News in a nutshell: We lose two Hollywood icons; how can you be a TCM guest programmer; what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
We’re barely into 2015 and already saying goodbye to a few Hollywood legends. First off, Rod Taylor, star of The Time Machine, The Birds, and Sunday in New York, passed away on January 7th at the age of 84. The Hollywood Reporter has a great examination of Taylor’s career here, and TCM has already set aside January 29th as a day to honor him (their TCM Remembers piece is up above). While I can’t say I was a devotee of his work he certainly had a presence, a rougher Cary Grant quality, that shone through.
And Sunday saw the passing of La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg passing away at the age of 83. Oddly enough, Ekberg and Taylor were lovers and almost married during the 1960s. Expect a TCM Remembers tribute to come out shortly.
Ever wanted to coordinate an evening of movies for Turner Classic Movies, right down to sitting down opposite Robert Osborne or Ben Mankiewiciz and talking about the films? Last year TCM did their Ultimate Fan contest in anticipation of the TCM Classic Film Festival. The success of that contest led to them bringing in a few other average fans to do guest programming at the end of 2014. Now, the network is doing it again. You can enter to win the opportunity to be a guest programmer by reading these rules and submitting a comment via Facebook. Good luck!
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Columbia Classics: Fans of the 1940s film noir Detour might want to take note of Columbia Classics newest release, The Unwritten Code. This film marked the first pairing of Tom Neal and Ann Savage who famously paired up in the noir classic a year later.
Olive Films: Bob Hope and Lucille Ball’s The Facts of Life is set to debut on Blu-ray March 31st. No bonus content has been announced.
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