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Hollywood legends on board for the TCM Cruise

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I got this email from TCM yesterday concerning the TCM Cruise and the All-Star line-up starting to take form:

 

"A roster of Hollywood legends will be joining Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, including Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Norman Jewison, and the Alloy Orchestra. Plus you'll be able to participate in TCM-themed events, screenings, panel discussions, trivia contests and parties."

 

Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn't it?

 

Look for more info on the TCM Cruise website.

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Lz...

 

Oh, I know... I got the same email the other day. By that time, I hadn't made up my mind yet on whether to go on this cruise or not, and plus it was still months away, so figured I had plenty of time to make a decision.

 

When I saw Tippi Hedren's name announced, I decided that it was time to book. Glad I did book then, cause most of the cabins seemed to be selling out fast. There really wasnt much to choose from at that point.

 

I'll be treating my Mom to this cruise, and she is about over the top exctatic about this. She loves all the celebs on the list... Tippi, Ernest, and Eva Marie. I do hope they announce more celebs, but if not, this will still be a once in a lifetime opportunity event... well, for me and Mom, anyway. Mom grew up in New York City.. so she remembers seeing Eva Marie filiming "On the Waterfront"... she is going to have such a good time! I hope there is actually some opportunity for one on one interaction with the celebs... that would be amazing! Of course, Im not getting my hopes up too high... just going to enjoy whatever is available and maybe make some new friends.

 

-Patrick

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Ernest Borgnine is truly amazing! At 94, he is still going strong. It will be a great honor be in his company on the cruise.

 

 

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The cruise is currently sold out but here's some of the programs those sailing with Robert O and Ben M will get to enjoy:

 

A special spotlight on HITCHCOCK BLONDES, including:

 

*NORTH BY NORTHWEST* (1959) with Eva Marie Saint

*THE BIRDS* (1963) with Tippi Hedren

Plus a special discussion with Tippi Hedren and Eva Marie Saint sharing their memories of working with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock in some of his most memorable films.

 

Sail to the Keys in style, and get in the mood with Bogie and Bacall at a screening of *KEY LARGO* (1948).

 

Enjoy the romance of a poolside screening of one of the most memorable cinematic ship-board affairs, *AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER* (1957).

 

Frolic with fellow attendees at *A NIGHT AT THE OPERA* (1935). Trust us, you won't want to get stuck in your stateroom during this!

 

Hear the Alloy Orchestra perform their live, original score to the Harold Lloyd comedy, *SPEEDY* (1928).

 

Spend time getting to know more about this Oscar-winning actor at *A CONVERSATION WITH ERNEST BORGNINE.*

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I'm slightly disappointed in the program scheduled so far. Suffice it to say I hope they come up with some interesting discussion panels and get more people (celebrities or movie people) to join the cruise.

 

I really dislike Hitchcock films, but I know it was inevitable that they'll be shown.

 

I realize it's a short cruise on a much smaller scale than the Hollywood version of the TCM festival, but I was hoping for at least some lesser known or shown films. The ones listed are on all the time.

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> I will be disappointed if they don't bring more celebs associated with the films they are screening.

 

If this is similar to the Film Festival, TCM is just getting started with the announcements.

 

While the cruise is still four months away (and counting), that doesn't mean that they are done lining up stars to talk about the films they are showing or participating in panel discussions.

 

The announcements may go down to the wire (as they tend to do with the Film Festival), but I bet they have only gotten started!

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I'm curious .. was the announcement about the films, etc. sent via e-mail or did it only appear on the web site?

 

As for additional guests, I'd also guess that more names will trickle out in the months ahead. But I'd further guess that, given the nature of a cruise and the time commitment involved (guests presumably would be on board the entire time, as opposed to flying in/out for the festival??), there will be far fewer guests and events. People do want to take advantage of the ship's offerings while on board.

 

Whatever they do I'm sure will be first-rate, and it will be very interesting to see how it evolves. It's amazing that they've already sold out. Not so good if you want to go and haven't booked, but otherwise it's great news. Wolfie

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I agree with you helenbaby; I'm slightly disappointed. They just aired North by Northwest and Eva Marie Saint is not my fav with Cary, he had sooo many wonderful pairings, but that's just me.

 

I do hope they do a Garbo silent. They really could do a wonderful score for LOVE, which needs a new one badly due to the 'laughing' from the UCLA audience recorded with the current version! Really.

 

Hope they pipe in lots of good old stuff through the speakers on board:) I'm so nostalgic. It would be fun to bring some costumes and role play in the lounges.

 

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> I'm curious .. was the announcement about the films, etc. sent via e-mail or did it only appear on the web site?

 

Wolfie,

 

I received an email with the info in it!

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I agree with some of the other posts. I love the movie stars going on the cruise but the films (so far) don't excite me. I understand showing movies featuring the special guests. I haven't seen *SPEEDY*, but most of the other films have played on TCM many times and are available on DVD & video.
The conversation with Ernest Borgnine & special discussions look great. I can't wait to find out who else is going on the cruise! And I hope they pick more interesting movies. Rarely seen good films with classic stars from the 1930s & 40s!

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> I haven't seen SPEEDY, but most of the other films have played on TCM many times and are available on DVD & video.

 

Cat,

 

*Speedy* is being shown with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra.

 

Having seen *Metropolis* with the Alloy Orchestra and *The Cameraman* with the wonderful Vince G and the Nighthawks, there is nothing quite like seeing a silent film with a live music.

 

Really is different from seeing a film on television.

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According to TCM Classic Cruise fans on Facebook, some people were told there will be no further Hollywood legends - just the four already mentioned! *I hope this isn't true. That would be a HUGE HUGE disappointment!*

The TCM Classic Film Festival lasted only four days and they were able to have a boatload of big stars.

"Theme nights" and ship entertainers are fun (every cruise has them), but TCM fans want to see a bunch of good movies and many Hollywood stars. Even supporting actors would be great.

The cruise isn't until December so they still have time to line up some more actors. Please don't let us down.

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I must voice my wholehearted agreement with what alansmithe has said. I have been an avid TCM fan for years. I attended both of the film festivals in Hollywood and intend to be a lifetime attendee. I wish that I could say the same for the cruises, but I can't.

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Having been to both TCM festivals, I can understand the expectation for additional stars to be announced at later dates. But I have to say that Ernest Borgnine and the Alloy Orchstra would be good enough for me, as long as TCM selects some great silent flicks for the orchestra to accompany and the films Mr. Borgnine would like to discuss. I'd also like to see some classic movies that don't show up on the big screen for most of us not in LA or NYC. Since Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren and Norman Jewison will also attend, it should be pretty fabulous. Consider that you'll also be spending time with Mr. Osborne and Mr. Mankiewicz, who were both outstanding hosts at the festivals * * swoon * *.

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> {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote}I got this email from TCM yesterday concerning the TCM Cruise and the All-Star line-up starting to take form:

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> "A roster of Hollywood legends will be joining Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, including Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Norman Jewison, and the Alloy Orchestra. Plus you'll be able to participate in TCM-themed events, screenings, panel discussions, trivia contests and parties."

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> Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn't it?

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> Look for more info on the TCM Cruise website.

I've talked with Ms. Ferris and Heather from TCM (I think that was her name) because I expressed my disappointment in the films lined-up for the cruise. I was sent a more detailed breakdown and while I'm still not all that enthusiatic about the films (besides Orchestra Wives, the only one I'm actually looking forward to) there are going to be some interesting presentations, like the history of the Brown Derby & one on Christmas films. Mr. Borgnine is going to have Emperor of the North as his feature film, which is a surprise since he made more higher profile films. I know that film had some Oscar noms but I don't really know much about it. However, what blows my mind is that she stated there would be a presentation of The Poseidon Adventure with a Borgnine Q & A prior to the film. Why would they show that particular film on a cruise is beyond comprehension, unless it's an ironic joke.

 

My main objective is to attend as many screenings as I can tolerate and try to kick butt at the trivia sessions. I'm getting a little more excited than I was a week ago.

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OK, people! I think that we should all be VERY excited just about now... as a South Florida TCM fan, I can let you know the weather is starting to be just absolutely gorgeous. You can count on that part to be fab!

 

And I think we'll find the cruise to be fabulous as well. I mean, really, how can you not have a terrific time surrounded by classic film fans! We are just pretty darn great people, people!! (NO, I don't work for TCM - ; ) - I'm just really psyched about the cruise and am sooooo ready for a vacation.)

 

And I'm getting my costume together for Casablanca night. Hope I'm not the only one!! About two weeks away and counting till sail time....

 

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I'm going but there isn't as much enthusiasm about the cruise as there is about the Hollywood film festival--or at least no one who posts here regularly is going besides me. I wasn't that excited and had a discussion with the people from Sixthman and TCM where they offered me a way out. I just couldn't back out when given the choice. I didn't want to skip it just in case. I'm going to be out of the country when the big one in California is going to be held, so I was going to miss it again. I will go there eventually.

 

I am more excited now. I look forward to meeting other fans as well.

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Helen,

 

Congrats on going! I bet you have a terrific time.

 

I can't wait to hear your stories!

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I loved the TCM Classic Cruise. The ship was attractive & relaxing. A film cruise is a bit different from regular film fests. If you travel with someone who isn't into classic films they will have many other fun things to do. At a regular film festival you watch films & interviews most of the time, but on a cruise you can easily spend a lot of time walking around the ship, exploring ports, and a whole lot of eating! And then you do the film thing.

 

I was able to go to many of the interviews but not a lot of the films. The film presentations in the large theater were good. Film purists might object (I think no 35mm), but the images looked excellent. The short seats got uncomfortable after a while. I loved the star interviews before the films. And thanks for the popcorn. The outdoor film I went to was really cool until it started to rain fifteen minutes later.

 

I went to one of the bingo games. It was thankfully shorter than a regular game. Ben M hosted it. He was sarcastic & funny. The wonderful top prize was tickets to the TCM Film Festival. I wish they had more chances to win a prize like that!

 

In my opinion the most popular events at the festival were extensive interviews & conversations with the special guests & Robert O. Most were sold out. I love old films but you can watch them every day. It's so special and memorable when you get to see & hear a Hollywood legend in person. Really historic! And they all won me over! Ernest Borgnine is amazing! 94 years old and he seems exactly the same from years ago. He said he even has another movie coming out this year. And he was so friendly to his audience. Additional talks with him & Robert O were added to the schedule. The Hitchcock blondes interview (Tippi Hedren & Eva Marie Saint) was also sold out. At her age Miss Saint is also amazing. At the second Robert O talk he told interesting stories about escorting Rita Hayworth, knowing Bette Davis, & a very funny one about the first time he almost met Katharine Hepburn. Next time Robert O shows one of their films I hope he tells some personal anecdotes.

 

At the "Meet TCM" q&a they mentioned Constance Bennett's daughter was on the cruise. It would be great if they film an interview with her about her mother and aunt.

here's one thing I found on youtube:

 

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