TCM Announces Three New Original Specials for 2012


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will explore cinema from three different angles with a trio of original specials added to the network’s slate for 2012. “This year, TCM is going to take movie fans on a journey through the life and career of a world-class producer, into the collaborative process of two of Hollywood’s hottest talents and, just in time for the November elections, into the sticky world of politics in the movies,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TCM, TNT and TBS.

In May, TCM will premiere a new installment of AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration, this one featuring Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell. TCM will take a look at the extraordinary career of producer Richard D. Zanuck in a new documentary slated for September. And in November, TCM’s ongoing series of genre documentaries returns with A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington, a timely look at politics in the movies.

“Turner Classic Movies has built a stellar reputation as an authority on classic film, in part based on our outstanding documentary specials that explore a wide variety of cinematic topics, from the process of making films to the stories of Hollywood’s iconic personalities,’ said Wright.

These are the latest specials added to TCM’s slate for 2012:

AFI Master Class: The Art of Collaboration – David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg – Tuesday, May 8, at 10 p.m. (ET) In its continuing series of specials exploring some of the greatest artistic collaborations in film today, TCM and the American Film Institute (AFI) next focus on actor-producer Mark Wahlberg and director-writer-producer David O. Russell, who discuss their collaborations in front of an audience comprised of AFI Fellows studying filmmaking at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. Their work together includes the Iraq-set drama Three Kings (1999), which co-starred Wahlberg, George Clooney and Ice Cube, and The Fighter (2010), with Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. This one-hour special is packed with clips from both men’s careers, as well as from movies that have inspired them, including It’s A Wonderful Life (1946), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). It is the second installment of AFI’s Master Class series, which debuted in 2011 with the collaboration between master filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams and included film clips and discussion ranging from Jaws (1975) to Schindler’s List (1993) and On the Waterfront (1954) to Amadeus (1994).

Untitled Richard D. Zanuck Documentary – Premiering September 2012 This inspiring portrait of a cinema icon will examine the different facets of prolific producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose credits include Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict (1982), Ron Howard’s Cocoon (1985) and Bruce Beresford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture Driving Miss Daisy (1989), as well as Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and the upcoming Dark Shadows (2012). The documentary will explore Zanuck’s life and career, from his family legacy to his successes and challenges. Interviews include Zanuck himself, family members and such Hollywood notables as Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Ron Howard, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sherry Lansing, Lawrence Gordon, Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, William Friedkin, Alfred Uhry, Tom Rothman and Cart Gottlieb, to name a few. This feature-length documentary special, written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau (TCM’s A Night at the Movies documentaries) is a co-production of TCM and Amblin Television.

A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington – Premiering October 2012 As America heads into the voting booth to select a president, TCM will dive into the political fray with this look at how Hollywood treats the democratic process. Beginning with a defining film Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), this latest installment in TCM’s A Night at the Movies series will explore how filmmakers have approached the touch subject of politics, including films about political campaigns, political conspiracies, and political figures. The special will examine such classic films as All the King’s Men (1949), The Last Hurrah (1958), Advise & Consent (1962), The Candidate (1972), All the President’s Men (1976), Reds (1981), and many others. A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington is produced by Amblin Television andaward-winning filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau, with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (TNT’s Falling Skies) serving as executive producers.

(Source: TCM)