Saturday, April 30, 2011

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...At Libertas, Jennifer Baldwin has written a very interesting review of a Glenn Ford-Gloria Grahame film I've not yet seen, Fritz Lang's HUMAN DESIRE (1954). I'm very much looking forward to both that film and Ford and Grahame's THE BIG HEAT (1953). I found the article via the Self-Styled Siren's "More Link Love" post last week. I very much appreciate the Siren linking to my review of MADE ON BROADWAY (1933) in the same post!

...Last Tuesday, the Steven Spielberg Scoring Stage at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts was renamed the John Williams Scoring Stage. Longtime USC benefactors Spielberg and George Lucas were in attendance. Williams said that the hall bearing his name was "probably...the greatest honor I have ever received." Read more in an article by film music historian Jon Burlingame at The Film Music Society.

...Lou Lumenick had the chance to see THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943) at the TCM Film Festival. Lumenick comments on Joan Fontaine's remarkably natural performance as the teenaged Tessa, saying he's "I've never seen a better Joan Fontaine performance," and I'm inclined to agree. I so look forward to this film being released on DVD!

...Susan King of the L.A. Times wrote a brief story last week about the long-unavailable THE CONSTANT NYMPH and NIGHT FLIGHT (1933) being on the schedule at the TCM Festival.

...Reviews, reviews, and more reviews: Tyrone Power in DIPLOMATIC COURIER (1952) was reviewed at Riding the High Country...Java's Journey looks at a favorite screwball comedy, EASY LIVING (1937), starring Jean Arthur and Ray Milland...Classic Movie Gab reviews a very different Milland film, SO EVIL MY LOVE (1948)...Classicfilmboy's Movie Paradise reviews Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young in Frank Borzage's MAN'S CASTLE (1933)...and She Blogged By Night has some nice screen caps and analysis of William Holden's performance in ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO (1953).

...One of the locations for the TCM Festival, the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, is being sold.

...At Skeins of Thought, Moira reviews DRANGO (1957), a post Civil War film starring Jeff Chandler, Joanne Dru, and Julie London. Moira's thoughtful review makes this film sound really interesting. I'd never really cared for Chandler until enjoying him in FEMALE ON THE BEACH (1955) at the Noir City Film Festival this month.

...Garbo Laughs has an informative list of titles coming to Netflix streaming in May, as well as a list of titles which are expiring.

...When I saw Catherine Middleton's beautiful, classic wedding dress yesterday, the lace bodice immediately brought to mind Grace Kelly's wedding dress, created by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. Comet Over Hollywood was thinking along the same lines.

...The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles just received a $100 million gift from one of the museum's founders, Margie Peterson.

...Cybercrooks are targeting Kindle eBooks. (Via Missy.)

...The Silver Screen Affair has lovely photos of movie star bathing beauties. (Via Monty, guest linking at Classic Movies.)

...New books for history buffs: THE SIEGE OF WASHINGTON: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE TWELVE DAYS THAT SHOOK THE UNION by John and Charles Lockwood, which was released this month, and THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS by David McCullough, due in May.

...More classic film reviews? Right here! Cin-Eater reviews Jon Hall and Maria Montez in ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942)...John Greco reviews Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Billy Wilder's THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942) at Twenty Four Frames...Ivan posts about two pre-Code titles, BLOOD MONEY (1933) and PLEASURE CRUISE (1933), at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear...Mike Clark takes a look at the new DVD-R release of NOT AS A STRANGER (1955) at Home Media Magazine. NOT AS A STRANGER stars Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, and Olivia de Havilland...and Glenn Erickson reviews BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) and WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956), both recently out from the Warner Archive.

...There are more links for this week in my Guest Linking post at Classic Movies!

Have a great weekend!


Blogger Colin said...

Thanks again for the mention Laura.


12:57 AM  
Blogger JavaBeanRush said...

Regarding EASY LIVING and your review which mentions the automat, I doubt I'd have known about such places were it not for the movies and the occasional mid-century pop culture tome.

Thanks for the book recommendation (and the link to my blog).

-- Java

11:50 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Colin and Java!

Java, hope you can locate the book, it's very interesting. There really is a lot of info to be picked up from the movies -- and it's interesting to imagine the window they provided on the world to audiences of the '30s which had much more limited methods of communication and info sharing than we have today.

Best wishes,

12:53 PM  

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