Friday, September 12
Red 2 (Action / Comedy), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren
Retired black ops CIA agent, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), now lives with his girlfriend, Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker). Although he is intent on leading a normal life, Moses is approached by Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), a man from his past, who informs him that he is still being hunted by certain groups, but Moses refuses to believe him. When Boggs’ car explodes, he is forced to come to terms with what lies ahead and resolves to outsmart his opponents. The film was shot in Montreal, due its resemblance to European cities.
Hasee Toh Phasee (Romance / Comedy), Doordarshan, 9.30 pm
Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra
Honest, straightforward and simple, Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) is all set to marry his girlfriend Karishma in a week. But when he meets Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), Karishma’s geeky, awkward and eccentric sister, he finds he’s in a spot of trouble as he seems to be falling in love with her. How will it all end? The title of the film was originally meant to be Hasta La Vista, but was later changed on producer Vikas Bahl’s suggestion.
The Favour (Romance / Comedy) MGM Channel, 10.15 pm
Cast: Harley Jane Kozak, Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman, Brad Pitt, Ken Wahl
Kathy (Harley Jane Kozak) has grown bored of her marriage to Peter (Bill Pullman) and is seeking some excitement in her life. She wonders what it would be like to have an affair with her high school boyfriend, Tom (Ken Wahl). But instead of doing anything, she asks her unmarried but attached friend, Emily (Elizabeth McGovern), to have a fling with him and tell her what it’s like. Assuming it would be a casual one-night stand, Kathy is displeased to learn the two hit it off, leading to complications. Though filmed in 1990, it wasn’t released until 1994 due to financial troubles.
Saturday, September 13
Cocktail (Comedy / Romance), Cinema TV, 8.55 pm
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Diana Penty
Party girl Veronica (Deepika Padukone) helps out Meera (Diana Penty) who has been abandoned by her new husband in London. The two become friends, but things turn messy when Meera falls for Veronica’s boyfriend (Saif Ali Khan), who also starts to reciprocate her feelings. Despite being offered the role of Meera, Padukone chose to play Veronica as she thought it would be more of a challenge.
De-Lovely (Biography / Drama / Musical) HBO Defined, 5.10 pm
Cast: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce
The second film about the life of composer Cole Porter, this biopic was directed by Irwin Winkler and stars Kevin Kline as Cole Porter. Staged as a deathbed flashback, it covers his life from the time he met his wife Linda (Ashley Judd), focusing on the conflicts in their relationship as Linda struggled to come to terms with Porter’s homosexual affairs. Kline played the piano himself in all the scenes in which Porter is shown playing the piano.
My Name is Khan (Drama / Romance) Star Gold HD, 1.30pm
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol reunite in this Karan Johar film that delves into religious identity and the challenges faced by people with special needs. Rizwan Khan (Khan), who has autistic spectrum disorder, finds love with single-mother Mandira (Kajol). But post 9/11, their idyllic life is shattered as anti-Muslim sentiment take hold. Khan researched autism extensively, and even stayed in character at home while filming the movie.
Casino Royale (Action / Thriller), Sony Pix, 9 pm
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
The second adaption of Ian Flemming’s novel Casino Royale, the film is the first to star Daniel Craig as the infamous Bond. Focussing on the early days of his career, Bond has just earned his 007 license to kill as the movie begins. His boss at M16, M (Judi Dench) sends him on a mission to stop the flow of money to terrorists by bankrupting their financier in a poker game. Three Aston Martin cars (worth over $300,000 each) were destroyed in a single day while shooting the car rolling sequence.
Sunday, September 14
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Action), Z Studio, 9 pm
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
The Impossible Missions Force (IMF) has to work on their own, under the leadership of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), when they are blamed for the bombing of the Kremlin. The US president issues the Ghost Protocol on Hunt and his team. But the four stay on in Russia to clear their name, and then move to Dubai to find out who actually framed them and retrieve a nuclear launch-control device—which is what the rogues are after. In the scene when Hunt scales the Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest building, Cruise actually did so without using a stunt double. However, he didn’t do it free-hand as shown.
The Hunger Games (Sci-Fi Adventure), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
As punishment for revolting against The Capitol, one male and one female tribute are chosen for a televised death match called The Hunger Games. Katniss (Lawrence) volunteers when her little sister is chosen, and is sent off with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), another tribute from District 12. At The Capitol, they have to fight each other until only one is left alive. Heartless president Snow (Donald Sutherland), however, is forced to bend the rules to save face, when Katniss and Peeta prove there is more to winning than just killing. Author Suzanne Collins wanted Lawrence to play to role of Katniss, despite being four years older than the character, because she apparently “truly captured the character written in the book”.
Ted (Comedy) Star Movies, 11.30 pm
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis
John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a lonely child, wishes for his cherished teddy bear to come to life. And it does. And now, a grown man, John must deal with Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) being a person who never leaves his side, but also doesn’t have any responsibilities. So now John must juggle his work, his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) who is fast losing her patience as she wants to get married and Ted the bear. Originally Seth MacFarlane wanted to make Ted an all out animation, but chose to have a CGI teddy bear so Ted would be treated like an actor. MacFarlane has also been recently sued for ‘unlawful’ copying of Bangle Mangle’s character, a talking teddy named Charlie.