PRNewswire: Falling From Grace on Sony Movie Channel Music Marathon Month
CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Friday nights are taking
on a new tune as Sony Movie Channel (SMC) features music-themed blockbuster
films each week in March. The network has curated films covering a myriad of
musical genres from rock and roll to country, highlighting a diverse set of
legendary artists that includes Bill Haley & His Comets; Bob Dylan; The Beach
Boys; The Monkees; Willie Nelson and The Who. Billed as the channel's first
annual Music Movie Month, the schedule's playlist is packed with hits such as
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, THAT THING YOU DO!, HEAD, CROSSROADS, GODSPELL and TOMMY,
to name a few.
As an added bonus, SMC is providing a complementary digital experience at
sonymoviechannel.com/music that includes music videos, photos and additional
information about the featured films.
Friday night is not the only time viewers can enjoy these offerings, as even
more classic musically-inspired films air throughout the week of March 25:
FINDING GRACELAND is a comedic film about a drifter who believes he is Elvis
Presley , airing on Tuesday, March 26; SONGWRITER is a dramatic tale of a
musician's path to success, starring Willie Nelson , airing on Wednesday, March
27; and CISCO PIKE is a crime drama involving an ex-recording star, played by
Kris Kristofferson , also airing on March 27. The month-long tribute also
includes the seldom-seen animated musical films AMERICAN POP and HEAVY METAL,
which both air on Thursday, March 28.
The Friday Features Music Movie Month schedule is as follows:
March 1 MUSIC MOVIE MONTH, PART 1
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - 8:30 PM E - Showcasing some of the best-loved bands and
songs of the early rock n' roll era, this film was a sensation with teens when
it debuted, and raised quite a few eyebrows from their perplexed parents who
just didn't "get it." Alan Freed , The Platters, Bill Haley & His Comets,
Frankie Bell and The Bellboys star.
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY - 10:00 PM E - Based on the life of the late rock singer,
Buddy Holly , who died in a plane crash in 1959 at the age of 22. Gary Busey ,
Charles Martin Smith and Don Stroud star.
THAT THING YOU DO! - 12:00 AM E - A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and
rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its
manager. Tom Hanks , Liv Tyler and Charlize Theron star.
March 8 MUSIC MOVIE MONTH, PART 2
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - 8:15 PM E - This rockumentary traces the development
of rock 'n' roll during the 1950's through an incredible compilation of film
footage and performances. Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry , Fats Domino, Chubby Checker,
Little Richard, Bill Haley & His Comets are featured.
THE BEACH BOYS: AN AMERICAN FAMILY - 10:00 PM E - The Beach Boys were the
quintessential summertime band that eventually came to represent having fun at
the beach, surfing, meeting girls and living that laid-back California
lifestyle. With hit songs like "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Good Vibrations," the band
sang of a California that was all beaches, parties, and sunshine while their
lives were plagued with drugs, mental illness and parental abusea startling
contrast to their public persona. Still, the band began as a family and
survived, and its music continues to play worldwide. This mini-series chronicles
the band's decades of performing in the public spotlight. Frederick Weller ,
Matthew Letscher , Nick Stabile , Ned Vaughn , Ryan Northcott , Dublin James,
Amy Van Horne , Jad Mager , Wendy Phillips , Kurt Fuller , Alley Mills and Kevin
March 15 MUSIC MOVIE MONTH, PART 3
ROCK CITY - 8:10 PM E - Documentary on British rockers such as The Rolling
Stones and The Who. Blind Faith, Tina Turner , Joe Cocker , Jimi Hendrix , Rod
Stewart and Otis Redding are also among those featured.
TOMMY: THE WHO - 10:00 PM E - The Who's classic rock opera is brought
energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many of music's biggest
stars. Roger Daltrey is Tommy and Elton John portrays the Pinball Wizard.
Appearances by Tina Turner and Jack Nicholson , among others.
GODSPELL - 12:00 AM E - The long-running '70s stage rock musical - based on the
"Gospel According to St. Matthew" - comes to the big screen. David Haskell ,
Victor Garber , Lynne Thigpen and Katie Hanley star.
March 22 MUSIC MOVIE MONTH, PART 4
MASKED AND ANONYMOUS - 8:00 PM E - Bob Dylan is Jack Fate , a singer coerced
into making a comeback performance at a shady benefit concert event. Angela
Bassett , Jeff Bridges , Penelope Cruz , John Goodman , Jessica Lange and Luke
Wilson star. Co-written by Dylan with SEINFELD writer Larry Charles .
FALLING FROM GRACE - 10:00 PM E - Rocker John Mellencamp makes his acting and
directing debut in this critically acclaimed story of a country singer who
returns to his hometown to celebrate his grandfather's 84th birthday. Caught
between the woman he loves and the woman he once loved, Mellencamp must make a
decision affecting all of their lives. John Mellencamp , Mariel Hemingway ,
Claude Akins , Kay Lenz and Dub Taylor star. Written by LONESOME DOVE author
Larry McMurtry .
CROSSROADS - 11:45 PM E - One was a living legend, the other was just starting
out... for both, the turning point will come at the Crossroads. Ralph Macchio ,
Joe Seneca , Jami Gertz , Harry Carey and Joe Morton star.
March 29 MUSIC MOVIE MONTH, PART 5
RING-A-DING RHYTHM - 8:30 PM E -The pop culture explosion reveals a generation
gap in a small English town when the mayor forces a teenage hangout to stop
using its TV set and jukebox. A pair of crafty local teens counterattack by
trying to put together a festival that will demonstrate the merits of
traditional jazz and rock 'n' roll. While trying to enlist disc jockeys for the
jazz show, they hear such talents as Del Shannon , The Dukes of Dixieland, Gary
(U.S.) Bonds, the inimitable Chubby Checker, Gene Vincent and many others.
Helen Shapiro , Craig Douglas , Felix Felton , Hugh Lloyd , Arthur Mullard and
Timothy Bateson star.
HEAD - 10:00 PM E - The Monkees star in a surreal, collage of comedy, music and
fantasy. The Monkees, Annette Funicello , Vito Scott and Victor Mature star.
Co-written by The Monkees director Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson .
SPICE WORLD - 11:40 PM E - The popular music group Spice Girls erupt into London
in a dazzling explosion of music, color, clothes, popping flashbulbs, and
screaming fans. Victoria Adams , Emma Bunton , Melanie Chisholm , Geri Halliwell
, Melanie Brown , Richard E. Grant , Alan Cumming , George Wendt , Mark McKinney
and Roger Moore star.
The Music Movie Month concludes with a weekend event starting Friday, March 29
through Sunday morning, March 31. The weekend showcase includes the Friday
Features movies and a few others like DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK, TWIST AROUND THE
CLOCK and DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST.
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.)
About Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel is the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony
Pictures Television created specifically for the Hollywood movie fan. Offering
uncut and theatrical releases in stunning high definition, Sony Movie Channel
showcases titles from Sony Pictures' vast library including award-winning
features, cult favorites, family comedies and gripping dramas. Programming is
selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have
received 184 Academy Awards including 12 for Best Picture. Sony Movie Channel is
available on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse TV on linear as well as on
authenticated VOD and online platforms. For more information, visit
SonyMovieChannel.com, Facebook and/or Twitter @SonyMovieCh.
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