Release Date: 6/7/2012
Ellen Barkin Picks Four Fascinating Films as TCM's Guest Programmer on Monday, June 18 Emmy® and 2011 Tony Award® winner Ellen Barkin is coming to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Monday, June 18, to present four movies as this month's Guest Programmer. Barkin, whose on-screen performances include Diner (1982), Sea of Love (1989), This Boy’s Life (1993) Ocean’s 13 (2007) and most recently Another Happy Day (2011), will join TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce John Huston's boxing drama Fat City (1972), Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria (1957), Mike Nichols' powerful film version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Peter Bogdanovich's Texas-set drama The Last Picture Show (1971).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM's June 18 Guest Programmer lineup, featuring Ellen Barkin:
8 p.m. (ET) – Fat City (1972) – Barkin chose John Huston's boxing drama because it was the film that inspired her to become an actress. Stacy Keach stars as a boxer who takes on a young protégé, played by Jeff Bridges. Susan Tyrell also stars.
10 p.m. (ET) – Nights of Cabiria (1957) – Giulietta Masina lights up the screen in this story of a prostitute who dreams of becoming rich and famous. Federico Fellini's Oscar®-winning film later served as the basis for the popular musical Sweet Charity. Barkin calls Masina "a genius of a actress," and Fellini, Masina's husband, "one of the greatest directors of film throughout history."
12:15 a.m. (ET) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – Barkin says this harrowing adaptation of Edward Albee's play "an extraordinary piece of material with extraordinary characters." Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar® brash performance opposite Richard Burton as they play a boozy couple who take their aggressions out on each other and their dinner guests. George Segal and Oscar® winner Sandy Dennis co-star. This marked stage director Mike Nichols' film debut.
2:45 a.m. (ET) – The Last Picture Show (1971) – Peter Bogdanovich's adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel follows the lives of several people living in a small, rural and rapidly dying Texas town. The extraordinary cast includes Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cybill Shepherd, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms and Oscar® winners Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman. A soundtrack packed with Hank Williams songs and extraordinary cinematography by Robert Surtees are just two of the memorable qualities in this American masterpiece.
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