News Flash Friday 3/25

It’s technically Saturday, but here’s this week’s round up of movie news and nuggets:


William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

–Several must-see classics are coming to Netflix Instant in April: Sunset Boulevard (1950), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and The Princess Bride (1987). Some more recent personal favorites of mine, Chaplin (1992) and Begin Again (2014), will also be streaming. See the full list here.


IndieWire recaps filmmaker Jason Reitman’s all-female live read of Stand By Me (1986).

–Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola will receive a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood during the TCM Classic Film Festival next month.

–New blogathon announcements!

–Silent film accompanist and historian Ben Model has a Kickstarter campaign that will bring a restoration of Marion Davies’ breakthrough feature film When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922) to DVD and Blu-ray.

–Natasha Gregson Wagner shares memories of her mother, actress Natalie Wood, in a rare interview with The New York Times.


Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953)

–Also in The New York Times  a class action complaint is headed to federal court in California, seeking to prevent films with tobacco imagery from receiving anything lower than an R rating.


–Classic rom-com Roman Holiday (1953) is being adapted for the stage with a score of Cole Porter songs. It will premiere in San Francisco in 2017 and will probably hit Broadway at some point.

–And in case you have $3.495 million lying around, Cary Grant’s longtime Palm Springs residence “Las Palomas” is up for sale. It’s gorgeous, because of course it is.


Want more movie news and nuggets? Check out last week’s post.

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2 thoughts on “News Flash Friday 3/25

  1. Minor classics: our local ‘classic movie’ theater is screening “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. (Ebert liked it.) They run one a week. Last was “Willy Wonka….”, Gene Wilder.

    The NYT story about cigarettes is PC gone wild. I remember great old movies from the 30s and 40s where you practically couldn’t see the action through all the cigarette smoke. And in some cases, a closeup of a cigarette being smoked was enough to signal the character of the character.. And Bogart left an idiom about smoking.

    But blood & gore, Tarantino and Peckinpah are still OK (at least, PG-13 OK)


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