Scoop: A tribute to filmdom’s classy Robert Osborne

Movie-watching just won’t be the same, with the death of Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.

Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd had this to say about the film expert, who died in New York on Monday, at 84: “Boyishly handsome into his eighties, he came across as cosmopolitan and confidential but also highly approachable. A journalism major turned actor turned journalist turned a television personality that combined those pursuits, he was the fan as expert, the expert as fan, and as a Hollywood Reporter columnist, from 1982 to 2009,… a longtime member of Hollywood’s extended family.”

Besides hosting movies, he also appeared in “Private Screening” interviews with stars such as Tony Curtis, Esther Williams and Robert Mitchum _ as well as directors including Sidney Lumet, Stanley Donen and Norman Jewison.

He also co-hosted films considered “The Essentials,” most recently with Drew Barrymore. And he co-hosted a “guest programmer” series, with Mia Farrow, Buck Henry and Hugh Hefner.

Others who admired him took to social media. Director Ava DuVernay shared, “I didn’t have film school professors. I had DVD commentaries and Robert Osborne” and actress Marlee Matlin said, “Pure class and one of the first people in Hollywood who supported my breaking barriers.”

MTT HONORS LENNY

San Francisco Symphony is celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s birth centennial in its upcoming 106th season, announced on Monday.

Throughout 2017-18, music director Michael Tilson Thomas will lead performances from his mentor’s orchestral, vocal and musical theater catalog, including selections at the Sept. 14 opening gala, which boasts cello star Yo-Yo Ma.

Subscriptions for the season — which also includes a semi-staged presentation of the opera “Boris Godunov” with bass Stanislav Trofimov, works by American maverick composer Charles Ives, the premiere of a commission by Charles Wuorinen, the orchestra’s first performances of contemporary works by Andrew Norman, Brett Dean, Guillaume Connesson and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and conducting debuts by Jakub Hrusa, Edward Gardner and Daniel Harding, among many compelling programs and guest artists — go on sale March 7.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Bel Powley is 25. … Golden State Warrior Ian Clark is 26. … Actress Laura Prepon is 37. … Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 46. … Actress Rachel Weisz is 47. … Comedian Wanda Sykes is 53. … Novelist EL James is 54. … Singer Taylor Dayne is 55. … Actor Bryan Cranston is 61. … Singer Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band is 71. … Actor John Heard is 71. … TV personality Willard Scott is 83.

— Staff, wire reports

Examiner Staff

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