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  1. Any news regarding what TCM is showing on the 13th?

    The December Now Playing Guide states that TCM viewers can tune in at 8:00 PM for what they're calling "an exclusive announcement and night of programming." TCM's head of programming, Charlie Tabesh, has reported that the evening of programming on December 13th will be a "total surprise."
  2. Noir Alley

    Here's a bit of programming news: Eddie Muller announced on Twitter this morning that he has secured the rights to air CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944), with Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly, on Noir Alley in December 2018.
  3. Matt Walsh

    In a departure from the norm, Matt Walsh will not be interviewed by TCM's Ben Mankiewicz for his upcoming guest programmer night. Rather, Walsh will be interviewed by film historian and frequent TCM guest Leonard Maltin. Maltin will be making two appearances on TCM this month; the week after he interviews guest programmer Matt Walsh, Maltin will be back on his own for another night of Treasures from the Disney Vault.
  4. Via: The United States Department of Justice announced on November 20, 2017 that is launching a lawsuit to block the acquisition by telecom giant AT&T of Time Warner, parent company of CNN, HBO and TCM among many other cable networks. This sets the stage for one of the most high-profile antitrust cases in decades. Should the acquisition eventually be approved, concern has been expressed by some that AT&T will use its immense power to raise prices on both consumers and corporate rivals. However, some have also expressed concern that the Justice Department is only pursuing the case because CNN, a notable Time Warner property, has been highly critical in its coverage of the American President. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out, and I'm sure we haven't heard the last of it.
  5. Last Minute Casting Changes

    In a highly unusual and expensive move, director Ridley Scott has decided to remove embattled actor Kevin Spacey from his already completed film ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, which is set to go into wide release in six weeks. Scott, who is also producing the film, made the unilateral decision to replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer on Wednesday afternoon. Plummer will play J. Paul Getty in the drama about the 1973 kidnapping of Getty's grandson, John Paul Getty III. By all accounts, TriStar will still be releasing the film before Christmas. If Ridley Scott can pull this off and come out the other side with an even halfway decent movie, I wouldn't be surprised if he picked up an Oscar nomination for his work here. Off-hand I can't think of another major Hollywood movie in the modern era where such a major casting change was made after the film itself was already completed. The Hollywood Reporter picks up the story here:
  6. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread Jack Bannon, who played the level-headed assistant editor opposite Ed Asner on Lou Grant from 1977 to 1982, has died. He was 77. Both of Bannon's parents were actors. His father was Jim Bannon, who appeared in many westerns on film, TV and radio from the '40s through the '60s. His mother was the actress Bea Benaderet, a staple of '60s television as the star of Petticoat Junction and the original voice of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones. From 1982 until his death Bannon was married to Ellen Travolta, the elder sister of John Travolta and a successful film and TV actress in her own right.
  7. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    Harry Stradling Jr., the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of 1776 (1972) and THE WAY WE WERE (1973), died on October 17, 2017 at the Motion Picture Home. He was 92 years old. He was the son of Harry Stradling, whose credits include A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951), THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) and scores of others. Between the father and son, says International Cinematographers Guild president Stephen Poster, "they spanned almost the entire history of the motion picture industry before the end of the last century." Stradling Jr. worked extensively in westerns, on the TV series Gunsmoke and such films as SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF! (1969). He began his career as George Cukor's camera assistant on GASLIGHT (1944) and went on to work with his dad on GUYS AND DOLLS (1955) and GYPSY (1962). Stradling Jr. also collaborated with Blake Edwards on several films, including S.O.B. (1981) and A FINE MESS (1986). His other credits include Billy Wilder's BUDDY BUDDY (1980), the WWII drama MIDWAY (1976) and Doris Day's final movie WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL (1968). Variety remembers Harry Stradling, Jr. here:
  8. Joanna Going

    Actress Joanna Going, of TV's ​Kingdom, House of Cards and Mad Men​, joins TCM's Ben Mankiewicz on Monday, January 22 to discuss three of her favourite films: THE BLACK STALLION (1979) WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) DAY FOR NIGHT (1973)
  9. ​Friday nights in January ​Ronnie Cox, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Burt Reynolds on the canoe trip from hell in DELIVERANCE ('72). ​January 5 ​THE NAKED PREY (1956) DELIVERANCE (1972) ​THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932) RUN FOR THE SUN (1956) ​THE WILD NORTH (1952) ​Dan O'Herlihy is the title character in Luis Bunuel's excellent 1954 film of ROBINSON CRUSOE. ​January 12 ​MAN IN THE WILDERNESS (1971) INFERNO (1953) ​ROBINSON CRUSOE (1954) INTO THE WILD (2007) ​THE SECRET LAND (1948) ​​Oscar-nominated Hal Holbrook and Emile Hirsch in the Sean Penn-directed INTO THE WILD ('07). ​January 19 ​​THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965) THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972) ​FIVE CAME BACK (1939) BACK FROM ETERNITY (1956) ​ABANDON SHIP (1957) ​​You know Shelley Winters won't make it, but who else will be able to survive THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE ('72)? ​January 26 ​LORD OF THE FLIES (1963) MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (1969) ​PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962) NO BLADE OF GRASS (1970) ​WALKABOUT (1996) ​​Director and star Ray Milland's family narrowly misses a nuclear attack on Los Angeles in PANIC IN YEAR ZERO ('62).
  10. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread Danielle Darrieux, a luminous beauty of French cinema whose portrayals of wistful ingenues, romantic temptresses and tragic adultresses spanned more than eight decades, died Oct. 18 at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 100. Her companion, Jacques Jenvrin, confirmed the death to Agence France-Presse but did not provide the cause. Ms. Darrieux’s poise, languid glamour and fine singing voice catapulted her to stardom as a teenager in the early 1930s and kept her there for decades, whether in melodramas, frisky comedies or light musicals. She appeared in well over 100 films in addition to her work in television and theater. Her career was seriously threatened immediately after World War II, when she faced accusations of collaboration with the wartime Vichy regime and the German government. But she managed to clear her name, and her career continued unimpeded through the years. If her pre-war movies emphasized her sparkle and charm, the postwar years elicited some of her most riveting dramatic performances. Much of her critical legacy rests on three celebrated films she made with director Max Ophuls: “La Ronde” (1950), “Le Plaisir” (1952) and “The Earrings of Madame de ...” (1953). They are love stories, droll, anguished and highly theatrical in their plotting and swirling camera movements. In “La Ronde,” she was the understanding paramour of a young man facing sudden impotence. She was a prostitute in “Le Plaisir,” based on stories by Guy de Maupassant, and in “Earrings” she played an aristocratic officer’s bored wife whose life is upended when she finds passion outside her marriage. “These are extraordinary pieces of filmmaking,” Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan said in an interview for this obituary. “If you love film as visual medium, these are some of the masterpieces, and Darrieux was one of Ophuls’ muses. ‘Earrings’ is a quintessentially romantic film but a very artificial story, and it takes a really great actress to take this artificial character — an artificial character in an artificial art — to make it real and moving and subtle. She is quite a presence.” Ms. Darrieux brought a tender and restrained sympathy to what she regarded as her most delicately calibrated performance: the married woman who falls in love with an opportunistic young man (Gerard Philipe) in “Le rouge et le noir” (“The Red and the Black,” 1954), based on the Stendhal novel set in post-Napoleonic France. In addition to her movie roles, Ms. Darrieux worked in television and theater. In 1970, she replaced Katharine Hepburn on Broadway as the indomitable Gallic entrepreneur Coco Chanel in the musical “Coco.” The change was greeted warmly by critics. As Mel Gussow dryly noted in his New York Times review, “She is French, and she can sing.” More than that, he wrote, she imbued the role with the hallmarks of a Darrieux performance: beauty, charm, flirtatiousness and vulnerability. The film historian David Shipman noted those qualities when he wrote, “It is always an unpleasant surprise to all young men when they first go to France that all Frenchwomen are not like Danielle Darrieux.” Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux was born May 1, 1917, in Bordeaux, the daughter of an eye doctor and Algerian concert singer. Her father died within a few years, and her family, now in Paris, struggled on her mother’s income from giving music lessons.
  11. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread Nora Johnson, who adapted her novel The World of Henry Orient for the popular 1964 big-screen adaptation that starred Peter Sellers, has died. She was 84. Johnson died Thursday in Dallas, one of her daughters, Marion Siwek, told The Hollywood Reporter. Her father was two-time Oscar nominee Nunnally Johnson, the screenwriter, producer and director behind such Hollywood classics as The Grapes of Wrath, The Three Faces of Eve, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Dirty Dozen. The World of Henry Orient, first published in 1958 when the author was just 25, came from Johnson's infatuation with Oscar Levant, the witty concert pianist and actor. In her novel, two 13-year-old girls at a Manhattan private school develop a crush on Orient after seeing him in concert and then follow him all around the city. Sellers portrayed the philandering pianist in the George Roy Hill film, with Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth as the students. Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley and Paula Prentiss also starred. Johnson and her father teamed up for the movie adaptation. In his review for The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called The World of Henry Orient "one of the most joyous and comforting movies about teenagers that we've had in a long time." Johnson's novel also served as the basis for a 1967 Broadway musical, Henry, Sweet Henry, with Don Ameche starring as Orient. (Her dad also wrote the book for that production.) Johnson published several other novels and books, including 2004's Coast to Coast: A Family Romance, about her childhood that included being shuttled between Manhattan and Hollywood. (Her mother, journalist Marion Byrnes, had left her husband when Johnson was very young and often took her to New York.) Johnson was born in Hollywood, and Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall attended her birthday parties. She graduated from Smith College in 1954. Survivors include another daughter, Paula, and a son, Justin.
  12. Michael Feinstein was in studio for TCM today, recording wraparounds for the December 2017 Spotlight on the American Songbook. Feinstein is pictured above at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival with Robert Osborne.
  13. Yeah, I was sort of half expecting DIAMOND HORSESHOE to be dropped from the schedule, but it's disappointing nonetheless. Maybe one day..
  15. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    Monty Hall, the Canadian-born game show host who co-created Let's Make a Deal​, which has been a staple of daytime television for fifty five years, died in Beverly Hills, California on September 30, 2017. He was 96.

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