Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.27 at 23:10
Current mood: ecstatic
At March’s TCM Classic Film Festival, Carole Lombard’s “My Man Godfrey” was among a group of films shown on a semi-opening night (actual festivities began the following morning). We don’t know if any Lombard films will crack the 2016 festival schedule, but there’s one thing we do know:
Next year’s event won’t take place in March. In fact, the festival will close up shop in May.
See that banner from the festival’s second year, in 2011? Take out the second “1,” put a “6” in its place and you have the dates for next year’s celebration of classic film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TCM maven Robert Osborne, who had to sit out this year’s event due to health concerns, will return to the helm in 2016, assisted by Ben Mankiewicz (and other champions of the channel, no doubt). The publication also reported that next year’s theme will be “Moving Pictures.”
But before you go “duh,” note the play on words. It refers to “movies that bring us to tears, rouse us to action and inspire us,” according to the festival’s managing director, Genevieve McGillicuddy. (With a name like that, you’d think she was a character in a Preston Sturges movie.) She added, “This year’s theme gets to the heart of why we spend the time that we do watching movies and why we share movies with other people.”
Held in Hollywood, as it has since the event’s inception in 2010, the principal venues again will be the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, and action centered around the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. (As any Lombard fan worth his or her salt knows, that’s where Carole saw Russ Columbo perform at the Cinegrill, and where she and Clark Gable secretly cavorted in the penthouse suite before he finally could marry her.) However, McGillicuddy said a new site or two could be added to the mix.
I already know people who have announced online that they have made their hotel packages for the 2016 festival. If you want to do likewise, don’t waste time.