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Here's a short article I wrote about my visit to director Richard Linklater's set and his Guest Programmer appearance on TCM: http://www.examiner.com/article/on-the- ... -linklater
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Director Vincente Minnelli and his daughter, Liza Minnelli, on the set of New York, New York.

Here's my latest article about Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater and one of his favorite director, Vincente Minnelli : http://www.examiner.com/article/directo ... -linklater

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The official release concerning Sally Field being chosen as the new TCM Essentials Co-Host was published on USA Today, today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2 ... /22041027/
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Jennifer Dorian, new general manager of Turner Classic Movies.

Three women have now been named to prominent positions at TCM. Here's my latest article about the announcements: http://www.examiner.com/article/three-w ... sic-movies"
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TCMFF 2015 Update!

The restored 1919 Harry Houdini film, The Grim Game, will be screened this year: http://deadline.com/2015/01/rarely-seen ... 201356187/
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UPDATE EXCITEMENT!!!!

New Guests have been added for the TCMFF 2015!

It looks like ANN MARGRET will introduce The Cincinnatti Kid!

Julie Andrews - Actress, Singer and Author
Ann-Margret - Actor and Entertainer
William Daniels - Actor
Carl Davis - Composer, Conductor and Musician
Ken Howard - Actor
Peter H. Hunt - Director
David Ladd - Producer
James Layton - Historian and Archivist
Captain James Lovell - Astronaut
David Pierce - Historian and Archivist
Christopher Plummer - Actor and Author
Rick Schmidlin - Film Scholar and Preservationist
Brane Živković - Composer


Other films added include Calamity Jane, 1776, 42nd Street, Patton, Pinnochio, The Dawn of Technicolor, Rififi, Roman Holiday, and Doctor Zhivago.

David Ladd will be there to introduce The Proud Rebel, directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Ladd's father, Alan Ladd, and Olivia De Havilland.

And Captain James Lovell will introduce Apollo 13!

UPDATE EXCITEMENT LINK: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/
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Here's a link to a short article I wrote about the TCM Film Festival 2015 update: http://www.examiner.com/article/ann-mar ... b_articles
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Join us this weekend for author Brent Phillips, who will discuss his new book, Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance on Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8!

According to the University Press of Kentucky, Brent Phillips' new book illuminates the life of a man whose work involved some of the most important figures of classic cinema: "From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’s last dance on the silver screen (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland’s timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of “Get Happy” (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood’s golden age. During his career, this Academy Award–nominated director and choreographer showcased the talents of stars such as Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. However, despite his many critical and commercial triumphs, Walters’s name often goes unrecognized today.

In the first full-length biography of Walters, Brent Phillips chronicles the artist’s career, from his days as a featured Broadway performer and protégé of theater legend Robert Alton to his successes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He takes readers behind the scenes of many of the studio’s most beloved musicals, including Easter Parade (1948), Lili (1953), High Society (1956), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). In addition, Phillips recounts Walters’s associations with Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, examines the director’s uncredited work on several films, including the blockbuster Gigi (1958), and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American popular culture.
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This revealing book also considers Walters’s personal life and explores how he navigated the industry as an openly gay man. Drawing on unpublished oral histories, correspondence, and new interviews, this biography offers an entertaining and important new look at an exciting era in Hollywood history."

Brent Phillips is a former Joffrey Ballet soloist and a 2003 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House. He holds a BA in English from Hunter College (CUNY) and has taught American History and English at the Harvey Milk High School in New York City. Phillips has worked as the Media Archivist at Fales Library since November 2003, where he safeguards the nearly 90,000 audiovisual holdings from various theater, dance, music, and cinema collections, as well as notable public access television collections like the Gay Cable Network Archive.

Phillips will be interviewed on Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m., at the Fales Library on the NYU Campus By John Fricke, film historian who has written several books about Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz, and is widely-regarded as the preeminent Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz historian. (Fricke was a Special Guest at the TCM Film Festival 2014.)

Space is limited for this special event; please contact: [email protected]

December's Friday Night Spotlight on TCM featured Phillips and TCM Host Robert Osborne discussing the films directed by Charles Walters.

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Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Walters-D ... 0813147212

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Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: http://laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com/2 ... arles.html

The University of Kentucky Press: http://kentuckypress.com/live/title_det ... MvMRIFOKrU

NYU appearance: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/resear ... stest.html

Wall Street Journal Review: http://www.wsj.com/articles/book-review ... 1420835193

Brent Phillips' Facebook page celebrating all things Charles "Chuck" Walters:
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Sophia is the guest for the big Robert Osborne interview! WOW!

Major kudos to Charlie Tabesh and Genevieve McGillicuddy and any of the super TCM talent acquisition team responsible for Sophia Loren's participation this year, as well as powerhouise guests like Julie Andrews, Ann-Margret, and Christopher Plummer who have already been announced.

TCM is thrilled to announce that legendary Academy Award®-winning actress Sophia Loren is set to attend the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival for a sit-down interview with TCM host Robert Osborne about her life and extraordinary career. The interview will be taped Saturday, March 28, in front of a live audience of festival passholders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. The interview will then air on TCM in spring 2016 as the original special Sophia Loren: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival.

In addition to the interview, Loren will be on hand to introduce a screening of MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (1964), for which she received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actress.

MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (1964)
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in director Vittorio De Sica's romantic comedy about a long-time mistress who feigns a fatal illness in order to trick her lover into marrying her. In attendance: Sophia Loren
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Happy Valentine's Day, Festival Friends here at the SSO!
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I bet that Robert O was hyped having to interview Sophia Loren here. I hope that I did not miss it!
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Erik, the interview with Sophia Loren will take place in LA at the Montalban Theatre during the TCM Film Festival 2015.
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Thelma Ritter was born on this day in 1902.

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Fabulous updates today: Stuntman Terry Leonard will intro Raiders of the Lost Ark and The WInd and the Lion, Dustin Hoffman livens up a discussion of Lenny, Spike Lee will be on hand for Malcolm X, and Randy Haberkamp from AMPAS will be on hand for THE RETURN OF THE DREAM MACHINE: HAND-CRANKED FILMS FROM 1902-1913 (2015):
Experience the movies like the first audiences did, with hand-cranked projection of 35mm film prints featuring icons from cinema’s earliest years, including a color-tinted version of Georges Melies’ A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902), the Edison Company’s THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1903), D.W. Griffith’s A CORNER IN WHEAT (1909) and Lois Weber’s split-screen thriller SUSPENSE (1913).

Plus that wacky, hyperkinetic pal of Robert's, Alec Baldwin!
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Also, editor Anne V. Coates, still going strong at age 89, will be present for showings of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, for which she won an Oscar, and OUT OF SIGHT, for which she received an Oscar nomination. It's unclear if they are going to interview her. Given that her credits as editor go back to PICKWICK PAPERS (1952), she would have some interesting stories to tell.
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Yes, David! And Anne V. Coates also just edited 50 Shades of Grey.

C'Mon, GET HAPPY! One more great announcement today! :-)
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ACADEMY CONVERSATIONS: GUNGA DIN (1939)
As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “Academy Conversations” series, two Oscar-winners, special effects man Craig Barron and sound effects editor Ben Burtt, share their insights and introduce one of Hollywood’s greatest adventure films. George Stevens directs this loose adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s poem about three wisecracking British soldiers (Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Victor McLaglen) who, with their faithful Indian water boy (Sam Jaffe), fight off a murderous religious sect in Northern India.
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