Friday, June 17, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Fantastic news for fans of musical theater in general and SHE LOVES ME in particular: On June 30th the current Broadway production, starring Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, and Jane Krakowski, will be streaming live. Details on methods to do it are here. This will make history as the first-ever live national streaming broadcast of a Broadway show. I love SHE LOVES ME and have had the joy of seeing it on stage with Pam Dawber and Joel Higgins; I've also reviewed a British TV production with Robin Ellis and Gemma Craven. I'm thrilled at the prospect of watching it remotely, live from Broadway! More info is available from Deadline, The New York Times, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.

...In other musical news, WICKED is coming to movie theaters...but not till 2019. My review of the U.S. touring theatrical production earlier this year may be found here.

...New film book: FRANCES DEE: A FILM HISTORY by Ed Hulse, a film historian I know of from the Lone Pine Film Festival. The foreward is by Frances Dee's grandson, Wyatt McCrea. Thanks to my friend Jane for the tip!

...It was lovely to read that Stuart Margolin and Gretchen Corbett of THE ROCKFORD FILES have reunited for a West Virginia stage production of ON GOLDEN POND.

...Start saving those pennies: Barnes and Noble's annual summer Criterion half-price sale is reported to be scheduled for July 5th.

...Another important date is coming up: tickets for this October's Lone Pine Film Festival are scheduled to go on sale on Monday, June 27th. My coverage of the 2015 festival is here. Update: The ticket sale date has been changed to July 25th.

...Maybe we'll need to make a side trip to Big Pine and try this highly rated BBQ restaurant!

...If you're ever in Taiwan, there's a Hello Kitty Cafe. Who knew?

...In April we enjoyed milk from Broguiere's Dairy at Milk Jar Cookies. It was distressing to read that it's possible the dairy will be forced to close by eminent domain. Hopefully there's a solution which will work for all involved.

...Famous film directors express their love for Turner Classic Movies.

...From Los Angeles Magazine, a story on the movie memorabilia collections of the late Marvin Paige and Eric Caidin.

...Coming this September: The Margaret Lockwood Centennial Blogathon, hosted by Terry at A Shroud of Thoughts.

...Leonard Maltin has a new home on the web, His latest review is of Disney's FINDING DORY (2016) which I anticipate seeing in the next few days.

...Reviews, reviews, and more reviews: The Blonde at the Film looks at one of my old favorites, TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE (1950), which I reviewed last November...Ivan has reviewed the great Western Noir STATION WEST (1948) for ClassicFlix...Glenn Erickson has many interesting recent reviews, including the new Warner Archive Blu-ray of THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945)...Will McKinley has written about Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in HOLIDAY (1938) for the getTV website...and Colin's most recent review at Riding the High Country is on the most enjoyable Robert Taylor Western AMBUSH (1950).

..."25 Reasons the Good Wife Had the Best Guest Cast Ever." One recurring actor, Renee Elise Goldsberry, just won the Tony Award for HAMILTON. My favorite guest actor is Carrie Preston, who plays the unusual but brilliant Elsbeth Tascioni, whose brain seems to ping-pong all over the room while she processes information and then lands on the perfect strategy.

...Another reason to subscribe to Netflix: Julie Andrews will star in a new children's series, JULIE'S GREENROOM.

...One more TV story, a terrific one on Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol on THE WEST WING. She has left acting and now works for a veterans organization in Washington, D.C.

...Notable Passings: Janet Waldo, whose career spanned 1938 to 2000, has passed on at the age of 96. Waldo's screen career included appearing as Tim Holt's leading lady in THE BANDIT TRAIL (1941) and LAND OF THE OPEN RANGE (1942), but she was best known as a voice actress, where her most popular roles included Judy Jetson in THE JETSONS and Josie in JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. The busy Waldo was also a radio star, appearing in the title role on MEET CORLISS ARCHER from 1943 to 1956...Ronnie Claire Edwards, who played Corabeth Walton Godsey on THE WALTONS, has died at the age of 83. When I was about 11 I had the pleasure of visiting the WALTONS set and watching her work...Ann Morgan Guilbert, best known as Millie on THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, has passed on at 87...Disney animator Willis Pyle has passed on at the age of 101. It's fascinating how many Disney animators and Imagineers have lived into their 90s or, in Pyle's case, beyond.

...For even more movie-related links, my previous roundup may be found here.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great roundup. Pleased to hear about Frances Dee book, and Lone Pine Festival and Margaret Lockwood blogathon.

9:42 AM  
Blogger KC said...

I love that Julie Andrews is doing a kids' series! What a surprise. Too bad my kids are probably to old for it now.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

The news about Stuart Margolin and Beth Corbett really pleased me. Looking forward to "She Loves Me". I didn't watch "The Good Wife" but I used to watch Renee Elise Goldsberry on "One Life to Live". So pleased about her Tony win.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Will McKinley said...

Belated thanks for the link, Laura!

8:25 AM  

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