Archive for December, 2015

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Here are the news items from December 21 through December 31:


Actor Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) will appear in Once Upon a Time when it returns with new episodes in March, playing Hades, the devilish dictator of the Underworld. (Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)

It looks like Pretty Little Liars will come to a close after its 7th season on ABC Family, which will soon be known as FreeForm as of January 12 – the very date when PLL returns for the rest of its current, sixth season. (Elizabeth Wagmeister at Variety)

Actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) will appear in an episode of iZombie (which was brought to the small screen by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas). There are no details yet on who Bell will be playing in the episode though. (Ira Madison, III at Vulture)

Syfy has given a second season renewal to the mini-series The Expanse, giving it a 13-episode order. (Whitney Friedlander at Variety)

Actor Dougray Scott (Taken 3) and Kim Raver (24) will join the third season of Full Circle, the original anthology drama from DirecTV. The third season will explore the dark underworld of national politics with Scott, playing the rugged and charismatic U.S. Senator Davis Faulkner who is poised to win the Florida Presidential Primary; and Raver playing Faulkner’s wife Jane. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) has landed a recurring role in the second season of the Netflix drama Marco Polo that will air sometime in 2016. The series follows Marco Polo’s (Lorenzo Richelmy) adventures, as he fights greed, betrayal and rivalries in Kublai Khan’s court. Yeoh will play a mysterious figure from Hundred Eyes’ (Tom Wu) past. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

That’s it.


PS: Happy New Year!

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As we have all seen, both in the entertainment world, and in the very real and scary world for which we live in, there have been some very interesting, exciting and unpredictable events that have taken place in 2015.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – they 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 PM
Enchanted movie on ABC Family

7:30 PM:
Big movie on VH1

7:40 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America

7:50 PM:
Pearl Harbor movie on Starz

8 PM:
When Calls the Heart: New Year’s Wish on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Encore
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
Lucy movie on Cinemax

9 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America

10 PM:
What a Girl Wants movie on Oxygen
Jerry Maguire movie on VH1


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Much like the Faces of 2015, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

Here are my predictions for the faces of 2016 (in no particular order):

Sarah Hay

1. Sarah Hay – Sarah was virtually plucked from obscurity for the lead role of Claire Robbins in the Starz ballet drama Flesh and Bone. Sarah began her ballet training at the School of American Ballet at the tender age of 8. She later attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet at the American Ballet Theatre.

John Boyega

2. John Boyega – John can be seen in the role of Finn in the much buzzed about sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens that just came out in the theatres on December 18. His prior credits include 24: Live Another Day and the independent UK film Attack the Block. He will next be seen in the box office film The Circle alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton and Patton Oswalt.

Maika Monroe

3. Maika Monroe – Maika got her big break in the box office film Labor Day alongside Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. She then starred alongside Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens in the 2014 box office film The Guest and followed that up with a role in the horror flick It Follows. Her next roles will be in the sci-fi-themed box office movies The 5th Wave (based on the book of the same name) that stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Justin Hires

4. Justin Hires – In 2007, Justin had a role in the box office film Stomp the Yard and then in 2012, he had a role in the box office adaptation of 21 Jump Street that starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. But it will be his role in the small screen adaptation of Rush Hour that is set to air on CBS at some point in 2016, that will assuredly get his attention.

Chris Wood

5. Chris Woods – Chris has been a mainstay with The CW over the last couple of years, starring in the short-lived The Carrie Diaries and then playing villain Kai Parker on The Vampire Diaries. It will be his turn as Jake Riley in the apocalyptic series Containment, set to air in early 2016, that will, more than likely, turn heads.

Rod Paradot

6. Rod Paradot – Rod, a teen newcomer, who had never acted before in his life, became the first major breakout star of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the French film La Tete Haute (aka Standing Tall) where he played a deeply troubled 15-year-old from a troubled home and starred alongside legendary French beauty Catherine Deneuve.

Emory Cohen (Getty Image)

7. Emory Cohen – He is turning heads in the much-buzzed-about box office film Brooklyn where he stars with Saoirse Ronan, but some TV viewers may recognize him from his role of Leo Houston in the NBC musical-drama Smash. His other credits include The Place Beyond the Pines and Beneath the Harvest Sky. He has 6 upcoming projects including By Way of Helena with Liam Hemsworth and War Machine with Brad Pitt.

Photo Credit for Emory Cohen: Getty Image

Alex Roe

8. Alex Roe – The British hunk will be seen in the sci-fi-themed box office film The 5th Wave (based on the book) where he will star alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber, but he will also be seen in the long-in-the-waiting, upcoming remake Rings that will also star Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden and Zach Roerig.

Shanice Williams

9. Shanice Williams – This 18-year-old New Jersey native landed the plum role (being selected out of hundreds of applicants in a nationwide audition) of Dorothy Gale in the NBC production of The Wiz Live! that aired on NBC earlier this month. She has co-starred in local productions of West Side Story, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Seussical and Pippin.

Jason Ralph

10. Jason Ralph – In 2016, viewers of the upcoming Syfy series The Magicians – based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman about a secret institution specializing in magic – will see Jason play the lead role of Quentin Coldwater. His prior credits include the David Duchovny series Aquarius and the CBS hit series Madam Secretary.

11. – 15. Cast of Shadownhunters – The ABC Family (soon to be FreeForm) series, based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, is set to debut on January 12. The main cast includes Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario and Alberto Rosende.

Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara will play the lead role of Clary Fray. She has appeared in episodes of Drop Dead Diva, Touch, Unforgettable, Glee and CSI as well as a lead role in the short-lived MTV series Happyland and a short recurring role in The Fosters. She also starred in the box office film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Dominic Sherwood

Dominic Sherwood will play Jace Wayland. He appeared in the box office film Vampire Academy, based on the young-adult paranormal romance novels by author Richelle Mead and he will next be seen in the box office film Take Down with Ed Westwick (Wicked City and Gossip Girl) and Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals)

Emeraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia will play Isabelle Lightwood. This Canadian-born but Texas-raised beauty was selected to participate in the Univision reality show/beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina and has appeared in numerous commercials and ad campaigns as a model. This is her first major TV role.

Matthew Daddario (@rohmanoff)

Matthew Daddario will play Alec Lightwood. He has appeared in the box office films Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn and When the Game Stands Tall with Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis. His older sister is Alexandra Daddario from White Collar, San Andreas and the Percy Jackson films.

Photo Credit for Matthew Daddario: @rohmanoff

Alberto Rosende

Alberto Rosende will play Simon Lewis. Alberto is a South Florida native who is a newcomer to the small screen, having appeared in one episode of Blue Bloods prior to landing this role.

16. to 18. Cast of The Shannara Chronicles – The MTV drama is based on the legendary book series by Terry Brooks that blends magic and primitive technology on an Earth long after civilization was destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust. The three lead roles are played by Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler and Poppy Drayton.

Ivana Baquero

Ivana Baquero will play Eretria. This Spanish beauty has a number of foreign films on her resume as well as appearing in the Guillermo del Toro box office film Pan’s Labyrinth.

Austin Butler

Austin Butler will play Wil Ohmsford. TV viewers will recognize him from his roles in Zoey 101, Ruby & the Rockits, Life Unexpected, Switched at Birth, The Carrie Diaries and Arrow.

Poppy Drayton

Poppy Drayton will play Amberle Elessedil. She appeared in the made-for-TV movie When Calls the Heart (upon which the Hallmark Channel TV series is centered and based on the Janette Oke books) and the beloved PBS drama Downton Abbey.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2016? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2015

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Garage Sale Mystery Guilty Until Proven Innocent

On January 3, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Garage Sale: Guilty Until Proven Innocent will debut at 9 PM.

Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin from When Calls the Heart) has an eye for antiques and a mind for solving mysteries. Her old friend from college, Sandra, has an antiques store that is closing. An ecstatic Jennifer gets first pick on all the goodies. She expects to find a few exquisite pieces for her store, “Rags to Riches,” but she doesn’t expect to find a dead body. To make matters worse, Sandra is arrested for murder. Jennifer has no choice but to get involved and find the real killer to prove her friend’s innocence. This won’t be an easy case to crack, because cleverly planted clues all point to Sandra.

The film also stars Sarah Strange.

Here is a trailer for Garage Sale: Guilty Until Proven Innocent.

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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:

5:30 PM:
Pitch Perfect movie on ABC Family

5:45 PM:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie on HBO

7:45 PM:
Jersey Boys movie on Cinemax

7:50 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

8 PM:
Descendants movie on Disney (Encore)
Family for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Despicable Me 2 (animated) movie on FXX
Mission: Impossible III movie on Showtime
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie on TNT

8:45 PM
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

9 PM:
Rosewood on FOX (Reair)
Country Strong movie on CMT

9:50 PM:
Unbroken movie on HBO2

10 PM:
Chicago P.D. on NBC (Reair)


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

Mackenzie Mauzy1. Mackenzie Mauzy – Soap opera fans will be familiar with Mackenzie from her days on The Bold and the Beautiful, but it was her role in the short-lived, but popular ABC series Forever as well as her role as Rapunzel in the box office adaptation of the Broadway play Into the Woods. She will be next seen in the Lifetime movie Manson’s Lost Girls (working title) about the teenaged girls who fell under the spell of Charles Manson.

Taron Egerton

2. Taron Egerton – Taron got his big break in the box office film Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson and he will be appearing in the sequel that is set to air in 2017. He will also be seen in the upcoming movies Legends with Tom Hardy and Eddie the Eagle with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. He will also lend his voice to the animated film Sing with Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey.

Constance Wu

3. Constance Wu – She turned heads at the beginning of this year in her role of Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, the popular ABC comedy that focuses on a Taiwanese family making their way in 1990s America. She will also star in the low budget Kickstarter-based film Low Budget Ethnic Movie. Prior to Fresh Off the Boat, Constance appeared in episodes of One Life to Live, Torchwood and the online series Spooked.

Austin Stowell

4. Austin Stowell – He appeared in the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager before appearing in Dolphin Tale and its sequel. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie A Way Back Home, the box office hit Whiplash and the new TNT drama Public Morals. But it was his role in Bridge of Spies, the much-buzzed about box office film that stars Tom Hanks. He has five new projects in the works for the next two years.

Melissa Benoist

5. Melissa Benoist – Melissa first got TV viewers’ attention on the final two seasons of the FOX musicomedy Glee and she appeared in the box office films Whiplash alongside Miles Tiller and J.K. Simmons, The Longest Ride with Britt Roberson and Scott Eastwood and Danny Collins alongside Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening. But it has been her turn as Kara Danvers in the new fall CBS series Supergirl that has put in her the spotlight.

Thomas Mann

6. Thomas Mann – Thomas has appeared in the box office films Project X, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Beautiful Creatures and It’s Kind of a Funny Story; but it was his role in the indie film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that really turned heads. He has nearly a dozen new projects in the works, including Amityville: The Awakening and Kong: Skull Island.

Johanna Braddy

7. Johanna Braddy – She has had quite a year appearing in the Lifetime drama UnReal and the buzzed about ABC drama Quantico, but she has been working in the industry for over a decade, appearing in episodes of The Riches, Lie to Me, Greek, Southland, CSI: Miami, Leverage, Hit the Floor and Necessary Roughness as well as a role in the box office films Easy A and Paranormal Activity 3.

Yaya Dacosta

8. Yaya DaCosta – She got her big break through America’s Next Top Model, but since appearing in that reality series, Yaya has appeared in All My Children, Ugly Betty, Army Wives, Body of Proof, House and Unforgettable. She then landed the lead role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Whitney, based on the life of the late, great singer. Now she has taken her recurring role of April Sexton from Chicago Fire into a lead role on the spin-off series Chicago Med.

Rhys Matthew Bond

9. Rhys Matthew Bond – The British born actor doesn’t have a long resume of TV or film roles, but he has made an impression with TV viewers appearing in the Good Witch series that is based on the long-running and extremely popular The Good Witch franchise of made-for-TV movies. He also appeared in the first original scripted drama Ties That Bind on the UP Channel; and he had a small role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.

Alycia Debnam-Carey

10. Alycia Debnam-Carey – This Australian beauty first got viewers’ attention as Lexa in the edgy, futuristic drama The 100 on The CW before landing a lead role in the AMC prequel series Fear the Walking Dead. She also appeared in the box office film Into the Storm alongside Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage. She will next be seen in the box office film Friend Request will William Moseley, Connor Paolo and Brit Morgan.

Scott Eastwood

11. Scott Eastwood – Son of the great Clint Eastwood, Scott turned heads in The Longest Ride, the box office adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Prior to that he had small roles in several of his father’s films under the name Scott Reeves as well as appearing in the films The Perfect Wave and Fury. He also had a small role in the TV shows Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. He will also appear in the upcoming films Snowden and Suicide Squad.

Elizabeth Gillies

12. Elizabeth Gillies – She appeared in the popular Nickelodeon series Victorious for four seasons, but it was her role of Gigi in the music-based FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll alongside Denis Leary that has put her on the map. She also appeared in the box office film Vacation and the made-for-TV movie Killing Daddy.

Cody Christian

13. Cody Christian – Cody first came to the attention of television viewers with his role of Mike Montgomery, the younger brother of Aria Montgomery, on Pretty Little Liars before moving on to his role of Theo Raeken in the latest season of Teen Wolf. He will next be seen in the box office movie Killing Animals that will also star James Franco.

Emma Ishta

14. Emma Ishta – Emma’s big break came in the form of her leading role in the new ABC Family drama Stitchers that has a very unusual premise: A young woman is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders. Prior to this role she appeared in one episode of both short-lived shows Black Box and Manhattan Love Story.

Luke Kleintank

15. Luke Kleintank – Luke has appeared in the TV shows No Ordinary Family, The Young and the Restless, Gossip Girl, Bones, Pretty Little Liars and Person of Interest, but it is his role on the much-buzzed about online series The Man in the High Castle based on the acclaimed novel by Philip K. Dick. He also appeared in the family film Max alongside Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham.

Alexandra Park

16. Alexandra Park – The Elizabeth Hurley look-alike beauty from Australia who plays the former’s daughter in the controversial E! drama The Royals, has also appeared in the Aussie drama The Elephant Princess and the long-running Aussie soap opera Home and Away.

Bren Foster

17. Bren Foster – The handsome Australian actor got his start on Home and Away and then eventually landed a role on the long running soap opera Days of Our Lives. Now he has a role on the TNT apocalyptic drama The Last Ship as Wolf Taylor, a new member of the team.

Priyanka Chopra

18. Priyanka Chopra – Priyanka may be a new face to the US audience, but she is considered the Beyonce of India. She is a beauty queen turned singer-actress, who is a huge Bollywood star. In fact, she is the first Bollywood female actress to land a leading role in a primetime American TV show, being the lead star of the new hit ABC drama Quantico.

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

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2016

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Love in Paradise

The Hallmark Channel movie Love in Paradise will debut on January 2 at 9 PM.

When a Western movie star is forced to spend a PR weekend at a dude ranch, his fans are horrified to learn he’s actually a city slicker who’s afraid of horses and has never been west of the Hudson River.

The film stars Luke Perry (Ties That Bind and Beverly Hills, 90210) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl).

Here is a trailer for Love in Paradise.

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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:

7:30 PM:
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on Syfy

7:35 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

8 PM:
Invisible Sister movie on Disney (Encore)
A Christmas Detour movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Flash on The CW (Reair)
Chicago P.D. on NBC (Reair)
Castle on TNT
Taken movie on Lifetime
Saving Private Ryan movie on Sundance

8:05 PM:
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)

8:15 PM:
Pitch Perfect movie on ABC Family

8:30 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

9 PM:
The Expanse mini-series on Syfy (DEBUT – Part 4 of 10)
Chicago Med on NBC (Reair)
August Rush movie on POP

10 PM:
Chicago Fire on NBC (Reair)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Encore


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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 January:

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Opens: January 15

On the evening of September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of militants attack the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. CIA security contractors – military veterans who served with the Navy SEALS, Marine Corps and Army Special Forces – undertake a desperate defense of the American Ambassador and his staff within the diplomatic compound. The cast includes James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Freddie Stroma and David Costabile.

Norm of the North
Opens: January 15

This animated film is about a polar bear named Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider) and his three lemming friends who are displaced from their Arctic home, winding up in New York City. There, Norm becomes the mascot of a corporation and he soon learns the corporation is tied to the fate of his homeland. Other voices to be featured in the film are Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias and Bill Nighy.

The Benefactor
Opens: January 15

A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past. The film stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James and Clarke Peters.

Opens: January 22

After witnessing a miracle, a young Latina woman (Ana de Armas) experiences strange things as a police detective searches for the truth behind his partner’s death. The cast includes Keanu Reeves and Mira Sorvino.

The 5th Wave
Opens: January 22

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie Sullivan Chloe Grace Moretz), is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother, Sammy. As she prepares for the fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man Evan, who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him. The cast includes Ron Livingston, Maria Bello, Live Schreiber, Maggie Siff, Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe and Alex Roe.

Jane Got a Gun
Opens: January 29

Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang. She finds herself in the gang’s crosshairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, Colin (Ewan McGregor). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain death. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival. The cast includes Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook.

Kung Fu Panda 3
Opens: January 29

Po reunites with his biological father and travels with him to a secret sanctuary of pandas where, to his surprise, he does not fit in. There he meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who had been promised to Po through an arranged marriage when they were children. To make matters worse, an evil ancient spirit called Kai begins terrorizing China and stealing the powers of defeated kung fu masters. Now, in the face of incredible odds, Po must learn to train a village of clumsy, fun-loving pandas to become a band of Kung Fu Pandas. Voices will be provided by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, David Cross and Kate Hudson.

The Finest Hours
Opens: January 29

The rescue mission took place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton, were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves. The crew of motor life boat CG 36500 and the crew of a surfboat from the USCGC Yakutat heroically rescued nearly all the tankers’ crewmen. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, Kyle Gallner, Graham McTavish, Michael Raymond-James, Ben Foster and Rachel Brosnahan.

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

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