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  1. When most of the older stars die, you regret it but expect it at some point. Then there are stars you never expect to die...ever...the concept just doesn't enter your brain. Mary Tyler Moore was one of those. I feel very saddened and while I like to think of her as the adorable Laura Petrie, my mind keeps thinking of the last moment when Mary Richards looked at the newsroom for the last time and switched off the light. We love you, Mary.
  2. I was really sorry to hear this. While she was not a great actress...she was a trouper. I guess I will think of her as the Hollywood Canteen actress who falls in love with the soldier...though it is not mentioned in the film Leslie was actually married. LOL, shame, shame, shame.
  3. Been wanting to see the Broadway production of"Newsies" since I heard it was going to be done. I had seen the Disney movie when it came out and really enjoyed it, and knew even then it should be done on Broadway...but where to find that many talented kids to do performance after performance. That was the part that Disney considered, too, it seems, since all of the newsies, save one, is a grownup trying to look like a kid, LOL. It's also a story that means something to me, too, because when I was a kid, I was a newsie. I sold newspapers in front of a department store in Victoria, B.C. I must have been about 10 or so. LONG time ago! Anyway, it's been playing here in L.A. and tonight was the last night so I knew I better get over there, Tickets were sold out, so I went into the "Cancellation Line." I was about 7th in line, then one person decided to not wait. and left. Moving up. Some others got called to the box office until I was now at #3 in line. Finally getting close to showtime, and one of the box office people came over and told us that at curtain there would be two tickets left...but only two. I was #3. But before he came back, a guy with his daughter came over to us and said he had one ticket for sale, $160. The young woman at the front of the line looked in her wallet and only had about $108. The guy asked the man in front of me if had cash and then me, but both of us had only credit cards. He decided to accept the $108 or whatever it was she had and she went happily into the theater. That moved me up to the second spot. Curtain time. The box office guy came back and confirmed they had just 2 tickets left, at $150 a ticket. Both the guy in front of me and I said, "Yes." #1 guy went up got his, and into the theater. My turn at the window, hurriedly gave my credit card to the box office person, thought heard them say something about $35 as he handed my card back to him, but I wasn't listening too close because I wanted to get in as the show had started. Loved the first act...and I briefly wondered if the ticket seller has said $135 or something, which would have been less than the $150 a ticket. End of first act, lights up...guy sitting next to me was the guy who was standing in front of me in line. He said as he stood up, "Great deal, huh?!" I said yeah, without knowing what he meant exactly...and then I looked at my ticket...it was only $35 !!!!! Woo-hoo!!! I went to the lobby and bought a bunch of souvenirs since I had saved so much! Great show!!!! Standing ovation!!! See it if it comes to your city! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5wvimJFi9s Oh, one interesting coincidence...Ann-Margret was being interviewed by Ben in the lobby of the Roosevelt at this year's festival. She had been in the movie version of Newsies. Well, Newsies, the musical officially opened at the Pantages the previous night, the first night of this year's festival!
  4. From Blu-ray.com: Criterion has announced five new titles for Blu-ray release in June: On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak's The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel's The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Jan Troell's Here's Your Life (1966), and Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion (1979). And on July 21, it will release Stephen Frears' My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012). I should also mention that just like the DVD previously available from Criterion, it is a double bill release.
  5. "1776" is getting a Blu release on June 2nd: from bluray.com... The new Director's Cut restores the film to its original visual brilliance and features newly discovered material. In addition to the Director's Cut, the Blu-ray also presents an Extended Cut of the film via seamless branching, along with a newly restored and remixed 5.1 soundtrack. The restored Director's Cut is based, in part, on an earlier restoration carried out for a 2002 DVD release. Exclusive Blu-ray special features include: •All-new commentary with director Peter H. Hunt, William Daniels & Ken Howard •Extended Cut of the film •Deleted and alternate scenes with Filmmaker Commentary •Four never-before-seen Screen Tests •Original Theatrical Teaser & Trailer Also featured: •Commentary with Peter H. Hunt & Peter Stone •Archival Screen Tests
  6. "Carry On, Cleo" is, in my humble opinion, the very best Carry On film. Part of that may be because they shot it using costumes and sets of the recently-completed "Cleopatra" with Liz and Dick. I heartily recommend everyone catch this one!
  7. WB will release a 5-film, 6-disc Blu-ray set called Golden Year Collection. It highlights 1939 films and includes GWTW, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ninotchka, Dark Victory, and Dodge City. Release date: June 9th, and already listed on Amazon for pre-order. The 6th disc is for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year.
  8. Criterion.com is having a 24-hour sale (good until 3/11 at 12 noon PST), every DVD and Blu-ray that is in stock is 50% off, with free shipping on orders over $50. No pre-orders or orders for items currently out of stock.
  9. I will repeat something I said just about a week ago...this will be the greatest TCM film festival of all. The list of stars is beyond compare...and now the schedule is here and it will take the wisdom of a Solomon to decide what to see. The one thing I do know I will fret over the most will be Sophia Loren at one end of town while 1776 is at the end of the other...and if I pass over seeing her then, I could try to see her the Chinese and skip Kiss Me Kate in 3D or Houdini in The Grim Game. I do know somebody who is going to be thrilled by The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and My Darling Clementine and They Were Expendable. Seeing The Sea Hawk on the big screen will be my choice after the Grease poolside party on opening night. Friday: Lenny vs. The Proud Rebel...Cincinnati Kid...Norma Rae vs. Steamboat Bill, Jr....Apollo 13 vs. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Saturday: 42nd Street vs. So Dear To My Heart, 1776 vs. Sophia!, The Apartment (being introduced by Shirley MacLaine! Are you kidding me?! What other choice could there be?!), French Connection vs. The Loved One, Sunday: Nightmare Alley, Diary of Anne Frank vs. Shirley MacLaine, Children's Hour vs. Judgment at Nuremberg vs. Houdini, and Sophia vs. Houdini vs. Kate 3D And the most terrifying choice of all...will what I wear at the opening night party pass muster with Baby T???!!!!!
  10. Al Hirschfeld tackled the subject of unlikely casting in a series of drawings for Playbill back in the Sixties. Jimmy Durante as Henry Higgins Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine in "Private Lives" Carol Burnett as Blanche DuBois Carol Channing as Lady Macbeth Barbara Streisand as Joan of Arc Buddy Hackett as Hamlet Beatrice Lillie as Ophelia Bert Lahr as King Lear Jason Robards, Jr. as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Cyril Ritchard as Tevye Zero Mostel as Peter Pan John Gielgud in "Tobacco Road" Walter Matthau and Nancy Walker as Romeo and Juliet Jackie Gleason in "Crime and Punishment" Peter Ustinov as Oscar Madison and Boris Karloff as Felix Unger in "The Odd Couple"
  11. Warner Archive has their 5 for $50 sale on again: http://www.wbshop.com/category/code/cyber_wbshop.do?promo=slider5FOR50home This also includes the following Blu-rays: Picture of Dorian Gray Possessed Wind and the Lion Yankee Doodle Dandy The Great Race Out of the Past Pete Kelly's Blues Americanization of Emily Wind and the Lion Billy Rose's Jumbo Deathtrap The Hudsucker Proxy Performance Kismet Fearless Gypsy Greystoke Hit the Deck
  12. New announcements: "Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman, Oscar-nominee Alec Baldwin, and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee are set to appear." This is turning out to be the greatest TCM Film Festival ever! http://248058275.r.cdn77.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TCM-Hoffman-Baldwin-Lee-Release_FINAL-2.pdf
  13. Sophia Loren...Ann-Margret...1776...Houdini... My cup runneth over!!! Thank you, TCM!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. from the Huffingtonpost website this morning: Harper Lee, the author of the beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, will publish a second book this summer. Go Set a Watchman was completed in the 1950s, but set aside by the writer, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for the only novel she ever published. Lee's publisher, Harper, issued a statement this morning, in which the author said: I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years. The news comes as a surprise for fans of the writer, as she's established a reputation as somewhat of a recluse. When a reporter released a biography of Lee and her sister Alice last year entitled The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee, the author responded by denying her involvement, stating: I was hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised. I immediately cut off all contact with Miss Mills, leaving town whenever she headed this way. [...] Rest assured, as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood. Go Set a Watchman, which will feature Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult woman, will publish on July 14. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/harper-lee-novel_n_6603994.html
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