Saturday, October 02, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Lots of good titles coming to Blu-ray from the Warner Archive in November! A partial list includes LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933), THE THIN MAN GOES HOME (1944), NATIONAL VELVET (1944), LULLABY OF BROADWAY (1951), and PARTY GIRL (1958).

...I enjoyed Karen's roundup of the film books she read for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, posted at her blog Shadows and Satin.

...Disney has settled its lawsuit with Scarlett Johannson, who alleged that BLACK WIDOW (2021) not having an exclusive theatrical release violated her contract and substantially reduced her payday. Rumor has it that Disney will be paying her a cool $40 million to settle.

...New Kino Lorber Blu-ray announcements include Alfred Hitchcock's RICH AND STRANGE (1931) and NUMBER 17 (1932) on December 7th; William Holden in 21 HOURS AT MUNICH (1976), also on December 7th; and WHERE THERE'S LIFE (1947) with Bob Hope, listed as "coming soon."

...CineSavant Glenn Erickson has reviewed the Kino Lorber Studio Classics release of the pre-Code HOT SATURDAY (1932) starring Randolph Scott, Nancy Carroll, and Cary Grant. I'll be reviewing that here at a future date.

...Wesleyan University has named a building for the great film historian Jeanine Basinger. The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies was recently dedicated in her honor. Basinger, who is 85, retired last year. She's currently working on a new book, HOLLYWOOD: THE ORAL HISTORY.

...Coming to Blu-ray from The Film Detective later this month: THE AMAZING MR. X (1948), starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, and Cathy O'Donnell. The disc will include a commentary track by Jason Ney and a new featurette.

...Phyllis's list of films she saw in September contains many good viewing suggestions!

...There's more good reading in the links for this weekend's Biopic Blogathon, hosted by Annette Bochenek at Hometowns to Hollywood.

...Jessica Pickens' latest "Watching 1939" review at Comet Over Hollywood is of the Lane Sisters, Gale Page, John Garfield, and Claude Rains in DAUGHTERS COURAGEOUS (1939).

...Jocelyn's latest review in her "Fifty Years of Film in 50 Weeks" series is William Wellman's YELLOW SKY (1948) with Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter (seen at right, in Lone Pine), and Richard Widmark. A real favorite of mine.

...Notable Passings: Tommy Kirk, best known for his Disney films including OLD YELLER (1957), has passed away at the age of 79. Kirk was also in Disney's HARDY BOYS TV series and the Disney films THE SHAGGY DOG (1959), SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960), THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR (1961), BABES IN TOYLAND (1961), and more...'60s actress Jean Hale has died at 82...Former soap star Michael Tylo, who appeared on several different daytime dramas, has passed away. His death was announced by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where Tylo was a film and television professor. Sources vary on whether Tylo was 72 or 73.

...Please note there will not be an Around the Blogosphere column next weekend. I'll be out of town at the Lone Pine Film Festival!

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my September 25th roundup.


Blogger Karen said...

Thank you for the shout-out, Laura! I look forward to reading the write-up on Yellow Sky -- it's one of my favorites, too! Have fun at the Lone Pine Film Festival. It's on my bucket list (I hate that term - I really don't have one) to join y'all there one of these years!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Have fun at Lone Pine! You know how much we enjoy your report on the festival.

12:05 PM  
Blogger dfordoom said...

Hitchcock's RICH AND STRANGE isn't great but it has some nice touches of weirdness.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Karen, I would love to see you at Lone Pine one of these years! You can see where YELLOW SKY filmed. :)

Thank you so much, Caftan Woman! If only you could be there too. Perhaps someday!

DforDoom, I've not yet seen RICH AND STRANGE. Thanks for your feedback on it. Intriguing cover art for the Kino Lorber release!

Best wishes,

10:42 PM  

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