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December 2008 Programming Highlights

*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
*Please check the complete Program Schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for additional film, dates and times

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES – Highlighted feature films airing on HDNet Movies


Batman – premieres Saturday, December 6th at 8:15pm
Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Bassinger. Directed by Tim Burton
Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy: Jack Nicholson

The Big Lebowski
– premieres Saturday, December 13th at 10:00pm
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore. Directed by Joel Coen

The Constant Gardner
– premieres Tuesday, December 16th at 8:15pm
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachael Weisz, Danny Huston. Directed by Fernando Mierelles
Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Academy Award nominations for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Motion Picture Director

The Man in the Iron Mask – premieres Saturday, December 20th at 8:00pm
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich. Directed by Randall Wallace

Riding Giants
– premieres Saturday, December 13th at 8:15pm
Featuring Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark, Greg Noll. Directed by Stacy Peralta

HIGH DEFINITION PREMIERES – Films broadcast in High Definition for the first time on television

See program schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for complete listings of dates and times

Riding Giants
Featuring Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark, Greg Noll. Directed by Stacy Peralta
Taming of the Shrew
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Costume Design
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/ Musical and Best Motion Picture Actor: Richard Burton

NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY – HDNet Movies presents American Films selected by the Library of Congress for historical and cultural preservation.

For more information on film preservation, visit www.loc.gov/film and www.filmpreservation.org
See program schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for complete listings of dates and times

Chinatown
Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. Directed by Roman Polanski
Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Actress: Faye Dunaway,
Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best
Original Dramatic Score
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor:
Jack Nicholson and Best Screenplay
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actress: Faye Dunaway, Best Motion Picture Supporting Actor:
John Huston, Best Original Score

Groundhog Day
Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott. Directed by Harold Ramis

Tootsie
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr. Directed by Sydney Pollack
Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress: Teri Garr,
Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Writing, Best Original Song and Best Sound
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Dustin Hoffman,
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Lange
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

West Side Story
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno,
Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Cinematography, Editing, Costumes, Art Direction – Set Decoration,
Best Music and Sound.
Academy Award nomination for Best Writing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Musical, Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Richard Beymer and Best Motion Picture Director

In Retro – Memorable Classic movies airing Sunday Nights


West Side Story – Sunday, December 7th at 7:00pm

Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno,
Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Cinematography, Editing, Costumes, Art Direction – Set Decoration,
Best Music and Sound.
Academy Award nomination for Best Writing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Musical, Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Richard Beymer and Best Motion Picture Director

Sweet Charity – Sunday, December 7th at 9:35pm
Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Bob Fosse
Academy Award nominations for Best Music, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design
Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy: Shirley MacLaine

Black Sunday – Sunday, December 14th at 8:00pm

Starring Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller. Directed by John Frankenheimer

Chinatown – Sunday, December 14th at 10:30pm

Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. Directed by Roman Polanski
Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Actress: Faye Dunaway,
Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best
Original Dramatic Score
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor:
Jack Nicholson and Best Screenplay
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actress: Faye Dunaway, Best Motion Picture Supporting Actor:
John Huston, Best Original Score

Scrooge – Sunday, December 21st at 7:45pm

Starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans. Directed by Ronald Neame
Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song, Best Original Song Score, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction-
Set Decoration
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture Actor: Albert Finney
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Original Song, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score

Three Musketeers: The Queen’s Diamonds – Sunday, December 21st at 9:45pm

Starring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain. Directed by Richard Lester
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture Actress: Raquel Welch
Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical/ Comedy

Tom Jones – Sunday, December 28th at 8:00pm

Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith. Directed by Tony Richardson
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, Best Music – Score
Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Actor: Albert Finney, Best Supporting Actress:
Diane Cilento, Best Supporting Actress: Edith Evans, Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith, Best Supporting Actress: Joyce
Redman
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Samuel Goldwyn Award, Most Promising Newcomer:
Albert Finney
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor: Albert Finney, Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith, Best Supporting Actress: Joan Greenwood

Taming of the Shrew – Sunday, December 28th at 10:05pm

Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Costume Design
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/ Musical and Best Motion Picture Actor: Richard Burton

ART HOUSE CINEMA – Independent films, foreign films and documentaries airing Tuesday Nights


The Horseman on the Roof – Tuesday, December 2nd at 8:00pm

Starring Juliette Binoche, Olivier Martinez, Pierre Arditi. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
The Widow of St. Pierre – Tuesday, December 2nd at 10:00pm
Starring Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emire Kusturica. Directed by Patrice Leconte
Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

The Last Tango in Paris – premieres late night Tuesday, December 2nd at 12:00am

Starring Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor: Marlon Brando
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture Director

Eve’s Bayou – premieres Tuesday, December 9th at 8:15pm

Starring Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield. Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Songcatcher – Tuesday, December 9th at 10:05pm

Starring Janet McTeer, Michael Davis, Michael Goodwin. Directed by Maggie Greenwald

The Constant Gardner – premieres Tuesday, December 16th at 8:15pm

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachael Weisz, Danny Huston. Directed by Fernando Mierelles
Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Academy Award nominations for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Motion Picture Director

Veronica Guerin – Tuesday, December 16th at 10:30pm

Starring Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Joel Schumacher
Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress: Cate Blanchett

King of the Hill – Tuesday, December 23rd at 8:15pm

Starring Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbe, Karen Allen. Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Hope and Glory – Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00pm
Starring Sebastian Rice Edwards, Sarah Miles, David Hayman. Directed by John Boorman
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

Ghost World – premieres Tuesday, December 30th at 8:00pm

Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi. Directed by Terry Zwigoff
Academy Award nomination for Best Writing
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Thora Birch and Best Performance
by and Actor in a Supporting Role: Steve Buscemi

In the Company of Men – Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00pm

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Stacey Edwards, Matt Malloy. Directed by Neil LaBute
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Welcome ZRoss. Noticed that a few titles above are not bolded/separated out. Thanks.

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Glad to be here. Thanks for keeping me honest, wouldn't want anyone to miss anything.
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Watch out for GHOST WORLD. It is a gem. I have never seen it in HD, so it will be a treat.

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You beat me to the punch there, homestand. Another vote for Ghost World. I just wish Thora Birch had gotten some better roles after this film.

I don't own all that many DVDs, but this one's in our collection.
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Really appreciate these updates for HDNM programming, but wonder if it would be possible to add 2 pieces of information to them...? The year the film was released, and a brief synopsis. It's nice to have the star list and awards won, but a little more information on the movies themselves would make this scheduling information more valuable, IMO.

And any airing of "The Big Lebowski", the greatest bowling movie of all time and the reason for the current "white russian" craze, is always welcome! The Dude still abides, man.
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Thanks for the feedback, GrouchoDude.
Please remember that the films listed above are just highlights, not the complete schedule. (We didn't list some really good movies like Robocop: The Director's Cut, Philadelphia, Dead Poets Society etc.)
Please check out http://www.hdnetmovies.com/movies_sc..._by_title.html to find the list of all films playing in December on HDNet Movies (complete with year of release and a brief synopsis!).
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I thought Ghost World was AWFUL.

Looking forward to a few of the others though.
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