News in a nutshell: Paul Henreid’s documentary needs your help, getTV has new programming coming, TCM announces who’ll be this year’s Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival recipient, and what’s new on DVD and Blu.
Last year I was fortunate to sit down with Paul Henreid’s daughter, Monika, to discuss her upcoming documentary and book about her father. Since then Beyond Victor Laszlo has garnered the support of the Carl Laemmle Family and the Humphrey Bogart Estate. But their work isn’t done. In fact, starting tomorrow, the project launches a new crowdfunding campaign for the final production funds and eventual release – in time for the 75th anniversary of Casablanca. You can learn all the information about the project at this site.
getTV devotes April to some of the biggest stars and their finest films. Stars such as Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, and William Holden will be receiving nightly tributes, with presentations of Warner Baxter’s Crime Doctor series and more. Variety programming also returns to the network every Monday in April with newly screened episodes of The Judy Garland Show. You can find the network’s full programming schedule at their website.
With only a few weeks left until the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival information has been fairly light. Today Burt Reynolds was announced as this year’s interviewee for the network’s Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival interview. The yearly interview takes place the Saturday of the festival and will air next year to coincide with the 2017 festival. Last year’s recipient, Sophia Loren, will have her interviewed screened on TCM at the end of the month. Reynolds will also introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974). As I said about the announcements last week, this does little for me. My mother is very excited to hear this but I’m just not a big Burt Reynolds fan. Either way, you can see all my coverage of the festival starting April 27th.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
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