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TCM Senior Researcher Alexa Foreman, Miss Peggy Cummins, and VP of Talent, Darcy Hettrich in Club TCM in 2012....

Femme Fatale Peggy Cummins, a TCM Film Festival Special Guest in 2012, was a lovely lady. She told me that she was still amazed and surprised at the popularity of her film, Gun Crazy, when I visited with her at the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2012. Cummins had just flown in from her home in England, but seemed thrilled to be back in Hollywood to share her experiences with pass holders. Her soft, lilting voice and her open manner seemed light years away from her performance as Annie Laurie Starr in the 1950 film she helped introduce with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, and Director of the Film Noir Foundation. 

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Peggy Cummins and Eddie Muller at a film noir festival in Zagreb, Yugoslavia...

The Hollywood Reporter article announcing Miss Cummins passing: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peggy-cummins-dead-gun-crazy-femme-fatale-was-92-1024393

 

 

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Festival Fun is just around the corner! 

Here's our 2018 Lineup:

The Black Stallion (1979)
Bullitt (1968)
Hamlet (1948)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Places In The Heart (1984)
The Producers (1968) [Opening Night with Mel Brooks]
The Sea Wolf (1941)
The Set Up (1949)
The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974)
Throne of Blood (1957)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Woman of the Year (1942)

Anyone hope for another particular film or films to be added?

It won't be long, and we'll be having another update!

 

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Happy Birthday, Margaret O’Brien!

(pictured here in November at the Julien’s Auction...)

O’Brien often attends the TCM Film Festival. 

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TCM Primetime has African-American films directed by Sidney Poitier, Julie Dash, Ivan Dixon, and more. A special Red Foxx short comes on early in the a.m.

 

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Director Julie Dash, a guest on TCM’s Trailblazing Women In Film, helmed the moving feature Daughters of the Dust, scheduled tonight at 10 p.m. Central, after Poitier’s fabulous London love story, A Warm December.

  

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Tonight, 1953’s The Band Wagon returns on The Essentials. A TCMFF 2016 screening at the Chinese Multiplex proved popular with many fans, and I enjoyed seeing it with so many wonderful friends...

I think my favorite number is “The Triplets.” 

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Tomorrow on Noir Alley ... Act of Violence with Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh...

 

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Director Fred Zinneman and Oscar-winner Mary Astor...

 

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Tomorrow on Noir Alley ... Act of Violence with Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh...

 

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Director Fred Zinneman and Oscar-winner Mary Astor...

 

Good to see that Mary Astor was noted for her gritty performance in Act of Violence.    This was a welcome departure for her from those 'mommy' roles that were the only type of roles most producers would offer.

(oh,  and here is a shout out for Van Heflin as well!). 

 

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Thanks, James. Mary Astor has my admiration, and I'm hoping we will have a new documentary about her life completed soon.

Maybe we might even see it at the TCM Film Festival. I'd love that.

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Sad News Coming Out of Hollywood Today...

 

Actress Connie Sawyer died peacefully at the age of 105 at her in Woodland Hills, CA. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name,

Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress who worked through late 2017.

Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, Colo. Her career in entertainment began at the age of eight when she won a talent contest

in Oakland. At 18 years old, she landed her first Vaudeville show in Santa Cruz.

Legendary singer, comedian, and actress Sophie Tucker became Sawyer’s mentor before she went on to Broadway where she played Miss Wexler

in A Hole in the Head. She would later take the same role in the film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra. Her other film credits include The Way West,

Ada and The Man in the Glass Booth.

To many, she is recognized as the lady in Dumb and Dumber who stole Jim Carrey’s character’s wallet. She also appeared in The Pineapple Express, 

as well as When Harry Met Sally.

She has numerous TV credits which span six decades.  This includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote,

Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother. Most recently she appeared in 

Showtime’s Ray Donovan as James Woods’ mother.

In addition to her being highlighted in the documentaries Showfolk and Troupers, she published her autobiography, I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t.

Sawyer is survived by her two daughters Lisa Dudley, Julie Watkins, four grandchildren Hannah Stubblefield, Sam Dudley, Emily and Carrie Watkins and

three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Adam and Maya. (From MSN News)

 

She recently appeared on TCM with Ben Mankiewicz during the Motion Picture and Television Fund programming and was seen in the documentary Showfolk.

Here's a link to the TCM Media Room Video: http://pre-prod.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1354113/Ben-Mankiewicz-Intro-A-Hole-In-The-Head.html

 

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Academy Award Nominees: http://envelope.latimes.com/awards/academy-awards/2018/

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FYI: #TCMFF Special Guest Christopher Plummer, who participated in a Hand and Footprint Ceremony at  the TCL Chinese (Hello, Grauman's), was nominaterd for All The Money In The World!

(Photo by Sue Sue)

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In case you haven't heard...

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) today announce a joint venture to launch a new, multi-territory movie streaming service-https://www.turner.com/node/23647/turner-upfront-2017/

 

TCM Saturday afternoon host Tiffany Vasquez is moving on. Her last appearances filmed for TCM aired on Saturday. We wish Tiffany well! Her first appearance on the TCM Film Festival Red Carpet was in 2014....

 

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FROM THE SUE SUE ARCHIVES: 

On January 29, 2015, TCM Pass Holders had an announcement that Ann-Margret would be a special guest. Maybe we will have an update soon....

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AND WE HAVE UPDATES!!!

ANNOUNCED 2018 SPECIAL GUESTS

CRAIG BARRON - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer

ROBERT BENTON - Writer, Director

MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer

BEN BURTT - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer

MARSHA HUNT - Actress

BEN MODEL - Musician

MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA - Chamber Ensemble

New Films:

Fail Safe

Phantom of the Opera

None Shall Escape

Show People

The Ten Commandments

LINKDOM: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Popular TCM Film Festival Special Guest writer and historian Cari Beauchamp writes about an important landmark gathering for women filmmakers in Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/01/women-directors-miramar-women

Beauchamp has written Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, My First Time in Hollywood, and many others: https://www.amazon.com/Cari-Beauchamp/e/B001IXROKW

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FYI: Both Beauchamp and Leonard Maltin, author, historian and host of TCM's Treasures From The Disney Vault have presented at all TCM Film Festivals from 2010 to 2017....

 

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Leonard Maltin interviewing Roy Disney in 2007 in Philadelphia...

Maltin's Classic Film Guides and encyclopedias have been popular ever since they first appeared: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Leonard+Maltin's

 

Classic Hollywood In The Headlines: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/natalie-wood-death-robert-wagner-person-of-interest-says-investigator/

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Cinephiled blogger Danny Miller visits with Ben Mankiewicz about the upcoming festival, Stephanie Powers’ Guest Programmer stint for William Holden's 100th birthday, politics, and changes at the network:   http://www.cinephiled.com/interview-ben-mankiewicz-tcms-31-days-oscar-upcoming-tcm-classic-film-festival/

 

Maybe we might see INDISCREET this year with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant: https://cinemavensessaysfromthecouch.wordpress.com/guest-writers/christy-putnam/

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Special Harold Lloyd features at the Linwood Dunn Theater during the #TCMFF 2018 are to be announced: http://www.haroldlloyd.com/news/screenings

 

Maybe we will see Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968) this year. Roger Ebert reviews it here: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-romeo-and-juliet-1968

 

Passes are still on sale. Palace, Classic, and Spotlights are still available... https://festival.tcm.com/tcm/

 

Tonight: Billie Lourd will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS....

The 31 Days of Oscar continues on TCM...and here's a link to the blogathon: https://aurorasginjoint.com/2018/01/26/announcement-31-days-of-oscar-blogathon/

 

 

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Social Media, Youth, and the TCM Film Festival, an article from LA weekly in 2016,,,,

http://www.laweekly.com/arts/why-young-people-go-nuts-for-the-tcm-classic-film-festival-6857252

An article from 2013 revisits how Hollywood Blvd. makes navigating interesting.... http://www.laweekly.com/arts/tcm-classic-film-festival-watching-hollywoods-greatest-films-on-its-most-annoying-boulevard-4178795

Disney films having a 50th Anniversary this year are The Love Bug and Blackbeard's Ghost.

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How it might have actually happened and how it was created cinematically are two very different scenarios. Ben Burtt and Craig Barron will reveal secrets of “The Ten Commandments” (1956) for us in April at the TCM Film Festival. Who can forget Ann Baxter as Nefertiri? “Oh, Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!”

Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/08/no-really-there-is-a-scientific-explanation-for-the-parting-of-the-red-sea-in-exodus/?utm_term=.dcd2caed7825

About Craig Barron...

“Craig Barron began his career at Industrial Light + Magic, where he worked on such classic films as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Barron’s visual effects company, Matte World Digital, conjured environments for such films as Titanic (1997), Zodiac (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Hugo (2011) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which he won the Academy Award for visual effects

Barron is an AMPAS lecturer and exhibition curator, a TCM guest-host, and a University educator with a focus on the history and techniques of visual effects of classic studio films and the digital age. He’s featured in documentary supplements for several Criterion Blue-Ray editions, demonstrating classic effects on films by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Alfred Hitchcock, using computer animations. He co-authored with Mark Cotta Vaz the first book on the history of movie matte-painting, The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. Barron is the creative director at Magnopus, a visual development company in Los Angeles.”

About Ben Burtt...

“Ben Burtt has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, director, film editor, sound designer and sound mixer. His work includes feature films, documentaries, network television movie specials, and educational specialty films.

Burtt received an Oscar for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in Star Wars (1977) and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); he won Oscars for Sound Effects Editing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also has earned nominations in the Sound Mixing category for Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; in Sound Effects Editing for Return of the JediWillow (1988) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for WALL-E (2008).

Burtt is the voice of Pixar’s robot, Wall-E, as well as the breathing of Darth Vader.

Also a film scholar, Burtt is a yearly presenter of programs for the Academy of Motion Pictures along with Craig Barron. The two of them have also hosted features on Turner Classic Movies’ broadcasts as well as the TCM Cruise and Film Festival.”

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The sport of bullfighting is symbolically a meeting of a dismounted man who first encounters a large, wild beast. The antithesis to that premise occurs when a large, wild beast befriends man. 

One of the most poignant real-life events that illustrates that premise for me is the rescue of a young man in the Texas Hill Country in the 1990's. A river rapidly rising in a flash flood forced a boy to climb a tree near the edge of a river. Being washed downstream by the raging floodwaters was a 12-point deer. It maneuvers across the river by swimming at great force and arrives at the tree where the young man is clinging to life, and nudges him to sit on his back. The deer eventually reaches the shore and deposits him to safety. 

Such a story of man and beast and how they bond will be coming to the TCMFF this spring. The Black Stallion is also thematically related in some ways to the film of Scott Dell's book, Island of the Blue Dolphins from 1964.

Roger Ebert's 1979 review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-black-stallion-1979

Wouldn't it be nice if star Terri Garr helps introduce the film? Or Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel?

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The sport of bullfighting is symbolically a meeting of a dismounted man who first encounters a large, wild beast. The antithesis to that premise occurs when a large, wild beast befriends man. 

One of the most poignant real-life events that illustrates that premise for me is the rescue of a young man in the Texas Hill Country in the 1990's. A river rapidly rising in a flash flood forced a boy to climb a tree near the edge of a river. Being washed downstream by the raging floodwaters was a 12-point deer. It maneuvers across the river by swimming at great force and arrives at the tree where the young man is clinging to life, and nudges him to sit on his back. The deer eventually reaches the shore and deposits him to safety. 

Such a story of man and beast and how they bond will be coming to the TCMFF this spring. The Black Stallion is also thematically related in some ways to the film of Scott Dell's book, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” from 1964.

Roger Ebert's 1979 review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-black-stallion-1979

Wouldn't it be nice if star Terri Garr helps introduce the film?

 

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(Photo courtesy of TCM)

Here's a link to Aurora Bugallo's pre-Valentine's Day interview with Illeana Douglas: https://aurorasginjoint.com/2018/02/10/interview-illeana-douglas-on-gender-equity-trailblazing-women-and-her-love-of-movies/

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Illeana Douglas on the TCMFF RED CARPET 2017...(photo courtesy of Sue Sue)

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(Photo by a Sue Sue pal...)

Sue Sue with Illeana Douglas in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel shortly after her popular book signing for I Blame Dennis Hopper.....

I wonder what author events pass holders might enjoy this year.....

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I keep wondering what kind of documentaries we might see at the TCM Film Festival 2018 this year. t-hedy-lamar-documentary-clip.jpg.05075f4fce7ae7007ba681df22553e0a.jpg

This might be a possibility-Bombshell, The Hedy Lamarr Storyhttps://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/04/hedy-lamarr-documentary-clip

And I hear there is a documentary about Mary Astor coming out soon. That would be great!

The festival has brought some wonderful documentaries to Hollywood for dedicated pass holders...

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Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room...

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Dawson City: Frozen Time...

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story...

Other special programming included Ron Hutchinson's 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone, 

Randy Haberkamp with Hollywood Home Movies, Academy Conversations with Ben Burtt and Craig Barron, 

A Short History of Widescreen Cinema with Leonard Maltin and Chris Reyna, Amazing Film Discoveries with French arhivist Serge Bromberg, The Family Business: A Tribute to Hubley,  Disney Laugh-O-Grams with J. B. Kaufman  and many, many more.

Past season events have been such a rich tapestry of topics that I can't wait to find out about our documentaries, interviews, and panel discussions for 2018! 

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The Robert Osborne Memorial Award!

To be awarded opening night of the TCMFF 2018....

Congratulations goes to....Martin Scorsese

Legendary Director Martin Scorsese To Receive Inaugural Robert Osborne Award

Award Recognizing An Individual Who Has Significantly Contributed To Preserving The Cultural Heritage Of Classic Films To Be Given Annually In Honor Of TCM’s Iconic Host

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be given the inaugural Robert Osborne Award in recognition of his work as a film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan. The Robert Osborne Award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come. The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.

“I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the Robert Osborne Award,” said Martin Scorsese, Recipient of the Robert Osborne Award. “I started The Film Foundation 28 years ago in order to preserve and share cinema’s history with audiences of the present and the future. Bob and TCM have always been trusted allies in this mission. I always loved watching Bob’s introductions and interviews on TCM because you could immediately feel that this was someone who knew movie history, who wanted to share that knowledge and pass it on, and – most importantly – who truly loved movies. Bob was a true believer in the cinema, so to receive this award in his name means a great deal to me.”

Martin Scorsese has been a celebrated director and film preservationist for more than 50 years, making some of the most influential films in cinema history. Five-time nominee for Best Director at the Academy Awards, he won in 2007 for The Departed (2006). In 1990 Scorsese established The Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history by working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has restored over 800 films, while the World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 countries. The foundation's free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people about the language and history of film.

“In addition to his status as perhaps the definitive filmmaker of his generation, Martin Scorsese possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of film history,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host. “And he has turned that passion for movies into a commitment for preservation, working tirelessly to restore and preserve the world’s cinematic heritage. Both Martin and Robert have helped ensure that classic film will continue to be experienced as it was meant to be seen, for years to come.”

For more than 22 years, Robert Osborne served as the primetime host and anchor of TCM, helping millions of viewers discover and enter the world of classic movies, and dedicating his life to preserving and sharing the movies he loved. Embraced by fans around the globe as both a fellow movie lover and an unparalleled film historian, his legacy of devotion to classic films and their ability to inspire will live on through the Robert Osborne award. “Robert was the cornerstone of TCM and his contributions were fundamental in shaping the network into what it is today,” said Jennifer Dorian, General Manager of TCM. “Through the creation of the Robert Osborne Award we acknowledge how much he meant to TCM and the impact he had on preserving the love of classic film."

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Guest List so far...

ANNOUNCED 2018 SPECIAL GUESTS

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG - Director CRAIG BARRON - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer ROBERT BENTON - Writer, Director JACQUELINE BISSET - Actress MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer BEN BURTT - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer MARSHA HUNT - Actress OLIVIA HUSSEY - Actress JAMES IVORY - Director, Writer, Producer NANCY KWAN - Actress RUTA LEE - Actress BEN MODEL - Musician NANCY OLSON - Actress MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA - Chamber Ensemble MELVIN VAN PEEBLES - Writer, Director, Producer and Actor EVA MARIE SAINT - Actress MARTIN SCORSESE - Director LEONARD WHITING - Actor MICHAEL YORK - Actor

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Romeo and Juliet, 1968, with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting! And Michael York!

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