Star Movies lines up premiere fare on Fridays

MUMBAI: Taking an inspiration from the Friday obsessed hysteria ridden world of Hindi film industry, Star Movies has lined up a special 'Friday Premiere' band starting this May.

Starting 7 May, Star's English movie channel will air its latest Hollywood acquisitions every Friday. The channel will jump-start its Friday premiere band with Jackie Chan's latest box office flick The Tuxedo, followed by About A Boy, Catch Me If You Can and Femme Fatale.

Since last month, the channel has been airing box office hits and Oscar-winning Hollywood films like The Pianist, Road To Perdition and The Ring.

The first movie in the premier slot is Jackie Chan's latest box office flick The Tuxedo. Released in 2002, the film stars Jackie Chan as Jimmy Tong, a lowly chauffeur to millionaire Clark Devline, played by Jason Isaacs. 

Devlin has an accident that sends him to the hospital and Tong has to fetch some things for him from his house. As he reaches Devlin's home, he unknowingly discovers and tries on Devline's tuxedo, which has extraordinary powers. This discovery thrusts Tong into world of international intrigue and espionage and pairs him with a rookie partner, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The next premiere is Hugh Grant starrer About A Boy on 14 May 2004. Based on Nick Hornby's popular British novel, it is a story about a trendy, rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner Will, who is in his thirties. The comedy-drama is all about how Will's search for women forces him to invent an imaginary son and attend single parent meetings of available women.

As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old misfit with problems in school. Will and Marcus soon become friends and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid in school, Marcus in turn helps Will to finally 'grow up'.

The critically acclaimed hit by director Steven Spielberg Catch Me If You Can is lined up for 21 May 2004.

Starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie is an autobiographical tale of a con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio). A master of deception and a brilliant forger, Abagnale worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline before 18 birthday.

At the age of 17, Frank became the most successful bank robber in the history of United States. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) had made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase, says the release.

The final showdown is the revenge thriller Femme Fatale scheduled to air on 28 May 2004. 

Directed by renowned director Brian De Palma, it is a contemporary film noir about an alluring seductress suddenly exposed to the world (and her enemies) by a voyeuristic photographer. He also becomes ensnared in her surreal quest for revenge. The movie with an undercurrent moral ambiguity and titillating corruption, stars supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Antonio Banderas in De Palma's licentiously complex narrative.

As for the menu this Friday, the channel is all geared to premiere Paul Hunter's action-packed directorial debut Bulletproof Monk. on 30 April 2004 at 9 PM

Set in San Francisco, the movie revolves around a mysterious and immortal Tibetan Kung Fu Master and Monk. He has spent the last 60 years traveling around the world protecting an ancient scroll, which holds the key to unlimited power, says a company release.

Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott and Jaime King, Bulletproof Monk is based on three comic series by Flypaper Press published in the late 90s.

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