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  1. sewhite2000

    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

    I didn't know she'd been unable to attend. While they've been showing the induction ceremonies, or at least an edited version of them, on HBO for a number of years now, the ceremonies from the first 10 or 12 years of the Hall's history - sadly, when all the original titans of the field were getting inducted! - were not televised. All we have are a few YouTube clips here and there, like this one.
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    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

    My Aretha iTunes collection is embarrassingly light. I have only four songs of hers: Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (from her very early days at Columbia Records, who never knew what to do with her), Respect, A Natural Woman and I Never Loved a Man. She's one of those artists I've always meant to get more songs by but have kept on the back burner. It's a shame it took this to snap me into action, but I will be definitely buying some more Aretha songs in the next few days.
  3. I hope I'm not jumping the gun. Being reported on several news sites, but her imdb page hasn't been updated yet. One of the true greats. You will be missed, Lady Soul.
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    Gregory Peck's grandson is the new Spock

    Actually in the new movies Quinto's Spock was having a hush-hush sexual relationship with Zoe Saldana's Uhura.
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    Red Flags

    Seems like a really small part to generate such hatred and the use of a hateful, anti-woman term. I haven't seen the movie in many years. Doesn't she ultimately chase after him and kiss him and contemplate running away with him? Or am I hallucinating that? Her character had to move on in his absence and his suddenly being alive I would assume was genuinely upsetting. But anyway something like 80 per cent of the movie is Hanks alone on an island. Her part, while critical, is relatively marginal to the overall story. It's Cast Away, by the way, two words, sort of a nice little poetic license to imply what has happened to Hanks' character.
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    Your top ten character actresses and actors

    I'm unsure why a nine-month-old thread with a similar concept is suddenly back above this thread. Possibly a TCM administrator will merge the threads at some point (if they ever see them under all the Korean spam). But I'll stay loyal to this newer thread since I already posted here. How about Felix Bressart? I haven't seen him on anybody's list so far. Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Ninotchka, Edison the Man, Comrade X, Ziegfeld Girl, The Shop Around the Corner, Blossoms in the Dust, To Be or Not to Be and a one-scene appearance in Portrait of Jennie, which turned out to be his next to last film. He died relatively young at 57 (which, as every year passes, seems younger and younger to me!). That scene with Jimmy Stewart in Shop Around the Corner in which he realizes Stewart is going to walk away from approaching his true love now that they've discovered her identity, and he has both a sadness but a steadfast commitment to his friend, is truly great acting on the part of both men. That's one of the greatest scenes in move history, in my opinion. Here he is getting the center of the screen with Hepburn and Tracy standing on the margins, no less.
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    Your top ten character actresses and actors

    So many lists already. I think if I posted a Top 10 in each gender, I'd largely be repeating a lot of people who are on here already. I feel like I must mention Thomas Mitchell, who was probably the first character actor I really became aware of in my early classic film fan days. In the vaunted year of 1939 alone, he was in Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Only Angels Have Wings and Stagecoach, the last for which he won an Oscar. That has to be the single greatest year in character actor history!
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    Has This Been Addressed?

    That's interesting. I've never been on TCM's Facebook page. Do they actually respond to fans' questions with any regularity on there? Because they certainly don't here.
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    Locating current premieres

    There is a thread called TCM Premieres that's usually on Page One or Page Two of General Discussions, and you can go to it to learn all the latest TCM premieres. It hasn't been updated for nine days and has fallen to Page Four, but here's a link to the most recent page on the thread:
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    BRITISH CINEMA during the 1930s and 40s

    Okay, I don't want to argue about it.
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    The divine Edgar....

    You definitely need to see Detour! And The Black Cat!
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    Has This Been Addressed?

    Yes, this topic comes up from time to time. Part of the reason is that there's a "library" of films that are at least partially tied to the collection of films owned by Ted Turner when the network was founded. I use the term cautiously, because every time I do, someone posts that my assumptions are ignorant of the workings of licensing and package deals. But there is a group of films that TCM is clearly able to show for no or very little cost. Most of these films were originally made by MGM, United Artists, RKO and Warner Bros. (pre-1949). Also some foreign films and films originally produced by an independent studio like American International Pictures that ultimately ended up under the control of one of these bigger entities. Also, there are films that have fallen into the public domain. Now within this body of films, there are some that are clearly shown more than others and some that are shown rarely or not at all. From time to time, somebody on here will post something like, "Why the heck doesn't TCM ever show Film X? It's from MGM!", and since nobody at TCM ever comments on these decisions (ever), we mostly just have to guess the reasons based on certain assumptions. TCM seems to show movies that are more critically acclaimed or had great box office success than those that aren't or didn't. Also, TCM is a "star-driven" network (credit where credit is due - TopBilled is the first person I remember posing this theory), and so, films starring Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn or John Wayne or Judy Garland or the really big of the big stars tend to get shown the most often than films with B-level stars or actors you've never heard of. Hope that's helpful.
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    That winning smile.

    I'm not placing this beauty! May I ask who this is? My guesses are Claudia Cardinale or Dawn Wells???
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    BRITISH CINEMA during the 1930s and 40s

    imdb lists the primary production company of Far from the Madding Crowd as MGM. I realize it was shot in England and possibly with an English crew, but I'm still calling it an American film.
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    I think he/she was specifically nauseated by the glowing article on the TCM hosts referenced in the post above that one. Seeing as TCM gets virtually zero outside publicity, I personally don't mind a puff piece. All the bother and fuss about the hosts and what their voices sound like and how they dress baffles me. Like the author of the article, I'm charmed by the refreshingly retro nautre of the intros/outros TCM has so far not abandoned. The only station left on television, I would assume, where a host stands in front of a camera and introduces upcoming programming with no SFX or loud music.

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