Sunday, April 17, 2011

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...

...Here's the cover art for NIGHT FLIGHT (1933), which, as previously mentioned, comes to DVD on June 7th.

...Dear Old Hollywood takes a look at the Downtown L.A. locations of BUREAU OF MISSING PERSONS (1933), which stars Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien. Robby does such a great job matching up current locations with screen captures in his location posts, and he also shares a significant amount of research on Los Angeles. 8th and Spring Street is remarkably unchanged despite the decades which have passed since 1933.

...The 1985 miniseries ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES was released on DVD last month. The main thing I remember about this telling of the Kennedy story is Veronica Cartwright as Ethel. It seems that's often the way with Kennedy miniseries; in THE KENNEDYS OF MASSACHUSETTS the really memorable character was Annette O'Toole as Rose. I recently recorded the latest Kennedy miniseries, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, from Reelz Channel and am curious to check it out.

...Say it ain't so: Many Nordstrom stores, including the tony South Coast Plaza location, are getting rid of in-store pianists.

...The times are changing, but it was still a surprise to hear that both ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE have been cancelled by ABC after runs of over four decades. This will leave ABC with just one soap left, the one I watched for many years, GENERAL HOSPITAL... And speaking of GENERAL HOSPITAL, longtime GH superstar Genie Francis has just signed with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which will reunite her with former GH star Tristan Rogers.

...The Lady Eve reflects on FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950).

...Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel has given birth to a girl, her second child.

...Kevin's Movie Corner recently reviewed THE SNIPER (1952), which my dad just mentioned to me he watched today. He enjoyed Eddie Muller's commentary, especially as the film is set in Muller's hometown, San Francisco. I'm looking forward to seeing it, especially as I'm a big fan of Richard Kiley.

...Over at 50 Westerns From the 50s, Toby has interesting info on the screen ratio for the new edition of TENNESSEE'S PARTNER (1955), a film I reviewed last summer. His post includes a fabulous shot of John Payne at the gambling table. (April 18th Update: Toby says the release of TENNESSEE'S PARTNER has been pushed back from tomorrow to May 3rd.)

...Here is an interesting post on a lost film, CONVENTION CITY (1933), starring Joan Blondell. (Via Lou Lumenick.)

...The Space Shuttle Endeavor will be permanently retired at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, which we've visited numerous times. (But what's with New York getting a space shuttle instead of Houston?! Does not compute...)

...Another new release of note: Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman in a 1954 TV production of ANYTHING GOES, which was reviewed by Mike Clark at Home Media Magazine.

...The aforementioned Mike Clark, who was previously the DVD columnist at USA Today for many years, has also just reviewed the remastered Warner Archive release of WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956).

...Royal wedding watch: Less than two weeks to go until the big day. Catherine Middleton has been rehearsing with the wedding party, sans the groom, and took time out to be confirmed in the Church of England. If you had any doubt, the TV networks will be going all out. And if you want to escape the royal wedding on April 29th, Turner Classic Movies has an invitation for you.

...Ivan shared his movie and TV collection at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, and he also recently posted a birthday tribute to James Garner.

...Public schools forbidding children from bringing home-packed lunches to school is a disturbing level of intrusion and control over citizens' personal lives. Is this what our Founding Fathers expected, children being forced to eat whatever is dictated by the state? And where does this slippery slope lead next?

...Distant Voices and Flickering Shadows muses about the prospect of seeing two Ray Milland Westerns, CALIFORNIA (1946) and COPPER CANYON (1950). Thanks for the links!

...We'll close out this weekend with a lovely essay remembering childhood Sundays, posted at Ferdy on Films. Ah, I remember well the days of lifting pictures from the Sunday funnies with Silly Putty...

Have a great week!


Blogger panavia999 said...

Back in my school days. My parents did not have money to pay for cafeteria food. Besides, my mother said school food was unhealthy. Once, I took a hard boiled goose egg for lunch! Remember aspic salad? My mother used to make that for me. I loved it. She also used to give me a thermos of hot tea - now that was nice!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love that, Panavia -- a goose egg! Thanks for sharing your childhood memories.

A photo of the school lunch accompanying one version I saw of this story looks like the most unhealthy, tasteless glop imaginable...I think it was originally with the linked article at the Times, but it's no longer there.

Best wishes,

2:04 PM  

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