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  1. Tonight is the first chance I've had to post about my festival experience, and I have so many great memories to share. I got into Los Angeles shortly before the festival began, and took the opportunity to visit the El Capitan theatre (loved the "Alice" pre-show spectacle), the Griffith Observatory, Skylight Books and Clifton's Cafeteria (where I enjoyed a slice of banana cream pie made with tender California walnuts- yum!). Thursday night, I went to see "A Star is Born" and my first thrill of the night happened at the concession stand where I was told, "Help yourself to drinks and popcorn- it's all free!" Woo hoo! Butter stains could have ruined my cocktail dress, but I grabbed some refreshments anyway. Then, I took my seat, and was awed when Martin Landau sat in the row behind me. I told him how much I love his work, and he was so gracious and warm. His guest that evening was Gretchen Becker, a film director whose latest short "Finding Grandma" features Landau, and I really enjoyed speaking with her as well. At this point, Robert Osborne comes out on stage, and asks Alec Baldwin to join him. The two men introduce the film, and the screening begins with a vintage news reel showing the original premiere of this version of "A Star is Born". As various movie stars appear on screen to share kind words about the film, the audience applauds each one with affection and enthusiasm, as if they were actually appearing before us. At this point, a gentleman joins Martin Landau behind me, and begins to impersonate some of the actors on screen. I thought, "Who is this guy?" After the feature begins, he continues to make occasional cracks, but he's genuinely funny, so it's not annoying. When the intermission comes, I turn around and am truly staggered to see that the color commentary I've been hearing is coming from Rich Little. Wow. During the intermission of "A Star is Born", I see my chance to approach Robert Osborne and thank him for his contributions to TCM. I bolt over towards him, but at the last minute I'm cut off by a woman escorting a little bearded fellow. Once again, I think, "Who is this guy?" The woman steps in front of me, presents her friend and says, "Robert, this is Norman Jewison." Jewison then says, "I had to come and see her," and Osborne makes a nice remark about how Judy is just great in the film. So, I'm standing there half-wanting Norman Jewison to stop talking about Judy Garland and get out of my way, but half-wanting him to talk for hours and give some insight into his experiences working with her. After that conversation finishes up, I take the rare chance to thank Robert Osborne for his great work on TCM. I step back towards my seat and notice a crowd of people lined up behind me. Now, I knew that I was going to lose my mind over Robert Osborne at the festival, but I didn't know that literally hundreds of other people were also going to lose their minds over him. Day after day, I heard countless stories about how kind he was to all of the festival attendees who approached him. I return to my seat, and even though I've seen the film before, the second half of "A Star is Born" is devastatingly heart-breaking. There really is an extra kick to seeing it on the big screen, and it is deeply moving. The lights come up, and I try to dry my eyes while hustling over to Mann's Chinese theatre number 3. While I wait for this show to begin, some folks share stories about the earlier screenings of "Dirigible" and "Neptune's Daughter", both of which sound wonderful. I wish I could have somehow experienced all of it. After a great introduction from a representative of New York's Museum of Modern Art, "Sunnyside Up" comes on-screen, and its charming story mends my broken heart. The film is truly a laugh riot, and the audience roars at some of the gags. After true love wins out, and the film ends, I join a crowd of people swarming towards Club TCM, but as soon as I step inside the Roosevelt, I head for my cozy bed. Coming to the TCM Film Festival was a really big financial investment for me, but the last thought I had before drifting off to sleep was, "I think I already got my money's worth from this pass." That was just one night! It was an extraordinary festival experience.
  2. Kyle, the festival had a little taste of Ford and Cooper. The "Fragments" screening shared the last reel of an otherwise-lost John Ford feature called "The Village Blacksmith" from 1922. It was one of the most dramatic films at the festival, with a paralyzed young fellow using his elbows to drag himself through a violent rainstorm on his belly in order to clear his name from accusations of theft. Then, Gary Cooper made a brief appearance as himself in the glamorous "Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove" (1934), part of Leonard Maltin's Festival Shorts program. I'm not trying to talk you out of lobbying for more, though!
  3. Thanks for the fun recommendation. Even if I don't make it out there, I really enjoyed the slideshow of celebrities appearing at that show.
  4. I'm a big fan of L.A. public transit. Their trip planner at http://www.metro.net/ is a great resource. Having said that, I doubt I'll be wandering far from the festival. I should say something foodie to get this discussion back on topic. Did you know about the Farmer's Market that happens on Ivar Street off Hollywood Blvd on Sunday mornings starting at 8am? If you've never tried fresh Californian fruit, it is a great joy, and it is fun to speak directly with the farmers. There are little stands selling hot meals, and a few crafty folks selling their wares, too.
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    Oh, yes! I'm packing earplugs and a sleep mask to help me get at least a few hours of rest each night.
  6. There's also a little place called the Juices Fountain at 6332 Hollywood Blvd that sells delicious fresh juices with names like "Pep Supreme" and "Blackberry Cream". They might have snack food, too.
  7. According to that last press release, the Neptune?s Daughter poolside screening is Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
  8. Mmmm, Clifton's. I love their pies.
  9. I'm coming from the same foreign land. In this exotic neck of the woods, Oscar-nominee Ellen Page stood behind me in line at the grocery store this morning with some buckwheat bread. That's about as glamourous as we get in April.
  10. I'm pretty sure I saw a nitrate print of "The Kid" with Charlie Chaplin in the Egyptian Theatre a few years ago. I just checked the Egyptian's web-site, and it calls for members to "Join us in celebrating ... the sublime beauty of Technicolor Nitrate prints". So, they might be able to do it. Edited by: 24fps on Apr 8, 2010 11:19 PM Edited by: 24fps on Apr 8, 2010 11:20 PM
  11. There's a convenience store called Famima! at 6759 Hollywood Blvd with dozens of take out food options.
  12. The grid is working fine for me. Maybe try it again? I knew there would be simultaneous events, but it will be really hard to choose. I looked at Saturday morning and thought, "Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! ...Oh, wait, I have to pick just one."
  13. Oh, wow! In December, I posted in this forum to say "I would be thrilled to see Cari Beauchamp" at the festival, and they've booked her. She is one of my all-time favorite writers about Hollywood, and seeing her name listed actually made me misty-eyed with joy. Thank you, good people at TCM, for putting me on Cloud 9!
  14. Wow, congratulations! What a fun prize. To answer the earlier poster, I have to admit I'd be tempted if TCM started selling sweepstakes tickets.
  15. Oooh, I wish this sweepstakes was open to TCM viewers like me who reside in Canada! It wouldn't be too hard to hop the border south, so even with the travel portion of the prize restricted to U.S. flights, it would be such a treat. Good luck to everybody who enters! Reading through the prize list, I am pleased to see there will be a festival bag. In my limited film festival experience, having a festival bag is so useful, and it makes a sweet souvineer. Will it be a tote? Or a messenger bag with a long strap? Will it have pockets? Will it be soft cotton, or waterproof nylon? I look forward to seeing it.
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