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All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin in now in paperback. Just in time for Christmas surprises! 

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Quintessentially tall, dark, and handsome, legendary movie star Rock Hudson epitomized all-American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame. The country's favorite leading man in the '50s and '60s, he exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age. And yet, this Oscar-nominated talent's greatest performance came in real life, as for decades he kept his authentic self and his sexuality hidden in an extremely homophobic society.

To survive a chaotic and financially strapped Midwestern childhood, young Roy Fitzgerald found escape from his troubles--an estranged father, a violent stepfather, and a controlling mother--at the local cinema. Despite his humble circumstances, he yearned for a future onscreen. Looks and drive, as well as his stint on the casting couch with a notoriously unscrupulous agent, eventually transformed that dream into reality. Painstakingly, an unskilled but fiercely ambitious former truck driver was transformed into the camera-ready persona of Rock Hudson. 

Rising through the ranks at Universal, Hudson emerged as the studio's prized asset, a clean-cut matinee idol adored by colleagues and fans alike. Professional glory had a psychological cost for this vulnerable, insecure soul though. On celluloid and in gossip columns, he wooed countless attractive women, burnishing his manufactured image as a swoon-worthy romantic hero. Offscreen, he courted disaster as his gay relationships, affairs, and flirtations made him a prime target for exposure by tabloids and spurned ex-lovers. 

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, this comprehensive biography finally produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history. Here, at last, are fresh insights into Hudson's controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded. Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson's entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series McMillan & Wife. Along the way, this riveting account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many other luminaries. 

Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS illuminates an all-too-human superstar whose life and legacy have significantly influenced American culture. 


Mark Griffin is the author ofA Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincent Minelli.  His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications. He lives in Lewiston, Maine.










 

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NEW FILMS ANNOUNCED!!!!!***********

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE IS OUR OPENING NIGHT FILM FOR #TCMFF 2020!*******

When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future – and leave him trapped in the past.

Cary Grant is an angel in human form that comes to the aid of a bishop (David Niven) whose obsession with constructing a new cathedral causes a strain with his wife (Loretta Young).

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

A small-town man’s ordinary way of life is turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO in this groundbreaking Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic.

THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES ************

After hearing that his workers are planning to form a union, the owner of a department star (Charles Coburn) goes undercover to root out the agitators, only to have second thoughts once he befriends a worker (Jean Arthur) and falls for a store clerk (Spring Byington).

dinnerateight_470x350.jpgDINNER AT EIGHT (1933)*******************

A high-class socialite’s preparations for a swanky dinner party reveal the scandals and skeletons in each of her guest’s closet in this star-studded pre-Code drama featuring Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler.

A DOUBLE LIFE (1947)***********************

Ronald Colman earned the Oscar for Best Actor in this film noir portraying a stage actor who takes his roles too seriously, causing alarm from his actress ex-wife when he takes on the role of Othello.

HARVEY (1950)

70th Anniversary Presentation. James Stewart stars as a whimsical middle-aged man whose family has him committed because of his friendship with an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963)

The mythical Greek hero Jason must lead a group of adventurers on a quest to take possession of the Golden Fleece in this iconic epic showcasing the special effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen.

LOST HORIZON (1937)**************

When a plane crashes in the Himalayan mountains, its survivors find themselves lost in a strange, majestic land.

themanwhoknewtoomuch_470x350.jpgTHE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)*****************

Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his original 1934 story finds an innocent couple (James Stewart and Doris Day) swept up in a dangerous international plot after they witness a murder.

SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980)

40th Anniversary Presentation. Enchanted by a photograph of a beautiful actress from the past, a playwright (Christopher Reeves) uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time to meet the woman (Jane Seymour).

thebrennangirl_470x350.jpgTHAT BRENNAN GIRL (1946)*****************

A young war widow raised as a grifter must learn to reform her ways when she looks back on her life of bad decisions brought on by her selfish mother.

thetimemachine_470x350.jpgTHE TIME MACHINE (1960)

60th Anniversary Presentation. Based on the influential novel by H.G. Wells, George Pal’s visionary adventure follows a 19th-century inventor (Rod Taylor) who creates a time machine to change the past only to be sent into a dystopian future.

thewizardofoz_470x350.jpgTHE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

A tornado sweeps a young Kansas girl (Judy Garland) from her farm into the magical land of Oz, where she enlists the help of new friends to find her way back home.

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TCM has to go back!

For a network that has made an art of returning to the past, it’s time to go back to the future. On Wednesday, TCM announced that a 35th anniversary screening of Back to the Future will kick off the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival this spring.

Stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson will join co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale for the gala opening, which will also mark the world premiere of a new 4K remaster of the film.

Fox famously portrays Marty McFly, a high school kid who finds himself mixed up in a time-traveling adventure with the help of his eccentric scientist friend, Doc Brown (Lloyd). Marty risks setting off a time-shattering chain reaction when he travels back in time to his parents’ youth and his mother, Lorraine (Thompson), begins to fall for him instead of his father. Back to the Future kickstarted a massive franchise, inspiring two sequels, theme park attractions, and more.

 
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“Like virtually everyone else of my generation, I saw Back to the Future when it was released in 1985 and within an instant, the story, the characters, the music, and the car, of course, became critical touchstones in my personal cinematic universe,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, in a statement. “And those actors — Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Christopher Lloyd — forever carved themselves into an ’80s-movie version of Mount Rushmore. Step aside, John McClane; move over, Ferris Bueller; Marty McFly — the brainchild of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale — is the definitive character of the decade.”

It’ll be a big year for the Back to the Future brand, as 2020 also marks the previously announced world premiere of a musical based on the film.

This year’s TCM Classic Film Festival centers on the theme “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film” and will take place April 16-19 in Hollywood.

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On 8/26/2019 at 2:20 PM, SueSueApplegate said:

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Mary Astor’s Summer Under The Stars Celebration is today on TCM!!

 

This is the perfect day to remember Director Alexa Foreman and her documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor and that special Wednesday, April 25, 2018, interview at Larry Edmunds Bookstore. Thanks to Andrew Yang, Mary Astor's great-grandson for attending this exciting event, Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Linda Wiegman who took the interview photos, and all the fans who made the Wednesday interview and the Club TCM Screening two SRO events. The documentary screened the following Friday in Club TCM hosted by Gary Freedman. Thanks to Paula for that frothy cup of Mary Astor java.

 

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The iconic Hollywood Boulevard location....

 

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Sue Sue with director Alexa Foreman...

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Sue Sue (Christy), Director Alexa Foreman, and Mary Astor’s great-grandson, Andrew Yang, creator of the Mary Astor Doll Collection...

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Inexciting Club TCM with social media content creator Jeff Lundenberger, and Jeff Mantor Of Larry Edmunds Bookshop...

 

This documentary is on tonight's TCM schedule

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Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, Directed by Alexa Foreman,  former Head Researcher TCM,   premiered at the #TCMFF in 2018, and airs tonight at 8 p.m. on TCM!  The documentary, championed by the late Robert Osborne,  has screened at several film festivals like the Dallas Docufest and the Sedona Film Festival. 

Read Roger Fristoe’s article here and look for “Sue Sue” in the credits, too!!

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From the Turner Pressroom....

POLA CHANGNON NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

 

“Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that Pola Changnon will become the new general manager of the network. Changnon, formerly senior vice president of marketing, studio production and talent for TCM, will now be responsible for the day-to-day operations of TCM, including all strategy, business development, marketing, branding, digital initiatives, programming and on-air campaigns, as well as overseeing immersive brand extensions such as TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. She will also be charged with growing and developing the TCM brand through innovative and revenue-generating business initiatives. Changnon is based in Atlanta and will report to Michael Ouweleen, interim president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and TCM.  Changnon is replacing Jennifer Dorian, who has chosen to leave after 20 years at Turner.

“Pola has been a driving force behind TCM’s brand identity for over a decade and there is no better person to take on oversight of the network,“ said Ouweleen. “She is a knowledgeable and passionate film aficionado as well as an amazing leader who will continue to grow TCM as the network moves into this next chapter within Warner Bros.” 

Changnon has been with Turner for 22 years and with TCM for the past 12. Most recently, she oversaw brand management, creative vision and design, strategic marketing, talent recruitment and studio production. Previously, Changnon served as vice president, brand creative director and on-air for TCM where she was responsible for managing and directing all on-air production and oversaw all creative brand management for the network. 

Before joining TCM, Changnon was vice president of on-air and executive producer of program production at Cartoon Network, where she was responsible for all on-air production for both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and joined the company as vice president and executive producer of Cartoon Network Digital, where she managed all creative development and production for Cartoon Network’s website, overseeing a team of more than 30 producers, writers and graphic designers as well as third-party vendors who created content for the site. 

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work at TCM for the past 12 years and to see firsthand how committed the team is to preserving classic film for the next generation of movie fans,” said Changnon. “It’s a privilege to step into this new role and I am confident that together with the talented group of individuals who work on the brand, we will continue to grow TCM’s position as the definitive classic movie destination.”

“Jennifer has been an inspiring and impactful leader across Turner brands for more than two decades,” said Ouweleen. “We thank her for her years of leadership and wish her continued success in the future.”

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And we're hoping for more announcements for the #TCMFF2020 coming soon!

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New Addition to the film schedule.....

COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933)

John Barrymore delivers a powerhouse performance in this pre-Code drama as a Jewish attorney with humble beginnings, whose life is shaken up by his wife’s infidelity and a scandal that threatens his career.

The film will be preceded by the presentation of the 3rd annual Robert Osborne Award to film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Nitrate print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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