Saturday, April 17, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The good news keeps coming from Kino Lorber, which announced a few days ago that another film which has never had a DVD release, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1948), is coming to Blu-ray "soon." I first reviewed the movie here a decade ago and was fortunate to see it again in a new 35mm print at the 2013 Noir City Film Festival, followed by a beautiful 35mm nitrate print at UCLA in 2017. The lack of a DVD release of such a marvelous film has always seemed inexplicable to me, and I'm thrilled it will be widely available at last. Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, and John Lund star, directed by John Farrow.

...And coming from Kino Lorber on July 13th is Lindsay Wagner in the fondly remembered TV-movie THE TWO WORLDS OF JENNIE LOGAN (1979). I own this on an MGM DVD-R and never dreamed it would be released on Blu-ray. Kino Lorber has also announced COOGAN'S BLUFF (1968), starring Clint Eastwood, will be out on August 3rd.

...Toby Roan of 50 Westerns From the 50s was recently interviewed by getTV regarding TV Westerns and the CASEY JONES TV series. The series ran from 1957 to 1958 and starred Alan Hale Jr.

...New cookbook alert: MILK STREET: TUESDAY NIGHTS MEDITERRANEAN by Christopher Kimball was just released a few days ago.

...Jenny of Silver Screen Suppers has posted the recipe for "Jane Russell's Green Pepper Steak."

...Coming in July from the Criterion Collection: BRINGING UP BABY (1938), in a new restored digital transfer. Extras will include a video essay on Cary Grant by Scott Eyman, author of CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE, which I reviewed here last weekend.

...Turner Classic Movies is helping to sponsor an upcoming documentary about a quest for the original uncut print of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942). The hunt is on for the print in Brazil. Whether or not it's found, the documentary is due to play on TCM in the summer of 2022.

...Nothing says "normalcy" to me more than the prospect of seeing the joyous lunacy that is F9 (2021), the latest entry in the Fast & Furious movie series, on a big screen later this year. The brand-new trailer is here.

...Farran Smith Nehme has written a terrific profile of an actress I particularly like, Virginia Grey, for the latest issue of the Film Noir Foundation's Noir City e-magazine. There's an excerpt up at her blog, the Self-Styled Siren, along with information on how to subscribe to the e-magazine.

...Los Angeles theatergoers received sad news last week: The ArcLight Cinemas and Cinerama Dome are not going to reopen following their COVID shutdown. Ryan Faughnder of the L.A. Times looks at what the future might hold for the theaters. (Photo courtesy Turner Classic Movies.)

...Notable Passings: Lee Aaker, the fine child actor who appeared with John Wayne and Geraldine Page in HONDO (1953), has passed away at the age of 77. (Via 50 Westerns From the 50s.) He also appeared in DESPERATE SEARCH (1952), THE ATOMIC CITY (1952), JEOPARDY (1953), and TAKE ME TO TOWN (1953), as well as a number of other movies and TV series up through the early '60s.

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


Blogger Seth said...

I'm very sorry to hear that ArcLight has been added to the unacceptably long list of lockdown casualties. I do hope that the Cinerama Dome is somehow saved; I loved my viewing of RUSSIAN ADVENTURE there during TCMFF 2019.

Kino Lorber is crushing it lately. I'm extremely excited for NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES. Do you suppose someone at Kino saw our recent combox pleas after the ALIAS NICK BEAL announcement...?

7:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Seth! Like you I really hope the Cinerama Dome is saved. An important part of Hollywood and Hollywood history.

Kino Lorber's releases have been so exciting! Wondering what could possibly be next...!

Best wishes,

9:26 AM  

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