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I thoroughly enjoyed watching director Amy Heckerling co-hosting "Trailblazing Women" with Illeana Douglas, and seeing "Look Who's Talking!" on TCM last evening.


Her conversations with Illeana continually revealed her expertise and some of the depth her disappointment at the difficulties women directors experience.


Here's a link to a short article I wrote before her appearance: http://www.examiner.com/article/director-amy-heckerling-co-hosts-tcm-s-trailblazing-women

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Director Julie Dash visits with Host Illeana Douglas for tonight's installment of Trailblazing Women in Film.

Here's her bio from the Trailblazing Women website:

"Twenty-four years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures; Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry.


Julie Dash was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, in the department of African American Studies, and with the Avery Research Center for African American Studies; in 2013 she held the Bob Allison Chair in Media at Wayne State University. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO, directing, the NAACP Image Award winning, Emmy and DGA nominated, The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground . Her work as a film director includes theme park, Disney’s Imagineering, and museum design Brothers of the Borderland for The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Her work includes music videos, documentary, PSA’s, industrial documentary films, and commercial spots for fortune 500 brands, i.e., Coca Cola and GMC. Dash has a novel published by Dutton books; and The Making of Daughters of The Dust, published by The New Press.


Recent retrospectives of her narrative film work have been held in Beijing and Hong Kong University, China; Charleston, SC, Creteil, France; Taipei, Taiwan; and Philadelphia, PA. Dash also served as chair of the International Jury at the Kerala International Film Festival, India.


Julie Dash is currently in production on a feature length documentary about Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer, and chef from rural South Carolina who has led a remarkably unique and complex life. The film is based upon Grosvenor’s bestselling work, Vibration Cooking: or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. Ms. Dash earned her MFA in Film & Television production at UCLA; received her BA in Film Production from CCNY, and she was a Producing and Writing Conservatory Fellow at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies. When not working on her projects Ms. Dash is a frequent lecturer at many of the leading Universities in the United States."


Films screening tonight include Dash's seminal work, "Daughters of the Dust" (1991) at 9:45 p.m. (ET).

For more information on tonight's complete schedule, here's the link: http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/schedule/

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Fans of "Tremors"(1990) starring Kevin Bacon, and directed by Ron Underwood, will not want to miss TCM Film Festival friend Jonathan Melville's upcoming book signing at Larry Edmunds tomorrow, October 25, in the greater LA area (2904 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank). "Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Tremors Guide" has just been published, and you can visit in person with Melville tomorrow from 1-3 p.m. 20c94df9-debf-4e95-a85f-090ee30d9adc_zps

Scottish author, journalist, and TCM Film Festival friend Jonathan Melville (L) with author Preston Neal Jones ® in the exciting Club TCM at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2015...

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Rest in Peace, Miss O'Hara.


L.A. Times Obituary: http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-maureen-ohara-20151025-story.html


Irish Times Obituary: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/maureen-o-hara-obituary-ireland-s-first-great-hollywood-star-1.2405137


BBC Obituary: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27429621


Here's an article I wrote about Maureen O'Hara: https://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/maureen-ohara-and-john-fords-way-with-women/


TCM Film Festival passholders who attended in 2014 are all very grateful to TCM for arranging Maureen O'Hara's appearance. Thank you, TCM.

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Writer Cari Beauchamp's last evening co-hosting films includes international movies directed by women. Here's a link to my exclusive interview with her:





After the recent passing of Maureen O'Hara, I know the classic film world is in mourning. So many of TCM Film Festival 2014 passholders were celebrating the fact even though Miss O'Hara is no longer with us in this world, we all had a chance to see her in person and revel in her spirit and energy for a short time. At the festival, she wanted everyone to know how God had given her so many opportunities, and strength to endure personal hardships. She was definitely a international trailblazer in many ways.


Tonight, TCM is continuing its series on Trailblazing Women in Film, and even though none of her films are featured in this series, it's fitting that TCM is celebrating Maureen O'Hara and her life on celluloid with a day of memorial tribute on Friday, November 20th. I know I'll be watching. I hope you will be, too.


Thank you, TCM Film Festival personnel, for such a heavenly opportunity to spend time with Miss O'Hara, if even for a few brief moments.

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Marker commemorating Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre.....


Today is the 77th anniversary of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds." I was lucky enough to visit with A. Brad Schwartz today about his new book, "Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the World's and the Art of Fake News" in one of my latest articles:



Hope you've had a chance to enjoy all the spooky features on TCM today!


Up next is an evening of Val Lewton horror classics, beginning with 1942's "Cat People" followed by a wonderful documentary hosted by Martin Scorsese: "Martin Scorsese presents Val Lewton, The Man in the Shadows" (2007). Ben looks especially handsome tonight on the intros!


Don't forget that festival passes go on sale to the general public on November 19!


To access information concerning the new TCM Wine Club, here's the link: http://tcmwineclub.com/?ecid=subnavtcmwineclub


Wonder if this means that Francis Ford Coppola might see us at the TCM Film Festival 2016?


Happy Halloween!

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Wonderful evening with novelist John Grisham and Robert Osborne discussing Southern Writers! I hope you are enjoying it, too. It's every Wednesday in November. For more information on programming details, here's the link: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1132043%7C0/Southern-Writers-Wednesdays-in-November.html


Wonder if any of these films might screen this year at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood? Me, too.

November 19 is FESTIVAL PASS day. Be ready to order yours soon if you are planning to go. I hope to see you there!


Passes can be purchased a little earlier if you are a Citicard member. For more information, visit the TCMFF website: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/img/pdfs/TCMFest2016_Dates-Theme.pdf


T minus 14 days until TCMFF passes!

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Betty Garret, Esther Williams and the Aqualillies by the Hollywood Roosevelt Pool in 2010 before a screening of Neptune's Daughter. They were interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz....


Never been to the Turner Classic Film Festival? Here is what some of my favorite tipsters in the blogosphere say to do...


Elise Crane Derby:



Will McKinley:



Lzcutter: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/29776-historic-hollywood-sites-that-you-might-enjoy/


Jane Fonda's Hand and Footprint ceremony...


And the TCM Film Festival 101 tips from 2015: 1/"]http://2015.filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/festival-101/

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Walter Brennan biographer Carl Rollyson visits the Silver Screen Oasis this weekend for a Q & A about

his latest book, "A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan." Come on over and chat with Carl this weekend!


It would be great to have Carl discuss Walter Brennan and his career at the TCM Film Festival at one of the fabulous panels or have him introduce one of Brennan's films.


Hope we have an announcement soon about the TCMFF 2016!


I wonder what that opening night film might be.......

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Today's update landed in my email about three hours ago and includes six films annnounced so far for the TCMFF 2016:


This year's main theme is MOVING PICTURES—the ones that bring us to tears, rouse us to action, inspire us, even project us to a higher plane. In the heart of historic Hollywood we'll gather to share the big-time emotions of big screen stories, from coming-of-age pictures to terminal tearjerkers, from powerful sports dramas we feel in our bones to religious epics that elevate our spirits. These are the films that set our love of cinema in motion.


To kick off our celebration we're thrilled to announce the first additions to the 2016 Festival line up:


HORSE FEATHERS (1932) World Premiere Restoration

The Marx Bros. bring their manic and surrealistic style of comedy to college football and academia when College president Groucho enlists Chico and Harpo to help his team beat a rival in one of the funniest football games in movie history, shown in a new restoration presented in collaboration with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) World Premiere Restoration

The pairing of director Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich turns this melodramatic tale of bandits and ladies of easy virtue into one of the most exotic experiences in film history, shown in a new restoration presented in collaboration with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.



Jennifer Jones gives a luminous (and Oscar-winning) performance as Bernadette Soubirous, the real-life peasant girl whose visions of the Virgin Mary inspired the townspeople of Lourdes in the 19th-century.



Elia Kazan made a spectacular film-directing debut with this story of an immigrant Irish family's struggle to make it in the new world. The film also brought Oscars to James Dunn as the family's hard-drinking father and Peggy Ann Garner as his daughter.



This heartwarming tale and perennial fan favorite (celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016) stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a small-town man who learns just how important a single life can be thanks to the help of an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers).



60th anniversary presentation of the lavish film adaptation of the Broadway hit starring Deborah Kerr as an English governess who brings modern ways to 19th century Siam, and falls in love with its king (Yul Brynner) in the process.

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Ben Mankiewicz and Robert Osborne are scheduled to be there from April 28-May1. How about you?


We already have six films announced: "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Song of Bernadette," " Shanghai Express," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Horsefeathers," and "The King and I."


The magic of movies isn’t just motion, it’s emotion. As we watch cinematic stories play out, they feel like our own. In 2016, the TCM Classic Film Festival explores MOVING PICTURES—the ones that bring us to tears, rouse us to action, inspire us, even project us to a higher plane. In the heart of historic Hollywood we’ll gather to share the big-time emotions of big screen stories, from coming-of-age pictures to terminal tearjerkers, from powerful sports dramas we feel in our bones to religious epics that elevate our spirits. These are the films that that set our love of cinema in motion.


Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: www.tcm.com/festival. A limited number of festival passes will also be available to Citi cardmembers via an exclusive online only presale at www.citiprivatepass.com. This exclusive presale begins at 10 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, Nov. 17, and ends at 10 a.m. (ET), Thursday, Nov. 19.


Serving for the seventh consecutive year as the official hotel and central gathering point for the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival will be The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, as well as other Hollywood venues.



The "Essential" Festival Pass: $749 – Includes all privileges available to "Classic" passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red-carpet gala screening at TCL Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles.


The "Classic" Festival Pass: $599 – Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1 (does not include admittance to the opening-night red-carpet gala screening at TCL 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; and the closing-night event.


The "Palace" Festival Pass: $299 – Includes access to all screenings and events at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (excluding the opening-night red-carpet gala) and the Egyptian Theatre Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, as well as poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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"Yul"tide is almost here!


Passes go on sale tomorrow!

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2016 passes go on sale at the following times:

10 a.m. (ET)

9 a.m. (CST)

8 a.m. (MT)

7 a.m. (PT)

Here is the link: https://www.citiprivatepass.com/…/tcm_classic_film_festival…


If you don't have a Citicard, passes go on sale to the general public on Thursday, November 19.


Hint: Sometimes you are allowed to purchase a pass at the same website without a Citicard! Procedures may have changed since last year, however.

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Essential and Spotlight passes have been sold out at the Citi cardmember presale sight!

If you missed out on purchasing your pass today, TCM Film Festival 2016 passes go on sale to the general public on Thursday here: https://festival.tcm.com/tcm/


A new sell-out record!


Wonder if the powers that be were surprised? I'm not. The TCM Film Festival grows more popular every year!

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Sue Sue's image from the TCM Film Festival's 20th Anniversary lobby display at the Chinese Multiplex in 2014. Can you spot Ben Mankiewicz and Robert O.?


Essential and Spotlight passes are sold out according to the website.

By about 3:00 p.m.... when I last checked.


So we've set new records for the Citi cardmember presale and the pass sales to the general public.


Only Classic and Palace Passes left! Get 'em while they're still available.



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Author and distinguished Disney historian visits The Silver Screen Oasis this weekend: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=6929&p=161321#p161321


I was lucky enouh to lunch with J.B. Kaufman at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the FIrewood Grill. Here he's pictured with friends Sheryl and Joe...


Friends not picture included Paula, Michael, Tracy and James. What great conversations about the festival, J.B.'s new book, Disney epics, and the delicious pizza!

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Don't know if we'll be hearing about more films this week, but we can always hope!


In the meantime, here are some background articles about the only Christmas-themed film scheduled for the TCMFF 2016...


A discussion about and an interview with Karolyn Grimes who played ZuZu from 2014:http://parade.com/359593/nancyberk/showbiz-analysis-with-its-a-wonderful-life-star-karolyn-grimes/


Christmas Eve 2013 with Donna Reed's daughter from Will McKinley on Cinematically Insane: https://willmckinley.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/christmas-eve-with-donna-reeds-daughter/


25 Things You Might Not Know about It's A Wonderful Life: http://mentalfloss.com/article/60792/25-things-you-might-not-know-about-its-wonderful-life

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More Trailblazing Women updates....image_zps9icq3f0t.jpeg

When Susan Kohner discussed her experiences being typecast after her stint as Sarah Jane in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life" (1959) during her visit with Robert Osborne and the late Juanita Moore at the TCMFF 2010 on Friday, April 23, in the historic Egyptian Theatre, she indicated how frustrated she became, and ultimately moved on to other things besides acting. But Rita Moreno didn't let Hollywood stereotyping stop her. Will we see EGOT and Kennedy Center Honoree Moreno at this year's TCMFF 2016 introducing "The King and I?" I guess we'll have to wait and see. But for now, here's a link to her CBS This Morning appearance today: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rita-moreno-kennedy-center-honors-2015-egot-latina-trailblazer/

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Character actor Alan Napier, best known to sixties' Batman fans as Alfred the butler, had a lengthy and variedstage and classic film carreer and his biographer, James Bigwood, is answering some fabulous questions on the Silver Screen Oasis here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=124&t=6932



"...I have always believed that I could play any part written, with the possible exception of Tiny Tim." ~ Alan Napier.


TCMFF: Still no more updates concerning festival films or guests. Yesterday's screening of "That's Entertainment" reminded me what a great choice this might make in 2016....

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Hollywood historians and TCMFF friends Karie Bible and Mary Mallory will be visiting The Silver Screen Oasis this weekend to chat about their new book, "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays!" Please join us as we learn about their secrets, surprises and discoveries while compiling their latest volume of classic Hollywood history on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13! http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php…

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