Sunday, May 29, 2011

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Last week my husband was visiting the film archives at USC and met Marilyn Ann Moss, author of a new biography, RAOUL WALSH: THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOLLYWOOD'S LEGENDARY DIRECTOR. It should be a fascinating book. Years ago I enjoyed Walsh's autobiography, EACH MAN IN HIS TIME.

...Thanks to Elisabeth for letting me know about the Recyled Movie Costumes website. The site's filled with fun costume-related movie and TV trivia, such as a dress worn by Roberta Shore on THE VIRGINIAN which was later worn by other actresses on the show, or this costume seen in MGM's GREEN DOLPHIN STREET (1947) and LITTLE WOMEN (1949). There are many more examples to explore!

...Looks like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Catherine, will be visiting Anne of Green Gables land, Prince Edward Island, when they tour Canada this summer.

...Classic Movie Man celebrated lovely Jeanne Crain's birthday last week.

...I've been enjoying exploring Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci's blog, Tales of the Easily Distracted. Her post on THE DARK CORNER (1946) is a great example of her work. Be sure to visit Dorian's older posts, such as this one on another favorite, I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941).

...The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina, has a Twitter account.

...Glenn Erickson reviews FATE IS THE HUNTER (1964) at DVD Savant.

...Carrie's got a nice summery pic of Robert Montgomery on his yacht at Classic Montgomery.

...Here's another great photo, of Clark Gable and Gene Tierney taking a break during filming of NEVER LET ME GO (1953). (Via The Old Hollywood.)

...Nikki discusses Disney's POCAHONTAS (1995) at True Classics. That's a film I've not yet seen, though it has two of my all-time favorite Disney songs. It's on my list to catch up with eventually!

...New book: LADY BLUE EYES: MY LIFE WITH FRANK, by Barbara Sinatra, will be released Tuesday. USA Today has some details.

...Maureen O'Hara will host the Maureen O'Hara Classic Film Festival in Glengarriff, Ireland, next month. The official website is here. The Festival also has a Twitter account and Facebook page. (Via Moira Finnie, who recently joined Twitter.)

...Ty Burr of the Boston Globe and Roger Ebert expose a modern projection problem: many theaters are using 3-D lenses to project 2-D films, resulting in murky films which are difficult to see properly. If you attend a 2-D film and see two stacked beams of light in the projection window, instead of one, you've got a problem.

...Clara, who lives in Chile, shares a discussion she had with her grandparents about classic movie stars in a charming post at Via Margutta 51. I also enjoyed taking a look back at Clara's November post on her favorite films by director Mitchell Leisen.

...I loved this photo of John Payne celebrating his birthday on the set of TENNESSEE'S PARTNER (1955). It's posted at 50 Westerns From the 50s.

...I recently bought the new hardcover book SOUTHERN BISCUITS by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, and it's a beauty. I'm really looking forward to trying out some recipes.

...Another Southern-themed cookbook came out in March: QUICK-FIX SOUTHERN: HOMEMADE HOSPITALITY IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS. The author is Rebecca Lang, an editor at SOUTHERN LIVING.

...Kristina has been busy adding photos to her blog, Kristina's Kinema, and at the Landmark Report she recently discussed favorite pirate movies.

...Notable Passing: Actress Phyllis Avery, the one-time wife of actor-director Don Taylor, has passed away at the age of 88. Avery costarred on THE RAY MILLAND SHOW: MEET MR. MCNULTY in the early '50s.

Enjoy the rest of the Memorial Day weekend, and have a great week!


Blogger Clara Fercovic said...

Already thanked you via Twitter, but thanks again!! :)

I really enjoyed the site 'Recyled Movie Costumes', very interesting!

And I really need to watch "The Dark Corner" :)

Oh, and you must see "Pocahontas", it's one of my favorite Disney movies :)

7:47 PM  
Blogger DorianTB said...

Laura, I'm flattered, honored, and tickled pink that TALES OF THE EASILY DISTRACTED is among your "Around the Blogosphere This Week" recommendations! I'm especially pleased that you enjoyed my post about THE DARK CORNER, just as I very much enjoyed discovering and reading your own 2010 review of this Team Bartilucci family favorite. Thanks a million, Laura, and keep your great blogs coming!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Clara! Hope you'll enjoy THE DARK CORNER, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation on POCAHONTAS! It's funny I like the music so much yet haven't seen the film yet.

You're very welcome, Dorian! I've enjoyed catching up with your blog very much. THE DARK CORNER was a really enjoyable "find" which I look forward to seeing again!

Best wishes,

9:42 AM  

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