Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...Leo Grin of Big Hollywood has launched a multipart series titled "John Ford, John Wayne, and THEY WERE EXPENDABLE." Click the title of this post for Part 1; Part 2 is here, with Part 3 due on October 31st... A side note, some film fans may be unaware that actor Robert Montgomery directed several days' shooting of THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945) when Ford broke his leg. Montgomery also served as codirector of the second unit filming the action sequences. Ford later paid Montgomery the high compliment of saying he couldn't tell the difference between his scenes and Montgomery's.
...Lauren Graham of GILMORE GIRLS is coming back to series TV, replacing the cancer-stricken Maura Tierney on NBC's PARENTHOOD.
...Glenn Erickson reviews what sounds like a fascinating film available from the Warner Archive, EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (1944), starring Hedy Lamarr and George Brent. The movie was also recently reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney at the TCM Blog.
...Political links of the week: Rich Lowry on "Obama the Graceless," Charles Krauthammer on Obama vs. Fox News, Peter Wehner on "Obama's Enemies List," and Victor Davis Hanson on America's passing "Obama Obsession."
...The White House's failed attempt to blackball Fox News Channel from the White House press pool last week was an appalling abuse of Presidential power which should disturb those of all political persuasions. First they came for Fox News, and then...
...From American Thinker: "Gardasil Shows Why Government Health Care is Dangerous."
...This SlashFilm report on a press visit to Disneyland includes a nifty photo of the interior of Walt Disney's Disneyland firehouse apartment.
...The L.A. Times and Big Hollywood both wrote nice articles about the continuing success of the CBS series NCIS last week.
...Moira Finnie has posted a very interesting profile of actress Gladys Cooper at TCM, in Part 1 and Part 2.
...Vic Mizzy, composer of the famous finger-snapping theme for TV's THE ADDAMS FAMILY, has passed away at the age of 93.
...USC Mini Christmas Lights, anyone?
Have a great weekend!