TCM Announces 2012 Schedule for The Essentials, Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore

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February 10th, 2012

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TCM Announces 2012 Schedule for The Essentials, Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore

The 12th season of Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) signature showcase, The Essentials, will open Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. (ET) with the hilarious gender-bending comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). The presentation will mark the debut of Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Drew Barrymore as The Essentials' new co-host. Each week, she will take the chair opposite TCM host Robert Osborne each week to introduce a hand-picked classic film and offer commentary on its cultural relevance and what makes it a timeless, must-see movie. In addition to Some Like It Hot, the opening night of The Essentials will also feature a special late-night presentation of Rob Reiner's rock-and-roll mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap (1984).

In the introduction for Some Like It Hot, Barrymore discusses what a huge fan she is of the film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. “I loved it so much when I was a kid," she tells Osborne. "I found it so incredibly entertaining. The older I get, the more I appreciate the themes in the movie, and that sort of changes for me as I grow up. Billy Wilder definitely picked the right cast. He picked a cast with great chemistry."

When it comes to This Is Spinal Tap, Barrymore says, "I couldn't believe how groundbreaking this film was with its mockumentary style.  They're really having this perfect improv. I just appreciate it more and more and more and more."

The lineup of movies selected by Barrymore and Osborne for the 12th season of The Essentials includes such enduring classics as George Cukor’s star-studded comedy Dinner at Eight (1933), which features Barrymore’s grandfather, John, and great uncle, Lionel; George Stevens’ comedic romance Alice Adams (1935), starring Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray; William Wyler’s atmospheric version of Wuthering Heights (1939), starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon; Howard Hawks’ To Have and Have Not (1944), which paired future spouses Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall for the first time; Carol Reed’s thrilling mystery The Third Man (1949), with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles; and Charles Vidor’s film noir Gilda (1946), with Glenn Ford and the sensuous Rita Hayworth.

Among the more contemporary films Barrymore and Osborne have chosen for The Essentials are Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), with an Academy Award®-winning performance by Ellen Burstyn; Herbert Ross’ film with original screenplay by Neil Simon The Goodbye Girl (1977), which earned Richard Dreyfuss an Oscar®; Steven Spielberg’s eye-popping sci-fi drama Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon and French New Wave auteur Francois Truffaut; and Robert Benton’s domestic drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), with Oscar-winning performances by Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.

“We're thrilled Drew will be joining us throughout 2012 on The Essentials,” said Osborne. “I think she's going to surprise people with her passion for great cinema and her abundant knowledge of film history.”

The following is the complete lineup for TCM's 12th season of The Essentials, which airs each Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET), except where noted:

March 3 – Some Like It Hot (1959)
March 3 – Special Late-Night Presentation at 2 a.m.: This is Spinal Tap (1984)
March 10 – The Razor's Edge (1946)
March 17 – Alice Adams (1935)
March 24 – The Goodbye Girl (1977)
March 31 – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
April 7 – Gilda (1946)
April 14 – The Fallen Idol (1948)
April 21 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
April 28 – The Third Man (1949)
May 5 – Camille (1936)
May 12 – Diabolique (1955)
May 19 – Wuthering Heights (1939)
May 26 – Dinner at Eight (1933)
June 2 – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
June 9 – Jezebel (1938)
June 16 – Special Double Feature: The Way We Were (1973)
June 16 – Special Late-Night Presentation: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
June 23 – Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
June 30 – Sullivan's Travels (1941)
July 7 – Summertime (1955)
July 14 – The Band Wagon (1953)
July 21 – To Have and Have Not (1944)
July 28 – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Aug. 4 – Some Like it Hot (1959)
Aug. 11 – Lolita (1962)
Aug. 18 – Captains Courageous (1937)
Aug. 25 – The Razor's Edge (1946)
Sept. 1 – Alice Adams (1935)
Sept. 8 – The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Sept. 15 – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Sept. 22 – Gilda (1946)
Sept. 29 – The Fallen Idol (1948)
Oct. 6 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Oct. 6 – Special Late-Night Presentation: The Wild Bunch (1969)
Oct. 13 – The Third Man (1949)
Oct. 20 – Camille (1936)
Oct. 27 – Diabolique (1955)
Nov. 3 – Wuthering Heights (1939)
Nov. 10 – Dinner at Eight (19)
Nov. 17 – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Nov. 24 – Jezebel (19)
Dec. 1 – Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Dec. 1 – Special Late-Night Presentation: Lost in America (1985)
Dec. 8 – Summertime (1955)
Dec. 15 – The Band Wagon (1953)
Dec. 22 – Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Dec. 29 – The Way We Were (1973)
Jan. 5, 2013– To Have and Have Not (1944)
Jan. 12, 2013 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Jan. 19, 2013 – Lolita (1962)
Jan. 26, 2013 – Captains Courageous (1937)

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 86 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 and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials on its website, TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

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