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Posted December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas, everybody!
Posted December 19, 2018
New films announced for 2019!
Posted December 15, 2018
A Trip Down Memory Lane: The February 2010 email update for the very first #TCMFF...
in Films and Filmmakers
Author Mark Griffin joins The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page to discuss his latest biography on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16. Con join us for in-depth discussions of Rock Hudson's life and Mark Griffin's fabulous new book! One of the researchers involved in the project is director Alexa Foreman, whose documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, premiered at the #TCMFF 2018.
Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, Premiere, MovieMaker, and Genre. Griffin, who recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance, lives in Lewiston, Maine.
Author Mark Griffin joins The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page to discuss his latest biography on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16. Con join us for in-depth discussions of Rock Hudson's life and Mark Griffin's fabulous new book! One of the researchers involved in the project is director Alexa Foreman whose documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, premiered at the #TCMFF 2018.
Posted December 11, 2018
The latest from Livvy and the Supreme Court....
Television City has new owners...
Happy Birthday to Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso ...
Remembering Marie Windsor on the occasion of her 99th birthday...
Posted December 5, 2018
All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson
By Mark Griffin
Quintessentially tall, dark, and handsome, legendary movie star Rock Hudson epitomized all-American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame. The country's favorite leading man in the '50s and '60s, he exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age. And yet, this Oscar-nominated talent's greatest performance came in real life, as for decades he kept his authentic self and his sexuality hidden in an extremely homophobic society.
Now, in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS: A Biography of Rock Hudson (Harper; Hardcover; On Sale: December 4, 2018), author Mark Griffin probes beneath the façade to craft the definitive biography of the complicated, conflicted individual and widely misunderstood icon, whose illustrious career spanned 40 years and who was the first major celebrity to die of AIDS.
To survive a chaotic and financially strapped Midwestern childhood, young Roy Fitzgerald found escape from his troubles--an estranged father, a violent stepfather, and a controlling mother--at the local cinema. Despite his humble circumstances, he yearned for a future onscreen. Looks and drive, as well as his stint on the casting couch with a notoriously unscrupulous agent, eventually transformed that dream into reality. Painstakingly, an unskilled but fiercely ambitious former truck driver was transformed into the camera-ready persona of Rock Hudson.
Rising through the ranks at Universal, Hudson emerged as the studio's prized asset, a clean-cut matinee idol adored by colleagues and fans alike. Professional glory had a psychological cost for this vulnerable, insecure soul though. On celluloid and in gossip columns, he wooed countless attractive women, burnishing his manufactured image as a swoon-worthy romantic hero. Offscreen, he courted disaster as his gay relationships, affairs, and flirtations made him a prime target for exposure by tabloids and spurned ex-lovers.
Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, this comprehensive biography finally produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history. Here, at last, are fresh insights into Hudson's controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded. Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson's entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series McMillan & Wife. Along the way, this riveting account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many other luminaries.
Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS illuminates an all-too-human superstar whose life and legacy have significantly influenced American culture. Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, Premiere, MovieMaker, and Genre. Griffin, who recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance, lives in Lewiston, Maine.
Now reading Christmas In The Movies by #TCMFF Special Guest and TCM Guest Programmer and author Jeremy Arnold!
My latest review-Handsome Johnny!
Posted December 1, 2018
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.”
Posted November 29, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!”
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.
Posted November 15, 2018
There are still plenty of Classic, Spotlight, and Palace Passes available on the festival website!
Essential passes are sold out during the regular pass sale!
Posted November 14, 2018
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....
BRITAIN'S MOST BANNED PERFORMER--George Formby-- COMES TO TCM ON FRIDAY NIGHT!
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!
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. 😉
(Directed by Sydney Pollack
Written by Edward Anhalt and John Milius,
Posted November 13, 2018
Spotlights sold out during the presale....
Essentials are now unavailable on the CitiCard website during the presale...
Posted November 12, 2018
Posted November 8, 2018
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.
GET READY! Passes go on sale next week!!
Posted November 3, 2018
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....