Blockbuster comic-book fantasies collide as "Batman," last year's record-setting movie, fills up a wide slice of the HBO and Cinemax scheduling for the rest of the month at the same time 1990's biggie, "Dick Tracy," goes after box office records in the movie houses.
The two movie channels will air "Batman" 25 times in the remaining 24 days of July. The premiere is on HBO Sunday at 8 and repeats at 1:25 a.m. Cinemax kicks off its "Batman" barrage Tuesday at 3 with a repeat at 11:15 p.m. Additional July playdates on HBO: 14, 16, 20, 25, 29, 31; On Cinemax: 12, 18, 22, 28 (more than one showing each day except July 18).
Just in case your infatuation with the Batmobile has caused a memory lapse, Michael Keaton plays the title role and Jack Nicholson is The Joker. The film also stars Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance and Robert Wuhl.
The 1966 movie "Batman," with Adam West as the Caped Crusader, is also being shown on Cinemax on July 8, 12, 14, 22 and 27.
Sunday on HBO at 10, the debut of "Dream On," a sexy comedy for grown-ups. The first episode is entitled, quaintly enough, "The First Episode." Stars are Brian Benben ("Clean and Sober"), playing a TV child of the '50s and soon-to-be-divorced man of the '90s; Wendie Malick and Denny Dillion. The series will follow the Sunday night movie.
Monday on TNT at 8. What began as good-natured banter pops up as a script for the TNT movie "Sweet Revenge," starring Carrie Fisher and John Sessions. Writer Janet Brownell explains: "My husband and I were sitting around one morning at breakfast, discussing what we would do to one another if we ever got divorced. I said I would hire this incredibly beautiful woman to whom I would teach all his secrets. He would fall in love with her and she would break his heart."
What a great idea, they thought, for a movie.
Rosanna Arquette is the "hired" girl.
Repeats at 10, midnight and 2 a.m. Also on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 4; Saturday at 10 and Sunday, July 15, at 4.
Monday on The Nashville Network at 8 there's a sentimental journey to good old-time rock 'n' roll, "Lost in the Fifties With Ronnie Milsap," including Fabian and all the memorable elements of a 1950s high school dance.
Tuesday on A&E at 8, "Biography: Fergie: The Duchess of York," with host Peter Graves, takes an inside look at the busy life of the duchess, the fun-loving wife of the Queen of England's second son. Photographs and films detail her childhood, courtship, marriage and life as mother and author. Repeats at midnight.
Wednesday on USA at 9, the world premiere of "Wheels of Terror," starring Joanna Cassidy as an Arizona school bus driver who takes matters into her own hands after a man picks up two of her girls, molesting one and killing the other, and then kidnaps her 12-year-old daughter. Encores July 15 and 21.
Saturday on MTV from 5 to 9 it's "Knebworth '90," the global charity concert in Knebworth, England, for the benefit of autistic, mentally and physically handicapped children. The concert features Tears for Fears, Genesis (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford), Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Mark Knopfler.