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TCM to Light up Summertime with Seventh Edition of Popular Summer Under the Stars


Each August, movie fans come out of the sun and park themselves on the sofa for the latest edition of Turner Classic Movies’(TCM) ultimate movie star showcase: Summer Under the Stars. Returning for its seventh year, the festival dedicates each of its 31 days to one of Hollywood’s most enduring personalities. Assembled from the network’s library of more than 5,000 films, this one-of-a-kind festival is an opportunity for viewers to enjoy a varied selection from each star’s body of work, uncut and commercial free.

More than half of the month’s actors and actresses featured in this year’s Summer Under the Stars are first-timers to the festival. The 17 memorable performers include six Oscar® winners: James Coburn (Aug. 4), Gloria Grahame (Aug. 13), Yul Brynner (Aug. 26), two-time winners Gene Hackman (Aug. 21) and Fredric March (Aug. 24), and honorary recipient Harold Lloyd (Aug. 5). Other stars getting their first showcases include James Mason (Aug. 2), Marion Davies (Aug. 3), Dirk Bogarde (Aug. 10), Red Skelton (Aug. 19), Miriam Hopkins (Aug. 20), Sterling Hayden (Aug. 22), Merle Oberon (Aug. 25), Ida Lupino (Aug. 27), Jean Arthur (Aug. 30) and Claire Bloom (Aug. 31).

This year’s Summer Under the Stars also features 42 feature films making their premiere on TCM, nearly twice as many as last year. Movies making their first appearance on TCM during the festival include The Grapes of Wrath (1940), An Affair to Remember (1957), Les Miserables (1935), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Innocents (1961) and Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955).

TCM’s popular franchises The Essentials, co-hosted by TCM’s Robert Osborne and Emmy®-winning actor Alec Baldwin, and The Essentials Jr., hosted by Emmy winner John Lithgow, will continue throughout Summer Under the Stars. Saturdays at 8 p.m. (ET), The Essentials offerings include The Grapes of Wrath (Aug. 1), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Aug. 8), An Affair to Remember (Aug. 15), The Asphalt Jungle (Aug. 22) and Lolita (Aug. 29). Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET), The Essentials Jr. will feature Heaven Can Wait (Aug. 2), Notorious (Aug. 9), It Happened at the World’s Fair (Aug. 16), Gaslight (Aug. 23) and You Can’t Take It with You (Aug. 30).

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 80 million homes, presents great films uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009, 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 produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, along with hosting a wealth of materials at its Web site, TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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