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Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!
We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.
If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.
Thursday December 23rd
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)
24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)
The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)
Christmas Eve Friday December 24th
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »
Ben Affleck can't wait to be 'Mr. Mom'. The actor has two daughters, Violet, five, and 23-month-old Seraphina, with wife Jennifer Garner and he is looking forward to having full-time care of the girls when the actress starts work on a new film.He told Us Weekly magazine: "My wife's going to a movie and then it's going to be just pure Mr. Mom time!" While he is a dedicated dad, Ben's credentials as a husband were recently questioned after revealed in a TV interview he normally picks up Jennifer's Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve (12-24-10). However, he has defended his actions, saying he finds buying gifts for his stunning spouse very difficult. He told Us Weekly magazine: "It sounded bad, I know! When I watched it I was like, 'I don't come off very well here.' But I have that experience quite a bit. Basically, »
As more wives out-earn their husbands and outshine them at the office, many couples secretly struggle with reversed gender roles-sometimes leading to adultery or even health issues. Danielle Friedman on America's new marriage crisis.
From their first flirtation, Brendan and Jennifer Volk knew what they were getting themselves into. Brendan, a first-year teacher, lived with his parents in suburban Dallas. Jennifer, a recent law-school grad, lived in a sleek apartment downtown-and earned almost three times her new beau. When her fancy law-firm Christmas party rolled around, she helped him pick out his first adult suit.
Related story on The Daily Beast: The Big Lie
"We'd joke about it," said Jennifer, 39. "We made a lot of jokes about how it's very common to find couples where you've got a lawyer and teacher, but usually it's the other way around."
For most of their relationship, Jennifer has been her family's breadwinner. At home, »
- Danielle Friedman
David Hasselhoff has the tenacity of Kudzu, viral Ebola and a cockroach: He cannot be exterminated from pop culture, no matter how many inebriated videos pop up that "pants" the affable crooner. Now his daughters are making a splash acting too, but is there hope for Der Hoff? If shriveled up Heidi Fleiss can score a TV deal for a new reality show, we say "Ja." This time the backdrop is not the beach, or the inside of a talking car. This time he is playing the role of Mr. Mom raising and helping to guide the careers of his two entertainment driven daughters. The A&E original real life series "The Hasselhoffs" spotlights the life of »
- April MacIntyre
We’ve always known that Gavin Rossdale is a Mr. Mom. Rossdale, a.k.a. Mr. Gwen Stefani, a.k.a. the frontman of Bush (all the kids born in the nineties are like “There’s a band named after the president?”) hasn’t made an album since 2005, but really, when you’re married to Gwen Stefani, who needs to work? So he always appears to be happily hanging out with kids Zuma and Kingston in L.A. and London but in his down time, he’s apparently been honing is culinary skills. Allegedly, Rossdale is in talks with the Food Network to host his own show. It seems that Rossdale became “a super chef while [Gwen] was pregnant with the couple’s first child Kingston.” Stefani has also said about her husband’s talent “He is so passionate about it. He cooks every day. He loves to go grocery shopping and find different things. »
- Liz Black
Perhaps, in the early 1980s, while still in film school, Danish director Lars von Trier saw one of the Us’ highest grossing feel-good comedies, like Risky Business or Mr. Mom. And then decided to make exact opposite of that film for the rest of his life. If such a thing did happen, he’s kept his promise, churning out movies that are best accompanied by a barbiturate overdose while Gloomy Sunday plays on a phonograph. His latest project, Antichrist, is no exception. It tells the story of a couple who, after losing their son, travel to a secluded cabin, where the wife deals with her grief and guilt by masturbating in front of Satanic Bambi extras and mutilating her husband’s crotch. Tonight, Sound and Sight takes a look at von Trier’s controversial new film, as well as 1984’s The Element of Crime, the director’s debut feature.
Exclusive: Another sign that family comedy is the hottest half-hour genre this season: After a bidding war with ABC, CBS has landed an untitled family sitcom by writer-producer Peter Knight with a big put pilot commitment. The multicamera project, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison, centers on a suburban dad of a blended family who has strong opinions about the way of doing things. In light of the success of ABC's Modern Family, family comedies have been in high demand at the broadcast networks this development season, with the emphasis often on the dad's point of view. In addition to CBS' Peter Knight project, Peter Tolan's The Council of Dads, about a dad dying of cancer who assembles a council of his closest male friends to help raise his daughters, also sparked a bidding war. It went to Fox in the biggest deal for a comedy so far this year, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Feature writer Adam Sztykiel, co-writer of Todd Phillips' upcoming feature film laugher Due Date as well as Made of Honor, is transitioning to television. He's got a comedy project at NBC and is writing it with veteran TV scribe Rob Cohen who is supervising the script for Man of the House, a Mr. Mom role reversal family show. This marks a rare foray into family comedy for NBC, which has been focused on workplace and romantic relationship half-hours for the past few years. In a rare cross-pollination between vertically-integrated congloms, ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co are producing for NBC, with Gordon and Andrea Shay executive producing alongside Sztykiel and Cohen. Known mostly for its drama portfolio, which includes Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Army Wives, the Mark Gordon Co made comedy development a priority this season and has sold 5 half-hour projects so far: 3 to ABC, 1 to Fox, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Just because you're poorly dressed doesn't mean you're not Chuck Bass." - Blair
Because the CW is so awesome, and thinks TV Fanatic is pretty cool too, the network sent us the first two episodes of the upcoming Season Four of Gossip Girl for review!
We can't give away major plot details, or we'll be blackballed by the CW faster than you can say "Belles Du Jour," but let's just say they live up to the hype and then some.
The premiere and the second episode, "Double Identity," are both solid on their own merits and set the stage for would could be some awesome story lines this season.
We've put together some exclusive Gossip Girl spoilers and observations below to pique your interest and hopefully get you even more excited for September 13 premiere.
Follow the jump for details on the first two episodes of the new season ...
There are new characters named Milo, »
- email@example.com (L.J. Gibbs)
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Jerry O’Connell tells us he’s glad that he and Jim Belushi are able to “split the duties” on their Sept. 22-debuting “The Defenders” CBS series. “That sort of helps it,” he says, speaking of his hectic, chaotic work and family life.
O’Connell and wife Rebecca Romijn’s twin daughters, Dolly and Charlie, who turn two at year’s end, “really are cute, but they’re such a handful. They’re at that age where they wander off and you just always have to watch them. We’re looking into getting those leashes for them. Seriously,” he says. “They’re starting to fight with each other.
“My wife is great. My wife is with them all the time. I owe her a trip or a piece of jewelry,” adds the actor, who did Mr. Mom duty last year when »
- Beck / Smith
Dexter season 4 starts in the UK! Apart from some good movies, that's about all that's worth looking forward to on British telly this week. Here's our round-up...
In the week that UK TV viewers have the least telly news and choices to ponder, we also face our greatest challenge. For tonight, Friday August 20th, the deliciously dark drama that is Dexter starts its fourth season, and it's an especially unnerving one that will have you wishing your weeks away over its 12 episode run. While, in just a few weeks' time, the launch of the fifth season fires up in the States.
If you've managed to remain oblivious, it'll be hard work to enjoy this new season without the ending being spoiled by the rampant headlines, forum posts, comment sections and images bound to be round every click and turn of sites across the virtual landscape, heralding in the fifth outing »
Morton also said that Jolie, 35, used Maddox, to “bait” Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston while filming ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’.
“Well, it’’s kind of playing happy family. He’’s a great caregiver, this Brad Pitt…. So here’’s Maddox, this cute little kid, playing around and it draws somebody in. And in all fairness, friends. »
In his new tell-all, Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography, Andrew Morton reveals the mother of all shockers: Angie was once so depressed she tried to have someone off her!
Angelina Jolie has always been known for her volatile personality, but even we were shocked to hear this! In his new tell-all book, Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography, controversial celebrity biographer Andrew Morton claims that she actually hired someone to kill her! Omg.
“She went through a bit of depression, suicidal thoughts,” Morton said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends show August 2. “On one occasion, she said she hired a hitman and she was going to pay by installments.”
But he didn’t stop there, oh no! Check out the other scandalous things the author had to say about 35-year-old Oscar winner Angie in the explosive new book he released July 31!
She cuts herself to feel alive. “We’re talking about cutting…of the neck, »
- Laura Schreffler
The juicy history includes Angelina's dad Jon Voight's affair with his "Runaway Train" costar Stacey Pickren, Angelina's early abandonment by her distraught mother, and -- no doubt most intriguing to Jennifer Aniston -- how she later targeted Brad Pitt for seduction.
Morton explains Jolie's battle with heroin, cocaine and anorexia during her teens and early 20s, the loss of her virginity at age 14 and her addictive relationships with men and women. He outlines her marriages to Jonny Lee Miller (she allegedly cheated on him with Madonna's lover, Jenny Shimizu and actor Timothy Hutton) and later-- briefly -- to Billy Bob Thornton.
Morton also writes that rock star Mick Jagger pursued Jolie (then 22) for two years »
The star of the upcoming CBS drama The Defenders says he’s glad to be working so he can avoid the girls’ “terrible twos.”
Jerry O’Connell definitely played the good husband when his wife, Rebecca Romijn, was working. He’d stay home with their twin daughters and play Mr. Mom. But he’s pretty pleased to be out of the house now with his new show, The Defenders, because he gets to avoid the twins, who are suffering from a severe case of the “terrible twos.”
“I think my children are worse than the terrible twos,” he told Entertainment Tonight of his daughters Dolly and Charlie, who are just shy of two years old. “They are the horrifically terrible twos. They are just crazy. Everyone says to us, ‘It gets better.’ That is not my experience.”
Jerry described the girls as totally different, “one is really shy, »
- Neil Turitz
- Above you see part of one of the Photoshopped posters for Cracked's "If Movie Titles Were Honest" list. There's another Twilight one, too, but I especially love the There Will Be Blood-No Country for Old Men swap and the new titles for Raiders of the Lost Ark and Primer.
- Julia Roberts will reteam with Eat Pray Love writer-director Ryan Murphy (who'll earn $5 mill.) for an untitled rom-com that sounds like a reverse-sex version of Mr. Mom, which is an interesting twist to feminism coming 27 years after that gender-role-swapping comedy. Also, following our first look at Due Date earlier, it's interesting to see another faux-redo of a John Hughes movie in development. I'd love to see a cameo from Mr. Mom kid Frederick Koehler now that we've seen courtesy of Lost that he's still acting.
- Christopher Campbell
The Ryan Murphy-directed and Julia Roberts-starring Eat Pray Love hasn't even hit theaters yet, but Sony has already decided that's a team they want to keep in their stable. Deadline is reporting that the studio has paid Murphy $5 million to write and direct and untitled romantic comedy in which Roberts will play a working woman forced to go back to domestic life when she loses her job and her husband starts working instead. Yes, it's Mr. Mom in reverse. No, there's no reason this formula won't work a second time. Murphy isn't all that proven as a features director-- his only previous credit is Running With Scissors, which was met by critics and audiences with a general shrug--but on TV he's unstoppable right now as the creator of Glee. His TV gig means he won't have time to direct Mrs. Mom-- or whatever they're calling it-- until next summer, »
Michael Keaton has played multiple icons over the years, from Batman and Beetlejuice to the harried Mr. Mom. On June 18, Keaton will play a character of somewhat diminished stature, when he lends his voice to the manicured man-doll Ken, for Toy Story 3. The actor met with FilmCritic.com at Pixar Animation Studios, in California, to discuss Ken's legacy, his insecurities, and his infatuation with stylish clothing. Q: The Ken doll is so famous. How do you get into the psychology of Ken? Where do you start? A: Well, I didn't know much about a lot of these animated films that already had become popular. I was late seeing Toy Story and things like The Incredibles. But it was The Incredibles that really pushed it over the top for me, where I went, "Holy moly, these guys [at Pixar] are great, and this truly is great filmmaking." When I did a little piece in Cars, »
By Eric Ditzian
Kathryn Bigelow accepts the award for Best Director at the 2010 Oscars
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
The much-hyped Oscar fight between Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" and James Cameron's "Avatar" turned out to be a knockout Sunday night (March 7), as "Hurt Locker" won Best Picture and Bigelow became the first woman in Academy Award history to win for Best Directing.
2010 Oscars Show
Those wins were two of six "Hurt Locker" took home from its nine nominations during the live ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, including Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Shut out of the major categories, "Avatar" nabbed a total of three wins — out of nine noms — in categories like Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction.
Taking the stage to accept the win for Best Picture »
With the Ides of March comes a new slate of series and season premieres. Here's your everything guide.
Sunday, March 14
... The Pacific (HBO, 9pm)
The much-anticipated follow-up to the most-excellent Band of Brothers. Count us in.
... Minute to Win It (NBC, 7pm)
As hinted at in... More >> »
- TV.com Staff
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