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Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: September 24th, 2016, 9:54 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Ooh! Looks like there was a mini-reunion of TCM Guest Programmers tonight in New York City with SSO Guest Author Brent Phillips and Steve Hayes......and our own Mrs Osborne, TCM researcher, author, and documentarian Alexa Foreman....

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: September 25th, 2016, 9:09 pm
by moira finnie
It's great to see Brent & dear Alexa looking so well and having fun. I wish that we could get a visit from Steve Hayes. He's a busy guy but if anyone wants to have a laugh and see a person who loves classic movies the way that we do, please check out the link below:

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: September 26th, 2016, 12:15 pm
by Professional Tourist
moira finnie wrote:It's great to see Brent & dear Alexa looking so well and having fun. I wish that we could get a visit from Steve Hayes. He's a busy guy but if anyone wants to have a laugh and see a person who loves classic movies the way that we do, please check out the link below:

That link doesn't work for me. This address does work:

Looks like Steve Hayes goes by the name 'Tired Old Queen at the Movies.' :o :?

Has he written any books?

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: September 26th, 2016, 7:08 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Moira, I'm sending an invitation for a Q & A to Steve Hayes! :-)

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: October 9th, 2016, 8:51 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Those Trailblazing Women continue this week...

Dr. Emily Carman, pictured bottom left, is the guest host with Illeana Douglas tomorrow night. The theme is Wartime Contributions.
For the full schedule, visit:

From the host archives:

Emily Carman is an assistant professor of Film Studies in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, where she teaches classes primarily on American cinema, film history, and stardom. She earned her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2008. She is the author of Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System (2016) on University of Texas Press, which uncovers how female stars including Constance Bennett, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, among others, all challenged Hollywood’s patriarchal structure by freelancing and working independently in the film industry during the 1930s. Through extensive, original archival research, her book rethinks standard histories of Hollywood to recognize female stars as creative artists, sophisticated businesswomen, and active players in the then (as now) male-dominated film industry. She is also co-editor of Hollywood and the Law (2015) published by BFI Press/Palgrave-Macmillian, which examines how the law influences and regulates the content and flow of Hollywood film and media. She has published articles in the journals Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Celebrity Studies, Cinephile, and The Moving Image. Prior to her appointment at Chapman, she worked for various motion picture archives and cultural institutions, including the Warner Bros. Archives of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she was curator, responsible for the preservation of the collection and its public access for research, as well as the Academy Film Archive, and L ‘Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, where she completed an internship in film restoration and preservation. In Spring 2016, she co-curated the film series “Independent Stardom Onscreen: Freelance Women in Hollywood” for the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which showcased various films made by the freelance actresses featured in her recent book.

TCMFF 2017 passes go on sale in November!
Keep saving your nickels and dimes....

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: October 12th, 2016, 10:55 am
by Sue Sue Applegate


Lee Grant co-hosts "Trailblazing Women" on Thursday, October 13 for "Fighting The Blacklist."

FilmStruck launches on October 19: "FilmStruck gives you instant access to critically acclaimed films, hard to find gems and cult favorites from the world‘s greatest independent film libraries."--

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: October 13th, 2016, 12:26 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Tonight on TCM's second year focusing on #TRAILBLAZING WOMEN:
She said "Yes!" to everything!

Lee Grant explores "Fighting the Blacklist" with THE LETTER, SHAMPOO, RAW DEAL, and CITIZEN KANE tonight with Illeana Douglas.

While still in her teens, Lee Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway talent, winning the Critics Circle Award for her performance as the shoplifter in DETECTIVE STORY. She recreated this portrayal on film, garnering the Cannes Film Festival award as Best Actress, her first Academy Award nomination and an invitation into the prestigious Actors Studio.

Ms. Grant’s impressive film debut was cut short by the McCarthy Era entertainment industry blacklist. After 12 years, she resumed a stunning film career, beginning with a 1966 Emmy Award for PEYTON PLACE and culminating with a 1976 Academy Award for SHAMPOO. During this time, she also received much attention for her riveting performance in the 1967 Academy Award winning picture IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, another Emmy Award for the NEON CEILING and Academy Award nominations for THE LANDLORD and VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED.

Ms. Grant remained involved with creative, innovative theater on both the east and west coasts. She won the 1964 Obie Award for THE MAIDS. She performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival as Ekectra, on PBS’s Theater in America series as Arkadina in The Seagull, on Broadway in Neil Simons Prisoner of Second Avenue and his film Plaza Suite and at the Williamstown Playhouse. She opened the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in the Little Foxes, and helped to establish the Actors Studio West.

In 1974, Ms Grant was accepted as a student director in the first Women’s Project at the American Film Institute. Her adaptation of Strindberg’s THE STRONGER still stands as one of the ten best films ever produced for AFI. She went on to direct her first feature film, the critically acclaimed TELL ME A RIDDLE, as well as her first documentary, THE WILLMAR 8.

Since 1980, Ms. Grant has concentrated on her directorial efforts. She and her husband Joseph Feury launched an independent production company in 1982 and have since produced a number of award winning films. Their credits include five documentaries, made for HBO’s America Undercover series. WHEN WOMEN KILL profiled women serving prison sentences for homicide convictions. WHAT SEX AM I? explored transvestite and transsexual lifestyles. BATTERED looked at the issue of domestic violence. WOMEN ON TRIAL examined court custody battles. DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA examined homelessness throughout the country and garnered both an Academy Award and a Cable Ace Award in 1986.

Of the company’s made-for-television movies, Ms. Grant received the 1987 Directors Guild Award for the CBS film NOBODY’S CHILD and the 1989 FIPA D’Argent at the Cannes International Television Festival for NO PLACE LIKE HOME, also on CBS. In the early 1990’s she directed three more television movies – SEASONS OF THE HEART for CBS, REUNION for CBS and FOLLOWING HER HEART for NBC. Ms. Grant also returned to the screen as an actress, working on network television and in the feature films DEFENDING YOUR LIFE and IT’S MY PARTY.

In 1983, she received the Congressional Arts Caucus Award for outstanding achievement in acting and independent filmmaking. In 1984, she received a New York Drama Critics Award nomination for her direction of Vaclav Havel’s A PRIVATE VIEW at the Public Theater. In 1989, Women in Film paid tribute to Ms. Grant with their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, both the New York City Council and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors recognized her for the contribution her films have made to the fight against domestic violence.

Her documentary SAY IT! FIGHT IT! CURE IT! – about breast cancer, aired on Lifetime Television in October 1997. The following month, Lee Grant received another Lifetime Achievement Award, with a retrospective screening of her acting and directorial work, at the celebrated Hamptons International Film Festival.

Ms. Grant has directed several INTIMATE PORTRAITS for Lifetime Television, among them Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Mia Farrow, Tipper Gore, Elizabeth Taylor and Gloria Steinem – Lifetime’s 100th portrait. Ms. Grant received a Gilda Award for her INTIMATE PORTRAIT of Madeline Kahn, and INTIMATE PORTRAIT BELLA ABZUG was the recipient of a Gracie Award. Ms. Grant directed the documentary, CONFRONTING THE CRISIS: CHILDCARE IN AMERICA, which aired on Lifetime in April 1999.

In the year 2000 Ms. Grant was lured back to the screen by the opportunity to work with director Robert Altman in Dr. T. and the Women.

Ms. Grant directed, the documentaries, the GUN DEADLOCK for Lifetime Television and a PBS AMERICAN MASTERS on SIDNEY POITIER. In 2006 she directed an HBO documentary on Kirk and Michael Douglas, FATHER AND SON – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

Ms. Grant, with husband Joe Feury, produced a critically acclaimed documentary on medics and the wounded in Iraq, “Baghdad ER”, which was released in 2006 on HBO and won the Emmy and the Peabody Award and several others.

Her memoir, I Said Yes To Everything was published in June 2014.

Personally, I am delighted to see Lee Grant on TCM tonight! I know she has many fans who would thrill to her attendance at the upcoming TCMFF 2017. Grant was also in the cult favorite, Valley of the Dolls, and has the iconic line that goes something like this: "All cats are grey in the dark." Dolls is having a 50th Anniversary this year.


Barbara Parkins, Lee Grant, and the late Patty Duke at a screening of Valley of the Dolls...


Lee Grant as Miriam Polar....

Who wouldn't love a fabulous interview with Lee Grant in Club TCM? She may want to distance herself from her work in Valley of the Dolls, but I know, from all the comments I hear from TCMFF fans, that they would enjoy a screening of the film and would pack club TCM for an interview.

TCM BACKLOTS is adding expanded interviews from the #TRAILBLAZING WOMEN series on its website.

Check it out! If you're not yet a member, you might want to be!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: October 16th, 2016, 3:09 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
The lively Steve Hayes will visit us here at the Silver Screen Oasis on Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, for a traditional Q & A.

Steve is known as the self-styled king of classic cinema enthusiasm, and has been sharing his love of Hollywood's Golden Era gems on Youtube since 2009 with his "Tired Old Queen of the Movies" series.

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Steve reveals all about Joseph Mankiewicz' s "A Letter To Three Wives" (1949) featuring Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, Jeanne Crain, Kirk Douglas, Connie Gilchrist, and Thelma Ritter...

In a 2010 interview with Medusamorlock on the TCM website feature The Movie Morlocks, Steve reveals he's an accomplished actor in movies — Trick, The Big Gay Musical — an author and lyricist ("Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village"), award-winning comedian and cabaret performer, a performing arts educator (Cabaret Convention at Yale, Cazenovia College), a talented musical comedy Renaissance man. He’s also a veteran of NYC’s annual Gayfest theatre festival, and his one-man show Steve Hayes’ Hollywood Reunion was about his relationship, as a gay man, with old movies, a topic that also informs his Tired Old Queen productions.

As Steve shares in the article: '…my dear friend and director Vincent J. Cardinal kept telling me that I should be sharing my love for old movies with a bigger audience. He suggested we set a camera up in my apartment; shoot me talking about old movies just off the top of my head, exactly as I always do everywhere and anywhere. No fuss, no muss. Keep it simple. Then he said: 'Now, what should we call it?' I said; 'STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies!' I want to 'pass the torch,' so to speak, to the next generation. When I first moved to New York, I learned a lot from the older gay men who loved the movies as I did and shared their views and turned me on to films I’d never experienced before. I’m forever grateful.

“STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies” is, quite simply, a love letter to the old movies. 'I have been a devout movie addict since I was very young and have never wavered in my adoration and genuine awe of the classic motion pictures I grew up watching. I always say, I know this stuff like straight guys know baseball. Some baseball fan will say to me: 'I know who played in the 1941 World Series!' And my comeback is; 'I know who won Best Supporting Actress in 1941 and who she got it over!' "

Steve was also a guest host on Turner Classic Movies to celebrate TCM's 20th Anniversary in 2014, introducing the sci-fi classic, “Them!" with Robert Osborne...

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Hayes has also appeared as:

Horton in Suessical: The Musical
Pseudolis in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum
Mayor Shinn in The Music Man
The Barber in Man Of La Mancha starring Terance Mann
Edna in Hairspray
"Polonious" in Hamlet
And many others...

Steve's Tumblr page:

Steve's Youtube page:


Come welcome Steve Hayes this weekend at The Silver Screen Oasis for a rousing Q & A!

I can't wait to visit with this genius!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: October 16th, 2016, 5:42 pm
by Steve Hayes
I can't wait to meet, greet and visit with everybody!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 1st, 2016, 11:11 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Citicard presale is today! Essential passes have sold out during the presale. Try again om Thursday when passes go on sale to the general public: ... _2017.html

You don't need a Citicard to purchase a pass on the website.

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 3rd, 2016, 11:06 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Spotlights and Essentials are now sold out!


Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 10th, 2016, 7:04 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
"…But most of all, there was neon--everywhere."

- Lynn Zook, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955


They were all there once. Dreamers, drifters, scoundrels, and sweethearts--whether working the crowd or keeping the back of the house stocked, everyone--from cowboys, innkeepers, movie stars, working stiffs and lucky bums as well as rule-breaking architects and artists who painted the night sky using neon once gathered there and come alive again in the story of the Las Vegas strip during its first 25 years and beyond in a fascinating, very American intersection of show biz & commerce.

The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce that one of our own--Lynn Zook (aka lzcutter)--will be joining us for a Q & A about her new book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 on November 12th and 13th. Our guest author was among the people who stood out a dozen years ago when first encountered online at the Turner Classic Movies forum. Gradually getting to know her online--and in person for a lucky few in attendance at the TCM Classic Film Festivals--has been revelatory.

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As an admin here at the SSO and a contributor to the TCM website, the knowledgeable Lynn has been consistently friendly, observant, and, fortunately for us when life (and technology) goes awry, she is also blessed with a wry humor tempered with a kindness and patience that has never flagged.


Lynn rarely talks about herself, but she is quite an accomplished person as well as a passionate lover of classic film. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema and Television Masters of Fine Arts program who is also a digital archivist, and an accomplished award-winning producer and editor. She is also the author of Las Vegas 1905-1965 and the just released e-book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 as well as producer of the documentary, The Story of Classic Las Vegas.

One subject Lynn does talk about is her love of her hometown and appreciation for the men and women who wrote this vivid chapter in American cultural life.


As she does regularly on the Classic Las Vegas site, Lynn documents an earlier Las Vegas that hummed with neon as well as the work of imaginative pioneers, Americans on the move (and often on the make). Just as the movie industry was growing and changing, so did Las Vegas, affecting her residents and the country as a whole.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, please join us for our journey with Lynn through a vivid chapter in American cultural life next weekend, November 12th and 13th. You can be part of the conversation at The Silver Screen Oasis Message Board below:

The Q & A with Lynn Zook about Gambling on a Dream: viewtopic.php?f=126&t=6969&p=164302#p164302

Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.

Thanks to Moira for this fabulous announcement!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 12th, 2016, 1:38 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
The TCM Film Festival website now reports that all Essential passes have been sold out.

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 21st, 2016, 11:11 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Here's a Sue Sue memory from the TCM Film Festival 2011 in honor of Patricio Guzman's documentaries, "The Battle of Chile: Part One" and "The Battle of Chile: Part 2" being screened tonight on TCM:

"Dodging the hectic pace at the Hollywood Roosevelt one afternoon, I slipped away for a quiet lunch at Miceli's on Las Palmas. It had a typically old-world feel deep in the heart of the Turner Classic Movie Festival environs.


I was seated on the first level at a table next to the corner booth, and I was so hungry that the smells of garlic bread and simmering sauces were assaulting my senses like mad. I had zoomed to the first screening and skipped breakfast.

Lunch prices for pasta, salad, and a beverage are unbelievably reasonable and the fare at these prices didn't have to be sooooo tasty. The four gentleman seated at the next table were just finishing their lunch, and I noticed that they were speaking Spanish.

The gentleman in the corner was definitely treated with reverence and also spoke Spanish with an accent not usually attributed to California or Texas. A young man, who introduced himself as Shannon Kelly, works with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and he introduced Director Patricio Guzman to me.

And of course I gushed and oohed and aahed.


Evidently, Mr. Guzman was in LA for a retrospective of his films. The following excerpt is from the UCLA Film and Television Archives website concerning Patricio Guzman:

“The only eternal lesson to be had is to study the past, so that we won’t repeat it.”— Patricio Guzmán.

In a remarkable 40-year career, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has crafted a unique legacy among documentarians: cataloguing the cataclysmic modern events of his country in a body of work not only timely, but timeless. Influenced early on by the non-fiction work of Chris Marker, Frédéric Rossif and Louis Malle, Guzmán began his career in 1971, documenting the sweeping social and economic reforms enacted by Chile’s then-president, Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist head of state. In 1973, Allende’s government was brought down in a bloody coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power and Guzmán was forced to leave Chile for Europe where he completed The Battle of Chile, Parts 1-3 (1975-1979), a searing account of the Allende government’s final year. Guzmán has returned to the events of 1973 and their aftermath several times throughout his career while also expanding his field of inquiry to explore the very natures of cinema, history and memory. In his latest film, Nostalgia for the Light (2010), Guzmán orchestrates a dazzling meditation on the insistent presence of the past in all our lives. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present Nostalgia for the Light in a special preview screening on Friday, April 15 and to welcome Mr. Guzmán in person to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, April 29.

Mr. Guzman is definitely one of those observant, quiet talents who seems to be continually scanning the environment and patiently sizing up those around him. Born in 1941 in Santiago, one of my favorite quotes from Guzman is that "we are not scientists, we are poets."

Guzman also appeared at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. To read more about him on Independent Lens, follow this link: ... /flaherty/

He was very kind, and seemed genuinely pleased that I knew of his work. He gave me his autograph!"

I'm loving the TCM programming initiative of To Tell The Truth. Are you?

Stay tuned for fest updates. They're sure to be coming soon!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: November 29th, 2016, 11:05 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Last year's first TCM Film Festival updates were shared by the home office in Atlanta on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Six films were announced. Here... viewtopic.php?f=92&t=4260&hilit=November+10%2C+2015&start=975

#JustSayin' ....