Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TCM Film Festival April 28th-May 1st, 2011

An on-air announcement by host Robert Osborne last night set the dates for next year's TCM Classic Film Festival, beginning on April 28th and running to May 1st, 2011, in Hollywood. Below is the press release about this event.  You can see more about the TCM Film Festival and register for updates at the website: 

The video below shows the entire announcement with some highlights from this year's celebration of cinema at the first festival:


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will return to Hollywood for the second TCM Classic Film Festival.  Last night, TCM primetime host Robert Osborne exclusively revealed on-air that the 2011 edition of TCM’s four-day event will take place Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2011.  The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as a central gathering point for attendees.  Screenings and events will also be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Mann’s Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre.

“We’re all very excited about returning to Hollywood for our second TCM Classic Film Festival,” said Osborne said.  “It’s another rare chance for TCM fans from all over the world to get together, see great films on the big screen and be in the presence of a wide variety of famous filmmakers.  It will be all-new experience and, once again, an extraordinary celebration.”

Passes for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale in November.  The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festivalgoers.

In spring 2010, TCM successfully staged the first TCM Classic Film Festival, welcoming stars, filmmakers and fans from around the world.  Many notable personalities appeared at the festival, including Mel Brooks, Luise Rainer, Ernest Borgnine, Alec Baldwin, Eva Marie Saint, Tony Curtis, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Danny Huston, Buck Henry, Eli Wallach, Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Peter Bogdanovich, Stanley Donen, Norman Lloyd, Nancy Olson, Tim Roth, Illeana Douglas, Tab Hunter, Susan Kohner, Juanita Moore, Darryl Hickman, Curtis Hanson, John Badham, Richard Rush and special effects artist Douglas Trumbull.

The first TCM Classic Film Festival proved to be a destination event, with attendees traveling from 44 states and 10 countries and territories, including France, Poland, Romania, Argentina and Guam.  The four-day event included screenings of more than 50 films, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more.  It also provided movie fans with a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen.  The festival featured numerous restored films, including the opening-night event, the world premiere of the restored A Star Is Born (1954), and the closing-night presentation, the North American premiere of the restored Metropolis (1927).

In the coming months, TCM will begin announcing films and special guests for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival, along with information about purchasing festival passes.

Happy 125th Birthday, Erich von Stroheim!

 Happy Birthday, Erich!!  You don't look a day over 100!

As a lad of 125 today, I'd like to commend your acting, even if I find most of the films you directed pretty heavy sledding. What's that Birthday boy? You're right, Erich, baby, I am a philistine, but I love you in Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Squadron (1932), Sunset Blvd (1950) and most of all, The Grand Illusion (1937), as you nursed along that humble geranium inside the prison walls where you were warden (and spiritually prisoner, as well). The fact that all but the last film are being shown on TCM today makes me glad I got home in time to catch a few minutes of some of them. You can see all upcoming von Stroheim films on TCM listed here.


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