As if we didn't need another reason to love Turner Classic Movies, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/204004.html), here's one more. It's been announced that next April, the channel is sponsoring a four-day film festival:
Appropriately, the event will be held in Hollywood, Calif., in three venues on Hollywood Boulevard associated with classic film -- Grauman's Chinese Theater...
...an earlier Sid Grauman palace, the Egyptian Theater...
...and the site of the initial Academy Awards, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel:
The festival will be held from April 22 to 25. As TCM stated in announcing the event,
The TCM Classic Film Festival will be a landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and its movies, presented in a way that only TCM can, with major events, celebrity appearances and screenings of classic films.
The Festival will cover a wide range of programming themes, including the story of Hollywood. All screenings -- more than 50 -- will include special introductions and guest appearances to provide context about each film. Specific details about this unique fan experience will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, including guest appearances by actors, actresses, directors, producers and other key figures.
What films will be shown? TCM hasn't announced them yet (let's hope at least one of them stars Carole Lombard). What we do know is that Robert Osborne, the channel's prime-time host, will serve as master of ceremonies. (It's a task he should be used to, as he's hosted a smaller-scale festival in Athens, Ga. for several years.)
You'll need a pass to participate in the festival, and they will go on sale Nov. 18. For more on the festival, and to get on their mailing list, go to http://www.tcm.com/festival.jsp.
It sounds like plenty of fun, and I may have to plan a trip west next April.