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    Friday,  May 15

    Hello Ladies (Comedy), HBO Defined, 4.30 pm1
    Cast: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence, Kevin Weisman
    Stuart (Stephen Merchant) relocates from England to LA with hopes of finding some romance to spice up his life. Working from home, he has a pleasant rapport with his striking roommate Jessica (Christine Woods). Though Jessica is clearly not interested in Stuart, she agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend so he can impress his visiting ex-girlfriend. But things don’t work out as planned. Stephen Merchant offered a cameo role to Nicole Kidman after he discovered that she had been to one of his stand-up shows.

    Devil (Horror),
    Star Movies Action,
    9.30 pm
    Cast : Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshal Green
    Five strangers are trapped in an elevator. While detective Bowden (Chris Messina) and the mechanic Tony (Logan Marshal Green) try to get the passengers out, they experience bizarre occurrences that set them against each other. The passengers begin to wonder if the devil is in the elevator with them and is causing all the supernatural occurrences. As they frantically look to each other for reassurance, they realise their only hope of survival is to reveal their darkest secrets. In its very first weekend of release in the United States, the film was able to gain back its entire production budget.

    Zanjeer (Action),  Zee Cinema, 9 pm
    Cast: Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt
    ACP Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan) is an honest police officer who has been transferred to Mumbai to hunt down corrupt underworld goons. He goes up against the oil mafia led by Rudra Pratap Teja (Prakash Raj). Meanwhile, Mala (Priyanka Chopra) witnesses a man being killed by Teja’s gang. Vijay convinces Mala to give a statement and then takes it upon himself to protect her from the criminals. Spending time with her, he falls in love. In a sub-plot, Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt), an illegal car dealer, becomes good friends with Vijay and will do anything in the name of friendship. The story revolves around Vijay’s struggle to take down Teja and protect his love. The film was shot simultaneously in two languages—Hindi and Telegu, with the latter being called Toofan.

     

    Saturday,  May 16

    300: Rise of An Empire (Action), HBO Defined, 8.30 pm2
    Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
    This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield on the sea, where Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the battalion. It pits Themistokles against the massive Persian forces, led by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemesa (Eva Green), commander of the Persian navy, who was originally a Greek. But one region stays away, Sparta. Will they continue to ignore the forces or will the queen (Lena Headey), wife of the great Leonidas (Gerard Butler), have her say in honouring the dead king. The film serves as a prequel, midquel and a sequel to film 300 (2006).

    A Dry White
    Season (Suspense), MGM, 3.45 pm
    Cast: Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Marlon Brando, Winston Ntshona, Susan Sarandon
    Schoolteacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) has been shielded all his life from the horrors of apartheid in his native South Africa. When the son of his black gardener is brutally beaten by the police, for being part of a protest at school in Sowento, Ben promises the gardener that he will look into the matter. He later discovers that the boy was killed for no reason other than to gratify the violent urges of police captain Stolz (Jurgen Prochnow). After getting a glimpse of the arbitrary and violent nature of the system, he hires Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando) to prosecute the killer. This is the only film that Brando appeared in, where he was directed by a female director.

    After Earth (Sci-Fi),
    Movies Now+, 9 pm
    Cast: Jaden Smith, David
    Denman, Will Smith
    Set thousands of years in the future, Earth is
    not the prime residence of humans—instead, it
    is a new world named Nova Prime. When aliens attack their new home, members of the United Ranger Corps leave to find other options. Meanwhile, a plane crash leaves teenager Kitai (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith), the commander of the Corps, stranded on Earth. As Cypher is critically injured, Kitai embarks on a journey to find help. Besides a host of animals who rule the planet, he must also defeat a seemingly unstoppable alien creature to survive. Will his grit and father’s advice save them? This is the first feature film shot with Sony’s F65 digital camera.

    Sunday, May 17

    21 (Drama), Sony Pix, 11.39 pm3
    Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bossworth, Liza Lapira, Kevin Spacey
    Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), an aspiring student at MIT, is in need of money for tuition. Ben is introduced by his maths teacher, Professor Mica Rosa (Kevin Spacey), to a secret club trained in card counting.  Soon they start visiting casinos in Vegas and winning big. But the stakes get higher and they draw the wrong kind of attention. The ‘2.09’ robotics competition shown in the movie is based on the ‘6.270’ programming competition held at MIT.

    Baby (Action), Star gold, 1.05 pm
    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher
    After the Mumbai terror attacks in Mumbai, Baby—a top secret counter-espionage crew, led by Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar)—is formed. With no official records or government responsibilities, their sole mission is to protect the country from terror attacks. And if Baby is ever exposed, the government will deny its existence. The team battles threats from Pakistan—not only within India but also on foreign land. As a show of gratitude for their selfless work, Kumar gave 50 per cent of his fee from the film to the Indian Army.

    Ulee’s gold (Drama), MGM, 4.05 pm
    Cast: Peter Fonda, Christine Dunford, Vanessa Zima
    Ulee Jackson (Peter Fonda) is a beekeeper trying to hold his family together. Still grieving his wife’s death, his troubles increase when his son, Jimmy (Tom Wood), is jailed for robbery and his daughter-in-law, Helen (Christine Dunford), runs away. But when she gets into trouble, he heads out to rescue her and learns that the men who have Helen are Jimmy’s partners in the robbery. Meanwhile, a divorced nurse (Patricia Richardson) moves into the neighborhood and brings him hope. Fonda wore his father’s watch throughout filming as a good luck charm.

    The Mexican (Drama/Romance),
    HBO Hits, 2.55 pm
    Cast: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, JK Simmons, James Gandolfini
    Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a clumsy petty criminal and mechanic who often finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. To make up for an earlier goof up, Jerry has to retrieve ‘The Mexican’, a priceless antique pistol from Mexico, to appease his mobster boss. But his girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) has asked him to leave his criminal ways. Not in a position to argue with either, Jerry heads south to retrieve the pistol first. The Mexican marked the first screen pairing for mega-stars Roberts and Pitt.

    Our Pick

    Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, Sunday, Star Sports, 10.30 pmSpain Soccer Super Cup

    Table-toppers Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in the Calderon, in what is the last big match before the season ends. With Messi in great form after his stellar showing against Bayern Munich, Atletico will have a tough time containing the Catalans.

    New Zealand vs England,
    May 21, Star Sports, 3.30 pm
    The two-test series between England and World Cup finalists, New Zealand, will start in Wellington on May 21. While the former will be looking for a fresh start after a disastrous World Cup and the retirement of Jonathan Trott, the Black Caps are high on confidence and will be trying to carry on their present form.

    Moto GP, Sunday, Ten Sports, 5.30 pm
    Six-time champion, Valentino Rossi, will be looking to extend his lead at the French Moto GP. Defending champion Marc Marquez, currently in fourth position and 26 points behind Rossi, is expected to go all out to slash the deficit. Both were involved in an exciting duel in their last race in Argentina, when Marquez clipped Rossi’s bike and crashed in the penultimate lap.

    Fursat Ke Pal, Monday to Saturday, Zindagi, 1-2.30 pm
    Zindagi’s new series comprises of three different shows—Nirmala Spice World, Simply Beautiful and Sasuraal Ki Galli. While the first, hosted by Nirmala Narine, is about exotic spices found across the world, the second has host Roni Proter sharing beauty tips. The third revolves around a young girl, Meenu, who is discovering new relationships and friendships.

    Happy Birthday Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network, Till May 31, 11 am5
    Celebrating 20 years in the country, Cartoon Network has launched a special line-up of programmes this month. Shows include current favorites like Horrid Henry and Oggy And The Cockroaches, and old classics like The Flinstones and Courage the Cowardly Dog. What’s more, the channel is also conducting a lucky dip, the winner of which will get an all-expense paid trip to the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark in Thailand. For more details, tune into the show.

    Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,
    Fox Life, Today, 7 pm
    In the second episode of season one, Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay checks out an Indian restaurant in New York City. Called Dillons, it is managed by three people who try their best to impress the choosy chef, but in vain. Watch how Ramsay turns their inefficiency around and shows them how to make good food and a profit.

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