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I picked it up and just finished my first read-through of the mag.  I have to say I am not all that thrilled with the direction the story is taking.  The art also had definite dodgy moments in this installment.

I'm guessing we won't see issue 3 till sometime in Feb.   

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Humbert Allen Astredo
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:05:14 AM »
michael, I realize this is off-topic but I actually love some of Cassandra's dresses.  They seemed to be inspired by the "trapeze" dresses made so popular in mid 1960s Carnaby Street.  There was also a sort of billowy blue morning robe that she wore for a special scene with Barnabas.  It looked really great on Parker.

That weird thing she was wearing when she first appeared, I did not really care for at all initially. Over time through repeated viewings of that episode, it's come to grow on me. Her wig in that scene is so heavily sprayed and lacquered and styled, it might have had its very own hole in the ozone layer hovering above it.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Humbert Allen Astredo
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:50:48 PM »
Angelique's line about how the mighty are fallen--"from tycoon to lackey"--was actually delivered to her husband, Sky Rumson.  But Lara herself must have thought the line too good to waste on such a non-entity as Sky, because she recalled saying it to Humbert as Nicholas in her short memoir "Out of Angelique's Shadow," and spoke of this as one of her favorite moments on the show.

Angelique did have a scene during the endgame phase of Leviathans in which--wearing perhaps the most jawdroppingly chic dress she EVER wore on the series--she mocked Nicholas and said something like, "Isn't it about time for you to be sent back to Hell?" all the time purring like the cat that copped the cream.

I seem to be the only fan on the planet who actually enjoys these episodes.  The standard critique is that the series was unwatchable at this point.  I love it all--Angelique and Nicholas playing cat and mouse with Jeb, Megan and her unfortunate "problem," Juiia's hair insanity, Quentin running around in that tight grey suit, etc.

Happy Holidaze!

G.


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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Hilarious: A You Tube Tribute to Nick Blair
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:53:31 AM »
This is hysterical!  Funny to see 1967 Julia in there at the end.  Blair and Julia had so many great face-offs in 1968.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: 1967 photo--Barnabas and Liz
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:48:48 AM »
MB, I collected some of the gum cards in the late Sixties.  I wish I could supply more details but they were with some other DS memorabilia that my mother tossed in the trash shortly after I left home for college in 1976.  I did own a card with the shot of Barnabas and Liz you scanned, but mine did not have fangs and that crazed expression in Barnabas' eyes "enhanced" on the printed card as yours did.  I think my cards had a green background, rather than pink, but after all these years it's hard to be sure.

Anyhow I am afraid I think the way the card looks doctored up as you scanned it is really cheesy.  This kind of thing really conveyed the wrong idea of what the show was all about.

G.

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Wow.  You mean Quentin isn't played by Engelbert Humperdinck in this version? ?  Guess I will have to look elsewhere for my Tasmanian Devil this Yule *wink*.

Apologies to people under 40 who haven't a clue what I'm nattering on about...

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: 1967 photo--Barnabas and Liz
« on: December 21, 2011, 04:43:22 PM »
One of the Frid/Grayson photos was used in the 1969 paperback, Barnabas Collins: a personal picture album, and underneath Jonathan wrote a caption that read something like "I was almost more scared of her than she was of me," which I always read as JF feeling intimidated by Grayson's Oscar nom and "Queen of Off Broadway" chops.

When I saw the photo, I presumed it wasn't used simply because in the storyline, Liz never knew Barnabas' secret.  A fan once wrote an article very thoughtfully and ingeniously elaborating his theory that Liz had learned "the secret" from Jamison and that she did know the truth about Barnabas, but she never let him--or anyone else--know that.  I found it a really fascinating lens through which to view Liz's scenes with Barnabas--particularly one memorable scene from 1967 where they're both standing at the top of Widow's Hill together, discussing life and death.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: 1967 photo--Barnabas and Liz
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:25:05 AM »
Yay!  Very happy to share these photos.  Excellent scans, MB!

G.

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I'd really like to know more about these "long lost set and cast photos" they keep mentioning.  Unfortunately Hermes Press books are usually shrink-wrapped so I don't get to browse.

G.

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I stopped by my local shop this afternoon to ask them to hold a copy of issue 2 for me.  The guy said that according to the list they have received, they are getting three copies of that issue.

I may or may not be able to swing by and collect it tomorrow or Thurs.  I leave town for a few days on Friday--flying down to Fla. to visit my elderly parents in their retirement community.

If I do get it I will report here.

G.

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What on earth is the hunger games?  Surprising to see it getting more play than the Avengers and the Dark Knight's erector-set.

I am amazed at how much buzz there is around Depp Shadows as well.  For it to be so much in the air, given how heavily hyped other projects on sched for next year are... that's pretty remarkable.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Humbert Allen Astredo
« on: December 18, 2011, 02:01:16 AM »
Hi Willie, so far as I am aware, HAA is still with us.  He lost a daughter a couple of years ago.  I think there is a note about the memorial service on his IMDB page.  It was very very sad.

IMO Nicholas was hands down HAA's finest hour on DS, although he's always fascinating to watch.  He and Lara Parker always play off one another well in later storylines.  I've heard from those who were around at the time that HAA who obviously was a superbly trained theatrical actor gave Parker some coaching.

He continued to work in soaps for awhile in the 1970s, and on stage appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in a celebrated revival of The Little Foxes.

There is a fan who does an uncanny impersonation of HAA in his Nicholas Blair persona who attends the Festivals.  Always a highlight (again IMO).

Best, G.

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My theory about the trailer, such as it is:  I do not know whether the studios still have the habit of releasing mega blockbusters on the actual date of Xmas Day, but if they do, and the WB has one of those in the wings, the trailer may be showcased at that premiere.

I could of course be wrong... Burton is clearly treating this project with kid gloves... as would I, if I had been given a blank check to create my very own version of my all time favorite show!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: Marilyn Ross novels
« on: December 14, 2011, 05:50:02 PM »
You remember correctly MB--in the books, Barnabas was never chained in his coffin, but traveled the world and even lived in London, for reals, at one point.  The character was really quite different from how he was portrayed in the series, from what I recall.  I think he also had a different servant for awhile other than Willie but I can't recall the particulars now.

It's too bad Dorothy Daniels didn't get the DS contract--a much better writer than Ross, IMO.  Her Strange Paradise novels hold up much better than do the Ross DS tomes.

But others feel differently, of course...  My favorite Ross story is the time he was sitting in the back of his station wagon with the typewriter on his lap in front of the post office frantically banging out the final few pages of one of his books so he could get the MS in the post in time to meet his deadline.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: 1967 photo--Barnabas and Liz
« on: December 14, 2011, 05:45:04 PM »
Was that Las Vegas?  I did not attend but one of my friends who did might have sent me the program. 

The same program has a really cute photo of Thayer David taken off-set on the hoDS shoot modeling his fangs.  Another one I haven't seen anywhere else.  I'm glad I always check through these things before consigning them to recycling.

cheers, Gothick

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