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TCM punts on New Year's Eve

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A marathon of That's Entertainment and That's Dancing? Good Lord. Almost as bad as TCM's Little Women marathon the other week. Explain yourselves, TCM programmers! Don't make me watch Dick Clark tonight.

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1 of my favorite films W./New Years as the central idea is: _200 Cigarettes_. (It may not be a "Classic" but it is a good film!)

 

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Other films that TC should show W./ New Year's Eve as the backdrop!

 

*_After the Thin Man_ (1936)* - The husband-wife detective team find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery on New Year's Eve.

 

*_The Apartment_ (1960)* - The ending!

 

 

*_Repeat Performance_ (1947)* - Mystery about receiving second chances on New Year's - Stars: Richard Basehart and Louis Hayward!

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*A marathon of That's Entertainment and That's Dancing?*

 

I'll be happily watching! And they can't show the 1933 or 1949 versions of *Little Women* enough for me.

 

There's never a shortage of people (usually new, surprise!) complaining about themes, unless of course, it's a theme that appeals to them. Whiners all. I guess TCM should just call each and every viewer to ask their opinions before airing anything.

 

Thanks TCM, I appreciate your efforts.

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OMG!!! I forgot about 1 of the biggest "New Year's" themed films!

 

 

*_Ocean's Eleven_ (1960)*

 

A gang of ten World War II Airborne veterans led by Danny Ocean (Sinatra) rob five different Las Vegas casinos (Sands, Desert Inn, Flamingo, Riviera, and Sahara) on a single night. The gang plans the elaborate New Year's Eve heist with the precision of a military operation.

 

 

*COME ON TCM...WHY WASN'T THIS SHOWN!??!*

 

 

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> {quote:title=patful wrote:}{quote}

> *A marathon of That's Entertainment and That's Dancing?*

>

> I'll be happily watching! And they can't show the 1933 or 1949 versions of *Little Women* enough for me.

>

> There's never a shortage of people (usually new, surprise!) complaining about themes, unless of course, it's a theme that appeals to them. Whiners all. I guess TCM should just call each and every viewer to ask their opinions before airing anything.

>

> Thanks TCM, I appreciate your efforts.

 

I second that, patful - it just doesn't get any better than *That's Entertainment!* as far as I'm concerned. What a lovely way to spend New Year's Eve! B-)

 

Anyone who doesn't like TCM's lineup can watch something else. Maybe the sci-fi channel or even the weather channel. ;)

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> {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}

> We've had a spate of new people on the board. I don't buy it. I think it's just one person posting.

 

I confess, they are all me.

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> {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}

> You're pulling my leg, right?

>

> RIGHT?!

 

No, I'm pulling your finger.

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> {quote:title=scsu1975 wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}

> > You're pulling my leg, right?

> >

> > RIGHT?!

>

> No, I'm pulling your finger.

 

Ouch. :0

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"We've had a spate of new people on the board. I don't buy it. I think it's just one person posting."

 

You are correct in that I am one person. You are incorrect suspecting me of sock puppetry. I spend more time watching TCM more than any other cable channel but I've never felt the need to post on these boards. However, tonight's scheduling smacks of the holiday stunting found on the other channels; i.e. 24 hours of A Christmas Story or the all day Elf marathon.

 

Tonight's viewing options were limited to start with. I've been in Times Square on New Year's Eve. I don't need to watch the major networks roll out the corpse of Dick Clark or watch Fergie lip-synch in the New Year. I was hoping to watch TCM play some favorites, or better yet a classic I have yet to see. I enjoy musicals. I even enjoy Little Women from time to time, just not back to back. But what I enjoy most is variety, and this monopolization of a full evening to a non-narrative movie franchise when the alternatives are already slim pickings does the viewers a disservice, in my opinion.

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Hypnotoad: "I don't need to watch the major networks roll out the corpse of Dick Clark..."

 

Uh...nice imagery, newbie. :-(

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As someone who has always enjoyed marathons of either *That's Entertainment!* or *MGM: When the Lion Roars* for New Year's Eve, I am baffled that someone does not find this idea enormously appealing.

 

But, seriously, it would be silly to expect any one genre or series to be everyone's cup of tea. For what it's worth, I've always enjoyed TCM's New Year's Eve programming, whether it be *That's Entertainment!* or a Marx. Bros. Marathon. B-)

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Hypno,

 

 

A s alot of you know i am one of the first to conplain about TCMs programmer i think the changes TCM has made truly have just LEFT the true concept of what TCM has always been about, but as far as Thats Entertainment i dont mind that they put it on, i dont think they should have done it all night...lol.....but honestly it was an appropriate choice for tonight i felt and shoot its a NEW YEAR NO BITCHIN tonight!! heehee

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

 

AVA!!

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I called my mom and step dad who are in their 80s and they are enjoying this on New Years. Anything wrong with that ?????

 

I was watching this before I picked my wife up at work. Then we ate the restaurant meal I picked up earlier and we watched the ball fall in Times Square together. .....but now I'm watching some more of this early in the morning. Whats wrong with that ????

 

I guess it's a darn shame people my parents age had something on TV on New Years that they can enjoy.

 

In football, the saying is " When in doubt, punt ". I don't think TCM was in doubt. Watching Osbourne with his glass of champaigne in his New Years Tux, I don't see doubt. TCM and Osbourne wanted to bring us Mickey and Judy and Frank and Bing and Fred and Ginger and Gene and all the rest of the stars and songs on New Years Eve.

 

So if you don't like MGM or don't like musicals, sorry about your luck. My mom and step dad in their 80s told me they were enjoying this when I called them. Whats wrong with that ?????

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CineMaven wrote

<< We've had a spate of new people on the board. I don't buy it. I think it's just one person posting.>>

 

I noticed this a couple of nights ago. 2 newcomers registered approx 15 min from each other. If they are 2 people then its the perfect example of the term "coincidence" I guess according to probability it can happen.

 

There is this *one* that seems to be mean spirited but I replied with humor knowing that anger is what he or she expected. Most members would just hit . I for myself never have used it (whats the fun in that).

 

One of the weirdest types of newcomers are those that leaves only 1 post. I've seen this several times. Whats the point?

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I have no idea what that *200 cigarettes* is about, but its a good thing they have the list of names right there in front. I have no idea who any of those people are except for Ben Affleck (isn't he kind of old to be hanging with that crowd?) and Jay Mohr (because I watched Ghost Whisperer before he got his own show for some out of this world reason. I've heard a few of the other names but couldn't match the names with the faces. I'm definitely sticking with the classics - even those from the early 60's, at least those actors stayed around for more than 2 or 3 movies, and wow, some are even still working today.

 

Anne

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I have no idea who any of those people are except for Ben Affleck (isn't he kind of old to be hanging with that crowd?)

 

Well he was still in his 20's when the movie came out...

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_200 Cigarettes_ (1999) comedy-drama film that features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Elvis Costello, Kate Hudson, Jay Mohr, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Martha Plimpton, Casey Affleck, Courtney Love, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, and Angela Featherstone. The film also features paintings by Sally Davies.

 

The film follows various plot arcs all occurring on New Year's Eve of 1981. The central character is Monica (Plimpton) who is throwing a big New Year bash that she is desperately afraid no one will attend. As of early evening the only person to have arrived is her friend Hillary (Kellner). As she desperately tries to convince Hillary to stay, we learn about various other groupings of individuals who are all in one way or another on their way to the party.

 

 

 

*GRRRRRREAT FILM......LOTS OF FUN....REMINDS ME OF MY 1ST NEW YEARS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY...WOW!!! IF U HAVE A CHANCE FIND THE FILM!! Great cast! Very Robert Altman like film!*

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Thanks for that response but it basically proves my point. I have HBO and the Encore stations on my satellite, HBO for the relatively new movies, right after PPV, and Encore shows everything from 2-3 years old to 30 or more, so lately I've had a lot more exposure to newer, and younger actors. Now nobody can say I'm talking out of the top of my head because I'm getting to know many of them but so many make 2 or 3 movies then disappear. There is a handful that are still working steadily for the past 5 or so years, like the Gyllenhalls, LeeLee Sobieski, Charlise Theron, and several others but I can't think of any males right this minute.

 

Anne

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Its a comedy drama about a woman named Monica throwing a New Years party with the fear that no one will show up. Thats the idea but the plot gets somewhat convoluted.

 

Its one of those party movies in which a passerby would say, when you throw a party, you throw a party. About the extended cast, well thats what a party does, EVERYONE tries to show up.

 

No its not a pro cigarette movie like the title would imply.

 

Message was edited by: hamradio Like to add that there were 5 POSTS since I started typing this.

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hamradio -

 

My post was not intended to be mean-spirited, nor was it intended to spark an argument. I am expressing my opinion on TCM's choice of programming this NYE. As a member of TCM's audience I feel entitled to provide the occassional feedback like any of the regular posters here and this forum provides the most direct route to the TCM staff.

 

What saddens me is my expectation that this forum would be populated with adults who could engage in an adult discussion was so far off the mark. The intolerance of my expression of honest dissatisfaction is something I would expect from one of the MTV boards. If I want to be called a troll I'll post go post there.

 

My use of the word "punt" was intentional. That's what I think TCM did. Rather than put together a group of films to compete against NYE coverage they essentially put the station on auto-pilot for the night. Frankly, this was TCM's version of the puppy cam Animal Planet broadcasts every Super Bowl Sunday.

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Hypnotoad: "I don't need to watch the major networks roll out the corpse of Dick Clark..."

 

Whew! Glad to see you weren't being 'mean-spirited.'

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Rather than put together a group of films to compete against NYE coverage they essentially put the station on auto-pilot for the night.

 

Well, to some of us, TCM _did_ put together a group of films that could compete against anything else that was on. ;)

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