TCM Film Festival update: Rita Moreno, Angela Lansbury and… ‘Spotlight’?

While we are still waiting on the full 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival line-up to be announced, TCM did drop a few more announcements today on special events and special guests.

  • Angela Lansbury is going to be in Los Angeles for a screening of The Manchurian Candidate, which was released on Blu-ray by Criterion last month.
  • Rita Moreno will give us a chance to be in the presence of an EGOT Club Member. She’s introducing The King And I.
  • Billy Dee Williams, the coolest man in the galaxy, will do an introduction for the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song.
  • As a journalist, I’m really excited that Carl Bernstein and Spotlight collaborators Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer will be attending the screening of All The President’s Men. Unfortunately, it’s the gala opening film and I only have a Classic Pass.
  • Thankfully, Singer and McCarthy will be doing a special Club TCM session called “From Headlines To Ticket Lines,” which will also feature Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett in Truth) and Ben Bradlee Jr. (who was played by John Slattery in Spotlight). I wish Sacha Pfeiffer (played by Rachel McAdams in Spiolight) would be there so I could meet her in person. I interviewed her for in February over the phone.
  • Another Club TCM session is “Man’s Best Friend: Dogs in Film,” which is, of course, about the important roles dogs have played in films. Special guests include Marley & Me‘s Clyde and Modern Family‘s Brigitte.

Interestingly, Rocky was still not announced. Social media has been buzzing about the Sylvester Stallone-starrer playing at TCMFF, since Balboa is featured on one of the passes and on a poster seen on Hollywood Boulevard. My only hypothesis for it not being announced already is that TCM couldn’t get Stallone to be there for a 40th anniversary screening, so the screening won’t be a special event.

The festival kicks off on April 28, so we’ll hear about the full schedule soon. In the meantime, here’s Charlie Tabesh’s Tweet for you to investigate.


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