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    • TCM Remembers Ernest Borgnine -7/26

    • Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of actor Ernest Borgnine on Thursday, July 26. Borgnine passed away Sunday, July 8th at the age of 95. TCM's 24-hour memorial tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET) with Borgnine's performance in The Catered Affair (1956). The tribute will include such essential Ernest Borgnine films as The Dirty Dozen (1967), From Here to Eternity (1953), and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Borgnine's Academy Award-winning role as Marty (1955) will air at 9 p.m. (ET) and there will be two showings of Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) as the actor sits down for a lively one-on-one talk with TCM host Robert Osborne. The following is a complete schedule (all times Eastern):




      6:00 a.m. - The Catered Affair
      8:00 a.m. - The Legend of Lylah Clare
      10:30 a.m. - Pay or Die
      12:30 p.m. - Torpedo Run
      2:30 p.m. - Ice Station Zebra
      5:15 p.m. - The Dirty Dozen
      8:00 p.m. - Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
      9:00 p.m. - Marty
      10:45 p.m. - From Here to Eternity
      1:00 a.m. - The Wild Bunch
      3:30 a.m. - Bad Day at Black Rock
      5:00 a.m. - Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine


      Ernest Borgnine, 1917-2012

      One of the most prolific and talented character actors in American film, Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine appeared in every genre of motion picture for over 50 years, remaining active onscreen even as he entered his ninth decade. Cineastes may have dismissed Borgnine for his occasionally broad performances and roles in campy B-movies, but the actor was a favorite of film directors Delbert Mann, Robert Aldrich and Sam Peckinpah. He was a solid television presence in the 1960s on "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66), during the 1980s in "Airwolf" (CBS, 1984-86), and in the new millennium as a superhero voice on "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ). To fans of classic Hollywood, Borgnine was recognized as a versatile performer who was equally adept at playing all-too-human heroes as he was hissable villains.

      Born Ermes Effron Borgnine on Jan. 24, 1917 in Hamden, CT, he was the only child of immigrant parents from Northern Italy. After his parents separated when he was two, he lived in Italy with her mother before returning to the United States at the age of five. After graduating high school in 1935, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1941. When the United States entered World War II, he re-enlisted and served until 1945. After returning to civilian life, Borgnine labored at various factory jobs, but he found little enjoyment in a blue-collar career. Sensing his disillusionment, Borgnine's mother suggested that his larger-than-life personality and imposing presence might be positive qualities for an actor. In agreement, he enrolled at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford, CT. After graduation, he joined the well-regarded Barter Theater in Abington, VA, and honed his craft while working odd jobs at the theater. Finally, a break came in 1949 when he landed a supporting role in a Broadway production of "Harvey" with Joe E. Ross.

      Flush with success, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1951 and began landing supporting roles in films and on live television shows. His large frame, boxer's face (which frequently flashed his trademark gap-toothed smile) and husky tone made him a natural for heavies - so not surprisingly, he made his first impression on movie audiences as "Fatso" Judson, the vicious enlisted man who kills Frank Sinatra's Maggio in "From Here To Eternity" (1953). Borgnine's forceful turn in the Oscar-winning Best Picture led to other bad-guy roles in major films, including the Western "Johnny Guitar" (1954) and "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955) - in which he portrayed one of the local heels who threaten Spencer Tracy.

      In 1955, director Delbert Mann approached Borgnine to play the lead in a feature film version of Paddy Chayefsky's TV drama, "Marty." The original star, Rod Steiger, was unavailable, so Borgnine was tapped to play the title character - a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love with a shy schoolteacher (Betsy Blair). Borgnine's heart-rending performance earned him Academy Awards for Best Actor in the United States and Britain, as well as a Golden Globe. No longer relegated to villain status, the newly minted star enjoyed a wide variety of roles throughout the 1950s and 1960, including a cuckolded rancher in the Western "Jubal" (1956), the cabdriver husband of Bette Davis in "The Catered Affair" (1956), a Norse chieftain in "The Vikings" (1958) and a Mob-busting New York cop in "Pay Or Die" (1960).

      In 1962, Borgnine starred in an episode of the anthology series, "Alcoa Premiere" (ABC, 1961-63) as the commander of a WWII Navy PT boat crew that had gone native while avoiding Japanese patrols in the South Seas. The episode later served as the launching pad for "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66), a broad service comedy that enjoyed healthy ratings during its network run. The hit show even spawned two theatrical features, "McHale's Navy" (1964) and "McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force" (1965) - though Borgnine did not participate in the latter, due to scheduling conflicts with his role in Robert Aldrich's superior adventure film, "The Flight of the Phoenix" (1965). Years later, Borgnine would re-team with his "McHale" co-star Tim Conway to provide the voices of aging superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for the popular animated series, "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ).

      After "McHale's" concluded its network run, Borgnine returned to a busy schedule of film appearances in Hollywood and abroad. Among his better projects were the WWII action flick "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), again for Robert Aldrich; 1968's "Ice Station Zebra," in which he played a duplicitous Russian for his "Bad Day at Black Rock" director John Sturges; and as the sympathetic Dutch Engstrom, second in command of "The Wild Bunch" (1969) for Sam Peckinpah. Borgnine also appeared in several Italian westerns and action films during this period and was the first "Center Square" on "The Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1965-1982) when it premiered in 1965.

      Borgnine became even busier in the Seventies, though the quality of his films seemed to vary from project to project. No matter, though - his performances were consistently believable. Borgnine was the morally questionable New York cop who survived "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973) and a brutal conductor locked in combat with a willful train-hopping hobo (Lee Marvin) in Robert Aldrich's violent "Emperor of the North Pole" (1973). He even played real-life boxing coach Angelo Dundee opposite Muhammad Ali (as himself) in "The Greatest" (1977). Borgnine also stole scenes as the sadistic boss who was devoured ("Tear him up!") by Bruce Davison's trained rats in "Willard" (1971) and re-teamed with Peckinpah for the truck-driving action pic, "Convoy" (1978).

      In many cases, Borgnine was the best part of his films - he was the sole high point of the wretched Satanic thriller "The Devil's Rain" (1975), for which he endured a ridiculous make-up job which turned him into a ram-headed devil, and survived the box office debacle that was Walt Disney Pictures' live action sci-fi adventure, "The Black Hole" (1979). During this period, Borgnine even found time to pop up on television, most notably as a celebrity guest on "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC, 1965-1974), but also as a series regular on the short-lived sci-fi program, "Future Cop" (ABC, 1976-77) and as a worldly-wise soldier in Delbert Mann's moving adaptation of "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1979). Borgnine received an Emmy nomination for his performance in this production.

      The Eighties provided less substantial roles for Borgnine, but the actor, who was entering his sixth decade, showed no signs of slowing down or losing interest in his craft. Episodic television provided a steady flow of work for him, and he enjoyed a renewed burst of popularity as the jocular co-pilot and sidekick to taciturn hero Jan-Michael Vincent in the action series, "Airwolf" (CBS, 1984-86). But there were interesting supporting roles for Borgnine throughout the decade, including the enthusiastic Cabbie in John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" (1981), the menacing leader of a rural religious community in Wes Craven's little-seen "Deadly Blessing" (1981), and as J. Edgar Hoover in the Jimmy Hoffa/Robert Kennedy drama, "Blood Feud" (1983). But for the most part, Borgnine passed the decade in obscure low-budget productions on both sides of the Atlantic. When pressed, he simply stated that he liked to work.

      And he continued to work throughout the 1990s, albeit in largely unseen independent films or foreign productions. He did enjoy the occasional guest shot on an episodic television series, and had a few fun turns - most notably in a reunion with many of his surviving "Dirty Dozen" co-stars, who voiced a squadron of animated toy commandos in Joe Dante's "Small Soldiers." His expressive voice made him a natural go-to for cartoon voiceover work, and he could be heard in the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" sequels and series (ABC/Fox Family, 1996-99), among many others. Borgnine also made a brief return to sitcoms with the tepid comedy "The Single Guy" (NBC, 1995-97), for which he earned a smattering of press that trumpeted his "comeback;" however, even a passing glance at his endless list of credits made it clear that Borgnine had never entirely gone away.

      The relative slowdown of his career allowed Borgnine to indulge in a passion for driving around the country in a customized motor home, from which he would meet and talk with people in small towns. His wanderlust was the subject of a short documentary, "Ernest Borgnine On the Bus" (1997). Borgnine also frequently appeared in print and television ads for a cosmetics company owned by his fifth wife, Tova. Borgnine had been married a total of five times - prior to Tova included Mexican actress Katy Jurado and Broadway star Ethel Merman, whom he famously divorced in 1964 after just 32 days. His first marriage produced one child, while a fourth marriage to Donna Rancourt from 1965 to 1972 gave him two more children.

      As the 1990s flowed into the 21st century, Borgnine was introduced to a new audience when he was cast in a recurring voice role as Mermaid Man, a television superhero admired by absorbent man-boy "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ) on the top-rated cable cartoon. He was back in front of the camera playing a chauffeur wooing a small-town grandmother (Eileen Brennan) in the direct-to-video release "The Last Great Ride" (1999), and his booming baritone was tapped again to narrate the documentary "An American Hobo" in 2002. Borgnine earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his starring turn as a retired song-and-dance man in the TV movie, "A Grandpa for Christmas" (Hallmark, 2007), while reflecting on his own history in showbiz with the release of the 2008 memoir Ernie. He further added to his historic resume with a guest appearance in the series finale of NBC's Thursday night staple "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), offering a performance as a grieving widower that was recognized with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor. Following a small role as Henry the Records Keeper in the action comedy "Red" (2010), starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, Borgnine was honored with the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

      * Biographical data provided by TCMdb

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

    • TCM members and supporters Get 20% Discount on Entry Fee for Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

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      One in five Americans have a disability, making it today's largest minority, yet far too often their important and varied stories go untold ... Until now!

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    • 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival - Feb. 23-24


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      Saturday morning begins with a special presentation at 9:00 am for early risers. This will be a documentary connected with this year's theme. The official KSFF morning session starts at 10:00 am with MATRIMONY'S SPEED LIMIT, a 1913 short made in Fort Lee, New Jersey - the earliest film capitol. In front of and behind the camera is film pioneer, Alice Guy Blache who made over 400 films in her career, both in France and in the U. S. Live music will be supplied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen. SUSPENSE, a short film also from 1913, stars its writer/director, Lois Weber as a woman (with her infant child) who is threatened by an intruder while her husband rushes home in hot pursuit by the police. The exciting musical score will be delivered by Bill Beningfield at the organ. Saturday morning's feature will be BACK TO GOD'S COUNTRY, a 1919 Canadian feature by writer, producer and star Nell Shipman as a woman confronted by her father's killer in a remote arctic location where she must use her instincts to survive. A native of Canada, Shipman carved out a unique career in films outside of Hollywood that allowed her to play strong, adventurous women in films that she had a hand in creating. She continued making films into the 1940's. This gripping movie will be accompanied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen.

      After a lunch break, the Saturday KSFF schedule will resume with a D. W. Griffith short starring Dorothy Gish (sister of Lillian) in HER MOTHER'S OATH from 1913. Jeff Rapsis will supply the music. A look at 'Serial Queens' follows with a chapter from a 1920 serial adventure featuring a woman in peril - it's Chapter 2 'The Dagger of Death' from A WOMAN IN GREY. This fifteen-chapter serial played in theaters week to week and starred Arline Pretty as the adventurous lady. Live music will be provided by organist Marvin Faulwell.

      Saturday afternoon's first feature is 1915's FILIBUS, an Italian serial film featuring a woman leading a double life. She is a baroness to the world, but to the underworld, she is a criminal mastermind called Filibus and is aided in her crimes by a one-of-a-kind zeppelin. This interesting little film from Italy has a woman in the power position of villain--at a time in Italy when women had limited independence. This film shows a woman fully independent and capable of out-maneuvering her male opponents. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra adds a rousing live music score for this recently discovered gem.

      The afternoon break will allow time for our special guest, author Cari Beauchamp to autograph copies of her books for attendees in the Lobby. Read more about Cari in our Cinema-Dinner description below.

      After the break, the shorts will continue with THE WATER NYMPH, a 1912 Mack Sennett comedy featuring the radiant Mabel Normand in the lead. This film inaugurated a series of comedies featuring Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties. The Mont Alto Orchestra's pianist and conductor, Rodney Sauer will provide the music. FOX TROT FINESSE, a 1915 domestic comedy short follows with stars Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, a turn-of-the-century comedy couple who were very popular up until the death of Mr. Drew in 1919. Music will be supplied by Jeff Rapsis. The final Saturday afternoon feature will be MGM's 1921 version of CAMILLE. You may know the story from the later, more famous MGM sound version with Garbo, but before her there was another star who was known just by one name--Nazimova. She was a Russian-born performer who recreated herself as Alla Nazimova and appeared in what would today be called art films. Her smoldering, young co-star is Rudolph Valentino.

      Saturday's traditional Cinema-Dinner will continue a 10-year tradition with a great meal and a guest speaker - Cari Beauchamp, author of WITHOUT LYING DOWN: FRANCIS MARION AND THE POWER OF WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. She will address attendees with stories about the many creative women of early Hollywood.

      Saturday's evening double feature will conclude the event with AMARILLY OF CLOTHESLINE ALLEY, a grand Mary Pickford feature from 1918 featuring a script by Francis Marion and a rousing score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The second feature, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH from 1926 is the rarest film being shown at the Festival and contains a unique story about a world ruled by women, who discover one man over 14 left alive on planet earth. Of course, it's a comedy! Music will be provided by Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen.

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    • 60s VERITÉ at NYC's Film Forum - 1/19-2/6


    • Part of Carnegie Hall's city-wide festival The '60s: The Years That Changed America

      Talking heads, pushy interviewers, voice-of-God narration - fed up with conventional documentaries, Time-Life editor/correspondent Robert Drew looked for another way. In the late 1950s, with cameraman Richard Leacock, he developed lightweight 16mm synchronous sound cameras, and found it: the invisible filmmaker.

      Joined by D.A. Pennebaker, Albert and David Maysles, Bill Jersey, and many others, they chronicled events as they happened, capturing the decade in a way impossible before: JFK, the Civil Rights Movement, the war in Vietnam, drug culture, drag culture, the rock and folk scenes, hippie counterculture, as well as the seemingly mundane.

      "60s Verité" features more than 50 modern classics which not only changed the recording of social history, but revolutionized filmmaking itself. From the observational cinema of Drew Associates to the collaborative work of Pierre Perrault and Jean Rouch; from Lionel Rogosin's Apartheid South Africa docufiction, to Jim McBride's confessional-skewering mockumentary; from William Greaves' avant-garde Symbiopsychotaxiplasm to Agnes Varda's verité-infused Cléo from 5 to 7, and everywhere in between.

      Plus nine films by Jean Rouch, one of the inventors of cinéma vérité: The Mad Masters, Mammy Water, Moi, Un Noir, Chronicles of a Summer, The Lion Hunters, Jaguar, Little by Little, The Human Pyramid, and Punishment.

      Programmed by Elspeth Carroll.


      Films in this Series

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Friday, January 19
      2:00 6:40*

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Friday, January 19
      4:10

      THE QUEEN
      Friday, January 19
      8:30*

      GIMME SHELTER
      Friday, January 19
      10:20

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Saturday, January 20
      12:30 7:45

      Will the Real Normal Mailer Please Stand Up? & A Visit with Truman Capote
      Saturday, January 20
      2:20

      GIMME SHELTER
      Saturday, January 20
      4:10 9:45

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Saturday, January 20
      6:00

      AND THIS IS FREE & Sunday
      Sunday, January 21
      4:00
      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Sunday, January 21
      7:30

      GIMME SHELTER
      Sunday, January 21
      9:00

      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Monday, January 22
      3:50

      THE BUS
      Tuesday, January 23
      2:00 8:20

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Tuesday, January 23
      4:00 10:15

      A TIME FOR BURNING
      Tuesday, January 23
      6:20

      WINTER SOLDIER
      Wednesday, January 24
      2:00 5:20 8:40*

      SAD SONG OF YELLOW SKIN
      Wednesday, January 24
      4:00 7:20

      A MARRIED COUPLE
      Thursday, January 25
      2:00 4:00 6:30

      FACES
      Thursday, January 25
      8:30

      ON THE ROAD WITH DUKE ELLINGTON
      Friday, January 26
      2:00 6:15*

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Friday, January 26
      3:30

      MONTEREY POP
      Friday, January 26
      5:25 10:00

      MEDIUM COOL
      Friday, January 26
      7:45

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Saturday, January 27
      12:30

      MINGUS
      Saturday, January 27
      2:25

      Take This Hammer & Baldwin's N*****
      Saturday, January 27
      4:05

      MOONEY VS. FOWLE
      Saturday, January 27
      6:15*

      MUHAMMAD ALI: THE GREATEST
      Saturday, January 27
      8:15

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, January 27
      10:30

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Sunday, January 28
      1:15

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Sunday, January 28
      8:50

      THE CHAIR
      Monday, January 29
      7:20

      LAW AND ORDER
      Monday, January 29
      9:00

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Tuesday, January 30
      2:00

      THE CHAIR
      Tuesday, January 30
      4:05

      LAW AND ORDER
      Tuesday, January 30
      5:45

      BLACK NATCHEZ & I Am Somebody
      Tuesday, January 30
      7:30

      BASIC TRAINING
      Wednesday, January 31
      2:00 5:25 8:40

      HIGH SCHOOL
      Wednesday, January 31
      3:50 7:05

      DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY
      Thursday, February 1
      2:00 6:30 10:00

      SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE
      Thursday, February 1
      4:45 8:15*

      SHOWMAN
      Friday, February 2
      2:00 6:15 10:05

      PORTRAIT OF JASON
      Friday, February 2
      4:10 8:00

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, February 3
      12:30

      ONE STEP AWAY
      Saturday, February 3
      2:20

      YANKI NO!
      Saturday, February 3
      3:50

      ONE P.M.
      Saturday, February 3
      5:15

      LE JOLI MAI
      Saturday, February 3
      7:50

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Sunday, February 4
      12:40

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Sunday, February 4
      5:30

      HOSPITAL
      Sunday, February 4
      7:30

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Monday, February 5
      2:00

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Monday, February 5
      3:55

      TITICUT FOLLIES
      Monday, February 5
      7:25

      HOSPITAL
      Monday, February 5
      9:15

      CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT
      Tuesday, February 6
      2:00 5:10 8:20*

      PRIMARY
      Tuesday, February 6
      3:45 6:50*

      *Guest Introductions


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

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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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  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca