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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Barnabas and Sabrina Stuart
« on: March 24, 2008, 03:13:52 PM »
Hi Gerard,

First, a thank you for your many witty posts here.  I've lost track of how many times you've lightened an otherwise dreary day with your hysterically dry sense of humor!

Consistency is the last thing I have learned to expect on DS, but I do recall that Angelique (probably the most vicious of all DS' vampires) lost interest in Joe Haskell once Nicholas gave her permission to "visit" Barnabas (as a child, I was always intrigued by this particular euphemism on DS).  Poor Joe still craved the kiss of Ange's fangs, and we all know what her response was. 

So, I would tend to agree with other fans that once Barnabas was in Parallel Time, his power over Sabrina was either broken altogether, or weakened sufficiently that Chris was able to talk her into leaving town with himself and Amy.  I would imagine that Quentin gave them some help, practical as well as financial, given his avuncular interest in Chris towards the end of the Leviathans story.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: OT (Semi): The Wolfman
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:31:04 PM »
Golly.  There sure are a lot of BUNNIES on here!!

If folks out there who enjoy Werewolf stories ever get the chance, check out this short lived series from around 1990, She-Wolf of London (also known as Love and Curses).  The first fourteen episodes of that show were produced in England and I think a lot of people here would enjoy those shows.  The remaining six were done in LA and weren't as good although I still enjoyed them (a law firm that turns out to be run by vampires ... who'd a thunk?? *rolls eyes*).

The show starred Kate Hodge as an American overseas student in the UK who gets bitten by a werewolf on a camping expedition.  Neil Dickson plays her mythology professor who decides to try to cure her of her curse.  Does this premise ring any bells for y'all?  *grins*

For Bewitched fans, in a two-part episode the pair do battle with a vicious department head by the name of Dr. Samantha Stevens.  In the LA episodes there's also a really whacky Star Trek spoof called Beyond the Beyond.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / OT (Semi): The Wolfman
« on: March 21, 2008, 05:36:01 PM »
Fans,

there's an IMDB page for a remake of the 1940 classic Universal film The Wolfman:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0780653/

Cast includes Benicio del Toro in the role of Lawrence Talbot that was poor Lon Chaney Jr's most iconic achievement; Emily Blunt plays the Sabrina Stuart role (if you'll pardon my conflation), and Anthony Hopkins is on board as another member of the Talbot family.  According to IMDB, location filming included work on the Chatsworth estate in England (I wonder what the ghost of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire thought of the proceedings?).

As most fans are aware, the Curt Siodmak screenplay for the original Wolfman was mined by DS writers for a number of features in both the Chris and Quentin storyline, including the Pentagram appearing on the face of the Wolfman's next vicitm, the use of a Pentagram charm to repel the beast, and the involvement of an unflappable gypsy crone in the tale (no sign on IMDB of who's going to play the Maria Ouspenskaya role).

G.

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Madonna is my age, which means she's about 25 years too old to play Angelique.

Of course, they could still let her try to play Julia.  Or Liz.  *ducks*

*cue music*  "Like a ma-a--a-triarch ... with my hairpiece ... primped to shine, whoa-oh-whoa-oh..."

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Liz couldn't have been carrying on a dual identity as Betty H.  Betty was the daughter of "Hanscomb," the butler.  I'm probably the only person who ever longed for a flashback to the 1940s so we could see Hanscomb in all his glory (I'm thinking something along the lines of Gosford Park here) presiding over a bevy of parlormaids and valets.  And a proper kitchen staff with a stout red-faced cook and a team of staff to assist.

I thought they seemed to be leading up to having Vicki be the illegitimate child of Betty, possibly by an affair with Roger.  But the affair could have been between Liz and Hanscomb.  It's true that Joan Bennett stated at a number of fan events in the 1980s that she had been told, or understood, that Vicki was meant to be Liz's natural daughter.  The way a number of scenes between the two were written and played definitely implies that to me.

G.

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It's nice to see such appreciation for a period in the show's history that used to be routinely dissed without defense because nobody had ever seen it (yes, that's how long in fandom I've been around).

I'm glad the DS reviews on that site have, on the whole, been of such good quality.  I just read the two Peter Gunn reviews on the site, and it sounds as if the reviewer hardly even bothered to watch more than a few moments of one show on each set.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Old movie?
« on: March 18, 2008, 03:08:40 PM »
It's available on Amazon and one of their "vendors" is selling it new for $12.48 plus shipping.

I am afraid with material of this nature, you sometimes have to just buy the thing if you want to see it.  Unless you live in a city like Boston or San Francisco where you may be able to find it in some of the few some independent rental stores left out there (a dying breed, sadly).

FYI, I think the DVD release of this movie may be from a public domain print and thus not very good quality.  Something was posted here about it last y ear when it came out.  Check Seizure in the search engine on the site.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Favorite ending to an episode....
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:01:56 PM »
The first thing that comes to mind is Nicholas' satanic giggling as he tells Cassandra, "Look at your hand, my dear!" and she looks in horror at the THING that lives where her hand should be ... the next day's restaging of it was even better than the previous day's cliffhanger. 

I laugh when I watch it now, but this scene actually gave both me and my sister nightmares back in 1968.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Semi-O.T...1840 and 1970
« on: March 17, 2008, 03:28:03 PM »
Hi Lydia,

I certainly remember The Forsyte Saga, although I don't remember actually seeing any episodes.  A friend of mine sent me the entire series on VHS a couple of years ago, and I had time to watch the first two parts, then put it away for a long winter night that has yet to materialize.  Stellar work all round, though.  And the cast was incredible.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Semi-O.T...1840 and 1970
« on: March 16, 2008, 03:24:01 AM »
It says on Amazombie that Cousin Bette with Margaret Tyzack was released in Jan. of 2007 in this country.  I hadn't heard this exciting news ... thanks again to MSC for letting us know.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Semi-O.T...1840 and 1970
« on: March 16, 2008, 02:56:18 AM »
Wow, how exciting.  Like MB I also saw some of this when it was originally on Masterpiece Theatre, and was also wowed by Tyzack.  I think she'd been in The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R, as well. 

Now, when will the BBC release Notorious Woman, a six part serial about the life of novelist George Sand, with similar 1840s vibes and costumes?  I've never forgotten Rosemary Harris' luminous thesping in the title role.

G.

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One of the writers threw up during a story conference?  Wow.  That story, I'd never heard.

DC was brutal to work for.  But supposedly, it was Lela who came up with the "Barnabas realizes Angelique is his one true love" reek.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: ClaudeNorth's the MAN!!
« on: March 13, 2008, 08:34:46 PM »
Have a wonderful day filled with joy, sweet Claude!  I miss you.

cheers, Steve

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Congratulations my dear!  Finally, QUALITY receives due recognition!

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: DS & Innovation Comics.
« on: March 13, 2008, 05:47:33 PM »
Doug, check Good Will and Salvation Army stores or consignment shops (we used to call these "junk shops') in your area for the DS paperbacks.  You should be able to find them for a buck or two each.  They're really only worth collecting for the covers, IMNSHO.  There was a website somewhere that had a gallery of the covers, I believe.

As for issue one of the DS Gold Key comic, it's only worth that kind of money if the poster is still in it.  I would say it's still not worth more than say ten dollars, but people will pay these crazy sums to complete their collections.

You really have to see the panel in which some creature labelled as Cassandra Collins appears. Between that and the artist evidently believing that Julia was a drag queen afflicted with acromegaly and Quentin was portrayed by Engelbert Humperdinck (the Tasmanian pop singer), well, the less said the better!  And then, there are the actual scripts for those books--oo la la.

G.

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