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TCM is letting celebrities pick the movies in November

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2007 10:36AM

Martha StewartWe first told you about this back in August, and now the complete list is out: Turner Classic Movies is letting celebrities program the network for the month of November. Each celeb is picking three or four films, and here are a few of the more interesting choices (it started Thursday with Alfred Molina's picks).

Whoopi Goldberg likes A Face in the Crowd and Funny Girl. Jerry Stiller likes A Night At The Opera. Kermit The Frog loves dancing to Singin' In The Rain and The Band Wagon. Martha Stewart would probably have some decorating ideas as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

Simpsons creator Matt Groening goes with an interesting mix of movies, including Way Out West (Laurel & Hardy) and I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang. Jack Klugman picks a flick he was in, Twelve Angry Men, but it's a great choice. Donald Trump gives a predictable list.

What would you pick? This is really hard for me, but if we're talking classic flicks, I'll go with It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Three Days of the Condor, and The Tin Star.

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"Inherit the Wind" - Spencer Tracy and Fredric March chewing up the scenery with Gene Kelly egging them on. The courtroom scenes are some of the best ever filmed.
"The Producers" - Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, and Mel Brooks, all at their best.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" - The greatest popcorn flick of all times with a great sense of fun that went missing in the sequels.

November 04 2007 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, ok, really only 3 or 4? Than I would have to say "The Thin Man", "The Big Chill", (shut up, I want to hear no disparaging comments, I wuv it), "It's a Wonderful Life", and "Harvey". They are all movies I simply have to watch whenever they're on, no matter what.

November 03 2007 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

North by Northwest, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (ok, I know it's hokey, but I can't help it - it's still one of my favorite-ever musicals), and Bringing Up Baby

November 03 2007 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One movie I'd love to see again, since I haven't seen it since I was a kid, is THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. I'd also like to see Jean Cocteau's ORPHEUS again. And one that no one has ever heard of, a Japanese spy film from the Swingin' Sixties, BLACK LIZARD. Also, the rarely screened comedy COLD TURKEY and the bizarro AMERICATHON (which I finally tracked down on VHS!). TCM would never let me program their channel!

November 03 2007 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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