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TCM Expands Classic Film Screening Series with Fathom Events

Turner Classic Movies is expanding its partnership with Fathom Events to screen classic films in theaters nationwide.

The partnership began in 2012 with a handful of screenings spread throughout the year. In 2016, titles will be offered on a monthly basis in about 500 theaters, starting in January with 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

“The series allows us to bring fans another opportunity to engage with classic movies on the big screen from a variety of studios and eras allowing TCM to be the ultimate movie lover destination,” said TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian.

The screenings include specially produced commentary tracks from TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz.

Here’s the full lineup:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Sunday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 20Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the standard for the buddy film with this western classic. Sundance (Redford) is a mighty quick draw, and his partner Butch (Newman) is a gifted get-rich-quick schemer. With the law on their trail, the two pack their guns, and, along with Sundance’s girlfriend (Katharine Ross), head for Bolivia, away from the men trying to bring them to justice – and death.

The Maltese Falcon 75th Anniversary (1941) – Sunday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 24A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why – and who’ll take the fall for his partner’s murder. An all-star cast including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr. joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork, written for the screen from Dashiell Hammett’s novel and directed by John Huston. Nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Best Screenplay (Huston), this classic film catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career, all with a bird and a bang! 1941 (14th) Nominations: Actor in a Supporting Role – Sydney Greenstreet {“Kaspar Gutman”}; Outstanding Motion Picture – Warner Bros.; Writing (Screenplay) – John Huston

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The Ten Commandments (1956) – Sunday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 23
For sheer pageantry and spectacle, few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 remake of his epic The Ten Commandments. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, this versionthe film tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), once favored in the Pharaoh’s (Yul Brynner) household, who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.

On the Waterfront (1954) – Sunday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 27
Marlon Brando stars as Terry Malloy, a washed up prizefighter who, through the influence of his brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), a lawyer for a corrupt waterfront union, is employed as an errand boy for the mob. After luring a fellow dockworker and friend to his death to keep him from testifying against labor boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb), the appeals of the dead man’s sister (Eva Marie Saint) and a crusading priest (Karl Malden) awaken Terry’s guilty conscience. Despite a brutal beating at the hands of Friendly’s goons, love prompts Terry to seek redemption by cooperating with a crime commission’s investigation into the corrupt waterfront union.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Sunday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 18
Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller, a delightfully charming teenager who ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities. Writer/director John Hughes’ comedy classic continues to be enjoyed, quoted and revered 30 years after its theatrical debut.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) – Sunday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 29
Directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as the legendary Willy Wonka, this movie brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl’s cherished book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production designs that are a visual treat for the eyes, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. With this heart-warming fan favorite, audiences will rediscover all the timeless magic as it was meant to be seen on the big screen.

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Sunday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 27
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).
The King & I 60th Anniversary (1956) – Sunday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 31
Winner of 5 ACADEMY AWARDS,®* Rodgers & Hammerstein’s® regal classic tells the true story of Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), an English widow who travels to Siam in 1862 to serve as governess to the King’s (Yul Brynner) children. She soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch, but after “getting to know” each other, Anna and the King ultimately develop an extraordinary friendship that surprises them both.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Sunday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 21
Through a series of military and political accidents, a pair of psychotic senior military officers – U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chiefs of Staff General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) – hatch an ingenious, foolproof, and irrevocable plan to unleash a wing of B-52 bombers and their nuclear payloads on strategic targets inside Russia. And when the brains behind the scheme, Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist with bizarre ideas about man’s future, accidentally activates the bombing mission, even the President of the United States is unable to stop it. The inevitable comes to pass as the efforts of the Pentagon brass and all the politicians in Moscow and Washington cannot undo the cascading series of cataclysmic events.

The Shining (1980) – Sunday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 26
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (“Heeeere’s Johnny!”) plays Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel, as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before – or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Sunday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 30
Winner of two Oscars®, Breakfast at Tiffany’s captured the imagination of audiences everywhere and made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society at large when it debuted in 1961. In director Blake Edwards’ timeless classic, Audrey Hepburn’s intoxicating New York party girl embarks on a wildly entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city.

From Here to Eternity (1953) – Sunday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 14
Refusing to join the company boxing team gets Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift), a soldier in Sgt. Milton Warden’s (Burt Lancaster) outfit, ostracized by his fellow soldiers save one, Pvt. Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra). While Prewitt falls in love with prostitute Alma Lorene (Donna Reed), and Warden carries on an affair with Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr), the wife of their company commander, Maggio goes AWOL and is brutally beaten before dying in Prewitt’s arms. In retaliation, Prewitt angrily kills the man responsible for Maggio’s death and then finds sanctuary in Lorene’s arms — until Pearl Harbor is bombed and he’s killed while trying to rejoin Warden and their company to defend the islands.

(Pictured: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)

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