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Everything posted by SueSueApplegate

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Friday, October 12, will see Robert Redford at a Guest Programmer on TCM...
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. And the TCM Cruise returns in October of 2019!
  8. Actor Denny Miller discusses Dean Martin, Vincent Minnelli, and Some Came Running (on TCM right now!) during my interview with him on The Silver Screen Oasis...
  9. It's tonight! Keith Carradine as Guest Programmer! “I'm a TCM addict," says Keith Carradine, TCM Guest Programmer for September. Carradine tells host Ben Mankiewicz that he loves classic films, and especially those shot in black and white: "I realize that not everything TCM plays is in black and white, but if I see black and white, I always stop. I love old films, I love the craft of them, I love the masterful storytelling." Carradine comes by his devotion to the classics naturally, as part of an acting dynasty headed by his father, John Carradine (1906-1988). One of Hollywood's most accomplished and best-loved character actors, the elder Carradine was a member of the Cecil B. DeMille stock company and later appeared in 11 John Ford films. He had roles in hundreds of movies including such legendary titles as 1939's Stagecoach, 1940's The Grapes of Wrath and 1956's The Ten Commandments. Along with Keith, the Carradine acting clan includes three more of John's sons: David, who died in 2009; Robert; and Bruce. Four of John Carradine's grandchildren either are or have been actors, including Keith's daughters Martha Plimpton and Sorel Carradine. Keith's maternal half-brother, Michael Bowen, is also a well-known actor. Keith Carradine was born in San Mateo, CA., and studied English and drama at Colorado State University. He performed onstage for a year in the original Broadway version of Hair (1969), then entered films with Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). A high point in his career came with Altman's Nashville (1975), in which he played a country-Western performer and won an Oscar® for writing the haunting song "I'm Easy." In addition to dozens of other films, including several for Altman protégé Alan Rudolph, Carradine has won praise for his appearances onstage, including a Tony award for The Will Rogers Follies (1991); and on television, where he was Emmy-nominated for his role in Chiefs. Among dozens of other television appearances is his current role as President Conrad Dalton in the CBS series Madam Secretary. Here are Carradine's movie choices as Guest Programmer: Captains Courageous (1937) is MGM's black-and-white adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling novel, with John Carradine playing Long Jack in a cast headed by Freddie Bartholomew and Oscar® winner Spencer Tracy. Keith remembers his father saying, "You know, I've been in some of the best pictures ever made, and some of the worst." (This one went into his "best" category.) Films made during this period, when John was in his 30s, provided Keith with a glimpse into his father's early years. "You know, he was 43 when I was born, so by the time I was coming of age he was an older guy." In addition to his dad's youthful appearance, he is struck by the "contemporary" feel of his acting: "There's nothing dated about what he's doing." Random Harvest (1942), adapted from the James Hilton novel, is another of the black-and-white classics enjoyed by Carradine. His reason for choosing this one? "Greer Garson. She has a timeless beauty, and she invites you in [to her performances] in a way that few actors do." Carradine also notes that male lead, Ronald Colman, is "the quintessence of urbanity," and that, together, the two stars manage to make an "outlandish" plot seem believable and touching. "I burst into tears every time," he admits. "I'm both embarrassed by that and kind of proud of it!" Performance (1970), described by Carradine as "psychedelic noir," is a British crime drama with Mick Jagger in his dramatic film debut as a rock star involved with a murderous London gangster (James Fox). Directed by Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, the film originally created controversy because of its mix of violence and sex but has since been recognized as a serious and influential work. Carradine says he first saw Performance in a theater at the time of its original release and was so stunned that he sat through it a second time. He was hesitant to include the film since he wasn't sure how it would fit in with the usual TCM programming. "But I do believe it has become a bona fide cult classic." Thieves Like Us (1974) is another movie that made our Guest Programmer "trepidatious" to choose, since one of the stars is none other than...Keith Carradine. Mankiewicz acknowledges that it took a bit of "arm-twisting" to get Carradine to include this one. He gave in because of the chance to talk about Robert Altman, who directed this study of doomed young lovers (Carradine and Shelley Duvall) during the Depression era. "I couldn't believe that I was being invited to play a role like this for this director," says Carradine, who credits Altman with "putting me on the map." One of the secrets of Altman's success with actors, according to Carradine, was that "He would create this space where you felt completely safe and had the security of taking chances." by Roger Fristoe
  10. Dawson City: Frozen Time originally screened at the TCM Film Festival 2017 and is screened tonight at 7 p.m. CST..... A fascinating discovery of a cache of silent films.... From ROTTEN TOMATOES: Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints dating from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under a hockey rink in a former Klondike Gold Rush town, their story reveals the links between the movie business and Manifest Destiny in North America. Dawson City: Frozen Time Directed by Bill Morrison
  11. COMING SEPTEMBER 8 & 9 to The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page! It’s a closed group, but all are welcome to join. AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN MARY MALLORY VISITS THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A Q & A ABOUT HER LATEST BOOK--"LIVING WITH GRACE-: Life Lessons From America's Princess." Mary will be welcoming questions beginning Saturday, September 8! Mary Mallory is a film historian, photo archivist, and researcher, focusing on Los Angeles and early film history. She writes theatre reviews for "The Tolucan Times" and blogs for the "LA Daily Mirror." Mallory served on Hollywood Heritage, Inc.'s Board of Directors, and acts as a docent for the Hollywood Heritage Museum. As a member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, she produced the events, "Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City," "80th Anniversary of Republic Pictures," and "50th Anniversary Celebration of CBS Radford Studios," and helped produce the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Republic Pictures. She has given presentations on a variety of historical topics at Hollywood Heritage Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Conference of California Historical Societies, Egyptian Theatre, Book Soup, Pasadena First United Methodist Church, Will & Ariel Durant Library, and the Studio City Library. "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays" has been named one of the best film books of 2015 by both Huffington Post and Ain't It Cool News. Her latest book, "LIVING WITH GRACE: Life Lessons From America's Princess." From Lyons Press: Poised, cultured, and unforgettable, Grace Kelly had the aura of a princess, even before she was crowned. She exuded grace, polish, flair, and serenity as a fashion icon, actor, and humanitarian. Living with Grace is a captivating look at this elegant woman who has been an inspiration for many and whose legacy enlightens a new generation of fans. Seldom seen photos and outtakes are complemented by inspiring quotes from and about Grace and the famous roles she played. These words and images highlight what made her so iconic on film and in life. (Lyons Press)
  12. TCM Film Fest 2019 Dates: April 11-14! Theme: Follow Your Heart-Love At The Movies!
  13. Festival Themes is the topic of my latest article...
  14. Announcements in August, Passes in November, Excitement is obvious, Airfare in December! The weakness of the rhyme Belies the importance of the time! “Action Stations August!”
  15. The TCMFF 2019 Announcement is sure to come this week!!
  16. Need some “Inspiration for #TCMFF 2019?” Check out Sue Sue's recap of 2018!
  17. Memba this gorgeous display from 2014, the 20th Anniversary Fest? Maybe this year staff will create a wall of guest programmer icons, a mural of previous pass holders, or previous fest celebs. A mock background drop of the studio with the comfy chairs could also allow pass holders to be pretend guest programmers... Action Stations during August! It won't be long until we find out #TCMFF 2019 dates....
  18. ACADEMY NEWS: Show's "No's" Grows Woes... Oscars Revamp! More Book News: Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film : A new book by Don Graham......
  19. Coming September 18, 2018....Lorna Luft: A Star is Born-Judy Garland and The Film That Got Away from TCM....
  20. After the SRO screening of Director Alexa Foreman's documentary, SCANDAL: THE TRIAL OF MARY ASTOR, at the TCMFF 2018 on Friday, August 27, the Atlanta Journal Constitution has this to say....
  21. It's Action Stations August! Be ready for the latest TCMFF 2019 announcement. Do you have your hotel on speed dial?
  22. Authors Kendra Paul and Anthony Uzarowski chat about Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier on their latest podcast edition of Cinescapism.
  23. For those of you who missed TCMFF Special Guest and EGOT Rita Moreno chatting with Al Roker on the Today show, July 9, 2018... Remember that August is ACTION STATIONS for those of you attending the #TCMFF in 2018...... Stay tuned for updates on the festival announcements here, on social media, and your personal email if you have signed up for notifications.
  24. Actress, author, producer and TCMFF presenter Illeana Douglas comments about Les Moonves in The New Yorker.
  25. Here's a Donald we can all support-Donald Bogle! Enjoying Bogle's commentary tonight with Ben. Hope you've had a chance to. From the #TCMFF bio... ”Donald Bogle, the author of the highly acclaimed book Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography, is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in the movies. His book Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films is considered a classic study of Black movie images in America and is now in its fifth edition. It is used in film courses at colleges and universities throughout the country. A new updated, expanded edition of his book Brown Sugar: Over A Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars—which is a stunning examination of the lives and careers of African American women from the early years of the twentieth century to the present, from Bessie Smith and Josephine Baker up to today's Beyoncé—was recently published. Brown Sugar was also previously adapted by Bogle into a four-hour, four-part documentary for PBS. He is also the author of such prize-winning books as Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood; Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television; and Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. His recent book, Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters was published by HarperCollins Publishers. Library Journal has called the Waters book “an exemplary biography...Bogle masterfully uses Waters's story to examine the economic, aesthetic and racial politics of the 1920s-60s popular culture. This work is everything a biography should be." Bogle also conceived and co-hosted for the Turner Classic Movie channel a 38-film series called Race and Hollywood—tracing the depictions of African Americans in Hollywood—from the silent period with The Birth of a Nation (1915) up to Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996). Last April, he was one of the film authorities who participated in TCM's important film festival in Los Angeles. In total, the various screenings were seen by 17,000 people. Bogle also was one of the commentators for the seven-part documentary series on the history of Hollywood titled Moguls and Movie Stars. In 2008, Bogle was also the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the American Library Association in Anaheim, California. There was a record turnout for his presentation. Bogle has appeared on such television programs such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Nightline, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Charlie Rose Show, NBC Nightly News and many others. He has served as a commentator on numerous documentaries, including Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American; HBO's Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, executive produced by Richard Pryor; and the American Movie Classic channel's Small Steps...Big Strides, which chronicled the history of African Americans in motion pictures. . He has curated major retrospectives on Sidney Poitier at the American Museum of the Moving Image and on Dorothy Dandridge at New York's Film Forum as well as retrospectives on Blaxploitation Cinema and on Images of African American Women in the Movies, also at Film Forum. He previously served on the board of Film Forum and has lectured on Black movie history throughout the United States as well as in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe. During his stay in South Africa, he lectured in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durbin. In Johannesburg, the American Ambassador and his wife hosted a dinner in Bogle's honor. Presently, he teaches at both the University of Pennsylvania and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. “
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