Upcoming Events on Backlots

By Lara Gabrielle Fowler

Hello dear readers, your author Lara here to give you an update on what Backlots is up to this month and beyond! We have a few very exciting things on the horizon, and I would like to share them with you so that you may tune in and experience them along with me!


The first event is Cinecon, for which I will be traveling to Los Angeles for the second year in a row as a member of the press. Each year Cinecon presents rarely seen classic films over Labor Day weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, presented by Cinecon president Bob Birchard. Not only is Cinecon a wonderful place to see rare classic movies, it is also unmatched as a movie collector’s paradise. Vendors occupy several rooms at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel and sell all kinds of classic movie memorabilia, from DVDs and magazines to rare posters and autographs. It also features an elaborate banquet that many celebrities attend, and is an all-around quality event. If you are in the Los Angeles area (or if, like me, you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and need an excuse to get out of town while the bridge is closed over Labor Day!), I highly recommend that you give Cinecon a go. I had a wonderful time last year.


If you have been paying any attention to TCM lately, you know that the annual Summer under the Stars programming is well underway on the channel. Every year during the month of August, TCM pays tribute to a different star each day, programming a full 24 hours of the movies of a single star. Jill over at Sittin’ On a Backyard Fence and Michael at ScribeHard On Film have put together a blogathon in which bloggers write about the star of the day. I have already written about Joan Fontaine (click here to see the post), and I am signed up to blog on Shirley Jones day on August 28. My post will be about her role in Elmer Gantry–a major diversion from her previous image as a clean, virginal girl. Take a look at this clip for a preview of what’s to come on August 28.


As I mentioned in my previous post, Hitchcock Halloween, Backlots’ newest blogathon is coming on October 31. Participants may blog about anything Hitchcock-related–his movies, his life, his TV show, make it your own! Let me know what you would like to contribute, and I will add you to the list of participants.


Extra! Extra! There will be a very special surprise coming to the blog in late October. Details will be forthcoming, but suffice it for now to say that this surprise is courtesy of an extremely kind and generous woman who worked as an integral part of classic Hollywood. Please stay tuned for more details as the date of the surprise approaches.

See you soon!


5 responses to “Upcoming Events on Backlots

  1. Look forward to the surprise. So few people still around who qualify for that distinction.

  2. Yay! Sounds fun!

  3. Holy cats, Lara, is there no end to the Blogathon fun and frolic? 🙂 I for one am looking forward to participating in the Hitchcock Halloween Blogathon (gonna blog about VERTIGO) and SHATTERED GLASS for the Journalism in Classic Film blog. Looking forward to Shirley Jones and your special surprise, whatever it may be! 🙂

  4. I’m dying to know what your big surprise announcement is! Squee!

  5. I’ll announce it at the beginning of October. 🙂

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