TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 2

One of the best things about TCM’s first ever Classic Film Festival are the people you get to meet. Not just the famous ones you’ve dreamed of meeting all your life, but the lesser known behind the scenes authorities who introduce many of the films, and the other fans who have come from far and wide to basque in the atmosphere of the world of classic cinema – people just like me!

I had to rush to the screening of the little known Fred MacMurray film, “Murder, He Says”, and was rather surprised to find a substantial size audience for this obscure 10:00AM screening. The film was a bit silly, but certainly made more enjoyable with the live audience and the impressive introduction given by the charming Michael Schlesinger, manager of the Sony film library. Mr. Schlesinger was a fan himself who obviously loves his job and sharing his knowledge with others. I could listen to this man talk for hours! The rolling laughter over some pretty silly comedy made a great start to the day. Next was a wait in line outside of Grauman’s for “Sweet Smell of Success” where I met and chatted with a bunch of people from all over the country including a gal from Wisconsin whose father I had met the night before at “Neptune’s Daughter”. A father and daughter trip – how cool is thatr Grauman’s is so big we all got great seats and I ended up sitting next to a guy from the neighborhood who was using his vacation days to attend the festival, a lady who took the day off work (shh!) to see one of her favorite films, and a press representative from Movie Guide. We all agreed the intro with Sam Kashner of Vanity Fair was a bit underwhelming. I had seen Tony Curtis earlier this year at the Magic Castle and it was a very different experience. Of course he had his own people with him then and Mr. Kashner seemed to be all alone. It was a bit uncomfortable at times, but the crowd didn’t really seem to mind. After all, Curtis is a living legend.

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TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 1

A newly restored version of “A Star is Born” was given the red carpet treatment, while Esther Williams and the Aqualillies appeared poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Although the big ticket yesterday at the opening of the TCM Classic Film Festival was the red carpet gala premier of a newly restored 1954 version of “A Star is Born”, not all pass holders had access to that event (including me). The event was really something to see, even from a distance and through the plastic tents set up for the rain that never came. Most of the classic stars scheduled to appear during the festival walked the carpet, as well as some of Hollywood’s younger talent. Eli Wallach (“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”) looked extremely dapper with his hues of lavender and purple, while Anne Jeffreys (Tess Trueheart of the “Dick Tracy” series) and Ann Rutherford (Polly of the “Andy Hardy” series) looked lovely in their matching peach ruffled pantsuits. And of course there was Ernest Borgnine, Eva Marie Saint, Alec Baldwin and many, many more. For pictures from the opening day go to, or

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TCM Classic Film Festival Opens Thursday!

The first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival is taking place this Thursday through Sunday, April 22-25, right in the heart of old time Hollywood itself. The four-day festival will provide classic movie fans a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works at their very best – on the big screen!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the first ever Classic Film Festival, especially since it’s being presented by Turner Classic Movies. As a huge fan of everything TCM, I couldn’t be more thrilled that the network has taken this enormous step to bring the magic of the movies to the fans who long to see classic films the way they were meant to be seen: in darkened theaters surrounded by other adoring fans. In an endeavor to make the most of its inaugural year, TCM has turned to the expertise of festival consultants Bill and Stella Pence, co-founders of the highly revered Telluride Film Festival. With the guidance of these two festival veterans the Classic Film Festival is anticipated to get the best start it possibly can with major events, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more.

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Cannes: Director Terry Gilliam "In Conversation"

Terry Gilliam was the last guest of the “In Conversation Series” hosted by the American Pavilion at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The director of “Brazil,” “The Fisher King” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” talked about his past, present and future, as well as “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” with and without Heath Ledger.

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