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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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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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