2013 is drawing to a close and TCM is ending the year in style! If you like musicals, this is your kind of month. First of all, Fred Astaire is December’s Star of the Month! So put on your dancing shoes every Wednesday night and get ready for lots of fabulous dance scenes. On December 18, there will be a tribute to Betty Comden and Adolph Green so there will be a lot of excellent musicals on during the day. New Year’s Eve will also be very musical with rock and roll oriented movies during the day and the That’s Entertainment! series playing all night long.
This theme for December’s edition of Friday Night Spotlight is The Hollywood Costume, which is curated by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis. If you enjoyed participating in or reading posts from the Fashion in Film Blogathon, I’m sure you’re going to love this series.
Remember how last month I said that the Story of Film series was finishing up? Yeah, I have no idea what I was thinking when I said that. It definitely ends this month. I apologize for my mistake.
Since it’s December, there will be lots of classic Christmas movies to look forward to. On December 30th, TCM will also be honoring some stars we lost in 2012 but were not already honored with special tributes including Deanna Durbin, Annette Funicello, and Karen Black.
So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the schedule…
Happy November, everyone! As always, there are plenty of wonderful movies to look forward to on TCM, but it’s going to be a little bit of a quiet month. But considering that the past few months on TCM have been extremely busy between Summer Under the Stars, the Story of Film series, and all the classic horror movies for Halloween, I know I need a lull in the action so I can have time to catch up on some of the things I’ve recorded.
The Story of Film series isn’t quite over yet, it will finish up this month. But instead of it being on Monday and Tuesday nights, it will only be on Monday nights this month.
The Story of Film series is heading into the modern era and that may be of less interest to some of you, but fear not! There are still some gems from the earlier days of film to look forward to. On November 17 and 24, TCM will be showing Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive during Silent Sunday Nights. The movies featured on these nights are films that were thought to be lost until they were found in a film archive in New Zealand a few years ago. Some of the films that will be featured include 1927′s Upstream, directed by John Ford, and 1924′s The White Shadow, which is the earliest existing film to credit Alfred Hitchcock (he was its assistant director, writer, art director, and editor.)
November’s Friday Night Spotlight is going to be very fun with a showcase of classic screwball comedies. Plus we get Burt Lancaster as Star of the Month; his work will be featured every Wednesday night.
Now, let’s get to the rest of the schedule…
Happy October, everyone! I hope you’re ready for plenty of classic horror movies because TCM is going all out for Halloween this year. Not only will Friday Night Spotlight be all about classic horror movies, we also get Vincent Price as October’s Star of the Month. Even though not every Vincent Price night focuses on horror movies, there are a couple that do, including the most important night — Halloween.
TCM’s Story of Film series will continue this month on Monday and Tuesday nights. I love having the chance to see so many of the movies discussed in the documentary so I’m really looking forward to see more from this series.
Happy September, everybody! TCM’s Summer Under the Stars may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean September is going to be a boring month. In fact, September looks like it’s going to be one of my favorite TCM months in a long time.
First of all, TCM will be kicking off their major Story of Film series. Not only will they be showing Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film — An Odyssey documentary series on Monday and Tuesday nights, but TCM will also be playing many films featured in the documentary. This reminds me a bit of the programming TCM did when they had their Moguls and Movie Stars series back in November of 2010. However, unlike Moguls and Movie Stars, The Story of Film looks beyond the American film industry and branches into world cinema so they will be showing many films that were not discussed during Moguls and Movie Stars. Fans of silent films have good reason to be excited for this because there will be many nights focusing on the silent era. If you want to expand your knowledge of film history in general, you are not going to want to miss this series. This series will continue into October.
If you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan, you’re going to love the Sundays with Hitch series this month. Every Sunday, almost all day long, will be dedicated to none other than the Master of Suspense.
Kim Novak will be the Star of the Month. Her movies can be seen every Thursday this month.
Friday Night Spotlight also makes its return with a series called “Future Shock” hosted by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, dedicated to movies about futuristic dystopias. There are a few more modern movies in this line-up, but I can forgive that considering how many nights are dedicated to silent film this month.
It’s going to be a very busy month, so let’s take a closer look at the schedule…
Happy August, everybody! Who’s ready for another round of Summer Under the Stars? I know I am! I can’t wait to get started with this year’s round of Blogging Under the Stars and see what new-to-me movies I’ve been missing out on. I’m a big fan of a lot of the stars being featured this year so I know I’ll be having lots of fun this month.
My top ten days I’m most looking forward to: Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Ramon Novarro, Lana Turner, Catherine Deneuve, Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Charles Coburn, Clark Gable, Glenda Farrell.
Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the schedule…
Happy July, everyone! It looks like July is going to be a somewhat quiet month on TCM, but that’s okay with me since I know Summer Under the Stars is already right around the corner. This month, we have Paul Henreid as the TCM Star of the Month and you’ll be able to catch his movies every Tuesday night in July.
I’m pretty excited for July’s round of Friday Night Spotlight, which will be focused on the films of French director Francois Truffaut. If you’ve never seen a Truffaut film or haven’t seen very many of them, this is a perfect opportunity to see more of his work.
This month will also feature Carson on TCM, a series of classic Tonight Show interviews by Johnny Carson, which I’m sure is going to be very fun.
Happy June! Eleanor Parker is this month’s Star of the Month so her movies will be highlighted every Tuesday night. This month’s edition of Friday Night Spotlight will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the founder of the Film Noir Foundation, and all of his selections are film noir classics that are based on novels.
Happy May, everyone!
Rather than have just one Star of the Month for may, there will actually be several. Every Tuesday night this month, TCM will be spotlighting some of cinema’s greatest tough guys, so that includes people like Bogart, Cagney, McQueen, and Robinson, just to name a few.
Friday Night Spotlight will be back with Illeana Douglas as the guest co-host. Illeana has chosen the theme of “Second Looks.” All of the movies she’s chosen weren’t particularly well-received when they were first released, but she thinks they’re deserving of a second chance. I agree with several of her selections and since I’m all about those hidden gems, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of her other choices.
If you’re a Harold Lloyd fan, mark May 23rd on your calendar because TCM will be playing his feature movies and short films all night long, the vast majority of which have never been shown on TCM before.
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Looks like we’re in for another busy month on TCM! TCM has finally broken their long streak of making actresses the Star of the Month by giving the honor to Laurence Olivier in April.
Starting this month, every Friday night will be dedicated to a new series called Friday Night Spotlight. Each month, Robert Osborne and a different guest co-host will introduce films dealing with a particular theme. The first Friday Night Spotlight co-host is Cher, who has selected a number of movies with strong female characters, focusing on themes such as motherhood and women in the workplace each week.
If you’re a fan of TCM Underground, be sure to note that starting this month, it has been moved from Friday to Saturday nights. The 2:00 AM start time remains the same, though.
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Happy March, everyone! Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying 31 Days of Oscars, I know I have. But we already have just a few days left of that before it’s back to the standard TCM schedule. Greer Garson will be the Star of the Month for March and her movies can be seen every Monday night this month. TCM will also be shining the spotlight on director Roberto Rossellini every Friday night in March. Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the schedule:
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