This Week’s Movie Menu: Holden & Novak, Bette Midler, Lana Turner…

Looking for a movie to watch this weekend?

Here’s what is showing on broadcast and cable television.



Friday, April 14

Kim Novak and William Holden in Picnic. —

Picnic (1955)

William Holden and Kim Novak star in this moving movie adaptation of the William Inge play about passionate romance in a small town. Rosalind Russell shines in a small role.

5:45 p.m. TCM


The First Wives Club (1996)

Bette Midler – now starring on Broadway in Hello, Dolly – shares the screen with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton in this delightful tribute to the trials of divorce.

5:30 p.m. VH1


Imitation of Life (1959)

Lana Turner cries a lot of and wears beautiful clothes in this lavish remake of the Fannie Hurst story of love, parenting and racial tension. Sandra Dee costars.

8 p.m.


Saturday, April 15


Easy A (2010)

Oscar winner Emma Stone shines as a high school student who tries unconventional ways to get popular. She is funny, touching and authentic in one of her first major roles.

4 p.m. Bravo


Training Day (2001)

Denzel Washington won his second Oscar for playing a bad cop in this dramatic tale of police corruption. Ethan Hawke won a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

5:15 p.m. IFC


The Ten Commandments (1956)

Cecil B. DeMille’s grand biblical epic is a seasonal favorite. Yes, Charlton Heston is on hand (along with a host of stars of the day) to recreate key moments from the Bible.

7 p.m. ABC


You Can Count On Me (2000)

Laura Linney won a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an earnest but confused woman trying to help her brother (Mark Ruffalo) restart his life.

6 p.m. Flix


Annie (2014)

Jamie Foxx is Daddy Warbucks in this remake of the musical from Broadway. Although the movie wasn’t necessary, it offers some good moments.

8 p.m. BET; 11:35 a.m. Sunday


Harvey (1950)

James Stewart snagged an Oscar nomination for his hysterical portrayal of a man who believes he sees a six-foot rabbit. Josephine Hull won an Oscar for her funny turn.

8 p.m. TCM


Sunday, April 16


Ben Hur (1959)

William Wyler created what he called “an intimate epic” with this moving story of the world in which Jesus walked that won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

2 p.m. TCM