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Honoring the late Gene Wilder at this year's festival would definitely be apropo.

 

I'd love to see 1975's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother as it was Wilder's directorial debut from Wilder's original screenplay, and it has never screened at the TCM Film Festival.

 

Rest In Peace, Gene Wilder.

 

Thank you for the joy you brought us!

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Ben will be interviewing a very special Guest Programmer tomorrow....

 

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This month's Guest Programmer is Thomas Bruno, a former policeman and retired firefighter who served during the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. A devoted movie buff and an enthusiastic supporter of TCM, Bruno has attended five of our TCM Classic Film Festivals as well as five TCM Classic Cruises. He has worked in movies and television as a stuntman and technical advisor, and has acted in a number of productions including the 2015 HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero.

 

Host Ben Mankiewicz concurs with Bruno that his first programming pick, Casablanca (1943), is an appropriate choice for the 15th anniversary of the attacks because it is "very patriotic." Bruno's second film is The Dirty Dozen (1967), picked partly because one of its stars is the late Ernest Borgnine, who befriended Bruno during one of the TCM cruises. Bruno dedicates his stint as Guest Programmer to his "343 brothers" from the New York City Fire Department who lost their lives on Sept. 11, as well as to fallen heroes from the Police Department and Port Authority Police.

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Yes, TCM is planning another fabulous initiative with the second year of Trailblazing Women!

TCM Film Festival special guests Jane Fonda and Rita Moreno will be part of the programming as co-hosts, as will writer and historian Cari Beauchamp, a popular festival presenter.

 

NEWSFLASH FROM THE TURNER PRESSROOM!

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

 

TCM Launches Second Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative Featuring Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany

 

Month-Long Programming Event Begins Oct. 4 Hosted by Illeana Douglas

 

Initiative Marks Continued Partnership with Women in Film, Los Angeles

 

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the second year of Trailblazing Women, a multi-year initiative in partnership with Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF) to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women in the film industry. This year’s programming event will feature acclaimed actresses Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany as co-hosts examining the remarkable impact of actresses on the movie industry. Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, Trailblazing Women premieres Oct. 4 and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the October.

 

The theme of the 2016 programming slate -Trailblazing Women: Actresses Who Made a Difference - highlights actresses during the early days of cinema through modern times with more than 40 films being shown. Joining Douglas as co-hosts will be:

 

Bette Midler – the Grammy® and Emmy® winning actress will examine Controlling Their Own Destiny, discussing actresses who made strides to mange their own careers in the midst of the Studio System including Marilyn Monroe (The Prince and the Showgirl, 1957), Mae West (She Done Him Wrong, 1933), Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, 1940) and Olivia de Havilland (Devotion, 1946), whose successful lawsuit against Warner Bros. ended the seven-year contract system.

 

Jane Fonda – the two-time Academy Award® winner will discuss Activism and actresses who became passionate advocates for a variety of causes, including Fonda’s own work as well Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were, 1973), an active philanthropist in political and social causes with her Streisand Foundation; Myrna Loy (The Thin Man, 1934), who served in the Red Cross during World War II; and Susan Sarandon (Joe, 1970), a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 

Rita Moreno – one of the few actors to have ever achieved the “EGOT” (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), Moreno will share her insights on Breaking Barriers, including Anna May Wong (Piccadilly, 1929), considered to be Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star; Hattie McDaniel who became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance in Gone With the Wind (1939); and Dorothy Dandridge (Bright Road, 1953) who was the first African American woman to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar.

 

Dana Delany - the actress and philanthropist will explore the Philanthropic work of actresses from Audrey Hepburn’s (Wait Until Dark, 1957) work with UNICEF to Elizabeth Taylor’s (Giant, 1956) AIDS Foundation, to Doris Day’s (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1960) Animal Foundation and Debbie Reynolds’ (The Tender Trap, 1955) work as president of The Thalians.

 

Jane Alexander – the actress and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts will explore Politics and Government Service, looking at actresses who had secondary careers away from the silver screen, including Shirley Temple Black (Bright Eyes, 1934), best remembered for her work as a child star who then began serving as a US Diplomat in the 1960s and eventually becoming the US Ambassador to Ghana; Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, 1969), who won two Best Actress Oscars and also served as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons; and Gina Lollobrigida (Hotel Pardiso, 1966) who became a a UN goodwill ambassador.

 

Lee Grant – the actress will explore Fighting the Blacklist including discussing her own story and introducing her performance in Shampoo (1975) along with examining the careers of Gale Sondergaard (The Letter, 1940), Marsha Hunt (Raw Deal, 1948), Dorothy Comingore (Citizen Kane, 1941) and Rosaura Revueltas (Salt of the Earth, 1954)

 

Dr. Emily Carman - an assistant professor of film studies at Chapman University, Carman will focus on the Wartime Contributions of several actresses during World War II, including Bette Davis (Hollywood Canteen, 1944) and Marlene Dietrich’s (A Foreign Affair, 1948) efforts to sell war bonds; and Hedy Lamarr (The Conspirators, 1944) who not only sold war bonds but developed a Spread Spectrum Radio technology to help with Allied communication.

 

Cari Beauchamp – the award-winning author and film documentarian will look at The Business of Film and Television and those actresses whose careers existed as much behind the camera as in front of it including Mary Pickford (Little Annie Rooney, 1925), Dorothy Davenport Reid (Mothers of Men, 1917), and Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People, 1980)

 

“Coming off the last year’s successful Trailblazing Women programming event highlighting the work of female directors, we are excited to continue to showcase the incredible influence of women in our industry,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “We’re thrilled to offer fans this comprehensive programming event featuring some of the great icons of our time as they explore the formidable effect actresses have had in movie history.”

 

“This years Trailblazing Women initiative allows us to feature a variety of actresses and showcase their work both on screen and off, driving home the incredible impact these actresses had throughout history and how they paved the way for the future of the industry and culture,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

 

“We are proud to once again join TCM on this series, not only to celebrate the historic achievements of these great actresses and trailblazers, but also to emphasize the need for gender parity in front of the camera in contemporary cinema, said Kirsten Schaffer, WIF executive director. “These programs make it clear that there has been and continues to be a wealth of talent available. In 2015, 32 percent of leads or co-leads in the top 100 films were women, we’d like to see that number get to 50 percent.”

 

For a complete a programming schedule and talent bios please visit: tcm.com/trailblazingwomen

 

About Women in Film (WIF)

Women In Film (WIF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.

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Thank you so much, lafitte! It's been a very busy birthday week, and I've had some lovely celebrations with family and friends. So sweet of you to remember!

 

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Ooh! Looks like there was a mini-reunion of TCM Guest Programmers tonight in New York City with 2014's Steve Hayes and Silver Screen Oasis Guest Author Brent Phillips (Chuck Walter's biographer). Sandwiched in the middle is supreme TCM researcher, author, and documentarian Alexa Foreman....

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Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy yesterday's visit with Greer Garson on TCM!

 

Kimberly Lindbergs has just visited the Coppola Winery. Here's a link to her Movie Morlocks article, which has several images of the winery and the memorabilia exhibits: http://moviemorlocks.com/2016/09/29/my-visit-to-the-francis-ford-coppola-winery/

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Trailblazing Women 2016 begins on Tuesday, October 4, with host Illeana Douglas interviewing writer, historian, and documentarian Cari Beauchamp. The topic is "THE BUSINESS OF FILM & TV....."

 

Here's a link to this year's promo and website with schedule information: http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/

 

Here's a video link from last year's wraparounds featuring a Beauchamp and Douglas disfcussion: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=trailblazing+women+TCM+video+2016&view=detail&mid=F8D7177B6C0C05E01B4BF8D7177B6C0C05E01B4B&FORM=VIRE

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All About FilmStruck:

 

On October 19, the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies will launch a subscription streaming service built by people who love movies for people who love movies. It will be unlike anything out there, with thematic programming, introductions, special features, and much more. FilmStruck, the primary service, programmed by the team at TCM, will feature a rotating selection of Criterion titles alongside movies licensed from sources around the world. A premium option for FilmStruck subscribers, the Criterion Channel will be our home base in the streaming space, programmed and produced by the Criterion team, where we can take our mission to a whole new level.

 

Criterion Channel subscribers will have unlimited access to the largest selection of Criterion titles ever available on a streaming service—all the time. Our own ever-expanding streaming library includes many of the best-known classics in the Criterion Collection, along with hundreds of rare films you won’t find in any other medium, but we’ll also be featuring full Criterion special editions of titles licensed from major studios as well as out-of-print titles and films that have never been available to us on home video. We’ve worked hard to make the Criterion Channel a worthwhile addition for our core Criterion Blu-ray and DVD customers and regular FilmStruck subscribers alike by creating original, channel-exclusive content, director profiles, live events, guest-curated series, and a programming rotation where there will be something new happening just about every night of the week.

We’ve had a great five years at Hulu, but the opportunity to build our own channel with the help of an incredible team like the one at TCM is a dream come true for our company. FilmStruck will be the exclusive streaming home of the Criterion Collection as of November 11, when our library will be leaving Hulu. The monthly cost of FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel together will be $10.99, but you can sign up for the FilmStruck newsletter to receive a free two-week trial offer when the services go live.

 

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For all you Blade Runner fans...

 

 

News from "THE CYBER," which will be important in the new world order.

 

The Blade Runner sequel has just been announced, Blade Runner 2049

 

Harrison Ford will be returning, as well as Ridley Scott.

 

Ryan Gosling and Denis Villanueve have been added to the cast as well....

 

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Those Trailblazing Women continue this week...

 

Dr. Emily Carman, pictured bottom left, is the guest host with Illeana Douglas Tuesday night. The theme is Wartime Contributions.

For the full schedule, visit: http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/schedule/

 

From the host archives:

 

Emily Carman is an assistant professor of Film Studies in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, where she teaches classes primarily on American cinema, film history, and stardom. She earned her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2008. She is the author of Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System (2016) on University of Texas Press, which uncovers how female stars including Constance Bennett, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, among others, all challenged Hollywood’s patriarchal structure by freelancing and working independently in the film industry during the 1930s. Through extensive, original archival research, her book rethinks standard histories of Hollywood to recognize female stars as creative artists, sophisticated businesswomen, and active players in the then (as now) male-dominated film industry. She is also co-editor of Hollywood and the Law (2015) published by BFI Press/Palgrave-Macmillian, which examines how the law influences and regulates the content and flow of Hollywood film and media. She has published articles in the journals Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Celebrity Studies, Cinephile, and The Moving Image. Prior to her appointment at Chapman, she worked for various motion picture archives and cultural institutions, including the Warner Bros. Archives of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she was curator, responsible for the preservation of the collection and its public access for research, as well as the Academy Film Archive, and L ‘Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, where she completed an internship in film restoration and preservation. In Spring 2016, she co-curated the film series “Independent Stardom Onscreen: Freelance Women in Hollywood” for the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which showcased various films made by the freelance actresses featured in her recent book.

 

TCMFF 2017 passes go on sale in November! Keep saving your nickels and dimes....

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PASSES GO ON SALE NOVEMBER 1!

 

"CITI® CARDMEMBER EXCLUSIVE PRESALE 10AM ET, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 — 10AM ET THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 AT CITIPRIVATEPASS.COM. 2017 PASSES GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 12PM ET"

 

Lee Grant co-hosts "Trailblazing Women" on Thursday, October 13 for "Fighting The Blacklis:."

The Letter, Shampoo, Raw Deal, Citizen Kane.

 

 

FilmStruck launches on October 19:  "FilmStruck gives you instant access to critically acclaimed films, hard to find gems and cult favorites from the world‘s greatest independent film libraries."

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New Biography of Sylvia Sidney by Scott O'Brien!  

 

Sylvia Sidney- Paid by the Tear

  • sylviasydney_paidbythetear_bk_100x148_09 By Scott O'Brien

    The path to stardom for Sylvia Sidney wasn't easy. Her father abandoned her when she was five. She was a shy, albeit bullheaded stutterer, and high school dropout. Acting brought her out of her shell. At age fifteen, critics raved about her "fragile charm and quiet grace" in the Theatre Guild School's production of Prunella. Off-stage she had a run-in with the school's director, who dismissed her. Sidney rationalized, "I just raised a little hell."

    It was the play Bad Girl that got Sidney a Paramount contract and the amorous attentions of producer B.P. Schulberg. In the arms of Gary Cooper, she was a knockout in City Streets. She followed that film with An American Tragedy and Street Scene, which established her reputation as the screen's Depression heroine. Throughout her career, Sidney acquired an impressive list of leading men: Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, and James Cagney. She claimed that Hollywood "paid me by the tear," but hated being pigeonholed, so she signed with producer Walter Wanger in 1935 and, with him, made her most famous hits: director Fritz Lang's Fury, Hitchcock's Sabotage, and William Wyler's Dead End.

    In the 1950s, Sidney played a variety of roles on stage, including as the title character in the acclaimed Auntie Mame cross-country tour. As a character actress, she finally got an Academy Award nomination for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973). Her surprise-turn in Tim Burton's immensely popular Beetlejuice (1988), as well as in Mars Attacks! (1996), brought her a whole new generation of fans.

    Sylvia Sidney- Paid by the Tear (BearManor, 2016) offers an insider's look into the personal life of the salty, opinionated, funny, natural-born actress. Scott O'Brien's exhaustive research is complimented by a treasure trove of 134 photos from Sylvia's personal life and career. 488 pages.


    Scott O'Brien's biographies Kay Francis: I Can't Wait to be Forgotten (2006) and Virginia Bruce: Under My Skin (2008), made the "Best of Year" category in Classic Images. He appeared in the documentaries **** Icon: the Cult of Bette Davis (2009) and Reabhloidithe Hollywood (2013). His Ruth Chatterton - Actress, Aviator, Author (2013), and George Brent - Ireland's Gift to Hollywood & its Leading Ladies (2014), were listed among The Huffington Post's "Best Film Books of the Year."

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New Biography of Sylvia Sidney by Scott O'Brien!  

 

Sylvia Sidney- Paid by the Tear

  • sylviasydney_paidbythetear_bk_100x148_09 By Scott O'Brien

     

    The path to stardom for Sylvia Sidney wasn't easy. Her father abandoned her when she was five. She was a shy, albeit bullheaded stutterer, and high school dropout. Acting brought her out of her shell. At age fifteen, critics raved about her "fragile charm and quiet grace" in the Theatre Guild School's production of Prunella. Off-stage she had a run-in with the school's director, who dismissed her. Sidney rationalized, "I just raised a little hell."

     

    It was the play Bad Girl that got Sidney a Paramount contract and the amorous attentions of producer B.P. Schulberg. In the arms of Gary Cooper, she was a knockout in City Streets. She followed that film with An American Tragedy and Street Scene, which established her reputation as the screen's Depression heroine. Throughout her career, Sidney acquired an impressive list of leading men: Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, and James Cagney. She claimed that Hollywood "paid me by the tear," but hated being pigeonholed, so she signed with producer Walter Wanger in 1935 and, with him, made her most famous hits: director Fritz Lang's Fury, Hitchcock's Sabotage, and William Wyler's Dead End.

     

    In the 1950s, Sidney played a variety of roles on stage, including as the title character in the acclaimed Auntie Mame cross-country tour. As a character actress, she finally got an Academy Award nomination for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973). Her surprise-turn in Tim Burton's immensely popular Beetlejuice (1988), as well as in Mars Attacks! (1996), brought her a whole new generation of fans.

     

    Sylvia Sidney- Paid by the Tear (BearManor, 2016) offers an insider's look into the personal life of the salty, opinionated, funny, natural-born actress. Scott O'Brien's exhaustive research is complimented by a treasure trove of 134 photos from Sylvia's personal life and career. 488 pages.

     

     

    Scott O'Brien's biographies Kay Francis: I Can't Wait to be Forgotten (2006) and Virginia Bruce: Under My Skin (2008), made the "Best of Year" category in Classic Images. He appeared in the documentaries **** Icon: the Cult of Bette Davis (2009) and Reabhloidithe Hollywood (2013). His Ruth Chatterton - Actress, Aviator, Author (2013), and George Brent - Ireland's Gift to Hollywood & its Leading Ladies (2014), were listed among The Huffington Post's "Best Film Books of the Year."

 

 

Thanks for the tip about these biographies;  Love both Sidney and Francis;  two actress that need to be remembered. 

 

While Davis is my favorite,  she of course is iconic.   It is those that aren't that we must ensure are not lost in the dustbin of history.

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Tickled that I was able to enlighten you, jamesjazzguitar!

Sylvia Sidney is a fabulous subject for biography. I can't wait to read Scott O'Brien's new book.

 

Thank you!

 

AND......Tonight on TCM's second year focusing on #TRAILBLAZING WOMEN:

 

She said "Yes!" to everything!

 

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Lee Grant explores "Fighting the Blacklist" with THE LETTER, SHAMPOO, RAW DEAL, and CITIZEN KANE tonight with Illeana Douglas.

 

 

 

While still in her teens, Lee Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway talent, winning the Critics Circle Award for her performance as the shoplifter in DETECTIVE STORY. She recreated this portrayal on film, garnering the Cannes Film Festival award as Best Actress, her first Academy Award nomination and an invitation into the prestigious Actors Studio.

 

Ms. Grant’s impressive film debut was cut short by the McCarthy Era entertainment industry blacklist. After 12 years, she resumed a stunning film career, beginning with a 1966 Emmy Award for PEYTON PLACE and culminating with a 1976 Academy Award for SHAMPOO. During this time, she also received much attention for her riveting performance in the 1967 Academy Award winning picture IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, another Emmy Award for the NEON CEILING and Academy Award nominations for THE LANDLORD and VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED.

 

Ms. Grant remained involved with creative, innovative theater on both the east and west coasts. She won the 1964 Obie Award for THE MAIDS. She performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival as Ekectra, on PBS’s Theater in America series as Arkadina in The Seagull, on Broadway in Neil Simons Prisoner of Second Avenue and his film Plaza Suite and at the Williamstown Playhouse. She opened the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in the Little Foxes, and helped to establish the Actors Studio West.

 

In 1974, Ms Grant was accepted as a student director in the first Women’s Project at the American Film Institute. Her adaptation of Strindberg’s THE STRONGER still stands as one of the ten best films ever produced for AFI. She went on to direct her first feature film, the critically acclaimed TELL ME A RIDDLE, as well as her first documentary, THE WILLMAR 8.

 

Since 1980, Ms. Grant has concentrated on her directorial efforts. She and her husband Joseph Feury launched an independent production company in 1982 and have since produced a number of award winning films. Their credits include five documentaries, made for HBO’s America Undercover series. WHEN WOMEN KILL profiled women serving prison sentences for homicide convictions. WHAT SEX AM I? explored transvestite and transsexual lifestyles. BATTERED looked at the issue of domestic violence. WOMEN ON TRIAL examined court custody battles. DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA examined homelessness throughout the country and garnered both an Academy Award and a Cable Ace Award in 1986.

 

Of the company’s made-for-television movies, Ms. Grant received the 1987 Directors Guild Award for the CBS film NOBODY’S CHILD and the 1989 FIPA D’Argent at the Cannes International Television Festival for NO PLACE LIKE HOME, also on CBS. In the early 1990’s she directed three more television movies – SEASONS OF THE HEART for CBS, REUNION for CBS and FOLLOWING HER HEART for NBC. Ms. Grant also returned to the screen as an actress, working on network television and in the feature films DEFENDING YOUR LIFE and IT’S MY PARTY.

 

In 1983, she received the Congressional Arts Caucus Award for outstanding achievement in acting and independent filmmaking. In 1984, she received a New York Drama Critics Award nomination for her direction of Vaclav Havel’s A PRIVATE VIEW at the Public Theater. In 1989, Women in Film paid tribute to Ms. Grant with their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, both the New York City Council and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors recognized her for the contribution her films have made to the fight against domestic violence.

 

Her documentary SAY IT! FIGHT IT! CURE IT! – about breast cancer, aired on Lifetime Television in October 1997. The following month, Lee Grant received another Lifetime Achievement Award, with a retrospective screening of her acting and directorial work, at the celebrated Hamptons International Film Festival.

Ms. Grant has directed several INTIMATE PORTRAITS for Lifetime Television, among them Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Mia Farrow, Tipper Gore, Elizabeth Taylor and Gloria Steinem – Lifetime’s 100th portrait. Ms. Grant received a Gilda Award for her INTIMATE PORTRAIT of Madeline Kahn, and INTIMATE PORTRAIT BELLA ABZUG was the recipient of a Gracie Award. Ms. Grant directed the documentary, CONFRONTING THE CRISIS: CHILDCARE IN AMERICA, which aired on Lifetime in April 1999.

 

In the year 2000 Ms. Grant was lured back to the screen by the opportunity to work with director Robert Altman in Dr. T. and the Women.

 

Ms. Grant directed, the documentaries, the GUN DEADLOCK for Lifetime Television and a PBS AMERICAN MASTERS on SIDNEY POITIER. In 2006 she directed an HBO documentary on Kirk and Michael Douglas, FATHER AND SON – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

 

Ms. Grant, with husband Joe Feury, produced a critically acclaimed documentary on medics and the wounded in Iraq, “Baghdad ER”, which was released in 2006 on HBO and won the Emmy and the Peabody Award and several others.

 

Her memoir, I Said Yes To Everything was published in June 2014.

 

Personally, I am delighted to see Lee Grant on TCM tonight!  I know she has many fans who would thrill to her attendance at the upcoming TCMFF 2017. Grant was also in the cult favorite, Valley of the Dolls, and has the iconic line that goes something like this: "All cats are grey in the dark."  Dolls is having a 50th Anniversary this year.

 

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Barbara Parkins, Lee Grant, and the late Patty Duke at a screening of Valley of the Dolls...

 

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Lee Grant as Miriam Polar....

 

Who wouldn't love a fabulous interview with Lee Grant in Club TCM? She may want to distance herself from her work in Valley of the Dolls, but I know, from all the comments I hear from TCMFF fans, that they would enjoy a screening of the film and would pack club TCM for an interview.

 

TCM BACKLOTS is adding expanded interviews from the #TRAILBLAZING WOMEN series on its website.

Check it out! If you're not yet a member, you might want to be!

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Robert Osborne's latest comments about Christopher Lee during the month of October...

 

"October is always a month we look forward to here at TCM-- what better month to feature a variety of our favorite horror films, from cult hits to truly terrifying fare? And who better to highlight as our Star of the Month than Christopher Lee, whose work with Hammer Horror came to define the cinematic vision of Dracula as much as Bela Lugosi's 1931 take (itself airing on Oct. 28)? In fact, by the numbers Lee has a leg up on Lugosi-- in films, he played the Count ten times compared to Lugosi's two! And his version of the popular vampire, not to mention his performances as The Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster, are truly unique and distinctive. While it would have been easy to simply mimic the work of Lugosi or Boris Karloff, Lee took these iconic movie monsters and made them his own. (A not so easy feat when you think about it--how many of us associate those creatures with their 1930s portrayals?) Throughout the month, you'll have plenty of opportunity to see Lee's work in the horror genre--both for Hammer as well as other studios--including the TCM premieres of The Oblong Box (1969), Scream and Scream Again (1970) and Nothing but the Night (1973), as well as an entire evening of his Dracula films on Oct. 24. And, fittingly enough, you'll get a chance to spend Halloween night with this legendary actor with primetime devoted to six of the films he made for Hammer.

 

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Born in London, England, Lee received a degree in Classics from Wellington College and, following the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Royal Air Force. After the war, Lee decided to pursue acting, making his debut not long after. With his commanding height, not to mention his striking presence, it is, perhaps, no surprise that he became a go-to choice to play villains. And, these villains were not confined to low-budget horror either. While Lee certainly was able to amass a large fan base with his work at Hammer, he also maintained a high-level career with more important studio films (which was a great compliment to him and his talents). In fact, Lee achieved an usual career feat: appearing as villains in three major Hollywood franchises--Star Wars (as Count Dooku), James Bond (as Francisco Scaramanga) and The Lord of the Rings (as Saruman). (An interesting side-note, Lee was the only member of the Lord of the Rings cast to have met J.R.R. Tolkien, having been a fan of the books.)

Of course, his double-gated career owed as much to his incredible work ethic as to his talent, with Lee appearing almost non-stop in films from the start of his career in 1948 (making his debut in Corridor of Mirrors) until his death at the age of 93 in 2015. He remains one of the most recognizable actors to generations of filmgoers and each Monday night in October, you'll get a sampling of just how versatile his career truly was. And if horror and fantasy are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of examples of Lee's work outside these genres. You'll get a chance to see him in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Crimson Pirate (1952, opposite Burt Lancaster) and A Tale of Two Cities (1958) as well as in the popular Fu Manchu films.

 

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If there is one film I would recommend among the many great titles we're airing each Monday, it would be Jinnah (1998), which is making its North American premiere right here on TCM. A Pakistani production, Lee stars as the country's founder, a casting decision that was initially met with criticism in Pakistan (due mainly to his previous work as Dracula). But when it premiered, the film, and his role, became the most critically acclaimed of his career. Lee himself would go on to say that the role was the most important he'd ever done. But sadly for Lee, and for us, the film never premiered in the U.S., until now. We do hope you'll join us for this premiere as well as for all the wonderful films playing during our tribute. There certainly is something for everyone this month on TCM as we celebrate the remarkable career of Christopher Lee."

by Robert Osborne

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Jane Alexander discusses Politics and Government Service tonight with host Illeana Douglas on Trailblazing Women...

"As a four-time Oscar nominee for the films Testament, Kramer vs. Kramer, All the President’s Men, and The Great White Hope, Jane Alexander has appeared in over 70 big screen and television roles, including: Brubaker, The Cider House Rules, Sunshine State, Feast of Love, Terminator Salvation, and Mr. Morgan’s Last Love with Michael Caine. Jane recently made a cameo appearance in Jon Avnet’s film The Three Christs of Ypsilanti starring Richard Gere.

On television, Jane won Emmy Awards for Playing for Time and Warm Springs and a Television Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. Other nominations and awards include those for roles in Calamity Jane, Malice in Wonderland, and A Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, which she also produced for PBS. Jane co-starred in the HBO series Tell Me You Love Me and starred in the Super Channel’s Forgive Me. Jane had a recurring role on NBC’s The Blacklist starring James Spader, on CBS’s The Good Wife and on CBS’s Elementary. This past year, Ms. Alexander shot the USA pilot Brooklyn Animal Control.

Ms. Alexander’s distinguished stage career has taken her from Broadway to London’s West End, and to regional theatres from Atlanta to Los Angeles. She has performed in more than 100 plays, among them her Tony-winning role in The Great White Hope and Tony-nominated roles in The Sisters Rosensweig, Find Your Way Home, and 6 Rms Riv Vu”. Jane has been honored with numerous awards: the Obie, Drama League, Drama Desk and Theatre World to name a few, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1994. She was most recently seen on stage in Chasing Manet, The Breath of Life, A Moon to Dance By, and The Lady From Dubuque.

Jane has narrated dozens of books and voice-overs and is a screenwriter and producer as well as an actress. In 1994 President Clinton appointed Ms. Alexander as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Senate unanimously confirmed her. She held the position for four years, while successfully battling to save the agency from elimination. Her book Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics documents her tenure. Jane has been active as a wildlife conservationist for many years and currently sits on the board of the National Audubon Society. In 2012, she was awarded the Indianapolis Prize’s Global Wildlife Ambassador Award. In September of 2016, Jane’s new book will be released: Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth."

Tonight's films:
The Great White Hope, Women In Love, Hellcats of the Navy, and Hotel Paradiso.
Check the TCM Schedule for your region....


I enjoyed Alexander's iconic performance in "All The President's Men," which was the Gala Premiere Screening at this year's TCMFF 2016...

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Update:
It's time to go to the credit union, raid those PayPal accounts, have a garage sale, and search the couch for change! Do whatever you need to do to secure your "ticket to ride" to the most exciting film festival in the Western Hemisohere!

Get ready to purchase those passes for the thrilling installment of TCMFF 2017!

"TCM is excited to announce that passes to the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood will go on sale to the general public at 12pm/noon (ET) on November 3, 2016.

And, for the fifth consecutive year, Turner Classic Movies and Citi, Official Card of the TCM Classic Film Festival, are pleased to announce a limited quantity of 2017 Festival passes will be available for advance purchase by Citi® cardmembers.

This online only presale is available exclusively through citiprivatepass.com from 10am (ET), Tuesday, November 1 until 10am (ET), Thursday, November 3, 2016.

To purchase during this presale Citi® cardmembers should visit citiprivatepass.com beginning November 1, find the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival page, and click through the special storefront. As pass quantities for this exclusive presale are limited, we encourage Citi® cardmembers to act quickly to purchase their passes.

There are four levels of Festival Passes to choose from: The Palace, The Classic, The Essential and The Spotlight."

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Author Lynn Zook is winging her way to Vegas for a presentation at the Las Vegas State Museum this weekend to discuss her latest book, Gambling On a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955, lately featured in our TCM Books section here.

 

Critic and author Molly Haskell's latest edition of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies is featured in Suzi Doll's latest offering on the Movie Morlocks here in conjunction with October's Trailblazing Women here on TCM.

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The lively Steve Hayes will visit The Silver Screen Oasis on Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, for a traditional Q & A.

 

Steve is known as Youtube's self-styled king of classic cinema enthusiasm, and has been sharing his love of Hollywood's Golden Era gems on Youtube since 2009 with his "Tired Old Queen of the Movies" series. He was also featured in a Movie Morlocks article a few years ago, and has a large following on his channel.

Steve reveals all about Joseph Mankiewicz' s "A Letter To Three Wives" (1949) featuring Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, Jeanne Crain, Kirk Douglas, Connie Gilchrist, and Thelma Ritter

 

In a 2010 interview with Medusamorlock on the TCM website feature The Movie Morlocks, Steve reveals he's an accomplished actor in movies — Trick, The Big Gay Musical — an author and lyricist ("Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village"), award-winning comedian and cabaret performer, a performing arts educator (Cabaret Convention at Yale, Cazenovia College), a talented musical comedy Renaissance man.  He’s also a veteran of NYC’s annual Gayfest theatre festival, and his one-man show Steve Hayes’ Hollywood Reunion was about his relationship, as a gay man, with old movies, a topic that also informs his Tired Old Queen productions. 

 

As Steve shares in the article: '…my dear friend and director Vincent J. Cardinal kept telling me that I should be sharing my love for old movies with a bigger audience.  He suggested we set a camera up in my apartment; shoot me talking about old movies just off the top of my head, exactly as I always do everywhere and anywhere. No fuss, no muss. Keep it simple. Then he said: 'Now, what should we call it?' I said; 'STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies!' I want to 'pass the torch,' so to speak, to the next generation. When I first moved to New York, I learned a lot from the older gay men who loved the movies as I did and shared their views and turned me on to films I’d never experienced before. I’m forever grateful.

 

“STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies” is, quite simply, a love letter to the old movies. 'I have been a devout movie addict since I was very young and have never wavered in my adoration and genuine awe of the classic motion pictures I grew up watching. I always say, I know this stuff like straight guys know baseball.  Some baseball fan will say to me: 'I know who played in the 1941 World Series!'  And my comeback is; 'I know who won Best Supporting Actress in 1941 and who she got it over!' "

 

Steve was also a guest host on Turner Classic Movies to celebrate TCM's 20th Anniversary in 2014,  introducing the sci-fi classic, “Them!" with Robert Osborne

 

 

Hayes has also appeared as:

 

Horton in Suessical: The Musical
Pseudolis  in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum
Mayor Shinn in The Music Man
The Barber in Man Of La Mancha starring Terance Mann
Edna in Hairspray
"Polonious" in Hamlet
And many others...
 

Steve's Tumblr page: http://toqoffice.tumblr.com/page/2

Steve's Youtube page: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCdFnabzwv2SGIBX0tApn6EQ

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Come welcome Steve Hayes this weekend at The Silver Screen Oasis for a rousing Q & A!

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Those Trailblazing Women only have two more roundups!

 

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Dana Delany (picturd middle, left) visits with Illeana Douglas on Tuesday...She'll introduce "Wait Until Dark," "Giant," "Please Don't Eat The Daisies," and "The Tender Trap," focusing on Philanthropy.

 

(Audrey Hepburn for Unicef, Elizabeth Taylor for her AIds charities, Doris Day for her efforts on behalf of pets and other animals, and Debbie Reynolds for her work with the Thalians and her decades-long guardianship of vast collections of costumes and other memorabilia.)

 

"Dana Delany made her mark as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy on ABC-TV’s critically acclaimed series China Beach, for which she received two Emmy Awards and four nominations for Best Dramatic Actress. Delany is currently co-starring with Ron Perlman in the Amazon series drama Hand of God which returns for a second season in 2017. From 2011-2013, Delany starred as brilliant neurosurgeon turned medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt in the ABC drama Body of Proof.

 

Following her graduation from Wesleyan University, Dana, a Stamford, Connecticut native, went to New York where she honed her skills in daytime television and theatre. She starred on Broadway in “A Life” and received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions including Nicholas Kazan’s “Blood Moon” which led to her arrival in Los Angeles for the west coast production of the controversial drama. Opting to stay in Los Angeles after the run of the play, Dana was soon cast in many popular television shows including Moonlighting, and Magnum, P.I.

 

Dana has appeared in numerous films including Tombstone, Housesitter, Fly Away Home, Exit to Eden, Light Sleeper, Moon Over Parador, Masquerade, Patty Hearst, Where the River Runs Black, Almost You, Route 30, A Beautiful Life, Multiple Sarcasms and Freelancers.

 

For three seasons, Dana portrayed Katherine Mayfair on the acclaimed ABC series Desperate Housewives. She was also featured in a two-part episode arc on the ABC’s series Castle, where she portrayed Special Agent Jordan Shaw, an FBI profiler. Other television credits include: CBS’s Presidio Med, Fox’s Pasadena, and NBC’s Kidnapped opposite Timothy Hutton. Episodic work includes Family Law, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for outstanding guest actress in a drama series and more recently FX’s The Comedians, opposite Billy Crystal.

 

Television mini-series include: Shake, Rattle & Roll, True Women, and Wild Palms. Some of the movies for television in which Dana has starred include Resurrection and The Patron Saint of Liars, both directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, For Hope, in which she played a woman suffering from Scleroderma, directed by Bob Saget, Lifetime’s Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story, Showtime’s Sirens, Rescuers: Stories of Courage, and Conviction with Omar Epps, and The Right Temptation for HBO. Dana produced and starred in the ABC telefilm Final Jeopardy based on New York sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s novel. Last fall she appeared in the French mini-series Une Chance de Trop, based on Harlan Coben’s novel No Second Chance.

 

Dana’s theatre credits include Translations, Much Ado About Nothing, opposite Billy Campbell at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and the Pulitzer prize-winning play Dinner With Friends, alternating roles in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. In 2007, she appeared in Neil Labute’s Things We Said Today at the EST marathon in New York. In 2013, she starred in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman at the South Coast Repertory.

 

Since 1996, Dana has provided voice-over work as Lois Lane on the WB’s animated series Superman, The Batman/Superman Adventures, Justice League, and The Batman.

 

Dana serves on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for the chronic, degenerative disorder. With a strong belief in the importance of supporting writers who have a unique voice, Delany also serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and the Ojai Playwrights Conference."

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