Past & Curious: Even More ‘Wonderful,’ Banning ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ & More!

Links to the past, with relevance today ...

L.A. TIMES: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) — which is not schmaltzy and truly deserves to be considered the great film it is considered to be — is finally getting a facelift!

GOLD DERBY: Giving Stan and Ollie (2018) a modern, vintage twist.

PARIS VOGUE: 10 stunning Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) shots.

Pitts & Todd (Image via video still)

VANITY FAIR: Yes! A reminder to worship and adore Thelma Todd (1906-1935) and Zasu Pitts (1894-1963) on the occasion of the release of a collection of their best work.

L.A. TIMES: Remembering the Hollywood Blacklist through the eyes of a coupla "red diaper babies."

Geraldine Page (1924-1987) was playing 20 years older. (Image via video still)

RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: A warm-and-fuzzy remembrance of the warm and fuzzy A Christmas Memory from December 1966, the least Truman Capote thing that Truman Capote ever did!

The anecdote comes from Dear Dudley by Barbara Paskin —out now! (Image via John Blake)

CLOSER WEEKLY: When Dudley Moore (1935-2002) was turning 64 in 1999, he was on the ropes, having been diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, which ended his career and would within three years shorten his life. To cheer him up, a friend asked his acquaintances to send special gifts — and the ones he received from a slew of A-listers blew him away. The list is seriously impressive.

It's cold out-thigh ... (Image via MGM)

EW: The 1944 song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" — which was introduced publicly in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter — has, over the years, grown controversial for its "date-rapey" quality. It's now been banned by a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station.

The station's host explains:

"I gotta be honest, I didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad… Until I read them. Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong. The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place."

What do you think?

INSTAGRAM: Vicki Lawrence (b. 1949) expresses her thoughts about the passing of Ken Berry (1933-2018).

THR: Hugh Hefner's () personal typewriter sold for over $160,000 at auction.

Elvis has entered the building. (Image via video still)

ROLLING STONE: Elvis Costello (b. 1954) sits for a long interview on his new work.

HUFF POST: When presidents are remembered a bit too fondly ...

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