Saturday, December 12, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Terrific Warner Archive Blu-ray news: A pair of favorite musicals, GOOD NEWS (1947) and THE PAJAMA GAME (1957) will be released on Blu-ray January 26th.  GOOD NEWS is described in the press release as being a scan from the original nitrate Technicolor negative, and THE PAJAMA GAME is said to be a scan from its original negative.

...Also coming to Blu-ray from the Warner Archive: AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936), from a "scan of the best surviving presentation elements," and ROOM FOR ONE MORE (1952), which has also been known over the years as THE EASY WAY.  The latter film stars Cary Grant and is also described as being a scan "from best preservation elements."

...No, thank you: Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell) have been cast as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a biopic for Amazon.  Qualley is a dancer and played Ann Reinking in FOSSE/VERDON (2019)...but it will portray "the real love story between these two legends both on and offscreen"?  Just say no.

...More good Blu-ray news, this time from Kino Lorber: The Carole Lombard Collection II arrives April 6th, featuring a trio of films: HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935), THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (1936), and LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (1936).  Commentary tracks will be included.  I've previously enjoyed all three films and look forward to revisiting them in this new set.

...In September I shared a review link for a new Japanese movie set during World War II, WIFE OF A SPY (2020).  Kino Lorber has acquired it for theatrical distribution in 2021.  I hope this means they'll also eventually release it on Blu-ray, as it sounds quite interesting.

...In October Leonard Maltin hosted an evening of "Neglected Classics" on Turner Classic Movies.  One of those films, BLIND ADVENTURE (1933), was just reviewed by Dan Stumpf at the always-interesting Mystery File.  It sounds like a fun 65 minutes.  I hope to watch it soon.

...At Hollywood Comet Jessica shares photos from a fantastic exhibit of WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) costumes she visited at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, South Carolina.  It's on loan from the Rosemary Clooney House, a museum located in Augusta, Kentucky.  I would love to visit both the costume exhibit and the Clooney museum!

...Long-missing footage from THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) has been found.

...Andy Wolverton has a Film Noir Holiday Gift Guide at his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light.

...Annette Bochenek writes about the Esther Williams film THIS TIME FOR KEEPS (1947) and its Mackinac Island setting at Hometowns to Hollywood.  I loved reading about the movie's location work.

...The Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In seems to be doing great business showing both new films and classics in otherwise "shut down" Los Angeles.  The Drive-In has recently been hosting sold-out screenings of TENET (2020), with WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020) opening on Christmas Day; some of the latter screenings are also sold out. A Christmas Eve screening of CASABLANCA (1942), which will be introduced by Alan K. Rode, has already sold numerous tickets. 

 ...Notable Passings: Sad news, country music legend Charley Pride has passed away at the age of 86.  Here are YouTube links to two of my very favorite Pride tracks, "Mountain of Love" and "Kiss an Angel Good Morning"...French chef Jacques Pepin's wife Gloria, familiar from his TV cooking shows, has died at 83.

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

Have a great week! 


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

It boggles my mind that "When Love is Gone" was "lost." That song is the heart and soul of The Muppet Christmas Carol.

I can't believe that the Fred and Ginger project is actually happening. As far as I'm concerned, it isn't.

Charley Pride was one of my favourites. His passing at this time is so sad.

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting such an excellent website! I often read your reviews of Classic films, and often get a great deal out of them, when looking up information (and informed reviews) on old movies of interest. Recently, I especially appreciated reading your review of "Margie" (1946), a tender and sentimental, nostalgic movie starring Jeanne Crain. I've long been fond of this movie, and would love to obtain a good quality DVD of it, if possible. In a blog writing from 2009, with an Update posted in Dec. 2011, you announced that "Margie" was going to be shown on Turner Classic Movies, as part of Robert Osborne's holiday picks, on Christmas Eve (in 2011). Do you know if TCM actually aired it then? And have they ever broadcast it since? Knowing such a thing might well help me to track down a copy of this ‘hard-to-find’ gem of a movie. I would be very grateful for any help. Thanks! - David

9:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Caftan Woman, I have such nice memories of discovering Charley Pride's music when I was in college. I remember driving around my little college town listening to his voice. So sad to hear of his passing.

I'm with you on the Fred and Ginger movie!

I need to revisit THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. Can you believe I've only seen it once?!

Best wishes,

11:38 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi David,

Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm delighted you have enjoyed visiting my blog.

MARGIE is a wonderful film! It was indeed shown on Turner Classic Movies in 2011, and it has run again since then, including for a "Summer Under the Stars" day honoring Jeanne Crain in 2013. It has also been shown on Fox Movie Channel since 2011. It's surprising that it's never had a DVD-R release from the Fox Cinema Archives; I've been told there were print quality issues with Crain's APARTMENT FOR PEGGY so I've wondered if MARGIE wasn't in good enough shape for a release, but I have no information to that effect. I hope this info helps!

Best wishes,

11:48 PM  

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