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20 incredible reasons to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival

Robert Osbourne and Debbie Reynolds at last year's fest.
Robert Osbourne and Debbie Reynolds at last year's fest.
TCM Classic Film Festival

I've attended a lot of film festivals—sat in the dark from 8 a.m. to midnight over a period of two weeks—come out like a zombie. Been to Toronto, Puerto Rico, Austin, Chicago, China—film festivals all over the world in all kinds of places. I've been to specialized festivals, like the Polish Film Festival, the Vampire Film Festival, Outfest and others. I love movies, and love the experience of going to watch them in a big theater on a big screen.

Nothing is more fun than the line-up for this festival.

Not only does this mix all kind of classics and allow people to see them like it was meant to be seen, but the movies are being played on some of the best movie screens in the world, like the Egyptian and Chinese Theaters.

Not only that, but people who were in, or were responsible behind-the-scenes, are planning to speak to the audience and give some insights to the making of the films.

Celebs such as Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss,filmmaker William Friedkin, producer and composer Quincy Jones, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, songwriter/composer Richard Sherman, composer Carl Davis. are scheduled to attend.

Located in the historic lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (where the first Academy Awards were held in the ballroom), Club TCM will feature a remarkable slate that includes live interviews with classic film stars, filmmakers and craftspeople; exhibits of movie-inspired artwork and Hollywood artifacts; discussions with film critics and movie experts and special events marking TCM's 20th Anniversary.

The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival is set to take place Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13, in Hollywood.

There will also be presentations as Judy Garland: A Legendary Film Career, with author John Fricke; Mom and the Movies, with film critic Richard Corliss launching his brand new book; Hollywood Home Movies from the Academy Film Archive, featuring several special guests; and 20 Years of TCM On-Air.

It's the 20th anniversary of TCM so review the at-least 20 incredible reasons that I think you should check this out!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is available in more than 85 million homes. It is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. The theme is Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind. The four-day festival will showcase on-screen clans of all types – big and small, happy and imperfect, musical and dramatic.

Has your family ever seen The Wizard of Oz on the big screen? It's truly magical. Have you ever seen Freaks that has been banned across the world when it first came out? Did you know that the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was filmed locally (a lot of it was!)

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Wizard of Oz
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Wizard of Oz

Yes, you can see the big storks in the background as Dorothy heads to Oz along the Yellow Brick Road that someone started as a rumor of someone hanging himself (not true.)

You've not seen this masterpiece, if you've never seen it on the big screen. Take the whole family.


With the 75th anniversary restoration of MGM’s first truly great musical, the year was also known as one of the best years in movie history.

Remember watching it every year on TV? Now you can see it in IMAX® 3D.

American Graffiti
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American Graffiti

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) marked a generation of actors and filmmaking.

Join Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat in the Q & A as they present this coming-of-age classic asking, “Where were you in ’62?”

This movie helped launch the careers of future Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, along with Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford and Suzanne Somers.

Dreyfuss will be around for other films and appearances throughout the festival.

Blazing Saddles
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Blazing Saddles

BLAZING SADDLES (1974) is one of the funniest movies ever made, and it's a send-up of Hollywood as well as movie making.

Mel Brooks will be on hand to talk about his classic that is now two decades old (that's 40 years!)

The cowboy bean scene will have you in hysterics if you don't remember it.

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If you saw ERASERHEAD (1977) in a movie theater and didn't walk out when it first aired, then you were either unable to because you were incapacitated for some reason, or you were a true film fan, willing to sit through anything.

David Lynch lives just up the hill from the festival (he is a neighbor), so maybe he'll drop in to this midnight screening that actor Patton Oswalt (a great comedian) will host.

It was Lynch's student film that he started while studying at the American Film Institute, which provided some of the $100,000 budget.

It is the calling card, though that Mel Brooks used to hire Lynch for "The Elephant Man."

Fiddler on the Roof
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Fiddler on the Roof

It's a long movie, but FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971) is a classic, and another movie to show the entire family on the big screen.

Norman Jewison will be on hand to talk about it, as well as John Williams, who has more Oscars than anyone else alive, and they'll discuss making the movie after the screening.

You'll be singing "If I Were a Rich Man" down the aisles . . .

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One of the most chilling and most hard-to-find movie ever made, FREAKS (1932) was done by creative director
Tod Browning who went on to make the Bride of Frankenstein.

The movie was horrifying because it used actual pinheads, and the Caterpillar Man and Johnny Eck, the half-man, all as major characters in the film. The movie was banned and lost money, but is now in a cult status like no other.

Dana Gould will host the screening.

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A new Godzilla is on the way in the movie theaters this summer, but all the more reason to explore the original: GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (1954).

This one had to have an American actor Raymond Burr put in the original Japanese movie, so that audiences here would find it more palatable.

It's a classic however, and Gareth Edwards, Eddy von Mueller and Bruce Goldstein will host the screening.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

One of the most significant scenes at the end of the movie was shot just a mile from where this screening is taking place of the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956).

Many scenes were shot nearby and around town, but that last scene was on the Mulholland Bridge over the freeway in the Cahuenga Pass.

The sci-fi classic was created for only half a million dollars with only $15 grand for the special effects budget.

None of the remakes compare to the original, and actor director Joe Dante is hosting the screening.

Mary Poppins
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Mary Poppins

Another family classic that the children should definitely see on the big screen, MARY POPPINS (1964) was my first movie in the theater, and I will never forget it.

If your children have seen the recent Saving Mr. Banks (2013) about the making of the movie, now they need to see the real thing with Julie Andrews as the title character and Dick Van Dyke as the chimney sweep.

It earned 13 Oscar nominations, a record for Disney that still stands and five Oscar wins—for Best Actress, Editing, Special Effects, Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Score—it’s his most successful film with the Academy.

Composer Richard Sherman will answer questions.

Mr. Holland's Opus
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Mr. Holland's Opus

Not only was a lot of this movie shot locally, but now the charity that sprang up because of it is based in Studio City, Calif. MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS (1995) was a great comeback for Richard Dreyfuss, who won his Oscar for the Goodbye Girl in 1977 but didn't land another great role until this one.

Richard Dreyfuss will be on hand to present the film.

Stars all around!
Stars all around! TCM Classic Film Festival

Stars all around!

The TCM Classic Film Festival has featured appearances by celebrities this year such as:

Jim Abrahams, Julie Andrews, John Badham, Rick Baker, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Ned Beatty, Warren Beatty, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Theodore Bikel, Ann Blyth, Peter Bogdanovich, John Boorman, Ernest Borgnine, Mel Brooks, Kevin Brownlow, “Baby Peggy” Diana Serra Cary, Leslie Caron, John Carpenter, George Chakiris, Marge Champion, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Stanley Donen, Illeana Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Robert Evans, Rhonda Fleming, Jane Fonda, Betty Garrett, Mitzi Gaynor, Ginnifer Goodwin, Coleen Gray, Joel Grey, Peter Guber, Marsha Hunt, Tab Hunter, Anjelica Huston, Chris Isaak, Norman Jewison, Susan Kohner, Martin Landau, John Landis, Angela Lansbury, Norman Lloyd, A.C. Lyles, Lulu, Leonard Maltin, Rob Marshall, Jerry Mathers, Albert Maysles, Malcolm McDowell, Hayley Mills, Liza Minnelli, Walter Mirisch, Juanita Moore, Marni Nixon, Kim Novak, France Nuyen, Nancy Olson, Peter O’Toole, Ron Perlman, Jane Powell, Luise Rainer, Brett Ratner, Burt Reynolds, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Richard Roundtree, Barbara Rush, Eva Marie Saint, Julian Sands, Thelma Schoonmaker, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra, Robert Towne, Robert Townsend, Jon Voight, Max Von Sydow, Robert Wagner, Eli Wallach, Haskell Wexler, Esther Williams, Jane Withers, Debra Winger, Michael York, David Zucker and many others.

The Nutty Professor
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The Nutty Professor

It will be a classic moment to see Jerry Lewis present his all-time great film THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963), which was also his fourth directing experience.

It became the highest grossing movie to date (and not just in France), and catapulted Lewis to status like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton for his goofy slapstick and comic persona.

This is a Jekyll/Hyde story that Eddie Murphy took on later, and it's another fun family film.

Music Man
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Music Man

Your children have either been in or seen the school play based on this Broadway musical, and then came the movie, so now they can see THE MUSIC MAN (1962) on the big screen.

Robert Preston is the music man con man who swings into town and the cast includes Ron Howard, Buddy Hackett and Hermione Gingold. With memorable songs such as “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” it's sure to be a good time for the whole family.

This is Spinal Tap
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This is Spinal Tap

Did you ever wonder where the mock-umentary started? Well, this is it! THIS IS SPINAL TAP was a predecessor to movies of its kind that has made people laugh for generations.

This is also the beginnings of Christopher Guest's brilliant ensemble that created movies like Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and The Mighty Wind. Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner were involved with this along with Fred Willard, Paul Shaffer, Billy Crystal and Anjelica Huston. They were encouraged to improvise, and they were brilliant.

Rob Reiner will be at the screening.

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Alex Trebek from Studio City will present the haunting British hero story ZULU (1964).

The battle scenes are epic and disturbing. It is great on the big screen.

The theme for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will be Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind. Throughout the four-day lineup, the festival will showcase on-screen clans of all types – big and small, happy and imperfect, musical and dramatic. In addition, the festival will spotlight the first families of Hollywood and the filmmaking dynasties that have entertained generations. And it will explore the kinship that connects close-knit groups of professionals behind the camera, such as the stock companies of classic Hollywood.

Some of the best theaters in the world
Some of the best theaters in the world TCM Classic Film Festival

Some of the best theaters in the world

The venues where the screenings are shown will be at some of the most famous and most notable movie screens in the world.

The Egyptian Theatre and down the block, the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX are classics in not just the history, but the architecture of the buildings.

The Chinese has 916 seats and is known for the footprints out in the front cemented into the walkway as the mastermind of showman Sid Grauman.

Built the same year as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, directly across the street, the Chinese Theater opened with the Cecil B. DeMille silent epic, The King of Kings and continues today to be a sought after venue for Hollywood premieres and special events.

There's no better place to see some of these classic films.

Ben Burtt and behind the scenes experts
Ben Burtt and behind the scenes experts TCM Classic Film Festival

Ben Burtt and behind the scenes experts

It is just not the people in front of the screen but the people behind the scenes are featured at the festival, too.

Ben Burtt is a writer, director, film editor, sound designer and sound mixer and for 30 years has been involved in some of the icons of film such as Star Wars (1977) and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); he won Oscars for Sound Effects Editing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also has earned nominations in the Sound category for Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; in Sound Effects Editing for Return of the Jedi, Willow (1988) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999); and in Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for WALL-E (2008). He recently did the sound design for Lincoln (2012) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

His talk will be enlightening!

Jerry Lewis gets his handprints cemented
Jerry Lewis gets his handprints cemented TCM Classic Film Festival

Jerry Lewis gets his handprints cemented

There is a special series of Conversations with stars such as Carl Davis, Quincy Jones, William Friedkin, Richard Dreyfuss and many others. The conversations are opened to the public and the public can jump in and ask questions, too.

It's a participatory festival for all with events like this.

Also see Jerry Lewis get his handprints put in the Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese Theatre on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Jane Seymour and others interviewed
Jane Seymour and others interviewed TCM Classic Film Festival

Jane Seymour and others interviewed

Host Robert Osborne will be joined by actresses Kim Novak and Jane Seymour, as well as actor/playwright Charles Busch and others.

Also Novak and Seymour are among the artists featured as part of this exclusive display celebrating what inspires them about classic film.

They will join Osborne onstage to talk about their work on Friday, April 11.

Kim Novak and others show art
Kim Novak and others show art TCM Classic Film Festival

Kim Novak and others show art

Artwork from the stars will be featured by well-known personalities such as Tony Bennett, Manolo Blahnik, Charles Busch, Jules Feiffer, Joel Grey, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Kim Novak, Todd Oldham, Jane Seymour and Burt Young.

Novak, Seymour and Busch will appear at Club TCM to discuss their inspirations.

Maybe Novak will be talking about her Oscar appearance, too.

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