We’re not saying we are a bunch of old farts or anything, but there is just a limit on how much ‘Private Practice’ and ‘Celeb Rehab’ we can handle before craving something with a shelf life of longer than 12 days.

An American in Paris

DVD
Warner Home Video
In shops now

When you weren’t looking this fall, this DVD came out with oodles of features. Among them: ” ‘S Wonderful: The Making of An American in Paris” which is an all new documentary for this set, radio interviews with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron and outtakes. Nice.

Chaplin: 15th Anniversary Edition

DVD
Lionsgate
In shops now

Since this is the year of Downey, Jr., there really is no better time to have a look at his Academy Award® nominated work from 1992.

Clark Gable: Tormented Star

by David Bret
BOOK
DaCapo Press
In shops now

“the truth behind his façade – and the heavy toll it took on the star,” says the press release. WHAT?! That’s Rhett Butler you’re talking about! So the true Hollywood buffs can watch “Gone with the Wind” and “It Happened One Night” and then see all that mystique and charm be stripped away! Golden Age bios are always a catch, and this is a softcover, so great for those stockings…

Clue

Board Game
Hasbro Toys

So you might have heard, Clue has recently gotten a makeover (because what mansion doesn’t have a Spa and Theater room these days) Miss Scarlet is now Cassandra Scarlet (so hip). Colonel Mustard is a former football star, and Victor Plum is now a dot-com billionaire (I’m putting my money on her). Just add Perez Hilton and digital camera and you’ve got yourself a full night of fun.

Cool Hand Luke

DVD
Warner Home Video
In shops now

What better way to pay our respects than with the films of Paul Newman? There is no shortage of juicy features to choose from, but this is among his most iconic.

Getting Along Famously

by Melissa Hellstern
BOOK
Dutton
In shops now

A new book from the author of “How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life” takes on some of Hollywood’s most fabulous friendships, including:

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (well, ok, mother and daughter)

Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews

Gigi: 50th Anniversary

DVD
Warner Home Video
In shops now

Features on this baby include the theatrical trailer, a couple shorts, and a making of special. This can accompany “An American in Paris” when you’re in that Leslie Caron kind of mood…

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration

DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

When this DVD set first came out we were tickled pink to get it in. Since that time many a passerby to camp JoyHog has ooohed and aaahed and, quite frankly, tried to scamper off with it. If you can’t afford that uber-expensive boxed set of the entire Sopranos, then this will be more than adequate for the bloodthirsty relatives in your life.

Hello, Everybody!: The Dawn of American Radio

by Anthony Rudel
BOOK
Houghton Mifflin
In shops now

Like the theatre, radio isn’t going anywhere. Rudel was the youngest-ever on-air personality on WQXR, the radio station of The New York Times. Publisher’s Weekly hailed this “lively” title on the birth of this form of entertainment. We all know where radio has landed in the age of censor-free satellite options on hundreds of channels. See where it all began.

Roman Holiday: Centennial Collection

DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

A little Audrey Hepburn / Gregory Peck action as part of the first three centennial collection titles out from Paramount.

Sabrina: Centennial Collection

DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

How ridiculously good is this movie? Now the Harrison Ford remake is actually not terrible, but this Billy Wilder classic is pretty much untouchable. Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden…damn good. A perfect gift for anyone, even though they may have no idea how good it is.

Sunset Boulevard: Centennial Collection

DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

Now you can compare notes between the film and the musical with the new Andrew Lloyd Webber channel on YouTube! Or, you can just watch Gloria Swanson and William Holden in the movie, which is certainly fantastic enough in its own right…