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Besides Catherine Zeta Jones’ Husband, Big Names Doing Interesting Things Include Dick Cavett And A Marx Bros. Tribute, As Well As Special Events By Bob Newhart, John Landis And Many More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 27, 2017 — Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas will be at next month’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

The festival, held April 6 through 9, will also pay tribute to films such as Best in Show, Monkey Business and Way Out West .

On April 8, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will interview Douglas about his career at the The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, part of the annual Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival series.

“Michael Douglas has been part of our collective Hollywood consciousness his entire life,” said Mankiewicz, the great-nephew of legendary movie director Joseph Mankiewicz. "To say that I’m looking forward to discussing the career of an actor who played Liberace 38 years after producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a huge understatement.”

Douglas, who won an Academy Award in 1988 for his portrayal of ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and the star of numerous movie blockbusters over a 40-year career, will participate in a discussion following a screening of the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, which he produced and starred in opposite Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

This year's festival theme is “Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy In The Movies.”

According to organizers, “The 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival will showcase the greatest cinematic achievements of lone clowns, comedic duos and madcap ensembles.”

Other events taking place at the festival, which first started in 2010, include:
Best in Show cast members from Christopher Guest's acclaimed mockumentary  – Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins, Jim Piddock and Bob Balaban – will be on hand to discuss the comedy, released in 2000, about eccentric characters competing at a national dog show.

• Bob Newhart, the Golden Globe and Emmy winner, will introduce a screening of 1962’s Hell Is For Heroes.

• John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker – will attend a 40th anniversary screening of their irreverent sketch comedy The Kentucky Fried Movie and discuss the film.

• Dick Cavett, the iconic television personality will introduce screenings of two classics from the 1930s: Monkey Business  and the first original film production from the Marx Brothers, Way Out West.

Douglas won’t be the only major movie star on hand: Oscar winner Sidney Poitier will appear for the 50th anniversary opening-night screening of In the Heat of the Night, while Mel Brooks will present the 40th anniversary screening of High Anxiety.

Other screenings are Detective Story and The Landlord, featuring award-winning actress Lee Grant; and The Last Picture Show (1971) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972), both made by actor-director Peter Bogdanovich.

Grant and Bogdanovich will also be interviewed in the festival's central gathering point, Club TCM. Father-and-son filmmakers Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX.

To learn more about the festival or buy passes, go to http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

And, follow #TCMFF on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for Festival-related announcements and updates.
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