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Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence

Former New York Times film critic (1998 - 2004), Elvis Mitchell will serve as host of a new show on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) called, Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence, which debuts tonight, on TCM, at 8PM EST, with an encore presentation at 10:30PM EST. In each half-hour episode of this series, Mitchell invites celebrity guests to "sit down and talk about how classic film has influenced their lives." Interviewees set to appear on the program include the late Sydney Pollack, Bill Murray, Quentin Tarantino, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Edward Norton, Richard Gere, and John Leguizamo.

A little about Mitchell: Other than being the NY Times film critic for 4 years, he is currently a visiting lecturer in film and African American Studies at Harvard University. He also produced a documentary film called The Black List - "a film about race, culture and the seeds of success that includes interviews with the likes of Toni Morrison, Chris Rock and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among others." It was picked up by HBO at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but has yet to air, as far as I know.

I don't know if I'll be able to catch tonight's premiere, but if you can, do so. And feel free to post your thoughts afterwards. recently interviewed him about the show and other film-related subjects: Striving Under the Influence: A Good Chat with Elvis Mitchell.

The official TCM site for the show can be found here: Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence Official Site.


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