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TCM Film Festival Returns to Hollywood With Spielberg, More

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LINDSEY BAHR April 19 2022 131 AM GMT+5Updated on April 19 2022 656 AM GMT+5 Share this article AP Classic film lovers know the importance of a grand entrance and the folks at Turner Classic Movies are pulling out all the stops for the return of the TCM Classic Film Festival this week in Hollywood After two years of virtual editions because of the pandemic the festival kicks off Thursday with the help of Steven Spielberg who will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ET The Extra Terrestrial He and stars Drew Barrymore Henry Thomas Dee Wallace and Robert Mac Naughton will gather at the TCL Chinese Theatre for a discussion with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before the new IMAX restoration of the 1982 film screens.

Its the first time Spielberg will be at the festival Hell also make an appearance to introduce a 4K restoration of the George Stevens film Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor Rock Hudson and James Dean ET is not the only 40year reunion on the slate Kevin Bacon Tim Daly Steve Guttenberg and Paul Reiser are reuniting for a discussion and screening of Barry Levinsons Diner And Aileen Quinn is joining Alicia Malone to talk about playing the lead in John Hustons Annie.

The festival will celebrate talent like 85yearold Bruce Dern Piper Laurie the now 90yearold star of Carrie The Hustler Twin Peaks and Children of a Lesser God and Floyd Norman the 86yearold animator who has had a hand in everything from Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book to Toy Story 2 Cast members of Cooley High and A League of Their Own will be on hand to discuss their films and Lily Tomlin will also cement her Hollywood legacy with a hand and footprint ceremony outside of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Its a proverbial embarrassment of riches said Pola Chang non TCMs general manager Having people back together again in these venues is just so special Chang non and others behind the festival are giddy to finally get to gather again at the historic spots along Hollywood Boulevard from the Chinese Theatre to the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel Both venues have been been the site of past Academy Awards ceremonies and are just steps away from the Dolby Theatre the Oscars current home Red lipstick and fedoras are not required but many attendees like to use the occasion to dress to the nines and pay homage to the fashions of Hollywood is golden age for spirited film screenings and talks.

In addition to screenings of well known standards like Singing in the Rain Tootsie Spartacus and Paper Moon the schedule also boasts obscure jewels that are not widely available Our fans have eclectic tastes Chang non said Some want to see things they have seen before Some want to see things that they have never seen They want the discoveries.

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