Good ‘morrow film fans! We are digging into 2015 like a plump piece of mutton, feeling pretty invincible as The Retro Set gears up for our first live event, the screening of Libeled Lady on January 30th. Even though we are working in the red, the show must go on, so if you have any left over scheckels from the Holidays jingling in your pocket books, we are now taking donations directly on our website. Please check out the Donate Now Paypal sidebar on our home page. We still have an amazing array of perks thanks to our friends at Warner Archives and TCM, as well as some amazing Top Chef restaurant gift certs. There is NO REASON not to give, when the givin’ means gettin’!
Here’s this weeks news highlights:
First off, we’re sad to report the passing of one of the stalwart ’60s icons who appeared in such fine entertainments as The Time Machine, Sunday in New York and of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, Rod Taylor was 84. You may remember him recently in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role of Winston Churchill from Inglorious Basterds.
In tech news, video streaming may be the cause célèbre, but it’s getting bigger and bigger and may soon be the only respectable way to view content. In fact, Facebook has so many video streaming platforms, they are digging in deep and acquiring QuickFire Networks to help ease the strain.
Matt Bomer is slated to play Monty Clift in an HBO biopic. What do you think?
File under “You Never Would’ve Dreamed This Would Happen” Dept., as part of a new multimedia show at Marianne Boesky Gallery, the perennially tongue-in-cheek John Waters reimagined his X-rated 1972 cult classic, Pink Flamingos, with a cast of children.
Carrie Fisher will present a Screen Actor’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds on January 25th. Fisher’s speech is guaranteed to be irreverent and thoroughly hilarious.
And speaking of Debbie, h0w long does it take for a spurned ex-wife to no longer hold a grudge against the woman who took her man? “Not forever,” says La Reynolds. Miss Debbie really IS unsinkable!
A Before Sunrise trilogy Criterion box set? Yes, please!
Ol’ Blue Eyes is about to turn 100. Pronto! Pronto! Grazie!
We know you’ve seen it 100 times, but dontcha wanna watch The Wizard of Oz on the big screen one more time?
Here’s Jill Blake’s weekly Game of Thrones news bit. Cause she’s gotta mention Game of Thrones on a weekly basis. Did we mention Game of Thrones?
After some disappointing box-office results for several big-budget animated studio releases in the last two years, Dreamworks has named two longtime producers, Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon series) and Mireille Soria (Madagascar series), as the new co-presidents of the feature animation division. Let’s hope Rise of the Guardians and Mr. Peabody & Sherman are a thing of the past.
Speaking of animation, delightfully inventive stop-motion studio LAIKA will auction off more than 250 puppets, setpieces, and art works from its archives on February 12th. Items on the auction block include puppets and props from Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012), and last year’s The Boxtrolls. We hear our Animation Editor Brandie Ashe is already camped out.
Are you exposing your children to great movies and classic films? Well, the American Academy of Pediatrics thinks that kids under 2 should have NO screen time whatsoever! Whaddya think of that, parents?
Absolutely Fabulous’ screenplay has absolutely been finished.
Patton Oswald really needs to join our screening of Libeled Lady at the Silent Movie Theatre on January 30th. I mean, he’s addicted like the rest of us.
Our new favorite person Jessica Chastain had some fitting words for Russell Crowe as a reaction to his comment that the blame for a dearth of women’s roles in Hollywood rests squarely on older women’s shoulders. Way to go, Jess! Noah, you’re all wet!
On January 7th, the WGA came out with their list of nominees. Yes(!) for The Knick! Check ’em all out here.
Finally, this Nina Simone caricature is by artist Stephane Charbonnier, known lovingly as Charb, gunned down in the terrorist massacre at French Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Lest we forget…