Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...The schedule has been posted for the annual Noir City Festival in San Francisco. I sure hope the restored print of Robert Taylor's HIGH WALL (1947) also plays in L.A. Another gem on the schedule I'd love to see in a theater: THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947) with Robert Young, Susan Hayward, and Jane Greer. Or ANGEL FACE (1952) with Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Lots more great titles on the schedule!
...IndyStar.com ran a new interview last week with the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller. The most interesting tidbit: an original nitrate copy of TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), starring Dan Duryea, Lizabeth Scott, and Don DeFore, has just been located in the possession of a 94-year-old projectionist! (Via Classic Film Reader.) Muller appeared in Indianapolis Friday to introduce CRISS CROSS (1949); you can read about that screening at Ferdy on Films.
...Speaking of film noir, don't miss the latest installment of the 100 Greatest Posters of Film Noir at Where Danger Lives. This week covers Nos. 31 to 40. There are some real beauties here.
...From the Hollywood Reporter: "What Hollywood Execs Say Privately About Netflix." It's a lengthy but interesting article.
...Amazon lists its 10 Best Cookbooks of 2010.
.../Film asks if Blu-ray is an inferior format to DVD. More thoughts here.
...There's a rave for Maud Hart Lovelace's classic BETSY-TACY series published this weekend in the Wall Street Journal. The author of this lovely essay is Alexandra Mullen.
...R. Emmet Sweeney explores the films of Roy Rogers and director William Witney at the TCM Movie Morlocks Blog.
...Colin Firth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week...it's right in front of the Egyptian Theatre and the neighboring Pig 'N Whistle restaurant so I'll see it the next time I attend a film in Hollywood.
...MORNING GLORY (2010) arrives on DVD on March 8th.
...Dear Old Hollywood visits the Los Angeles locations of CRIME OF PASSION (1957), which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden. I love the comparison of shots from the film with current photos.
...The Jazz Bakery, which closed nearly two years ago, hopes to reopen in Culver City.
...Rupert reviews THE FOREST RANGERS (1942) at Classic Movies Digest. This is one I'll have to hunt down, starring Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard, and Susan Hayward.
...Twenty Four Frames posted some marvelous vintage Christmastime movie ads last month.
...Paul Mavis gives a rave review to the new Warner Archive release of Season 2 of CHEYENNE at DVD Talk.
...There's a Hitchcock blogathon coming Monday, the 17th...True Classics has links to participating blogs and a list of the films to be discussed.
...The Movie Projector reviews the five films in the Budd Boetticher Collection. All five films, of course, star Randolph Scott.
...Carrie pays tribute to 101 DALMATIANS (1961) at True Classics. I'm looking forward to attending a 50th Anniversary screening at Disney Studios next weekend. Incidentally, the book is worthwhile too; it was written by Dodie Smith, who also authored the classic I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.
...Dave Kehr of the New York Times reviews the recently released Rita Hayworth DVD set. For my money the gem of the set is TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945).
...Notable passing: Composer-conductor Edward Cansino has passed on at the age of 63. Cansino, the founder of I Cantori, was the nephew of Rita Hayworth, who was born Rita Cansino.
Have a great week!