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By admin Published: September 9, 2010

Odds and ends from the e-mail...

Cleveland's Hal Holbrook -- fine actor, great gentleman -- will recur on "The Event," NBC's heavily promoted new series. Says NBC: "Holbrook will play Dempsey, a businessman with shadowy intentions, who will be revealed as an antagonist to President Martinez (Blair Underwood) beginning with his first scheduled appearance on October 11."

The Baseball Hall of Fame will salute the Billy Crystal-directed "61*" during its fifth film festival on Oct. 1-3. From the hall:

"Crystal – the legendary actor who directed and executive produced 61* – will be on hand as the Hall of Fame celebrates his 2001 production that told the story of the 1961 New York Yankees and chronicled the efforts of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. As part of the celebration, Crystal will donate to the Museum the bound shooting script from June 2000 of 61*, and the Museum will feature a special exhibit opening of artifacts from the film.

The evening salute to 61* will feature an hors d’oeuvres reception with Crystal, Costas and Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports and executive producer on the film, from 6-7 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Gallery. A discussion of the film will follow in the Grandstand Theater with Crystal, Costas and Greenburg participating from 7-8:30 p.m. The Museum will screen the film beginning at 8:30 p.m. on October 1."

For more info and tickets, call 607-547-0397 or go to

TCM will have film and TV critics as guests on a "Critic's Choice" series in October. Participants will include critic/historian Leonard Maltin, editor of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide; the Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan;
Time’s Richard Corliss, former Newsweek critic David Ansen, The New Yorker’s David Denby, USA Today’s Robert Bianco, New York Magazine’s David Edelstein, The Hitlist’s Kim Morgan, The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern, Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers, The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, The New York Post’s Lou Lumenick, syndicated critic Susan Granger, The Washington Post’s Tom Shales and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle.

The final night of the showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 27, will feature a rare television appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert.

Movies showing with each critic are listed after the jump.

Monday, Oct. 4

Leonard Maltin

8 p.m. Penthouse (1933) – starring Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy.

9:45 p.m. Skyscraper Souls (1932) – starring Warren William and Maureen O’Sullivan.

Kenneth Turan

11:30 p.m. Touch of Evil (1959) – starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles.

1:30 a.m. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) – starring Paul Muni and Glenda Farrell.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Richard Corliss

8 p.m. Citizen Kane (1941) – starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.

10:15 p.m. The Seventh Seal (1957) – starring Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot.

David Ansen

Midnight The Third Man (1949) – starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles.

2 a.m. The Earrings of Mademe de… (1954) – starring Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux and Vittorio De Sica.

Monday, Oct. 11

David Denby

8 p.m. The Big Sleep (1946) – starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

10 p.m. His Girl Friday (1940) – starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

Robert Bianco

Midnight The Perils of Pauline (1947) – starring Betty Hutton and John Lund.

2 a.m. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) – starring Eddie Bracken and Ella Raines.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

David Edelstein

8 p.m. The General (1927) – starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack.

9:30 p.m. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) – starring Ulla Jacobsson and Eva Dahlbeck.

Kim Morgan

11:30 p.m. Something Wild (1961) – starring Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker.

1:30 a.m. He Ran All the Way (1951) – starring John Garfield and Shelley Winters.

Monday, Oct. 18

Joe Morgenstern

8 p.m. Oliver! (1968) – starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Oliver Reed.

10:45 p.m. The Black Stallion (1979) – starring Mickey Rooney and Teri Garr.

Peter Travers

1 a.m. Almost Famous (2000) – starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson (TCM premiere).

3:15 a.m. The Lady from Shanghai (1948) – starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

A.O. Scott

8 p.m. Ride Lonesome (1959) – starring Randolph Scott and James Coburn.

9:30 p.m. Park Row (1952) – starring Gene Evans and Mary Welch.

Lou Lumenick

11 p.m. The Last Flight (1931) – starring Richard Barthelmess and David Manners.

12:30 a.m. All Through the Night (1942) – starring Humphrey Bogart and Conrad Veidt.

Monday, Oct. 25

Susan Granger

8 p.m. Lust for Gold (1949) – starring Glenn Ford and Ida Lupino.

9:45 p.m. The Magnificent Yankee (1950) – starring Louis Calhern and Ann Harding.

Tom Shales

11:30 p.m. Mickey One (1965) – starring Warren Beatty and Alexandra Stewart.

1:15 a.m. Hollywood Hotel (1937) – starring Dick Powell and Rosemary Lane.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Roger Ebert

8 p.m. The Lady Eve (1941) – starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

10 p.m. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.

Mick LaSalle

Midnight Lady of the Night (1924) – starring Norma Shearer and Malcolm McGregor.

1:15 a.m. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) – starring Warren William, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers.

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