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February 19, 2024

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February 19, 2024

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February 19, 2024

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February 19, 2024

TCM Schedule Saturday 2/24/24 - 31 DAYS OF OSCAR - CINEMATOGRAPHY - Driving Miss Daisy, Mildred Pierce, Suspicion

TCM Schedule 2/24/24 - 31 DAYS OF OSCAR - CINEMATOGRAPHY - Driving Miss Daisy, Mildred Pierce, Mississippi Burning, Suspicion


(At A Glance)
Laura (1944)
Defiant Ones, The (1958)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Good Earth, The (1937)
Saturday, February 24
Valley of Decision, The (1945) (7:45 am ET)
Alice Adams (1935)
Suspicion (1941)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Auntie Mame (1958)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Funny Girl (1968)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Two Women (1960)

(Detailed schedule)
11:30 PM Mississippi Burning (1988)


FBI agents investigate the murders of civil rights workers in the South.
Dir: Alan Parker Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances Mcdormand
Runtime: 125 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-MA CC: N

Oscar nominations:
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE -- Gene Hackman {"Anderson"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Frances McDormand {"Mrs. Pell"}
DIRECTING -- Alan Parker
FILM EDITING -- Gerry Hambling
BEST PICTURE -- Frederick Zollo and Robert F. Colesberry, Producers
SOUND -- Robert Litt, Elliot Tyson, Rick Kline, Danny Michael

Trivia: Gene Hackman decided that he would no longer make violent films after seeing a brief, violent clip of his performance in this film (taken out of context, in his eyes) at the 1989 Oscars. That stance prevented him from accepting a job as director of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and almost cost him the Sheriff role in Unforgiven (1992), which he reluctantly accepted after Clint Eastwood convinced him. That role that earned great acclaim, and his second Oscar.

1:45 AM Ryan's Daughter (1970)


An Irish lass is branded a traitor when she falls for a British soldier.
Dir: David Lean Cast: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Sarah Miles
Runtime: 206 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-MA CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*) ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- John Mills {"Michael"}
ACTRESS -- Sarah Miles {"Rosy Ryan"}
SOUND -- Gordon K. McCallum, John Bramall

Trivia: While filming in Ireland, they ran out of sunshine, so they shot quite a few of the beach scenes at Noordhoek Beach, located a few miles from Cape Town in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Those scenes are easy to identify because the sky is particularly bright and clear, and the beach sand exceptionally white and fine.

5:15 AM The Good Earth (1937)


Epic adaptation of the Pearl Buck classic about Chinese farmers battling the elements.
Dir: Sidney Franklin Cast: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly
Runtime: 138 mins Genre: Epic Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*) ACTRESS -- Luise Rainer {"O-Lan"}

DIRECTING -- Sidney Franklin
FILM EDITING -- Basil Wrangell

Trivia: According to Peter Hay's 1991 book "MGM: When the Lion Roars", when MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer learned of production chief Irving Thalberg's desire to film Pearl S. Buck's novel about Chinese peasants, he told him, "The public won't buy pictures about American farmers, and you want to give them Chinese farmers?" Opposed by Mayer, Thalberg had to appeal to Nicholas Schenck, the chief executive of MGM parent Loew's Theaters Inc. and President of MGM, to make the film. Permission was given, but Thalberg never lived to see the film completed.

7:45 AM The Valley of Decision (1945)


An Irish housemaid's romance with the boss's son is complicated by labor disputes in the Pittsburgh mills.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp
Runtime: 111 mins Genre: Romance Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Greer Garson {"Mary Rafferty"}
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) -- Herbert Stothart

Trivia: The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore, and Jessica Tandy, as well as two Oscar nominees: Dean Stockwell and Gladys Cooper.

Trivia: Despite her youthful appearance, Greer Garson was twelve years older than Gregory Peck, her leading man.

10:00 AM Alice Adams (1935)



A small-town girl with social ambitions falls in love with a local playboy.
Dir: George Stevens Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fred Macmurray, Fred Stone
Runtime: 100 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Katharine Hepburn {"Alice Adams"} [came in 2nd]

Trivia: Though Bette Davis won the 1935 Academy Award/Oscar for Dangerous (1935) beating out Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), Davis was noted for saying more than once that she didn't deserve the award that year and that the one who did was Katharine Hepburn.

Trivia: There was a disagreement among Katharine Hepburn and George Stevens about the post-party scene. The script called for Hepburn to fall onto the bed and break into sobs, but Stevens wanted her to walk to the window and cry, with the rain falling outside. Hepburn could not produce the tears required, so she asked Stevens if she could do the scene as scripted. Stevens yelled furiously at Hepburn, which did the trick and the scene was filmed Stevens' way, and Hepburn's tears are real.

11:45 AM Suspicion (1941)



A young woman marries a charming man after a brief romance but then comes to believe that he is only after her money and will do anything to get it.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Runtime: 99 mins Genre: Suspense/Mystery Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*) ACTRESS -- Joan Fontaine {"Lina McLaidlaw"}
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic Picture) -- Franz Waxman

Trivia: In interviews, Sir Alfred Hitchcock said that an RKO executive ordered that all scenes in which Cary Grant appeared menacing be excised from the movie. When the cutting was completed, the movie ran only fifty-five minutes. The scenes were later restored, Hitchcock said, because he shot each piece of film so that there was only one way to edit them together properly. This is a technique called 'in-camera editing', a trick Hitchcock had already employed a year before during filming of Rebecca (1940), to prevent producer David O. Selznick from interfering with the final cut of the movie.

Trivia: Joan Fontaine's performance in this movie is the only Oscar-winning performance that Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed. Fontaine liked the character of Lina in the novel "Before the Fact" by Anthony Berkeley (pen name Francis Iles) so much that she had sent Sir Alfred Hitchcock a note after she read it offering to play the part for free.

1:30 PM Wait Until Dark (1967)



A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home.
Dir: Terence Young Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna
Runtime: 108 mins Genre: Suspense/Mystery Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Audrey Hepburn {"Susy Hendrix"}

Trivia: During World War II, 16-year-old Audrey Hepburn was a volunteer nurse in a Dutch hospital. During the battle of Arnhem, Hepburn's hospital received many wounded Allied soldiers. One of the injured soldiers young Audrey helped nurse back to health was a young British paratrooper and future director named Terence Young who, more than 20 years later, directed Hepburn in Wait Until Dark (1967).

3:30 PM Born Yesterday (1950)



A newspaper reporter takes on the task of educating a crooked businessman's girlfriend.
Dir: George Cukor Cast: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden
Runtime: 103 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER) ACTRESS -- Judy Holliday {"Billie Dawn"}
COSTUME DESIGN (Black-and-White) -- Jean Louis
DIRECTING -- George Cukor
WRITING (Screenplay) -- Albert Mannheimer

Trivia: To help build up Judy Holliday's image, particularly in the eyes of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, Katharine Hepburn deliberately leaked stories to the gossip columns suggesting that Holliday's performance in Adam's Rib (1949) was so good that it had stolen the spotlight from Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This got Cohn's attention and Holliday won the part in Born Yesterday (1950).

5:30 PM Auntie Mame (1958)



An eccentric heiress raises her nephew to be a free spirit.
Dir: Morton Dacosta Cast: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne
Runtime: 143 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-G CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTRESS -- Rosalind Russell {"Auntie Mame Dennis"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Peggy Cass {"Agnes Gooch"}
ART DIRECTION -- Art Direction: Malcolm Bert; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) -- Harry Stradling, Sr.
FILM EDITING -- William Ziegler

Trivia: Rosalind Russell broke her ankle in the first take of the scene where she comes flying down the stairs in the gown with the capri pants and shooting had to be delayed until she recovered.

8:00 PM Driving Miss Daisy (1989)




Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie, arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a ...
Dir: Bruce Beresford Cast: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd
Runtime: 99 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-14 CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE -- Morgan Freeman {"Hoke Colburn"}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Dan Aykroyd {"Boolie Werthan"}
(*WINNER*) ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE -- Jessica Tandy {"Daisy Werthan"}
ART DIRECTION -- Art Direction: Bruno Rubeo; Set Decoration: Crispian Sallis
COSTUME DESIGN -- Elizabeth McBride
FILM EDITING -- Mark Warner
(*WINNER*) MAKEUP -- Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber, Kevin Haney
(*WINNER*) BEST PICTURE -- Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, Producers
(*WINNER*) WRITING (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) -- Alfred Uhry

Trivia: Alfred Uhry based the story of Daisy and Hoke on his own grandmother Lena G. Fox (August 5 1877 - Feb 22, 1973) and her chauffeur Will Coleman (dates unknown). She lived to the age of 96. Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury all were interested in playing Miss Daisy. Studio executives also considered a Bette Midler and Eddie Murphy pairing.

Trivia: Jessica Tandy had a $100 bet with her agent that she wouldn't win the Oscar for Best Actress. When she paid up on Oscar night, she told him that it was the best bet she had ever lost.

Trivia: The three black men seen crossing railroad tracks in Atlanta are all descendants of the real person (Will Coleman) that the "Hoke" character was based upon.

10:00 PM Funny Girl (1968)


Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn't pretty.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford
Runtime: 151 mins Genre: Musical Rating: TV-PG CC: N

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER - TIE*) ACTRESS -- Barbra Streisand {"Fanny Brice"}[Streisand tied with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) in winning this Oscar.]
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Kay Medford {"Rose Brice"}
CINEMATOGRAPHY -- Harry Stradling
FILM EDITING -- Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe, William Sands
MUSIC (Score of a Musical Picture--original or adaptation) -- Adaptation score by Walter Scharf
MUSIC (Song--Original for the Picture) -- "Funny Girl," Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
BEST PICTURE -- Ray Stark, Producer
SOUND -- Columbia Studio Sound Department

Trivia: Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif, both married at the time, had an affair that lasted for the duration of the production. Director William Wyler, who knew about the affair, tried to channel their real-life chemistry into their performances. Streisand had also enjoyed a liaison with Sydney Chaplin, who portrayed Nick on stage. Both affairs would contribute to the end of her marriage to Elliott Gould.

12:45 AM Mildred Pierce (1945)



A woman's ambitions for her daughter drastically impact her life.
Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott
Runtime: 113 mins Genre: Drama Rating: TV-PG CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*) ACTRESS -- Joan Crawford {"Mildred Pierce"}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Ann Blyth {"Veda Pierce"}
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) -- Ernest Haller
WRITING (Screenplay) -- Ranald MacDougall

Trivia: After seeing the film, James M. Cain sent Joan Crawford a signed first edition of the original novel. The inscription read: "To Joan Crawford, who brought Mildred Pierce to life just as I had always hoped she would be, and who has my lifelong gratitude."

Trivia: There were conflicts between Michael Curtiz and Joan Crawford. He wanted her canned, claiming she was altering the look and interpretation of the character to make her more glamorous. There were the inevitable arguments over shoulders pads, with Crawford tearfully (and not altogether truthfully) claiming her dowdy off-the-rack Sears dresses were unpadded. Curtiz started referring to her as "Phony Joanie" and "the rotten bitch," laying into her mercilessly in front of cast and crew. Crawford wanted the director fired and replaced "with a human being." Although Curtiz was initially less than keen at working with Crawford, he was soon won over by Crawford's dedication and hard work.

2:45 AM Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)


A widow dreaming of a singing career ends up waiting tables in Phoenix.
Dir: Martin Scorsese Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd
Runtime: 113 mins Genre: Comedy Rating: TV-MA CC: Y

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*)ACTRESS -- Ellen Burstyn {"Alice Hyatt"}
WRITING (Original Screenplay) -- Robert Getchell

4:45 AM Two Women (1960)


A widow tries to get her daughter to safety in World War II Italy.
Dir: Vittorio De Sica Cast: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleonora Brown
Runtime: 99 mins Genre: War Rating: TV-14 CC: N

Oscar nominations:
(*WINNER*) ACTRESS -- Sophia Loren {"Cesira"}
February 19, 2024

Navalny's widow Yulia calls on Russians to fight Putin for freedom

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said on Monday that she would press on with her husband's fight for a free Russia and called on supporters to battle President Vladimir Putin with greater fury than ever.

Navalny's death robs Russia's disparate opposition of its most charismatic and courageous leader as Putin prepares for an election that will keep him in power until at least 2030.

In a nine-minute video message laced with rage, Navalnaya, 47, said Putin had killed her husband and in doing so had robbed her of a husband and her two children of a father. But she said the only answer to such a crime was to continue her late husband's fight for a free and prosperous Russia. Russians, she said, wanted to live differently, even if there appeared little hope.

"I want to live in a free Russia, I want to build a free Russia," Navalnaya said in the video message entitled "I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny".

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/navalnys-widow-yulia-i-will-continue-my-husbands-fight-free-russia-2024-02-19/

February 18, 2024

How dumb ...

Got a PayPal phishing attempt this morning. The top of the email read "University of Miami." I guess that's one to toss.

February 18, 2024

Thanks to everyone and DU for all the hearts.

They really warm the soul (especially nice since I've been sick the last three days).

February 18, 2024

Cartoon: Trump's lawyers

February 18, 2024

How fascism starts

February 18, 2024

TCM Classic Film Festival Opens With John Travolta At 30th Anniversary Screening of 'Pulp Fiction'

Story by Bruce Haring /Deadline

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 15th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 18 with a 35mm screening of the classic neo-noir Pulp Fiction (1994). Two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta will attend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.

Pulp Fiction kicks off a weekend of programming set within the theme "Most Wanted: Crime and Justice in Film," as well as the 30th anniversary of the network. "Pulp Fiction is one of the most important and influential movies of the 1990s. It was Quentin Tarantino's magnum opus and the beginning of a well-deserved comeback for John Travolta," said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. "Like Bonnie and Clyde and The Godfather, it changed our thinking about the type of stories Hollywood could tell."


In 2013, Pulp Fiction was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Rounding out the cast of this ensemble are Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Bronagh Gallagher, Burr Steers, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Frank Whaley, Harvey Keitel, Julia Sweeney, Paul Calderon, Phil LaMarr, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Ving Rhames. TCM previously announced academic and author Jeanine Basinger as the Robert Osborne Award recipient, which recognizes an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations. She has chosen to introduce a screening of Westward the Women (1951) as part of this event. Additionally, each year the event pays tribute to a select group of individuals whose work in Hollywood has left a lasting impact on film. Legendary leading man Billy Dee Williams will introduce his films Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) and Academy Award-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell will appear with her films Almost Famous (2000) and Lincoln (2012).

Both tributees will also sit down with a TCM host for a conversation in Club TCM, located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. TCM also announced several titles that will screen during the 15th TCM Classic Film Festival: The Big Heat (1953) Grand Hotel (1932) The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Murder, She Said (1961) National Velvet (1944) Sabrina (1954) Send Me No Flowers (1964).

Full link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/tcm-classic-film-festival-opens-with-john-travolta-at-30th-anniversary-screening-of-pulp-fiction/ar-BB1im87R

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