Mel Brooks AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Special airs on TCM

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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

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“Carson on TCM” airs Johnny Carson’s vintage late-night interviews

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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

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TCM to remember Esther Williams with 24-hour movie marathon

TCM to remember Esther Williams with 24-hour movie marathon

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

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Bill Hader returns to host TCM Essentials Jr.

Bill Hader TCM Essentials Jr.

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

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Cher joins Robert Osborne for TCM’s Friday Night Spotlight

Cher, Robert Osborne host TCM Friday Night Spotlight

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

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TCM to honor Ernest Borgnine July 26

TCM to honor Ernest Borgnine July 26

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

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TCM to remember Andy Griffith with four-film tribute on July 18

TCM to remember Andy Griffith with four-film tribute on July 18

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

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Memorial Day 2012 programming

Memorial Day 2012 programming

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

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Peter O’Toole waxes eloquent tonight on TCM

Peter O'Toole waxes eloquent tonight on TCM

There are some people who, when you get the chance to hear them talk about their lives, you just have to stop what you’re doing and listen. The late Richard Harris was one such person — whenever he stopped by David Letterman’s set, I always tended to drop everything and just tune in 100 percent, because, well, first of all, he was so well-spoken, but also because he told such fantastic stories. Never mind whether or not they were all true or greatly exaggerated — they were entertaining as hell, full of ribaldry and drunken exploits, and often including fellow … Continue reading

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TV specials and movies commemorate 100th anniversary of Titanic disaster

TV specials and movies commemorate 100th anniversary of Titanic disaster

April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the fateful and infamous maiden voyage of Titanic, which hit an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, and eventually sank into the icy depths of the North Atlantic early the next morning. In the weeks leading up to the exact anniversary date, various TV networks will remember the tragedy with premiere and encore specials and movies. Many of the documentaries offer promises of “the final word” or “mystery solved” regarding exactly what happened to the great ship. Whether they actually will or not may be beside the point. It might … Continue reading

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