Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Drew Barrymore will co-host the 12th season of Turner Classic Movies' signature showcase: The Essentials
. Barrymore will take the chair opposite TCM host Robert Osborne each week to introduce a hand-picked classic film and offer commentary on its cultural relevance and what makes it a timeless, must-see movie. The Essentials
airs on Saturday nights, with the new season premiering in March 2012.
In addition to being an award-winning actress and a huge fan of classic films, Barrymore hails from one of the greatest acting dynasties in Hollywood history. She is the granddaughter of legendary actor John Barrymore and Dolores Costello; the great-granddaughter of silent film actor Maurice Costello and actress Mae Costello; and the great-niece of Oscar®-winning actors Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
"We're thrilled Drew will be joining us throughout 2012 on The Essentials," said TCM host Robert Osborne. "As an accomplished actress, director, producer and part of a legendary Hollywood dynasty, Drew has terrific insights into the world of film. I think she's going to surprise people with her passion for great cinema and her abundant knowledge of film history. Drew is also wonderfully endearing and great fun to be around - quite a winning combination. I predict a great year ahead."
Barrymore said, "I'm a TCM nut. I watch Robert Osborne every day of my life. To get to talk about classic cinema with such a brilliant man, I am simply in heaven. This is just the most wonderful opportunity to discuss my greatest passion, which is movies."
The 12th season of TCM's The Essentials showcase is set to launch Saturday, March 3, 2012. The lineup of movies selected by Barrymore and Osborne will include such enduring classics as George Cukor's star-studded comedy Dinner at Eight
(1933), which features Barrymore's grandfather, John, and great uncle, Lionel; George Stevens' comedic romance Alice Adams
(1935), starring Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray; William Wyler's atmospheric version of Wuthering Heights
(1939), starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon; Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not
(1944), which paired future spouses Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall for the first time; Carol Reed's thrilling mystery The Third Man
(1949), with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles; Charles Vidor's film noir Gilda
(1946), with Glenn Ford and the sensuous Rita Hayworth; and Billy Wilder's gender-bending farce Some Like It Hot
(1959), with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.
Barrymore has been a favorite of film audiences for almost three decades. She is also enjoying success behind the camera as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as He's Just Not That Into You, Never Been Kissed and 50 First Dates, as well as the actioners Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. In addition to producing the Charlie's Angels features, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both films, which together grossed more than a half a billion dollars worldwide.
Barrymore earned a Golden Globe® and a Screen Actors Guild Award®, as well as an Emmy® nomination, for her stunning performance opposite Jessica Lange in HBO's Grey Gardens. She has also earned praise from both critics and audiences for her performances in a wide range of comedies, including Fever Pitch, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Wedding Singer, Home Fries and Lucky You.
In 2009, Barrymore made her feature directorial debut with the roller derby film Whip It, with Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis. She will also be back on the big screen in Universal's Big Miracle in February 2012.
Barrymore made her film debut at the age of 5 in Ken Russell's sci-fi thriller Altered States, but it was her performance as the precocious Gertie in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial that catapulted the young actress to stardom. She went on to star in the thriller Firestarter and the comedy Irreconcilable Differences, for which she earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also earned a Golden Globe® nomination for the television movie Guncrazy.
Past hosts of The Essentials included filmmakers Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich and Sydney Pollack. Robert Osborne took over hosting duties in 2006, paired with film critic and author Molly Haskell. He was joined by actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher in 2007, actress Rose McGowan in 2008 and actor Alec Baldwin from 2009 to 2011.
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