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Happy Birthday Darling!

xo G.

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Thayer got up to some pretty wild stuff (in the company of Christopher Pennock and an incredible ensemble cast) in the early Merchant/Ivory indie movie, Savages.

Cousin B I am sorry your song was deleted.  I thought it was a hoot!

I think there should be a hybrid of Suki Forbes and Count Petofi.  I leave the possibilities to your imagination.

G.

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All surviving 194 episodes of Strange Paradise are availabe on Youtube, I believe.  You may have to check a couple of different channels to see them all.

It is outrageous that dealers on the grey market are charging such prices for the fan produced set from the Canadian Drive-In channel screenings  (The series has never been shown on Chiller.)  I know the fan who produced the original set and he's been upgrading the original recordings (which were recorded on DVD, not VHS).  He is very devoted to the conservation of the original series.  The current rights owner is based in India and has no interest in an official release.

Some of the best episodes start, ironically, after episode 40 with the arrival of an important new character on the island.  I also really like the story arc that ran from around week 14 through week 24.  After week 24 it really kind of went downhill, unfortunately.  Still fun to watch but the continuity, which had been carefully followed in the first couple of storyline, goes right out the window for the 3rd and final arc.

G.

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I want a hybrid of Prof. Stokes and Pansy Faye.  Imagine the shrieks when Stokes enters the great hall wearing nothing but a long, hot-pink boa and starts to hootchie-kootch his way through "I wanna dance for you."

It would give Depp and Pfeiffer wonderful opportunities for eye-rolling and mugging if nothing else.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 17, 2012, 02:35:17 PM »
I really do not mean to offend anyone but I find today's capture a total scream!  I laugh every time I look at that picture.

What I'm hearing in my mind is Fyfe telling Cross:  "Ben, no matter how hard you work at shredding this tired scenery, there's no way you're going to get an Emmy for Dark Shadows."  (Actually I hear "there's no way you're going to win the Sarah Siddons Award for Dramatic Excellence" because he looks so impossibly dramatic in that scene!)

Thanks for keeping these slideshows going, MB.  They are often a little highlight of my day.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Parker's new book
« on: May 17, 2012, 04:49:58 AM »
Magnus:  believe me, I am to say the least, not at all thrilled with the "rewrites" or "reimaginings" in the Depp film.  I simply *choose* not to rant about it all here.

Because I choose to do so!

Just checking in.

G. (turning to open the casement, stare broodily out at the gathering storm over Widows Hill, adjust my drop earrings, and contemplate my latest Chopin nocturne for the evening)

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:46:11 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, 10:41:42 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, 08:05:12 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, 07:35:26 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, 03:28:21 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, 03:18:34 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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