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You can take 'Pelham 1 2 3' in two directions

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TALE OF TWO PELHAMS Denzel Washington and John Travolta star in director Tony Scott's 2009 subway-hijack thriller remake "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" (tonight at 9, Starz). And there's a rare screening of director Joseph Sargent's still-potent 1974 original "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (Thursday night at 2:10 a.m., ThrillerMax), starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Original film trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=AqOTObjWGH8.

TV-MOVIE PREMIERES Yeah, the genre's still alive. You just have to know where to look. Hallmark is the busiest purveyor, with sentiment-centered flicks like the high school reunion tale "Always & Forever" (tonight at 9), with Rena Sofer, Dean McDermott and Barbara Eden. Nickelodeon keeps 'em coming with youth-aimed attitude like Nick Cannon's writing-directing debut, the musical comedy "School Gyrls" (tomorrow at 7 p.m.). Even MTV kicks in with "Turn the Beat Around" (Friday at 10 p.m.), an L.A. dance-scene drama with Romina D'Ugo of "So You Think You Can Dance Canada," Adam Taylor Brooks of "Beyond the Break" and Brooklyn Sudano of "My Wife and Kids." Preview at mtv.com/movies.

AWARDS ALERT It's time for the BAFTAs - "The British Academy Film Awards" (tomorrow at 8 p.m., BBC America), airing on same-day delay, with nominees including George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Andy Serkis, Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe. Then, Wyclef Jean gets the Vanguard Award at the live "NAACP Image Awards" (Friday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5). And Jay Mohr hosts the 13th annual "Interactive Achievement Awards" (Friday at 10 p.m., IFC), honoring games and online entertainment. Nominees at bafta.org/awards, naacpimageawards.net and ifc.com/interactive-awards.

FRESH REALITY "Everybody Hates Chris" dad Terry Crews rides herd on five real-life kids, too. "The Family Crews" (tomorrow at 9 p.m., BET) camps out in his busy household, where wife, Rebecca, is now taking her turn at trying for fame. Meet the brood at bet.com/ontv.

MUSIC WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT Well, maybe not least, but it's hardly the main thing in forensic dramas or soap operas. The Doors provide the thematic soundtrack of this week's "Cold Case" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., CBS/2), and Snoop Dogg returns on "One Life to Live" (Wednesday at 2 p.m., ABC/7). Rock on at thedoors.com or snoopdogg.com.

BLACK POWER CINEMA That's this week's theme in TV One's Way Back When prime-time spotlight. Mario Van Peebles hosts the retro '70s film fest, unreeling "The Mack," "Cleopatra Jones," "Sweet Jesus, Preacherman," "Foxy Brown" and "Three the Hard Way" (Monday-Friday 8 p.m., TV One), plus interviews from some of the actors involved. More at tvoneonline.com.

CARHENGE Do we Americans love our cars or what? "Carhenge: Genius or Junk?" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., WLIW/21) visits the Nebraska prairie monument of 38 spray-painted autos replicating Britain's ancient stone creation. Take a look at carhenge.com.

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