TCM Classic Film Festival adds Angela Lansbury, Rita Moreno & Billy Dee Williams

I’m a huge fan film so imagine my pleasure when I learned that the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival has added Angela Lansbury, Rita Moreno and Billy Dee Williams to the the lineup! The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) 7th Annual festival is from April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood and has a lineup that will appeal to any film lover.

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  • Beloved Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Angela Lansburyjoins the festival with a screening and conversation of The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the combination satire and political thriller.

 

  • Oscar winning actress and singer Rita Moreno will introduce a 60thanniversary screening of the cherished musical The King and I (1956).

 

  • Emmy nominee Billy Dee Williams will present a screening of Brian’s Song (1971), the true story of friendship between Chicago Bears’ player Gale Sayers (Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan).

 

  • Investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, Oscar winning director/ screenwriter Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), along with Oscar Winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight), join the festivities for opening night’s 40thAnniversary screening of the political thriller All The President’s Men (1976).

 

I’ve added to my calendar the Club TCM Dogs in Film with Lassie, Marley (Marley & Me & the original Stella (Modern Family) so plan to get my ‘bark’ on <ahem> lively discussion with the trainers of our beloved animal thespians.

 

Club TCM, the central gathering point for festival passholders located in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, will feature a remarkable slate that includes:

 

  • Man’s Best Friend: Dogs in Film.” Movie icons are stars that evoke an immediate emotional response, and Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Old Yeller, Benji and Beethoven are right up there with the best of the two-legged variety.  Join Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as he shares stills and clips from the Academy’s collections of dogs in movie history, and then interviewsthree of Canine Cinema’s biggest stars during a rare public appearance. Meet Clyde of Marley & Me (2008), Brigitte, the original Stella from Modern Family and the latest Lassie.

 

  • “From Headlines to Ticket Lines” a panel discussion with director James Vanderbilt (Truth), Oscar winning writer Josh Singer (Spotlight), broadcast news producer and author Mary Mapes and print journalist/editor Ben Bradlee, Jr. about the challenges of dramatizing the work of journalists for the screen.

 

Previously announced events and appearances for the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival include a handprint-footprint ceremony to honor acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. John Singleton for the 25th anniversary screening of his coming-of-age classic Boyz N The Hood (1991), Carl Reiner with an extended conversation and screening of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) Elliott Gould with screenings of his Golden Globe nominated performance in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and Eva Marie Saint who will be on hand to introduce a screening of the political comedy The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966).  Actor Stacy Keach will be discussing John Huston’s gritty look at the world of small-time boxing in Fat City (1972) and French actress Anna Karina will be introducing Band of Outsiders (1964), Jean-Luc Godard’s riff on gangster films.

 

Complete bios for each of the artists appearing at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival can be found at the festival’s website: filmfestival.tcm.com

 

2016 TCM Classic Film Festival – Newly Added Films

 

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Featuring an appearance and conversation with Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury stars as a one of the screen’s great villains—a mother with amoral political ambitions and a smothering obsession with her son (played by Laurence Harvey)—in this combination satire and political thriller about brainwashed U.S. soldiers sent home as sleeper agents.

 

Brian’s Song (1971) Featuring an appearance and conversation with Billy Dee Williams

Hailed by many as the greatest football film every made, this classic television movie draws on the memoirs of Chicago Bears’ Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) to depict his friendship with fellow player Brian Piccolo (James Caan), who lost his life to cancer after a valiant struggle.

 

 

About the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

 

For the seventh consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2016 festival is set to take place Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2016. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

 

TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewiczintroducing various events. The festival’s official hotel and central gathering point for the sixth consecutive year will be The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, as well as other Hollywood venues.

 

Description of the 2016 festival theme Moving Pictures:

The magic of movies isn’t just motion, it’s emotion.  As we watch cinematic stories play out, they feel like our own.  In 2016, the TCM Classic Film Festival explores MOVING PICTURES—the ones that bring us to tears, rouse us to action, inspire us, even project us to a higher plane.  In the heart of historic Hollywood we’ll gather to share the big-time emotions of big screen stories, from coming-of-age pictures to terminal tearjerkers, from powerful sports dramas we feel in our bones to religious epics that elevate our spirits.  These are the films that that set our love of cinema in motion.

 

 

Festival Passes

 

Passes for the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival are on sale now. Fans are able to purchase them through the TCM Classic Film Festival website. Asthe number of passes available is limited, fans are encouraged to purchase their passes as soon as possible.

 

The “Spotlight” Festival Pass: $1,649 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” and “Essential” passholders, priority entry to all screening events; plus entry to the exclusive opening-night party following the red-carpet gala screening at TCL Chinese Theatre; meet-and-greet events with TCM friends, including Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz; and a limited edition TCM Classic Film Festival poster.

 

The “Essential” Festival Pass: $749 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red-carpet gala screening at TCL Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles.

 

The “Classic” Festival Pass: $599 – Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1 (does not include admittance to the opening-night red-carpet gala screening at TCL Chinese Theatre or the opening-night party); access to all Club TCM events, panels and poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; an opening-night welcome reception at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; and the closing-night event.

 

The “Palace” Festival Pass: $299 – Includes access to all screenings and events at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (excluding the opening-night red-carpet gala) and the Egyptian Theatre Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, as well as poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

 

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

 

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 22nd year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Sally Field, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

 

TCM is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 

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Star Wars Rebels has Lando Calrissian aka Billy Dee Williams

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Billy Dee Williams returns as smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian in an all-new Star Wars Rebelsepisode, “Idiot’s Array!”

Billy Dee Williams returns as smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian in an all-new Star Wars Rebels episode, “Idiot’s Array!”

I will not lie .. my black geek god is starring on tonight’s Star Wars Rebels and Billy Dee Williams (link to YouTube interview) returns as smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian in an all-new Star Wars Rebels episode, “Idiot’s Array!” So you know I’m going to not only watch but record for posterity!

I remember the excitement as a kid seeing him in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and just shivering. My grandmother LOVED him and thought he was the most debonair sexy man ever. As a kid I appreciated his voice of honey (smooth, deep rich timbre) and his rich melanin tone. I think he was one of the first black people in a Sci Fi movie I’d seen (other than Star Trek). I swear my dad and I talked about WHY no people of color could be found in Sci Fi movies. Did all the writers and casting agents assume in the future their would be some huge race war and all the ‘colords’ lost so were sent to either a reservation or killed off???  Now as much as I love Star Wars (if you know me you KNOW I love Star Wars ALOT in a crazy fan stalker way) when Lando turned out to be a bit of a villain .. well didn’t like that. But he did redeem himself and his motivation was out of love for his citizens to keep them safe but … who can remain mad at Lando? He had major swag before I even knew the word, had a cool cape that he wore with aplomb AND he was black!

I’m super excited that Star Wars Rebels has his iconic character as a guest tonight. I’m hoping he’ll be back to reprise his role AND that he’s a good guy!

How do you like your Lando? A devil may care wastrel or a good guy on the side of the Jedi Rebels? Leave a comment below!