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Wow, that close-up is phenomenal! Thanks so much, Philippe!  It actually makes me want to see the movie again, which is pretty incredible in its own right.

G.

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The beginning of the Empire mag article, which is hard to read due to the poverty of the scan and the weird color chosen for the typeface, describes Burton directing Depp in a scene in which clearly there is going to be major use of CGI.  And the blue bands that extend around the top of the Collinwood facade outdoor set show that in any of these scenes, lots of CGI will be involved to finish off the mansion--beyond whatever action is involved.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: Happy Birthday to Julia99!
« on: September 30, 2011, 08:29:20 PM »
Happy Birthday!!!

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I guess I was the only one in the group who was really shocked when I read

[spoiler]that Angelique was running the rival Cannery!  So in some ways Ange's character is being combined with Burke Devlin?  Now I am very curious to learn just what are the grounds for Julia's hatred of Angelique well before Barn comes on the scene.  Intrigue! [/spoiler]

I agree with comments from Nancy and MB--DS, the real DS, always was about characters interacting, clashing, conspiring, hating, loving... This is definitely sounding better and better.

All this, AND we get the restored NoDS!  Yay!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: New fan video
« on: September 30, 2011, 04:15:53 PM »
I'm very interested!  Everything from Cheep Productions was a scream!

G.

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Warning Warning Warning:  Definite SPOILERS in that Empire mag article.  My jaw dropped when I read one particular detail.  There is also more info given about the Collinwood sets and there will definitely be some touches of Burton's trademark dollhouse grotesquerie at this Collinwood.

Seth the screenwriter describes the movie as a supernatural gothic soap-opera action-comedy.  Humor is mentioned a couple of times.  I still maintain that there WAS intentional humor woven into the original series--what else do you call Nicholas Blair leering at Julia and telling her, with a poker face, that she's been reading too many Gothic novels?  But I'm sure the humor of this version will have the air of that trademark Tim Burton crazed whimsy about it.  Brace yourselves.

G.

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Brandon baby, the idea of Barnabas Collins in a mosh pit ... whoa.  I am trying really, really hard not to laugh out loud now given that I am in the office and this laugh could be a regular war whoop.  Thanks for that.  This week has been shredding.

I was thinking about this project last night and this vision of Tim & Johnny having DS night every week for years... I was considering the bits and pieces that have been shared and I think that in some ways, these two know more about the minutiae of MANY of the episodes than anyone else who has ever worked on a film or remake of the series.  Remember the time the writers had completely written themselves into a corner late in the original series, and somebody was sent outside to bring in a couple of the diehard fans to explain where they were in the story and what had been going on over the past few months?  That's Depp & Burton... or so it would seem ... given these hints we've been given about stuff we're going to see in this.

G.

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Wow.  haven't any of the Depp fan sites posted scans of that article yet? What is taking them so long??

I do wonder whether the fact that it is almost Oct. now and they are STILL shooting will result in a re-scheduling of the release date.  Given that MB confirmed my speculations on the length of post-production for the movie... based on something or other he had read.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Ultimate Dark Shadows Fan Quiz
« on: September 27, 2011, 08:47:26 PM »
Wow.  I'm glad I read the thread before bothering to start the quiz.

Shouldn't we have the person put a disclaimer on that there's nothing remotely "ultimate" about their knowledge of the series?

It reminds me of the time some tremulous admirer wrote the Ladies of Llangollen begging to come and spend the weekend basking in their fabulosity and received a reply that began, "I do not think you know Who We Are."

G.

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I enjoyed Sleepy Hollow, but personally, even with Christopher Lee's cameo appearance, there was nothing remotely Hammeresque about the movie, as far as my vision of the classic Hammer look goes.  Maybe it did at times feel and look a little like Captain Kronos, which is on a very different wavelength from the classic Hammer oeuvre and is late in the day (1972).

Your Mileage May Vary, as always--and thanks for the reminder.

I could make other critical remarks about Ed Wood but it's even further off topic than the above so I will desist.

G.

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Interesting to see the scans!  Thanks!

G.

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Ooh.  Does anybody out there have a link handy to one of the Depp sites that has posted full scans of the EW article?

Thanks, 
G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: RTV Revamped
« on: September 27, 2011, 03:51:23 PM »
I love Peter Gunn & would love to see more episodes beyond what have been released on disc.  I'm sure I could find them on the "grey market."  Hope Emerson was such an incredible presence as Mother.  I read that Minerva Urecal who is always such a wonderful crone in the Anita Bolster mode took over the role after Hope's untimely demise.

My question about these shows is how edited are they for commercials?  I don't get any signal any longer and I don't think those channels are offered in Boston anyway.

It is nice to see that some of these programmers still take an interest in vintage television...It's conceivable that high ticket sales and positive buzz around Depp Shadows could make one of these networks interested in the original show.  I think a deterrent has been how steep the price Worldvision charges is.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #1058
« on: September 27, 2011, 03:44:51 PM »
@IluvBarnabas:  Excellent point.  And just imagine how those of us who had been watching since 1968 (or earlier) felt when we got to the end of 1840 and were treated to the spectacle of [spoiler]Barnabas declaring that Angelique had been his one true love all along!  Talk about sick, AND sickening![/spoiler]

My biggest complaint/regret about the final months of DS is that the fallout/resolution from this event was never shown or told.  Still, at the end of that story, note that it is JULIA who is taking care of Barnabas and making sure he doesn't bleed to death or whatever...

G.

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Very cool!  The blood spattered claws are a very Nosferatu touch.  Michelle Pfeiffer is really going to put her own mark on the role of Liz, I can tell.  I hope she and Miller get at least a couple of juicy scenes together.  Wouldn't it be cool if they re-staged the legendary "Because I choose to do so!" scene!

I'm wondering if Burton isn't going to make this his personal tribute not just to DS, but to the whole aesthetic of classic horror that DS looked back upon.  Cobwebbed staircases, secret passageways, crashing thunder, shadows upon shadows.  I saw (and taped some of) Burton commenting on classic horror films on AMC many years ago--he's a huge fan of the genre.

From what I read of the text, there will be more of the Seth interview in the mag.  There may or may not be more photos.  Unfortunately mags from the UK often don't show up here until 3 to 4 weeks after they are released in the UK.  I don't know why since there are many daily flights between London and major cities of the US.

I didn't notice anything particularly spoilery in what was said in the text on the website, but Your Mileage May Vary.  Interesting that Burton decide the year "had to be" 1972.  I'd like to read more of his thoughts about that...

G.

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