Sunday, April 22, 2007

This Blog is Moving!

I haven't posted in days b/c I'm working on re-launching this blog. It will have a new name - Classic Movie Lounge - and will be located at

This week's picks for the Turner Classic Movie schedule are already posted over at the new site!

But please excuse the mess! The design is still under construction :)

Monday, February 19, 2007

TCM Picks for Week of 2/19/07

Buy your microwave popcorn in bulk! There are so many good movies on this week at Turner Classic Movies.

Monday, February 19, 2007

8:00pm The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) WHY: John Wayne and James Stewart

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

6:30am Not As a Stranger (1955) WHY: Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum
10:30am The Gold Rush (1925) WHY: Charlie Chaplin
5:30pm Sayonara (1957) WHY: Marlon Brando
8:00pm Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) WHY: Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in a Western about Wyatt Earp

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

4:00pm The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) WHY: Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman
6:15pm Vivacious Lady (1938) WHY: James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, and Charles Coburn
9:30pm That Touch of Mink (1962) WHY: Cary Grant and Doris Day

Thursday, February 22, 2007

7:45am A Damsel in Distress (1937) WHY: Fred Astaire and George Burns
4:00pm Born to Dance (1936) WHY: James Stewart
6:00pm A Day at the Races (1937) WHY: The Marx Brothers and Maureen O'Sullivan

Friday, February 23, 2007

8:00am Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) WHY: Clark Gable and Charles Laughton and because it's Mutiny on the Bounty!
10:30am It Happened One Night (1934) WHY: Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
4:45pm The Great Ziegfeld (1936) WHY: William Powell and Myrna Loy
8:00pm The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) WHY: James Stewart and Charlton Heston
11:00pm An American in Paris (1951) WHY: Gene Kelly in one of the greatest musicals ever made

Saturday, February 24, 2007

1:00am Gigi (1958) WHY: I haven't seen it yet, but it's just one of those titles you come across over and over - must be something to it
6:30am On the Waterfront (1954) WHY: Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint
8:30am All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) WHY: A very famous war movie. A must-see movie.
1:00pm The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Another must-see war movie starring William Holden

Sunday, February 25, 2007

8:15am West Side Story (1961) WHY: Natalie Wood and because it's West Side Story
11:00am My Fair Lady (1964) WHY: One of Audrey Hepburn's most famous films
6:00pm Casablanca (1943) WHY: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and probably the most famous classic film of all time
12:00am Meet John Doe (1941) WHY: Gary Cooper and the great Barbara Stanwyck

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Classic Film Showing to Benefit Arts Center

On December 3, 2006, the Manchester Arts Center in Manchester, Tennessee was destroyed by fire. Now surrounding arts organizations are teaming up to help raise funds for the rebuilding, according to The Daily News Journal in Mufreesboro.

A special showing of The Thin Man (1934) will be held at the Mufreesboro Art Center on March 2nd. Tix are $8 for 12 and under, $15 for everyone else. The reel starts rolling at 7:30pm, but early birds get the reception worm at 6pm.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day

Looking to cozy up with your cutie and a classic on Valentine's Day? Woo your love with one of these romantic flicks:

An Affair to Remember (1957) Meg Ryan's character in Sleepless in Seattle was inspired by this film. After Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr fall in love on a cruise, they agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State building after six months. But a tragic accident threatens the future of this budding romance.

Designing Woman (1957) Can a fashion designer and sports writer figure out a way to make their marriage work? Starring Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck

Sabrina (1954) A chauffeur's daughter, played by Audrey Hepburn, falls for the son of her father's employer. And then falls for his brother, played by Humphrey Bogart. BONUS: Turner Classic Movies will be showing this film on Valentine's Day. 6pm EST

An American in Paris Gene Kelly plays a starving artist in the City of Lights. Will he fall for a steady paycheck with strings attached or pursue his true love?

Royal Wedding Featuring one of Fred Astaire's most impressive dance scenes, the future of a successful brother and sister dance team is in question when they each meet romantic partners.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Through a correspondence service, Jimmy Stewart inadvertently falls in love with a coworker that gets on his nerves - because she's a good saleswoman! In the Good Old Summertime is the 1949 musical remake starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. And You've Got Mail is the modern day take.

What are your favorite classic romantic movies?

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Maltese Falcon Replica Stolen from San Fran Restaurant

Reuters is reporting that a replica of the Maltese Falcon has been stolen from a San Francisco restaurant. The statue was the focus of the famed film noir starring Humphrey Bogart.

The owner of the restaurant has put up a $25,000 reward because a cast member's autograph is on the bird.

Also swiped were copies of the novel from which the film was adapted. The book was authored by Dashiell Hammett and published in 1930. Featured in the work is detective Sam Spade, who ate at an eatery named John's Grill, which incidentally is the restaurant currently without its Maltese Falcon.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

The Best of Katharine Hepburn

Alice Adams (1935) Hepburn plays the daughter of a working class man. She has high hopes for climbing the social ladder, but can't afford to impress properly. But will a well-to-do suitor (played by Fred MacMurray) see past her superficial aspirations?

Holiday (1938) In a complete role reversal, Hepburn is one of three children in an extremely wealthy New York family. She falls for her sister's fiance, a regular Joe who's interested in finding his own way instead of holding down a desk job.

Bringing Up Baby (1938) Cary Grant is a paleontologist looking for a bone. Katharine Hepburn is smitten with Grant (who happens to be engaged). She ends up with a leopard that was supposed to be shipped to her aunt. Meanwhile, a terrier hides the bone Grant is looking for. A classic screwball comedy.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) Quite possibly her most famous role, Katharine again is a wealthy woman who finds herself attracting quite a bit of attention prior to her impending nuptials. Jimmy Stewart, a tabloid photographer, and Cary Grant, her first husband, are among the attention givers. Will the events surrounding an intoxicated evening the night before her wedding day threaten to call the whole thing off?

Adam's Rib (1949) A husband and wife, who are also both lawyers, end up representing opposing parties in a case where a woman is accused of attempting to kill her husband.

The African Queen (1951) Hepburn plays a missionary who makes an unlikely pairing with crass boat captain Humphrey Bogar. During World War I, the two find themselves navigating German-controlled waters in hopes of reaching safety.

Desk Set (1957) Technology threatens the jobs of the ladies in the research department. Spencer Tracy joins her once again.

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DVD Releases 2-13-07

The Gloria Swanson Collection

O'Kennedy's Ireland (1962)

Bicycle Thieves (Criterion Collection) (1949)

Mr. Moto Collection (1939)

Green for Danger (Criterion Collection) (1946)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Paul Roberson: Portrait of An Artist (Criterion Collection) (1935)

Girl in the Bikini (1952)

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TCM Picks for Week of 2/12/07

Monday, February 12, 2007
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), 1:00pm WHY: It's a classic movie must
Witness for the Prosecution (1958), 2:30pm WHY: Billy Wilder Directs
Barefoot in the Park (1967), 8:00pm WHY: Great cast, great character work, funny movie

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
None but the Lonely Heart (1944), 6:15am WHY: Cary Grant stars
Separate Tables (1958), 8:15am WHY: Rita Hayworth star
Written on the Wind (1957), 10:00am WHY: Lauren Bacall and Rock Hudson star
Harvey (1950), 11:45am WHY: James Stewart stars
Cactus Flower (1969), 8:00pm WHY: Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau, and Goldie Hawn star

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Since You Went Away (1944), 3:00pm WHY: Claudette Colbert and Joseph Cotton star
Sabrina (1954), WHY: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden - and just a GREAT FILM!
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), 8:00pm WHY: Because it's Breakfast at Tiffany's!!! Another Classic Movie Must! Oh - and Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), 4:15am WHY: Barbara Stanwyck, femme fatale extraordinaire
Coquette (1929), 6:00am WHY: Mary Pickford stars
Kitty Foyle (1940), 11:15am WHY: Ginger Rogers stars
Born Yesterday (1950), 1:15pm WHY: George Cukor directs Judy Holliday and William Holden

Friday, February 16, 2007
Jezebel (1938), 2:30am WHY: Bette Davis stars
The Princess and the Pirate (1944), 10:00am WHY: Bob Hope stars

Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Spoilers (1942), 4:45am WHY: John Wayne and Randolph Scott
Way Out West (1938), 10:30am WHY: Laurel and Hardy
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), 11:45am WHY: Is the original as good as the remake?

Sunday, February 18, 2007
Singin' in the Rain (1952), 11:15am WHY: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Cyd Charisse star in one of the best musicals of all time
Night and Day (1946), 5:45pm WHY: Cary Grant portrays musical legend Cole Porter
The Glenn Miller Story (1954), 8:00pm WHY: James Stewart and June Allyson star
Blue Skies (1946), 10:00pm WHY: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star
The Band Wagon (1953), 12:00am WHY: Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse star

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Movie Morlocks, the TCM blog

Classic movie junkies must check out, the TCM blog. Updated frequently by 6 different bloggers, Movie Morlocks covers a range of topics from programming to books to even politics (though I personally wish they would leave this out).

The good news is you can participate by commenting and posting on the message boards.

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Classic Film Roundup 2-10-07



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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

DVD Releases 2-6-07

From Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Alfred Hitchcock Box Set - (The Ring / The Manxman / Murder! / The Skin Game / Rich and Strange) (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Arabian Nights (1942)

Going My Way (1944)

The Gene Autry Collection: Gold Mine in the Sky (1938)

The Gene Autry Collection: Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

A Summer Place (1959)

The Heiress (1949)

The Clock (1945)

Miracle in the Rain (1956)

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Cheboygan Envy

The Opera House in Cheboygan, Michigan will be showing Ziegfeld Follies as part of its Classic Film Series, according to the Cheboygan Tribune.

Ziegfeld Follies is one of the great classic musicals starring some major heavy hitters from classic film: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, William Powell, Lena Horne, and Cyd Charisse - just to name a few.

If you live in the Cheboygan area, this is a great opportunity to see a fantastic classic musical on the big screen - a rare treat. The film will be showing this Saturday at 2:30pm

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Classic Style Magazine

For those who are perpetually stuck in the 1930s and 40s, a new magazine is pandering to your lifestyle. Classic Style launched last month and features articles on fashion, home style, Hollywood hot spots, and the inspiration of classic film on modern moviemakers.

Their website also features an online store with a few great books and unique treasures. Hopefully, we'll see more from this shop in the future.

The mag has also launched a message board, Fedora Lounge, but good luck becoming a member if you don't have an email address that you've paid for. Registration is prohibited for email addresses originating from such popular providers as Gmail and Hotmail.

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TCM Picks for the week of 2/5/07

Monday, February 5, 2007

Sunset Boulevard 12:00pm
The Maltese Falcon 9:30pm

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Barefoot Contessa 10:15am
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 2:15pm

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 3pm

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Goodbye Mr. Chips 1:45pm
The Philadelphia Story 6:00pm

Friday, February 9, 2007

The Caddy 9:30am

Saturday, February 10, 2007

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 8pm
Only Angels Have Wings 12:45pm

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 3pm
The Absent Minded Professor 8pm
Wonder Man 12:30am

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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Classic Movie Roundup 2/3/07

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Friday, February 2, 2007

TCM Shows Fashionable Films on the Opening Day of New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week begins today, and tonight's TCM lineup includes two very fashionable films.

8pm Cover Girl (1944) Rita Hayworth gets a shot at fame when she is featured on the cover of a prestigious fashion glossy, but it puts her relationship with Gene Kelly to the test.

10 pm Funny Face Audrey Hepburn is a reluctant fashion model wooed by fashion photographer Fred Astaire. Recently, Gap released a commercial featuring footage of a dance scene from this film.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Turner Classic Movies Begins 31 Days of Oscar

It's an annual thing. Every year, just before the broadcast of the Academy Awards, TCM celebrates vintage Oscar winners and nominees with their 31 Days of Oscar.

Today, the 2007 flashbacks begin with three nominees for Best Director.

8pm The High and the Mighty (1954) is an airplane movie starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Laraine Day. Directed by William A. Wellman

10:30pm The 1966 Western flick, The Professionals, features film greats Burt Lancaster and Jack Palance. Directed by Richard Brooks.

12:30 am Set your DVR for the axiomatically-titledDetective Story(1951), starring Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker. Directed by William Wyler.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Looking Ahead to the Vintage Inspirations of New York Fashion Week has a great section about inspirations fashion designers used for the collections they will be showing at New York Fashion Week beginning on Friday. Here are some lines that classic film aficionados can look forward to:

Jackie Rogers
Saturday, February 3 at 5 p.m.

"My Fall 2007 collection, After the Deluge, reflects the simplicity of the Bauhaus period in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Because my clothes are cut on the bias and off-grain, they exude sexuality and sensuality.

Venexiana by Kati Stern
Saturday, February 3 at 9 p.m.

"The collection exudes the romantic elegance of old-world Hollywood glamour."

Tuesday, February 6 at 9 a.m.

"Tibi's Fall 2007 collection is French-inspired, with heavy references to twenties Paris—a modern take on slim skirts, drop-waist dresses, and boxy jackets. The look is elegant and overly flirty juxtaposed with a relaxed and tomboy attitude…think Amelia Earhart playing dress-up."

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Tuesday, February 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"I'm reinterpreting the glamour of the fifties in a very youthful manner appropriate for the modern day."

Jayson Brundson
Thursday, February 8 at 9 p.m.

"The twenties and thirties glamour. Art Deco and Tamara de Lempicka's cubist paintings."

Friday, February 9 at 12 p.m.

"We've focused on two golden eras of the twentieth century: Charleston flapper fashion for women and the optimistic late 1950's for the men's collection."
Chris Benz
Monday, February 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"The collection is inspired by twenties reckless youth and the ageless tomboys Elettra Wiedemann, Loulou de la Falaise, and Patti Smith."

Pegah Anvarian
Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

"I rethought the image of the modern femme fatale, exploring and juxtaposing both her lighter and darker sides. The designs emanate a distinct radiance and a thoughtful amalgamation of texture, color, function, and form."

Tuesday, February 6 at 9 p.m.

"Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd."

Malan Breton
Friday, February 9 at 9 a.m.

"Gaudí meets Elizabeth Taylor in a Gershwin musical circa 1957."

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