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  1. Author and historian Jeremy Arnold visits with Ben Mankiewicz tonight on TCM for screenings of Beyond Tomorrow and The Bishop’s Wife. An especially endearing moment that Arnold reveals in Christmas In The Movies is the emotionally rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells” seen and heard in “Beyond Tomorrow.”
  2. NEW FILMS FOR 2019 ANNOUNCED EARLIER TODAY! THE CLOCK (1945) While on 48-hour leave during WWII, a soldier (Robert Walker) meets and falls for a New York woman (Judy Garland) in this romantic tale directed by Vincente Minnelli. INDISCREET (1958) Stanley Donen directs Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in this Technicolor romantic comedy about a hapless-in-love actress who falls for a handsome banker. However, he’s hiding a big secret about his marriage that she doesn’t expect. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957) Audrey Hepburn stars as the naïve daughter of a private detective hired to entrap a womanizing businessman (Gary Cooper) in this romantic comedy from writer/director Billy Wilder. MAD LOVE (1935) Peter Lorre is a surgeon whose obsession with an actress (Frances Drake) results in him replacing her pianist husband’s (Colin Clive) mangled hands with those of a knife-throwing murderer. AND THE OPENING NIGHT FILM... WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989) Can a man and woman ever truly be just friends? Longtime pals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) debate the question in this unforgettable romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. In attendance: Director Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal!! ”I'll have what she's having!”
  3. Author and historian Jeremy Arnold will join members of The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page this weekend, December 1, 2, and 3, for a Q & A about his new book, CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES. Mr. Arnold will only answer questions early Saturday morning due to his hectic agenda in LA on Saturday. His availability on Sunday and Monday will not be affected. The traditional Q & A will be our pinned post. Merry Christmas! About the author: Jeremy Arnold is the author of “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season,“ to be published in October 2018 by TCM and Running Press. His 2016 book, “The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter,” is the official companion to TCM's “Essentials" program and features a foreword by Robert Osborne. Jeremy has also contributed essays to another book being published this October, “The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama“ (Indiana University Press). Other past writing work includes “Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary,” published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as part of that film's Blu-ray debut, contributions to Jeanine Basinger's The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre, numerous essays and liner notes for home entertainment releases, and nearly 600 programming articles to date for the Turner Classic Movies website. His commentating work includes a recent stint as guest host on FilmStruck and on TCM with Ben Mankiewicz. Jeremy has recorded nine audio commentaries for the Blu-ray or DVD release of classic films, most recently for Raw Deal (1948) and Driftwood (1947), and he has even brought his movie passion to the high seas: twice he has been engaged as a guest programmer, host, and lecturer aboard Crystal Cruises with classic movie themes-including a complete career tribute to Marilyn Monroe. A native of Washington, D.C., Jeremy resides in Los Angeles but is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.
  4. There are still plenty of Classic, Spotlight, and Palace Passes available on the festival website!
  5. Essential passes are sold out during the regular pass sale!
  6. CINEMATIC THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “If you can’t handle a horse without spurs, you have no business riding!” Barbara Stanwyck as Jessica Drummond, 1957’s Forty Guns, directed by Sam Fuller....
  8. I’m bumping up this topic started by Kyle Kersten, hlywdkjk, in 2010, to say that we’ve had Madame Curie appear at the fest in 2015. Is it time for Madame Satan? The CountessDeLave agreed!
  9. Wonderful, jp01104! The LA County Museum, several studio tours and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tour are jaunts that annual TCMFF pass holders enjoy! Musso and Franks’s, The Smokehouse, El Coyote, and Bordner’s are watering holes favored for their classic Hollywood ambiance. The fabulous Larry Edmunds Bookstore also is a popular stop on the pass holder trail for books, posters, and photos. 😉
  10. Prediction: If Robert Redford is chosen as the recipient of the Robert Osborne Memorial Award, he might select his favorite film, Jeremiah Johnson, for the opening night gala.... (Directed by Sydney Pollack Written by Edward Anhalt and John Milius, 1972)
  11. Spotlights sold out during the presale....
  12. Essentials are now unavailable on the CitiCard website during the presale...
  14. CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS NEW BOOK FEATURED ON THE TCM WEBSITE! HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Roselli, Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assasin A rich biography of the legendary figure at the center of the century’s darkest secrets: an untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue from Lee Server, the New York Times bestselling author of Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing… A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli’s career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone—to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob’s “Man in Hollywood,” Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. A man of great allure and glamour, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital—including studio boss Harry Cohn, helping him to fund Columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker—producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca’s behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale. And a little birdie told me I'm somewhere in the acknowledgements! 😍
  16. Reminders: A 25th Anniversary Fan Dedication Contest! Fest passes go on sale November 13! Writer Gary Loggins give us the lowdown....Could this be a fest offering on the other side of the country with an intro by Peter Bogdanovich? “The day has finally arrived. November 2, 2018. I ordered a free trial of Netflix specifically so I could watch the completed version of Orson Welles’ final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND . Welles worked on this project for over a decade, and the footage sat for decades more before finally being restored and re-edited. A film buff’s dream come true – perhaps. There were questions I needed answered. Was there enough salvageable material to make a coherent movie? Does it follow Welles’ vision? Would it live up to the hype? Was it worth the wait?” Fest Ponderance: Robert Redford is my candidate for the Robert Osborne Memorial Award, so a Redford film may be an opening night choice....
  17. UPDATE FROM ATLANTA: Passes go on sale for early bird CitiCard users on November 13, and November 15 for everyone else! ANNOUNCED FILMS FOR 2019 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) Considered by many to be one of the greatest American Westerns and “buddy movies” of all time, this 50th anniversary screening stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as an unforgettable pair of bank robbers on the run from the law with their companion Etta (Katharine Ross) in tow. ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1953) 40th Anniversary World Premiere Restoration. Clint Eastwood stars in this thrilling drama based on the real-life events of three prisoners’ escape from the infamous maximum-security prison on Alcatraz Island. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Deborah Kerr star in this Oscar-winning romance about a group of soldiers and the women who love them stationed in Oahu, Hawaii in the days leading up to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh embark on a torrid romance during the onset and aftermath of the American Civil War, in this epic adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling book. HELLO, DOLLY! (1969) Adapted from a successful stage play of the same name, dance legend Gene Kelly directed this 50th anniversary musical starring Barbra Streisand as a head-strong matchmaker that travels to New York with intentions of finding Walter Matthau, a miserly “half-a-millionaire,” a wife. HOLIDAY (1938) World Premiere Restoration. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in director George Cukor’s comedy about a self-made businessman who intends to take a holiday from work before marrying into a well-to-do family. His plan goes hilariously awry when he meets his fiancée’s family, including her black sheep sister (Hepburn) and drunken brother (Lew Ayres). LOVE AFFAIR (1939) Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne star as a painter and singer who meet by chance onboard a transatlantic voyage. Though already engaged to other people, they make a pact to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months, but fate has other plans in mind. SUNRISE (1927) In this silent film directed by F.W. Murnau, George O’Brien is a married man and father whose affair with a city woman (Margaret Livingston) unleashes his inner demons. Torn between the object of his desire and his loving wife (Janet Gaynor in an Oscar-winning performance), O’Brien is driven to the brink of madness. TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934) Maureen O’Sullivan is the Jane to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan in this pre-Code adventure in which the jungle couple’s life is disturbed by ivory hunting men on safari.
  18. It's almost time to purchase those passes. Are you ready?
  19. A 25th Anniversary Fan Dedication Contest! From the TCM Twitter announcement: “Have you ever wanted to introduce a film on TCM? Do you already have a film picked out? As part of our #TCM25 celebration we're giving YOU the chance to introduce a film with @BenMank77 and dedicate it to a special person in your life.” 25 fans will be chosen! The promotional video will be shown intermittently on the channel.
  20. 65th Anniversary screening... House of Wax at the Laemmle OCTOBER 13 for those of you in LA.... This Halloween season, Laemmle Anniversary Classics and its film critic host Stephen Farber, will screen the 1953 horror thriller House of Wax, starring horror-meister Vincent Price, in the movie’s 65th anniversary. The 3-D film was a remake of Warner Bros.’ Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) with the added sensation of three-dimensional technology.
  21. Friday, October 12, will see Robert Redford at a Guest Programmer on TCM...
  22. TCM SPOTLIGHT: FUNNY LADIES - THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER Here's Roger Fristoe's article from the TCM Website: "People either have comedy or they don't; you can't teach it to them," Lucille Ball famously said. Lucy, of course, had it in spades - just like the other Funny Ladies in our roundup of great comic female actresses. Each Thursday in October, TCM presents a lineup of rib-tickling films featuring many of the cinema's most gifted comediennes. This Spotlight is hosted by actress/filmmaker Illeana Douglas, a TCM regular who has presented other programming related to accomplishments by women in film; and comedy legend Carol Burnett, a special favorite of television, stage and film audiences for decades. Our salute is broken down by eras: Silents to the 1930s, features a number of leading comic actresses from this era, including Mabel Normand, teamed with Fatty Arbuckle in the silent short Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916); Marion Davies in Show People(1928); Marie Dressler in Dinner at Eight (1933); Mae West in I'm No Angel (1933); and Margaret Dumont, a recurring partner and classic foil to the Marx Brothers, in A Day at the Races (1937). This night also includes two TCM premieres. Babes in the Goods (1934) is a short starring Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly, a popular comedy team who were sometimes called "the female Abbott and Costello" and appeared together in more than 20 short films at MGM during the mid-1930s. The other premiere in the lighthearted musical comedy College Swing (1938), starring the adorably ditzy Gracie Allen as a coed who ends up owning her college and turning it into a haven for swing bands and jitterbuggers. The boisterous Martha Raye, another leading comedienne of the day, costars as a "professor of romance." The cast also includes George Burns (Allen's husband and performing partner) and another married couple (at the time), Betty Grable and Jackie Coogan. The 1930s-1940s marked the heyday of screwball comedies, with numerous delightful performances by sophisticated actresses who were kicking over the traces to have some free-wheeling fun. Three of our memorable star turns in this genre won Best Actress Oscar nominations: Carole Lombard as the daffy socialite of My Man Godfrey (1936), Irene Dunne as the scandalous authoress of Theodora Goes Wild (1936) and Jean Arthur as the reluctant roommate of The More the Merrier (1943). Rosalind Russell deserved a nomination for her fast-talking reporter in His Girl Friday (1940). Shockingly, Myrna Loy was never nominated for any of her screen performances, including a delightful turn as the skittish wife of frequent acting partner William Powell in I Love You Again (1940). The 1950s saw sparkling work from some of our brightest female talents, with Judy Holliday proving that a sterling performance in comedy can beat out more dramatic competition in the Oscar race. By repeating her stage performance as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday (1950), Holliday was named Best Actress in competition with such heavyweights as Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson. Jean Hagen won a nomination in the Supporting category for her hilarious bit as a screechy-voiced silent film star in Singin' in the Rain (1952), while Doris Day was nominated as Best Actress for displaying a sleek, sexy (and funny) new persona in the romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959). The imposing movie careers of television comedy favorites Lucille Ball and Eve Arden are represented, respectively, by Forever, Darling and Our Miss Brooks (both 1956). The 1960s, '70s and '80s include two more TCM premieres, Eight on the Lam (1967), with the hilarious Phyllis Diller as the wild-haired babysitter of widower Bob Hope; and Gilda Live (1980), which showcases lovable Gilda Radner in a filmed version of the Broadway show in which she recreated many of her (very) original TV characters. Two other creative comic actresses who progressed to movies after finding stardom on television are Lily Tomlin, represented here by her performance in The Late Show (1977), as an aging hippie involved with private eye Art Carney; and Goldie Hawn, who plays a daffy cocktail waitress who stumbles into a job with the State Department in Protocol (1984). Also spotlighted are Elaine May in Enter Laughing (1967) and Madeline Kahnand Cloris Leachman both appearing in the Mel Brooks spoof High Anxiety (1977). Wouldn't it be wonderful if Carol Burnett was a #TCMFF Special Guest this year? I'd love to see her in a Club TCM panel discussing Women in Comedy.
  23. Indeed I am a Houston Astros fan, jamesjazzguitar! I hope our teams meet again, but you know who I'm rooting for. It's all out in the open now!⚾ I have no problem with a Astros-Dodgers World Series Game. ? The TCM Cruise will sail from the Port of New York to Bermuda on October 22-27, 2019. Anyone remember That Touch of Mink with Cary Grant and Doris Day? The setting of part of the film occurs in Bermuda, but principal photography actually was completed in California. St. George in Bermuda was the setting for certain scenes. Movies Featuring Bermuda You Only Live Twice (1967) For a list of films made in Bermuda, like You Only Live Twice, go here!
  24. CRUISE ANNOUNCEMENT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 Turner Classic Movies is pleased to announce that fan favorite, the TCM Classic Cruise is sailing again. Please let us know if you have any questions – we’re here to help. The FAQ section of the website is a great source for general information or feel free to contact us via email or call us 1-877-223-7030.
  25. And the TCM Cruise returns in October of 2019!
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