...Raquel has a great list of upcoming books on classic films at Out of the Past. One of the books which intrigues me the most is THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN by J.R. Jones, coming in May from the Wesleyan University Press. Meanwhile, Ryan fans should pick up the 1997 book on Ryan by Franklin Jarlett, which is excellent.
...The new DVD release of SYNCOPATION (1942), starring Bonita Granville, Jackie Cooper, and a number of big band names, sounds special. Glenn Erickson reviews it at DVD Savant.
...This week's YouTube find: Joan Leslie and James Craig in Eagle-Lion's NORTHWEST STAMPEDE (1948).
Great Villain Blogathon! It's hosted by Kristina, Karen, and Ruth of Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings, respectively. It will take place April 13th through 17th.
...Speaking of villains, I haven't yet caught up with THE WICKED LADY (1945), starring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason. At A Shroud of Thoughts Terry shares interesting details on this British film's clash with U.S. censors.
...Here's January's TCM Friday Night Spotlight host, Ken Levine, on "My Day as Robert Osborne."
...Coming to DVD in May: Season 5 of HILL STREET BLUES. Season 4 will be out in March.
Russia in Classic Film, hosted by Movies Silently, will take place March 8-10. The list of participants signed up to date is impressive!
...The daughter of actress Barbara Britton, Christina Britton Conroy, is a musician, music therapist, and author. You can read about her here. Several Barbara Britton movies have been reviewed here, most recently GUNFIGHTERS (1947).
...I also stumbled across this last week. Actor Richard Carlson's IMDb biography seems to corroborate that this attorney is his son -- and besides, doesn't the photograph resemble Carlson?
...A Margaret Lindsay Gallery at Speakeasy.
...The first few titles for April's Noir City Hollywood Festival have been previewed at the Egyptian Theatre site. I'll have complete coverage in the future as details are available!
...I'm happy to announce that I will again be credentialed media covering the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. The festival gets underway a month from now -- more details coming soon!
...Susan King of the Los Angeles Times has information on two new exhibits in Hollywood, on Hollywood.
...A new trailer for the final season of MAD MEN takes a look back at some of the show's most famous moments.
passed away at the age of 94. Among many accomplishments, he played in the TONIGHT SHOW band for a dozen years...Movita Castaneda, who was sometimes billed simply as Movita, has died at 98. She played Tehani, the Tahitian love of Franchot Tone, in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935), which won the Academy Award as Best Picture; she was believed to be the film's last surviving cast member. She was at one point married to Marlon Brando, who ironically starred in the 1962 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY remake and married an actress from that film after his marriage to Movita came to an end. Her other films included John Ford's FORT APACHE (1948).
...TCM Remembers Louis Jourdan.
...If you missed last week's link roundup, it's right here!
Have a great week!