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  1. loczy3G.jpgAcademy Award winner Lee Grant in the studio preparing for SCANDAL: The Trial Of Mary Astor, directed by Alexa Foreman, with a world premiere screening at the TCM Film Festival 2018 on Friday night, April 27, in Club TCM at 8:00 p.m.


  2. Director Alexa Foreman, SCANDAL: The Trial Of Mary Astor, has been added to the guest list!

    Alexa Foreman has used her skills as a researcher and producer primarily at Turner Classic Movies for over 20 years, starting with the launch of the network in 1994. While there, she was an integral part of the channel earning a Peabody Award. She worked with Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz on a daily basis, and when information was needed—like how many Oscar nominations a film has earned or how many husbands Elizabeth Taylor had—she was the go-to-gal.

    Alexa has worked with Meryl Streep, John Gielgud, Anthony Hopkins, Lee Grant, Claire Bloom and others on assembling Star of the Month pieces, and interviewed 7 of the original Munchkins for her short documentary “Memories of Oz.” In addition, she has interviewed over 100 stars, directors, writers and editors for the TCM Archival Project.

    She is author of Women in Motion published in 1983, and co-author of In the Picture: Production Stills from the TCM Archives from 2004, as well as contributor to Leading Couples. She is the researcher for the new book to be published by HarperCollins in 2018, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson.

    Currently she is back at TCM as a freelance researcher, and is executive producing a documentary entitled Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, which concerns actress Mary Astor and her 1936 fight to gain custody of her daughter. The documentary premieres at the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles in April 2018.

    In attendance: SCANDAL: THE TRIAL OF MARY ASTOR Alexa-Foreman_470x350.jpg


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    Beautiful people going to parties! It always happens at the TCM Film Fest!!


    Fans are excited about Rocky!



    Miceli's meetup 2017.... great food, fabulous stories!


    Going places and seeing things! (Hollywood Forever tours with Karie Bible are exciting!)


    Meeting new authors and historians!

  4. Chuck YeagerUnited States Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, retired, prepares to board an F-15D Eagle from the 65th Aggressor Squadron Oct. 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. DVIDSHUB


    Air Force legend Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager turned 93 this year, but don't let that milestone fool you into believing that he's too old to be tech-savvy. A couple of years ago he started to tweet about his exploits during his long flying career, which spanned more than sixty years. Here's an example:



    My friend, James “Jimmy” Doolittle, was born on December 14, 1896 in Alameda, California. He promoted me to 2nd lt. then Captain during WWII



    Reading General Yeager's tweets is like looking back at his life, and what an amazing life it's been. Here are a few reasons why the private who rose to become a general just might be the greatest military pilot ever.

    Sam Shephard played him on screen in the film, The Right Stuff.

    Read more about the real man who had "The Right Stuff."

  5. Historian and writer Cari Beauchamp will be at least two events....



    Cari Beauchamp is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of early Hollywood; Anita Loos Rediscovered; Hollywood on the Riviera: The Inside story of the Cannes Film Festival; Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from Inside the Studios of the 1920s and Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years. Her most recent book, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers, and Misfits who made the Movies, is an anthology of first-person accounts by over 40 legends of the film business about their arrival in Los Angeles. Without Lying Down was awarded Book of the Year by the National Theater Arts Association and several of her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” lists by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Booklist and Amazon.

    Cari is the only person ever to be twice named an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Film Scholar and is currently serving as a resident scholar to the Mary Pickford Foundation.

    She wrote and co-produced the documentary film Without Lying Down about the women of early Hollywood which played on Turner Classic Movies and for which she was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award. She also wrote the documentary film The Day My God Died about young girls of Nepal sold into sexual slavery which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy.

    Cari is a contributor to Vanity Fair and writes for various other magazines. She has appeared in multiple documentaries on film history including The Story of Film as well as being a featured speaker at multiple film festivals and venues throughout the United States and Europe including The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. She has served as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards and on the Board of Directors of PEN USA. Before turning to writing full time, she was a private investigator, served as Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown and as the first state chair of National Women’s Political Caucus of California.

    For more details on CLUB TCM event WRITER’S GUILD FOUNDATION: WOMEN OF THE YEAR, click here.


    In attendance: HIS GIRL FRIDAY   CARI-BEAUCHAMP-470x350.jpg
  6. 9 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Too bad Angela,  her sister, isn't going to be there.     As a young teen I would get the two confused but I know one of them was my first crush!  (it just that so many decades later I don't know which one!).


    Oh, James! OK, here's my blindside... Janet Blair and Janis Paige. I always get those two ladies mixed up! 

    Will we see you at the festival this year? I hope so!

  7. Try not to miss this wonderful film from a William Faulkner novel....It will be introduced by the incomparable historian and author, Donald Bogle,  and actor Claude Jarman, Jr......



    The world of William Faulkner was not one in which the Golden Age of Hollywood would normally set its movies. In fact, this adaptation of his 1948 tale of a proud black man threatened with lynching when he’s accused of murder was only the third of his works to be filmed. MGM producer-director Clarence Brown, an expert at capturing American life on screen, was a friend of Faulkner’s and pushed the studio to option the book. Although he couldn’t work on the film officially because he was a contract writer for hire at Warner Bros., Faulkner helped the company scout locations in his native Mississippi, advised on the script and even coached leading man Juano Hernandez on his accent. This was the first major Hollywood film for Hernandez, who had acted previously in independently produced race films, and he was the breakout star of the film. Brown matched him with a solid Hollywood cast, including David Brian as his lawyer, Claude Jarman, Jr., who had starred in Brown’s The Yearling (1946), as the young man fighting to clear his name and Elizabeth Patterson as their elderly ally. Although the film lost money at the box office, it would later be acclaimed as groundbreaking in the depiction of African-American lives on screen. (d. Clarence Brown, 87m, 35mm)



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    Veronica Cartwright has been added to the special guest list and is in attendance for....


    Thirty-five years ago, Philip Kaufman’s unvarnished depiction of the space program and its move from top-secret government project to PR bonanza was too far ahead of its time to succeed at the box office. Audiences weren’t ready for the layers of irony behind the historical re-creation, although the Academy recognized its technical prowess garnering wins for Best Sound, Editing, Sound Effects Editing and Score. It is now considered a classic for its deft direction, script, ensemble acting and convincing special effects. Tom Wolfe wrote the original book based on his encounters with pioneering aviator Chuck Yeager and the first astronauts. Originally, screenwriter William Goldman jettisoned the Yeager segment, but Kaufman insisted on keeping it and eventually wrote the script on his own. Those opening scenes, with Sam Shepard as Yeager, give the film a mythic quality. As the space program becomes more public, the film moves into more humorous territory, depicting the search for the first astronaut trainees, their jockeying for position during training and the PR circus that followed their first flights. The result is a cinematic mosaic that invokes not just the space program but the changes in American life over the course of almost two decades. (d. Phillip Kaufman, 193m, Digital)

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  9. Sue Sue Sez:


    Tonight's the night! Read the in-depth William Holden bio crafted by Roger Fristoe here.


    Tonight's lineup beginning at 7 p.m. CST:

    7:00 PM
    Golden Boy (1939)
    9:00 PM
    Executive Suite (1954)
    11:00 PM
    Our Town (1940)
    12:45 AM
    Dear Ruth (1947)

    If you've never seen Dear Ruth, set the DVR!  It's one of William Holden's earlier efforts, and it's a comedy with Joan Caulfield.   And no, Holden Caulfield was not a name that inspired the main character in Catcher in the Rye.

    Dear Ruth is popular with TCM Viewers who have it 4.5 Stars... with 5 pages of listed requests!


    Rarely screened on network television, it's last outing appeared several decades ago. Enjoy this gem if you have a chance tonight, along with Stephanie Powers talking to Ben about William Holden's films.

    Golden Boy is Holden's early triumph, so don't miss it either! 



    Leonard Maltin's Review: 

    D: William D. Russell. Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman, Edward Arnold, Billy DeWolfe. Bouncy, naive comedy of errors with young girl pretending to be her older sister to impress soldier she corresponds with. Norman Krasna's Broadway smash was also a Hollywood hit and led to sequels DEAR WIFE and DEAR BRAT.

  10. Well, here are a few suggestions, katie1218, but not all of them are connected to classic film:

    The L. A. County Museum of Art, LACMA,  has a new, special exhibit running through July, City and Cosmos-The Arts of Teotihuacan: http://www.lacma.org/

    The Vincent Price Art Museum : http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org/

    Noir City Hollywood: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/noir-city-hollywood-the-20th-annual-los-angeles-festival-of-film-noir

    TCM Movie Locations Tour: http://www.tcm.com/tours/tour_la.html

    The mecca for all classic film lovers, Larry Edmunds’ Bookstore, has books, posters, memorabilia, photos, and more. I found a few resources for my upcoming book, Thelma Ritter: Hollywood's Favorite New Yorker in the Edmunds treasure trove. There may be a few book signings there during the festival that have not yet been announced: http://larryedmunds.com/

    Robinson Gardens: https://www.robinsongardens.org/

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery tours with the fabulously knowledgeable Karie Bible: http://www.cemeterytour.com/guide

    The Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn: http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/museum

    Classic Hollywood Restaurants: The Smokehouse, Musso and Franks on Hollywood Blvd, and El Coyote on Beverly Blvd. 

    Hope this gives you a few ideas!



  11. Wow!!! Fabulous Update!

    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor industry icon Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX® in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festivalon Friday, April 27. Tyson, an Emmy® and Tony Award® winner and an Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee, has worked in the entertainment industry for more than sixty years and has long been known for both her activism efforts and for the dynamic characters she has brought to life in film, television and theater.TCM-Honors-Cicely-Tyson-Release_Final.pd

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  12. Could be we might have an update Thursday...

    A little birdie told me that we might see a screening of Where the Boys Are, a perfect poolside treat!

    And since Jacqueline Bisset and Michael York are both scheduled to attend, maybe we might see the original Murder On The Orient Express.... 

    Stay tuned! 

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    On March Highlights from TCM:

    Martin Scorsese, the first recipient of the Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Film Festival 2018 opening night, has several flattering comments to make about Ben Johnson:

    "Starring Ben Johnson (March 27, 8pm ET) On March 27, TCM will pay tribute to a very special actor, Ben Johnson. Johnson was born on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma, and he grew up handling horses for his father, who was a rancher, horse breeder and rodeo rider. Like Richard Farnsworth, another fine actor, Johnson started as a stunt rider. He doubled for Henry Fonda in Fort Apache and John Ford put him under contract as an actor. Johnson was apparently fond of understating his acting ability: he was quoted as saying that everybody in town was a better actor than he was "but none of them can play Ben Johnson." What he's describing is, in fact, extremely difficult. Anyone without training as an actor knows how hard it is to simply walk across a room believably. In Johnson's case, he started on camera by doing what he knew best--riding and handling horses--and I suppose that it paved the way for his wonderful onscreen presence. Ford built one of his best movies, Wagon Master, around that presence. Johnson, who never stopped riding horses (he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame), was always good, but Ford's beautiful cinematic ballad was his finest picture."


    Ben Johnson and Joanne Dru in Wagon Master...

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