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Anyone catch last night's late screening of 1972's "The Ruling Class?" Could this film be on our 2017 roster? I tend to agree with Roger Ebert concerning his estimation of this film's merits. First half-comedy of British eccentricities, Second half-a meandering descent into madness. But as a black comedy, it does have its moments. Coral Browne, "Auntie Mame's" Auntie Vera, and Mrs. Vincent Price, actually looks lovelier and younger than she appeared in the 1959 film of Patrick Dennis' wacky but well-turned out aunt. How does that happen without a miracle or a savvy surgeon? Jack Hawkins ("Zulu" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai") was one of the producers! Alistair Sim volunteered to play the wacky, befuddled bishop! The humor is a little difficult to navigate if you're not British. "Gurney," the family name is more than likely a possible reference to "Barrow Gurney," a mental hospital near Bristol. Raking over the dust-covered Anglo-Saxon institutions seething with tradition is a staple of this unusual cult film. A cult comedy classic....


Roger Ebert's review from 1983: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-ruling-class-1972

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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking up permanent residence in the shadowy world of film noir with the launch of Noir Alley, a new programming franchise hosted by Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941).


Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, was a favorite among 1940s and 1950s moviegoers and continues to be one of the most popular genres of classic film today. Noir Alley will showcase film noir's heavy hitters each week including the below March lineup:


March 5: The Maltese Falcon (1941), the unforgettable classic about "the stuff that dreams are made of," directed by first-time director John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet


March 12: Detour (1945), a remarkable and highly influential film directed on a shoestring budget by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage


March 19: Act of Violence (1948), a revenge tale about WWII veterans directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Van Heflin and Robert Ryan


March 26: Tension (1949), an engrossing thriller about a would-be wife killer directed by John Berry and starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter


Noir Alley is designed to be an immersive, multiplatform experience for both seasoned noir fans and newcomers to the genre. Fans are invited to engage with the Noir Alley community through social media by:


Joining the conversation on the @NoirAlley Twitter page (twitter.com/NoirAlley) and Noir Alley Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NoirAlley) and tagging #NoirAlley;

Participating in a live tweeting session through the @NoirAlley Twitter handle during the March 5 screening of The Maltese Falcon


Diving into Noir Alley's Twitter and Facebook pages, which will feature a constantly refreshed collection of special content, including exclusive videos from Eddie Muller.


“With this series dedicated to nothing but film noir, we will trace the evolution from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "As one of the foremost experts on film noir and a noir preservationist, Eddie Muller is the perfect guide to lead fans into the shadows each week for an immersive, hard-boiled experience.”


“Film noir offers more than just entertainment,” said Muller. “They serve as a vital part of both film and American history and I’m honored to have the opportunity to share these cinematic treasures – from the well-known classics to the unsung gems waiting to be rediscovered – with TCM's community of movie lovers."




For a complete schedule, please visit TCM.com/noiralley.

Or go here: http://1166199035.rsc.cdn77.org/TCM-00125_NoirAlley-Schedule.pdf


See more at: https://www.turner.com/pressroom/tcm-launch-new-noir-themed-programming-franchise-noir-alley#sthash.xbmbnkHk.dpuf

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I'm excited about Noir Alley with Eddie Muller, and I hope you are, too! I'm also wondering about our next TCM Film Festival 2017 update. What's up with the schedule, Doc?


What film images do I want to see pop up on the TCM Film Festival website?

Victor, Victoria (with Lesley Anne Warren and/or Julie Andrews)
Anne of The Thousand Days (with scheduled guest Genevieve Bujold)
The Opposite Sex (the oft-reviled 'remake' of "The Women," which should be accepted on its own 'merits')
The Ruling Class
Baghdad Cafe (
with C.C.H. Pounder)
Starting Over (with Candice Bergen)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (with Mel!)
Star Wars (40th anniversary time)
Merry Melodies ("I Love to Singa")

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (60th Anniversary!!!)
The Gods Must Be Crazy (South African comedy and a 35th anniversary!)
Dear Ruth (with William Holden and Joan Caulfield)

And a few more!

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Author and historian Jeremy Arnold will visit The Silver Screen Oasis this weekend from March 3-March 5!


THE ESSENTIALS: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter


From the TCM website:


"Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere. With a foreward by TCM Host Robert Osborne, Arnold's compilation of films has been deemed a classic by Amazon reviewers.


Based on the hit series, THE ESSENTIALS by Jeremy Arnold showcases 52 must-see movies from the silent era to modern times. Readers can enjoy one film per week, like on the show, for a year of great viewing, or indulge in a movie-watching binge-fest. Each film is profiled with entertaining discourse on why it's an Essential, and running commentary is provided by TCM's Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present: Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner.


Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history throughout, THE ESSENTIALS is the ultimate curated guide to 52 films that define the meaning of the word "classic."



Kelly Pantaleoni has her copy of The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter signed by author Jeremy Arnold in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel....


Jeremy Arnold is an author, film historian, and classic-movie commentator. His book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Running Press, 2016), is the companion to TCM’s Essentials series. With a foreword by Robert Osborne and running commentary from all past and present Essentials hosts, it explores the background and significance of 52 of the films that have been shown to date on TCM as “essential” movie watching.


Since 2003, Jeremy has written over 500 programming articles and classic film reviews for the TCM website. His 2012 coffee-table book, Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, was published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as the official companion to the Blu-ray release of David Lean’s epic. His essays on the making of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can’t Take It With You and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town were published by Sony in recent Blu-ray digibooks; a new piece on Lost Horizon is upcoming.



Ben Mankiewicz discusses aspects of The Essentials during Jeremy Arnold's Guest Programming appearance on TCM.....


Jeremy also contributed to the 2003 edition of Jeanine Basinger’s book The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre. Further essays and interviews with filmmakers and industry professionals have appeared over the years in Variety, Moviemaker, Premiere, and the Directors Guild of America magazine.


To date, Jeremy has recorded six audio commentaries for DVD or Blu-ray releases: Ride Lonesome (1959), Ladies of Leisure (1930), Jamaica Inn (1939), Lured (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), and No Highway in the Sky (1951). Twice he has been engaged as a guest programmer, host, and lecturer aboard Crystal Cruises with classic film themes—including a complete career tribute to Marilyn Monroe.


A native of Washington, D.C., Jeremy resides in Los Angeles but is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.


Please help us welcome author Jeremy Arnold to The Silver Screen Oasis this weekend. We are delighted to have him visit us this weekend here:


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FYI: The final schedule for last year's festival was released on Monday, April 11, which was just 17 days before the festival.

From 2012: Festival Fans with Ben Mankiewicz at the HRH....



From 2013: Fans in the gallery at the Footprint Ceremony...



From 2014: Some closeups of the lovely display to celebrate TCM's 20th Anniversary...





An after, and I mean "way" after party....with Sean Cameron, "Sue Sue," Author Lynn Zook, a  TCM original MB member, Kingrat, and MB member Butterscotchgreer.....





TCM's Host for Disney From The Vault Series Leonard Maltin and Documentarian Alexa Foreman...



TCMFF 2014 pass holders do the Red Carpet Rumba....


Hitchcock heroines Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak pose for admiring media and fans....





Ben Mankiewicz discusses aspects of The Essentials during Jeremy Arnold's Guest Programming appearance on TCM.....


Esteemed author Jeremy Arnold visits the Silver Screen Oasis this weekend to discuss his book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter: http://www.silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=6989

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More TCM Film Fest Memories...


From 2014...Merrie Spaeth does the Red Carpet Rumba and introduces

The World of Henry Orient with Paula Prentiss during the festival when they are interviewed by Cari Beauchamp...




TCM's Shannon Clute with TCM Film Festival fans....

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Unfortunately, Robert Osborne has passed away in New York.

 From The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-osborne-dead-turner-classic-movies-host-was-84-727070


The onetime actor, mentored by Lucille Ball, wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Rambling Reporter column for more than 25 years.


Robert Osborne, the former columnist for The Hollywood Reporter who as the genial and scholarly host of Turner Classic Movies became a beloved icon to a legion of groupies with gray hair, died Monday in New York, the cable network announced. He was 84. 



"Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend," TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement. "His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support of film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today, and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid."

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Author and historian Jeremy Arnold shared some lovely comments yesterday about working with Robert Osborne during his visit to The Silver Screen Oasis:


"With the sad news of Robert Osborne's passing today, I wanted to come back here and add that one of the highlights of doing this book was going through hours and hours of introduction videos from The Essentials broadcasts. All the highlighted quotes in the book by Osborne and the guest hosts are excerpts from their actual on-...air discussions (or, in some cases, from the transcripts of the complete discussion from which the on-air intro was edited). From the very beginning, a point of the book was to have Robert's voice running throughout. I'm a fan of his as much as anyone else, and it was a pleasure to see and hear him again talking about these great pictures. I will also note that I never had any trouble finding a good quote from him -- and this was not always the case with the guest hosts! In three cases, TCM could not locate videos or transcripts of the discussions, and Robert graciously wrote new blurbs specifically for this book. Those were for Double Indemnity, Rear Window, and Once Upon a Time in the West. And of course he wrote a great foreword. His personality is all over the book, and that was intentional. May he truly rest in peace."









For more about Jeremy Arnold's visit, stop by The Silver Screen Oasis: http://www.silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=6989

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More Memories from Robert's friends:


From Eddie Muller's Facebook page:
"THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, BOB. Excitement over beginning my new "Noir Alley" show on TCM turned to sorrow this morning with news that Robert Osborne has died. He'd been in failing health for quite a while, but we all held out hope he'd recover and reclaim his rightful place on the TCM throne. I called Bob the "Walter Cronkite of American Cinema," since he so brilliantly had earned the trust of the movie-loving public. He is, frankly, irreplaceable.
I first worked with Bob when he invited me to share hosting duties at his own film festival in Athens, Georgia. I was primarily there to introduce "Double Indemnity," but he surprised me by asking me to co-host a screening of "All About Eve"—his favorite movie! I knew a fraction of what Bob knew about the film, but he masterfully propped me up and made me look better than I deserved. I learned more about "hosting" from Bob in ten minutes onstage than I had in the previous years combined.
We had a great time a few years ago taping a segment for TCM called "A Night in Noir City," and once again I learned a LOT being able to watch him at work in the studio. Since then, it was always a pleasure to share time with him at TCM events, where he proved himself to be even more gracious and generous than anyone who only saw him on TV could really know.
A colleague at TCM called me this morning to share the news—he'd expected the call to be about the tremendous response to "Noir Alley." Instead, we commiserated about the network losing its iconic host, and I choked up when he said, "You know Bob adored you, right?" Well, it was mutual.

Robert Osborne was a wonderful man, and a brilliant light in all our movie-loving lives."
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Thanks for the great pictures, SueSue.


What should the FedEx man just deliver but my festival pass? Four weeks from tomorrow will be opening night. Here's hoping the complete schedule will be out by the end of next week.


It's almost time! And thanks for the updates from social media.

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Kingrat, it's so wonderful to know that I'll be seeing you soon! :-)




To read Kim Novak's heartfelt comments about the passing of Robert Osborne, connect to her social media page here: https://www.facebook.com/KimNovakActress/?ref=ts&fref=ts


imagejpg1_zps84ccd183.jpg (Photo courtesy of Sue Sue)


Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak on the TCMFF Red Carpet, 2014....

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It's twue. It's twue. It's weally twue.


Rob Reiner and Carl Reiner will have a Hand and Footprint Ceremony, and The Princess Bride and The Jerk will be a part of our esteemed TCMFF 2017 lineup!


15 Things You Might Not Know About The Princess Bride from Mental Floss: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62073/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-princess-bride

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From The TCM Film Fest Website:


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor legendary father and son film icons Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner during a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX® in Hollywood during the eigth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 7. TCM will celebrate the storied careers of the father and son duo who have collectively worked in the industry for over a century and amassed countless accolades along the way. This marks the first occasion that a father and son have jointly been honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX®.


Industry titan Carl Reiner has been a celebrated director and comedic performer for more than 70 years, gaining a loyal following for his sketch comedy work alongside Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks and for directing such beloved films as Oh, God! (1977), Dead Men Don’t War Plaid (1982), Where’s Poppa? (1970), The Jerk (1979) and for creating and writing The Dick Van Dyke Show, for which he collected multiple Emmys® during his career.


Filmmaker and political activist Rob Reiner has had an equally illustrious career, from his Emmy®-award winning role on the revered television sitcom All in the Family to his work behind the camera, directing such American cinematic classics as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand by Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Misery (1990) and A Few Good Men (1992). Renowned for his staunch support of civil rights, Reiner is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and has long lent his support to non-profits that address social and environmental issues.



"Carl Reiner is a genuine comedy pioneer, a breakthrough artist from Hollywood's golden era," said TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. "It's never easy following in the footsteps of a force as innovative and creative as that, but Rob found his own way to success, as an actor, first as a vital part of the social relevance of All in the Family, then as thoughtful director and producer of both comedies and dramas. There's is a family that belongs forever imprinted in Hollywood history."


This marks the seventh 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, Christopher Plummer in 2015 and Francis Ford Coppola in 2016.



Deadline Hollywood Announcement about Carl and Rob Reiner: http://deadline.com/2017/03/turner-classic-movies-rob-reiner-carl-reiner-hand-footprint-ceremony-breaking-news-1202040155/


From 2012-"Robert Osborne's Secret Favorite Movies":


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Rob Reiner and Carl Reiner from a profile in LIFE magazine in the 1970s...


Wonder if any other cast members will join Rob Reiner for the screening of The Princess Bride?


PBS interview with these two wild and crazy fellas in 2014: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/carl-reiner-rob-reiner/

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Here's a link to Roberrt Osborne's official obituary notice in the New York Times shared by Lou Lumenick on social media. Fans can sign the guest book, share memories, and leave condolences for his family: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=184400341


Rest in Peace, Robert Osborne.

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Updates are coming soon! Stay tuned!


Last year's schedule arrived 17 days before the festival, and this year, 17 days before the festival is Monday, March 20....


"Movies Worth Saving and Showing" by Leonard Maltin: http://leonardmaltin.com/movies-worth-saving-and-showing/


Alan K. Rode's latest article, "The UCLA Film and Television Archive Festival of Preservation": http://s666754036.onlinehome.us/index.php/the-2017-ucla-film-and-television-archive-festival-of-preservation


"100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles": http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/100-places-can-experience-retro-los-angeles/

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Michael Douglas is the big interview: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Talent-and-Programming-Release-FINAL.pdf


Dick Cavett will be interviewed in Club TCM, and intro two films.


Bob Newhart comes to intro Hell is For Heroes!


Added films include The China Syndrome, Top Secret, and It's A Mad, Mad,Mad, Mad World with Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.

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While doing some research, I ran across a comment from character actress Thelma Ritter about "Born Yesterday."




Ritter went to the premiere with good friends in 1951:"This Judy Holliday is only wonderful. Please see it." I feel the same way today. Many of the topics featured in the film are relevant now as they were then, and Holliday is all decked out in those Jean Louis ensembles.




Consider adding this film, also featuring William Holden and Broderick Crawford, to your TCM Film Festival screenings....




If you have not yet visited the tribute page for Robert Osborne on this website, here is the link: http://www.tcm.com/robert/


Updates: Hope we see the schecule for this year's festival by Wednesday of this week.

More later....

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