Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The Dorothy Lamour Blogathon is coming this weekend! Visit Silver Screenings for the list of participants who will be writing on all things Dorothy from March 11th through 13th.

...Kenneth Turan wrote a wonderful article for the L.A. Times about philanthropist David Packard's work to save and restore movies, including the storage facility he had constructed for the UCLA Film and Television Archive. I especially love that Packard's life and interest in classic-era film was radically changed by seeing one of my all-time favorite movies, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944).

...For more on film preservation, here's a CBS News piece from late February interviewing Dave Kehr about the work of the Museum of Modern Art.

...Reviews, reviews, and more reviews: Kristina wrote about a favorite Richard Conte film, THE BROTHERS RICO (1957), for Speakasy...John McElwee writes about what looks to be an interesting Humphrey Bogart film, CHAIN LIGHTNING (1950), for Greenbriar Picture Shows...Kristen Lopez was charmed by Jane Powell in THE GIRL MOST LIKELY (1957); she writes at ClassicFlix it was her first experience with Jane Powell, and I hope she will enjoy more in the future!...and Mike Clark reviews STATION WEST (1948) for Home Media Magazine.

...I enjoyed reading how fans have supported the Hallmark Show WHEN CALLS THE HEART, as described at Forbes and the Indiana Herald Times Online...In a related story, Ad Age has an article on the growing success of the Hallmark Channel (via Will McKinley).

...I loved this article at the official Coca-Cola site on a 98-year-old former Coca-Cola model.

...Now open here in Orange County: the Great Wolf Lodge, a combination resort hotel and indoor water park.

...Foodie alert: There's a new Netflix original documentary, COOKED (2016), which looks interesting.

...The Criterion Collection is coming to Region 2! Six Criterion titles will debut in the UK on April 18th, including SPEEDY (1928), IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934), and ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939).

...More good news for my readers in the UK: This June Arrow Films is releasing the UCLA/Film Noir Foundation restorations of WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950) and TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), including the same extras which will be on this spring's U.S. releases.

...I was very sorry to read last week that Susan King, who has long covered the classic film scene for the Los Angeles Times, has joined many other experienced writers in leaving the paper. She had been with the Times for 26 years. I'm going to miss her coverage, and I hope she'll pop up writing somewhere else, as she indicated she was not retiring.

...M&M's have turned 75. Terry pays tribute at A Shroud of Thoughts.

...Royalty Watch: People has darling photos of little Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on their first ski trip...in Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to Prince Oscar Carl Olaf on March 2nd. The baby prince has a four-year-old sister, Princess Estelle.

...Please visit my latest column for ClassicFlix, a biographical sketch of Joan Bennett which includes recommendations of 10 films.

...How much longer do we have to wait for the miniseries A YEAR IN THE LIFE (1986), starring Richard Kiley and Eva Marie Saint, to come to DVD?

...Great news: Marvel's AGENTS OF SHIELD has been renewed for Season 4. It returns from its midseason hiatus tonight.

...Two wonderful ladies who have given me so much pleasure were born on March 8th, Cyd Charisse (born 1921) and Claire Trevor (born 1910).

...Notable Passing: Kathryn Trosper, who asked "What's Rosebud?" in CITIZEN KANE (1941), has passed on at the age of 100.

...For many more recent classic film links, please visit last week's roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger John G. said...

Wait, so writers are leaving the Tribune Company-owned L.A. Times, too? Who's going to be left to provide content for my Chicago Tribune??? Writers have been taking buyouts in droves from the Chicago Tribune over the last several years, leaving content from other Tribune Company papers to fill the void.

Case in point: the excellent Chicago Tribune TV writer Maureen Ryan bailed years ago, so we get a lot of TV coverage from your Mary McNamara. No surprise that fewer and fewer people are bothering with newspapers anymore.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

The buyouts have been going on like mad at the Times, John. It's kind of sad seeing the simultaneous exodus of so many experienced writers.

Mary McNamara had a column on DOWNTON ABBEY yeterday so hopefully she's sticking around, but you never know!

Best wishes,

3:46 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I'm sorry to hear that about Susan King. I really like her work and hope she finds another outlet soon!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Me too, KC!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

5:20 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Thanks for the mention! I liked that you included Hollow Triumph in you Joan Bennett list, I like that one and need to see some of the others you listed. Susan King should do a blog or newsletter, I enjoyed getting her LA Times one.

3:12 PM  

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