Highlights from TCM fest’s opening night

A slew of celebrities walked the red carpet Thursday for the screening of “An American in Paris” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The movie was the opening event for TCM’s Classic Film Festival.

Alicia Arden of "General Hospital" is also in the upcoming film, "The Critic."


Peter O'Toole was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's later in the festival.

Anne Jeffreys was a '50 TV star and '40s B-movie star.


Ann Rutherford (left), best known for the "Andy Hardy" movies with Mickey Rooney, joins Anne Jeffreys.


Alexis Gershwin, niece of George and Ira, keeps their legacy alive.


Leonard Maltin smiles for cameras.

Mickey Rooney yells his name back to crowd.

Actor Grey Damon pauses for photographers.


Leslie Caron, star of 1951's "An American in Paris," attended the screening.


Rose McGowan co-hosted TCM's "The Essentials" in 2008.

TCM's Ben Mankiewicz hosted several events during the festival.

After Grauman's, Chris Isaak attended the screening of Elvis Presley's "Girl Happy" at the Roosevelt Hotel pool.


"Girl Happy" with Elvis screened pooside at the Roosevelt.


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On the radar: TCM Classic Film Festival starts next Thursday in Hollywood; big cats on the big screen; crime does play

One week from tonight is the TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 1 in Hollywood. There will be more than 70 screenings, as well as special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and other events. The red-carpet gala screening on Thursday is “An American in Paris.”

Marlene Dietrich

But naturally I’m more excited to see the 10:15 p.m. screening of Josef von Sternberg’s “The Devil is a Woman” from 1935 with Marlene Dietrich. Katie Trainor, film collection manager for the Museum of Modern Art, will introduce the film.

TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne is the official host of the festival. Peter O’Toole, Kirk Douglas, Leslie Caron, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Angela Lansbury, Hayley Mills, Richard Roundtree and Roger Corman are just a few of the notables slated to appear. Can’t wait!

Big cats: The nature doc “African Cats” opens Friday (Earth Day). For the first week, a portion of every ticket sold will go to the African Wildlife Foundation. Disney and Jordin Sparks, who did the movie’s end-title song “The World I Knew,” are also donating to the foundation.

Score hard: The “L.A. Noire” video game, featuring “Mad Men” star Aaron Staton’s voice and vibe, launches May 17. “L.A. Noire” will screen Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival, the first video game to snag that honor. Brendan McNamara is the writer/director.

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