It’s nice to have this respite from the high temperatures- especially after being out in the heat all weekend at the Little Boots Rodeo in full Sven regalia. I was trying to come up with a cooler Sven outfit for days with temperatures like those- do I switch from the tuxedo coat to a vest? Wear a Sven t-shirt without the coat? I don’t think I’m going to go the Bermuda shorts route, nor get a WHITE summer jacket…plus, I think a lot of people who come to see us and want to take pictures with me really want me to look the way I do on TV-with the complete familiar costume. I’ll have to think about this- meanwhile, let’s hit a few random thoughts before the next heat wave comes through our area…
I have to say, I’m getting some decent reviews of “Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter”! No, not as a great landmark of a film, but as a fun, entertaining summer movie. People who have read the book, as I have, noted that not everything from the book made it onto the screen- but, that’s pretty typical of the transition from book to movie. In case you hadn’t heard, it came in 3rd at the box office this past weekend- making 16.5 million. The joke going around is, at least there’s not much chance of a sequel- what with the Ford Theater and all…but, don’t be too sure! Taking a page out of the “True Blood” playbook- what if, after Honest Abe was shot, a pro-Union vampire decided he could save him by “turning” him- which would have an Undead Abe living through the centuries, perhaps secretly affecting history all the way up to present day?! Hey, it might be worth a shot (oops- bad choice of words- sorry, Mrs. Lincoln…)
We’ve gotten quite a few comments on last weekend’s “Son of Dracula”- with various viewers weighing in on whether or not Lon Chaney Jr. was a suitable Count. While most people agreed that it was a pretty solid story, and enjoyed the bat transitions and “mist” transformations, some felt that Lon Jr. seemed rather “stiff” as Count Alucard. My personal feeling is that he was trying to make his Dracula more formal, especially to contrast it from his “Larry Talbot” characterization, possibly in hopes that he would continue playing both in future films, and wanted filmgoers to see a definite difference between the two characters. Just as Bela Lugosi’s foreign origins and his trying to adapt his stage acting to the smaller screen worked in making his Dracula seem more “otherworldly”, Lon’s methodical calm and restraint as Alucard added some of that quality to the role. I think it was a decent effort, but I don’t think he was really best suited to playing Dracula. Since John Carradine took the role in the next movie in the Universal monster series, someone in the studio hierarchy must have agreed.
Game show host Alex Trebek had a heart attack- supposedly only a minor one- last weekend. It was not his first- he had one back in 2007, also a minor one. He’s expected to be back on the set when shooting of “Jeopardy” continues next month. Here’s a short passage from the medical transcript:
TREBECK: “Doctor, I’m surprised to be back in the hospital again.”
DOCTOR: “…just another coronary episode.”
TREBECK” “I’m sorry, you did not phrase that in the form of a question…”
Actually, I shouldn’t be making jokes about this, since I’m due for another round of heart tests… what is “crossing my fingers that things are stable”?