Turner Classic Movies (TCM) rolled out the red carpet last night as their 7th Annual 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival opening with a special screening of “All The President’s Men” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The festival will take place this weekend, April 28 – May 1 up and down the famous Hollywood Boulevard where film fans from around the world gather to see classic films on the big screen.
With 2016 being an election year, many stars and filmmakers shared their views of the significance of this screening at this time on the red carpet:
“I think the film is really about what reporting is and why we need it. If we ever want to know and be reminded of why we need reporting it’s looking at these candidates. We ought to be delving into every aspect of their lives and their records, particularly on television.” ~ Carl Bernstein, Author of the novel, “All The Presidents Men” (Watch the full VIDEO Interview with Carl Bernstein)
“It’s a film that’s a good reminder of why the press exists, and we had that reminder again with this past year’s Best Picture winner ‘Spotlight’, which has more than a passing resemblance to ‘All The President’s Men’ and the way it really shows you what reporting is all about, and how significant it is for there to be a free press, which we’re lucky to have in this country.” ~ Film Historian Leonard Maltin (Watch the full VIDEO Interview with Leonard Maltin)
I think seeing it with an audience because it’s a political season it’s going to be very exciting. I think it adds something to the feeling. It’s a little bittersweet because the Director Alan J Pakula is no longer with us, but it’s a wonderful movie and movies last forever. ~ Illeana Douglas, TCM Host (Trailblazing Women)
I’d vote for them. Boy that’s when we were really doing proper politics. I don’t know about today. People today talk about each other today in such terrible things… I think we need to calm it down a little. We need each other so desperately together to take care of the bigger picture. ~ Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award Winner, “An Officer and a Gentleman”
Well I’m certainly looking forward to seeing All The President’s Men on the big screen. I haven’t done that since it was released, so that will be a treat – Keith Carradine, plays the President in “Madame Secretary”
I was just part of a team. I was the editor in charge of the coverage. We had 4 great reporters on it, and it turned into a story bigger than we ever dreamed…We’ve been talking about Spotlight being a book-end to All The President’s Men. They were both local stories, which turned into very important national stories, and in Spotlight’s cases, international…so I’m just proud to be associated with the film. – Ben Bradlee Jr, Journalist and Author, “From Headlines to Ticketlines”
We also had fun talking to Kate Flannery (“The Office”) about Robert Redford and the Sundance Film Festival, and you can watch in our red carpet interview video.
To celebrate classic film, follow the TCM Classic Film Festival online this weekend. If you are in Los Angeles, look for the classic film stars on Hollywood Boulevard going to screenings at the world famous TCL Chinese, El Capitan and Egyptian Theaters. And to find out where Film Historian Leonard Maltin will be introducing films at the festival, watch our red carpet interview with him.
© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Reporter and Goody Awards Founder