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Turner Classic Movies Announces Guest Programmers

By February 23, 2012

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TCM has just announced its first batch of guest hosts who will join host Robert Osborne for the cable network's popular Guest Programmer series.

This Gun for HireOn March 20th, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and Oscar nominee, Jules Feiffer, will sit in with Osborne to introduce his favorites, including Gregory La Cava's screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey (1936), the classic film noir, This Gun for Hire (1942), starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, and They Drive By Night (1940), with Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart.

Chef and author Anthony Bourdain will stop by on April 10th to present John Ford's great Western, The Searchers (1956), featuring John Wayne in one of his best performances, and the excellent British crime thriller, Get Carter (1971), which starred Michael Caine as a London gangster who suspects foul play in the accidental death of his brother.

Next Oscar-nominated actress Debra Winger will sit opposite Osborne on May 22nd to present John Huston's adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana (1964), the classic heist film from France, Rififi (1955), and the great film noir, Gilda (1946), featuring starlet Rita Hayworth in her best-known performance.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Sometime in June, Ellen Barkin will be on hand to sh0wcase her favorites, including John Huston's Fat City (1972), a gritty look at an alcoholic small-time boxer (Stacy Keach) trying to mount a comeback, Mike Nichols' acidic adaptation of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), featuring powerhouse performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Peter Bogdanovich's deeply moving drama, The Last Picture Show (1971).

Spike Lee joins Robert Osborne in July, when he'll present such classics as Billy Wilder's cynical drama, Ace in the Hole (1951), with Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling, the great Charles Laughton thriller, The Night of the Hunter (1955), starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters, and Elia Kazan's brilliant On the Waterfront (1954), featuring Marlon Brando in his most iconic performance.

High SocietyFinally, Regis Philbin will be on the program to introduce the musical High Society (1956), the last film performance of Grace Kelly, the boxing biopic Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and the rousing action-adventure, Gunga Din (1939), starring Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Joan Fontaine.

TCM will announce other Guest Programmers later in the year.

Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in 'This Gun for Hire'/Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton square of in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'/Warner Bros.

Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra in 'High Society'/MGM Home Entertainment


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