Monday, February 15, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Coming in April: The Blogathon From Another World, a sci-fi event hosted by Chris at Blog of the Darned. My husband and I enjoyed chatting with Chris and his wife at the Palm Springs Classic Sci-Fi Festival last fall! The blogathon is happening April 9th and 10th.

...Overlapping with the sci-fi blogathon, on April 8th, 9th, and 10th, is the Beyond the Cover Blogathon, hosted by Liz at Now Voyaging and Kristina of Speakeasy. This blogathon focuses on movies which were adapted from books.

...A Valentine to Turner Classic Movies, by Lynn Yaeger for Vogue. (Via Caftan Woman.)

...The McCrea Ranch is now on Facebook! You don't need to have a Facebook account in order to read the page.

...Here's a tribute to actress Hazel Brooks, "The Girl with the Greedy Eyes," from Grand Old Movies. Brooks is quite memorable in SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948) with Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert, and Robert Cummings.

...Congrats to Farran Nehme, aka the Self-Styled Siren, who will be writing a biweekly Wednesday column for Film Comment.

...Yesterday at the movies I saw the trailer for MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN (2016), a film with Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah which opens in April. It's directed by Patricia Riggen, who also made the inspirational film THE 33 (2015) which I enjoyed late last year.

...In my last roundup I linked to a few reviews of the new book on Helen Twelvetrees by Cliff Aliperti. Here's another, from Jacqueline at Another Old Movie Blog.

...Also at Another Old Movie Blog, a Valentine's Day tribute to Craig Stevens and Alexis Smith.

...The film BROOKLYN (2015) may lead to a spinoff TV series starring Julie Walters, who played boardinghouse landlady Mrs. Keogh. (Walters is seen here with Oscar-nominated BROOKLYN star Saoirse Ronan.)

...In a move which seems counterintuitive, Amazon is trying out the concept of bricks and mortar bookstores.

...The exceptional TV series THE GOOD WIFE will end its seven-season run in May.

...In more TV news, fans of AGENT CARTER are concerned that star Hayley Atwell has signed to do a pilot for the same network, ABC. If AGENT CARTER is renewed for a third year, Atwell would do both series. Unfortunately AGENT CARTER is not doing well in the ratings, which is a real shame given that it's so unlike anything else on TV, with a great period setting, creative and funny writing, and a strong, unique lead female character in Atwell's Peggy Carter. Kaitlin Thomas pays tribute to AGENT CARTER at

...At Classic Film and TV Cafe, Rick writes about BLACK ANGEL (1946), a terrific film noir starring Dan Duryea and June Vincent.

...Notable Passings: Tommy Kelly, the star of David O. Selznick's THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938), has passed away at 90...Westerns leading lady Virginia Herrick has died at 99...Mike Minor, a star of PETTICOAT JUNCTION who also worked steadily in soap operas, passed on at 75...Flora Gordon has died at 90. She was married to sci-fi director Bert Gordon and worked on a number of his films; their daughter Susan, who died in 2011, was in some of the films as a child actress.

...For many more recent classic film links, please visit my February 2nd roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger John G. said...

Not sure if you've mentioned this previously, Laura, but I just noticed a six-movie Randolph Scott set to be released on April 5th. It includes "Man in the Saddle", featuring of your faves, Joan Leslie.

However, it's from Mill Creek (so proceed cautiously--haha). 6 movies on 2 discs, $14.98. Doesn't scream quality presentation to me, but we'll see...

9:53 AM  
Blogger grandoldmovies said...

Thanks for the post link!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks for the mention, and the links, Laura!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Holding my breath and crossing my fingers for more "Agent Carter".

The McCrea Ranch - a reason to be on Facebook.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Many thanks for the blogathon plug and news of Chris's scifi one, I can't miss that :) Best!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks to you all for your comments!

John G., many thanks for the Randolph Scott link! My dad recently had good luck with an 8-film set of Columbia romantic comedies from Mill Creek, so let's hope the quality on the Scott set is as good!

Grand Old Movies, Jacqueline and Kristina, you're all very welcome! Glad I could spread the word on Chris's sci-fi blogathon!

We'll both be holding our breath, Caftan Woman! I just watched another episode of AGENT CARTER today -- and I love it *so* much!

I'm happy the McCrea Ranch is gaining more publicity via their Facebook page! I hope the ranch will become increasingly successful in attracting visitors, such a wonderful slice of California history.

Best wishes to all,

4:37 PM  

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