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Big Flops For Big Stars: A Look Back At ABC's Ill-fated Venture Into Feature Films

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Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run was pivotal in launching his career as a credible actor and leading man. Although considered a comedy classic today, the 1969 film actually lost money at the time of its release.

By Brian Hannan

All you need is top stars and top directors and making movies is easy. Surely you couldn’t miss with a line-up that included Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Marvin, Omar Sharif, and directors of the calibre of Robert Aldrich (hot after The Dirty Dozen), John Boorman (Point Blank) and Woody Allen. Or so ABC must have thought when it set up a movie division in the late 1960s. Delving into the archives recently, I discovered that Sam Peckinpah’s rodeo picture Junior Bonner (1972) starring Steve McQueen was a box office stinkeroo. The picture lost $2.8m (about $15m in today’s money). Not just on domestic release,
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September 11: The 9/11 10-year anniversary TV programming

An important anniversary in the history of the United States is upon us. We can hardly believe it's been 10 years since September 11, 2001. For the anniversary, many television channels are airing or re-airing memorials, specials and movies about that tragic day.

All times Eastern, check your local listings for times/channel numbers.

Thursday, Sept. 8

CBS: "The Talk" special 9/11 show, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

CNN: "Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror in the Dust," 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.; "Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11," 8 and 11 p.m.

Cmt: "Angels Among Us," 9 and 11 p.m.

NatGeo: "Inside 9/11: Zero Hour," 4 p.m., and "The War Continues," 6 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 9

ABC: "Good Morning America," 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., reports from Ground Zero. "The View," 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mayor Giuliani guest and children of 9/11 victims

CBS: "The Early Show," 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., reports from Ground Zero

CNBC: "American Greed: 9/11 Fraud,
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Networks schedule 9/11 anniversary specials

Tragedies have anniversaries too, and with the terrorist attacks of 9/11 approaching the 10-year mark, networks have scheduled several programs analyzing and remembering that tragic day. Projects include the Steven Spielberg-produced Discovery Channel special Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, following the construction of a new 104-story One World Trade Center, and Nat Geo’s in-depth documentary interview of former president George W. Bush. Below is a list of the specials announced so far across cable and broadcast:

August 25

8 p.m. Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (Discovery Channel)

Sunday, August 28

10:00 p.m. George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview (National Geographic)

Monday, August 29

10:00 p.
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