CG: HBO and Comcast Present Screen On The Green, Kicks Off 7/25
HBO and Comcast are proud to announce the return of a favorite Washington summertime tradition, Screen on the Green. Marking its 13th year, the festival will kick-off July 25th with the 1967 classic "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT." The free outdoor event will continue with screenings each Monday evening at sunset through August 15th with movies shown on a giant 20' by 40' outdoor screen on The National Mall between 8th and 14th Streets (New Location!). The screenings are free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to join with Comcast in continuing the tradition of summertime screenings at the National Mall for our 13th year. It is a wonderful opportunity for families to come and enjoy timeless films on the big screen in this beautiful space," said Richard Plepler, Co-President, HBO.
"We're so proud to once again partner with HBO to bring Screen on the Green back to the National Mall," said Kyle McSlarrow, Comcast/NBCUniversal President for Washington, DC. "While today's consumers have many options to view great classic movies, including Xfinity On Demand and Xfinity Online, there's really nothing quite like watching them on the big screen in the shadow of our nation's monuments."
Films from past year's Screen on the Green® festivals in Washington are available anytime by using Xfinity Online. These titles include Bonnie and Clyde, Dog Day Afternoon, Arsenic and Old Lace, Bullitt and Suspicion.
July 25 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (MGM)-This taut murder mystery was the surprise Oscar winner for Best Picture over "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Graduate." Ironically, that very award ceremony was postponed due to the assassination of Martin Luther King. Rod Steiger plays a bigoted Mississippi sheriff who is reluctant to accept help from a black, big city detective Sidney ("Call me Mister Tibbs") Poitier. Due to racial unrest in the South, filming necessarily took place in Illinois. The moody Quincy Jones score was Grammy nominated and Ray Charles made the title song an instant standard. (1967) 109 Min.
August 1 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Saul Zaentz Co.)-Rebellious Jack Nicholson leads a patient revolt at a mental facility. He urges the inmates to rebel against the nasty Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Based on the Ken Kesey novel, it has been directed with force, humanity and a sly smile by Milos Forman. It is the second film (after "It Happened One Night") to score an Oscar Grand Slam, winning the five top prizes. Kirk Douglas owned the screen rights for years, but was too senior to play the lead when son Michael finally co-produced. The American Film Institute ranked "Cuckoo" as #33 Greatest Movie of All Time. (1975) 133 Min.
August 8 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (FOX)-They may be just "two little girls from Little Rock," but Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are on the trail of bigger stones. As we all know, "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Two gold digging showgirls head for Paris in this brightly colored musical comedy based on the Anita Loos story and a Broadway hit starring Carol Channing. Fox intended it as a movie showcase for their biggest star Betty Grable, but Marilyn came cheaper. The musical number "Anyone Here For Love?" featuring the statuesque Russell and a gaggle of disinterested chorus boys (as the U.S. Olympic team!) is a genuine camp classic. (1953) 91 Min.
August 15 COOL HAND LUKE (Warner Bros.)-"What we've got here is...failure to communicate." So says a sadistic guard (Strother Martin) to Luke (Paul Newman) who is serving time on a Dixie chain gang. Luke has trouble with authority figures and will find countless ways to rebel against the system during his incarceration. You may never be able to face an egg again after the justifiably famous (and excruciating) eating scene in which Luke puts away over four dozen of the hard-boiled variety. Newman received his fourth Oscar nomination, but it was supporting actor George Kennedy, as a fellow inmate, who took home an acting prize. (1967) 126 Min. (Panavision)
Classic Animation provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios.
For more information, call the "Screen on the Green" hotline at 1-877-262-5866 or visit the festival's website at www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen (will be live by June 1st).
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