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  1. Remembering Robert Osborne... Two Years Ago in The Hollywood Reporter... Robert Osborne, the former columnist for The Hollywood Reporter who as the genial and scholarly host of Turner Classic Movies became a beloved icon to a legion of groupies with gray hair, died Monday in New York, the cable network announced. He was 84. David Staller, his longtime partner, told The Hollywood Reporter that Osborne died in his sleep in his apartment from natural causes. "Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend," TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement. "His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support of film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today, and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid." Osborne began his career as an actor, was mentored by the legendary comedienne Lucille Ball and became the official biographer of Oscar thanks to a series of books he wrote about the Academy Awards. Osborne missed the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, announcing at the last minute that doctors advised him to have an undisclosed medical procedure that he had planned to put off. Attendees were extremely disappointed not to have him there. And then, less than three weeks before the start of the 2016 event, Osborne pulled out again, saying "a health issue has come up which requires attention." A few months after he accepted a surprising invitation from Olivia de Havilland to escort her to a televised celebration of Bette Davis' career, the journalist joined THR in September 1977 to write reviews. He penned the paper's must-read Rambling Reporter column from April 1983 until he left the publication in June 2009. When Ted Turner's TCM debuted as a competitor to the American Movie Classics cable channel on April 14, 1994, Osborne was on the air to introduce the very first film, Gone With the Wind. He stayed with the channel as primetime host from there, introducing and providing insightful tidbits for many of the 400 or so movies that TCM shows every year. He also presided over the network's Private Screenings series, interviewing such legends as Betty Hutton, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Mickey Rooney, and hosted the TCM Classic Film Festival back in his old Hollywood stomping grounds when health permitted. "He's a scholar in classic film, he truly is," actress Eva Marie Saint said of Osborne during a Private Screenings special that premiered in January 2014 and had Alec Baldwin, in a role reversal, interviewing the TCM host. "He'd make a wonderful professor. Wouldn't you like to be in his class?" When Angela Lansbury received her honorary Oscar at the 2013 Governors Award, the actress picked Osborne to introduce her. "I came to the conclusion that the one person who really knew my early work was Robert," she said in her acceptance speech. "My condolences to the family and friends of Robert Osborne who championed the Golden Age of movies to an entire generation who never grew up in the wonderful world of black and white," director Steven Spielberg said in a statement. "He got us excited and reawakened to the greatest stories ever told with the most charismatic stars in the world. I will miss all the backstage stories he told us before and after the films. He sure opened my eyes to all that has come before and put TCM solidly on the map while ensuring his own legacy as the man who brought us back to the movies." Born on May 3, 1932, Osborne was raised in the farming community of Colfax, Wash. His father was a geography and history teacher. He enjoyed going to the movies and eventually worked at the Rose and the Roxy, the two movie houses in town. Once he fell while changing a film title on a marquee and broke both arms. (Years later, he bought a share of the Rose.) While attending the University of Washington, Osborne said he spent every Saturday "not drinking or partying or having a good time. I was at the library," he recalled in the Private Screenings special. "I went through every issue of The New York Times for 20 years, taking notes on all the first-run theaters in New York, what was playing, when they changed the bill, how long a film played at Radio City Music Hall — or who was playing in it." At a time before the internet — heck, no one had even published a book that kept track of all the Oscar winners — and when nostalgia for Hollywood didn't exist, Osborne scribbled all his information onto pages of a loose-leaf binder he nicknamed ****. "I was always into films, passionate about them, at a time when nobody was into that kind of stuff," he said. "I was getting this education about film — and there was no place to use it." Osborne pursued a career as an actor, and for a regional production in Seattle of the psychological thriller Night Must Fall, he landed the role of the duplicitous Danny opposite Oscar winner Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath). The actress took an interest in Osborne and convinced him to further his acting career in Los Angeles, not New York. He stayed with her at her home in the San Fernando Valley and soon earned a six-month contract at Fox, appearing in The Californians, a TV Western starring Paul Henreid. He met Ball after overhearing that she was looking for actors for her company, Desilu Productions, and she invited him to her house for dinner on a Friday night. Actresses Janet Gaynor and Kay Thompson were there; at one point, the guests moved to the living room, where they watched Funny Face (1957) from a 35mm projector. When Thompson and Audrey Hepburn came on the screen doing a musical number, Thompson jumped up and mimicked the motions. At this surreal moment, Osborne recalled, "I started to say to myself, 'Did you ever believe you would be in this [situation]?'"Then I said, 'Wait a minute, I always knew I was going to.'" He signed with Desilu and from Ball "received a year's master class from this great artist." He did commercials for Falstaff and Carling Black Label beers, Folgers coffee and John Hancock insurance and appeared on the ABC soap opera The Young Marrieds and as a banker in the pilot for the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Remarkably, de Havilland — whom he had been introduced to by Ball — phoned and asked him to escort her to a televised AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Davis in 1977 at the Beverly Hilton. He soon found himself at the head table with, among others, Henreid, director William Wellman and their wives. He celebrated Feb. 27 each year — that's the day de Havilland called to invite him to the Davis bash. (For many years afterward, he spoke to the reclusive actress, then living in Paris, on the phone every Sunday.) Ball once gave him advice that would change his life: "We have enough actors," she said. "We don't have enough people writing about the industry." So Osborne took up journalism. He recalled that James Stewart would invite local journalists to a one-on-one lunch every year. Actors like Stewart "weren't really working. They were beyond their peak years. They had time to talk to you," he recalled. "They loved somebody like me who had a background like mine because they didn't have to explain who they were … they didn't have to say, 'I was a big deal.' I knew that." When Osborne had difficulty uncovering which actress won an Oscar in some particular year, he decided to write the first in a series of reference books about the Academy Awards. He went on The Dinah Shore Show, and a friend from Seattle saw him and reviewed his book for The Reporter. That led him to a writing position at THR. In 1987, the THR editor allowed him to write his Rambling Reporter column from New York — but only for a year — after he landed a gig to chat about movies on CBS' The Morning Program, co-hosted by Mariette Hartley. But when THR was sold to BPI Communications in 1988, the editor quit and Osborne, wanting to remain in New York, didn't get around to reminding anyone about that agreement to return to L.A. While working as a host for The Movie Channel, Osborne was invited by actress Dorothy Lamour to lunch with AMC execs Brad Siegel and Jim Wise. They offered him the afternoon AMC hosting slot when his Movie Channel contract expired (Bob Dorian was then AMC's primetime host). Siegel then called and said, scratch that: He was moving to Atlanta to start a rival network, Turner Classic Movies, based out of Atlanta, and wanted Osborne there. He jumped at the chance. In recognition of his contributions to classic film, Osborne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and a special award from the National Board of Review in 2008. Staller said there will be no funeral but a memorial service is being planned. He said donations in Osborne's name can be made to the ASPCA or the Animal Medical Center of New York.
  2. What might affect the future of our favorite film festival might have a little something to to with AT&T.
  3. Sue Sue Sez: ATT, TCM and HBO? Check out the Wall Street Journal article!
  4. Four nitrate screenings will be popular. Line up early! All passes have been sold out, and it's the earliest this has ever happened in the 10-year history of the #TCMFF!
  5. Meanwhile in Sedona, Arizona, Director Alexa Foreman, former Senior Researcher at TCM and trusted associate of TCM Host Robert Osborne, is attending two screenings of her documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor at the Mary D. Fisher Theater as a select documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival. (The film originally premiered at the #TCMFF 2018.) Congratulations!
  6. UPDATES! New Guest: Casting Director Juliet Taylor New Films: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/special-guests/juliet-taylor/
  7. The Palace Pass has sold out. If you are coming to the #TCMFF 2019 and you don't have a pass, it's time to make a move! The Classic is the only pass left. (This is the first time the Palace Pass has sold out according to my notes.)
  8. Hope you can attend next year, Lavenderblue19! Yearly Complaint: Oscars In Memoriam—Who's left in and who's left out this year. Many posts on social media keep hoping TCM will finally produce the In Memoriam segment. Remembering Carol Channing, Stanley Donen, and Julie Adams, among others not honored...
  9. How excited about the first TCM Film Festival were TCM Message Board members ten years ago? Scroll through this thread and find out! 😁
  10. Thank you, lavenderblue19! I think this year's roster of films will be a wonderful celebration of TCM's dedication to many classic films endearing to fans and aficionados. I'm wondering what to pack right now. 😉 I'd love for you to join us!
  11. A Woman of Affairs(1928) In this silent film, John Gilbert and Greta Garbo star in their final teaming together as childhood sweethearts whose romance is stifled by family interference. This film will be accompanied by a live orchestra performing a score composed and conducted by renowned musician Carl Davis. In attendance: KEVIN BROWNLOW, CARL DAVIS
  12. This Festival Forums topic was begun in 2010 and describes the first festival experiences with comments from fans of TCM and the TCMFF. The original topic had 59,000 views before the Message Boards had been upgraded.
  13. PLUS: The award will be presented on April 13 before a screening of Brownlow’s directed film It Happened Here at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival!
  14. And here it is! The Robert Osborne Award Turner Classic Movies proudly honors our late host, Robert Osborne, with the Robert Osborne Award. This annual award will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival to an individual whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive and thriving for future generations. Osborne served as the host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years, and his passion for film and wealth of knowledge as a film historian helped preserve classic film’s legacy. For the 2nd annual award, TCM will recognize celebrated film preservationist and director Kevin Brownlow for his lifelong dedication to restoring and preserving film, as well as championing film history, at the 10th annual Festival. Deeply respected and revered among his peers for his work in restoration of classic film, Brownlow is also a celebrated director, helming classics such as IT HAPPENED HERE (1964) and Winstanley (1975) but Brownlow’s focus has remained documenting and preserving the silent film era. Brownlow founded Photoplay Productions to produce documentaries on film and revive such silent classics as A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (1928), SUNRISE (1927) and Napoleon (1927). The latter represented more than 25 years of work for Brownlow, who is still looking for ways to improve on Napoleon’s restoration. The 1980 premiere of the restored version of Napoleon brought Brownlow honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the London Critics Circle. In 2010, Brownlow received an honorary Oscar for his work as a film preservationist.
  15. Can't wait to see this on the big screen at the #TCMFF 2019! Indiscreet (1958), the film of Norman Krasna's popular play of the 1950s, Kind Sir, features Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Cary wouldn’t have done it without her. They both were in director Stanley Donen’s capable hands. The lovely art direction by Donald Ashton reveals a fabulous apartment in London, (actually Elstree Studios), with actual artwork by Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Raoul Dufy, and Georges Roualt, framing a handy foyer leading to the lovely living area. It is an apartment any gal in London would love to have, with much of the ambience of that great loft apartment of Adam Tyler’s in “Sunday in New York.” One of the first splitscreen bedroom scenes, this film predates Pillow Talk. For a little more about Indiscreet, see my guest post here. It's almost time for an update, Atlanta! 😉
  16. #TCMFF 2016 Presenter and TCM Guest Programmer has passed away. Here is the tribute from The Classic Movie Hub: Ron Hutchinson It is with profound sadness that we at Classic Movie Hub share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Ron Hutchinson, who lost his battle with cancer this Saturday. Ron was one of our own. As a regular contributor to CMH, Ron provided a wealth of unique expertise in the classic film world. More importantly, Ron was a man of compassion, humanity, integrity, and a true-blue friend. The fact that so few knew he was even sick reflects the type of man he was, as well. Ron Hutchinson at the 2016 TCM Film Festival in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone His preservation, restoration and passionate work in the specialized Vitaphone media was so instrumental, it is impossible not to connect the word Vitaphone to the name Ron Hutchinson. As the founder of the Vitaphone Project and as one the world’s premier film historians, Ron’s unique knowledge has been sourced in over 25 books, documentaries for PBS and TCM, commentary for the DVD boxed set “The Jazz Singer,” and he was an extremely popular presenter of rare Vitaphone shorts at the 2016 TCM Film Festival. As a member of the Classic Movie Hub family, each of Ron’s monthly articles were like unearthed treasures. We felt so lucky when he generously shared his detailed knowledge with us because we knew every contribution came from the best expert available. In addition to his many friends and fans throughout the classic film community, Ron’s loss is deeply felt by his family. Ron Hutchinson proudly spoke of his children and grandchildren often. Our hearts and condolences go out to you all. –The Classic Movie Hub Family Ron was also an esteemed Guest Star on The Silver Screen Oasis In 2016. Read his Q and A here. He also presented a fabulous 90th Anniversary Vitaphone program at the 2016 festival al in Hollywood. Leonard Martin also honored him with a tribute here. Rest In Peace, Mr. Hutchinson.
  17. BOFFO Box Office: 'Wizard of Oz' Anniversary Screenings Set Fathom Record 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939) Dorothy and crew continue to deliver gold at the box office!! Special 80th anniversary showings of The Wizard of Oz held over the course of five days delivered $2 million in grosses, a record for a classic movie brought back to the big screen by Fathom, according to the company. The screenings were hosted across the country on Jan. 27-29, and again on Feb. 3 — Super Bowl Sunday — and Feb. 5. Warner Bros.' The Wizard of Oz kicks off Fathom's yearlong 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series, presented in partnership with Turner Classic Movies. Previous Fathom record-holders included the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's Jaws in 2015 ($1.62 million); a 2014 presentation of Gone With the Wind ($1.55 million); and 2017’s 30th anniversary presentation of The Princess Bride ($1.48 million), all of which were presented in partnership with TCM. “Seeing a flawless digital presentation of a beloved film offers a new level of appreciation for the magic of the movies and allows the opportunity to share that special experience with a new generation of fans," said Fathom Events vp studio relations Tom Lucas. Upcoming titles in the TCM Big Screen Classics series includes My Fair Lady; To Kill a Mockingbird; Ben-Hur; True Grit; Hello, Dolly!; Lawrence of Arabia; and When Harry Met Sally.
  18. Billy Crystal gets the ceremony at Graumans’s ... uh...TCL Chinese...
  19. Isn't it about time for a #TCMFF update?
  20. FilmStruck Replacement From Criterion Collection to Launch in April Courtesy of Photofest The first Movie of the Week will be the newly restored 'Mikey and Nicky.' The Criterion Channel will house more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films. Classic movie fans won't have to wait much longer for The Criterion Collection's FilmStruck replacement. The video distributor is prepping an April 8 launch for its new streaming service, The Criterion Channel, which will house more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films. The Criterion Channel was borne out of disappointment from fans over WarnerMedia's October announcement that it planned to shutter its two-year-old FilmStruck service. A group of filmmakers and actors campaigned for WarnerMedia to keep the service alive, but the AT&T-owned company instead revealed plans to partner with The Criterion Collection on a new service. The Criterion library will also become part of WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming offering when it launches at the end of this year. The new Criterion Channel will offer a free 30-day trial and reduced pricing for those who sign up before its launch. Those early members will be charged $10 per month or $90 per year for the service. People who sign up later can expect to be charged $11 per month or $100 per year for the offering. Programming available through Criterion Channel will be highlighted through features like the Sunday Spotlight, a movie marathon focusing on a different director, star, genre or theme each week, and Adventures in Moviegoing, in which a guest programmer selects a series of titles. The film library will be supplemented with additional features, archival footage, interviews and original documentaries. The first Movie of the Week will be the newly restored Mikey and Nicky. It will be available exclusively to early subscribers this week. The Criterion Channel is launching in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available via desktop computers, connected TV offerings like Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV and iOS and Android devices.
  21. YES! More Congrats!! The Wizard of Oz wasn't a money-spinner for the studio until its 1949 re-release, initially earning only $3.02 million at the box office against a budget of $2.8 million.WARNER BROS. PICTURES Moviegoers who headed off to see the wizard again have broken a box office record. Fathom Events' 80th anniversary screenings of The Wizard of Ozbroke the $1 million mark at the box office on Sunday, January 27, 2019, becoming the highest-grossing single-day classic film release in the company's history. To be specific, it grossed $1.21 million. The 1939 musical, back in theaters as part of the 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series, also had the highest per-screen average of any film in wide release that day. The Wizard of Oz took eighth place in the box office for the day from just two showings in nearly 700 cinemas nationwide. The classic will have two additional nationwide screenings this week, on Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Due to the demand Fathom Events has also scheduled two additional encore presentations to the original three-day run on Sunday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 5, 2019. “There is no movie quite like The Wizard of Oz, and the response to its anniversary presentation has been genuinely overwhelming,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “It’s the perfect way for multiple generations of fans to experience movie magic together, and also an incredible start to our 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series.” “Audience response to the screening of The Wizard of Oz is a direct reflection of why we partner with Fathom Events on for this year-long event,” added Genevieve McGillicuddy, Vice President of Enterprises and Strategic Partnerships at TCM.
  22. IN THE CONGRATS ALL AROUND DEPARTMENT: Media Whiz and former actress Merrie Spaeth, star of The World of Henry Orient and TCM Film Fest Guest in 2014, was awarded a Top Women in PR award in New York City last Friday. In attendance was Director Alexa Foreman, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, whose documentary is now going to screen at the Sedona International Film Festival this month. Actress Jane Alexander also appears in Sedona... Director Alexa Foreman and Former Senior Researcher at TCM with Merrie Spaeth... Merrie Spaeth and Paula Prentiss discuss The World of Henry Orient moderated by Cari Beachamp (not featured in the image).... Merrie Spaeth and Shirley Jones on the #TCMFF Red Carpet in 2014....
  23. Ernie Kovacs Centennial tonight on TCM! SHARE: ERNIE KOVACS CENTENNIAL - 1/23 The word "pioneer" is thrown around a lot to describe those who helped shape a medium, but Ernie Kovacs qualifies for the title because he was a true television innovator. Watching kinescopes of his programs for the first time is a little shocking for those for who think of I Love Lucy as representational of what comedy was in 1950s television. While other producers were essentially recreating vaudeville or the visual equivalent of a radio program, Kovacs took the medium and the comedy genre and turned it on its head, inside out, and upside down, exactly as a kid takes apart a toaster to see how it works. Kovacs himself said, "This TV medium has never been fully explored. It's completely different from movies and the stage. It has to be developed on its own." The result was both hilarious and surreal, underscoring the tragedy of Kovacs' death in a Los Angeles car accident and the fact that he is not better remembered, fifty years later. Read more about it here. For the watch party, Ernie Kovacs' and Edie Adams' son, Josh Mills, and Ben Model, Ernie Kovacs' archivist, will be joining the watch party with the hashtags #TCMKovacs100 #TCMParty. Always add #LetsMovie to include the official TCM Twitter hashtag.
  24. Rock Hudson tonight in All That Heaven Allows and Giant introduced by Ben Mankiewicz....
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