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Award shows, heavy action on English movie channels this week
MUMBAI: In addition to English movies featuring a heavy dose of action, there are also glamorous Hollywood award shows to look forward to this week.
Vh1 airs the Golden Globe Awards tonight at 9 pm. Films like ‘American Hustle’, ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Gravity’ compete for the awards organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and winners are announced.
Then on 17 January, the same films as well as a host of others compete for honours at the Critics Choice Awards. The show airs on Zee Studio at 6:30 am with a repeat at 10:30 pm. These awards are handed by Hollywood film critics.
Both the award shows are different from the Oscar Awards in that they are more laid-back and casual in nature. The Oscar nominations are also announced this week on 16 January at 7 pm. The announcement will probably air on a news channel.
In terms of the Hollywood films being showcased this week, Star Movies airs the animation movie ‘Tangled’ tomorrow, 14 January, at 9 pm. The film is based on the classic fairy tale about Rapunzel. On 15 January, the horror movie ‘Hollow Man’ with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Shue airs. It is about a man who gains the power to be invisible through a scientific experiment and causes havoc.
On 16 January, ‘John Carter’ airs; the film is about a man transported to Mars and his adventures there. The next day will screen ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. It is the sequel to ‘Jurassic Park’ and transports viewers back to the land of dinosaurs. This film is also directed by Steven Spielberg.
On 18 January, viewers will be treated to a sumptuous adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel ‘Anna Karenina’. Last year, it won an Oscar for costume design. The channel closes out the week with the final film in the ‘Twilight’ franchise on 19 January at 9 pm. The franchise has made superstars out of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
HBO focuses on the action genre this week. Up first is ‘The Hunger Games’ on 14 January at 9 pm. This is the first film in a three-movie franchise and made Jennifer Lawrence a household name. In the film, 24 youngsters are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. They must kill each other and the last one standing is the winner. More action follows with ‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ on 15 January at 9 pm. The film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Uma Thurman as Beatrice Kiddo, aka the Bride, who seeks revenge on the people who left her for dead.
On 16 January, the final film in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ airs at 9 pm. The title character played by Christian Bale fights not one but two villains including one who always wears a mask. On 17 January, ‘Aeon Flux’ airs with Charlize Theron. The film is set in the future in the year 2415. More than half of the human race has been destroyed by a virus. One last city called Bregna is still safe and is ruled by Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas). The title character played by Theron is a mysterious assassin who has a job to do—to kill Trevor.
On 18 January, ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ airs. This film is Harrison Ford’s first movie as the intrepid adventurer Indiana Jones. The channel closes out the week by taking a break from action and airing the dance film ‘Step Up Revolution’ on 19 January at 9 pm. The film is about a dance crew based in Miami, Florida.
Pix is also inspired by action. The third film in the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise airs at 9 pm on 14 January. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt and he has to tackle a dangerous arms dealer. This is followed by ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ on 15 January at 9 pm. The team uses arms and spy equipment to fight an arms dealer and the threat of the mysterious Cobra organisation. On 16 January, the fourth film in the ‘Rocky’ franchise with Sylvester Stallone airs. He has to defeat a Russian in the ring in this outing.
On 17 January, the creature feature ‘Piranha 3D’ airs. It is about a group of piranha who terrorise people at a seaside place. On 18 January, Pix once again repeats the new Bond film ‘Skyfall’. Daniel Craig returns for the third time as James Bond. Javier Bardem plays the villain. In the film, Bond has to save his boss M who is being targeted by a former agent who has become vengeful. The channel closes out the week with the third film in the ‘Men In Black’ franchise.
Movies Now also gets in on the action with ‘Unknown’ on 14 January at 9 pm. The film stars Liam Neeson as a man who awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one—not even his wife—believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. On 15 January, the second film in the ‘Transporter’ franchise airs. Jason Statham returns in the title role as a man who transports anything for a fee. But he gets embroiled in a kidnapping. On 16 January, ‘300’ airs at 9 pm. Gerard Butler became a household name in this film playing the Spartan King who refuses to bow down to the Persian empire. This results in a bloody war.
On 17 January, the third film in the Harry Potter franchise ‘Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban’ airs. The next day showcases ‘Bandidas’. The period film is set in Mexico in 1888. It stars Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz. In the film, two women—one a European-educated sophisticate and the other a rough and tumble peasant—fight off a ruthless bank enforcer by becoming celebrated bank robbers.
The channel closes out the week with ‘X-Men’ on 19 January at 9 pm. This is the first film in the franchise. The film introduces viewers to skilled mutants called X-Men, a peacekeeping force to safeguard the world against a race of genetically mutated humans known as Homo Sapiens Superior.
Meanwhile, Zee Studio will have action comedy, a bit of dinosaur action and torture horror this week. It airs ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ tomorrow at 10:30 pm. After the death of the Emperor from an assassin’s poison, the 16-year-old princess Savina inherits the throne and also becomes the royal sceptre who has the power to command gold dragons. The princess decides to have a common rule for everyone in her kingdom, which doesn’t sit well with the masses who ask her to relinquish the royal sceptre. In order to retrieve it, she hires two bumbling thieves.
This is followed by ‘Shanghai Knights’ which reteams Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson on 15 January at 10:30 pm. This film is set in London and the two characters travel there to avenge the death of one of their fathers.
The channel also has some dinosaur action up its sleeve with ‘The Dinosaur Project’ on 16 January at 10:30 pm. In the film, a British expedition formed by the lead researcher Jonathan Marchant, his assistant, a doctor and a TV crew, travels to Congo to seek evidence of a dinosaur. Over the weekend, the channel has lined up a double dose of the torture horror ‘Saw’ franchise. On 18 January ‘Saw 6’ airs while on 19 January the last film in that franchise ‘Saw 7’ is telecast.