Festival lineup also features cast reunion of Christopher Guest's 'Best in Show,' plus appearances by film and television icons John Landis, Dick Cavett & Bob Newhart
Turner Classic Movies has announced legendary actor Michael Douglas will attend the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival for a pair of major events. On April 8, Douglas will sit down with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for an in-depth interview about his career at the legendary The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre as part of the annual "Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival" series. In addition, the Oscar-winning actor will participate in a discussion following a screening of the 1979 thriller "The China Syndrome," which he produced and starred in opposite Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon.
"Michael Douglas has been part of our collective Hollywood consciousness his entire life. From chasing bad guys through the streets of San Francisco to playing an iconic bad guy in Gordon Gekko, Michael has stayed not only relevant, but vital," Mankiewicz said. "To say that I'm looking forward to discussing the career of an actor who played Liberace 38 years after producing 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is a huge understatement."
TCM continues to add screen legends and beloved icons to its lineup for the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, which is set to take place April 6-9 in Hollywood, including:
•"Best in Show" (2000). Cast members from Christopher Guest's acclaimed mockumentary - Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins, Jim Piddock and Bob Balaban - will be on hand to discuss the comedy about the eccentric characters competing at a national dog show.
•Bob Newhart - the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner will introduce a screening of "Hell Is For Heroes" (1962).
•John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker will attend a 40th anniversary screening of their irreverent sketch comedy "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977) and participate in a conversation about the film.
•Emmy-winning television personality Dick Cavett will introduce screenings of "Monkey Business" (1931), the first original film production from the Marx Brothers, "Way Out West" (1937), and sit down for a conversation in "Club TCM."
In addition, the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival will present a number of rare screening events that celebrate cinema's ability to immerse viewers in the film experience, including:
•Nitrate Films. This year's festival will showcase the history of cinema and highlight the institutions that work hard to protect original nitrate prints for contemporary audiences to experience, including Academy Film Archive, George Eastman Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The lineup includes: "Black Narcissus" (1947), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), "Laura (1944) and "Lady in the Dark" (1944), all shown at the Egyptian Theatre. Nitrate projection will be made possible through support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Turner Classic Movies, and The Film Foundation, in partnership with the American Cinematheque and the Academy Film Archive.
•Cinerama. A screening of the very first film made for the ultra-widescreen process - the aptly titled "This is Cinerama" (1952) - in its original format presented at ArcLight Cinemas' Cinerama Dome.
•Speedy Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. A screening of the Harold Lloyd comedy "Speedy" (1928), with original music by the famed Alloy Orchestra.
•Those Redheads from Seattle in 3D. The world-premiere restoration of the rarely seen musical "Those Redheads from Seattle" (1953), presented in its original 3-D format.
Previously announced events and appearances include Oscar winner Sidney Poitier for the 50th anniversary opening-night screening of "In the Heat of the Night" (1967); Mel Brooks for the 40th anniversary screening of his Hitchcock spoof "High Anxiety" (1977); actress Lee Grant for screenings of "Detective Story" (1951) and "The Landlord" (1970); and actor-director Peter Bogdanovich for screenings of "The Last Picture Show" (1971) and "What's Up, Doc?" (1972). Grant and Bogdanovich will also be interviewed in the festival's central gathering point, "Club TCM." And legendary father and son filmmakers Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX.
Visit the festival's website: filmfestival.tcm.com.