Sony Movie Channel Celebrates Early Films Of Jack Nicholson This February
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Throughout the month of February, Sony Movie Channel (SMC) is featuring the early films of the Oscar Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson, as part of its Friday Features franchise. Friday Features showcases blockbuster favorites, uncut and uncensored, starting at 10:00 PM E | 7:00 PM P every Friday night. The Nicholson salute features eight of his films from 1969 to 1975, including CHINATOWN and A SAFE PLACE, which hasn't been broadcast in over a decade.
SMC is enhancing the experience of these priceless Nicholson gems by providing an interactive digital photo book of production stills and trivia from some of his early films, including CHINATOWN, DRIVE, HE SAID, EASY RIDER, THE FORTUNE, THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, THE LAST DETAIL, THE PASSENGER, THE TWO JAKES, FIVE EASY PIECES and A SAFE PLACE. The tablet-friendly photo album will be available on Sony Movie Channel's website from Jan. 30 to Feb. 28 at sonymoviechannel.com/jack.
The Channel is also providing another bonus -- a "Script to Screen Experience" Facebook application. The app is launching in conjunction with EASY RIDER and FIVE EASY PIECES, which kick off the Nicholson tribute on February 1. Users can visit Sony Movie Channel's Facebook page (Facebook.com/SonyMovieChannel) starting Jan. 30 and "Like" it to view scenes pulled from the actual script alongside the corresponding clip from the movie. This interactive comparison includes two scenes from each movie, and will be available through the end of February.
The complete Friday Features schedule for February includes: (All Times are Eastern)
- February 1
EASY RIDER (1969, dir. by Dennis Hopper 10:00 PM & 1:25 AM) - EASY RIDER chronicles the search for freedom by two motorcycle-riding drifters who meet up with an alcoholic lawyer in a southern jail. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson star.
FIVE EASY PIECES (1970, dir. by Bob Rafelson 11:40 PM & 3:05 AM) This film is about a Restless musician who learns you can never go home again when he visits his family for the first time in three years. Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Susan Anspach star.
- February 8
DRIVE HE SAID (1971, dir. by Jack Nicholson 8:30 PM & 1:30 AM) - Nicholson's directorial debut is about basketball, draft dodging and sleeping with professors' wives. The longhaired star of an Ohio College Team, can't decide if he wants to turn pro or join his radical roommate, in bringing about a revolution. In the meantime, he's content to carry on an affair with a faculty wife. Karen Black, William Tepper, Bruce Dern, Henry Jaglom and Cindy Williams star.
THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972, dir. by Bob Rafelson- 10:00 PM & 3:10 AM) - Jason Staebler is a dreamer who asks his brother, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island - yet another of his get-rich-quick schemes. But luck is against them both and the game ends badly - real life reduced to radio drama. Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers star.
A SAFE PLACE (1971, dir. by Henry Jaglom 11:50 PM & 5:00 AM) - When a woman finds the loneliness and isolation of the present too difficult, she slips into the comfort of her memories. Gwen Welles, Dov Lawrence, Orson Welles, Tuesday Weld, Jack Nicholson and Philip Proctor star.