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Current Talk '21 I / Re: hoDS/NoDS DVD Release?
« on: January 15, 2020, 11:14:57 PM »
I'm sure that was never released as a pub photo. You can see the stagehand holding the end of her train. I think this photo first surfaced just a couple of years ago. It must have been from a still photographer's archive... I have no idea whether Getty really has legal ownership of that image.

G.

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Happy Birthday to the wildest, most wonderful Witch of all!

G.

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I don't know enough about today's Hollywood or the "industry" as it is now to know if hosting this thing means Jenna Dewan's career is dead in the water. At one time, that is what it would have meant. But if the show takes off, she'll make a lot of money off doing it.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 10, 2020, 12:37:34 AM »
Given how much smoke DC always had hanging in the air in what I recall of the 1991 series, that "style" does make sense for a 1991 DS comic book.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Chris Pennock Interview
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:17:08 PM »
Another interview, done when Chris had just turned 70. In 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwuwJPXUBEY

Chris's comic books about working on DS are fun.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Chris Pennock Interview
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:14:09 PM »
The other part where Chris discusses how he was cast, his thoughts about Jeb, wanting to play Alex in Clockwork Orange, memories of Mike Stroka, and other topics...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwKWS6HV94g

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Chris Pennock Interview
« on: January 08, 2020, 05:03:45 AM »

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Chris Pennock Interview
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:51:02 AM »
Fans,

Last night I watched an interesting short video interview with Christopher Pennock. In my DS DVDs, it's on collection 19, disc 3, which comprises episodes 962 through 971. Perhaps it was included on the "coffin set" as well.

Chris discusses his impressions of fellow actors Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Thayer David, Don Briscoe, and Kate Jackson. For me the most interesting were his comments about Thayer. He described Thayer as being very humble in his work on the show and quite collegial in his interactions with the directors and his fellow players. He also described Thayer as an artist who was constantly honing his craft and improving as an actor. He described Thayer as his "inspiration." Lovely memories.

G.

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That is a nice article about Alec Newman, although bewilderingly, they failed to mention that his best known role is as Barnabas Collins on the 2004 DS.

Journalism today just is going to the dogs! Or is that the wolves...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 07, 2020, 02:59:47 PM »
Maggie looks totally crazed in today's selection. As if she's ready to skewer someone with a stiletto. Has she been possessed by Angelique again in this version? I feel as if I need a scorecard...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A Twist on DSFMS
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:15:47 AM »
Carolyn's first real act of rebellion against Mother was to dump Joe in favor of dating Burke. That really hurt both Liz and Joe.

Carolyn wasn't all that likable as a character in the original 1966 arc but Nancy was so wonderful that she made Carolyn compulsively watchable. Also fascinating to see how Burke handled himself with Carolyn... he clearly knew he had a tigress by the tail there.

G.

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Exquisite. Thanks, MB!

G.

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A British viewer commented that the new version worked best for him as a kind of homage and send-up (there are a lot of jokes, apparently) of the Hammer Dracula films. The final part is described as an homage to the last two films, DRACULA A.D. 1972 and SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA. That actually sounds kind of interesting to me. A lot of what I have read about the series feels quite off-putting so don't know when or if I will ever watch it. I hope it is fun for you. I think if you watch in a spirit of fun and expecting outrageousness, it will work best.

cheers, G.

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Two surprising Dracula performances I have enjoyed in recent years:

(1) Denholm Elliott was incredibly good in this offbeat 1968 British TV adaptation that takes a lot of liberties with the Stoker narrative (though practically none at all, compared to the new mini-series--the latest reports I read about that thing today were mindpeeling):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLja4mztQa0mTuTxDSd1TtSMlOOK4LR1a_

(2) I posted about this one a year or so ago because a young Blair Brown appears as Mina. Norman Welsh's performance as the Count is floridly theatrical but you know I revel in such things. This recording is missing act 2 but since we all know the story, we can follow it anyway. And this one also makes some changes to give more dramatic tension to the narrative. The finale may have been inspired by the Orson Welles radio Dracula which I think was originally broadcast in the late 1930s (it's also on You tube):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLNrRITJKi4

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 03, 2020, 08:21:47 PM »
Well, that's interesting--re the Tarot spread.

In the usual way of interpreting these cards as established in 20th century Tarot teaching, the Hermit card is in the Foundation position, and the Hanged Man shows the recent past. Both these Major Arcana cards would be fitting emblems of Barnabas's long centuries trapped inside the coffin, followed by his sudden release, thanks to Willie.

His Significator card is Death. No need to comment. It presents the energy he is embodying at the present moment but also could be interpreted as showing that he is going through a time of drastic personal change. Death in the Tarot often means the death of an outworn form of the personality so that a new manifestation can take full appearance.

The Moon, in the Likely Outcome position, definitely portends the return of Angelique, his nemesis--"the most evil woman who ever lived" or however the dialogue in the script had him describing her.

The Tower, in the Near Future, just as clearly figures as a terrible omen of Barnabas's aging and his attack on Carolyn when Julia's experiment goes horribly wrong.

These readings are based on the tradition of the Celtic Cross (a way of reading Tarot that became popular between around 1880 and 1900), as described in the books of Eden Gray, Rachel Pollack, and other Tarot authorities. What the Innovation comic writer did with these cards in terms of their positions is quite odd but then again--so is a lot in these books!

G.

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