Welcome Robert Osborne Back December 1st — Be There or Be Square!

Welcome Back Bob has generated a flurry of activity over on Twitter and Tumblr– thanks to any and all who have turned out to voice their support of Mr. Robert Osborne’s return to TCM. Since today is the big day, The Pictorial is letting its readers know that at 8PM Eastern Standard Time, when Osborne hits the airwaves, we are co-hosting a massive Live Tweet.

If by chance you are a Twitter user, please do log on at 8PM EST and post a quick tweet welcoming him back. (And don’t forget to use the hash tag #WelcomeBackBob so we can find you!) If you don’t have a twitter account, do feel free to send your thoughts to the Pictorial and we shall post it for you.

Happy Tweeting!

Welcome Back, Bob!

Robert Osborne: classic film champion since 1994.

Dear Turner Classic Movie Fans Everywhere:

As all of you are very well aware, this week marks the return of the one, the only, wonderful Mr. Robert Osborne who, after a five-month hiatus, resumes his primetime hosting duties on the TCM stage this week, December 1st.

Welcome Back Bob” is a week-long celebration brought to you by the online constituency of the classic film community. The Kitty Packard Pictorial and classic film blogger Will McKinley are sponsoring this humble little tribute, but the voices that truly matter are YOURS: everyone who makes up our vital, virtual community of classic film fanatics. We are, I think it’s safe to say, a close knit, affectionate community of film lovers and, with Bob Osborne being a patron saint of classic film, it is only fitting to rally together this week to share what it is we love about our dear Robert O— and classic film itself— and why it is such a unifying force.

Here’s how it works:

Hop on over to the Welcome Back Bob Tumblr page this week and voice up in any way you like: share memories, a video, a photo, a “Welcome Back Bob” graphic, a blog post, or even just a li’l old tweet– the sky’s the limit! If you post something on your blog or tumblr, tweet @MissCarley and we’ll repost it. And if/when you do tweet, make sure to tag it with #WelcomeBackBob so we can find it and share it!

Kitty Packard Pictorial of the Month: The TCM Classic Film Festival

Welcome to Paradise

Last night, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was aglow with Beethoven and Bach and elegance, and tonight … it’s Thor. See what happens when you leave town, TCM?

Last year’s was fun… this year’s festival was special. Building on last year’s framework, what was noticeable this year was a close-knit sense of community. This shared, communal experience was instant and electric, making fast friends of complete strangers, simply because they happened to be waiting in a queue for the same film. Film is a universal language that unites people regardless of background or distance or age or even language– I’ve been to many a film festival and, without question, nowhere is the power of film more apparent than at TCM’s Classic Film Festival. If for no other reason than the simple fact people are not there simply to watch a movie– nor are they simply there to be seen. (cough, Sundance, cough) but rather to embrace the beauty of film and to engage in an exchange of expression with like-minded enthusiasts.

And that is why The Kitty Packard Pictorial is breaking with tradition and our next Pictorial of the Month is not dedicated to a classic film star… but rather classic film’s reigning patron saint: Turner Classic Movies.

Four days of films, fans and fast new friends, here is our farewell to the TCM Classic Film Festival with a send-off of highlights and a collection of newly released press-photos.

Enjoy, and see you at the Festival next year!

Mickey Rooney, Leslie Caron attend the Vanity Fair party

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Jane Powell and Eva Marie Saint at the Vanity Fair party

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Rose McGowan in Robert Osborne's arms... the luckiest girl in the world.

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Debbie Reynolds signed autographs in Club TCM

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Jane Powell signing an autograph

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Mickey Rooney and Ben Mankiewicz discussing Girl Crazy (1943)

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Peter O'Toole at the screening of Becket (1964)

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Julie Andrews remembers her late husband Blake Edwards @ Breakfast at Tiffanys

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"How Do I Look?" Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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Hayley Mills and Leonard Maltin discussing The Parent Trap

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Alec Baldwin and Warren Beatty discussed the film Reds (1981)

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Drew Barrymore chatting with Robert Osborne

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Rose McGowan, Robert Osborne, and Anjelica Huston

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The TCM Billboard at Orange and Hollywood

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A long way from home... yet very much at home!

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Hollywood's very own Lady in Black, Kerrie Bible

The night’s silent festivities were introduced by the classic Burns and Allen Vitaphone sketch Lamb Chops. The perfect introduction– we were putty in their silly little hands:

Vince Giardano and the Nighthawks perform Buster Keaton's The Cameraman

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Leonard Maltin talking with Vince Giordano

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Hah-- that's me and good buddy Nicole clapping our hands numb for Vince Giordano's stupendous performance

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Robert Osborne -- our patron saint!

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Marge Champion -- the most youthful 91 year old on the planet!

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Robert Osborne visibly charmed with the charming Marge Champion. (My new favorite person in the world!!)

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TCM's Scott McGee and Anne Wilson-- THANK YOU for making this possible!!

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Passholders puttin' on the ritz outside The Henry Fonda Theatre's Music Box!

Club TCM's After Party-- Farwell, Fantasyland!

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