Oscar�-Winning Filmmaker Ron Howard To Relive His Extraordinary Career in New TCM Original Special RON HOWARD: 50 YEARS IN FILM
Intimate, Career-Tracing Conversation to Follow in the Footsteps Of Past TCM Specials on Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
Film Critic and Documentarian Richard Schickel Producing Special for Debut in December 2008
Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg have more in common than winning Academy Awards� for their work. These directors sat down for in-depth interviews with film critic and documentarian Richard Schickel for three critically acclaimed Turner Classic Movies (TCM) specials. This December, Oscar�-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will join that elite list in a new TCM original special called RON HOWARD: 50 YEARS IN FILM.
The 90-minute special will trace the actor/director's career from a first-person perspective. Howard will discuss each movie he has made, from 1977's low-budget Grand Theft Auto to major blockbusters like Splash, Backdraft, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Parenthood, EdTV and the film that earned him an Oscar, A Beautiful Mind. He also will talk about his latest film, the eagerly anticipated Frost/Nixon, in which Frank Langella will reprise his Tony-winning performance as President Richard M. Nixon and Michael Sheen will play famed interviewer David Frost.
Howard will talk extensively about his career as a child star in such movies as The Music Man and The Courtship of Eddie's Father and the landmark television series The Andy Griffith Show. Howard, whose fame grew as when he starred in the movie American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days, will describe how these experiences influenced him as a filmmaker. The interview will be peppered with memorable scenes from Howard's extensive career.
"I can't think of a more appropriate filmmaker to profile than Ron Howard. He has proven that high quality and enormous box office success can go hand-in-hand," said Tom Brown, vice president of TCM original productions. "We're also thrilled to be working once again with Richard Schickel on another insightful retrospective of one of today's most successful filmmakers."
Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, from the 1920s through the 1990s, uncut and commercial-free. The network also offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, including Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton�The Man in the Shadows, the Emmy�-winning Stardust: The Bette Davis Story and the Emmy-nominated Brando. More information is available at tcm.com.
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