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Thanks, Michael for posting that link.  I was disappointed not to see CURRENT photographs of Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax on the website.

I thought Juliet Landau was so incredibly brilliant in those shows on Buffy.  So far as I was concerned, her episodes with James Marsters (at his most devilishly sexy) were the high point of that series.  I lost interest in season 3 and never could bother with it after that.

It was great chatting wth you at the Marriott.  You're every bit as well spoken in person as you are when presiding at the console!

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Ot Tragic News
« on: August 30, 2006, 03:37:20 PM »
I'm so sorry, Teresalita.  I hope she can manage to get better, no matter what the doctors say.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Just to give the traditional definitions:

An Incubus is a male demon.  He may attack either men or women.  If you are a gay male you could be fodder for an Incubus because his nature is to attack an individual through the medium of her/his sexual desire.  In the ancient world, when these things were originally mooted, people did not have the notion of anyone being exclusively heterosexual or homosexual--I'll skip the lengthy historical discussion about this.

A succubus is a female demon.  There was a fun portrayal of a succubus in the second season of the series Poltergeist: the Legacy--a show that had a very DS feel to it at times, and I recommend it.

Angelique, in PT 1970, was not a succubus, and she was never described as such.  She was [spoiler]an energy vampire, one of the living dead, but instead of draining her victims of blood, thanks to the "weird science" experiments of her stepfather, Mad Scientist Tim Stokes, she was able to absorb their life force in a long, deadly kiss (with LOTS of tongue).[/spoiler]

Just to be clear on the definitions.  According to lore, incubus and succubus are demons.  I haven't seen Dante's Cove but it sounds as if the character is meant to be an undead human living under a witch's curse--just like Barnabas Collins.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Remembering Grayson Hall
« on: August 29, 2006, 08:31:14 PM »
A few fans have asked me how the panel at the Festival on the new biography of Grayson Hall went.  I'm very pleased to report that the panel was exceptionally well-run, kicking off with some great opening remarks by author RJ Jamison.  RJ asked "Are there any Grayson Hall fans in the audience?" and the wild and lusty cheering that ensued left no doubt she was, as it were, "preaching to the choir."  After explaining some background to the publication of the biography and thanking those who had assisted her, RJ introduced a wonderful video montage showcasing a wide range of Grayson's non-DS work.  Fans enjoyed clips from the 1951 "Lights out!" episode, Satan in High Heels (filmed 1960), Night of the Iguana (1964), That Darn Cat (1965), The Man from UNCLE (1966), Who are you, Polly Magoo? (also 1966), End of the Road (filmed 1968), Adam at 6 AM (filmed during Grayson's hiatus from the 1897 storyline in September of '69), Kojak (1974), and One Life to Live (1982).

After the video, Nancy Barrett took the stage and read excerpts from the book.  I was impressed by Nancy's fluid command of correct Spanish and French pronunciation--she's clearly as well educated linguistically as Grayson herself.  After the reading, Nancy generously stayed on board for a short Q & A.  Nancy shared that nearly everyone adored Grayson because she was so "odd" and such a unique character that she disarmed just about everyone.  She also noted that for Grayson, "family always, always came first," and that one of the reasons Grayson cherished being on DS is that it kept her family in New York City.

The half hour allotted to the program flew by all too quickly.  Among other topics covered in the Q & A was the fact that Mike Nichols intended for quite some time to cast Grayson as Mrs Robinson in "The Graduate."  A fascinating possibility, which almost certainly would have kept her out of "the shadows" forever.  Since I personally cannot imagine Collinwood without Dr. Hoffman (world's record-holding houseguest), I'm personally glad "The Graduate" fell through for her.  Grayson herself apparently regarded it as the greatest loss in her career.

"Grayson Hall: a hard act to follow" by R J Jamison is available at www.graysonhall.net and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

G.

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Haven't seen it yet, but the curiosity factor has it high on my list of stuff to see.  The reviews I have seen emphasize that it is not at all well scripted, and apart from one or two exceptions most of the "acting" is strictly of the casting couch variety... I gather there is a fair amount of "explicit" material that ranges from guy-on-guy to girl-on-girl and, believe it or not, girl-on-guy.
Given that this is the US, I would guess that the "explicit" stuff goes no further than softcore--i.e. there will be no hard-ons or "money shots" on camera.

A friend who saw it found it mostly rather bland, insipid, uninspired and lacking in excitement.  The "first season" lasts 3 episodes.  I am surprised that they are making more of it.

I do find it amusing that the plot seems to revolve around [spoiler]a Witch in the 18th century who discovers her husband cheating on her with one of the stable boys and curses him to walk the earth forever as a vampire... seems like a rather droll variant upon a tale we all know well here.[/spoiler]

Sounds as if the best way to view it is with a coupon as a cheap rental!

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Alec Newman as Barnabas Collins
« on: August 28, 2006, 04:51:00 PM »
Just a line to report how impressed I was by Alec Newman's performance as Barnabas in the WB "Dark Shadows 2004" pilot.  While I found the 40 minute episode to be very much a mixed bag, Newman was startlingly good as our favorite vampire.  His courtly manners, quietly seething sensuality and aloof, subtly dangerous body language were right on target.  I could imagine tuning in just to watch Newman unfold the character over the weeks.

Matt Czuchny (I hope I have his name right) also showed promise in the role of Willie, although the character's actions were left seeming barely coherent because of the insane amount of story they covered in the one episode.  I wonder whether one reason for nixing the series was that it was obvious they would have had to reshoot (or perhaps re-edit with new footage) some of this--for one thing, the scene where Vicki arrives at Collinwood was directed in this bizarre manner, as if it were an episode of the Gilmore Girls?

I don't feel up to writing a full review at the moment, but overall I'd describe it as having occasional good moments mixed up with a LOT that seemed jerky, out of left field, or WAY over the top.  Vicki's nightmare on the train and every scene involving Roger and David being two examples.  Blair Brown was good in her breakfast scene with Vicki.  The actress who played Vicki did not work AT ALL for me in the role, although she was perfectly competent--just a case of not the right casting as far as I was concerned.  I saw Dan Curtis' interview on one of the discs where he described seeing so many young actresses for Vicki and the day Alexandra walked in to read and the moment he saw her, he knew she was the one.  I don't think they cast that rigorously for such an important role on the WB pilot and they really needed to do that.

For the Julia fans, I thought Kelly Hu's appearances were too brief to really say anything about.  Again, she seemed competent, but there just wasn't enough there to get a handle on how she would have played the character.

The Mario Bava/Dario Argento color stuff seemed more distracting to me than anything else. Dark Shadows should not have the aesthetic of a splatter movie. Also, the grainy screening disc seemed a poor vehicle for the aesthetic vision the director was seeking to foster.

As for the episode ending, it was laughably over the top, but seemed pretty much par for the course for a WB series.  I'm presuming it would have turned out to be another of Vicki's nightmares.

More later, possibly--I don't know that I have anything more to say on this subject.  Oh, somebody asked about the Old House sets--I thought it was far too grand for a mid 18th century New England manor house--they made it look more like Versailles.  Even rich people did not live on that scale in colonial America.  Just my two drachmae.

G.

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I saw the video.  The quality was less than pristine, probably due to the technology that projects something meant to be seen on a computer monitor onto a giant screen.  At times I thought he looked like a videogame avatar (or whatever the hell they're called), but then, I have old eyes.  What made the experience of seeing it memorable to me was the warmth of his demeanour and that wonderful voice which truly does get only richer with the passing years.  I was also very moved by the passion with which he performed the scene from the Richard play.  I'm afraid I got a bit lost as it has been awhile (let's not discuss just how many years) since I last read that play, but I knew the outlines of that scene so I was able to keep the main thread.  I thought (and perhaps I'll post this suggestion to his guestbook) that it would help if his webmaster could add subtitles giving the character names as he performs each scene, plus perhaps a short "dramatis personae" screen for each scene.  Still, great stuff.  I just love watching JF perform R III.  His voice, his face, give me chills whenever he plays that character.  I always recall what an inspiration R III was for Barnabas, particularly, I think, for the original 1967 storyline.

As has been posted, this video, along with others (I believe), is going to be available on JF's website.  He mentioned with a somewhat sly look (as if to say, Wouldn't you like to know what cat I've got in my bag?) that updates to the website are occurring almost daily now, so if you're a Jonathan Frid fan, make it something to look at in your daily online routine!

Best, G.

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Weren't Clarice Blackburn and Humbert Astredo also on Edge of Night at one point?

I recall inquiring about the 1960s and 1970s episodes of this series and being told by more than one confident authority that the tapes had been wiped back in the day.  But I always suspected that complete runs did exist for this, and other shows, in the studio vaults.

G.

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Outasite!  I'll be there Saturday afternoon.

G.

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Groovy!  Thanks for all the help!

For some reason I thought that hotel was in Park Slope and that Bklyn Heights was a major schlep away.  And I've actually been to Bklyn a few times--last time was about 5 years ago, I guess.

G.

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Thanks, MSC.  As a vegetarian, I am afraid fish and chips do not really... cut the mustard?

Best, Steve

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MSC, do you know whether there are any Indian restaurants in the Borough Hall vicinity?

thanks, Steve

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: "1995" episode 1062 Jean Flagler
« on: August 24, 2006, 03:53:23 PM »
I've seen several pictures of "Shirl" way back when and I don't think she "played" Jean.

G.

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I saw this news earlier today, and I'm thrilled that Jonathan is sharing such a treat with the fans!  Shows just how generous he is.

Just a reminder that those who wish to let him know how happy they are about the new video can do so on the guestbook feature on his website.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Tarot Cards on Dark Shadows
« on: August 21, 2006, 08:35:15 PM »
Well, one possibility would be the Queen of Swords.  I can see how a female aristocrat of the late 18th century raised in the Roman Catholic faith might regard such a woman with deep suspicion.  Just a shot in the dark from me, though.

G.

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