Monday, July 21, 2014

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Ten Cinemark theaters around the country, including my local Cinemark in Huntington Beach, will be presenting "My Favorite Musicals," a mini-film fest, on Saturday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 29th. The three films screened will be OKLAHOMA! (1955), HELLO, DOLLY! (1969), and the relatively recent MOULIN ROUGE (2001). The price to see all three films is $15. Further details are here.

...For those who haven't already noticed, as of June Netflix stopped mailing out DVDs on Saturdays.

...A new book from the University Press of Mississippi: THE PRESIDENT'S LADIES: JANE WYMAN AND NANCY DAVIS. Author Bernard Dick wrote HOLLYWOOD MADONNA: LORETTA YOUNG and other film biographies for the same publisher.

...TCM is selling vintage milk bottles from Ginger Rogers' Rogue River Ranch. If only they weren't so pricey! I seem to recall a vintage good catalogue selling some of these bottles a number of years ago.

...Fans of THE WALTONS might like to know that an ornament featuring the Walton house will be on sale from Hallmark this October.

...Will McKinley analyzes how a merger of Fox and Time Warner could potentially impact classic film fans.

...Here's a 2013 book I just learned about which I'd love to read: JOCK MAHONEY: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF A HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN. It's by Gene Freese for McFarland.

...I'd like to invite my readers to click over to ClassicFlix and check out my latest article for that site, on Carole Lombard.

...Loved this story on the friendship of Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully and stadium chef Dave Pearson.

...Lindsay takes a look at HOSTILE WITNESS (1968), starring and directed by Ray Milland, at Lindsay's Movie Musings.

...The classic BATMAN TV series comes out on Blu-ray on November 11, 2014.

...Coming soon from the Warner Archive: Ty Hardin in BRONCO: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.

...Rick of the Classic Film & TV Cafe visited the 37th annual Western Film Fair in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Among others, he met Piper Laurie and Johnny Crawford.

...Here's an interview with Bruce Boxleitner, who talks about the influence James Arness had on his career and his professional attitudes. The article includes a quote from Joel McCrea's grandson Wyatt; Boxleitner narrates the informational video at the McCrea Ranch.

...Coming from the Criterion Collection in October: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) on Blu-ray and DVD.

...I came across a Leo Gordon Facebook page maintained by his daughter. Western fans who admire the actor-writer will want to check it out. There are many unique photos.

...My friend Jerry Entract has posted his list of 5 Underrated Action/Adventure Films at Rupert Pupkin Speaks. I'd love to see CORVETTE K-225 (1943) which has a great cast headed by Randolph Scott.

...Royalty Watch: Charming new photos as Prince George of Cambridge turns one year old on Tuesday, July 22nd.

...Notable Passing: Skye McCole Bartusiak, who as a child actress was so moving as Mel Gibson's silent daughter Susan in THE PATRIOT (2000), has died at 21. Her mother says she had a history of epileptic seizures. Her older brother in the film was played by Heath Ledger, who died in 2008.

Have a great week!


Blogger Robby Cress said...

What sad news about Bartusiak. It's always horrible to hear about someone so young passing away, when they really should have so much life to live.

That book about Reagan's ladies sounds interesting. I had not heard of it. Thanks for the tip!

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that Facebook page on Leo Gordon. Thanks for the link.

12:31 AM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Hi Laura
Many thanks for the mention today - you know how much your support means to me and it would be great if these posts make recommendations that other readers find useful, of course.

Some interesting news this week - the book on JOCK MAHONEY is an absolute must for me. Jock is one of my favourite action stars. Together with the recent book on ALLAN LANE you pointed up, there is some good reading ahead!

Fantastic news also that Warner Archive is putting out the first series of "BRONCO". This was a big favourite series for me and should look terrific under WA's quality.

Best wishes, Jerry

1:48 AM  
Blogger Blake Lucas said...

I'm with Jerry on Jock Mahoney, who has always been a personal favorite of mine. Never dreamed there would be a book on him. Thanks for letting us know.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks to you all so much for the great feedback!

Jerry, I'm totally unfamiliar with BRONCO so I was most interested to hear your thoughts.

Hope the Mahoney book is good!!

Best wishes,

10:05 PM  

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