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  1. Anyone been seeing this on the schedule this afternoon? Maybe some action is finally being taken on the complaints they have been getting on social media and email (there have been many). I still find it hard to believe that TCM would completely overhaul the website overnight without any user acceptance testing whatsoever -- it's standard practice in my experience to do so.
  2. James Redford, filmmaker and son of Robert Redford, dies at 58: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/20/entertainment/james-redford-obit/index.html
  3. This is where you'll find a list of upcoming substitutions on the Canadian schedule. I used to do these threads regularly, and have decided to re-start them now that TCM's daily/monthly schedule is markedly less navigable than it used to be. All times Eastern: On November 3 at 1:30AM, THE RACK (1956) replaces I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955). On November 3 at 5:30AM, MOVIE-MANIA (1937) replaces MGM PARADE SHOW #6 (1955). On November 4 at 3:45PM, MONUMENTAL UTAH (1944) replaces NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WEST (1938). On November 6 at 2:30PM, THE OUTRIDERS (1950) replaces PRIM
  4. There was a book written for TCM by film historian Jeremy Arnold a couple of years ago, profiling some of the films from the first ten years of The Essentials. Arnold guest hosted a night of programming with Ben Mankiewicz to talk about the films. I expect this is going to be the same thing. Though some classic introductions featuring Robert Osborne would certainly be welcomed by a lot of viewers.
  5. I am hearing online that Laurel & Hardy have won this contest, but I have not heard anything from a reliable, official source. So I'll wait to update this thread until we know for certain. I was hoping for Abbott & Costello myself, though really only because rights issues with the Hal Roach estate prevent a large number of Laurel & Hardy's best films from airing on TCM in Canada. You may get Laurel & Hardy, but we'll get some replacements in Canada.
  6. I would be loathe to pursue this myself, but if this is something you're concerned about you may want to try getting some answers from your cable provider (I have been with both Bell and Rogers at various times, and both companies generally suck when looking for any information about your service, but you never know).
  7. I expect the delay in posting the Canadian schedule has to do with rights issues for some of the newer, international films airing for the WOMEN MAKE FILM theme running through the fall and perhaps some other films. As far as I know TCM is extremely popular in Canada and the channel has no plans to stop broadcasting here (TCM even got a nice promotional write-up in The Toronto Star's TV guide last Saturday, not something they would likely get if they were about to disappear from Canadian television).
  8. I'll bite. I've seen 34 of the films currently scheduled: MERRILY WE GO TO HELL (1932) SEVEN BEAUTIES (1976) MADCHEN IN UNIFORM (1931) LA CIENAGA (2001) WANDA (1970) THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996) HARLAN COUNTY USA (1976) THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999) LOSING GROUND (1982) DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (2012) WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2011) ANTONIA'S LINE (1995) ANGRY INUK (2016) THE NIGHT PORTER (1974) THE BIRTH, THE LIFE AND THE DEATH OF CHRIST (1906) CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (1986) GIRLFRI
  9. This is a great line-up of films, most of which I have not seen (and a fair number I have not even heard of). Sort of disappointed the programmers have not included my friend Patricia Rozema's 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen's MANSFIELD PARK; it would have been perfect for this series.
  10. I didn't catch that one, but last week Ben advertised THE SIGN OF THE RAM as a biopic about the person who designed the logo for the L.A. Rams football team.
  11. Dick Curtis has a good story about auditioning to replace Dick Van Dyke in the Broadway cast of Bye Bye Birdie when he left to do TDVDS. See: http://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-dick-curtis-part-three.html
  12. I remember several years ago (2013-ish), Regis Philbin was on the David Letterman show on CBS one night and mentioned having recently spoken to Hugh Downs; Letterman responded by saying incredulously, "Hugh Downs is still alive?!" He not only had a great career but also, somewhat unusually for a broadcaster of his stature, a long retirement out of the spotlight. He stayed active with the Hugh Downs School for Human Communication at Arizona State University and was a very engaging storyteller well into his 90s, as seen in this Q & A from November 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N
  13. It was occurring to me that the rescheduling of the Oscars telecast next year provides an ideal opportunity for TCM to honour Black History Month in a more substantial way on air in February. And they can still do the usual Oscar month in April or whenever that ends up happening.
  14. Nope, INSIGNIFICANCE is still scheduled for 2:00 AM July 27 (see: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.html?tz=est&sdate=2020-07-27). A series of Lizabeth Scott films was bumped to make room for this tribute.
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