...A reminder that this Wednesday, November 9th, TCM is sponsoring screenings nationwide celebrating the 50th anniversary of WEST SIDE STORY. Check online for local theaters showing the film that day.
...At the TCM Movie Morlocks blog, Keelsetter interviews Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Acevedo-Munoz has been digging into the papers of director Robert Wise at the University of Southern California while researching a forthcoming book on the film.
...With the 50th anniversary in mind, WEST SIDE STORY fans who missed it previously may want to visit my December 2010 review of an excellent book on the film by Barry Monush. WEST SIDE STORY books I haven't had time to check out yet: SOMETHING'S COMING, SOMETHING GOOD: WEST SIDE STORY AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION by Misha Berson and WEST SIDE STORY: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON AN AMERICAN MUSICAL by Elizabeth A. Wells.
...John Greco reviews KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952) at Twenty Four Frames. This noir stars John Payne, Preston Foster, and Coleen Gray, who recently celebrated her 89th birthday.
...Last month Criterion released THE FOUR FEATHERS (1939) on DVD. Mick La Salle has a brief, enthusiastic review at the San Francisco Chronicle, and last month Kristina posted much more on this film at Speakeasy.
...The informative TVShowsonDVD website just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Congratulations!
...Check out this list of 10 Favorite Dana Andrews Films at Sidewalk Crossings, and while you're there, why not share your favorite titles?
...The new Amazon Kindle Lending Library program is causing a stir in the publishing world. Forbes asks whether the program will help or hurt publishers and authors. PC World links to Amazon's library list and shares the info that the program works with Kindle devices, but not Kindle apps.
...In other Amazon news, the Amazon Christmas Corner is up and running.
...Over at Out of the Past, Raquelle's been reading up a storm of late. Here's her review of Piper Laurie's autobiography, LEARNING TO LIVE OUT LOUD.
...Classic Movie Man takes a look at Irene Dunne starring in the 1931 version of Edna Ferber's CIMARRON. I went through a major Ferber phase when I was in junior high, also reading SHOW BOAT, SO BIG, and my favorite Ferber book, GIANT.
...The Lady Eve shares thoughts on another film based on a best-selling book, REBECCA (1940).
...One of my favorite modern-day actors, Stanley Tucci, was widowed in 2009. He's just announced his engagement to Felicity Blunt, the sister of his DEVIL WEARS PRADA costar, Emily Blunt.
...The TCM Classic Movie Trivia book is now available, just in time for Christmas shopping.
...Reviews, reviews, and more reviews: Java's Journey looks at HOUSE OF STRANGERS (1949)...MacGuffin Movies liked ADVISE AND CONSENT (1962)...The Hollywood Revue looks at UNION DEPOT (1932)...and Sidewalk Crossings reviewed BACKGROUND TO DANGER (1943).
...Drew Barrymore will be the new cohost for the Essentials series, which begins airing in March 2012. Next year's lineup for the series includes TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939), THE THIRD MAN (1949), GILDA (1946), and SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959). Several newer films are on the list, including KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977).
...Mark shares a terrific selection of Burt Lancaster film noir posters and stills at Where Danger Lives. I'm looking forward to hearing more about his next Top 100 countdown!
...I loved the film noir IMPACT (1949), which starred Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, and Helen Walker. It had especially interesting location photography in Northern California areas, so I was delighted to see that Robby has a brand-new post with many photos and details on the movie's locations. Larkspur, California, which stands in for Larkspur, Idaho, in the film, appears to have changed very little since the '40s. IMPACT is available at Netflix Watch Instantly.
...Notable Passing: British-born big band singer Beryl Davis has passed away at the age of 87. She performed with Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band, George Shearing, and Benny Goodman. In the '50s she joined Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines to sing gospel music. Here's a sample, thanks to YouTube:
...Sending continued best wishes to Caftan Woman as she recovers from her run-in with a garbage truck. She tells the story of this unfortunate event with a wonderful sense of humor, which hopefully bodes well for as fast a recovery as possible!
Have a great week!