sonyHighlights Include Premieres Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in RAW DEAL, Charlie Sheen in THE ARRIVAL, Jason Statham in THE BANK JOB, and Many More

CULVER CITY, CA – Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Sony Movie Channel sizzles this summer with a primetime August lineup packed with premieres featuring explosive actioners, Western epics, extraterrestrial thrillers, and many more. This month’s roster includes a steamy Endless Bikini Summer marathon every Tuesday night, in honor of 70 years of the bikini; as well as a Sunday block of cinematic masterpieces that includes THE NATURAL and GLORY; and an explosive Manday Mondays block with action all-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and more.

Highlights of SMC’s August programming lineup include: 

MANDAYS Action Block—Every Monday at 10 p.m. ET

Start the week with some of cinema’s most beloved action stars, in this hard-hitting lineup kicking off withChuck Norris in AN EYE FOR AN EYE, with Richard Roundtree and Christopher Lee, and Steven Seagal in SHADOW MAN, with Imelda Staunton (August 1). Then, Jean-Claude Van Damme battles a super-computer in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN with Bill Goldberg, and leads an army of genetically-enhanced warriors in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, with Dolph Lundgren(August 8). The month continues with Michael Jai White as an underground fighter in BLOOD AND BONE, and Samuel L. Jackson lords over modern-day gladiators in ARENA, with Kellan Lutz (August 15); followed by Arnold Schwarzenegger as an ex-agent on the hunt for a killer in RAW DEAL (August 22). Then, Gina Carano stars as a black ops specialist out for blood in Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE, with Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Ewan McGregor, and Jason Statham plans the ultimate heist in THE BANK JOB (August 29).

Endless Bikini Summer—Every Tuesday in August at 10 p.m. ET

SMC celebrates 70 years of summer’s most enduring fashion statement, with the sizzling Endless Bikini Summer stunt, airing every Tuesday in August at 10 p.m. ET. The bikini was originally introduced by French engineer Louis Réard in July of 1946, and named after the atomic bomb testing site Bikini Atoll. The month-long event includes ALL AMERICAN BIKINI CAR WASH and MALIBU SPRING BREAK (August 2); THE BIKINI CARWASH COMPANY and THE BIKINI CARWASH COMPANY II (August 9); Johnny Depp inPRIVATE RESORT—just his second big screen role—followed by BIKINI ACADEMY (August 16);HARDBODIES and HARDBODIES 2, with James Karen (August 23); and MALIBU SPRING BREAK andSPRING BREAK, directed by FRIDAY THE 13TH helmer Sean S. Cunningham (August 30). All nine films—along with the 1985 comedy CAVEGIRL—will air in a special Endless Bikini Summer Marathon on Saturday, August 27, at 11 a.m. ET. 

DJANGO (1966)—Network Premiere—Wed., August 3 at 8 p.m. ET

When a violent Confederate gang sets their sights on a desert town, a drifter (Franco Nero) teams up with revolutionaries to defeat them in this Spaghetti Western favorite. The film was a major influence on directorQuentin Tarantino, who pays tribute to it in his 2012 opus DJANGO UNCHAINED, which also featured a cameo by Nero.

THE ARRIVAL Franchise—Fri., August 5 at 10 p.m. ET

SMC presents a pair of out of this world premieres, starring Charlie Sheen as an astronomer who uncovers an alien conspiracy in THE ARRIVAL. And a hacker (Patrick Muldoon) must stop aliens from enslaving earth inTHE SECOND ARRIVAL at 12aE.

Sunday Primetime Block—Every Week at 7 p.m. ET

SMC puts the spotlight on four critically acclaimed films, featuring Oscar®-winning performances by Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in AS GOOD AS IT GETS (August 7); Robert Redford as a baseball phenom inTHE NATURAL, with Robert Duvall (August 14); Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott in the Louis L’Amouradaptation THE SHADOW RIDERS (August 21); and Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washingston in the Oscar®-winning Civil War drama GLORY (August 28).     

For a complete schedule of films and times, visit www.Sonymoviechannel.com/schedule.

In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. (See listings for further details.)

About Sony Movie Channel

Sony Movie Channel is a multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television created specifically for the male Hollywood movie fan. Offering uncut, theatrical releases in stunning high definition, Sony Movie Channel showcases titles from Sony Pictures’ vast library including award-winning features, cult favorites, family comedies and gripping dramas. Sony Movie Channel is available on AT&T U-Verse, CenturyLink, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Fios by Verizon, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, and Vyve Broadband, among others. For more information, visit SonyMovieChannel.comFacebook and/or Twitter @SonyMovieCh.

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