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Win Tickets to Singin’ in the Rain!

*******CONTEST CLOSED******** 

TCM and Fathom Events have partnered once again to bring an encore presentation of the 60th anniversary restoration of Singin’ in the Rain to theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August  22nd at 7:00 pm (local time). In celebration of this event, Gene Kelly’s centennial, and in conjunction with the 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon, The Fence and ScribeHard on Film are happy to announce a ticket giveaway!

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Let the Games Begin!

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.

Book Giveaway- Judy: A Legendary Film Career

I am giving away a copy of the fabulous book Judy: A Legendary Film Career by John Fricke. A couple days ago I posted my review of the book–you can read it here. To enter just send an email to sittinonabackyardfence(at)gmail(dot)com telling me your favorite Judy Garland performance. The contest ends on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Midnight EST. 

-This is a random drawing. If you’re selected as the winner you will be notified via email. You will have 3 days to reply. If no response, I will randomly select another winner.
- U.S. Residents only

The giveaway copy of Judy: A Legendary Film Career is provided by the publisher Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books. The winner will receive the copy directly from the publisher.


UPDATE: Contest is closed. Thanks to all who participated!

Halloween Giveaway: Winner Announced!

The winner of the random drawing for the Criterion release of Night of the Hunter is Angela from The Hollywood Revue! Congratulations, Angela! She has chosen to receive the DVD version of Charles Laughton’s haunting and beautiful nightmare. Her favorite costume is when she dressed up as Norma Desmond from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. Her favorite horror film is Nosferatu. Excellent!

I want to thank all of you for entering this contest and making it a success! I had such a great response! Some of your favorite costumes include dressing up as Carmen Miranda, Anne of Green Gables, Lucille Ball, several different Disney characters, a vampire hunter, witches, ghosts, etc. Some favorite films include Freaks, The Uninvited, The Universal Monster movies, Hammer Horror, Cat People, The Wicker Man, and others.

Since you all shared your favorite Halloween costumes/films with me, I will share mine with you! My favorite “scary” film is probably 1931′s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, and Rose Hobart. I also enjoy watching Hitchcock films this time of year (and every other time of the year too), especially The Birds, The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of a Doubt, and Rope. I also make it a habit to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and all of The Simpsons “Tree House of Horror” episodes. I have three costumes from the past few years that are my all time favorites. First is when I dressed as Burt Reynolds circa 1977 (Smokey and the Bandit). A hopelessly tragic look for me, but I think I pulled it off.

Next is when I went as Dr. Frankenstein from Young Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder). This time I did away with spirit gum and the fake hair and just went for a more drawn on look. My mom went as Igor (she is going to kill me for posting this picture).

And finally, perhaps my finest costume…Groucho Marx. I borrowed my husbands suit, bought a skinny tie, glasses, grease paint, and a spray can of hair dye. And of course a cigar. I wore this costume to hand out candy to the 500+ Trick or Treaters we get every year. Only one person (my parent’s next door neighbor) knew who I was supposed to be. Some guesses include (and I’m not kidding): Charlie Chaplin (ok, at least in the right relative time frame), Abraham Lincoln (WHAT?!?), Albert Einstein, and Michael Jackson (doesn’t even make sense, but they were dead serious).