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No. It hasn't been shown yet. I know that people always request to see Sidney Poitier in "Lilies of the Field," though.


I think it would be great to have In the Heat of the Night at the FF next year. If Poitier is unable to attend (he did look frail of health at the Oscars this year), Norman Jewison and Quincy Jones would be terrific talking about the film.


Also, because I know you are a big Michael Caine fan, perhaps one way to get Sir Michael to the FF is to have him introduce a film of Bob Hopkins. Seems they were very good friends.


Just a thought.

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Very good point about Jewison and Jones to introduce "In The Heat of the Night." Alas, it would seem Sir Michael and Sir Sean have settled in comfortably, and can't be nudged to this continent. :-(


I also think it might be time to screen "Easy Rider" with Peter Fonda. "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" with Stella Stevens or David Warner might also be nice.


Also, I wonder if Diana Ross might consider introducing "Lady Sings The Blues."

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First time since the festival that I've had time to enjoy a delicious, homemade cup of cafe con leche while I ponder one of my next articles about my five years of fun at all the TCM Festivals....


In the meantime, you might want to check out the fabulous reports on "Festival Adventure Dribbles" by Butterscotch...


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My interview with John Losh of "Losh-Man's Classic Hollywood Show" was so much fun. You can listen to the program on Sunday from 2-3 at the website:: http://t.co/oWCwvpMkwQ


It won't be archived chat. I talked about the TCM Film Festivals, Star of the Month programs, Ben and Robert, and some of my favorite films. Enjoy!


And don't forget to have fun! :-)


More later...

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TCM has begun running its promo for Mother Dolores Hart's Guest Programming visit on May 27. The only nun known to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, her story was chronicled in the Oscar-nominated "God is Bigger Than Elvis" documentary.


More on the film here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/nyregion/a-preview-of-god-is-the-bigger-elvis-starring-dolores-hart.html?_r=0


TCM's announcement about her visit: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/984186|0/Guest-Programmer-Dolores-Hart-5-27.html











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TCM Film Festival Guest and TCM Cruise favorite Debbie Reynolds appeared onscreen last evening in another royal blue suit (not this one!) looking lovely. That shade is so complementary and illuminates how vibrant she still is...


The Debbie Reynolds Auction Preview Party was live-streamed on USTREAM for the Hollywood Motion Picture Experience last night from The Debbie Reynolds Studio in West Hollywood. Reynolds was being interviewed by host Steven Sorrentino, with comments from time to time from her son, Todd Fisher, who was wearing a cap and t-shirt, and running around organizing guests and comments. Reynolds discussed the "Gone With The Wind" furniture, Charlie Chaplin's hats, a carved, wooden buffet used in several Tyrone Power swashbucklers, posters, and dresses. Reynolds, remarking she had fallen earlier in the week and hit her head, even did her impression of Mae West (It's still spot on!) Son Todd arrived with water for Reynolds, and his wife, actress Catherine Hickland, came to visit with play-by-play host Sorrentino about the collection while Reynolds took her break and did interviews with other media representatives. An open bar helped insure all the patrons were happy, and viewers were able to watch it for free online by following this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hollywood-motion-picture-experience-presents


Fisher chatted with Stan Freburg, recording artist, comedian, and author, and right before the break, he reminded viewers that Reynolds had to leave to take a break and do a few interviews. Later on in the evening, an online drawing, entered by more than 1500 auction bidders, afforded one lucky participant an extra $1000 to use for bidding on the item of his or her choice. (Colleen from Minnesota was the winner. Two soft-cover catalogs were also awarded as 2nd and 3rd prizes.) Reynolds picked the winning slip out of a silver punch bowl.


After one of the interviews, the online audience was treated to a live-streaming of the "action" as patrons mulled around the exhibit in view of a stationary camera. A pianist was playing "Somewhere in Time" and helped everyone feel in a more expansive mood so that preparing a bid on a favored item wasn't such a stressful activity. The live feed camera then settled on the "Gone With The Wind" chairs, and the cherubs on the mirrors that were so lovingly restored by Reynolds' father were readily visible.


Sorrentino, who also offered his Sammy Davis impression while extolling the virtues of the Rat Pack suit colllection, and Reynolds also chatted about two lovely wooden/gilt mirrors that her father helped restore. She purchased them at the MGM auction, and they had been in several Judy Garland movies. Reynolds said it took her father about a year to completely restore them. After her interview, the live feed camera settled on the "Gone With The Wind" chairs, and the cherubs on the mirrors that were so lovingly restored by Reynolds' father were readily visible.


All of these items were professionally well-preserved. Reynolds explained that Fisher carefully inventoried many of the costumes, and removed the labels which kept the clothing acid free, and she also stated that they consulted the experts at The Smithsonian about proper storage and restorations.


Also during the interview, I think I saw the portrait of Greer Garson from "Mrs. Parkington," and then I saw the Norma Shearer dress from "Romeo and Juliet." While they had some tech problems with the live feed sound, and Sorrentino kept trying to locate which camera to pitch to, Reynolds kept chatting and posing for photos with visitors. Laugh-In's Joanne Worley, Dick Van Patten, and Reynold's Thalians pal Ruta Lee were reported to be in attendance, but I never saw them onscreen.


Cameraman Roy Wagner, a good friend of Fisher's, discussed some of the historic cameras featured in the auction with Todd. The Aikley camera Oscar-winning Cameraman Linwood Dunn owned was used on "King Kong," "Citizen Kane," and was used for many RKO films. The Vista Vision camera in the auction is one of the few remaining working Vista Vision cameras, and filmed special effects for the "Star Trek" television series, and many classic films like "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn. Wagner discussed the "six-foot" rule during filming (a safety zone which allowed only the Director of Photography within the 6 foot perimeter circling the camera while in use). Wagner also discussed the magic of the box and what each camera had experienced in its varied history.


Daughter Carrie Fisher did attend but didn't stay long as she reportedly had a meeting.


The last of the lots go on the block this weekend.


Don't forget to have some fun!

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My interview on Losh-Man's Hollywood Classics program with Missouri's John Losh was so much fun! His station is the classic rock n' roll venue, and you can listen to the taping of our conversation about classic film and the TCM Film Festivals this Sunday afternoon from 2-3 (Central Time) at http://t.co/oWCwvpMkwQ to hear it. I've also been invited back every month to discuss TCM's Star of the Month!

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My interview with John Losh starts at 2 p.m. today on KKES 102.7 in Kansas City, Missouri, and airs until 3 p.m. Go to the station website and click "Listen Live" fo hear my interview on Losh-Man's Classic Hollywood Show: http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KKES


And don't forget to have fun!


****Unfortunately John Losh said there were some technical glitches at the station and the interview will have to be broadcast next Sunday. Sorry about that!

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Vintage fashions and celebrity ensembles were part of the focus of Debbie Reynolds' last auction Sunday for the closing day of items up for bids.


Debbie Reynolds had a dream to see her extensive collection of vintage clothing, props, cameras, and Hollywood memorabilia find a permanent home in a museum, but unfortunately her financial difficulties in organizing a museum and running a casino culminated in her last auction on May 18.


Some of the more popular items featured in the auction included dresses, costumes and jewelry of Hollywood celebrities. Items from Classic Hollywood stars like Vera- Ellen, Ginger Rogers, Marion Davies, Eva Gabor, Mary Pickford, Katherine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Elizabeth Taylor graced pages of the voluminous online catalog which allowed bidders to select items of their choice.


Reynolds' daughter Carrie Fisher had just flown back from London for the filming of the new "Star Wars"sequel in time to attend the beginning of her mother's last auction, and Fisher also had a few items under the gavel, like personal photos of John Belushi, and "Star Wars" artwork and posters. It was her Judith Leiber 'Faberge' purse studded with rhinestones and pearls, a gift from her father Eddie Fisher, that brought the most from her offerings, however, at $2,250.


Harold Lloyd's prosthetic fingers, one of the most unusual items up for bidding, brought in at least $4,250 when it was sold alongside a pair of his personal glasses.


Two drums used during the filming of "Quo Vadis" brought in a much higher price than the high-end estimate of $300 when they were sold for $2,250.


A pair of cologne decanters owned by actress Mary Pickford, and still bearing some of her perfume, went for $3,500.


Just one of Elizabeth Taylor's dresses, a Thea Porter black jersey gown with spaghetti straps garnered $2,500. Taylor's Halston dress and robe fetched $1,500, and the evening gown Taylor wore for her 75th birthday party brought $3,750.


One of the most expensive gowns was a silver-sequined costume worn by Diana Ross, which was sold for $14,000, but unfortunately the photo is unavailable.


A blue chiffon pantsuit trimmed with dyed fox and worn by singer, dancer, and actress Ginger Rogers brought $3,250.


A group of 24 Biblical caftans, capes, robes and tunics from Paramount Pictures were sold for $3,500.


Actress Marie Wilson's Victory purse from World War II went for $1,200.


Reynolds' personal linen-backed poster from her popular film, "Singin' in the Rain," signed by co-stars Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor, reached much higher than its original estimate when it sold for $9,500.


One of the surprises for me occurred when I saw several Gina Lollobrigida costumes from Lady L, a film which eventually starred Sophia Loren. I never knew Lollobrigida had been the original choice for the main character in Lady L, which also eventually starred Paul Newman.


Bidding from "the floor" occurred at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, the actual auction house for Profiles in History in West Hollywood, and clients often competed with fierce online bidders as certain items had more interest with bidders than others.


During the online auction, preview party Friday evening, Reynolds revealed that she still plans to attend the Warner Brothers' auction of property and memorabilia whenever it might occur as her passion for rescuing Hollywood's past continues.


The first two Debbie Reynolds' memorabilia auctions netted approximately 23 million. All figures quoted from yesterday's auction are officially unverified, but were amounts that halted the advance of the bidding for each particular lot during the online event, which added two million more dollars to the Reynolds' coffers. Elvis Presley's Baldwin grand piano from his Holmby Hills mansion brought $50,000 yesterday, but the item bringing in the most from all of Reynolds' auctions occurred in 2011, and it was the Marilyn Monroe dress from "The Seven Year Itch" for $4.6 million.

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The enduring popularity of "Gone With The Wind" was also evident during the bidding of Debbie Reynolds' Profiles in History auction May 17 and 18. The fetching chapeau above, worn by Vivien Leigh in the iconic film, fetched its place in auction history when it sold for $50,000, the same price bid for Elvis Presley's Baldwin piano. In total, $143,000 was bid for the 7 hats made for Leigh. Social media speculation indicated that the hats might be donated to the Marietta "Gone With The Wind" museum, but there is no verification for this.


The upcoming 75th Anniversary celebration of the film in Marietta, Georgia, is the subject of one of my latest articles:http://exm.nr/1gPupNg


The fabulous author's panel will host guests Kendra Bean, author of "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," Anne Edwards, author of "Vivien: A Biography," Phillip Done, author of the new Ann Rutherford biography, "The Charms of Miss O'Hara," and many other published writers.

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Here are some close-ups of that fabulous montage created by TCM staffers for the 20th Anniversary Video featuring the 20 Guest Programmers. It was set up and organized in the lobby of the Chinese Mutliplex by TCM's Kelli O'Neal and others during the TCMFF 2014 from April 10-11. Enjoy! I know I did...











Don't forget to have fun! :-)

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Here's a link to my review of Phillip Done's new biography of actress Ann Rutherford: http://exm.nr/1jdQKOW


I also want to state how grateful I am that "Sue Sue II" has been part of the great migration to the new and improved TCM Message Boards. After a total of more than 26,000 words from "Sue Sue II" and more than 55,000 words in the original "Sue Sue," I still enjoy writing about the TCM Film Festival and related events and celebrities. Both threads had a total of more than 90,000 views. Thank you, TCM and TCM Message Board members!


And don't forget to have fun! :-)

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I thoroughly enjoyed discussing Debbie Reynolds' recent auction, Rock Hudson and his Star of the Month Celebration on Turner Classic Movies, Star Wars, The Turner Classic Film Festivals, classic television programs, and much more while taping the next installment of John Losh's popular radio show on KKES out of Kansas City, Missouri, and its environs.


Losh-Man's Classic Hollywood show is now scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays on KKES radio. Listeners can enjoy the program live by visiting the KKES website and clicking on "Listen Live" at: http://www.1027thehog.com


Also, my Underrated Detective/Mysteries is featured today on Rupert Pupkin Speaks Blogspot:

http://t.co/dm5ka8XptP http://t.co/bMmW9qjz9P


And don't forget to have fun!

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Here's the link to a short article I just wrote about Mother Dolores Hart's charming visit with TCM Host Robert Osborne last night: http://exm.nr/1koi6ad


I hope you all had a chance to see such a delightful lady chat with Robert Osborne about all her life choices and experiences as an actress in Hollywood and as a prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis.

Here's a link to the religious website of the Abbey which normally features Mother Dolores' comments: http://abbeyofreginalaudis.org/index.html

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Losh-Man's Classic Hollywood Show is now scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays on KKES radio. Listeners can enjoy the program live by visiting the KKES website and clicking on "Listen Live" at: http://www.1027thehog.com


This Sunday we discuss Star of the Month Rock Hudson, and many other classic film topics. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

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