via press release:
James L. Brooks, John Carpenter, Cher, Peter Guber,
Chris Isaak, Conan O’Brien, Ron Perlman and Winona Ryder
Join TCM’s Roster of Upcoming GUEST PROGRAMMERS
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to welcome eight notable stars from the worlds of film, television and music to participate in the network’s ongoing GUEST PROGRAMMER series. The upcoming roster features Oscar® and Emmy®-winning writer-producer-director James L. Brooks, filmmaker John Carpenter, Oscar-winning actress and singer Cher, film producer Peter Guber, singer and actor Chris Isaak, late-night host Conan O’Brien, character actor Ron Perlman and Oscar-nominated actress Winona Ryder. Each star has programmed an entire night of their favorite films, which they will present with TCM host Robert Osborne.
“TCM’s GUEST PROGRAMMER roster keeps up our tradition of featuring a wide mix of celebrities from all aspects of film, television and music,” said Osborne. “It’s great fun for me to sit with every one of them, hear why they love certain movies and, in many cases, learn how a film has changed the course of their lives.”
Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment and producer of such memorable films as Rain Man and The Color Purple, is slated to take the GUEST PROGRAMMER chair Monday, May 9. The films he has chosen are David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Roland Joffe’s gripping Vietnam-era drama The Killing Fields (1984).
Chris Isaak, a Grammy-nominated American songwriter and musician whose career includes the series The Chris Isaak Show and the recent talk show The Chris Isaak Hour, will present four films from the 1950s on Wednesday, June 15. His choices include two outstanding thrillers, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), as well as the sexually charged God’s Little Acre (1958) and the media-hype drama A Face in the Crowd (1957).
Conan O’Brien, host of TBS’s late-night hit CONAN, is set to present some movie fireworks on Monday, July 4. His chosen films include two starring James Cagney, the musical biography Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and the Prohibition-era drama The Roaring Twenties (1939). O’Brien is also set to present the television news satire Network (1976) and the Marx Brothers comedy Duck Soup (1933).
Cher, who earned an Oscar for her performance in the romance Moonstruck, is a passionate fan of classic films and TCM. For her night as GUEST PROGRAMMER in September, she has chosen the Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical Follow the Fleet (1936), David Lean’s delightful comedy Hobson’s Choice (1954), the Damon Runyon tale The Big Street (1942) and the comedy-mystery Lady of Burlesque (1943).
John Carpenter, who revitalized the horror genre with Halloween, is set to present three science-fiction thrillers in October, including The Thing from Another World (1951), a film he later remade in 1982; It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958); and the Hammer classic The Curse of Frankenstein (1958). Carpenter’s night also includes the Howard Hawks western Rio Bravo (1959).
Ron Perlman – known for his memorable character work in the Hellboy films, the current series Sons of Anarchy and the popular TV drama Beauty and the Beast – is set to present four films in November. His choices include the romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story (1940), the sprawling western Red River (1948), the rousing adventure Gunga Din (1939) and the Frank Capra drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).
Winona Ryder, whose film career includes Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Oscar nominations for The Age of Innocence and Little Women, will present four films in December. Her chosen movies include The Front (1976), starring Woody Allen; the Barbara Stanwyck-Gary Cooper screwball comedy Ball of Fire (1941); Born Yesterday (1950), with Judy Holliday in her Oscar-winning role; and Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd (1957).
James L. Brooks has earned three Oscars for Terms of Endearment and a shelf-full of Emmys for such series as The Simpsons and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Brooks is slated to present four films in January 2012, including My Favorite Year (1982), which will be preceded by the classic Your Show of Shows comedy skit that inspired it; the satirical masterpieces Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Network (1976); and the Sidney Lumet thriller Prince of the City (1981).
About Turner Classic Movies (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, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
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