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The 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon Contest!

What are we doing? 

We’re giving away prizes!  That’s right, plural!

What are the prizes?

DVD sets!  That’s right!  Sets!  If you win, you don’t get just one movie … you get a bunch!


  • The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: John Wayne Westerns set, which contains The Cowboys; Fort Apache; Rio Bravo; and The Searchers.
  • The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection, which contains the Crooner and the Hoofer’s three pairings: On the Town; Anchors Aweigh; and Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
  • The Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection set, featuring all nine (!) pairings of the star-crossed stars: Woman of the Year; Without Love; State of the Union; Sea of Grass; Adam’s Rib; Pat and Mike; Desk Set; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; and Keeper of the Flame.

But that’s not all!  There will also be a GRAND PRIZE DRAWING!


One lucky winner will walk away with The Samurai Trilogy starring Toshiro Mifune!  From Criterion!  On Blu-ray!


That … just … happened.


How to enter:

  • You must post at least one eligible entry in the 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon.
  • DVD Sets: For every eligible 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon entry you post, your name is entered into the drawing for one the three DVD sets.  If you post one entry, your name is entered once.  If you post 10 entries, your name is entered ten times.  You may only win one of the three DVD sets.  However, if you do win one of the three DVD sets, you are still eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing.
  • Grand Prize Blu-ray: Every participant in the 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon who posts at least one eligible entry during the blogathon will have their name entered once for the Grand Prize Drawing, regardless of number of entries.  If you post one entry, your name is entered once.  If you post 10 entries, your name is entered once.  Only one person will win.  If you won one of the three DVD sets above, you are still eligible for the Grand Prize.


An entry is considered eligible if it meets the following criteria:

  • the entry must be new (not something previously published).
  • The entry may be posted before the star’s day, but we will not promote it until the star’s day.  However, the entry must be posted no later than 5:59am EDT at the end of that star’s day.  Turner Classic Movies counts a day as 6:00am on one day to 6:00am the next, not midnight to midnight.  For example, August 1 is John Wayne’s day.  His day officially starts at 6:00am on 8/1 and ends at 5:59am on 8/2.  Each star’s day follows suit.  Because this blogathon is based on TCM’s schedule, this will be the schedule of record, so those of you not based in the Eastern Time Zone of the United States, please make your time calculations accordingly.
  • The entry must be pertinent to the star/day combination, and specific film reviews must be of films that are airing on that star’s day.  Using John Wayne as the example again, a review of Rio Bravo (starring John Wayne) on 8/1 (John Wayne’s day) is pertinent because Rio Bravo is airing on 8/1.  A review of Sands of Iwo Jima (starring John Wayne) is not pertinent regardless of the day, as that film is not airing at all.  However, if you are posting a higher-level piece about a star on that star’s day – for example, how you and your grandfather bonded over John Wayne films, or a list of your Top 5 Duke films and why – that is considered an eligible entry.  In the event of something questionable, final eligibility will be determined by Michael and Jill.
  • Each entry you post, regardless of style or length or number, must specifically reference that it is an entry in the “2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon” and must contain a link back to either Jill or Michael’s blog.  (Both Jill and Michael will be promoting all of the bloggers every day throughout the month, so we want to ensure that readers have one of two central locations.)  Michael’s link is and Jill’s link is .



  • The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012.
  • winners will be notified via email on September 2 and must confirm receipt of the notification by September 9.  In the absence of confirmation of the first notification, reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner via other channels.  If confirmation is not made by the winner by September 16, that winner forfeits his prize and another winner will be drawn.
  • Prizes will be shipped once confirmation arrangements have been made with all winners.
  • Winners’ names will be published on Michael and Jill’s blogs once shipping arrangements have been made with all winners.
  • Prizes may not be substituted.
  • The three DVD sets and the Blu-ray set are Region 1.  Substitutions for other Regions cannot be made.

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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