Saving Mr Banks (Biopic / Drama),
Star Movies HD, 6.28 pm
Cast: Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks
When Walt Disneya��s (Tom Hanks) daughters beg him to make a film on their favourite book, Mary Poppins, he promises them he would. But that is before he realises how much of a stuck-up writer PL Travers (Emma Thompson) is. In his quest to obtain the rights, he has to tackle the uncompromising writer who has no intention of letting her beloved nannya��s story get told badly. So she insists on making the script and being consulted at every step of the making. Despite pulling out all the stopsa��which includes the Sherman Brothersa�� musica��Travers is not willing to budge. Hanks is actually a distant cousin of Walt Disney, the character he plays in the film.
300: Rise of an Empire (Action / Adventure), HBO, 9 pm
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
Based on Frank Millera��s graphic novel, Xerxes, this saga takes you into the action where Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) kills king Darius, which his son Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) witnesses. Egged on by Artemisia (Eva Green), a vengeful commander of the Persian navy, the mortal-turned-god Xerxes goes on a war path to kill Themistoclesa��who is attempting to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the looming Persian navy. Queen Gorgo of Sparta (Lena Heady), Leonidasa��s widow (from 300), hopes to unite Greece in the attack, but may not reach the shores in time. Santoro had to spend six hours in the make-up chair every day to morph into Xerxes. He read stories of Herodotus (Greek historian) to help him get into character.
Holiday (Action / Thriller), Zee Cinema HD, 8 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is a captain in the Indian army. On a hard-earned holiday in Mumbai, his parents get him to meet prospective brides. One of them is Saiba Thapar (Sonakshi Sinha), who he rejects at first but then falls for. However, things start to go wrong when Bakshi realises there may be terrorists in the city, trying to bomb it. Matters go downhill when he finds out that a police officer might be involved. The film is a remake of the Tamil film, Thupakki (2012). Zakir Hussain is the only actor reprising his role, as the Joint Defense Secretary of India and terrorist Alvin Da��Souza.
Friday, A�January 16
Rise of The Guardians (Animation / Fantasy), Z Studio, 9 pm
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine
Based on the book The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce, the film follows North (Alec Baldwin), popularly known as Santa Claus and his friends. When he is alerted that Pitch Black (Jude Law), the Boogeyman has returned from a long period of absence and is intent on threatening and frightening little kids all over the world, he joins forces with his buddies Fairy Tooth (Isla Fisher), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Sandman and Jack Frost (Chris Pine), to attempt to put a stop to put stop to Pitcha��s evil plan. The idea for the script came to author William Joyce when his daughter asked him if he knew if Santa Claus had ever met the Easter Bunny.
Here Comes The Boom (Action / Comedy), Star Movies Action, 2.30pm
Cast: Kevin James, Salma Hayek
A former college-level wrestler, 42-year-old Scott Voss (Kevin James) currently works as a biology teacher, indifferent to the difficulties of the school where he works, which is facing severe financial problems. When the school gets word that the music programme, run by his friend, will be shut down due to a lack of funds, something compels him to save it by whatever means possible. He takes to moonlighting as a martial arts teacher to raise funds, with an intent to help his friend. But what he doesna��t realise is he is actually helping himself. Kevin James reportedly lost 80 pounds for the role.
Family Weekend (Comedy), HBO Hits, 9.25 am
Cast: Olesya Rulin, Kristin Chenoweth,
A talented rope-jumper, Emily (Olesya Rulin) is the reigning champion of her school. While participating in the regional rope-jumping championship, she finds she has no one to cheer her and her dysfunctional family never turns up to her events. Though she wins, and is chosen to participate in the state-level event, she is downcast by the lack of support. Wanting to teach her parents a thing or two about parenting, she drugs and binds them for 24 hours. But will her ploy work and will her parents change for the better? The announcer for both the competitions – regional and state, is Alan Roach, who is the stadium announcer for quite a number of Superbowl and All-Star games.
Saturday, January 17
Johnny English Reborn
(Adventure / Comedy),
Movies Now, 10.55 pm
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic WestA�A parody of the James Bond genre, this is the second Johnny English film, starring Rowan Atkinson as Sir Johnny English, a secret agent who knows no fear. In his latest mission, English must track down an assassin who threatens the life of the Chinese President, before a Heads of State conference that is just days away. Rosamund Pike, who plays behavioural psychologist Kate Sumner, is the A�only character to have also starred A�in an actual Bond movie a�� A�Die Another Day.
Son of Sardaar (Action / Romance),
Star Gold, 8 pm
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha
Jaswinder a�?Jassia�� Randhawa (Ajay Devgn) and Balwinder a�?Billua�� Singh (Sanjay Dutt) are sworn enemies since their fathers killed one another. When Jassi returns to Punjab from London, he falls for Sukhmeet (Sonakshi Sinha), but things get complicated when it emerges that she is none other than Billua��s sister. The film is a remake of the Telugu hit comedy Maryada
Moulin Rouge (Musical / Romance), Romedy Now, 6.30 pm
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
At the turn of the 20th century Christian (Ewan McGregor), an idealistic English writer, comes to the Moulin Rouge, to try and sell his show. While there, he falls for Satine (Nicole Kidman), the cluba��s star courtesan.Though he wins her heart, the pair faces more obstacles, including the jealousy of the cluba��s patron, the Duke, and an even darker enemy. Filming halted for two weeks when Kidman fractured two ribs when rehearsing.
Sunday, A�January 18
Frequency (Sci-Fi / Thriller), HBO Defined, 5.45 pm
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel
It all begins when John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) begins to play around with his deceased fathera��s radio from the 1960s. On the eve of his fathera��s death anniversary, the electrical static tunes in to the radio and John taps into the radio his father was listening to the night he died in 1969. At first neither can believe it, but soon John is carrying on an all-night conversation with his young father, about what has happened since his death. John then hopes to change the past by telling his father how to escape the fire that originally killed him. But with every change in the timeline, John wakes up to a whole new reality. In the fire scene, apart from the actors Dennis Quaid, Peter MacNeill and Jordan Bridges, all the fire fighters are real.
How To Train Your Dragon (Animation),
& Pictures, 12 noon
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill
Set in a mythical Vyking world, this film sees a young teenager named Hiccup in his quest to follow tradition and become a dragon slayer. And while he is thrilled to earn his ranks, he finds it hard to actually capture a dragon. When he finally does catch a dragon, he is chuffed that he is well on his way to being a man. But then just on the verge of gaining his tribea��s acceptance, he finds he actually likes the creature and doesna��t want to kill it. Instead, the two become good friends and he names the dragon Toothless. But in a world where the dragons and vikings are at war, will the friendship last? The sounds that the dragon, Toothless makes, is actually a mix of the voice of supervising sound designer Randy Thom, elephant seals, elephants, horses, tigers, and even domestic cats.
Assassination Games (Action), Star Movies Action, 10 pm
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins
Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a contract killer who is both ruthless at his job and is willing to take on any mission as long as he is getting paid. Flint (Scott Adkins) is a retired assassin, who now loathes the game when a drug cartel head brutally attacked his wife, leaving her in a coma. And when a contract is put out for the same drug dealer, they are both on board to kill him a�� one for revenge and one for money. The unlikely duo teams up to take down the gangster along with Interpol agents gone bad who get on their trail. Fighting other criminal members of the cartel is also part of their job now. Will they succeed or will the mission turn them against each other? In the film, Van Damme plays the violin but doesna��t actually know how to. Apparently his only knowledge is solely due to Harpo Marxa��s character in The Godfather, which hea��s watched multiple times!
Pretty Little Liars,
Z Cafe, Saturday, 2 pm
After the Christmas special episode of Season 5 where the police are on the lookout for the person who murdered former A and Mona. Most people think Alison DiLaurentis could be A. In the latest episode Spencer and Emily try to frame Alison but instead find the camera which filmed Monaa��s death.
Top Gear, AXN, Saturday
and Sunday, 10.30 pm
With 20 seasons of adventurous car journeys behind them, Top Gear is back with its 21st season starting this week. Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May start their journey to Burma in three cars, with a challenge that is both nerve wracking and unbelievable. Will they be able to complete the challenge?
Australia Vs India, Melbourne, Star Sports, Saturday, 9 am
After the four-match test series Down Under, India will take on Australia and England in the Tri Series starting January 15. The second match of the series will feature India and Australia on January 17. With MS Dhoni back as the captain and with in-form batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in action, India will fancy its chances against the host team.
Glee, Star World, Friday and Saturday, 11 pm
The fifth season of Glee is all about tributes. After the first few episodes had dance routines and songs dedicated to The Beatles, the fifth episode of the season features Rachel Berry and Paolo San Pablo rehearsing for their upcoming show. In the meantime, Glee Club director Will Shuester teaches his students the art of twerking to give them an edge in the upcoming national championship.
Chelsea Vs Swansea City, Star Sports, Saturday, 3 pm
Table toppers Chelsea face Swansea City in a crucial clash on a day when Manchester United takes on Queena��s Park Rangers. Both the matches are respective must-wins as the next day will see a major face-off between second-placed Manchester City and Arsenal. Watch out for Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Aaron Ramsey. Catch live action on Star Sports from 3 pm.
Penn & Teller: Fool us, Comedy Central, Monday to Wednesday, 7 pm
Illusionists Penn and Teller sit along with the audience and watch illusionists, magicians, and mind readers perform on stage, giving them a chance to win tickets to Las Vegas if they manage to fool them. The latest episode saw close-up magician Jack Taperella��s performace. Will he win the ticket?