Archive for November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the time with your friends and family over this long holiday weekend.

Please know that while I am obviously observing the holiday, the news waits for no man or woman, which means I will be posting occasionally over the weekend, bringing ratings results as they are released and other news items that come along over the next 4 days.

Please stay tuned and I hope you will visit as often as you can over the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in September:

Opens: December 4

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. This Spike Lee movie will star Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes and D.B. Sweeney.

Christmas Eve
Opens: December 4

Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve. The cast includes Gary Cole, Jon Heder, James Roday, Cheryl Hines and Patrick Stewart.

Opens: December 4

The film is based on the friendship of Life photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and Hollywood actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan). The cast also includes Joel Edgerton and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Opens: December 4

Based on the classic William Shakespeare play with Michael Fassbender in the lead role. The film also stars Marion Cotillard and David Thewlis.

Opens: December 4

When a terrorist (Elyes Gabel) escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway (Kit Harington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. The cast includes Tuppence Middleton, Lara Pulver, David Harewood and Jennifer Ehle.

The Lady in the Van
Opens: December 4

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. The film stars Dominic Cooper, Maggie Smith, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and Russell Tovey.

Opens: December 4

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star as best friends who reflect on their lives while vacationing in the Swiss Alps, telling a story of the eternal struggle between age and youth, the past and the future, life and death, commitment and betrayal. The film also stars Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz.

In the Heart of the Seas
Opens: December 11

This historical adventure drama thriller is based on the 2000 non-fiction book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820 that inspired the tale of Moby Dick. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Michelle Fairley.

The Big Short
Opens: December 11

This film is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis that focuses on the financial crisis of 2007 through 2010 by the build-up of the housing and credit bubble. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Opens: December 18

The much-anticipated film set approximately 30 years after the events of the classic film Return of the Jedi sees Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) returning with Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Glesson, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley joining the cast.

Opens: December 25

This film focuses on the depiction of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s (Will Smith) race against time to publicize CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in American football players and games and the attempts by the NFL to deny the problem and to disparage Omalu. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Albert Brooks, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Eddie Marsan, David Morse, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bitsie Tulloch, Arliss Howard, Richard T. Jones and Hill Harper.

Opens: December 25

The film follows Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), a single mother of three children, through four generations as she builds her business empire after creating the Miracle Mop. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Elisabeth Rohm, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Donna Mills.

Point Break
Opens: December 25

Inspired by the classic 1991 hit, a young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. The film stars Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone and Delroy Lindo.

Movies coming out in January will be posted at the end of December.


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TV Ratings

It was a pretty quiet night on the major networks on the eve of Thanksgiving Day with only a few dramas airing new episodes.

Here is how those few Wednesday dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Rosewood (FOX) [NEW] – 4.6 million

9 PM Show:
Empire (FOX) [NEW] – 9.1 million

10 PM Show:
Code Black (CBS) [NEW] – 7.6 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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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:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on ABC Family

6:25 PM:
The Breakfast Club movie on VH1

7 PM:
Saints & Strangers mini on Nat Geo (Encore – Part 1)
Despicable Me (animated) movie on FX
The Mummy movie on Spike

8 PM:
12 Gifts of Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie on Encore
Runaway Bride movie on TMC

8:45 PM:
Planes (animated) movie on ABC Family

9 PM:
Saints & Strangers mini on Nat Geo (Encore – Part 2)
Ever After: A Cinderella Story movie on E!
Despicable 2 (animated) movie on FX
Back to the Future movie on VH1

10 PM:
Haven on Syfy (NEW)
Northpole movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Mummy Returns movie on Spike
Serendipity movie on TMC

10:02 PM:
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow movie on Lifetime (Encore)


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My One Christmas Wish

On November 29, the original movie My One Christmas Wish will debut on the UP Channel at 7 PM.

Jackie Turner (Amber Riley from Glee) is a straight-A college student who was abused, abandoned and starved as a child. Although she has resolutely turned her life around, the holidays are still very painful for her. Facing another lonely holiday break on campus, Jackie decides to put an ad on craigslist – and even offers to pay $8 an hour. To her surprise, responses flood in. Among the numerous heartfelt invitations and letters of support, she also hears from struggling individuals that empathize with the overwhelming emptiness that comes with spending the holidays without loved ones.

Moved and inspired, Jackie decides to throw a big Christmas party – with the last-minute help of her advisor, friends and support group – to find families for all those troubled folks who emailed her, and finds one for herself as well.

Here is a preview for My One Christmas Wish.

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A Prince for Christmas

On November 29, the ION original holiday movie A Prince for Christmas will debut at 9 PM.

Experiencing cold feet about his upcoming arranged royal wedding, a Prince steals away incognito to the US in search of true love. Pretending to be somebody he isn’t, our Prince on the lam meets Emma, a diner waitress, whose Christmas needs considerable brightening.

The film stars Viva Bianca (Spartacus: War of the Damned), relative newcomer Kirk Barker, Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2 and Empire Records) and Kelly LeBrock (Weird Science).

Here is a look at the ION holiday movies.

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Christmas in the Smokies

The INSP holiday movie Christmas in the Smokies will debut on November 29 at 8 PM.

Clinging to the only life she’s ever known, Shelby Haywood (Sarah Lancaster from Chuck), a headstrong woman along with her loving parents – Wade and Annie Haygood (Barry Corbin from Northern Exposure and Blood & Oil and Rebecca Koon from The Notebook) finds herself on the verge of losing her family’s berry farm in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, to an impending retail expansion.

Over one eventful holiday season, she tries every avenue possible to save the farm. But, when the local town leaders notify her that they will have to seize the property after the holidays, her last hope to unite the town, is to throw a Christmas concert on the farm, headlined by her former love Mason Wyatt (Alan Powell from The Song and Where Hope Grows), a ne’er-do-well country music superstar. As the day of the concert approaches, they all must learn the value of family, faith and community—before time runs out.

The cast includes Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf and the made-for-TV movie Autumn Dreams) and Greg Alan Williams (Baywatch and Secrets and Lies).

Here is a trailer for Christmas in the Smokies.

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The Christmas Gift

On November 29, The Christmas Gift is the new Lifetime holiday movie that will debut at 9 PM.

When ten-year-old Megan receives a Secret Santa gift, she is touched by its contents which end up having a huge impact on her life. Now a driven young journalist, Megan can’t shake her desire to thank the person who sent her that heartfelt gift over a decade ago. Determined to prove herself to her editor, she goes on the search for the perfect Christmas story, and in doing so, she finally discovers who her Secret Santa is.

Inspired by a true story, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl) and Rick Fox (Hit The Floor).

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The Christmas Note

November 29 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie The Christmas Note will debut at 9 PM

Gretchen (Jamie-Lynn Sigler from The Sopranos) returns to her hometown with son Ethan and meets her new neighbor Melissa under unusual circumstances. Melissa’s mother has passed away, and the two form a reluctant friendship when Melissa discovers she has a sibling she never knew about. Through their detective work, Gretchen and Melissa grow closer and uncover a huge surprise that will change everything.

The film also stars Leah Gibson (The Returned).

Here is a trailer and sneak peek for The Christmas Note.

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Angel of Christmas

On November 29, the Hallmark Channel movie Angel of Christmas will debut at 8 PM.

A holiday Grinch ever since her boyfriend dumped her on Christmas, newspaper staffer Susan (Jennifer Finnigan from Tyrant) gets her first big break to write her own headline story — but ironically, the story is a Christmas-themed account of her own family’s carved wooden Christmas Angel — an angel that supposedly has magical properties to bring true lovers together.

The film also stars Jonathan Scarfe (Ties That Bind) and Holly Robinson Peete (21 Jump Street)

Here is a trailer for Angel of Christmas.

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