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My special Wednesday, April 25, interview with Director Alexa Foreman, former TCM Senior Researcher,  at the iconic Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Hollywood Blvd. informed early bird pass holders and the SRO crowd about the fascinating new documentary, SCANDAL: The Trial of Mary Astor, which premiered on Friday, April 27, in Club TCM. 


Foreman discussed the journey of the documentary, and how TCM Host Robert Osborne's legacy helped support Foreman's project. One of Osborne's favorite films was Dodsworth, which starred Astor, Walter Huston, and Ruth Chatterton, and premiered at the second TCM Film Festival in 2011. Foreman took questions from the audience, explained how many elements of the film came together, shared her background as the Senior TCM Researcher, and her close, working relationship with the late Robert Osborne. Andrew Yang, the great-grandson of Mary Astor, was also in attendance and spoke about his connection with his great-grandmother. 


Sue Sue and Director Alexa Foreman at Larry Edmunds Bookshop....


Andrew Yang discussed Mary Astor's legacy and shared his recent creations, Mary Astor dolls in some of her iconic costumes from her featured films.Yang and Foreman later visited with social media fans poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to discuss SCANDAL: The Trial of Mary Astor, which made for a hectic Wednesday for the director and her crew.

The film screening filled Club TCM with grateful Mary Astor fans learning about her struggles and her legacy, defying the studio system to fight for custody of her daughter, Marylyn, who was also featured in the popular documentary.

*Event photos courtesy of Linda Wiegman, who is currently showcased in the TCM Backlot promos.

Look for "Sue Sue's” name as the documentary credits roll by...


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Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings with J. B. Kaufman, Disney historian and author in Club TCM for the closing night party...


TCM Backlot members in LA for a classic film screening...


Night of the Living Dead audience members before the midnight screening with Simon Pigg....


FOR YOUR CONTINUED AMUSEMENT (FYCA): Last year's festival announcement arrived on Tuesday, August 29, 2017....


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Tidbits and Post Toasties:

The Toronto Film Festival announces its lineups here.


The Fort Lee Film Commission is pleased to be working with Danny McDermott as well as James Cagney's grandsons Jonathan Cagney and James Cagney IV on this project which will be a yearly film festival starting in 2020 to be held at the soon to be constructed Barrymore Film Center  in Fort Lee, NJ in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge.

Monika Henreid, daughter of Paul "Victor Laslo" Henreid, director of the Bette Davis cult classic, Dead Ringer, is now editing the documentary about her father. We hope to see Dead Ringer at the #TCMFF soon...Guess who should help introduce it, gang?

The late Nancy Sinatra, Sr., was good friends with Barbara Stanwyck, and also dined with Thelma Ritter and Barbara on several occasions. RIP.

Steve McQueen is the king this month on TCM, and the making of Le Mans was the subject of a fascinating documentary with insight from the royal himself. 

What happened in Tulsa to blogger Vitaphone Dreamer? Art Deco, classic films, and more....

Deana Durbin's letter to the Toronto Film Festival charmed many....

For those in LA Friday, July 27, and Sunday, July 29, Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers will be presented at the Egyptian...

The Big Lebowski is coming to a theater near you August 3 and 8, whether you want it to or not, courtesy of Fathom Events. I believe Ben is doing the TCM honors....

Bob Fosse worked with Tony Winners Thelma Ritter and Gwen Verdon on Broadway in New Girl In Town. Now we have a new Fosse miniseries to look forward to! Fosse, Fosse, Won! ?

More later, Buckaroos...



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Romeo and Juliet's Olivia Hussey makes new revelations here. It was a delight to visit with Olivia Hussey on the #TCMFF Red Carpet 2018. She and Leonard Whiting charmed everyone!

Hussey's memoir, The Girl On The Balcony, publishes July 31....


Revisiting Tragedy, Part III....

Lana Wood, sister of Natalie, continues her quest for answers here.


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Here's a Donald we can all support-Donald Bogle!

Enjoying Bogle's commentary tonight with Ben. Hope you've had a chance to. From the #TCMFF bio...

”Donald Bogle, the author of the highly acclaimed book Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography, is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in the movies. His book Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films is considered a classic study of Black movie images in America and is now in its fifth edition. It is used in film courses at colleges and universities throughout the country. A new updated, expanded edition of his book Brown Sugar: Over A Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars—which is a stunning examination of the lives and careers of African American women from the early years of the twentieth century to the present, from Bessie Smith and Josephine Baker up to today's Beyoncé—was recently published. Brown Sugar was also previously adapted by Bogle into a four-hour, four-part documentary for PBS. He is also the author of such prize-winning books as Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood; Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television; and Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. His recent book, Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters was published by HarperCollins Publishers. Library Journal has called the Waters book “an exemplary biography...Bogle masterfully uses Waters's story to examine the economic, aesthetic and racial politics of the 1920s-60s popular culture. This work is everything a biography should be."

Bogle also conceived and co-hosted for the Turner Classic Movie channel a 38-film series called Race and Hollywood—tracing the depictions of African Americans in Hollywood—from the silent period with The Birth of a Nation (1915) up to Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996). Last April, he was one of the film authorities who participated in TCM's important film festival in Los Angeles. In total, the various screenings were seen by 17,000 people. Bogle also was one of the commentators for the seven-part documentary series on the history of Hollywood titled Moguls and Movie Stars. In 2008, Bogle was also the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the American Library Association in Anaheim, California. There was a record turnout for his presentation.

Bogle has appeared on such television programs such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Nightline, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Charlie Rose Show, NBC Nightly News and many others. He has served as a commentator on numerous documentaries, including Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American; HBO's Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, executive produced by Richard Pryor; and the American Movie Classic channel's Small Steps...Big Strides, which chronicled the history of African Americans in motion pictures. . He has curated major retrospectives on Sidney Poitier at the American Museum of the Moving Image and on Dorothy Dandridge at New York's Film Forum as well as retrospectives on Blaxploitation Cinema and on Images of African American Women in the Movies, also at Film Forum. He previously served on the board of Film Forum and has lectured on Black movie history throughout the United States as well as in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe. During his stay in South Africa, he lectured in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durbin. In Johannesburg, the American Ambassador and his wife hosted a dinner in Bogle's honor. 

Presently, he teaches at both the University of Pennsylvania and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. “



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For those of you who missed TCMFF Special Guest and EGOT Rita Moreno chatting with Al Roker on the Today show, July 9, 2018...

Remember that August is ACTION STATIONS for those of you attending the #TCMFF in 2018......


Stay tuned for updates on the festival announcements here, on social media, and your personal email if you have signed up for notifications. 

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Memba this gorgeous display from 2014, the 20th Anniversary Fest? Maybe this year staff will create a wall of guest programmer icons, a mural of previous pass holders, or previous fest celebs. A mock background drop of the studio with the comfy chairs could also allow pass holders to be pretend guest programmers...

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Action Stations during August! It won't be long until we find out #TCMFF 2019 dates....
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COMING SEPTEMBER 8 & 9 to The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page! It’s a closed group, but all are welcome to join. 

Lessons From America's Princess." Mary will be welcoming questions beginning Saturday, September 8!

Mary Mallory is a film historian, photo archivist, and researcher, focusing on Los Angeles and early film history. She writes theatre reviews for "The Tolucan Times" and blogs for the "LA Daily Mirror." Mallory served on Hollywood Heritage, Inc.'s Board of Directors, and acts as a docent for the Hollywood Heritage Museum. As a member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, she produced the events, "Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City," "80th Anniversary of Republic Pictures," and "50th Anniversary Celebration of CBS Radford Studios," and helped produce the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Republic Pictures. She has given presentations on a variety of historical topics at Hollywood Heritage Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Conference of California Historical Societies, Egyptian Theatre, Book Soup, Pasadena First United Methodist Church, Will & Ariel Durant Library, and the Studio City Library. "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays" has been named one of the best film books of 2015 by both Huffington Post and Ain't It Cool News. Her latest book, "LIVING WITH GRACE: Life Lessons From America's Princess."
From Lyons Press: Poised, cultured, and unforgettable, Grace Kelly had the aura of a princess, even before she was crowned. She exuded grace, polish, flair, and serenity as a fashion icon, actor, and humanitarian. Living with Grace is a captivating look at this elegant woman who has been an inspiration for many and whose legacy enlightens a new generation of fans. Seldom seen photos and outtakes are complemented by inspiring quotes from and about Grace and the famous roles she played. These words and images highlight what made her so iconic on film and in life. (Lyons Press)

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Dawson City: Frozen Time originally screened at the TCM Film Festival 2017 and is screened tonight at 7 p.m. CST.....

A fascinating discovery of a cache of silent films....


Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints dating from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under a hockey rink in a former Klondike Gold Rush town, their story reveals the links between the movie business and Manifest Destiny in North America.

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Directed by Bill Morrison


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Keith Carradine as Guest Programmer!
“I'm a TCM addict," says Keith Carradine, TCM Guest Programmer for September. Carradine tells host Ben Mankiewicz that he loves classic films, and especially those shot in black and white: "I realize that not everything TCM plays is in black and white, but if I see black and white, I always stop. I love old films, I love the craft of them, I love the masterful storytelling." 

Carradine comes by his devotion to the classics naturally, as part of an acting dynasty headed by his father, John Carradine (1906-1988). One of Hollywood's most accomplished and best-loved character actors, the elder Carradine was a member of the Cecil B. DeMille stock company and later appeared in 11 John Ford films. He had roles in hundreds of movies including such legendary titles as 1939's Stagecoach, 1940's The Grapes of Wrath and 1956's The Ten Commandments

Along with Keith, the Carradine acting clan includes three more of John's sons: David, who died in 2009; Robert; and Bruce. Four of John Carradine's grandchildren either are or have been actors, including Keith's daughters Martha Plimpton and Sorel Carradine. Keith's maternal half-brother, Michael Bowen, is also a well-known actor. 

Keith Carradine was born in San Mateo, CA., and studied English and drama at Colorado State University. He performed onstage for a year in the original Broadway version of Hair (1969), then entered films with Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). A high point in his career came with Altman's Nashville (1975), in which he played a country-Western performer and won an Oscar® for writing the haunting song "I'm Easy." 

In addition to dozens of other films, including several for Altman protégé Alan Rudolph, Carradine has won praise for his appearances onstage, including a Tony award for The Will Rogers Follies (1991); and on television, where he was Emmy-nominated for his role in Chiefs. Among dozens of other television appearances is his current role as President Conrad Dalton in the CBS series Madam Secretary

Here are Carradine's movie choices as Guest Programmer: 

Captains Courageous (1937) is MGM's black-and-white adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling novel, with John Carradine playing Long Jack in a cast headed by Freddie Bartholomew and Oscar® winner Spencer Tracy. Keith remembers his father saying, "You know, I've been in some of the best pictures ever made, and some of the worst." (This one went into his "best" category.) Films made during this period, when John was in his 30s, provided Keith with a glimpse into his father's early years. "You know, he was 43 when I was born, so by the time I was coming of age he was an older guy." In addition to his dad's youthful appearance, he is struck by the "contemporary" feel of his acting: "There's nothing dated about what he's doing." 

Random Harvest (1942), adapted from the James Hilton novel, is another of the black-and-white classics enjoyed by Carradine. His reason for choosing this one? "Greer Garson. She has a timeless beauty, and she invites you in [to her performances] in a way that few actors do." Carradine also notes that male lead, Ronald Colman, is "the quintessence of urbanity," and that, together, the two stars manage to make an "outlandish" plot seem believable and touching. "I burst into tears every time," he admits. "I'm both embarrassed by that and kind of proud of it!" 

Performance (1970), described by Carradine as "psychedelic noir," is a British crime drama with Mick Jagger in his dramatic film debut as a rock star involved with a murderous London gangster (James Fox). Directed by Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, the film originally created controversy because of its mix of violence and sex but has since been recognized as a serious and influential work. Carradine says he first saw Performance in a theater at the time of its original release and was so stunned that he sat through it a second time. He was hesitant to include the film since he wasn't sure how it would fit in with the usual TCM programming. "But I do believe it has become a bona fide cult classic." 

Thieves Like Us (1974) is another movie that made our Guest Programmer "trepidatious" to choose, since one of the stars is none other than...Keith Carradine. Mankiewicz acknowledges that it took a bit of "arm-twisting" to get Carradine to include this one. He gave in because of the chance to talk about Robert Altman, who directed this study of doomed young lovers (Carradine and Shelley Duvall) during the Depression era. "I couldn't believe that I was being invited to play a role like this for this director," says Carradine, who credits Altman with "putting me on the map." One of the secrets of Altman's success with actors, according to Carradine, was that "He would create this space where you felt completely safe and had the security of taking chances." 

by Roger Fristoe
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