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Penny darling,

Hope you get the very best Witches for your spectral Day!  (tee hee) 

You set a high standard in glamour and good taste in both wardrobe AND movie selection! 

that frumpy old Witch in Boss-town,

Gothique

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Thayer David in PEEPER
« on: January 11, 2008, 10:16:09 PM »
Fans, last weekend I had checked out of the library the 2006 DVD edition of the 1968 bomb THE MAGUS.  This film, adapted from a novel by John Fowles, was issued as part of three pack entitled THE MICHAEL CAINE COLLECTION.  The other two films in the set are DEADFALL (notable for a great John Barry soundtrack and entrancing theme song sung by the legendary Shrley Bassey), and the mid 1970s homage to 1940s gumshoe flicks, PEEPER.  The trailer was on the disc as an extra and was narrated by Thayer David doing his best Humphrey Bogart impersonation (I wonder whether he got Jerry Lacey on the phone to let him know that he was poaching on Lacey's turf!).  It did feature one clip from Thayer's scene(s) in the movie (I'm not sure he had more than the one) and I was impressed all over again by Thayer's powers of concentration, as he had some very complicated piece of dialogue to deliver while a vulture meant to be his character's pet was being fed morsels of raw meat!

I've meant to track this movie down since, basically, forever, and now that I know there's a DVD out there, will try to make it sooner rather than later.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Old movie?
« on: January 09, 2008, 09:55:11 PM »
I hope I'm not violating list guidelines by posting this, but I believe that A Darkness at Blaisedon (in some cases listed as Dead at Night) is available for free download on a number of file sharing sites around the Net.

Last year a friend sent me a DVD of the show that had been downloaded for her by a friend.  It was fun to watch it again.
The late Kerwin Matthews, who just passed away last year, was the star.

G.

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Oh, there are impending actors and directors strikes?  The idea of a director's strike is rather amusing.  (I need that line of Gregory Trasks about taking charge of the inmates in the asylum and the animals in a zoo.)  I always thought that if there were no TV in America, we might get some real changes because people would actually have to start paying attention to what's going on around them.  I'm no longer that optimistic, though...

In all seriousness, my former boss just returned from a lengthy stay with her daughter and son-in-law who are TV writers and she says that the ripples from the strike are crippling the economy in certain districts of LA.  If further sectors of the entertainment industry shut down, it's going to get quite ugly out there.  I'll keep our cousins who live in the greater LA sprawl in my thoughts and prayers.

I have to agree with the MB that the original screenplay of hoDS would be fabulous to see, particularly if they tweaked it and made the denouement something more interesting than the 1970 bloodbath.

G.

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With no end in sight to the writers strike, do we think they'll actually take out the old original hoDS shooting script and just replicate that?

You think I'm joking, but recall how Gus van Sant remade Psycho some years ago, shot for shot...

cheers, G.

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Fans,

A friend informed me yesterday that Grayson Hall's episode of The Man from UNCLE, "The Pieces of Fate Affair," is available for viewing on this site for free:

http://www.guba.com

I haven't tried this yet but am posting here in case anybody who hasn't seen it wants to have a go.  Her role as Jody Moore, "literary critic and assassin," is my favorite of the guest roles Grayson did on episodic TV (of the ones I have been able to see, that is). 

I don't know whether her episode of The Girl from UNCLE, "The High and Deadly Affair," is available on this site; it might be worth checking out.

cheers, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Today's Birthday! jennifer
« on: January 02, 2008, 06:00:45 PM »
Happy Birthday dear!  there should be a giant picture of naked Chris Jennings on this site in your honor today (I know that we don't HAVE a giant picture of naked Chris Jennings, but hey, we can dream, right?)

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: how $14 and a writers strike got me to 1991
« on: January 02, 2008, 04:22:24 PM »
I really feel for Jean Simmons too, being given so little to do as Elizabeth.  OTOH, after seeing what they made Blair Brown do in the WB pilot in the role, I realize now that it could have been so much worse.  Brown's turn in the part is like the Saturday Night Live skit on Dark Shadows.

The role of Laura was going to be played by Lysette Anthony and I believe the plan was to combine the characters of Laura and Cassandra (maybe they got the idea from the fact that the two wore the same dress successively in 1967 and '68?), which is why they describe Laura as a Witch rather than a Phoenix.

The character of Daphne came from hoDS (the movie) as does the jerky pacing of the first few episodes.

There's a lot of material available on the 1991 series, including a book, Dark Shadows Resurrected, with a companion video (which should have been included as an extra on the DVD set but wasn't because MGM was both cheap AND incredibly incompetent, hacking out visual content in the image to make the series convert to faux letterbox, as the Mysterious Benefactor's screen captures above show clearly).

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: how $14 and a writers strike got me to 1991
« on: January 02, 2008, 04:16:22 PM »
I revisited as much of the 1991 series as I could stand last year (I think the only episodes I didn't rewatch were 3 and 4).  My roomie watched too and was laughing his ass off at the horrendous 1980s fashions, particularly Carolyn's clothes--he opined that her true profession would have been as an after ten p.m. girl out in a certain area of Hollywood...  As for mullets, I really had never noticed until this recent version just how horrifying Ben Cross's hair was.  I'm sure they felt obliged to come up with something to help us forget the original spiked bangs but honestly...

And if you think you're horrified now, wait till you see what they make poor Lysette Anthony do in her episodes as Angelique.  I wish I could forget, but it's scarred permanently into my cerebellum now.

I heard there were quite a few bloopers in this version as well, including the purported fact that you can spot somebody wearing a wristwatch in one of the 1790 courtroom scenes, but I failed to catch the latter in my last viewing.  I did enjoy Roy Thinnes stratospherically over-the-top scenery-chewing as Trask, and Julianna McCarthy's version of Abigail.  And, of course, I'll watch Barbara Steele read from the Manhattan phonebook--I very much enjoyed her work here.

Look at it this way--you only paid $14, and maybe you'll be able to trade it in for store credit once you're done.

cheers, Steve

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I agree of course about both the Leviathans and Parallel Time 1970.  Both heralded a very different shift in tone and atmosphere and for at least awhile the shows they gave us explored new horizons for the series.  I can actually recall being intrigued by the whole set up of the Leviathans, Barnabas' icy demeanor towards Julia and fake solicitude towards others, etc., back in '69-'70.  It's such a wonderful story for the Yule season and the theme of encroaching darkness--and of course, the birth of a mystical child.

It would be interesting to see the original outline for the story, which I think was supposed to last five or six months, before DC panicked because of the dropping ratings and hate mail and made them do the "everything including the kitchen sink" routine with the plot.  (Although, I still love the episode where we go from Bruno orgasmically flogging the werewolf to Barnabas "conferring" with Megan.   Also love, love, love the scene where Julia finds out that Barnabas has "talked" to Megan and her reaction--this stuff is better than heroin!  Why, it's better than two sticks of Land-o'Lakes, lashed together in a rough-hewn manner!)

But I digress...  (btw, PT 1970 may have given us the finest performances for two of my top favorites--Grayson Hall and Thayer David--both had such wonderfully understated, nuanced characterizations in those shows.)

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: oh,laura!
« on: December 17, 2007, 11:05:17 PM »
Actually, Magnus, Diana's movements as Laura in that scene are really fascinating to watch.  She is very poised and elegant... yet quietly sinister.  Millay obviously had "turn on a dime" acting chops back in the day... she's really very compelling to watch, and her characterization in the original Laura storyline is much more layered and nuanced than in the 1897 version (of which I am still very fond, I hasten to add--since many say it is one of their least favorite parts of 1897).

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: oh,laura!
« on: December 17, 2007, 08:57:45 PM »
Thanks for those snapshots, MB.

Laura fiercely RULES the Collinsport Diner with her chic ensemble ... and that hat!

G.

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Oh, my darlingest Mysterioso ... you HAD to go there!!!

ROFLMAO!

G.

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Congratulations, Lara!

Now I'm wondering just which wiseacre will refer to Herself at the next Festival  as ... Grannylique!

*guffawing*

G.

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Interesting to learn that O'Loughlin is Strine.  And with Sophia Myles being English, Moonlight suddenly seems very cosmopolitan.

I keep thinking I'll try the show again, but then I expect to hear it's off the air permanently because they've run out of episodes.  There seems no end in sight to the writers strike (not that I've really been paying attention).

G.

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