The 2016 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Even More Adventures in Paradise – Part 2

The red carpet. (It's under there somewhere!)

The red carpet. (It’s under there somewhere!)

The adventure continues . . .

At the last two TCM Film Festivals, I had an “Essential” pass, which allowed me to walk the red carpet for the opening night film. For this event, you get all gussied up and kind of rub elbows with the stars. Only trouble is, you’re hustled so quickly down the carpet, you really don’t get to see anyone. At least I didn’t.

But this year was a whole ‘nother thing! This time, I covered the red carpet from the bleachers, which was a total blast! Kim and I sat behind Jessica of Comet Over Hollywood and Angela of The Hollywood Revue, who added to the fun!

Sean Cameron, Emcee Extraordinaire.

Sean Cameron, Emcee Extraordinaire.

First off, the event was hosted by Sean Cameron, Vice President of Studio Production for TCM, who is, bar none, one of the most entertaining people I’ve ever come across. He was the perfect emcee, and kept the bleacher fans in stitches with his winning personality, sparkling wit, and razor-sharp sense of humor.

For a long while, we just applauded and woo-hooed for the passholders walking the carpet on their way into Grauman’s Chinese Theater to see the opening night film, All The President’s Men (1976). Meanwhile, we could see the line of celebrities slowly making their way toward us, as they stopped to be interviewed and photographed by the members of the press. At last, the celebrities reached the eagerly waiting bleacher fans, and most stopped for a brief exchange with Sean Cameron.

It was a great thrill to see the celebrities close up – talk about star-struck! Here are pictures of some of the many stars who passed by, almost close enough to reach out and touch (I also included the name of each star’s film(s) that aired at the festival or, if their film was featured, I provided the films they introduced).

Darryl Hickman (Tea and Sympathy)

Darryl Hickman (Tea and Sympathy)

Ann Robinson (War of the Worlds)

Ann Robinson (War of the Worlds)

Ted Donaldson (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

Ted Donaldson (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

Lee Meriwether (Batman)

Lee Meriwether (Batman)

Norman Lloyd (He didn't introduce a film; he just came because he's AWESOME.)

Norman Lloyd (He didn’t introduce a film; he just came because he’s AWESOME.)

Alec Baldwin, his wife, and their baby-to-be!

Alec Baldwin, his wife, and their baby-to-be! Baldwin interviewed Angela Lansbury and Elliot Gould.

Salvatore Cacsio (Cinema Paradiso)

Salvatore Cacsio (Cinema Paradiso)

Keith Carradine (Introduced several films)

Keith Carradine (Introduced Dark Victory, Love Me or Leave Me, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)

Roger Corman

Roger Corman (I’m not sure if he introduced any films, but it was great to see him!)

Lou Gossett, Jr. (I'm not sure if he introduced any films. Anybody know?)

Lou Gossett, Jr. (I don’t think he introduced any films. Anybody know?)

James Cromwell

James Cromwell (Introduced Double Harness, which was directed by his father, John Cromwell.)

Chris Lemmon, son of Jack (as if you couldn't tell!)

Chris Lemmon (Introduced My Sister Eileen, which starred his father. Some resemblance, eh?)

Gina Lollabrigida (Trapeze and Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell)

Gina Lollobrigida (Trapeze and Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell)

Hope you enjoyed sharing my red carpet experience! Stay tuned for more from the 2016 TCM Film Festival…

~ by shadowsandsatin on May 4, 2016.

4 Responses to “The 2016 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Even More Adventures in Paradise – Part 2”

  1. Who played Norman Bates’s jailer in Psycho (1960)?
    Which of the Little Rascals appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life (1939)?
    What actor or actress introduced Cole Porter’s song, “Easy to Love”?
    In Sunset Boulevard (1950), who played The Waxworks?
    What’s the film that featured the actress who inspired Olive’s voice?
    What’s the film that featured the actress who inspired Olive’s voice?
    The voice of Olive Oyl in the Popeye cartoons was inspired by an actress who appeared in what film?
    How many live-action Frankenstein movies did Boris Karloff appear in?
    James Karen did not appear in which of the following movies: Friday the 13th, Poltergeist, Return of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead 2, or Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.
    Fayard Nicholas named his baby brother after which silent film star?
    Who was Greta Garbo’s first leading man in Hollywood?
    Who was the first actor to play Superman?
    Who was the first actor to play Batman?
    What comic book hero was modeled after Fred MacMurray?
    Who was Gene Barry’s leading lady in War of the Worlds (1953)?

    1. Ted Knight
    2. Alfalfa Switzer
    3. James Stewart
    4. Buster, Anna, H.B.
    5.
    6.
    7.
    8. 4?
    9.
    10. Dustin?
    11. Ricardo Cortez
    12. Kirk Alyn
    13. Lewis Wilson (thanks to TCMs Saturday programming)
    14. Marvel something?
    15. Ann Robinson

    Gee, that wasn’t as easy as I hoped. Or…gee, I’m not as smart as I think I am.

  2. Karen! Looks lik you had AMAZING seats for this event. I love all those celeb photos!

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