Turner Classic Movies Hosts 31 Days of Oscar

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) fans hoping to learn all those things they never got around to studying in school can have their chance in February, when the network’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®takes viewers to TCM University. The annual festival, which boasts hundreds of Academy Award®-winning and nominated films, will become the ultimate classroom, with each day devoted to a different academic field, from economics and biology to music appreciation and world history.
Robert Osborne, TCM host, official biographer of the Academy Awards® and the Academy’s red carpet greeter, will serve as professor throughout the month, presenting more than 350 movies to educate viewers in 93 different courses. Today, Role Mommy got the chance to interview Osborne and he shared his insights on the Oscars, his favorite actors and actresses of all time, plus his most memorable Turner Classic Movies experiences. He says his all time favorite celebrity co-hosts were Kermit the Frog, Sally Field and Tracey Ullman, who, he says “made me laugh from start to finish.”
He also shared his picks for his favorite actor of all time – Carey Grant. He says, “He could do it all – he moved like an athlete and a dancer and was so smooth in his slapstick comedies.”
While he did name a few of his favorite actors and actresses (including Heath Ledger, whose life was cut short last year) and Meryl Streep, Osborne says “hopefully the key is always the writers – you have to have good writers to write the script.” He adds, “Don’t remake The Women. The original had great stars – you should remake some of those great stories and great books done and botched the first time they were done on the screen.”
More than 25 titles will make their first appearance on TCM during 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, including the delightful romance Enchanted April (Feb. 10); Alec Guinness’ hilarious comedy The Horse’s Mouth (Feb. 15); Louis Malle’s controversial Pretty Baby (Feb. 15); Barry Levinson’s Bugsy (Feb. 16); adaptations of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (Feb. 19), Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster (Feb. 23) and John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (Feb. 23); Kon Ichikawa’s anti-war classic The Burmese Harp (Feb. 24); and Jim Sheridan’s heart-wrenching My Left Foot (Feb. 25).
The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET)/ 5 p.m. (PT) on ABC. More information is available at tcm.com.

Classic Disney Movies this December!

images-10.jpegIf you’re at home and ready to curl under a blanket while it’s snowing outside your home, then do we have the perfect movie viewing experience for the entire family! Turner Classic Movies is airing Disney Classics throughout the month of December – from “Escape to Witch Mountain” to “Herbie the Lovebug,” now’s your chance to introduce your kids to the films you grew up with. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store this holiday season:
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to conjure up some pure movie magic this December, when the network debuts TCM PRESENTS: THE FAMILY CLASSICS. The festivities will include Sunday movie showcases featuring more than 25 Disney live-action classics, plus an all-new original documentary entitled THE AGE OF BELIEVING: THE DISNEY LIVE-ACTION CLASSICS, narrated by Tony® winner and three-time Oscar® nominee Angela Lansbury.
TCM PRESENTS: THE FAMILY CLASSICS premieres Sunday, December 7 at noon and continues each Sunday in December, featuring such films as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Freaky Friday (1976), The Parent Trap (1961), The Love Bug (1968), Treasure Island (1950), The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960), as well as Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), which stars Lansbury.
THE AGE OF BELIEVING: THE DISNEY LIVE-ACTION CLASSICS, which comes to TCM from FitzFilm, Inc. and writer/producer/director Peter Fitzgerald, will follow the studio’s history as it ventured beyond its animation legacy to develop non-animated family fare. It premieres at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.
The following is the complete schedule for TCM PRESENTS: THE FAMILY CLASSICS:
Sun., Dec 7
Noon Treasure Island (1950) – starring Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll
1:45 p.m. Swiss Family Robinson (1960) – starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Sessue Hayakawa and Tommy Kirk
4 p.m. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) – starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre
6:15 p.m. Old Yeller (1958) – starring Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Fess Parker
8 p.m. The Parent Trap (1961) – starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith
10:15 p.m. Pollyanna (1960) – starring Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Adolphe Menjou and Agnes Moorehead
12:30 a.m. The Barefoot Executive (1971) – starring Kurt Russell, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox and John Ritter
Sunday, Dec. 14
Noon The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970) – starring Kurt Russell and Cesar Romero
1:45 p.m. The Strongest Man in the World (1975) – starring Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero and Dick Van Patten
3:30 p.m. The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) – starring Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson and Tommy Kirk
5:15 p.m. Son of Flubber (1963) – starring Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk and Ed Wynn
8:30 p.m. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) – starring Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Bill Bixby and Susan Clark
10:15 p.m. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) – starring Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars and Jack Elam
Sunday, Dec. 21
Noon The Black Hole (1979) – starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster and Ernest Borgnine
2 p.m. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) – starring Eddie Albert, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann and Donald Pleasance
4 p.m. Return from Witch Mountain (1978) – starring Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann
6 p.m. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) – starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson and Roddy McDowall
8 p.m. Candleshoe (1977) – starring Jodie Foster, David Niven and Helen Hayes
10 p.m. Freaky Friday (1976) – starring Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris and John Astin
Sunday, Dec. 28
Noon The Shaggy Dog (1959) – starring Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen and Tommy Kirk.
2 p.m. The Shaggy D.A. (1976) – starring Dean Jones, Tim Conway and Suzanne Pleshette.
4 p.m. The Love Bug (1968) – starring Dean Jones, Michelle Lee and Buddy Hackett.
6 p.m. Herbie Rides Again (1974) – starring Helen Hayes, Ken Berry and Stefanie Powers.
8 p.m. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) – starring Dean Jones and Don Knotts.
9:45 p.m. Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) – starring Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman.
11:30 p.m. The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973) – starring Tim Conway, Jan Michael Vincent, John Amos and Nancy Walker
So what are you waiting for? Turn on Turner Classic Movies, grab your kids and relive your childhood!