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.
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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 »
Turner Classic Movies last night premiered its annual In Memoriam video, TCM Remembers, in advance of the crush of In Memoriams that are unveiled during trophy-show season. Unlike those often controversial televised in memoriam segments – including, most loudly, this year’s Emmycast – TCM’s is not subject to … 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 Screenings to interview TCM’s Robert Osbourne . Osbourne, who usually hosts Private Screenings … Read More »