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    Noir Alley

    Beginning Sunday, March 5 at 10:00AM, TCM will be debuting a new weekly film noir showcase, which will be hosted by the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller, formerly the host of TCM's 2015 Summer of Darkness and here lately the host of on-air spots for the TCM Wine Club. Noir Alley kicks off March 5 with THE MALTESE FALCON ('41). Subsequent titles in the series will include the following: DETOUR ('45, March 12) ACT OF VIOLENCE ('48, March 19) TENSION ('50, March 26) THE BLUE GARDENIA ('53, April 2) SCARLET STREET ('45, April 9) THE SET-UP ('49, April 16) BRUTE FORCE ('47, April 23) HE WALKED BY NIGHT ('48, April 30) TCM hosts Eddie Muller and Ben Mankiewicz in conversation at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival.
  2. Fifteen films, airing each Sunday night in January on TCM Imports with Alicia Malone, and alternating Monday nights on January 13 and 27. January 5 THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET (1965) January 12 KAPO (1959) THE BRIDGE (1959) January 13 THE SEARCH (1948) THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959) THE JUGGLER (1953) THE STRANGER (1946) TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) January 19 AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987) LACOMBE LUCIEN (1974) January 26 THE NIGHT PORTER (1974) COME AND SEE (1985) January 27 SHOAH: FOUR SISTERS (2018) THE SORROW AND THE PITY (1965) NIGHT AND FOG (1955)
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    The Essentials 2019

    LOS ANGELES — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel's "The Essentials" series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually "The Essentials" is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay's schedule — which included editing her "Central Park Five" Netflix miniseries and prepping the DC film "New Gods," among other projects — was if she and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz ruminated about 17 films in one marathon day. The new season, which launches Saturday, May 4, will include widely known films like "Marty," "West Side Story," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Gandhi" as well as films that may not be as familiar, like "Losing Ground." The Associated Press got a front-row seat to the conversations between DuVernay and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz at the taping last month in Los Angeles. It was a film lover’s dream tuning into the in-depth dialogues between the two cinema fiends. Their talking continued even after the cameras stopped rolling, from the pronunciation of actor John Cazale's name to Queen Latifah's attempt to make a film about singer Ethel Waters and whether or not it was appropriate to discuss Lena Horne's personal affairs. The two didn't shy away from talking about films that may be problematic now but were important at the time either, like Vincent Minnelli's "Cabin in the Sky," which was the first musical to feature a cast of all African Americans. There's no denying it was a long day, with a wardrobe change and everything, but it was worth it for both. "It's like we’re going on a second date," DuVernay said as she walked onto the iconic living room set — where the fire is fake but the books are real — in her second outfit of the day. "I've changed my clothes. You have, too." "And I didn't even wait three days to call you," Mankiewicz said. Some of the films Mankiewicz had never seen before DuVernay put them on her list, like Haile Gerima's "Ashes and Embers," about a Vietnam veteran returning home, and Kathleen Collins' semiautobiographical "Losing Ground," both from 1982. Others he had seen before, but said he appreciates in a different way after his talks with DuVernay, like "Dog Day Afternoon," "Harlan County U.S.A." and "The Battle of Algiers," which he now counts among his top 10 or 15 favourite films. Indeed, part of the reason for having a filmmaker like DuVernay collaborate for the series is because of the unique perspective she'd bring as a black woman filmmaker. And she did not disappoint. DuVernay programmed documentaries, first features and important films by black filmmakers like Julie Dash, who directed and produced the groundbreaking film "Daughters of the Dust." She also included works from female directors like the late Agnes Varda’s first film "La Point Courte" and Chantal Akerman's "The Meetings of Anna"; international films that had a profound effect on her, like Satyajit Ray’s debut "Pather Panchali"; and important landmarks in representation, like "Sounder” and “Claudine." "People who love movies benefit from thinking globally about film — globally literally and globally figuratively," Mankiewicz said. "In America, we had a class system that kept more than half the people out of being the leading voice in making this art form, and Ava is proving to be a conduit for helping us unlock that." In fact, in making her selections, DuVernay chose a number of films that weren't in the TCM library at all, including both "Losing Ground" and "Ashes and Embers." DuVernay said there wasn't a deep bench of black filmmakers in the catalogue, but that TCM was "really responsive in going out and getting those licenses" in order to air the films for a wide audience. DuVernay still recalls the first movie that inspired her to her eventual path in filmmaking — "West Side Story." It was her aunt that introduced it to her, and she can barely contain her infectious giddiness while discussing. "It was such a seminal moment for me," DuVernay said. She’s hoping the films that she chose for "The Essentials" might have that same effect on someone else. "To think that you could, hopefully, attract new audiences to TCM to watch some of this and to think that it could change people in the way it changed me was really exciting," she said. DuVernay is looking forward to audiences discovering 1982's "Losing Ground" and Kathleen Collins in particular, who she considers on par with any of the white male contemporaries of the time, like, "a Woody Allen, per se." The film was never released beyond screenings at film festivals and Collins died in 1988 at the young age of 46. "It was just a slice of life from her perspective and yet because she was a woman and because she was black it went nowhere," DuVernay said. "And now that film has been forgotten by so many — not even forgotten, it’s never been known." She continued, "That's one that especially as a black woman filmmaker, I feel so connected to wanting to make sure people know her, know that she existed, know what she said and what she put out in the world and to really appreciate that she just was." And Mankiewicz was more than happy to sit and listen and learn. "She was very eager to talk about these movies which were very important to her," he said. "But the real beneficiaries are TCM fans. We win in this deal." --Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
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    Matthew Modine

    Actor Matthew Modine, best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET (1987) will join Ben Mankiewicz on Friday, November 24 to discuss three of his favorite films: THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967), COOL HAND LUKE (1967) and NETWORK (1976).
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    Valerie Harper, the Emmy-winning comic actor from THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and RHODA, died today after a long, public battle with cancer. CNN has the story here:
  6. Comedian and conservative talk radio broadcaster Dennis Miller returns to TCM, Friday nights in November, to host a month-long film festival featuring some of his own favorite classic movies. Miller has previously appeared on TCM as a guest programmer opposite Robert Osborne in 2009, and hosted a month of 1950s monster movies in May 2017. He is also a regular guest at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood each April. Here is the schedule for the festival Miller is hosting on TCM in November: November 1 DUCK SOUP (1933) DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) November 8 THE BIG PICTURE (1989) TOOTSIE (1982) MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) Dennis Miller & Illeana Douglas at the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2019. Miller will be presenting Douglas' grandfather, Melvyn Douglas, in his Oscar-winning role in BEING THERE, airing November 15 on TCM. November 15 BEING THERE (1979) THE LADY EVE (1941) NOW VOYAGER (1942) November 22 SOYLENT GREEN (1973) JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) November 29 SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941) A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) MARTY (1955)
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    September 2019: James Bond

    The director of BOND 25 is Cary Joji Fukunaga, probably best known to American audiences for directing and producing the first season of HBO's True Detective, and for writing, directing and producing the 2015 war drama BEASTS OF NO NATION. BOND 25 has had what can best be described as a "troubled" production history. Danny Boyle, the director of TRAINSPOTTING and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, was originally attached to the project, directing a screenplay by his long-time collaborator John Hodge. Both men left the project in August 2018 over creative differences with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Fukunaga was then announced as the director in September 2018, with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade -- who have worked on every Bond screenplay since THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH -- attached to rework the screenplay. Writer-director Paul Haggis, who previously wrote the screenplay for CASINO ROYALE (2006) was then hired in November 2018 to rewrite the Purvis & Wade screenplay. Scott Burns, known for his screenplay for THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, was then hired in February 2019 to do additional rewrites. Actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (star of TV's Fleabag and creator of Killing Eve) was the last writer to work on the film, brought in during the production, at Daniel Craig's insistence, to add more humour to the screenplay and make the characters more believable.
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    September 2019: James Bond

    This series of films will include wraparound segments featuring Martin Campbell, the New Zealand-born filmmaker who directed both Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE and Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE. BOND 25, the next film in the long-running franchise, hits theatres worldwide in April 2020.
  9. It's up to TCM Backlot members to decide who gets the honours this December. Who would you like to see as SOTM this December?
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    Joan Blondell as SOTM December 2019

    I can confirm that Joan Blondell won this contest among TCM Backlot members, so she will be Star of the Month in December. Schedule to come, most likely in September. Stay tuned.
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    Glenn Ford as SOTM July 2019

    Mondays in July Titles to come
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    September 2019 Spotlight: College Football

    This spotlight will be hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, on location at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, with special guest co-hosts Ed Marinaro, the 1971 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, later an NFL running back-turned-actor who co-starred on the landmark 1980s TV drama Hill Street Blues, and coaching legend Lou Holtz. Here are Marinaro, Holtz and Mankiewicz on location earlier today for the taping. In the picture below this one, Mankiewicz and Lou Holtz record wraparounds for GOOD NEWS (1947), airing September 27 at 8:00.
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    Extra daily programming (for fun)

    Fun idea for an ongoing thread. Here's my crack at this for your May 29 theme. Primetime Schedule 8:00PM Primary (1960). Director: Robert Drew. Criterion Collection, 60 minutes. P/S 9:15PM PT 109 (1963) Cliff Robertson & Robert Culp. Director: Leslie H. Martinsen. Warner Bros., 140 minutes. P/S 11:45PM The Fog of War (2003) Robert McNamara. Director: Errol Morris. Sony Pictures Classics, 110 minutes. Premiere 1:45AM John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965) Narrated by Gregory Peck. Director: Bruce Herschenschon. Embassy Pictures, 85 minutes. Premiere 3:30AM Four Days in November (1964) Narrated by Richard Basehart. Director: Mel Stuart. MGM/UA, 122 minutes. P/S
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    'Caine Mutiny,' 'Winds of War' Author Herman Wouk dies at 103.
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    Paul Newman as SOTM May 2019

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    Summer Under the Stars 2019

    Once again, TCM's programmers are letting TCM Backlot members select two honorees this year, from four options. Backlot members have to select between Robert Ryan and Joel McCrea for the male stars, and Ruth Roman and Ruth Hussey for the female stars.
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    July Schedule is Up! SOTM Glenn Ford

    It is airing twice within 24 hours. On July 30 as part of TCM's Science Fiction Spotlight (I expect sci-fi is the subject of this year's online course in partnership with Ball State); then on July 31 as part of TCM's 'Salute to Fox'. I am guessing that, similar to when TCM aired THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II one time only back in 2006, TCM's programmers are taking advantage of a limited window in which to license the film before another company obtains the long-term broadcast rights to the film.
  18. Here is Ben on set this morning with another guest co-host who will be appearing in May and June, historian Gregory S. Cooke, who created the documentary INVISBLE WARRIORS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II.
  19. Here is Ben with his guest co-host in June, Rob Citino, a military historian and the executive director of the WWII Museum's Institute of War & Democracy.
  20. I can report that Ben Mankiewicz has been on location for TCM for the last two days, filming wraparounds for the May Spotlight on WWII Homefront and June Spotlight on WWII Combat, at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. These series of programming are in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the start of the war, and the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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    Where’s Ben?

    I know that Ben has recently been shooting wraparounds for TCM's 25th anniversary in April. They'll be doing another series with 25 TCM fan programmers, similar to what they did for the 20th anniversary in 2014. But that 25-film series takes up every night on the schedule from April 15 - 27, so we'll be seeing a lot of Ben during that time. Makes sense that TCM would reduce his hosting duties before and after that.
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    June Schedule is Up! Jane Powell SOTM

    Saturday nights in May and June are all showing TBA in the 8:00 EST timeslot. TCM is using Saturday nights in April for a series they're calling 'The Best of The Essentials' for their 25th anniversary (presumably making use of old wraparounds featuring Robert Osborne and his various co-hosts). My guess is that TCM will use that series to relaunch The Essentials in May in some form or another with a new host. Just a hunch.
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    Fredric March Madness 2019

    Tuesday, March 5 The Wild Party ('29) Design for Living ('33) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ('32) Smilin' Through ('32) The Barretts of Wimpole Street ('34) The Dark Angel ('35) Wednesday, March 6 There Goes My Heart ('38) Tuesday, March 12 A Star is Born ('37) Nothing Sacred ('37) Les Miserables ('35) Anna Karenina ('35) Mary of Scotland ('36) Anthony Adverse ('36) Wednesday, March 13 The Adventures of Mark Twain ('44) Christopher Columbus ('49) It's a Big Country ('52) Tuesday, March 19 The Best Years of Our Lives ('46) Another Part of the Forest ('48) One Foot in Heaven ('41) An Act of Murder ('48) Bedtime Story ('41) Wednesday, March 20 Tomorrow the World! ('44) Susan and God ('40) Tuesday, March 26 Inherit the Wind ('60) Middle of the Night ('59) Executive Suite ('54) Seven Days in May ('64) The Young Doctors ('61) Wednesday March 27 Tick...Tick...Tick ('70)
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    May 2019 Schedule is up

    Re: Mr. Arkadin (Corinth Version) This 99-minute cut of the film, so named because Corinth Films was the American distributor, was believed to be the closest version to Welles' original version of the film until the 106-minute re-edit for the Criterion Collection in 2006. Peter Bogdanovich discovered the existence of this film in 1961 and secured its American release in 1962, seven years after several alternative cuts of the film had been released in Europe.
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    Albert Finney (1935-2019)

    TOM JONES airs this morning at 10 AM (Eastern) on TCM.

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