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2896
Wow, Midnite.  That's one hell of a new avatar for Mr. Nicky!  Most Excellent!

"And then I shall touch you ... I puh-ROMISED you that!"

How can Lara Parker not remember her work as Cassandra??? It WAS her finest hour!

G.

2897
Midnite darling,

Many thanks for that wonderful report.  Love the photo of Davis pater et fils.  Davis fils looks sort of like Don Briscoe. I'm sure that's just an accident of the lighting and the angle.

I would have loved to have been there--to see your glamorous self and others near and dear to my heart!  I am alas unable to leave town right now due to an unpleasant situation that just seems to be never-ending.  Happily Mercury is going Direct on Friday... *that* may end it!

Again, thanks.  Would love to hear more of your thoughts.

G.

2898
Dear Gawd, the Vampire Van.  We had that one.  I think my sister helped me with the kit because she was much more used to model-building than I was--either that, or our grandfather helped us--I really can't remember.

Somebody finally put a vampire van of sorts into a movie in the early Seventies--Deathmaster with Robert Quarry as a crazed vampire hippie guru.  Far less stylish than the one in the model kit.

G.

2899
Very interesting. I've been there, and I did sense ... a presence.

There is a legend which I am sure will be re-enacted in the usual lurid style preferred by these programs.

I look forward to the thoughts from anyone who gets to watch it.  If it is available for online streaming, please let us know!

G.

2900
Thanks, Michael, for that interesting report.  I agree with you about the future of the Festival in its present format.  MB had a link to a Festival post from 2003 or 2004 and I had forgotten that there was talk of ceasing the Festivals at that point.

My prediction is that *if* Depp Shadows takes off (which is a big *if* given how royally Conan and Fright Night just flopped at the box office), THAT will become the new focus of any convention or fannish activity.  People who are into the "original series" (or 1991, etc.) will become a sideline to the main event around the Depp series and its paraphernalia--action figures, video games, etc. 

It is truly fascinating to me that the original series continues to garner new fans in their 20s and 30s.  If the series were made available on one of the online channels such as hulu, think of how even more widespread the fandom would become.

But it will all seem like very small potatoes if the Depp series really takes off.

I liked how Alex, in one of her interviews for one of the MPI releases (it may have been way back in the early 1990s for the 25th anniversary) was musing about the 50th anniversary and said something like--maybe the reunion will take place via seance!  I always thought that was a fitting envoi to the phenomenon of original DS fandom.

G.

2901
Can someone explicate for me exactly what David Selby meant when spoke of a "Where's Waldo?" moment?  Did he mean that they would just be standing in a crowd as the camera pans?  That's pretty funny if that is what he meant because KLS spoke of it as the big "Ah-Ha!" moment of the movie. Although of course it is possible that each of the veterans was given her/his own little bit to do...

I'm afraid the significance of "Where's Waldo?" is lost on me.  Was it a Dr Seuss title for small children?

It almost sounds as if Pierson had planned a segment that would potentially allow a Tim Burton rep to come out and talk about the movie in a more candid manner.  And that Burton's organization either wasn't interested, or Burton actively communicated that he'd slap a lawsuit on Pierson if he breathed a word about anything other than the most trivial details.  I would think the latter is the most likely scenario given that Pierson must be privy to quite a bit about the movie and the shoot, including having read the screenplay, etc. 

The hemming and hawing makes it sound as if Pierson was extremely nervous and trying to be really careful not to say too much.

G.

2902
Is there a website that tells the original airdates of the episodes they are running?

If ANYBODY out there has or gets hold of copies of Grayson's episodes, please PM me through this site.

Thanks

Gothick

2903
Lydia, I am very sorry to hear about your cat.  My healing thoughts go out to her.

And of course, thank you for your good wishes.

G.

2904
Many thanks, Claude North, for those astute and delightfully witty comments.  How sad that so many fans rushed to leave as the rare occasion to view "The Crucible" was offered to them.  Makes one think of a New Testament quote, but I'll spare you.  At least in this instance they were being rude to a videotape.  I still remember how painful the behavior of fans was years ago when David Selby and his acting partner presented the play Selby had written live on stage.  Imagine getting to see a play of this calibre practically for free given the low prices charged by the Festival committee for Registration.  It wouldn't have been so bad if fans had simply left, but they kept going in and out throughout what was a thoughtful, sensitive, beautifully crafted performance. 

Interesting to see that the Brooklyn Eagle in their blurb on the series plot has Barn "awakening" in 1972--the correct year for Depp Shadows, but not for the original series... which was well off the air by '72...

G.

2905
Wow, Davis had the longest line after Parker?  Incredible.

As we all know, usually the majority of people who attend the DS Festivals have never attended one before.  And in most cases, they never bother to come back. Sounds of Cossette is done with the experience himself.

G.

2906
Joey, for what it's worth, I agree with many of your criticisms of the WB 2004 pilot.  My least favorite things were Vicki's arrival at Collinwood and welcome by Elizabeth--the tone was so extremely off I still have no idea what they were doing--and the finale which was just WAY over the top.

The stuff with a bloodcrazed Barnabas hovering in the trees was very creepy, although I think it was ripped off from an earlier film (maybe directed by Tarantino? or John Carpenter?  I never saw it--I generally avoid post 1970s horror films--but I saw stills).  I did think Alec Newman made a wonderful choice for Barnabas.  I will be very surprised if Depp hits the mark to the degree that Newman did, in fact.

G.

2907
Wow, Michael, I'm very envious that you were able to see the tape of "The Crucible." It was announced to be presented many years ago--and if I am remembering correctly, it was announced two years running for different Festivals (one might have the Las Vegas Festival?) but Pierson either kept forgetting to bring the tape, or it simply wasn't available at the last minute.

Do you remember anything about Thayer David's work in the play?

That is so sad that Nancy was unable to attend.  I hope she is OK.

Best,  Gothick

2908
Interesting that one of the last reported tweets implies that Jerry Lacy was there.  I didn't realize that.  Now I'm really bummed I missed out!

G.

2909
Thanks to MB and Michael for the reporting on the Depp Shadows panel.  I'm not surprised that there were so few revelations.  Am pleased to learn that Mrs J will at least appear.  Hopefully Jonny Lee Miller gets a line about "boiled New England dinners."

It's so unfair to the fans who were still getting autographs that they had to miss this.  But that's par for the course for the DS Festival...

G.

2910
Many thanks MB for collecting all those tweets. and those are some great photos. 

That's too bad about Nancy not being able to appear.  I hope she is OK.

G.

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