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Thanks for posting about Joel C's birthday.  He was such a gifted actor, and it's very unfair that he died so young.

G.

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Well, that is all certainly very strange, Rod.

I guess the magazines have different stock responses to writers.  When I approached Scarlet street a couple of months ago about running one of my Grayson Hall articles, the editor wrote back to me that they "do not run material of this type."  Since they've printed articles about actors much more obscure than GH in their pages, I figured that you have to have an "in" with staff before they'll even bother to look at what you've written.

I hope your article can see print--it sounds great.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 31, 2005, 02:51:46 AM »
Hi Dom,  the photos of Barnabas outside the Old House were taken at the Spratt Mansion (the original of the Old House) at a publicity shoot, which I think must have happened during the winter of 1967-68.  As I am sure you know, the house burnt to the ground in a 1969 fire.

One of the fans once posted about her excitement (and briefly, I think, terror) when she drove past the house and saw "Barnabas" in the flesh walking on the grounds that day.

As for fake snow in the studio, my guess is that given how tiny the studio was, it really would have involved too many technical difficulties, and cleanup would have been a nightmare.  I've wondered just how late into the wee hours the staff were up cleaning up the leaves whenever they had to stage the woods for the numerous scenes shot there.

xo Marsha

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Hi Countess,

glad to hear you have such appreciation for the Divine One!  Yes, Her fans are LEGION!

Just FYI, that isn't a t-shirt she's wearing in that final sequence--it's a short-sleeved cheongsam styled dress.  The thing that you thought might be a monkey is actually an immense brooch that's pinned to the center of her bosom.

A commercial release of this film came out in Japan last year.  There are ridiculous complications around the distro rights for Polly Maggoo.  I read a review of the Japanese import in the French gay culture mag, Tetu, the last time I was up in Canada at my boyfriend's place.

I have been lucky enough to see it the movie in the theatre four times to date.  It's fun to see some of the details, such as the fact that in the first scene, those things she's clutching in her lap are a pair of sunglasses and a packet of Marlboros.

Also, it's worth noting that Delphine Seyrig, a French cult actress who appeared in such classic films as Last Year at Marienbad and Donkey-skin (Peau d'ane) a Jacques Demy Catherine Deneuve vehicle, had a small role in Polly Maggoo.  Of course most of us know Delphine best for her Goddessy performance in Daughters of Darkness, in which she appeared opposite gorgeous, talented John Karlen.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: fangoria article
« on: January 27, 2005, 10:50:22 PM »
Well, I give you due credit for having the patience to work out there, in the middle of all that.

Even attempting to watch Seinfeld is enough to reduce my language to words of the 4 lettered anglo-saxon variety.

We are very fortunate to have someone like yourself who understands the mystique of DS in the trenches, fighting the good fight!

Doffing my cap,

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: fangoria article
« on: January 27, 2005, 10:33:17 PM »
Yes, I obviously didn't catch your byline when I had my very brief brush with the piece (pick up zine, flip past pages, go, "seen that, done that"), return to rack.

As you know, my enthusiasm for the topic for the WB project was never very high, and the tude of those suits left a REALLY bad taste in my mouth for the whole thing.  I'm sure your writing enlivened an otherwise sad subject.

Kudos!

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: fangoria article
« on: January 27, 2005, 08:30:35 PM »
Thanks, MB.

I'm not into those Blade movies, but I may rent Blade: Trinity when it's out on disc because of those scorching shots of Ryan Reynolds from the film a friend sent to me...

It would be nice if the material presented in the Fangoria article had percolated into the lore of those media columnists who keep repeating that the WB canceled Angel to make room for DS, then ditched the latter because the material was "unsalvageable."

I didn't have time to read anything about the storylines in that article.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: fangoria article
« on: January 27, 2005, 05:36:49 PM »
I looked at that Fangoria issue in a store, and there wasn't much new there that I could see.  There weren't many photos and none were an improvement on the ones published on Collinwood.net.

The article seemed to argue that network execs short-sightedness and budget issues were what doomed it, which was pretty much what I had gathered from the numerous posts here over the past year.

It's an expensive magazine, so I would say--only order it from the website if you're a completist with the "remakes of DS" stuff.

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: The Enemy Within -- Episodes 31 & 32
« on: January 27, 2005, 04:19:16 PM »
I'm sure Lost is one of those shows that you have to have watched from episode 1 to follow, so I'll wait for the DVD's.

Of course, I said that years ago about 6 feet under, and I still haven't gotten around to seeing any of it...

If Lost is as intelligent as you say, it won't be on TV for very long.  Unless it's on HBO or Showtime, of course.

Steve

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: I am curious about this pic?
« on: January 26, 2005, 12:37:23 AM »
Thanks for holding out that hope about the Japanese release possibly containing the Julia's walk sequence, Darren.  My own hope in that area is zero, but who knows?

As Jean-Claude mentioned, the cut of the greenhouse scene makes Jeff's absence in subsequent scenes completely inexplicable.  I remember that I didn't even understand what was happening in the movie half the time until I read the "Marilyn" Ross novelization, which as you know was based on an early script draft, and included several sequences never even filmed.

And dammit,I *want* that scene where Roger complains that all the craziness at Collinwood is cutting in his time reading... PROUST!

Ah well.  At least I have the laserdisc version of the films to enjoy (though as you pointed out long ago, only the one shown on television has the correct sound mix for NoDS).

Steve

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: The Enemy Within -- Episodes 31 & 32
« on: January 25, 2005, 11:37:34 PM »
I have seen neither Lost, nor Desperate Housewives, nor Carnevale.  I am slowly but steadily morphing into a dotty old curmudgeon who does not watch anything lensed after 1979.  On the other hand, just now I checked out the DVD of Practical Magic from the library--I am borrowing that more for professional purposes than from an interest in the film as such.

I just want to thank you for getting me through the work week with your wonderful little essays.  I really must some day create a bound version, illustrated with photographs from the shows.

I would love to see our beloved Mysterious One including screen captures from these shows, but I know his plate is already WAY too full for that.

Thanks again,

Steve

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Is Sandra Lee related to Sara Lee?  I only ask for reference purposes.

At least Burke didn't slip a funny little paper umbrella into David's drink.

I thought they were really pushing the idea that Burke was David's real father (biological father) in these scenes between the two.  As for Vicki's parentage, I go back and forth; there are later scenes in which the only possible interpretation of Liz's reaction is that Vicki is really her daughter.  I do think what we're seeing here from Liz are some serious cracks in her frostry facade, even if Vicki doesn't benefit from them.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 25, 2005, 11:28:37 PM »
Pats in that photo looks like Laura Collins in her 2005 return to Callanwood: "Eat THIS, Barnabas!"

Heather, you and your sister have SUCH good taste--have I mentioned that before??? Yup, I think set 9 of those DVDs has my name on it.

xo, G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 25, 2005, 10:26:22 PM »
Hey Jennifer, hope you guys are OK out there!  My landlady's son did the sidewalk with his snowblower so all we had to do was dig out my roommate's car which only took about an hour on Sun.

I haven't gotten hold of any of the DS DVD's.  I may get the set with Julia's vamping by Tom on it just to try out the format.  I really need to replace all of my Cassandra tapes--a couple of those have not worn well, probably because I play them more frequently than most of the others.

I love watching Patsy Stone on "Ab Fab."  As a small child my Mom's best friend was named Patsy, so I always smile when I see all the signs around town that say "Go Pats!"

here I am in a world of my own,

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: I am curious about this pic?
« on: January 25, 2005, 10:13:49 PM »
It was probably the best scene in the movie.  It hit the cutting room floor before any release print, so apparently the footage no longer exists. Back then, they didn't save cut scenes for "the DVD".  *pout*

There are some other great scenes in that movie that were cut.  Basically any scene that gave any motivation or explanation for the film's bloody events was deemed to be "too slow," or something.

grumpy Gothick, turning into a snow-Luddite in Boston

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