Saturday, October 01, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Raquel has posted another of her wonderful lists of New and Upcoming Classic Film Books at Out of the Past. Interesting titles include CAROLE LOMBARD: TWENTIETH-CENTURY STAR by Michelle Morgan, author of last year's well-received biography of Thelma Todd; MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE by Robert Matzen, author of the excellent FIREBALL: CAROLE LOMBARD AND THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 3; I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES, the latest in a series of memoirs by Robert Wagner with Scott Eyman; and MOVIE NIGHT MENUS from TCM and Running Press, written by Tenaya and Andre Darlington.

...Coming in November to 50 Westerns From the 50s: The Joel McCrea Blogathon.

...There's a new biography which will be of great interest to many of my readers, DAN DURYEA: HEEL WITH A HEART. It's by Mike Peros for University Press of Mississippi. KC has reviewed it at A Classic Movie Blog. That's a title I definitely hope to review here at a future date.

...Happy birthday to Julie Andrews! She's 81 years old today, October 1st. If you missed last year's birthday photo tribute, it's right here.

...Coming from the Warner Archive: The great ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1951) on Blu-ray.

...I don't watch many new TV series but liked the pilot for ABC's SPEECHLESS with Minnie Driver. This review explains some of the reasons why.

...There have recently been a number of interesting releases in the Universal Vault DVD line, including Burt Lancaster and Joan Fontaine in KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS (1948), Loretta Young and Robert Cummings in THE ACCUSED (1949), and Nancy Carroll and Cary Grant in THE WOMAN ACCUSED (1933), to name just a few. Many thanks to reader Ashley for the tip.

...I loved DYNASTY "back in the day," but do we really need a reboot? No, we do not.

...Nor do I think we need a TV series based on THE ITALIAN JOB (2003).

...And speaking of remakes, there's a new version coming of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974), starring Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Derek Jacobi, and Daisy Ridley (THE FORCE AWAKENS).

...More TV news: WELCOME TO HITCHCOCK, made with the cooperation of the Hitchcock family.

...I recently learned that a couple of years ago actor Stanley Tucci published a second cookbook, THE TUCCI TABLE: COOKING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I linked to his first cookbook in a 2012 roundup.

...Royalty Watch: Here are darling photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a party for the children of military families. The party was part of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's current goodwill tour of Canada.

...Attention Southern Californians: Next weekend the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will host The French Had a Name For It: Rare and Classic French Noir 1939-1964, from October 6th through 9th.

...Notable Passings: Soap opera giant Agnes Nixon, the creator of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, has passed on at the age of 93...Larkin Malloy, who starred on ALL MY CHILDREN, as well as THE EDGE OF NIGHT and THE GUIDING LIGHT, has died at 62...Actor James Westmoreland has passed away at 80. Westmoreland also acted under the name Rad Fulton...Gary Glasberg, executive producer of the long-running NCIS, has died unexpectedly at the age of 50.

...My latest column for ClassicFlix is a tribute to Edmond O'Brien, including a selection of some of my favorite O'Brien titles. Please check it out!

...For even more classic film and other links, please visit my last link roundup.

Have a great week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the news about the Dan Duryea book. And the blu Ray of On Dangerous Ground.
Just watched Edmond O'Brien in The Bigamist. This film needs a new print.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hope you're able to enjoy both the book and Blu-ray before too long!

THE BIGAMIST is an O'Brien I haven't seen yet. Superb cast with Ida Lupino and Joan Fontaine. Looking forward to it...hopefully in a good print!

Best wishes,

8:44 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Belated thanks for the hat tip. I'm so curious about the Lombard bio. I liked Morgan's book about Thelma Todd.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, KC!

The Todd book has been on my "to read" list! Lombard is a special interest of mine so I'm curious as well.

Best wishes,

12:30 AM  

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