Catch the HBO Canada fever this February with hot new premieres and special events

    TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - This February, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of
Corus Entertainment's Movie Central and Astral Media's The Movie Network, is
giving subscribers a new slate of entertainment from cutting-edge comedies and
politically fuelled programming to the best in professional boxing, all
day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

    HBO Canada's line-up of February programming includes the seventh season
of Real Time With Bill Maher, the controversial and candid late-night comedy
talk series; the debut of the Will Ferrell-produced comedy series Eastbound
and Down starring Danny McBride; the original film Taking Chance starring
Kevin Bacon; a thought-provoking documentary from Alexandra Pelosi, Right
America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail; and two live
action-packed HBO Boxing events.

    Also in February, Big Love and Flight of the Conchords continue their new
season runs with new episodes every Sunday night.

    Details of this new programming are as follows:

    Friday, February 20 at 10 p.m. ET/MT

    Outspoken comedian and social commentator Bill Maher returns this month
with the season seven premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher. Offering a unique
perspective on contemporary issues, each live, one-hour show includes an
opening monologue, roundtable discussions with celebrity, journalist and
political panellists and interviews with guests in studio and via satellite.
The new season premieres on Friday, February 20 with other new episodes
debuting subsequent Fridays at 10 p.m.

    Sunday, February 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT

    Starring Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express) and executive
produced by Will Ferrell, the new six-episode comedy series Eastbound & Down
tells the story of a star pitcher, Kenny Powers, whose narcissistic and
self-destructive behaviour knocks him out of major league baseball and back
home to North Carolina, where he ends up teaching phys-ed at the middle school
he once attended.

    Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. ET/MT

    An Official Selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Taking Chance
chronicles the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl's journey as
the volunteer military escort assigned to accompany the body of Chance Phelps,
a 19-year-old marine killed in action in Iraq, to his hometown of Dubois,
Wyoming. Kevin Bacon stars as Strobl, who developed the original screenplay
with the strong support of Phelps' parents. Directed by Oscar(R)-winning
producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In The Bedroom).

    Monday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/MT
    On the day Barack Obama was elected President, more than 58 million
voters cast their ballots for John McCain. Journalist and filmmaker Alexandra
Pelosi takes a road trip to meet some of the conservative Americans who saw
their dreams evaporate in the wake of that Democratic victory in Right
America, Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail. Filmed in the
months leading up to that historic event, Pelosi offered these voters, who
feel underrepresented by the mainstream media, an opportunity to share their
feelings about the changing America in which they live.

    Saturday, February 28 at 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. MT)

    This special event presents two star-studded fights as former two
division champ Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico (49-4-1, 36 KO) goes head-to-head
in a bout against former lightweight champion Juan Diaz of the U.S. (34-1, 17
KO) in the main event, with featherweight champ Chris John of Indonesia
(42-0-1 22KO) taking on Rocky Juarez of the U.S. (28-4, 20 KO) in the opening
bout. Featuring ringside commentary from the likes of Jim Lampley, Max
Kellerman and Harold Lederman.

    Saturday, February 14 at 10 p.m. ET/MT

    HBO presents an explosive triple bill as undefeated junior middleweight
sensation Alfredo "Perro" Angulo of Mexico (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on former
world champion Ricardo Mayorga of Nicaragua (28-7-1, 22 KOs), junior
middleweight Sergio Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs) of Madrid, Spain, takes on
American Kermit Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs), and top-rated South African
lightweight contender Ali Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) tries to take the title from
champion Nate Campbell of the U.S. (32-5-1, 25 KOs).

    HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media's The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western
Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen
programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events,
behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an
uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high
definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand where
available by service provider. For more information, please visit

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media
(ACM.A/ACM.B) is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia.

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a
Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in
specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's
book publishing and children's animation.

    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada): Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central
(Western Canada): Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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