Saturday, August 29, 2009

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from the Internet...

...Katie from the film site Obscure Classics kindly dropped me a line to let me know the site is gearing back up after a summer hiatus. Look for more posts there in the weeks to come...and in the meantime, if you're new to the site, take a look back at some of the older posts, which are usually beautifully illustrated. Click the title of this post for the link.

...The 1959 version of IMITATION OF LIFE, directed by Douglas Sirk, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Susan King of the L.A. Times looks back at the movie. I recently picked up a DVD set which contains both this version and the '34 Claudette Colbert version and look forward to watching them.

...There's a new website for classic Columbia films coming to DVD. Among the goodies coming in the next few months: a Rita Hayworth set and a "Bad Girls of Noir" set spotlighting some of the restored films shown at UCLA last year.

...Catherine Zeta-Jones heads to Broadway to star in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.

...Al Lutz of MiceAge says it's likely the new version of Star Tours will be announced at the upcoming D23 Expo... Another bit of news that caught my interest was a proposal to create attraction posters for Disney's California Adventure.

...Some of the best of this week's conservative political commentary: Victor Davis Hanson on "Obama and 'Redistributive Change'"; Betsy McCaughey on "Obama's Health Rationer in Chief" (forget that darn old Hippocratic Oath!); and David Limbaugh on "Reclaiming Popular Sovereignty."

...The Everyday Food site has a great-looking recipe for a Skillet-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie. The accompanying photo is also from the Everyday Food site. It's one of my favorite magazines.

...A notable passing this week was writer/crime reporter Dominick Dunne, who also once worked in TV and film production.

...Over at MousePlanet, Wade Sampson looks back at the ceremony honoring the very first Disney Legend, Fred MacMurray.

Have a great weekend!


Blogger Cathy said...

Imitation of Life is one of the great movies...I love both versions and. When my husband's grandmother found out that was one of my favorite movies, she became an ally in the family. Great movie.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for your feedback on these, Cathy...that makes me all the more interested!

It's wonderful to hear from you...hope all is going well!

Best wishes,

7:57 AM  

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