Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...New book: JOHN WAYNE: THE LEGEND AND THE MAN: AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE THE DUKE'S ARCHIVES. This book from Powerhouse, authorized by the Wayne Estate, goes on sale December 4th.
...David Blakeslee of Criterion Cast reviews THE WICKED LADY (1945), THE MAN IN GREY (1943), and MADONNA OF THE SEVEN MOONS (1945). All three films are featured in Criterion's Eclipse set Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures.
...Moira Finnie of The Skeins, Silver Screen Oasis, and TCM's Movie Morlocks was one of the "Morlock" cohosts last Friday night at TCM. (Since I was at UCLA that night I recorded it for later viewing.) Moira has shared the marvelous experience of her trip to Atlanta to record the intro with Robert Osborne in her post "Moira in Wonderland" at the Morlocks site.
...Carrie Underwood has been announced as the star of NBC's planned live performance of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
...Speaking of live TV musicals, I just learned that a recording of a live 1956 TV production of Barbara Cook starring in BLOOMER GIRL was recently released on DVD. Matt Hinrichs reviews it at DVD Talk.
...Continuing in a musical vein, actor Jason Alexander offered a thoughtful review of LES MISERABLES (2012) after seeing a preview screening earlier this week.
...Kristina profiles actress Virginia Mayo at Speakeasy.
...Robby explores the locations behind THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (1951) at Dear Old Hollywood.
...Director Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, has been hosting a series of enormously popular, sold-out "Live Reads" of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The casts are never announced in advance and are always quite interesting. The announcement for the latest reading of the script for a film from 1984 included only a very recognizable design, seen here, and the words "Yes, I got my dad's permission."
...Leonard Maltin shares "Movie Logos I Love," starting with Gainsborough Pictures.
...DOWNTON ABBEY creator Julian Fellowes has a deal with NBC to produce an 1880s TV series titled THE GILDED AGE.
...Last week Leslie Caron was interviewed by NPR.
RAMROD (1947), starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, at DVD Savant. I was glad to note he was as surprised and impressed by Don DeFore's performance as I was: "It's quite a surprise to see him...playing an enormously likeable free spirit/cowpoke/gunfighter." Back in 2010 I wrote "Somewhat to my surprise, the movie is just about stolen by Don DeFore, as McCrea's sexy (Don DeFore?!), morally ambiguous sidekick. DeFore's performance was a revelation."
...A new addition to my "movies to find" wish list: JAPANESE WAR BRIDE (1952) starring Don Taylor, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell, and Marie Windsor, directed by King Vidor. Love the cast, and it sounds very interesting.
...I was quite sorry to hear that Huell Howser is retiring from his TV series CALIFORNIA'S GOLD, amidst rumors of poor health. Howswer's curiosity and good cheer made for wonderful viewing as he explored countless aspects of California. L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd shared thoughts on this loss for the state's TV viewers. I've saved a number of Huell's shows on tape to revisit in the future; favorites include his visits to See's Candy, Hearst Castle, Mono Lake, In-N-Out Burger, and the Norconian Resort.
...The lucky folks up north in Palo Alto, California, can enjoy a fantastic Deanna Durbin Festival for the next month at the Stanford Theatre.
...For more on Deanna Durbin, this week Lou Lumenick wrote about a favorite Deanna Durbin movie, THE AMAZING MRS. HOLLIDAY (1943).
...Coming to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on December 15th: a digital screening of HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (1944), a slideshow, and a book signing for HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN: WHERE THE GREATEST GENERATION DANCED WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN THE WORLD.
...Notable Passing: British actress Dinah Sheridan has passed on at the age of 92. Her career spanned six decades, with films including BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER (1952), THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (1970), and THE MIRROR CRACK'D (1980).
Have a great week!