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What kind of last-minute holiday gift can you find for that TCM enthusiast in your family?

Some of my favorite classic film books from 2014 and 2015, and in no particular order as there's something to love about all of them:


"Hollywood Celebrates The Holidays" by Karie Bible and Mary Mallory: http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Celebrates-Holidays-Karie-Bible/dp/0764349643


"My First Time in Hollywood" by TCM Film Festival presenter Cari Beauchamp and feature historian on October's Trailblazing Women on TCM :http://www.amazon.com/First-Time-Hollywood-Cari-Beauchamp/dp/1940412145/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450546668&sr=1-1&keywords=my+first+time+in+hollywood


Hailed as one of the best film noir books of 2015, David Meuel reveals new intpretations of some iconic classicshttp://www.amazon.com/Noir-Western-Darkness-Range-1943-1962/dp/0786494522/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450548942&sr=1-1&keywords=David+meuel


"A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan" from the Hollywood Legends Series

by Carl Rollyson



"Not Just Batman's Butler: The Biography of Alan Napier" by James Bigwood: : http://www.amazon.com/Not-Just-Batmans-Butler-Autobiography/dp/1476662878/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450549909&sr=1-1&keywords=James+Bigwood


J.B. Kaufman's " Pinnochio, The Making of a Disney Classic": http://www.jbkaufman.com


Sheana Ochoa's biography of Acting legend Stellar Adler is also an excellent chronicle of the Yiddish theatre with some shocking revelations about "Stella! Mother of Modern Acting" and her family: http://www.amazon.com/Stella-Mother-Modern-Acting-Sheana/dp/1480355534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450550485&sr=1-1&keywords=Sheana+Ochoa+Stella


TCM's own Trailblazing Women host and TCM Film Festival presenter Illeana Douglas :http://www.amazon.com/Blame-Dennis-Hopper-Stories-Movies/dp/1250052912/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450548130&sr=1-1&keywords=illeana+douglas


Jacqueline T. Lynch's "Ann Blyth. Actress. Singer. Star" :http://www.amazon.com/Ann-Blyth-Actress-Singer-Star/dp/1511801565/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450550950&sr=1-1&keywords=Jacqueline+Lynch+Ann+Blyth


For more entertaining and well-researched books by some fabulous authors, check out the archived Guest Stars on The Silver Screen Oasis Archived Guest Star Threads: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=36

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I'm always astonished at the caliber of authors, celebrities, and researchers that visit us on The Silver Screen Oasis. Several of our guests have been affiliated with TCM, or have presented at one of the TCM Film Festivals. Here is a link to Moira Finnie's lovely compilation and "Thank You!" to all of our Guest Authors:


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Thanks so much, lavender blue and jamesjazzguitar! Happy New Year!

I always enjoy reading your posts!


Here's a link to my latest article about popular classic film books in 2015. Some of these authors have either presented and/or attended the TCM Film Festivals: http://www.examiner.com/list/film-books-2015-favored-by-fans-of-celebrities-and-genre-cinema


UPDATES: Um....there aren't any updates about the TCM Film Festival 2016. But I think we might have some news at least by the end of the month. Or even this afternoon. Or tomorrow. Or next week.......


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If you aren't staying up late to catch 1933's "Alice in Wonderland" with Charlotte Henry, Gary Cooper as the White Knight, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle, Edna Mae Oliver as the Red Queen, Mae Marsh as the sheep, W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty and a cast of some of the greatest actors cruising sound stages in the 30's, then here is your official TCM DVR alert.




And if you've never seen it, you are in for a treat.

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As I am in LA working on a project, I was able to attend a special screening at the Academy, and here's a link to my latest article about the event: http://www.examiner.com/article/clara-bow-still-has-it-as-fans-fill-the-academy-s-linwood-dunn-theater


This town is all agog about the Academy Award announcements tomorrow!


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FYI, Festival Fans: Last year's TCM Film Festival was March 26-29, and the final schedule was released on March 9.

On January 20, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer were announced as special guests for the opening night screening of "The Sound of Music."


On January 23, 1919's "The Grim Game" was added to the schedule, and on January 29, special guests were announced. Then we also had small updates on more guests, screenings, and panels on 2-5, 2-11, 2-19, and 2-18.


So we are closer to updates that we were last week! ;-)

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Governor's Award Winners tonight on TCM:


Debbie Reynolds in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," John Cassavetes directs his wife, Gena Rowlands, in 1974's "Woman Under The Influence," and director Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It," a story of a woman who refuses to settle for any one of her lovers from 1986.




TCM Film Festival Update: Since the festival is a little later this year, we still don't have any updates.

But we should hear something soon!

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"The Major and the Minor" (1942) is on TCM right now!

Billy Wilder's first directorial effort! Wilder was selected by Ginger Rogers to direct.

It also stars Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, and Robert Benchley.

Rita Johnson is especiallly nasty!


Rogers' mother, Lela, also stars as Sue Sue's mother.


The Revigora System!


"Why don't you slip out of that wet coat into a dry martini!"




Yes, my namesake--Susan Kathleen Applegate!

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Classic Passes have sold out!


84 days before the festival!


A new record. I don't believe Classic Passes have ever sold out this early before the festival.


The only pass availalbe now is the Palace Pass. Please call 877-826-5764 if you need to contact the Festival Box Office to see if you might could be added to a wait list.


Another record sell out! Wowee!



Read all about Yesterday's update in my latest article:http://www.examiner.com/article/new-guests-and-film-screenings-added-to-tcm-film-festival-2016

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Happy Valentine's Day!


There is lots to love on TCM's Valentine's Day Schedule:"The Awful Truth," "Adam's Rib," "Sabrina," "Casablanca," "Now Voyager," "Love Affair," and many more!

Find your Valentine's Day Favorites here: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-02-14



Here's a link to my entry in Lesley Gaspar's "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss Blogathon" highlighting The Quiet Man: http://bit.ly/1XqjtWZ




Here's a link to a few articles I've written about TCM Film Festival Announcement Dates: https://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com/tag/tcm-film-festival-pass-history/


And an Examiner.com article focusing on previous announcement dates for the fest: http://www.examiner.com/article/tcm-film-festival-has-pass-history

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Screenings for the 75th Anniversary of THE MALTESE FALCON begin with a matinee today in many theatres across the country.


For tickets, go to FATHOM events: http://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-maltese-falcon


Are you enjoying 360 degrees of separation for the 31 Days of Oscar celebration? A fabulous lineup of stars and films has TCM connecting the dots all this month.



More updates are waiting in the wings, and we just have to hope some fly out this week!

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Many actors have played priests like Bing Crosby in "Going My Way" and "The Belles of St. Mary's" and even Frank Sinatra in "The Miracle of the Bells." But this year's TCM Film Festival will present a screening of "The Keys of the Kingdom" (1944) with Gregory Peck, an actor known most popularly for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," a touchstone performance that continues to charm fans that appreciated his devotion to "doing the right thing."




Peck's personal convictions and political leanings most closely aligned him with characters who were dealt difficult circumsances, adversity, and personal struggles, and his performance in "The Keys of the Kingdom" won Peck his first Oscar nomination. This year's screening will will showcase the restoration of the film, and again spotlight Peck's talent for triumphing over the insurmountable odds as a priest whose dedication to the less fortunate of this world derails any hope of ever rising through the ranks of the Catholic hierarchy.


Peck also played Monsigner O'Flaherty in the 1983 television movie "The Scarlet and The Black" as he tried to save POWs and downed Airmen from the Nazis in Rome during WWII.



For a peek at the previously announced films for the #TCMFF 2016, go here: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/


More updates will be coming soon!



Sue Sue will be one of the TCM Social Producers again this year. She might be standing next to you in line for your favorite film! This year, Spotlight, Essential, and Classic passes have sold out earlier than ever before, so you might want to arrive early for your favorite "must see" choices.


Last year we had over 80 films screened, and so far only 13 have been announced.

See you in April!

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Love for TCM and Robert Osborne is in the air....waves, that is.


Tomorrow on CBS Sunday Morning, Mo Rocca visits with TCM's Host, Mr. Robert Osborne.


Robert Osborne interviewing actor Peter O'Toole at the TCM Film Festival 2011...


"Mo Rocca catches up with a man every film buff is familiar with: the actor, historian, and host of Turner Classic Movies, who looks back on a life in film."


For more information on the exciting lineup tomorrow, here's the scoop:http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/show-notes/



Mr. Osborne with good friend Diane Baker on the TCM Film Festival 2014 Red Carpet...


Hmnmmmnmnnn....Maybe more updates are soon to folllow for this year's TCM Film Festival lineup of moveis and special guests! :-)

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Here's a link to my latest article about Leonard Maltin and his appearance on CBS Sunday Morning: http://www.examiner.com/article/leonard-maltin-talks-trailers-on-cbs-sunday-morning


Maybe we might see a screening of 1976's "Rocky" at the TCM Film Festival 2016 since it's celebrating its 40th anniversary, and if Sylvester Stallone is a special guest, he might bring an Oscar with him!

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Here are some links to help passholders learn a little more about some of our upcoming films...


An interview on BBC radio with Deborah Kerr when she discussed her career, as she comments on various films, people, and "The King and I": http://articles.deborahkerr.es/?p=1901


Moira Finnie shares tales from the set of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn": http://moirasthread.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn-1945-cast.html


And a Vanity Fair article about that enduring poster from "The Endless Summer": http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/03/endless-summer-movie-poster

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It won't be long and we will all be celebrating at the TCM FIlm Festival 2016! Get ready to see your friends, visit Club TCM, and enjoy some of the greatest films ever made!





Dining with friends and chatting about our favorite screenings and special guests...



The special Gala Premiere party after the very first festival screenings...



Schmoozing with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir...



Having a chance encounter with Ben Mankiewicz for an impromptu photo op...


Walking the Red Carpet....




Meeting new friends....





Seeing special guests...




Sharing popcorn in the dark...

And special events...


For those of you excited about the screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1927) with Jackie Coogan, you might be interested in reading this article about "The Many Kids of Charlie Chaplin": https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3959-the-many-kids-of-charlie-chaplin





More updates are coming!

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While we are waiting....and waiting....and waiting....for an update, the

Fort Collins, Colorado, Pioneer Association has done something the classic film community will enjoy.

Hattie McDaniel's home there has been restored and recognized by area historians  who were active in getting the McDaniel home dedicated as part of the Historical Register: http://www.reporterherald.com/columnists/colorado-history/ci_29592373/hattie-mcdaniel-home-dedicated


Obviously some fabulous special guests, screenings, and panels are in the works for the TCM Film Festival 2016, so stay tuned!


Hope you enjoy watching the commercials on TCM for the festival and the TCM Wine Club.

If you've been to the events, you might recognize some of the passholders featured in the promos.


I've spotted Butterscotchgreer and the CountesDeLave!


The entire schedule PDF might not be released until three weeks before the festival, so I'm trying to stay calm and practice patience....

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