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  1. O.K. So it's taken me a little longer than I thought it would to resuscitate and organize my notes. Here goes.... Festival--Day One--Sue Sue Is So-So Stressed! It usually takes me at least two cups of coffee before I can conjugate verbs in English, and I began rushing to get ready in the morning so that I can be "on the set" for my fan perspective interview with Tim at 9:00, which was to take place in the penthouse suite of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where once upon a time, Gable and Lombard took up residence. Lynn tells me to "get moving." It was my turn to rule the powder room. I hear the mambo music playing from my Razorphone. It was the TCM crew in charge of my interview. Would it be all right if they changed me from 9:00 a.m. to Noon? Of course not. I was so nervous, I didn't care if it took place at all. I was shaking, but I had just talked to someone in charge of something at TCM! I can't decide what to wear. I didn't want to be to spangly-bangly, or flashy-trashy, so I went with my black Misook outfit with the long pants, shell, and jacket with stripes across the shoulders and the little blue-flowered buttons. But before I could don the outfit, I had to delve into make-up. My hands were shaking so much by the time my foundation had been set with translucent beige powder, that I couldn't draw a straight line with my liner pencil. Then I sneezed, and my eyeliner drooped below the lid. I repaired that line, and then I tried applying mascara, and curled the lashes a little, and sneezed again. Little black marks that looked like bird tracks appeared beneath my lower lids. Mambo music on the Razorphone again. My son calls from Texas to say he's done well this semester at college. Yay! I start over. I take makeup remover and remove the tracks, reapply the translucent powder, and begin again all over with the mascara. Curl the lashes. Make some more. I feel another sneeze coming on so I pull by eyelids all the way open so that the little tracks don't make their appearance again. I survived the sneeze with no black birdy tracks, so I proceed to do some more curling. I'm shaking. I tell Lynn, "I'm shaking so much I can't do my make up!" Her calm voice reminds me that all will be well. Just hurry up and get ready. I apply the powder blush, cinnamon peach. I put too much on one cheek. It made me look like one side of me was taller than the other, so I grab a kleenex and smudge some off, and dab a little more translucent powder on it. I puffled and fluffed my hair a little, and clipped it back with a tortouise-shell- colored clamp. Then I put on my suit, and started to refluff the coif. It was just then that I noticed that one of my nails had chipped, so I reached for the Sally Hansen #230, Hot Cocoa, for a quick repair. And then we hopped into the car, and Lynn navigated while I tried not to run over any pedestrians. I also was voted by the California Welcome Centers as the tourist driver most likely to be honked at. Mambo music emanates from my cell. It was Kelli calling to organize the fan perspectives. Can she move me back to 11:00? By this time, I wanted to chicken out all together. We arrived at the Penthouse Suite and were greeted by the lovely Kelli, a sweet young lady who helped to prep me for my interview. And there were several other folks there who were very nice, but I was so nervous, I forgot their names. I was offered a Diet Coke before my interview, but wished it had been a triple margarita on the rocks with salt on the rim and stability in the stem. No such luck. I was shaking again. Lynn spoke some words of encouragement, and I was able to keep my knees from knocking together. I was introduced to Tim, the fan perspectives director, and we all walked upstairs. O.K. They walked upstairs, and I leaned against the mirrored walls while putting one foot on a step and then another foot on the step above that one.....until I feel like I had crawled up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, but instead ...the entire crew for the shoot was atop the roof of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Lynn was able to stay and watch my interview, and luckily I was able to see her and her "thumbs up" signs of encouragement. Tim, the director, gave me hints about questions I might like to answer. All I could think of was "the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true" and then a crew member wanted to put a mike on me, and I asked him if he had a medical degree to be able to do that. When he slipped the cord up the back of my jacket, I said " Oooh, that feels pretty good." The crew guys laughed, but I was still shaking inside. A man walked up to me and told me where my mark was, and I was supposed to stand there without moving or shaking. Uh-huh. They let me sit my Diet Coke down on the rooftop close to my mark. I was already drying up. Then I was so nervous, I did my impression of Katherine Hepburn or Doris Day or somebody singing "Que Sera, Sera." Then Tim presented ideas about my interests in classic film, and I tried to speak something that made sense. I was not ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille. All of a sudden we were finished, and they all thanked me, and they all had been laughing. Lynn said everything went well. So one day interested viewers might see the finished product on Turner Classic Movies fan perspectives. Then we went to the festival studio headquarters, and I saw HIM. Robert Osborne! Tah-Dah! He was so nice to everyone. Lynn was there to help introduce "The Magnificent Ambesons" with Robert Osborne, and she was so calm, cool, and collected. They both had a nice on-camera conversation about the film and I think, the festival. I was still so nervous, so Lynn can probably fill in the gaps in my saga if she has a mind to. That is where I met two ladies from where I live in Texas, and none of us could believe we were all there together at the festival. I also developed a crush on one of the crew members and struck up a very casual conversation, and informed him, by the way, that every hotel room comes with its own "Do Not Disturb" sign. Lynn, then pulled me away, and we went to Room 828 in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to unpack. I wanted to collapse from all the nervous energy and adrenalin. And I did. Our next move was lunch at the In and Out Burger with friends from TCM City and the Silver Screen Oasis. More later, O.K.? Sincerely, Sue2
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    (Photo courtesy of TCM) Here's a link to Aurora Bugallo's pre-Valentine's Day interview with Illeana Douglas: https://aurorasginjoint.com/2018/02/10/interview-illeana-douglas-on-gender-equity-trailblazing-women-and-her-love-of-movies/ Illeana Douglas on the TCMFF RED CARPET 2017...(photo courtesy of Sue Sue) (Photo by a Sue Sue pal...) Sue Sue with Illeana Douglas in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel shortly after her popular book signing for I Blame Dennis Hopper..... I wonder what author events pass holders might enjoy this year.....
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    Since Sue Sue's other thread has some issues with access, I've started another thread to post about the fun at this year's *TCM FILM FEST 2012*. Kim Novak is having her cake, and greeting, too! Robert Osborne and Kim Novak at Turner Classic Movie's 18th birthday party.
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    The sport of bullfighting is symbolically a meeting of a dismounted man who first encounters a large, wild beast. The antithesis to that premise occurs when a large, wild beast befriends man. One of the most poignant real-life events that illustrates that premise for me is the rescue of a young man in the Texas Hill Country in the 1990's. A river rapidly rising in a flash flood forced a boy to climb a tree near the edge of a river. Being washed downstream by the raging floodwaters was a 12-point deer. It maneuvers across the river by swimming at great force and arrives at the tree where the young man is clinging to life, and nudges him to sit on his back. The deer eventually reaches the shore and deposits him to safety. Such a story of man and beast and how they bond will be coming to the TCMFF this spring. The Black Stallion is also thematically related in some ways to the film of Scott Dell's book, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” from 1964. Roger Ebert's 1979 review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-black-stallion-1979 Wouldn't it be nice if star Terri Garr helps introduce the film?
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    The sport of bullfighting is symbolically a meeting of a dismounted man who first encounters a large, wild beast. The antithesis to that premise occurs when a large, wild beast befriends man. One of the most poignant real-life events that illustrates that premise for me is the rescue of a young man in the Texas Hill Country in the 1990's. A river rapidly rising in a flash flood forced a boy to climb a tree near the edge of a river. Being washed downstream by the raging floodwaters was a 12-point deer. It maneuvers across the river by swimming at great force and arrives at the tree where the young man is clinging to life, and nudges him to sit on his back. The deer eventually reaches the shore and deposits him to safety. Such a story of man and beast and how they bond will be coming to the TCMFF this spring. The Black Stallion is also thematically related in some ways to the film of Scott Dell's book, Island of the Blue Dolphins from 1964. Roger Ebert's 1979 review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-black-stallion-1979 Wouldn't it be nice if star Terri Garr helps introduce the film?
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    How it might have actually happened and how it was created cinematically are two very different scenarios. Ben Burtt and Craig Barron will reveal secrets of “The Ten Commandments” (1956) for us in April at the TCM Film Festival. Who can forget Ann Baxter as Nefertiri? “Oh, Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!” Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/08/no-really-there-is-a-scientific-explanation-for-the-parting-of-the-red-sea-in-exodus/?utm_term=.dcd2caed7825 About Craig Barron... “Craig Barron began his career at Industrial Light + Magic, where he worked on such classic films as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Barron’s visual effects company, Matte World Digital, conjured environments for such films as Titanic (1997), Zodiac (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Hugo (2011) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which he won the Academy Award for visual effects Barron is an AMPAS lecturer and exhibition curator, a TCM guest-host, and a University educator with a focus on the history and techniques of visual effects of classic studio films and the digital age. He’s featured in documentary supplements for several Criterion Blue-Ray editions, demonstrating classic effects on films by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Alfred Hitchcock, using computer animations. He co-authored with Mark Cotta Vaz the first book on the history of movie matte-painting, The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. Barron is the creative director at Magnopus, a visual development company in Los Angeles.” About Ben Burtt... “Ben Burtt has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, director, film editor, sound designer and sound mixer. His work includes feature films, documentaries, network television movie specials, and educational specialty films. Burtt received an Oscar for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in Star Wars (1977) and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); he won Oscars for Sound Effects Editing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also has earned nominations in the Sound Mixing category for Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; in Sound Effects Editing for Return of the Jedi, Willow (1988) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for WALL-E (2008). Burtt is the voice of Pixar’s robot, Wall-E, as well as the breathing of Darth Vader. Also a film scholar, Burtt is a yearly presenter of programs for the Academy of Motion Pictures along with Craig Barron. The two of them have also hosted features on Turner Classic Movies’ broadcasts as well as the TCM Cruise and Film Festival.”
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    Social Media, Youth, and the TCM Film Festival, an article from LA weekly in 2016,,,, http://www.laweekly.com/arts/why-young-people-go-nuts-for-the-tcm-classic-film-festival-6857252 An article from 2013 revisits how Hollywood Blvd. makes navigating interesting.... http://www.laweekly.com/arts/tcm-classic-film-festival-watching-hollywoods-greatest-films-on-its-most-annoying-boulevard-4178795 Disney films having a 50th Anniversary this year are The Love Bug and Blackbeard's Ghost.
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    Special Harold Lloyd features at the Linwood Dunn Theater during the #TCMFF 2018 are to be announced: http://www.haroldlloyd.com/news/screenings Maybe we will see Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968) this year. Roger Ebert reviews it here: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-romeo-and-juliet-1968 Passes are still on sale. Palace, Classic, and Spotlights are still available... https://festival.tcm.com/tcm/ Tonight: Billie Lourd will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.... The 31 Days of Oscar continues on TCM...and here's a link to the blogathon: https://aurorasginjoint.com/2018/01/26/announcement-31-days-of-oscar-blogathon/
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    Cinephiled blogger Danny Miller visits with Ben Mankiewicz about the upcoming festival, Stephanie Powers’ Guest Programmer stint for William Holden's 100th birthday, politics, and changes at the network: http://www.cinephiled.com/interview-ben-mankiewicz-tcms-31-days-oscar-upcoming-tcm-classic-film-festival/ Maybe we might see INDISCREET this year with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant: https://cinemavensessaysfromthecouch.wordpress.com/guest-writers/christy-putnam/
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    Popular TCM Film Festival Special Guest writer and historian Cari Beauchamp writes about an important landmark gathering for women filmmakers in Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/01/women-directors-miramar-women Beauchamp has written Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, My First Time in Hollywood, and many others: https://www.amazon.com/Cari-Beauchamp/e/B001IXROKW FYI: Both Beauchamp and Leonard Maltin, author, historian and host of TCM's Treasures From The Disney Vault have presented at all TCM Film Festivals from 2010 to 2017.... Leonard Maltin interviewing Roy Disney in 2007 in Philadelphia... Maltin's Classic Film Guides and encyclopedias have been popular ever since they first appeared: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Leonard+Maltin's Classic Hollywood In The Headlines: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/natalie-wood-death-robert-wagner-person-of-interest-says-investigator/
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    AND WE HAVE UPDATES!!! ANNOUNCED 2018 SPECIAL GUESTS CRAIG BARRON - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer ROBERT BENTON - Writer, Director MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer BEN BURTT - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer MARSHA HUNT - Actress BEN MODEL - Musician MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA - Chamber Ensemble New Films: Fail Safe Phantom of the Opera None Shall Escape Show People The Ten Commandments LINKDOM: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/
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    In case you haven't heard... Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) today announce a joint venture to launch a new, multi-territory movie streaming service-https://www.turner.com/node/23647/turner-upfront-2017/ TCM Saturday afternoon host Tiffany Vasquez is moving on. Her last appearances filmed for TCM aired on Saturday. We wish Tiffany well! Her first appearance on the TCM Film Festival Red Carpet was in 2014.... FROM THE SUE SUE ARCHIVES: On January 29, 2015, TCM Pass Holders had an announcement that Ann-Margret would be a special guest. Maybe we will have an update soon....
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    Academy Award Nominees: http://envelope.latimes.com/awards/academy-awards/2018/ FYI: #TCMFF Special Guest Christopher Plummer, who participated in a Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese (Hello, Grauman's), was nominaterd for All The Money In The World! (Photo by Sue Sue)
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    Thanks, James. Mary Astor has my admiration, and I'm hoping we will have a new documentary about her life completed soon. Maybe we might even see it at the TCM Film Festival. I'd love that. Sue X 2 Sad News Coming Out of Hollywood Today... Actress Connie Sawyer died peacefully at the age of 105 at her in Woodland Hills, CA. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name, Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress who worked through late 2017. Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, Colo. Her career in entertainment began at the age of eight when she won a talent contest in Oakland. At 18 years old, she landed her first Vaudeville show in Santa Cruz. Legendary singer, comedian, and actress Sophie Tucker became Sawyer’s mentor before she went on to Broadway where she played Miss Wexler in A Hole in the Head. She would later take the same role in the film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra. Her other film credits include The Way West, Ada and The Man in the Glass Booth. To many, she is recognized as the lady in Dumb and Dumber who stole Jim Carrey’s character’s wallet. She also appeared in The Pineapple Express, as well as When Harry Met Sally. She has numerous TV credits which span six decades. This includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother. Most recently she appeared in Showtime’s Ray Donovan as James Woods’ mother. In addition to her being highlighted in the documentaries Showfolk and Troupers, she published her autobiography, I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t. Sawyer is survived by her two daughters Lisa Dudley, Julie Watkins, four grandchildren Hannah Stubblefield, Sam Dudley, Emily and Carrie Watkins and three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Adam and Maya. (From MSN News) She recently appeared on TCM with Ben Mankiewicz during the Motion Picture and Television Fund programming and was seen in the documentary Showfolk. Here's a link to the TCM Media Room Video: http://pre-prod.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1354113/Ben-Mankiewicz-Intro-A-Hole-In-The-Head.html
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    Tomorrow on Noir Alley ... Act of Violence with Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh... Director Fred Zinneman and Oscar-winner Mary Astor...
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    Tonight, 1953’s The Band Wagon returns on The Essentials. A TCMFF 2016 screening at the Chinese Multiplex proved popular with many fans, and I enjoyed seeing it with so many wonderful friends... I think my favorite number is “The Triplets.”
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    TCM Primetime has African-American films directed by Sidney Poitier, Julie Dash, Ivan Dixon, and more. A special Red Foxx short comes on early in the a.m. Director Julie Dash, a guest on TCM’s Trailblazing Women In Film, helmed the moving feature Daughters of the Dust, scheduled tonight at 10 p.m. Central, after Poitier’s fabulous London love story, A Warm December.
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    Happy Birthday, Margaret O’Brien! (pictured here in November at the Julien’s Auction...) O’Brien often attends the TCM Film Festival.
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    Festival Fun is just around the corner! Here's our 2018 Lineup: The Black Stallion (1979) Bullitt (1968) Hamlet (1948) His Girl Friday (1940) Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979) Places In The Heart (1984) The Producers (1968) [Opening Night with Mel Brooks] The Sea Wolf (1941) The Set Up (1949) The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) Throne of Blood (1957) To Have and Have Not (1944) Woman of the Year (1942) Anyone hope for another particular film or films to be added? It won't be long, and we'll be having another update!
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    TCM Senior Researcher Alexa Foreman, Miss Peggy Cummins, and VP of Talent, Darcy Hettrich in Club TCM in 2012.... Femme Fatale Peggy Cummins, a TCM Film Festival Special Guest in 2012, was a lovely lady. She told me that she was still amazed and surprised at the popularity of her film, Gun Crazy, when I visited with her at the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2012. Cummins had just flown in from her home in England, but seemed thrilled to be back in Hollywood to share her experiences with pass holders. Her soft, lilting voice and her open manner seemed light years away from her performance as Annie Laurie Starr in the 1950 film she helped introduce with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, and Director of the Film Noir Foundation. Peggy Cummins and Eddie Muller at a film noir festival in Zagreb, Yugoslavia... The Hollywood Reporter article announcing Miss Cummins passing: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peggy-cummins-dead-gun-crazy-femme-fatale-was-92-1024393
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    Thanks, James! Your kind comments are much appreciated!! I enjoy your posts, too!! Happy New Year!!
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    Tonight is TCM's New Year's Eve Marathon of the Thin Man series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy! "For this year's most sophisticated holiday evening, TCM has gathered all six entries from a movie series that defined urbane elegance: the Thin Man films. So ring in the New Year in style with one of the great screen couples-- Nick and Nora Charles, as played by William Powell and Myrna Loy. These glamorous Manhattanites trade quips while sipping martinis and solving murders with the aid of their famous wirehaired terrier, Asta.The movies are shown in chronological order, ranging from the original The Thin Man (1934) to the final entry in the series, Song of the Thin Man (1947). In between are After the Thin Man (1936), in which the Charleses encounter rising star James Stewart; Another Thin Man (1939), which adds a baby to the mix; Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), the last of the series to be directed by W.S. Van Dyke; and The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), with Nick visiting his family in New England and, of course, becoming embroiled in a murder case."
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    Merry Christmas and many blessings to you, Joe! You are missed.
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    "Sinterklaas Kapoentje" St. Nicholas Day Song Sinterklaas Kapoentje, Leg wat in mijn schoentje, Leg wat in mijn laarsje, Dank je Sinterklaasje! (Saint Nicholas, Little Rascal, Put something into my little shoe, Put something into my little boot, Thank you, little Saint Nicholas!) From Miracle on 34th Street...
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    Mel on The Producers... See that link up there? I think Mel wants pass holders to do their homework before the opening night film at the TCMFF 2018...

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