Saturday, April 13, 2024

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Russ Tamblyn's new memoir, DANCING ON THE EDGE: A LIFE OF LIVING, LOVING, AND TUMBLING THROUGH HOLLYWOOD, has just been published by Blackstone Publishing.

...Leonard Maltin has a short but welcome column focused on rare cartoons now available on Blu-ray.

...Thanks to Chris Yogerst for sharing the interesting title GANGSTERS VS. NAZIS: HOW JEWISH MOBSTERS BATTLED NAZIS IN WARTIME AMERICA by Michael Benson. It came out in hardcover in 2022 and is due out in paperback this summer.

...The latest book by TV and film music historian Jon Burlingame is DREAMSVILLE: HENRY MANCINI, PETER GUNN, AND MUSIC FOR TV NOIR. It was just published by Bear Manor Media.

...Coming to Blu-ray June 11th from Kino Lorber Studio Classics: MACBETH (1948), starring Orson Welles and Jeanette Nolan. The two-disc special edition will include both 119- and 85-minute cuts. Extras will include a commentary track by Joseph McBride.

...Glenn Erickson's latest reviews for Trailers From Hell include the new Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray release of 3 GODFATHERS (1948) and "Accidentally Preserved Volume 5" from Ben Model's Undercrank Productions.

...Turner Classic Movies turns 30 on April 14th, and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen was able to ask the TCM hosts their thoughts on the network's importance.

...Over at Comet Over Hollywood, Jessica Pickens has reviewed a favorite Deanna Durbin musical, the hard-to-find SPRING PARADE (1940). I'm still hoping for a DVD or Blu-ray release.

...Notable Passings: Eleanor Coppola, the wife of Francis Ford Coppola and mother of Sofia Coppola, has passed away at 87. A documentary filmmaker, her first feature film, the charming PARIS CAN WAIT (2016) with Diane Lane, was released the year she turned 80! I was interested to learn she was originally "local," born in Long Beach, California, and she grew up in nearby Huntington Beach...Robert MacNeil, longtime cohost of THE MACNEIL/LEHRER REPORT, has died at 93...TV director Bruce Kessler has passed on at 88. He's survived by his wife, actress Joan Freeman.

...Please note there will not be an Around the Blogosphere This Week column next weekend, when I will be covering the TCM Classic Film Festival. The column will return on Saturday, April 27th.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please visit my April 6th column.


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