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Alec Baldwin & Robert Osborne - Hosts of The Essentials 2011

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Two-time Emmy winner and recent Screen Actors Guild Award winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) will return for his third season as co-host of THE ESSENTIALS on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In his first two seasons opposite TCM host Robert Osborne, Baldwin displayed a deep admiration for and knowledge of classic films. Baldwin and Osborne have selected 30 "must see" films for the 2011 season of the weekly showcase.

Airing each Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET), the 11th season will kick off March 5 with the memorable prison film Cool Hand Luke (1967), which earned star Paul Newman a Best Actor Oscar® nomination and co-star George Kennedy the award for Best Supporting Actor. The film is one of 14 selected by both Osborne and Baldwin for the 2011 season. Other films chosen jointly by the co-hosts are Hannah and Her Sisters (1986 - March 19), Mildred Pierce (1945 - March 26), Ball of Fire (1941 - April 16), Gunga Din (1939 - April 23), Bicycle Thieve (aka The Bicycle Thief) (1948 - May 7), Stage Door (1937 - Aug. 6), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962 - Aug. 13), A Place in the Sun (1951 - Aug. 20), A Letter to Three Wives (1949 - Aug. 27), Sunset Blvd (1950 - Sept. 3) and The Bank Dick (1940 - Nov. 12).

The showcase's April 30 presentation of An American in Paris (1951) will coincide with the 2011 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which will launch April 28 with a gala screening of a carefully restored and remastered version of the Best Picture Oscar® winner. And on Christmas Eve, Baldwin and Osborne will host a special presentation of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In addition to their joint selections, Baldwin and Osborne individually chose several films for THE ESSENTIALS. Baldwin's personal selections include The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962 - April 2), Splendor in the Grass (1961 - April 9), East of Eden (1955 - May 21), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944 - May 28), The Caine Mutiny (1954 - June 11), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985 - July 23), City Lights (1931 - July 2), Fail-Safe (1964 - July 9) and The Misfits (1961 - June 16).

Osborne's individual choices for 2011 include Love Me Tonight (1932 - March 12), Cat People (1942 - May 14), Dodsworth (1936 - June 4), Bringing Up Baby (1938 - June 18), Out of the Past (1947 - June 25) and Best Picture Oscar® winner All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 - July 30).

"I'm proud to be able to sit down with Robert Osborne again as we present some of the greatest films ever made," Baldwin said. "It is a true joy for me each year to be able to share my love of movies with the TCM community of fans."

"Alec and I have had a great time the past two years choosing and discussing great films," Osborne said. "This year, we have put together an amazing schedule, and we are very excited to present it to movie lovers."

Prior to co-hosting THE ESSENTIALS, Baldwin appeared on TCM as part of the network's Guest Programmer series. In 2008, he hosted the TCM special Role Model: Gene Wilder, in which he interviewed the comic actor.

Baldwin is one of Hollywood's most charismatic and prolific actors. He currently stars with Tina Fey in the hit comedy series 30 Rock, which just earned him his second Emmy. He has also earned a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Television Critics Association Award for his performance on the show.

Baldwin's many film credits include The Departed; The Cooler; The Hunt for Red October and Glengarry Glen Ross. On stage, Baldwin won acclaim and a Tony nomination for his work opposite Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, which also garnered him an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation. Baldwin's production company, El Dorado Pictures, co-produced TNT's Emmy-nominated miniseries Nuremberg and the feature film State and Main. He also wrote the book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey through Fatherhood and Divorce.

TCM will mark THE ESSENTIALS' tenth year in 2010. Past hosts have included filmmakers Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich and Sydney Pollack. Robert Osborne took over hosting duties in 2005, paired with film critic and author Molly Haskell. He was joined by actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher in 2007 and actress Rose McGowan in 2008.

As prime time host and anchor of the Turner Classic Movies cable television network, Robert Osborne brings viewers out of their living rooms and into the world of classic Hollywood, providing insider information, facts and trivia on TCM movie presentations.

Osborne is also the new co-host for TCM's on-going franchise, The Essentials, and a columnist-critic for The Hollywood Reporter, the daily show business trade paper. He is known as the official biographer of Oscar®, thanks to a series of books he's written on the subject of Hollywood's annual Academy Awards. His latest book, the updated 80 Years Of the Oscar®, was written at the special request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has been called "the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the subject."

Osborne was born in Colfax, Washington (population: 2700) and graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism, appearing in local plays in his non-study hours. He soon went to Hollywood as an actor under contract to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But Lucy encouraged him to pursue writing, which he considers among the best advice he's ever been given. She remained a friend and mentor to him until her death.

Osborne joined the staff of The Hollywood Reporter in 1977 and six years later began writing the paper's influential "Rambling Reporter" column, which covers all aspects of the movie and television business. He also attends the Cannes Film Festival to review films for the paper and is The Hollywood Reporter's chief Broadway critic, covering New York plays and first nights.

Osborne began as the on-air entertainment reporter for the nightly news on Los Angeles, KTTV in 1982. In 1987, he was signed by CBS to make daily appearances on the CBS Morning Program. From 1986-1993, he was also a regular host of The Movie Channel cable network.

From 1981-83, he served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). He is a frequent guest on Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and other network shows; won a Golden Mike for excellence (for a TV special he wrote, produced and hosted titled Lana Turner Today); has twice been a CableAce nominee for his "Osborne Report" segments for The Movie Channel; and was nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Host Moderator. Osborne is also the winner of the 1984 Press Award from the Publicists Guild of America.

In addition to his hosting duties for TCM, Osborne has also done several specials for the network, including hour-long interviews, including the last on-camera interview done by Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, June Allyson, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Tony Curtis.

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