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Jack Nicholson Reigns on Sony Movie Channel Oscar Night and Month of February, Retrospective Includes 'Chinatown,' 'Five Easy Pieces' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2013 at 1:18PM

The Sony Movie Channel is celebrating the early films of Jack Nicholson throughout February as part of its Friday Features showcase. Eight films are included in the Nicholson salute, including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Drive He Said," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "A Safe Place," "Chinatown"...
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Jack Nicholson Chinatown
Jack Nicholson in 'Chinatown'

The Sony Movie Channel is celebrating the early films of Jack Nicholson throughout February as part of its Friday Features showcase. Eight films are included in the Nicholson salute, including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Drive He Said," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "A Safe Place," "Chinatown," "The Last Detail," "The Passenger" and "The Fortune."

An entire day of programming will also be dedicated to Nicholson on February 24 (Oscar day) in honor of his record for holding the most nominations ever (12; he has three wins). Each of the films listed above will play, plus "The Two Jakes."

A digital photo book is accompanying the films; it includes productions stills and trivia from the films. There's also a "Script to Screen Experience" launching on Facebook February 1.

The complete Friday Features schedule for February includes: (All Times are Eastern)
 
·         February 1 –

EASY RIDER (1969, dir. by Dennis Hopper – 10:00 PM & 1:25 AM) - EASY RIDER chronicles the search for freedom by two motorcycle-riding drifters who meet up with an alcoholic lawyer in a southern jail. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson star.

FIVE EASY PIECES (1970, dir. by Bob Rafelson – 11:40 PM & 3:05 AM) – This film is about a restless musician who learns you can never go home again when he visits his family for the first time in three years. Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Susan Anspach star.

·         February 8 –

This article is related to: Jack Nicholson, Television, TV


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.