Saturday, September 04, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Great news for those of us who are fans of the Warner Archive Collection (and aren't we all?!): Last week news broke on the Home Theater Forum chat board and in a couple other places that George Feltenstein has been rehired by Warner Bros. to resume his previous job heading the Warner Archive -- perhaps with even more authority than before. Feltenstein, along with other key staff members, was laid off in corporate downsizing over the last few months. (It would be wonderful if the rest of the staff could be rehired and bring back the podcast and the previously active social media presence, currently a mere shadow of its former self.) Media Play News has confirmed Feltenstein's return.

...Along with this good news comes word that the Warner Archive's October Blu-ray releases will include Tex Avery Screwball Classics, Vol. 3 and a 2-film disc of Val Lewton's THE GHOST SHIP (1943) and BEDLAM (1946). I thoroughly enjoyed the first two Avery sets -- Volume 1 was reviewed here -- and am especially delighted about the upcoming release of Volume 3.

...A very happy 90th birthday to Mitzi Gaynor! Please enjoy my 2015 tribute to Gaynor.

...The Brentwood home owned by the late Norman Lloyd, who passed away in May at the age of 106, has sold for $3 million. Lloyd lived in the home for 70 years.

...Disney already has a sequel in the works to JUNGLE CRUISE (2021), once again starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt. Director Jaume Collet-Serra is also expected to return. In other Johnson news, a trailer was just released for RED NOTICE (2021), a November Netflix film costarring Gal Gadot (WONDER WOMAN) and Ryan Reynolds (FREE GUY). Looks like it will be a fun caper film.

...And speaking of Disney, the company plans to reboot the cult favorite THE ROCKETEER (1991) for the Disney+ streaming service.

...Kino Lorber has released cover art, release dates, and extras details for several films previously noted by the company to be "coming soon," including AMONG THE LIVING (1941), NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1948), THE ACCUSED (1949), DEPORTED (1950), and TO HELL AND BACK (1955). All are due out in November 2021.

...At Cinema Scholars Benjamin McVey has a new entry in his enjoyable series on the Hollywood homes of classic film actors, this time looking at homes lived in by Elizabeth Taylor.

...The New York Post has a preview of Hayley Mills' memoir, due out this month. The famously sunny actress tackles some difficult subject matter, including bulimia.

...After a break of a couple of years, my friends Kristina of Speakeasy and Karen of Shadows and Satin have resumed their monthly "Pre-Code Crazy" columns, each recommending a pre-Code airing that month on Turner Classic Movies. This month Kristina looks at the Kay Francis film MAN WANTED (1932), while Karen writes about Joan Blondell and Chester Morris in BLONDIE JOHNSON (1933).

...CineSavant Glenn Erickson has reviewed a Gary Cooper-Ann Harding film I haven't seen yet, PETER IBBETSON (1935). It's available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

...New release dates were announced last week for a pair of Tom Cruise films. TOP GUN: MAVERICK (2022) moves from November 2021 to May 2022, taking over the spot originally scheduled for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 (2022). MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 will be released at the end of September 2022.

...Indicator in the UK has been putting out Columbia film noir titles in limited edition Blu-rays, with many new extras. Columbia Noir #4, out later this month, is especially appealing. The extras include a Toby Roan commentary track on Dennis O'Keefe in CHICAGO SYNDICATE (1955). Now that I have an all-region Blu-ray player, I'm seriously tempted...

...I enjoy the costume posts at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies, including one on a wedding gown worn by Karin Booth in THE HOODLUM SAINT (1946). Also check out her Recycled Costume Roundup for August. Her monthly roundups of her latest viewing are fun, too; here's August.  I was delighted to read that she liked ROUGHSHOD (1949) so well she watched it twice!

...At Hamlette's Soliloquy Rachel celebrated Alan Ladd's September 3rd birthday with a look at one of my favorite Ladd films, CALCUTTA (1947).

...SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (2021), which I reviewed last night, is off to a strong start at the box office. Some of the films I've seen this summer have been sparsely attended, but yesterday was a much more normal-sized crowd for a new Marvel movie.

...Notable Passings: Actor Ed Asner, best known to TV fans for THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (1970-77) and LOU GRANT (1977-82), has died at the age of 91. He was the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's UP (2009) and also appeared in a few Hallmark movies, most notably the classic THE CHRISTMAS CARD (2006), seen here with costars Alice Evans and John Newton...It was recently announced that longtime soap actor Rod Arrants died last February. His TV credits included SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

...Happy 10th anniversary to the #TCMParty chat group on Twitter! TCM prepared a special congratulatory video.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my August 28th roundup.


Blogger dfordoom said...

Indicator in the UK has been putting out Columbia film noir titles in limited edition Blu-rays, with many new extras. Columbia Noir #4, out later this month, is especially appealing.

That set includes PUSHOVER which is an absolutely terrific little movie. With Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Glad they got George back to Warner Archive, I really miss their podcast too.

Peter Ibbetson is dreamy (literally) and melodramatic and sentimental, my kind of beautiful fantastical thing. Very curious to see what you think of it if/when you watch.

Thanks for the pre-Code plug! that series has been a fun way to rave about our faves and also discover new things, we never seem to run out of movies to pick

8:31 AM  
Blogger KC said...

That is great news about George Feltenstein. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea! Of course it would be best to have the old team back together again, but even if that were possible, I wonder if they would want to or if everyone has moved on? Anyway, George will make a difference.

10:41 PM  
Blogger dfordoom said...

one of my favorite Ladd films, CALCUTTA (1947).

I watched that movie a few days ago. It's very underrated. In fact it's very good.

1:49 PM  
Blogger CLASSIC TV FAN said...

I don't think that you ever posted about the passing of ALEX CORD. He was best known for the CBS show AIRWOLF. One of the things I remember him from is a two-part episode of MURDER, SHE WROTE. It was titled DEATH STALKS THE BIG TOP. Part One was the third season premiere in 1986. Also Alex was in the remake of STAGECOACH playing the part originated by JOHN WAYNE.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi, everyone, thanks so much for your comments!

DforDoom, I have seen PUSHOVER in the past and agree, it's very good. I'd love to revisit it. I'm so glad to know you also like CALCUTTA!

Kristina, isn't it great news that George is back?! Glad to have your feedback on PETER IBBETSON, thanks! Looking forward to more of your pre-Code columns!

KC, I was pretty amazed by that Feltenstein news. It will be interesting to see what develops in terms of both discs and whether certain things such as social media engagement and the podcast return.

Classic TV Fan, thank you for mentioning Alex Cord. Looking at his credits, I don't believe I've ever seen any of his work. Thanks for sharing your memories of him.

Best wishes,

7:38 PM  

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