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Why we’ll always need Turner Classic Movies

Like other creative enterprises that get national exposure but can be overlooked in their hometowns, Turner Classic Movies is a lodestar for fans of classic film that is sometimes taken for granted in Atlanta. The network’s film-purist canon of uncut, commercial-free movies, piped into American homes like cinematic catnip 24 hours a day, has made it a beloved binge-watch for top directors like Nancy Meyers, Alexander Payne, and Martin Scorsese.

Jane Fonda body parts to be encased in cement

G-CAPP founder Jane Fonda's cinematic career will be encased in concrete this Spring as the two-time Oscar winner is honored at the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The Atlanta-based cable channel tells Atlanta magazine, Fonda will be recognized in a public ceremony when the 75-year-old activist-actress sticks her hands and feet in wet cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre (since Fonda is starring in yoga DVDs for seniors these days, this likely won't be a problem).

TCM’s 10th annual Summer Under the Stars festival offers reality TV respite

Weary of watching grown folks run their reproductive organs into large rubber spheres on TV this summer? Beginning today, Atlanta's own Turner Classic Movies begins it's month-long Summer Under the Stars film festival with 24 hours of programming dedicated each day to a separate star. On August 4, TCM will air a day of Marilyn Monroe's films to mark the 50th anniversary of her death and a day of Elvis Presley's flicks on August 16 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of his passing.

TCM to honor Andy Griffith, Sarah McLachlan spotted!

Most of us will forever remember actor Andy Griffith as the kindly TV sheriff in the sleepy Southern town of Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." Or your grandma's favorite TV attorney, "Matlock." Or perhaps the really creepy way that he was buried within seconds of drawing his last breath this week at age 86.

TCM announces March 3 season premiere for The Essentials with Drew Barrymore

Golden Globe winner Drew Barrymore will slide into the red leather chair opposite Robert Osborne for the first time beginning March 3 when Turner Classic Movies debuts Season 12 of "The Essentials" with an airing of Billy Wilder's iconic 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot" and a late night presentation of Rob Reiner's 1985 cult classic "This is Spinal Tap." Praises Barrymore of the heavy metal musical satire: "I couldn't believe how groundbreaking this film was with its mockumentary style. They're really having this perfect improv. I just appreciate it more and more and more and more."

Rumors of death greatly exaggerated, Robert Osborne discusses his TCM return

When you take an unexpected five-month powder from the airwaves after beaming into the nation’s living rooms every night for 17 years, some interesting theories crop up about the state of your health. Just ask beloved Turner Classic Movies host and Academy Awards historian Robert Osborne, who exited his famous Atlanta-based TV bachelor pad July 11 for what the network described as “minor surgery followed by a vacation.” As an early holiday gift to viewers in full-on Robert withdrawal, the 79-year-old returns to the airwaves and his primetime hosting job Thursday at 8 p.m.

Dr. Jack Shaheen on TCM’s “Arab Images on Film: “I no longer feel alone”

For nearly four decades, Southern Illinois University professor Dr. Jack Shaheen taught mass media classes during the day and at night toiled on books detailing how Arabs have been portrayed in popular culture. Thanks to Turner Classic Movies' month-long "Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film" festival this month, Shaheen now has millions of new students. The author of "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People" helped to curate the festival and co-hosts the series with TCM host Robert Osborne each Tuesday and Thursday night throughout July.

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