Saturday, May 28, 2022

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Coming to Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection in July: ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1948) starring Errol Flynn.

...A list of Robert Osborne's Picks, personally chosen by him for airing on Turner Classic Movies, can now be seen on Letterboxd.

...Earlier this month I reviewed Alicia Malone's very enjoyable new book GIRLS ON FILM: LESSONS FROM A LIFE OF WATCHING WOMEN IN MOVIES. Here are more reviews, from Karen at Shadows and Satin, Donna of Strictly Vintage Hollywood, Mary Mallory at The Daily Mirror, and Christy at Christy's Inkwells (with bonus photos from the TCM Classic Film Festival!).

...Just released by the Criterion Collection: A Blu-ray edition of DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944). Among new extras created for this release is a conversation with noir experts Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith.

...Here's a wonderful post on Esther Williams by Annette Bochenek of Hometowns to Hollywood. It includes great photos of homes and places significant in Williams' life.

...Recent classic movie reviews and favorite movie lists: Phyllis Loves Classic Movies takes a look at Four Favorite Noirs...Jessica has reviewed Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in MAYTIME (1937) at Comet Over Hollywood...Rachel discusses 10 Favorite John Wayne Movies at Hamlette's Soliloquy...Andy Wolverton reviews Richard Conte and Julie Adams in HOLLYWOOD STORY (1951)...Tynan of 4 Star Films reviews Marion Davies in SHOW PEOPLE (1928)...Historian J.B. Kaufman reviews Davies in BEVERLY OF GRAUSTARK (1926) which was just released on Blu-ray by Ben Model's Undercrank Productions...Vienna caught Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly in Robert Siodmak's FLY-BY-NIGHT (1942) and shares photos...Glenn Erickson has reviewed the new Kino Lorber Blu-ray release of John Ford's THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959)...At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terry has reviewed DAUGHTER OF SHANGHAI (1937) starring Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn.

...So. CA theatre news: Landmark Theatres is taking over the Laemmle Theatres' Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.

...Notable Passings: Bo Hopkins has passed on at the age of 84. I enjoyed him in AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), in multiple episodes of THE ROCKFORD FILES (1978-79), seen here with James Garner, and as Matthew Blaisdel on DYNASTY (1981 and 1987)...Former child actress June Preston, who later became an opera singer, died at 93. Preston had small parts in numerous feature films and shorts for a decade, from 1934 to 1944. Her films included CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1940), THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE (1941), HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943), and HAPPY LAND (1944)...Ray Liotta, appreciated by me as Shoeless Joe in the classic baseball fantasy FIELD OF DREAMS (1989), has died at 67...Colin Cantwell, designer of STAR WARS vehicles including the X-Wing and the TIE fighter, as well as the Death Star, has passed on at 90.

...Please note that Around the Blogosphere This Week will not appear on either June 3rd or 11th, when I'll be traveling on vacation. The column will resume on June 18th. Stay tuned as well for many more Blu-ray, DVD, and book reviews!

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my May 21st roundup.


Blogger Vienna said...

Great roundup. Especially enjoyed Glenn Erickson’s “Horse Soldiers ” review.. and thanks of course for the link to my blog.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you, Vienna! And also you're very welcome! I enjoyed checking out the pics you found for FLY-BY-NIGHT.

Best wishes,

10:04 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Thank you so much for the lovely mention, Laura! Thanks, too, for the link to the review of the Marion Davies movie -- I've put it on my Amazon wishlist. Have a wonderful trip!

7:43 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Karen! And I hope you enjoy the Marion Davies movie!

Best wishes,

3:39 PM  

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