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  1. Enjoyed lunching with director Catherine Wyler, daughter of director William Wyler, and Marian Luntz, Film and Video Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, before a screening of The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Fighting Fortress(1944) and The Cold Blue in Houston at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Fighting Fortress screened earlier today to celebrate Veteran's Day on TCM....


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  2. Pass sales and films announced!!
    Citi sales begins November 19!

    The Time Machine, Somewhere in Time, The Bishop's Wife, The Wizard of Oz, Jason and the Argonauts, Lost Horizon,  Close Encounters, and Harvey!




    Enjoy my latest interview with Director and Oscar-Winner Chuck Workman here


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  3. Hope you enjoyed last night's films with Julie Andrews, a #TCMFF Special Guest! Isn't she wonderful?
    Special Theme: Dennis Miller and Friends


    Comic/political pundit Dennis Miller hosts four nights of films with a few of his good friends serving as co-hosts: Martin Short, Rita Wilson, Jay Leno and Dana Carvey. The chosen films are mostly comedies of one type or another, although a handful of dramas and fantasy films are thrown in for good measure. More here.
    Dennis Miller also introduced The Opposite Sex, one of my favorite guilty pleasure films at the #TCMFF this year with Illeana Douglas!
    Gillian ArmstronTCMFF 2018 Day 2
    Passes for the #TCMFF2020  will be on sale soon! Call the Credit Union, kids! 😉

    Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking


    By Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall

    Foreword by Peter Bogdanovich

    Rare notes, memos, and telegrams from Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Jane Fonda, and more

    Letters from Hollywood reproduces in full color scores of entertaining and insightful pieces of correspondence from some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time--from the silent era to the golden age, and up through the pre-email days of the 1970s. Culled from libraries, archives, and personal collections, the 135 letters, memos, and telegrams are organized chronologically and are annotated by the authors to provide backstories and further context. While each piece reveals a specific moment in time, taken together, the letters convey a bigger picture of Hollywood history. Contributors include celebrities like Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elia Kazan, Cary Grant, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, and Jane Fonda. This is the gift book of the season for fans of classic Hollywood.

    Rocky Lang is an author who has produced, written, and directed motion pictures, documentaries, and television programs. Barbara Hall is a film historian and researcher who has worked as an archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild Foundation, and the Art Directors Guild. They both live in Los Angeles.

    And the latest in sports news:
    World Series Game 7 tonight from Minute Maid Park in Houston!

  4. I'm thrilled about last night's win out of town! Go Astros!


    Did you hear about the proposal on the TCM Cruise? Read about it here


    Got to go now! The game is starting soon. On TCM tonight....The Essentials with Ben and Ava DuVernay and Cabin in the Sky! I'll switch back and forth. It's a World Series night!


    And coming in early November?  Passes go on sale for the #TCMFF2020!!!!

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  5. "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years" by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton debuts Oct. 15.

    "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years" by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton debuts Oct. 15. (Photo: Courtesy Hachette Books)

    The hills are alive, again. 

    Julie Andrews is reliving her Hollywood beginnings in a new memoir, "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years" (out Tuesday and co-written with Andrews' daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton).

    The book spans from her first days in Los Angeles with 1964's "Mary Poppins" roughly through 1995 – which means no tell-all tales of her more recent experiences working in the "Shrek," "Princess Diaries" or "Despicable Me" franchises. 

    But all the stage and screen icon's greatest hits are mentioned, including two that started it all and landed Andrews, now 84, her first Oscar win and subsequent nomination: "Mary Poppins" (for which she won best actress at the 1965 Academy Awards) and "The Sound of Music."

    For more of the USA Today article, look here.

    Join Julie Andrews as a TCM Guest Programmer on October 29 for screenings of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria, and The Americanization of Emily. 


  6. Remembering the joyful Cicely Tyson and Tyler Perry at her #TCMFF Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2018 and Sounder on tonight’s TCM Essentials with Ben Mankiewicz and Ava DuVernay...


    (photo by Sue Sue)



    You’re invited on a wondrous journey to enchanted worlds of fantasy and stories beyond belief. From myths and magical creatures to ghostly encounters and travels through time, you’ll escape with fellow movie lovers to places that will ignite your imagination.

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    Mary Astor’s Summer Under The Stars Celebration is today on TCM!!


    This is the perfect day to remember Director Alexa Foreman and her documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor and that special Wednesday, April 25, 2018, interview at Larry Edmunds Bookstore. Thanks to Andrew Yang, Mary Astor's great-grandson for attending this exciting event, Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Linda Wiegman who took the interview photos, and all the fans who made the Wednesday interview and the Club TCM Screening two SRO events. The documentary screened the following Friday in Club TCM hosted by Gary Freedman. Thanks to Paula for that frothy cup of Mary Astor java.




    The iconic Hollywood Boulevard location....



    Sue Sue with director Alexa Foreman...


    Sue Sue (Christy), Director Alexa Foreman, and Mary Astor’s great-grandson, Andrew Yang, creator of the Mary Astor Doll Collection...


    Inexciting Club TCM with social media content creator Jeff Lundenberger, and Jeff Mantor Of Larry Edmunds Bookshop...


  9. Theresa Brown shares her thoughts on Ava Gardner for her Summer Under The Stars Celebration Today.....


    "It’s here folks! One of TCM’s signature programming events and one of my favorites: Summer Under the Stars! For August, TCM features one movie star a day and programs a full 24 hours of their films. I can’t think of a better way to get a sweeping overview of a film star’s career. Let me tell you a bit about my pick........"(for more, click here.) 

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  10. Comings and Goings....

    First Robert Osborne Memorial Award Recipient Martin Scorsese reunites for a collaborative screen effort with old friends....

    Scorsese's secret weapon in New York City... 

    Star Trek TMP Returns Thanks to Fathom Events...

    Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, teaming Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, needs to have strong staying power to be considered a success.'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'   |   Courtesy of Sony Pictures

    Violence Against Women in Tarantino Films from THR.....

    Tarantino Box Office....


    August is #TCMFF2020 announcement time! Last year the announcement came towards the end of the month.

      Be ready to reserve your rooms! 


  11. TCM Memorial Tribute: Albert Finney
    *The wonderful tribute to Albert Finney is tonight! 
    Annie, Tom Jones, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Dresser, and Night Must Fall begin tonight at 7 CST and 8 EST....
    AND your titillating tidbits du jour....
    *Cari Beauchamp's wonderful biography of Frances Marion, Without Lying Down, is now an audiobook...
    *Adjusting the top ten boffo box office bonanzas for inflation....
    *Not Faye Dunaway's first time at the rodeo. Bucked off again! 
    * Patsy and Loretta together again! A new film on the way...
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    Here are a few TCM Fanatics from the 2010 Festival.....


    Announcements in August, 

    Passes in November,

    Excitement is obvious, 

    Airfare in December!

    The weakness of the rhyme

    Belies the importance of the time!

    “Action Stations August!”

    #TCMFF Presenter and New York City Film Forum director of programming Bruce Goldstein is bringing his Pre-Code show to Houston, Texas, this summer!
    Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in 'Baby Face' Photo: Warner Bros.
    Ginger Rogers in 'The Gold Diggers of 1933' Photo: Warner Bros.


    Bruce Goldstein loves movies from the Pre-Code Era. Give him 30 minutes, and he’ll give you the entire history of it.

    As the founding director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum (as well as the founder of Rialto Pictures, a film distributor that has restored and re-released many classic films in its 22-year history), Goldstein has made it his thing to hip people to the provocative films that were released in the early 1930s. This was before the Motion Picture Production Code -- aka the Hays Code, after Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) president Wil H. Hays -- along with the Production Code Association (PCA) and American Roman Catholics, forced studios to crack down on movies with questionable subject matter.

    When he grew up, Goldstein watched films that he says were more about “twin beds and chaste kisses.” All that changed during his teen years. “I went to a repertory screening in New York and I saw ‘Gold Diggers of 1933,’” remembers Goldstein, “and said, ‘Wait a minute -- this is rather racy! We don’t see these films on TV!’”


    “Gold Diggers of 1933” and many other films of that time will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as part of a month-long series called Cracking the (Pre) Code. The baker’s dozen of films that will be screened (either on 35mm film or on digital) delved into what was considered the sinful stuff back then: homosexuality, promiscuity, profanity, violence, etc. These films will also feature some of the era’s heaviest hitters: sexual-innuendo virtuoso Mae West (“I’m No Angel,” “She Done Him Wrong”), angel-faced vamps Barbara Stanwyck (“Baby Face”) and Jean Harlow (“Red-Headed Woman”), German temptress Marlene Dietrich (“Shanghai Express”), perennial smart-alecks the Marx Brothers (“Duck Soup”) and, last but not least, Warren William (“Gold Diggers of 1933,” “Three on a Match,” “Employees’ Entrance”), whose rep for playing unscrupulous, nefarious men made him known as the “King of Pre-Code.” Says Goldstein, “I think all the ones I chose are really some of the most important films of the era.”

    Goldstein will be in town this weekend introducing several of his faves, including “Entrance,” “Blessed Event” and “Blood Money,” films he has also introduced at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles over the past few years. He will also be doing post-screening discussions on each film.

    Goldstein got together with the MFAH thanks to film/video curator Marian Luntz, a friend of Goldstein’s for nearly 40 years. She feels it’s about time the museum did a Pre-Code series. ““It’s certainly the first spotlighted series focusing on Pre-Code that we have done in a long time,” says Luntz. “I think we have probably shown some of these films here and there, but I just became excited sort of following Bruce’s programming and hearing, seeing other programming -- something always seem to pop up on TCM about the Pre-Code -- and it just seems to be a great occasion to have Bruce here, have people meet him and I hope this is the first of numerous times that we’ll be able to bring Bruce back and have him choose what he is passionate about and show it to our audiences.”

    Luntz is very aware these problematic but still fascinating films may turn off more sensitive viewers. “Bruce and I spoke about it a little bit that the audience here is gonna be different from an audience that sees the film in New York,” she says. “You hope that people will appreciate that this is of a period… I think it’s a moment for people to see the films, to think about what it reflected of our history and our society at that time.”


    “I hope they get to understand the era a little better also,” adds Goldstein. “That’s the one thing about these movies: they really are reflective of the times. They’re not escapist the way Hollywood movies were after the enforcement of the Code. They are reflections of the Depression, and that’s why some of them are a little depressing -- but entertaining.”

    Craig Lindsey is a Houston-based writer.

    Cracking the (Pre) Code

    When: Beginning Friday-July 12

    Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

  14. It's July. Is it time to start worrying about when the 2020 festival dates will be formally released? 


    Will we see a film like Anna Boleyn celebrating its 100 -year anniversary at the fest? Directed by Ernst Lubistch.....

    Answer to these intriguing questions will eventually follow after a word from our sponsors...

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