Saturday, April 03, 2010

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet... This is a somewhat abbreviated Easter Weekend roundup.

...When I visited Disney Studios I commented it felt more like a college campus than a film studio. 2719 Hyperion says this was a deliberate decision on the part of Walt Disney, and shares screen caps of the studio doubling as Medfield College in THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES (1969).

...MorlockJeff has an excellent interview with actor Norman Lloyd at the TCM blog.

...Douglas McGrath profiles Preston Sturges in Vanity Fair. (Hat tip: Classic Movies.)

...She Blogged By Night reviews PARTY GIRL (1930) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

...Lou Lumenick has the rundown on the newest Warner Archive releases, due out this week.

...Read this and weep: Jim Geraghty of National Review has an exhaustive list of Obama commitments and their expiration dates.

...The L.A. Times has an article on WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY, focusing on the behind-the-scenes intersection of musical theater with Disney animation which helped fuel Disney's revival. I was delighted to read that this summer's DVD edition will include an entire session of lyricist-producer Howard Ashman coaching Jodi Benson on her Ariel vocals for THE LITTLE MERMAID; this was a fascinating scene in the documentary.

...One of my favorite London papers, the Evening Standard, ran an interview with Olivia de Havilland a couple weeks ago. I wonder what happened to her autobiography? It was supposed to come out last spring, or maybe even the year before that. I think the title was planned to be NOW IS THE TIME.

...Tom of Motion Picture Gems had the opportunity to attend a screening of NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) with Eva Marie Saint and Robert Osborne.

Have a happy Easter!


Blogger AJ Wolfe said...

Dying to see Waking Sleeping Beauty! I wonder if it's sheer "kool-aid drinking" or actually has depth...

7:50 PM  

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