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6 hours ago, lavenderblue19 said:

SueSue, I LOVE A Woman of Affairs, one of my favorite silents. Lucky you to get to this one on the big screen, Enjoy! 

Thank you, lavenderblue19! I think this year's roster of films will be a wonderful celebration of TCM's dedication to many classic films endearing to fans and aficionados. I'm wondering what to pack right now. 😉

I'd love for you to join us!

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1 hour ago, SueSueApplegate said:

Thank you, lavenderblue19! I think this year's roster of films will be a wonderful celebration of TCM's dedication to many classic films endearing to fans and aficionados. I'm wondering what to pack right now. 😉

I'd love for you to join us!

Thanks Sue. I wish I could, maybe next year. In the meantime, I always love reading your posts and seeing your photos of the FF :) 

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Meanwhile in Sedona, Arizona, Director Alexa Foreman, former Senior Researcher at TCM and trusted associate of TCM Host Robert Osborne,  is attending two screenings of her documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor at the Mary D. Fisher Theater as a select documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival. (The film originally premiered at the #TCMFF 2018.) Congratulations!



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Remembering Robert Osborne...



Two Years Ago in The Hollywood Reporter...

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.

David Staller, his longtime partner, told The Hollywood Reporter that Osborne died in his sleep in his apartment from natural causes.

"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."

Osborne began his career as an actor, was mentored by the legendary comedienne Lucille Ball and became the official biographer of Oscar thanks to a series of books he wrote about the Academy Awards. Osborne missed the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, announcing at the last minute that doctors advised him to have an undisclosed medical procedure that he had planned to put off.

Attendees were extremely disappointed not to have him there. And then, less than three weeks before the start of the 2016 event, Osborne pulled out again, saying "a health issue has come up which requires attention."

A few months after he accepted a surprising invitation from Olivia de Havilland to escort her to a televised celebration of Bette Davis' career, the journalist joined THR in September 1977 to write reviews.

He penned the paper's must-read Rambling Reporter column from April 1983 until he left the publication in June 2009. When Ted Turner's TCM debuted as a competitor to the American Movie Classics cable channel on April 14, 1994, Osborne was on the air to introduce the very first film, Gone With the Wind.

He stayed with the channel as primetime host from there, introducing and providing insightful tidbits for many of the 400 or so movies that TCM shows every year.

He also presided over the network's Private Screenings series, interviewing such legends as Betty Hutton, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Mickey Rooney, and hosted the TCM Classic Film Festival back in his old Hollywood stomping grounds when health permitted.

"He's a scholar in classic film, he truly is," actress Eva Marie Saint said of Osborne during a Private Screenings special that premiered in January 2014 and had Alec Baldwin, in a role reversal, interviewing the TCM host. "He'd make a wonderful professor. Wouldn't you like to be in his class?"

When Angela Lansbury received her honorary Oscar at the 2013 Governors Award, the actress picked Osborne to introduce her. "I came to the conclusion that the one person who really knew my early work was Robert," she said in her acceptance speech.

"My condolences to the family and friends of Robert Osborne who championed the Golden Age of movies to an entire generation who never grew up in the wonderful world of black and white," director Steven Spielberg said in a statement. "He got us excited and reawakened to the greatest stories ever told with the most charismatic stars in the world. I will miss all the backstage stories he told us before and after the films. He sure opened my eyes to all that has come before and put TCM solidly on the map while ensuring his own legacy as the man who brought us back to the movies."

Born on May 3, 1932, Osborne was raised in the farming community of Colfax, Wash. His father was a geography and history teacher. He enjoyed going to the movies and eventually worked at the Rose and the Roxy, the two movie houses in town. Once he fell while changing a film title on a marquee and broke both arms. (Years later, he bought a share of the Rose.)

While attending the University of Washington, Osborne said he spent every Saturday "not drinking or partying or having a good time. I was at the library," he recalled in the Private Screenings special.

"I went through every issue of The New York Times for 20 years, taking notes on all the first-run theaters in New York, what was playing, when they changed the bill, how long a film played at Radio City Music Hall — or who was playing in it."

At a time before the internet — heck, no one had even published a book that kept track of all the Oscar winners — and when nostalgia for Hollywood didn't exist, Osborne scribbled all his information onto pages of a loose-leaf binder he nicknamed ****.

"I was always into films, passionate about them, at a time when nobody was into that kind of stuff," he said. "I was getting this education about film — and there was no place to use it."

Osborne pursued a career as an actor, and for a regional production in Seattle of the psychological thriller Night Must Fall, he landed the role of the duplicitous Danny opposite Oscar winner Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath).

The actress took an interest in Osborne and convinced him to further his acting career in Los Angeles, not New York. He stayed with her at her home in the San Fernando Valley and soon earned a six-month contract at Fox, appearing in The Californians, a TV Western starring Paul Henreid.

He met Ball after overhearing that she was looking for actors for her company, Desilu Productions, and she invited him to her house for dinner on a Friday night. Actresses Janet Gaynor and Kay Thompson were there; at one point, the guests moved to the living room, where they watched Funny Face (1957) from a 35mm projector. When Thompson and Audrey Hepburn came on the screen doing a musical number, Thompson jumped up and mimicked the motions.

At this surreal moment, Osborne recalled, "I started to say to myself, 'Did you ever believe you would be in this [situation]?'"Then I said, 'Wait a minute, I always knew I was going to.'"

He signed with Desilu and from Ball "received a year's master class from this great artist." He did commercials for Falstaff and Carling Black Label beers, Folgers coffee and John Hancock insurance and appeared on the ABC soap opera The Young Marrieds and as a banker in the pilot for the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.

Remarkably, de Havilland — whom he had been introduced to by Ball — phoned and asked him to escort her to a televised AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Davis in 1977 at the Beverly Hilton. He soon found himself at the head table with, among others, Henreid, director William Wellman and their wives.

He celebrated Feb. 27 each year — that's the day de Havilland called to invite him to the Davis bash. (For many years afterward, he spoke to the reclusive actress, then living in Paris, on the phone every Sunday.)

Ball once gave him advice that would change his life: "We have enough actors," she said. "We don't have enough people writing about the industry." So Osborne took up journalism.

He recalled that James Stewart would invite local journalists to a one-on-one lunch every year.

Actors like Stewart "weren't really working. They were beyond their peak years. They had time to talk to you," he recalled. "They loved somebody like me who had a background like mine because they didn't have to explain who they were … they didn't have to say, 'I was a big deal.' I knew that."

When Osborne had difficulty uncovering which actress won an Oscar in some particular year, he decided to write the first in a series of reference books about the Academy Awards. He went on The Dinah Shore Show, and a friend from Seattle saw him and reviewed his book for The Reporter. That led him to a writing position at THR.

In 1987, the THR editor allowed him to write his Rambling Reporter column from New York — but only for a year — after he landed a gig to chat about movies on CBS' The Morning Program, co-hosted by Mariette Hartley.

But when THR was sold to BPI Communications in 1988, the editor quit and Osborne, wanting to remain in New York, didn't get around to reminding anyone about that agreement to return to L.A.

While working as a host for The Movie Channel, Osborne was invited by actress Dorothy Lamour to lunch with AMC execs Brad Siegel and Jim Wise. They offered him the afternoon AMC hosting slot when his Movie Channel contract expired (Bob Dorian was then AMC's primetime host).

Siegel then called and said, scratch that: He was moving to Atlanta to start a rival network, Turner Classic Movies, based out of Atlanta, and wanted Osborne there. He jumped at the chance.

In recognition of his contributions to classic film, Osborne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and a special award from the National Board of Review in 2008.

Staller said there will be no funeral but a memorial service is being planned. He said donations in Osborne's name can be made to the ASPCA or the Animal Medical Center of New York.


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Bits and Pieces...


Rumor is the schedule may come this week! Warm up your printers....

Erik Preminger will be interviewed the Wednesday evening before the fest at the Hollywood Heritage Museum. A second event has been scheduled at 9:30 p.m. He will be discussing life with his mother, Gypsy Rose Lee, and screening home movies.

The Pre-Fest pool party for social media fans begins at 4:00 on Wednesday, April 10.

Get ready for the celebration of the decade!


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New Guests and Films!

Gena Rowlands, Norman Lear, Louis Gossett, Jr., Kurt Russell, Angie Dickinson, and more!!!!

                      We have Updates!    

Last year’s full schedule came on April 4, 22 days before the fest. The TCMFF Fest App arrived on April 17, 9 days before the fest....          

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Um. Just because Kurt......

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9:45 PM - 11:45 PM | SATURDAY, APRIL 13 

Although 1997 came and went without Manhattan being converted into a maximum-security prison, the U.S. premiere of this 1981 action picture remains an audience favorite. When the president’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes in the prison of New York City, ex-soldier and federal prisoner Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is dragooned into rescuing him. Ultimately, Snake and the eccentrics who help him on his mission (including Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau) are more sympathetic than any of the government figures, adding to the rampant cynicism that appealed to post-Watergate audiences. Watergate had been writer-director John Carpenter’s inspiration when he wrote the script in the mid-1970s, but it took the success of Halloween (1978) to get the project funded. Even then, he couldn’t afford to shoot on New York’s streets, so he filmed mostly in East St. Louis, IL, a city filled with abandoned and burned out buildings at the time. The image of a ruined New York, the vivid action scenes and strong performances captured the audience’s imagination, and the film has remained a favorite for decades. It’s one of Russell’s favorite of his own films (his favorite with Carpenter is The Thing), as it finally ended his typecasting as a Disney teen. He and Carpenter would reunite for a sequel, Escape from L.A. released in 1996. (d. John Carpenter, 106m, DCP)

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Thank you, Turner Classic Movies, a film by Lynn Zook and Alexa Foreman, will screen Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in Club TCM. Celebrating 25 years of classic on-air programming and ten years of the TCM Film Festival, dedicated fans, both here and abroad, share stories, memories and love for TCM. Any rained-out poolside screenings may affect the venue and time of presentations.


With TCM Message Board friends also on social media: 

Theresa Madere Barrera, Karie Bible, Sheryl Birkner, Peter Bosch, Pam Reck Bouchard, Fedo Coke, Michelle Curtis, Paula Forselles, Vickie Gleason, Steve Hayes, J.B. Kaufman, Kelly J Kitchens Wickersham, Wendy Mahaffey, Sam Mahin, Mary Mallory, Rome Mendheim, Danny Miller, Christy Putnam(Yours Truly!), and Glenn Taranto ...


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Ted Turner comes to the TCMFF! Thursday's the night!

Turner honored on opening night!

Ted Turner's love of classic movies brought us 25 years of TCM

By Chloe Melas, CNN 
 Wed April 03, 2019
Ted Turner will be honored at the TCM Classic Film Festival this month


(CNN)It's been 25 years since Ted Turner founded Turner Classic Movies (TCM), something the media titan considers one of his greatest accomplishments. 

"It's hard to believe it's been that long, but I'm so happy that TCM continues to be a success with audiences today," Turner, who will be honored on the opening night of the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival, told CNN in a recent interview conducted over email. "I think that sense of nostalgia that comes with watching old movies gives people a lot of joy, myself included; and I don't see that changing anytime soon."

Turner founded Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), the nation's first "superstation" using satellite technology to carry its signal in 1976, just four years before he launched CNN.

For more about Ted Turner, go here

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