Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of iconic actress Olivia de Havilland with a 24-hour programming tribute on Sunday, August 23 as part of its Summer Under The Stars series. De Havilland, who passed away on July 26 at the age of 104, was known for her enduring work in the classic movie era. Acting in more than 45 feature films, she earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her memorable turn as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With the Wind(1940). She earned two Academy Award® wins for
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24-hour programming tribute airing on August 23rd with Summer Under The Stars.
Programming tribute airing on July 28 to include Where's Poppa? (1970) and Oh, God! (1977).
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of seminal writer, director, actor and author Carl Reiner with a programming tribute on Tuesday, July 28. Reiner, who passed away on June 29 at the age of 98, won many awards including nine Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and the Mark Twain prize for American Humor. His prolific career spanned more than 70 years, and he gained a loyal following for his sketch comedy work alongside Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks and for directing such beloved films as Oh, God! (1977), Dead Men Don’t War Plaid (1982), Where’s
“I love jabbering about movies almost as much as I enjoy watching them,” said Brad Bird.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that two-time Oscar-winning director, screenwriter, animator, producer and voice actor Brad Bird will join The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must-see” classic films. Bird, known for films such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, joins TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season, where they will introduce a hand-picked film each Saturday and offer commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 2
This year with the festival having been canceled and TCM running a virtual festival on the channel and online, choosing is much easier.
The best and worst thing about attending the TCM Classic Film Festival was having to choose between multiple films showing at the same time. Decisions were made based on multiple factors such as taking a gamble on a movie one has always wanted to see or finally seeing a beloved classic on the silver screen for the first time. Maybe the screening was the world premiere of a new restoration or was a rare nitrate print out of the vault or was going to be talked about with a member of the cast or crew. Some times, the decisions weren't
Ben Mankiewicz, Pola Changnon, and Charlie Tabesh talk about what's ahead (mostly) for the TCM brand.
If not for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world, the TCM Classic Film Festival would have been held this week. Thousands of attendees coming to celebrate their celluloid heroes would have, according to Ray Davies, "seen all the stars as [they] walked down Hollywood Boulevard" among the tourists and several costumed folks trying to hustle a buck for a photo op. In response to the festival cancellation, TCM has focused their programming and online presence to create a Home edition, which is something I am surprised hasn't already occurred in conjunction with the festival. The technology is available and the
The first season is a seven-episode documentary about the life and work of Oscar-nominated director, writer, and actor Peter Bogdanovich titled “I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.”
Press release: This April, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents The Plot Thickens, a new podcast about the movies and the people who make them. The first season is a seven-episode documentary about the life and work of Oscar-nominated director, writer, and actor Peter Bogdanovich titled “I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.” TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will guide listeners through the remarkable story of the ultimate cinephile, who at 32, became Hollywood’s hottest director. But Bogdanovich soon discovered the fragility of such success after three box-office flops and a horrible tragedy that plunged him into grief and financial struggles. Through it all,
Airing April 16-19, this special remote edition of the Festival will feature 24 hours a day of Festival films
Press release: This April, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition, a celebration of TCM Classic Film Festival movies and moments from the past decade that fans can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. Airing April 16-19, this special remote edition of the Festival will feature 24 hours a day of Festival films, TCM Hosts, special guests, and additional events on-air and online yet to be announced. All times EST Thursday, April 16 8:00 PM A Star is Born (1954) - Review Opening Night Film at the inaugural 2010 TCM Classic Film
A 24-hour programming tribute airing on March 5 and special screening scheduled for TCM Classic Film Festival.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of seminal actor Kirk Douglas with a 24-hour programming tribute on Thursday, March 5 as well as a special screening of Spartacus (1960) at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood in April. Douglas, who passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 103, was known for his iconic work in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Acting in more than 80 movies before he retired in 2004, Douglas was recognized for breaking the Hollywood Blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo to write his film Spartacus (1960). He earned
Which of these titles would you like to see on the big screen?
Press release: The TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. The following films have been added to the program: Dick Powell and Linda Darnell star in a U.S. premiere restoration of the fantastical comedy IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944); Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens star as the only living people in a post-apocalyptic city in THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1959) presented here in a new 35mm print; Vincent Price is the title character in a
Film professor and archivist to host every Sunday evening beginning September 15.
Press release: Author, archivist and film professor Jacqueline Stewart will join Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as the host of Silent Sunday Nights, where she will introduce films and provide historical context for the franchise. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, specializing in the history of African American cinema from the silent era to present. A passionate film archivist and advocate for film preservation, she is a three-term appointee to the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), which advises the Librarian of Congress on film preservation policy, and is the Chair
Turner Classic Movies Returns to Hollywood for the 11th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 16 - 19
Festival theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film will take movie lovers on an enchanted journey of storytelling
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. Thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood Boulevard for movies set within the theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more. Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on
Edward Zwick’s Civil War epic is still a masterful achievement.
In recent years, the war genre has mostly shown viewers the events of what happened during World War II or modern-day conflicts; Hacksaw Ridge and Dunkirk are two recent examples of terrific films in the genre. But I’m always amazed by the fact that there are so few films about the Civil War. Like World War II, it’s such an intriguing part of history and one that has countless stories that are worthy of a big-screen telling. Granted, some of the more recent releases haven’t been that great, such as Free State of Jones and Field of Lost Shoes. But,
Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for director Edward Zwick's sweeping Civil War epic Glory, which film critic Leonard Maltin has called "one of the finest historical dramas ever made."
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Fathom Events and TCM to award one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see TCM Big Screen Classics presentaton of Glory, which is playing in hundreds of select movie theaters nationwide on July 21 and July 24. To find a theater near you, check www.FathomEvents.com. For those wanting to learn more, the press release below: Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for director Edward Zwick's sweeping Civil War epic Glory, which film critic Leonard Maltin has called "one of the finest historical dramas ever made." This July, for the first time since its
Highlights include tribute to 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing and network premiere of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Press release: This July, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents Out of This World: A Celebration of Sci-Fi Movies, an odyssey through science fiction movies from a galaxy far, far away to not-too-distant futures. Airing every Tuesday night in primetime, each evening will explore the many realms of science fiction in cinema including creature features, early sci-fi, TCM’s network premiere of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and a special night of moon movies in honor of this month’s 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s monumental moon landing. TCM’s celebration of science fiction films will include: July
Programming tribute airing on June 9 to include Pillow Talk (1959) & Please Don't Eat The Daisies (1960).
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of iconic actress, singer and animal activist Doris Day with a 24-hour, 13-film tribute on Sunday, June 9. Day, who passed away on May 13 at the age of 97, started her career as a singer. Her first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey,” which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2008, the Recording Academy honored her with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her “outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” She went on to become one of the biggest film stars
Curated season to feature hand-picked films by DuVernay premieres May 4 and airs Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay will join The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must see” classic films. Emmy®, BAFTA® and Peabody® winning DuVernay joins TCM primetime host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season where they will introduce a hand-picked film each Saturday and offer commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 4 at 8 p.m. (ET). “What a thrill to be invited to select films for TCM’s The Essentials. And
Each year, I seem to enjoy the TCM Film Festival more and more.
The last day started with my first 9 am block viewing. While I was tempted to sleep in, I couldn’t pass up seeing Bill Hader introducing Mad Love (1935). Not only did Hader make it worthwhile but so did the film's crazy story about a surgeon (Peter Lorre) who is so obsessed with an actress (Frances Drake) that he replaces her pianist husband’s hands with those of a knife-throwing murderer. Lorre is at his creepy best here and totally enthralling. It is also visually impressive and said to have inspired Citizen Kane. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) was the only
My schedule ended up changing from what I had originally planned.
Day Three started with what turned out to be my favorite film of the festival, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). This black comedy stars Dennis Price as a disowned heir determined to claim his rightful place and avenge his dead mother by killing the remaining eight members ahead of him, all played by Alec Guinness. The 70th anniversary world premiere restoration by the British Film Institute involved taking the original 35mm nitrate negative, scanning in 4K resolution, and then extensive manual corrections to remove debris, warping, tears and scratches frame by frame. The result is extremely impressive. It is understandable
What ended up being one of my favorites of the festival?
My first full day started with one of my all-time favorite actors Gary Cooper starring in Love in the Afternoon (1957): This romantic comedy offered the reteaming of Billy Wilder and Audrey Hepburn three years after the hit Sabrina. The romance between the womanizing American tycoon Cooper and the much younger Hepburn is rather ridiculous but yet I still found it heartwarming. Maurice Chevalier as Hepburn’s father steals the film and makes it truly worth watching. Kate Flannery, best known for her role in the television show The Office, was delightfully charming and funny during the introduction. While she may
The TCM Classic Film Festival is an event that I look forward to and always enjoy. My ninth year was no different.
The festival is held over four days and spread out between the TCL Chinese Theater, the Chinese Multiplex, the Egyptian Theater, and for the first time, the Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion. There are typically five films playing in any given time slot along with various interviews and presentations taking place. This requires thoughtful scheduling and often leads to a difficult decision-making process. The lines for the films start at least an hour before the screening; depending on the popularity of a film, it starts even earlier. Planning is critical to make sure you get into the films