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On TV: Samuel L Jackson And James Earl Jones Tributes

Some television news I learned about today:

First - AMC will broadcast the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which this year honored the film career of Samuel L. Jackson.

The special will premiere Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 10 p.m. EST under the title, Hollywood Celebrates Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute.

Many of Jackson's colleagues and past co-stars were in attendance to help celebrate his cinematic accomplishments, including Denzel Washington, Justin Timberlake, Vin Diesel, Goerge Lucas, Magic Johnson, George Lopez, Andy Garcia and Sharon Stone, amongst several others. And each of them had something to share about their experiences working with Jackson.

"I felt a bond with everyone in that theater," Jackson said, according to the AP. "(It was) a kinship that opened up a whole new world."

Second - James Earl Jones will be honored for lifetime achievement at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

I'm surprised he hasn't already been honored.

To celebrate the occasion, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will dedicate an entire day to the stage and screen legend.

On Friday, Jan. 23, the network will feature Jones in interviews and show three of his films: Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (the 1963 Stanley Kubrick classic), his film debut, at 8 p.m.; The Great White Hope (1970), which earned Jones a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, at 10 p.m.; and the South African-set drama Cry the Beloved Country (1995), which earned Jones a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, at midnight.

All extremely worthwhile films to see if you haven't already.



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