September 10, 2009 |
For months now people have been anticipating "The Vampire Diaries" as a CW-ized version of "Twilight" with a bunch of sensitive young lovelies yearning and burning for danger, romance and the ultimate penetration. In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because "Vampire Diaries" knows precisely what it is -- a Gothic romance -- and doesn't try to be anything else.
July 27, 1997
I wish to add a few facts to Michael Quintanilla's superb article on Bram Stoker, Count Dracula and Bela Lugosi ("Drac's Back," July 14). Lugosi, who first appeared as Dracula on stage and is so identified with the role, actually portrayed the famous vampire exactly twice in films: "Dracula" (1931) and a cameo performance, "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948). EDDIE CRESS Los Angeles With regard to the new Dracula stamps, I personally will keep to the new Bugs Bunny self-adhesive stamps.
August 28, 1994 |
Director Agnieszka Holland and adaptor Caroline Thompson have created a lush but faithful 1993 film of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's classic. Imperious 10-year-old Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly, right), orphaned in India, is sent to live at her uncle's Yorkshire estate, so vast and forbidding that Count Dracula would feel right at home.
June 15, 1989 |
San Francisco's imaginative Club Foot Orchestra, which presented "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" last summer with a splendid new score by the orchestra's Richard Marriott, returns to the Nuart today with a Cinematheque Francaise print of "Nosferatu." Also with a fresh Marriott score, as delightful as and perhaps even more ambitious than the one he composed for "Caligari," "Nosferatu" runs through Saturday. As an added treat, there will be a reprise of "Caligari" on Sunday only.
June 14, 1987
After I recently attended UCLA's meager but much appreciated festival of Hammer horror films, I experienced a minor but highly significant epiphany. To wit, a positive argument for the colorizing of movies was profoundly revealed to me. Hammer's horrors were noteworthy in the genre for several qualities; lurid color was a particularly distinct trademark. Yet, as was sadly presented at UCLA's series, the decades have been unkind to the Hammer oeuvre. Count Dracula/Christopher Lee is but a pale shadow of his Technicolor self.
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March 22, 2001
Donald Anthony Reed, 65, founder and president of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Born in New Orleans, Reed grew up in Los Angeles, where he became a film buff. He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University and a law degree from USC, but devoted most of his time to writing and promoting genre films. He wrote several books, including "The Vampire on the Screen" and "Science Fiction Film Awards."
February 5, 2009 |
He always vowed that he wouldn't die unless he could take it with him. But now that Forrest J Ackerman really is gone, the grand old man of science fiction's memorabilia collection is on the auction block. Thousands of items, including the Count Dracula ring worn by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 horror classic "Dracula," the vampire cape Lugosi wore for decades -- even the actor's outfit from the "worst film ever made," Ed Wood's cheesy "Plan 9 From Outer Space" -- are going up for bid.
HOME & GARDEN
July 28, 2011 |
Update: A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, known for role as Count Dracula on stage and screen, has sold for $2.25 million. Castle La Paloma, a Tudor built in 1926, features interior arches, vaulted beamed ceilings and bay windows. Its 5,000 square feet include an oversized living room, a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a service wing. The more than a quarter-acre terraced site is in the Beachwood Canyon area. Lugosi, who died in 1956 at 73, played other villains in addition to vampires.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 2011 |
A home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, known for his early portrayals of Count Dracula on stage and screen, has come on the market in the Hollywood Hills at $2,367,000. Called Castle La Paloma, the imposing red-brick 1926 Tudor features slate tile foyers, interior arches, vaulted beamed ceilings, copper gutters and a slate roof. Its 5,000 square feet of living space include an oversized living room, a library, a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a service wing.