Sunday, July 18, 2010

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Here's an interesting upcoming book, courtesy of my Amazon recommendations: EARLY WARNER BROS. STUDIOS will be out on July 26th from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

...Baskin-Robbins is retiring French Vanilla ice cream? How is that even possible?

...Dick Powell's CORNERED (1945) was recently reviewed by the Professor at Noir of the Week.

...CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (1950), reviewed by toto2 at the Classic Film and TV Cafe, is a film I remember watching on TV as a teen...I haven't seen it since and would enjoy revisiting it. It stars Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, and Vincent Price. It sounds as though the DVD available from Image Entertainment may not be of very good quality, unfortunately.

...The producers of the upcoming film TRON: LEGACY (2010), a sequel to Disney's TRON (1982), recently utilized advice from the folks at Pixar on how to improve the film.

...John DiLeo of Screen Savers wrote an interesting review of THREE HOURS TO KILL (1954) with Dana Andrews and Donna Reed. I taped this a few months ago and look forward to seeing it.

...Last week the Post Office released baseball-themed stamps paying tribute to the Negro Leagues.

...Here's a story on the town of Gilroy, California, which is famous for garlic. When we visited many years ago, you could actually smell garlic as you drove into the area!

...Lou Lumenick has information on upcoming Warner Archive releases, including Robert Taylor in Anthony Mann's DEVIL'S DOORWAY (1950). Lumenick's column also discusses recent film noir releases and the new Deanna Durbin set.

...Tom of Motion Picture Gems is taking a course on director Max Ophuls, and he published a detailed analysis of LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (1948) with Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan.

...Kevin's Movie Corner recently took a look at James Stewart and June Allyson in THE STRATTON STORY (1949).

...Glenn Erickson, aka DVD Savant, reviewed the new release from Olive Films, APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER (1951) with Alan Ladd and Jack Webb.

...Attention Southern Californians: ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, Pasadena, and Sherman Oaks will be showing a variety of Disney movies in August. Hollywood will focus on Disney sci-fi, Pasadena will be showing animated classics, and Sherman Oaks will screen musicals. The schedule is at D23.

...Notable passing: Actor James Gammon, whose memorable roles include the manager in MAJOR LEAGUE (1989), has passed away at the age of 70.

Have a good week, everyone!


Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

That's sad news about James Gammon- I also liked him in Nash Bridges. He also had a small role in one of the recent Jesse Stone films.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

He was a good actor -- so perfect for a baseball character! I'm glad to know he's in the JESSE STONE film. I've got a stack of 3 on loan from my dad by my TV set. Looks like he's in the middle of that batch.

Best wishes,

6:41 PM  
Blogger A said...

How on earth can you retire a classic ice cream?

RIP James Gammon

8:23 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

I am so happy to hear about the involvement of Pixar in Tron. That is very good news!

I have now seen all the Jesse Stone movies that are out on DVD. Just have to wait for the latest one to be released. Thanks for mentioning them to begin with Laura.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Irene,

You may be aware, the latest JESSE STONE will be released on DVD on July 27th. :)

Best wishes,

10:35 PM  

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