Robert Osborne Dead

Robert Osborne was a staple of Turner Classic Movies for years, offering sparkling and smart introductions to the classic movies aired on the channel. Now, on what would have been his 89th birthday, AFI is launching a virtual gallery of Osborne’s introductions, coinciding nicely with this year’s virtual TCM Film Festival, running through this weekend.

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The Magnificent Ambersons

Director Orson Welles‘ 1942 movie The Magnificent Ambersons was taken away from him by RKO after it earned negative test scores, with the studio scrapping nearly an hour of his footage, reshooting additional scenes, and cooking up a completely different ending than Welles originally intended. The resulting Frankensteined version is still widely regarded as a great film (it was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars), but for many film fans, Welles’ original work print – which was largely destroyed, but had one copy sent to the filmmaker in Brazil while he was working on another project – remains one of those all-time great Hollywood mysteries.

For the past 25 years, filmmaker Joshua Grossberg has documented his quest to find that missing workprint, and now Turner Classic Movies has agreed to sponsor Grossberg’s upcoming trip to South America to try one last attempt at locating this cinematic needle in a haystack. The resulting documentary, whether he finds Welles’ workprint or not, will air on TCM in 2022.  Read More »

2021 TCM Classic Film Festival

Since the coronavirus pandemic continues to make it unsafe to gather in public spaces, the TCM Classic Film Festival will again be a virtual event this May. Viewers will be able to watch more than 80 classic movies on Turner Classic Movies and HBO Max. Starting with West Side Story, screenings will be accompanied by various feature discussions and interviews with special guests and TCM hosts, panels, presentations and rare behind-the-scenes footage. Find out more below. Read More »

Turner Classic Movies Reframed Series

As society has progressed over time, cultural touchstones from the past have become outdated and in some cases problematic. That can make revisiting classic films a little troublesome. How can we revisit, revere and respect classic movies that have such blatantly racist characters and outdated depictions of our culture? Turner Classic Movies may have the answer.

The cable network known for keeping the love for classic films alive is kicking off a new series tonight called Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror. With films ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, the series will host discussions about 18 culturally significant films that are considered classics of cinema but also have problematic aspects to them. The hope is to provide context so that the films can both be appreciated and scrutinized. Read More »

film festival at home editions

Film festivals have long been a place where movie lovers can congregate and share their love of cinema together, often in a ritzy theater where a movie star may make an appearance. But the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has all but halted the film festival season, and many have been forced to postpone or cancel completely to curb the spread of the virus. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate cinema from the comfort of our couches.

The TCM Classic Film Festival and The Found Footage Festival are holding special at-home editions of their festivals for fans of classic films and bizarre VHS discoveries, respectively. Here’s how you can participate in these film festival at home editions.
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FilmStruck Subscription

It’s difficult to keep up with all the streaming services out there. For many viewers, Netflix and Hulu have enough content to keep them satisfied, perhaps with Amazon Prime or HBO Now tossed in there for good measure. But for cinephiles who are looking for more rare film findings, there’s a fantastic option out there that’s just gotten even better.

FilmStruck is a streaming service for movie lovers. The joint venture between the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies delivers a curated rotation of arthouse, indie, foreign, cult and classic films. The subscription service has always included the option to access many titles from the aforementioned upscale collectible film collections, and now they’re teaming with Warner Bros. Digital Networks to provide access to a slew of classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Read More »

Alec Baldwin Hosting The Essentials

Last month, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne sadly passed away after spending years dedicated to showcasing must-see classic films and spreading his passion for cinema. Though Osborne had reduced his role at TCM in recent years, the channel’s program The Essentials was left without a host in the wake of his death. But TCM announced a worthy replacement today.

Alec Baldwin has been hired to take over The Essentials on TCM starting in May. After co-hosting the show with Robert Osborne for three season from 2009 through 2011, Baldwin is the perfect pick to take over, especially after the bond that he struck interviewing Osborne for TCM’s Private Screenings for the channel’s 20th anniversary.

Find out more about Alec Baldwin hosting The Essentials below. Read More »