calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
2017-07-23 06:12 pm

Brainstorming For Yuletide

I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2017-07-22 12:14 pm

Rest In Peace, John Heard

John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
2017-07-21 12:09 pm

Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
2017-07-20 10:20 am

Rest In Peace, Trevor Baxter

Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.
calliopes_pen: (jkpolk mine evil laugh Master)
2017-07-19 11:02 am

Import In Progress

I am in the process of importing my older fanfic to Ao3. A large portion of it is probably Doctor Who, from the Tenth Doctor days. So if you suddenly notice a new story* from me, it's not new. It's so very, very old and fluff more than anything in most cases. Looking back now, quite a few are not that great, but they're going up for the sake of completion.

*There were two occasions as I started the import where it accidentally made it post to today's date, but it was eventually fixed. I learned that trying to import from Teaspoon does that for whatever reason, while importing from Dreamwidth does not, and gives the original date without me needing to change it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
2017-07-18 12:14 pm

And then I remembered…

I suddenly remembered that long ago, for whatever reason, I had made two other Photobucket accounts (one in 2004 and one in 2005, according to the registration dating; they looked to be empty, so I had deleted stuff years ago in there). I vaguely remembered the ancient e-mail addresses for them, but not the usernames. Using the former, I was able to get the latter. So now, they are deleted, too.

And with that, I have cut ties with Photobucket completely.
calliopes_pen: (cruelest_month Dani valkyrie)
2017-07-17 01:59 pm

So Long, Photobucket Account

Since I’m certain I have the two images for my fanfic backed up elsewhere, and that I have things settled in that location to my satisfaction, I have deleted my Photobucket account. It should be completely gone in two days, according to the little message.

I had apparently originally registered December 25th, 2003. So 13 1/2 years before I felt the need to leave.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2017-07-17 08:59 am

Rest In Peace, Martin Landau and Thomas E. Sanders

Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89, after “suffering complications during a brief hospitalization.” May he rest in peace.

I remember him mostly for how great he was as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994). He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor the role. I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen the original Mission: Impossible series, or Space: 1999. He was in an episode of Columbo where he played twins—I’ve seen that episode once, a while back on Me-TV. After going through IMDB, I also learned that he was the voice of Mac Gargan/The Scorpion, in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

I spotted North By Northwest via Comcast On Demand’s Turner Classic Movies section (can’t get the channel, but I can get the On Demand version of it) just the other day, and wondered if I should give it a watch. So now I will. I may also track down Strange Shadows In An Empty Room (1976) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979), since he plays Roderick Usher.

Thomas E. Sanders has passed away, at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. He was the production designer for Crimson Peak (2015), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). For Star Trek fans, he did production design for Star Trek Beyond. I’ll be watching Crimson Peak again this evening.

(And apparently, linking to Deadline is considered spam. Therefore, it cannot accept the crosspost with that link. So on the LJ side, the only link is the Star Trek.com article.)
calliopes_pen: (rose_in_shadow sherlock holmes profile)
2017-07-16 06:15 pm

Rest In Peace, George A. Romero

George A. Romero has passed away at the age of 77, following a “brief but aggressive” battle with lung cancer. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered as the man who reinvented zombies, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968).

I have never watched Dawn of the Dead (1978), because there apparently are so many versions (I know of at least four) floating around out there that I didn't know which to track down. I did spot Day of the Dead (1985) on Comcast On Demand earlier, so I’ll give it a watch this evening.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn you stole me I stole you)
2017-07-16 12:15 pm

The Thirteenth Doctor

The Thirteenth Doctor has been announced, and it is…Jodie Whittaker. I honestly didn’t think it would be a woman, but I don’t mind it. I have no idea who Jodie Whittaker is, but from what I’ve read so far, she can apparently act. Here’s the promo revealing the casting.

The first time I ever heard her name was this morning, in this Doctor Who TV post, where they were giving the odds of who it would be. Since she was one of several people from Broadchurch listed, I was guessing it was just because of either the Tennant or Chibnall connections, and not likely to happen.

Congratulations and good on her for getting cast in the role!
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
2017-07-16 08:55 am

Signal Boosting For Balsamandash

[personal profile] balsamandash is doing tarot card readings for those out there that may be interested. One card is free. Longer readings than that will help raise money. See the post for more details on the types of readings/spreads that are being offered.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook borrowing Dracula's shadow)
2017-07-15 10:25 am

Thirteenth Doctor--And A Photobucket Replacement

Tomorrow, following the Men's Final of Wimbledon, the Thirteenth Doctor will be announced. So I just need to remember to stream BBC One tomorrow, and probably sit through part of that until the announcement begins. Here’s the promo for it.

Oh, and I also created a new account with PostImage. I then transferred the banner and book cover for Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders from Photobucket to there. Let me know if anyone has any issues with seeing either, since it currently looks fine on my end.
calliopes_pen: (tinkermellie Willow proves things)
2017-07-12 01:18 pm

Signal Boosting

For those that might be interested for curiosity’s sake, [personal profile] rootsofthestories is doing a one card draw from a particular selection of either tarot or oracle cards.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
2017-07-12 08:57 am

Yuletide Is Returning Very Soon

For those that haven’t already spotted it as I just did, here’s the adjusted schedule for this year’s Yuletide. Nominations begin on September 8th this year. So, yes. I will see about making a list of what I’m considering nominating at some point, or just what I hope will be nominated. I also need to eventually get myself time to watch several things on my To Watch Before Yuletide list.
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
2017-07-07 11:22 am

Rest In Peace, Joan Lee

Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee for 69 years, passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. May she rest in peace. She had suffered a stroke earlier this week, and was in the hospital to recover.

Until I read her IMDB page, I never realized she played Madame Web on the 90’s version of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. She also had a cameo with her husband in X-Men: Apocalypse--that cameo is the only bit of the film I’ve seen.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2017-07-04 12:26 pm

Rest In Peace, Hank Deutschendorf

Hank Deutschendorf passed away on June 14th, at the age of 28, after losing his battle with schizoaffective disorder. May he rest in peace. Condolences go out to his twin brother Will (and the rest of his family); together, the twins played little Oscar in Ghostbusters II.

I was on the way to Nashville when this would have been posted, on June 21st. I only found this out because I happened to suddenly have a desire to read through the TV Tropes page for Ghostbusters II earlier this morning. I spotted a link to the first article on his death that I linked to, which was situated on the YMMV page for the film.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2017-07-02 02:20 pm

Rest In Peace, Howard Witt

Howard Witt passed away on June 21st, at the age of 85. May he rest in peace.

He will always be most famous to me as the title character of Mr. Boogedy (aka William Hanover, prior to becoming a ghost in the film) from Mr. Boogedy (1986) and its sequel Bride of Boogedy (1987).

That first film caused me weeks of nightmares at the age of 4, but I was over that by the time of the sequel...which I had my grandmother record on her VCR, along with a family friend, and the one at this house at the time. So in case one failed, the other could get it. (While I watched it as it aired in a hotel, in Nashville, on the way back from a shopping trip in case everyone else messed up; power went out on the first two VCR's, but the family friend got it from what I recall.)

Those two movies could be part of why I fell in love with the horror genre.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith doors)
2017-07-01 03:51 pm

Fic Commentary Meme

Taken from [personal profile] lost_spook:

Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

And if I’ve already written up a notes post as I’ve done for several Yuletide stories, then I’ll just expand upon something—whatever someone may wish to know about that particular section, if there’s a particular area they’re curious about. Fanfic may be found over on Ao3, and here.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2017-06-30 12:02 pm

PSA: Photobucket

So…Photobucket has changed so that now you must enable 3rd party hosting in order to see embedded images that you have uploaded. And the only way to do that is to select the plan that costs $399.99 a year, which there is no chance on this planet that I would ever want to do.

So far as I can tell, it hasn’t bothered the banner for Wrap The Cloak of Night Around His Shoulders over on Ao3, but for all I know it may have for others. Is anyone having issues with seeing it (or the book cover if you go to just before the deleted scenes)? If they are replaced with that image for anybody, then I’ll come up with somewhere else to move them faster.
calliopes_pen: (devildoll  Bruce Diana hold hands)
2017-06-10 01:16 pm

Rest In Peace, Adam West

Adam West has passed away at the age of 88, following a battle with leukemia. May he rest in peace. He will be deeply missed. I absolutely loved the 60’s version of Batman so much when I was little and it was in reruns on The Family Channel. It should be on Me-TV sometime tonight. It was always great to see him pop up on other shows or films.

For MST3K fans, he was also in Zombie Nightmare and hosted Comedy Central’s 1994 MST3K Turkey Day Marathon. I remember he was also the principal on The Adventures of Pete And Pete.

(As I don’t have any icons of the Adam West version of Batman, have an icon of Batman and Wonder Woman holding hands.)