Sunday, September 07, 2014

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Steve Bingen, one of the authors of the fascinating book MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot, has a new book out later this month: Warner Bros.: Hollywood's Ultimate Backlot. Larry Edmunds Bookshop is hosting a signing and slide show on September 18th.

...I enjoyed the recent interview of the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller by the Warner Archive's George Feltenstein. It can be heard online here. Feltenstein mentioned the new OUT OF THE PAST (1947) Blu-ray from the Archive has been such a big seller they've already gone through four pressings.

...Leonard Maltin shares memories on 45 years of creating his MOVIE GUIDE. There's more in an interview with CNN.

...Cinemark Theaters will be hosting nationwide screenings of GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) on September 28 and October 1, 2014, in honor of the film's 75th anniversary.

...DVD Beaver reviews the upcoming Olive Films Blu-ray of SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS (1949) starring Joel McCrea, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, and Dorothy Malone.

...Here is a trailer for Season 5 of DOWNTON ABBEY.

...Raquel wraps up this year's Summer Reading Challenge with links to many film book reviews at Out of the Past. I was delighted to win the drawing for some classic novels which were turned into movies! Be sure to check out the many interesting reviews for future reading ideas.

...Mary Beth Hughes keeps turning up in my viewing in recent months. Vienna has reviewed her in MEN ON HER MIND (1944) which sounds like fun.

...Mark Fertig of the excellent blog Where Danger Lives has a brand-new book out, FILM NOIR 101: THE 101 BEST FILM NOIR POSTERS FROM THE 1940S-1950S. Anyone who enjoys the posters Mark shares at his site knows this will be a terrific book!

...Will McKinley takes an amusing look at last Friday's TCM Pre-Code marathon at Cinematically Insane.

...Recent articles at ClassicFlix include KC on Joan Crawford, Toby on the Durango Kid, and Ivan on Edmond O'Brien in 711 OCEAN DRIVE (1950).

...Happy 4th anniversary to Dorian, Vinnie, and their very enjoyable blog Tales of the Easily Distracted!

...Programming at the New Beverly Cinema, a revival house in Los Angeles, will now be managed by director Quentin Tarantino, who pledges to show films in 35mm and 16mm, but no digital screenings.

...The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is in the midst of a William Castle Festival, "Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics." Susan King has more on Castle and this month's screenings in the Los Angeles Times.

...Notable Passing: Filmmaker Michael Hoey has passed away at 79, per Boot Hill. Hoey was the son of actor Dennis Hoey, who played Inspector Lestrade in the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films. We have Michael Hoey's book SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FABULOUS FACES - THE UNIVERSAL PICTURES REPERTORY COMPANY.

Have a great week!


Blogger Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Laura! (I always have trouble proving I'm not a robot...)

2:22 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sorry Google screening is being a pain, Ivan, I've had a couple other readers having difficulty with the "prove you're not a robot" too. Sigh! I wish spammers didn't make it a necessity... :(

Really enjoyed the article and the background on filming at the dam (and stopping filming!) -- I really like 711 OCEAN DRIVE a lot.

Best wishes,

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news about the new Warner Brothers book. That's a must buy.
Thanks as always for mentioning my Mary Beth Hughes review.

12:14 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Thanks for the hat tip. That's the only way I know my ClassicFlix stuff is up!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

My pleasure, Vienna! Glad I could give you that book tip. :)

And glad I could make you aware your article is up, KC! I don't always notice when mine are up right away either, LOL.

Best wishes,

9:18 PM  

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