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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Now that it has hit midnight, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations and will have a great time over the holiday weekend.


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What an incredible year 2011 has been for fans of television, movies, music and books. While we have all had good and bad times throughout the year, we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:25 PM:
I Am Number Four movie on Showtime

7:30 PM:
Message in a Bottle movie on TV Guide Network

8 PM:
Terra Nova on FOX (Reair)
Grimm on NBC (Reair)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Maneater mini-series on Lifetime (Reair)

8:30 PM:
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on CBS
Despicable Me (animated) movie on HBO Family

8:50 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)

9 PM:
Terra Nova on FOX (Reair)
Grimm on NBC (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Psych on ION
Inception movie on HBO Signature

9:30 PM:
Sweet Home Alabama movie on ABC Family

9:40 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)

10 PM:
Psych on ION
True Blood on HBO (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Tron: Legacy movie on Starz

10:30 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)


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Jane By Design

The new drama Jane by Design will debut on ABC Family at 9 PM on January 3.

Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) is a quirky teen with an eclectic chic fashion sense, who lands a job at a hip fashion house when they mistake her for an adult. Torn between her love of fashion and the need to finish high school, Jane conceals her true age to assist the demanding, but talented Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell), who travels the world in search of the next big style trend. Jane quickly learns that working for a successful executive in the cutthroat world of fashion is not a glamorous as she once thought. But with help from her best friend Billy Nutter (Nicholas Roux), Jane tries to keep up appearances as she toggles between two lives and guard her secret. Even with Billy’s support, will Jane’s ruse be a passing fad, or will she be able to fashion a career in the design business?

Here is a trailer for Jane By Design.

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Still plenty of repeats airing on the major networks, but here is how the Thursday dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Bones (FOX) [Reair] – 4.9 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) [Reair] – 970,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [Reair] – 8.5 million
Bones (FOX) [Reair] – 4.8 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [Reair] – 2.8 million
The Secret Circle (The CW) [Reair] – 830,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
The Mentalist (CBS) [Reair] – 8.9 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [Reair] – 3.2 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Much like the New Faces of 2011, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year. With the help of some online research, here are my predictions for the faces of 2012 (in no particular order):

Chris Zylka

1. Chris Zylka – Chris first got noticed for his role on the short-lived TV adaptation of the box office film 10 Things I Hate About You, but it’s been his recent (which has now been turned into a series regular) role on the new CW series The Secret Circle, as witch (warlock) Jake Armstrong that has turned heads. But it will be his role of Flash Thompson in the Spiderman reboot – The Amazing Spider-Man – that is slated for release next July that will get him even more attention.

Bella Heathcote

2. Bella Heathcote – Bella got her start on the Australian soap Neighbours and appeared in the Justin Timberlake film In Time; but it will be her turn in the much anticipated box office film Dark Shadows – alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Lee Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer – that will garner her a lot of attention. She is also set to star in the David Chase (the man behind The Sopranos) film Twylight Zones and Cogan’s Trade that will star Brad Pitt.

Lily Collins

3. Lily Collins – Lily got her big break in the Sandra Bullock film The Blind Side then starred alongside Peter Bettany and Maggie Q in the thriller Priest as well as with Taylor Lautner in the action film Abduction. However, it will be her role as Snow White in the upcoming box office film Mirror Mirror that will put her on the map. She will also star in the lead role in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Mortal Instruments with Jamie Campbell Bower as well as the film The English Teacher, which stars Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear.

Henry Cavill

4. Henry Cavill – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Henry should be on the top of the list for movie goers because of his recent role in Immortals and the fact that he landed the plum role of Clark Kent aka Superman in the latest reboot of that popular franchise – The Man of Steel. He will also appear in the film The Cold Light of Day alongside Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. TV viewers will remember Henry from his days on The Tudors and movie fans will recognize him from his role in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Nicholas Hoult

5. Nicholas Hoult – As a child, Nicholas starred alongside Hugh Grant in the acclaimed film About a Boy and then had a role in the scandal-riddled British series Skins. He also appeared in the films The Single Man with Colin Firth and Clash of the Titans. As a young adult, he appeared in the hot summer blockbuster X-Men: First Class alongside James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Next year, he will have the lead role in the box office film Jack the Giant Killer alongside Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor and Ian McShane as well as the lead role in the film adaptation of the zombie-filled novel Warm Bodies.

Juno Temple

6. Juno Temple – Juno has appeared in a number of films such as Atonement, Year One, Greenberg and The Other Boleyn Girl. She also had a role in the latest film adaptation of The Three Musketeers alongside Logan Lerman and Matthew Macfayden and the buzzed-about independent film Dirty Girl. She has five films coming up next year, including The Dark Knights Rises and the drama Lovelace about erotic superstar Linda Lovelace.

Brit Marling

7. Brit Marling – Brit was the movie festival darling this year for the independent film Another Earth where she starred alongside Lost alum William Mapother; but it is the three big movies coming next year for which she will be starring that will assuredly get her noticed. They include Arbitrage with Richard Gere; The East with Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson and The Company You Keep with Robert Redford, Anna Kendrick and Shia LaBeouf.

Jeremy Irvine

8. Jeremy Irvine – Jeremy is a relative newcomer, but he is hitting the ground big with the lead role in the Steven Spielberg film War Horse that opens on Christmas Day. He will also appear as Pip in the new film adaptation of Great Expectations that will open next year as well as starring in the film Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning and Olivia Williams as well as the anticipated 2013 film The Railway Man with Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth.

Benjamin Walker

9. Benjamin Walker – Benjamin made his mark in the Broadway play Inherit the Wind (as well as marrying Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter) and starred in the films Kinsey and Flags of Our Fathers. But it will be his upcoming lead role in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the film adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, playing archangel Michael fighting against Bradley Cooper as Lucifer.

India Eisley

10. India Eisley – India got her big break on TV via the ABC Family Channel series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but it will be her role as the daughter of Selene and Michael in the January 2012 release of Underworld: Awakening with Kate Beckinsale that will put her on the map.

Callan McAuliffe

11. Callan McAuliffe – Callan made his first big splash on the big screen via the 2010 Rob Reiner family film Flipped and then appeared in the sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four. Next up he will appear as young Jay Gatsby (to be played by Leonardo di Caprio as an adult) in the new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby and he will also have a role in the film Paradise Lost.

Thomas Horn

12. Thomas Horn – The young newcomer whose one claim to fame is being the Teen Jeopardy champ will star in the upcoming film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on the 2005 novel by Jonathan S. Foer, alongside Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. The film opens on Christmas Day and will assuredly be considered as an Oscar contender.

Sarah Gadon

13. Sarah Gadon – Sarah has a long resume of work on TV including the popular Canadian series Being Erica as well as the short-lived series Happy Town. She has also appeared in the films Charlie Bartlett, Dream House (with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz) and A Dangerous Method (with Kiera Knightley). But it will be her role in the upcoming film Cosmopolis alongside Robert Pattinson, the film Antiviral with Malcolm McDowell and the mini-series World Without End (the sequel to the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth) alongside Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson.

Asa Butterfield

14. Asa Butterfield – Asa has appeared in the box office films The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Wolfman and Nanny McPhee Returns as well as the recurring role of Mordred in the UK series Merlin; but it is his lead role in the Martin Scorsese film Hugo that has gotten him attention. Next up he will appear in the film adaptation of Ender’s Game based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card.

There will also be two very interesting groups of actors/actresses for which movie goers should keep an eye out for in the new year, including the following:

The Hunger Game

1. The cast members of the upcoming film adaptation of the Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg.

The Hobbitt

2. The cast of the much anticipated box office prequel to The Lord of the Rings franchise The Hobbit includes Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lilly, Dean O’Gorman, James Nesbitt and Graham McTavish as well as Stephen Hunter, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Ken Stott, Adam Brown, William Kircher and Jed Brophy.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2012? Please share.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2011

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6 PM:
Dirty Dancing movie on ABC Family
Legends of the Fall movie on Oxygen

7 PM:
I Am Number Four movie on Showtime2
Oklahoma (classic) movie on TCM

8 PM:
Chuck on NBC (NEW)
The Secret Circle on The CW (Reair)
Flashpoint on ION (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Big movie on Encore
Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Serendipity movie on Style

8:30 PM:
Grease movie on ABC Family

9 PM:
Grimm on NBC (NEW)
The Secret Circle on The CW (Reair)
Fringe on FOX (Reair)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
The Bourne Supremacy movie on Bravo
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie on HBO Family
A Walk in the Clouds movie on OWN
The Notebook movie on Oxygen

10 PM:
Sanctuary on Syfy (NEW – Conclusion – FINALE)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
The Good Witch’s Gift movie on Hallmark
Pretty Woman movie on TBS
Message in a Bottle movie on TV Guide Network

10:10 PM:
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie on TMC


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TV viewers are still stuck with repeats over the holiday break, but here is how the Wednesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Show:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [Reair] – 9.2 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [Reair] – 10.5 million
Harry’s Law (NBC) [Reair] – 3.3 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [Reair] – 9.7 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [Reair] – 3.7 million
Revenge (ABC) [Reair] – 2.6 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Fall TV Reminder: What’s Airing Next Week

The following is a list of the major and cable network shows as well as one new show that will debut throughout next week:

An all-day marathon of The Lying Game will air on ABC Family from 9 AM to 7 PM on January 1.

Pretty Little Liars will air an all-day marathon on ABC Family from 11 AM to 8 PM followed by the return of all new episodes at 8 PM as well as the return of The Lying Game at 9 PM.

On January 2, Hawaii Five-0 will be back with new episodes starting at 10 PM on CBS.

On January 3, Parenthood will return with new episodes at 10 PM on NBC; Body of Proof will be back on ABC at 10 PM; Switched at Birth will return with new episodes on ABC Family at 8 PM followed by the debut of the new drama Jane by Design at 9 PM and NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Unforgettable will all be back with new episodes on CBS at 8, 9 and 10 PM respectively.

The new drama Revenge will be back with new episodes on ABC at 10 PM on January 4.

The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle return with new episodes on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively and Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice will both be back on ABC at 9 and 10 PM respectively all on January 5.

On January 6, Nikita and Supernatural are back on The CW with more new episodes at 8 and 9 PM respectively; Merlin will be back for the start of its fourth season on Syfy at 10 PM and A Gifted Man, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods will all be back on CBS with new episodes at 8, 9 and 10 PM respectively

Mark your calendars!

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention over the past year. They appear in no particular order:

Colin Cunningham

1. Colin Cunningham – Colin stars as John Pope in the new hit summer series Falling Skies on TNT, but prior to that he had a recurring role in Stargate: SG-1and appeared in the box office film Electra alongside Jennifer Garner.

Dylan O'Brien

2. Dylan O’Brien – Newcomer Dylan plays Stiles, the best friend of Scott (Tyler Posey) on the MTV adaptation of Teen Wolf and he will be seen in the upcoming box office film The First Time, starring alongside Molly Quinn (Castle) and Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle).

Miles Teller

3. Miles Teller and Kenny Wormald – Miles and Ken appeared as Willard and Ren (respectively) in the remake of Footloose that came out in the box office in October. Miles got his first big break in the independent film Rabbit Hole where he starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart while Kenny appeared in the independent film Center Stage: Turn It Up.

Kenny Wormald

5. Elizabeth Olsen – While she is the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Elizabeth made a name for herself in the much-buzzed about independent film Martha Marcy May Marlene where she starred alongside Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. She now has four upcoming projects including the thriller Red Lights that stars Robert DeNiro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver.

Elizabeth Olsen

6. Michael Fassbender – Michael seems to be everywhere right now, appearing in the box office films Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class as well as the upcoming films A Dangerous Method and Shame. He will also appear in the films Haywire and Prometheus. Avid TV viewers will remember him from the UK series Hex as well as The Band of Brothers mini-series; and movie goers will recognize him from 300 and Inglorious Basterds.

Michael Fassbender

7. Hayley Atwell – While she appeared in the TV mini-series The Pillars of the Earth and The Prisoner, the made-for-TV movie Any Human Heart and the film The Duchess, Hayley really received attention for her role in the summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger alongside Chris Evans. She has three big movies coming up, including The Sweeney with Homeland actor Damian Lewis.

Hayley Atwell

8. Sam Claflin – Just like Hayley, Sam also appeared in the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth and the made-for-TV movie Any Human Heart. But it was his role in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides that got him noticed; so much so that he will appear in the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Charlize Theron and Kristin Stewart as well as planned film The Seventh Son.

Sam Claflin

9. Jared Gilmore – The talented 11-year-old has garnered attention thanks to his role of Henry on the new fairytale drama Once Upon a Time, but he has also appeared in a recurring role in the hit AMC series Mad Men, several episodes of Hawthorne and the box office film The Back-Up Plan.

Jared Gilmore

10. Bailee Madison – This 12-year-old has appeared in the box office films Bridge to Terabithia and Brothers, but got the attention of movie goers by her recent roles in the comedy Just Go With It alongside Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sadler as well as the thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which starred Katie Holmes. She also recently appeared in a handful of episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place. She will soon be seen in the FX series Powers and has three more box office films coming up.

Bailee Madison

11. Sean Berdy – Newcomer Sean, who was born deaf, has received rave reviews for his role of Emmett on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, starring alongside D. W. Moffat, Constance Marie and Lea Thompson.

Sean Berdy

12. Ashley Rickards – Ashley made waves this summer in the MTV comedy Awkward!, playing totally misunderstood teenager Jenna Hamilton, but she also has had a small recurring role on One Tree Hill. She will soon appear in the Chris Colfer (Glee) film Struck By Lightning alongside Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney and Dermot Mulroney.

Ashley Rickards

13. Felicity Jones – Felicity has been receiving rave reviews by critics and movie goers alike for the independent box office film Like Crazy, but she also appeared in the made-for-TV adaptation of Northanger Abbey and the UK mini-series Page Eight where she starred alongside Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy. She will be seen in two big projects next year: a Howard Hughes film with Warren Beatty and The Invisible Woman, starring alongside Ralph Fiennes.

Felicity Jones

14. Wilson Bethel – Wilson has appeared in the mini-series Generation Kill as well as the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, but it has been his role as bad boy Wade Kinsella on the new CW series Hart of Dixie that has turned heads. He will also soon be seen in the upcoming film First Ride of Wyatt Earp that will star Val Kilmer.

Wilson Bethel

There were also two groups of actors/actresses (or characters) who made waves this year at the box office and they include the following:

1. The cast of the box office film based on the best-selling novel The Help including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Sissy Spacek, Aunjanue Ellis, Mary Steenburgen, Roslyn Ruff and Cicely Tyson.

The Help Cast

2. The cast of characters of the latest box office film The Muppets, including (among others) Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf, Gonzo, Animal, Rizzo, Swedish Chef, Beaker, Sam Eagle, Scooter, Janice, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the Prawn, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, Waldorf, Camilla, Sweetums, Bobo, Statler, Marvin Suggs, Zoot, Crazy Harry, Lew Zealand, Uncle Deadly, Link Hogthrob and new member Walter.

The Muppets

Who are some of the new faces from this past year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

TOMORROW: Faces to Watch in 2012

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