Turner Classic Movies posted its tentative schedule for December on the TCM website this week.
I'm very happy to say that the December Star of the Month is Fred Astaire!
I'm certain I own every single Astaire musical which will be shown in December, but I never tire of watching them and love the idea of his upbeat movies playing regularly on TCM during the holiday season. Over two dozen Astaire films will be shown on Wednesday evenings, including a lineup of Fred and Ginger movies on Christmas Night.
Another interesting choice is THE HOLIDAY (2006), with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. While I'm generally not a fan of TCM showing newer films which can easily be seen elsewhere -- this month that list includes GLADIATOR (2000), THE PIANO (1993), and RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) -- THE HOLIDAY has a real classic film spirit to it, including a charming performance by Eli Wallach, and it's excellent seasonal viewing which I've enjoyed many times. I think it's a nice addition to TCM's Christmas lineup.
COME TO THE STABLE (1949) shown in 2012 and MARGIE (1946) in 2011. This year he'll be showing a Fox movie which it just so happens I watched on Christmas last year, SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941). SUN VALLEY SERENADE stars John Payne, Sonja Henie, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari, and Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
He'll also be featuring a favorite Christmas discovery of the last few years, I'LL BE SEEING YOU (1944), starring Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten.
New Year's Eve will feature a marathon of all the films in the THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! series.
EASY LIVING), and a day of Screen Directors Playhouse episodes.
There are also tributes to Frank Sinatra, Van Heflin, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, John Ford, Otto Preminger, and Russ Tamblyn.
On December 30th several films will be shown honoring actors who passed away this year, including one of Deanna Durbin's very best films, IT STARTED WITH EVE (1941).
I'll have more details on the December schedule, including a separate post on TCM's lineup of Christmas movies, around December 1st. In the meantime, Vincent Price will be the Star of the Month for October and Burt Lancaster will be the November Star of the Month, celebrating his centennial.
Update: For more on TCM in December, please visit TCM in December: Highlights, TCM in December: Christmas Movies, and TCM Star of the Month: Fred Astaire.