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  1. Oooh I'll second the vote for *The Guilt Of Janet Ames* ...this one would be good for Illeana Douglas to introduce (Melvyn's her grandfather). It shouldn't be as little-known today as it is. And we need to bring Rick Baker back to introduce something...his intro for 'The Wolf Man' was a lot of fun. Maybe we could get Nancy Sinatra back to talk about something of Frank's too Now that we know this is a 'cinematic journey' year we have a better idea of things to suggest that will fit in.
  2. Oh YES!!!!! Now this is a theme I can get into! Fashion's nifty to look at and all but I don't live eat sleep & breathe it. Since I grew up as a military brat I **totally** get travel. Movie-wise we could repeat a little with *Sullivan's Travels* and (especially for those of us who don't cruise) we could do *In The Heat Of The Night* with Norman Jewison & Scott Wilson (it was his first movie and I know if asked Scott would be happy to come to TCMFF) in attendance But I also vote for *It Happened One Night* Quintissential comedic road trip movie and Frank Capra to boot *Airplane!* I have had the privilege of meeting David Zucker and he's just so gifted at doing funny on the fly (pun accidental but I like it so I'm keeping it).he'd be terrific at TCMFF Something by Albert Brooks--all of his films are 'cinematic life journeys' *Avalon* (let's get Barry Levinson to TCMFF to talk about his homage to the American immigrant experience) *The Best Years Of Our Lives* in honor of our military present & past *Since You Went Away* the first and last word in being a part of a military family I've also got *Tracks* (with Dennis Hopper) in mind for screening on the private rail journey I'm furiously working up...it prominently features AMTRAK in its storytelling So how about *The Palm Beach Story* to fit in both trains and Preston Sturges Oh and one of the possible rail cars I might be booking for whoever wants to split the cost is in fact the AT&SF No. 33. It is so very *The Harvey Girls* from the outside I think SueSueApplegate would approve (and if she wants to join us perhaps we'll screen *The Major & The Minor* just for her AT&SF No 33 is a business car (aka the "corporate jet" of the Victorian age up to about the time Lindbergh flew the Atlantic) Business cars have bedrooms, bathrooms, a formal dining area (and its own kitchen) and a lounge that opens onto the open observation platform. I am told by private car owners if you put a car with an open observation platform on as the last car on an AMTRAK train you can indeed go out on the platform (even at the up to 90 miles an hour an AMTRAK train can go) and relive **a lot** of movie scenes while seeing America from Chicago to Los Angeles the way movie stars could when AMTRAK's Southwest Chief was the route of the Santa Fe Super Chief, the fabled 'train of the stars'. I am pumped about seeing the Arizona & New Mexico deserts from a platform... PS My best friend is calling my potential charter "Club Car TCM" ;-) But hooray there are so many excellent prospects for cinematic journeys and travel movies. This theme has me all like a kid on Christmas Eve!
  3. Whee! My train ticket on AMTRAK is booked (and I am working on chartering a private railroad car from Chicago to Los Angeles so maybe a bunch of us can travel together and watch movies on the way...I'll keep you posted but assuming this works, the travel dates are leave from Chicago April 20th 2013 at 3 PM on the Southwest Chief and arrive in LA at 8:15 AM Monday April 22 2013 ) and I've emailed the place I usually stay my reservation request. From the TCM Festival Site *For Release: September 25, 2012* *TCM Announces Dates for 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, Plus Outer-Space Opening for TCM's Road to Hollywood Tour* *Festival to Center on Theme Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies* *Festival Passes Go On Sale in November* *Road to Hollywood Tour Opens Oct. 13 with Screening of Forbidden Planet (1956) Aboard the International Space Station and at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex* Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has set April 25-28, 2013, as the dates for the fourth-annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. TCM will welcome legendary stars, award-winning filmmakers and classic movie fans from around the globe for the four-day cinematic celebration, which this year will center on the theme Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies. *Road to Hollywood* Prior to the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM will once again conduct a nationwide Road to Hollywood tour of local film screenings. In keeping with the 2013 festival theme of Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies, TCM is teaming up with NASA and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for an extra-terrestrial screening of the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956) on Saturday, Oct. 13. The film will not only be shown to fans at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, but has also been transmitted to the International Space Station to be enjoyed by the astronauts on board. In addition, astronaut Sunita Williams, who recently set a new spacewalking record, will introduce Forbidden Planet to those here on Earth at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from the International Space Station. Free tickets for the TCM screening of Forbidden Planet can be obtained through the Road to Hollywood website at tcm.com/roadtohollywood. Additional locations and films for TCM's Road to Hollywood tour will be announced in the coming weeks. *2013 TCM Classic Film Festival* TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM's Ben Mankiewicz also introducing various events during the festival. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as a central gathering point for attendees. Screenings and events will also be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre. The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies, the theme for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, will explore how movies can carry viewers beyond their hometowns to distant or imaginary locales, where they can be transformed by great storytelling. Often, the mode of travel provides the filmic inspiration, whether it's planes, trains, or automobiles. At other times, the trip itself serves as the central narrative, as in the case of many "road movies." With Hollywood as the starting point, TCM's cinematic excursion will take festival attendees on a fascinating journey to cinematic worlds both familiar and new. *Connect with the TCM Classic Film Festival* Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tcmfilmfest/ *Festival Passes* Passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale in November and can be purchased through the TCM Classic Film Festival website at http://www.tcm.com/festival. Passes will be available in five levels, including an additional level added this year. The number of passes available is limited, especially for top-level “Spotlight” passes. • The “Spotlight” Festival Pass: $1,599 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” and “Essential” passholders, priority entry to all events; plus entry to an exclusive opening-night party following the red-carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; meet-andgreet events with TCM friends, including Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz; and an official TCM Classic Film Festival poster signed by Osborne. • The “Essential” Festival Pass: $699 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red-carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles. • The “Classic” Festival Pass: $549 – Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28 (does not include admittance to the openingnight red-carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or the opening-night party); access to all Club TCM events, panels and poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; an opening-night welcome reception at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; the closingnight event; and a commemorative festival program. • The “Matinee” Festival Pass: $349 – Includes access to all film programs starting prior to 6 p.m. (PT) at all festival venues Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28; admission to Club TCM events and panels at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel until 6 p.m. daily, Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28; and a commemorative festival program. • NEW PASS LEVEL: The “Palace” Festival Pass: $249 – Includes access to all screenings and events at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (excluding the opening-night redcarpet gala) and the Egyptian Theatre Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28 as well as a commemorative festival program. The TCM Classic Film Festival launched in spring 2010 and has quickly established itself destination event. Each year, the festival welcomes 25,000 to more than a hundred screenings and events, with passholders coming from around the world to attend. The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival included appearances by Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Mel Brooks, Kim Novak, Debbie Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Robert Wagner, Stanley Donen and many, many more. Information about the TCM Classic Film Festival, including video and photos from past festivals, is available at http://www.tcm.com/festival/. Thoughts?
  4. Hi Sandy If I were you I would look into the usual suspects for hotel bookings...TCM just posted that the 2013 partner hotels are again the Hollywood Roosevelt and also the Loews Hollywood (previous TCMFF attendees know it as the Hollywood Renaissance) But neither one is what I would call cheap. Obviously the cheapest way to attend is to stay at a friend's house or couchsurf (couchsurfing.org), then there are youth hostels, then if you can find friends going to the festival, get together and rent a house for a week and split the cost, then motels, then bed & breakfasts, then of course the hotels. I don't know what your budget is or what you need to accommodate your disability, but I would search past threads here and also Google search any of the terms I gave you above. And if you really want a close room and to minimize your transport costs as much as possible the Roosevelt & the Renaissance (Loews) mean you can skip a car rental and most cab rides.
  5. Haha Dave, I stepped not five feet away from my carry-on bags to grab other bags off the carousel at Union Station in LA and some woman flipped out at me over leaving them unattended for all of 45 seconds...hello, can single unaccompanied travellers not travel in peace?!?! Besides the claim check attendant was watching me act normally and moving bags and helped me get a red cap so there was no danger of me destroying the station...the only thing 'blowing up' was Random Paranoid Lady. Sheesh! The AMTRAK people were all great though except one cafe car attendant who was a little lazy & spacey, (but as a sleeper passenger who got all meals including dessert & soft drinks in the dining car free, he didn't stress me out too much) I did find Trader Joes today on my way to Amoeba Music but the call of DVDs was stronger than the call of snacks for the week...perhaps I'll hit up TJ's tomorrow See everyone really soon (it's a matter of mere hours now...wheee!!!)
  6. So today I found Amoeba Music (and DVDs & Blu-Rays) before I found the Farmer's Kitchen for lunch. Spent a bundle of money and of blissful time in there browsing the racks and no I didn't finish going through them all...may have to go back to Amoeba tomorrow ;-) Anyway I missed lunch at the Farmer's Kitchen but I did pick up this week's menu and there are a couple things on it calling my name. I did my standby trick of stopping in at Skooby's on Hollywood Boulevard (it's a bit past the Egyptian theater) and today (Tuesdays) they had $2 hot dogs (regular, all beef or turkey, free toppings are: mustard, ketchup, mayo, BBQ sauce, diced onion, sweet relish & jalapeno peppers) or $3 LA street dogs (add bacon cheese, grilled peppers & onions to your basic dog then add whatever freebies appeal to you) Yummy, reasonably priced and easy to get into & out of during the festival http://www.skoobys.com/our-food/menu I like Skooby's fries their lemonade and their cheesesteaks too so if you're near the Egyptian keep them in mind...the owner would be happy to see you there. I stopped by the Roosevelt to see what progress has been made towards getting Festival Central all put together for the attendees...it's looking great over there. Looks like 25 Degrees in the front of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will be having daily happy hour food specials again daily in the afternoons (I think the sign said 3-6 pm) so check that out when popcorn and concession snacks just won't do. http://www.25degreesrestaurant.com
  7. It's roll call time...when you get to Hollywood post to this thread Maybe we can post informal fan get together info and schedule changes etc here? I got in to Hollywood yesterday morning (Monday April 9th) and have eaten at Canter's Deli (over on Fairfax near the CBS TV studios and the Farmers Market & Grove) and browsed a few shops on Fairfax: as I am one cat away from being a crazy cat person I had to go buy souvenirs for my boys at the shi-shi pet boutiques that LA is becoming famous (infamous?) for. Today being the rural dweller I am I'm going over to check out The Farmer's Kitchen for their locally grown, locally made grab & go sandwiches then off for an afternoon of browsing DVDs at Amoeba Music (that's on Sunset, it's a legendary place for people who love vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays) Tomorrow I'll hit up the Hollywood Roosevelt...I'll likely bump into a lot of you there For the benefit of those in town (and for future reference), some links Canter's Deli http://www.cantersdeli.com/ The "Original' Farmers Market & the shops at The Grove http://www.farmersmarketla.com/ The Farmer's Kitchen (this is all strictly local food grown/raised cooked & served here) http://hollywoodfarmerskitchen.com/ Amoeba Music (the Hollywood location) http://www.amoeba.com/
  8. Since the first TCM cruise wase first announced at last year's TCM classic film festival (TCMFF) chances are we festival attendees may hear something about if it's happening and approximate dates in a few days (maybe this Sunday night) If we do we'll be sure to post what we hear right here in this thread. Fingers crossed for you all!
  9. Hey Dave Beat you here on my train trip (via AMTRAK the Cardinal from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to Chicago, then the Southwest Chief from ChiTown to LA via the desert southwest,the second train is the old Santa Fe Super Chief aka the train favored by Hollywood celebrities from 1936-1971) but alas I had no wi-fi for blogging (AMTRAK is slowly adding wi-fi to its routes though). Hope you're having a great time & you packed some warm clothes for Hollywood. Keep up the fascinating postings & hope to trade travel stories with you soon. PS Did I mention I met a rail fan who may help me make my dream of coming to the next TCM via a vintage private car added to an AMTRAK train possible? Travelling in a vintage car watching vintage movies with fellow fans is now one step closer to happening... See ya soon!
  10. +1 to what Kyle said (thanks Kyle!) I'm already here in Hollywood (got in yesterday) and it is very cool in the early mornings and when the sun goes down. It's not too bad in the late mornings and all afternoon before the sun goes down (70s) so you may need to wear layers and adjust as needed. I would especially remember to bring something warm to throw on if you're going to the poolside screening on Thursday night...it may be really nippy if it gets breezy and the wind blows over the water of the Roosevelt's pool. Also sensible shoes are a must...I don't know how Red Carpet Premiere attendees are going to work that into what they wear to celebrate 'style in the movies' but I have faith in my fellow classic film fans that they will solve that dilemma
  11. David for the sleeper leg of your trip be sure to either pack slippers or be comfortable wearing shoes with whatever you wear to sleep in...you have to wear shoes anytime you get up to move around and yes that includes short trips to the bathroom and/or shower (assuming you didn't book a sleeper with a toilet in it). I normally don't wear slippers at home or pack them so it was a little weird putting on sneakers with my pajamas in the morning ;-) Packing for just the train means taking a really small bag (think airline carry on as the maximum size) and packing just what you need in the way of clothes, toiletries and toys (computer/camera/DVDs/books/cell phone/small blanket for coach or business class etc) to amuse and comfort you. If you can check all the rest of the clothes and things you'll need either at the station (if the service is offered there) do so or be prepared to lug the baggage from the station to a big luggage rack in your sleeper car. You WILL NOT be taking the big bags in your sleeper...there's no room in the sleeper for them and it will be a real pain to run back and forth between the sleeper and the luggage rack to get to your stuff (and pack and unpack) I think your leg of the trip between Oregon & Santa Barbara is on the Coast Starlight. If so that's a nifty train...it has a wine & cheese tasting you can attend, a separate arcade car (video games for kids of all ages!) and a theater on board. If I recall correctly the wine & cheese part of the car is above the theater...it's an older car (1950s) than what AMTRAK normally uses somewhat modernized but very comfy and stylish looking (most AMTRAK cars are more 1970s in feel) Also as a sleeper passenger you are entitled to free meals and non-alcoholic drinks in the dining car. There is also free coffee and bottled water and ice in the sleeper car - ask the attendant where to pick that up. There are snacks and sodas and simple sandwiches for sale in the cafe cars. Sleeper car passengers also get to use the AMTRAK First Class passenger lounges at the train stations (quieter, comfy, have TVs and computer access, free coffee, sodas & snacks) but Union Station in Los Angeles doesn't have one (DC and Chicago do though) It's a good idea to bring small denomination bills for tipping various attendants on the train and for redcaps if they assist you in baggage handling or getting you on or off the train. A couple of dollars (based on the cost of what you eat/drink) should be used to tip your lounge car server and the cafe car attendant) while your sleeping car attendant should get more (at least $5 per night you spend on the train, more if you find him or her very helpful). It's not required but it is customary The Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner have Wi-Fi avaliable so that's a plus. AMTRAK is slowly working out Wi-Fi access for all its routes Coast Starlight http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245648567 Pacific Surfliner http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245649505 Finally if you haven't signed up for AMTRAK Guest Rewards (frequent rider program at https://www.amtrakguestrewards.com/) do so. Right now there's a double points program on there which you will also need to sign up for. You can sign up for promotions after you've bought tickets just so long as you're travelling during the promotional period you will get your points Spring Double Points Program http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?ff=No&c=AM_Content_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&p=1237405732514&cid=1248543358139&WT.mc_t=AGRSpringPromo2012_HP2_Double_WSP&WT.mc_n=AGRSpringPromoLanding page&WT.mc_r=365&tiid=41820&audienceId=0&rtTracking=1 I got to check out the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner and other California train cars besides the Southwest Chief (that's Chicago to LA, which is in fact the old whistle stop route Hollywood movie studios used to promote many many classic films) last year going home...I left on National Train Day and the Los Angeles Station participates in that in a big way each year including tours of their cars for all of the AMTRAK California lines (as well as a few historic cars you can book...one of these days I am going to get some TCM fans together to book a private historic car to go to the festival in truly classic and elegant style) Have fun on your trip. I'm taking the Cardinal then the Southwest Chief...maybe I'll see you at Union Station in LA (I get in there the morning of the 9th). Private message me if you need to know anything else. Anyway as rail fans say: take care & take trains!
  12. I'm bummed that DC hasn't had a road show since 2010 (and even that's a 2 hour drive for me to attend) Please show the capitol some love in 2013 TCM.
  13. So any word on whether there will be a get together of TCMFF 2012 attendees to watch Peter O'Toole the night of the 11th? I'll be in town then & would consider attending if others are going to be there too.
  14. For what it's worth someone I sat with at Breathless (with Jean Paul Belmondo in attendance) at TCMFF 2010 got there 2 hours early was #1 on line and got in just fine I'd add an hour to that and cross my fingers for Singin In The Rain though...that's a hugely popular film (though it is screening in the big Chinese which improves your chances)
  15. The Essential level pass has the green musicals artwork this year. What artwork do the other pass levels have?
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