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  1. NovelNeil45

    Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    So so sad!!! He will be missed greatly, but grateful for his knowledge and passion - and bringing us all together as a community. Heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends, and to everyone at TCM.
  2. I've seen both films, and this was definitely the second film. The Emigrants starts with the family in Sweden and charts their very harrowing journey to America. It ends with them landing in Minnesota, and The New Land starts where the first film ends. Both films are long, but very good.
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    Rank the 2000-2016 Best Picture Winners

    This is a fun distraction - thanks for posting it. Here's my ranking: 1. No Country for Old Men 2. The Departed 3. The Hurt Locker 4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 5. Chicago 6. The Artist 7. Argo 8. Million Dollar Baby 9. Gladiator 10. Spotlight 11. 12 Years a Slave 12. A Beautiful Mind 13. Slumdog Millionaire 14. Birdman 15. Crash But if Boyhood or Brokeback Mountain had won in their respective years, the order of this list would probably look different.
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    Actress Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

    So so sad! One day after daughter Carrie Fisher died, mother and film icon Debbie Reynolds dies after suffering a stroke. That poor family, and what a loss to the entertainment industry. May their stars continue to shine bright with the wonderful performances and memories they left us.
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    An Anecdote About IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

    Yeah, he died on stage and on cue. An actor's death, but glad I wasn't in the audience when that happened.
  6. Thanks for the recommendations - I'll check them out!!
  7. Hey Spence, I bought the book and I like it. I don't have as many books as you have, so I don't know how much new information you'll get on the movies profiled, but I think it is a good complement to The Essentials series. If you enjoyed those discussions, then you might think this is a good way to relive some of those showings. Just my two cents. Thanks!
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    Fyvush Finkel (1922-2016)

    I was lucky enough to get to see him in "Little Shop of Horrors" Off Broadway way back in the day. He was awesome and will be missed.
  9. So sad to hear about this. She came and spoke at our college way back in the day, and she was so charming and lovely. And of course sang beautifully. She will be missed.
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    Goodbar was edited! Epic Fail TCM

    I saw it last night, and those scenes were definitely there. Might be a cable provider issue.
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    Today's topic

    Every time I try to watch Brief Encounter when it airs, someone calls me and keeps me on the phone for at least 45 minutes. Happened again the other night. I have it recorded now, and will watch it after I think I'm in a phone free zone.
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    TCM's Inner Circle

    Thanks for starting this topic up again, TB. Just went onto that website, completed the survey and am now a member of the IC. Looking forward to participating in that as well!
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    Today's topic

    Eve Arden was awesome!! Woody Allen cast her in "Purple Rose of Cairo," but she had to drop out in order to take care of her ailing husband. The part went to Zoe Caldwell, who was great, but would have loved it if Eve Arden had played that part. Would have been a perfect final film appearance.
  14. Man, I agree with a previous poster that this list would probably change from year to year, but at this moment, I would choose: Lifeboat: One of my favorite Hitchcock films, with three main elements making it great in my opinion: John Steinbeck's compelling story, Tallulah Bankhead at her best, and of course, Hitch's great direction. The Fallen Idol: Discovered this after an airing of The Essentials a few years back, and fell in love with it. Another masterful collaboration between Sir Carol Reed and Graham Greene. You never know what direction this story is going to take you. The Awful Truth: One of my all time favorite movies - I never get tired of seeing this. Essential Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy, Leo McCarey, and Skippy as Mr. Smith, proving he can do more than play Asta. Dr. Strangelove: Another all time favorite, and one of those movies you discover something new every time you see it. Black comedy at its best, starting from Sterling Hayden's and Keenan Wynn's character names, to Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers. His phone conversation with the Premier of the Soviet Union is classic. And in his big scene as the title character, watch the actors behind him trying not to laugh. Thanks for posting this thoughtful and fun topic. I'm sure next time we do this, I'll have four new films I'd pick (well, maybe just three).
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    The Essentials 2016

    Been wondering about this too, as there's been no promotion of this series. I hope Robert O is doing okay, as he's been off the air for a while. Ben's been doing a great job during his absence.

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