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Sony Movie Channel Offering ‘Black History Month’ Slate

28 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Stars include Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor

Sony Movie Channel beginning Feb. 5 will offer movies featuring noted African-American actors as part of its “Take Two” Tuesday night double feature honoring Black History Month. The movies are repeated twice each night.

Sony Movie Channel is a unit of Sony Pictures Television repurposing more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films. The channel is available on Dish Network, DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse TV, as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms.

The schedule includes “Morgan Freeman Night” (Feb. 5) featuring comedy caper Maiden Heist, co-starring Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden, and Drama Under Suspicion with Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane and Monica Bellucci.

“Denzel Washington Night” (Feb. 12) features Devil in a Blue Dress with co-stars Don Cheadle, Tom Sizemore, Maury Chaykin, Jennifer Beals and Lisa Nicole Carson, and war drama Glory, which co-stars Matthew Broderick about the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.

“Sidney Poitier Night” (Feb. 19) features Brother John, about a man returning to his home town in Alabama, just as his sister dies and black workers strike the town’s leading industrial plant. He is thought to be an outside agitator until it is learned he is the messenger of death. It co-stars Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Paul Winfield and Beverly Todd. Also airing will be Western actioner Buck and the Preacher with co-stars Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot and John Kelly.

Finally, “Richard Pryor Night” (Feb. 26) includes 1982 stand-up comedy concert Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, in addition Richard Pryor: Here and Now on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a 1983 stand-up comedy concert.

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