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Wasn't the Spiderman movie project in endless development for something like 20 years?  I remember articles about the project in the mid 90s and the articles then said that it had already been through several attempted scripts.  Sorry, but hiring a screenwriter means nothing in today's madcap Hollywood. 

I figure they have about ten years to play with before Depp starts to get too long in the tooth to play Barnabas--possibly a bit longer given how fantastic Depp's skin looks at his current age.

The main reason why *I* would like to see the Depp project bear fruit sooner than later is that I have this suspicion that without the big profile of the Depp project to push their insect-like mental faculties into action, TPTB are going to keep the hoDS/NoDS restoration project and DVD release on hold FOREVER.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Roger - a neglected gem
« on: April 29, 2008, 04:44:25 PM »
I have a close male friend who is about five years older than me and watched DS religiously up until sometime in 1968, when a mixture of hormones and boredom meant he was doing other things at four in the afternoon besides tuning into DS.  (I've been loaning him some of the DVDs so he can catch up with 1897--Laura is his favorite character and he was fascinated by her re-appearance then!)

Anyhow, when he was around 15 or 16 years old, from what he has told me, he had a huge crush on Roger!  He loved it all--the arrogance, the ascots, the pomposity, the fact that Roger always acted as if he owned not just the room, but all of Collinwood whenever he walked in, even though he was basically living there because of Liz's love for David.

My friend's spouse just got him a Netflix sub so he can rent all the early 1966 DVDs and recapture Roger in his regal glory.

In the later years of DS, Louis went off for a month or two at times to do theatre.  I believe this is why he wasn't around at all for some months of the Summer of 1970.

Do check out the late Craig Hamrick's marvelous book, Big Lou.  The real life Louis was NOTHING like Roger Collins, a fact for which we can all be grateful, fond though we may be of Roger's sneering and posturing.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Everyone is right ! Roger Davis
« on: April 29, 2008, 04:35:29 PM »
LOL, Criseyde, your title for the RD book is truly priceless!

Maggie Babe, welcome to the Boards!  As for Roger Davis, just wait till you see what he does to his own hair!  The groping gets fierce...

I remember seeing one of the DS actors at a Festival reminiscing about how she always dreaded doing a scene with Davis, because of his tendency to literally PUSH her off her mark so the camera was just on him.  quite a trick. 

It's been shared on other threads that Dan Curtis, for whatever reason, had a soft spot for Davis--possibly because of the fan mail he received.  He was actually considered one of the major male babes of the series back in the day.

G.

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Hazel Court was sublime in Masque of the Red Death.  She brought a certain special touch to all her roles.

She would have been a marvelous guest player on DS--I can see her portraying an evil Baroness adept in Witchcraft who challenges Angelique ...

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dameon Who?
« on: April 24, 2008, 07:23:32 PM »
Oh, I loved Emory Bass' portrayal of Mr. Best!  I re-watched some of his scenes last month when my second Leviathan DVD set came in.  Really superb work.  Bass was so cold and calculating--glacial even as he purred over how "lovely" dear Amanda was.  Exquisite!

I think Bass came back for another role in 1840 or 1841 PT, but I'm not remembering the details now.

One character I wish they had done more with during this time period was Claude North.  He got a tremendous buildup, was portrayed very intriguingly by Brian Sturdivant, then he was just GONE after only four episodes or so.  I saw signs during that period of the writers struggling to keep up with DC's "sparkle, Neely, sparkle!" approach to plotting.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: New DS Fan Site
« on: April 22, 2008, 06:54:32 PM »
It's a lovely page.  Beautiful work!

G.

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I find it hysterically funny that he is a DS fan, and Password's return is one of the stories he's reporting in this column.

If a coincidence like that were an incident in a novel, I would find it soooo implausible.  But the Goddesses of Fate don't bother with silly old plausibility.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Horror of the Proboscis
« on: April 21, 2008, 03:39:57 PM »
HELP!  A hideous, implacable NOSE is chasing me around the deserted halls of Collinwood, threatening my sanity and the lives of All Who Live at the Great House!

Its ghastly, LEERING NOSTRILS are coming closer ... and closer ... and CLOSER!! No!  NOOOO!  NO-HO-HO-HO-HOOO!!!

*faints*

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Bill Malloy and the early days of Collinwood
« on: April 21, 2008, 03:14:04 PM »
I love the moody, oppressive atmosphere of those first few weeks.  Bill Malloy should have been kept as a character because he really made you feel that they were in MAINE, not some vacation town in Massachusetts.  And unlike Matthew, Bill wasn't crazy.  But he was very devoted to Liz and their scenes together allowed us to see another facet of Liz, one I would have enjoyed seeing more of.

Also, even though we never saw a ghost (until episode 70), there was a lot of talk of ghosts and a definite feeling that Collinwood was haunted.

G.

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I forgot to mention that another treat in PT 1970 is Louis' bravura work as PT Roger Collins.  I really can't get enough of Roger's bitchy ripostes, particularly when he's needling Maggie--although Maggie is already such a milquetoast, after awhile it becomes tantamount to watchng a bored little boy pulling the wings off a housefly.

G.

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Well, I love the Leviathans story.  I just thought it was an attempt to take the show in a different direction and although it eventually wound up as a trainwreck (mainly due to the curtailing of the original storyline because of all the complaints from fans they received about it), the first six weeks or so are brilliant.  I even enjoy the messy conclusion because of all the wonderful scenes with Nicholas Blair, a top favorite character.

I'm also very fond of PT 1970.  I'm going to be getting the DVDs for the first two months of that soon, and I'm looking forward to revisitng it.  Again, they did something different.  My main problem with it as it went on is that I simply did not find Quentin or Maggie very likeable as characters.  My great pleasures with it are Grayson's Hoffman characterization, Thayer's Tim Stokes portrayal (perhaps his most brilliantly understated work in the entire series), and Paula Lawrence as Hannah.  Lara was really good as an alternate version of Angelique--more ruthless but also even more incompetent with her spellcraft than the original (and given some of the gaffes Ang in our time made, that's saying something).  The Cyrus/Yaeger story never did much for me but perhaps I'll enjoy it more when I revisit it later this year.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Who invented Angelique?
« on: April 17, 2008, 03:57:02 PM »
Sam Hall wrote the first script in which Angelique appears, and spoke of having created her among other characters for the show in an interview segment he did for one of the DVDs.

The idea of Barnabas becoming one of the Living Dead because of a Witch's curse was probably Dan Curtis' idea, though--he seems to have had a lot of strong opinions about where the show should go and even very detailed things about what should happen.

G.

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A very warm welcome, Jonathan!  You won't get any argument here about how wonderful your own site is.  It's unquestionably a fan favorite!

cheers, Steve

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Nice to see someone acknowledge the superior craftsmanship of Diana Millay and Thayer David, since they're both so often overlooked in writings about the show intended for the masses.

But where the hell did he get "Bob Corbett" out of Robert Cobert?

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Early songs in The Blue Whale
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:13:37 PM »
I loved how Vicki's theme from 1966 was re-orchestrated (with cheesy lounge arrangements) for the flip side of the "Ode to Angelique" 45 and retitled ... "Missy" (!!)

I just imagine an enraged Carolyn Stoddard confronting Vicki as she's returned from another evening of burgers and intrigue at the Blue Whale with Burke Devlin, jabbing her finger at Miss Winters and snarling, "Just who do you think you ARE ... MISSY???"

Ah, one of those scenes we can imagine and recall the lines by Keats: 

Heard melodies are sweet
but those unheard are sweeter still!

cheers, G.

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