did a Christmas Storyline?
« on: December 26, 2012, 06:01:26 AM »
When Laura drifts into the coffee shop, Maggie asks her if she's come back to town "for the holidays."  I don't know the episodes around that time all that well so there may have been at least one other mention of "the holidays" around then. (We are talking about December 1966--46 years ago!)

I do seem to recall snow being mentioned in some of the Ross novels.  It's been too long since I can't be more specific.  It would certainly have been one of the *many* elements that made it clear that the world of those pastiches was one very different from the world of the actual series.

G.

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Current Talk '12 II / Re: If Dark Shadows ever did a Christmas Storyline?
« on: December 25, 2012, 04:09:20 AM »
The holidays, but I don't think Xmas specifically, are mentioned during the Dec. 1966 start of the Laura Collins storyline, and again in Dec. 1969, during the early weeks of the Leviathan storyline.

I kind of like to think of the early Leviathan story as DS' own bizarre comment upon the traditional Xmas story--for unto us a child is born... what child is this who laid to rest in Megan's upper cupboard is panting so heavily... (I would go on, but I will spare you).

cheers, G.

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Yeah, Graham mentioned how many times it has been filmed, and HBC failed to reference both the version you mention, and the one with Ethan Hawke where it was updated to modern times.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:38:45 PM »
Thanks, MB, for the info about the disc sales.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:19:06 PM »
Just asking here on the off chance that someone might know--have sales figures been posted anywhere for the Depp Shadows discs (both formats), or for the 1970s DS feature films?  I'm curious as to how well the discs are selling.

The Netflix Depp Shadows disc, unsurprisingly, was specially produced for rental (and included several notices in Chinese, Bahasa, Korean, Thai, and maybe at least one other south/east Asian language about copyright protocols).  It had a bevy of around ten trailers that one had to fast forward through to get to the menu screen.  Trailer no. 5 or 6 was for Night of DS.  It was nice to see that.

G.

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The director says that he's hoping for a DVD release, I guess sometime in 2013--not clear just when.  He mentioned wanting to show it at festivals.  I guess we'll see what happens.  (He obviously means film festivals, not necessarily DS Festivals.)

G.

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I think it's worth noting that the filmmaker is all of 21 years old, which is pretty remarkable, I would say.  Amazing what the youth of today can accomplish!

There are now posters available that each feature a solo representation of Jerry, Lara, and KLS in their respective characterizations in the film.  I think in Lara's, she's actually holding a tarot card.  Pretty cool.

The posters and lots of other goodies are on the website mentioned in the press release included in the Dec. 16 Shadowgram update.

G.

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Current Talk '12 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0365
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:41:00 PM »
Dom honey, alas, the kinescopes continue, though there are far fewer of them coming up.  But an important one is just a couple of episodes down the pike. You'll remember as soon as you see it.

xo, T.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:05:30 PM »
I found it profoundly uninvolving.  The one scene that stuck with me was Barnabas arriving at Collinwood and talking about the beauty of the craftsmanship (a scene closely modeled on the one in the OS where Barnabas returns to the Old House for the first time and tells Miss Winters about how it was built, etc.--I think this was Frid's third episode).  It was beautifully filmed and accentuated the incredible set designs that had been created.

I don't really care enough to pillory it or defend it.  I am left, as I think Burke Devlin once said in the OS, with a series of question marks, but no real motivation to investigate.

I don't agree though that nobody has any emotional investment in it... there are some here who really loved it. No need to name names but if you go back and read the posts around the time of the premiere, it's clear that there are fans here who reacted with genuine passion & delight to this experience.

G.

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Current Talk '12 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0357
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:44:01 PM »
You were lucky, MB.  My Mom absolutely detests DS.  My Dad finds it mildly amusing but that's it.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: December 15, 2012, 06:03:33 AM »
I finally saw Depp Shadows tonight.  I got it via my Netflix subscription.  I'd give the movie a C+, maybe a B whenever Pfeiffer and HBC were onscreen.   It just didn't really engage me one way or the other.  The sets were more interesting to me than any of the characters.  Eva Green was a little better than I had thought she would be given how she appeared in the clips and trailers.  Colleen Atwood's fashions deserved high marks.  The cameos by our old friends and Sir Christopher Lee seemed pointless. I wondered whether Lee's had been cut down from what was originally filmed.

I could go on but there would be little point.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.  I just felt... "meh."

I am glad some of you enjoyed it so much you watched it over and over again. 

Happy holidays,

G.

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Current Talk '12 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0357
« on: December 15, 2012, 12:54:58 AM »
[spoiler]I believe it was called "Blair House" in the Viewmaster booklet.  I know I read that thing over and over and over and kept staring at those little pictures because in those pre-video days, that was my ONLY source of DS, once the show had gone off the air.  And then my Mom went and sold the Viewmaster set at a yard sale.[/spoiler]

Life can be like that...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 II / Helena Bonham Carter appearance
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:53:17 AM »
Helena Bonharm-Carter appeared in a November 2012 episode of the Graham Norton Show.  The episode is available for viewing here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=hzaB2Pf1SzY&NR=1

Soon after HBC comes out there is a brief discussion of DS and the two male guests (Michael Buble and some rather twee comedian named something Whitehouse) rave about how much they both loved the film.

Helena also discusses her current release--she plays Miss Havisham in a new film version of Great Expectations, the Dickens novel.  I have always thought that was one of the inspirations for the original concept of DS.  In the novel, Miss Havisham has not left her home for many years because her bridegroom ran out, leaving her alone at the altar.  She wears a decaying wedding dress, lives in a Victorian gothic palace festooned with cobwebs and decayed finery, and keeps the banqueting hall as it was when laid for the wedding feast, with rats crawling in and out of what's left of her wedding cake and the other goodies.

G.

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