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Movie Heaven, Courtesy Of TCM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 16, 2014 3:51 PM
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  • 6 Comments
I’m still recovering from the fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. I don’t experience it as most people do, since I work throughout the weekend, but I have as good a time as the attendees, who come from far and wide and spend the entire time beaming.

The Lion Roars—For Short Subjects

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 8, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • 11 Comments
("Gypsy Night"—1935) Warner Archive has made my life a bit easier by collecting 36 MGM one- and two-reelers in a three-disc DVD set called "Classic Shorts from the Dream Factory Volume 2 (1929-1946)."

More John Ford? Never Enough!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 22, 2013 3:17 PM
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When TCM asked if I would provide on-camera thoughts for a DVD set of five John Ford films made for Columbia Pictures, I happily said yes.

Casting Directors Take The Spotlight

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 1, 2013 12:00 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the formation of a Casting Directors’ branch, just as HBO is set to debut Tom Donahue’s outstanding documentary "Casting By" on Monday, August 5.

Movie-Buff Heaven: The TCM Classic Film Festival

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2013 10:39 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Another edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival has wrapped in Hollywood, and I had a great time hosting a variety of events, as a backup to the channel’s stalwarts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, and meeting a vast number of dedicated movie fans from all parts of the country.

ON THE ROAD FOR TCM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2013 4:07 PM
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  • 2 Comments
For the second year, I’ve been asked to host two evenings in Turner Classic Movies’ “Road to Hollywood ” series—last week with Jane Powell in Cambridge, Massachusetts and this week with Mitzi Gaynor in Chicago. Need I add that it’s been great fun?

Classic Animation In Prime Time

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
When I was growing up, TV was a living museum of animation. Every day I was exposed to everything from silent Terrytoons to Looney Tunes from Warner Bros. I learned the name Ub Iwerks from the main titles of Flip the Frog and Willie Whopper shorts I saw every morning, and became familiar with such now-forgotten characters as Molly Moo Cow. What’s more, Walt Disney and Walter Lantz showed me how animated films were made on their weekly shows.

The True King Of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 5 Comments
The first movie book I ever read was Mack Sennett’s autobiography 'King of Comedy', borrowed from my local library. I’ve bristled ever since when other people have claimed that title, but Turner Classic Movies is setting things right by devoting four Thursdays in September to Sennett films.

Feasting On The TCM Fest

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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There were so many films, panels, and guests at the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past weekend that it was impossible to take it all in. Since I hosted ten events over the course of the weekend, I missed out on Kim Novak’s conversation with Robert Osborne and her hand-and-footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, among other highlights, but I still had plenty of great experiences, beginning on the red carpet opening night.

On The Road For TCM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 9, 2012 4:25 PM
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As the folks at Turner Classic Movies gear up for their third Classic Film Festival this week in Hollywood, they’re also completing a ten-city “road trip.” I was pleased to host two of these events, with Tippi Hedren in Minneapolis and Jane Powell in Denver. What fun! (TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz handled most of the evenings, held in vintage movie houses around the country.)

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