Monday, October 12, 2009

Private Screenings Uncut On Turner Online
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing Private Screenings Uncut, unedited versions of the network’s acclaimed interview specials, to the Internet with monthly audio podcasts made available free through and iTunes. Each month’s podcast will be drawn from TCM’s archives of the series, which features TCM host Robert Osborne conducting in-depth interviews with Hollywood legends. The podcasts will be expanded versions of Osborne’s conversations, including portions not included in the original telecasts. In addition, Osborne will record special introductions for each interview. TCM kicks off its Private Screenings Uncut podcasts this week with October’s Star of the Month Leslie Caron.

“One of the greatest privileges and joys for me at TCM is being able to sit down with some of Hollywood’s greatest personalities for Private Screenings,” said Osborne. “This podcast will allow fans to enjoy some of the most memorable interviews we’ve conducted in the past, including a lot of material that has never been heard before.”

Each Private Screenings Uncut podcast will be timed to coincide with TCM on-air programming. Upcoming podcasts are slated to feature Angela Lansbury in November, when TCM will air her Oscar®-nominated performance in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945); Lauren Bacall in December, when her late husband Humphrey Bogart will be honored as TCM’s Star of the Month; Betty Hutton in January, when TCM airs a selection of her movies; and director-producer, five-time Oscar nominee and honorary recipient Sidney Lumet in February, during TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

TCM will draw future podcasts from its extensive Private Screenings archive, which includes interviews with such luminaries as Ernest Borgnine, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Jane Fonda, Tony Curtis, producer-director Norman Jewison and producer Walter Mirisch.