Herbie Fully Loaded
(Comedy), Z Studio HD, 5.35pm
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon
Eighteen-year old Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan) is passionate about racing. On her birthday, her father Ray Peyton Sr (Michael Keaton), a once famous stock car driver, takes her to a used car yard to get her a set of wheels. She picks Herbie, a rickety 1963 Volkswagen. But when Maggie decides to race Herbie professionally, she ends up going against her dad’s advice. Lohan was reportedly unhappy about her single, First, being played with the credits, instead of being used as the background score for the big race scene.
Bee Season (Drama),
Romedy Now, 2.55 pm
Cast: Flora Cross, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche
Based on the novel of the same name by Myla Goldberg, the film is about a young girl’s talent and how it helps to unearth a family secret. Eliza (Flora Cross) is always ignored, as her parents are too wrapped up in their work and her musically-gifted brother. When she wins a spelling bee, her father, a Jew, concentrates on honing her skills and introduces her to the Kabbalah. But will it help bring them together? Dakota Fanning was initially cast as Eliza, but the directors went with Cross as they felt she looked like Juliette Binoche.
Let the Bullets Fly
(Action / Comedy), Star Movies Action, 9.30 pm
Cast: Jiang Wen, Chow Yun Fat
Set in Sichuan during the turbulent 20s, a notorious bandit chief, Pocky Zhang (Jiang Wen), appears in a remote town pretending to be the mayor. Out to steal the town’s money, he doesn’t expect any opposition. But local mobster and gang leader, Huang (Chow Yun Fat), is unhappy about sharing his territory. Thus begins a series of mind games and complex plans hatched by the two crooks to beat each other. Wen, also the director, went through plenty of script drafts for the film. The final one used was the 30th version.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
(Sci-Fi / Fantasy), HBO, 8 pm
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage
Dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) and wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) recruit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, home of the dwarves. On the journey, they encounter sorcerers and are captured by goblins. Meanwhile, Bilbo encounters the creature Gollum and steals a powerful ring. Will they be able to get away from the Great Goblin? Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf and James McAvoy were considered for the role of Bilbo, but director Peter Jackson says Freeman was his first choice.
The Grey (Adventure), Sony Pix, 11.23 pm
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
A group of workers are flying home for a vacation after an intensive five-week shift at an oil refinery in Alaska. Their plane runs into turbulence and, after a struggle, it crashes. Finding themselves in the wilderness, the men feel they are being watched and soon discover that they have landed in a den of wolves. With the animals intent on killing them, John Ottway (Liam Neeson), puts up a tough fight for survival, even as he sees his companions being eaten one by one. Will he make it through alive? Neeson is reported to have consumed wolf jerky to prepare for his role.
Entertainment (Comedy), Zee Cinema, 9 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamanna Bhatia, Johnny Lever
Akhil is a struggling advertising executive who is never paid his due, quite literally. When he proposes to his girlfriend, Saakshi (Tamanna Bhatia), she accepts, but her family objects to the alliance on grounds that he is not wealthy enough to support her lifestyle. When Akhil discovers that he is actually adopted, he tracks down his biological father, a Bangkok-based millionaire. But the father dies before he has a chance to get in touch with him. The millionaire’s dog, Entertainment, inherits all the money. Akhil tries to kill the dog to inherit the wealth, but soon the two form a friendship. Lever’s character’s name was changed from Abdullah to Habibullah on the request on the censor board, who felt it might hurt religious sentiments.
Winter’s Tale (Fantasy/Drama), HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Colin Farell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Set in a mythical New York City of arctic winds and bright white lights, the film portrays the battle between good and evil. Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a poor orphan, is taken under the wings of Pearly, a demon posing as a gangster. When Peter attempts to leave Pearly, he is marked for death. Making a last attempt to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is surprised to find the daughter, Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), in residence. But she is seriously ill. Their chance meeting sparks off an affair that could potentially save Penn’s life. Warner Bros initially approached Martin Scorsese to direct, but he turned it down, saying it was “unfilmable”.
Babylon AD (Sci-Fi), Star Movies Action, 2.30 pm
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh
In 2058, a mercenary, Toorop, is hired by a mobster, Gorsky, to smuggle a girl named Aurora from a Neolite convent in Russia to New York. Unknown to Toorop, the girl is part of a cult and has special abilities. Her guardian, Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh), and he are in for a huge shock when the convent is bombed and Aurora reveals that, though a virgin, she is pregnant with twins. When they realise that Gorsky’s men are after them, they try to protect Aurora. But things go awry when she goes out of control and Rebeka and Toorop are caught in the cross fire. French actor Vincent Cassel was initially cast in the lead role, but then Diesel, who dropped out as the lead in Hitman, got the part.
(Romantic Comedy), HBO, 1 and 9 pm
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Wendi McLendon-Covey
After a blind date goes horribly wrong, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) decide they must never meet again. But that pact goes out the window when they each sign up separately for the same family vacation with their kids. As luck would have it, they are stuck sharing a luxurious suit on an African safari resort, and the kids become fast friends. Will the end of the week see the end of this seemingly ideal relationship? The film references 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer in dances, songs and certain dialogues. Those are the two films Barrymore and Sandler starred in together previously.
Roy (Drama), Star Plus, 8 pm
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez
Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) is a high-flying filmmaker and scriptwriter who is also quite the ladies man. He heads to Malaysia to shoot the final instalment of his Guns trilogy. There he meets London-based filmmaker Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline Fernandez) and the two have a relationship, which ends when she learns of his womanising ways. Heartbroken, Grewal is unable to continue writing the script. Parallely, the story also follows the characters in the film—Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) a mysterious art thief, who pretends to fall for Tia (played by Fernandez), an art collector whom he meets at an auction, so he can steal a painting from her.
Will Grewal’s relationship with Aamir affect the storyline of his film? Valentine Cawley, who played the auctioneer, improvised his lines as it was unscripted.
MasterChef India, Star Plus, Saturday and Sunday, 10.30 pm
The latest episode of MasterChef India season 4 was all about cooking the perfect khandvi in two hours. Judges Sanjeev Kapoor, Vikas Khanna and Ranveer Brar set a high bar and we saw the elimination of one of the strongest contestants, Minu. The finals will be on April 12 and there is talk that actor Aamir Khan will be judging it.
Reign, Z Cafe, Saturday, 6 pm
Set in 1557, this series is about a young Mary Stuart who rises to power as the Queen of Scotland. In the latest episode, while the Queen is away, she finds out that English troops have camped out on Scotland’s borders and requests Portugal’s help, which they refuse. Will she be able to save her country while she is away in a foreign country?
Hi Tea, Food Food, Wednesday, 4 pm
Want to relax with music and food? Catch chef Ajay Chopra as he introduces us to some refreshing and easy recipes for the evening. The latest episode saw the chef cooking kachoris stuffed with dry fruits and namak paare with dips. Chopra also shared recipes to make the perfect mango kulfi to beat the heat.
The Americans, Star World Premiere, Wednesday, 10 pm
Two Russian spies, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, are sent to the US to spy on the government. The latest episode sees them working to bring down a repair facility in Pennsylvania. But when they arrive to bug the place, an old lady who works there discovers their secret.
Monday to Friday, 11 pm
Fans of Dexter can watch the series all over again, with it being aired on AXN now. The pilot episode is about the Ice Truck Killer, who has a fetish for killing prostitutes. Can Dexter, a blood pattern analyst with the police department, be able to find and kill him, before he is called in to analyse the murdered prostitutes’ blood?
Arsenal vs Liverpool,
Star Sports, 5.15 pm
It will be a dramatic Saturday in the Premier League, with four top teams in action. A rejuvenated Arsenal host Liverpool in the return leg. The Gunners need to win, as Manchester United, who is just a point short below them, host Aston Villa on the same day. Meanwhile, table toppers Chelsea will also look to extend their six-point advantage tomorrow, when they host Stoke City.