Archive for December, 2017

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:
The Christmas Cottage movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

6:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie on Freeform

7 PM:
The Perfect Christmas Present movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Alex Cross movie on BET
NCIS on Oxygen

7:50 PM:
The Zookeeper’s Wife movie on HBO

8 PM:
A Gift to Remember movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Clueless movie on EPIX
NCIS on Oxygen

9 PM:
A Joyous Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
The Mask of Zorro movie on Encore
White House Down movie on FX
NCIS on Oxygen

10 PM:
The Mistletoe Inn movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
S.W.A.T. on CBS (Reair)
NCIS on Oxygen


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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2017 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Roger Ailes (Founder, FOX News)
Lola Albright (Singer and Actress, TV’s “Peter Gunn” and Film classic “Champion”)
Gregg Allman (Pioneer of Southern Rock Allman Brothers Band)
Richard Anderson (Actor, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”)
Gary Austin (Founder of “The Groundlings”)
John G. Avildsen (Director, “Rocky” and “Karate Kid”)

Peter Baldwin (Actor turned Prolific TV Director)
Chuck Barris (Host, “Gong Show”)
Walter Becker (Guitarist, Bassist and Co-Writer for band Steely Dan)
Buzz Belmondo (Comedian-Actor, “Out of This World” and “Baywatch”)
Chester Bennington (Lead Singer of Linkin Park)
Shelley Berman (Actor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Stand-Up Comedian)
Chuck Berry (Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer)
Joseph Bologna (Playwright, Director and Actor, “My Favorite Year”)
Powers Boothe (Actor, “Sin City,” “Nashville” and “Deadwood”)
Jimmy Breslin (Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Columnist)
Brad Bufanda (Actor, “Veronica Mars” – played Felix Toombs) [He was only 34]

Glen Campbell (Country Music Legend)
Bernie Casey (Actor, “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”)
David Cassidy (Singer-Actor, “The Partridge Family”)
Darlene Cates (Actress, Housebound Mom in box office film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” film)
Alan Colmes (Fox News Commentator)
Barbara Cook (Broadway Actress, “Cabaret”)
Chris Cornell (Singer, Soundgarden and Audislave) [He was only 52]

Jonathan Demme (Director, “Silence of the Lambs”)
Fats Domino (R&B Singer and Rock Pioneer)
Roy Dotrice (Actor, “Beauty and the Beast”)
Gord Downie (Frontman of Tragically Hip, Canadian band)
John F. Dunsworth (Actor, “Haven”)

Nelsan Ellis (Actor, “True Blood”) [He was only 39]
Dick Enberg (Legendary Sportscaster)

Gloria Fallon (Mother of Comedian and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon)
Miguel Ferrer (Actor, “NCIS: Los Angeles”)
Neil Fingleton (British Actor, “Game of Thrones”) [He was only 36]
June Foray (the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale, “The Bullwinkle Show”)
Bruce Forsyth (Legendary British Entertainer and TV Personality, “The Generation Game”)
Warren Frost (Veteran Actor, “Twin Peaks” and “Seinfeld”)
Stephen Furst (Actor, “Animal House,” “Babylon 5” and “St. Elsewhere”)

Dick Gautier (Actor, Hymie the Robot on 1960’s classic “Get Smart”)
Troy Gentry (Half of the Popular Country Duo Montgomery Gentry)
Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Soul Singer and Father of Cuba Gooding, Jr.)
Robert Guillaume (Actor, “Benson”)
Sue Grafton (Best-Selling Author)
Dick Gregory (Pioneering Stand-Up Comedian and Civil Rights Activist)

Barbara Hale (Veteran Actress, “Perry Mason”)
Monty Hall (Host, “Let’s Make a Deal”)
Roy Halladay (American professional baseball player)
Ty Hardin (Actor, “Cheyenne” and “Bronco”)
Robert Hardy (British Actor, Cornelius Fudge [Minister of Magic] in “Harry Potter” franchise)
Connie Hawkins (Harlem Globetrotters Player)
Glenne Headly (Actress, “Lonesome Dove” and “Dick Tracey”)
John Heard (Actor, “Home Alone”)
Hugh Hefner (Founder, Playboy Magazine)
Blake Heron (Actor, “Tom and Huck” and “Shiloh”) [He was only 35]
Mike Hodge (Actor, “Law & Order” and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President)
John Hillerman (Actor, “Magnum, P.I.”)
Tobe Hooper (Director, “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”)
Lena Horne (Legendary Singer and Actress)
Rance Howard (Veteran Actor and Father of Actor-Director Ron Howard and Actor Clint Howard)
John Hurt (Veteran Actor, “Alien,” “The Elephant Man” and “Doctor Who”)
Earle Hyman (Veteran Actor, “The Cosby Show”)

Al Jarreau (Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer)

Jake LaMotta (Real-Life “Raging Bull” Boxer)
Mark LaMura (Actor, “All My Children”)
Martin Landau (Legendary Actor, “Mission: Impossible” and “Ed Wood”)
Chuck Law (Actor, “Goodfellas”)
Joan Lee (Wife of Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee)
Jerry Lewis (Comedy Legend)

Ralphie May (Comedian)
Rose Marie (Legendary Actress)
Julio Oscar Mechoso (Veteran actor, “The Legend of Zorro”)
Dorothy Mengering (David Letterman’s Mom)
Heather Menzies-Urich (Actress, “Sound of Music”)
Dina Merrill (Actress and Philanthropist)
Roger Moore (Actor, “James Bond” Films)
Erin Moran (Actress, “Happy Days”)
Jeanne Moreau (French Actress, “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid” and the U.S film “Ever After”)
Charlie Murphy (Actor and Comedian and Eddie Murphy’s Brother)

Jim Nabors (Singer-Actor, “Gomer Pyle”)
Michael Nygyist (Swedish Actor, the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

Paul O’Neill (Founder, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Don Ohlmeyer (NBC Producer and Executive)
Robert Osborne (TCM Host and Film Historian)

Tommy Page (90’s Singer and Music Executive [He was only 46]
Michael Parks (Character Actor, “Kill Bill”)
Bill Paxton (Actor, “Titanic” and TV adaptation “Training Day”)
Tom Petty (Rock n Roll Legend)
Gabe Pressman (Legendary New York TV Reporter)

Della Reese (Singer – Actress, “Touched By An Angel”)
Don Rickles (Legendary Comedian)
George Romero (Legendary Director, “Night of the Living Dead”)

Sam Shepard (Playwright and Actor, “The Right Stuff”)
Keely Smith (Legendary Jazz and Pop Singer)
Liz Smith (Gossip Columnist)
Harry Dean Stanton (Veteran Actor, “Big Love” and “Twin Peaks”)
Ward Sylvester (Manager and TV Producer, “The Monkees”)

Jay Thomas (Actor, “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers”)
Mary Tyler Moore (Legendary Actress)
Frank Vincent (Actor, “The Sopranos”)

Robert James Waller (Author, “Bridges of Madison County”)
Judge Joseph Wapner (Judge, “People’s Court”)
Ann Wedgeworth (Actress, “Three’s Company”)
Adam West (Legendary Actor, “Batman”)
John Wetton (Bassist and Singer for Asia)

Francine York (Actress, Classic “Batman” Series, 1960’s)
Malcolm Young (Rock Band AC/DC, Co-Founder and Guitarist)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.


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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:
Christmas Next Door movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
She’s All That movie on E!
Red movie on TNT

6:05 PM:
Florence Foster Jenkins movie on EPIX

6:30 PM:
Wanted movie on HBO

6:45 PM:
Legends of the Fall movie on Showtime

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

8 PM:
The Librarians on TNT (NEW)
A Rose for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on BBC America
You’ve Got Mail movie on POP

9 PM:
The Librarians on TNT (NEW)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors movie on NBC (Reair)
Dashing Through the Snow on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Julie & Julia movie on Encore
X-Men: Days of Future Past movie on FX

9:10 PM:
Gunpowder mini-series on HBO at 10 PM (Encore)

10 PM:
Christmas Getaway movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

10:12 PM:
Gunpowder mini-series on HBO at 10 PM (Encore)


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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:


Best Drama Picture: Moonlight
Best Musical-Comedy Picture: La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actor: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best TV Drama: The Crown (Netflix)
Best Drama Actress: Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager


Favorite TV Show: Outlander
Favorite New TV Drama: This Is Us
Favorite Drama TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra, Quantico
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon, NCIS
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Sam Heughan, Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds,
Favorite Action Movie: Deadpool
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie
Favorite Dramatic Movie: Me Before You
Favorite Family Movie: Finding Dory
Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp
Favorite Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

SAG AWARDS (January)

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Motion Picture): Hidden Figures
Male Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Drama Series): Stranger Things


Record of the Year: Adele, Hello
Album of the Year: Adele, 25
Song of the Year: Adele, Hello
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, 25
Best Rock Album: Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty
Best Country Song: Tim McGraw, Humble and Kind
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix, “Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton)
Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)


Best Film: La La Land
Supporting Actor: Dev Patel, Lion
Documentary: 13th, Ava DuVernay
Sound: Arrival
The EE Rising Star Award: Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming


Outstanding Drama Series: Queen Sugar (OWN)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama: Jussie Smollett, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama: Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)


Worst Picture: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actress: Becky Turner (as Hillary Clinton), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actor: Dinesh D’Souza (as himself), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig, Zoolander No. 2
Worst Supporting Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Worst Screenplay: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Best Picture: Moonlight
Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Original Song: City of Stars, La La Land
Makeup and Hair: Suicide Squad


Show of the Year: Stranger Things
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Hero: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures
Best Villain: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Tearjerker: This Is Us: Jack and Randall at Karate
Best Duo: Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen, Logan


Choice Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actor: Chris Pine, Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actress: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Choice Sci-Fi Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor: Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress: Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Fantasy Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Choice Fantasy Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson, Moana
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress: Emma Watson,Beauty and the Beast
Choice Drama Movie: Everything, Everything
Choice Summer Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Choice Breakout Movie Star: Auli’i Cravalho – Moana

Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actress: Lucy Hale,Pretty Little Liars
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Choice Action TV Show: The Flash
Choice Action TV Actor: Grant Gustin, The Flash
Choice Action TV Actress: Melissa Benoist, Supergirl
Choice Breakout TV Star: Lili Reinhart, Riverdale


Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars
New Artist of the Year: Niall Horan
Tour of the Year: Coldplay
Fave Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Fave Pop/Rock Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons
Fave Male Country Artist: Keith Urban
Fave Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Fave Alternative Rock Artist: Linkin Park
Fave Adult Contemporary Artist: Shawn Mendes
Top Soundtrack: Moana


Best Feature: Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Breakthrough Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: In Memorium

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On December 30, the Hallmark Channel movie A Royal New Year’s Eve will debut at 8 PM.

Magazine assistant and aspiring fashion designer Caitlyn’s world is turned upside down when Prince Jeffrey and his presumed future fiancé Lady Isabelle come to town. Isabelle hires Caitlyn to design a dress for the royal New Year’s Eve ball where Jeffrey is expected to propose, which could launch the fashion career she’s always dreamed about.

Navigating through her boss Abigail’s efforts to sabotage her, Caitlyn spends time creating a dress fit for a princess with her friend Doris, and planning the ball with Jeffrey. Caitlyn and Jeffrey begin to develop feelings for one another but Jeffrey’s royal commitment to marry Isabelle and assume the throne stands in between them. As the New Year’s Eve ball approaches, Jeffrey and Caitlyn must decide if they can overcome royal tradition to pursue their happily ever after.

The film stars Jessy Schram, Sam Page and Cheryl Ladd.

Here is a trailer for A Royal New Year’s Eve.

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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:

NOTE: Check out BBC America for a marathon of Doctor Who episodes. The second season of the Canadian series Travelers will premiere on Netflix.

5 PM:
The Equalizer movie on FX

6 PM:
Christmas Cookies movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

7 PM:
Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)

8 PM:
Sharing Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Flash on The CW (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Kingsman: The Secret Service movie on FX

9 PM:
Major Crimes on TNT (NEW)
Journey Back to Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW (Reair)
Footloose (original) movie on Encore
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on Starz

10 PM:
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on ABC (Reair)
A December Bride movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Batman Begins movie on IFC
While You Were Sleeping movie on Showtime 2

10:01 PM:
Major Crimes on TNT (NEW)


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My goal each year is to attempt to see at least 25 movies at the theatre; sometimes I surpass that total and sometimes I don’t. This year I saw nearly 30 movies and out of all of those the movies I have enjoyed the most this past year include: Hidden Figures, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok and The Greatest Showman.  But I know that readers don’t care about what movies I saw throughout the year or which ones I liked best.

Let’s take a look at the top 30 biggest box office winners from this year (through the weekend of December 16 and December 17):

1. Beauty and the Beast – 504 million
2. Wonder Woman – 413 million
3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 – 390 million
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming – 334 million
5. It – 328 million
6. Thor: Ragnarok – 307 million
7. Despicable Me 3 – 265 million
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 242 million
9. Logan – 226.3 million
10. The Fate of the Furious – 225.7 million
11. Justice League – 220 million
12. Dunkirk – 188 million
13. The LEGO Batman Movie – 176 million
14. Get Out – 175.4 million
15. The Boss Baby – 175 million
16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 173 million
17. Kong: Skull Island – 168 million
18. Cars 3 – 153 million
19. Coco – 152 million
20. War for the Planet of the Apes – 147 million
21. Split – 138 million
22. Transformers: The Last Knight – 130 million
23. Girls Trip – 115 million
24. Fifty Shades Darker – 114 million
25. Wonder – 110 million
26. Baby Driver – 108 million
27. Annabelle: Creation – 102 million
28. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 100 million
29. Murder on the Orient Express – 98 million
30. Daddy’s Home 2 – 97 million

On the other spectrum are the movies that were either a disappointment in the box office due to poor ticket sales or, more importantly, had a horrible trailer that made me completely disinterested in seeing them. They appear in alphabetical order below:

47 Meters Down
A Bad Mom’s Christmas
A Cure for Wellness
Annabelle Creation
Bye Bye Man
Daddy’s Home 2
Father Figures
Fist Fight
Get Out
Girls Trip
Happy Death Day
How to be a Latin Lover
Rough Night
The House
Wish Upon

What movies did you most enjoy seeing this year? Which movies were disappointments to you? Please share your thoughts and comments.

TOMORROW: The Envelope Please… (Awards)


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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:


NOTE: There will be a marathon of Doctor Who episodes on BBC America today, leading up to the new Christmas special. There will also be a marathon of season 3 episodes of Outlander on Starz.

6 PM:
A Gift Wrapped Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)

6:30 PM:
The Christmas Train movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Freaky Friday movie on E!

7 PM:
A Winter Wedding movie on UP TV (DEBUT)
Snowmance movie on ION (Encore)
The Christmas Secret movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Minions (animated) movie on FX

8 PM:
When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
The Rock movie on A&E
Spectre movie on EPIX
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them movie on HBO2
The Holiday movie on Lifetime
Tomorrowland movie on Syfy
Open Range movie on TMC
Remember the Titans movie on TNT

9 PM:
Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2017 on PBS (DEBUT)
Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC America (DEBUT)
The Christmas Note movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
The Gifted on FOX (Reair)
Love Actually movie on CMT
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (animated) movie on FX
Dirty Dancing movie on IFC

10 PM:
Scorpion on CBS (Reair)
A Dream of Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)


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Here are the few new programming options to expect on TV this coming holiday week:

Christmas Day welcomes the UP TV movie A Winter Wedding, debuting at 7 PM and starring Andrea Bowen and Susan Walters. The day will also see the Call the Midwife Holiday Special debuting on PBS at 9 PM and the Hallmark Channel special When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree will debut at 8 PM. Also on Christmas Day, the annual Christmas special of Doctor Who “Twice Upon a Time” will air on BBC America at 9 PM.

The second season of the Canadian series Travelers will air online on Netflix on December 26.

And on December 28, an extended sneak peek of the Freeform series Beyond will air at 10:30 PM.

The Hallmark Channel movie A Royal New Year’s Eve will debut on December 30 at 8 PM, starring Jessy Schram, Sam Page and Cheryl Ladd.

Mark your calendars!

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Merry Christmas 2017!!!

I want to to wish everyone who has visited this site for the past six and a half years a very blessed and wonderful Christmas Day!

Regardless of how you celebrate this most precious of holidays, I hope it is a truly terrific day spent with your families and friends.

Be well, drive safely and have a spectacular Christmas!!

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for visiting Rueben’s Ramblings and I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can!


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