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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Return to Collinwood in Autograph Collector!
« on: November 06, 2002, 02:21:12 AM »
Congrats on your publication.  I look forward to seeing it.  The tribute to Mr. Patrick sounds extra special. It is gratifying to see him remembered.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Blue Sheets & Green Blankets
« on: November 06, 2002, 02:03:37 AM »
Those eyelashes are fabou, aren't they Rod?  I just imagine all the ladies crowding into their dressing rooms (I think most of them shared) glueing on their eyelashes every a.m.

The most important thing about Rachel Drummond's wardrobe is that it made KLS look divoon.  Any charter member of the TLATKLS club will tell you that that WAS the rationale behind costuming on the series.

So how many days before Don Briscoe shows up again?

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Help!-Missed Dark Shadows
« on: November 05, 2002, 09:58:25 PM »
Hi Gianni,

I'd be very surprised if there were such a site--I'd think that would be construed as copyright violation since the series is still under copyright (though I know it's very convoluted--I am under the impression that Dan Curtis ultimately has the final say in terms of ownership of the series, despite Worldvision having the TV broadcast syndie rights, and MPI the home video rights).

I hope your VCR got today's shows.  If memory serves, they're good ones!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: ** It's Official! **
« on: November 05, 2002, 06:22:36 PM »
Gurrrrlll!  git those pumps, we're riding SHOTGUN tonight!

putting on my red dress, puttin on my hi-heeled shoes,

we're gonna dig pataters,

we're gonna pick tomaters,

ooo--ooo!

Jamming away to celebrate the glory that is DOM (and note that name, girls and boys--get ready for some whip cracking around here!)

xo  Tuffie

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Hi Midnite,

One of the reports I read said that he just passed this morning (day of the New Moon ... how fitting), which would account for why the big media organs haven't picked it up yet.

About a week or so ago when the late Harry Hay (founder of the Mattachine Society, the Radical Faeries, and more or less grandfather of the Gay Liberation movement) passed over I heard it first from people who knew people who knew him.  The news did not get posted in the national news media until a day later.

Loe,  Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Who do you dislike the most?
« on: November 05, 2002, 12:15:14 AM »
I agree with Linda, I think Dirk is a hoot!  He is the only Roger Davis character I find remotely watchable.  Though I think Diana Millay came close to slapping him a couple of times in their scenes together ...

According to Mr. Davis himself, as reported in one of the MPI DS behind the scenes videos (it might have been the 25th anniversary or the 30th anniversary one I'm not sure), Dan Curtis was very fond of RD and sort of kept him around as a matinee idol type on the series.  Given the source, I've always taken these stories with a grain of salt.  Generally, if a performer got good fan mail, they were brought back.  It could be that Davis had something of a following in illo tempore.  He does get profiled a fair amount in 16 and the other magazines, as do Don Briscoe, Chris Pennock, and Mike Stroka. Of course coverage for these guys is far outstripped by the publicity Jonathan Frid and David Selby received.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: ANGIE'S BEST ANGLE
« on: November 05, 2002, 12:07:46 AM »
My favorite incarnation of Angelique is Cassandra.  She was just such a delicious mixture of venom and glamour, yet the bitch had feelings, too.  There's something heartbreaking in those final scenes, when she comes to the Old House to kill Barnabas with a pistol, and says "You never had any idea what I was thinking or feeling!"  And then how beautifully Parker played the scenes when she was aged and literally fighting for her life. I always thought Cassandra was ultimately the most honest of Angelique's incarnations, in terms of confronting the reality of her relationship with Barnabas.

As for helpful Miss Ange in 1897, I always find it a hoot that she offers to help save David, but very much in her own interests.  And at one point when she's incanting, she offers the Devil Quentin's soul if he'll grant her prayer!  Yep, that's our Favorite Witch!

Lara Parker has a chapter entitled Out of Angelique's Shadow in the Dark Shadows Companion (this book may be out of print, for all I know) in which she discusses what she remembers  of the role.  I think she made it fairly clear there that her favorite scenes were from Angelique's original story in 1795.

Gothick

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Very sad to hear this news.  I'd come to think of Jonathan Harris as indestructible after seeing him in action at a couple of autograph shows 7 or 8 years ago.  He had the most unflappable energy.  Magnificent.  The voice was still very much there; the way he told his stories was dramatic and beautifully paced, but to the untrained eye, not "practiced" or seeming rehearsed at all.   His dark eyes twinkling with wit and sometimes, delightful malice as he retailed some tidbit or let fly a choice four letter word, invariably coming like a spicy amuse-gueule at the end of some impossibly fruity, flamboyant phrase.  After spending half an hour or so listening to his stories, one had no doubt that he put a hell of a lot of himself into the notorious Zachary Smith.

I'd always assumed that dear Jonathan was in my "family" so was quite surprised when I learned he was married and has a son, I believe, living somewhere. Of course, in the bad old days, everyone got married, and Jonathan would sometimes lob wicked innuendoes in the direction of a wide eyed sweet young thing (who often turned out to be not so sweet) to make sure everyone stayed on their toes.

As I've told several friends, one of my favorite memories is of Jonathan at a 1995 Boston Lost in Space cast appearance.  A break was ending in the autograph signing and they needed all the celebrities there so the signing could start again.  June Lockhart was missing.  Jonathan grabbed the mike and uttered these words, which rolled with exquisite and mellifluous modulation around whatever sports center/shopping mall it was where the show was happening in suburban Boston: "June Lockhart wanted to the podium instanta! Now get your ass up here, honey, pronto!"

I'm not sure she ever forgave him for that.

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: Slightly OT: Mame Article
« on: November 01, 2002, 11:08:48 PM »
Thanks for this news.  I had wondered who was playing Auntie Mame.  I really cannot imagine McBroom in the role, but I really know nothing about her apart from the name.  I've never seen the Smurfs.

For me, Mame the musical will always be dominated by the figure of Angela Lansbury, although I first saw it in a touring production starring the great Edie Adams (another actress who deserved to be better known).  It was from reading the program notes to that production that I learned the word "effervescent" which was used to describe Edie, and boy, did it suit her to a T.

A year or two later my parents, after MUCH begging, took me to see Angela Lansbury in the show (I believe this was her last tour of it).  Priceless, magic, brilliance come to mind as adjectives to describe Miss Lansbury's presence onstage.

I'm probably the only person who thinks this, but I believe Grayson Hall would have made a grand Vera.  I know she would have done well with "The Man in the Moon is a Lady," given how she stopped the show with "The Ballad of the Lily in Hell" in Happy End.

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT:  Joking
« on: November 01, 2002, 11:03:19 PM »
I've said it before, Midnite, and I know I'll say it again ...

You and the Mysterious Benefactor deserve platinum medals (gold just ain't classy enough, lol) for all you both do in this blessed corner of cyberspace!

Love,  Steve

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Thanks for posting this, Fran.  I miss Henry's uniquely "artistic" comments and his wonderfully insane genius.

I hope he's happy and having a wonderful day.

Gothick

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The Mysterious Artist rules!

And so, of course, does our darling Mysterious Benefactor.

A fan 4ever (remember that line???)

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Grandmama
« on: October 23, 2002, 10:55:29 PM »
My favorite blooper from this period is when Quentin refers to her as Grandma-mamma!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: 10/23/....69?
« on: October 23, 2002, 10:51:31 PM »
Hi Onyx Treasure, you are correct that the I Ching is traditionally understood as a divinatory system.  The Eight Trigrams, whose origins are lost in the mists of antiquity (to coin a phrase!), were combined to create 64 hexagrams.  Each of the hexagrams has a name and an image associated with it, and each of the 6 lines within each hexagram has a subtle divinatory significance.  Like the Tarot, the I Ching can also be viewed as a sort of map for personal spiritual development.  Interestingly, a text entitled the Great Preface, which found its way into the body of material attached to the hexagrams, describes the 64 images in language that basically states that they contain all the processes of time and space, creation and destruction, within them.  Therefore, it is just barely conceivable that a magickal practicioner in mediaeval China could have used them in a manner similar to that employed by Barnabas Collins in 1969 on Dark Shadows.

Oh RP you know I adore Magda and her "Geeepsee carrrds ... older than thee Tarot!"  But if you think Magda and Sandor are bad, try watching an episode of F Troop.  It's amazing the network wasn't sued by a Native American anti-discrimination group.  Really appalling stuff.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Who screams better--Sabrina or Julia?
« on: October 23, 2002, 06:51:46 PM »
Dear Rod,  Julia's definitely at the top of my list as all time favorite DS screamer, though the two snapshots of Sabrina screaming selected by our beloved Mysterious Benefactor for today's montage certainly are enough to make one's manhood quail.  Especially the one where Sabrina is wearing that spooky, cobwebby looking wig.  Brrrr!  Makes me think of that mid Sixties cult no-budget shocker, Spider Baby.  Or a movie by sleaze maven Andy Milligan--I definitely recommend the book The Ghastly One for a fascinating portrait of the sleazy underbelly of late Sixties NYC underground film.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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