TCM offers Barbara Stanwyck in its December highlights

November 28, 2012
TCM's December highlights features Barbara Stanwyck. 

Here is some of the featured programming:

Star of the Month: Barbara Stanwyck – Wednesdays in December
Throughout December, TCM will pay tribute to one of the most popular stars of the 1930s and '40s, Barbara Stanwyck. The salute begins Dec. 5 with a collection of romantic melodramas, including such favorites as Ladies of Leisure (1930) and Stella Dallas (1937), along with the TCM premieres of This Is My Affair (1937), The Other Love (1947) and A Message to Garcia (1936). On Dec. 12, a night of romantic comedies kicks off with the TCM premiere of Banjo on My Knee (1936). Film noir fills the lineup on Dec. 19, including Double Indemnity (1944) and The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). Stanwyck's western roles take center stage Dec. 26, beginning with the TCM premieres of Forty Guns (1957) and The Maverick Queen (1956). Additional films air during the daytime on Dec. 20 and 27.

TCM Spotlight: Director Ernst Lubitsch – Fridays in December
TCM salutes the timeless wit of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch through the month of December. The tribute begins Dec. 7 with the TCM premiere of the silent epic The Loves of Pharoah (1920). The night also includes Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins inThe Smiling Lieutenant (1931) and James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan in the holiday charmerThe Shop Around the Corner(1940). Dec. 14 brings the sparkling gems Trouble in Paradise (1932),Design for Living (1933) and One Hour with You (1932), while Dec. 21 features The Love Parade (1929) and the TCM premiere of Monte Carlo (1930). The tribute wraps up Dec. 28 with the TCM premiere of That Lady in Ermine (1948), along with two films widely regarded as Lubitch's finest: Ninotchka (1939) and To Be Or Not to Be (1942).

Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room – World Television Premiere: Monday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM presents the world television premiere of Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), an intimate portrait of one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s silent era. The documentary features the 92-year-old star speaking openly for the first time about her life and experience as a child star. Diana Serra Cary's sudden rise to fame and fortune as Baby Peggy had a severe impact on her family life. The frustrations of her father, the naivety of her mother and the jealousy of her senior sister created a love/hate relationship between the young star and those around her. But she reserved her greatest anger and resentment for the Baby Peggy persona itself. Now with the discovery of her lost films, Cary has seen her childhood talent through fresh eyes and slowly reconciled with her younger self. TCM's presentation of the documentary will be followed by the TCM premieres of four Baby Peggy shorts:Captain January (1924), Carmen Jr. (1923), Such Is Life (1924) and Peg o' the Mounted(1924).

TCM Guest Programmer: Lee Child – Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
British thriller novelist Lee Child, whose novels feature ex-Army MP Jack Reacher and works including award-winning Killing Floor and, most recently, A Wanted Man, sits down with Robert Osborne to present an evening of his favorite films. The night includes Michael Curtiz's quintessential wartime romantic drama Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman; Carol Reed's exciting thriller The Third Man (1949), with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles; Terrence Malick's turn-of-the-century dramaDays of Heaven (1978), starring Richard Gere and Brooke Adams; and Michael Anderson's World War II thriller The Dam Busters (1955), with Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave.

TCM Celebrates the Holidays – Throughout December
This holiday season, TCM will be presenting numerous favorites, along with a big surprise discovery. Each Sunday in December, TCM will present a special Christmas double-feature, with titles like Little Women (1949), A Christmas Carol (1951),The Bishop's Wife (1947), It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) andWe're No Angels (1955). On Sunday, Dec. 16, TCM will present the very rarely seen made-for-television movie Carol for Another Christmas (1964), a unique take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol written by Rod Serling, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Sterling Hayden, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Steve Lawrence, Pat Hingle, Robert Shaw, Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland and James Shigeta. The movie was originally televised in 1964 as a Xerox-sponsored special promoting the United Nations. TCM's holiday programming also includes a collection of movies featuring the armed forces at Yuletide on Dec. 17, five holiday-themed musicals on Dec. 18, a night of holiday films set in New York on Dec. 20 and an evening of holiday classics of all types on Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, TCM will present a lineup of religious favorites, including Going My Way(1944) and King of Kings (1961). That night, TCM invites movie fans to spend Christmas with the Hardys, with an entire evening of Andy Hardy films, starring Mickey Rooney.

TCM Remembers Pearl Harbor – Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6 a.m. (ET)
TCM remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor that prompted America's entrance into World War II with a daytime lineup of some of the greatest films depicting the conflict within the Pacific theater. The seven-film collection includes the Best Picture Oscar® winner From Here to Eternity (1953) and the epic American-Japanese co-production Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Also featured are Howard Hawks'Air Force (1943), John Ford's They Were Expendable (1945), Delmer Davies' Task Force (1949)

Academy Conversations: The Magic of Moviemaking – Co-hosted by Oscar®-Nominated Production Designers Guy Hendrix Dyas and Lilly Kilvert– Monday, Dec. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
In partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, TCM is proud to present an evening of production design. Oscar-nominated production designers Guy Hendrix Dyas (Inception, 2011) and Lilly Kilvert (Legends of the Fall, 1993 and The Last Samurai, 2003) will join Robert Osborne in the evening’s program. Hendrix Dyas and Osborne will discuss Best Picture winner Grand Hotel (1932), which features the art direction of 11-time Oscar winner Cedric Gibbons, and My Fair Lady (1964), with Oscar-winning designs by Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton and George James Hopkins. Kilvert will then join Osborne to introduce Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1971), which spotlights the production design of Academy Award® winner Ferdinando Scarfiotti followed by John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940), which highlights the art direction of Richard Day and Mark-Lee Kirk and set decoration by Thomas Little.

Les Misérables – Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
As moviegoers prepare to take in the Christmas Day release of the new big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, TCM presents three previous cinematic versions of Victor Hugo's oft-told Les Misérables. The Dec. 13 lineup begins with Fredric March as Jean Valjean and Charles Laughton as Inspector Javert in the meticulously crafted 1935 production. Then Michael Rennie and Robert Newton head an all-star cast in the 1952 edition from director Lewis Milestone. And finally, TCM presents Raymond Bernard's epic French-language version of the story from 1934, regarded by many critics as the greatest adaptation ever of the Hugo novel.

TCM Salutes Gene Tierney – Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM presents an evening of films starring striking beauty Gene Tierney, beginning with the TCM premiere of the mystery thrillerBlack Widow (1954), with Ginger Rogers and Van Heflin. The lineup also includes the wartime drama The Left Hand of God (1955), with Humphrey Bogart; Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), co-starring Dana Andrews; Belle Starr (1941), with Randolph Scott; Night and the City (1950), starring Richard Widmark; and the TCM premiere of Fritz Lang's The Return of Frank James (1940), with Henry Fonda.

Happy New Year, TCM – Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM pops the champagne for a night of New Year's movies. The lineup includes Woody Allen's nostalgic gem Radio Days (1987), with Mia Farrow heading up a pitch-perfect ensemble cast. Crime solvers William Powell and Myrna Loy booze it up inAfter the Thin Man (1936), while Jack Lemmon loans out his flat with disastrous results in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960). The night also includes the Rat Pack in Ocean's Eleven (1960) and James Stewart and Carole Lombard in Made for Each Other (1939).

The Essentials – Hosted by Drew Barrymore and Robert Osborne – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• Dec. 1 – Sullivan's Travels (1941) – part of a night of road pictures.
• Dec. 8 – Summertime (1955) – kicking off a night of seasonal offerings.
• Dec. 15 – The Band Wagon (1953) – one of five films with fading stars.
• Dec. 22 – Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – part of a night of movies from the 1950s.
• Dec. 29 – The Way We Were (1973) – starting a night of romantic tearjerkers.

All times Eastern. Please note programming is subject to change. Schedule for TCM in Canada may differ slightly.

Chatting with 'Grey's Anatomy" star James Perkins

November 27, 2012
 James Perkins of "Grey's Anatomy" recently recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Theater Awards. Check out our interview with James below:

 James Perkins -- "Grey's Anatomy"


Talking with Yoshiki of X-Japan at 2012 American Music Awards

From Examiner:

The 40TH Anniversary American Music Awards, produced by dick clark productions, inc, took place at L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, November 18th, and was telecasted “live” as a three-hour, prime-time special on ABC. Artists were honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, and for the first year ever, Electronic Dance Music. For the sixth year, winners were determined by online voting.
For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! streamed live for fans and was hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds, as well as Nokia correspondent Andy Grammer.
Performers included: Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, P!nk, Pitbull, Psy, MC Hammer, Taylor Swift, Usher, Stevie Wonder, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz, featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris.
Presenters included: 50 Cent, Apolo Ohno, Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Colbie Caillat, Cyndi Lauper, Elisha Cuthbert, Eric Stonestreet, Florida Georgia Line, Gavin DeGraw, Ginnifer Goodwin, Gloria Estefan, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Morrison, Jenny McCarthy, Karmin, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Lucy Hale, Luke Bryan, Neon Trees, Ne-Yo, Phillip Phillips, Ryan Seacrest, Stacy Keibler and
“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” was produced by dick clark productions, inc. Allen Shapiro and Orly Adelson executive produced the show. Larry Klein produced the show. The program was broadcasted in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,S parental guideline.

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'Downton Abbey': British series renewed for a fourth season

November 26, 2012
From Examiner:

**warning: spoiler alert***

"Downton Abbey," the hit program that tells the lives a British family and their servants in England in 1912 has been renewed for a fourth season. The show, written and created by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, just completed its third season on the BBC and will begin airing season three to America fans on PBS come January 2013. Production for season fourth is expected to begin in February.
Executive producer Gareth Neame said, “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance” when the show returns to British screens next fall and to American audiences in 2014. The show is also expected to have some new faces.

Downton Abbey season three premieres in January on PBSSeason three sees Cora Crowley's mother, Martha Levinson, (played by the fabulous Shirley MacLaine0, arriving for the wedding of Matthew to her grand-daughter Mary. Her visit is less than pleasant as Downton faces a financial crisis that Martha may be the only one to fix. Youngest Crowley daughter Sybil is married to Tom, a young Irishman who is believed to be in part of the Irish resistance against the British. His politics is combative with his in-laws to say the least. Edith's infatuation with a much older man causes a disagreement with the family, with her father Lord Crowley (Hugh Bonneville) questioning the man's motives.

Downstairs in the servant's quarters, the search for a new footman to replace Mr. Bates gets very competitive between Mrs. O'Bryan and Tom, while Daisy, the kitchen worker, goes on a one-woman strike. Bates, who is currently serving a prison term for murder, has trouble with his cellmate and is feeling the pains of being separated from his wife Anna. Anna meanwhile works day and night to prove his innocence. Also, Mrs. Hughes has a health scare and Isobel works to help the troubled women in town get back on their feet.
On 2-hour first look and season 2 recap of the show called "Downton Abbey Revisited," will air on PBS in December before season three premieres on January 6th, 2013.

Classic TV Examiner talked to Fellowes earlier this year about his hopes for a fourth season of the show and also gave a little insight into MacLaine's character and her relationship with Lady Violet, played by Maggie Smith, who won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for the role. Check out the video below.

"Downton Abbey" stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens and Penelope Wilton.

For the latest in entertainment news, including recaps of "Downton Abbey" and interviews with the cast and crew, follow me on Twitter @Phyllis_Thomas

Hollywood Christmas Parade to air on The Hallmark Chanel

November 22, 2012
The Hollywood Christmas Parade which benefits Marines Toys For Tots will be held in the streets of Hollywood, CA this Sunday, November 25, 2012, kicking off with a Pre-Parade Spectacular Show from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by the parade from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
JabbawockeezPre-Parade performers will include: American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Choral Group performing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town;” Cirque de Soleil’s “IRIS” – 20 Cast Members, including Tumblers and Dancers; Jabbawockeez, World-Famous Dance Crew; Ashlee Keating, Pop Recording Artist with dancers performing “All I Want For Christmas;” "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke singing “Silver Bells;” West Coast Singers – Gay and Lesbian Chorus singing “Hey Santa” and Joel Ward, Magician from “Masters of Illusion” performing to music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Other musicians attending include:
“Big Time Rush,” James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr.
Blush, Pop Singing Group consisting of Alisha Budhrani (India); Natsuko Danjo (Japan), Angeli Flores (Phillippines), Victoria Chan (China) and Ji Hae Lee (South Korea)
Brandon & Savannah, Pop Singers
Kenton Duty, “My Name Is Khan,” “Shake It Up” (Riding with Daphne Blunt and Knott’s Berry Farms’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy
“Shake It Up!,” Roshon Fegan, Caroline Sunshine
Presented by The City of Los Angeles, the Hallmark Channel and Associated Television International, which is executive producing the live parade and telecast of it, this year’s parade will feature: 200 Film, Television and Stage Celebrities and VIPS; 7 Pre-Parade Live Performers; 21 Award-Winning Bands, including 14 from the state of California and 7 from out of state; 8 Equestrian Units; 6 Floats; 14 Balloons and 52 Special Characters/Novelties.
Celebrities from popular television shows like: “Baby Daddy,” “Criminal Minds,” "Days Of Our Lives", “General Hospital,” “Glee,” “Jessie,” “Supah Ninjas,” “The First Family,” and “The Neighbors", "Young and The Restless" among others, will participate. Hollywood’s Santa Parade, LLC serves as a producer of the live parade.
Joe Mantegna, Film/Television/Stage Star, Tony Award and Emmy Award-Winning and Golden Globe Award-Nominated Actor (“Glengarry Glen Ross” – Broadway, “Bleacher Bums” – PBS, “Criminal Minds,” “The Rat Pack,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Starter Wife,” “The Last Don,” National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum) serves as Grand Marshal.
Erik Estrada (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “CHiPs”) and Laura McKenzie(“World’s Funniest Moments,” “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”) serve as Parade Broadcast Hosts. Elizabeth Stanton (“Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World”) and Rob Pinkston (“Punk’d,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) serve as Parade Roving Reporters.
Grandstand tickets for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now on sale!!! Parade attendees can view the event in style and comfort. Reserved Grandstand Seating for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now available for purchase within Associated Television International’s “live set” area located on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, including (search for Hollywood Christmas Parade), select Walmart locations, select Simon Mall locations, Curacao locations or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. On Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, Grandstand Tickets will be available for purchase at a Ticket Booth Kiosk located on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, west of Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA.
For updates and further information about The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, please call the 24/7 Parade Hotline at 1-866-PARADE1 (1-866-727-2331) and visit the parade’s official website, WWW.THEHOLLYWOODCHRISTMASPARADE.COM.
This year’s live parade on November 25th will be taped for national broadcasts on The Hallmark Channel to air on December 10th and on the The Hallmark Movie Channel on December 21st.
For a complete list of attendees:

'Don't Trust the B in Apt 23': Krysten Ritter talks Chloe, upcoming shows

November 20, 2012
From Examiner:

This week on "Don't Trust the B ---- in Apartment 23," it's Thanksgiving as Chloe and June discovers they have different feelings about Thanksgiving; Chloe hates it while June loves it. Sadly, June can't afford to fly home this year, so Chloe persuades June to come with her to her parents' house for the holiday -- but under the most strange and awkward conditions.
Meanwhile, James volunteers at an exclusive celebrity soup kitchen in order to get a photo opp, and is unpleasantly surprised when he and Luther get roped into actually working.

Classic TV Examiner caught up with actress Krysten Ritter who plays the outrageously funny Chloe on the show. The actress previewed what's coming up on the show's upcoming episodes, including the Thanksgiving episode which airs this week. Check out the interview with Krysten below.

"Don't Trust the B ---- in Apartment 23" tells the story of June who moves into an Manhattan apartment with Chloe, the world's worst roommate or in other words, "The B --- in Apartment 23." Chloe befriends June and pulls her into her colorful band of friends, which includes their very own narcissistic celebrity – former teen heartthrob James Van Der Beek. With Chloe's help, and that of her oddball friends, June learns to survive in the big city and and maybe even teach Chloe and her friends a thing or two.

The Tuesday, November 20th episode of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," entitled "It's a Miracle," airs on ABC.

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'Hart of Dixie': Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney guest star

November 18, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20, at 8/7c, Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney is stopping by HART OF DIXIE, playing Tonya, one of Rose’s best friends. McKayla will be reprising her role in a January 2013 episode, as well! Check out a first look at McKayla’s acting chops and hear what series star Rachel Bilson has to say about her in this behind the scenes video.


WonderCon returns to Anaheim in 2013

November 13, 2012
WonderCon officials have announced at its popular San Francisco area event will be in Anaheim instead in 2013.  The Moscone Center, which held the event every year up until 2012 when it received major renovations is complete however but the event, known as ComicCon's "Mini-Me" clashes with another convention in San Francsico, creating a hotel room price hike and over "unavoidable conflicts."

“This, along with the expected difficulty of exhibitors and attendees in securing airfare for those outside of driving distance of San Francisco for that weekend, has resulted in us not being able to secure San Francisco as a location for WonderCon in 2013,” read a statement on WonderCon‘s website. “Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.”

The event in Anaheim is scheduled to runs March 29-31, and announced guests include Dean Koontz, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Ann Nocenti, Jason Palmer, Dan Slott, Jeff Smith, Steranko, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

The full 2013 schedule will be announced soon.  

Sneak Peek: 'The Americans' on FX

November 10, 2012
Check out a sneak peek of "The Americans," a new show coming to FX. The show stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as a married couple of KGB sleeper agents whose mission is just getting started!


'Deadfall': starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde now on VOD and iTunes

November 5, 2012
The new movie "Deadfall" starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Hunnam is now available on Video On Demand and iTunes.

In "Deadfall":

Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gonewrong. When a car accident leaves their wheelman and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet (Kris Kristofferson). It’s there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.


'Let's Make a Deal': Wayne Brady talks honoring Eddie Murphy (Video)

November 4, 2012
Comedy Central paid tribute to Eddie Murphy with a star-studded special of some of the actor's closest friends, including Wayne Brady. We caught up with "The Let's Make a Deal" host on the red carpet and chatted with him about the special and about "Let's Make a Deal."

Check out the interview below:


'Reality Show' premieres tonight on Showtime

November 1, 2012
Showtime has a new show premiering tonight called "Reality Show." The series is a "darkly comedic satire about the world of reality television." From filmmaker Adam Rifkin, "Reality Show" focuses on an amoral reality show producer who puts an unsuspecting American family under all encompassing surveillance without their knowledge for his new genre of reality show, his "reality re-boot".

The concept is to let real life unfold before the cameras. However, the family is boring and the network wants some sizzle. So the producer starts to introduce drama into the unwitting family's lives. Temptation to cheat, drinking, work problems…. chaos ensues. Everything unravels in a big, big way with shocking consequences.

"Reality Show:" premieres Thursday, November 1st, 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, 10:30 p.m. CT

Check out a preview below: