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I am very saddened by the news of Robert Osborne’s passing today, 6 March 2017. He was the beloved host of Turner Classic Movies from 1994 until the present, and served as a guide to classic films and actors for movie fans of all ages. He was a genial, courteous, gentlemanly host who also had a special touch as a sensitive and insightful interviewer of the surviving stars from the classic film era. I will always especially treasure his interview with Kim Novak, a very private person, in which his gentle, sympathetic questioning allowed her to open up and share with viewers her struggles and joys as an actress in 1950′s Hollywood.

What's Luv?
Fat Joe Ft. Ja Rule, Ashanti
What's Luv?

WHAT’S LUV? - FAT JOE ft. JA RULE and ASHANTI (2002)

2nd single from the album, peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom and at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for twenty weeks. Rge song samples 2Pac’s "Niggaz Nature", and the chorus references Tina Turner’s classic "What’s Love Got to Do with It“.

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“My love of movies started when I was 7 years old, living in a small town, going to the movies all the time, and finding the people in the movies more interesting than the people in my small town.” – Washington native and University of Washington graduate, Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies.  “Now voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.”

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Janis Joplin joining Tina Turner onstage at Madison Square Garden, where Ike & Tina were opening for The Rolling Stones, by Amalie Rothschild

(Photographer originally misidentified as Harry Benson. I’m leaving Harry tagged in hopes of correcting the record: it was AMALIE ROTHSCHILD)

TCM Star of the Month: June 2017; Audrey Hepburn

06/05/2017

Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck

Love in the Afternoon (1957) with Gary Cooper

Green Mansions (1959) with Anthony Perkins

We Go to Monte Carlo (1953) with Jules Munshin

Laughter in Paradise (1951) with Alastair Sim


06/12/2017

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) with George Peppard

My Fair Lady (1964) with Rex Harrison

The Nun’s Story (1959) with Peter Finch

The Children’s Hour (1961) with Shirley MacLaine


06/13/2017

The Unforgiven (1960) with Burt Lancaster


06/19/2017

How to Steal a Million (1966) with Peter O'Toole

Wait Until Dark (1967) with Alan Arkin

The Lavender Hill Mob (1952) with Alec Guinness

The Secret People (1952) with Valentina Cortese


06/26/2017

Paris When it Sizzles (1963) with William Holden

Funny Face (1957) with Fred Astaire

Always (1989) with Richard Dreyfuss

War and Peace (1956) with Mel Ferrer


06/27/2017

Robin and Marian (1976) with Sean Connery


06/30/2017

Two for the Road (1967) with Albert Finney

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The moment I walked into my night class, one of my class mates informed me that Robert Osborne passed away this morning. Though I figured he was ill, it was still a bit of a shock.

For those of us who have been addicted to Turner Classic Movies anywhere between 1994 and 2015, Robert Osborne was one of the highlights of the channel. More than just a guy who read off some facts before the station ran the scheduled movie, you could tell he was one of us, a cinephile who ate, slept, and dreamt movies of every era. The passion for movies and the people who make them just radiated off the guy. I would never fail to stick around for his opening and concluding comments on each movie.

Here’s a clip of him introducing one of my personal favorite movies, The Wind, a silent film directed by Victor Sjostrom and starring Lillian Gish in one of her most iconic roles. He goes over the film’s history, production, and its argument for the artistry of silent cinema in a world being gradually dominated by sound pictures.

RIP Mr. Osborne. You were a class act and a swell host!

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Friday, April 21 @ 10:15 PM
BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945)
Two married strangers meet in a train station and fall in love.