HOLLYWOOD SUITE PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS MAY 11 TO MAY 17!
Below are programming highlights from May 11 to 17 for the four Hollywood Suite commercial-free HD channels. Many titles are also available on Hollywood Suite On Demand, the Hollywood Suite GO app and hsgo.ca.
Travel back in time to your favourite movies ever on Hollywood Suite! Re-live your movie memories with over 150 titles playing this week.
The 2000s: The 2000s brought Facebook, Twitter, reality television, iPods and some breakthrough performances deserving of critical recognition.
· Django Unchained (2012) Thursday, May 14 at 9:00 pm on HS00 – Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist western, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, deserves both your curiosity and your attention. With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
· Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Friday, May 15 at 9:00 pm ET on HS00 – In this epic action-adventure Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). In a plot twist, the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) sent to kill Snow White, becomes her mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
· Erin Brockovich (2000) Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 pm ET on HS00 – In the role that brought her critical acclaim and numerous awards including an Oscar, Julia Roberts shines as an unemployed single mother who almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
· Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Sunday, May 17 at 9:00 pm ET on HS00 – Like salmon swimming upstream, the film, based on a true story, tells the unlikely tale of a fisheries professor (Ewan McGregor) and a British consultant (Emily Blunt) as they embark on a somewhat unlikely plan to bring salmon to the desert of Yemen. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
The 90s: The Internet was born and grunge ruled radio while these big-screen treasures were wowing audiences in multiplexes.
· Happy Gilmore (1996) Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 pm ET on HS90 – A head-butting, knock-down fight with the Price is Right’s Bob Barker may not have garnered critical love, but the box office returns were no joke for this Adam Sandler film about a rejected hockey player who puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.
· Tremors (1990) Saturday, May 16 at 7:20 pm ET on HS90 – Walking the tightrope between horror and humour, this cult-classic B-movie has residents of the small-town of Perfection defending themselves against murderous underground creatures. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are handymen Val and Earl, who will do anything including pole-vaulting, sprinting, and flipping for it, to outwit the giant, blood-thirsty Ass Blasters.
· The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996) Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 pm ET on HS90 – It’s a distaff twist on Cyrano de Bergerac in this Rom-Com about a successful veterinarian and radio show host with low self-esteem (Janeane Garofalo) who asks her model friend (Uma Thurman) to impersonate her when a faithful listener (Ben Chaplin) wants to meet her.
· American History X (1998) Sunday May 17 at 9:00 pm ET on HS90 – Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of a white supremacist who is rehabilitated after serving three years in prison and then tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same path.
The 80s: Ronald Reagan gets elected, the Berlin wall crumbles, and MTV rewrites pop culture while a new generation of filmmakers reshape Hollywood.
· Wargames (1983) Tuesday, May 12 at 7:05 pm ET on HS80 – Shall we play a game? Matthew Broderick headlines as high-schooler David Lightman who unknowingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for a new video game. When he starts a game of Global Thermonuclear War, little does he know, he triggers the onset of World War III. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
· Blood Simple (1982) Friday, May 15 at 11:00 pm ET on HS80 – The twisty, darkly humorous first film from Joel and Ethan Coen won them the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and a legion of fans. Frances McDormand made her onscreen debut as an adulterous wife whose husband hires a private investigator to kill her and her lover. But, as we’ve come to expect from the Coen Brothers, nothing is that simple. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
· Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 pm ET on HS80 – It’s a cavalcade of stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards showcase their young talents in this coming-of-age comedy based on Cameron Crowe’s undercover exposé of life in a Southern California public school. Where else will you see Sean Penn as a stoner surfer talking about tasty waves, cool buzz and driving on ‘ludes, dude?
· Flashdance (1983) Sunday, May 17 at 9:00 pm ET on HS80 – Steelworker by day, dancer by night, Jennifer Beals in her breakout role proved she really was a maniac, maniac on the floor.
The 70s: The Beatles broke up, Watergate and the Vietnam war dominated headlines, and the first in-vitro baby is born as the era of lower-budget films get their big break.
· Save The Tiger (1973) Monday, May 11 at 9:00 pm ET on HS70 – Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for his portrayal as Harry Stoner, a clothing manufacturer in a midlife crisis, who considers torching his factory for the insurance settlement. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
· The Last Picture Show (1971) Wednesday, May 13 at 6:50 pm ET on HS70 – Peter Bogdanovich’s classic chronicles the coming-of-age of a group of high school students in a nowhere town in Texas with impressive performances from Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan and Cloris Leachman.
· American Graffiti (1973) Wednesday, May 13 at 9:00 pm ET on HS70 – Where were you in ’62? If you were teens in Modesto, California, you were attending sock hops and riding top-down along Main Street. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers and Mackenzie Phillips cruise the strip in George Lucas’s film about a group of high-school grads on their last night of summer vacation.
· The French Connection (1971) Friday, May 15 at 9:00 pm ET on HS70 – William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops (Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. It’s a chance to see what many have called the best-car chase sequence in cinema history. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
Essential Classics: They have gained prestige due to their staying power and ability to define a generation. Now you can catch them for the first time or re-watch them.
· A Hard Day's Night (1964) Thursday, May 14 at 11:35 am ET on HS70 – It’s the Fab Four’s scripted concert film… As the Beatles travel from Liverpool to London for a televised concert, their travel is challenged by rabid fans, Paul’s mischievous grandfather, and Ringo’s disappearance. Hilarity ensues. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
· The Dirty Dozen (1967) Friday, May 15 at 6:25 pm ET on HS70 – During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen military prisoners to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. The ensemble cast includes: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland. Available On Demand and on Hollywood Suite GO all month.
· The Birds (1963) Saturday, May 16 at 5:20 pm ET on HS70 - A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town. Things slowly take a turn when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Alfred Hitchcock's horror movie, which spawned a commemorative Barbie doll of star Tippi Hedren in 2008, is described as a masterpiece of filmmaking, and has often been listed as one of Hitchcock's greatest films. Warning… you may never look at feathered fowls without feeling terror again.
· High Noon (1952) Sunday, May 17 at 7:30 pm ET on HS70 – Known for setting the bar for the Western genre and touted as an allegory to the McCarthy trials, the film explores morality, integrity and duty. Gary Cooper stars as newlywed Marshal Will Kane, who is about to retire and leave to start a new life with his pacifist Quaker wife played by Grace Kelly. However, news arrives that a revenge-seeking criminal is riding to town with a band of outlaws and Kane must choose between the town and his wife.