Monday, July 30, 2007

TCM's Summer Under the Stars Festival

Starting Wednesday August 1st, Turner Classic Movies begins its 5th annual "Summer Under the Stars" festival. For the entire month, the cable channel suspends its regular schedule to feature entire days devoted to a single star, offering films and specials pertaining to the star of the day.

This is pure gold for classic movie fans. I remember a couple of years ago, it was a Saturday and the "star of the day" was Humphrey Bogart... my all-time favorite actor. I woke up early (as I usually do) and watched a couple of Bogie films as I got ready for the day. Since I had planned to do yard work, I got ready to head to Home Depot and/or Lowe's to pick up a few items that I would need. At 9 am, the film that gave us the line "We don't need no stinkin' badges" (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) started. As with most of Bogart's movies, I have seen "Treasure..." countless times. Even still, it was very tempting for me to kick off my shoes, plop back on the couch, and watch it again. Alas, responsibility got the best of me and I headed off to the land of home improvement. However, I made sure that my work was done by 4 pm so that I could catch the remainder of the Bogie spotlight.

This year's "Summer Under the Stars" kicks off with a day of movies starring Elizabeth Taylor and winds down on 8/31 with a 24-hour marathon devoted to former 007, Sean Connery. Some of the other stars featured during the festival include: William Holden (8/4), Jane Russell (8/7), Elvis Presley (8/16), and Kirk Douglas (8/26). Note to pjazzypar: TCM is airing one of your faves, "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers", at 4 am on the morning of 8/27 as part of the Kirk Douglas tribute.

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3 comments:

pjazzypar said...

Thanks for the heads up. I will definitely be setting my tivo for the event. I will also be watching throughout the month for more of my favorites.

Taj said...

I am awaiting 4pm for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It's raining, work done, no one to bother me... yes yes yes lol

I will most likely be skipping the Sean Connery one. Mr. One Accent Wonder has never done it for me. I find myself annoyed even if he is in the smallest part.

Can't wait for Kiss Me Kate on the 22nd! Saw it for the first time when I was about 10 and have loved it ever since.

Malcolm: said...

Pjazzy: I'll more than likely stock up on some recordable DVDs in preparation for the festival.

Taj: you have the perfect set-up to watch "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof". I'm looking forward to finally seeing "A Place In the Sun" for the 1st time in its entirety... for whatever reason, I have always missed the last half of the film.