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Current Talk '10 II / Re: the lara parker collection six interview
« on: November 29, 2010, 04:49:54 AM »
Hi MSC, I'm sure Lara's really dedicated fans will respond with chapter and verse, but as I recall it, that "interview" was inspired by research Lara did for an MA thesis on aspects of the vampire motif in literature.  Not only did Lara do some research for that academic work, but she also did research on the occult for her two novels. 

What I recall of the interview is that Lara's delivery of her lines was rather wooden.  But I think she has done some of her own work in these areas.  I don't recall any especially new insights as the terrain at this stage of things is very much tried and true material.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Lamar Trask's motivation?
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:59:15 AM »
In reference to mscbryk's comment...

Next time a fly tries to make a landing right on your nose when you're in the middle of a heated exorcism, *you* try blowing it away in a nonchalant, understated manner!  *wink*

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: OT: Night og the Iguana
« on: November 26, 2010, 02:28:08 AM »
Wow.  Robert Osborne actually said Grayson's name.  Wish I'd been there to see that minor miracle.

G.

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Wow, this is so very cool.

Thanks, Penny Dreadful!

G.

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MSC, as I recall, during the latter part of the Maggie kidnapping storyline in 1967, all of a sudden Maggie's got this major makeover hairdo to help encourage her to move into Josette mode--no ringlets, but big curls and falls and a dramatic updo I believe...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Lamar Trask's motivation?
« on: November 25, 2010, 04:32:04 AM »
I think the Trask character had hated the Collinses for awhile.  He blamed them for the death of Roxanne, and then found out about his father.  I think by the time of the scene Garth Blackwood mentions, Lamar Trask is completely loony-tunes--his attempt to murder Barnabas establishes that fairly conclusively, I would say.

Just to defend Jerry Lacy, I'm not sure that the Trask character could have been effectively played in a more "understated" or "realistic" vein.  A number of the actors' memories of the direction on DS starting around this time refer to Henry Kaplan pushing for "more, bigger reaction" from the performers, particularly in those cliffhanger close-ups while Sybil angled the needle onto the sting record.  I remember a description of a set visit from 1970 where the journalist described Selby staring into camera three in fixed, utter horror for nearly a full-minute, then collapsing on the floor with laughter once the red light went off.  (In all fairness, Grayson might have been mugging and pulling faces at him off-camera--she did that sometimes because she did have a naughty streak.)

I thought Lacy had fabulous moments in each of his characterizations.  Gregory was my favorite because the hypocrisy was so deliciously nuanced, and I think in part we have Violet Welles' writing to thank for that.  The writing during 1840 got very loose IMO mainly because once again the writers were being goaded to run the story off the rails, this time by Lela because DC was off preparing his fabulous career as the new Orson Welles for liftoff *rolls eyes*.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: A Fan New To DS Discovers NoDS
« on: November 25, 2010, 04:21:23 AM »
That was very interesting to read.  And he quoted a Grayson line from one of my own favorite scenes in the film!

Perhaps watching NoDS will lead this writer into exploring a more sophisticated variety of fiction.

Funny how he thinks of Quentin as the "writer" in the film.  Of course, we all know that Alex and Claire were the writers.  Self-identification, anyone?

G.

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A friend mentioned the other day that Perez Hilton ran an item in his column (which I don't read) implying that Depp may not be playing Barnabas after all in the DS film.

I'm sure that it's just Hilton stirring the shit without anything to back it up as per his usual m. o., but it's odd that Tim Burton sounds so under-enthusiastic about the DS project in that latest interview.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Roger Davis as Ned Stuart?
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:51:43 PM »
He left to do an adventure series called Alias Smith and Jones.  I think it's out on disc now.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: November 21, 2010, 04:44:34 AM »
Love the last shot from episode 889 in tonight's show; just a great shot of Julia with Chris.  It has that wonderful Gothic flavor that characterized the early period of the Leviathans storyline.

And purely for its sense of composition I love a shot of Julia with Trask and Randall Drew from the 1840 slideshow tonight.  Again, a Gothic, evocative moment, beautifully shot.

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: November 20, 2010, 04:36:46 AM »
Wow, Alexandra's last scene on the show was played opposite Grayson.  Interesting. That never really sank in before.

Love the shot of Barnabas rescuing Julia in 1840.  I have a lovely t-shirt that a dear friend silk-screened with this image on it.  Whenever I wear it, someone is always sure to stop me and exclaim, "Hey, I remember Barnabas Collins!"

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:24:09 AM »
Julia, this snapshot also gave me my first look at Carlotta's earrings. 

She is so utterly GLAM!

Worshipfully,

G.

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PS. Mad Scientist, it's funny that you and I have the same avatar.  It's giving kind of a Hitchcock flair to this interchange.

Barn:  Remember SOMEBODY, Julia!
Jules:  Oh-ho-ho-ho-hohoho NO-ho-hohohoho!  BARN-a-bas!

cheers,

G.

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Mad Scientist, thanks for your thoughts.  Interesting about Sweeney Todd.  I had the impression from the trailers that there was an awful lot of the trademark Burton candy-colored chop-suey fleecy-flossie flying about... and it was a musical...

Whatever.  As long as the 1970s feature films come out on disc restored and with extras, I'll be a happy fan. They can totally shred what's left of the Franchise at that point as far as I am concerned...  I wasn't a fan of the WB pilot and I suspect that Depp Shadows will make that look like a bit of quiet noir realism...

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: November 15, 2010, 06:14:52 AM »
I loved the gorgeous close-up of Carlotta on display here earlier this weekend.  Beautiful work, MB.

G.

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