Sunday, April 19, 2015

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...the Post-Festival Edition!

...Around the Blogosphere This Week returns today after over a month off, during which I was busy attending and covering three different area film festivals. Roughly 40 posts have gone up since the TCM Classic Film Festival ended three weeks ago, so occasional readers are encouraged to keep clicking "Older" at the bottom of each page to scroll back for additional recent content.

...All links to my coverage of the 2015 UCLA Festival of Preservation can be found at the end of this post, while TCM Classic Film Festival posts are gathered here and all Noir City Film Festival coverage is here. There are still more TCMFF and Noir City posts to come!

...Speaking of film festivals, check out the schedule for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival to be hosted by Alan K. Rode next month in Palm Springs. I'm hoping to attend this festival for the first time and should be able to make a decision in the next few days.

...Thanks to Christy Putnam for including my blog in her list of "Top Articles and Blog Posts" on the 2015 TCM Festival at the Examiner.

...My most recent column at ClassicFlix, which first appeared while I was at the TCM Festival, is on the great Robert Ryan.

...Before heading to California for the TCM Fest, Raquel covered Cinefest in Syracuse, New York. Here's Part 1 and Part 2. For even more on Cinefest, here's a report by Leonard Maltin.

...The Great Villain Blogathon, cohosted by Speakeasy, Shadows & Satin, and Silver Screenings, has just come to an end. There was a fantastic lineup of participants, so be sure to check out some of the links! I especially enjoyed Kristina's post on Dan Duryea in WINCHESTER '73 (1950), because she captures so well what makes his character special in a wonderful film.

...Although my film festival schedule meant I couldn't participate in the Villains blogathon, I plan to participate in the Beach Party Blogathon being hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings in June!

...Julie Andrews will be writing a second memoir, a sequel to her 2008 book HOME: A MEMOIR OF MY EARLY YEARS. (Via Raquel.)

...Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise as Ma and Pa Ingalls? It was at one point seriously suggested!

...Speaking of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Home & Museum at Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri, which I have visited twice, has broken ground on a new museum building.

...Frame By Frame has information from Alan K. Rode on the future of TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949) on DVD.

...I recently learned of this 2006 book and want to check it out: CARTOON MODERN: STYLE AND DESIGN IN 1950S ANIMATION by Amid Amidi.

...Notable Passings: Actor Gregory Walcott, who appeared in countless Westerns and war movies, as well as the infamous PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959), has died at 87. Toby has a remembrance at 50 Westerns From the 50s. I particularly enjoyed Walcott as Bat Masterson in BADMAN'S COUNTRY (1958); he also played Cole Younger in the "Full House" episode of TV's MAVERICK...Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert in TV's ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, died at the age of 48...HAZEL actress Lynn Borden has passed on at 77...Dean Hess, whose autobiography inspired the Rock Hudson film BATTLE HYMN (1957), died at 97...Richard Dysart of the TV series L.A. LAW has passed on at 86.

...Kendra Bean writes about "The Mystery of Suzanne Farrington," Vivien Leigh's daughter, at Viv and Larry. Farrington recently passed away at 81.

...Attention Southern Californians: The Crest Theatre in Westwood, which reopened in 2013, has been showing classic films on a regular basis of late, most recently a Hitchcock series, with REAR WINDOW (1954) coming on April 29th.

...More for Southern Californians: The Noir City Fest may be drawing to a close, but there's more film noir ahead at the Egyptian Theatre, which is screening GILDA (1946) Saturday, April 25th. The 3:15 screening will be accompanied by a 2:00 p.m. talk by Kimberly Truhler, an expert on movie fashions who blogs at GlamAmor.

...I've collected quite a backlog of interesting links to share so be sure to check back next week for a new roundup!

Have a great week!


Blogger Kristina Dijan said...

Laura thanks so much for the mention of the Villain event, my post for that, and the plug for the upcoming Beach Party :) Hope you can join the fun. That photo of the Crest theatre is amazing! Nice place. Best!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It was my great pleasure, Kristina, I hope my readers will enjoy some of the great posts written for the Villains Blogathon. What a list of contributors! Working on trying to figure out my "Beach" movie!

Hoping to visit the Crest for the first time soon. Just received an invitation for an event next month, need to see if I can swing a screening as it sounds great.

Best wishes,

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great roundup as usual. I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your recent posts. I am seriously envious of all the glorious big screen films you can see in the Los Angeles area, but I love reading all your reviews.
You are such a prolific writer! I check your blog every day.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Vienna, your comment means so much to me! Writing here is a labor of love for me and when I hear that others are enjoying it, it means a great deal.

We are so fortunate to have so many great big screen opportunities in this area -- hope someday you can come for a visit during a festival and enjoy some titles yourself!

Thanks again -- best wishes,

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always enjoy this column, Laura. Glad to see it back.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Will, that means a lot! :)

Best wishes,

10:41 AM  

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