Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ray Bradbury to TCM as November Guest Programmer

Award Winning Writer of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451 to Join TCM Host Robert Osborne on Thursday 20 November 2008

Ray Bradbury, one of the 20th century’s greatest American authors with more than 500 published works, is coming to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to present a few of his favorite films in the November edition of the network’s Guest Programmer series. Each month on this movie showcase, TCM invites a celebrity to exchange star status for a role as a devoted fan of classic film by picking a few favorite movies and sharing with viewers what he or she has come to love about each one. Bradbury will sit down with TCM host Robert Osborne to present four outstanding films Thursday, 20 November 2008 beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).

Bradbury’s chosen films for his appearance as Guest Programmer are The Phantom of the Opera (1925 – 8 p.m.) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 – 9:45 p.m.), two films featuring the legendary master of disguise, Lon Chaney; Rebecca (1940 – 11:45 p.m.), Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson; and Citizen Kane (1941 – 2:00 a.m.), the Orson Welles classic that consistently ranks among the greatest films ever made.

Awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2004 National Medal of Arts, Bradbury is best known for such works as The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, all of which were made into feature films starring the likes of Rod Steiger, Julie Christie and Jason Robards, and The Martian Chronicles, which became a hit miniseries starring Rock Hudson.