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Current Talk '11 II / Re: DS Character Drawings
« on: September 19, 2011, 03:51:41 PM »
I love this!  There's text (he may have added it after you saw the page, MB) where he describes his idea for the introduction of Angelique in the storyline and mentions that he weaves in the original Sabrina storyline in which Cassandra is "a demented-looking vegetable in a wheelchair."

And Hippie-Buzz leads a seance.

I so want to see this.  This is the kind of redaction of elements of the original plus new ideas that would evoke the essence of DS but be a NEW story.

Not re-filming scenes from hoDS for the fourth time in a row.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: Happy Birthday Grayson
« on: September 19, 2011, 04:49:46 AM »
Happy Birthday, dearest Heart.

Grayson always makes me think of the "Ode" by Arthur O'Shaughnessy which famously begins:  "We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams," but tonight I think of the final verse whose lines read:

We, in the ages lying
     In the buried past of the earth,
     Built Nineveh with our sighing,
     And Babel itself with our mirth;
     And o'erthrew them with prophesying
     To the old of the new world's worth;
     For each age is a dream that is dying,
     Or one that is coming to birth.

Something that pleased me a month or so ago was discovering on the IMDB board for Grayson that some fan in the UK who is watching DS on DVD (I would guess?) criticized her acting on the series.  Very quickly several fans posted their personal experience that Grayon's art is one of the treasures of DS, and her personality brings so much of the magic that we love in our show.

To this rare dreamer of dreams, I bow, and salute you!  Grayson, you were truly unforgettable.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:39:01 PM »
Whoa... that is one weird-ass Tarot card Natalie's just turned over.

If anyone cares, there never was any card in any Tarot deck (known to Tarot historians, at least) called "the Wicked Woman."  I have theorized that that may have been Natalie's personal name for one of the known cards, possibly one of the Queens.

AND no Tarot deck that has survived from the period of the late 18th century bears artwork remotely resembling what Natalie's got in her very own Wicked Deck of Cards. Again, as a presumably wealthy French aristocrat (or successful bordello manageress...lol) she may have chosen to commission an artist to create a deck just for her, with some cards bearing imagery she herself had devised.  I think I like this explanation the best of all.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: The Vampire Diaries
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:07:19 AM »
I tried to find that clip montage again but it wasn't showing up, and Youtube was so slow it was practically crashing when I was looking... if I do find it again, I will post the link so you can check it out.  It was something along the lines of, "here's what you need to know before you watch season 3."

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: The Vampire Diaries
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:58:41 PM »
It was one of those three minute edits of clips from preceding episodes designed to get fans back in the picture for the new season (#3 or #4 I can't recall which).

I'm not saying it was bad--far from it.  I just didn't see anything that would inspire me to devote the amount of time that would be required to watch the preceding seasons of episodes in order to get up to speed with it.

The material about the werewolf, or werewolves, was kind of confusing.  At the end there was this guy who walked into a room naked on a woman and he had these weird bumps on his skin--I figured he was meant to be a werewolf.

The one thing that DID grab my attention, I have to confess, were a series of scenes between these two really attractive men who looked as if they were on the verge of having hot unbridled sex.  I think that in the story they actually detest one another, but there was a heavy vibe of unresolved sexual tension in the area...the slash writers must have a field day with those two.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Stephen King & Dark Shadows
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:24:35 PM »
Janet, does King actually use the phrase "a container of coffee" in any of his effusions?  What a hoot if so!  I had forgotten about the coconut custard doughnut.  How exotic for little old Collinsport!

Best, G.

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For what it is worth, a lot of people over on the "Monster Kids" classic horror film fans forum are saying the same thing about these photos--that WB should expedite the release of official pub photos to allay the "viral" reaction on the Internet to the notion that Depp's performance and appearance as Barnabas Collins will be "a tribute to Michael Jackson."  (You gotta admit, that would certainly be a unique spin on the character!)

In general however, that group of film buffs isn't optimistic about the whole DS project.  The fact that Burton's films still perform so well at the box office doesn't keep them from regarding him as creatively tapped out and washed up.

G.

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Thanks Michael for the fashion notes.  The hat really isn't working for me.  Too 1940s and too much out of sync with the rest of what he's wearing.  I don't know if they're playing on the whole cousin from England bit and giving him a post-Carnaby Street, proto glamrock look, or what.

I would have preferred a darker color on Vicki's jacket and boots with the Ashley dress... but then, I'm no fashionista.

G.

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Lovely shots of our family ancestral home.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: The Vampire Diaries
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:54:55 AM »
I played a clip on Youtube.  It looks a lot like the usual CW jazz,mixed in with the current fads around portrayals of werewolves as feral gangsters and vampires as rich, troubled alcoholics... so, I don't know...  I just don't have that much time to watch anything these days.  Nice production values, though.

G.

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Another one.  This one has two photos I don't recall seeing elsewhere of Depp going to his mark:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2037239/Dark-Shadows-Johnny-Depp-strolls-leading-lady-Bella-Heathcote-vamps-up.html

It looks as if CGI might have been involved in how Depp appeared in Willy Wonka.  I have no idea what array of technical gizmos were deployed in Alice.  Haven't seen either film.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: DS Character Drawings
« on: September 14, 2011, 08:57:10 PM »
He just added a Barnabas panel; he says that his look for Barnabas is now "a hybrid" of Jonathan Frid and the look Depp has in the new photos:

http://caltsoudas.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d49syz7

G.

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Somebody mentioned Depp wearing a Barnabas ring, but I don't see it here.  The fabric on the coat seems odd to me.  I'm more curious than ever to see an actual publicity photo of Depp as Barnabas Collins.

I wonder what Michael of Brooklyn will think of Vicki's Laura Ashley couture which is an odd choice with the jacket and boots.  But we are supposed to be looking at 1972...

Interesting how little Thomas mentions werewolves since I have heard no reference to them otherwise in this film... presumably he was just thinking about what he has read about the original series (or maybe he also has seen some episodes?).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 II / Re: The Vampire Diaries
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:41:47 PM »
It has a DS vibe?  Interesting. Maybe I should add the first disc to my Netflix queue and give it a shot...

G.

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And if postproduction CGI is going to be involved in Depp's final look, and Burton and the designers are still tinkering with that--that would explain why we have yet to see any pub photos or teasers from this production.

Just a thought.

G

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