Saturday, October 03, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...TCM has announced that the 2021 festival will be virtual. Things remain too uncertain regarding where we'll be next April for TCM to undertake all the planning commitments necessary for an in-person festival at this juncture. Regarding the future, TCM says "TCM recognizes how important the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood has become to our fans and we remain committed to presenting a safe, in-person TCM Classic Film Festival in the future."

...Disney has likewise announced that next summer's D23 Expo will instead take place in September 2022. (The company's Star Wars Celebration takes place in the same Anaheim venue in August 2022.) In Disney's case it particularly makes sense given that many of the new films and attractions announced at last year's Expo have been delayed due to COVID so there would likely not be much "new" to announce as of mid 2021.

...Don't get me started on how the State of California has lied to the public about working with theme park operators to plan for safe reopenings, while Disney and Knott's Berry Farm have made clear they couldn't get their phone calls returned. Disneyland execs have sounded increasingly desperate in recent days and announced massive layoffs this week; Thursday evening it was announced that Disney chairman Bob Iger had quit the governor's reopening task force. Friday the State finally said they would seek input from the theme parks instead of unilaterally releasing guidelines as planned. Disney has invested millions in safety systems which have successfully been deployed in Orlando and around the world, but the State hasn't seen fit to consult with them on how to successfully restart a major sector of the Southern California economy?! The direct and indirect consequences of the closures here in Orange County are increasingly alarming. It should be noted that in a state with 40 million people, fewer than 800 are currently in the ICU due to COVID.

...The American Legion's Hollywood Post 43 has a new Hollywood Legion Theater website. They've launched a drive-in series in the parking lot behind Post 43's Highland Avenue building; the schedule is here. The cost is $65 per car, with concessions for each person in the car included in the cost. A FAQ with additional information is here.

...The Disney+ streaming service has also launched an in-person drive-in series at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

...Meanwhile, there is serious concern about the survival of movie theaters.

...Another title to add to the fall cookbook list: MILK STREET: COOKISH - THROW IT TOGETHER by Christopher Kimball.

...Here's Leonard Maltin on "New and Notable Film Books." Always worth checking out his thoughts on the latest classic film reads.

...A must-have book coming next May: MADE IN CALIFORNIA: THE CALIFORNIA-BORN DINERS, BURGER JOINTS, FAST FOOD & RESTAURANTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by George Geary. Thanks to my friend Raquel for the news!

...Disney and Marvel Studios have cast Iman Vellani as superhero MS. MARVEL. The character will appear in both theatrical films and Disney+ streaming series.

...Coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber in December: The Rock Hudson Collection, featuring SEMINOLE (1953), THE GOLDEN BLADE (1953), and BENGAL BRIGADE (1954). The first two films will include commentary tracks by Nick Pinkterton and Phillipa Berry, respectively.

...Notable Passings: Bonni Lou Kern, who was a Mouseketeer from 1955-56, has passed away at the age of 79...Larry Rosen, who produced THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY and THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW before beginning a second career as a physician assistant in his late 50s, has died at 84...Singer Helen Reddy, who sang the classic song "Candle on the Water" in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON (1977), has passed on at 78...Singer-songwriter-actor Mac Davis has passed on at 78...Former Los Angeles Dodger Jay Johnstone has passed on at 74. Johnstone, who was on the 1981 World Series Champions team, was long married to former child actress Mary Jane Saunders, whose films included SORROWFUL JONES (1949) with Bob Hope and FATHER IS A BACHELOR (1950) with William Holden and Coleen Gray...Another famous Dodger, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, has passed on at 86. Johnson was a member of the 1965 World Series Champions team...St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson has passed away at the age of 84.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my September 26th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger Seth said...

Well, I'm very sorry we won't meet up in Hollywood next April. "Don't get me started," indeed....

Fascinating to see the rise of "pop-up" drive-ins, especially one by a streaming service.

I'm interested in a few of the books both you and Leonard mention, and I may gift the Nat King Cole bio this Christmas. Speaking of books, have you acquired THE DISNEY MONORAIL, yet? I keep telling myself that I must get through some of my current piles before getting more.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Irene said...

Yes - it is so obvious the state has not worked with the theme parks! My personal feeling is that if they do open then Neusum will lose control and that's why he has been dragging his feet. This is all beyond ridiculous now! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary (40th!) but we are going to have to go into Orange County in order to find a nice place to dine - we don't want to sit outside near traffic! We'd like to dress up and celebrate this milestone (in more ways than one) in style.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Seth! It's all so frustrating...! The rise of the drive-in is really interesting. When you combine it with a story I shared recently about LP's outselling CDs, there's a definite feeling of "Everything old is new again" in the air these days.

THE DISNEY MONORAIL is now on my Disney shelf! I haven't read it yet but was awestruck on a quick flip-through. A visually gorgeous book. My husband is currently reading our copy of the Nat King Cole bio!

Hi Irene! I think you are probably right. The governor wants to keep his control micromanaging and really doesn't seem to care at all about the jobs. You'd think he'd care about the decimation of the state tax base but he seems solely focused on things like COVID (to the exclusion of all the other health and societal problems his policies are causing) and electric cars.

That said, Happy Anniversary, Irene!!!!!!!

Best wishes,

10:32 AM  

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