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The Oscars on TV: Feb. 17 - 27

February 17, 2011 |  3:29 pm


For those who just can't wait until the Feb. 27 Oscar telecast and can't get enough of Amy, Christian, Colin, Annette, Geoffrey, Hailee, Javier, Helena, Jeff, Jennifer, Jesse and all the rest, listed below are some highlights of movies, series, talk shows and other programs related to the Oscars, airing between now and Oscar night.  

 

THURSDAY 02-17-11  

5:30 pm

Showtime - MOVIE *** A Single Man (2009)
(cc) Colin Firth, Julianne Moore. Planning to commit suicide at the end of the day, a gay professor who recently lost his lover goes about his daily routine and visits with longtime friends. (1 hr. 39 mins.) (R)

7:30 pm

CBS -  The Insider
James Franco's Oscar Spotlight! -- (cc) Actor James Franco; reality TV star Camille Grammer. (N) (s)
 

11:15 pm

TCM -  MOVIE **** American Beauty (1999)
(cc) Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening. A man in midlife crisis and at odds with his wife begins working out to impress his teenage daughter's friend. (2 hrs. 2 mins.) (R)

12:30 am

HBO - MOVIE *** Crazy Heart (2009)
(cc) Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Struggling with the reality of his declining career, an aging country-music star finds unexpected inspiration with a small-town reporter and her young son. (1 hr. 52 mins.) (R)

2:05 am

CBS -  The Insider
James Franco's Oscar Spotlight! -- (cc) James Franco; reality TV star Camille Grammer. (s)


FRIDAY 02-18-11  

1:30 pm

Showtime -  MOVIE ** Femme Fatale (1991)
(cc) Colin Firth, Lisa Zane. An underground video draws a missing newlywed's husband into the seamy underbelly of L.A.'s avant-garde art world. (1 hr. 36 mins.) (R)

3:15 pm

Showtime -  MOVIE The Amateurs (2005)
Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson. A small-town citizen convinces his fellow residents to help him make an amateur porn film. (1 hr. 40 mins.) (R)

4:30 pm

Encore -  MOVIE ** The Vanishing (1993)
(cc) Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland. A kidnapper contacts his victim's Seattle boyfriend three years after the crime. (1 hr. 50 mins.) (R) 

7:30 pm

CBS  - The Insider
Firth, Franco & Eisenberg! -- (cc) Actors Colin Firth, James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg; memorable Oscar nominees past and present. (N) (s)

8:00 pm

AMC -  MOVIE *** True Grit (1969)
(cc) John Wayne, Glen Campbell. One-eyed Marshal ``Rooster'' Cogburn and a Texas Ranger help a girl find her father's killer. (2 hrs. 8 mins.) (G)

2:05 am

CBS  - The Insider
Firth, Franco & Eisenberg! -- (cc) Actors Colin Firth, James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg; memorable Oscar nominees past and present. (s)

SATURDAY 02-19-11  

11:00 am

Cinemax -  MOVIE * Leap Year (2010)
(cc) Amy Adams, Matthew Goode. A woman goes to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend, but she winds up stranded on the other side of the Emerald Isle with a handsome, but surly, Gaelic man. (1 hr. 40 mins.) (PG)

2:30 pm

AMC  - MOVIE *** True Grit (1969)
(cc) John Wayne, Glen Campbell. One-eyed Marshal ``Rooster'' Cogburn and a Texas Ranger help a girl find her father's killer. (2 hrs. 8 mins.) (G)

 

SUNDAY 02-20-11  

11:50 am

Cinemax -  MOVIE ** Terminator Salvation (2009)
(cc) Christian Bale, Sam Worthington. As the machines prepare for a final attack, John Connor and a mysterious stranger delve into the heart of Skynet and uncover a terrible secret involving the annihilation of mankind. (1 hr. 56 mins.) (PG-13)

3:35 pm

Showtime -  MOVIE *** Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson. Sexual sparks ignite when a hot-tempered woman arrives in the midst of her former lover's fling with two American tourists. (1 hr. 36 mins.) (PG-13)

4:00 pm

ABC Family -  MOVIE ** Practical Magic (1998)
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman. Raised by their aunts, two sisters use different means to avoid a family legacy of witchcraft. (1 hr. 45 mins.) (PG-13)

5:15 pm

Showtime  - MOVIE *** A Single Man (2009)
(cc) Colin Firth, Julianne Moore. Planning to commit suicide at the end of the day, a gay professor who recently lost his lover goes about his daily routine and visits with longtime friends. (1 hr. 39 mins.) (R)

5:30 pm

Spike  - MOVIE ** Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones (2002)
Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, protect the former queen from political separatists. (2 hrs. 23 mins.) (PG)

8:49 pm

Spike  - MOVIE ** Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones (2002)
Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, protect the former queen from political separatists. (2 hrs. 23 mins.) (PG)

10:00 pm

Cinemax -  MOVIE ** Terminator Salvation (2009)
(cc) Christian Bale, Sam Worthington. As the machines prepare for a final attack, John Connor and a mysterious stranger delve into the heart of Skynet and uncover a terrible secret involving the annihilation of mankind. (1 hr. 56 mins.) (PG-13)

5:10 am

Encore  - MOVIE ** The Open Road (2009)
(cc) Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake. The estranged son of a famous ballplayer tries to bring his father home to see his sick mother. (1 hr. 30 mins.) (PG-13)

MONDAY 02-21-11  

9:00 am

Encore -  MOVIE ** Reign of Fire (2002)
(cc) Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey. A hotshot American and a firefighter unite to fight a horde of dragons in post-apocalyptic London. (1 hr. 41 mins.) (PG-13)

10:45 am

IFC -  MOVIE *** The New World (2005)
Colin Farrell, Christian Bale. Explorer John Smith and his companions encounter Pocahontas and Powhatan's tribe in 17th-century North America. (2 hrs. 29 mins.) (PG-13)

6:00 pm

HBO - The Making Of: The Wolfman
(cc) Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins star in the horror film. (s)

8:00 pm

KDOC  - MOVIE *** Dick (1999)
Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams. Two enraptured high-school girls become President Nixon's official dog-walkers and secret advisers. (1 hr. 35 mins.) (PG-13)

9:00 pm

HBO - MOVIE ** The Wolfman (2010)
(cc) Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins. A nobleman contends with an ancient curse, scouring his childhood homeland for his missing brother, while a bloodthirsty beast prowls the moors. (1 hr. 42 mins.) (R)

10:00 pm

Encore  - MOVIE ** Reign of Fire (2002)
(cc) Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey. A hotshot American and a firefighter unite to fight a horde of dragons in post-apocalyptic London. (1 hr. 41 mins.) (PG-13)

3:00 am

HBO - The Making Of: The Wolfman
(cc) Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins star in the horror film. (s)

TUESDAY 02-22-11  

9:40 am

Encore  - MOVIE *** Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
(cc) Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris. Animated. When hard times hit the town of Swallow Falls, a failed inventor constructs a device that turns water into delicious food. (1 hr. 30 mins.) (PG)

2:00 pm

E!  - MOVIE *** Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth. An outrageous British woman decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different men. (1 hr. 32 mins.) (R)

2:55 pm

Showtime  - MOVIE ** Femme Fatale (1991)
(cc) Colin Firth, Lisa Zane. An underground video draws a missing newlywed's husband into the seamy underbelly of L.A.'s avant-garde art world. (1 hr. 36 mins.) (R)

8:00 pm

Encore  - MOVIE *** Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
(cc) Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris. Animated. When hard times hit the town of Swallow Falls, a failed inventor constructs a device that turns water into delicious food. (1 hr. 30 mins.) (PG)

2:25 am

HBO - MOVIE *** Crazy Heart (2009)
(cc) Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Struggling with the reality of his declining career, an aging country-music star finds unexpected inspiration with a small-town reporter and her young son. (1 hr. 52 mins.) (R)

WEDNESDAY 02-23-11  

6:00 am

Bravo  - Inside the Actors Studio
Colin Firth -- (cc) Actor Colin Firth discusses his life and career.

7:00 am

Bravo -  Inside the Actors Studio
James Franco -- (cc) Actor James Franco.

8:15 am

IFC  - MOVIE ** Hope Springs (2003)
Colin Firth, Heather Graham. Dumped by his fiancee, an English artist travels to a small Vermont town and meets another woman. (1 hr. 30 mins.) (PG-13)

10:00 am

E!  - MOVIE *** Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth. An outrageous British woman decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different men. (1 hr. 32 mins.) (R)

11:45 am

HBO - MOVIE ** The Last Legion (2007)
(cc) Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley. After the fall of Rome, its last emperor, a 12-year-old boy, journeys to Britannia with his closest retainers to find a fabled legion. (1 hr. 42 mins.) (PG-13)

3:45 pm

IFC  - MOVIE ** Hope Springs (2003)
Colin Firth, Heather Graham. Dumped by his fiancee, an English artist travels to a small Vermont town and meets another woman. (1 hr. 30 mins.) (PG-13)

4:35 pm

Showtime -  MOVIE The Amateurs (2005)
Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson. A small-town citizen convinces his fellow residents to help him make an amateur porn film. (1 hr. 40 mins.) (R)

12:00 am

TBS  - Lopez Tonight
Actor Jack Black; actress Hailee Steinfeld; Filter performs. (N) 

THURSDAY 02-24-11  

7:00 am

Cinemax  - MOVIE ** Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
(cc) Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush. Queen Elizabeth I faces a threat to her rule from Spain's King Phillip II and temptation from charismatic seafarer Sir Walter Raleigh. (1 hr. 55 mins.) (PG-13)

1:00 pm

VH1  - Saturday Night Live
(cc) James Franco hosts; Kings of Leon perform. (s)

2:00 pm

Cinemax -  MOVIE ** Terminator Salvation (2009)
(cc) Christian Bale, Sam Worthington. As the machines prepare for a final attack, John Connor and a mysterious stranger delve into the heart of Skynet and uncover a terrible secret involving the annihilation of mankind. (1 hr. 56 mins.) (PG-13)

4:30 pm

Showtime -  MOVIE Good Time Max (2007)
(cc) James Franco, Vince Jolivette. Two genius brothers lead different lives: one as a doctor, the other as a drug addict. (1 hr. 29 mins.) (NR)

5:10 am

Starz -  MOVIE *** Zombieland (2009)
(cc) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse use creative means to dispatch the undead as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles. (1 hr. 27 mins.) (R)

FRIDAY 02-25-11  

8:30 am

Cinemax -  MOVIE ** Blown Away (1994)
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones. An Irish explosives expert targets an old foe and his family living in Boston. (2 hrs. 1 mins.) (R)

10:30 am

Cinemax -  MOVIE * Leap Year (2010)
(cc) Amy Adams, Matthew Goode. A woman goes to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend, but she winds up stranded on the other side of the Emerald Isle with a handsome, but surly, Gaelic man. (1 hr. 40 mins.) (PG)

12:30 pm

Starz  - MOVIE *** Zombieland (2009)
(cc) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse use creative means to dispatch the undead as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles. (1 hr. 27 mins.) (R)

4:00 pm

TMC - MOVIE ** New York, I Love You (2009)
(cc) Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman. Several love stories take place throughout the city. (1 hr. 43 mins.) (R)

6:00 pm

Biography Channel  - Biography
Christian Bale -- (cc) Welsh actor Christian Bale is one of the most-talented.

7:00 pm

Biography Channel -  Biography
Jeff Bridges -- (cc) Actor Jeff Bridges is born into one of Hollywood's great dynasties.

7:45 pm

Showtime  - MOVIE *** A Single Man (2009)
(cc) Colin Firth, Julianne Moore. Planning to commit suicide at the end of the day, a gay professor who recently lost his lover goes about his daily routine and visits with longtime friends. (1 hr. 39 mins.) (R)

8:00 pm

Style -  MOVIE *** Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth. An outrageous British woman decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different men. (1 hr. 32 mins.) (R)

WE MOVIE ** Where the Heart Is (2000)
(cc) Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd. The boyfriend of a pregnant teenager leaves her broke and abandoned in Oklahoma, where she begins living secretly at Wal-Mart. (2 hrs.) (PG-13)

8:31 pm

Starz  - MOVIE *** Zombieland (2009)
(cc) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse use creative means to dispatch the undead as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles. (1 hr. 27 mins.) (R)

10:00 pm

Biography Channel  - Biography
Christian Bale -- (cc) Welsh actor Christian Bale is one of the most-talented.

10:30 pm

WE  - MOVIE ** Where the Heart Is (2000)
Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd. The boyfriend of a pregnant teenager leaves her broke and abandoned in Oklahoma, where she begins living secretly at Wal-Mart. (2 hrs.) (PG-13)

11:00 pm

Biography Channel - Biography
Jeff Bridges -- (cc) Actor Jeff Bridges is born into one of Hollywood's great dynasties.

1:30 am

HBO - MOVIE ** The Wolfman (2010)
(cc) Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins. A nobleman contends with an ancient curse, scouring his childhood homeland for his missing brother, while a bloodthirsty beast prowls the moors. (1 hr. 42 mins.) (R)

SATURDAY 02-26-11  

2:00 pm

Style - MOVIE *** Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth. An outrageous British woman decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different men. (1 hr. 32 mins.) (R)

2:30 pm

VH1  - Saturday Night Live
(cc) James Franco hosts; Kings of Leon perform. (s)

2:35 pm

Cinemax -  MOVIE *** Public Enemies (2009)
(cc) Johnny Depp, Christian Bale. Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger becomes the fledgling FBI's most-wanted criminal and a folk hero to much of America's downtrodden public. (2 hrs. 20 mins.) (R)

8:00 pm

OWN -  MOVIE *** Elizabeth (1998)
Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush. After succeeding her sister Mary to the throne in 1558, Elizabeth I rules Britain for more than 40 years. (2 hrs. 1 mins.) (R)

12:15 am

IFC -  MOVIE *** American Psycho (2000)
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe. A mentally unhinged yuppie in 1980s New York submits to an uncontrollable bloodlust. (1 hr. 43 mins.) (R)

1:00 am

HBO - MOVIE *** Crazy Heart (2009)
(cc) Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Struggling with the reality of his declining career, an aging country-music star finds unexpected inspiration with a small-town reporter and her young son. (1 hr. 52 mins.) (R)

3:30 am

TNT -  MOVIE *** 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
(cc) Russell Crowe, Christian Bale. A rancher and the captive outlaw in his charge learn to respect each other on a dangerous journey to catch a train. (2 hrs.) (R)

SUNDAY 02-27-11

6:00 am

Bravo -  Inside the Actors Studio
James Franco -- (cc) Actor James Franco.
 

7:00 am

Biography Channel  - Biography
Nicole Kidman -- (cc) Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman is the highest paid woman in the movies.
 

Bravo -  Inside the Actors Studio
Colin Firth -- (cc) Actor Colin Firth discusses his life and career.

11:00 am

E!  - Countdown to the Red Carpet
The 2011 Academy Awards -- Celebrating the Academy Awards.
 

12:00 pm

TNT -  MOVIE *** 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
(cc) Russell Crowe, Christian Bale. A rancher and the captive outlaw in his charge learn to respect each other on a dangerous journey to catch a train. (2 hrs.) (R) 

2:00 pm

ABC -  On the Red Carpet at the Oscars
A preview of the Academy Awards includes interviews with nominees and presenters. (s)
 

3:00 pm

E! -  Live From the Red Carpet
The 2011 Academy Awards -- Coverage of the Academy Awards.
 

4:00 pm

ABC -  Oscar's Red Carpet Live
(cc) (s)
 

5:30 pm

ABC -  The 83rd Annual Academy Awards
(cc) Honors for achievements in film take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles; James Franco and Anne Hathaway host. (s)
 

8:30 pm

ABC -  On the Red Carpet at the Oscars
Randolph Duke, Mondo Guerra, Roshumba Williams and Michelle Tuzee discuss Oscar night fashions; Marc Brown and Russ Leatherman talk about the big winners; George Pennacchio, Rachel Smith and Chris Balish cover Hollywood's after-Oscar parties. (s)
 


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