Sunday, September 18, 2011

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Coming to DVD: Season 5 of THE VIRGINIAN, as well as the series' very last season, which was called THE MEN FROM SHILOH. THE MEN FROM SHILOH added Stewart Granger to the cast. They'll both be available October 25th.

...Doris Day has made chart history in the UK, becoming the oldest person to debut an album in the top 10.

...Dear Old Hollywood has interesting info on Millspaugh Hall, one of the locations in William Wellman's COLLEGE COACH (1933), along with other sites seen in the film. COLLEGE COACH stars Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak, and Dick Powell.

...Having recorded it a few days ago, I'm really looking forward to seeing UNION DEPOT (1932) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Cliff has a nice writeup on the film at Immortal Ephemera.

...Many thanks to Michele for a link to a New York Times Magazine piece on Julian Fellowes, creator of DOWNTON ABBEY. Fellowes is also responsible for the scripts for two movies I liked, THE YOUNG VICTORIA (2009) and THE TOURIST (2010), as well as writing the book for the Broadway production of MARY POPPINS. He's certainly got the magic touch! Series 2 of DOWNTON ABBEY starts airing today in the UK.

...Turner Classic Movies will have a new special, A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: MERRY CHRISTMAS!, airing in December. It premieres December 6th. Previous titles in the TCM NIGHT AT THE MOVIES series include THE SUSPENSEFUL WORLD OF THRILLERS and THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS.

...Recent reviews by Glenn Erickson at DVD Savant include the Warner Archive releases THE ROMANCE OF ROSY RIDGE (1947) and THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND (1960), along with Twilight Time's MY COUSIN RACHEL (1952).

...Dear Mr. has an excellent post with newspaper clippings and photos of the christening of the Liberty ship the U.S.S. CAROLE LOMBARD in January 1944. The ceremony was attended by Clark Gable, with Irene Dunne on hand to crack the bottle of champagne on the ship's bow. Lt. Commander Robert Montgomery was also in attendance.

...Here's interesting analysis of the impact of Netflix's new price increases.

...Mike Clark reviews Warner Archive's THE BURNING HILLS (1956), starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood, for Home Media Magazine.

...KC has some very clever movie haiku posted at Classic Movies.

...There's a helpful guide to finding Deanna Durbin on VHS and DVD posted at Java's Journey.

...The University of Southern California placed ahead of UCLA for the second year in a row in the national college rankings. USC tied for No. 23, with UCLA ranked 25th. USC also moved up the "up and coming" list from No. 11 to No. 8.

...Mark recently reviewed Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden and Dan Duryea in MANHANDLED (1949) at Where Danger Lives.

...Scott Johnson posted a birthday tribute to Mel Torme on September 13th at Power Line.

...Shadows and Satin recently posted on the pre-Code EMPLOYEES' ENTRANCE (1933). I had some trouble enjoying this one when I saw it, but it's certainly a great examplar of what makes a pre-Code a pre-Code!

...The Classic Movie Blog Association is sponsoring a Guilty Pleasures Movie Blogathon beginning today. Visit here for the list of participating blogs and titles.

Have a great week!


Blogger Tom said...

Interesting that Doris' new album made the UK charts but not the US charts.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Cliff Aliperti said...

Thanks, Laura. I hope you enjoy Union Depot, it helped make me a fan of Doug, Jr.

8:26 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Thanks for the haiku praise. That is fantastic news about Doris Day's album! I'm not surprised, but very pleased.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Java Bean Rush said...

Thank you, Laura.

- Java

8:05 PM  

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