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TCM brings you a film festival, an iphone app and Alec Baldwin (again)


Check out Gladiator on 31 Days of Oscar

Ask not what you can do for TCM, but what TCM can do for you.  For the next several months, the Atlanta-based, fan-savvy classic movie network is going to charm its fans in much the same way Clark Cable charmed Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night.  We may coyly string a sheet up, but TCM will flash it's debonair smile and we'll realize resistance is futile when it comes to this hardworking and engaging network.

This month TCM brings back an oldie but goodie (it's what it specializes in, after all) and it also offers up a little something new for its fans to play with.  On Feb 1st, TCM's 31 Days of Oscar began with a little Kevin Bacon action in Only When I Laugh (1981).  TCM will continue to show Oscar-worthy films until March 3rd, when it will end much the way it began, with Kevin Bacon in Diner (1982).  2010 marks the 16th year of 31 Days of Oscar and TCM legend Robert Osborne will host the event.  This year, TCM will screen 22 films new to the network, including Gladiator (2000), Titanic (1997), A Room with a View (1985) and Alien (1979).  Check out the official site for the full programming schedule. 

Also this month, TCM is debuting its smart phone Turner Classic Movies app.  The iTunes app ($2.99) was noiselessly kicked off last month and this month will usher out the app for Blackberry and Android devices.  As Atlanta Magazine reports, the application offers up classic movie fans "TCM's complete 24-hour schedule, a film database, movie clips, trailers, promos, trivia and TCM's critically acclaimed daily MovieMorlocks blogs devoted to the geekiest of cinemaphiles".  Now classic movie fans can have the means for the perfect trivia night, right in the palm of their hand.  And hopefully their friends will one day forgive TCM for those very same trivia nights. 

TCM continues to build star power for its first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival on April 22-25th.  Actress Luise Rainer, filmmaker Jerry Lewis and director/producer Norman Lloyd have all recently joined classic film celebrities such as Mel Brooks, Jon Voight, Martin Landau, and Tony Curtis.  Many more are slated to appear during the festival and you can find a list of the special events here at the Turner Newsroom

Last but certainly not least in TCM news, it has been announced that Alec Baldwin will return to co-host TCM's Essentials with Robert Osborne this year.  The season will kick off on March 6th with A Street Car Named Desire (1951) and will be followed that night by Saturday Night Fever (1977).  The rest of the month will go as follows: March 13 - White Heat (1949), March 20 - Lawrence of Arabia (1962), March 27 - Gigi (1958).  You can check out the full schedule at The Essentials site. 

Now if that isn't clever courting, I don't know what is.  Even Alec Baldwin would agree.

For more info: Check out the TCM site here.


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