Friday, January 23
Playing For Keeps
(Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 3 pm
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel,
Former professional Scottish soccer star, George Dryer (Gerard Butler), is trying to become a sports announcer, but finding a job is not easy. Forced to sell his old game memorabilia, his instability takes its toll on his relationship with his son. But when his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), announces that she is engaged to her boyfriend and is moving to another city, Dryer realises it is high time that he gets his act together and starts coaching his son’s soccer team. Things get complicated, however, when soccer moms make advances towards him and a father tries bribing Dryer.
The film was originally titled Playing The Field.
Bounce (Romance / Drama),
UTV Bindaas, 3.45 pm
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Goldwyn
Advertising executive Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is in great spirits after a successful deal and even offers his flight ticket to a stranger, Greg, so he can get home to his two sons early. But things change for Amaral when the plane carrying Greg crashes, killing everybody on board. A year after the incident, struggling with alcoholism caused by guilt, Amaral tracks down Greg’s widow, Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), as part of his rehabilitation. The two are instantly attracted to each other, but will their relationship survive once the truth is out? Affleck revealed in an interview that he and Paltrow were no longer together when they made the film.
Saturday, January 24
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance
(Musical / Drama), &Pictures, 5 pm
Cast: Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon After a bitter altercation with his scheming partner, Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) walks away from his dance academy. But the night before he is set to leave the city, he chances upon a group of amateur dancers preparing for the annual Ganpati Dance Battle. Impressed by their energy, he decides to become their coach. The sequel (starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor) is currently in production.
Journey 2: The Mysterious
Island (Adventure / Comedy),
Movies Now, 10.50 pm
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Four years after the events of the first movie, Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is convinced he’s received a ‘code’ for a secret island from his grandfather Alexander (Michael Caine), who’s been missing for two years. Setting off in search of it with his stepfather Hank (Dwayne Johnson), the pair get more than they bargained for when they discover the island is sinking. The island in the film is inspired by the books Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels and Mysterious Island.
Cloverfield (Sci-Fi / Thriller),
HBO Hits, 6.40 pm
Cast: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David
Presented as footage from an amateur video camera, now in the hands of the United States Defense Department, the film follows Rob (Michael Stahl-David) and Beth (Odette Yustman), in the days before Rob’s planned departure for Japan. But they, along with their friends, get caught up in a terrifying attack on the city by a mysterious sea creature that has surfaced with vicious parasites in tow, changing the face of Central Park forever. The designer behind the ‘monster’ said he imagined him as a confused and scared child, looking for its mother.
Just Go With It (Comedy / Romance), Romedy Now, 11.35 pm
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker
After his former wife cheats on him, plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler) pretends to be unhappily married to pick up women. But when he falls for school teacher Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), he’s forced to come up with a more elaborate story, roping in his assistant Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his soon-to-be-ex wife. This is the first film in which Sandler and Aniston are co-starring.
Sunday, January 25
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (Documentary), Sony Pix, 6.52 pm
Cast: Ian Fleming, Albert Broccoli,
Harry Saltzman, Daniel Craig, Sean Connery
The film focusses on James Bond film producers, Albert R Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and author Ian Fleming. Starting with their shared dream in 1962—to becoming the longest running film franchise in cinema history—director Stevan Riley takes you through the filming process, the technology and, of course, the actors—including Daniel Craig, Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Candid interviews with everyone from
Cubby Broccoli’s daughter, Barbara (who produced Casino Royale), to Pierce Brosnan encapsulates the Bond phenomenon. The original
company by Broccoli and Saltzman was called EON. It is the acronym for Everything or Nothing, the name of the film.
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
(Sci-Fi / Action), &Pictures, 12 pm
Cast: Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller,
Dennis Quaid After American soldiers Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) are rescued by GI Joe agents, they come under the command of General Hawk (Dennis Quaid). They join the elite force that is tasked with bringing down weapons master James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston), who has created evil nanobots and has sold four deadly warheads to NATO. When the Joes get hold of the warheads, Hawk allows Duke and Ripcord to leave the team, but Duke reveals that he knows someone in the enemy camp—his ex-fiancée, the Baroness (Sienna Miller). Meanwhile, McCullen has used the nanotechnology to create an army. Quaid took the role of General Hawk on the insistence of his son, a fan of GI Joe.
Riddick (Sci-Fi), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
The third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series, this time Riddick (Vin Diesel) is left for dead on a sun-scorched planet. Just when he thinks the planet is lifeless, the ex-convict realises it is filled with mud demons. Unable to escape, Riddick is left with one choice—to activate an emergency beacon and alert the mercenaries looking for him and hope to steal their ship when they arrive. Up against killers far worse than he’s ever seen, he must now tackle men and aliens in the hopes of getting off the barren planet. The film was to be shelved due to lack of finances, until the loan came through and Diesel pitched in with his personal money.
Perception, Z Cafe,
Monday to Friday, 10 pm
Known for his unique ‘perceptions’ when it comes to his patients, neuro-psychiatrist Daniel Pierce has been recruited by the FBI to help them track down criminals. In episode 10 of season three, the doctor attempts to solve the mystery of a woman, Judy, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, who is also involved in a murder.
India vs Australia,
Star Sports, Sunday, 9 am
After a well-fought test series, India is all set to take on Australia and England in a crucial tri-series, ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Game five of the series features India and Australia, and will decide the finalists. With Australia beating England in the opening game of the tournament, they will fancy their chances against India, too. Catch the live action on Star Sports.
Melissa & Joey,
Star World, Friday, 8.30 pm
Starring Melissa Hart and Joey Lawrence, this sitcom is about a local politician, Mel Burke, and her male nanny, Joe Longo, who she hires to look after her niece and nephew. In the latest episode, her nephew, Lennox, decides to go out with a girl whom Mel thinks is not suitable for him. Meanwhile, Mel is attracted to Joey, but is not sure how to deal with it.
Impractical Jokers, Comedy Central, Monday to Friday, 10 pm
Comedians Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcan dare each other to pull off public pranks while
being filmed by hidden cameras. The person who doesn’t accomplish the dare is given a bigger challenge. In the latest episode, the four are dared to act like a reporter, a painter, someone looking for a roommate and a person who cuts in line for a Broadway show.
Manchester City vs Middlesbrough, Saturday, Star Sports, 10.30 pm
The fourth round of the FA Cup starts tomorrow. The top three teams of the English Premier League face lower ranked teams, out of which Manchester City will take on Middlesbrough, while Chelsea has Bradfoot city as its opponent. Other big teams in the league include Liverpool and Manchester United. Defending champions Arsenal face Brighton & Hove Albion the following day. Catch the live action on Star Sports from 10.30 pm
his show showcases fights and terrifying disasters—from scary boat rides to a journey to Mount Everest.
In the latest episode, 115 yachts start on a 700-mile-long journey as part of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race. Little do they know that they will be in for a rough ride, what with the 100-foot waves and the disastrous wind buffeting them. Will the yachts survive?