Sunday, November 01, 2015

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...It was very unusual that I didn't post an Around the Blogosphere This Week roundup in October, but travel out of town to two different film festivals, along with a trip to UCLA and attending a live theatrical show in the off week -- plus covering it all -- meant something had to give timewise. Things should be back to normal in November!

...The advance buzz on THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015) has sounded positive, I'll be curious if reviews bear that out. It opens this Friday, November 6th.

...Big news for GILMORE GIRLS fans: There's a report that Netflix plans to revive it for a quartet of 90-minute movies. Stay tuned for confirmation.

...OKLAHOMA! (1955) celebrates its 60th anniversary with nationwide screenings this month. Check out the site for dates and locations.

...Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events will be sponsoring nationwide screenings of ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) on November 29th and December 1st. Click here for locations.

...Raquel has a great list of new and upcoming classic film books at her blog Out of the Past.

...Speaking of film books, some of Leonard Maltin's early film books are now available in Kindle editions or as "published on demand" paperbacks.

...Coming from the Criterion Collection in January: Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in GILDA (1946).

...Coming from the Warner Archive this month: DEEP IN MY HEART (1954) on Blu-ray.

...Earlier this year CBS did a story on Colleen Moore's fairy castle.

...Western historian Boyd Magers looks at the career of Dick Foran and the new Warner Archive set of Foran films for ClassicFlix.

...The Criterion Close-Up podcast includes a discussion of classic film blogging, starting at around the 52-minute mark. Many thanks to Kristina, Aaron and Mark for the very nice shout-out to yours truly.

...Jacqueline recently looked at performances by Jane Wyatt in WE'RE ONLY HUMAN (1935) and PITFALL (1948) at Another Old Movie Blog.

...A couple interesting articles last month in counterpoint to each other: Leonard Maltin wrote an optimistic piece on increasing access to hard-to-see classic movies, while Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times wrote an article on the difficulty of obtaining access to some older films, such as the '40s Paramount library. Maltin was one of the people Hiltzik interviewed for his column.

...Here's a brand-new book which looks interesting: CREATING THE ILLUSION: A FASHIONABLE HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGNERS. It's by Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins for TCM and Running Press.

...Turner Classic Movies has just launched a wine club.

...I enjoyed Kristina's list of "Underrated 1955" movies at Rupert Pupkin Speaks. There's a couple of titles on it I need to check out!

...This January Theresa of Cinemaven's Essays From the Couch is sponsoring a Symbiotic Colloborations blogathon celebrating directors and stars who teamed frequently. I'll be writing about SCARLET STREET (1945), one of several films in which Fritz Lang directed Joan Bennett.

...The second edition of the O Canada Blogathon is coming in February! It's sponsored by Kristina of Speakeasy and Ruth of Silver Screenings. I'll be writing about CANADIAN PACIFIC (1949).

...I love musical theater but when I saw THE LION KING last month I realized it had been almost four years since the last time I'd seen a live show. I'm making up for lost time and will be seeing 42ND STREET for the first time the week before Thanksgiving.

...Notable Passings: TV actress Pat Woodell, who appeared on PETTICOAT JUNCTION, has passed on at the age of 71...Al Molinaro of HAPPY DAYS has died at the age of 96.

Wishing my readers a blessed All Saints Day, and have a great week!


Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks for the mention, Laura. Such an interesting variety of links you've captured.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Jacqueline, and thank you! I appreciate that. I've missed being able to do this the last few weeks!

Best wishes,

1:46 PM  
Blogger Kristina Dijan said...

Many thanks for the many mentions :) look forward to catching up on the Maltin books I never read (love The Real Stars) and glad to see that Miller B Movies book is available too! Gilmore Girls revisits should be fun, I'm still getting used to seeing Paris Geller mixed up in killings and coverups now that Liza Weil's on How to Get Away With Murder.

3:05 PM  
Blogger CineMaven said...

Laura, thank you! Thank you so much for mentioning my first - ever blogathon come January. You've got the skinny on EVERY body. Thanks again!


4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots to read as usual. Thank you. Great to hear Leonard Maltin's books will be available though I could only find the kindle versions on Amazon. I'd like the paperbacks.
That new fashion book looks great.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm belatedly catching up on comments, had a crazy workweek after posting this! Kristina, Theresa (CineMaven) & Vienna, thank you all so much for reading and commenting. It's greatly appreciated!!

Kristina, that B movies book is great. I don't think I'd realized before that Leonard had a role in its publication. Vienna, hope you will be able to find the paperback versions of the Maltin books soon!

Excited to participate in your upcoming blogathons!!

Theresa, delighted to share the news of your blogathon and look forward to participating!

Best wishes,

4:31 PM  

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