Juventus vs Real Madrid,
Ten Sports, May 6, 12.15 am
Defending champions Real Madrid face Juventus in the first semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. However, all eyes will be on the second match—where Barcelona face Bayern Munich in what many say is Pep Guardiola’s chance to prove that he has made progress in Germany, despite the high-standards they have exhibited by winning Bundesliga three times in a row.
Fox Life, Tomorrow, 2.30 pm
Hosted by Maeve O’Meara, this Australian show introduces you to a new culture and its cuisine in each episode. In tomorrow’s episode from season four, O’Meara explores Peruvian food— from the Pacific Coast of South America to the Andes ranges, and ends in the Amazonian basin.
Be The Creature,
Animal Planet, Today, 8 pm
This show has brothers and wildlife enthusiasts, Chris and Martin Kratt, living in the company of wild animals, while sharing and recording their experiences for the benefit of the viewers. In the second episode from season one, they come face-to-face with a lesser known but efficient predator, the African Wild Dog.
National Geographic, May 2, 12 pm
Host and journalist Richard Hammond comes up with startling similarities between the structure or mechanism of yesteryear inventions and modern-day marvels. In tomorrow’s episode, he decodes the NASA Space Shuttle and reveals interesting similarities to a church pump organ, tram tracks, a
World War II anti-sonar device, a
camera iris and a cannonball.
Nigella’s Kitchen, TLC, May 2, 5 pm
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is at her best whipping up feel-good delicacies that can be enjoyed over the weekend by everyone in your family. In tomorrow’s episode, You Know It Makes Sense, her recipes will include roasted seafood, pasta with salami, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and more.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan, First Test, Star Sports, Day 1
Who would have thought that Pakistan
would start the test series, against hosts Bangladesh, with a losing streak of four matches against the home team? Catch the final two days of the test, today and tomorrow, as Bangladesh tries to rewrite history.
Friday, May 1
Thor: The Dark World (Fantasy / Adventure), Star Movies, 6.30 pm
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to learn from his father, King Odin. But when Malekith, an old foe of the Asgardians, returns to seek revenge, all the Nine Realms are put in danger. Thor frees his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from prison and enlists his help. Also entangled in this war is astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who gets infected with Aether, the secret weapon Malekith is after. This is the first Marvel film not to be set in the US.
Rachel Getting Married (Romance), Romedy Now, 9 pm
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger
One of England’ most affluent families is preparing for the wedding of one of their daughters, Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). Meanwhile, Kym (Anne Hathaway), the other daughter who has just come out of rehab, grabs the limelight by coming to town. It is soon clear that Rachel holds a grudge against Kym for the mistakes she had committed in the past. Will the wedding help the two reconcile their differences? There is no pre-recorded background music throughout the film. All music in the film is performed live.
Ice Age: Continental Drift, (Animation/ Comedy), Movies Now, 9.50 am
Cast: Aziz Ansari, Joy Behar, Christophe Campbell, Alian Chabat
When Scrat (Karen Disher) chases after an acorn and accidentally sparks off the continental split, the three friends—Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the saber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary) and Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo)—get separated. To make it worse, Manny’s wife and daughter get split up, too. While trying to find a way back home, they are captured by pirate Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage) and his crew. Will the friends and family be reunited? Gutt’s character is based on the Gigantopithecus Blacki, a prehistoric orangutan.
Hammer Down (Crime / Action),
MGM, 2.30 pm
Cast: Matt Almond, Isabelle
Mejias, Tony Peck
Set in Los Angeles, this film sees veteran detective Eddie Van Owen (Tony Peck), and his young partner, Johnny Marks (Matt Almond), solve the biggest murder of their lives. Dealing with a string of hard-to-crack homicide cases, the duo finds itself veering in a new direction when the murder of a music video dancer comes to light. With a producer as their prime suspect, further investigation opens up a can of worms. The end credits of the film are black typeface set against a white background and do not scroll up or down.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
(Drama/Romance), DD National, 10 pm
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin
The movie narrates the story of four friends and their quest to find their identities while overcoming personal issues. Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) and Naina (Deepika Padukone) meet on a trip to Manali, while the other two—Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin)—have known the travel enthusiast for ages. Naina falls in love with Bunny during that trip, but doesn’t get a chance to tell him. The four part ways to pursue their different careers. Later, they meet at Aditi’s wedding, where Naina is reminded of her love for Bunny.
The actual film was shot in Gulmarg and not in Manali.
The Dark Knight Rises (Action/Crime), Movies Now+, 9 pm
Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy,
It is eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy. Batman (Christian Bale) seems to have vanished, after shouldering the blame for the death of district attorney Harvey Dent. With the arrival of the enigmatic cat burglar, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), there is a crisis—she robs from Bruce Wayne but the stolen object reaches the wrong hands. However, it is the arrival of the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) that brings Batman out of his self-imposed exile. Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon, revealed that creator Christopher Nolan revealed the end to the
actors verbally, to avoid leaks.
Valkyrie (Action) Sony Pix, 6.26 pm
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Carice Van Houten, David Bamber
This American-German historical thriller sees Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) plotting Hitler’s (David Bamber) fall. The plot is conceived by a few German army officers who want the end of Nazi Germany. They hope to use Operation Valkyrie, the national emergency plan, to finish the dictator and dismantle the Nazi stronghold. The catch is that they need Hitler himself to put the plan in action, which means Stauffenberg, who has access to the inner circle, must step up to the challenge. The Ministry in Germany initially did not give permission to film at Bendler Block, but Cruise convinced them. They started filming each day after a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.
Journey To The Center of The Earth
(Fantasy / Adventure) WB, 10.59 pm
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh
Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Set for an adventurous expedition to Iceland, Professor Trevor (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), get trapped in a cavern. Their plan to escape leads them deeper under the Earth’s surface. Aware of the increasing volcanic activities inside the core, they have to find another way to escape. However, when they stumble across a flourishing world below, full of creatures thought to be extinct, it could just be safer to stay there. In the scene when Fraser burns his hand while lighting the flare, he really did so on set. So his screams are the real ones from the incident.
Transformers: Dark of The Moon (Sci-fi / Fantasy),
Z Studio, 10.55 pm
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Peter Cullen, Leonard Nimoy
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), join the fight against the evil Decepticons who are out in force to kill the Autobots. But Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) thinks that in order to win the war it is important to resurrect the ancient transformer Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy). But with the Sentinel unaware of what has occured between the Bots and the Decepticons, will he still favour them or will his loyalties lie with his old friends? This is the first Transformers film to show the Autobot
spacecraft, the Ark.
The Lego Movie
(Animated), HBO, 9 pm
Cast (voices): Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks
Emmet (Chris Pratt), a construction worker, is mistaken as being the ‘Special’—the key to saving the world. When the wizard Vitruvius fails to protect the ‘Kragle’, a super weapon, from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell), he warns him of a prophesy saying that the ‘Special’ will find the Piece of Resistance— a tube of crazy glue—capable of stopping the Kragle. Emmet is recruited to join the quest to stop the evil tyrant from gluing the Lego Universe into eternal stasis. With the exception of unique pieces for the characters, every Lego piece in the movie actually exists and can be used in sets.