Saturday, September 19, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Coming next June from the University Press of Kentucky: MEAN...MOODY...MAGNIFICENT! JANE RUSSELL AND THE MARKETING OF A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND by Christina Rice, author of ANN DVORAK: HOLLYWOOD'S FORGOTTEN REBEL.

...Disney's next Marvel movie, BLACK WIDOW (2020), will probably be pulled off its November 6th release date. A new tentative date has not yet been mentioned in the coverage I've read. Meanwhile the Pixar film SOUL (2020) may debut on Disney+ instead of in theaters.

...I'll be reviewing silent films from Kino Lorber's new Reginald Denny Collection here in the near future. In the meantime, here are reviews by Fritzi at Movies Silently and Emily at Emily's Classic Movies.

...Here's a great article on the recently restored theater at the Hollywood Legion Post 43. The last time I was there was for THE RIGHT STUFF (1983) in 35mm last November; I'd been looking forward to attending more movies there this year. Hopefully in 2021!

...At Hometowns to Hollywood, Annette Bochenek talks to Karie Bible about Karie's recently created Facebook interview series, Hollywood Kitchen. Karie's interviews have definitely made "lockdown life" a little more fun this year!

...Blu-rays coming from the Warner Archive in October include WATERLOO BRIDGE (1940), SERGEANT YORK (1941), THE OPPOSITE SEX (1956), and SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960). I'll be reviewing a couple of those titles here in the coming weeks. As good as the Blu-rays are, I sure wish they'd also put out a few DVDs of relatively obscure movies as they did for years...I miss those! Happily, though, they have a great backlist of releases which are still available and which I write about regularly, such as my new review of Barbara Stanwyck in THE WOMAN IN RED (1935).

...I just came across a post by Rick at Classic Film & TV Cafe from earlier this summer where he chose his five favorite Greer Garson films. Take a look at the list and see if you agree with his picks!

...At Out of the Past Raquel has reviewed the new book WEST SIDE STORY: THE JETS, THE SHARKS, AND THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC, written by Richard Barrios for TCM and Running Press. (As a side note, it's hard for me to believe it's been a decade since I reviewed a different book on the same topic, written by Barry Monush.)

...Glenn Erickson has just reviewed the Lippert B (C? D?) films FINGERPRINTS DON'T LIE (1951) and I'LL GET YOU (1952). I reviewed FINGERPRINTS DON'T LIE last January; it had some bizarre aspects, like an organ score and a leap out of a high-rise building which clearly...was not a leap out of a high-rise building!

...Last month Erica wrote a review at her blog Poppity Talks Classic Film about a rare Esther Williams dramatic role in the film THE UNGUARDED MOMENT (1956).

...Here's Caftan Woman on a pair of Ray Milland films from 1944, MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944) and TILL WE MEET AGAIN (1944). I love MINISTRY OF FEAR but still need to watch TILL WE MEET AGAIN; I've had a copy on my shelf for far too long! (So many movies, so little time...!)

...Those of us who blog on Blogger are struggling with a new "upgrade" which is actually a huge step back in terms of ease of please be patient if oddball things show up in posts. Just figuring out how to delete a photo in a post I was writing was a 10-minute problem yesterday, and that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the issues. Terry has written up some of his problems with the new system at his blog A Shroud of Thoughts. Jeff of Jeff Arnold's West chimes in expressing what must be universal frustration with the new platform. Blogger really needs to make the previous "Legacy Blogger" an option.  (Update: Jeff took down the previous post expressing frustration and put up a new post, now linked above, that the changes have driven him to stop blogging.  I was terribly sorry to read that.)

...Speaking of Jeff Gordon's West, here's a new profile he wrote on director Gordon Douglas.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my September 12th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger barrylane said...

Regarding The Reginald Denny Collection, and I have been an admirer for decades; they are marvelous and he is as well. Had Cary Grant been in these films, the result would be no better.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Thanks for the news about a new Jane Russell biography.
Sorry to hear about your problems with Blogger.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Universal frustration with blogger indeed! I can think of lots of things in this world that need fixing, but blogger wasn't one of them.

Somehow I missed the Hometowns to Hollywood feature on Karie Bible. It sounds as if I have got to pay more attention to Facebook. It just never became a habit with me.

Thanks for the shoutout. Ray Milland is a pleasant diversion these days.

4:45 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Barrylane, that's wonderful to hear about the Reginald Denny Collection! Hope to delve into it this coming week.

Vienna, glad I could share the good Russell news, and the Blogger sympathy is appreciated!

Caftan Woman, I just don't know what the Blogger people are thinking. The very rough system they've unveiled is so inadequate.

I really don't care for Facebook and only log on to see things like Karie's presentation or to follow a friend who's no longer on Twitter. I don't actually interact there, though.

Looking forward to Milland in TILL WE MEET AGAIN at some point!!

Best wishes,

10:57 PM  

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