Archive for December, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!!

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 today and throughout the first week of the New Year.


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This has been a really difficult year with some ups but a lot of downs, whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood and so much more. We live in a very unsettling world, but I hope that some of the goods things included in this 2017 year-end round-up brought some cheer to you as we close out the year.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – 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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On January 3, the new FOX drama 9-1-1 will debut at 9 PM.

The new series explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

The cast includes Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi and Rockmond Dunbar.

Here is a trailer for 9-1-1:

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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:
Jurassic World movie on FX

5:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform

5:35 PM:
Logan movie on HBO

6:30 PM:
The Princess Bride movie on POP

7 PM:
Romance at Reindeer Lodge movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

8 PM:
Coming Home for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS (Reair)
The Help movie on CMT
Creed movie on EPIX
The Croods (animated) movie on FXM

9 PM:
A Bramble House Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on Freeform
What a Girl Wants movie on POP

10 PM:
Royal New Year’s Eve movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
King Arthur movie on HBO


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Much like the Faces of 2017, 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. They appear below in no particular order:

1. Ian Kenny – This British actor first got noticed in last year’s acclaimed musical coming-of-age comedy-drama Sing Street; but it will be his next film role that will get a lot of attention. He will be starring in Solo: A Star Wars Story that will star Alden Enrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian as well as Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newon and Paul Bettany.

2. Colt Prattes – This Georgia hunk with abs-to-die-for took on the tough role of Johnny Castle in the small screen adaptation of Dirty Dancing, which aired earlier this year; and he will next be seen in the Sundance Now dramedy This Close, starring alongside Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Hines and Zach Gilford.

3. Milana Vayntrub – Anyone who has seen a TV commercial for AT&T will recognize Milana as the spokesperson for the mobile service provider, but she got attention for her recurring role on This Is Us last season. Her newest role will be as Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl in the live-action Freeform comedy Marvel’s New Warriors.

4. Keala Settle – Keala is a Tony nominee-powerhouse singer and actress who has appeared on stage in productions of Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert, Les Miserables, Waitress, Hairspray and South Pacific; but it will be her role as the Bearded Lady in this month’s The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams that will put him on the map.

5. Kathryn Newton – Included on Kathryn’s resume are roles in the TV shows Big Little Lies, Supernatural and Halt & Catch Fire, but it will be her turn in the Supernatural spin-off series Wayward Sisters and the BBC adaptation of Little Women that will get her noticed. Her film roles this year have included Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird, and she has also been cast in the box office film Ben Is Back alongside Julia Roberts.

6. Margaret Qualley – Margaret is the daughter of model-actress Andie MacDowell. She has appeared in recently-ended HBO series The Leftovers and the box office film The Nice Guys. She has been turning heads with her performance as an aspiring nun in the acclaimed film Novitiate as well as the festival hit Sidney Hall. She has five other productions in the works too.

7. Alex Sharp – The Juilliard alum and Tony Award-winning English actor, got his big break in the Marti Noxon-directed film To the Bone, playing Luke, the charming dancer with an eating disorder who was quite a scene stealer. He will be seen in next year’s Nasty Women [a remake of the 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels] alongside Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as well as UFO, with David Strathairn; and Monumental, with Maria Bello and Jeremy Irons.

8. Jessica Williams – This comedian-actress was a correspondent on The Daily Show and had a small role in the film Delivery Man and as herself in Hot Tub Time Machine 2; but it was her turn in the Netflix film The Incredible Jessica James that has gotten her attention. She has also joined the cast of the anticipated sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

9. Danielle Macdonald – This Australian actress surprised everyone with her amazing “Joisey” accent in the Cinderella-like film Patti Cake$ about an aspiring rapper, and she had a role in the critics favorite film Lady Bird. She also has some high-profile roles coming up, including the film Bird Box, with Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson; Paradise Hills, with Emma Roberts and Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston.

10. O’Shea Jackson Jr. – O’Shea is the look-alike son of actor-rapper Ice Cube who played his father in the hit film Straight Outta Compton; and can be seen in this year’s buzzed-about film Ingrid Goes West, starring alongside Aubrey Plaza. He has four upcoming projects, including Last Friday, starring alongside his dad, Nia Long, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker; Den of Thieves, with Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber; Flarsky, with Charlize Theron and Andy Serkis; and Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Bradley Whitford.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2018? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2017

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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:
Switched for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Marvel’s The Avengers movie on Syfy

6:10 PM:
Daredevil movie on HBO

7 PM:
Rocky Mountain Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

7:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform
Twister movie on CMT

8 PM:
Royal New Year’s Eve movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
The Gifted on FOX (Reair)
San Andreas movie on TNT

9 PM:
The Christmas Secret movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Almost Famous movie on Encore
Jurassic World movie on FX
Pretty Woman movie on Spike TV

9:38 PM:
My Best Friend’s Wedding movie on Starz

10 PM:
Christmas in Evergreen movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Dear John movie on CMT


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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:

1. Fionn Whitehead – Fionn is the 20-year-old UK native whose first major role was as the protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s box office movie Dunkirk. He will next be seen in the box office film The Children Act alongside Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

2. Katherine Waterston – She has been a working actress since 2004, but it was her role in this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them followed by the lead role in Alien: Covenant that put her on the map. Her next films will be The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Michael Shannon as well as the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

3. Pearl Mackie – Landing the role as companion to the Doctor on Doctor Who is quite an accomplishment for any actor so we Pearl was chosen to play Bill Potts alongside Peter Capaldi she got the plum role.

4. Dafne Keen – This 12-year-old powerhouse made quite the impression appearing as the mutant Laura Kinney, starring alongside Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in the box office film Logan. She will next be seen opposite Andy Garcia in the film Ana.

5. Florence Pugh – Her big break came in the lead role of the box office film Lady MacBeth that garnered her rave reviews. She is currently filming the Netflix movie Outlaw King that will also star Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Tony Curran. And she’ll appear in the upcoming films The Commuter with Liam Neeson and Fighting with My Family with Dwayne Johnson

6. Zoey Deutch – Zoey’s parents are actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch, and she got her big break in the film Vampire Academy; but it was her turns in the films Why Him? and Before I Fall this year that got her attention. She will next appear alongside Johnny Depp and Rosemarie DeWitt in the box office film Richard Says Goodbye.

7. Katherine Langford – This Australian actress made quite the impression on viewers in the extremely moving streaming series 13 Reasons Why that debuted on Netflix this past spring. She will next be seen in the box office film Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Jennifer Garner.

8. Mckenna Grace – At the ripe age of 11, Mckenna has quite the resume, including a recurring role on the soap The Young and the Restless; playing young Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time and appearing in last year’s box office film Independence Day: Resurgence. It was this year that catapulted the youngster into the limelight, starring alongside Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in the moving film Gifted and appearing as Kiefer Sutherland’s daughter in the TV series Designated Survivor.

9. Sofia Boutella – She made heads turn two years ago, starring in Kingsman: The Secret Service [she was the one with the running blade prosthetic legs], but she really made it big this year appearing in The Mummy alongside Tom Cruise and starring in Atomic Blonde alongside Charlize Theron. She will next be seen in Fahrenheit 451 with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

10. Lola Flanery – Another young actress who has been getting a lot of attention, Lola made her debut appearance in 2015 holiday movie Last Chance for Christmas with Hilarie Burton. This year she has appeared as Caroline Dhavernas’s daughter in the TV series Mary Kills People; as the doomed Lila DeWitt in the short-lived series The Mist and as the younger version of the Seelie Queen in the Freeform series Shadowhunters. She also played the older daughter of Reese Witherspoon in the box office film Home Again. She will next be seen in the upcoming new season of The CW series The 100.

11. Kumail Nanjiani – The only other male actor on this list, Kumail has a lengthy resume, including roles on the TV shows Franklin & Bash, the comedy series Portlandia and the HBO series Silicon Valley. But it was the heavily-autobiographical film The Big Sick, for which he starred and co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon, which took the country by storm. He also provided his voice to the animated film The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

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

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2018

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