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  1. This upcoming author visit might be of interest... AUTHOR DAN VAN NESTE TO VISIT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS FOR Q & A ON RICARDO CORTEZ The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce an online visit by Dan Van Neste on August 26th & 27th to discuss his latest book, THE MAGNIFICENT HEEL: THE LIFE & FILMS OF RICARDO CORTEZ. Well-researched and revelatory, that author has brought a very private individual and versatile actor out of the shadows. Van Neste's portrait of Ricardo Cortez has been greeted with appreciative reviews such as one noting that this "is a book based on many years of dedicated research in which Van Neste contacted not only the last surviving relative of the actor but also diligently explored newspaper and entertainment archives to provide as comprehensive a picture of this neglected actor." "His Face Is His Misfortune" wailed a headline in a 1929 copy of Picture-Play magazine about the darkly handsome Ricardo Cortez. "A second-rate Valentino" was one of the labels pasted on the actor and "a magnificent heel" was the take of one perceptive reviewer in 1934, when Cortez began the phase of his career as an elegant heavy. Washed up, limited, and stereotyped as he was so often told during his bits, supporting roles and leading man periods of his career from Silents to the Sixties, Jacob Krantz aka Ricardo Cortez proved himself repeatedly to be more versatile and highly capable of negotiating the changing demands of a career in Hollywood. First chosen as one of a squad of actors with Mediterranean names in competition with Valentino, (his screen name was chosen by Jesse Lasky & his secretary), and blooming into a dangerous character in the Pre-Code era, Cortez's career was remarkable for its longevity and for his relative obscurity today... In his new book, "The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez" (BearManor Media), author Dan Van Neste weaves the story of this individual into a highly enjoyable read that limns a life and a period we may never see again. Remarkably, the author does this at a time when almost all who knew Cortez are gone, but his impeccable research and keen eye for a telling anecdote brings the life and times of a relatively forgotten professional actor into high relief. The rich tale of Cortez harks back to a time when he co-starred with Garbo, Stanwyck, Mary Astor, Kay Francis, and Irene Dunne, among many others. His directors included such masters as D.W. Griffith, Frank Capra, Gregory La Cava, and John Ford, all of whom were generally acknowledged as astute individuals when casting their films. Dan's latest book has been described by Film International as "a significant achievement. . . " and a book that fills "a void in film history" by Silents Are Golden. Dan Van Neste, the author of over 50 articles related to film history featuring figures from Aline MacMahon to Zachary Scott, published in the pages of Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He is also the author of The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows, a comprehensive account of the noir series, that features Dan's extensive accounts of each film in the series as well as biographies of the filmmakers. Please accept this as your invitation to join us in this online event on August 26th & 27th at The Silver Screen Oasis where you can ask the author questions directly (simple registration is all that is required to post a query or comment). The links below will lead you to the site, as well as to Dan Van Neste's website and places to purchase his books: The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors' Index: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 Dan Van Neste's Website: http://www.danvanneste.com/ Where to Purchase The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez:? See below: https://tinyurl.com/yc7yqamh TCMFF 2018 UPDATES MAY BE COMING THIS WEEK! Be on alert if you wish to make hotel reservations.
  2. AUTHOR DAN VAN NESTE TO VISIT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS FOR Q & A ON RICARDO CORTEZ The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce an online visit by Dan Van Neste on August 26th & 27th to discuss his latest book, THE MAGNIFICENT HEEL: THE LIFE & FILMS OF RICARDO CORTEZ. Well-researched and revelatory, that author has brought a very private individual and versatile actor out of the shadows. Van Neste's portrait of Ricardo Cortez has been greeted with appreciative reviews such as one noting that this "is a book based on many years of dedicated research in which Van Neste contacted not only the last surviving relative of the actor but also diligently explored newspaper and entertainment archives to provide as comprehensive a picture of this neglected actor." "His Face Is His Misfortune" wailed a headline in a 1929 copy of Picture-Play magazine about the darkly handsome Ricardo Cortez. "A second-rate Valentino" was one of the labels pasted on the actor and "a magnificent heel" was the take of one perceptive reviewer in 1934, when Cortez began the phase of his career as an elegant heavy. Washed up, limited, and stereotyped as he was so often told during his bits, supporting roles and leading man periods of his career from Silents to the Sixties, Jacob Krantz aka Ricardo Cortez proved himself repeatedly to be more versatile and highly capable of negotiating the changing demands of a career in Hollywood. First chosen as one of a squad of actors with Mediterranean names in competition with Valentino, (his screen name was chosen by Jesse Lasky & his secretary), and blooming into a dangerous character in the Pre-Code era, Cortez's career was remarkable for its longevity and for his relative obscurity today... In his new book, "The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez" (BearManor Media), author Dan Van Neste weaves the story of this individual into a highly enjoyable read that limns a life and a period we may never see again. Remarkably, the author does this at a time when almost all who knew Cortez are gone, but his impeccable research and keen eye for a telling anecdote brings the life and times of a relatively forgotten professional actor into high relief. The rich tale of Cortez harks back to a time when he co-starred with Garbo, Stanwyck, Mary Astor, Kay Francis, and Irene Dunne, among many others. His directors included such masters as D.W. Griffith, Frank Capra, Gregory La Cava, and John Ford, all of whom were generally acknowledged as astute individuals when casting their films. Dan's latest book has been described by Film International as "a significant achievement. . . " and a book that fills "a void in film history" by Silents Are Golden. Dan Van Neste, the author of over 50 articles related to film history featuring figures from Aline MacMahon to Zachary Scott, published in the pages of Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He is also the author of The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows, a comprehensive account of the noir series, that features Dan's extensive accounts of each film in the series as well as biographies of the filmmakers. Please accept this as your invitation to join us in this online event on August 26th & 27th at The Silver Screen Oasis where you can ask the author questions directly (simple registration is all that is required to post a query or comment). The links below will lead you to the site, as well as to Dan Van Neste's website and places to purchase his books: The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors' Index: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 Dan Van Neste's Website: http://www.danvanneste.com/ Where to Purchase The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez:? See below: https://tinyurl.com/yc7yqamh TCMFF 2018 UPDATES MAY BE COMING THIS WEEK! Be on alert if you wish to make hotel reservations.
  3. Rod Taylor's long anticipated Summer Under The Stars is currently underway. Up next? 1960's "The Time Machine!" The film that launched him into the future and helped to secure his stardom. TCMFF UPDATE: Be on alert! Last year's announcement came on Thursday, August 25.....
  4. Haha! Jamesjazzguitar, I have trouble with these two... Tikisoo, I'm so glad you've had such positive experiences with "Friends of TCM." Most of the network fans are unpretentious, but enjoy celebrating and viewing classic film. It is fun when we can put a face to a name or an avatar, or meet someone in person whom we've connected with on social media. That has been such a joy for me. I've been very lucky to meet so many TCM Message Boards members, members of The Silver Screen Oasis, and TCM Backlot members. Thanks for sharing your Capitolfest fun! Who doesn't love "a picture palace with its own theater organ?" That's one reason TCMFF screenings in the El Capitan and silent film showings at the TCMFF are so enjoyable and evocative of original presentations.
  5. William Friedkin's appearance on last weeks' The Essentials reveals how he admires many classic films. I enjoy hearing about his interpretations of the importance of "The Quiet Man," and Alec Baldwin's reverence and deference to Friedkin's opinions gave the director the opportunity to share his emotional connections to John Ford's "greatest film." Friedkin returns to The Essentials again this Saturday with his comments to Alec for "The Manchurian Candidate." Enjoy Angela Lansbury's Word of Mouth segment about working with Laurence Harvey if you can catch it. These wonderful comments from the actors, directors, and entertainment industry professionals on the TCM Word of Mouth segments enhances viewer enjoyment of upcoming film screenings, and I enjoy when they are added to the schedule before a relevant movie showing. Be on alert, potential TCMFF 2018 pass holders! It won't be long before an announcement about the fest dates! Last year, we were informed on August 25. See you soon!
  6. Tikisoo, so happy to hear that you were able to attend Capitolfest in Rome, New York! For those of you uninformed about this festival, here is some information on the website: https://www.romecapitol.com/capitolfest/ Several previous TCMFF pass holders were also able to attend this year's event, too, and a few of them are TCM Message Boards members. Calvinnme, so happy that you were able to attend, too! Socializing with our fellow cinephiles in person is always exciting. Sharing what we love about classic films make us connect in ways that we can't otherwise experience unless we engage on social media. Midnigth08, so sorry you had been ill and weren't able to attend.
  7. And more teasers for today.... TCMFF 2013 special guest and TCL Chinese Hand & Footprint Ceremony recipient Jane Fonda with (L) Vice President of Talent Darcy Hettrick and (R ) Shirlee Fonda, Henry Fonda's widow. Redford's back and Fonda's got him. Read about the new Netflix Nocturne here: http://deadline.com/2017/08/our-souls-at-night-trailer-jane-fonda-robert-redford-netflix-video-1202145561/
  8. My, my, my... It's about that time of year to begin commiserating over the dates of the Turner Classic Film Festival for 2018. When will it happen ? In April? In March? In May? When will the announcement about the exact dates be made? Right now the odds seem to be on April 26-29 because those are dates "unavailable" for reservations on the HRH website, but we can't make reservations yet because no official announcement has been made. Remember that last year, if pass holders were making a reservation at the Hollywood Roosevelt, they had to pay for at least one night of their stay the moment their reservation was made. (Some pass holders were required to pay for the first and last night of their stay.) Stay tuned and be vigilant! :-) In other festival news, Richard Dreyfuss appears at the Plaza Classic this weekend in El Paso: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1339915&name=Richard-Dreyfuss-Scheduled-for-Plaza-Classic-Film-Festival-in-El-Paso Also, its National Book Lovers' Day. Check out these new titles if you haven't already: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news-new-books.html And Lynn Zook's in depth Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip, 1930-1955, about the early years of Las Vegas: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAYJVSS/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=77653020351494&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6gjl6a7g02_e Plus the new book about Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski: https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Gardner-Movies-Kendra-Bean-ebook/dp/B01HZFB0VK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502302709&sr=1-1&keywords=ava+gardner+a+life+in+movies (The Silver Screen Oasis Q & A with these authors is here : http://www.silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998 )
  9. A Star for every day of the month! Find your favorite day and your favorite star here: http://summer.tcm.com/ Tonight, you have a chance to see Susan Kathleen Applegate. Do you know what film that is and when it screens? Enjoy August the only way we can....with Summer Under The Stars!
  10. Jennifer, thanks for sharing this notice. Since many TCM Backlot members also attend the Turner Classic Film Festival, I think it's wonderful you are starting your local chapter. I've met hundreds of TCMFF pass holders from the Bay Area, and I hope your membership blossoms quickly! I enjoy all the perks, news, events and video links available to TCM Backlot members.
  11. See Eddie Muller and "Born to Kill" with Lawrence Tierney tomorrow morning on Noir Alley. And for the backstory on Mr. Tierney that couldn't be revealed on TCM, check out the scoop here: http://www.eddiemuller.com/tierney.html
  12. Our Guest Authors, Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski, who live in London, will be answering more questions in the morning. In the meantime, to read their commentary concerning researching Ava Gardner's life, visit here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998
  13. Our Guest Authors, Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski, who live in London, will be answering more questions in the morning. In the meantime, to read their commentary concerning researching Ava Gardner's life, visit here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998
  14. The Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies Q & A event happens today at The Silver Screen Oasis! Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski are now answering questions here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998&sid=094c50a4ad23c2b321d44affcfa52f44 Kendra has also attended a few of the TCM Film Festivals. Come join the fun!
  15. It all happens this weekend! And in some related news as far as Ava Gardner is concerned, the death of Barbara Marx Sinatra: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/barbara-sinatra-widow-of-singing-star-frank-sinatra-dies-at-90/2017/07/25/e3cf6570-7162-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.bc507164a4d4 I believe the last time Ava finally told Frank she wouldn't marry him, she suggested that he'd better marry Barbara.
  16. In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career. She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society. Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava! To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies": https://tinyurl.com/ybjf6as6 The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 The Authors: Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London. Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library. A podcast with the authors can be heard here: http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-6-interview-with-authors-kendra-bean-and-anthony-uzarowski/
  17. In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career. She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society. Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava! To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies": https://tinyurl.com/ybjf6as6 The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 The Authors: Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London. Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library. A podcast with the authors can be heard here: http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-6-interview-with-authors-kendra-bean-and-anthony-uzarowski/
  18. In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career. She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society. Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava! To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies": https://tinyurl.com/ybjf6as6 The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 The Authors: Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London. Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library. A podcast with the authors can be heard here: http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-6-interview-with-authors-kendra-bean-and-anthony-uzarowski/ Thanks to Moira for compiling this announcement for Sue Sue!
  19. And there are more Hitchcock films this Friday beginning with "Rear Window," one of my favorite Thelma Ritter films.
  20. Some ideas I've had include: "Same Time Next Year": possible guests-Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda (I recommend Burstyn's emotional and in-depth autobiography.) 1958's "Teacher's Pet" 1948's "Sitting Pretty" 1938's "Holiday," and a few animated features: "Merbabies", "Krazy Kat" (But I haven't checked previous screenings.) FYI: "Grease," "Superman," and "Animal House" were the top 3 grossing films of 1978. Other notable films from 1978 include "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "An Unmarried Woman," "Heaven Can Wait," "Autumn Sonata," "Death On The Nile," "Coming Home," "The Stud," "Coma," and "The Boys In Company C." I think that later films from the 70s are more likely to be considered for opening night films so that actual actors or directors of those films can be present for the screening on Thursday. There are many great films I'm considering from the classic decades of American and foreign film. But I'm still thinking. Any other ideas?
  21. Certainly some good ideas, cinecrazydc! Unfortunately, I doubt very seriously if "Funny Girl" would be considered for an opening night film again for the TCMFF. On Thursday, April 25, 2013, "Funny Girl" was the opening night film. Cher and Robert Osborne did the presentation of the film. As I understood it, Barbra Streisand had initially agreed to be in attendance, but later on she was named the recipient of the Chaplin Award by the Lincoln Center Film Society, and decided instead to travel to New York to receive the prize which was awarded to her by President Bill Clinton on April 22, 2013.
  22. TCM PRESENTS THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE: 50 YEARS OF HITCHCOCK Today is the last day to enroll in #Hitchcock50 on canvas.net here: https://www.canvas.net/browse/bsu/tcm3/courses/hitchcock50?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Summer201 It's free!
  23. I'll be migrating more photos to a new site soon. In the meanwhile, enjoy Ronald Coleman as Star of the Month!
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