When TCM host Ben Mankiewicz introduced Smokey and the Bandit, there was both a gleam in his eye and a smirk on his mouth. The gleam comes from his admission that as a 10-year-old boy in 1977 it was the first film that made him fall in love with movies. Moreso than even Star Wars, which also came out that year, it was the movie he watched over and over again, making him desperate to both be the Bandit and to see more movies just like it. The smirk comes from the knowledge that even on its 40th anniversary Smokey
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Grab a beer, jump in your vintage Trans-Am, and get ready for a hell of a ride.
This is a good week for fans of war movies.
TCM presents their traditional Memorial Day Marathon, starting on Friday at 8 pm ET. Alec Baldwin and David Letterman fit in a military comedy on "The Essentials" on Saturday. Plus, more Dennis Miller hosting Creature Features, more from Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable, and a night of Grand Dame Guignol. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Monday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - Gone With the Wind (1939) Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle
A look at what's playing this week.
This week on TCM David Letterman continues his appearances on "The Essentials", Dennis Miller presents another night of Creature Features, and fans gets another night featuring Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable. There are also themed nights that focus on films made by brothers, starring Frances Dee, and more from the year 1967. Grey Gardens (1976) - Monday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Documentary of a reclusive mother and her daughter who created their own world in their mansion known as "Grey Gardens". Star of the Month: Clark Gable - China Seas (1935) Tuesday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A sea
Encore presentation will air on sister network TCM.
Press release: Following the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton on June 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Turner's TNT will televise the celebration as a one-hour special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, premiering Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will then encore the special on Monday, July 31, during a night of programming dedicated to Keaton's work. This marks the fifth year the Emmy-winning AFI special has aired on Turner networks. In addition to the encore presentations of the special, TCM's July 31 tribute
For those planning their week.
This week on TCM David Letterman continues to talk with Alec Baldwin about "The Essentials", Dennis Miller returns to host another night of Creature Features, and fans gets another night featuring Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable. There are themed nights about cattle drives, models, the year 1967, and Mother's Day. The Far Country (1955) - Monday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - Possessed (1931) Tuesday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A factory girl rises to the top as mistress of a
Featuring a dose of David Letterman.
This week TCM gets a visit from David Letterman as Alec Baldwin takes the reins of "The Essentials" and Dennis Miller shines a spotlight on Creature Features. There is also a 100th Birthday Tribute to Danielle Darrieux, Clark Gable is the Star of the Month, and Noir Alley continues. 100th Birthday Tribute: Danielle Darrieux - The Rage of Paris (1938) - Monday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A penniless woman sets out to snare a rich husband. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - It Happened One Night (1934) Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A newspaperman tracks
It is always with mixed emotions when I look at the schedule for the final day.
The last day. It is always with mixed emotions when I look at the schedule for the final day. Film fatigue has fully set in but at the same time I am not ready for it be over. The day started with one of my favorites of the whole festival, Lured (1947) starring Lucille Ball as a dancer who gets enlisted by Scotland Yard to capture a serial killer. The film also stars George Sanders, Charles Cobine, George Zucco, and Boris Karloff. The "who dunnit?' part of the film is lacking, however, it is still a well-written story with interesting
Here's to yo,u Mrs. Robinson.
Some movies are so iconic, so ingrained in the consciousness of culture that it feels like you’ve seen it even when you haven’t. The Graduate is one such film. I’d never seen it before this afternoon’s theatrical showing thanks to TCM and Fathom Events, but I could tell you what it was about, quote you some lines, and describe several scenes. Surely, everyone who cares about movies is familiar with that view of Dustin Hoffman between Anne Bancroft’s legs, can hum that memorable Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack, and remembers the "did I just see what I think I saw?" quick
David Letterman, Tina Fey, and William Friedkin set to join as special guests, premiering May 6.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Alec Baldwin will host The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must see” classic films. Joining Baldwin each week throughout the season will be one of three special guests: late-night television icon David Letterman; acclaimed actress, writer, and comedian Tina Fey, and legendary filmmaker William Friedkin. Together, Baldwin and his guests will introduce a hand-picked classic and offer color 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
Saturday was originally scheduled to be another five-movie day but a lack of sleep and food set in.
One of my most anticipated events was The Last Picture Show (1971) with director Peter Bogdanovich in attendance. While it was much more depressing than I expected, this coming-of-age story about a small town in Texas is a must-see. Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, and Ellen Burstyn all give amazing performances; no matter which one was on screen, I was completely engrossed. Bogdanovich was one of the highlights of the festival. I could have listened to him talk for hours. Most interesting, was him describing how it was Orson Welles that convinced him to shoot the film
I ended day one with a Peter Lorre film so I figured why not start day two with him as well.
Day One I was hoping to arrive in time to start the festival with the tribute to Robert Osborne but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, I arrived in time to grab a full meal, which I knew would be a rarity, before making my way to see my all-time favorite actors, William Powell in Love Crazy (1941). This was the tenth of fourteen films Powell made with Myrna Loy and was about a couple on the verge of divorce after a few mishaps and misunderstandings. In an effort to save the marriage, Powell fakes insanity, resulting in the shaving
See anything you'll be watching?
This week TCM gets a visit from guest programmer William Daniel, and shines a spotlight on Claude Rains in the '30s. There are also themed nights of programming under the headings of "Post-War Melodrama", "U-Boats", and "Thinly Veiled Bios". 1776 (1972) - Monday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The founding fathers struggle to draft the Declaration of Independence Gentleman Jim (1942) Tuesday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett. The Invisible Man (1933) Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A scientist's experiments with invisibility turn him into a madman. On The
Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series.
Press release: Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) gets mistaken for a murderous spy and embarks on a suspense-filled adventure in Alfred Hitchcock’s whirlwind classic North by Northwest, returning to the big screen for two days this April thanks to Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. With stunning VistaVision cinematography and a remarkable score by Bernard Hermann, North by Northwest is one of those rare films that expertly encapsulates all the favorite plot devices and themes that have marked a film director's entire career. A star-studded cast includes Eva
A great week of movies to watch in the dark.
This might the scariest week of the year on TCM outside of October as themed nights focus on thieves, killers, monsters, and more. Also, Noir Alley returns next Sunday with Tension. Monday, March 20 - Psycho Killers Psycho (1960) at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A woman on the run gets mixed up with a repressed young man and his violent mother. | Review Peeping Tom (1960) at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Raised by a sadist, a cinematographer kills young women while filming their fear. Tuesday, March 21 - Femme Fatales Double Indemnity (1944) at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An insurance salesman gets seduced
This week in cool brings us a Deadpool 2 teaser, Ghost in the Shell, All About Eve, and more.
I’ve been writing this column for a little while now so I’m getting pretty good at making little lists of the cool things I read, watch, and listen to, which makes this a lot easier to write. It's certainly easier than waking up Friday morning only to realize I’ve got a column to write and no memory of what I’ve consumed over the last seven days. Even with the little lists, there are times, like right now, where I look at all the pop culture I’ve engaged with in the last week only to realize I found very little of
Tribute to feature his most memorable TCM interviews and moments.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will dedicate two entire days to honor the legacy of longtime host Robert Osborne. Airing all day on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, the 48-hour tribute will feature an extensive collection of the long-form interviews Osborne conducted during his 23 year tenure with the network, including: Memorable installments of Private Screenings and Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival. Special edition of Private Screenings where actor Alec Baldwin interviewed Osborne on the host's 20th anniversary at the network Robert's first-film introduction for the network of Gone with the Wind Among the Private
New franchise hosted by Film Noir Foundation founder & president Eddie Muller premieres March 5 and airs every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking up permanent residence in the shadowy world of film noir with the launch of Noir Alley, a new programming franchise hosted by Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941). Film noir, with its
Curious how Days of Oscar From A to Z concludes?
TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z concludes this week, starting with Three Comrades, co-scripted by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about three life-long friends sharing their love for a dying woman against the turbulent backdrop of Germany between the wars, which earned Margaret Sullavan a nomination for Best Actress. The finl selection is Z about a political assassination that uncovers a hotbed of corruption. It won for Best Film Editing (Françoise Bonnot) and Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Costa-Gavras), and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Jorge Semprún and
See what's playing during the last full week of TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z.
TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z continues this week, starting with Penny Serenade about a woman on the verge of divorce recalling her heartbreaking attempts to adopt a child, which earned Cary Grant a nomination for Best Actor, through to Thousands Cheer about an egotistical acrobat who joins the Army and falls in love with his commander's daughter. It was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Art Direction. A Place in the Sun (1951) Monday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An ambitious young man wins an heiress' heart but has to cope with his
Another week to catch up on your Academy Award bucket list.
TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z continues this week, starting with the 1943 version of The Constant Nymph, which saw Joan Fontaine nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, through to Ice Station Zebra, which was nominated for Best Visual Effects and for Best Cinematography (Daniel L. Fapp). Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Monday, February 6 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A husband and wife fight to conquer alcoholism. Dreamgirls (2006) Tuesday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An unscrupulous promoter takes a girl group to the top but dumps their lead singer. Foreign Correspondent (1940)