Sunday, June 27, 2010

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Season 1 of THE GOOD WIFE, starring Julianna Margulies, comes to DVD on September 14th. My oldest daughter has high praise for this show, and I plan to try it out.

...Matthew ran a terrific birthday tribute to Jane Russell at Movietone News.

...The Silly Symphony Swings have opened at Disney's California Adventure.

...This past week Another Old Movie Blog took a fun look at two films about the early days of television, DREAMBOAT (1952) and CALLAWAY WENT THATAWAY (1951). My 2009 review of DREAMBOAT is here.

...Progress City U.S.A. has an interesting article about Disney artist Herb Ryman, who was the subject of the book WARP AND WEFT: LIFE CANVAS OF HERBERT RYMAN by John Stanley Donaldson.

...Southern Californians may be interested to learn that Ken Crane's is going out of business after 62 years selling TV's and other electronics.

...Fall cookbook season is coming, with a bunch of new entries from Food Network stars: BAREFOOT CONTESSA: HOW EASY IS THAT? by Ina Garten will be out on October 20th...NIGELLA KITCHEN: RECIPES FROM THE HEART OF THE HOME is due on October 12th...FAMILY MEALS: FINDING THE FEAST IN YOUR BACKYARD by Tyler Florence is also due on October 12th. I particularly like Ina Garten's recipes; several have become family favorites.

...Jane Skinner retired last week after a dozen years at Fox News Channel. Skinner, incidentally, is married to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

...Suzidoll wrote about Chester Morris in THE BAT WHISPERS (1930) at the TCM Blog last week. I recorded it for future viewing...

...Another new cookbook, due out November 2, 2010: THE GOURMET COOKIE BOOK: THE SINGLE BEST RECIPE FROM EACH YEAR, 1941-2009. I miss Gourmet magazine...Bon Appetit just isn't the same.

...Last Friday Susan King of the L.A. Times wrote about new classic film releases on DVD, including A STAR IS BORN and remastered films from the Warner Archive.

...The Self-Styled Siren has a fun review of women's movie fashions.

...NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH (1940) was released on DVD last week. Casey Burchby says "The picture quality is remarkable" in a review at DVD Talk. I'm especially looking forward to seeing this one. (Update: According to Amazon, the release date was changed to June 29th.)

...The G-rated TOY STORY 3 (2010) is pulling in audiences of all ages.

...Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times reviews Charlotte Chandler's biography of Katharine Hepburn, I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING.

Have a great week!


Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks for the link. I enjoyed your review of this film very much, especially pointing out that Gwen Verdon was one of the dancers in the commercial.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Matthew Coniam said...

Thanks for the link, Laura! Hope you enjoy Night Train: a worthy successor to Hitchcock's Lady Vanishes.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

Warner Archive mentioned you!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Very cool! Thanks so much, Raquelle. :)

Best wishes,

10:46 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Matthew and Jacqueline -- thanks for the great reads!

I'm glad you enjoyed my review, Jacqueline. I thought it was fun that we focused on slightly different angles of the same movie (i.e., I was looking more at the "college" angle while you focused on TV and movies) -- there was a lot of interesting stuff in DREAMBOAT!

Best wishes,

10:48 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

I enjoy The Good Wife, but even though it takes place in is most certainly not filmed here. NYC, good grief! And it occasionally flops too hard into soap opera, which it is too good for!


9:43 PM  

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