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February 26, 1989
Claudia Capos' article, "Dracula Is Being Rediscovered in Romania" (Feb. 12), was tainted by one major error. Although I always believed author Bram Stoker was a Scot, I'll accept her contention that he was Irish. But she says that in Stoker's tale Jonathan Harker went to Dracula's Carpathian Castle. Not so. It was the realtor, Renfield, who made that forbidding journey and was offered a crucifix for protection by the superstitious burghers of the Borgo Pass. Despite this, Renfield fell under Dracula's spell while there to obtain the count's signature on the lease to Carfax Abbey.
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October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return. For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel - Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al. - there must be 20 or 30 instances where the character is turned to daffier uses. He has been Hammer House of Horrored, Mad Monster Partied, Mel Brooksed, George Hamiltoned, Abbott and Costelloed and Scooby-Dooed from here to Romania and back.
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October 25, 2009 | Leslie S. Klinger, Klinger is editor of "The New Annotated Dracula" and "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes."
Dracula The Un-Dead Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt Dutton: 424 pp., $26.95 The ending of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897) has long troubled readers. Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the Dutch expert on the supernatural, repeatedly admonishes his band of hunters that to kill the vampire-king, they must "cut off his head and burn his heart or drive a stake through it." Furthermore, he warns, when the sun sets, Dracula has the power to transform himself into "elemental dust." With that in mind, what occurs after an extended chase from England to Dracula's castle in Transylvania is puzzling: As the sun sets, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris attack Dracula with steel knives, one "shear[ing]
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May 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
NBC will be bringing "Dracula" to audiences Friday nights in the fall. Today the network put the official preview of the show online, just in advance of the Upfronts, the multi-network previews for media writers and television critics. "Dracula" has a number of things going for it, including actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a director from "The Tudors" and producers from "Downton Abbey. " There are fancy costumes, dramatic lighting and, if the trailer is any measure, a very gothy atmosphere.
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May 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
NBC will be bringing "Dracula" to audiences Friday nights in the fall. Today the network put the official preview of the show online, just in advance of the Upfronts, the multi-network previews for media writers and television critics. "Dracula" has a number of things going for it, including actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a director from "The Tudors" and producers from "Downton Abbey. " There are fancy costumes, dramatic lighting and, if the trailer is any measure, a very gothy atmosphere.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jonathan Rhys Meyers may have recently completed roles in "The Tudors" and "Albert Nobbs," but he's not ready to return to the 21st century yet. His latest role will return him to the 19th century to play the coolest vampire of them all, Dracula. On Tuesday, NBC announced the 10-episode series "Dracula," starring Rhys Meyers as the count, who travels to London in the 1890s. He poses as an American entrepreneur seeking to introduce modern technology to Victorian society, but in reality he's seeking revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries before.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Starz continues to expand its genre cred with two new series the cable network announced for development. The first is a science fiction action thriller from "Spartacus" creator Steven S. DeKnight and the other is a gothic horror thriller from "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Stracynski. "Incursion," the series from DeKnight, is set in the middle of an intergalactic battle between humans and an alien race. Each season follows a squad of soldiers on a different planet as they continue the war. According to Starz, the series is expected to feature "grittily realistic combat" and "darkly complex characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An eclectic batch of golden oldies make their video debuts this week. Anchor Bay is offering Werner Herzog's acclaimed 1979 vampire thriller "Nosferatu the Vampyre" ($15), and Universal Home Video is adding three more musicals ($20 each) to its popular "Deanna Durbin Collection."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return. For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel - Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al. - there must be 20 or 30 instances where the character is turned to daffier uses. He has been Hammer House of Horrored, Mad Monster Partied, Mel Brooksed, George Hamiltoned, Abbott and Costelloed and Scooby-Dooed from here to Romania and back.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After "Nosferatu," UC Irvine's recent spectacular mix of theater with F.W. Murnau's "Dracula"-themed silent film, and especially after Francis Coppola's bloody film spectacle "Bram Stoker's Dracula," the last thing anyone wants is a boring stage version of the story. But Charles Mitchell's adaptation at Golden West College is a model of how expository dialogue does not a drama make. At some points, his staging unintentionally turns this nightmare into a comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jonathan Rhys Meyers may have recently completed roles in "The Tudors" and "Albert Nobbs," but he's not ready to return to the 21st century yet. His latest role will return him to the 19th century to play the coolest vampire of them all, Dracula. On Tuesday, NBC announced the 10-episode series "Dracula," starring Rhys Meyers as the count, who travels to London in the 1890s. He poses as an American entrepreneur seeking to introduce modern technology to Victorian society, but in reality he's seeking revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries before.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Starz continues to expand its genre cred with two new series the cable network announced for development. The first is a science fiction action thriller from "Spartacus" creator Steven S. DeKnight and the other is a gothic horror thriller from "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Stracynski. "Incursion," the series from DeKnight, is set in the middle of an intergalactic battle between humans and an alien race. Each season follows a squad of soldiers on a different planet as they continue the war. According to Starz, the series is expected to feature "grittily realistic combat" and "darkly complex characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009 | Leslie S. Klinger, Klinger is editor of "The New Annotated Dracula" and "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes."
Dracula The Un-Dead Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt Dutton: 424 pp., $26.95 The ending of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897) has long troubled readers. Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the Dutch expert on the supernatural, repeatedly admonishes his band of hunters that to kill the vampire-king, they must "cut off his head and burn his heart or drive a stake through it." Furthermore, he warns, when the sun sets, Dracula has the power to transform himself into "elemental dust." With that in mind, what occurs after an extended chase from England to Dracula's castle in Transylvania is puzzling: As the sun sets, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris attack Dracula with steel knives, one "shear[ing]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An eclectic batch of golden oldies make their video debuts this week. Anchor Bay is offering Werner Herzog's acclaimed 1979 vampire thriller "Nosferatu the Vampyre" ($15), and Universal Home Video is adding three more musicals ($20 each) to its popular "Deanna Durbin Collection."
TRAVEL
February 26, 1989
Claudia Capos' article, "Dracula Is Being Rediscovered in Romania" (Feb. 12), was tainted by one major error. Although I always believed author Bram Stoker was a Scot, I'll accept her contention that he was Irish. But she says that in Stoker's tale Jonathan Harker went to Dracula's Carpathian Castle. Not so. It was the realtor, Renfield, who made that forbidding journey and was offered a crucifix for protection by the superstitious burghers of the Borgo Pass. Despite this, Renfield fell under Dracula's spell while there to obtain the count's signature on the lease to Carfax Abbey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is there any reason for yet another adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale? Apparently. Consider Bob Hall and David Richmond's reconfiguration for off-Broadway, now playing at Orange Coast College. All the original, blood-curdling ingredients are in place, but like good cooks, Hall and Richmond have added some spice and an extra tasty dollop of vampire-repellent garlic.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1992
In the Jan. 26 "Film Clips," Columbia and Francis Ford Coppola are suggesting that their new movie, "Bram Stoker's Dracula," will keep faith with Stoker's intentions by offering the "complete story" and playing up the eroticism of the novel. Since Stoker's novel was pretty much straight-ahead Gothic horror with minor sexual overtones, the new version sounds like another step in the wrong direction. Anyone who reads the novel will notice the eroticism, in the form of lascivious behavior that some of the vampires employ to trap their victims.
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