Saturday, April 24, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...A new documentary, RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT (2021), will open in theaters on June 18th, 2021. A trailer is on YouTube.

...Coming to Blu-ray soon from Kino Lorber Studio Classics: SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (1933) starring Paul Lukas, Gloria Stuart, and Lionel Atwill. It will be from a new 2K master.

...CineSavant Glenn Erickson has reviewed the new Warner Archive Blu-ray release of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950).

...Coming to Blu-ray in May from Flicker Alley: CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (1927) starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper.

...Annette Bochenek has written about actress Jean Porter in her Classic Movie Travels column for Classic Movie Hub. She shares several photos of homes Porter lived in over the years.

...June 22-27 has been declared "cinema week" to encourage moviegoers to return to theaters.

...Another campaign aims to entice fans of the FAST & FURIOUS series into theaters, with a free screening of each film in the long-running series on Fridays beginning April 30th, building up to the release of F9 (2021) on June 25th.

...My friend Karen Burroughs Hannsberry has reviewed YOUNG AND WILLING (1943) at her blog Shadows and Satin. The movie stars William Holden, Susan Hayward, Eddie Bracken, Martha O'Driscoll (seen here with Holden), Robert Benchley, and Barbara Britton. My kind of cast!

...Some long-running TV series have just been renewed by CBS: Mark Harmon will return in Season 19 (!) of NCIS and Tom Selleck returns for Season 12 of BLUE BLOODS.

..."South Korea and Japan Emerge as Key Battlegrounds in the Streaming Wars," from the Hollywood Reporter. Incidentally, I recently added several recent South Korean films to my Netflix queue at the suggestion of a friend.

...DOWNTON ABBEY (2019) was one of the real "feel good" films of the last couple years, and a sequel has now been officially confirmed. The entire cast will be back, and the film is due to open in theaters just in time for Christmas, on December 22, 2021. If it's as good as the first film it will be most welcome indeed.

...Attention Southern Californians: Musso & Frank Grill, part of the Hollywood scene for 102 years, will reopen on May 6th.

...Notable Passings: Director Monte Hellman has died at 91. His films included THE SHOOTING (1966), RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND (1966), and TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (1971). A number of years ago we ate dinner at L.A.'s legendary El Cholo restaurant at a table marked with a plaque that TWO-LANE BLACKTOP had been written there...Diane Adler, who edited TV's THE ROCKFORD FILES, has passed away at 97.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my April 17th roundup.


Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Two very welcome pieces of news you have shared with us, Laura. First that another "DOWNTON ABBEY" film is coming and second that we are going to get Season 12 of "BLUE BLOODS". We are currently watching Season 11 over here and my wife and I have never missed an episode, starting with S1 E1!! It is one of the few US TV series I watch these days but we really enjoy it.
So - many thanks for that cheering news!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Aren't you a doll! Thank you for the lovely mention, Laura!

2:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Jerry! Delighted I could share that good news. I am still in the early seasons of BLUE BLOODS but like it very much. (My dad like you has seen every episode at least once, and many of them twice!)

You're welcome, Karen! I enjoyed your post!

Best wishes,

7:27 PM  
Blogger mel said...

Thank you, Laura, for the links to Glenn Erickson's review of the new BluRay of Annie Get Your Gun, and to Karen's wonderful piece on one of my favourite old comedies, Young And Willing (1943).

1:13 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Delighted to share those, Mel! When I linked to Karen's article I was remembering your fondness for YOUNG AND WILLING!

Best wishes,

6:32 PM  

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