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    Date Night (Comedy)

    Romedy Now, 11.15 pm1
    Cast: Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Mark Ruffalo
    Phil and Claire Foster want to revive the spark in their relationship. Fuelled by their friends’ divorce, and to get away from the routine of married life, they decide to start with a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. Once there they realise there are no tables available, so Phil steals the reservation of the Triplehorns, a couple that hasn’t showed up. Little do they know that this little stunt will see them embroiled with mobsters who are hunting the Triplehorns down for a stolen flash drive. Tina Fey used her own retainer for the movie, but since the filmmakers coated it with sugar syrup to make it look worse, Fey reportedly said her teeth hurt for three days after.

    Malavita (Drama / Crime)

    HBO Defined, 10 pm
    Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer,
    Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones
    Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro), a mafia boss, gets on the wrong side of his rival, Don Luchese. Out to get him, Luchese attempts to attack him and his family during a barbecue. In retaliation Manzoni tips off the cops, resulting in Luchese being arrested. The FBI then puts the family into a witness protection programme, all the way in Normandy. But how long can the Manzonis adjust to a normal life? When Pfeiffer received the script, she is reported to have said that she wouldn’t even read it if she had no scenes with De Niro.

    Despicable Me 2 (Animation)
    Star Movies HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
    An extremely powerful mutagen, PX-41, is stolen by a mysterious vehicle with a massive magnet, from a top secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. Following this, the Anti-Villain League seeks out the help of ex-villain Gru to get back the stolen item. At first reluctant, Gru later agrees to help out and is teamed with undercover agent Lucy Wilde. With his kids Margo, Edith and Agnes to worry about, a budding romance with Lucy and the pressure of locating the mutagen on his mind, how will the adorable Gru cope? Call 626-584-5723, the number Lucy gives Gru in case he wants to reach her, and you will hear a recording of Kristen Wiig in character, with her outgoing voicemail message.

    SATURDAY:

    The Falling (Horror),

    MGM, Midnight
    Cast: Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt, Lynn-Holly Johnson
    The plot revolves around three teenagers, who embark on a vacation to Spain. While driving through a picturesque town, they hear that a space station, Skylab, had crashed there several years ago. It is rumoured to be infested with aliens, and the inquisitive kids want to experience it first hand. But once they take the first step, there can be no going back. The film was shot all over Spain in May and June of 1984, but was not released until 1987.

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Fantasy),

    Movies Now, 1.20 pm2
    Cast: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie
    In 1818, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) is living in Indiana with his parents at a plantation owned by Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). In retaliation for Lincoln standing up against slavery, Barts poisons and kills his mother. Nine years later, he returns for revenge, but Barts, who is actually a vampire, overpowers him. Lincoln is rescued by Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper) and taught to be a vampire slayer. Walker promoted the film, in character, for armed personnel aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.

    Thanks For Sharing (Comedy),
    Zee Studio HD, 11.10 pm
    Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad
    Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an environmentalist, Mike (Tim Robbins),
    a businessman, and Neil (Josh Gad), an ER doctor, are all dealing with sex addiction. While Adam is in love with Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), Mike has to deal with his temper that could tear his family apart, and Neil is in denial about his addiction but starts getting close to a girl (Alecia Moore), who is also recovering. What follows is how they
    take baby steps to reclaiming their
    lives. Moore ditched her more famous musician name, Pink, in this film.

    The Butler (Drama)

    HBO Hits, 4.05 pm
    Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
    Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) goes from being a hotel valet to a butler in the White House where he serves several US Presidents, including Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman) and John F Kennedy (James Marsden), all during the American Civil Rights Movement. When his son joins a radical black organisation, Cecil must decide whose side he is on. Matthew McConaughey was cast as JFK, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

    SUNDAY:

    Cloud Atlas (Sci-Fi / Fantasy),
    HBO Defined, 7.15 pm
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving
    Based on the book by David Mitchell, this film traces the evolution of six sets of characters across various points in time. From the remote South Pacific in the 19th century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future, each of the tales being told by a main character is interrupted at a crucial moment. Told in reverse chronology, the stories include a couple joining the anti-slavery movement, a bisexual becoming the muse of a composer, a journalist in search of the truth and a new world being created. The film is meant to teach karma and the connectivity of actions. It was shot with two parallel filming units—one under the helm of Tom Tykwer and the other under the direction of Andy and Lana Wachowski, with no overlapping crew members.

    Kick Ass 2 (Action / Comedy)Film Title: Kick-Ass 2

    Star Movies HD, 1 pm and 9 pm
    Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey,
    Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloë Grace Moretz
    Seventeen-year-old Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), bored after ‘retiring’ as the superhero Kick-Ass, tries to convince Mindy aka Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to teach him some fight moves. But she has promised her guardians that she will give up the dangerous job. Dave then joins Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey)—a mobster turned crime fighter, who heads a vigilante group, Justice Forever. Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a former member of the Kick-Ass team, kills his mother and with her money, fashions himself into a super villain set to destroy the superhero team. But what he doesn’t realise is that in messing with them, he messes with Justice Forever, too.
    Carrey’s character is an amalgamation of two brothers in the comic book, Colonel Stars and Lieutenant Stripes.

    Highway (Drama / Romance)

    Star Gold HD, 4.15 pm
    Cast: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda
    Veera (Alia Bhatt), the daughter of a rich business tycoon, is abducted when she stops at a fuel station. But when the gang learns about her father’s links to the government, they begin to worry. However, Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda), one of her abductors, is keen to see the whole thing through. As time goes by, Veera confesses to Mahabir that she had been molested by her uncle and so finds this journey liberating. Mahabir also begins to change and starts to care for Veera. Gradually, Veera wants to stay on but her abductor wants to set her free. Before the film’s release, Bhat said she was not confident about doing the film, but because it was Imtiaz Ali at the helm, she didn’t think twice before accepting the role.

    OUR PICK

    Madam Secretary,
    AXN India, Saturday, 11 pm
    In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, the White House secretary, is on a romantic weekend when the Texas governor and the Mexico government begin to fight over the capture of a Mexican drug lord. The White House tries to solve the problem but is unable to do so, and McCord is called back to office. Will she be able to broker peace?

    Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous,

    Animal Planet, Friday, 11 pm
    This show tracks animals from across the world and show us how their activities affect humans. In the latest episode, we are taken to Busch Gardens in Africa where we learn how far elephants go to quell their hunger. Meanwhile, in another segment, we also see how a mother hippo gives birth to its baby.

    Manchester United vs Arsenal,
    ESPN, March 10, 1.15 am
    A face-off between these two teams always generates hype. Arsenal heads
    to Old Trafford for an FA Cup fixture
    with host Manchester United. Both teams have been plagued by inconsistent form in the Barclays Premier League, despite having a potent attacking force with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. Who would you back?

    Revenge, Star World Premiere,

    Tuesday, 9 pm
    Season four of this drama sees the return of protagonist Emily Thorne’s father, David Clarke, and how Victoria Greyson and Thorne accommodate him in their lives. In the latest episode, Clarke asks Emily to give up her fake identity and go back to being Amanda Clarke. Meanwhile, Jack Porter resigns as police officer, following his rescue operations which free Emily and David.

    Scandal, Star World,

    Friday, 9.50 pm
    After crisis managers Pope and Associates find out about Operation Remington, season four of the political thriller is all about dealing with enemies of the White House. In the latest episode, Olivia Pope is battling her problematic love life: while she is still in love with the President, Jake, the former Navy head is providing her much-required stability.

    Pretty Little Liars,
    Z Cafe, Tuesday to Friday, 10 pm
    With the popular teen drama being renewed for season six, the final few episodes of season five is all about finding out if Mona Vanderwaal, the teenager who was once in cahoots with the villainous A, is alive. Protagonists Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna chase police officer Hank Mahoney as they think he might lead them to A. Will they survive the adventure?

     

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