News in a nutshell: Don’t purchase a ticket to that Strangers on a Train remake just yet, check out your awesome author quoted in a travel article, TCM honors Omar Sharif, Carol Burnett’s being honored by SAG, and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
You might remember back in January when I reported on David Fincher and Ben Affleck teaming up for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. I even went so far as to do a Kristen Recasts post on it. Well, looks like it was all for naught as screenwriter Gillian Flynn revealed to Vulture that her, Fincher, and Affleck are so overcommitted that the film’s probably far on the backburner for now. I’m sure most of you are fine with this, and based on the information previously revealed this sounded like a remake in name only. Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief.
Normally I wouldn’t publish this on News From the Lake but just wanted to share something cool, and, hey, maybe you’d like to travel to Austria. I was recently contacted by luxury cruise company Scenic and quoted as a film expert regarding The Sound of Music for an article they were doing about the film’s cultural legacy. You can read my quotes here.
Actor Omar Sharif died last week and TCM has announced they will honor him on September 21st playing a trio of his best-known titles, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Funny Girl (1968), and Funny Lady (1975). I can’t figure out why they aren’t playing Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but the titles above are all good. Well, maybe with the exception of Funny Lady.
Comedienne Carol Burnett will be the next recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony will be simulcast on TNT and TBS Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 8pm ET. There’s no word yet on if TCM will be doing anything to highlight this on their channel.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Warner Archive’s releasing a bunch of diverse DVDs this week starting with 1933’s Eskimo making its home video premiere. If you’re a fan of singing cowboys you might want to purchase their new 4-disc, 12-film Dick Foran Western Collection. They’re also putting out five titles starring screen team Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main: Barnacle Bill and The Bugle Sounds (1941), Jackass Mail (1942), Bad Bascomb (starring Margaret O’Brien, 1946), and Big Jack (1949). You can purchase these on the Warner Archive website.
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