TCM has Room for oldies online

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Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday launched an online video destination devoted to classic films.

Dubbed the Media Room, the new video portal lives on the TCM.com site and launched with more than 3,000 pieces of shortform video content in the form of short films, movie clips, trailers and interstitials from TCM programming.

The launch also featured the online premiere of the 1937 romantic comedy "Living on Love" in its entirety. In the future, Media Room will offer features in a widescreen Cinemascope format and without letterboxing, which is designed to duplicate the cinematic experience.

"We are offering a customizable, uncluttered, cinematic user interface that re-creates the effect of a theater experience," said Richard Steiner, vp new media at TNT, TBS and TCM. "It's a unique experience, one that demonstrates TCM's continued commitment as curators of classic film."

While TCM's Media Room content will be updated daily and drawn from the cable network's television programming, it also will offer the ability for users to create playlists and search for content based on an actor, director or filmmaker.

With its presence, it expands TCM.com's already existing interactive movie database, which features content related to more than 130,000 titles from the Turner Entertainment catalog as well as licensed content from American Film Institute's catalog of features, the Internet Movie Database and additional sources.

Steiner said future film titles to launch on the new video portal include 1933's "Rafter Romance," 1938's "A Man to Remember" and 1933's "Double Harness" -- all of which are from the Lost and Found programming series made up of RKO titles from the 1930s that were lost and rediscovered.
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