...This weekend's Oscar ceremony is discarding most montages, and (thank goodness) getting rid of those verrry long, often smarmy individual tributes to the acting nominees by other actors. However, the montage of filmmakers who have died in the previous year will still take place. It won't include those who died in February, so no tribute to Betty Garrett. And let's hope there's not a fiasco this year like confusing Jean Simmons and Jennifer Jones.
...Two different time zones for the UK? Great Britain may consider permanently changing its clocks, maintaining current "Daylight Saving" hours during the winter and "double summertime" in the summer. The Scots, God bless 'em, are not amused, especially considering some areas of Scotland wouldn't see daylight until 10:00 a.m. during the winter! (Via Missy.)
...My daughter sent me an amusing Infographic explaining the relationships of all the characters on MAD MEN.
...And here's a neat post spinning off from MAD MEN: the Sally Draper Reading List, considering the books likely to be read by a young girl in the early '60s. (Via ConMartin.)
...Speaking of children's literature, Maud Hart Lovelace's BETSY-TACY is now available for the Amazon Kindle.
..."The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics": Read it and ponder the future. And worry.
...Happy Thoughts, Darling takes a close look at THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW (1956) starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Bennett. I'm looking forward to seeing this one.
...Check out the beautiful photos at Jim Lane's Cinedrome, including a color post on PRINCE VALIANT (1954).
...Southern Californians may want to visit the Samuel French Bookshop on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, featured in a story yesterday in the L.A. Times.
...Last week Lou Lumenick of the New York Post looked at a number of recent releases, including SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) and MURDER, HE SAYS (1945)...over at the New York Times, Dave Kehr shared thoughts on Warren William and some recent Warner Archive releases.
...On my reading wish list: FROM SPLENDOR TO REVOLUTION: THE ROMANOV WOMEN, 1847-1928 by Julia P. Gelardi. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
...Royal News Watch: Catherine Middleton looked every inch a princess last week as she carried out her first official royal engagement, christening a lifeboat...Catherine Zeta-Jones was presented with a CBE by Prince Charles...and there are darling official photos of the little twins born last month to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
...In California there's talk of a possible tax on sodas and other drinks, in order to "fight obesity." It's a shame that the concept of personal freedom completely eludes those who make such proposals...and what's next after the sodas? Where will this sort of control freak taxation ultimately end? Do we really want the State acting as our Mommy and Daddy? I can't help but think that the Founding Fathers would be incredulous.
...Mike Clark of Home Media Magazine reviewed BODYGUARD (1948), recently released by the Warner Archive. It stars Lawrence Tierney and Priscilla Lane.
...My kids get a kick out of the suddenly ubiquitous Angry Birds game...there's video of a rather clever, fully functional Angry Birds birthday cake.
...Here's a Discovery News story on the relationships between cats and their humans.
...Ending with a feel-good story: "New Zealand Quake Survivor Marries Fiance Who Helped Save Her."
Happy Academy Awards Day, and have a great week!