As part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, on April 29 Northern California auteur Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather Saga," "Apocalypse Now"), winner of five directing Oscars, will place his hands and feet in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It’s hard to imagine that they aren’t already there.
This marks the sixth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014 and Christopher Plummer in 2015.
The seventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival (April 28-May 1) will open with Alan Pakula’s Oscar-winning "All the President’s Men," celebrating its 40th anniversary, and will host hordes of film buffs of all ages willing to fork up as much as $1649 dollars for passes with a series of restored classics and in-person Q & As with stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
The festival will pay tribute this year to Carl Reiner ("Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid") and Elliott Gould ("M.A.S.H." and "The Long Goodbye"); other appearances with screenings include actors Stacey Keach ("Fat City"), Anna Karina ("Band of Outsiders") and Eva Marie Saint ("The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming") and director John Singleton ("Boyz ‘n the Hood").
TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne is back as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz introducing various events. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the center gathering point of the fest; various Hollywood venues include the TCL Chinese Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre.