Turner Classic Movies today announced it will honor iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony in the courtyard of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre Imax® in Hollywood during the 13th TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 22.
In addition, the third Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin.
Festival passes for the annual event are currently on sale, with Early Bird pricing in place until December 10th.
In conjunction with the honors at the event, Maltin will introduce a screening of Counsellor at Law (1933) starring John Barrymore during the festival. Fans can also enjoy screenings of newly announced titles – After the Thin Man (1936), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), Force of Evil (1948), Baby Face (1933), and The Slender Thread (1965).
“I am thrilled that the TCM Classic Film Festival will be returning to Hollywood in 2022 and that we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate these two legitimate legends in-person,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Lily Tomlin’s work has endured for decades because she brings a consistent joyous authenticity and richness to every character she plays. She pulls it off whether she’s performing sketch comedy on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; working inside an ensemble cast in Robert Altman’s Nashville; trying to sneak a dead body out of a hospital with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in 9 to 5; reinventing herself in Grace and Frankie; or breaking new ground in her innovative one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” Mankiewicz said. “And Leonard Maltin continues to be an indispensable source of film knowledge. His books were IMDB and Wikipedia in a pre-internet age. If you didn’t have a copy – or six – of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, you weren’t a serious film buff. He made information about movies accessible and compelling to millions of fans. I know because I was one.”
Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight-time Emmy® and two-time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage.
This marks the tenth year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.
Tomlin and Maltin were announced to receive these honors at the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic. To learn more, please visit tcm.com/festival.
Here is her opening medley of holiday songs. Miss Ross, now 77, just released her first new album in many years. She has a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist. She was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Joni Mitchell, opera singer Justino Diaz and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels were celebrated with tributes and performances at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors. The event was held at the performing arts centre’s Opera House, where U.S. President Joe Biden and the first lady were in attendance. The special broadcast will air Dec. 22.
Let’s face it, one of the most hilarious parts of Ugly Betty was the chemistry between the characters played by Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie. They were magic together diva fashion magazine editor Wilhelmina Slater and her equally diva-like assistant Marc St. James. I never knew this story that Urie shared last week on The Drew Barrymore Show about how Urie was instanty elevated to cast regular and went on to be in every episode of the series because of the chemistry he and Williams created. The actor also talked to Drew about his new Netflix gay holiday rom-com to Single All the Way in which he works with Jennifer Coolidge.
We can never forget the dazzling Eartha Kitt and her signature song.
The sexiest Catwoman of them all performed Santa Baby throughout her long career and before one of her performances she once cracked: “I used to have a lot of fun with this song … then MADONNA sang it!”
It’s true, there has been many versions of this song over the years – good ones too – but let’s face it, she sings it better than anyone ever will.
She absolutely owns it!
Eartha may be most famous for playing Catwoman on the Batman TV series but she had a singing and acting career than spanned 60 years on Broadway, television, films and nightclubs.
She died in 2008 but her work lives on – especially this, her sexy signature song.
The sitcom I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, was a ratings powerhouse in the 1950s, and a perpetual hit in reruns ever since. To mark the series’ 70th anniversary, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Jim Axelrod looks back at the making of a TV classic. He talks with granddaughter Kate Luckinbill, head of creative direction at the production company Desilu; visits the Lucy-Desi Museum and the National Comedy Center, both in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, N.Y.; and sits down with Darin Strauss, author of “The Queen of Tuesday,” a novel inspired by Ball.
Starring as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem felt intense pressure playing two of the most famous people in television history. Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with Kidman and Bardem, and with co-stars J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda, about the challenges of recreating the cast of “I Love Lucy” in Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, which goes behind the scenes of a trailblazing career couple.
Today we shine a spotlight on one of the most memorable songs from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Early in the show, Todd enters a meat pie shop on Fleet Street, where the owner, Mrs. Lovett, laments about the scarcity of meat.
In “Finishing the Hat,” Stephen Sondheim wrote: “‘The Worst Pies in London’ illustrates as well as any other song in this book the second principle of my mantra: Content Dictates Form. Mrs. Lovett is not only a chatterbox, she is a glitteringly disorganized one…The mercurial eruptive quality of her scatterbrained chatter calls for an irregular song form, something that feels closer to rapid recitative than to song.”
Angela Lansbury won her fourth Tony for originating the role on Broadway. Decades later Patti LuPone was n dominated for her performance in the Broadway revival.
Here are the versions sung by those two legends plus other big names giving it a go.
It’s been really fun highlighting a different Stephen Sondheim song on the blog in the week since the great Broadway legend’s death. He has such a rich songbook that I am going to be doing a weekly Sondheim Sunday feature moving forward replacing Showtune Sunday – for now.
With 68 words sung in a total of 11 seconds, Getting Married Today is notable for being one of the fastest songs in Broadway history.
The patter song from the musical Company is sung by the manic Amy, as the thought of marriage sends her into a panic on the day of her wedding.
Beth Howland originated the role on Broadway and we see her below as well as versions from Madeline Kahn, Carol Burnett (hilarious), Julie Andrews, Darren Criss and even one from the TV show Glee.