CULVER CITY, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Movie Channel pays tribute to Ray Harryhausen—the special effects pioneer who passed away a year ago this month—with themed blocks every Wednesday in May, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On May 7, explore "The Early Work" with the SMC-exclusive documentary RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN—a career-spanning retrospective as the man behind the monsters discusses his timeless films, combined with sit-down interviews with the filmmakers he inspired, such as Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and Guillermo del Toro. The doc is followed by IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA and 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH.
"Sinbad" is the focus on May 14, with THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD; THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD; and SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER; then it's "Seafaring Adventure" with JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, on May 21; and, on May 28, experience Jules Verne'sMYSTERIOUS ISLAND, and the H.G. Wells-inspired FIRST MEN IN THE MOON in the "Fathers of Science Fiction" double feature. Additionally, SMC presents a nine-film marathon highlighting some of Harryhausen's most classic works, on Saturday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT.
Sony Movie Channel presents two television premieres in May starting with THE RUM DIARY on Friday, May 9 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. THE RUM DIARY stars Johnny Depp in this Hunter S. Thompson adaptation. Then, on Thursday, May 15, the Channel is broadcasting the television premiere of the British thriller RETREAT, starring Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Every Sunday in May, SMC is putting the spotlight on five Best Cinematography nominees whose boldness is best enjoyed in high definition in its new "HD Classics" block, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The lineup launches with A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT on May 4, followed by SENSE & SENSIBILITY on May 11; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON on May 18; and DAS BOOT on May 25.
And SMC salutes the troops with a special 17-film Memorial Day Marathon on Sunday, May 25, at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT, through Monday, May 26. The diverse lineup opens with THE PRINCESS AND THE MARINE, and features such military-themed favorites as HANOVER STREET, THE NIGHT OF THE GENERALS, THE FOG OF WAR, 1941, THE COCKLESHELL HEROES, and SAHARA.
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MAY PROGRAMMING PRIME TIME HIGHLIGHTS (All Times Eastern)
Mandays-Action Adventure Movies
Monday, May 5 – Sci-Fi Action 8:10 p.m. – SILENT RAGE (1982) 10 p.m. – THE 6th DAY (2000)
Monday, May 12 – Christopher Lambert 8:20 p.m. – FORTRESS 2: RE-ENTRY (2000) 10 p.m. – THE POINT MEN (2001)
Monday, May 19 – Cuba Gooding Jr. 8:10 p.m. – TICKING CLOCK (2011) 10 p.m. – HARDWIRED (2009)
Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day 8 p.m. – SAHARA (1995) 10 p.m. – IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY (2004)
Take Two Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 6 – Sexy Drama 8:20 p.m. – SWEPT AWAY (2002) 10 p.m. – BASIC INSTINCT 2 (2006)
Tuesday, May 13 – Military Romance 8:30 p.m. – THE PRINCESS AND THE MARINE (2001) 10 p.m. – HANOVER STREET (1979)
In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. (See listings for further details.)
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