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August 2009 Programming Highlights


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World's Greatest Dad

Premieres Wednesday, August 19th at 8:00pm, followed by encore presentations at 9:45 and 11:30pm


A thoughtful but outrageous comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD is a story about a man that learns the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy, and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone.


Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jerk who won't give his father the time of day. He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating.


Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.


Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD stars Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore, Daryl Sabara, Geoff Pierson, Henry Simmons and Mitzi McCall. The film was produced by Tim Perrell, Howard Gertler, Sean McKittrick and Richard Kelly and co-produced by Sarah de Sa Rego
SPOTLIGHT FEATURES - Highlighted feature films airing on HDNet Movies

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Basic Instinct - premieres Friday, August 7th at 10:00pm

Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Tripplehorn. Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Academy Award nomination for Best Music - Original Score and Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Sharon Stone and Best Original Score - Motion Picture

City Slickers - Saturday, August 8th at 8:15pm

Starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby. Directed by Ron Underwood

Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor: Jack Palance

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jack Palance

Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Billy Crystal

Cool Hand Luke - Sunday, August 16th at 8:00pm

Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Academy Award nominations for Best Actor: Paul Newman, Best Writing and Best Original Score

Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Paul Newman and Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Field of Dreams - premieres Saturday, August 1st at 8:15pm

Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson

Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Writing

The Jacket - premieres Saturday, August 22nd at 10:15pm

Starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson. Directed by John Maybury

Jurassic Park III - premieres Saturday, August 15th at 8:05pm

Starring Sam Neil, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni. Directed by Joe Johnston

Spartacus - premieres Sunday, August 9th at 6:00pm

Starring Kirk Douglas, Lawrence Olivier, Jean Simmons. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Peter Ustinov and Best Costume Design

Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing and Best Music

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama

Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Director, Best Original Score, Best Motion Picture Actor - Lawrence Olivier, Best Supporting Actor - Woody Strode and Best Supporting Actor - Peter Ustinov

Winged Migration - Tuesday, August 4th at 8:00pm

Narrated by Philippe Labro. Directed by Jacques Perrin

Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, Features

The World's Fastest Indian - Saturday, August 1st at 10:05pm

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford. Directed by Roger Donaldson

PROGRAM SPECIAL - A Tribute to Director Sergio Leone

A Fistful of Dollars - Sunday, August 23rd at 7:00pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch. Directed by Sergio Leone

For A Few Dollars More - Sunday, August 23rd at 8:45pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte. Directed by Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in the West - Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00pm

Starring Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson. Directed by Sergio Leone
HIGH DEFINITION PREMIERES - Films broadcast in High Definition for the first time on television

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Jurassic Park III

Starring Sam Neil, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni. Directed by Joe Johnston

The World's Greatest Dad

Starring Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY - HDNet Movies presents American Films selected by the Library of Congress for historical and cultural preservation.

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Cool Hand Luke

Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Academy Award nominations for Best Actor: Paul Newman, Best Writing and Best Original Score

Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Paul Newman and Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Lawrence of Arabia

Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. Directed by David Lean

Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Academy Award nominations for Best Actor: Peter O'Toole, Best Supporting Actor: Omar Sharif, Best Writing

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture - Director, Best Supporting Actor: Omar Sharif, Best Cinematography

Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Peter O'Toole, Best Motion Picture Actor: Anthony Quinn and Best Motion Picture Score

Some Like It Hot

Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. Directed by Billy Wilder

Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design - Black and White

Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor: Jack Lemmon, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/ Comedy: Jack Lemmon and Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ Comedy: Marilyn Monroe

In Retro - Memorable Classic movies airing Sunday Nights

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Sunday, August 2nd at 6:00pm

Starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. Directed by Blake Edwards

Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song

Academy Award nominations for Best Writing, Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

My Fair Lady - Sunday, August 2nd at 8:00pm

Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway. Directed by George Cukor

Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Rex Harrison, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction- Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Scoring of Music

Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Gladys Cooper, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Stanley Holloway, Best Writing and Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor: Rex Harrison

Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actress: Audrey Hepburn and Best Supporting Actor: Stanley Holloway

Spartacus - premieres Sunday, August 9th at 6:00pm

Starring Kirk Douglas, Lawrence Olivier, Jean Simmons. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Peter Ustinov and Best Costume Design

Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing and Best Music

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama

Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Director, Best Original Score, Best Motion Picture Actor - Lawrence Olivier, Best Supporting Actor - Woody Strode and Best Supporting Actor - Peter Ustinov

Lawrence of Arabia - Sunday, August 9th at 9:15pm

Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. Directed by David Lean

Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Academy Award nominations for Best Actor: Peter O'Toole, Best Supporting Actor: Omar Sharif, Best Writing

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture - Director, Best Supporting Actor: Omar Sharif, Best Cinematography - Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Peter O'Toole, Best Motion Picture Actor: Anthony Quinn and Best Motion Picture Score

Cool Hand Luke - Sunday, August 16th at 8:00pm

Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Academy Award nominations for Best Actor: Paul Newman, Best Writing and Best Original Score

Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture Actor: Paul Newman and Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy

Tom Horn - Sunday, August 16th at 10:15pm

Starring Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth. Directed by William Wiard

A Fistful of Dollars - Sunday, August 23rd at 7:00pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch. Directed by Sergio Leone

For a Few Dollars More - Sunday, August 23rd at 8:45pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte. Directed by Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in the West - Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00pm

Starring Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson. Directed by Sergio Leone

Some Like it Hot - Sunday, August 30th at 8:00pm

Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. Directed by Billy Wilder

Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design - Black and White

Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor: Jack Lemmon, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/ Comedy: Jack Lemmon and Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ Comedy: Marilyn Monroe

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Sunday, August 30th at 10:05pm

Starring Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton. Directed by Richard Lester

Academy Award winner for Best Music, Scoring of Music

Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical/ Comedy

ART HOUSE CINEMA - Independent films, foreign films and documentaries

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

Baadasssss!

Starring Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter. Directed by Mario Van Peebles

The Barbarian Invasions

Starring Remy Girard, Stephane Rousseau, Dorothee Berryman. Directed by Denys Arcand

Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film

Academy Award nomination for Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Bride & Prejudice - Tuesday, July 28th at 9:05pm

Starring Aishwaraya Rai, Martin Henderson, Naveen Andrews. Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - Tuesday, July 7th at 8:05pm

Documentary narrated by Peter Coyote. Directed by Alex Gibney

Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, Features

The Red Violin

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, Carlo Cecchi. Directed by Francois Girard

Academy Award winner for Best Music - Original Score

Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Reservoir Dogs

Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen. Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Riding Giants

Featuring Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark, Greg Noll. Directed by Stacy Peralta

So Close

Starring Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, Karen Mok. Directed by Cory Yuen

Winged Migration

Narrated by Philippe Labro. Directed by Jacques Perrin

Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, Features

The World's Fastest Indian

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford. Directed by Roger Donaldson
 

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There are many fine movies in the August schedule. However, I believe that most of them are repeats. I didn't find a single title that I wanted that was "first time in HD."
 
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