Monday, December 07, 2015

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The next nationwide classic film screening presented by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events will be MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947), showing on Sunday, December 20th, and Wednesday the 23rd. Check the Fathom website for local theaters and tickets. I reviewed the film here back in 2008; I hope to be at the screening on the 20th!

...A scene reminiscent of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET took place in England when Santa began conversing with a hearing-impaired little girl in sign language. What a delightful moment.

...TCM and Fathom have announced a slate of films for national screenings in 2016, including THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), 60th anniversary screenings of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) and THE KING AND I (1956), and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), which will be shown just after the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

...The New Yorker has published "The Magnificent Memory of Norman Lloyd."

...Kristen of Journeys in Classic Film interviewed Robin Bittman, an announcer heard on Turner Classic Movies for the past 15 years.

...I heartily endorse Caftan Woman's "One for December" pick to watch on TCM, SO DEAR TO MY HEART (1948), which I reviewed here. What a treat to see it with an appreciative audience at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival!

...The Hallmark Channel is racking up ratings wins with this year's Christmas movie lineup. I always look forward to catching at least a couple of these; CROWN FOR CHRISTMAS (2015) with Danica McKellar (left) is seen here.

..."13 Things You Learn When You Rewatch THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK." In conclusion the article describes EMPIRE as "a stunning film, one that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the franchise to be something more akin to a masterpiece." Indeed, EMPIRE was one of just two "newer" films included in my recent list of 30 Favorite Movies; I very definitely consider it a masterpiece, cinematic perfection.

...Two series coming to UCLA early in 2016: Sound and Fury: The Films of Cy Endfield and Out of the Ether: Radio Thrillers and Mysteries on Screen. I'll have more on both series here in January! A treat coming in the Archive's free "Family Flicks" series is Bonita Granville as NANCY DREW, REPORTER (1939) in March.

...I'm going to be seeing WICKED on stage for the first time next February!

...Notable Passings: Martin E. Brooks, who played scientist Dr. Rudy Wells on THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN, has died, a few days after his 90th birthday. He is also known for a guest role as Edgar Randolph on DALLAS and as Dr. Bradshaw on GENERAL HOSPITAL...Robert Loggia, an Oscar nominee for JAGGED EDGE (1985), has passed on at 85. Loggia's screen career began in 1956 and continued to the present day. He is also especially known for BIG (1988)...Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma, has died at the age of 100.

...Please visit ClassicFlix for my brand-new review of THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940), just in time for Christmas viewing!

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

Have a great week!


Blogger KC said...

I'm looking forward to seeing 34th Street in the theater too. I feel liked I've gotten so used to that film that I haven't given it proper attention for a long time. It'll be poignant to watch O'Hara this time around.

12:58 AM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Awww, I had not heard about Robert Loggia's passing. That makes me very sad. He guested on so many of the television series I grew up with.

Looking forward to seeing Ten Commandments on the big screen again next year. I've already seen it once, many years ago at the Castro in San Francisco, and it was one of the coolest experiences ever. The scene that was most impressive on the big screen when I saw it then was the raising of the obelisk. I can't wait to see it again!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

People just need to see "So Dear to My Heart" once to fall in love with it. TCM is doing fans a great favour by showing the movie. We'll all be singing "Lavender Blue" with a little catch in our throats.

11:52 AM  

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