Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ron Howard Honored

Oscar®-Winning Filmmaker Ron Howard To Relive His Extraordinary Career in New TCM Original Special Ron Howard: 50 Years In Film Film Critic and Documentarian Richard Schickel Producing Special for Debut in December 2008

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg have more in common than winning Academy Awards® for their work. These directors sat down for in-depth interviews with film critic and documentarian Richard Schickel for three critically acclaimed Turner Classic Movies (TCM) specials. This December, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will join that elite list in a new TCM original special called Ron Howard: 50 Years In Film.

The 90-minute special will trace the actor/director’s career from a first-person perspective. Howard will discuss each movie he has made, from 1977’s low-budget Grand Theft Auto to major blockbusters like Splash, Backdraft, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Parenthood, EdTV and the film that earned him an Oscar, A Beautiful Mind. He also will talk about his latest film, the eagerly anticipated Frost/Nixon, in which Frank Langella will reprise his Tony-winning performance as President Richard M. Nixon and Michael Sheen will play famed interviewer David Frost.

Howard will talk extensively about his career as a child star in such movies as The Music Man and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and the landmark television series The Andy Griffith Show. Howard, whose fame grew as when he starred in the movie American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days, will describe how these experiences influenced him as a filmmaker. The interview will be peppered with memorable scenes from Howard’s extensive career.