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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The History of Hollywood

           tcm, movies, moguls

Turner Classic Movies is bringing us a month of documentaries (seven shows total) focusing on the history of Hollywood.  In addition, they are visiting five cities to promote the series. The documentaries start tonight at 8pm (ET) and continue throughout November.

The 7 part series explores the American Movie Dynasty, from its conception, to the ups and downs, the twists and turns of creating the film industry we have today. Each installments features rare footage, and photographs of the people that started it all, plus interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures: Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., just to name a few.

The series will be narrated by award winning actor, Christopher Plummer. One by one, each documentary will be followed by the respective film that represents each Hollywood era, from 1890’s silent movie to Peepshow Pioneers, to Fade-in, Fade-Out of the 1970’s.

The MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit debuted in Atlanta on Oct. 18 and  will deliver Hollywood glamour and history to New York, Denver and San Francisco before making its final stop in Los Angeles. TCM will partner with various local cable affiliates throughout the duration of the tour.

“TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit allows us to bring a touch of Hollywood magic to fans across the country, while also offering a peek at the incredible stories that will be highlighted in the documentary series,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TNT and TBS.

In addition to the Casablanca Oscar and Plummer’s costume from The Sound of Music, the exhibit will feature a dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939); a red jacket worn by Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953); a vest and coat worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921); an original bound script from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); a signed check from MGM to John Gilbert, the highest paid star in the silent film era; a vintage camera from the silent film era; and a demonstration of a zoetrope, an early precursor to motion pictures.


• Atlanta (Oct. 18-20): Phipps Plaza

• New York (Oct. 25-26): Grand Central Terminal

• Denver (Nov. 4-6, during Denver Film Festival): King Center

• San Francisco (Nov. 11-12): Embarcadero Center

• Los Angeles (Nov. 18-20): The Grove

(About Moguls & Movie Stars) TCM will tell the comprehensive story of the men and women who built the American film industry in this groundbreaking, seven-part documentary series. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS features rarely seen photographs and film footage; clips from memorable American movies; and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell. Spanning from the invention of the first moving pictures to the revolutionary, cutting-edge films of the 1960s, this ambitious production is an epic history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities, inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form. The series also serves as a history of America, looking at how moviemakers responded to such major events as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movement. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS is executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway’s The History Boys and Monty Python’s Spamalot) and written and produced by Jon Wilkman.tcm, movies, mogulstcm, movies, mogulstcm, movies, mogulsQuantcast

(About TCM) Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company

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