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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:

5 PM:
Casino Royale movie on BBC America

7 PM:
Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT
Groundhog Day movie on G4
Flipped movie on HBO Family
I Am Number Four movie on Showtime 2

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)
Casino Royale movie on BBC America
Salt movie on Encore
Taken movie on FX

9 PM:
Downton Abbey mini-series on PBS (NEW)
A Smile as Big as the Moon movie on ABC (DEBUT)
Avatar movie on HBO Signature
The Green Mile movie on Showtime 2
Forrest Gump movie on TNT

10 PM:
Masterpiece Mystery movie: Sherlock mini on PBS
Taken movie on FX

Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in February:

Big Miracle
Opens: February 3

The real life 1988 international effort to rescue three gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska is recounted in this fact-based film that stars Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace volunteer and John Krasinski as news reporter. The cast also includes Kristen Bell, Vinessa Shaw and Ted Danson.

Chronicle
Opens: February 3

The film is about three high school friends who gain superpowers – namely telekinesis – and how, as their powers grow, one of the three begins to embrace a darker side. The cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly and Ashley Hinshaw.

House at the End of The Street
Opens: February 3

A mother (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) move in to a new community and find themselves next door to a house with a terrible past. Years ago, in a notorious incident, a psychotic young girl murdered her parents. While the locals insist the girl vanished after the brutal murders, the new arrivals quickly discover the sinister house’s story is far from over and the daughter may become part of its dark legacy. This horror flick also stars Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Opens: February 10

Josh Hutcherson returns in this sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth with his character setting out in search of his missing grandfather (Michael Caine). Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens have stepped in to play the stepfather and love interest respectively. Kristin Davis also stars.

Perfect Sense
Opens: February 10

The film deals with a couple (Eva Green and Ewan McGregor) falling in love as the world falls victim to a pandemic that causes people to slowly lose their sensory perception. The cast includes Connie Nielsen and Stephen Dillane.

Return
Opens: February 10

This indie drama follows a wife and mother (Linda Cardinelli) returning from a tour of duty in the Middle East and her readjustment to regular suburban life. Co-stars include Michael Shannon, John Slattery and Talia Balsam.

Safe House
Opens: February 10

The film follows a group of rebel soldiers from a nearby region destroying a CIA-operated safe house. The facility’s young house-sitter must work to move the dangerous former operative gone rogue who is being temporarily stored there to another secure location while avoiding his escape or both of them getting killed. The film stars Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Joel Kinnaman, Brendan Gleeson and Robert Patrick.

The Vow
Opens: February 10

A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. The cast includes Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman and Jessica Lange.

This Means War
Opens: February 14

The story has two best friends and veteran spies (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) falling for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). They end up fighting for her affections using their black-ops warfare tactics, a fight which literally demolishes much of New York City along the way. Chelsea Handler and Til Schweiger co-star.

Act of Valor
Opens: February 17

What first began as a recruitment video for the U.S. military’s NSWC division is now a full-fledged feature with a few actual actors having small roles, but the rest are actual real-life active duty Navy SEALs. Among the few actors in this film are Rosalyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Opens: February 17

This is the sequel to the 2007 film with Nicolas Cage back as Johnny Blaze with Johnny Whitworth playing the main antagonist, Blackout, who is a servant helping the Devil (Ciaran Hinds) who wants to take over his son’s body. Christopher Lambert also plays as a bald sword-fighting monk. Idris Elba co-stars.

The Lady
Opens: February 17

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi lead the National League for Democracy (NLD) party to a landslide election win in Burma (Myanmar) in 1990. But, the win was never recognized by the country’s ruling military junta, who had been in power since a coup d’état in 1962. They kept her incarcerated for most of the past two decades. She was freed in late 2010 after seven straight years of house arrest at her lakeside mansion in Rangoon. General elections that year also lead to various reforms including the dissolving of the junta in March 2011. David Thewlis also stars.

The Secret World of Arrietty
Opens: February 17

This is a new adaptation of the Mary Norton novel “The Borrowers” that follows Sho, a boy who moves into his great aunt’s house and soon discovers the presence of tiny people, the Borrowers, living there. He develops a friendship with a 14-year-old Borrower named Arrietty, despite it breaking the cardinal rule that humans must not know about the Borrowers’ existence. The cast includes Bridgit Mendler, Moises Arias, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Carol Burnett.

Gone
Opens: February 24

The film stars Amanda Seyfried as Jill, a young woman whose sister has disappeared. Jill believes the disappearance is the work of a serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago and has returned. She sets out to once again face her abductor. The film co-stars Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley and Sebastian Stan.

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
Opens: February 24

The story follows an affluent man (Tyler Perry, of course), groomed from birth to take over his family’s multinational business, who develops complicating feelings for a single mom (Thandie Newton) on the eve of his wedding. The cast includes Brian J. White, Rebecca Romijn and Jamie Kennedy.

Movies coming out in March will be posted at the end of February.

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While it was mostly a night filled with reairs on the major networks, one big event happened on NBC – the SERIES FINALE of Chuck – and a new episode of Fringe on FOX. Here is how all of the Friday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
A Gifted Man (CBS) [Reair] – 6.7 million
Chuck (NBC) [NEW Hour 1 of Series Finale] – 4.1 million
Nikita (The CW) [Reair] – 1.2 million

9 PM Shows:
CSI: NY (CBS) [Reair] – 7.7 million
Chuck (NBC) [NEW Hour 2 of Series Finale) – 4.3 million
Fringe (FOX) [NEW] – 3.4 million
Supernatural (The CW) [Reair] – 1.1 million

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [Reair] – 8.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Hey All,

Tonight is the big night, folks!! Chuck comes to an end with a 2-hour series finale. I hope you will be watching and enjoying (and crying) along with me and the millions of other fans who will be pinned to their TV’s tonight.

In the meantime, here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Kevin Weisman (Alias) will have a recurring role on the as-yet-to-be-schedule NBC drama Awake, playing a mysterious character named Mr. Blonde, who has details on the car accident involving lead character Detective Britton (Jason Isaacs) that leads to the parallel worlds in which Britton lives. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

BBC America has committed to co-produce and air a four-episode third season of the cop serial Luther, which stars Idris Elba. (The Chicago Tribune and Dark Horizons)

Looks like actor Matt Bomer (White Collar) just might be showing up in an April episode of Glee, playing the older brother of Blaine (Darren Criss). And for those naysayers, Bomer CAN sing so expect a duet for sure. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers and Frasier) will have a recurring role on The Good Wife, playing Judge Friend, who is assigned to a case involving a battle for control of a large equity group and is placed in a rather awkward position when the top witnesses for both sides appear to be totally guilty of perjury. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Sarah Jane Morris (Brothers & Sisters and NCIS) and actor Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries and Dating Rules From My Future Self) will appear in a fairytale based episode of Castle. Morris will play Leslie Morgan, a woman whose sister, Amy, is found dead in Central Park. The fairytale part of the story is that Amy was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the victim of an apparent wolf attack. Kinney is expected to play Leslie’s husband. (Megan Masters and Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights and the short-lived The Chicago Code) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Person of Interest. He will play a sharp, young trader at a major investment bank. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

CONDOLENCES

Robert Hegyes, best known for playing Juan Epstein in the 1970’s classic comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away today after an apparent heart attack. He was 60. (E! Online)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

CBS has picked up three more drama pilots: 1) the untitled period piece from Ralph Lamb, 2) a PI show and 3) the character-driven procedural called Quean. The Ralph Lamb project is set in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas. The PI show is based on the Ayelet Waldman mystery series Mommy Track Mysteries about a former public defender who becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom. Lastly, Quean centers on an edgy and independent Millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Paul Giamatti has joined the cast latest film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He will play the mentor-like Friar Lawrence. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script with actress Hailee Steinfeld and actor Douglas Booth playing the ill-fated. Actors Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific weekend!

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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:

5 PM:
Braveheart movie on Bravo

6:45 PM:
The Hurt Locker movie on TMC

7 PM:
How to Train Your Dragon (animated) movie on HBO Family

7:10 PM:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie on Star

7:15 PM:
Men in Black movie on More Max

8 PM:
Psych on ION
Fast and Furious movie on USA Network
Forrest Gump movie on TNT

8:45 PM:
Braveheart movie on Bravo

9 PM:
The U.S. Figure Skating Championship on NBC
The Fades on BBC America (NEW)
Psych on ION
Erin Brockovich movie on Oxygen

9:05 PM:
Brokedown Palace movie on Sundance

10 PM:
Psych on ION
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Cinemax
Fast and Furious movie on USA Network

Enjoy!

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It was a bit of a lackluster night for major network programming last night with many of the networks airing repeats or a movie with only two new episodes airing. Here is how the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [Reair] – 10.8 million
The Finder (FOX) [NEW] – 8.5 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [Reair] – 4 million

10 PM Shows:
The Mentalist (CBS) [Reair] – 9.6 million
The Firm (NBC) [NEW] – 3.8 million
Private Practice (ABC) [Reair] – 2.8 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Dating Rules for My Future Self

The new online series Dating Rules from My Future Self from Alloy Entertainment – the company behind such shows as Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries – has released the season finale today via Facebook.

The new online series stars Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected and Roswell) as the newly single 29-year-old Lucy who gets text messages from herself 10 years in the future. The notes serve as warnings that she has to change her dating tactics quickly or she’ll end up alone and unhappy. Among the cast are Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries), Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars and Popular), Alison Becker (Parks & Recreation) and Mircea Monroe (Episodes).

Here is the season finale entitled “ U Can Get It If U Really Want”.

NOTE: The series has received over 3 million views and is Alloy Entertainment’s most viewed web series to date.

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