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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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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    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/


  7. 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/


  8. 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/

     

     

     

     

     

     


  9. 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....


  10. 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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    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.” 


  12. 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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    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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    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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    Tonight is TCM's New Year's Eve Marathon of the Thin Man series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy!


    "For this year's most sophisticated holiday evening, TCM has gathered all six entries from a movie series that defined urbane elegance: the Thin Man films. So ring in the New Year in style with one of the great screen couples-- Nick and Nora Charles, as played by William Powell and Myrna Loy. These glamorous Manhattanites trade quips while sipping martinis and solving murders with the aid of their famous wirehaired terrier, Asta.

    The movies are shown in chronological order, ranging from the original The Thin Man (1934) to the final entry in the series, Song of the Thin Man (1947). In between are After the Thin Man (1936), in which the Charleses encounter rising star James Stewart; Another Thin Man (1939), which adds a baby to the mix; Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), the last of the series to be directed by W.S. Van Dyke; and The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), with Nick visiting his family in New England and, of course, becoming embroiled in a murder case."

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    "Sinterklaas Kapoentje"

    St. Nicholas Day Song

    Sinterklaas Kapoentje,
    Leg wat in mijn schoentje,
    Leg wat in mijn laarsje,
    Dank je Sinterklaasje!

    (Saint Nicholas, Little Rascal,
    Put something into my little shoe,
    Put something into my little boot,
    Thank you, little Saint Nicholas!)

     

    From Miracle on 34th Street...

     

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