Saturday, October 17, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Actress Marsha Hunt turns 103 today!  Please check out the birthday tribute I wrote last year, which also links to several past tributes to this wonderful actress.  The tributes are filled with photos and movie review links.

...October 17th was a special day, as it's also the birthday of Julie Adams (my 2015 tribute is here), Rita Hayworth, Jean Arthur, and Beverly Garland.

...Critics' Choice has several interesting exclusive "Critics' Choice Collection" DVD sets now available, including the nine-film Buck Jones Western Collection, the six-movie Jungle Jim Movie Collection, and the seven-film Whistler Film Noir Collection. (Via 50 Westerns From the 50s.)

...Speaking of 50 Westerns From the 50s, Toby is hosting the Marie Windsor Blogathon December 11th-14th.

...There are some additional blogathons of interest coming to the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon in November and the Second Happy Holidays Blogathon in December.

...Last week Disney announced a major reorganization of its entertainment divisions, with a new focus on streaming.  It will be interesting to see whether that emphasis continues once the pandemic clears up.

...I've mentioned previously my interest in Liam Neeson's new movie HONEST THIEF (2020), and a review from Frank Scheck at the Hollywood Reporter cements my wish to see it: "Minus its elaborate car chases and pyrotechnics, the film would have landed perfectly as a '40s-era Warner Brothers programmer starring the likes of James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart."

...The PUPPETOON MOVIE VOLUME 2 is available for pre-order.

...Earlier this month I shared information about the new drive-in programming at the American Legion's Post 43 in Hollywood.  The nightly drive-in showings are such a success that the American Legion is now raising funds to purchase a 35mm projector for the drive-in screenings, which would allow it to be only the second drive-in in the entire country showing 35mm films.  Again, it's going to be very interesting to see if the new interest in drive-in movies survives COVID.  The Post 43 experience sounds neat, and my husband and I hope to check it out at some point.

...MGM is reviving the American International Pictures label.

...Here's a Christmas music reissue of note: SEASON'S GREETINGS: THE FANTASTIC STRINGS OF FELIX SLATKIN.

...At A Classic Movie Blog KC reviews Scott Eyman's new bio CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE.  My review is coming once I finish it!

...I'll also soon be reviewing Jeremy Arnold's attractive new book THE ESSENTIALS, VOL. 2: 52 MORE MUST-SEE MOVIES AND WHY THEY MATTER.

...A long, very informative 60-Tweet Twitter thread: The Case for Reopening Disneyland and How California Has Failed Its Citizens by Dre (@VashSky). 

...Notable Passings: We've lost a number of Hall of Fame baseball players this year, most recently Joe Morgan, who was part of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" of my childhood, and the Yankees' Whitey Ford.  They were 77 and 91, respectively...Herbert Kretzmer, who wrote the English-language lyrics for the musical LES MISERABLES, has passed on at 95.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my October 10th roundup.

Have a great week! 


Blogger dfordoom said...

It would certainly be cool to see drive-ins make a comeback. It's a long long time since I've been to a drive-in.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Ooh, Felix Slatkin, and Puppetoons!

What would I do without you to point me toward these things?

7:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

dfordoom, I haven't been to a drive-in since I was a child but it's possible we'll try one in the next few months!

Caftan Woman, it's a thrill to share these kinds of things with someone else who enjoys them! I have preordered the Puppetoon set this weekend, and I'll be ordering the Slatkin CD soon!

Best wishes,

12:20 AM  

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