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TCM Classic Film Festival Kicks Off With Host Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne (TCM Film Festival)

The fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off today, and TCM host Robert Osborne talked to press about the festival and also shared various movie moments from his past. It was a great way to kick off a Thursday morning, especially since most of the media members who attended the event are diehard movie buffs.

This year’s theme is “Family in the Movies: The Ties That Bind,” and during the four day celebration various movies will explore the movie making dynasties that has American cinema through the generations. The opening night gala is a movie buff’s dream, as the world premiere of the restoration of “Oklahoma!” is taking place at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. The event, which will be hosted by Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, will also feature a Q&A session with “Oklahoma!” star Shirley Jones.

Now in his early seventies, Robert Osborne remains an unabashed lover of the golden age of Hollywood, and during the end of this morning’s press conference, he explained why “A Place in the Sun” and “This Is Spinal Tap” are among his favorite movies!

Click on the media bar below to hear Mr. Osborne talk about his favorite films:

Two of my all-time favorite films, the William Friedkin directed action-drama flick “Sorcerer” and Orson Welles’ film noir classic “Touch of Evil,” will also be screened at the fest. For more info, you can check out Twitter and follow @TCMfilmfest.

Greg Srisavasdi
Greg Srisavasdi worked for over 17 years at Westwood One as a radio producer/interviewer. He is also a member of the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) and a proud UCLA Bruin (Class of '93). The creator of, he can be reached at for further inquiries.

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