Smith: she would publish 22 books. The first four novels were a series, The Vampire Diaries , about a beautiful, self-centered teenage girl in a small Virginia town who meets two brothers with a dark secret that leads her and her best friends into the world of the supernatural. So the idea was that there were two brothers who were both in love with the same girl: one good brother, one bad brother.
And I kind of like the bad brother better.
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And she realizes that other people mean a lot more than she does. The next year L. In and , L. In , the first book in the Night World series, Secret Vampire , was published. As the s drew to a close, L. I really wanted to write that whole time and was trying to, but I was not able to. This helped her to continue writing, first short stories and then full-length novels; in fact, Smith felt this return to her craft was a gift from her mother.
So there was a year and a half which ended with the negotiations going nowhere, but with me writing scenes for an adult book. So we have a real love triangle. Just sit down at the keyboard and then open a vein. I always wanted to make tv and film. I always wanted to live in a fantasy world. I had wonderful parents, and they always provided.
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I always got what I needed. He loved reading books and watching movies, but growing up a Southern Baptist in the Bible Belt was difficult for a boy who always knew he was gay. When his preacher spoke about sinners, homosexuals were mentioned in the same breath as murderers and rapists. A self-described loner in high school, Kevin did his ba at East Carolina University, studied theater arts, and dated his best friend Fannie. He moved to New York City to become an actor and landed bit parts, including a turn on Another World in The struggle to make a living eventually drove Kevin to Los Angeles to try his luck in the film industry there.
Tingle a revenge story inspired by that nasty teacher , and it got optioned. Kevin used that money to pay down his college loans, but the script languished with its production company. By , Kevin was 30 and working odd jobs — walking dogs, taking shifts as a word-processing temp, slogging hours as an assistant; he needed a career to keep himself afloat. One night, alone in his apartment, Kevin heard a strange noise and, as he went to investigate it, he noticed a window standing open that he could have sworn he had shut. A little spooked, he locked the window and called up a friend. The two started throwing horror-movie trivia questions at each other, and with that, the opening scene for Scream was born.
Williamson wrote the script very quickly, reportedly in three days. I grew up with a vcr; Blockbuster was my friend. The dialogue in the film comes from conversations I had with my friends about films from that era. Dimension Films, a division of Miramax started in , picked it up, and the legendary horror film director Wes Craven signed on.
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It turned out they were all typos. I used to teach English and this sort of thing bothers me. Released on December 20, , Scream became the highest grossing slasher movie of all time, a rank it still holds over a decade later. Williamson was widely praised for revitalizing a tired genre, and he won the Saturn Award for Best Writing. It was a huge change for the formerly unemployed writer, who was now considered one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood. First pitched to Fox but picked up by The WB, the teen drama centered on Dawson Leery, an idealistic wannabe filmmaker obsessed with Steven Spielberg films and struggling with his first romances in Capeside, a fictional Massachusetts town based on Oriental, nc.
The WB wisely slotted the show at 9 p. He had come out to his parents back in On December 25, , The Faculty was released. I got into that and tried to create the characters that interweave in a Breakfast Club way and then left all the cool alien shit to Robert. If it was my full-time job — and I had nothing else tugging at me — it would have been better. Tingle , and Wasteland , a new series for abc about somethings in New York City. It premiered in October , was ravaged by critics, and was canceled three episodes in.
Teaching Mrs. The reason his work was lackluster was obvious to Kevin and everyone around him: he was badly overextended. Katie Holmes became close with Kevin and used to stay with him while in L. All of us are always telling him to take a break. I did not know how to say no.
But I had deadlines. I was self-destructing. I fell apart. You will find another one. Those are the epic moments. But his return to teen-focused television was still a few projects away. The story focuses on writer Mike Dolan, who returns to his small Washington hometown where strange things are happening Twin Peaks , anyone? If I were dating someone and we got into a big fight, Dawson and Joey would get into a fight in the same manner.
And they always will be. The CW series about the dark secrets of a gated community in Palm Springs premiered in May and was off the air by July. Julie Plec first met Kevin on the set of Scream in He is quick to embrace her with a bite, draining her blood. The Count then proceeds to dance with the weakened Sarah as the other vampires join them in a menuet.
Alfred and the Professor plan to sneak Sarah out during the dance, but unfortunately for them, a mirror is unveiled, blowing their cover since they're the only ones reflected. Von Krolock commands his vampire flock to attack Alfred and his mentor, but the former manages to form a makeshift cross out of two candelabras, causing a diversion.
The three humans make their escape as von Krolock, furious, sends Koukol chasing after the girl. Koukol chases Alfred, Sarah and the Professor through the woods, but is attacked by wolves and killed. The three heroes stop on a small hillside to rest. However, Sarah is already turned and bites Alfred mid-song, turning him into a vampire as well and both of them flee into the woods. Professor Abronsius, too consumed by his note taking, does not see what is happening behind him, until it is too late.
In the epilogue, all vampires rejoice in their eternal dance. Der Tanz der Vampire - Dance of the Vampires. A complete cast recording and a highlights cast recording of the Vienna production was released on a double CD in For the tenth anniversary of the musical, Tanz der Vampire returned to the Raimund Theater for the week of February , in a scaled-down concert version.
It features new sets, costumes, and lighting. On April 24, , Tanz der Vampire began a touring production across Germany that concluded on March 17, From the premiere of Tanz der Vampire , English producers were seeking to bring the show to English-speaking countries. Efforts to return Polanski to the United States proved fruitless because of his unwillingness to face punishment for his earlier unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor , leading first to postponing the show's opening to Halloween ,  and then to the decision dated to roughly March  to seek a different director if Polanski could not return.
In October , a tentative fall opening was announced, along with the rather surprising declaration that Steinman himself would serve as the show's director,  a somewhat off-putting notion due to the fact that Steinman had never directed any shows, much less one of this size and scale, in his career. Attempting to reassure doubters, Steinman asserted in interviews that "Half the show [in Vienna] I had to talk Polanski into doing, and did it behind his back a lot.
He's a great guy but he had a totally different vision". John Caird was to co-direct, and comic playwright David Ives was helping to reconfigure the book with a view toward a more comic angle instead of a straightforward adaptation of the successful Austrian version, which was deemed to be written in a style no longer accepted by Broadway critics and audiences.
As Steinman later put it, looking back with a more jaundiced eye, "We were told to put five jokes on every page". The new version, described by Steinman to the press as "a big, Wagnerian musical with lots of humor [ Potential investors and producers seemed to love the score, but felt the new book with its mix of bawdy humor and eroticism needed fine-tuning. Unfortunately, Steinman's creative disagreements with his producing team at one point telling the press "I can't tell you how many things are the opposite of what I want, but I am part of a team"  , and their seeming inability to raise the investment money in time for a now-rather-unrealistic fall opening, led to tense situations backstage.
Finally Waxman and Williams were ousted from the production, with Sonenberg assuming day-to-day responsibilities as the lead producer, a strategic move viewed by many as a power grab on Steinman's part as one source put it, "he has the final say on everything". At this point, the show needed some kind of drawing card to attract investors scared off by the previous snafus on the producing front.
Steinman was reportedly elated, calling him "a towering talent" and "probably the biggest box-office star in the theater. By the time an official deal with Crawford was announced,  by now downgraded to a yearlong contract in the role rather than three, he had been pulling his weight in the creative control department; as Sonenberg put it, "[He has been] working with us the last several months on input on the book. Further casting sessions for secondary leads and ensemble were set for September Due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, , however, the game-plan changed significantly.
With most of the show's major creative team including co-director Caird based in London, a myriad of logistic delays were caused by mass cancellation of flights, among other variables. Realizing there was no way to open before the Tony cut-off as planned, and it later emerged unable to raise his share of the investment on time,  Sonenberg publicly announced the postponement of the show's opening to October Having postponed the show, the team sought to bring in additional producers who could help get the show in on time.
A creative team was also finally being assembled, including set designer David Gallo , whom Steinman liked because Gallo told him upon meeting for the first time that he was probably the only set designer in America who still subscribed to Heavy Metal Magazine , and that he bought Bat Out of Hell because he saw the album cover artwork conceived by Steinman and executed by Richard Corben and decided he had to have it before he even heard the music. On paper, put together by talented people, Dance of the Vampires looked like magic. A celebrated rock composer, a critics' darling who had authored several Off-Broadway plays, a Tony-winning director, and a high-wattage Broadway star were the captains of this ship.
However, rehearsals proved just how unsteady the ship actually was. Rando had never directed a musical of this size, and quickly proved overwhelmed according to cast members. One was sensual and Gothic, the other was camp Rocky Horror. I knew the critics would kill us for that. We were the perfect target, a fat lady with a sign on her back that said, 'Kick me! It later emerged that in truth, presumably for his inactivity if Steinman's account is believable, Steinman was fired from the show by his own manager, acting as producer. The show finally started previews after technological and creative delays at the Minskoff Theatre on October 18, Initially, the seemingly final result was an altered version with a lot of campy humor that differed considerably from the original show.
Although the show initially went well in sales based on Crawford's name for a time, the show played to packed houses in previews, and was in fourth place in terms of high-selling Broadway grosses without even having officially opened , the humor received some laughter and much criticism. An attempt was made at arriving at a comfortable middle between the "two shows at war with each other," and original author Kunze was finally consulted for his opinion of what should be changed far too late, in his view. Other suggestions, such as cutting a new dramatic death scene for the Count and restoring some of the original German lyrics, met with more dissension, and Kunze withdrew those suggestions, not wishing to cause any trouble.
On a lighter note, entertainment mogul Howard Stringer , a friend of Crawford's, rang the final death knell for the weight-hiding costumes by telling Crawford he looked silly; from that point forward, the ruffled collars were gone. Those major changes aside, the show seen in previews was still in flux, and a show that changed huge amounts of its material nightly, which caused some trouble with the cast.
After a prolonged period of development 61 previews in total, with two of the originally set opening dates missed , the English version of Dance of the Vampires opened on Broadway on December 9, This version of the show was critically lambasted; the work of lead performer Michael Crawford was reviewed particularly harshly. The show that is dear to me is still running in Vienna sic.
The one at the Minskoff was just a job. He stated in other blog entries that his music was "wasted" on the show, and was careful to make a clear distinction between the Broadway version referred to as DOTV and the successful European version referred to as Tanz. On January 25, , after 56 performances, Dance of the Vampires closed.
Note: Many changes in characterization were made for the Broadway version. This refers to the original European version. Asked at one point to explain the reuse of "Total Eclipse", Steinman explained, "That was an accident almost. I'm surprised it stayed in. But with Total Eclipse of the Heart , I was trying to come up with a love song and I remembered I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. Its original title was Vampires in Love because I was working on a musical of Nosferatu , the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they're really like vampire lines.
It's all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love's place in dark. And so I figured 'Who's ever going to know; it's Vienna! Asked about the impact of previously heard songs, especially Total Eclipse , on the show's popularity in Europe, Steinman replied, "Well, the reaction, at least in Europe, was great.
They recognized it, but then it seems - if it's done well - to take on a different personality.
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While some song titles changed in later variations, aside from the addition of one number to replace Die roten Stiefel , the substance of the score is largely the same. For example, the new title of Nie geseh'n merely reflects the first line of the song replacing its original title, not a new number being written. English translations of the new German phrases are provided as above, the exception being Wuscha Buscha , which is a nonsense phrase repeated in the peasant scenes in question.
The list below reflects changes made to all productions after the Stuttgart and Berlin runs. A few scenes have also been revised with shorter songs and less underscoring in order to pick up the pace of the show. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Austrian, German-language musical based on Roman Polanski's film.
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For the film, see The Fearless Vampire Killers. Fassung " in German. Stuttgarter Zeitung Stuttgart newspaper.