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Elvis Mitchell hosts new TCM interview series

A new interview series hosted by Elvis Mitchell is about to start airing on TCM in the US.

It is called Under the Influence and features Mitchell speaking to various luminaries from the film world about how classic film has influenced their lives.

Most notably it features the last interview Sydney Pollack gave before his untimely death in May.

Here is the schedule for July:

The series will return in November with guests featuring Joan Allen, Edward Norton, John Leguizamo and Richard Gere.

For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Elvis was a film critic at the New York Times for four years, served as Editor-at-large for Spin magazine and has also written for Esquire.

He also presents the weekly radio show The Treatment on KCRW (which you can download as a podcast here).

I’ll update this post if the series is scheduled to air on TCM’s UK channel.

UPDATE 08/07/08: TCM have been in touch to confirm that Under the Influence will screen on their UK channel in January.

> Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence at TCM
> KCRW’s The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell
> TCM in the UK