TCM Classic Film Fest: 'All the President's Men' to Open 7th Edition (Exclusive)

All The President's Men Still - H 2014
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All The President's Men Still - H 2014

Just weeks after Spotlight took home the best picture Oscar, the mother of all journalism movies, a screening of All the President's Men, which turns 40 this year, will kick off the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

"It just felt timely and relevant," TCM's svp in charge of programming Charlie Tabesh tells me. “Additionally, we’ve opened with a musical every year since we launched. That wasn’t ever our intention, it just worked out that way. So I'm happy to just change the tone a bit.”

The opening night festivities, which will take place on Thursday, April 28, will spearhead a long weekend of screenings, events and appearances in Hollywood that are sure to have classic movie buffs drooling with excitement. “We try to have a really good and interesting mix,” Tabesh emphasizes.

Special tributes — complete with extensive Q&As — will be presented to Carl Reiner, the 93-year-old comedy icon, and Elliott Gould, the versatile 77-year-old actor.

Also making appearances at the fest: Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who will introduce a 50th anniversary screening of The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming; John Singleton, who will introduce a 25th anniversary screening of his directorial debut Boyz N the Hood; Stacy Keach, discussing Fat City, the 1972 film in which he starred; and Anna Karina, the former wife and muse of Jean-Luc Godard, who will introduce their 1964 collaboration Band of Outsiders.

Other musts at this year's fest include the North American premiere of the 1960 film Holiday in Spain — presented in "Smell-O-Vision" at the Cinerama Dome — and a screening of the 1925 silent classic The Freshman by the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's pool, accompanied by a live music mix from DJ Thomas Golubic.

Tabesh promises additional programming announcements in the coming weeks. “There’s so much coordination involved in getting talent or prints or DCPs,” Tabesh says. “But there’s quite a bit still to come."