Saturday, October 10, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Here's a brand-new book which recently caught my eye on the McFarland site: ANN MILLER: HER LIFE AND CAREER by Peter Shelley.

...Speaking of film books, Raquel Stecher has just posted her latest roundup of "New & Upcoming Classic Film Books" at her blog Out of the Past. Some of the titles which caught my eye: ANITA PAGE: A CAREER CHRONICLE AND BIOGRAPHY by Allen R. Ellenberger and Robert Murdoch Paton for McFarland; S. SYLVAN SIMON: MOVIEMAKER by David C. Tucker, also for McFarland; MOVIE-MADE APPALACHIA by John C. Inscoe for the University of North Carolina Press; and THIS WAS HOLLYWOOD: FORGOTTEN STARS AND STORIES by Carla Valderrama for TCM and Running Press. Many thanks to Raquel for all the hard work she puts into these very useful lists.

...Coming to Blu-ray in November from Warner Archive: THE MORTAL STORM (1940), starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, an excellent film which I reviewed last year at the 2019 UCLA Festival of Preservation; TENNESSEE JOHNSON (1942) with Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey; and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1970-72), a cartoon beloved to those of us of a certain age. JOSIE, THE JETSONS, and SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH were my childhood favorites.

...In her latest "Unboxing the Silents," Fritzi takes a look at Kino Lorber's OUTSIDE THE LAW (1920) at her site Movies Silently. I was fortunate to see this film on a big screen at the 2018 Cinecon Festival. It stars Lon Chaney (Sr.), Priscilla Dean, and Wheeler Oakman.

...Coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber in January: CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D. (1963) starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, and Bobby Darin. It will include a commentary track by Samm Deighan. Also up from Kino Lorber in January: THE TRAIN (1965) with numerous extras including two commentary tracks.

...Will McKinley wrote an informative piece on the TV Western LAREDO (1965-67) for the getTV site.

...At MousePlanet, Jim Korkis takes a look at "Disney's Forgotten Halloween Television Treats."

...Over at Riding the High Country, Colin reviews MOSS ROSE (1947) with Victor Mature and Peggy Cummins. I have a copy I need to pop in my player one of these days!

...Speaking of Disney, it was announced Thursday that the upcoming Pixar film SOUL (2020), originally scheduled for June and rescheduled for November 20th, will instead bypass theaters and debut on Disney+ on Christmas Day. Unlike MULAN (2020), there will be no surcharge to watch SOUL. MULAN, incidentally, will drop its $30 surcharge and be included with a regular Disney+ subscription beginning December 4th.

...In Marvel news, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will be in the third SPIDER-MAN film. Both the untitled SPIDER-MAN movie and DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (2022) are expected to begin shooting later this month.

...At Classic Film & TV Cafe, Rick interviews author Scott Eyman about his new biography CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE. My review copy of the book just arrived; look for more on it here at a future date.

...On November 7th I'm signed up for a virtual discussion sponsored by the Walt Disney Family Museum, "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks." It features the authors of this month's new book of the same name. The cost to attend is $10. In the meantime, George Taylor of Imaginerding has a video review of the book. There's an entire chapter on the parks' Candlelight ceremonies; at 6:28 on the video there's a photo of Cary Grant serving as narrator. I was in the choir for that at Christmas 1978.

...I'm also signed up for a free Zoom event on October 17th, when Karie Bible will be giving a talk on "The Concrete Beast: Hollywood and Noir at the L.A. River." It's sponsored by the Elysian Arts Collective. Karie is the author of LOCATION FILMING IN LOS ANGELES in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. Registration for October 17th is here.

...Sad but not unexpected news in the current environment: Alan K. Rode has announced that this year's Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, which had been rescheduled from May to the first weekend of December, is now completely off for this year. We'll very much miss this wonderful festival but hope to celebrate its return to Palm Springs in 2021.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my October 3rd roundup.

Have a great week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Laura Hope you are well! Thanks for the tip off about the Ann Miller book. I'll be looking out for it for sure. Hopefully it will be here in Australia by Christmas. I've done some checking not available here yet. Thanks again regards Ros

1:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm delighted to have been able to share the news about the Ann Miller boo, Ros, and I hope you'll enjoy it when you're able to get your hands on it. If you do please let us know what you think.

Best wishes,

12:11 AM  

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