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We just might be seeing 1953's "War of the Worlds" at this year's festival...




Want to read more about "War of the Worlds?" Check out TCM's archived article from the database: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/188880%7C0/The-War-of-the-Worlds.html


What films am I still hoping might be on the schedule?


"All The President's Men"

"Dear Ruth"

"Rocky" with Sylvester Stallone...

More Doris Day...."Love Me or Leave Me'

Disney treasures like "Pollyanna" or a selected animated feature

"A Kiss Before Dying" with Robert Wagner

The new Ingrid Bergman Documentary attended by her daughters

"The More The Merrier"

"The Opposite Sex"

"A Letter To Three Wives"

A Sinatra film like "A Hole in the Head"

Any "Thin Man" film not yet screened

Restored Noir films hosted by Eddie Muller

Films directed by women

"Notorious" or "Anastasia" with daughters of Ingrid Bergman

Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much"



And the wish list goes on and on....


Updates: This week we need some clues!

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Look! It's official! Clackety-Clackety-Clack....


Here's my latest article: http://www.examiner.com/article/tcm-film-festival-2016-updates-slate-of-films-and-guests



"All The President's Men" is the opening night film: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/tcm-classic-film-fest-all-874375?utm_source=twitter


Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould are to be honored, and Eva Marie Saint, Anna Karina, Stacy Keach, and John Singleton are scheduled to appear.....as well as a screening of The Freshman. YAY!!! Putting on my tap shoes now.....


I really enjoyed director John Singleton's comments in this January article in Variety: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/john-singleton-oscar-diversity-reaction-1201682288/


AND....the website films and special guests links have been updated: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/


FYI: Singleton's first nomination by The Academy was for 1991's "Boyz in the Hood" when he was 24.



Shuffle ball, change, shuffle ball, change, turn, and sell it with a look! ;-)

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In more news garnered from social media:


Leonard Maltin revealed at SXSW in Austin that he will be introducing at least one film. Maltin's

third edition of of "Classic Movie Guide" (a 'TCM Presents' publication) provides insight, synopses, and helpful hints about films from the silent era to 1965. It's a gem of a resource for any classic film lover. ;-)


Craig Barron and Ben Burtt will be introducing "War of the Worlds" and "It's a Wonderful Life." The popular team of Barron and Burtt have previously presented "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and other popular classics at previous festivals to appreciative and enthusiastic audiences.


The final schedule, usually made available on the website in PDF formatting, is traditionally made available to passholders at least three weeks before the beginning of the festival.


Since the three top-tier passes have sold out earlier than ever before in TCM Film Festival history, prepare to lineup early! :-)


Previously Announced Special Guests LIst:


BRUCE BROWN- Filmmaker

THOMAS GOLUBIĆ- Music Supervisor, DJ and Record Producer



SUZANNE LLOYD - Producer, President of Harold Lloyd Entertainment

CARL REINER- Actor, Director and Writer


JOHN SINGLETON- Director, Screenwriter




MARLEE MATLIN- Actress, Humanitarian

DR. MARK SUMNER- Singer, Conductor, Actor and Stage Director

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Why is the TCM Film Festival relevant? Read Govindini Murty's HuffPost article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/govindini-murty/appreciating-classic-movi_b_9482960.html



Murty shakes hands with the late Maureen O'Hara as her grandson Conor looks on. (TCM Film Festival Red Carpet 2014)



Murty has been credentialed media at TCM FIlm Festivals.

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TCM to Honor Academy Award® Winning Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola With Hand and Footprint Ceremony At TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood


Celebration to Take Place April 29 During the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola during a handprint-footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® on Friday, April 29, 2016 as part of the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival. Coppola has been a Hollywood icon for more than 50 years having directed such classics as The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now (1979), The Conversation (1974) among countless other classics and is an Oscar®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA® award winner. Renowned for his generosity with other filmmakers, Coppola has served as a fierce promoter and mentor to others, championing the work of directors George Lucas, John Milius and Sofia Coppola and actors Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Harrison Ford, James Caan and Diane Lane.


“Without a doubt, Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation," said TCM host Robert Osborne. “His Academy Award®-winning directing, producing and writing contributions have given audiences some of the most memorable films of the last half-century, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his distinguished career, and our appreciation of what he's added to our lives, than with this honor.”


This marks the sixth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014 and Christopher Plummer in 2015.

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Club TCM events during the festival have included Hollywood Home Movies with Jane Withers, Joan Crawford's home movies presened by her grandson, interviews with Shirley Maclaine, Peter Fonda, Max Von Sydow, Peter Bogdanovich, film continuity expert Angela Allen, and editor Anne Coates hosted by historians like Randy Haberkamp, Leonard Maltin, Donald Bogle, Cari Beauchamp, and TCM's Scott McGee.


Traditionally on Thursday afternoon at each festival, there is a "Meet the TCM Panel," but the venue has been moved to a larger space. If you want to meet the people behind our favorite network, don't miss this panel wherever it happens to be scheduled.


Maybe our next announcement will reveal the exciting events at the social hub of all the festival excitement.


Will the TCM Wine Club host a tasting party? Who will be the next popular celebrity interview?

There's more to come in the next updates!


Hope it will be soon!

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Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, will be present at the poolside screening of "The Freshman" during festival events this year.


Suzanne Lloyd is always willing to discuss her grandfather's legacy with credentialied media and fans, and here is Lloyd on the TCMFF Red Carpet at the 2014 festival. She also appeared for the screening of "Why Worry?" (1923), whose world premiere score composed by Carl Davis was also a part of the festivities.


From the TCM Film Festival 2014 website biography of Suzanne Lloyd:


"From her earliest childhood, Suzanne Lloyd lived at the Harold Lloyd estate, Greenacres (a National Registry of Historic Monuments) with her mother, Gloria, and grandparents Harold and Mildred Lloyd. Harold Lloyd was a popular silent film star. He produced and starred in over 200 films in his 30-year career. Harold recognized Suzanne’s aptitude for business and left specific provisions in his will that she would be the family representative working on all matters related to his films, his image and his legacy. He died in 1971 leaving his 19 year-old granddaughter as a trustee to his film library.


The Harold Lloyd library is the largest film library privately held. It is a daunting project for any individual to undertake without studio support. The films, many of them 80 years old were in desperate need of restoration. The original nitrate negatives needed to be digitized to tape to preserve them for a new generation. New scores were also needed as the majority of the films in the library are silent. With the help of UCLA and philanthropist, David Packard, Sue began the arduous task of restoring the classic films. Suzanne has devoted herself to film preservation and sits on the board of the American Film Institute.


In 2002, Turner Classic Movies stepped forward and offered to show thirty Harold Lloyd movies on their cable channel. The films debuted in April, 2003 on TCM – Harold Lloyd Month. Suzanne appeared on camera with host, Robert Osborne, to discuss the films and her famous grandfather.


In the last few years, Suzanne Lloyd has contracted over 100 film festivals throughout the United States including: the Film Forum in New York, Lincoln Center, Telluride, Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival and sell-out crowds in 2000 seat theatres in Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. The Lloyd films have been shown in film festivals in Scotland, Holland, Belgium and beyond. Suzanne has been a guest speaker in Italy’s Pordenone Film Festival and the UK’s British Film Institute.


Suzanne was the executive producer of the British documentary, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1992), written and directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. The film was nominated for an EMMY award and ran on PBS under the banner of the Academy Masters Series. The film was licensed to over thirty countries through Britain’s Thames Television International.


The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences kicked off its 70th year anniversary with a screening of Speedy (1928), recently restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archives. An exhibit of Harold Lloyd’s Rogues’ Gallery, a private collection of over 200 autographed photographs of stars, famous personalities, politicians, and athletes from the ’20s and ’30s accompanied the event.


Suzanne continues to protect and market the work, image and legacy of Harold Lloyd. Other accomplishments include a unique book, 3-D Hollywood (Simon and Schuster) featuring award-winning photography from the camera of Harold Lloyd. In 2002, Suzanne toured the country appearing on TV and radio shows to promote her new book about her famous grandfather, Harold Lloyd Master Comedian, (Abrams).


In October 2004, Black Dog & Leventhal released Harold Lloyd’s Hollywood Nudes in 3D.

Suzanne has archived over 3000 stills from the film library. The nitrate negatives are housed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The images are licensed with both Getty Images and Corbis Motion.


Suzanne also produced DVDs of her grandfather’s films with New Line Home Entertainment – The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection. In addition, Suzanne is currently developing a remake of “Safety Last!” with producer, Mark Gordon.


During the 1920’s Harold Lloyd was the most successful film star in the world. When he died, an important film library was bestowed upon his granddaughter. Suzanne Lloyd considers it an honor to preserve and promote Harold Lloyd’s legacy for future generations."


The opening night poolside screening at the Hollywood Roosevelt of master comedian Harold Lloyd’s biggest hit, "The Freshman" (1925), featuring DJ Thomas Golubić spinning a unique live music mix for the silent film, will include an appearance by Suzanne Lloyd on Thursday, April 28.

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Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and Robert Redford would be the dream team of presenters for this year's Gala screening of "All The President's Men." And Jane Alexander, too!


(Alexander has recently been starring on episodes of "The Good Wife" as Judge Suzanne Morris.)


A little birdy told Sue Sue that Redford was spotted recently in Santa Monica...



Here's a link to the 2016 Sundance stats and a few RR sound bytes: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645939/Redford-at-Sundance-6Film-is-not-in-a-good-place.html?pg=all

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Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and Robert Redford would be the dream team of presenters for this year's Gala screening of "All The President's Men." And Jane Alexander, too!


(Alexander has recently been starring on episodes of "The Good Wife" as Judge Suzanne Morris.)


A little birdy told Sue Sue that Redford was spotted recently in Santa Monica...



Here's a link to the 2016 Sundance stats and a few RR sound bytes: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645939/Redford-at-Sundance-6Film-is-not-in-a-good-place.html?pg=all

SueSue, if Redford will show up wearing that outfit, I will, too!


We're probably no more than a week or two from the release of the complete schedule. I know we're all looking forward to that!

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I can't believe it will only be four weeks!



Meet the TCM Staff 2012, Club TCM....



TCM Film Festival Director Genevieve McGillicuddy and Superfan Cinemaven, 2012...



Sue Sue and Kingrat sportin' their chapeaus by the replica of the Audrey Hepburn Givenchy dress from "Sabrina" in Club TCM, 2014. What kind of hat will you wear this season as you are strolling Hollywood Boulevard?



Some social media fans pose with Ben Mankiewicz by Club TCM in 2012...




The two Roberts right before an interview...




Elizabeth Taylor's dress for "A Place in the Sun" on display in 2012 in the lobby of Grauman's....

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Things are heating up!



Burt Reynolds has been added as a special guest, and "The Longest Yard," for which Reynolds was nominated for a Golden Globe, has been added to the TCM Film Festival screenings page: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/


He will also be the TCMFF Interview, which eventually will be broadcast on TCM!

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TCM FILM FESTIVAL: MEMORY LANE, 2013....image_zpscvcio6kq.jpeg

Ben Mankiewicz and Theresa "Butterscotch Greer" in Club TCM in 2013.....



TCM Senior Researcher Alexa Foreman, Actress of Gun Grazy fame Peggy Cummins, Sue X 2, and TCM's Darcy Hettrich in Club TCM 2013...



Greeting Ann Blyth in the lobby of the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly, and really always, Grauman's) 2013.

I loved the little diamond cluster pin she wears on her shoulder....



The popular Countess DeLave and one of her acolytes, John Kestner...



Jane Fonda, "Here Comes the Sun," during Fonda's Hand and Footprint Ceremony in 2013...



Shirlee Fonda (widow of Henry Fonda, whose footprints now rest next to those of his daughter, Jane)  and Robert Wolders (former husband of Merle Oberon and life partner of Audrey Hepburn) wait patiently for the ceremony to begin...



Jane's son, Troy Garrity speaks with pride about his mother's accomplishments.....



Lily Tomlin, whom I met in the 80s, reminisces about 9 to 5 and Fonda's can-do spirit....



Passholders schmoozing at the Vanity Fair soiree.....

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In 2013, one of the most popular films for Monroe and Mitchum fans was a screening of River of No Return.  Everywhere we went. folks were singing "River of No Return, No Return, No Return...."
This was an exciting screening with an interesting Leonard Maltin Q & A...
Here's an Interview with Stanley Rubin and his wife, Kathryn Hughes, excerpted from the wonderful OUT OF THE PAST blog written by Rachel Stecher...
Maltin: Maltin hadn't seen Rubin in a while and noted that it was nice to meet up with a fellow college graduate and let's Rubin explain.

Rubin: Rubin entered UCLA in 1933 and got his degree in 2005. He had other business to accomplish in between but he was very happy to go back. Rubin had very dear memories of UCLA where he was the editor of the Daily Bruin.

Maltin: Maltin asks Hughes about her first date with Rubin.

Hughes: They were both under contract for Fox. Rubin kept asking her out and she kept turning him down for months and months. Then one day he invited her to have dinner with him and see a print of The River of No Return. She thought that sounded like a picture that she would enjoy. So they went to dinner and to the screening, Hughes enjoyed the movie very much. Then two months later they were married. (awww)

Rubin: He's glad that relationship still exists.

Maltin: At this point he notes they can date their relationship to River of No Return and that's very special. (I agree!)

Maltin: Maltin notes that Rubin had already produced a couple of pictures before River of No Return, including The Narrow Margin (1952) which was also being screened at the festival. River of No Return was a much bigger picture though than Rubin had tackled before. There were challenges. Rubin was off on location in Canada, with a large crew, a rather imperious director Otto Preminger, a strong-willed leading man Robert Mitchum and a sometimes difficult leading lady Marilyn Monroe. He asks Rub, what were your biggest challenges?

Rubin: Preminger and Monroe didn't hit it off very well. Monroe took that as an open door to establish a relationship with Rubin. That helped Rubin a great deal because they became really good friends. Rubin clarifies that Monroe and he were good friends not Preminger and him.

Maltin: Did you lock horns with Otto Preminger?

Rubin: Not really. They got along. Preminger was a diplomat from the word "go".

Maltin: What was the toughest sequence to get on film?

Rubin: The toughest sequence was getting Monroe onto the raft. Because the first day she tried she slipped on a rock and fell into the river. Despite all the help that they had there, they had safety boats, safety swimmers, but Monroe still slipped right off the rock into the fast-flowing river. (Interjection: The Athabasca River is no measly little stream. It is one strong river and you don't want to mess with it!). That accident taught them a big lesson instantly.

Maltin: Did you manage to proceed on time and on schedule? Did things get held up at all?

Rubin: Rubin jokes - Because Marilyn fell into the river? (Audiences laughs at this point.) Rubin doesn't want to dissemble or make things seem rosier than it was. They worked very hard and sometimes they would slip off of schedule. But in the end they made it up and they were on schedule.

Maltin: Maltin notes that they were far away from the studio 20th Century Fox and the boss Darryl F. Zanuck when filming. Did the studio keep a close eye on what was going on?

Rubin: No, there was a grace period and they took advantage of it. Zanuck was a surprisingly friendly and good-natured and accommodating boss.

Maltin: Zanuck definitely understood story-telling.

Rubin: Yes he did and had a long background in it. Even before he became the head of the studio. And that background was at Warner Bros.

Maltin: People are fascinated all these years laters with Marilyn Monroe. How would you describe her?

Rubin: They became good friends because of Monroe's issues with Preminger. Rubin and Monroe became very warm and very friendly. Rubin had turned down Monroe before. She had come in on an audition, a year or two before River of No Return. Rubin was nervous on meeting her for this movie because he turned her down the first time they met. He remembers wondering how friendly she would be after being rejected by him or whether she would bring up what happened before. But she never did. She was a perfect lady.

Hughes: Hughes reminds Rubin that he turned Monroe down because he didn't think she had enough experience. But it was just a couple of years later, that Rubin was begging Zanuck for Monroe to be in one of their films.

Rubin: Rubin says, what a difference a couple of years make!

Maltin: Robert Mitchum liked to give the impression that he didn't really care that much about acting and that it was just a job. That seems to have not been the case because he was a very dedicated professional. How would Rubin assess that?

Rubin: Rubin agrees with Maltin. Mitchum cared a great deal but hid that because that wouldn't keep him cool. Rubin found out later that Mitchum had done a lot of questioning and probing about what was going on behind the scenes of the film to see how good the preparation was. Mitchum was totally dedicated on everything he did to conceal the fact that he wanted it to go well.

Maltin: Did Mitchum and Monroe hit it off okay?

Rubin: They became very good friends. But that was it. A very pleasant, good, cool relationship.

Maltin: That makes for a great team to make a great movie. And now we get to see the results.

Rubin: Rubin said he hopes everyone likes it.

Maltin: Maltin asked Rubin if he'll stay to watch it again.

Rubin: Rubin said yes and remarked that he hadn't seen it in years and was very interested in seeing it again.
BLOG LINK: http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2013/05/leonard-maltin-interviews-stanley-rubin.html
IMDB TRIVIA FOR THE FILM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047422/trivia\


Trailer for River of No Return:

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Speculation T. Cornpone: It's almost our last chance to dream about screenings for the TCMFF 2016. Passes have been arriving in the mail for a few days, and anxious passholders keep hoping for more updates. I also cannot wait to read about all the panels and interviews scheduled for Club TCM.

We might see interviews with Francis Ford Coppola, Gina Lollobrigida, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould, and many more special guests who have yet to be announced.


Burt Reynolds will be the subject for the celebrity interview at the Montalban Theatre, which will be screened later on TCM.


Here are some collected comments from friends who still have a 'fest wish list' before the final schedule magically appears on the TCM Film Festival 2016 website:



Joanne Woodward introducing any of her films like "The Long, Hot Summer," "The Three Faces of Eve," or "From The Terrace." (She is 93,)


Mamie Van Doren, "Teacher's Pet."


Ellyn Burstyn, and/or Jeff Bridges and/or Cybill Shepherd and/or Timothy Bottoms and/or Cloris Leachman, "The Last Picture Show."


Natasha Gregson Wagner introducing "Gypsy" or any of her mother's, Natalie Woods,' wonderful films.


Sissy Spacek and/or Tommy Lee Jones, "Coal Miner's Daughter"


Dina Merrill, "Butterfield 8" or maybe "The Sundowners." (She is 92.)


Diane Baker, "The Best of Everything."


Sue Lyon, "Night of the Iguana."


Stephanie Powers introducing William Holden's "Dear Ruth."


Doris Day introducing any of her films. (She is 94,)


Clint Eastwood and "Hang 'em High."


Burt Reynolds and Candace Bergen, "Starting Over."


Howard Hawks', "Fig Leaves," a Countess DeLave request.


Ingrid Bergman's daughters (Ingrid, Pia, Isabella) introducing the documentary "Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words."


Christa Fuller introducing Sam Fuller's "Pickup on South Street," or the recent Fuller documentary.


Rita Moreno and "The King and I."


Ben Mankiewicz introducing "A Letter to Three Wives."


Illeana Douglas introducing more of her grandfather's fabulous films. (The wonderful Melvyn Douglas!)


It would also be fun if Alan Arkin returned to join the introduction of "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming."


And my annual request, Joan Collins and "The Opposite Sex." (It was screened in October with Collins and Robert Osborne discussing Collins' career and experiences. Thank you, Mr. Tabesh, it was ten times of fabulous.)



Of course most pass holders I've spoken with or connected with on social media want Sylvester Stallone and/or Burt Young and/or Talia Shire to introduce "Rocky," and Robert Redford and/or Dustin Hoffman and/or Jane Alexander and/or Bob Woodward and/or Carl Bernstein to introduce "All The President's Men." The stage would be packed, and I'm sure the theater would be!


What do you want to see this year?

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Now that we have our passes (mine arrived yesterday), do you think we'll be seeing a complete schedule by the end of next week?


It seems that over half of the films have yet to be announced. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some of your favorites will be there.

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Kingrat, we usually see the final schedule at least three weeks before the festival, so yes, I'm hoping it will be next week.


They may still be finalizing agreements with special guests and rearanging schedule venues. I feel that we will have an exciting panel lineup this year, and have had a difficult time being patient to learn about all the Club TCM activiteis.


Maybe we can share a complimentary glass of the grape, courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola or the TCM Wine Club in Club TCM. I really enjoy the Coppola Claret. ;-)


Last year, I think there were more than 80 films screened, with 6 repeats as TBAs, 15 or so events in Club TCM, and 3 poolside screenings. So far, we only know about 25 films. ("Rocky" hasn't been added to the festival films page, but Rocky is on all the Spotlight passes, and the film banner is already flying somewhere on the Boulevard.) We still have about 50 or so films left to discover on the final schedule...

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Hope you all have had a chance to read the lovely tribute to actor Gregory Peck for his 100th birthday celebration shared on the TCM website by director Martin Scorsese. If not, here's the link: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1195475%7C0/Scorsese-Screens-for-April.html


TCM has been screening many of Peck's hallmark films today, and if you've missed some of them, check out the TCM mobile app.


We still don't have a schedule, but maybe sometime this week. The TCM Film Fest schedule magically appears with fanfare on the website and social media groups often chat about the selections.


If you are going to the festival, think about joining one of the many festival social groups available on the web.

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The social media sphere revealed a juicy tidbit about guests at the TCM Film Festival this year....

It seems documentarian and actress Cecilia Voll Peck, daughter of Gregory Peck, will attend the festival this year. Hopefully, she will be part of the discussion for her father's film, Keys to the Kingdom, his breakthrough role, and maybe we shall have a small celebration for Peck's 100th birthday.


I hope you all enjoyed TCM's birthday celebration  for Gregory Peck this week....

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Some of us thought the schedule might be out today, but it is not. However, two films have definitely been added, and the write-ups are available on the festival website:


BRIAN'S SONG, with Billy Dee Williams in attendance

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, with Angela Lansbury in attendance


With only two films being added, I'd guess that the schedule will not be ready before Monday. But I've been wrong before. There may be more added tomorrow, like the two today.

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I am thrilled that Angela Lansbury will be joining us again! Since we had an update today, I assume we should see a full schedule next week. I'm ecstatic with what we've found out today! :-)


Her first appearance at the festival was for an introduction to "Gaslight" a few years ago, and since her visit to the TCMFF, she's appeared in a touring stage production of "Driving Miss Daisy."


The fact that Carl Bernstein will be joining us, as well as recent Oscar-winning Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer of "Spotlight" fame. And I know so many will be thrilled that Billy Dee Williams will be in attendance for the iconic "Brian's Song!"



Here's an excerpt from the update:



From the latest email update: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continues to add screen icons and intriguing panels to its star-studded festival lineup during the 7th Annual 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, set to take place April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood.


Beloved Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Angela Lansbury joins the festival with a screening and conversation of The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the combination satire and political thriller. Oscar winning actress and singer Rita Moreno will introduce a 60th anniversary screening of the cherished musical The King and I (1956).


Emmy nominee Billy Dee Williams will present a screening of Brian’s Song (1971), the true story of friendship between Chicago Bears’ player Gale Sayers (Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan).

 Investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, Oscar winning director/ screenwriter Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), along with Oscar Winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight), join the festivities for opening night’s 40th Anniversary screening of the political thriller All The President’s Men (1976).


Club TCM, the central gathering point for festival passholders located in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, will feature a remarkable slate that includes:


 “Man’s Best Friend: Dogs in Film.” Movie icons are stars that evoke an immediate emotional response, and Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Old Yeller, Benji and Beethoven are right up there with the best of the two-legged variety. Join Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as he shares stills and clips from the Academy’s collections of dogs in movie history, and then interviews three of Canine Cinema’s biggest stars during a rare public appearance. Meet Clyde of Marley & Me (2008), Brigitte, the original Stella from Modern Family and the latest Lassie.


 “From Headlines to Ticket Lines” a panel discussion with director James Vanderbilt (Truth), Oscar winning writer Josh Singer (Spotlight), broadcast news producer and author Mary Mapes and print journalist/editor Ben Bradlee, Jr. about the challenges of dramatizing the work of journalists for the screen.

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Note from Robert Osborne recently pinned to our TCM Film Festival Forum:
"My TCM Family:
One of the things I look forward to most is TCM's annual Classic Film Festival. Those four days each spring are always high points of the year for me, so I'm disappointed I won't be able to join you at this year’s Festival.
As that old saying goes, "Life is what's happening while you’re making other plans.” A health issue has come up which requires attention, so I'll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time. I know you’re in good hands with all of our Festival hosts, including Ben Mankiewicz, who will offer you the best Festival-going experience. I’ve seen what’s been planned and it’s going to be great, as is the programming scheduled on TCM in the coming months, which I’ll be watching right along with you.
Meanwhile, I look forward to joining you again soon.
Robert Osborne"



I am very sad and disappointed to read about Robert Osborne's health issues and that he will not be able to attend the festival. Our hearts and prayers, good wishes and healing thoughts go out to him at this time, and hope that his health and his ability to enjoy the wonderful life he has created for himself continues.


Eventhough Robert Osborne can't be with us, the TCMFF team will ensure our festival experience will still be an exciting and enthralling one. Ben Mankiewicz, who is more popular than ever on social media, and at the festival, will be participating in many fan events, and introducing and emceeing many screenings. The TCM Family of personnel, fans, and friends  is lucky to have him, and lucky to have spent so much time with Robert Osborne at all of our TCM Festival events, and on the TCM Cruise.


I will again be a TCMFF Social Producer, and if you see me at the festival, please feel free to say "hello" or ask me questions about all my wonderful festival experiences. See you soon!


Sue X 2, AKA "Christy"

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We're certainly going to miss Robert Osborne this year. His warmth and his presence mean so much to TCM fans. In the early festivals he went out of his way to greet fans, shake hands, pose for pictures, and make himself available in Club TCM, and those who attended cherish those memories. He put himself through an exhausting schedule. We'll hope that he recovers quickly and is able to participate next year.


I had wondered if the festival was going to make a SPOTLIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN connection, and it's good news (pun intended) that that's going to happen. That panel discussion will probably be packed out.


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I feel the same way. Robert Osborne will be missed by fans and TCM staff. We all wish him well and send our prayers.


I am thrilled with the "Spotlight"/"All The President's Men" connection, too. Passholders are indeed lucky to have so many Oscar winners at the festival. Plus we have Rita Moreno introducing "The King and I."


She's a KEGOT! (Kennedy Center Honoree, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner!)



The lovely and talented Rita Dolores Moreno....


For those passholders who might be shaking their noggins about the inclusion of 1971's "Brian's Song" at this year's festival offerings, here's an article that makes the case: http://www.si.com/more-sports/2011/11/30/brians-song




"Brian's Song" was also a suggestion I made on other social media. The theme song of the film, written by Michel Legrand, was a popular hit and was even admired by Ella Fitzgerald. She loved it!


Did you know that Louis Gossett, Jr., a TCM Cruise veteran and TCM Film Festival special guest, was originally scheduled to portray the part that eventually went to Billy Dee Williams?


Maybe James Caan might join the special guest list with Billy Dee Williams to discuss how he finally decided to participate in the film....

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