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Guest Programmer: Bill Hader
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Bill Hader Profile

Actor-comedian-writer-producer Bill Hader, TCM Guest Programmer for September, is most celebrated for his hilarious work on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, especially his vivid impersonations of such personalities as Vincent Price, Al Pacino, James Carville and, recently, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz! Hader also has had roles in several of the hottest film comedies of recent times; including Superbad (2007), Tropic Thunder (2008) and the animated feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009).

Hader has loved movies since he was a child growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and shows his film buff cred with four films from gifted directors. He chooses the WWII adventure Five Graves to Cairo (1943), an early directorial effort by Billy Wilder, because it demonstrates that the celebrated filmmaker "came out of the gate fully formed." He considers that Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) explores "fundamental truths" yet "still leaves a lot of ambiguity," with a visual style that's "like a living painting."

Hader loves Brewster McCloud (1970) because of director Robert Altman's audacious blending of various genres and the mere fact that "someone had the guts to make a movie like this!" And he finds the comic performances of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer "astounding" in Rob Reiner's "mockumentary" about a rock band, This Is Spinal Tap (1984).

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