TCM Classic Film Fest

Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, a.k.a. The Dude, discussed the comedy classic "The Big Lebowski" at the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festiva in 2018. The festival returns to Hollywood beginning Thursday, April 11.

Comedy legend Billy Crystal is the man of hour at the 10th TCM Classic Film Festival which opens with a 30th anniversary screening of “When Harry Met Sally…,” where he will be joined by co-star Meg Ryan and director Rob Reiner, on Thursday, April 11.

Crystal will also be enshrined in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX with a handprint and footprint ceremony on Friday, April 12.

Through its first nine years, the TCM Classic Film Festival has welcomed legends like Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Mel Brooks, Julie Andrews, Jeff Bridges, Cicely Tyson, Sydney Poitier, Carl and Rob Reiner, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jane Fonda and many more.

This year’s festival, which has screenings at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian Theater, the Hollywood Roosevelt, among others, features appearances by Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter for their film “Escape from New York.” A screening of Robert Altman’s “Nashville” will bring out Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine and Jeff Goldblum.

Other stars scheduled to appear include Angie Dickinson, Jacqueline Bisset, Gena Rowlands, Rita Wilson, Louis Gossett Jr., Alex Trebek, Burt Bacharach, Patty McCormack, Bill Hader, Frank Darabont, and Norman Lear.

The festival closes on Sunday, April 14 with an 80th anniversary screening of “Gone With the Wind” at the TCL Chinese.

TCM will also honor founder Ted Turner with an interview and video tribute opening night of the festival. Turner Classic Movies also celebrates its 25th anniversary on April 14.

Festival passes are available and individual tickets can be bought for some screenings.

For more information, visit film festival.tcm.com.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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