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Angela Lansbury

Here’ s a new feature on Reel Life With Jane I’m calling ‘Notes from the Inbox.’ Yes, I get notes. Lots and lots of notes. Notes from publicists, distributors, networks and studios. But I don’t always have the time or resources to write up posts about every single thing — I’m just one girl, after all — so this is my answer to that. A big round-up of stuff that’s new, cool and great. Here goes…

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7. All five films, two alternate versions, and 20 hours of bonus features! I just watched the version with Christopher Reeve, and it’s so poignant and sad, too. Looking forward to this set, especially since I just got a blu-ray player and have seen the light.

Fiddler on the Roof 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray April 5. It’s actually a blu-ray/DVD combo pack, with lots of extras. Just in time for Easter. Tradition! Order on [amazon_link id=”B004N66XZ8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].

Angela LansburyAngela Lansbury added to 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival (April 28-May 1 in Hollywood). Yep, the great Lansbury, along with director Guy Hamilton, Nancy Sinatra, and Tina Sinatra are among the latest additions to this year’s festival. TCM will also honor the late Elizabeth Taylor with a special 60th anniversary presentation of George Stevens’ romantic drama ‘A Place in the Sun.’ For more info on special guests and films, including ‘Gaslight,’ ‘The Mummy,’ ‘The Third Man,’ ‘All About Eve,’ ‘Goldfinger,’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Arm,’ check out the official site.

NBC Greenlights new hidden-camera comedy called ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’ (working title). The series of 12 half-hour episodes, hosted and exec-produced by Betty White,  follows a band of seven senior citizens who play pranks on unsuspecting younger people. Ok, this could either be really, really funny or extremely lame. I’m going with the first one. It sounds hilarious.

This Sunday’s episode of ‘Firefly’ on the Science Channel is ‘Our Mrs. Reynolds.’ I love seeing Captain Mal and the crew of the Serenity on TV again. This is the episode where he inadvertently marries a local gal during a celebration. I’m not sure how the fundraising effort to start producing NEW eps is going, but I’m guessing it’s in a go-mode. Those Browncoats are dedicated fans.

‘Prince William & Catherine: A Royal Love Story’ to premiere on OWN. Part 1 on April 9 features details of their meeting and romance; Part 2 on May 12 will include footage from the actual wedding. You know what? I know it’s corny, but I love royal wedding stuff. I’ve spent all of five minutes watching the Oprah Winfrey Network up to this point, but I’ll be watching this.

The Las Vegas Mob Experience opens this week at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Yeah, apparently, there’s this interactive mob experience in Vegas with a bunch of artifacts, memorabilia, photos and videos of organized crime. James Caan celebrated the opening, along with family members of the iconic gangsters. Ok, does it seem weird that we’re celebrating this? Or is it just me?

Elizabeth Taylor Week starts at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City tomorrow! Yes, the kids and I have been seeing free movies all week to celebrate staying put for Spring Break. We’ve seen ‘Platoon,’ ‘A Room With a View,’ ‘Flipped’ and tons more. And now they’re offering Liz Taylor movies this coming week at just $5 each, including ‘National Velvet,’ ‘Giant’ and ‘Father of the Bride.’ Can’t wait!

South Beach Classics‘South Beach Classics’ returns to the Discovery Channel on April 6. The reality show features one-of-a-kind antique cars from Florida’s largest classic automobile dealership, run by Ted Vernon and his wife, Robin. Oh the drama of selling, trading and maintaining America’s most coveted vehicles. I actually know something about this, since my husband bought and sold vintage sports cars for years. Sounds like a fun show. Check it out here.

Paul Reiser returns to TV. I’ve known about this, but received an invite today to participate in a conference call with Paul. The show premieres April 14 and stars Reiser as…Paul Reiser. It’s been a few years since Paul’s hit TV series went off the air. Since then, he’s been enjoying the quiet life at home with his lovely wife, Claire (Amy Landecker, “A Serious Man”), and kids and generally minding his own business, writing and producing television but enjoying life out of the spotlight. Lately, however, Paul’s been thinking it’s time he did something new, something meaningful. But what that next thing might be, he has no idea. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

5 COMMENTS

  1. About the Fiddler on the Roof….dontcha mean just in time for Passover? LOL! I happened to love FOTR…I still cry at all the scenes I cried at the very first time I saw it on stage as a kid. It is, perhaps, one of the most perfect shows because of the story, the tension, the characters, the archetypes.

    • Yes – Passover! Fiddler on the Roof is a great musical, and I especially love it because I played for the theatrical version at our local community theater. Great musical for a violinist. 🙂

  2. Now you’ve got me singing, “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Was a Rich Man.” I must say that Fiddler is one of my all-time faves. And all the other offerings…so many movies, so little time 🙁

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