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Cicely Tyson Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCM Classic Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better at the TCM Classic Film Festival’s warm welcome on Wednesday evening, the extraordinary talent, Cicely Tyson, was honored with a Hand and Footprint Ceremony Friday morning, April 27th, 2018, at Grauman’s TCL Chinese Theatre. The diminutive Tyson is still working and shows little sign of slowing down. Enjoy the footage from the ceremony and check out what the festival wrote about Tyson below!

Actress, advocate, and humanitarian, Cicely Tyson is renowned for her portrayals of strong female characters on stage, screen, and television, from her stunning initial stage appearance as Barbara Allen in Dark of the Moon to her triumphant 2013 return to Broadway.

After a 30-year hiatus from the Broadway stage, Ms. Tyson returned as Mother Carrie Watts in Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful in 2013, for which she received rave reviews and the triple crown of theater awards: the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a play. Ms. Tyson returned to the Broadway stage in September 2015 in The Gin Game co-starring James Earl Jones.

Best known for her double Emmy performance (Best Lead Actress in a Drama as well as a Special, unprecedented Emmy Award for Actress of the Year) as Jane in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ms. Tyson also was recently nominated in 2015 and 2017 for an Emmy for her recurring guest role as Ophelia, Annalise’s mother (Viola Davis) in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. Ms. Tyson received her third Emmy Award for The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and was nominated for her performances in Roots, King, Sweet Justice, The Marva Collins Story and A Lesson Before Dying. 

Ms. Tyson was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973 for her role in the film SOUNDER (1972). Her film credits also include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Hoodlum (1997), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), The Help (2011), Alex Cross (2012) and most recently in 2017 Last Flag Flying directed by Richard Linklater.

In March 2014, Ms. Tyson served as the executive producer of the film version of The Trip to Bountiful, presented on Lifetime television network. In 1977, as a student of the American Film Institute, Ms. Tyson directed the one-act play, Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn. 

In recognition of her talent, dedication, and contributions, Ms. Tyson has been the recipient of countless awards including numerous Honorary Doctorates, most recently by Columbia University in 2014, as well as an unprecedented number of NAACP Image Awards. Other notable honors have been bestowed on her by the Princess Grace Foundation, National Urban League, National Council of Negro Women, National Civil Rights Museum and other organizations: PUSH, CORE, SCLC and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

Ms. Tyson is among the elite number of entertainers honored with a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. She was recognized for her contribution to the performing arts at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. She is the recipient of the NAACP’s highest honor, the prestigious Spingarn Award. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the highest civilian award of the United States.

Since 1996, Ms. Tyson has served as the guiding force of the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. This $143 million institution of academic and creative expression in East Orange, New Jersey serves 1,200 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. This cultural icon continues to develop her art as she takes on new roles and opportunities in her efforts to enlighten the human race.

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*Feature photo courtesy of TCM Press Room


TCM Classic Film Festival 2018 Welcome!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Off to a warm start here at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California!

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TCM host, author, director, producer and actress, Illeana Douglas, above, posing outside Club TCM during the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival’s Welcome Reception, Wednesday, April 26, 2018, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  (Photo credit: @illeanarama twitter feed)

I had the pleasure of chatting up TCM host, author, writer, director, producer and actress (the adjectives and accolades could literally go on and on – probably needs its own post), Illeana Douglas.

Having previously met Douglas at her book, I Blame Dennis Hopper: and Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies, signing, in 2016, and politely engaging periodically on twitter, my experience last night was comparable to catching up with that long lost, charismatic aunt we haven’t seen in years. Happy to hear about her forthcoming book, It Never Happened, tentatively scheduled for publication and release next year. She’s an extraordinary talent with a refreshing openness and keen sense of humor. And she promised It Never Happened parlays the “Other Stories” from her first title into stories, adventures and tales that never happened. (Wink. Wink) Keep an eye out for it! And, if you haven’t read I Blame Dennis Hopper yet, give it at least a “run through” until her new book, It Never Happened hits the shelves. But enough about Illeana Douglas for now…

TCM and FilmStruck General Manager, Jennifer Dorian, welcomes the guests for the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, at the TCM Club inside the Hollywood Roosevelt. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The TCM Classic Film Festival Staff and Directors were out in full force for the 2018 Welcome Reception held at the Club TCM inside the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Wednesday, April 25th, 2018. TCM and FilmStruck General Manager, Jennifer Dorian, who was also recently named Executive Vice-President for Turner Portfolio 360 Brand Strategy, welcomed the guests explaining this year’s welcome would be a more casual affair focusing on creating and building relationships through conversation. Indeed!

Club TCM audience with all eyes on TCM General Manager, Jennifer Dorian, at the TCM Classic Film Festival Welcome Reception held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Cocktails and soft drinks were provided with light appetizers.

The 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival officially opens tonight with a Gala and Presentation by Leonardo DiCaprio followed by a screening of the Producers (1967) at the Historic Hollywood Chinese Theatre.

Stay tuned as this event is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind with an extraordinary 120 spectator events and activities!

TCM and FilmStruck host, Alicia Malone, poses before the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Welcome Reception at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

See you at the movies!

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TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala and Presentation by Leonardo Di Caprio

Posted by Larry Gleeson

This is a must see event! Check out the TCM Pressroom media release below. See you at the movies!

Film icon, Martin Scorcese addresses the TCM Classic Film Festival 2017 audience at the Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Scorsese’s film preservation work was a driving factor in the restoration of the evening’s film Black Narcissist. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/Hollywoodglee)

Acclaimed Actor and Activist Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Martin Scorsese with the Inaugural Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival

Award Recognizes an Individual Who Has Significantly Contributed to Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Classic Films to Be Given Annually in Honor of TCM’s Iconic Host

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will present friend and frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese with the inaugural Robert Osborne Award as part of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. DiCaprio, an Academy Award-winning actor, producer, and philanthropist, has appeared in five of Scorsese’s films, beginning with 2002’s Gangs Of New York and most recently in Academy nominated 2013’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. DiCaprio will present the award to the world-renowned filmmaker for his decades-long commitment to the legacy and preservation of classic films.  The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the Film Festival.

In 1990, Scorsese established The Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. The foundation has funded the restoration of over 800 films, which are made accessible to the public globally. In addition, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema.

The Robert Osborne Award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come.

About the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

For the ninth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set to take place Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. The festival’s official hotel and central gathering point for the ninth consecutive year will be The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, as well as other Hollywood venues.

Description of the 2018 festival theme Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen
Writing focuses visions, reflects our feelings and inspires great performances on both sides of the camera. Join us for the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, celebrating the representation of the written word on the silver screen. From original screenplays to unique adaptations to portrayals of writers real and imagined, we will celebrate the foundation of great film: the written word.

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(Sourced from TCM Pressroom media release)

TCM Classic Film Festival Capsule ‘Rafter Romance’ ( Seiter, 1933): USA

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Leonard Maltin, one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, introduced the screening of Rafter Romance, during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival at the historic Hollywood Egyptian theater, built in 1922. The film stars Norman Foster and a young Ginger Rogers (just before her first film with Fred Astaire, Flying Down to Rio).

Rafter Romance is a pre-code romantic comedy about two roommates sharing an apartment in a multi-level tenement on a shift basis but have actually never met. As each begins to resent the other’s bad habits, they exchange barbed notes and engage in several hilarious pranks orchestrated against each other. Meanwhile, the two meet outside the apartment and fall in love. Both are juggling careers and trying to make ends meet providing several additional, highly comedic scenes.

Rogers displays a remarkable sweetness and delicious lightness as she moves through the set designs. Dutch-born David Abel provides an eye-pleasing cinematography with a plethora of medium shots coupled with luminous tracking shots. Costumer Bernard Newman, provides several, stylish wardrobe accoutrements with full-length skirts, business suits and accompanying hats for both male and female characters.

The film’s art department of John Hughes and Van Nest Polglase created the sets while Kenneth Holmes supplied props. In addition to the apartment sets, a countryside scene with a lake and accompanying rowboat stands out. Seemingly, most of the production design was deftly constructed to showcase the closeness and intimacy of the film’s lead characters, Mary (Rogers) and Jack (Foster).

Austrian composer, Max Steiner, who would go on to win three Oscars for Best Music and achieve legendary Hollywood status, composed and directed the musical score. Interestingly, the supporting cast of characters portrayed by George Sidney, Laura Hope Crews, Robert Benchley and Sidney Miller added an ethnic complexity that sublimely enhanced the film’s setting and the film’s narrative structure and that all but disappears in post-code films.

2aeef098d999747c193dd30b273d429fWhile Rafter Romance does have some risque pieces it wasn’t considered to have code issues, despite the suggestive title, and was remade in 1937 under stricter code enforcement as Living on Love.

Unfortunately, the film has rarely been screened in theaters since it’s initial circulation in 1933. Rafter Romance was one of six films handed over to former RKO studio head, Merian Cooper, to settle a lawsuit and he promptly removed them from circulation until their licensing for television in 1955-56. According to the TCM Classical Film Festival website, TCM acquired the films in 2006 and created restored prints with the help of Brigham Young University and the Library of Congress.

The print used for the screening was made possible courtesy of the TCM Collection at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Rafter Romance, directed by William A. Seiter, had a run time of seventy-three minutes and its rather abrupt ending left the audience wanting more. Seeing Rogers’ acting chops coupled with complex characters made this a most unexpected and quite an exceptional viewing treat. I highly recommend Rafter Romanc and, for full effect, I recommend viewing the film on the big screen – the way it was made to be seen!




TCM Classic Film Festival Capsule for ‘Love Crazy’ (Conway, 1941): USA

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Jack Conway of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) directed  Love Crazy, the first film I viewed at the 2017 TCM Film Festival, dedicated to recently deceased, long-time TCM Host and film historian, Robert Osborne. The film screened at the historic Hollywood Egyptian Theatre, built in 1922, after a brief introductory backdrop of the film by special TCM guest, Dana Delaney.

Love Crazy was the tenth film (out of the fourteen the two made together) in seven years by the leading couple of William Powell and Myrna Loy. The duo was best known for their high brow quips and playful banter starting in 1934 with the pre-code, comedy-mystery, The Thin Man. Powell and Loy would go on to make five additional Thin Man movies; After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), and Song of the Thin Man (1947).

Love Crazy opens with the familiar quips and double entendres as the couple they portray, Susan and Steve Ireland, is ready to celebrate four years of marriage together. To celebrate their anniversary, Steve insists they replicate their first dinner as a married couple. Only this time he stipulates they have dinner backwards to avoid him having to undertake a rather unpleasant task that took place at the beginning of their first shared meal as man and wife.


Without missing a beat, Susan’s mother, played by Florence Bates, shows up and immediately begins meddling in the couple’s affairs. Steve’s old flame, played by sweltering Gail Patrick, living down below the couple doesn’t help matters. Before long, a series of misunderstandings has Susan filing for divorce. A bewildered Steve discovers if he can fake madness, he can eventually be remanded to Susan’s custody for a period of five years if the Lunacy Commission warrants his release from custody. In a series of madcap situations where Steve pretends to have lost his grip on reality, he manages to get his way.


Yet, even the best laid plans can go awry. One of the high society doctors had crossed paths with Steve and was now serving on the insane asylum release board. Steve eventually escapes from the insane asylum in an outrageous sequence of events. Soon an all points bulletin is issued and an ensuing manhunt takes place as law enforcement officers begin searching the apartment building one apartment at a time. To keep the police, and almost everyone else at bay, Steve decides to go in drag  (as Steve’s sister). In doing so, Powell shaves his trademark mustache for the only time in his silver screen career.

Love Crazy is generally regarded by critics as the zaniest of their films together. At it’s most basic level, it’s a marriage farce full of slapstick, references to Freudian psychology and an abundance of physical comedy.

And, MGM does it’s part with impeccable set designs and an abundance of supporting acting talent. The Irelands’ downstairs neighbor, who tries to help Susan pick up the pieces of her life, is a bumptious athlete in the form of Warner Bros. talent Jack Carson. In addition, the lead doctor from the insane asylum is well-known, dialect comic, Sig Ruman.

The film was shot in black and white and had a run time of 99 minutes. The seamless manner exhibited between Powell and Loy never really lets the audience believe the two will end up in divorce. Nevertheless, it doesn’t keep them from pushing the marital boundaries to the edge. Powell looked strong and full of vigor having recently married Diana Lewis, a woman twenty-six years his junior. Reportedly, the two had only known each other three weeks before marrying and would stay married for forty-two years. Loy, on the other hand, had recently separated and her performance had melancholic overtones. Love Crazy was listed as one of the top ten films of the year.

I recommend Love Crazy. And, if at all possible, see it the way it was made to be seen – on the big screen!



8th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival Press Conference

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The TCM Classic Film Festival Team kicked off its 2017 edition with an hour-long press conference at the TCL Mann Chinese Theatres inside Auditorium 6, on April 5th, 2017. Jennifer Dorian, General Manager, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and FilmStruck, opened the event with a brief overview of the TCM Classic Movies Film Festival, including two nitrate film screenings, Laura (black & white nitrate) and The Black Narcissist (color nitrate), as well as several upcoming film history commemorations. The last nitrate film was produced in 1952. Dorian also noted emphatically this year’s festival is dedicated to long-time TCM host and film historian, Robert Osborne.

Without missing a beat, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, Festival Director and Vice President of TCM Enterprises & Strategic Partnerships, Genevieve McGillicuddy, and Senior Vice President of Programming of TCM and FilmStruck, Charlie Tabesh introduced themselves and promptly opened up for questions from the press.

Ben Mankiewicz, Host of TCM
Genevieve McGillicuddy, Festival Director and Vice President of TCM Enterprises & Strategic Partnerships
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General Manager of TCM & FilmStruck, Jennifer Dorian, right, and HollywoodGlee’s Larry Gleeson at the 8th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival’s Press Conference on April 5th, 2017, held at the TCL Mann Chinese Theater’s Auditorium 6 in Hollywood, Calif.

The first question posed inquired into this year’s theme of ‘Make ’em Laugh.’ VP of Programming, Charlie Tabesh, responded that while the theme is broad he had to ask himself about how much comedy could the festival contain with film anniversaries, the honoring of talent and special presentations. Nevertheless, Tabesh continued explaining overall an ardent effort was made to have balance for passholders to choose among a range of styles in addition to comedy including noir, tribute films and war movies.


Tellingly, a comment was made that this year’s theme was apropos. Dorian agreed sharing her identification with and the career influence of Mary Tyler Moore through her pioneering feminine role in television and film. TCM Host Mankiewicz chimed in adding what great company TCM is with its diversity as almost every male in the company has had a female superior during their careers.

Several questions surrounded Charles Osborne’s film legacy and the team revealed intentions to honor Osborne were underway with more specific details to come. Presently, numerous Osborne archival videos are available at TCM’s Backlot.

Other questions poured forth regarding the expansion of FilmStruck, the video-on-demand service for film aficionados, developed and managed by TCM in collaboration with the Criterion Collection. GM Dorian proudly stated FilmStruck would be expanding internationally with its deep roster of films from indie studios Janus, Flicker Alley, Icarus, Kino, Milestone and Zeitgeist as well as classic Hollywood studios.

Possibly the most poignant question surrounded the 70th anniversary of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) 1947 Congressional hearings and what, if any, plans were being made to commemorate the Hollywood Ten being cited in contempt of Congress for denouncing the tactics employed by HUAC. Festival Director McGillicuddy responded plans are being made for a major festival in October.

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HollywoodGlee’s Managing Editor, Larry Gleeson, left, with Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences at the 8th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival’s press conference in Hollywood, California, on April 5, 2017.

Without further adieu, three additional panelists were introduced – Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Jennifer Ahn, Managing Director, The Film Foundation, and David Strohmaier, Editor/Director, Film Historian and Restorationist. The trio discussed at length the importance of preserving the legacy of film through various restoration projects including the retrofitting of the EgyptianTheatre to enable the festival to screen the historic nitrate films, Laura, The Black Narcissist and The Man Who Knew Too Much.  In addition, Strohmaier expounded upon the Cinerama format and the Cinerama Dome mentioning the festival’s screening of the groundbreaking 1952 film, This is Cinerama.

Charlie Tabesh, left, Senior Vice President of Programming, TCM & FilmStruck and David Strohmaier, Editor/Director of Cinerama Adventure, Film historian and Restorationist. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The festival will run through Sunday, April 9th, closing with Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd, followed immediately by the Official Closing Night Party held at Club TCM inside the Historic Hollywood Roosevelt.







Posted by Larry Gleeson

More from TCM Host, Tiffany Vazquez, as she recaps Day 3 at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival:


Day three of the festival, TCM spoke with Michael Douglas for a “Live From the TCM Film Festival” interview, reunited with the Best In Show Cast Jim Piddock, Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins & Bob Balaban and more!


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Left to right: Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President Programming and Production; Turner Classic Movies; Pola Changnon, Senior Vice President, Creative, Brand and Marketing, Turner Classic Movies; Ben Mankiewicz, Host, Turner Classic Movies; Jennifer Dorian, General Manager, Turner Classic Movies; Michael Douglas: Genevieve McGillicuddy, Director, TCM Classic Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of TCM press room)


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Cast from Best In Show at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, April 8th, 2017. (Photo courtesy of TCM press room)



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(Source: TCM press room)