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Once again, Wamg attended the 2017 Turner Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, and as always, it did not disappoint!
Ahhh…so many movies, so little time to cover everything, but here are some highlights of my favorite movies of this year’s festival.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Shown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this classic was perfect for opening night. Brightly colored inflatable balls and lights floated in the pool like some of Wonka’s best candies as guests enjoyed snacks and cocktails on a beautiful spring evening. In attendance for this special screening were some of the cast members of the original movie. Miss Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole; Mike Teevee, also known as Paris Themmen; and one of the original Oompaloompas, Rusty Goffe.
Along with host Illeana Douglas, they recounted some great memories of being on the set of the film in Germany more than 45 years ago. »
- Melissa Thompson
Turner Classic Movies has announced it will open the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival with a 50th anniversary screening of “In the Heat of the Night.” The fest will also celebrate Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher by screening “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Postcards From the Edge” and hosting conversations with family members Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd at both screenings.
Other honorees who will participate in the tribute are “In the Heat of the Night” actors Sidney Poitier and Lee Grant, producer Walter Mirisch and composer Quincy Jones. Mel Brooks, Buck Henry and “Saturday Night Fever” star Donna Pescow and director John Badham are set to make appearances during the festival as well.
The festival, themed “Make Em’ Laugh: Comedy in the Movies,” will take place for the eight consecutive year at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from April 6-9 and will also honor actor-director Peter Bogdanovich with screenings of “The Last Picture Show, »
- Dani Levy
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