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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 8th, 2016, 9:51 am

It's Esther Williams' Summer Under The Stars Celebration today!

Do you know where your bathing suit is?

Pool your resources and find some time to enjoy a cool splash during the long, hot summer!

Esther Williams and Betty Garrett were both revered, special guests at the TCM Film Festtival in 2010 for a poolside screening of "Neptune's Daughter" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and Ben Mankiewcz had the privilege of interviewing them before the film began.
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Also, a special treat was included! All passholders attending the screening were lucky enough to enjoy a synchronised swimming exhibition by the lovely Aqualillies....


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Betty Garrett and Esther Williams poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt with the Aqualillies in 2010...

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Media mogul Ted Turner receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame accompanied by Ann Rutherford, Cora Sue Collins, Betty Garrett, Margaret O'Brien, and Esther Williams in April of 2004...


"Neptune's Daughter" will be screened late tonight or early in the a.m. depending on your time zone. Check it out here: [url="http://www.tcm.com/schedule/"]http://www.tcm.com/schedule/[/url]


FROM THE SUE SUE ARCHIVES ABOUT THE HISTORIC SCREENING OF "NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER" IN 2010:

"The evening was cool, and even though I was wearing my coat, I was chilly. As I was making my way through the large crowd, I found my vintage-clad friends, Countess De Lave and her sister, Miss Lilacs. We all sat at a table and ordered something tasty and warm. I had coffee with B&B. All around the pool area by the bar, several toasty fires were blaring in metal "kivas" to keep everyone warm.

The lights made by the fires and the illumination on the palm trees reflected in the pool water made lovely shadows that sort of twinkled everywhere, depending upon where someone was seated. Up above the pool area, the large column of rooms of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was visible, bathed in a sort of amber light.

The screen was at one end of the pool, by the shallow end, and the synchronized swimmers, the Aqualillies, had just begun to arrive.

Genevieve McGillicuddy, the director of the festival, steps on the stage and welcomes everyone, followed by applause, and then she introduces Ben Mankiewicz, and he then greets Betty Garrett and Esther Williams on stage followed by more applause.

And when Ben sees that Esther Williams is in a wheelchair, he quietly moves an extra chair out of the way. A very considerate act of kindness to accommodate the ladies. Esther and Betty are smiling and acting very happy to be at the Festival. Esther claims that "Everything sounds better under water," and Betty, who seems to be having a cold, has a little hoarseness in her speech, and states that she can't hear everything, but if if someone says something bad, she'll find out about it and "whack you later." Cute. Spunky. I like it.

Even though Esther Williams was in a wheelchair, she seemed in good health and quite perky. She was wearing a red sequined full-length sheath and sparkled when she spoke. Still a feisty gal, Esther still has her bathing suit business because the Aqualillies were sporting her little red swimsuits and she made note of it. The lovely synchornized swimmers had a great show, doing some of the same Esther Aquatics we've known and loved, and they received a large round of applause.

Betty Garrett was so cute, too, and seemed quite energetic. Esther left shortly after the film began, and so did Betty.

But after the movie started, and the double duets of the Academy-Award winning song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," with Esther and Ricardo Montalban, and Betty and Red Skelton came on, Betty stepped back out on her patio from her private cabana and was watching this sequence wistfully. As many of the viewers around the area saw her standing there, they turned and gave her a round of applause, and as she teared up, she smiled sweetly and disappeared again into her suite.

Lots of folks were wearing their coats because, baby, it really was cold outside! But the Hollywood Roosevelt had several huge, round metal fireplaces warming everyone up. I was still in my full-length Chinese dress with the mandarin collar and stretched out on one of the deck chairs and finished sipping my coffee and brandy while I enjoyed Ricardo, Betty, Esther, and Red up on the silver screen at the end of the pool. I was able to be with my new friends, Kyle, Countess De Lave, Miss Lilacs and lzcutter for this wonderful close to a great first day at the festival."
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Postby moira finnie » August 9th, 2016, 3:24 pm

I loved seeing the pics of Betty Garrett & all the ladies. I forgot how Esther made swimming look like such fun. Wish that Ted Turner were still involved in TCM.
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 15th, 2016, 9:30 pm

Moira, I still want to hop in the pool everytime I see an Esther Williams movie!

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Robert Henrey, the young star of "The Fallen Idol," on the TCM Film Festival 2016 Red Carpet. Henrey told me he was amazed at the enduring popularity of this 1948 film. (SSO member Mrs. Osborne is standing in the far left of the photo.)

I just enjoyed "The Heiress," again, this weekend. One of my wise and witty #TCMParty friends pointed out that in the final scene as Catherine ascends the staircase while Morris is beating frantically on the door, she "rejects two men, and walks towards the light." Very succinct. And the rumor is that one of Robert Osborne's favorite lines is when Olivia says,"Bolt the door, Mariah." Hope you had a chance to enjoy this fabulous film during the Summer Under the Stars Celebration tonight. We've been having lots of rain, thunder, and lightening here as the system that flooded Louisiana moves our way. But a perfect night to screen "The Heiress!"



I thoroughly reveled in the continuing tribute this weekend to Sir Ralph Richardson in his prime in a particularly memorable performance, "The Fallen Idol."

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I've been invited to introduce "The Philadelphia Story" at the McKinney Classic Film Festival next weekend
Read more about it here:
http://www.mckinneyclassicfilm.com/special-guests.html"]http://www.mckinneyclassicfilm.com/special-guests.html

If this upcoming festival in 2017 is on your special events list, and I do hope it is, you might want to be on alert. Last year's festival dates were announced on Wednesday, August 26....

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 16th, 2016, 1:15 pm

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DR. EDWARDS PREVIOUSLY APPEARED AT A TCM FILM FESTIVAL FOR A BOOK SIGNING WITH HIS CO-AUTHOR, TCM'S SHANNON CLUTE.

If you enjoyed "Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir," you just might be the right candidate for this free, online course.

Here's a description:

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In this course, we will explore the greatest slapstick gags in movie history by showcasing 56 classic films released between 1914 and 2004. Spanning almost a century of filmmaking, we will watch, discuss, and analyze the best comedy gags ever filmed involving physical comedy, broad humor, and outrageous situations.

The course will run concurrently with Turner Classic Movies' OUCH! A Salute to Slapstick programming event, airing every Tuesday and Wednesday in September 2016.

Both the course and the associated films will enrich your understanding of comedy, Hollywood filmmaking, and popular culture. You will be able to share your thoughts online and test your movie knowledge with a worldwide community of students, fans, and film lovers."


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P.S. BE ON THE ALERT FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FESTIVAL DATES!
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 25th, 2016, 2:51 pm

Fest dates are April 6-9 for 2017!

Hope to see you there!

"MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: COMEDY IN THE MOVIES
“A day without laughter is a day wasted,” said Charles Chaplin, and we at TCM concur. Join us for the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, exploring COMEDY IN THE MOVIES. From lowbrow to high, slapstick to sophisticated comedies of manners—we will showcase the greatest cinematic achievements of lone clowns, comedic duos and madcap ensembles."



Spotlight passes are more expensive, and the HRH is charging a two-night fee to reserve rooms for the festival.



The theme is..."COMEDY IN THE MOVIES!"
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Postby Vecchiolarry » August 25th, 2016, 3:03 pm

Hi Everybody,

Yes, as Christy has informed us - the TCM FF is April 6th to 9th, 2017....
I received an E-Mail just now announcing this as well....

I will be arriving on Wednesday, April 5th and will be having a dinner with "Larry's Brigade" as in the past. Any others, who would like to join us can contact Lynn, Christy or me and let us know.
I will be staying at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel again until Tuesday, the 11th......

We all would love. Love, LOVE to see as many newcomers and our older pals on here to come too!!!!!!!

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 25th, 2016, 7:48 pm

Larry, it would be wonderful to see ALL of our friends and some new kids on the block, too!
I have my room reservation, and I'm raring to go!

So let's start trying to narrow the choices.....

Possible Comedies for TCMFF 2017…

Films made in 1937 are having an 80th Anniversary, and None of These Have Screened At A TCM Film Festival:

Topper
Ali Baba Goes to Town
The Awful Truth
Damsel in Distress
A Day At The Races
Easy Living-Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold
The Great Garrick-Olivia De Havilland
History Is Made At Night-Charles Boyer
It’s Love I’m After
Oh, Mr. Porter—British
One Hundred Men and a Girl-Deanna Durbin
Storm in a Teacup-British
Tovarich-British, Vivien Leigh,
Way Out West-Laurel and Hardy
You Can’t Have Everything!
True Confession- Carole Lombard


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Postby Vecchiolarry » August 26th, 2016, 11:39 pm

Hi Christy,

I love the idea of "Topper" and "Tovarich" and "Easy Living" and "History is Made at Night" - all of which I've never seen...
I would add "You Can't Take It with You", which I found 'laugh out loud' funny.....

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 28th, 2016, 5:30 pm

Oh, me, too, Larry!
And those are just from 1937! 1947 is in the works. :-)
Hope you are high and dry wherever you're travels have taken you...


We're almost down to our last three days of the fabulous Summer Under The Stars Celebration.
:-(

Monday, August 29-Charles Boyer
Tuesday, August 30-Jean Simmons
Wednesday, August 31-Dean Martin

Who were some of your favorites?

I enjoyed seeing Colleen Moore films, most of them for the very first time.
And many more!

Hope you have your hotel reservations somewhere close to the Hollywood Roosevelt or the Hollywood and Highlands Center. It won't be long until we're ordering our passes for the TCM Film Festival 2017!
It's 8th year! Passes go on sale in November: http://filmfestival.tcm.com


Don't forget to have fun! :-)
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 28th, 2016, 5:50 pm

What films from 1947 having a 70th anniversary might screen at the TCMFF 2017 that have never been shown?
(Remember our theme--COMEDY!)
The Bachelor and The Bobby Soxer
The Egg & I
The Farmer's Daughter
Life With Father
Copacabana (Groucho Marx, and with Carmen Miranda singing "Tico-Tico!")
Hi-De-Ho with Cab Calloway
Road to Rio (Hope & Crosby)
Song of the Thin Man
The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty
Voice of the Turtle (Ronald Reagan, Eve Arden)

FYI: Out of the Past is not a comedy, but it is the quintessential film noir, is having its 70th anniversary, and has never screened at the festival.
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Postby Vecchiolarry » August 28th, 2016, 9:25 pm

Hi Christy,

I'll have to figure out a list for 1947, but I nominate yours whole heartedly.

I'm booked into the Roosevelt now.
I'm actually away from September 21st to December 12th - San Francisco; then Miami and then a cruise around South America..
So, the Spotlight Passes may be all gone by the time I return; so may have to settle for Essential again, like last year. But, I didn't actually mind that.

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 30th, 2016, 6:48 pm

Thanks for that vote of confidence! If I had to pick just one, it would be Hi-De-Ho with Cab Calloway as I've never seen it.

Also, I think Copacabana would be fun because of such a rousing version of "Tico-Tico" by Carmen Miranda.

I have a feeling that a film by Gene Wilder might screen at the festival, at least I hope so.
I'd love to see 1975's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother as it was Wilder's directorial debut from Wilder's original screenplay.

Well, Larry, passes go on sale in November, so i you are in San Francisco, you ought to be able to secure the kind of pass you want. We'll keep in touch, Ramblin' Guy! :D
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » September 5th, 2016, 4:54 pm

TCM host Robert Osborne conducted a delightful interview with Gene Wilder in June of 2013.
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Ben will be interviewing a very special Guest Programmer tomorrow....

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This month's Guest Programmer is Thomas Bruno, a former policeman and retired firefighter who served during the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. A devoted movie buff and an enthusiastic supporter of TCM, Bruno has attended five of our TCM Classic Film Festivals as well as five TCM Classic Cruises. He has worked in movies and television as a stuntman and technical advisor, and has acted in a number of productions including the 2015 HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero.

Host Ben Mankiewicz concurs with Bruno that his first programming pick, Casablanca (1943), is an appropriate choice for the 15th anniversary of the attacks because it is "very patriotic." Bruno's second film is The Dirty Dozen (1967), picked partly because one of its stars is the late Ernest Borgnine, who befriended Bruno during one of the TCM cruises. Bruno dedicates his stint as Guest Programmer to his "343 brothers" from the New York City Fire Department who lost their lives on Sept. 11, as well as to fallen heroes from the Police Department and Port Authority Police.
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Yes, TCM is planning another fabulous initiative with the second year of Trailblazing Women!
TCM Film Festival special guests Jane Fonda and Rita Moreno will be part of the programming as co-hosts, as will writer and historian Cari Beauchamp, a popular festival presenter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TCM Launches Second Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative Featuring Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany

Month-Long Programming Event Begins Oct. 4 Hosted by Illeana Douglas

Initiative Marks Continued Partnership with Women in Film, Los Angeles

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the second year of Trailblazing Women, a multi-year initiative in partnership with Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF) to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women in the film industry. This year’s programming event will feature acclaimed actresses Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany as co-hosts examining the remarkable impact of actresses on the movie industry. Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, Trailblazing Women premieres Oct. 4 and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the October.

The theme of the 2016 programming slate -Trailblazing Women: Actresses Who Made a Difference - highlights actresses during the early days of cinema through modern times with more than 40 films being shown. Joining Douglas as co-hosts will be:

Bette Midler – the Grammy® and Emmy® winning actress will examine Controlling Their Own Destiny, discussing actresses who made strides to mange their own careers in the midst of the Studio System including Marilyn Monroe (The Prince and the Showgirl, 1957), Mae West (She Done Him Wrong, 1933), Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, 1940) and Olivia de Havilland (Devotion, 1946), whose successful lawsuit against Warner Bros. ended the seven-year contract system.

Jane Fonda – the two-time Academy Award® winner will discuss Activism and actresses who became passionate advocates for a variety of causes, including Fonda’s own work as well Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were, 1973), an active philanthropist in political and social causes with her Streisand Foundation; Myrna Loy (The Thin Man, 1934), who served in the Red Cross during World War II; and Susan Sarandon (Joe, 1970), a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Rita Moreno – one of the few actors to have ever achieved the “EGOT” (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), Moreno will share her insights on Breaking Barriers, including Anna May Wong (Piccadilly, 1929), considered to be Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star; Hattie McDaniel who became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance in Gone With the Wind (1939); and Dorothy Dandridge (Bright Road, 1953) who was the first African American woman to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar.

Dana Delany - the actress and philanthropist will explore the Philanthropic work of actresses from Audrey Hepburn’s (Wait Until Dark, 1957) work with UNICEF to Elizabeth Taylor’s (Giant, 1956) AIDS Foundation, to Doris Day’s (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1960) Animal Foundation and Debbie Reynolds’ (The Tender Trap, 1955) work as president of The Thalians.

Jane Alexander – the actress and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts will explore Politics and Government Service, looking at actresses who had secondary careers away from the silver screen, including Shirley Temple Black (Bright Eyes, 1934), best remembered for her work as a child star who then began serving as a US Diplomat in the 1960s and eventually becoming the US Ambassador to Ghana; Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, 1969), who won two Best Actress Oscars and also served as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons; and Gina Lollobrigida (Hotel Pardiso, 1966) who became a a UN goodwill ambassador.

Lee Grant – the actress will explore Fighting the Blacklist including discussing her own story and introducing her performance in Shampoo (1975) along with examining the careers of Gale Sondergaard (The Letter, 1940), Marsha Hunt (Raw Deal, 1948), Dorothy Comingore (Citizen Kane, 1941) and Rosaura Revueltas (Salt of the Earth, 1954)

Dr. Emily Carman - an assistant professor of film studies at Chapman University, Carman will focus on the Wartime Contributions of several actresses during World War II, including Bette Davis (Hollywood Canteen, 1944) and Marlene Dietrich’s (A Foreign Affair, 1948) efforts to sell war bonds; and Hedy Lamarr (The Conspirators, 1944) who not only sold war bonds but developed a Spread Spectrum Radio technology to help with Allied communication.

Cari Beauchamp – the award-winning author and film documentarian will look at The Business of Film and Television and those actresses whose careers existed as much behind the camera as in front of it including Mary Pickford (Little Annie Rooney, 1925), Dorothy Davenport Reid (Mothers of Men, 1917), and Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People, 1980)

“Coming off the last year’s successful Trailblazing Women programming event highlighting the work of female directors, we are excited to continue to showcase the incredible influence of women in our industry,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “We’re thrilled to offer fans this comprehensive programming event featuring some of the great icons of our time as they explore the formidable effect actresses have had in movie history.”

“This years Trailblazing Women initiative allows us to feature a variety of actresses and showcase their work both on screen and off, driving home the incredible impact these actresses had throughout history and how they paved the way for the future of the industry and culture,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

“We are proud to once again join TCM on this series, not only to celebrate the historic achievements of these great actresses and trailblazers, but also to emphasize the need for gender parity in front of the camera in contemporary cinema, said Kirsten Schaffer, WIF executive director. “These programs make it clear that there has been and continues to be a wealth of talent available. In 2015, 32 percent of leads or co-leads in the top 100 films were women, we’d like to see that number get to 50 percent.”

For a complete a programming schedule and talent bios please visit: tcm.com/trailblazingwomen

About Women in Film (WIF)
Women In Film (WIF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
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