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You've got just a couple days before Turner Classic Movies' first film festival (April 22-25). To whet your appetite, listen to Off-Ramp host John Rabe's interview with TCM's Ben Mankiewicz, the Hollywood and DC scion, on movies, Spock, and talk radio.

Here's the news release from TCM...


Turner Classic Movies Invites Fans to Join Network in Hollywood April 22-25 for First-Ever TCM Classic Film Festival

WHAT: Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the authority in classic film, will stage the network’s first film festival in the heart of Hollywood.

Kicking off the four-day event will be the world premiere of a stunning new restoration of George Cukor’s A Star is Born (1954). Other important presentations include Metropolis (1927), featuring previously lost footage; a 50th anniversary screening of a restored version of Jean Luc Godard’s Breathless (1959); a special screening of the 70mm road show version of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); and The Producers (1968), including a discussion with writer/director Mel Brooks, who will also be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the festival.

WHO: Robert Osborne, TCM’s primetime host, will be the official host of the festival. All screenings – more than 50 in all – will include special introductions to provide context about each film. Among the numerous talents slated to attend and talk about their work are Mel Brooks, Luise Rainer, Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Jon Voight, Martin Landau, Buck Henry, Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Lloyd, Susan Kohner Weitz, Juanita Moore, director Richard Rush and special effects artist Douglas Trumbull, with more to be announced over the next several weeks. In addition, TCM weekend-daytime host Ben Mankiewicz will take part in introducing films during the festival.

WHERE: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, California

WHEN: April 22-25, 2010

WHY: The network is inviting fans from around the country to join this new festival and share their passion for great movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival. This landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and its movies will be presented in a way that only TCM can, with major events, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more. The four-day festival will also provide movie fans a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen.

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network celebrating 15 years of presenting great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 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 upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.