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Here are some good bets for the #TCMFF from Beth Ann Gallagher who does social media for film noir, and other aspects of the fest....


(L-R) Special Guests Joie Lee and Oscar-winner Ruth E. Carter speak onstage at the screening of 'Do the Right Thing' at the 2019 TCM 10th Annual Classic Film Festival.
CRAIG BARRON - Visual Effects Artist SERGE BROMBERG - French Archivist and Preservationist MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Writer, Actor BEN BURTT - Sound Designer GEORGE CHAKIRIS - Actor, Dancer BRUCE DERN - Actor MICHAEL J. FOX - Actor, Author, Advocate BOB GALE - Producer, Writer, Director STEPHEN HORNE - Silent Film Composer and Accompanist PIPER LAURIE - Actress RUTA LEE - Actress, Dancer CHRISTOPHER LLOYD - Actor LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian FLOYD NORMAN - Cartoonist, Animator MARGARET O’BRIEN MINK STOLE - Actress RUSS TAMBLYN LEA THOMPSON - Actor, Director LILY TOMLIN - Actor

*We regret the following will no longer attend as previously announced:


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Actor Illeana Douglas (L) and TV personality Dick Cavett speak onstage during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival
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FYI: An earlier report on social media from the countessdelave indicates that TCM's Charles Tabesh has been working on special programming for TCM that will air during the regularly scheduled dates for the  #TCMFF 2020...

I hope all of our pass holders enjoy this treat on our favorite channel, as well as regular fans of TCM. During this difficult time in our nation's history, TCM remains a comfortable, virus-free place to gather with our friends. 

If you are on TWITTER, join in with the hashtag #TCMParty and #LetsMovie.


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APRIL 16 - 19, 2020
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Welcome to the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition, an on-air celebration of TCM Classic Film Festival movies and moments from the past decade that fans can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. As a part of the Special Home Edition, TCM is proud to showcase films that have been a part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, both from years past and slated for this year’s event.


See the schedule here!

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Here’s the link to the TCM Roundtable discussion I attended Tuesday  with General Manager Pola Changnon, Vice President of Programming Charlie Tabesh, and Host Ben Mankiewicz with other credentialed media...

Tonight begins the Special Home Edition of the #TCMFF! At 8 p.m. EST. Follow along on social media with #TCMFF. 

Ben will be on @ET (Entertainment Weekly) Instagram at 4:00 p.m. PST discussing the #TCMFF Special Hone Edition if you’re on social media! 


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From TCM Headquarters: It’s an exciting day for TCM, as we launch our first-ever documentary podcast, #ThePlotThickens: I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.

 As you may have seen on the network or on social media, we are proud to bring this seven part series to our audience.”  
Find it here. And on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

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The TCM Podcast with Ben Mankiewicz and Peter Bogdanovich  is now available wherever you find your favorite podcasts. More here....


Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood’s top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies.


A young film buff grows up in New York, learning to obsess over the movies the way his father obsesses over art.  With his sights set on acting, Peter unexpectedly finds his calling as a director – by sparring with one of the biggest TV stars of all time.





After writing about movies and directing theater, Peter drives across the country to break into the movie business.  With his new wife and closest collaborator by his side, he finally meets Orson Welles and turns a low-budget directing gig into his first critical success.

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Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, a Tarantino-like rewrite of post WWII LaLaLand, sans the violence but the ne plus ultra as far as sex is concerned, showcases Sue Sue friend Glenn Taranto as a doctor in Season 1, Episode 2. 

FYI, pass holders: Glenn was a TCM Guest Programmer with Robert Osborne in 2009....


Congratulations, Glenn! You were mahvelous, dahling!

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Hope you've  enjoyed the first installment of TCM's The Essentials if you've had a chance to see it yet. 
Enjoy this lusty month of May on TCM!
The Essentials - May 2020


Animator/director/screenwriter/producer/voice actor Brad Bird joins Ben Mankiewicz as our newest co-host of the popular TCM franchise, "The Essentials," which presents classic films we consider to be "must-see" viewing.

Phillip Bradley Bird was born in Montana and trained at the California Institute of the Arts. His animated features as director include The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). The latter two films brought him Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film. Live-action credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and Tomorrowland (2015). Among his other accomplishments was serving as a creative consultant on The Simpsons and helping to develop that show's style.

Below is a selection of the "Essentials" to be discussed by Bird and Mankiewicz. Singin' in the Rain (1952), the classic MGM film musical and most everybody's favorite, stars Gene Kelly in a performance that seems the embodiment of the joy of performing, along with memorable turns by Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse.

Ace in the Hole (1951), a chilling film noir from auteur Billy Wilder that takes a cynical look at the relationship between a manipulative press and a gullible public. Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter who exploits the plight of a man trapped in a New Mexico cave.

The General (1926) is considered Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the great comedies of the silent era. The film is set during the Civil War, with Keaton cast as a southern railway engineer with "two loves" - his locomotive and his sweetheart Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack).

Casablanca (1942), the standard by which all wartime romantic melodramas are judged, seems perfect in every way - from the cast headed by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains to the masterful direction of Michael Curtiz and, of course, that song.

The Red Shoes (1948) is an exquisitely rendered British drama with Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballerina torn between art and love. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the film is considered by many to be among the greatest of all British films.

For a more detailed list of the films, visit the official site for THE ESSENTIALS.

by Roger Fristoe 
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Happy Heavenly Birthday to Robert Osborne! TCM is celebrating Robert today with some of his intros and comments. 

From the TCM Twitter feed: 

“We're remembering our beloved host Robert Osborne on his birthday today by bringing back a block of Bob's Picks starting at noon ET today. Before and after the films, you'll see intros and outros from Robert like this one for HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN ('44).”


We miss you, Robert!


Robert Osborne, who served as the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) since its launch in 1994, passed away in New York City. As the face of TCM, Osborne brought viewers out of their living rooms and into the world of classic movies, providing insider information, facts and trivia on TCM movie presentations. In recognition of his extensive career, Osborne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2006. And in January 2008, he received a special award from the National Board of Review for his contributions as a film historian.

In addition to his regular appearances on TCM, Osborne co-hosted TCM's The Essentials each week with such personalities as Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore and, most recently, Sally Field. For TCM, Osborne hosted special one-on-one interview series entitled, Private Screenings with marquee interviews including, Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Jane Powell, Jane Russell, Esther Williams, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Leslie Caron, Tony Curtis, James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Patricia Neal, Robert Michum, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Anthony Quinn, Ann Miller, June Allyson and Betty Hutton.

A true ambassador for Turner Classic Movies, Osborne made countless public appearances for the network and served as the host of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise. He also penned a regular column for TCM's Now Playing magazine.

A Hollywood columnist and critic, Osborne was known as the official biographer of Oscar® thanks to a series of books he wrote on the subject of the film world's annual Academy Awards®. His last book, 80 Years of the Oscar, written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was called the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the subject."

Osborne's many appearances included serving as a host-moderator with the Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He hosted events in venues including New York's Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, City Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Jazz at Lincoln Center; Los Angeles' Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn theatre; Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va.; Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.; Chastain and the Verizon Amphitheatre in Atlanta; and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Born in Colfax, Wash., Osborne graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism, appearing in local plays in his non-study hours. He eventually went to Hollywood as an actor and soon after was signed to a contract by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for their Desilu studios. It was Lucy who encouraged him use his journalistic skills and interest in Hollywood history to pursue writing, which he considered "the best career advice" he'd ever been given. Lucy remained a friend and mentor to him until her death.

Osborne was a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, covering all aspects of the movie and television business. In 1982, he also began as the on-air entertainment reporter for the nightly news on Los Angeles' KTTV. In 1987, he was signed by CBS to make daily appearances on the CBS Morning Program, and from 1986-1993, he was also a regular host of The Movie Channel cable network prior to joining Turner Classic Movies in 1994.

From 1981-83, Osborne served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). He was a frequent guest on Good Morning America and other network shows; was twice a CableACE nominee for his "Osborne Report" segments for The Movie Channel; and was nominated for an Emmy® as Outstanding Host Moderator.





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In Stephen Rebello's new book 'Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!,' out Tuesday, the author details the 1966 story's journey to the big screen.

Jacqueline Susann's novel Valley of the Dolls, published in 1966, is still one of the best-selling books of all time — more than 31 million copies to date. The novel, which centers on women finding success in New York City, grew more popular after the story was adapted for the big screen — but its journey to the screen was not all an easy path.  

Check out The Hollywood Reporter article here.



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Sad to say Adieu to TCM’s Spotlight on Jazz in Film! Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy this wonderful series. 

In other TCM news, the exciting panel discussion on “The Complicated Legacy of Gone With The Wind“  has posted today. The #TCMFF panel in 2019 with author and historian Donald Bogle, critically acclaimed producer Stephanie Allain, author of “Frankly, My Dear: Gone With The Wind Revisted” Molly Haskell, and TCM’s own Professor in Residence Jacqueline Stewart presented a well-received, balanced approach to The film....


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