UPDATED, 3:45 PM:Turner Classic Movies is expanding its salute to the legendary actor, who died Sunday at 93. The cable channel has announced a “multi-tiered” tribute to Mickey Rooney that includes adding an April 13 screening of his National Velvet — the 1944 hit that made Elizabeth Taylor a star — at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The 9 AM screening at the TCL Chinese Multiplex will be followed by a conversation with Rooney’s longtime friend Margaret O’Brien, an Oscar winner for Meet Me In St. Louis. The TCM festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday. Watch TCM’s brief montage of Rooney’s movies below.
PREVIOUSLY:Turner Classic Movies will honor Mickey Rooney with a 13-film marathon on Sunday, April 13. Rooney died Sunday at age 93 with more than 300 credits to his name and two honorary Oscars, becoming a household name with the dozen Andy Hardy movies in which he starred for MGM starting in 1938. Additionally, getTV, which had previously scheduled three Rooney movies, has re-themed them as a remembrance of the actor, running tonight. Rooney was working until the end, most recently on the feature Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde film which is set to be released this year. Click through for the schedule: Read More »
TCM, Turner Broadcasting System’s Peabody Award-winning network boasting one of the largest film libraries in the world, is known for its dearly-departed marathons, among other features. Shirley Temple Black, better known as Shirley Temple, was arguably the most famous child star in history who, after saying so long to that career, went on to become U.S. representative at the United Nations, U.S. ambassador to Ghana, U.S. chief of protocol in Washington, D.C., and, U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately, her death on Monday fell in the midst of TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” marathon. So the network announced this afternoon it would wait to fete Temple on Sunday, March 9.
Fans of the Oscars should be in hog heaven over TCM‘s terrific new 95-minute documentary chronicling the Academy Awards from their inception 86 years ago to the present. The film, And The Oscar Goes To…, premieres Saturday and is perhaps the most thorough and detailed look at the Oscars yet done — at least anything actually sanctioned on this scale by the Academy. To do something like this requires the complete cooperation of the Oscar gods, and filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories From The Quill, The Celluloid Closet) got it. There is tons of rare footage, both onstage and back at most of the past Oscar ceremonies reaching all the way to the first when it was held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
According to Epstein, it was then-Academy President Tom Sherak who was their knight in shining armor in getting the docu project off the ground. As I was interviewing him on Tuesday, news broke that Sherak had died. Epstein, who also serves as an Academy Governor in the Documentary Branch, wanted to make sure Sherak got due credit. “I just want to say that for me personally there is no greater tribute to Tom than having worked on this film, because if it weren’t for him it wouldn’t be. I went to him with the idea and five minutes of footage and he said, ‘We are going to make this happen,’ and he did. That was three years ago. He got it right away, he embraced it, he said you’re the guy to do it. He said he was going to take it to the board, and he presented that trailer I showed him to the board, and everyone agreed that this was the kind of thing we should support,” he said. Read More »
Alec Baldwin is returning to TV hosting on January 6 — that was quick.
Baldwin will be seen taking over hosting duties on TCM’s Private Screeningsto interview TCM’s Robert Osbourne . Osbourne, who usually hosts Private Screeningsamong his many duties on the network, is switching chairs that one night, to pick the night’s four movies — and be interviewed about his career by Baldwin. Baldwin’s a good choice — of the several actors who’ve co-host TCM’s The Essentials franchise with Osbourne over the years, he was by far the best. Baldwin co-hosted the 2009 and 2010 seasons of the film showcase, spotlighting a specific movie each week, with discussion before and after the film. After Baldwin left, Drew Barrymore took over. The Osbourne table-turning is part of TCM’s celebration of its 20th anniversary, Osbourne having been the face of the network since its launch.
Baldwin’s interview with Osbourne actually was taped late in the summer. Late last week, Baldwin stepped down as host of his own interview show, MSNBC’s Up Late, and the show was canceled, after he was taped using an anti-gay slur during a street confrontation with a press photographer.