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Turner Classic Movies Bringing Hollywood’s History To Your TV Screen In New Documentary Series

With Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, what would be a better way to nurse that Halloween hangover you may, or may not, have, than by watching the first of a new documentary series brought to you by TCM.

According to Yahoo, TCM will be launching its new series, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History Of Hollywood, starting on Monday.   The series, which will be narrated by Christopher Plummer, will look at the history of Hollywood from 1890 to 1970.

Personally, while I have been vocal in my sadness for how modern filmgoers neither know, nor care to know, where film has come from throughout history, this will hopefully aid in changing that.   TCM has always been the beacon of film history, and even when they play genre based offerings, they are often classic, cult or influential films.   Just look at their Underground series.   I can’t tell you how many films I’ve seen, let alone heard of, just thanks to that lineup.

I know this is set on my DVR already.   Make sure you watch it too, every Monday at 8pm est.

Source: Yahoo

Here is TCM’s upcoming schedule:

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD premieres and encores, plus the films and panel discussions supplementing each night’s presentation (titles in bold indicate TCM premieres):

Monday, Nov. 1

8 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 1 ‘“ ‘Peepshow Pioneers’ (1889-1910) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

The Films of Thomas Edison

Blacksmithing Scene (1893)

The Barbershop (1893)

Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

Sandow (1894)

Boxing Cats (1894)

Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894)

Sioux Ghost Dance (1884)

Annie Oakley (1894)

Roberta and Doretto – Chinese Laundry (1894)

Fire Rescue Scene (1894)

Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1895)

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

The John C. Rice – May Irwin Kiss (1896)

Shooting the Chutes (1896)

Fatima, Muscle Dancer (1896)

Fifth Avenue, New York (1897)

Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897)

What Happened on 23rd, NYC Pan American Exposition by Night (1901)

Life of an American Fireman (1903)

What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The Kleptomaniac (1905)

The Little Train Robbery (1905)

The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Three American Beauties (1906)

Films of the San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

The ‘Teddy’ Bears (1907)

The Rivals (1907)

Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest (1908)

The Lone Game (1915)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 1 ‘“ ‘Peepshow Pioneers’ (1889-1910) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

D.W. Griffith with Biograph

Those Awful Hats (1909)

Corner in Wheat (1909)

In the Border States (1910)

For His Son (1912)

The Sunbeam (1912)

The Girl and Her Trust (1912)

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

The Mothering Heart (1913)

2 a.m.

The Films of Georges Melies

Card Party (1896)

The Vanishing Lady (1896)

A Nightmare (1896)

The One Man Band (1900)

The Trip Conjurer and the Living Head (1900)

Excelsior! Prince of Magicians (1901)

The Devil and the Statue (1901)

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Gulliver’s Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants (1902)

The Infernal Cake-Walk (1903)

The Kingdom of Faries (1903)

Jupiter’s Thunderballs (1903)

The Cook in Trouble (1904)

A Crazy Composer (1905)

The Eclipse, or The Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

The Conquest of the Pole (1912)

4 a.m.

Silent Shakespeare

King John (1899)

The Tempest (1908)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909)

King Lear (1910)

Twelfth Night (1910)

The Merchant of Venice (1910)

Richard III (1911)

5:30 a.m.                

Ramona (1910)

Wednesday, Nov. 3

8 p.m.                          

The Magic Box (1951)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 1 ‘“ ‘Peepshow Pioneers’ (1889 ‘“ 1910) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.                      

Episode 1 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne and Jon Wilkman

11:15 p.m.            

Nickelodeon (1976)

1:15 a.m.                

When Comedy Was King (1959)

2:45 a.m.                

Hearts of the West (1975)

4:30 a.m.                

Show People (1928)

Monday, Nov. 8

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 1 ‘“ ‘Peepshow Pioneers’ (1889 ‘“ 1910) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.                          

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 2 ‘“ ‘The Birth of Hollywood’ (1907-1920) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Traffic in Souls (1913)

10:30 p.m.            

The Indian Massacre (1912)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 2 ‘“ ‘The Birth of Hollywood’ (1910) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

3:15 a.m.                

Within Our Gates (1920)

4:45 a.m.                

The Blot (1921)

Wednesday, Nov. 10

8 p.m.                          

The Immigrant (1917)

8:45 p.m.                

Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 2 ‘“ ‘The Birth of Hollywood’ (1907-1920) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.                      

Episode 2 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman and Cari Beauchamp

11:15 p.m.            

The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)

12:30 a.m.

The Coward (1915)

2 a.m.                          

The Squaw Man (1914)

3:30 a.m.                

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Monday, Nov. 15

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 2 ‘“ ‘The Birth of Hollywood’ (1907-1920) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.                          

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 3 ‘“ ‘The Dream Merchants’ (1920-1928) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Sunrise (1927)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 3 ‘“ ‘The Dream Merchants’ (1920-1928) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

The Iron Horse (1924)

2:30 a.m.

Flesh and the Devil (1926)

4:30 a.m.                

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Wednesday, November 17

8 p.m.                          

The Kid (1921)

9 p.m.                          

The Pilgrim (1923)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 3 ‘“ ‘The Dream Merchants’ (1920-1928) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.                      

Episode 3 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman, Cari Beauchamp and David Thomson

11:15 p.m.            

One Week (1920)

11:45 p.m.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

1 a.m.                          

Safety Last (1923)

2:30 a.m.                

It (1927)

4 a.m.                          

Show People (1928)

6 a.m.                          

Fool’s Luck (1926)

Monday, Nov. 22

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 3 ‘“ ‘The Dream Merchants’ (1920-1928) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.                          

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 4 ‘“ ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?’ (1928-1941) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Footlight Parade (1933)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 4 ‘“ ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?’ (1928-1941) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

The Public Enemy (1931)

1:30 a.m.

Little Caesar (1930)

3 a.m.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

5 a.m.                          

Red Dust (1932)

Wednesday, Nov. 24

8 p.m.                          

It Happened One Night (1934)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 4 ‘“ ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?’ (1928-1941) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.                      

Episode 4 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman, Cari Beauchamp, David Thomson and Jeanine Basinger

11:15 p.m.            

Duck Soup (1933)

12:30 a.m.

Top Hat (1935)

2:15 a.m.                

Heidi (1937)

3:45 a.m.                

Little Women (1933)

5:45 a.m.                

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Monday, Nov. 29

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 4 ‘“ ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?’ (1928-1941) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 5 ‘“ ‘Warriors & Peacemakers’ (1940-1950) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Casablanca (1942)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 5 ‘“ ‘Warriors & Peacemakers’ (1940-1950) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

The Great Dictator (1940)

2:15 a.m.                

They Were Expendable (1945)

4:15 a.m.                

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Wednesday, Dec. 1

8 p.m.                          

Stagecoach (1939)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 5 ‘“ ‘Warriors & Peacemakers’ (1940-1950) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.                      

Episode 5 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman, David Thomson and Jeanine Basinger

11:15 p.m.            

Citizen Kane (1941)

1:30 a.m.                

Mildred Pierce (1945)

3:30 a.m.                

Pinky (1949)

Monday, Dec. 6

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 5 ‘“ ‘Warriors & Peacemakers’ (1940-1950) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 6 ‘“ ‘Attack of the Small Screen’ (1950-1960) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Marty (1955)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 6 ‘“ ‘Attack of the Small Screen’ (1950-1960) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

2:15 a.m.                

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

4 a.m.                          

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Wednesday, Dec. 8

8 p.m.                          

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 6 ‘“ ‘Attack of the Small Screen’ (1950-1960) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.

Episode 6 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman, David Thomson and Jeanine Basinger

11:15 p.m.            

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

1:15 a.m.                

North by Northwest (1959)

3:45 a.m.                

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Monday, Dec. 13

7 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 6 ‘“ ‘Attack of the Small Screen’ (1950-1960) ‘“ Encore

8 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 7 ‘“ ‘Fade Out, Fade In’ (1960-1970) ‘“ Premiere

9 p.m.                          

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)

11 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 7 ‘“ ‘Fade Out, Fade In’ (1960-1970) ‘“ Encore

12 a.m.                      

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

2:30 a.m.                

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

4:45 a.m.                

The Green Berets (1968)

Wednesday, Dec. 15

8 p.m.                          

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

10 p.m.

MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010)

Episode 7 ‘“ ‘Fade Out, Fade In’ (1960-1970) ‘“ Encore

11 p.m.

Episode 7 Panel Discussion ‘“ Robert Osborne, Jon Wilkman, David Thomson and Jeanine Basinger

11:15 p.m.            

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

1:15 a.m.                

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1969)

3:30 a.m.

Easy Rider (1969)

From the press release:

Two-time Emmy winner and 2009 Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station) will narrate Turner Classic Movies’ ambitious, seven-part original production MOGULS AND MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD. This comprehensive true story behind the making of the American movie industry is being co-produced by TCM and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions. The series is slated to premiere in November 2010.

“It is an honor for us to welcome Christopher Plummer to TCM’s largest and most important original production to date,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TCM, TNT and TBS. “His distinctive and elegant voice will be the perfect guide through the extraordinary history of American film.”

The true story of the American film industry has as many ups and downs, twists and turns as the latest big-budget thriller, not to mention a cast of characters worthy of a shelf full of Oscars ®. MOGULS AND MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD will tell this extraordinary tale over the course of seven one-hour documentaries, each focusing on a different era of American movie history. Spanning from the invention of the first moving pictures to the revolutionary, cutting-edge films of the 1960s, this production will feature rarely seen photographs and film footage, clips from memorable American movies and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures.

At its heart, the documentary series will be a personal history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities, inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form. The series will also serve as a history of America, looking at how moviemakers responded to such major events as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movement.

MOGULS AND MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD is executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway’s The History Boys and Monty Python’s Spamalot). It is being directed, written and produced by four-time Emmy nominee Jon Wilkman.

Christopher Plummer scored a career triumph last year in his Oscar ®-nominated performance as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, with Helen Mirren. He also provided voices for the hit animated films Up and 9 and starred with the late Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Plummer recently completed shooting for the drama Beginners, with Ewan McGregor, and the comic book adaptation Priest, with Paul Bettany, both of which are set for release next year.

Since director Sidney Lumet introduced Plummer to the screen in Stage Struck (1957), Plummer has appeared in a host of films, including the Oscar ®-winning The Sound of Music (1965), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Oedipus the King (1968), The Battle of Britain (1969), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Silent Partner (1978), Murder by Decree (1979), Eyewitness (1981), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Delores Claiborne (1995), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Insider (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Cold Creek Manor (2003), Syriana (2005) and Inside Man (2006).

Plummer’s numerous narration credits include The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988), which premiered on TNT when that network first launched. He also provided narration for The First Emperor of China (1989) and Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure (1997).

A Canadian from Montreal, Plummer made his professional debut on stage and radio in both French and English. Since his New York debut in 1954, Plummer has starred in many prestigious Broadway productions, including his Tony-winning performances in Cyrano (1973) and Barrymore (1997). In 2004, he scored his sixth Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of King Lear at Lincoln Center. He garnered a seventh nomination in 2007 for his work in Inherit the Wind.

Joshua Brunsting

Josh is a critic, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.

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