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HBO gets bold and sporty in November

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HBO is all set for the festive season, with an interesting array of movies for its HBO Saturday nights block come November. Kicking things off on the 3rd at 9:30p.m. with 'BASEketball', a flick on a new sport, which combines the features of America's two most popular sports: baseball and basketball.

Based on a true story, BASEketball is the creation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone who also made the witty and acerbic 'South Park' with its controversial songs. The three main characters 'Coop', Reemer, and Squeak Scolari are guaranteed to keep couch potatoes grinning throughout.

Neve Campbell & Kevin Bacon in Wild Things

Next is 'Wild Things' on November 10, a mystery flick with more twists and turns than a pretzel. Two seductively cool students played by Denise Richards and Neve Campbell, who attend a posh high school and plan to sue the counsellor Matt Dillon (A Kiss Before Dying) over rape.

The plot thickens with accusations, detectives and legal frame-ups leading to an interesting climax. Interestingly, the logical sequence of events is revealed as the end credits roll.

HBO relies on a good, solid old-fashioned drama 'October Sky' on November 17 to draw in the thinking viewer. it tells the true story of Homer Hickham who in 1950s West Virginia, harbours ambitions that do not exactly reflect his background. His father Chris Cooper (American Beauty) is a blue-collar coal miner and has trouble coming to terms with his son's desire of becoming a space engineer.The father son relationship gives the film its soul. Jake plans to start his project for the science fair using a cherry bomb and flashlight. Fortunately, his teacher, Oscar nominee Laura Dern (Rambling Rose) encourages him and acts as his mentor.

The Summer

Gang Party

On the 24th, HBO takes the plunge into the world of horror with ' I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.' Jennifer Love Hewitt, who also starred in the original, returns for the sequel to holiday in the Bahamas with her friend. The son of the angler who was killed in 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' could be after her in this one. The setting of a deserted island is inspired as it instils in the viewer a weird sense of foreboding.

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