Saturday, July 11, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The Warner Archive Collection is having one of its fairly rare sales this weekend, ending Monday evening. Most DVDs and Blu-rays are $11 with a minimum purchase of four titles...As mentioned a couple of days ago, the Barnes & Noble half-price Criterion Collection sale is also currently underway.

...Another current sale is the University Press of Kentucky Virtual Warehouse Sale. Entertainment biographies such as ANN DVORAK: HOLLYWOOD'S FORGOTTEN REBEL by Christina Rice and MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM by Alan K. Rode are among the titles available.

...I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the headline that the weekend box office is currently led by...THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980).

...For those who might not have seen the update to my Quick Preview of TCM in September, last week Turner Classic Movies announced a new series, Women Make Film, which will run on the network from September 1st to December 1st, 2020. The schedule is here.

...Netflix's series THE CROWN, which was originally due to run six seasons but was cut back to five earlier this year, is now on again for Season 6.

...The Walt Disney Family Museum is hosting an online 65th anniversary celebration for Disneyland on the park's July 17th anniversary.

...The Downtown Disney district in Anaheim reopened on Thursday, with shopping and outdoor dining available. Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened to the public today, and Disneyland Paris reopens on July 15th. No word yet on a reopening date for Disneyland following the postponed July 17th opening.

...Another online opportunity is Kimberly Truhler's lecture on The Style of Sin: Kay Francis on Sunday, July 19th. I always enjoy Kim's presentations on pre-Code fashions and hope to attend.

...Vanessa has reviewed Jeanine Basinger's SILENT STARS at her blog Super Veebs. This book is on my short list to read soon.

...It's a Wonderful Movie has all the latest news on Hallmark Channel's Christmas in July movie festival, which began July 10th and runs through the 26th. The schedule is here. I've reviewed several of the films; I particularly recommend LOVE YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS (2016), which I liked so much I recently bought on DVD, but I have enjoyed all those I've reviewed.

...Ned Donovan, a grandson of actress Patricia Neal and writer Roald Dahl, has married Princess Raiyah of Jordan, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and his widow, Queen Noor.

...Notable Passings: Brandis Kemp, a cast member on the TV series AFTERMASH (1983-85), has passed on at 76...Organist Bill Field of the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California, has died at 80...Country music star Charlie Daniels has passed on at 83...and composer Ennio Morricone has died at 91.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my July 4th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger Irene said...

You didn't mention this in your Around the Blogsphere but I wanted to let you know that thanks to your Twitter account I saw a post that Live From Lincoln Center was finally showing Carousel! I watched it this afternoon and it was a great production. I never cared much for the story line but the singing and acting was terrific in this one. And I especially enjoyed the dancing of the daughter, Louise. I'm not sure what caused the delay in showing this but am glad they finally got it up and going. After watching this and The King and I I've come to enjoy Kelli O'Hara A LOT.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

I wasn't expecting the WB sale; too bad a few things I've been eyeing aren't included. I wouldn't have known about the WDFM "event" either, which looks interesting, and Friday I definitely intend to break out my Walt Disney Treasures disc to watch DATELINE DISNEYLAND.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Irene! I'm so glad you caught CAROUSEL! I agree, the story isn't great but oh, that music. Kelli O'Hara is so lucky getting to play all the great musical theater roles -- I just recently picked up a CD of a revival she did of BRIGADOON. Wish I could have seen her in that or PAJAMA GAME! Thanks much for letting me know, glad I Tweeted that.

Hi Seth! The sales really piled on top of one another, didn't they?! I'm fortunate I had a gift card for the B&N sale which freed me up a little more for the WB sale LOL. (I am completing my set of Technicolor POPEYE Blu-rays along with a couple DVDs.) Although I wasn't planning to be there, it's more than a bit sad that Disneyland won't be able to reopen on the 17th. I'm glad there will be ways to celebrate at home. DATELINE DISNEYLAND sounds like a marvelous idea! For anyone who hasn't seen it yet I also recommend THE IMAGINEERING STORY on Disney+.

Best wishes,

9:21 PM  

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