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31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' in, Paramount stars out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from […]


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31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better



'Godzilla' 1954, Mickey Rooney and Giant Ants: Eclectic Library of Congress Movies

Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, Giant Ants, Fascists, and rarely seen 'Musty Stuffer': Eclectic Packard Theater movies in May 2014 (image: 'Godzilla') Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, military fascists, deadly giant ants, racing car drivers, and The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, a super-rare slapstick comedy series from the 1910s, are a few of the highlights at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in May 2014. Godzilla 1954 and fellow movie monsters Gareth Edward's Godzilla 2014, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, opens on May 16 in much of the world. On May 8 at the Packard Theater, you'll get the chance to check out Ishiro Honda's Godzilla 1954 a.k.a. Gojira – in the original, Toho-released, […]


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'Godzilla' 1954, Mickey Rooney and Giant Ants: Eclectic Library of Congress Movies



Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, April 6, '14, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood. The Brooklyn-born Rooney (as Joseph Yule Jr., on Sept. 23, 1920) had reportedly been in ill health for some time. He was 93. Besides his countless movies, and numerous television and stage appearances, Mickey Rooney was also known for his stormy private life, which featured boozing and gambling, some widely publicized family infighting (including his testifying […]


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Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?



Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford & Bette Davis: TCM Movies

Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood: Fade Out, Fade In is the next chapter in Turner Classic Movies' weekly documentary miniseries Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood. We're now in the 1960s, a time of radical change in the American film industry. Most of the old moguls are now either dead or retired, agents gain inordinate power following the demise of the old studio system and long-term contracts, and youth-oriented films become a Hollywood mainstay. TCM's choice of movies to accompany Fade Out, Fade In is a little curious. I can understand the inclusion of Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner because […]


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Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford & Bette Davis: TCM Movies



Spencer Tracy Movies: 'San Francisco' Earthquake & Early Humphrey Bogart

Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald, San Francisco Spencer Tracy is the star of the evening on Turner Classic Movies. My two major recommendations are W. S. Van Dyke's San Francisco (1936), corny to the bone but enjoyable all the same, and Up the River (1930), one of Tracy's earliest efforts, directed by John Ford and also featuring a young Humphrey Bogart. Tracy, as a tough-talking priest, earned an undeserved Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for San Francisco – the best performance in that movie belongs to the earthquake, though Jeanette MacDonald's kitschy saloon singer is fun to watch. Now, Tracy's Oscar nod 22 years later for The Old Man and the Sea (1958) was more deserving if you […]


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Spencer Tracy Movies: 'San Francisco' Earthquake & Early Humphrey Bogart



Fredric March on TCM: INHERIT THE WIND, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, ANTHONY ADVERSE

Spencer Tracy as a fictionalized Clarence Darrow, Fredric March as a fictionalized William Jennings Bryan in Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind Turner Classic Movies' Fredric March tribute ends tonight with the presentation of six movies: Inherit the Wind (1960), There Goes My Heart (1938), Seven Days in May (1964), The Young Doctors (1961), The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), and Anthony Adverse (1936). Of those, I've seen three: Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized account of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial – creationism vs. evolution – is one of Kramer's Movies with a Message. Unlike the tame Guess Who's Coming to Dinner or the dull The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind actually delivers its message in a dramatically persuasive manner. […]


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Fredric March on TCM: INHERIT THE WIND, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, ANTHONY ADVERSE



Katharine Hepburn: 'The Philadelphia Story,' 'Woman of the Year' Movie Career Landmarks

Katharine Hepburn ca. 1940: 'The Philadelphia Story,' 'Woman of the Year' were film career turning points. Katharine Hepburn in 'The Philadelphia Story,' 'Woman of the Year': Movie career landmarks on TCM Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is having her own private “Summer Under the Stars” day on Aug. 20, '10. Although Turner Classic Movies will be presenting a number of her prestigious films – among them The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, and Summertime – Hepburn Day doesn't quite make my pulse race. Of course, Hepburn could be an outstanding actress; the problem is that her RKO and MGM movies are always playing on TCM. So, Mr./Ms. TCM … In August 2011, what about a John […]


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Katharine Hepburn: 'The Philadelphia Story,' 'Woman of the Year' Movie Career Landmarks



Raquel Welch on TCM

Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor's Adam's Rib Raquel Welch is the guest programmer tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Welch and Robert Osborne will be introducing and discussing four Hollywood classics: Adam's Rib (1949), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and To Have and Have Not (1945). One thing those movies have in common is strong roles for women, even though Jean Arthur's and Lauren Bacall's are subordinate to those of James Stewart and Humphrey Bogart. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Katharine Hepburn wasn't for Adam's Rib, though she should have been. Too bad Welch won't be discussing Myra Breckinridge, which also had a couple […]


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Raquel Welch on TCM





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