Friday, August 31, 2012

This N That - August 2012

Summer is nearly over and there has been plenty going on.

Right now, if you are in LA over Labor Day Weekend you can head over to Hollywood Blvd. for Cinecon, one of the longest continuing film festivals.  They're got some terrific movies lined up.  Visit their website for details here.  All the movies are screened at the 1922 movie palace The Egyptian!

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 Esteemed author Frank Thompson can now add podcaster to his lenghty resume.  He's doing a fabulous podcast called The Commentary Track and he's interviewing plenty of great people about classic film.  You can subscribe via iTunes and visit Frank's website  for direct downloads.

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My book, Rudolph Valentino the Silent Idol - His Life in Photographs is now available in an eBook edition for iPad and iPhone.  On the iPhone it will be teeny but it looks great on the iPad.  Rudolph Valentino would be pleased to move into the digital age, he loved gadgets.  The iBook duplicates the print edition exactly except for a font change and can be had at a fraction of the cost of the print edition ($25.99).  You can find it and preview the first 72 pages here.  Yes, I am proud of it!

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Sad news for film geeks, Luke McKernan retired new postings for his fabulously informative Bioscope Blog.  Luke has left the blog up as an archive and it's a rich resource of information.  Bookmark it and keep it!  I can't thank Luke enough for the 5 years of hard work and am grateful he's left everything up for us to continue to use this excellent reseource.  Best wishes Luke for your future endeavors.

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Are you a fan of Greta Garbo?  Here's your chance to a personal item belonging to the reclusive star.  Julien's Auctions is handling this auction and the catalogue is fascinating with vintage clothing and lots of vintage memoraibilia.  How about Garbo's gold pocket knife?  It can be yours!

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America's Sweetheart Mary Pickford has made it on to blu-ray at last.  Milestone Films and the Mary Pickford Foundation have worked together and released three great films in standard and blu-ray DVDs.  The Poor Little Rich Girl, The Hoodlum and Sparrows (with the added bonus of the 1910  version of Ramona).  Pickford is a favorite of mine and I was positively THRILLED to get these on DVD.  You can buy it here, blu-ray or standard dvd, you won't be dissapointed.  Now I am waiting for Stella Maris, please!!!

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I'm not going to shamelessly flog only my book on this blog, oh no!  Always room for new books! On my radar a few of which are already out or soon to be published.  Kathleen Riley has published a book long overdue The Astaires chronicling the famous dancing pair of siblings, Adele and Fred Astaire.  Before Fred became a movie star.  It's on my Xmas wish list and I'm dying to read it!

Speaking of Mary Pickford, publishing on November 15, 2012 will be Mary Pickford Queen of the Movies edited by Christel Schmidt.  Produced in conjunction with the Library of Congress and published by the University Press of Kentucky it's a book I am very much looking forward to.

Eve Golden, a biographer and witty writer who has more talent in her pinky finger than I ever will.  I wish I could write half as well as she does.  Eve has penned several excellent books on Jean Harlow, Theda Bara, Vernon and Irene Castle and has silent hearthrob John Gilbert coming up next in 2013.  So looking forward to it.  If you want to keep up with Eve and her weekly doings, she blogs wonderful obits and other things over at the Daily Mirror

Fellow author and good friend Mary Mallory also blogs there and her posts are also not to be missed.

Another book I am anxiously awaiting will be the long anticipated chronicle of the silent film portrait photographers by David S. Shields.  You can see some of his research and stunning photos on his Broadway page.  During my Valentino research David shared some chapters with me.  His prose combined with the incredible photos that I anticipate are going to make this a book to treasure for years to come.  It's coming out in 2013, watch this space as I plan to flog it and swoon over it endlessly!

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That's all that is on my mind this Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Have a safe weekend and all my cinegoon peeps know I'm missing them not being at the Egyptian this weekend.  Do not miss The Goose Woman if you are in LA.

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