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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Wanna introduce a film on Turner Classic Movies? Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 1:16 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 A new contest will let a Turner Classic Movies fan co-host a film with Robert Osborne. (Photo: TCM) SHARE 29 CONNECT 12 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If I watch a classic film on Turner Classic Movies, I make sure to catch Robert Osborne’s insightful introductions and postscripts. More often than not, he tells me something I didn’t know, and that even goes for movies I’ve seen dozens of times (like, say, The Graduate). This month, TCM is holding a contest that will let one lucky fan co-host a movie with Osborne. Over at the site for its ” Ultimate Fan Contest ,” you can submit a 90-second video of yourself introducing a classic film. Along with being featured on the air, the grand-prize winner will win a trip to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where he/she also will introduce a film. The contest just kicked off, so few submissions have been posted on the site. However, this clever sample sets the standard for what they’re looking for. TCM is accepting entries through Oct. 31. For complete rules, head to fancontest.tcm.com .

He’s the Hollywood producer who signed the Fab Four to star in A Hard Day’s Night before they touched down in America for the first time. He’s also the guy who launched the James Bond movie franchise by giving the green light to make Dr. No, then saved it by luring Sean Connery back for one more movie. He also discovered the likes of Steve Martin and Woody Allen on the stand-up circuit and started their movie careers. Many movers and shakers in the entertainment industry are hidden in the fine print and not seen in the spotlight, and now legendary producer David Picker is stepping out with a new memoir Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies and sharing some Hollywood tales with ETonline. PICS: Hollywood’s Hottest Movie Posters “I’ve been a very lucky guy,” says Picker. “I wound up in a situation where I was able to work with the whole spectrum of talent, from the best to not the best of my time. It was an amazing run.” The grandson of the co-founder of the Loews Theater Group, Picker got his start as a producer at United Artists in Hollywood, then became president of Paramount Pictures and later Columbia Pictures, greenlighting and guiding some of the greatest films of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. “I was in a unique position because [at United Artists], the company that I spent most of my time with, our goal was to make available to independent filmmakers the ability to make the projects that they cared most about, as opposed to the major studios, where you were bound to all sorts of ground rules [and expectations].” At UA he was responsible for such films as Midnight Cowboy, Tom Jones, Last Tango in Paris, Lenny and Help! along with recruiting legendary filmmakers Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Sergio Leone. At Paramount, he shepherded such classics as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and Ordinary People. At Lorimar, he was responsible for such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Being There, Escape to Victory and S.O.B. At Columbia, his fingerprints are all over Punchline, Hope and Glory and The Last Emperor.

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6 Sunday, October 6, 2013 Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Richard Phillips in the story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Captain Phillips * Who’s who: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Michael Chernus. * What’s what: Examines the effects of globalization through the 2009 story about a U.S. container ship hijacking by a crew of Somali pirates. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Machete Kills * Who’s who: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard. * What’s what: Trejo returns as an ex-Federale agent to take down a revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer. Romeo and Juliet * Who’s who: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee. * What’s what: Director Carlos Carlei and writer Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”) re-imagine William Shakespeare’s searing tale of love and loss with a star-studded cast including Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane