TCM Announces Guest Programmers for 2012, Including Jules Feiffer, Anthony Bourdain, Debra Winger, Ellen Barkin, Spike Lee, Regis Philbin and Jim Lehrer

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February 22nd, 2012

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Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, world-renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain, three-time Oscar® nominee Debra Winger, Emmy®-winning actress Ellen Barkin, Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee, Emmy-winning television icon Regis Philbin and Peabody Award-winning journalist and news anch or Jim Lehrer are coming to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2012 to participate in the network's popular Guest Programmer series.

TCM's Guest Programmer showcase invites notable figures from such fields as film, television, music and books to program an entire night of their favorite films and present them on the air with TCM host Robert Osborne.

"One of the things I enjoy doing most at TCM is sitting down with people from different backgrounds to talk about movies they love, and finding out why," said Osborne. "This year's list of Guest Programmers is an amazing mix of remarkable people who've chosen an intriguing mix of films for reasons I think TCM's audience will find, in most cases, surprising and absolutely fascinating."

Jules Feiffer, who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartoons in The Village Voice and a 1961 Academy Award for his animated short Munro, will sit in the Guest Programmer chair on Tuesday, March 20. His picks for the night include the Depression-era musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), the delightful screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), the gripping melodrama They Drive By Night (1940) and the film noir classic This Gun for Hire (1942).

Anthony Bourdain, winner of Bon Appétit magazine's Food Writer of the Year Award and host of the popular Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, will present his selec tions on Tuesday, April 10. He has chosen John Ford's stunning western The Searchers (1956), the moody French-Italian thriller Eyes Without a Face (1960), the acclaimed British crime film Get Carter (1971) and the offbeat comedy-drama Withnail & I (1987).

Debra Winger, who earned Oscar nominations for her work in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Shadowlands (1993), is slated to be the Guest Programmer on Tuesday, May 22. Her night of films includes John Huston's film version of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana (1964), Wim Wenders' rich fantasy Wings of Desire (1987), Jules Dassin's French heist film Rififi (1955) and the sultry film noir Gilda (1946).

Ellen Barkin, whose career film credits include Diner (1982), Sea of Love (1989), This Boy’s Life (1993) Ocean’s 13 (2007) and most recently Another Happy Day (2011), will join Osborne to present her favorite films in June. She has chosen John Huston's boxing drama Fat City (1972), Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria (1957), Mike Nichols' powerful film version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and Peter Bogdanovich's Texas-set drama The Last Picture Show (1971).

Spike Lee, the revolutionary director of such remarkable films as the Peabody award-winning documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise (2010) and Inside Man (2006) will sit in the Guest Programmer chair in July. His movie selections include Billy Wilder's cynical drama Ace in the Hole (1 951), the nightmarish thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955), the bitingly satirical drama A Face in the Crowd (1957) and Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning blue-collar drama On the Waterfront (1954).

Regis Philbin, the television icon who has hosted such shows as LIve with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, will offer some of his favorite films in September. He is set to present the domestic comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), the love-triangle musical High Society (1956), the boxing biopic Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) and George Stevens' rousing action-adventure Gunga Din (1939).

Jim Leher is the longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour, moderator of 11 Presidential debates and author of the book Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. He comes to the network in October, amidst the final buildup to the 2012 Presidential el ection, to present four of his favorites, including the Oscar-winning political drama All the King's Men (1949), Frank Capra's romantic screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934), George Cukor's Oscar-winning musical My Fair Lady (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock's nail-biting thriller North by Northwest (1959).

TCM will announce additional 2012 Guest Programmers in the coming months.



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