Monday, February 16, 2015

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...My February column for ClassicFlix is on lesser-known and underrated romantic movies. Please click on over for my suggestions of 10 favorite movie romances.

...Kristina's latest reviews at Speakeasy include the wonderful Joel McCrea Western directed by Jacques Tourneur, WICHITA (1955), and a crime movie I hope to watch soon, HIGHWAY 301 (1950), starring Steve Cochran.

...Portraits by Jenni reviews Joel McCrea's COLORADO TERRITORY (1950), which I'll be watching later this year.

...It's a Joel McCrea week here, as Friday evening my husband and I plan to see McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck in UNION PACIFIC (1938), shown as part of UCLA's Cecil B. DeMille series.

...An interesting article at Wired: "Amazon Prime is One of the Most Bizarre Good Business Ideas Ever."

...At Out of the Past, Raquel has posted great suggestions on how she budgets to afford attending the TCM Classic Film Festival.

...At Blog of the Darned, Chris Sturhann shares news on the roles he and his teenaged daughter will have as TCM "social media producers" at the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival.

...Dean Street Press has announced that George Sanders' autobiography MEMOIRS OF A PROFESSIONAL CAD is coming back into press as an eBook. I'll be reviewing that book in the next few weeks. I was fascinated to learn that Sanders also wrote two mysteries in the '40s, CRIME ON MY HANDS and STRANGER AT HOME, which will also be available for Kindle, Nook, and other e-reader formats. (P.S. See more information on the mysteries in the comments!)

...Frank Sinatra's granddaughter, A.J. Lambert, reflects on her grandmother, Nancy Sinatra Sr., for Vanity Fair.

...Here's Leonard Maltin with information on the new book THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR 1915-1935. I linked to another review of the book last month.

...The latest movie discussed at Riding the High Country is Gregory Peck's THE GUNFIGHTER (1950), which was on my "10 Classics" list in 2013.

...Efforts to save the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach don't seem to be going anywhere due to a lack of interest by the building's owner.

...Speaking of Seal Beach, our local Marie Callender's has closed after 45 years. Sad to see it go.

...For anyone who missed it, here's TCM Remembers Lizabeth Scott.

...Notable Passings: Los Angeles lost two broadcast legends last week, radio announcer Gary Owens, who passed on at 80, and KTLA reporter Stan Chambers, who died at 91.

...Thanks to Bob Joles for his timely tip on the brand-new book LOS ANGELES TELEVISION, a history by Joel Tator.

...For more recent links, please visit last week's roundup!

...Disney fans will also want to be sure to check out last week's Disney News roundup of links on Disney movies, books, and theme park news.

Have a great week!


Blogger Bill O said...

Sanders didn't write his mystery novels - female mystery writer Craig Rice did. As well as Gypsy Rose Lee's G-String Murders.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

That is great info, Bill! Thanks so much for sharing that.

Best wishes,

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely article by Frank Sinatra's grand daughter. Thanks for the link.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Maricatrin said...

Craig Rice also wrote the book that Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) was based on. Lynn Bari plays a lady mystery writer with three children (who get involved in a real-life mystery), and Randolph Scott is a police detective. It's a fun little film.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Thanks Laura for the mentions, any week can be Joel McCrea week in my book! Hope you enjoy Highway 301 as much as I did. Liked your list at ClassicFlix, especially that you included The Chase-- like you said, some of those love scenes are hotter than sunburn. Great collection here as usual, Best!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

HOME, SWEET HOMICIDE is a *must* for me, need to track that one down! Great cast. Thanks, Maricatrin.

You're so welcome, Kristina! THE CHASE really surprised me when I saw it -- love your description. Looking forward to HIGHWAY 301!

Best wishes,

10:44 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Many thanks for the link to the Vanity Fair article on Sinatra, Laura.

9:21 PM  

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