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Posts posted by SueSueApplegate

  1. For those of you who missed TCMFF Special Guest and EGOT Rita Moreno chatting with Al Roker on the Today show, July 9, 2018...

    Remember that August is ACTION STATIONS for those of you attending the #TCMFF in 2018......


    Stay tuned for updates on the festival announcements here, on social media, and your personal email if you have signed up for notifications. 

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    Here's a Donald we can all support-Donald Bogle!

    Enjoying Bogle's commentary tonight with Ben. Hope you've had a chance to. From the #TCMFF bio...

    ”Donald Bogle, the author of the highly acclaimed book Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography, is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in the movies. His book Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films is considered a classic study of Black movie images in America and is now in its fifth edition. It is used in film courses at colleges and universities throughout the country. A new updated, expanded edition of his book Brown Sugar: Over A Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars—which is a stunning examination of the lives and careers of African American women from the early years of the twentieth century to the present, from Bessie Smith and Josephine Baker up to today's Beyoncé—was recently published. Brown Sugar was also previously adapted by Bogle into a four-hour, four-part documentary for PBS. He is also the author of such prize-winning books as Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood; Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television; and Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. His recent book, Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters was published by HarperCollins Publishers. Library Journal has called the Waters book “an exemplary biography...Bogle masterfully uses Waters's story to examine the economic, aesthetic and racial politics of the 1920s-60s popular culture. This work is everything a biography should be."

    Bogle also conceived and co-hosted for the Turner Classic Movie channel a 38-film series called Race and Hollywood—tracing the depictions of African Americans in Hollywood—from the silent period with The Birth of a Nation (1915) up to Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996). Last April, he was one of the film authorities who participated in TCM's important film festival in Los Angeles. In total, the various screenings were seen by 17,000 people. Bogle also was one of the commentators for the seven-part documentary series on the history of Hollywood titled Moguls and Movie Stars. In 2008, Bogle was also the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the American Library Association in Anaheim, California. There was a record turnout for his presentation.

    Bogle has appeared on such television programs such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Nightline, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Charlie Rose Show, NBC Nightly News and many others. He has served as a commentator on numerous documentaries, including Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American; HBO's Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, executive produced by Richard Pryor; and the American Movie Classic channel's Small Steps...Big Strides, which chronicled the history of African Americans in motion pictures. . He has curated major retrospectives on Sidney Poitier at the American Museum of the Moving Image and on Dorothy Dandridge at New York's Film Forum as well as retrospectives on Blaxploitation Cinema and on Images of African American Women in the Movies, also at Film Forum. He previously served on the board of Film Forum and has lectured on Black movie history throughout the United States as well as in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe. During his stay in South Africa, he lectured in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durbin. In Johannesburg, the American Ambassador and his wife hosted a dinner in Bogle's honor. 

    Presently, he teaches at both the University of Pennsylvania and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. “



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    Romeo and Juliet's Olivia Hussey makes new revelations here. It was a delight to visit with Olivia Hussey on the #TCMFF Red Carpet 2018. She and Leonard Whiting charmed everyone!

    Hussey's memoir, The Girl On The Balcony, publishes July 31....


    Revisiting Tragedy, Part III....

    Lana Wood, sister of Natalie, continues her quest for answers here.


  4. Tidbits and Post Toasties:

    The Toronto Film Festival announces its lineups here.


    The Fort Lee Film Commission is pleased to be working with Danny McDermott as well as James Cagney's grandsons Jonathan Cagney and James Cagney IV on this project which will be a yearly film festival starting in 2020 to be held at the soon to be constructed Barrymore Film Center  in Fort Lee, NJ in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge.

    Monika Henreid, daughter of Paul "Victor Laslo" Henreid, director of the Bette Davis cult classic, Dead Ringer, is now editing the documentary about her father. We hope to see Dead Ringer at the #TCMFF soon...Guess who should help introduce it, gang?

    The late Nancy Sinatra, Sr., was good friends with Barbara Stanwyck, and also dined with Thelma Ritter and Barbara on several occasions. RIP.

    Steve McQueen is the king this month on TCM, and the making of Le Mans was the subject of a fascinating documentary with insight from the royal himself. 

    What happened in Tulsa to blogger Vitaphone Dreamer? Art Deco, classic films, and more....

    Deana Durbin's letter to the Toronto Film Festival charmed many....

    For those in LA Friday, July 27, and Sunday, July 29, Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers will be presented at the Egyptian...

    The Big Lebowski is coming to a theater near you August 3 and 8, whether you want it to or not, courtesy of Fathom Events. I believe Ben is doing the TCM honors....

    Bob Fosse worked with Tony Winners Thelma Ritter and Gwen Verdon on Broadway in New Girl In Town. Now we have a new Fosse miniseries to look forward to! Fosse, Fosse, Won! ?

    More later, Buckaroos...



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    Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings with J. B. Kaufman, Disney historian and author in Club TCM for the closing night party...


    TCM Backlot members in LA for a classic film screening...


    Night of the Living Dead audience members before the midnight screening with Simon Pigg....


    FOR YOUR CONTINUED AMUSEMENT (FYCA): Last year's festival announcement arrived on Tuesday, August 29, 2017....


  6. It is going to be a fantastic festival year, MotherofZeus! I hope you will be able to attend. Festival organizers are already planning a 10th anniversary festival that will thrill passholders with anniversary screenings, special guests, some of whom have previoiusly participated in TCMFF events, and possibly some new festival guests that fans have been requesting since the first festival but for whatever reasons couldn't attend. 

    I'm definitely looking forward to it! ?

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    My special Wednesday, April 25, interview with Director Alexa Foreman, former TCM Senior Researcher,  at the iconic Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Hollywood Blvd. informed early bird pass holders and the SRO crowd about the fascinating new documentary, SCANDAL: The Trial of Mary Astor, which premiered on Friday, April 27, in Club TCM. 


    Foreman discussed the journey of the documentary, and how TCM Host Robert Osborne's legacy helped support Foreman's project. One of Osborne's favorite films was Dodsworth, which starred Astor, Walter Huston, and Ruth Chatterton, and premiered at the second TCM Film Festival in 2011. Foreman took questions from the audience, explained how many elements of the film came together, shared her background as the Senior TCM Researcher, and her close, working relationship with the late Robert Osborne. Andrew Yang, the great-grandson of Mary Astor, was also in attendance and spoke about his connection with his great-grandmother. 


    Sue Sue and Director Alexa Foreman at Larry Edmunds Bookshop....


    Andrew Yang discussed Mary Astor's legacy and shared his recent creations, Mary Astor dolls in some of her iconic costumes from her featured films.Yang and Foreman later visited with social media fans poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to discuss SCANDAL: The Trial of Mary Astor, which made for a hectic Wednesday for the director and her crew.

    The film screening filled Club TCM with grateful Mary Astor fans learning about her struggles and her legacy, defying the studio system to fight for custody of her daughter, Marylyn, who was also featured in the popular documentary.

    *Event photos courtesy of Linda Wiegman, who is currently showcased in the TCM Backlot promos.

    Look for "Sue Sue's” name as the documentary credits roll by...


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  8. Loving May's month of series films with Ann Sothern as Maisie, Boston ****, The Saint, The Thin Man, Andy Hardy, and many, many more.

    TCM Festival Special Guest Ted Donaldson, who introduced A Tree Grows In Brooklyn with writer Jeremy Arnold in 2016, visited with social media groups on Wednesday evening before the Thursday opening night festivities. His series of films, beginnning with The Adventures of Rusty are screening as we speak on TCM...


    Donaldson visited with pass holders and posed for photos ...He will be back next year for #TCMFF social media fans at the early gatherings....

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    TCM Party Queen Paula Guthat, Kendahl Cruver, blogger featured in the TCM Backlot Promo, and author Karen Burroughs Hansberry....


    Social media maven Aurora Bugallo, two friends, and Kaci Kielmar....


    Jocelyn and Lenore from Boston. They love Michael Douglas! They told me at Club Loteria a few days earlier....

  10. Closing Night Partiers at #TCMFF in Club TCM, The Hollywood Roosevelt Blossom Room...


    Laura, Laura, Mike, and Jasmine....



    Sue Sue with Disney aficionado and author J. B. Kaufman....


    TCM's Dennis Millay and Dallas PR gal Kelly Kitchens....


    Director Alexa Foreman, SCANDAL: THE TRIAL OF MARY ASTOR, and Florida Fan Dan...


    Sue Sue with the two Jeffs.....Jeff Lundenberger and Jeff Mantor, King of Larry Edmunds Bookshop who arranged all the exciting book signings in the lobby of the HRH, as well as special events like the Q & A with Director Alexa Foreman and the Marsha Hunt event with the Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller..... Thanks for everything, Jeff!




  11. I'll be posting photos  and stories from the Red Carpet soon!


    Highlights: Paul Sorvino singing opera, Ruta Lee telling fabulous stories, Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese, Dana Delany, Dave Karger, Alicia Malone, Jennifer Dorian, Cari Beauchamp, Coleman Breland, Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting and many more...

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  12. Hope everyone is excited about Jeff Bridges attending the screening of The Big Lebowski!


    ALSO: Just saw this notice on social media from Bill Morrison “World premiere of my new short THE LETTER (2018) at #TCMFF Thur 26 April at 9:30pm, screening before a nitrate print of STAGE DOOR (1937) at the historic #EgyptianTheater, Hollywood. #TCMFF18 #NitrateProgram”


    PLUS: Cari Beauchamp  introduces His Girl Friday, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Cora Sue Colllins. Beauchamp also moderates a TCM Panel with Callie Khouri, Linda Wolverton, and Joan Tewksbury entitled Writer's Guild Foundation: Women of the Year.

    Who Sue Sue Saw Department: Spotted Jeremy Arnold hard at work on his latest book at the Margaret Herrick Library while I was hunting for treasures about Thelma Ritter for her biography....


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  13. The following special guests have been added:

    Dana Delany

    Tim Robbins


    As well as cinematographers John Toll, Amy Vincent, Caleb Deschanel (THE BLACK STALLION!!!!), and Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight, The Aviator, and more....).


    Find all the new guests here

  14. Acclaimed Actor and Activist Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Martin Scorsese with the Inaugural Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival 

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will present friend and frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese with the inaugural Robert Osborne Award as part of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. DiCaprio, an Academy Award-winning actor, producer, and philanthropist, has appeared in five of Scorsese’s films, beginning with 2002’s Gangs Of New York and most recently in Academy nominated 2013’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. DiCaprio will present the award to the world-renowned filmmaker for his decades-long commitment to the legacy and preservation of classic films. The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the Film Festival.

    In 1990, Scorsese established The Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. The foundation has funded the restoration of over 800 films, which are made accessible to the public globally. In addition, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema.

    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.

    For more information and talent bios, please visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com

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