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TCM announces 14 ‘Big Screen Classics’ that will play in NEPA theaters in 2017

TCM announces 14 ‘Big Screen Classics’ that will play in NEPA theaters in 2017
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From a press release:

Gene Kelly will sing in the rain, Bette Davis will fasten her seatbelt for a bumpy night, Marlon Brando will make an offer no one can refuse, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint will scurry across Mount Rushmore, and Elliott and E.T. will fly over the moon – and they’ll do it all on the silver screen in 2017. Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies have announced their continuing partnership to bring monthly screenings of their “TCM Big Screen Classics” series to movie theaters nationwide throughout the year, including select theaters in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For the second consecutive year, “TCM Big Screen Classics” offers film fans an amazing journey into the magic of movies year-round. Beginning in January, the series presents one or more films each month in movie theaters, all accompanied by specially produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz or Saturday afternoon host Tiffany Vazquez, giving unique insight and behind-the-scenes tidbits that enhance the movie-going experience. Each title returns for four showings only, making the “TCM Big Screen Classics” series a monthly must-see for movie buffs of all ages.

In 2017, the “TCM Big Screen Classics” series features: “Some Like It Hot” (1959) from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); “The Godfather” (1972) from Paramount Pictures; “The Graduate” (1967) from Rialto Pictures; “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) from Sony Pictures Entertainment; “An Affair to Remember” (1957), “All About Eve” (1950), and “The Princess Bride” (1987) from Twentieth Century Fox; “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) from Universal Pictures; and “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), “North by Northwest” (1959), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), and “Casablanca” (1942) from Warner Bros.

Each of these cinematic treasures will be digitally projected in its original aspect ratio at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day (Sundays and Wednesdays).

Tickets for the 2017 “TCM Big Screen Classics” series can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network, including Cinemark 20 (40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic), Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX (3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City), Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg), and Digiplex Cinema Center of Bloomsburg (1879 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg). Theaters and participants are subject to change, so check each theater’s website for details.

“TCM and Fathom are proud to announce some of the greatest feature films of all time in the 2017 TCM Big Screen Classics series. These 14 titles were released over five decades and include ‘Best Picture’ winners, epic storytelling, astounding direction, legendary star power, and memorable soundtracks, all of which have captured the hearts of film lovers and defined moviemaking magic,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas.

“The TCM Big Screen Classics series presents a unique opportunity for movie lovers to experience some of the most beloved classics of all time, on the big screen and with a live audience, as they were originally intended to be shown,” said Genevieve McGillicuddy, vice president of partnerships and brand activation at Turner Classic Movies. “Expanding our long-term relationship with Fathom Events and our studio partners makes it possible for TCM to directly engage with a community of movie fans in a meaningful and memorable way and share our love of classic film in local markets across the country.”

From January through December 2017, here’s a month-by-month look at the amazing films that comprise this year’s “TCM Big Screen Classics” series:

“Singin’ in the Rain” 65th Anniversary (1952) – Sunday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 18

Silent film movie star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) finds his muse in Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) just as Hollywood discovers talking pictures, but mega-star Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) isn’t going to stand for it – she’s bigger “than Calvin Coolidge, put together!” With the help of Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), Don and Kathy will find a way to overcome the scheming Lina. Co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, “Singin’ in the Rain” is a glorious, grin-inducing example of the Hollywood studio system at its finest, one of the happiest of musicals ever made.

“An Affair to Remember” 60th Anniversary (1957) – Sunday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 15

The perfect Valentine’s Day event for romantics and movie-lovers alike, this CinemaScope classic remains as much a tearjerker today as it was 60 years ago, when its misty-eyed tale was first released. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the two lovers who meet by chance on a trans-Atlantic voyage and fall in love despite their existing relationships. When they agree to meet six months later atop the Empire State Building, they cannot foresee the tragic circumstances that will test the limits of their devotion – and of the tear ducts of millions of moviegoers who have fallen in love with this swooning story of love, fate, and circumstance.

“All About Eve” (1950) – Sunday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 8

Backstage backstabbing and treachery has never been as deliciously fun or as intensely dramatic as it is in “All About Eve,” which is tied only with “Titanic” for the most Academy Award nominations for a single film. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s black-and-white masterpiece also stars a young Marilyn Monroe in one of her first important roles. With a record-breaking four nominations in female acting categories (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as “Best Actress” and Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter as “Best Supporting Actress”), it remains one of the most riveting dramas ever made, a movie often imitated but never duplicated.

“North By Northwest” (1959) – Sunday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 5

From its dazzling opening credits sequence by Saul Bass, set to a wild scherzo by Bernard Hermann, to its cliffhanging finale atop Mount Rushmore, director Alfred Hitchcock’s cross-country adventure offers non-stop thrills. It stars Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, a man wrongly accused of murder, who hops on to a train… and into the lap of Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). All the while, he’s pursued by the sinister Philip Vandamm (James Mason), who is convinced that Thornhill is a spy. He’s not – but he’s about to become one. Few films are as effortlessly delightful as Hitchcock’s grandest adventure ever.

“The Graduate” 50th Anniversary (1967) – Sunday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 26

Dustin Hoffman delivers a Hollywood rarity: a true star-making performance as the confused, floundering Benjamin Braddock. He’s a new college graduate who seems to have no ambition in life until he crosses paths with the very married Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The biggest box office surprise of the decade, “The Graduate” was an Oscar winner for director Mike Nichols (among its seven nominations), and Simon & Garfunkel’s score started a new trend in movie soundtracks. “The Graduate” may be celebrating its 50th anniversary, but it remains as insightful, relevant, and sharply funny as ever, and comes back to movie screens just in time for a new generation of graduates to learn the secret to success: plastics.

“Smokey and the Bandit” 40th Anniversary (1977) – Sunday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 24

The summer of 1977 might be best known for a certain intergalactic adventure, but “Smokey and the Bandit” was the year’s second highest-grossing movie, a gleefully silly romp that grossed the adjusted box office equivalent of nearly $500 million. The plot is almost nonexistent – the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) has 28 hours to drive a truckload of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia while avoiding the relentless “Smokey,” Sherrif Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) – and takes a backseat to the stunt-driven action of director Hal Needham and the still-sizzling on-screen chemistry of Reynolds and Sally Field.

“The Godfather” 45th Anniversary (1972) – Sunday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 7

There is the sheer perfection of the performances by such legendary names as Brando, Pacino, Keaton and Duvall; the impeccable direction of Francis Ford Coppola; the haunting musical theme by Nino Rota; and the stunning cinematography by Gordon Willis. Any one of these elements would make “The Godfather” a classic, but this epic crime drama combines them all into a towering achievement in American filmmaking celebrating its 45th anniversary, an epic saga that redefined cinema.

“Some Like It Hot” (1959) – Sunday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 14

This hysterical comedy from director Billy Wilder finds Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon masquerading as women in order to elude irate Chicago mobsters while befriending a beautiful singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). One of the most influential movies ever made, “Some Like It Hot” is one of the greatest comedies of all time, still generating laughs nearly 60 years later.

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” 35th Anniversary (1982) – Sunday, July 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 2

Director Amy Heckerling’s adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s book (he also wrote the screenplay) didn’t simply capture a moment in time – it defined a generation by observing the behaviors and habits of teenagers in the early ‘80s with sharpness and an endless wellspring of humor. Pitch-perfect performances and a soundtrack filled with hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s make “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” one of the quintessential cinematic experiences of the era – a nostalgic look back for those who lived through it and an eye-opening revelation for younger audiences.

“Bonnie and Clyde” 50th Anniversary (1967) – Sunday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 16

Faye Dunaway is Bonnie Parker and Warren Beatty is Clyde Barrow in Arthur Penn’s violent, sexually charged, and deeply influential crime drama, a nostalgic look back at notorious outlaws filmed with the passion and zeal of filmmakers who were beginning to explore the boundaries of their craft. With a legendary screenplay by writers Robert Benton and David Newman, “Bonnie and Clyde” features supporting performances by an exemplary cast that includes Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons and became a pop culture sensation. A movie about legends that became a legend itself, “Bonnie and Clyde” made international superstars out of its cast and influenced generations of filmmakers and audiences.

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” 35th Anniversary (1982) – Sunday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 20

35 years since its release, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” remains a singular achievement, a movie that enchanted a generation with its sheer moviemaking prowess and its simple, exquisite story of the bond between a little boy and an alien. Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, it’s one of the rare movies that can be universally defined by a single shot: Elliott and E.T. flying on a bicycle against a full moon. Set to a lush, unforgettable score by John Williams, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” mesmerizes everyone who sees it – including the United Nations, who, in September 1982, awarded Spielberg the U.N. Peace Medal for his creation of one of Hollywood’s most enduring movies.

“The Princess Bride” 30th Anniversary (1987) – Sunday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 18

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles – doesn’t sound too bad! Director Rob Reiner’s charming fantasy adventure, from a screenplay by William Goldman (and based on his novel), is a fairy tale like no other, a movie that is as beguiling to adults as it is to children, infused with magic and beauty. Robin Wright stars as Princess Buttercup, with Cary Elwes as her dashing Westley, and Mandy Patinkin is the revenge-seeking Inigo Montoya – just the beginning in an adventure that’s as fresh, fun, and tongue-in-cheek as ever. The perfect cast also includes Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and, as the young boy who gets the best bedtime story ever, Fred Savage.

“Casablanca” 75th Anniversary (1942) – Sunday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 15

As time goes by, some movies age, but “Casablanca” remains timeless. Perhaps no other movie has become as beloved and as synonymous with Hollywood glamour as “Casablanca.” Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, owner of Rick’s, the nightclub that everyone in Casablanca attends – including resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), whose sudden appearance leads to some of the best dialogue ever written for the movies. The screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch took an unproduced stage play and turned it into a movie unlike any other, which received the Academy Award for “Best Picture” and became one of the most classic films of all time.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” 50th Anniversary (1967) – Sunday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 13

50 years ago, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” scandalized audiences with its bold depiction of interracial romance – a poignant subject at this time in history, and its depiction of prejudice overcome by love remain powerful and moving. Sidney Poitier delivers a commanding performance as John Prentice, who accompanies his fiancée, Joey, (Katharine Houghton) to her parents’ home – without telling them that he is black. As her parents, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in their final film together. Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was a box office sensation across the country, including in the South, where the studio worried that audiences would shy away from its subject. It is, in the words of The New York Times, “a deft comedy and – most of all – a paean to the power of love.”

TCM is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like “The Essentials,” hosted by Robert Osborne and Sally Field, and “Spotlight;” and annual programming events like “31 Days of Oscar” in February, “Summer Under the Stars” in August, and “TCM Movie Camp” during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

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

Fathom Events is the event cinema distribution arm of AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc., and Regal Entertainment Group, the three largest movie theater circuits in the U.S., and is recognized as the leading distributor of alternative content. It offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance, and theatre productions, such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s “Hamlet;” sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico; concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction; the TCM Presents classic film series; and faith-based events.

Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras, including audience Q&As, backstage footage, and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 885 locations and 1,348 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas, including all of the Top 50.