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TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off tonight with “Cabaret” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre!

Okay, I’m about to embark on four days at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

Next to Outfest in the summer, this is my favorite film festival all year.

It is four days of movie magic!

I have so many memories from the two previous years including Debbie Reynolds holding court at last year’s screening of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tab Hunter chatting with us after a screening of Damn Yankees, and riding in the elevator with Alec Baldwin on our way to a screening of All About Eve.

Seeing all these classic movies on the big screens of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theater is really like seeing them for the first time.

This year’s festival kicks off with a screening of Cabaret with the Oscar winning star of the movie, Miss Liza Minnelli herself, in attendance.

My press credential doesn’t get me into that movie but I am going to cover the red carpet arrivals. If I can’t get into Cabaret then I’ll catch either High Society or Sullivan’s Travels which are also screening.

Friday is going to be a blast. It’s always extra-special when one of the stars from a classic film are on hand to introduce it or to do a Q&A. I’m going to catch Elmer Gantry at the Egyptian and Shirley Jones, who won an Oscar for her performance in the film, will be there. Then it’s over to Grauman’s to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which will be introduced by Kirk Douglas! That will be followed at Grauman’s by Vertigo and, wonderfully, the rarely seen Kim Novak will be in attendance. If I still have any steam left, I’ll be capping the night off with Chinatown at Grauman’s.

I’m still figuring out my Saturday schedule but I know it will include a Saturday screening of Singin’ in the Rain at Grauman’s and we will be treated to an appearance by the legendary Debbie Reynolds. I’m hoping to do these four films on Sunday: How the West Was Won at the Cinerama Dome (We get to see Debbie Reynolds again!); The Grapes of Wrath at Chinese 6; Rio Bravo followed by Annie Hall at Grauman’s. Then, it’s the closing night party at the Roosevelt Hotel!

Okay, that’s my schedule. Got to the festival’s website and make your own! Other films screening at the festival include Young Frankenstein, The Searchers, The Thomas Crown Affair, Auntie Mame, Wings, Bringing Up Baby, Love Story, Funny Face, Two For the Road, Casablanca, The Longest Day, To Catch a Thief and Rosemary’s Baby, among many others.

Here are clips from some of the movies screening during the festival:





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  1. Do you know whether or not it’s a coincidence that Joel Grey’s 80th birthday was yesterday?

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