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M-NET STARS LINE-UP (article first published : 2008-04-20)

M-Net Stars has a great line-up of movies scheduled for broadcast on M-Net Stars (Channel 154)

April 21 at 19h30: The Thing Called Love directed in 1993 by Peter Bogdanovich stars Samantha Mathis, River Phoenix. This was River Phoenix’s last film as he died of a drug overdose just three months after this film’s release. The movie is set in Nashville, where four young people are trying to break into the country music business. As they audition at the Bluebird Cafe, hoping for a chance to perform, their rivalry turns to friendship.

April 23 at 19h30: Great Balls Of Fire directed in 1989 by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder. A look at two years in the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, the ‘50s piano-playing phenomenon whose controversial private life overshadowed his huge talent. The film covers the period 1956 to 1958, following Lewis as he performs, records and leaves a trail of scandal in his wake. The biggest of these was marrying his second cousin Myra, his third wife, who was just 13 at the time. The resultant outcry killed his career, and Jerry Lee was reduced to playing in dives. This film also looks at the performer’s relationship with his evangelist cousin Jimmy Swaggart, who plays his conscience

April 24 at 19h30: Stepping Out directed in 1991 by Lewis Gilbert and starring Liza Minnelli and Shelly Winters. Mavis is a dancer who was just about to get her big break on Broadway when her selfish boyfriend drags her off to a small town. Now she keeps busy by singing in a bar and giving older adults weekly tap-dancing lessons in the church hall. Mavis, who has problems at home, soon finds herself playing confidante to her pupils, a motley bunch of women -- and one man. When Mavis and her dancers are invited to perform in a charity event, she puts her domestic issues on hold to whip her friends into a crack tap troupe.

April 25 at 19h30: What’s Love Got To Do With It directed in 1993 by Brian Gibson, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. A look at the tumultuous partnership of superstar performers Ike and Tina Turner, whose marriage was characterised by great songs and even greater fights. As Tina’s popularity grew, Ike became increasingly jealous, which, aggravated by drink and drugs, often led to abuse. But after almost 20 years of putting up with his rages, Tina walked out, never to return.

April 26 at 19h30: Cocktail directed in 1988 by Roger Donaldson, Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown. Brian drops out of college to become a bartender in one of Manhattan’s trendy single bars. Teaching him the ropes – or rather, the cocktails – is Doug, a man who’s been there, done that, and has some philosophical advice for the ambitious young Brian. Brian soon learns to juggle drinks and words like a pro, and is huge hit among customers, who almost forget to drink they’re enjoy watching him so much. But Brian and Doug fall out, and Brian heads for Jamaica, where he sets out to woo a rich woman who’ll buy him the bar he always wanted. How was the barman poet to know that true love – in the shape of a penniless New York waitress – would disrupt his well-laid plans?!

April 27 at 19h30: High Fidelity directed in 2000 by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack and Catherine Zeta Jones. Rob, the 30-something owner of a vinyl record store, is lamenting his latest failed relationship with his two assistants and the world in general. Since college, he has never been able to hang onto women. He’s had at least five break-ups. Now his latest ex-girlfriend, Laura, is dating his neighbour, who is known for his long and noisy sex sessions. Rob decides to track down his old girfriends for a fresh look at what he’s doing wrong. Meanwhile, there’s music to discuss, records to collect, tapes to mix.

April 29 at 19h30: Sister Act 1 directed in 1992 by Emile Ardolino and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Harvey Keitel. There’s a new sista in town. Her name is Sister Mary Clarence, and she’s anything but chaste. That’s because her real name is Deloris, her real occupation is singing in a nightclub, and she’s being chased by a killer. Mary/Deloris isn’t happy to do the nun thing – the Mother Superior is a holy terror – but it’s the safest place to be, and there’s always something to do … like transforming the hopeless choir into a kick-ass outfit even the Pope would applaud! (See April 30)

April 30 at 19h30: Sister Act 2 directed in 1993 by Bill Duke and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Deloris is back in the real world, entertaining Vegas crowds with her ‘60s hits, when two nuns from her past turn up .The kids at their Catholic school are a bunch of tearaways and need knocking into shape. Can Deloris help? Soon Deloris is not only teaching the kids manners, but also how to sing and dance. And not a moment too soon: the priest and the headmaster have given up on the school and want to tear it down – unless the kids can prove that they are good at something, like winning a singing competition in Los Angeles!

Please note that dates, times and programmes may change, so please check M-Net schedules in the daily press.




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