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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 16, 2012, 11:46:11 PM »
Another fan just sent me a link for a page on eBay that has on display a number of marketing trinkets tied in for the 2012 movie.  The title and the "Strange is relative" logo are featured on these tchotchkes.  There's a wine stopper, a Barnabas cane letter opener, a sleeping mask (!), a cherry-red flight bag that seems very "Pan Am," and a t-shirt with BarnaDepp on the front.

I would hope that WB has a shop, either on the movie page or elsewhere, where fans could purchase these items.  It's hard to imagine they were dumb enough to only produce a few as giveaways at premieres but maybe that's what they did?

Just getting the word out because I know some of you out there will want to collect ALL of these goodies.

happy hunting!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Parker's new book
« on: May 16, 2012, 11:41:42 PM »
I enjoyed quite a bit of Angelique's Descent.  But that final group of chapters was practically unreadable for me.  I still to this day don't understand why she bungled all of that so badly.

I think it might have been much better if it had ended with Angelique preparing to knock at the door of the Old House.  There could have been an epilogue where Balberith made ironic comments upon her fate or something while Nicholas leered in the background.

I don't actually remember the scene you mention MB, but I do remember your mentioning it back at the time.  I was so sick of the thing by the time I finished it that I quickly gave my copy away to another fan so I never bothered to check up on that scene.

Parker herself spoke of what she does as a "re-imagining."  I'm afraid I was already rolling my eyes so much I could barely get through the interview at that point...  I love the idea of Diagonal Time, reachable through a loose floorboard in Angelique's old bedroom!

Best, G.

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Wow.   that cover is so ... understated.

Another masterpiece in intricate storytelling and deft characterization from Dynamite!

cheers, G.

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There are some cool clips of Thayer David's scenes as the insidious spymaster Dragon in the 1975 Clint Eastwood thriller, The Eiger Sanction, included in this trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEc1aEYmiA8

Cool to see! Thayer really left us way too early...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Parker's new book
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:05:12 PM »
Stuart posted an interview on collinwood.net today with Lara Parker in which she gives some fairly detailed information about her new book.  Most of it is set in the 20s, and Liz appears as an amorous, gun-toting flapper.  I've heard others discuss the desire to read fiction about Liz has a flapper, although in the original series Liz was born in 1917 and would have been about ten at the height of the flapper era.

Parker tactfully (?) discusses how some fans get upset when she "re-imagines" characters.  I guess this is her way of expressing reckless disregard for well established continuity over which she rides roughshod in her confections.  Even a series as "fluid" as DS did have its rules... I'm sure it will sell like hotcakes, though.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Mad Men
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:35:26 PM »
Thanks for the clarification, Amanda.  I've only seen season 1 of Mad Men and that kind of backhanded compliment seems typical of the humor of the show.  Another example that comes to mind is having the ad agency working for Nixon and various characters making snippy comments about JFK which is almost certainly contrary to the thoughts or opinions of the writers and producers (just taking a wild guess here).

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Am I THAT Blind?
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:28:21 PM »
They say that if you looked down at your popcorn at the one moment, you would've missed it.

Patti, if you haven't done so, you have to read Lara Parker's short thing about doing the movie in London with Jonathan.  I get tears in my eyes now thinking about it.

I'd post the link here but I'm not sure now just where it is.

Glad to hear you had a good time at the movies.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Mad Men
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:18:34 PM »
What happened?  I'm years behind in my viewing of that series... gawd only knows when I'll get around to seeing it.

Was there an actual DS reference?  Somebody mentioned that a clip would be glimpsed (a la Running with Scissors)?

Thanks.

G.

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I listened to the House by the Sea trailer.  It seems like a cool idea for a story--very Lovecraftian.  I always enjoyed Colin Baker even though his portrayal of Dr. Who was generally unpopular with the fans (not really through his fault--the producer was an out of control maniac in those years).

Cool stuff!

G.

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Fans,

Dana Elcar, to me the most solid of all the actors who played Sheriff Patterson on DS, appears as a cigar smoking lawyer in this episode of the early 1970s ESP-themed series starring Gary Collins, "The Sixth Sense":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61aztzDf7A0

The episode is of note for DS fans as well, at least from this fan's perspective, thanks to Chloris Leachman's iconic performance as the troubled mother of the girl under psychic fire in this story.

Watching Leachman in this, I thought, not for the first time, how superb an asset she would have been to the DS cast. 

This episode is one of over twenty that a 21 year old fan of this series (which was running on the "Chiller" network for awhile) has uploaded to Youtube.  I was a very faithful viewer of "The Sixth Sense" during the original run.A number of the stories are reminiscent of both DS and the early Seventies "ABC Movie of the Week" stories with supernatural themes that always seemed as if they were made for the DS audience that had been cast adrift with the cancellation back in '71.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Episode #451 blooper restored
« on: May 13, 2012, 04:04:08 AM »
Glad to hear you have been enjoying it! 

Several of us here have a special enjoyment and appreciation of the "pre-Barnabas" period.  It's frustrating to see the hoary old chestnut repeated in some of the recent press around the movie implying that the series was tanking in the ratings until they unveiled Barnabas.  Some of us think that in some ways the series reached its artistic height with the original 1966-67 Laura Collins storyline.  (And then, there are the devotees, respectively, of the "bleeder valve" storyline, and ... indubitably ... THE PEN!)

Welcome again,

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:20:40 PM »
I just hope the movie does well enough to prompt whoever in the WB labyrinth is sitting on the decision to greenlight the 1970-71 feature films DVD release/restoration to move things along and give us a firm date for the release! (bearing in mind Darren's note that next year, on balance, would be better than this year).

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 08:22:05 PM »
An IMDB analysis posted sometime today (Sat.) predicts the Burton/Depp Shadows will "be lucky" to gross $30 million over the weekend.  The blurb cites the movie's total budget as $125 million which is almost twice the figure I had seen some months back of $65 million.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni28032740/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 02:07:18 AM »
MB's inaugural post said "don't read here unless you have already seen the film."  Or don't care about spoilers (which is the case with myself--still don't know when/if I am going to bother sitting through this thing).

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Episode #451 blooper restored
« on: May 12, 2012, 02:01:13 AM »
That's very good, Bill Malloy's Ghost!  Did you start with the introduction of Barnabas, or episode 1?

Welcome to our funhouse!

G. (a viewer since June 1968)

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