Monday, May 14, 2012

Johnny Depp - From Dark Shadows to The Ghost Ship?

"Johnny Depp to play Lawrenace Curator and his great grandson, Rod Curator, in THE GHOST SHIP!"

It's a Hollywood headline I'd love to read.


Those who know me know I love Johnny Depp. He's proved himself an actor of unsurpassed talent and originality. The best of our time. Examples: John Dillinger in Public Enemies; the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland; Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Willie Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And that's just a few since he first starred in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. 

Now comes the newly released Dark Shadows, and coming next year (2013), we'll see him as Tonto in the Lone Ranger. He is evil, kind, ugly and gorgeous. (The movie actor I got giddy over last was the young William Shatner in Star Trek.)

I haven't seen Dark Shadows yet - I'm waiting to see it with family - but I've read the reviews and the disappointing box office stats. I reserve judgment, but I can't help but wonder if the critics aren't missing the concept.

The original Dark Shadows television daytime soap, which first aired in 1966, was cheesy and campy with disparate plot lines that left a viewer wondering. With over 1200 episodes, the directors attempted to bring them together in subsequent episodes, but usually they continued to defy continuity and logic. If the movie, which was released May 11, follows the same style as the TV show, then I would venture to say it was a successful revisit to Barnabas Collins and his cast of ill-assorted creatures. However, if the reviewers want a vampire movie like Breaking Dawn, that would not be Dark Shadows.

Now for Mr. Depp's roles in the movie of my novel, The Ghost Ship. His first would be that of Commander Lawrence Curator, the ghost who meets a vulnerable young woman on the beach and takes her back in time to sail on the ghost ship. His quest is to learn why the five-masted schooner was scuttled on a beach in The Graveyard of the Atlantic.

After Lawrence and Ann Gavrion experience the scuttling, Ann is left to wash ashore and meet Rod Curator, Lawrence's great grandson - the second role for Mr. Depp. Rod's a rather surly young marine biologist who has lost his wife and doesn't believe a word Ann tells him about her voyage with his great grandfather.

Perfect roles for adventurous Johnny Depp. 

About Dark Shadows, I'll report back with my own review.

Gerrie Ferris Finger




Friday, May 4, 2012

The Artist and Whispering: The Year of 1920 Historicals.

I've written it before. If you loved The Artist, I guarantee you'll love Whispering.

I love historical novels and last year had published two that were set in the 1920s. I love the period because a great cultural change happened in America: World War I, then called The Great War ended, women got the vote, and that misguided law that created Prohibition and its ills - elevating gangsters to idols - went into effect only to be repealed when saner lawmakers got to Congress. These changes were reflected in the language, clothing, art and archetectural styles, to name a few, but mostly in the attitudes of young people. The Flapper Era had begun.

Whispering isn't The Artist. It's not about silent films or stars, it's a romance set on an island that reflected the cultural changes and a change or heart and mind in heroine, Cleo Snow.

It's 1921. Cleo travels with her cousin, Neill Connolly, to Sago Island, Ga. to lessen the sadness of her fiance's death in The Great War (later called World War I). He'd been missing, presumed killed in France, and his body recently returned home.

America's victory celebration is in full swing.  Cleo is poised between her Victorian raising and post-war liberal ideas. Hemlines are rising. Jargon is spicier. Songs are racier. The fox trot is the cat’s meow. Everyone smokes coffin nails. The great experiment, Prohibition, has ushered in an epoch of fascinating gangsters and illegal speakeasies. Drinking and dancing go together like bathtub gin and painted dolls.

On Sago Island Cleo meets fly-boy hero Graham Henry, the dazzling son of a steel magnate. They fall in love dancing to "Whispering", the rage song of the year. Complicating their love-at-first-sight is Shafer and Josie Drake. Shafer is Graham's cousin. He lost his liquor business and knows he's about to lose his money-loving wife, Josie.

The morning after the dance, Josie is missing. A note she purportedly wrote says she's leaving the island to get a divorce and marry Graham. Graham swears the note's a lie and that he and Josie were nothing more than "boozing" companions.

Where did Josie go and when? Did she return to New York where she once danced in the Ziegfeld Follies? No one saw her leave the island. But Cleo knows Graham had nothing to do with her disappearance because Cleo was with him in the lighthouse the night Josie vanished. Cleo vows she will never confess to making love with a man she's known only two days. But Will Graham compromise Cleo to clear himself?

Island resident, the enigmatic Doc Holliday, who is said to be related to the infamous gunslinger, is a veterinarian and a falconer. His falcon, Billy, captures Cleo’s severely crushed heart. Cleo captures Doc’s heart, but she’s reeling over her gullibility. Will he win her with his darkly sensuous charm?

Everyone on Sago, it seems, has something to hide, even villagers who distill homemade "hooch" - and it all pivots around Josie and Graham. With her spirit firmed by shame and outrage, Cleo vows to uncover the truth and thus keep her own secret.

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Gerrie Ferris Finger

The sequel to The End Game (titled The Last Temptation) will be relased in July 2012. These novels represent my contemporary writing period, which exists alongside my historical writing period. :-D

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How can someone be so HEARTLESS

FREE On Kindle May 2nd and 3rd.

Get to know Gemma Summers and the citizens of Roscommon in this novella series that features those with "less" sympathy, guts, fear, faith, sense or clues than we have.

HEARTLESS is the second in the Gemma Summers Series. MERCILESS introduced Gemma when she got promoted and headed to the north Georgia mountains and the Chattooga River to raft and celebrate her goal of becoming a Major Crime Case detective.

Her town Roscommon, a fictional place smack in the middle of Georgia close to the Oconee River, has to deal with the same problems that big cities like Atlanta do, but citizens are proud to say that cold, callous murder is rare.

But when it happens, it can happen to the best of Roscommon citizens.

Coming in August: THE LAST TEMPTATION, second in the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Series. THE END GAME, a national award-winning novel, debuted the series.

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