Saturday, September 12, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...I've been especially sad that, like everything else this year, the annual Lone Pine Film Festival has been cancelled. We've attended for the past half-dozen years and loved every experience. But I'm happy to report that the festival has put together what looks like a robust online edition, which will feature not only films and interviews but virtual tours! It will take place October 9th through 11th, with films introduced by Richard Bann and Greg Luce. The three video location tours will be hosted by Don Kelsen (TRAIL TO SAN ANTONE, 1947), Chris Langley (YELLOW SKY, 1948), and Ross Schnioffsky and Warren Davey (Randolph Scott in Lone Pine). Event registration for the weekend's viewing, which will benefit Lone Pine's Museum of Western Film History, is $45. It's a wonderful opportunity for film fans who haven't been able to make it to Lone Pine in person to sample a bit of the fest from home.

...This year the Pordenone Silent Film Festival will also be online, from October 3rd through 11th. The schedule includes a restoration of Mary Pickford in ROMANCE OF THE REDWOODS (1917), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. (Thanks to Jess M. for the info!)

...As mentioned here in June, the Academy Museum is now expected to open in April 2021. The Los Angeles Times and Cartoon Brew have previewed the museum's inaugural exhibit on Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. I especially love his film MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) and look forward to the exhibit.

...CineSavant Glenn Erickson has reviewed John Wayne and Robert Ryan in FLYING LEATHERNECKS (1951), releasing next week on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive. Look for a review here in the future.

...Arizona's famous movie location Old Tucson, which is also a tourist attraction, is closed indefinitely. Pima County takes over responsibility for the site on September 14th and will make decisions about its future. I've visited Old Tucson multiple times, though not for many years. My favorite thing to see there was the ranch house for THE HIGH CHAPARRAL, which was still standing when I was last there in the '90s.

...The new Japanese film WIFE OF A SPY (2020), set during World War II, sounds rather interesting. Here's a review by David Ehrlich for IndieWire.

...Of Minnesota, Betsy-Tacy books, Merian C. Cooper, and the history of KING KONG. (Thanks to Michele for the link.)

...Here's the trailer for Netflix's new version of REBECCA. Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas, seen here, look like good casting for the Second Mrs. DeWinter and Mrs. Danvers, but I rolled my eyes at all the love scenes jammed into the trailer. Apparently Netflix thinks they have to "spice up" the story in order to attract a modern audience?

...From Last Movie Outpost: "The Hollywood Ghosts of Roxbury Drive." I really enjoyed this, as like so many other people, years ago I played tourist and drove down the street which was home to James Stewart, Lucille Ball, Rosemary Clooney, and many more.

...As of last month, WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020) was due to be released in theaters October 2nd. It's now rescheduled for a Christmas Day release.

...Theaters here in Orange County are now allowed to reopen, but only at 25% of capacity.

...For the first time since the 1980s, vinyl LPs have outsold CDs. Amazing.

...KNX Radio here in Los Angeles is celebrating its centennial. Here's a fun history. (Thanks to John A. for the link.)

...Notable Passings: Kevin Dobson, who costarred in KOJAK (1973-78) and KNOTS LANDING (1979-1993), has died at the age of 77...Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, famed base stealer of the St. Louis Cardinals, has died at 81...Farewell to Diana Rigg, who has died at 82. Rigg is especially remembered for her role as Mrs. Emma Peel on THE AVENGERS (1965-68), seen here with Patrick Macnee, and for the James Bond film ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969). Most recently she appeared as Mrs. Pumphrey in the new TV version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (2020). Survivors include her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my September 5th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Lone Pine online will be a bright spot in this increasingly gloomy world.

4:20 PM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Oh, so sad about Diana Rigg! I had not heard of her passing yet. Great roundup as usual. I look forward to these so much, as there are always links for me to check out and good (and bad) news. I have driven by Old Tuscon, and pulled into the driveway... but alas, we had to turn around at the time we visited because my dad wanted to do something else. Still bummed I didn't get inside. I really hope it isn't closed permanently. It's a bit of movie history, especially for us Western fans. So many movies filmed there!

Hope you're doing well.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I was looking forward to the new Rebecca, but that trailer put me right off. Have to wonder if Netflix paid attention to all the negative comments on social media. :-(

7:45 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Caftan Woman, although I'm sad not to be able to go to the fest in Lone Pine, I'm really quite thrilled that people such as yourself will be able to enjoy the online edition. We especially enjoy our tours with Don Kelsen each year, and now you can experience one yourself, so to speak!

Deb, always good to hear from you! Sad to share the sad news about Diana Rigg, but glad to know you enjoy the roundups so much. Thank you!!! Hope Old Tucson will reopen *and* that you can visit! Definitely a key place to visit for Western fans.

Missy, interesting I wasn't the only one who watched that REBECCA trailer and shook my head...

Best wishes,

6:13 PM  

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