“THE PRICE IS RIGHT” – RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR LAVISHLY

Drew Carey hosts "The Price is Right." Photo courtesy of CBS.

Drew Carey hosts "The Price is Right." Photo courtesy of CBS.

A number of Price is Right contestants will be entering into the New Year with a few utterly cool gifts.

The game show has been gathering data from viewers , along with cast and crew members who all voted for the “best prizes of 2009.”

The collection will be given away throughout the entire one-off episode. Just some of the swag the show is offering? How about a 1969 Corvette Stingray, a Jaguar XF and a trip to Las Vegas on a private jet.

The special Price is Right New Year’s celebration is December 31st, 2009, 11:00 a.m. ET/PT on CBS.

“UNDERCOVER BOSS” – EMPLOYEE REVENGE AT ITS BEST AND WORST

"Undercover Boss" photo of Waste Management COO Larry O'Donnell courtesy of CBS. Credit: Dan Littlejohn.

"Undercover Boss" photo of Waste Management COO Larry O'Donnell courtesy of CBS. Credit: Dan Littlejohn.

Who hasn’t thought about the boss doing their job at one time or another? Well, Undercover Boss is doing just that by sending several CEOs into the rank and file of their corporations as an employee to learn firsthand about the inner workings of the company.

The series promises that we’ll see the both the good and bad – plus even be inspired by some of the events during the stint.

Question is, will all the workers keep their gigs after the man returns to his rightful position at the end of the reality show experiment?

The companies participating are: Waste Management, White Castle, 7-Eleven, Hooters, and Churchill Downs.

Undercover Boss premieres on a special night and time…following the Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, 2010. Then the series moves to its regular timeslot of Sundays, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, February 14th on CBS.

STARZ! SPARTACUS TO PAY HOMAGE TO KUBRICK (KINDA)

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Fans of ‘sword and sandal’ epics, as well as the big-screen blockbuster 300, might want to set the old TIVO for the 1/22 debut of the new STARZ CHANNEL series SPARTACUS. Produced in Australia by the same folk who gave us “HERCULES” and “ZENA: PRINCESS WARRIOR,” this new retelling of the SPARTACUS legend promises to be a real ratings grabber for STARZ.   Betrayed by the Romans, forced into slavery, reborn as a Gladiator, this classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series. At the recent press conference for the series, Exec Producer STEVEN S. DeKNIGHT talked about how the new visitation will give a nod and a wink to the classic STANLEY KUBRICK version. Listen in below:

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SPARTACUS debuts on STARZ 1/22.

DENZEL WASHINGTON – WITHOUT CLIFFS NOTES

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Denzel Washington says take what you want from his flicks. And because of that, he keeps his mouth shut about how you should feel while watching his movies.

Why? Because the actor believes that if he starts dictating how moviegoers process each story, he limits the possibilities.

Click onto media bar for the reason why Denzel Washington is keeping mum about what viewers can expect from his movies. 

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Washington stars next in The Book of Eli, which opens January 15th, 2010.

IN THEATERS – DECEMBER 25TH, 2009

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Sherlock Holmes is not the Sherlock Holmes you’ve either read in books or seen in previous films. This version stars Robert Downey, Jr. in the signature role and Jude Law and his faithful friend and drug supplier, Dr. Watson. In this adaptation, the super-sleuth is chasing his nemesis, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who somehow manages to return from the grave to continue on a killing spree. The chase to recapture Blackwood leads to murder, deceit and even black magic for the legendary detective.

For purists, this more physical adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is probably going to be tough to swallow. However, if action-adventures are your thing and you can let go of any notions or familiar expectations, it might be a satisfying escapade.




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It’s Complicated stars Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as divorce couple Jane and Jake. She’s still single, but he’s now married to his much younger, former mistress, Agnes (Lake Bell). When Jane begins to hookup with her architect, Adam (Steve Martin), Jake begins an all-out mission to reclaim Jane‘s heart.

It’s Complicated is the latest romantic-comedy from Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) about the emotional ups and down from adults…well…not in their 20s or 30s or even 40s. And this is one of her better films, but like most of her features, It’s Complicated often becomes silly, sappy and predictable. Nice work from the lead actors, though, who all seem to sink their teeth into the characters without a hint of hesitation.




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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel brings the Chimunks back for another singing adventure. But now they’re not only dealing with the pressures of celebrity and school, but with a rival girl group known as the Chipettes. If you enjoyed the Alvin and the Chipmunks from 2007, it’s a safe bet you’ll have fun watching the Squeakquel.







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Deal making with the devil can be Hell. Just as Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) who has been doing it for centuries in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. However, when his daughter’s soul is near up for grabs (on her 16th birthday), Parnassus is Hell-bent on preventing Satan from collecting. Like most of Terry Gilliam’s features (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen/Brazil/Time Bandits), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is an overload of visuals. The movie features Heath Ledger, who did not finish his role in the film because of his untimely death on January 22nd, 2008. What Gilliam did to compensate was smart and makes perfect sense thanks to the fanciful script. Gilliam fans are going to love his return to the outrageous films he’s famous for.