Watch TCM

Nov. 11th, 2013 10:43 pm
hildy89: (girl friday)
Reposting from my other journal: TCM has started Watch TCM online service and iOS/Android apps. You have a choice between watching the East/West coast feeds or whatever's available on their Demand titles. Comicsworthreading also gives a recap of the program. It's dependent on your cable service participating, unfortunately.
hildy89: (mackie)
Deborah Kerr dead at 86.

I know her mostly for "King and I" and sadly from that aside in "Sleepless in Seattle" when they're discussing "An Affair to Remember" and how to pronounce Kerr.
hildy89: (girl friday)
So I've been home, watching tv and dvds. Every once in awhile, I go digging into Comcast On Demand menus, just to see if there's anything worth watching. The TCM On Demand included "His Girl Friday", a classic screwball comedy with Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy. I'd heard about this movie, but I'd never had a chance to watch it. Russell played everyone's favorite cutthroat girl reporter Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson. I could easily see where some of the inspiration for WENN's Hilary comes from, especially the interactions with her ex-husband. (My LJ name comes from her nickname used by Scott Sherwood because she reminds him of a trapeze artist he once knew.) Russell and Grant play off each other like wildfire with rapid fire dialogue and commentary. Apparently Howard Hawkes perfected the technique for this movie, because he felt it would sound more realistic of actual conversations with the overlapping dialogue. I have to wonder how many takes some of those scenes took. Poor Ralph Bellamy is caught in the middle of the whole thing. I really couldn't hate him as the odd guy out. Honestly the movie felt weirdly like "Philadelphia Story" in the newsroom, if that makes any sense. [livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan has posted two sets of "His Girl Friday" icons here and here.

Compare that to the British newsroom classic movie I watched "Unpublished Story" (1942), filmed two years later. Less scintillating wit and more melodrama. This girl reporter had to fight for her spot on the paper. Hildy was welcomed in the newsroom and even the all guys stakeout in the court house. Valerie Hobson and Richard Greene starred as a pair of reporters mixed up in wartime espionage and intrigue. Richard Greene is apparently best known as TV's first Robin Hood in "Adventures of Robin Hood". I was mostly interested in the movie because a Cecil Beaton photo of Valerie Hobson. The LW & Remember WENN friends will be interested because it's set in WWII London circa the early days of the Blitz, but it's heavier on the newspaper reporting than radio. Sobering and quiet little wartime movie for what it is, but some of the reporters are fun little characters.
hildy89: (big sleep)
I'm working tomorrow! Yipee!

I spent a leisurely night rereading all the Nick Bantock books in the place, except "Egyptian Jukebox". I actually hadn't really read "Forgetting Room" and the "Museum of Purgatory". Both are quite disturbing, although I loved the all-seeing magic carpets and the lost mail sections of the museum. It was interesting rereading the Griffin & Sabine books, especially the second trilogy, now that I've been absorbing Egyptian data from [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars for the last year or so, especially related to Djehuty and Seshat.

Ask and ye shall receive category: [livejournal.com profile] misplcdcanadian posted some "Big Sleep" caps on [livejournal.com profile] cap_it, so I inquired if they'd cap the infamous bookstore scene, which they were only too happy to do.

Not me but others on flist category: AP article on new Galatica

WTF on radio category: Apparently the DC's major alternative station WHFS has turned into a Latin station.
hildy89: (big sleep)
[livejournal.com profile] mcee offered up a challenge where you write a drabble or ficlet based off your default user icon. So here is mine from "The Big Sleep":

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