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Turner Classic Movies To Honor Founder and Media Icon Ted Turner On Opening Night Of The 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival Tribute Will Include Exclusive Interview with Ted Turner in Honor of TCM’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor its founder and media titan, Ted Turner, on opening night of the 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 11.

TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz sat down for an exclusive interview with Mr. Turner where they explored Turner’s cultural impact on the film and television industry, his deep passion for preserving and sharing classic film with future generations, and the special place TCM holds in the entertainment industry. The interview and video tribute will premiere on opening night of the festival with Mr. Turner in attendance. “Without Ted Turner there simply would be no Turner Classic Movies. Ted’s maverick spirit saw the potential in utilizing Hollywood’s great film libraries on a TV network that could serve as a home for these iconic classics,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “There is no greater place to honor his work and his legacy than at the TCM Classic Film Festival while the brand celebrates its 25th anniversary - a milestone we couldn’t have reached without Ted’s incredible vision.” “Turner Classic Movies was a passion project of mine, born of my love for classic films,” said Ted Turner. “I’m very proud to have played a role in honoring these great works through the years, and hope they continue to provide just as much joy and entertainment to TCM viewers as they have to me.”

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"World Premiere of the New Restoration of Santo contra Cerebro del Mal at the 68th Berlinale

By: Chloë Roddick

A restored version of Mexican director Joselito Rodriguez’ 1959 film Santo contra Cerebro del Mal had its World Premiere at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on February 20, as part of the Forum section. The film—which has been restored thanks to the work of Viviana Garcia Besne and the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive, in collaboration with the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn and the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles—was shot during the Cuban Revolution and smuggled out of the country in a coffin just days before Fidel Castro took power. It was filmed simultaneously with Santo contra hombres infernales, a new restoration which premiered in an open air screening at the 15th edition of Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), last year.

Santo contra El Cerebro del mal en la Berlinale 2018.
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Ted Turner's favorite film screens Sunday at 4:30.....


Film News Roundup: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sets Event Cinema Record  By DAVE MCNARY
Gone With the Wind Screening


In today’s film news roundup, “Gone with the Wind” sets a new record, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is acquired, and Tracy Oliver signs with Topic Studios.


The 80th anniversary release of “Gone with the Wind” has grossed $2.23 million in six nationwide screenings on four dates — a record as the highest-grossing classic film for Fathom Events.


The previous record was set in January by Fathom’s re-release of the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” with $2 million. Fathom said its re-releases of “My Fair Lady” and “Dirty Dancing” in February have given it $5.5 million at the classic film box office in 2019.

Both “The Wizard of Oz” and “My Fair Lady” were presented as part of Fathom Events’ TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Turner Classic Movies. The series continues with “To Kill a Mockingbird” in March; “Ben-Hur” in April; and “True Grit” and 1989’s “Steel Magnolias” in May.

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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | SATURDAY, APRIL 13 

Studio head William Fox lost control of Fox Film Corporation after the stock market crash of 1929. The newly formed, rebranded 20th Century Fox survived after the Great Depression thanks in part to the popularity of its top star, Will Rogers. His homespun vehicles, in which he usually played a small-town philosopher on the side of the common man, were exactly what American audiences wanted during that period of economic upheaval. They presented an idyllic vision of small-town life as the American dream while trumpeting values of kindness and fair play. Rogers had enough power that he was able to pick his own properties, so he told Fox executives he’d like to do a film version of Walter B. Pitkin’s best-selling advice book. Then screenwriter Lamar Trotti created the story of a small-town newspaper editor who defies social leaders to help out an ex-convict (Richard Cromwell) falsely accused of stealing from the local bank. That wisp of a story provided an excuse for Rogers to take on his usual enemies, big business and blue noses. It also provided showcases for supporting players like George Barbier as the closed-minded banker, Jane Darwell as a sympathetic neighbor, Slim Summerville as the local hick and Sterling Holloway as Rogers’ sidekick. Rogers was always generous with supporting players, but they had to think fast to keep up with him. He improvised most of his dialogue and hated doing more than one take. (d. George Marshall, 85m, 35mm)

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For those members going to the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood, California: Mark your #TCMFF schedule grid for the Lynn Zook/Alexa Foreman short film, "Thank You, TCM" on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Club TCM featuring friends and fans you may know....Kelly J Kitchens Wickersham, Christy Putnam, Theresa Madere Barrera, Sheryl Birkner, Paula Forselles, Vickie Gleason, Wendy Mahaffey, Pam Reck Bouchard, Mary Mallory, Michelle Curtis, Steve Hayes, Karie Bible, Fedo Coke, Glenn Taranto, Rome Mendheim, Peter Bosch,  J. B. Kaufman, and Sam Mahin....
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“Thank you, Turner Classic Movies,” a film by Lynn Zook and Alexa Foreman, the director of Scandal: The Trial Of Mary Astor, will screen Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in Club TCM at the #TCMFF. Celebrating 25 years, dedicated fans, both here and abroad, share stories and memories of TCM...

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April 10.....Jump-starting the #TCMFF!

Wednesday afternoon pool party at the Hollywood Roosevelt!!

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Theresa and Michelle....
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Karin, Theresa, and Sara....
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Heather, Wendy, and Linda...
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Director Alexa Foreman and actor Ted Donaldson....
Were you there? I hope so! 
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TCM Spotlight: Fan Dedications

FAN DEDICATIONS - 4/15-4/19, 4/22-4/26

In celebration of TCM's 25 years on air, we have handpicked 25 fans who entered our Fan Dedication Contest to introduce a film of their choice on air with Ben Mankiewicz. Each fan's choice is dedicated to a special person that they have chosen. Our 25 fans come from all walks of life and backgrounds brought together through their love of classic film and TCM. Each night during the 3rd and 4th weeks of April, each winner will discuss their pick with Mankiewicz. Here are the fans and their films:

King Kong (1933), Robert Lappe
Bullitt (1968), Lori Shutrump
What's Up Doc? (1972), Janine Paver
The Gold Rush (1925), Roger Bow
Gettysburg (1993), Jared Frederick
The Thin Man (1934), Kadesh DuBose
A Guy Named Joe (1943), Vanessa Giordano
Raffles (1939), Rowan Tucker-Meyer
The Quiet Man (1952), Terry Sullivan
The Graduate (1967), Christopher Malcolm
Wuthering Heights (1939), Brenda Rogers
Kitty Foyle (1940), Moe Resner
Calamity Jane (1953), Lyndsay Rouzer-Squyres
The Yearling (1946), Patti Pierucci
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Karen Snow
Random Harvest (1942), Michelle Rhodes
A Star Is Born (1954), Gary Pierrot
The Music Man (1962), Ken Cooper
North by Northwest (1959), Ernie Mannix
Brief Encounter (1945), Matthew Myrick 
The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Christopher Carhart
Gigi (1958), Greg Joseph
High Society (1956), Jonathan Chapman
Johnny Belinda (1948), Annelisa Purdie
Soldier in the Rain (1963), Steve Kallick 

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Hope you enjoyed The Best of Private Screenings!!! So many of Robert Osborne's interviews with celebrities allowed them to reveal themselves in a way that they might have never done otherwise. Thank you, Robert! 


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And thanks to Director and Producer Gary Freedman and his team for such an inspiring tribute.
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The fabulous TCM Ambassadors who are still writing, Tweeting, blogging and Instagramming about the #TCMFF 2019....






TCM's Jennifer Dorian with some of the TCM Ambassadaors from local area universities...


Two more TCM Ambassadors thrilled to be a part of the social media team!


TCM's Steve Denker and TCM Ambassadors...



TCM's Steve Denker with  Journeys In Film's Kristen Lopez.


Look for me in the group photo above... 😉


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It's Robert Osborne's Birthday, today! Classic film fans celebrate today with their favorite ice cream cone!

I took this photo last year, and I’ll have another ice cream cone sometime today! #RaiseAConeForRobert

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FYI: It's also Mary Astor's birthday, and Robert enjoyed sharing his day with her!
Watch Robert's picks tonight on TCM!  Dodsworth, another Osborne favorite, just screened on the channel!
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How D-Day Is Defined By Movie-Laced Memories

War films may have been only “based on a true story.” But they did justice to the essential truth of what happened on the ground.

By Ben Mankiewicz

Mr. Mankiewicz is a journalist and the prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies.

June 5, 2019

Tom Hanks, right, and Tom Sizemore, left, in “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).CreditDavid James/Dreamworks, via Associated Press

Read Ben’s wonderful article here






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Hope you all had a chance to enjoy Thelma Ritter's fabulous performance as 'Moe,' on Noir Alley this weekend with the great Eddie Muller. I've been taking some time off from social media to continue working on Thelma Ritter: Hollywood's Favorite New Yorker . I'll be posting more photos from the TCM Film Festival 2019 later in the month. Enjoy your summer!

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Tonight is the last night for WWII in the Movies with Ben and WWII Museum historian Robert Citino......
WWII in the Movies: Allied Powers
This is the end of a fabulous series put together by the wonderful team of producers, researchers, host, and guest programmers....Thank you, TCM!
2:00 PM Sahara (1943)
4:00 PM The Gallant Hours (1960)
6:00 PM The Wings of Eagles (1957)
8:00 PM To Hell and Back (1955)
10:00 PM The Story of GI Joe (1945)
12:15 AM Hell to Eternity (1960)
2:45 AM PT 109 (1963)
5:15 AM Above and Beyond (1952)


D-Day (June 6, 1944) marked the date on which more than 156,000 Allied troops of World War II invaded northern France to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, signaling the beginning of the end of Hitler's grip on Europe. TCM continues to pay respect to the armed forces of WWII and the 75th anniversary of D-Day with Never Surrender: WWII in the Movies, this month looking at the Allied Powers and some of the numerous movies made about their struggles and victories.
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It's July. Is it time to start worrying about when the 2020 festival dates will be formally released? 


Will we see a film like Anna Boleyn celebrating its 100 -year anniversary at the fest? Directed by Ernst Lubistch.....

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#TCMFF Presenter and New York City Film Forum director of programming Bruce Goldstein is bringing his Pre-Code show to Houston, Texas, this summer!
Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in 'Baby Face' Photo: Warner Bros.
Ginger Rogers in 'The Gold Diggers of 1933' Photo: Warner Bros.


Bruce Goldstein loves movies from the Pre-Code Era. Give him 30 minutes, and he’ll give you the entire history of it.

As the founding director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum (as well as the founder of Rialto Pictures, a film distributor that has restored and re-released many classic films in its 22-year history), Goldstein has made it his thing to hip people to the provocative films that were released in the early 1930s. This was before the Motion Picture Production Code -- aka the Hays Code, after Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) president Wil H. Hays -- along with the Production Code Association (PCA) and American Roman Catholics, forced studios to crack down on movies with questionable subject matter.

When he grew up, Goldstein watched films that he says were more about “twin beds and chaste kisses.” All that changed during his teen years. “I went to a repertory screening in New York and I saw ‘Gold Diggers of 1933,’” remembers Goldstein, “and said, ‘Wait a minute -- this is rather racy! We don’t see these films on TV!’”


“Gold Diggers of 1933” and many other films of that time will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as part of a month-long series called Cracking the (Pre) Code. The baker’s dozen of films that will be screened (either on 35mm film or on digital) delved into what was considered the sinful stuff back then: homosexuality, promiscuity, profanity, violence, etc. These films will also feature some of the era’s heaviest hitters: sexual-innuendo virtuoso Mae West (“I’m No Angel,” “She Done Him Wrong”), angel-faced vamps Barbara Stanwyck (“Baby Face”) and Jean Harlow (“Red-Headed Woman”), German temptress Marlene Dietrich (“Shanghai Express”), perennial smart-alecks the Marx Brothers (“Duck Soup”) and, last but not least, Warren William (“Gold Diggers of 1933,” “Three on a Match,” “Employees’ Entrance”), whose rep for playing unscrupulous, nefarious men made him known as the “King of Pre-Code.” Says Goldstein, “I think all the ones I chose are really some of the most important films of the era.”

Goldstein will be in town this weekend introducing several of his faves, including “Entrance,” “Blessed Event” and “Blood Money,” films he has also introduced at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles over the past few years. He will also be doing post-screening discussions on each film.

Goldstein got together with the MFAH thanks to film/video curator Marian Luntz, a friend of Goldstein’s for nearly 40 years. She feels it’s about time the museum did a Pre-Code series. ““It’s certainly the first spotlighted series focusing on Pre-Code that we have done in a long time,” says Luntz. “I think we have probably shown some of these films here and there, but I just became excited sort of following Bruce’s programming and hearing, seeing other programming -- something always seem to pop up on TCM about the Pre-Code -- and it just seems to be a great occasion to have Bruce here, have people meet him and I hope this is the first of numerous times that we’ll be able to bring Bruce back and have him choose what he is passionate about and show it to our audiences.”

Luntz is very aware these problematic but still fascinating films may turn off more sensitive viewers. “Bruce and I spoke about it a little bit that the audience here is gonna be different from an audience that sees the film in New York,” she says. “You hope that people will appreciate that this is of a period… I think it’s a moment for people to see the films, to think about what it reflected of our history and our society at that time.”


“I hope they get to understand the era a little better also,” adds Goldstein. “That’s the one thing about these movies: they really are reflective of the times. They’re not escapist the way Hollywood movies were after the enforcement of the Code. They are reflections of the Depression, and that’s why some of them are a little depressing -- but entertaining.”

Craig Lindsey is a Houston-based writer.

Cracking the (Pre) Code

When: Beginning Friday-July 12

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

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Here are a few TCM Fanatics from the 2010 Festival.....


Announcements in August, 

Passes in November,

Excitement is obvious, 

Airfare in December!

The weakness of the rhyme

Belies the importance of the time!

“Action Stations August!”

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