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Sony Movie Channel Honors Black History Month with Tuesday Night Double-Features Showcasing Poitier, Freeman, Washington and Pryor

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2013 at 3:25PM

In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get their own themed evenings.
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Denzel Washington in "Devil in a Blue Dress"
Denzel Washington in "Devil in a Blue Dress"

In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get their own themed evenings.

The Take Two February schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern):

Feb. 5 – Morgan Freeman Night

MAIDEN HEIST – 8:15 PM & 12:00 AM - It was a stroke of genius. But now the perfect crime is turning into a perfect disaster in this all-star comedy caper that proves you're never too old to have some new fun. Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden star.

UNDER SUSPICION-10:00 PM & 1:40 AM – The day after he finds the body of a dead girl on his daily job, a prominent lawyer is called into the police station to “tie up a few loose ends.” Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane and Monica Bellucci star.

Feb. 12 – Denzel Washington Night

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS – 8:15 PM & 12:10 AM - In a world divided by black and white, Easy Rawlins is about to cross the line. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Tom Sizemore, Maury Chaykin, Jennifer Beals and Lisa Nicole Carson star.

GLORY – 10:00 PM & 2:00 AM - Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington star in this inspiring story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.

Feb. 19 – Sidney Poitier Night

BROTHER JOHN - 8:15 PM & 11:45 PM - A black man returns to his home town in Alabama, just as his sister dies and black workers strike the town's leading industrial plant. He is thought to be an outside agitator until it is learned he is the messenger of death. Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Paul Winfield and Beverly Todd star.

BUCK AND THE PREACHER – 10:00 PM & 1:25 AM - Action-packed Western about a scout (Sidney Poitier) and a con man (Harry Belafonte) who team up to protect the Exodusters: ex-slaves who traveled across the West after the Civil War. Directed by Poitier. Music by jazz great Benny Carter. Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot and John Kelly star.

Feb. 26 – Richard Pryor Night

RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP -10:00 PM & 1:10 AM - A living legend, a comic genius... in legendary stand-up comedy concert performance captured live in 1982.

RICHARD PRYOR: HERE & NOW – 11:30 PM & 2:40 AM - A comic genius... alive and well and at his best on Bourbon Street in New Orleans in this 1983 stand-up comedy concert.

Each of the films are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. Go here for details.

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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.