Thanks to the extremely helpful post “100 Classic Movie Blog Post Ideas” from Java’s Journey, I’ve decided to start a weekly newsletter. Each Friday I will be sharing some noteworthy movie news and nuggets I found around the web during the week. Here we go:
–Like it or not, INDIANA JONES 5 is officially happening. Both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will return, and the release date is set for July 19, 2019 (for now, at least).
–The trailer for the BEN-HUR remake dropped March 16. The movie stars Jack Huston (grandson of actor-director John Huston) and Morgan Freeman, and hits U.S. theaters August 12. Spoiler alert: there is a ton of CGI.
–Attention fans of The Bachelor: at The Motion Pictures, Lindsey has a clever list of classic movies you should watch to pass the time before The Bachelorette starts.
–Did you know movies like GOODFELLAS (1990) and AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) contain homages to silent films? Check out Moon Film’s cool side-by-side montage, 20 Silent Films You Watched Without Knowing It.
–Speaking of homages, someone with a lot of time on their hands made a fun 3-minute GIF of THE SIMPSONS’ greatest movie references.
–There were many wonderful essays published this week in the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon and the Marathon Stars Blogathon. Among those I particularly enjoyed are Christina’s on Lamour as the “straight man” in the ROAD TO… series and Cátia’s on the films of Ronald Reagan.
–Some new blogathons have been announced:
- The May the 4th be with Audrey Hepburn Blogathon (May 3-4), hosted by Flickin’ Out
- The Great Villain Blogathon (May 15-20), hosted by Speakeasy, Silver Screenings, and Shadows and Satin
- The Animals in Film Blogathon (May 26-28), hosted by In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood
- Athletes in Film Blogathon (June 4-5), hosted by Once Upon A Screen and Wide Screen World
–From the Warner Archive: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (1966) is coming to Blu-ray April 12.
Last but not least, some TCM-related news:
–I am in love with Govindini Murty’s Huffington Post article “Appreciating Classic Movies for Yourself: Why the TCM Classic Film Festival Is Important.” In it, she discusses why it’s important to celebrate and remember classic movies in today’s digital age, and the role the TCM Classic Film Festival plays in the enjoyment of them.
–ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976) will open the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28. No word yet on whether stars Robert Redford or Dustin Hoffman will attend, but additional special guests were also announced: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, John Singleton, Elliot Gould, Stacy Keach, and Anna Karina. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive story.
–In other TCM news, to celebrate the release of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016), the network is dedicating a night of programming to superhero serials in “From Comics to Film.” It airs Wednesday, March 23 beginning at 8 PM (ET), and viewers can join the conversation on social media at #Comics2Film.
— THIS WEEKEND: Catch the classic Biblical epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) on the big screen Sunday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 23, courtesy of TCM and Fathom Events’ Big Screen Classics Series. See if it’s playing in your area here.
Check back next Friday for more movie news and nuggets. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!