Saturday, April 11, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Here's Leonard Maltin's latest list of "New and Notable Film Books." I'm particularly intrigued by HOLLYWOOD'S TRAINS & TROLLEYS.

...A Bad Idea: Universal is working on a contemporary remake of the classic THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955). The original was directed by Charles Laughton, filmed by Stanley Cortez, and starred Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish.

...Enjoy nine of Disney's Broadway musical stars performing Alan Menken's "Go the Distance" from HERCULES (1997) while "socially isolating." Then on Monday watch 25 MAGICAL YEARS OF DISNEY ON BROADWAY.

...Growing up, my love for classic films was cultivated at the Vagabond Theater on Wilshire and at the Leo S. Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I had countless memorable 35mm film experiences in those theaters, and I remember the programming and introductions of the late Ron Haver at LACMA especially fondly. So it was really sad to see that a few days ago the Bing was demolished as part of LACMA's (terribly misguided) rebuilding. The theater, built in 1965, was designed by famed architect William L. Pereira. Classic film programming there in recent years hasn't been what it once was, but I enjoyed an evening of Audrey Hepburn films there a decade ago, and in 2012 there was a marvelous series of "Mid-Century California Noir."

...Mike Clark reviews Kino Lorber's new release of MURDER, HE SAYS (1945) for Media Play News. This film is actually one I saw at the Bing Theater as a kid.

...I recently started a rewatch of one of my all-time favorite TV series, FRASIER (1993-2004), and I can say it's the perfect thing to watch in these trying times. What a marvelous show.

...Here's a fun behind-the-scenes peek at the "home studios" currently in use by Fox News anchors.

...The Hallmark Dreambook with 2020 Christmas ornaments is now available online.

...The Warner Archive/WB Shop, which was temporarily closed due to the pandemic, has reopened with a "4 for $44" sale.

...A new series on Disney+, PROP CULTURE (2020), delves into the Walt Disney Archives for a close-up look at various items used in Disney films. Unlike previous Disney+ series, all eight episodes will be available simultaneously when the series debuts on May 1st.

...Half a decade ago I saw WITNESS TO MURDER (1954) at the Noir City Hollywood Film Festival. A new post by Caftan Woman makes me want to pull it out for a rewatch. Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, and Gary Merrill star.

...Over at Riding the High Country, Colin has lots of interesting reviews in recent weeks. I'd love to see Alexis Smith and Scott Brady in UNDERCOVER GIRL (1950), which was a guest review by Gordon Gates, and I really enjoyed Colin's look at THE SIGN OF THE RAM (1948), yet another film I was able to see thanks to Noir City Hollywood.

...Notable Passings: As a big fan of TV's THE VIRGINIAN (1962-71) I was especially sorry to hear of the passing of James Drury, who played the title character. He was 85. Tane McClure, the daughter of Drury's late VIRGINIAN costar Doug McClure, Tweeted a sweet tribute. Drury also appeared in a number of classic films including POLLYANNA (1960) and RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962).

...More Notable Passings: Honor Blackman, best known for both TV's THE AVENGERS (1962-64) and the James Bond film GOLDFINGER (1964), has died at 94...Actress Shirley Douglas, the mother of Kiefer Sutherland, passed away at 86...Football player-actor Timothy Brown has passed on at 82.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my April 4th roundup.

...I leave you this Easter weekend with a gorgeous "socially distanced" performance of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" by the Royal Choral Society.

Happy Easter, and have a great week!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

The destruction of notable buildings is a sad thing indeed.

Remember, when rewatching Witness to Murder that Burt Mustin is no help in a crisis.

Thanks for those interesting links perfect for feet up, pot of tea and a read time.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'll remember that!! :)

Truly, so sad about that building being demolished. Los Angeles can be pretty bad about preserving its architectural history.

Hope you enjoy the reading!

Best wishes,

7:12 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

I recently watched the "Missing San Francisco" episode of California's Gold where Huell talked with a historian about the destruction of the Fox Theater and the relocation of its organ to the El Capitan. They mused about how people in the Sixties didn't appreciate historic places; I'm sorry to see that's still the case with the Bing.

Probably no surprise, but I too am interested in the TRAINS & TROLLEYS book. And thanks also for the heads up on the Warner Archive sale--I've been looking forward to it (I may be out of a job and income, but it do have my TCMFF pass refund....)

7:29 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Seth!

That's a Huell episode I don't remember seeing. I looked up the episode on the Chapman University website to watch soon: Here it is for anyone else who may be interested. It's a sad truth L.A. still doesn't properly appreciate its historic places.

Hope you can enjoy spending a little of your TCMFF pass money in the Archive sale -- and on the book!

Best wishes,

11:20 AM  

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