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If you aren't into watching all the college and professional football happening on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Sunday, Jan. 2, Zap2it's got you covered for all the marathons, movies and specials you can tune into. Enjoy!
Friday, Dec. 31
A&E: "Criminal Minds" marathon
ABC: "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"
AMC: "Back to the Future" marathon
BBC America: "Doctor Who" marathon
Bravo: "Real Housewives" marathon
Cmt: "Dukes of Hazzard" marathon
Discovery: "Deadliest Catch" marathon
E!: "Kendra," "Married to Rock" marathon
Food Network: "The Next Food Network Star" marathon
HBO: "Hung" marathon
Hgtv: "House Hunters Int'l," "House HUnters" marathon
MTV: "Jersey Shore" marathon
Nat Geo: "Monster Fish" marathon
Nat Geo Wild: "World's Deadliest" marathon
Spike TV: "1000 Ways to Die »
The young actor has buffed up for his role as a former Marine in the film adaptation of the New York Times Bestselling novel. Logan Thibault, a Marine who finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the sands of Iraq during his first of three tours, returns to North Carolina and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. Directed by Scott Hicks (No Reservations) the film also stars Blythe Danner and Taylor Schilling; currently filming in New Orleans, Louisiana, Warner Bros has yet to schedule a theatrical release date. »
- Pietro Filipponi
The first images have surfaced of Zac Efron on the set of The Lucky One, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. Directed by Scott Hicks (No Reservations), the film tells the story of a Marine who carries a photograph of an anonymous woman in his pocket during his three tours in Iraq as a good luck charm. Upon returning home, the soldier seeks out his picturesque dream girl. Efron stars opposite Taylor Schilling (Mercy), with Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart (90210), and Adam Lefevre (Fair Game) rounding out the supporting cast. The flick was shot in New Orleans, where the story takes place. Hit the jump for more, and to check out the images. Though Charlie St. Cloud was a bit of a misfire for Efron, it did mark a sort of step towards more dramatic fare. The guy’s got talent, and I had hoped that after »
- Adam Chitwood
Rachael Ray is a no-frills celebrity cook with an empire worth millions. She's drawn a lot of flak, but is still poised to become the next queen of daytime television
Rachael Ray does not come across as a natural star in the crowded field of TV chefs. She has a raspy voice, a look straight from a suburban American mall, has confessed she does not know how to bake and has no formal training in cookery.
In a world dominated by big personalities, hot tempers and mastery of exotic cuisines, Ray should not have stood out. Yet she has now emerged as one of the most dominant personal brands in America. Not only is she now one of the most famous TV cooks but she has branched out into other fields, creating a media business empire worth tens of millions of dollars.
It is no exaggeration to say that she »
- Paul Harris
Welcome to Top Chef All-Stars: Sometimes They Come Back. Eighteen of the best also-ran cheftestants are in the Big Apple to redeem themselves and maybe take home the title and $200,000, the biggest purse in Top Chef history. Out bisexual chef Tiffani Faison is the first in the door and promptly tells the camera she plans to cook her nuts off. Out lesbian chef Jamie Lauren follows shortly after with tats blazing and proceeds to tell the camera that she is there to kick ass. So, be warned, the chefbians are all about doing major damage to privates parts this time around.
And we've also got Top Chef: Miami runner-up Dale Levitski along Casey who also made the final three in Miami! Dale talks about how "one or two little mistakes" cost thim the title adn that this time he doesn't want to make any mistakes.
As all the returning »
- Dorothy Snarker
The "No Reservations" host's regular presence is just one of the many bonuses "Top Chef" fans can expect for this eighth season, in addition to the return of favorite culinary competitors: Season 1 - Stephen Asprinio, Tiffani Faison; Season 2 - Elia Aboumrad, Marcel Vigneron; Season 3 - Dale Levitski, Casey Thompson, Tre Wilcox; Season 4 - Richard Blais, Antonia Lofaso, Spike Mendelsohn, Dale Talde; Season 5 - Carla Hall, Jamie Lauren, Fabio Viviani; Season 6 - Jennifer Carroll, Mike Isabella; and Season 7 - Tiffany Derry and Angelo Sosa.
Will Fabio feel bereft without his European union buddy Stefan Richter? Will Marcel stay out of fights this time around? Has Carla learned her costly sous vide lesson? We've seen the premiere, and after talking to Bourdain and Tom Colicchio, »
Thanksgiving has changed ever since the first 17th century celebration that didn't even feature turkey. (Just ask "Next Iron Chef" winner Marc Forgione.)
Regardless if you brine your turkey or prefer it deep-fried, get together with friends or family or even go out of town, how you celebrate Thanksgiving is a personal choice for everybody. Even "Glee" star Jessalyn Gilsig, who's Canadian, has plans for Thanksgiving, although it doesn't include turkey.
Here's a look at a few names in Hollywood and how they're tackling Turkey Day:
"We always have a big family Thanksgiving -- the Bacons and Sedgwicks and also people that don't have anywhere else to go. We love friends coming, anybody who doesn't have a place to go, they can come over."
"I'm gonna be in La. My sister lives there, and my dad's going to fly out from Texas. Believe »
After starring as a young sailor torn between his dead brother and a girl he loves in "Charlie St. Cloud", Zac Efron moves on to portray a U.S. Marine who survives three tours of duty in Iraq in "The Lucky One". He was recently spotted filming scenes for the drama movie, looking rugged and deeply troubled.
One picture from the set captures the former "High School Musical" hunk putting on a serious look while standing behind a pickup truck. Another one displays him standing over the truck with his head down, exposing an arm tattoo that he sports for his role. In both pictures, he donned a dark T-shirt and seems to have packed on some muscles.
Director Scott Hicks (No Reservations) and Zac Efron (of the High School Musical franchise) have started work in Louisiana on The Lucky One, a romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Will Fetters, no stranger to romantic dramas having written the Robert Pattinson tearjerker Remember Me, adapted Sparks' novel.
The Lucky One Synopsis "U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. »
There had been plenty of skepticism over how a sequel to Wall Street would perform after an interlude of 23 years, and many questioned the wisdom of moving the release back from April to autumn to accommodate a world premiere at the Cannes film festival in May. In the end, backers 20th Century Fox will be reasonably happy with a debut of £1.78m for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, including two days of previews totalling £583,000.
Lead actor Shia Labeouf had previously not proved especially bankable outside his Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises, with UK debuts for Eagle Eye and Disturbia running at a respective £1.10m (2008) and £728,000 (2007). Nor can Michael Douglas be relied on to deliver audiences: his thriller The Sentinel bowed to £628,000 in 2006, while comedy The In-Laws was even more lacklustre, »
- Charles Gant
The Social Network had enough friends to lead the box office again over the weekend, while new releases Life as We Know It and Secretariat had decent starts and My Soul to Take didn't take. Overall business was off 15 percent from the same weekend last year when Couples Retreat opened. Boasting the smallest percentage second weekend decline of any No. 1 movie this year, The Social Network pulled in an estimated $15.5 million, increasing its sum to $46.1 million in ten days. Its 31 percent dip was also the lowest of the weekend among nationwide holdovers, and it held better than 21 among past similar titles, though that picture still had better attendance. Life as We Know It took in an estimated $14.6 million on approximately 3,600 screens at 3,150 locations. That was less than the first weekend of Katherine Heigl's last movie, Killers ($15.8 million), but it was a bit greater than thematically-similar titles like Raising Helen, »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Star of the Travel Channel show "No Reservations," Anthony Bourdain broke out some hard-hitting writing when he released his memoir "Kitchen Confidential" — but he's decided to try his hand at creating a graphic novel as well. Bourdain let his project slip in an interview earlier this year, but it's official now, and it won't be about gyros.
He'll be aided by novelist Joel Rose of "Kill Kill Faster Faster" and artist Langdon Foss, whose work has appeared in "Heavy Metal." Together, they're synthesizing a "futuristic action thriller" called "Get Jiro!" which was just announced at New York Comic Con.
The genre choice may surprise Bourdain's followers, but it's said to be focusing on American obsessions with exotic cuisine in manic, violent and extreme ways. Such subject matter is well within the realm of topics Bourdain has addressed before in his career, though. The title character is a sushi chef who »
- Brian Warmoth
This weekend, four movies enter the nationwide fray: Life as We Know It claims over 3,600 screens at 3,150 locations, Secretariat stakes out approximately 3,600 screens at 3,072 locations, My Soul to Take nabs under 2,700 screens at 2,572 locations, and It's Kind of a Funny Story ekes out 742 locations, broadening beyond a specialized run at the last minute. Last weekend's top movie, The Social Network, will still be in the mix, given the modest nature of the new batch. Life as We Know It, Secretariat and My Soul to Take have each received sizable marketing exposure. Life as We Know It, which features Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, has been promoted as a generic baby-raising comedy-drama, relying solely on the charm of its stars as they fumble around with a baby. The movie's relentless ads haven't presented anything else to distinguish it. Comparable recent pictures include Raising Helen, Jersey Girl and No Reservations, though it »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Anthony Bourdain is an acclaimed chef, food author, world traveler and television personality best known for "No Reservations," his globe-trotting Travel Channel series that shines the spotlight on the world's greatest culinary treats. Now, he can add another job to his ever expanding resume: comic book author.
Robot 6 discovered a pair of interviews in which Bourdain revealed that he's in the midst of working on a graphic novel for DC Comics tentatively titled "Get Gyro," a story that takes his obvious passion for food and sets it within a high octane comic book world.
As for a time table, Bourdain informed Now Magazine that "Get Gyro" is "in the pipeline for next year."
"I describe it as »
- Josh Wigler
One of my favorite Syfy shows, "Destination Truth," returns for its fourth season on Thursday, September 9 at 9 pm on Syfy, with the first episode titled .Poltergeists of Pompeii/Nandi Beast. (Season 4 Episode 1). Josh Gates and his intrepid crew are filmed in eight new episodes that take us from smoldering volcanoes in Italy, to Madagascar, Tanzania, Guam, Kenya, and the steamy jungles of Cambodia. "Destination Truth" is best described as the lovechild between "Ghost Hunters" and Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations," as Gates spins off witty one-liners and asides in the fast and furious pace of the latter show, and then examines paranormal lore much like the former. Facile of tongue and feet, Gates and his team »
- April MacIntyre
One of my favorite travel shows, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, marks its 100th episode on the Travel Channel tonight as its irreverent host heads to Paris for the perfect meal. For me, the exotic locations are what make No Reservations stand out amongst other food shows. (Well that, and Bourdain being the charming curmudgeon that he is). On that note, as a TV fanatic, I often feed my travel urges by turning on the TV (it's much cheaper than a plane ticket). Sometimes I'm in the mood for the less-controversial Samantha Brown, other times I want the heartier fare of Man v. Food (to see the places host Adam Richman goes more so than watching him shovel food in his face). Do you have a favorite travel show? Photo courtesy of Travel Channel »
This year's Labor Day weekend TV marathons offer a smorgasbord of culture. There are current scripted dramas, lifestyles shows, reality docs, vintage sitcoms and more New Jersey-related programming you could ask for -- all in gluttonous, day-long blocks.
What are your best bets for couch potato-ing over the next few days? Here are a few suggestions:
-18 hours is no easy commitment, but that's how much "Who's the Boss?" Hallmark Channel plans to throw at viewers, starting at 6 a.m. Et. (Set your alarms!) Watch Jonathan's eight-season transformation from darling scamp to awkward man-child condensed into just one day.
-Another network not shying away from an entire day devoted to one show is the Travel Channel. They're testing viewers tolerance for exotic foods and unchecked egos with 18 episodes of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations." Live vicariously starting at 6 a.m. Et.
-Comedy Central is taking advantage of its new »
Food and travel provocateur Anthony Bourdain is celebrating the 100th episode of his genre-busting Travel Channel series "No Reservations" on Monday. The host, chef and author critiques other cooking reality shows, tells THR which cities have the best (and worst) food and where he's going next.
THR: So which city has the best food?
Anthony Bourdain: Wow, tough question. Either Hong Kong, San Sebastian [Spain], Saigon -- those would all be strong candidates.
THR: How about best in the U.S.?
Bourdain: New York, of course. We have a good mix of high and low cuisine. We have large immigrant communities, so we have Mexico, Central and South America, all over Asia.
THR: And the worst?
Bourdain: Bucharest [Romania] and Tashkent [Uzbekistan] are not high on my list.
THR: On "No Reservations," when some nice family in the middle of nowhere is making you something that looks utterly horrific, and you go, »
- By James Hibberd
Neil Marshall, who probably gets way too much credit for being a good director, will direct a movie called Underground. It.s more creative than his current movie, which is just sort of a generic, overly violent, sword and sandal movie called Centurion. Actually this Underground idea beyond creative, it.s what.s for dinner. Brace yourself, you.re going to love it. Deadline says the movie.s a horror thriller set in the world of .gourmet underground supper clubs.. Does that mean cannibals? Not necessarily. The protagonist is an ambitious young chef who enters the world of extreme cuisine. Apparently things take a right turn, somewhere along the way. I.m imagining something like an episode I once saw of Anthony Bourdain.s No Reservations, in which he visited just such an underground supper club. Basically it.s a group of foodies who get together to eat outlandish dishes, »
I guess I'm one of a small group of people who will actually miss Mercy (canceled after just one season), but fortunately for the TV show's star Taylor Schilling, she's just picked up a new gig to fill in some of her downtime. Schilling will be co-starring with Zac Efron in the big screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One set up at Warner Bros Pictures.
Sparks' official site has this description of the 2008 novel: "When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck--winning poker games and even »
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