COMEDY ICONS SHINE IN THE ‘FOOLS OF APRIL’ LINEUP, FEATURING NETWORK PREMIERES OF ‘CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER’ AND THE HIT MOCKUMENTARY ‘THIS IS SPINAL TAP,’ ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1; Step Up to the Plate with the ‘Grand Slam Sunday’ Block, Featuring ‘FOR LOVE OF THE GAME,’ ‘THE NATURAL,’ & More in Honor of Opening Day on April 3; Blaze Through a Day of ‘High Class Comedies’ with Chronic Classics such as ‘THE BIG LEBOWSKI’ & ‘FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS,’ on Wednesday, 4/20 at 4:20pE

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COMEDY ICONS SHINE IN THE ‘FOOLS OF APRIL’ LINEUP, FEATURING NETWORK PREMIERES OF ‘CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER’ AND THE HIT MOCKUMENTARY ‘THIS IS SPINAL TAP,’ ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1

 Step Up to the Plate with the ‘Grand Slam Sunday’ Block, Featuring ‘FOR LOVE OF THE GAME,’ ‘THE NATURAL,’ & More in Honor of Opening Day on April 3

Blaze Through a Day of ‘High Class Comedies’ with Chronic Classics such as ‘THE BIG LEBOWSKI’ & ‘FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS,’ on Wednesday, 4/20 at 4:20pE

Los Angeles – Mar. 30, 2016 – HDNET MOVIES presents an April programming roster packed with critically acclaimed comedies, beloved baseball epics, and stoner classics, headlined by the “Fools Of April” block on Friday, April 1 at 6:25pE; the “Grand Slam Sunday” block on April 3 at 6:10pE; and the “High Class Comedies” block on Wednesday, 4/20 at 4:20pE.

Comedy icons collide in the “Fools Of April” block on Friday, April 1, starting at 6:25pE with Val Kilmer in the 1984 spy spoof TOP SECRET! Then, the world’s worst detective searches for Clouseau in the network premiere of CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER, with David Niven, at 8pE; and Steve Martin’s naïve bumpkin stumbles through life in THE JERK, at 9:55pE. Next, at 11:35pE, Rob Reiner goes on tour with the world’s funniest metal band in the network premiere of THIS IS SPINAL TAP, with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, followed by John Cleese and Eric Idle in MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, at 1:05aE. And Carl Reiner causes Cold War panic in THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, at 2:55aE.

HDNET MOVIES celebrates Opening Day of America’s Pastime with the “Grand Slam Sunday” block on April 3 at 6:10pE. The lineup swings into gear with Walter Matthau as the coach of a rag-tag little league team in the 1976 classic THE BAD NEWS BEARS, with Tatum O’Neal; followed by Kevin Costner as an aging pitcher reflecting on his legacy in FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, at 8pE. Then, Robert Redford’s slugger takes the big leagues by storm in THE NATURAL, with Robert Duvall, at 10:20pE; and the Chicago White Sox sabotage the World Series in EIGHT MEN OUT, with John Cusack and Charlie Sheen, at 12:40aE. The cycle wraps up with Tommy Lee Jones as revered and reviled baseball legend Ty Cobb in the 1994 biopic COBB at 2:45aE.

Get fired up with a 4/20 five-pack of chronic classics in the “High Class Comedies” block on Wednesday, April 20. The day begins at 4:20pE with Kevin Smith’s sophomore feature MALLRATS, starring Ben Affleck and Shannen Doherty. Next, Jeff Bridges goes on a quest for his stolen rug in the Coen Brothers cult hit THE BIG LEBOWSKI, at 6pE; and Johnny Depp takes a psychedelic trip through the desert in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS at 8pE. Then, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold rule the school in FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, at 10pE; and fan favorite stoner duo Cheech & Chong blaze through Amsterdam in CHEECH & CHONG: STILL SMOKIN’ at 11:35pE.

For a complete schedule of films and times, visit www.hdnetmovies.com/schedules. In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month.

HDNET MOVIES April highlights are as follows (all times eastern):

“Fools Of April” – Friday, April 1

TOP SECRET! (1984) – 6:25pE

CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER (1983) – 8pE

THE JERK (1979) – 9:55pE

THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) – 11:35pE

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE (1983) – 1:05aE

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966) – 2:55aE

“Grand Slam Sunday” – Sunday, April 3

THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976) – 6:10pE

FOR LOVE OF THE GAME (1999) – 8pE

THE NATURAL (1984) – 10:20pE

EIGHT MEN OUT (1988) – 12:40aE

COBB (1994) – 2:45aE

“High Class Comedies” – Wednesday, April 20

MALLRATS (1995) – 4:20pE

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) – 6pE

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998) – 8pE

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) – 10pE

CHEECH & CHONG: STILL SMOKIN’ (1983) – 11:35pE

ABOUT HDNET MOVIES

HDNET MOVIES, is a linear TV channel and VOD service that delivers the ultimate film watching experience — uncut and uninterrupted — in high definition. Launched in 2003, HDNET MOVIES programs a diverse slate of box-office hits spanning the 1950s to 2000s. The network is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit www.hdnetmovies.com.

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