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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Humorous moments in 1795
« on: December 04, 2010, 05:45:45 AM »
Hey Taeylor, I love the way the Countess goes on and on about all the "impossible people" in New York City in her first scene.  I know Sam wrote that one with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

There are some hilarious moments in 1795. I just love some of Angelique's smirks in the scene where she is questioned by Rev. Trask, the "famous" Witch hunter.

There are so many more... I hope the big 1795 fans chime in with more examples.  (It's probably in some ways my personal least favorite storyline, because of how much the endless Peter and Vicki scenes, and the trial scenes, drag on and ON.)

Gotta love the Countess though... and Aunt Abigail ... and Naomi when she decides to talk back to Joshua and the Rev.!

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: December 03, 2010, 05:45:32 AM »
Just love tonight's shot of Liz and Vicki.  Joan Bennett could be so gracious and elegant, even when her character is called upon to read Vicki's beads.

That shot of Julia from 1968 at the top of this page always makes me laugh.  Of course it's a grimly tense moment in the story...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:38:18 PM »
Ah, Mrs Sarah Johnson... you light up my life.

Thanks, MB.

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KLS had a guest role in an episode of that spoof police series in the 1970s that Leslie Nielsen starred in.  I can't recall the title now but I remember that they would spoof the freeze frame business that was so popular back in the day--and Leslie would be in the middle of pouring a cup of coffee on the freeze frame and you could hear the coffee trickling all over the desk.  Funny stuff.

I'm not that much of a KLS fan but I recall her mentioning this as one of her favorite roles in her career because she was given the chance to show how good she is at comedy.

G.

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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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