HBO lines up Oscar movie bonanza and special Valentine fare

MUMBAI: Star Movies may have a lock on the Oscars ceremony, but rival HBO is not letting that get in the way of its annual movie blitz leading up to Hollywood's big night.

Counting down to the Oscar night on 29 February, HBO will be featuring Hollywood movies that have won or have been nominated for Academy Awards under the tag line -The Greatest To The Latest.

Starting 3 February till the Oscar Award ceremony, the channel will air an Academy Award winning movie every night, Monday to Thursday, at 9 pm followed immediately by an Academy Award nominee in the HBO Movie Marathon.

Saturday Night Blockbusters on HBO include the blockbuster movie, Training Day on 7 February, starring Denzel Washington. The movie bagged the Oscar in the Best Actor category. On Valentine's day the channel will air a suspense-thriller Valentine starring Denise Richards on 14 February.

Action packed no-brainer The Scorpion King starring WWE muscleman The Rock is scheduled to air on 21 February.

On 28 February, the channel will air Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt.

n 14 February, HBO has special plans to celebrate Valentines Day. The channel has lined up six romantic movies back to back. Starting 8:15 am, the channel will air Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone starrer Blast From The Past , Head Over Heels, Sweet November, Three To Tango starring Neve Campbell and Matthew Perry, Mannequin On The Move and Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Huge Grant .

The channel will air Hollow Man on 1 February, The Muse starring Sharon Stone and Andie MacDowell on 8 February as a part of the HBO Superstar Sundays specials. On 15 February, the channel will air Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt starrer The Devils Own followed by action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger The 6th Day on 22 February. Last in the line is in Dangerous Liasions starring Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman on 29 February.

Besides the on-air special, the channel will be celebrating the selection of HBO original movie - The Laramie Project. as the movie for opening night premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi and Laura Linney, the movie recreates the efforts of a New York theatre troupe to shed light on a western town's loss of innocence following a hate crime perpetrated on a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student.

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