Saturday, February 25, 2017

TCM to Launch New Noir-Themed Programming Franchise Noir Alley

Set your DVRs. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will launch Noir-Themed Programming: Noir Alley. This new franchise will be hosted by Film Noir Foundation Founder & President Eddie Muller. Every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Eddie Muller, known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, was a favorite among 1940s and 1950s moviegoers and continues to be one of the most popular genres of classic film today. Noir Alley will showcase film noir's heavy hitters each week including the below March lineup:

March 5: The Maltese Falcon (1941), the unforgettable classic about "the stuff that dreams are made of," directed by first-time director John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet

March 12: Detour (1945), a remarkable and highly influential film directed on a shoestring budget by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage

March 19: Act of Violence (1948), a revenge tale about WWII veterans directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Van Heflin and Robert Ryan

March 26: Tension (1949), an engrossing thriller about a would-be wife killer directed by John Berry and starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter Noir Alley is designed to be an immersive, multiplatform experience for both seasoned noir fans and newcomers to the genre.

Barry Award Nominees

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced the nominees for the 2017 Barry Awards. Congratulations to all!

Best Novel:
• Where It Hurts, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
• The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
• The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
• Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
• A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
• The Second Girl, by David Swinson (Mulholland)

Best First Novel:
• Dodgers, by Bill Beverly (Crown)
• I’m Traveling Alone, by Samuel Bjork (Viking)
• IQ, by Joe Ide (Mulholland)
• The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam)
• I’m Thinking of Ending Things, by Iain Reid (Gallery/Scout Press)
• Presumed Missing, by Susie Steiner (Random House)

Best Paperback Original:
• Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry (Penguin)
• The Heavens May Fall, by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street)
• The Queen’s Accomplice, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)
• The Darkest Secret, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
• Rain Dogs, by Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street)
• The Girl in the Window, by Jake Needham (Half Penny)

Best Thriller:
• Overwatch, by Matthew Betley (Atria)
• First Strike, by Ben Coes (Minotaur)
• Guilty Minds, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
• Back Blast, by Mark Greaney (Berkley)
• The One Man, by Andrew Gross (Minotaur)
• Collecting the Dead, by Spencer Kope (Minotaur)

Winners will be announced Thursday, October 12, during Bouchercon, in Toronto.

Hat Tip: The Gumshoe Site