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Have you ever watched Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz introduce movies on TCM and think, “Hey, I could do that?” Well, now you have your chance with the TCM Ultimate Fan Contest. Submit a video of yourself introducing one of your favorite movies to http://fancontest.tcm.com before Oct. 31, and one lucky entrant will be picked to win a trip to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival and given a chance to introduce a movie at the festival and on the network. It’s all tied to the classic-movie channel’s 20th anniversary. Here is the release from the network: TCM’s Ultimate Fan … Continue reading
TCM Summer Under the Stars 2013 lineup: TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars 24-hour marathons devoted to 31 of the most famous faces in film history. TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars returns this month with 24-hour marathons devoted to 31 of the most famous faces in film history. This year, TCM is inviting viewers to join the party on Twitter and converse with other film buffs by using the #SUTS hashtag and individual hashtags for the featured stars. Share your favorite movie quotes, moments and more with other viewers in real time (just remember to “SPOILER ALERT” if you’re … Continue reading
Mel Brooks AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Special airs on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8pm ET. A block of Mel Brooks’ movies follows the award presentation. Mel Brooks receiving the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award on TCM tonight is long overdue for a man who has been making people laugh for more than 60 years. Beginning tonight at 8pm ET with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, TCM is devoting its entire programming block to the Brooklyn man who was born in 1926 as Melvin Kaminsky. The son of Russian immigrants went on to make gut-busting comedies like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Robin … Continue reading
Ending the day with a dose of Johnny Carson was an American tradition for nearly 30 years, as the King of Late Night seemingly perfected the art of the talk-show interview, and the format itself. Johnny’s been off the air since 1992, but audiences will get a chance to see him in action again this summer — albeit a little earlier in the day — with Carson on TCM. Hosted by Conan O’Brien, Carson on TCM will feature vintage interviews from The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, many of which haven’t been seen in their entirety since their original air date. … Continue reading
Movie star and champion swimmer Esther Williams passed away today at the age of 91. To remember her Hollywood career, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be airing a 24-hour movie marathon of many of her most famous films from the 1940s and ’50s beginning June 13 at 8pm ET. Included in the Esther Williams movie marathon, which TCM says will feature 13 titles, are her film debut in Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942); her first starring vehicle, Bathing Beauty (1944); the colorful musical Neptune’s Daughter (1949); the biopic of swimmer Annette Kellerman, Million Dollar Mermaid (1952); the romantic comedy Easy … Continue reading
TCM Essentials Jr. Sundays beginning June 2 TCM, 8pm ET Like you, we’re lamenting the loss of Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live, where he filmed his final episode as a regular cast member last weekend. No more Stefon, no more Vincent Price, no more plasticine game-show hosts. Ah, but the diverse funnyman will still be on television, only this time just being himself. Hader returns June 2 for his third go-round as host of TCM Essentials Jr., a showcase of 13 films — one airing each Sunday — aimed at helping parents introduce their children to classic films. “It’s … Continue reading
Cher isn’t often an opening act, but in this case she’s obviously OK with it. On Friday she’ll join Robert Osborne to help kick off TCM‘s new weekly film showcase Friday Night Spotlight. She’ll introduce a collection of films built around a certain theme, and will be featured each Friday this month. The overall theme this month is “A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film,” and feature such classics as Mildred Pierce, The Best Years of Our Lives, His Girl Friday and The Women. It’s a very busy time for Cher, as the celebrated singer and Academy … Continue reading
In a salute to the extensive lifelong career of Hollywood great and Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, who passed away at the age of 95 this past weekend, TCM will feature an all-day marathon of some of Borgnine’s most memorable performances, as well as TCM’s Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine special. Lineup for the memorial day of programming Thursday, June 26, will be as follows: 6am: The Catered Affair (1956) 8am: The Legend of Lylah Clare 10:30am: Pay or Die 12:30pm: Torpedo Run 2:30pm: Ice Station Zebra 5:15pm: The Dirty Dozen 8pm: Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine 9pm: Marty 10:45pm: From Here to Eternity 1am: The … Continue reading
Legendary actor Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. While he may be most remembered and beloved from his television work on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, Griffith was also a fantastic actor of both the stage and screen, and not just in comedic roles. Turner Classic Movies will give you the chance to enjoy some of Griffith’s most memorable movie performances on July 18, when the network will air a four-film marathon in tribute to the late actor. The lineup will be as follows: Andy Griffith Film Marathon, Wednesday, July 18 on TCM 8pm ET … Continue reading
Here’s a look at the various specials and movies airing on and around this Memorial Day, which remember those who have served in the military, and particularly those who were lost. All times are Eastern. Programming subject to updates; check back for changes and additions. My Vietnam Your Iraq (encore) — PBS, May (check local listings). Vietnam War veterans who have children who served in Iraq tell their stories. The program showcases the pride and fear a family shares when one is deployed. The War (encore) — PBS, May (check local listings). Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s epic, seven-part 2007 … Continue reading