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  1. LonesomePolecat

    *A to Z of Filmmakers*

    Comer, Sam -- set decorator for SUNSET BLVD
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" next song in a Marx Brothers movie (other than Capt Spaulding)
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    *A to Z of Filmmakers*

    Youmans, Vincent -- songwriter of NO NO NANETTE
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    A to Z of Characters

    Katharina (aka Plain Kate and Bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the Cursed) -- Elizabeth Taylor in TAMING OF THE SHREW
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Goodfellas
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY (he gets smuggled into the inn) next a song you hate that won Oscars
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    A to Z List of Plays and Musicals

    Arcadia
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    Double Feature

    THE RIGHT STUFF next THE MUDLARK
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "Mambo" from WEST SIDE STORY next song sung by 2 or more legends
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    TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #39: WHAT IF?

    TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #39: “WHAT IF?” PART 2: THE CHALLENGES As part of Challenge #39, you are allowed 12 premieres anywhere in your schedule. In addition to that, each challenge carries a few extra. If you want more premieres, do more of the challenges! #1: WHAT IF THEY HAD 100 YEARS? Ever wonder what roles James Dean could have played if he hadn’t died young? Well, now’s your chance! Your assignment is twofold: first, find an actor or actress whose classic film career was, in your opinion, too short. This could be someone like James Dean who died young, but it could be any other performer whose career was of limited duration: a child actor who didn’t do movies as an adult, a stage or TV actor who hardly made any films, a silent screen star who didn’t make sound films, or even someone who just got started late in their acting career. Don’t worry about how many films they did make or how long, it’s up to you—many silent stars made a boatload of films in a short period of time, whereas some Broadway actors made 4 or 5 movies spread out over a few decades. It’s up to your opinion who you think didn’t have a chance to show us what they could really do. Once you have selected your performer, your challenge is to schedule a minimum of 4 films in a block anywhere in your schedule, day or night, that your performer could have or should have been cast in if they’d had a long enough career. For example, James Dean died in 1955 at the young age of 24 after only making 3 films. But he was born in 1931, so he could still be alive (Kirk Douglas is!). So in terms of when he should have been alive, I would cast James Dean in these film roles: Harry Roat in WAIT UNTIL DARK, Any of the guys in THE STING, Emperor Palpatine in RETURN OF THE JEDI, and Hamlet in a remake of HAMLET (imagine that!). This list could go on and on, right? As part of this challenge, keep these things in mind: 1. Please choose someone whose film career was short of duration, for whatever reason, not someone who had a huge career that you just wish played Moses or Lincoln. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn HAD their shot (although Kate would have been a killer Hamlet!)—this is to give second chances to people who didn’t have them in real life. 2. Please obey the rules of Time and Space. By that I mean imagine what age your actor would have been when the movie in question was made, then think about what roles they would have been up for. For example, if you wish James Dean was in the HARRY POTTER series, keep in mind he would have been an old man when it came out, so you couldn’t cast him as Harry himself—Snape or Dumbledore, sure. Also, going the other direction, James Dean couldn’t have gotten a time machine and played Rhett Butler alongside Vivien Leigh’s Scarlet O’Hara. That would be in a Time Travel challenge, like Challenge #2. As a fictional remake GWTW fine, just keep in mind he wouldn’t have been in that exact version. 3. Feel free to be creative by imagining remakes that never happened but could have happened, like my HAMLET remake or, or movies that could have been made based on books or plays that existed at the time your actor was alive. For example, Lord of the Rings existed as a book series in the 1950s when James Dean would have been young, so he could have been Frodo in a nonexistent 1950s film version. Just make sure the work in question fits in your timeline. For example, don’t cast James Dean as Edward Cullen in TWILIGHT because by the time that book was written Jimmy would have been in his 80s. Remember: the point of Challenge #1 is to give actors roles they should have been cast in and actually physically could have done if they lived to be 100 and had a solid career that whole time. To paraphrase Eliza at the end of HAMILTON, “what would [they] do if [they] had more time?” · You Get 2 Extra Premieres for Challenge #1 (Label as “CASTING EXEMPT PREMIERE”) CHALLENGE #2: WHAT IF YOU COULD PICK TCM’S HOST? The recent influx of new hosts has led to much controversy on the boards, and much fast forwarding on some of our DVRs (the only ones I never fast forward are Ben Mankiewicz & Noir Alley host Eddie Muller). But rather than start a new argument about who we DO have, let’s imagine who we COULD have! For this challenge, ignore the rules of Time & Space and select your Top Host Picks for TCM. Schedule a block of at least 4 films anywhere in your schedule of anyone you would like to host. ANYONE! Pick a real actor, a dead filmmaker, a fictional character, a long-since-dead novelist, a cartoon character, a talking animal—ANYONE! You can even go super realistic and give us a real candidate, i.e. say you want Eddie Muller to host ALL the time and schedule a bunch of Film Noirs he likes. The one and only person you absolutely can’t pick is Robert Osbourne because it goes without saying that we all want him back. The point is who his replacement should be. You can either choose one host and schedule some films they are in, or use your block of 4 films to pick 4 completely different hosts if you want. Go crazy! · You Get 2 Extra Premieres for Challenge #2 in addition to your 12 premiere limit (Label as “HOST EXEMPT PREMIERE”) CHALLENGE #3: WHAT IF LP WAS A PROGRAMMER? (I’ve done this before, and I’ll keep doing it til it works.) The best way to request a movie is to schedule it as a premiere in a schedule. I personally have had TCM show many of my premieres, and I know you guys have too. Since, as host, I can’t write a schedule and make my suggestions of what I want to see on TCM, you’re going to do it for me! Of all the movies I want TCM to premiere, these are “LP’S MOST WANTED” because I have never seen most of them, or maybe once. So basically these are movies I’ve always wanted to see. The challenge is to schedule ANY of the movies on this list ANYWHERE in your schedule: 1. Butch Minds the Baby (1942) Virginia Bruce & Broderick Crawford, dir Albert S Rogell, Universal 1h15min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 2. Charley's Aunt (1941) Jack Benny & Kay Francis, dir Archie Mayo FOX 1h20min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 3. Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter & Gwen Verdon, dir George Abbott & Stanley Donen WB 1h51min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 4. See How They Run (1955) Wilfrid Hyde-White & Greta Gynt, dir Leslie Arliss, Lion 1h24min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 5. Thank You, Jeeves! (1936) Arthur Treacher & David Niven, dir Arthur Greville FOX 57min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 6. Walking my Baby Back Home (1953) Janet Leigh & Donald O’Connor, dir Lloyd Bacon UI 1h35min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 7. What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Peppard UI 1h34min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE 8. Where’s Charley? (1952) Ray Bolger & Allyn Ann McLerie, dir David Butler WB 1h37min LP EXEMPT PREMIERE You can schedule only 1 or 2, a few of them, or all 8, whatever you want. If you schedule more than 1, you can put them together in one block or spread them out, whatever works for your schedule. (BTW the unofficial website lists Jack Benny’s version of CHARLEY’S AUNT as having been shown, but it wasn’t—I know because I watched the scheduled premiere and was quite disappointed to hear Robert Osbourne say that they couldn’t get the rights and maybe someday it’ll be on, and it hasn’t been on since—I’ve checked. Instead they showed the 1930s version, so I’ve still never seen this.) Thanks in advance for scheduling them! · ALL the films listed are exempt from your 12 premiere limit, even if you show all 7 (Use the label provided. Also, if you choose to combine any of these films with any other challenges, it doesn’t count towards those premiere limits either i.e. if you use DAMN YANKEES in your hosting challenge, you get DAMN YANKEES plus two others) OPTIONAL CHALLENGE #4: WHAT IF DISNEY WAS ON TCM MORE? (TREASURES FROM THE DISNEY VAULT) If you are a Disney fan like me, please (oh PLEASE!) take an evening out of your schedule to be Leonard Maltin and give us some Disney programming. Leonard usually mixes it up with some live action films, cartoons, documentaries, episodes from Disney’s many TV series, or anything Disney put his hands on, but you can go nuts! You can even schedule some feature animation like Fantasia! (What other channel would appreciate that film?) The only real requirement is that it all has to be made by Disney, not made by someone else then bought by Disney, but it’s an endless vault of treasures, so dig in! (Don’t worry, this one is optional for those of you who are sitting here saying, “Disney who?”) · Extra Premieres for Challenge #4: Unlimited! (Label as “Disney Exempt Premiere”) OPTIONAL CHALLENGE #5: WHAT IF GAFFERS WERE FAMOUS? For every closeup of every movie star there are hundreds behind the camera doing all the work, and who even knows their name? Now hopefully we will. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to schedule a block of at least 4 films honoring a background artist who you feel never gets attention—a key grip, a fencing master, a prop man, a wardrobe lady, a background painter, etc. Never heard of any? Well that’s the point—we’re trying to give them recognition. A good place to start is to look up the crew of your favorite movie and see who worked on it, then click on a name—they probably made lots of costumes or title sequences you like. · You Get 2 Extra Premieres for Challenge #5 in addition to your 12 premiere limit (Label as “BACKGROUND EXEMPT PREMIERE”) Go forth and schedule!
  11. TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #39: “WHAT IF?” PART 1: THE RULES BACKSTORY: Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but tcmprogrammr has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules. Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format. WHEN IT BEGINS/WHEN IT ENDS: This challenge starts right now! (July 18) and ends at 11:59PM Sunday September 9, 2018. That means you have all summer to write your challenge, relax, AND go on vacation! A separate voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge. WHO CAN ENTER/WHO CAN VOTE: Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule, and everyone is welcome to vote! It’s much easier than it sounds, and it’s quite fun! Voting takes place in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed. You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge. If you want to enter but can’t host the next challenge, enter anyway, then withdraw from voting. We want to see your ideas too! WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: 1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday. The week selected must be between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 2. Each day’s programming can begin whenever the evening schedule is over. TCM spills their evening schedules into the next day all the time, or sometimes starts the next day at 3am, so there is no official starting time. 3. Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST). TCM never strays from this, so neither shall we. 4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour. Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features, but don’t feel like you need to schedule all those little in-between commercials and interviews—we can all assume they are there. YOUR SCHEDULE MUST INCLUDE: 1. Star of the Month -- At least 4 movies on one evening to showcase an actor. The SOTM must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month. 2. Silent Sunday Night -- A silent movie which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning. 3. TCM Imports -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning. 4. TCM Spotlight -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in primetime each one night a week for a month. 5. The Essentials -- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night. 6. TCM Underground -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Saturday night. 7. Noir Alley – a film noir starting at midnight on Saturday Night 8. Mandatory Challenges as outlined for TCM Programming Challenge #39 FYI: · Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge. · You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so unless it is a mandatory challenge requirement. · Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome. · Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule. FORMAT AND JUSTIFICATIONS: Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s), Director(s), Studio, Running Time, and justification (if any). EXAMPLE: 6:15pm The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Kevin Kline & Linda Ronstadt, dir Wilford Leach & Joseph Papp UI 1h52min PREMIERE Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com Justifications: · P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown. · E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films. · PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain. · “PREMIERE” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premieres. · No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library or anything already shown on TCM. Studio abbreviations some of us use for less typing (not a requirement, just FYI): · UI = Universal International Pictures · WB = Warner Brothers · MGM = Metro Goldwyn Mayer · RKO = RKO Radio Pictures · PAR = Paramount · COL = Columbia · FOX = 20th Century Fox · RANK = J Arthur Rank HELPFUL LINKS & INFO: · The original Turner library consisted of: Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.) · Disney animated feature films are only allowed as part of your Treasures from the Disney Vault segment because Disney will not license them to TCM otherwise. Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres. Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed. · All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres. Movies in the original Turner library are: · Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only): www.imdb.com/company/co0026840/ · MGM (pre-1986 only): www.imdb.com/company/co0020206/ · RKO (all): www.imdb.com/company/co0041421/ Movies in the public domain are: https://archive.org/details/feature_films/ The most commonly used libraries are: · Columbia Pictures: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0071509/ · United Artists: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026841/ · Samuel Goldwyn: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0016710/ · J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0027356/ · 20th Century Fox: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0000756/ · Paramount Pictures: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0023400/ · Universal Pictures: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0005073/ · British Gaumont Pictures: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0103050/ A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/48417-tcm-stars-of-the-month/ Previous Challenges can be reviewed here: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/forum/138-tcm-program-challenges-archive/ How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM: Many thanks to MovieCollectorOH for his “unofficial report” of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great resource as you are creating your schedule: http://moviecollector.us/reports/TCM_SCHEDULES_SUMMARY_alpha.htm THAT’S THE BASIC INFO! Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to use their instructions. If you have any questions, post them here in case someone else has the same question. The info on the specifics of this challenge can be found in the next post……..
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    ClassiCategories

    ALso set during the Victorian Era: The rest of Dickens: LITTLE DORRIT, THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, NICHOLAS NICKELBY, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, CHRISTMAS CAROL, etc THE INNOCENTS THE HEIRESS
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    ClassiCategories

    Depictions of the Queen herself: THE MUDLARK has Irene Dunne as Queen Victoria (this one kills me it's so realistic!) There was another miniseries back in the 90s called VICTORIA AND ALBERT Emily Blunt played YOUNG VICTORIA Disney even gave us both a mouse version of Queen Victoria AND a mechanical version in THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE But obviously the only true depiction was by Monty Python:
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    DESIGN FOR LIVING next a movie you love that had no Oscar nominations
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "You'll Never Know" from HELLO FRISCO HELLO next a film song you've heard in a live concert

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