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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 14, 2007, 07:00:37 PM »
MSC, if you can stand it, go watch a couple of Judith's final episodes from 1897.  I was watching one the evening after I made the above post--she was wearing this exquisite ensemble which featured a tailored red top (I'm not familiar enough with Victorian couture to know what to call it) that looked as if it had been made from Chinese silk.  And in one of those shows I could swear she was wearing the drop earrings Julia had one when she "disappeared"! They must have astrally re-materialized in Judith's jewellry-box.

Carolyn keeps that outfit for the first few days (or maybe it's meant to be all one day as in the very start of the series) in Leviathan.  I agree, it's incredible.  Stunning.  Her hair is the kind of thing Burne-Jones LIVED to paint.

I realized just how sick I really am when this graphic XXX image came into my mind when Julia kept having this line about "Count Petofi wanting Quentin's body" and I swear that image was seared on the back of my eyeballs for days... Bad, bad Gothick!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:14:07 PM »
In the recent Deep Discount sale, I bought set 17 and it finally arrived last night (I think they ran out because the DS sets are so popular there).  That set includes two of my all time favorite Grayson episodes.  The first one is her last day in 1897 and I was *stunned* by how beautifully her gorgeous greeny-grey mutton-chop sleeve dress "read" on the DVD.  and the lovely Arts and Crafts movement style drop earrings (looks like blue glass) with matching cameo brooch complements that gown so exquisitely.  Plus, her hair was beautifully styled that day, too.  I was in Heaven.

More to the point, I then switched to the last show on disc 3 of this set which is another fave rave (Grayson actually utters the expression "...diVINE...!" on camera!!), with its Grayson-in-stereo moment of Julia doing her silent screen vamp routine to the voices of Magda and Pansity tuning in from 1897.  AND Carolyn shows up wearing what seems to be a miniskirt version of Maggie's legendary patchwork quilt skirt.  In this case it's not quilted fabric but what seems to be a lightweight print (dacron, maybe???).  I love these scenes with Carolyn and Julia.  Julia is all angst and foreboding and Carolyn is larking about with "oh, that new antique shop downtown is just divine ... will you just CHILL, Julia honey?"  Great stuff.

There was a very odd thing on the beginning of the first episode of disc 1 in this set (can't recall the number, but among other things you see a CLASSIC shot of what's left of poor, misbegotten Miss Wanda Paisley).  On the shot of the Great House as Selby was reading the opening monologue, it looked as if there was a clear plastic sheet sitting over the recording camera with the words DARK SHADOWS scrawled on it.  I noticed this when the titles cut rolled, too--presumably the same cam.  Anyone else ever notice anything like this?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: House of the Killer Apes?
« on: December 11, 2007, 06:47:57 PM »
Thanks, Midnite honey! My memory is so shredded these days it's very comforting to know that I do occasionally get SOMETHING right.

G.

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Hey Fidel, I seem to remember you from a DS list that was run by somebody named Rex Goode (a screen name, I think?)  It turned into spam hell around '98 and I ditched it sometime around then.

I never really was into the Undernet although I did experiment with some of those channels briefly, if I recall correctly--it's been a long time.  in general, "chatting" and I do not seem to get along.

Welcome!

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: House of the Killer Apes?
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:00:51 PM »
Hey Penny!  Was that interview in a magazine that had a fabulous cover painting with Barnabas Collins baring fangs back to back with Peter Cushing in Van Helsing mode?  That was a great interview from the early 70s and I remember being fascinated when I read it that Frid longed to work with Jeanne Moreau.

I'm quite sure that Frid never did the movie and, if it was made, presumably it was under a different title with a cast that didn't include him.  I believe it was around '74 that Frid went to live in Mexico for a few years.

cheers, Steve

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A whiff of the highbrow?  It was adapted from an old 1840s penny-dreadful serial and was a huge mass market hit for the bus and tunnel crowd on Broadway way back when.

On the other hand, some powers of ratiocination are required to follow the story so perhaps that does set it somewhat apart.  I wonder whether MacDonald's will run a "Happy Meal" marketing tie-in; something to do with meat pies?  *cackles*

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 05, 2007, 10:18:37 PM »
I keep thinking that at least one of Cassandra's wigs looks an awful lot like something originally worn by Buzz.

I'm just wondering how Roger would have reacted if Cassandra had suddenly snapped, while he was pouring himself yet another glass of sherry, "If ya feel it ... SIT IT!"

G.

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If Barnabas drank some of Quentin's blood, it could lead to a very HAIRY situation.

*ducks missiles* sorry, couldn't resist!

I remember that Quentin was portrayed in those awful Ross novels as some extremely punked-out hippie-folkie type--and I'm sure that Selby would have looked adorable in such threads!

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Christmas_Season Theme
« on: December 04, 2007, 10:21:02 PM »
I use IE and I don't get any underlining, but neither do I get any garland.  I really do not care although Collinwood in the snow is very pretty, I have to say (I tend to be something of a grumpus when it comes to "holiday" themes--as I'm sure will astound many of you here).

Have a cool Yule,

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 04, 2007, 09:43:49 PM »
I get really upset in the "Summer of 1970" storyline when Grayson wears some beautiful, exquisite new things (just love those scarves) and then all of a sudden she's back to wearing that inexpressibly hideous orange tweed horror which they practically made her live in for a certain period of 1968.

I have a theory that that drab sweater-set thing they forced her to live in for much of the Miss Hoffman period in '67 was actually burnt in the studio parking lot by the vengeful actress on a rampage once the action shifted to the Eighteenth Century.  I keep thinking that Lara Parker burned her Cassandra wigs too although even in the Sixties she probably would have needed a toxic waste permit from the City for those.

I always crack up when I remember how a friend of mine and I asked Parker at a convention once how she dealt with all those wigs as Cassandra and she batted her eyelashes and said "Cassandra?  Who was that?  Did I play that?"  I don't think my friend ever quite got over the shock.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 03, 2007, 09:32:07 PM »
Orbach's (I would presume the branch in Beautiful Downtown Burbank) also supplied the clothes on Laugh-in (as I learned recently via a YouTube clip--who would've thought that Laugh-in could be even more blooper-intensive than our show??). So if you want to know how to find a groovy super-mod black and white dress with matching feather boa just like JoAnne Worley had, or one of Judy Carne's kicky groovadelic microminiskirts--now you know.  Outasite!

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / when was this interview done?
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:32:41 PM »
Interesting.  On one of my regular DS DVDs there's a short interview (about five or six minutes long, I would guess) with her where she says similar things about Joan, Louis, Thayer and Clarice.  Since the latter two are hardly ever mentioned in the MPI tapes, it was very satisfying to hear her speak so glowingly of them here.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:45:48 PM »
TLATKLS had and has her own fan base and I'm sure Dan would have demanded the writers find something for Maggie to do even if Alex had stayed on the show as Vicki.  Presumably Maggie would have gone back to work at the diner and further intrigue would have resulted from there.  It's kind of sad that the diner pretty much disappeared after Laura's story.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:42:55 PM »
The latest rumors I've been hearing is that commercial marketing of DVDs or Blue Rays or whatever may all become obsolescent in the not too distant future as the industry moves towards a model of having people pay to download stuff from secure sites onto their hard drives (or TIVO loops or whatever).  Since the cost for the download to the owner/proprietor would be more or less nonexistent this is as close to a model of pure profit as one could get.  In some cases limited-issue sets may be marketed as collectibles to a small niche of specialized consumers--look at Time-Life's new release (still impending) of the Man from UNCLE episodes as an example of what this looks like.

It's all enough to make this old Luddite's head spin!

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 27, 2007, 05:04:38 PM »
From what I have been able to gather over the years, very few of the players on DS actually HAD contracts... of any description.  KLS in the original edition of her Scrapbook Memories mentions that when she left the show, she'd been working without a contract for quite some time.  Grayson always described herself as signing a contract for 13 weeks initially but once that ran out they may have just let things run along because shortly thereafter her husband was writing for the show.  I guess it might have depended in part on how aggressive her agent was with DCP at that point.

Towards the end of the show, Keith Prentice was quoted in one of the teen mags as having signed a five year contract which seems out of character for Dan Curtis.  I wonder how much he got when the show was canceled.  Probably not much.  KLS wryly wrote in that first book:  "In general, we were not over-paid for working on Dark Shadows."

G.

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