Sony Movie Channel Turns Up The Heat On Saturday Nights In June With Hot Summer Movies


Schedule Also Includes the 50th Anniversary of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS on June 19 and the 60th Anniversary of THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR.T written by Dr. Seuss on June 20


CULVER CITY, Calif., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Movie Channel is turning up the heat on Saturday nights in June as part of its "Summer Uncensored" stunt when it spotlights hot summer-themed and romantic adventure-filled movies like HARDBODIES, PRIVATE RESORT (featuring one of Johnny Depp's earliest lead roles) and LOVERBOY (with GREY'S ANATOMY'S Patrick Dempsey). Other films capturing the fun of summer include THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS (with then Hollywood newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer and Fran Drescher), JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, SHEENA, THE BLUE LAGOON, SPRING BREAK, CALENDAR GIRL, STEWARDESS SCHOOL and more. 

And to help set the mood, Sony Movie Channel is offering a Glossi (a digital magazine) that captures some of the most memorable scenes from these summer movies, making it a fun read anytime of the day on any device, whether it be a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The "Summer Uncensored" Glossi is available on SMC's website at starting June 1.

The "Summer Uncensored" stunt also includes the broadcast network HD premiere of 1986's HARDBODIES 2 on June 1 at 11:35 PM ET and a 24-hour marathon on June 29 beginning at 5AM ET. And, nearly all of the stunt's movies are available via the network's free-on-demand offering to subscribers throughout the month.

In addition to these popular movies, true film aficionados will enjoy a special added treat in June, as Sony Movie Channel, honors the anniversaries of two important motion pictures. On Wednesday, June 19 at 10 PM ET/7:00 PM PT, SMC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ray Harryhausen's masterpiece film JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS on the exact day of its premiere. The special effects innovator Harryhausen, who died earlier this month, often said this movie was his favorite, and it certainly is one that is cherished by his fans too.  Then on Thursday, June 20 at 8:15 PM ET/5:15 PM PT, Sony Movie Channel observes the 60th anniversary of THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, a children's musical from Dr. Seuss. This film marks the only time that Dr. Seuss wrote a story and screenplay specifically for a movie. He also penned the lyrics for the film's songs.

Catering to Hollywood film fans, Sony Movie Channel offers something for every movie buff every day of the week. The Channel features films on Mondays that appeal to the male demographic and in June there's comedies like MARDI GRAS: SPRING BREAK with Carmen Electra on June 3 and the crime drama SIN with Ving Rhames and Kerry Washington on June 10.

Under the umbrella of "Take Two," each Tuesday SMC programs two movies that have commonality. On June 18, a serial killer theme is featured with THE HUNT FOR THE BTK KILLER and EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. On June 25, seductive homicides take over with TO DIE FOR and BODY DOUBLE.

Wednesday nights are about reminiscing with classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's. On June 12, the Channel turns to classic crime investigation movies like IN A LONELY PLACE with Humphrey Bogart and THE BIG HEAT with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin. On June 19, in addition to broadcasting Harryhausen's JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, SMC is airing the documentary that chronicles the career of Ray Harryhausen, RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN. Alan Ladd becomes the focus on June 26, when the Channel broadcasts three motion pictures in which he starred – THE BLACK KNIGHT, PARATROOPER and ALL THE YOUNG MEN.

Foreign and festival films surround Thursday night's schedule and a special feature this month is programming on June 20, where eccentric musicals like NOT THE MESSIAH: HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY with Eric Idle are airing. Dramas also take center stage on June 27 with TAXI DRIVER and AUTO FOCUS being the highlighted fare.

Blockbusters are always a part of Sony Movie Channel's Friday night offerings and on June 7 movies starring Sean Connery are spotlighted with FIRST KNIGHT and ROBIN AND MARIAN. Then on June 28, viewers will be scared watching two John Carpenter produced films back to back – JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS and JOHN CARPENTER PRESENTS VAMPIRES.

In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. To find out what other screen gems are airing in June please see the schedule on for further details.

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