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    • An interview with Bill Cassara, author of "Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn"

    • Cassara's latest book is a loving tribute to one of the great comic character actors in film, Edgar Kennedy. He recently took the time for a exclusive interview with TCM:

      TCM: Let's start with this. What motivated you to write the book?

      BC: I first became aware that Edgar Kennedy was born in Monterey County, Ca. when I read Leonard Maltin's book on two-reeler comedies back in the early 1980's. I was working as a Deputy Sheriff for Monterey County, so I became very intrigued to find out exactly where he was born. I wrote an article about Edgar for Classic Images back in 1997 and put in everything I knew at the time, but my curiosity continued. That led to more researching. I got lucky finding out some key events in Edgar's school years that started to round out his life story. Finally, it was Edgar's daughter, Colleen Deach, who encouraged me to write a book about her dad. It finally dawned on me that if I didn't write a book about Edgar, no one else would! For crying out loud, Edgar was a film pioneer and was the star of his own series at RKO for 17 years, he deserved a study and I felt a responsibility about it.

      TCM: What was it about Edgar Kennedy's work that stood out for you?

      BC: I love Edgar's bald, Irish Kennedy-the-Cop character for Roach when he supported Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang and The Boy Friends series. He was the well meaning, if not inept, neighborhood cop, so I identified with him. Edgar's "Average Man" character was not that far off from his Roach persona. Instead of the victimized public servant, he was victimized in his own domestic setting. Edgar relished playing the average Joe and it wasn't unnoticed. B.R. Crisler, a writer for the New York Times wrote in 1936 that Edgar "created a character as universally comprehensible as Chaplin's Little Clown and twice as real." I concur.

      TCM: Were there any stumbling blocks when you were gathering all the information during the research of your book?

      BC: The only thing worse than no leads at all is to have false leads. That includes made up "facts" by long ago Hollywood publicity writers. One such claim was Edgar fought heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey for 16 rounds. They did meet in the ring, and there is a photo of it, but it was for a movie series (The Adventures of Dare Devil Jack). To make matters worse, Edgar's widow sometimes wrote erroneous information (wrong dates, film titles, etc) on the back of some of the existing photos the family had. Another example was trying to estimate Edgar's age in any given photo. That's because Edgar was prematurely bald and frequently wore toupees, even when away from the camera. One photo Colleen had, depicted Edgar with a head full of hair and surrounded by his mother and young people in front of a house. Colleen surmised it was taken pre-film career, possibly in San Francisco. Not so. We were able to match up the house in the photograph with Edgar's listed residence of 1915, it was right next door to the Keystone/Mack Sennett Studios.

      TCM: As an author myself, I know how hard it is to pursue a book project while still keeping your day job. Given your career in law enforcement, how difficult was it to keep pace with any deadlines?

      BC: When I'm at work, I dedicate myself to justice. At night, after daddy duties, I looked forward to furthering the book project. It was sheer pleasure for me compared to the rather grim investigations when on duty. There are parallels to conducting an investigation and doing research for a biography. In both situations, all leads are followed up to build a case with supporting facts/evidence. This project took over five years to complete, but the only deadline I had was self imposed. The last year I learned Colleen had a terminal illness. It was a race against the clock to get the book printed before she died. I made it by three days.

      TCM: I was moved when Kennedy's daughter stated that her father's performance as the self-sacrificing hermit in Hitler's Madman (1943) best represented her father's personality. Did you get any sense from people you interviewed that Kennedy held some muted frustration that he didn't play more drama since he was a capable dramatic actor?

      BC: There was a revealing interview Edgar once gave a British film magazine. He was aware that the public "wouldn't accept me straying too far" from his established screen image. The proof of the pudding is that even though Edgar could and did play interesting character roles, he never abandoned his own short comedy series. These were the days when being in a two-reeler was far down the ladder of prestige when compared to being a star in features. This didn't stop columnists from writing that Edgar was always begging to act but was denied the opportunities. Columnists seemed to enjoy writing about Edgar's real (or made up) life's frustrations, culminating with Edgar's inevitable Slow Burn reaction. There are not too many of Edgar's contemporaries around anymore. However, I had the pleasure of interviewing Doris Day, Sam White and the Keystone Kid - Coy Watson Jr. They fully cooperated talking to me about Edgar because of the deep respect they had working with him. Doris said, "Everyone in the business knew he was a genius."

      TCM: The tone of your book was pretty fair-minded to all his films, and you stressed a fondness for his work with Laurel and Hardy (and understandably so), but is there any particular film from Mr. Kennedy that you've grown to appreciate more since finishing the book?

      BC: I love Edgar's scene stealing character as John Wayne's side-kick in In Old California, and of course love his bit with the Marx Bros. in Duck Soup, but I can't get out of my mind the film, Hitler's Madman. It's an effective propaganda movie based on a real incident. Edgar plays a hermit, outside of the Czech town that is occupied by Nazi Germany. Is he a good guy or a spy? Edgar winds up confronting the German soldiers and all the men are taken to the town square to be shot. Edgar sings the national song defiantly and, as he is shot, continues to hold up an elderly man. Some of Edgar's Average Man series are clunkers, but it was the forerunner of situation comedy families for television. My biggest wish would be to find Across the Pacific (1926). It is now considered a lost film. Too bad, because reviewers singled out Edgar's dying scene.

      TCM: How has the reaction been from fans, historians, and his family?

      BC: Reaction from Edgar's family was one of support and appreciation. All Colleen had was a small box of photos her mom collected over the years. Unfortunately, there was no scrapbook or artifacts. I was quasi accepted as a brother in the Kennedy clan. I've heard from writers, Jack McCabe, Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann who sent me congratulations, which is really rewarding to me. I've been getting communications from around the world, thanks to the internet. The Brits have been most enthusiastic. A gentleman from Wisconsin hosted a public access TV show and aired It's Your Move. And a kind reader in Germany compared the book to a film documentary. Wow!

      TCM: Have you encountered any surprises with book signings or interviews?

      BC: When I first started my project, most people wanted to know why I wanted to write a book on Edgar. He died in 1948 and the trail was very cold. I was surprised when Colleen downplayed what she knew about her dad. Well, just like any investigation, the trick is to get them to talk and build a rapport. Colleen was soon helping to fill in the gaps by describing the USO Tours, the family homes and the Christmas parties. My surprise is that every person who went to the movies during 1948 and before, instantly recognize Edgar. The baby boomers and those born afterwards have not fully discovered him, yet.

      TCM: Do you see the legacy of his work influencing any comic actors in the years after his death? If so, how?

      BC: Edgar's "mad" character was unique in that you could see his frustration build; it registered all over his deadpanned face. His final face wipe mannerism was like a white flag signaling defeat. It takes time and footage to set up a slow burn, that's probably why we don't see it anymore. The last comic actor that could just sit there motionless and stew was Gale Gordon. A footnote to that thought; I remember once catching a Dodger baseball game on TV. After a particularly painful sequence of errors, the camera caught Manager Tommy Lasorda sitting in the dugout dejected. As he took off his cap to wipe the sweat from his brow, Dodger's broadcaster Vin Scully adlibbed, "...and Tommy does an Edgar Kennedy S-L-O-W B-U-R-N." That was brilliant, and it underscores that Edgar's Average Man is in all of us.

      TCM: What's the next big project we can expect from you?

      BC: I grew up in San Jose, Ca. and at some point in my consciousness, I became aware that film comic Vernon Dent was also born in my hometown, not too far away from my neighborhood. Now here is another long forgotten screen comedian; a working stiff who deserves more research. Vernon worked at Sennett's, supported Harry Langdon and eventually signed up for Columbia as a stock player. It was at Columbia that Vernon did the lion's share of acting with the Stooges. I have found out that Vernon's grandfather was a prominent man in San Jose, with a rich family heritage. I think I'll be writing an article about Vernon at some point. I've also been in communication with an old pal, Phyllis Coates. She played the first Lois Lane on TV, but was in many other serials and B movies. I'm hoping to help her arrange her life's memoirs. In the meantime, I'll go anywhere to public showings of old time comedies. I like to hear the audience laugh. In the meantime, here's hoping that some day TCM does a tribute to Edgar. My website is www.edgarkennedy.org

      Interview by Michael T. Toole

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  1. New Books

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    • Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood


    • As screen icon Kirk Douglas approaches his 100th birthday, he and his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens, share secrets to longevity in life and love told through candid commentary and priceless correspondence between each other and famous friends from celebrities to world leaders, spanning almost a century.

      Part of Turner Classic Movies' publishing program, this book is the story of film legend and centenarian Kirk Douglas and his wife of nearly sixty-three years, Anne. Their stories of enduring love and a lifetime led on the world stage unfold through the couple's own candid commentary and priceless letters from their personal archives. Carefully maintained by Anne over the course of more than six decades and never before made public, the correspondence includes details of their courtship and marriage, set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs in films ranging from Lust For Life to Paths of Glory and Spartacus.

      Through the letters themselves and Kirk and Anne's words, never-before-told stories emerge about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans; fascinating first-hand accounts of film sets and star-studded dinner parties; and tales of travel to over forty countries as goodwill ambassadors. Complemented by previously unpublished photos, Kirk and Anne candidly details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life, as only a couple of sixty-two years (and counting) could tell it.


      Kirk Douglas, a living legend at age 100, has distinguished himself as an actor, producer, philanthropist, and author. His numerous recognitions for achievements both on and off screen include an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France's Legion of Honor. Over a career spanning seventy years, he starred in some eighty films.

      Anne Buydens Douglas built her career in the film industry as a publicist. She met Kirk Douglas during the making of Act of Love (1953) and they married soon after. Anne would become his closest advisor and eventually take the reins as president of their independent production company, Bryna Productions.

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    • Elizabeth and Michael

    • By Donald Bogle

      One of the country's leading authorities on popular entertainment presents an eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends--Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson--and their unlikely yet enduring friendship.

      From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were hooked on each other. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unexpectedly unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through thick and thin, through their various emotional upheavals, through the peaks and valleys of their careers, through their personal traumas and heartaches, through the unending health issues and extreme physical pain that each experienced, and through the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their bond held them together, and their love for each other endured.


      Donald Bogle skillfully recreates the moving narrative of Taylor and Jackson's experiences together and their intense emotional connection, without shying away from the controversies that swirled around them. Through interviews with friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as anonymous but credible sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous "odd couple" and a treasure to their millions of fans.

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    • Robert Wagner's I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses

    • By Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman

      In a career that has spanned over sixty years, Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both film and TV. During this time, he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with many of the greatest female screen personalities of all time. I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses (On-sale: 11/15/16) by Robert Wagner, with co-author Scott Eyman, provides an intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made both as actresses and as women.

      I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES offers a privileged look behind the scenes at some of the most well-known women in show business. Among Wagner's subjects are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta Young, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close, and the two actresses whom he ultimately married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these women, Wagner examines topics like the strange alchemy of the camera--how it can transform the attractive into the stunning, and vice-versa--and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies--one that enabled these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that that black and white films had only hinted at.


      Robert Wagner is the star of such films as A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, The Pink Panther, and most recently, the Austin Powers franchise. On television, he starred in It Takes a Thief (with Fred Astaire), Switch (with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless), and Hart to Hart (with Stefanie Powers). He has recently appeared on Two and a Half Men and NCIS. He is married to actress Jill St. John.

      Scott Eyman is the author of eleven books about the movies, including Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer (which the Wall Street Journal called one of the five best books ever written about Hollywood), Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, and more recently, John Wayne: The Life and Legend.

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    • THE ESSENTIALS: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

    • By Jeremy Arnold
      Forward by Robert Osborne

      Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere.

      Based on the hit series, THE ESSENTIALS by Jeremy Arnold showcases 52 must-see movies from the silent era to modern times. Readers can enjoy one film per week, like on the show, for a year of great viewing, or indulge in a movie-watching binge-fest. Each film is profiled with entertaining discourse on why it's an Essential, and running commentary is provided by TCM's Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present: Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner.

      Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history throughout, THE ESSENTIALS is the ultimate curated guide to 52 films that define the meaning of the word "classic."


      Jeremy Arnold, a writer and film historian, is the author of Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, a coffee-table book companion to that film's Blu-ray release. In addition to his work for numerous film trade publications, he has written over five hundred programming articles for the Turner Classic Movies website and contributed audio commentaries and historical essays to the DVD and Blu-ray releases of classic films.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Cagney/Wilder Comedy Classic ONE, TWO, THREE

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES CAGNEY/WILDER CLASSIC "ONE, TWO, THREE": Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics division has just released on Blu-ray Billy Wilder's break-neck mile-a-minute cold war comedy classic ONE, TWO, THREE in which Hollywood great James Cagney gives one of the richest, funniest, most breathlessly paced performances of his career and joining producer/host Dick Dinman to salute this frantically paced comedic milestone is classic film distributor and popular writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger whose commentary is one of the highlights of this much requested and long awaited Blu-ray release.

      PLUS: "Dick's Picks" salutes KL Studio Classics Blu-ray releases of Hitchcock's LIFEBOAT, THE INDIAN FIGHTER, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, TOUGH GUYS, DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE, THE SHIEK and SON OF THE SHIEK, ZAZA and the 3-D Archive's brilliantly immersive 3-D restoration of THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Tracy/Hepburn, Scott/McCrea Hits!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE TRACY/HEPBURN, SCOTT/McCREA HITS!: Warner Home Video's popular Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman as both salute the Blu-ray release of George Stevens' WOMAN OF THE YEAR which teamed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for the very first time (and which together with Criterion's astounding Blu-ray incarnation of Michelangelo Antonioni's countercultural masterpiece BLOW-UP continues Warner Home Video's highly acclaimed association with the prestigious Criterion Collection) as well as the spectacular looking Warner Archive Blu-ray release of Sam Peckinpah's legendary masterwork RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY in which iconic western stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea unite for the first and only time.
      PLUS: The underrated Glenn Ford/Henry Fonda contemporary western comedy THE ROUNDERS, Henry Fonda in SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, the Sci-Fi hits WORLD WITHOUT END, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH and much in demand cult classic FROM HELL IT CAME in which a marauding and perpetually scowling tree terrorizes even more wooden thespians.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

      COMING SOON: JAMES CAGNEY RULES IN BILLY WILDER'S ONE, TWO, THREE!

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Kelly & Astaire Musicals!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE KELLY & ASTAIRE MUSICALS: Warner Home Video and it's Warner Archive continue their celebrated tradition of releasing the greatest musicals of dancing legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in pristine Blu-ray quality with the respective Blu-ray releases of Kelly's IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER and Astaire's FINIAN'S RAINBOW and producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes back Warner Home Video's Sr, Vp. of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein as both explore the immense challenges and difficulties both films faced during each of their production periods and the myriad of reasons that both films are far more popular today than they were in their initial releases.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

      COMING SOON: TRACY & HEPBURN! SCOTT & McCREA!! TABONGA!!!

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Undervalued Star Van Johnson!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES UNDERVALUED STAR VAN JOHNSON: Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics division has just released on Blu-ray a sparkling brand new 4K restoration of the riveting suspense thriller 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET and producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes noted author and classic film aficionado John McElwee to the show as both pay tribute to the versatile and undervalued 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET star Van Johnson.

      PLUS: "Dick's Picks" salutes KL Studio Classics Blu-ray releases of I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Elia Kazan's BOOMERANG, THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET, THE LODGER, Preston Sturges' BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFUL BEND, Fritz Lang's WESTERN UNION, Henry King's DAVID & BATHSHEBA and PRINCE OF FOXES, NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY, THE SICILIAN CLAN and BOY ON A DOLPHIN (stunning new 4K restoration!).

      EXTRA!
      DICK DINMAN SALUTES COHEN'S CHABROL COLLECTION!


      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & William Wellman Jr. Salute BATTLEGROUND!

    • DICK DINMAN & WILLIAM WELLMAN JR. SALUTE "BATTLEGROUND!": BATTLEGROUND remains producer/host Dick Dinman's all-time favorite WW2 film and distinguished actor, writer and producer William Wellman Jr. rejoins Dick as both salute William Wellman's Oscar-winning once in a lifetime epic military drama which has just been beautifully remastered on Blu-ray by the Warner Archive.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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  1. Press Release

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    • Alec Baldwin to Host TCM's THE ESSENTIALS


    • Legendary Late Night Host David Letterman, Emmy and Golden Globe® Winner Tina Fey and Oscar-Winning Director William Friedkin Set to Join as Special Guests Throughout the Season.

      Premieres May 6 & Airs Saturdays at 8 p.m.



      Turner Classic Movies announced that Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Alec Baldwin will host The Essentials, TCM's popular franchise showcasing "must see" classic films. Joining Baldwin each week throughout the season will be one of three special guests: late-night television icon David Letterman, acclaimed actress, writer and comedian Tina Fey and legendary filmmaker William Friedkin. Together, Baldwin and his guests will introduce a hand-picked classic and offer color commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 6 at 8 p.m. (ET).

      The Essentials will kick off with special guest David Letterman joining Baldwin to discuss a plethora of poplar classics including:
      • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) - airing May 6
      • East of Eden (1955) - airing on May 13
      • No Time for Sergeants (1958) - airing on May 27
      • The Big Sleep (1946) - airing on June 16

      Tina Fey will make her guest appearance starting on June 24 to discuss her favorite classic films including:
      • Rear Window (1954) - airing June 24
      • The Lady Eve (1941) - airing on July 1
      • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - airing on July 8
      • Singin' in the Rain (1952) - airing on August 5

      Rounding out the entertaining new season, William Friedkin will join Baldwin to highlight another round of notable films such as:
      • The Quiet Man (1952) - airing on Aug. 12
      • The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - airing on Aug. 19
      • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - airing on Sept. 2
      • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - airing on Sept. 23

      Baldwin takes over The Essential's hosting duties following the death of his close friend and colleague, Robert Osborne, who hosted the franchise from 2006 to 2015. A longtime friend of TCM and supporter of classic films, Baldwin has appeared frequently on the network, including as co-host of The Essentials with Robert Osborne from 2009 to 2011. He demonstrated his skill as an interviewer in 2008, when he joined one of his idols, Gene Wilder, for an hour-long discussion at Wilder's home in the special Role Model: Gene Wilder. Baldwin turned the tables on Osborne in 2015 by interviewing the longtime TCM host for Private Screenings: Robert Osborne, a one-hour special that premiered as part of TCM's 20th Anniversary celebration. This past October, Baldwin was the on-air host for a month-long look at the world's greatest and most influential documentaries for TCM's Spotlight showcase.

      "I have some big shoes to fill hosting The Essentials, and I plan on doing Bob proud with this new season of The Essentials," said Baldwin. "Dave, Tina and Billy each bring a unique perspective to the movies in our lineup, and they have some fascinating, and even surprising, insights to share as we shine a spotlight on some of our favorite 'must-see' films from over a century of epic moviemaking."

      Additionally, select titles from The Essentials will also be available at 30,000 feet through Delta Studio, Delta Air Lines' industry-leading, free in-flight entertainment collection. Delta operates the world's largest in-flight entertainment-equipped fleet, offering up to 300 movies, 750 TV shows, 100 foreign film titles, 2,400 songs, 18 channels of live satellite TV on select aircraft and a selection of games on aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems.

      To view a promo and for more information including a complete schedule, bios, images and film information, please visit tcm.com/essentials.

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    • Library of America's The Moviegoer on LAURA

    • Library of America's new regular web feature called The Moviegoer is devoted to great films inspired by classic American writing. This biweekly column features columns by Megan Abbott, David Denby, Wendy Lesser, Charles McGrath, Farran Smith Nehme, Carrie Rickey,Terrence Rafferty, Harold Schechter, Michael Sragow, & others and launched on January 27, 2016.

      American literature has proven an endlessly renewable resource for filmmakers, its originality and vitality inspiring whole catalogues of memorable movies. Now Library of America, the acclaimed nonprofit publisher of the nation's greatest writing, presents The Moviegoer, a biweekly column in which curator Michael Sragow (Film Comment) and other leading writers and critics offer fresh, penetrating examinations of the best of these films, gems that readers will want to revisit or watch for the first time. Standing at the intersection of classic American writing and classic filmmaking, The Moviegoer, offers not reviews but full scale reevaluations that explore the creative alchemy involved in translating a masterwork from page (or stage) to screen. It takes its inspiration, and its catholic compass, from the hero of Walker Percy's famous novel, and, in the words of curator Sragow, "aims to generate new enthusiasm for cinema as well as for literature."

      To read the entry in the series on Laura by Megan Abbott and to sign up for an alert when a new Moviegoer is published, click here.

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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    • 3-D Funhouse at MoMA in NYC - Sept. 1-10


    • 3-D Funhouse is a weeklong tribute to the enterprising 3-D Film Archive, whose curators have dedicated themselves to collecting, restoring, and presenting in digital form the stereoscopic films of the analog era. It takes a lot of dedication and detective work to reassemble these wonders of midcentury technology, many of which were discarded by their producers once the 1950s 3-D fad had passed. Presented here are four newly restored features, ranging from the studio musical Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) to the feisty independent science-fiction film Gog (1954), as well as a program of rare 3-D shorts.


      Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.


      3-D Rarities. 1922-53
      Friday, September 1, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 1:00 p.m.

      September Storm. 1960.
      Directed by Byron Haskin

      Friday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 3, 1:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.

      Those Redheads from Seattle. 1953.
      Directed by Lewis R. Foster

      Saturday, September 2, 4:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 4:00 p.m.
      Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.

      Gog. 1954.
      Directed by Herbert L. Strock

      Saturday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 10, 4:00 p.m.

      Dragonfly Squadron. 1954.
      Directed by Lesley Selander

      Sunday, September 3, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m.


      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.moma.org.

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