Monday, March 02, 2015

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Additional announcements have been made regarding the TCM Classic Film Festival. George Lazenby will introduce ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969), while Shirley MacLaine will be honored at a screening of THE APARTMENT (1960). 100-year-old Norman Lloyd will introduce Anthony Mann's REIGN OF TERROR (1949) -- I saw Lloyd introduce the same movie three years ago at the Noir City Hollywood festival, when he was "just" 97! For me the "can't miss" screening of the festival thus far is the chance to see MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) on a big screen for the very first time; it will be introduced by Ford biographer Scott Eyman along with Peter Fonda.

...More festival announcements, including information on Sophia Loren's appearance, may be found here. It's anticipated that the complete schedule will be announced in a few more days!

...TCM has also announced initial details on the next TCM Cruise, which will take place aboard the Disney Magic November 1-6, 2015.

...Thanks to Maricatrin for passing on the YouTube link to this great extended promo trailer for CHARLEY'S AUNT (1941), teaming Jack Benny with Tyrone Power and Randolph Scott. Lots of fun!

...What an amazing '50s Westerns class is being taught in New York this spring, including wonderful films such as DAWN AT SOCORRO (1954) and RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO (1954). I hope Westerns fans in the area take advantage of the chance to see some top-drawer movies.

...I very much appreciated Glenn Erickson linking to my review of the Warner Archive DVD INCIDENT (1948) at the end of his recent review of the film at DVD Savant. We both thought the movie was a fun watch.

...Coming to Blu-ray from Kino: Tim Holt in THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957). (Via Toby at The Hannibal 8 and 50 Westerns From the 50s.)

...The John Wayne Birthplace in Winterset, Iowa, will celebrate the grand opening of its new museum from May 22 to 25, 2015. May 26th is the 108th anniversary of the Duke's birth.

...Here's Kim writing on the UCLA Festival of Preservation, including her favorite picks, for I See a Dark Theater. I wrote about the festival earlier today.

...The SOUND OF MUSIC "children" recall recording the movie's songs. The movie turns 50 this month. I'll be reviewing a couple of books on the topic in the weeks to come!

...Ruta Lee turns 80 this spring and is still a busy actress, most recently starring in a theatrical production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS in Fort Worth. The Star-Telegram has an interview.

...Vienna writes about James Mason and Dan Duryea in ONE WAY STREET (1950) at Vienna's Classic Hollywood. Readers can compare notes with my take from last spring's viewing here. We were pretty much in agreement: really good opening and closing, but oh, that middle section...

...TV nostalgia: Dean Cain (LOIS AND CLARK) and Helen Slater (SUPERGIRL) will appear in a new SUPERGIRL pilot.

...More TV nostalgia: The 2015 High Chaparral Reunion takes place from March 19th to 22nd in Tucson, Arizona. Actors Henry Darrow, Don Collier, and Rudy Ramos are confirmed as guests, along with behind-the-scenes talent Kent and Susan McCray.

...Notable passing: Leonard Nimoy, whose Mr. Spock of STAR TREK became a durable cultural icon, passed away last week at 83.

...TCM's 31 Days of Oscar comes to a close on March 3rd, and I'll have my preview of TCM's March highlights up in the near future. In the meantime, you can check out the great detailed article by Cliff at Immortal Ephemera, along with Kristina's guide and TCM link roundup at Speakeasy.

...For more classic film links, please visit last week's roundup!

Have a great week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks as always for mention of my review of One Way Street. We did indeed have similar thoughts on it.
Loved that promo for Charley's Aunt.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

"My Darling Clementine" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year, and I was one of the first folks in line. It was glorious to see it on the big screen. Simply beautiful.

7:31 AM  
Blogger KC said...

I can't wait for that schedule to come out! There are already so many things I want to see. Hope we get it by the end of the week.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Kristina Dijan said...

Thanks for the link! Lots of cool stuff here I'll be checking out but I ran straight to the Charley's Aunt promo :) So funny.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're so welcome, Vienna! And I'm glad you and Kristina enjoyed the CHARLEY'S AUNT promo. I thought that was quite a find!

Caftan Woman, I'm hearing there's going to be even more John Ford at the TCM Fest, including THEY WERE EXPENDABLE and THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE. CLEMENTINE remains my No. 1 choice, though. Thanks for sharing your experience seeing it at TIFF!

KC and Kristina, we're going to be spending a lot of time marking our 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices in a few days!

Best wishes,

12:17 AM  
Blogger Silver Screenings said...

Wow – that is an awful lot of classic film activity!

Sometimes, when I tell people I'm passionate about classic film, they give me a strange look – as though I'm studying a dead language. I have to start sending them links to your "Around the Blogosphere" posts. That'll show 'em!

6:13 PM  

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