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Page 11 This week’s movie releases: Avatar and Did You Hear About the Morgans? coming next week We begin the countdown to the new year with a look at the best entertainment of the last year and decade.

Music Rock hall takes a change on ABBA, Genesis, Stooges.

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BRIEFLY ENTERTAINING Clooney, Streep, Bullock among SAG award noms LOS ANGELES — Up in the Air, Precious and Inglourious Basterds each have three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among them honors for George Clooney, Diane Kruger and Mo’Nique. Inglourious Basterds and Precious are competing for the guild’s overall cast prize, along with An Education, The Hurt Locker and Nine. Other nominees include best-actress contenders Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia and best-actor picks Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and Morgan Freeman for Invictus.

King Sister Yvonne Burch dies at age 89 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yvonne King Burch, who gained early fame as one of the singing King Sisters during the big band era before launching her entire extended musical clan into show business as the King Family, has died. She was 89. Mrs. Burch died in a Santa Barbara hospital Sunday, where she was taken for injuries she suffered in a fall last week, said her daughter, Tina Cole. She spent three decades singing and recording with the King Sisters, one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s. A Grammy nomination for their Capitol Records album Imagination capped the group’s career in 1959.

‘American Idol’ creator announces ‘Dream’ project LOS ANGELES — The creator of American Idol is going beyond TV with a project that will tell the story of five young people trying to make it in Hollywood with online audience feedback. Starting in early 2010, Simon Fuller’s If I Can Dream will follow three aspiring actors, a model and a musician whose experiences will be streamed live. Viewers will have a chance to comment on what they see, and influence it, through blogs, MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. If I Can Dream will launch across multiple platforms, including mobile handsets and radio. An edited episode will be available weekly on Hulu.com and distributed internationally. — Associated Press

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With vinyl gaining more favor, young customers are trickling in to record store By Carol Fletcher The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)

GARFIELD, N.J. — Looking for that hard-to-find song made before a performer became big? Chances are it’s among the hundreds of thousands of vinyl records swelling the shelves, stacks and boxes in Charlie Rigolosi’s store. The 83-year-old music collector has run Platter World since 1975, selling used records that are usually out of print, such as an original, 7-inch acetate recording from the 1960s of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar work on “As the Clouds Drift By,” a song performed by film star Jayne Mansfield at a Manhattan recording studio. “There’s always someone looking for a special song, and chances are I got it for them,” said Rigolosi. “And that makes me happy.” Platter World evolved from Rigolosi’s lifelong hobby of collecting records. It began as a mail-order business and claimed a permanent spot in an indoor flea market after he retired from his job as chef at a local restaurant. He opened the store around 1984. Vinyl “platters” hang on the walls and from the ceiling as mobiles. A clothesline swings down the middle of the store holding hard-to-find used records, such as Victory at Sea in Jazz by the Aaron Bell Orchestra for $18. In the digital age of CDs and downloading music, business has slowed substantially, said Rigolosi, but he finds new ways to serve customers. He says vinyl is gaining favor among the least likely: people in their 20s. Young adults come to the store searching for the vinyl version of classic rock or other music they’re downloading, songs such as “In-A-Gadda-DaVida” by Iron Butterfly, because vinyl is a novelty to them, he said. “That helps me a lot,” Rigolosi said. “You’ve got to go with it. You can’t fight it.” He talked about the two boys who

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Charlie Rigolosi, 83, delights in finding rare records for customers at his store in Garfield, N.J. bought two Michael Jackson albums and one by The Doors, and the 15-year-old record collector who spent more than $200 on doo-wop music and big-band albums. Rigolosi has found new customers among seniors who find they need CDs when they buy new cars. They ask him to make CDs of music they want or already have, because Rigolosi can record from vinyl, cassettes or reel-to-reel tape. Disc jockeys have also become loyal fans and buy the larger 78 rpm records because the grooves hold a greater range of high and low notes than digital media, Rigolosi said. Finally, he’s seeing parents with teenage children who are buying the classic rock they grew up with and the kids are picking up on their interest, he said. With his vast collection, Rigolosi can cater to unusual customers, such as the artist who’s been commissioned to cover the interior of a home in Manhattan like

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Nick Jonas’ band has gig on Critics’ Choice Awards By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press

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Phil Collins, center, Mike Rutherford, left, and Tony Banks of the band Genesis pose for a photo prior to a rehearsal for their North American tour in Toronto on Sept. 5, 2007.

Rock Hall takes a chance on ABBA, Genesis, Stooges Associated Press CLEVELAND — ABBA is dancing its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges. The list of the next class of inductees was released Tuesday by the Cleveland hall. ABBA and The Stooges made it in this time after being nominated previously but not making the cut. ABBA, a Swedish pop group that became one of the most successful acts in pop history, continues to sell millions of records each year and has been finding new fans through the popularity of Mamma Mia, a stage musical and film incorporating its songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money” and “The Winner Takes It All.” ABBA’s name is an acronym formed from the first names of band members Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Annifrid Lyngstad. They broke up in 1982 and have resisted reunion offers. Genesis began in the late 1960s as an art-rock act fronted by Peter Gabriel and evolved after his 1975 departure into a more mainstream act, with drummer Phil Collins taking over as lead singer. Some of the

band’s more familiar songs include “Follow You, Follow Me,” “Tonight Tonight Tonight” and “Invisible Touch.” Cliff, a Jamaican singer, is credited with introducing reggae music to a broader audience through his album The Harder They Come and the movie of the same name, in which he starred in the early 1970s. Part of the British Invasion, the Hollies had a long string of pop hits in the 1960s characterized by the threepart harmonies of original members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Eric Haydock. Led by the Iggy Pop, The Stooges came sneering out of Ann Arbor, Mich., in the late ’60s with a primal, growling sound that paved the way for punk, new wave, grunge and other, edgier music genres. The Rock Hall also announced that its Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers would go to music industry executive David Geffen, the songwriting teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, and individual songwriters Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. Ertegun, the founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, died in 2006. The hall’s 25th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for March 15 in New York City.

NEW YORK — Nick Jonas is used to performing in front of screaming fans who know all the words to their favorite Jonas Brothers songs. Now his new band, Nick Jonas & The Administration, is getting ready to perform as the house band for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. The band will be expected to not only entertain but also keep the pace of the show moving. “I’m excited and honored. ... We’ll be performing a lot of covers. Intros and outros to the commercials. I think we have about 25 songs to learn,” Jonas said in a recent interview. The 17-year-old singer-musician calls his band a side project. They will record an album, Jonas said, but he will continue to record music with his brothers Kevin and Joe of the Jonas Brothers. Since the awards show will be about movies, Jonas said his favorite film of 2009 was The Invention of Lying, which he described as “funny” and “fantastic.” “I love Ricky Gervais,” he said. He is also a big fan of George Clooney. “I don’t know if he’ll be there (in the audience at the awards show) but I just saw ‘Up in the Air’ and thought it was great,” Jonas said. The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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Boxed set rescues Yiddish obscurities Various Artists Cantors, Klezmorim and Crooners 1905-1953: Classic Yiddish 78s from the Mayrent Collection Moishe Oysher! Is there another name as redolent of Jewish life of an age past? And yet, the man himself — seventh-generation cantor, star of film and record and concert hall — is nearly forgotten, his golden voice relegated to fragile 78s locked away in dusty basements and attics. The new three-disc set, Cantors, Klezmorim and Crooners 1905-1953: Classic Yiddish 78s from the Mayrent Collection, digs deep into the archive of early 20th century Yiddish music and rescues Oysher and the many other talented musicians from obscurity. The 67 cuts are culled from the 5,000 discs collected by clarinetist and record producer Sherry Mayrent, lovingly transferred digitally and reproduced in a handsome boxed set with notes by the renowned klezmer maven Henry

Sapoznik. There are operatic prayers sung by cantors like Pierre Pinchik and Gershon Sirota, with accompaniment unimaginable in shul; there are klezmer legends like Dave Tarras and Abe Schwartz; there are singers well known (Sophie Tucker) and forgotten (the Bagelman Sisters, later somewhat better known as the Barry Sisters). There are comedy routines. And there are curiosities, like a snippet of writer Sholom Aleichem talking. And there is Moishe Oysher. Listen to his rendition of “Chasidic in America” with his wife, Florence Weiss. For sheer exuberance, it is unmatched. — Jerry Schwartz, Associated Press

Robin Thicke has ladies on his mind, in his music Robin Thicke Sex Therapy: The Session For the boys at least, increasingly absurdist boasts regarding one’s prowess between the sheets defined R&B in 2009. Jeremih swears that his touch is the ideal birthday present. Trey Songz claims you’ll believe he invented the act itself. Even 50 Cent used the prospect of his future child-support checks as a pickup line. Until Sex Therapy, his latest album, Robin Thicke hadn’t really played that game. But as he puts it in the liner notes, “my guilty pleasures have been outweighing my good health.” This is his babymaking album, and although Thicke’s freak flag is PG-13, his new randiness adds zip to an always-perfect falsetto. On the crackling soul jam “Mrs. Sexy,” he’s promising to “buy you a ring and make you Mrs. Sexy,” presumably because his bachelorhood as Mr. Sexy

was unfulfilling. “Make U Love Me” makes fine use of Neptunesish brittle synths and a pingponging bass line. Thicke fares less well competing with radio’s harder fare: the club banger “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy” is declasse by his standards, and his Ne-Yo leaning disco number “Rollacoasta” is a touch decarbonated. But when he says “I’m like Bigfoot, the man your momma said don’t exist,” you may crack up, but you’ll still get in the cab with him at the end of the night. — August Brown, Los Angeles Times

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Keys’ newest flows well, but still average Alicia Keys The Element of Freedom On Alicia Keys’ previous CDs, the gifted singer-songwriter-pianist presented songs that were epic and impeccable — moreso than her actual albums. Tunes like “Fallin’,” “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” are timeless grooves that helped make the R&B singer a global, Grammy-winning superstar. What’s unfortunate is that The Element of Freedom, Keys’ fourth studio release, does not have a jam as outstanding as her past hits. Most of the songs are mediocre, like the first single, the emptysounding “Doesn’t Mean Anything.” Even her duet with Beyonce on the Swizz Beatz-produced “Put It In a Love Song,” is a disappointment — it’s an amateurish dance tune on which the guest overpowers the main star. Perhaps the best thing you can say

about Freedom is that the songs mesh well, and create a smooth sound, albeit weak one. Of course, Keys’ soaring voice always shines, even on so-so songs. It especially stands out on the yearning “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready),” the gloomy but groovy opening track, “Love Is Blind” and “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” an elevated drum-filled pop ballad that showcases the singer’s versatility.

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In new Animal Collective, sweet battles dark psychedelia Animal Collective Fall Be Kind On this five-song EP mostly culled from outtakes from Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s most recent and most successful record, David “Avey Tare” Portner, Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox and Brian “Geologist” Weitz continue their delicate balance between creepy-crawly sweetness and bubbling, dark psychedelia. After all, if it didn’t mix the uncomfortable with the transcendent, it wouldn’t be Brooklyn’s Animal Collective. There’s not a cut here that will make anyone think differently about the Baltimore-born outfit, but it’s a worthy addition to the catalog. Fall Be Kind coalesces around the band’s sonic staples, leaning particularly toward Panda Bear’s dreamy aesthetic: anchoring polyrhythms, nether-worldly textures and amber-warm vocals with a few new tricks thrown in. “What Would I Want? Sky,” which uses the first-ever licensed Grateful Dead sample as a recurring motif, shows off the band’s talents at creating near-mystical transitions. It opens with burbling,

shivery synths pillowing around trancedout vocals — it’s a sonic palette that could stir amorous feelings in beluga whales. But before it slips down an oceanic black hole, the song breaks into a warm groove framing Avey’s relatable lyrics, punctuated by a taxi driver’s scold to “stop daydreaming, dude!” While Animal Collective’s strengths are not usually to be found in their words, the lyrics do lend a welcome humanizing quality to the sometimesalien ruptures that characterize Animal Collective’s sound. “Somehow I feel hopeful,” Avey and Panda sing on “Bleed,” and it sounds like the lovely truth.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant star in a scene from ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’

Do we care about the ‘Morgans?’ did you hear about the morgans? H Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence

Running time: 1:43 STARRING: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen

By Roger Moore The Orlando Sentinel

Sandra Bullock hitched her career to writer and later writer-director Marc Lawrence when he scripted Forces of Nature. She stayed with him through the Miss Congeniality hits and up to Two Weeks Notice (2002). Then Bullock weaned herself from Lawrence’s brand of gimmicky, wan and witless comedies and lived to stage a comeback this year. But Bullock passed Lawrence on, like a bad penny, to Hugh Grant, her co-star in Two Weeks Notice. And Grant can’t seem to kick the Lawrence habit. Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Grant’s third film with Lawrence, may be his overdue intervention. Unfunny and tone-deaf, it pairs Grant with Sarah Jessica Parker, with whom he has no chemistry, and gives neither of them anything funny to say or play. She’s a star of the New York real-estate market. He’s a rich attorney. They have assistants (Elisabeth Moss and Jesse Liebman) who hate each other, too. They’re separated. He’s trying to get her back. But he cheated and she’s not having him. Darned if his one shot at a reconciliation dinner doesn’t end with a murder that they witness. Since the

killer is on the loose, the Feds ship them off — “Witness Relocation Program” slickers hiding amongst the RedState rubes of Ray, Wyoming. The first people they meet are the law enforcement couple who will be their hosts, played by a twinkly Sam Elliott and a pistol-packing Mary Steenburgen. “Oh my God, it’s Sarah Palin!” Most of the movie is made up of pained conversations over trust between two people who don’t click, on any level. In between heart-to-hearts, they make tired observations about life outside of Manhattan. “I can’t breathe,” Meryl wheezes. “The air’s too clean!” The only moments that have a prayer of clicking in this fish-out-of-water comedy concern the few good actors cast in Wyoming supporting roles — grizzled Elliott, common-sense Steenburgen and Wilford Brimley, a local grandpa grump, a true Westerner and hater of big-city Democrats. Lawrence’s recycled observations of the virtues of rural life, his struggles to find something funny about local “types” (an unworldly doctor and his naive-nitwit nurse), his “grizzly encounter” scene, are painful to watch. The way this witless “Witness” works is that the hit-man tracks them down to Wyoming, but Lawrence fails to find humor or menace in that. His ineptitude extends to knowing when to end this too-predictable fiasco. But with luck Grant, whose options on the romantic comedy front have narrowed, will finally snap out of it after this. The best thing that could happen to Hugh is if nobody hears about the Morgans.

BERLIN — Roman Polanski’s latest movie, The Ghost Writer, will have its world premiere at the Berlin film festival in February, organizers said Tuesday. Polanski’s movie was among a first batch of entries in the festival’s main program that was announced Tuesday — among them a premiere of Martin Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island. The event is the first of the year’s major European film festivals and runs from Feb. 11-21. The Ghost Writer stars Pierce Brosnan as a former British prime minister who is writing his memoirs with the help of a ghostwriter, played by Ewan McGregor. It is Polanski’s first film since 2005’s Oliver Twist. The 76-year-old director is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, where he awaits possible extradition to the United States on a 32-yearold charge of sexual misconduct. Scorsese’s Shutter Island will screen out of competition in Berlin. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and also features Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley and Michelle Williams. Based on a novel by Mystic River author Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island follows the investigation into the disappearance of a murderess from a mental institution. This year’s competition “will be marked by a mix of styles and genres, by exciting newcomers and renowned directors,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said. The 2010 event is the 60th. Other entries announced Tuesday include Iranian director Rafi Pitts’ The Hunter and On the Path from Bosnian-born director Jasmila Zbanic, whose Grbavica won the Berlin festival’s top Golden Bear award in 2006. Indian filmmaker Karan Johar’s My name is Khan will be shown out of competition. More competition entries are to be announced next month. The festival jury will be led by veteran German-born filmmaker Werner Herzog.

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‘The Hangover’: Even more of the morning-after By Jen Chaney The Washington Post

At first beer-goggled glance, The Hangover looks like yet another vulgar comedy about arrested-adolescent, 30-something men who revel in shirking their adult responsibilities so they can over-imbibe with their buddies. And in some ways it is. This dark portrait of the fuzzy, increasingly frightening aftermath of a Las Vegas bachelor party features its share of bare backsides, bad words and blackouts caused by excessive alcohol consumption. But The Hangover — released Tuesday

in a special “unrated” edition on DVD ($35) and Blu-ray ($36), as well as a standard single DVD ($28) and Blu-ray ($35) with limited extras — rises several notches above the lowbrow simply by daring to subvert familiar genres. It’s a one-nightof-bacchanalia flick, in which we skip all the drunken revelry and go right to the memory-challenged morning-after. Actually, that off-center originality may be what turned The Hangover into one of 2009’s biggest hits, one of the topgrossing comedies of all time (it raked in almost $300 million at the box office) and a film honored by the AFI as one of the year’s best.

coming to dvd dec. 22 All About Steve This gruesome, almost perversely un-funny movie about a crossword puzzle constructor who obsessively follows a man across the country, may get an asterisk on Sandra Bullock’s resume as the most misguided move of her career. Bullock’s Mary Magdalene Horowitz chases a news cameraman named Steve (Bradley Cooper), whom she nearly mauls on a blind date before they even pull away from the curb. The movie is by turns cruel and unusual, culminating in a tortured critique of contemporary media and conformism. Thomas Haden Church provides a few laughs as a vain newscaster, but buying Bullock as a hapless nerd is simply asking too much.

District 9 The poison that permeates this phenomenal film is the same toxin that defined so much of 20th-century history: the oppression of the Other — in this case, scaly aliens with feelers for faces and a mother ship that has been hovering over Johannesburg for 20 years. The

underlying gravitas of the story, in which aliens are warehoused in camps and used for gruesome experiments, keeps director Neill Blomkamp’s film smart. As the craven corporate tool Wikus van de Merwe, acting newcomer Sharlto Copley is nothing short of revelatory. Wikus is assigned to move the aliens from their ramshackle township to tent cities that are, in fact, concentration camps. The aliens are hard to like, but we like them, just as we end up liking Wikus and rooting for the demise of Greater Human Civilization.

sure about love at all. Does Tom convince Summer that love can be real, that it can work? That’s the narrative suspense here. But the real story is about those personal Waterloos, the battles that take everything to fight and whose victorious outcomes are far from assured. — The Washington Post

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Cameron and Weaver on ‘Aliens’ and ‘Avatar’ By HILARY FOX Associated Press

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The character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington, are shown in a scene from, ‘Avatar.’

Effects wow but story limps in ‘Avatar’ avatar H H 1/2 Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking Running time: 2:30 STARRING: Giovanni Ribisi, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

By JAKE COYLE Associated Press

When a film brashly asserts that it will change moviemaking forever, one feels the urge to either take its “king of the world” arrogance down a notch or hail it as the masterpiece it claims to be. But — and forgive us if this sounds too much like the dialogue in President Obama’s war room — what if there’s a third option? James Cameron’s 3-D Avatar has all the smack of a Film Not To Miss — a movie whose effects are clearly revolutionary, a spectacle that millions will find adventure in. But it nevertheless feels unsatisfying and somehow lacks the pulse of a truly alive film. Avatar takes place in the year 2154 on the faraway moon of Pandora, where, befitting its mythological name, the ills of human life have been released. The Earth depleted, humans have arrived to mine an elusive mineral, wryly dubbed Unobtainium. The Resources Developmental Administration, a kind of military contractor, is running the operation. At the top of the chain of command is the CEO-like Carter Selfridge (an excellent, ruthless Giovanni Ribisi), who’s hellbent on showing quarterly profits for shareholders. His muscle and head of security is the rock-jawed Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), who curses Pandora’s inhabitants (the Na’vi) as savages and considers the place worse than hell. In fact, it’s a paradise. In Pandora, Cameron has fashioned a sensual, neon-colored, dreamlike world of lush

jungle, gargantuan trees and floating mountains. Its splendor is easily the most wondrous aspect of Avatar. Our main character is Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a brawny former Marine who lost the power of his legs in battle on Earth. His scientist twin brother has just died and Sully, having a matching genome, is invited to replace him in a mission to Pandora. He joins a small group of scientists led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) who are attempting to learn more about the Na’vi by conducting field studies and doing a bit of undercover science. They’ve created avatars of themselves to go about Pandora as a living, breathing Na’vi, while their human bodies lie dormant in a sort of tanning bed (they return to them when their avatars sleep). Avatar, which Cameron wrote as well as directed, is essentially a fairy tale that imagines a more favorable outcome for the oppressed fighting against the technology and might of Western Civilization. Sully, who quickly takes to life as a Na’vi, begins to feel his allegiances blurred. Though he has promised Quaritch to spy on the Na’vi (their home lies atop an Unobtainium deposit), he begins to appreciate their ways. He also falls for Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), the Na’vi princess and the one who introduces him to the tribe. The movie is also a notable advance for performance capture, which is how the Na’vi were created. The Na’vi were made with cameras and sensors recording movements of actors and transposing them onto CGI creatures. Seldom has this been done in a way that captured the most important thing — the eyes — but Cameron employed a new technology (a camera rigged like a helmet on the actors) to capture their faces up close. The green, flickering eyes of the Na’vi are a big step forward, but there’s still an unmistakable emptiness to a movie so filled with digital creations.

LONDON — Earlier this month, James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver were discussing their relationship in London, after reuniting for another sci-fi adventure, Avatar. The 60-year-old actress plays scientist Grace Augustine, who takes on a 10-foot alien form in order to explore the planet Pandora. The Associated Press: Before Sigourney gets here, what do you think about the work you achieved together in Aliens with the strong female action character? Cameron: It redefined strength. It wasn’t just about physically kicking butt, it was about having the emotional strength. It’s not about being strong and being fearless, it’s what you do in the face of fear. And that’s what that movie was all about. (Weaver arrives) AP: We were talking just before you came in about when you first met. He was telling me the story about wondering what shoes you were going to wear and how he was judging you. Weaver: (Laughs) I had forgotten about that. Cameron: I knew you were 6-foot-8 or whatever. Weaver: Almost avatar size. Cameron: Exactly, and so it was with some trepidation that I was meeting you because I wanted the meeting to go well. I really wanted to make the movie, I thought we could do something pretty amazing together. I didn’t know if it would be a combative relationship or one where you felt proprietary control of the character. I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised at how much fun you thought the script was going to be. Weaver: What astonished me just reading it, before I’d even met you, was that you knew more about Ripley than I did. And I don’t know how you were able to channel all that and come up with this amazing scenario of this woman, moved to another time, so isolated and no one would believe her and no one would give her a break and it was such a fantastic beginning to a story about a character. Cameron: It’s interesting both Grace and Ripley are characters that are not believed by the male power structure. And I think that women feel that they’re not listened to, that their outlook on a situation or their analysis of a situation is not as credible as a male perspective, whether it’s in business or whether it’s in a relationship. AP: Why do you think you’re able to understand women and female characters like that? Cameron: My mother is a good role model, she raised five kids old school. She indulged in and supported my artistic endeavors so that may be part of it. Maybe it’s because I was a nerdy kid and wasn’t the captain of the football team and if I wanted to have a date ... I’d better start figuring out how women thought.


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Local singer/songwriter Parks releases sophomore album By Deirdre Long dlong@annistonstar.com

Growing up, Abby Parks didn’t have a permanent home. The daughter of a civilian who worked for the Army, Parks, born in Durham, N.C., traveled across the country and world with her family before settling down in a permanent teaching gig at The Donoho School in Anniston. Parks’ sophomore album, The Homeplace, is a kind of remembrance of her past and life in the South, a collection of stories woven into songs with a strong folk feel to them. The Homeplace is a real place for Parks. When she was a child living in Atlanta, she remembers going down to “the country,” the term for her grandmother’s house, and having big family congregations with aunts, uncles and cousins. The title song, “Wild Dogs” and “Lambert Road” are all pulled from Parks’ family history, some originally were poems she wrote about her mom’s family. “Some of the songs are true stories or true stories with a twist,” Parks says of the album. “There’s a little bit of heritage thrown in there, too.” Parks’ musical style had a lot of influence from her parents. Growing up in the ‘70s, she listened to bands such as Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers and singers such as Joni Mitchell. “I rediscovered Joni for myself in the ‘80s,” Parks said. “I loved her lyric writing and use of chords — it’s not the typical folk chords. I don’t try and emulate her, necessarily, but she’s definitely had an influence on my style.” Her first guitar was a 12th birthday present from her parents — a nylon-string classical guitar that she still owns today, and that she loans to her students if they need it. While she did take guitar lessons, her first foray into classical guitar came by her own doing. She became enamored with the music of classical guitarist John Michael Talbot, a Catholic musician who has released several Christian albums. By listening to Talbot, Parks taught herself the classical guitar and kept that up until she went to college and learned finger picking. Most of Parks’ formal training came from classes at Colorado Christian University, just west of Denver. That’s when one of her instructors first suggested that she should teach guitar. Parks didn’t really think about teaching until she moved to Mildenhall, England, with her family. There on the Army base she saw an ad on a bulletin board for a guitar teacher, which she applied for. Then she started putting up her own ads across the base offering lessons. “I had 15 students at one time — that was a big deal, but now I’ve had 55 at one time before,” she said. Parks’ family returned to the States and settled in Alabama, and the guitarist enrolled at Jacksonville State University with a double major in English and guitar. Upon graduation, she received a called from The Donoho School about an open position as a guitar teacher. Somehow in between her lessons, Parks found time to travel to Huntsville to record The Homeplace at Soundcell Studio with Doug Jansen Smith, who has worked with Brian

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Anniston singer/songwriter Abby Parks recently released her sophomore album, ‘The Homeplace.’ McKnight, Take 6, Willie Nelson and Phil Collins. This album was the first time Parks had worked with other musicians and a producer with so much experience. She was ecstatic when she listened to the finished recording of “Wild Dogs,” her first single release off the album. “I drove home from Huntsville and stuck it in the CD player and played it over and over again,” she said. “I love the rhythm section, especially on the chorus.” Smith was impressed by Parks’ vision for the album and with her moving lyrics. While she helped push Smith and the other producers in the right direction, she was also accommodating to changes and flexible with new ideas. “It was a great collaboration on everybody’s part,” Smith said in a phone interview earlier this week. “Her lyrics are intelligent … they ask the audience to pay attention. She should be able to develop her own following and find them to be loyal.” Now that the album is complete, Parks is spending her time promoting The Homeplace with shows in Alabama and Georgia, the next of which is Jan. 16 at the Local Color Café in Springville. She is concentrating on performing at festivals across the Southeast and some of the larger cities, such as Atlanta and Birmingham. “The cities are where you’re more likely to get noticed,” Parks said. “I have a desire to get out of my own town and travel around the Southeast and let people know who I am.” The Homeplace is available online at www.abbyparks. com.

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Herschel Keeton and the Cotton Pickin’ Chicken Pickers When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Golden Saw Music Hall, Williams Community, Jacksonville How much: Free Contact: 435-4696 Buddy Wayne When: 7 p.m. What: Classic country, classic rock Where: American Legion Post 26, 515 E. 18th St., Anniston How much: Free and open to the public Contact: 236-9314 Southern Nites When: 8:30 p.m. Where: VFW Post 924, 100 U.S. 431, Anniston How much: $4 Contact: 238-8047 Prowlerz What: Easy listening, southern rock When: 9 p.m. Where: Coyote Mike’s, 2810 Alabama 202, Anniston How much: $4 Contact: 237-2227 DJ Rockin’ Roger When: 9 p.m. Where: AJ’s Sunset Bar and Grill, 1500 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy., Anniston How much: Free Contact: 832-5000

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Rexton Lee Band Rexton Lee Band What: Country, rockabilly, classic rock When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Heroes, 8896 McClellan Blvd. (Old Sports Nut), Jacksonville How much: $3 Contact: 405-4365 or 405-4366 Grand opening feat. Southland Band What: With the Jack Daniel’s girls When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Bama Cowboy Saloon and Steakhouse, 1503 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy., Anniston How much: $3, women free Contact: 835-7735 Chris Posey What: Southern rock, country When: 9 p.m. Where: Peerless Saloon, 13 W. 10th St., Anniston How much: Free Contact: 237-1899 DJ Vito Libido When: 11 p.m. Where: Brother’s Bar, 206 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville How much: $3 for 21 and up, $5 for under 21, women free. Contact: 435-6090

Jimmy Robertson and the Roustabouts When: 6 p.m. Where: Munford Senior Center (Old Munford High School), 115 Lions Road, Munford How much: Free Contact: 236-0340 Kelli Johnson What: Bluegrass When: 6 p.m. Where: Rabbittown Cafe and Fiddlers Hall, 900 Rabbittown Road, Piedmont How much: $5 donation for the band Contact: 435-8008 (weekends) or 435-3987 (Monday-Friday evenings) Southern Nites What: Country, southern rock When: 8:30 p.m. Where: VFW Post 924, 100 U.S. 431, Anniston How much: $4 Contact: 238-8047 DJ Rockin’ Roger When: 9 p.m. Where: AJ’s Sunset Bar and Grill, 1500 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy., Anniston How much: Free Contact: 832-5000 Prowlerz What: Easy listening, southern rock When: 9 p.m. Where: Coyote Mike’s, 2810 Alabama 202, Anniston

How much: $4 Contact: 237-2227 Jim “Dawg” Parks Band What: Classic rock, blues When: 9:30 p.m. Where: The Peerless Saloon, 13 W. 10th St., Anniston How much: $3 Contact: 237-1899 A Fifth Later What: Jam band, southern rock, roots When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Heroes, 8896 McClellan Blvd. (Old Sports Nut), Jacksonville How much: $3 Contact: 405-4365 or 405-4366 DJ JD When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Bama Cowboy Saloon and Steakhouse, 1503 Hillyer Robinson Pkwy., Anniston How much: $3, women free Contact: 835-7735 Dead Zealous When: 11 p.m. Where: Brother’s Bar, 206 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville How much: $3 for 21 and up, $5 under 21 Contact: 435-6090

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Super Saturday feat. the Trey Carter Band, CAST Young Artist Entertainers, DJ Shon Jon and line dancers What: Cruise-in, arts & crafts, food vendors, live music and more When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Noble Street, downtown Anniston How much: Free

exhibits Smalls What: Featuring works on paper 8-by10 inches and smaller, including prints, photo transfers, paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, mixed media works and digital prints When: Through Jan. 17. Gallery is open Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment Where: Studio9, 9 Public Square E (next

to Crow Drugs), Jacksonville How much: Free to attend, items priced as marked Contact: 689-8573 or 239-3012 Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Dangerous What: Live reptiles, wildlife photography, educational panels and more When: Through Jan. 10. Museum hours

are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Where: Anniston Museum of Natural History, 800 Museum Drive, Anniston How much: $8 per adult, $6 per child, with children 3 and under free Contact: 237-6766 Gee’s Bend Quilts When: Through Jan. 2. Museum hours

are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Where: Berman Museum of World History, 840 Museum Drive, Anniston How much: $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $4 for children 4-17, children 3 and under free Contact: 237-6261 or www.bermanmuseum.org


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Dance Party with Scuba Steve When: 11 p.m. Where: Brother’s Bar, 206 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville How much: $3, women free Contact: 435-6090

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Bike night feat. Firewater What: Free food beginning at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. When: 6 p.m. Where: Coyote Mike’s, 2810 Alabama 202, Anniston How much: Free Contact: 237-2227 Chuck and Greg When: 8 p.m. Where: Damn Yankees Steak and Oyster Bar, 919 Noble St., Anniston How much: Free Contact: 236-7000 Keitha Williams What: Acoustic rock covers When: 9:30 p.m. Where: The Peerless Saloon, 13 W. 10th St., Anniston How much: Free Contact: 237-1899

To contribute to the free calendar, call Deirdre Long at 235-3589 or e-mail dlong@annistonstar.com. Items must be received at least seven days in advance.

Dec. 18-24, 2009

Despite bumps, ‘Zelda’ game picks up steam By LOU KESTEN Associated Press

It’s easy to take a series like “The Legend of Zelda” for granted. The first game arrived on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, and with more than a dozen releases over 23 years, even the most dedicated “Zelda” fan can be forgiven for having skipped a game or two. Some of those games — the original and 1998’s “Ocarina of Time” — are justly regarded as landmarks. Some admirers prefer darker-tinged entries like 2000’s “Majora’s Mask” and 2006’s “Twilight Princess.” The one title that divided “Zelda” loyalists most was 2003’s “The Wind Waker,” which gave protagonist Link a younger, more cartoony appearance. “The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks” (Nintendo, for the DS, $34.99) follows directly from 2007’s “Phantom Hourglass” and shares the cel-shaded look of “The Wind Waker.” That cuteness factor may fool you into thinking “Spirit Tracks” is kid’s stuff, but be warned: It features some of the most ornery puzzles in the history of the franchise. After all these years, Nintendo still has some fresh tricks up its sleeve. The biggest change is that Link has traded in his boat for a train, although navigation — you draw your route with the DS stylus — is similar to the technique in “Phantom Hourglass.” The train is likely to divide fans again: Some will enjoy chugging around the mythical land of Hyrule, but I found it tedious. The other big change is that Princess Zelda is finally a playable character — sort of. A ghostly form of the princess follows Link around, and in some dun-

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A scene from ‘The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.’ geons she can possess mobile suits of armor. She’s not always helpful, but she’s good company. And then there’s the Spirit Flute, which awakens statues, uncovers treasures and restores missing railroad tracks. You have to blow into the DS microphone to play the flute, and it’s one of the most irritating uses of technology that Nintendo has ever devised. Indeed, “Spirit Tracks” is filled with such nagging aggravations. It’s controlled entirely by a stylus, which is a cute way of showing off the DS technology, but sometimes you’d rather move Link around with the old-fashioned directional buttons. And at least a couple of hours

are spent backtracking to sites you’ve already visited. But the core elements of any “Zelda” game are as strong as ever. There are charming characters, witty dialogue and a compelling story. Discovering new territory — and the tools you need to conquer it — is as thrilling as ever. And the dungeons are filled with clever challenges that seem unsolvable at first — until you get that satisfying “aha” moment. “Spirit Tracks” isn’t one of those landmark “Zelda” games, but it is a worthy addition to the canon. Even though Link is well into his third decade, he’s aging well. Three stars out of four.

Google employees testing new mobile device Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Google Inc.’s employees are testing a new mobile device that runs on the company’s Android operating system, as the search giant continues its push into the wireless market and toward more direct competition with Apple Inc.’s iPhone. In a blog post Saturday, Google said the new device

combines hardware built by an unnamed partner with its Android software. The free software is crucial in Google’s efforts to make its search engine and other services as accessible on cell phones as they already are on personal computers. Google handed the device out to employees across the globe so they could “experiment with new mobile features and capabilities,” and

give quick feedback on the new technology, said Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management, said on the company’s blog. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported Sunday that Google plans to sell the phone directly to consumers, instead of through a wireless carrier. Such a move would mean Google would go head-tohead with Apple’s iPhone and

Research in Motion’s Blackberry, as well as current makers of Android phones. Mountain View, Calif.based Google launched its first Android phone in September 2008, the G1 sold by T-Mobile USA. Verizon Wireless last month released the Droid, the first smart phone to run Android 2.0, and expects to launch another Android phone this year.


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Golden Globe nods Nominations in major movie categories for the awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to be presented Jan. 17, 2010:

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Stars react to nominations By The Associated Press Reactions to nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif: “The biggest effort is figuring out what to wear. If I could go in a lovely pair of black pajamas, I’d be really happy.” — Glenn Close, nominated for best dramatic actress for her role in TV’s Damages. “The light of my dream is still on and it’s really shining bright today.” — Marion Cotillard, nominated for best actress, musical or comedy, for Nine.

“Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for making my mum cry in the grocery store. I’m honored and completely speechless.” — Carey Mulligan, nominated for best dramatic actress for An Education. “I had no expectation about getting a nomination, but I was watching nonetheless. My wife and my son got really excited. I was sort of surprised — I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’ And I couldn’t hear the latter part of my name.” — Tobey Maguire, nominated for best dramatic actor for Brothers.

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‘Glee’ cast joyful over Globe nods By MICHAEL CIDONI Associated Press

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George Clooney stars in the new film ‘Up in the Air,’ which nabbed six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday. The movie opens nationwide Dec. 23.

‘Up in the Air’ leads Golden Globe nominations By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Up in the Air landed at just the right time, emerging as a potential Academy Awards favorite with themes of job loss and economic calamity that offer a heartbreaking yet hilarious reflection of these hard times. The film grabbed a leading six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday, including best drama, plus directing and screenplay honors for Jason Reitman. George Clooney earned a best dramatic actor slot as a frequent-flyer junkie traveling the country in first-class seats and premium car rentals as he fires the rank-and-file at downsizing companies. “We just got a little lucky. Jason’s been writing this movie for like six or seven years now and it only really came about right at this moment, and he kind of adapted the screenplay to fit the times,” said Anna Kendrick, a supporting-actress nominee as a bright young efficiency expert whose innovations threaten the livelihood of Clooney’s character. “I think it’s a better movie for that.”

Other drama picks were the space fantasy Avatar, the Iraq War tale The Hurt Locker, the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds and the Harlem teen story Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Hollywood’s second biggest film honors after the Academy Awards, the Globes are a key ceremony that sort out the prospects leading up to the Oscar nominations Feb. 2. The 67th annual Globes will be handed out Jan. 17, six days before voting closes for the Oscar nominations. Up in the Air has had a glowing reception from critics and awards watchers since it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where Reitman also premiered his two earlier features, Thank You for Smoking and Juno. Audiences have crowded theaters for the film, which so far has been playing in limited release before it expands nationwide Dec. 23. Up in the Air is based on the novel by Walter Kirn, published in 2001, months before the loose and easy air travel the book depicts was changed forever by security clampdowns after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The novel also came years before the recession. Reitman started working on his big-screen adaptation six years ago, giving it a lighter touch for the flush times back then. As the economy tanked, the film took on a weightier tone. Reitman incorporated today’s prevailing employment insecurity and shot segments with real people who had lost their jobs, their painful remarks and recollections woven throughout the narrative. Reitman’s father — Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who was a producer on Up in the Air — said the film reflects not only the financial crisis, but also the way modern times alienate people from personal interaction. Clooney’s Ryan Bingham revels in his solitary traveling life, a master of the angles to build his flyer account toward a lofty but ultimately meaningless goal of 10 million miles. Yet he’s a man who has left his human connections on the ground. “It seems sort of very apt,” Ivan Reitman said. “The way we keep isolating ourselves more behind technology, behind getting trapped in a kind of loneliness that seems unique for our times.”

LOS ANGELES — The mood on the set was appropriately gleeful. The musical-dramedy Glee got some serious Golden Globe love Tuesday, with more nominations than any show. Among the Fox series’ four nominations: best television series — comedy or musical. On the Paramount Studios lot, where Glee is filmed, the show’s cast could be found Tuesday hugging and laughing after hearing the news. “Amazing,” said Corey Monteith, who plays football hunk Finn Hudson. “It is kind of like it is like Christmas morning.” “The four best presents ever,” added actor Kevin McHale. Besides the nod to the series, Glee received nominations for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, two Broadway veterans who are TV newcomers. Veteran stage and screen actress Jane Lynch also earned a bid for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie. “I slept through (the nominations announcement),” Lynch said. “But, I got up to six messages and went, ‘Ah! I wonder if there is some good news for us?’ And there was. My agent called me three times and said, ‘Why aren’t you up?’ So, yeah. I called my mom, and she said,

‘The golden what?”’ Michele said she and her mother used to dress up just to watch awards shows at home. So, no surprise that Michele was at a loss for words upon hearing of her nomination. “I can’t, I can’t even believe it,” said Michele, also a Tony nominee for Spring Awakening. “My mother just said to me, ‘When I get out of this shock, I will congratulate you properly.’ I think when I snap out of this shock, I don’t know when it is going to happen, but if someone here hears a scream somewhere in L.A. at any point, it is probably me finally realizing what actually is happening.” Glee creator Ryan Murphy already has a Golden Globe, for his drama series Nip/Tuck, but said he’s still excited about next month’s Globe ceremony. “You know, it is like a high-school prom,” he said. “And I remember when I was in high school I was the president of the Meryl Streep fan club. So, when we won for Nip/Tuck, and I got up to accept it, there was Meryl Streep right in front of me.” Murphy and his cast are busy filming the second half of the first season of Glee. New episodes won’t be unveiled until spring 2010, including an all-Madonna episode and an appearance by Wicked Tony winner Idina Menzel.

Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

From left, Harry Shum Jr., Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale from ‘Glee,’ react on the set of the show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The show received four Golden Globe nominations.


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Golden Globe nods Nominations in major movie categories for the awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to be presented Jan. 17, 2010:

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Stars react to nominations By The Associated Press Reactions to nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif: “The biggest effort is figuring out what to wear. If I could go in a lovely pair of black pajamas, I’d be really happy.” — Glenn Close, nominated for best dramatic actress for her role in TV’s Damages. “The light of my dream is still on and it’s really shining bright today.” — Marion Cotillard, nominated for best actress, musical or comedy, for Nine.

“Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for making my mum cry in the grocery store. I’m honored and completely speechless.” — Carey Mulligan, nominated for best dramatic actress for An Education. “I had no expectation about getting a nomination, but I was watching nonetheless. My wife and my son got really excited. I was sort of surprised — I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’ And I couldn’t hear the latter part of my name.” — Tobey Maguire, nominated for best dramatic actor for Brothers.

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‘Glee’ cast joyful over Globe nods By MICHAEL CIDONI Associated Press

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George Clooney stars in the new film ‘Up in the Air,’ which nabbed six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday. The movie opens nationwide Dec. 23.

‘Up in the Air’ leads Golden Globe nominations By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Up in the Air landed at just the right time, emerging as a potential Academy Awards favorite with themes of job loss and economic calamity that offer a heartbreaking yet hilarious reflection of these hard times. The film grabbed a leading six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday, including best drama, plus directing and screenplay honors for Jason Reitman. George Clooney earned a best dramatic actor slot as a frequent-flyer junkie traveling the country in first-class seats and premium car rentals as he fires the rank-and-file at downsizing companies. “We just got a little lucky. Jason’s been writing this movie for like six or seven years now and it only really came about right at this moment, and he kind of adapted the screenplay to fit the times,” said Anna Kendrick, a supporting-actress nominee as a bright young efficiency expert whose innovations threaten the livelihood of Clooney’s character. “I think it’s a better movie for that.”

Other drama picks were the space fantasy Avatar, the Iraq War tale The Hurt Locker, the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds and the Harlem teen story Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Hollywood’s second biggest film honors after the Academy Awards, the Globes are a key ceremony that sort out the prospects leading up to the Oscar nominations Feb. 2. The 67th annual Globes will be handed out Jan. 17, six days before voting closes for the Oscar nominations. Up in the Air has had a glowing reception from critics and awards watchers since it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where Reitman also premiered his two earlier features, Thank You for Smoking and Juno. Audiences have crowded theaters for the film, which so far has been playing in limited release before it expands nationwide Dec. 23. Up in the Air is based on the novel by Walter Kirn, published in 2001, months before the loose and easy air travel the book depicts was changed forever by security clampdowns after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The novel also came years before the recession. Reitman started working on his big-screen adaptation six years ago, giving it a lighter touch for the flush times back then. As the economy tanked, the film took on a weightier tone. Reitman incorporated today’s prevailing employment insecurity and shot segments with real people who had lost their jobs, their painful remarks and recollections woven throughout the narrative. Reitman’s father — Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who was a producer on Up in the Air — said the film reflects not only the financial crisis, but also the way modern times alienate people from personal interaction. Clooney’s Ryan Bingham revels in his solitary traveling life, a master of the angles to build his flyer account toward a lofty but ultimately meaningless goal of 10 million miles. Yet he’s a man who has left his human connections on the ground. “It seems sort of very apt,” Ivan Reitman said. “The way we keep isolating ourselves more behind technology, behind getting trapped in a kind of loneliness that seems unique for our times.”

LOS ANGELES — The mood on the set was appropriately gleeful. The musical-dramedy Glee got some serious Golden Globe love Tuesday, with more nominations than any show. Among the Fox series’ four nominations: best television series — comedy or musical. On the Paramount Studios lot, where Glee is filmed, the show’s cast could be found Tuesday hugging and laughing after hearing the news. “Amazing,” said Corey Monteith, who plays football hunk Finn Hudson. “It is kind of like it is like Christmas morning.” “The four best presents ever,” added actor Kevin McHale. Besides the nod to the series, Glee received nominations for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, two Broadway veterans who are TV newcomers. Veteran stage and screen actress Jane Lynch also earned a bid for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie. “I slept through (the nominations announcement),” Lynch said. “But, I got up to six messages and went, ‘Ah! I wonder if there is some good news for us?’ And there was. My agent called me three times and said, ‘Why aren’t you up?’ So, yeah. I called my mom, and she said,

‘The golden what?”’ Michele said she and her mother used to dress up just to watch awards shows at home. So, no surprise that Michele was at a loss for words upon hearing of her nomination. “I can’t, I can’t even believe it,” said Michele, also a Tony nominee for Spring Awakening. “My mother just said to me, ‘When I get out of this shock, I will congratulate you properly.’ I think when I snap out of this shock, I don’t know when it is going to happen, but if someone here hears a scream somewhere in L.A. at any point, it is probably me finally realizing what actually is happening.” Glee creator Ryan Murphy already has a Golden Globe, for his drama series Nip/Tuck, but said he’s still excited about next month’s Globe ceremony. “You know, it is like a high-school prom,” he said. “And I remember when I was in high school I was the president of the Meryl Streep fan club. So, when we won for Nip/Tuck, and I got up to accept it, there was Meryl Streep right in front of me.” Murphy and his cast are busy filming the second half of the first season of Glee. New episodes won’t be unveiled until spring 2010, including an all-Madonna episode and an appearance by Wicked Tony winner Idina Menzel.

Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

From left, Harry Shum Jr., Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale from ‘Glee,’ react on the set of the show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The show received four Golden Globe nominations.


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An ad- Phineas Hannah Hannah Hannah WizardsWizards of WizardsWizardsWizardsWizards“Nightmre DISN Movers Manny ’ and Ferb and Ferb man takes over for fallen Santa. ‘PG’ Å and Ferb Montana Montana Montana Place Waverly Place Place Place Place Bfore” The Soup Daily 10 Hottest Moments ’09 Bank of Hollywood Giuliana & Bill 20 Most Shocking Unsolved Crimes Kardashian Holly Girls Fatal Beauty: Notorious E! ●College Basketball Michigan at Kansas. (Live) ●College Basketball North Carolina at Texas. NFL Football College Football New Mexico Bowl -- Fresno State vs. New Mexico. ESPN ●SportsCenter (Live) Å ●College Basketball Xavier at Butler. (Live) Expedition College Football College Basketball College Basketball ESPN2 Grateful ›› “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992) Å ››› “Happy Feet” (2006) Voices of Elijah Wood. Å ››› “Cars” (2006, Comedy) Voices of Owen Wilson. Å Pixar Short Films Å FAM Jingle Chef Home Paula Cooking Ingred. Fix Giada Contessa Challenge Chopped Unwrapped Iron Chef America Dinner: Impossible Chopped FOOD Minute ●Spotlight Preview ●Sport Science Poker2Nite Update Air Racing Skiing World Poker Air Racing Preview FOXSS ShipShape Outdoors ●Sport Science Departed ›› “Next” (2007) Nicolas Cage, Jessica Biel. Bernie Bernie Malcolm Malcolm ’70s Show ’70s Show ›› “Firehouse Dog” (2007) Josh Hutcherson. Premiere. › “Deck the Halls” (2006) FX ›› “Prince Valiant” (1954) James Mason. ››› “Rookie of the Year” (1993) Å ›› “Project X” (1987) Matthew Broderick. ››› “Say Anything...” (1989) FXM Big Noise › “The Bullfighters” (1945) Å Fam. Feud Newlywed Catch 21 1 vs. 100 ’ Å Deal or No Deal Å Deal or No Deal Å Fam Feud Fam Feud Newlywed Catch 21 Be a Millionaire 1 vs. 100 ’ Å Deal No GSN Chain ›› “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984, “The Note” (2007) Genie Francis. A woman takes a “Christmas in Canaan” (2009, Drama) Billy Ray “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008, ›› “A Season for Miracles” (1999, HALL Fantasy) Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. Å trip to deliver a note to a stranger. Å Cyrus, Zak Ludwig, Jaishon Fisher. Å Drama) Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns. Å Drama) Carla Gugino. Å ››› “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (2001) ’ ‘PG-13’ Å › “Joe Dirt” (2001) David Spade. ‘PG-13’ Å ›› “Taken” (2009) Liam Neeson. ›› “Mamma Mia!” (2008) ‘PG-13’ HBO ››› “Jurassic Park” (1993) Sam Neill. Å Hammer Over Head Carter Can To Sell Curb Buck Money My Kitchen Divine Genevieve Color Colour Outside Dime Get It Sold To Sell Income For Rent H&G Sweat Moonshot Å Manson Charles Manson conspires to murder ac- Woodstock: Now & Then Participants recall the The People Speak Ordinary Americans’ words and Black Blizzard The “black blizzard” ravages Ameri- BeatlesHIST tress Sharon Tate. Å Woodstock experience. Å deeds change the course of history. Å ca’s heartland from 1930-’40. Å Record “A Dad for Christmas” (2006, Drama) Å “Home for the Holidays” (2005) Sean Young. ›› “A Town Without Christmas” (2001) Christmas LIFE Paid Prog. Paid Prog. “Christmas at Water’s Edge” (2004) Å ››› “Wanted” (2008) James McAvoy. ’ ‘R’ › “Bulletproof” (1996) ’ ‘R’ Å ››› “Apollo 13” (1995) Tom Hanks. ’ ‘PG’ Å “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) › “Max Payne” (2008) ’ ‘PG-13’ MAX Juno Å Great Planes ’ Å Battle Rats: Iwo Jima Return to Tarawa Å Feats of Valor Å American Arsenal ’ Somali Pirate Build It Bigger Å DEFCON 2 MILIT No Dog Left Behind ’ War Dogs/Pacific Teen Mom ’ Å Jersey Shore ’ Å Decade of Cribs (N) ’ MTV Cribs MTV Cribs MTV Cribs MTV Cribs MTV Cribs Jersey Shore ’ Å Teen Mom ’ Å Teen Mom MTV Teen Mom ’ Å Decoding Scroll Secrets of the Shroud The Real Jesus Search for Noah’s Ark M. Magdalene Jerusalem-Sites Jesus’ Tomb Explorer NGEO Cain & Abel Barnyard Mighty B Sponge Sponge iCarly ’ iCarly ’ The Fairly OddParents Penguins Penguins iCarly ’ Å Drake Drake iCarly ’ iCarly ’ iCarly ’ NICK Penguins Fanboy Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å Really Big Things Å How-Made SCIENCE Really Big Things Å ››› “Stardust” (2007) Claire Danes. ‘PG-13’ Dexter “The Getaway” ›› “The Mist” (2007) Thomas Jane. ‘R’ › “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” (2008) In NFL SHOW ››› “Evita” (1996) Madonna. iTV. ‘PG’ Beverly Hills, 90210 ’ Beverly Hills, 90210 ’ Beverly Hills, 90210 ’ Beverly Hills, 90210 ’ Gilmore Girls ’ Å Gilmore Girls ’ Å Being Erica ’ Being Erica ’ The Young SOAP One Tree Hill ’ Å Edge Drag Boats German Touring Cars British Touring Car Off Road Racing Off Road Racing Monster Jam (N) Pass Time Pass Time Pass Time Pass Time Pass Time SPEED Low Life Garage Xtreme Xtreme Hrsepwer ●Trucks! MuscleCar Special Forces Å Prisoners-Ctrl Police Shootout Police Shoot. Police Chases Police Chases Chases SPIKE Xtreme ●Spotlight ●College Basketball Tennessee at USC. (Live) Tech Phenoms Golf Raceline 3 Wide Women’s College Basketball Golf Am. Basketball SPSO Outdoors ACC ›› “Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning” “Ginger Snaps: Unleashed” (2004, Horror) Å “Ice Spiders” (2007, Horror) Patrick Muldoon. Jack Brks SYFY “Mutants” (2008) Michael Ironside. “Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev” Bugtime Auto B. Hopkins God Rocks Friends Ishine Goliath Kids Club McGee Stories Bibleman Storykeepr News Donnie McClurkin Christmas Special Memories TBN Wonder ›› “The Holiday” (2006) Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law. Å Raymond Raymond Raymond Accrd/Jim King King Seinfeld Meet TBS ››› “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003) Jack Nicholson. ›› “The Story of Seabiscuit” (1949, Drama) ››› “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944, Musical) Judy Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me Profile of the ››› “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954) ››› “Scaramouche” (1952, AdvenTCM Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald. Å Garland, Margaret O’Brien. Å (DVS) famed lyricist. Howard Keel, Jane Powell. Å (DVS) ture) Stewart Granger. Å Property Ladder Å Home Made Simple ’ What Not to Wear ’ Say Yes Say Yes Police Women Police Women Police Women Police Women Police TLC Property Ladder Å Law & Order “Shield” ’ Law & Order “Juvenile” The Closer Several old ›› “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003, Comedy) ››› “Secondhand Lions” (2003, Comedy-Drama) ››› “Mean Girls” (2004, Comedy) Lindsay Lohan, “The WizTNT Å (DVS) ’ Å (DVS) cases are reviewed. Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo. Å Michael Caine, Robert Duvall. Å Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey. 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Screen cowboys help poor families get Christmas trees. Gadsden Christmas Parade ›› “The Santa Clause 2” (2002, Comedy) Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz. Santa must get Castle “Inventing the Girl” Young model is found dead ABC 33/40 News at 10PM Grey’s Anatomy “Bring the married in order to keep his job. ’ Å in a fountain. ’ Å (N) Pain” ’ Å ››› “Elf” (2003, Comedy) Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart. A man leaves Santa’s workshop to search 48 Hours Mystery “Live to Tell: The Birthday Party” A Inside Sports ’ CSI: Miami “Broken Home” for his family. ’ Å prosecutor recounts his kidnapping. (N) ’ Å ’Å “A Golden Christmas” (2009) Andrea Roth. A special dog helps a woman reunite with a childhood friend. Paid Program ’ Paid Program ’ L WPXH › “Mission to Mars” (2000) Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins. Premiere. ’ ●Titan’s All Access “Like Mother, Like Daughter” (2007, Suspense) Michelle Stafford, Danielle Kind, William R. Moses. American Chopper “RJR Memorial Car Show” ’ Everybody Hates Chris ¥ WABM Half & Half ’ Å CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Local Programming Action News Nightbeat Hot Topics ^ TV-2 Entertainment Tonight Criminal Minds “In Heat” ’ Å Criminal Minds “Tabula Rasa” ’ Å Criminal Minds “The Angel Maker” ’ Å CSI: Miami “To Kill a Predator” ’ Å A&E Criminal Minds ’ Å ›› “Wyatt Earp” (1994) ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy AMC Kevin Costner. Quaid. A traditional Griswold yuletide backfires in comic fashion. Quaid. A traditional Griswold yuletide backfires in comic fashion. Dogs 101 ’ Å Cats 101 ’ Å Cats 101 ’ Å Cats 101 ’ Å ANPL Dogs 101 ’ Å Doctor Who David Tennant’s time in the TARDIS. Doctor Who “Waters of Mars” The Doctor encounters a colony on Mars. (N) Graham Norton Doctor Who David Tennant’s time in the TARDIS. BBC Doctor Who ’ Å ›› “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (2005) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Å BET ››› Boyz N the Hood ››› “Inside Man” (2006, Suspense) Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster. A cop matches wits with a bank robber. Å Unexplained Mysteries Haunted History “Haunted Savannah” Å Ghostly Encounters Ghostly Encounters Celebrity Ghost Stories Å Psychic Search Å Ghostly Encounters BIO ›› “Kiss the Girls” (1997) Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd. Premiere. An escaped victim and a forensic expert trail a killer. ›› Kiss the Girls BRAVO ››› “Panic Room” (2002, Suspense) Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker. Posse Rookie bull riders on the PBR circuit. ’ ››› Urban Cowboy CMTV Remember the Titans ’ ›› “Road House” (1989, Action) Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch. A legendary bouncer agrees to tame a notorious gin mill. ’ Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? Å Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly ’ Å Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown Å Lisa Lampanelli Comic performs. Å COMEDY Comedy Central’s Hot Dirty Jobs Mike helps to shrink-wrap a boat. Å Dirty Jobs “Marble Maker” ’ Å Dirty Jobs Mike helps maintain a hydroelectric dam. Dirty Jobs Mike helps to shrink-wrap a boat. Å DISC Dirty Jobs ’ Å ››› “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993, Fan- ››› “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005, Fantasy) Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly. Five Hannah Montana Robby Wizards of Waverly Place That’s So Raven Raven DISN tasy) Voices of Danny Elfman. ‘PG’ Å children tour the wondrous factory of an odd candy-maker. ‘PG’ dates Lilly’s mom. Å ’Å schemes, teacher fired. Fatal Beauty: Notorious ›› “Evan Almighty” (2007) Steve Carell. God commands a newly elected congressman to build an ark. The E! True Hollywood Story Actor Will Smith. ’ The Soup Chelsea Lately E! ●College Football St. Petersburg Bowl -- Central Florida vs. Rutgers. From St. Petersburg, Fla. (Live) ●SportsCenter Å ESPN College Football ●Women’s College Volleyball NCAA Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. From Tampa, Fla. (Live) ●Who’s Number 1? Å ●SportsCenter Å NBA Fastbreak Å ESPN2 College Basketball ››› “Ratatouille” (2007) Voices of Patton Oswalt. Animated. A French rat enjoys good food and longs to become a chef. Å ››› “Happy Feet” (2006) Voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams. Å FAM Pixar Short Films Å Challenge Birthday cakes for a young woman. Challenge “Cereal Bridges 2” Famous bridges. Challenge Making a carnival scene from candy. Iron Chef America Paula Deen. FOOD Chopped ●NBA Basketball Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls. From the United Center in Chicago. (Subject to Blackout) (Live) ●Hawks Live! Postgame ●Reloaded ●The Final Score (Live) FOXSS SEC Preview › Deck the Halls (2006) ›› “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd. ›› “The Family Stone” (2005) Dermot Mulroney. A man introduces his uptight girlfriend to his family. FX ›› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973) Jane Alexander. A lawyer proves a man is the real Santa Claus. ›› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973) Jane Alexander. A lawyer proves a man is the real Santa Claus. FXM ››› Say Anything... Family Feud Å Family Feud ’ Å Deal or No Deal ’ Å 1 vs. 100 ’ Å The Newlywed Game Catch 21 Å GSN Deal or No Deal ’ Å ›› “A Season for Mira- “The Three Gifts” (2009, Drama) Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mimi Kennedy. Premiere. Three orphans tem- “The Three Gifts” (2009, Drama) Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mimi Kennedy. Three orphans temporarily stay HALL cles” (1999) Å porarily stay with a couple for the holidays. Å with a couple for the holidays. Å Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction The comic performs. ’ Å HBO ›› Mamma Mia! (2008) ›› “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009, Romance-Comedy) Ben Affleck. Premiere. ’ ‘PG-13’ Å Celebrity Holiday Homes Å Color Splash Å Color Splash Å House Hunters Å House Hunters Å House Hunters House Hunters H&G House Hunters Å The Beatles on Record 102 Minutes That Changed America Terrorists attack the World Trade Center Witnesses to 9/11 WitEinstein The physicist formulates the theory of relativity. Å HIST Å Sept. 11, 2001. Å nesses to terrorism. “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” (2008, Drama) Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden. Å “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” (2008) LIFE “The Christmas Shoes” (2002, Drama) Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams. Å › “Friday the 13th” (2009, Horror) Jared Padalecki. Premiere. ’ ‘R’ Å Life on Top ’ Å MAX › Max Payne (2008) ’ ››› “Wanted” (2008) James McAvoy. An office drone becomes part of a secret society of assassins. Modern Sniper Snipers face new challenges. Å Top Sniper ’ Å Top Sniper Shooting under the cover of night. Å Modern Sniper Snipers face new challenges. Å MILIT DEFCON 2 South Park “Gnomes” South Park “Damien” ’ True Life Compulsive shopping. ’ Styl’d Brett tries to regain Julie’s trust. (N) ’ Gone Too Far A meth addict’s chilling secret. Å MTV Teen Mom ’ Å Raw Anatomy “Inside the Elephant” (N) Devil’s Bible Doomsday: Book of Revelation Raw Anatomy “Inside the Elephant” NGEO Explorer “Narco State” iCarly Carly and Sam help a pair of comedians. ’ iCarly ’ Å iCarly ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å NICK iCarly ’ Å How It’s Made ’ Å How It’s Made ’ Å Head Games ’ How Do They Do It? ’ How It’s Made ’ Å How It’s Made ’ Å How It’s Made ’ Å How It’s Made ’ Å SCIENCE How It’s Made ’ Å Dexter “The Getaway” (iTV) ’ Penn & Teller: Bulls...! Penn & Teller: Bulls...! 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TBN Precious Mem. ››› “Blades of Glory” (2007, Comedy) Will Ferrell, Jon Heder. Rival male skaters compete as a pair. Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2009 TBS ››› “Meet the Parents” (2000, Comedy) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller. ››› “Scaramouche” ››› “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1941, Comedy) Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan. An injured ››› “George Washington Slept Here” (1942, Comedy) Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn. City folk TCM (1952) Stewart Granger. man takes advantage of a hospitable family. Å (DVS) move into a dilapidated farmhouse. Å Police Women of Broward County ’ Å Ghost Intervention “Haunted Savannah” (N) Å Ghost Intervention “Louisiana Lost Souls” (N) Å Police Women of Broward County ’ Å TLC Police Women ›››› “The Wizard of Oz” (1939, Fantasy) Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bol- ›››› “The Wizard of Oz” (1939, Fantasy) Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger. A tornado whisks a Kansas girl to a magical land. Å ›› “Yours, Mine & Ours” TNT ger. 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Sports nContrast Lopez Lopez ›› “Treasure Planet” (2002) Brian Murray ›› “Agent Cody Banks” (2003) Hilary Duff Legend ¥ WABM Church CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Local Programming News High Q (EI) Politics Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Local Programming Ch. 2 News at 6 Local Prog ^ TV-2 Action News The Sopranos ’ Å Jackson Family Jackson Family Dog the Bounty Hunter Dog the Bounty Hunter Dog the Bounty Hunter Seagal Seagal Criminal Minds Å Criminal A&E The Sopranos ’ Å ››› “It’s a Mad, Mad, ›› “All I Want for Christmas” (1991, Drama) ››› “Grease” (1978) John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John. Dis- ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” AMC Mad, Mad World” Ethan Randall, Thora Birch. Å parate summer lovers meet again as high-school seniors. (1989) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo. (1989) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo. Wild Kingdom ’ Å Wild Kingdom ’ Å Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost The Haunted ’ Å The Haunted ’ Å Untamed ANPL It’s Me or the Dog ’ Britain’s Top Top Gear Å Top Gear Å Greatest Wildlife Show Life of Mammals Å Life of Mammals Å Life of Mammals Å Mammals BBC Kitchen Nightmares ’ Britain’s Top Lift Voice Video Gospel (N) Å Lens on Talent Å College Chris ››› “Polly” (1989) Keshia Knight Pulliam. ›› “A Raisin in the Sun” (2008) Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad. Å Little BET Voice Biography Å Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion ’ Å Shatner Shatner Why I Ran Why I Ran The Interrogators Å Mobsters City Confidential Å Dead Men Talking I Survived BIO Chef Academy Housewiv. Real Housewives OC Launch My Line What Happens Tabatha’s Salon Take Tabatha’s Salon Take Law Order: CI Law CI BRAVO Panic Rm Top Chef: Las Vegas Insider Top 20 Countdown Lance Smith. ’ ››› “Remember the Titans” (2000) Denzel Washington. Posse ’ ››› “Urban Cowboy” (1980) John Travolta. CMTV CMT Music ’ Scrubs ’ Scrubs ’ Scrubs ’ Scrubs ’ “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj” ›› “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002) ››› “Napoleon Dynamite” Å COMEDY ›› “Turner & Hooch” (1989) Tom Hanks. Å MythBusters ’ Å MythBusters ’ Å Destroyed Destroyed Destroyed Destroyed Man vs. Wild Å Man vs. Wild “Ireland” Man vs. Wild “Yukon” Man vs. Wild “Belize” Man Wild DISC MythBusters ’ Å Imag. Handy Phineas and Ferb ’ Å ››› “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005, Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny Sonny DISN Movers Manny ’ Fantasy) Johnny Depp, David Kelly. ‘PG’ Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Chance Daily 10 The Soup E! News (N) Giuliana & Bill ›› “Evan Almighty” (2007) Steve Carell. Kardashian Kendra Kardashians ›› “Evan Almighty” (2007) E! ●Sunday NFL Countdown (Live) Å Golf: Long Drive Champ. Billiards: Champs. Billiards: Champs. Billiards: Champs. Billiards Billiards: Trick SportsCtr. ESPN ●SportsCenter Å ●Fantasy Football Now (Live) ●Spanish Primera Division Soccer Teams TBA. NHRA Timber Timber Bassmasters Å World Series World Series Poker ESPN2 Outdoors Redfish ›› “Home Alone 4” (2002) French Stewart. ››› “The Incredibles” (2004) Voices of Craig T. Nelson. ››› “Ratatouille” (2007) Å FAM “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” › “Home Alone 3” (1997) Alex D. Linz. Å Minute Lee Cooking Home Big Daddy Dear Food Network Dear Food Network Dear Food Network Dear Food Network Challenge Challenge FOOD Contessa Boy Grill Big Bite ●Spotlight ACC Road Trip Special ACC Basketball Tip Off College Basketball Calipari Women’s College Basketball FOXSS Baby Read Paid Prog. Motorspt PRI Series Mitchell Spin City ›› “Firehouse Dog” (2007, Comedy) Josh Hutcherson. ›› “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (2005) › “Deck the Halls” (2006) Danny DeVito. ›› “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004) Family FX ››› “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) ››› “Oscar and Lucinda” (1997) Ralph Fiennes. Å ››› “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) Film FXM Pleasure ›› “Wild in the Country” (1961) Elvis Presley. Fam. Feud Newlywed Catch 21 1 vs. 100 ’ Å Deal or No Deal Å Deal or No Deal Å Fam Feud Fam Feud Newlywed Catch 21 Be a Millionaire High Stakes Poker Poker GSN Chain ›› “A Season for Miracles” (1999, Drama) Carla “The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue” (1996, Dra- “Meet the Santas” (2005) Steve Guttenberg. A ›› “The Ultimate Gift” (2006, Drama) Drew Fuller, “Our First Christmas” (2008) John HALL Gugino, David Conrad, Laura Dern. Å ma) Diana Scarwid, Robert Urich. man, his fiancee and her mother plan a wedding. James Garner, Abigail Breslin. Å Ratzenberger, Julie Warner. Å The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Concerts at Madison Square Garden. ’ Å › “Fool’s Gold” (2008, Action) ’ ‘PG-13’ Å ›› “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009) Å HBO ›› “Eagle Eye” Å Unsellable To Sell Get It Sold My House Good Buy First Place What Get Buck House Estate Property House House Winter Party Potential To Sell Curb H&G Holmes Bible Battles Exploring the biblical world from a mil- Angels: Good or Evil Winged messengers from the In Search of Christmas Uncovering the historical Christmas Unwrapped: American Eats Holiday Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Gangland HIST itary perspective. Å heavens mesmerize mankind. Å truth about the birth of Jesus. Å History-Christmas foods. Å Å Å Å “The Road to Christmas” (2006) Jennifer Grey. ›› “Secret Santa” (2003) Jennie Garth. Å ›› “Call Me Claus” (2001) Whoopi Goldberg. Deck LIFE Will-Grace Will-Grace “Special Delivery” (2008) Lisa Edelstein. Å ››› “FX2: The Deadly Art of Illusion” (1991) ›› “Analyze That” (2002) ’ ‘R’ ›› “Notorious” (2009) Angela Bassett. ’ ‘R’ ›› “Yes Man” (2008) MAX ›› “Yes Man” (2008) ››› “Spider-Man” (2002) Tobey Maguire. ’ Nazis-Occult The Real NCIS Å Mega-Carrier Toughest Carrier Jobs Hitler’s-Secret: AU-864 Great Planes ’ Å Greatest Ever... Å Top Tens ’ Å Combat Zn MILIT Nazi London ’ Å Decade of Cribs ’ MTV Cribs Teen Mom ’ Å Teen Mom ’ Å True Life ’ Jersey Shore ’ Å Jersey Shore ’ Å South Park MTV Real World-Road Rules Jersey Shore ’ Å Secrets-Masons Decoding Bible Relics Explorer “Narco State” Inside the Iraq War Tijuana Drug Lords Alaska State Troopers Alaska State Troopers Hooked NGEO Naked Science Sponge Sponge iCarly ’ iCarly ’ iCarly ’ Drake Penguins Penguins iCarly ’ Å iCarly ’ Drake Drake Drake NICK Penguins Barnyard Mighty B Sponge The Big Swell ’ Å Human Hobbit Ship Sinkers ’ Å Yellowstone Predators-Reef Goblin Shark Killer Ants ’ Å How-Made How-Made Sci Fi Sci SCIENCE Raising the Kursk ’ Dexter “The Getaway” ››› “Donnie Brasco” (1997) Al Pacino. ‘R’ › “Superhero Movie” (2008) Å ›› “The Killing Room” (2009) Nick Cannon. “Killer Movie” (2008) SHOW › “An American Affair” (2009) Gretchen Mol. One Tree Hill ’ Å Gilmore Girls ’ Å Gilmore Girls ’ Å General Hospital Mon. General Hospital Tues. General Hospital Wed. 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Dickow Jakes Meyer Leading TBN Hagin ›› “Nacho Libre” (2006) Jack Black. ››› “Meet the Parents” (2000) Ben Stiller ››› “The School of Rock” (2003) Jack Black. Å ››› “Blades of Glory” (2007) TBS ››› “Freaky Friday” (2003) ››› “How the West Was Won” (1962) Carroll Baker, Lee J. ››› “Doctor Zhivago” (1965, Historical Drama) Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine ›››› “Ben-Hur” (1959, Historical Drama) Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd. TCM Cobb. Three generations of family go west. Å (DVS) Chaplin. A Russian doctor experiences the Bolshevik Revolution. Å (DVS) An enslaved prince meets a Roman in a chariot race. 48 Hours: Hard Evid. 48 Hours: Hard Evid. 48 Hours: Hard Evid. 48 Hours: Hard Evid. 48 Hr-Evidence Pregnant TLC Frst Home Frst Home Frst Home Frst Home First Home First Home BBQ Pitmasters Å ››› “The Pursuit of Happyness” ››› “Secondhand Lions” (2003, Comedy-Drama) ›› “Yours, Mine & Ours” (2005, Comedy) Dennis ›› “RV” (2006) Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels. A ›››› “The Wizard of Oz” (1939, Fantasy) Judy TNT (2006) Will Smith. Å Michael Caine, Robert Duvall. Å Quaid, Rene Russo. Å dysfunctional family goes on vacation. Å Garland, Frank Morgan. Å (DVS) Tom & Jerry “Bah, Humduck!” Bravo Ed Edd Santa Olive-Reindeer Chowder Grandma Got Run Over Scooby 2 TOON “Casper’s-Christmas” “How the Toys Saved Christmas” (1997) Extreme-Home ››› “Top Gun” (1986) Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis. ›› “Crocodile Dundee II” (1988) Paul Hogan. Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith TVLND Extreme-Home ›› “Bringing Down the House” (2003) Å › “License to Wed” (2007) Robin Williams. ›› “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003) Kate Hudson. “Sweet Home” USA ››› “Erin Brockovich” (2000) Julia Roberts. Sex-Dr. Drew Work for Diddy Fabulous Life Of... ’ Fabulous Life Of... ’ Fabulous Life Of... ’ Top 40 Videos of 2009 ’ Ray J VH1 For the Love of Ray J Tough Love (N) ’ CABLE NEWS Indoor Grill Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. 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Zion Baptist Church Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1st Baptist Church Saks Spoken Word Gospel Truth Lighthouse 8 WJXS Southern Gospel Music Word Alive America’s Funniest › “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006, Comedy) Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell. Desperate Housewives Bree fears her affair with Karl ABC 33/40 News at 10PM The Zone H WJSU Home Videos ’ Å Premiere. Jack Frost wants to freeze Santa out of the North Pole. ’ Å will impact her friendship with Susan. ’ Å (N) ●The Anthony Grant 60 Minutes (N) ’ Å Survivor: Samoa (Season Finale) (N) ’ Å Survivor: Samoa ’ (Live) Å Inside Sports ’ J WIAT Show “A Golden Christmas” (2009) Andrea Roth. A special dog helps a woman reunite with a childhood friend. In Touch-Dr Paid Program ’ L WPXH “Christmas Town” (2008) Nicole de Boer, Patrick Muldoon, Garry Chalk. ’ ›› “Pitch Black” (2000) Radha Mitchell. Vicious creatures stalk the survivors of a spaceship crash. House of Payne House of Payne Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Paid Program ¥ WABM Legend of the Seeker CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Action News Nightbeat ●Sports Zone Sunday ^ TV-2 Local Programming Criminal Minds “Minimal Loss” ’ Å Criminal Minds “Roadkill” ’ Å The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty (N) Å The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty Å A&E Criminal Minds ’ Å “National Lampoon’s ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Fantasy) George C. Scott, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward. Christmas ›› “Prancer” (1989, Fantasy) Sam Elliott, Rebecca Harrell, Cloris Leachman. A troubled child nurses an inAMC Christmas Vacation” Eve spiritual visitations enlighten an old miser. Å jured reindeer back to health. Å The Haunted Friends take up ghost hunting. Å The Haunted “Demon House” (N) ’ The Haunted “Murder at the Black Horse” ’ Å ANPL Untamed and Uncut ’ The Haunted “Murder at the Black Horse” ’ Å ››› “Arthur” (1981) Dudley Moore. A British butler helps his drunken master choose love or money. Eddie Izzard: Circle Å ››› “Arthur” (1981) Dudley Moore. Å BBC Life of Mammals 2009 Soul Train Awards From Atlanta. Å BET Inspiration Peter Popoff Prayer Line BET ›› “The Little Richard Story” (2000, Biography) Leon, Jenifer Lewis. Å I Survived Å I Survived Survivors from UA Flight 232. Å I Survived “Maggie; Gary; Barbara” (N) Å Shatner’s Raw Nerve (N) Shatner’s Raw Nerve Celebrity Ghost Stories Å BIO Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Bedfellows” Å Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Masquerade” Å Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Siren Call” ’ Å Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Maltese Cross” ’ BRAVO Law Order: CI CMT Music ’ ››› “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) Richard Gere. Premiere. A hardened loner enlists in the Naval Aviation Corps. ’ Officer-Gentle CMTV ››› “Urban Cowboy” (1980) John Travolta. ’ ›› “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002, Comedy) Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson. Å COMEDY Napoleon Dynamite Å ››› “American Pie” (1999, Comedy) Jason Biggs. Teens agonize over losing their virginity. Å Two Weeks in Hell Green Berets selection process. (N) ’ Å Secrets of the Secret Service (N) ’ Å Two Weeks in Hell Green Berets selection process. DISC Man vs. Wild “Texas” Sonny With a Chance ›› “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” (2004, Fantasy) Voices of Wayne AllPhineas and Ferb Å Phineas and Ferb “Toy to Hannah Montana Wizards of Waverly Place Hannah Montana New DISN “Sonny: So Far” wine. Animated. Mickey and friends have holiday adventures. ‘G’ Å the World” Toy Perry. A spell backfires. classmates. ’ Å ›› Evan Almighty Keeping Up With the Kardashians Kendra: Here Comes Baby (N) Kardashian Giuliana & Bill The Soup Chelsea Lately E! ●College Football R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl -- Middle Tennessee State vs. Southern Mississippi. From New Orleans. (Live) ESPN ●SportsCenter (Live) Å ●Pokerstars (Taped) ●SportsCenter Å 2009 World Series of Poker 2009 World Series of Poker World Series ESPN2 World Series ››› “The Incredibles” (2004) Voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter. Animated. A former superhero gets back into action. Å America’s Funniest Home Videos ’ Å FAM ››› “Ratatouille” (2007) Ian Holm Å Challenge Cakes based on the movie “Ice Age.” Iron Chef America Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray. Greatest Moments Throwdown-Bobby Flay Throwdown-Bobby Flay FOOD Challenge ●The Final Score (Live) ●The Final Score (Live) ●The Game 365 ●The Final Score (Live) FOXSS ●College Basketball North Carolina State at Wake Forest. (Live) ›› “The Family Stone” (2005) Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker. ››› “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006, Comedy) Meryl Streep. A recent college graduate lands a job at a fashion magazine. Nip/Tuck FX ››› “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959, Historical Drama) Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters. A Jewish girl hides from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. Å A Walk in the Clouds FXM Life After Film School ●High Stakes Poker Å High Stakes Poker Å World Poker Tour Å GSN High Stakes Poker Å “Our First Christmas” “The Three Gifts” (2009, Drama) Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mimi Kennedy. Three orphans temporarily stay “The Christmas Choir” (2008, Drama) Jason Gedrick, Rhea Perlman, Cindy Sampson. A homeless man inHALL (2008) Julie Warner Å with a couple for the holidays. Å spires a workaholic to start a choir. Å ›› “Eagle Eye” (2008) Shia LaBeouf. Two strangers become pawns of a mysterious woman. ‘PG-13’ ››› “The Incredible Hulk” (2008, Action) Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth. ’ ‘PG-13’ Å HBO He’s Just Not To Be Announced House Hunters Å House Hunters Intern’l Holmes on Homes Å For Rent ’ Å Income Property Å H&G House Hunters Å Gangland “Crazy Killers” Gangland “Street Law” The SUR-13 Hispanic gang in Sniper: Inside the Crosshairs The science and psychology behind some of the greatest shots in military histo- High Impact: M-16 The history of the M-16 rifle. Å HIST Å Atlanta. Å ry. (N) Å “Eve’s Christmas” (2004) Elisa Donovan. A woman gets a second chance to rethink a fateful decision. “Eve’s Christmas” (2004) Elisa Donovan. Å LIFE “Deck the Halls” (2005, Comedy-Drama) Gabrielle Carteris, Steve Bacic. Å › “Friday the 13th” (2009) Jared Padalecki. A hockey-masked killer slaughters young revelers. ‘R’ Å ››› “Spider-Man” (2002) Tobey Maguire. Peter Parker battles his archenemy, the Green Goblin. Å MAX ›› Yes Man (2008) ’ The Real NCIS “Deadly Caller” ’ Å The Real NCIS “Riverside Mystery” ’ Å The Real NCIS A sailor is shot in the head. Å The Real NCIS “Deadly Caller” ’ Å MILIT Combat Zone ’ Å ›› “Men in Black II” (2002, Comedy) Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn. ’ Jersey Shore A fight erupts at the bar. ’ Å ›› “Men in Black II” (2002) Tommy Lee Jones. MTV South Park ’ Å The Girl With Eight Limbs Revisited (N) China’s Elephant Man Explorer The science of gender. The Girl With Eight Limbs Revisited NGEO Hooked Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm in the Middle Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Chris George Lopez ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å The Nanny “Tattoo” ’ The Nanny ’ Å NICK Drake & Josh ’ Å Sci Fi Science ’ Å Sci Fi Science ’ Å Search for the Star of Bethlehem ’ Å Can We Make a Star on Earth ’ Å Sci Fi Science ’ Å Sci Fi Science ’ Å SCIENCE Sci Fi Science ’ Å Dexter “The Getaway” (iTV) ’ ››› “Transsiberian” (2008) Woody Harrelson. iTV. A couple’s train journey takes a deadly turn. ‘R’ ››› “Donnie Brasco” (1997) Al Pacino. ‘R’ SHOW Killer Movie (2008) ‘R’ Being Erica Erica relives a love affair. Å (DVS) Being Erica “Mi Casa, Su Casa Loma” ’ SOAP General Hospital Friday ››› “Tuck Everlasting” (2002) Alexis Bledel. A teen meets a family who can stay young forever. ●Pinks -- All Out From Montgomery, Ala. ●Pinks -- All Out From Belle Rose, La. ●Pinks -- All Out From Ennis, Texas. ●Pinks -- All Out From Concord, N.C. SPEED Pinks -- All Out CSI: Crime Scene Investigation “Mascara” ’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sky diver. ’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation “A Space Oddity” ››› “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989) Mel Gibson. ’ SPIKE CSI: Crime Scn ●Women’s College Basketball Tennessee at Stanford. ●College Basketball Tennessee at USC. SPSO The Mark Fox Show ›› “Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist” (2005, Horror) Stellan Skarsgard. A former priest fights demonic possession in Egypt. Butterfly Effect 3 SYFY ›› “The Skeleton Key” (2005) Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands. Å Joel Osteen Å Taking Authority Å Believer’s Voice Changing Your World ›› “Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith” (1979, Historical Drama) Blanche Baker, Jeff East. TBN Jack Hayford Å ››› “Wedding Crashers” (2005) Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn. Partygoers spend a wild weekend with a politician’s family. Å ››› “The School of Rock” (2003, Comedy) Jack Black, Joan Cusack. Å TBS ››› Blades of Glory ›››› “Ben-Hur” (1959) Night at the Movies “The Gigantic World of Epics” (N) ››› “King of Kings” (1961, Historical Drama) Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan. Orson Welles narrates the story of Jesus. Å TCM Charlton Heston. I’m Pregnant and... Å Pregnant and in Peril ’ Å Addicted to Psychics (N) ’ Å I’m Pregnant and... Å I’m Pregnant and... Å TLC Obese and Pregnant ’ I’m Pregnant and... Å ›››› “The Wizard of Christmas in Washington 2009 Hosted by George ›› “The Nativity Story” (2006, Drama) Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass. Mary and Joseph Christmas in Washington 2009 Hosted by George TNT Oz” (1939) Judy Garland. Lopez. (N) Å travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Å Lopez. Å Dr. Seuss’ Grinch A Scooby-Doo Christmas King of the Hill ’ Å Family Guy Å Family Guy “Star Wars.” Robot Chicken TOON ›› “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” (2004) Freddie Prinze Jr. M*A*S*H Å M*A*S*H “No Sweat” M*A*S*H Å Roseanne ’ Å TVLND The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show M*A*S*H Å ››› “Enchanted” (2007, Fantasy) Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden. Å ›› “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002) Å USA ›› “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002) Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas. 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Å F “Nat’l-Christmas” ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” TBA To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced News BBC TBA BET The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game Varied Programs City Confidential Varied Programs BIO BRAVO Varied Programs Pwr Picks Varied Programs Extreme-Home Varied Programs CMTV CMT Music Varied Programs Presents Varied Programs Movie Varied Programs COMEDY Movie DISC Varied Programs Einsteins Varied Charlie Movie Varied Programs Suite Life Varied Programs Phineas Varied Programs DISN Jungle Varied Programs E! News Daily 10 Varied Programs E! 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Å ›› “I Ought to Be in Pictures” (1982) ››› “The Princess Bride” (1987) ›››› “Zorba the Greek” (1964) Anthony Quinn. Å ›› “How to Steal a Million” (1966) Audrey Hepburn. Å ››› “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) Summer Solstice Boy-Blue FXM W “Anna & King” TH ››› “The Black Swan” (1942) Å ››› “Rookie of the Year” (1993, Comedy) Å ›› “Toys” (1992) Robin Williams, Michael Gambon. Å ›› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973, Musical) ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Å F ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Å MatchGam Fam Feud Hollywood Jeopardy! 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Å ››› “Lilies of the Field” (1963) Sidney Poitier. ››› “The Miracle Worker” (1962) ››› “Conflict” (1945) Å ›› “Dead Reckoning” (1947) ›› “The Two Mrs. Carrolls” (1947, Drama) Å ››› “Knock on Any Door” (1949) TCM W ››› “Sahara” (1943) ››› “Passage to Marseille” (1944, War) Å TH ›› “The Great Rupert” (1950) ›› “Bundle of Joy” (1956) Eddie Fisher. Å ›› “All Mine to Give” (1957) Glynis Johns. ››› “Pocketful of Miracles” (1961) Glenn Ford. Å ›› “Period of Adjustment” (1962) F ››› “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1941) ›› “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945) Å ›› “Little Women” (1949, Drama) June Allyson. Å (DVS) ››› “Holiday Affair” (1949) ›› “Susan Slept Here” (1954) Å Dress Dress Varied Programs Dress Dress Varied TLC Varied Programs ER Las Vegas Las Vegas Varied Cold Case Cold Case Varied Law & Order Varied Programs Law & Order Bones TNT Charmed Panther Krypto Tom Jerry Bravo Johnny T Garfield Flapjack Flapjack Johnny T Varied Programs Movie TOON Varied Programs Sanford Hogan Hogan Gunsmoke Varied Bonanza Varied Bonanza Bonanza Griffith Griffith All-Family All/Family Sanford TVLND Hillbillies All-Family Sanford USA Varied Programs VH1 Varied Programs CABLE NEWS Lunch Varied Programs Signs Varied Closing Varied Closing Varied Fast Mny Varied Money Varied Report CNBC Squawk on the Street The Call Newsroom Newsroom Newsroom The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN CNN Newsroom The Live Desk Studio/Shepard Smith Your World Glenn Beck Special Report FOX Rep’t FNC America’s Newsroom Happening Now MSNBC News Live Dr. Nancy Andrea Mitchell MSNBC News Live MSNBC News Live MSNBC News Live Hardball The Ed Show Hardball MSNBC Morning Meeting


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One Tree Hill “Deep Ocean Vast Sea” ’ Å Gossip Girl “The Freshman” ’ Å The King of Queens ’ My Name Is Earl Å 5 WTTO Two and a Half Men ’ Keith Howard Show Titan Pride TV24 Local News TV24 Local News 8 WJXS What a Deal Deals on restaurant and golf certificates. Wheel of Fortune “Happy I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! Snoopy Find My Family “Nadeau & Bashaw” Woman loses her Castle “Vampire Weekend” Man’s body is found in a H WJSU Holidays” (N) and Spike provide holiday cheer. ’ Å adoptive mother. (N) ’ Å graveyard. ’ Å Entertainment Tonight (N) How I Met Your Mother Accidentally on Purpose Two and a Half Men “The The Big Bang Theory Gift- CSI: Miami “Dead on Arrival” Reality star’s murder. ’ J WIAT ’ Å Barney faces his fears. Billie’s advances. Å Mooch at the Boo” giving etiquette. ’ Å Ghost Whisperer “Holiday Spirit” ’ Å Criminal Minds “Riding the Lightning” ’ Å Criminal Minds “Unfinished Business” ’ Å L WPXH Ghost Whisperer Å Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Cuba Libre” Å Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Monster” ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å ¥ WABM Are You Smarter? CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Local Programming Action News Nightbeat Local Programming ^ TV-2 Entertainment Tonight Intervention “John C.” Å Intervention “Rob” Musician’s career gets derailed. Hoarders “Bob and Richard” (N) Å Hoarders “Judi and Gail” Å A&E Intervention “Laney” ››› “Dave” (1993, Com- ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1984, Fantasy) George C. Scott, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward. Christmas Eve spiritual visitations en- ››› “Holiday Inn” (1942, Musical Comedy) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie AMC edy) Kevin Kline. lighten an old miser. Å Reynolds. An entertainer’s country inn is only open on holidays. Dogs 101 Labradoodle, puggle and chiweenie. Å Dogs 101 “Rare Breeds” Facts about the puli. Å Dogs 101 Preparing a household for a new puppy. Dogs 101 Labradoodle, puggle and chiweenie. Å ANPL Dogs 101 “Ugly Dogs” Top Gear (N) Å Top Gear Å BBC World News America Å Top Gear Å BBC World News ›› “ATL” (2006, Comedy-Drama) Tip Harris, Lauren London, Mykelti Williamson. Four Atlanta teens face challenges. Å Monica: Still Standing The Mo’Nique Show Å BET Frankie and Neffe Å Biography Å Biography Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman. Biography “Julia Roberts” Actress Julia Roberts. Biography “Sarah Jessica Parker” (N) Å Biography Reese Witherspoon. Å BIO The Real Housewives of Orange County Å Chef Academy “Naked Lunch” Vegetarian dishes. ››› “The Fugitive” (1993) Harrison Ford. Å BRAVO Inside the Actors Studio The Real Housewives of Orange County Å Are You Smarter? Are You Smarter? ›› “Police Academy” (1984, Comedy) Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Michael Winslow. ’ CMT Music ’ Are You Smarter? CMTV Extreme-Home “Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder” (2009, Comedy) Voices of Billy West, Katey Sagal. Å Daily Show- Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Å COMEDY “Futurama: Bender’s Game” (2008) Voices of Lauren Tom, Katey Sagal. Å Who Was Jesus? “Childhood” ’ Å Who Was Jesus? “Mission” Jesus’ early years. ’ Who Was Jesus? “The Last Days” ’ Å Who Was Jesus? “Childhood” ’ Å DISC Lost Gospels ’ Å Hannah Montana “Would I ››› “The Polar Express” (2004, Fantasy) Voices of Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye. Animated. A con- Phineas and Ferb The Hannah Montana “Would I Wizards of Waverly Place That’s So Raven Sunshine DISN Lie to You, Lilly” ductor guides a boy to the North Pole. ‘G’ Å Lake Nose monster. Lie to You, Lilly” “Monster Hunter” Girls troop. Å The Daily 10 (N) Giuliana & Bill Kardashian Kendra: Here Comes Baby Bank of Hollywood (N) Chelsea Lately (N) E! News E! ●NFL Football New York Giants at Washington Redskins. Longtime rivals clash when the Giants visit the Redskins in an NFC East matchup. (Live) ●SportsCenter Å ESPN Monday Night Countdown (Live) Å ●College Basketball Sonic All-College Classic -- La Salle vs. Oklahoma State. From Oklahoma City. (Live) ●Who’s Number 1? (N) Å Scoreboard ESPN2 College Basketball: Sonic All-College Classic “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” (2009, Comedy) Jenny McCarthy, Paul Sorvino. Å The 700 Club Å FAM “Santa Baby” (2006, Comedy) Jenny McCarthy, George Wendt. Å Good Eats Good Eats Eggnog. Unwrapped “Holiday Favorites” Holiday favorites. Diner, Drive-In Diner, Drive-In Good Eats Unwrapped “Holidays” FOOD Challenge ●College Basketball Tennessee at USC. ●The Final Score (Live) ●The Final Score (Live) Best Damn 50 After Party Jay Glazer FOXSS Best Damn 50 The Devil Wears Prada ›› “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) Voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo. Animated. Melting ice threatens Manny and friends. ›› “The Stepford Wives” (2004) Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick. FX Life After Film School “Jon Landau” Å ››› “Hot Shots!” (1991, Comedy) Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes. Å FXM ››› “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993, Comedy) Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan. Å Family Feud Å Family Feud ’ Å The Newlywed Game Catch 21 Å 1 vs. 100 ’ Å Deal or No Deal ’ Å GSN Deal or No Deal ’ Å “A Grandpa for Christ- “All I Want for Christmas” (2007, Romance) Gail O’Grady, Robert Mailhouse, Greg Germann. A boy asks con- ›› “Finding John Christmas” (2003, Drama) Valerie Bertinelli, Peter Falk, David Cubitt. A nurse searches for HALL mas” (2007) Å test organizers to find his mother a husband. Å a man who may be her brother. Å ›› “Taken” (2009, Action) Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace. ’ ‘PG-13’ Å Sherlock Holmes: First › “The Happening” (2008, Science Fiction) Mark Wahlberg. ’ ‘R’ Å Robin Williams HBO › Held Up (2000) Å Property Virgins Å Property Virgins Å House Hunters Å My First Place Å House Hunters Å For Rent Living in a tent. Real Estate Intervention My First Place Å H&G House Hunters Å Pawn Stars Old map; fake Pawn Stars Blunderbuss; Pawn Stars Boat deal Pawn Stars “A Christmas Special” (N) Å Pawn Stars Santa Claus Pawn Stars “Pawn Shop Deep Sea Salvage “Cursed Treasure” Bad luck hamHIST art; airplane. Å Schwinn Stingray. Å might sink. Å makes an appearance. Pinot” (N) Å pers a routine job. (N) Å Grey’s Anatomy “All By Myself” ’ Å “A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride” (2008, Comedy-Drama) Joanna Garcia, Luke Perry. Å Will & Grace Å Will & Grace ’ Å LIFE Grey’s Anatomy Å ››› “Training Day” (2001, Crime Drama) Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn. ’ ‘R’ Å › “Friday the 13th” (2009, Horror) Jared Padalecki. ’ ‘R’ Å Co-Ed Confidential 3 MAX ››› Crimson Tide ‘R’ Normandy: The Great Crusade Å Normandy: The Great Crusade Å Return to Tarawa World War II battle site. ’ Å Normandy: The Great Crusade Å MILIT Battleplan “Raiding” ’ South Park ’ Å South Park ’ Å MTV Cribs ’ MTV Cribs 50 Cent. ’ ›› “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (2005) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. ’ MTV Jersey Shore ’ Å Fight Science “Fighting Back” 42 Ways to Kill Hitler Hooked “Giant Devil Catfish” Giant Devil Catfish. Fight Science “Fighting Back” NGEO Birth of Jesus Glenn Martin, DDS Å Malcolm in the Middle Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Chris George Lopez ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å NICK iCarly ’ Å Dark Secret of Hendrik Schon ’ Å Unsolved History “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” Jack the Ripper: New Evidence ’ Å Dark Secret of Hendrik Schon ’ Å SCIENCE Unsolved History Å ››› “3:10 to Yuma” (2007, Western) Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman. iTV. ’ ‘R’ SHOW Letting Go of God (2008) ›› “Forbidden Warrior” (2004) Marie Matiko. A woman uses swordplay and sorcery to battle enemies. All My Children Today ’ Å One Life to Live Today ’ Å General Hospital Today ’ Å Days of our Lives Today ’ Å SOAP Young-Restless ●Barrett-Jackson 2009: The Auctions (N) SuperCars Exposed SuperCars Exposed Barrett-Jackson 2009: The Auctions Car Crazy Pass Time SPEED Pass Time ››› “Forrest Gump” (1994, Drama) Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise. A slow-witted Southerner experiences 30 years of history. ’ SPIKE ››› “Forrest Gump” (1994, Drama) Tom Hanks, Robin Wright. ’ ●Spotlight ●College Basketball Furman at South Carolina. Under the Lights Darrin Horn Show Poker -- Learn SPSO ●College Basketball Furman at South Carolina. (Live) ››› “The Mummy” (1999, Adventure) Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah. A mummy seeks revenge for a 3,000-year-old curse. Monster (N) Monster (N) SYFY Dominion: Pre Betty Jean Mark Chironna Å Jentezen Franklin Å Jesse Duplantis Å Praise the Lord Å TBN Hillsong Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy “Airport ‘07” Family Guy ’ Å Lopez Tonight TBS My Name Is Earl Å ››› “Barefoot in the ››› “State of the Union” (1948, Comedy-Drama) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury. A ›››› “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939, Comedy-Drama) James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains. TCM Park” (1967) Å man runs for president with his estranged wife by his side. Å An idealistic young man wades into hot political waters. Å World Chocolate Championship (N) ’ Å Little People, Big World Little People, Big World TLC Little People, Big World Little People, Big World Little People, Big World Little Chocolatiers (N) ’ Å Bones “The Man in the Bones “The Bones That Foam” Corpse at the bottom The Closer “Dead Man’s Hand” (Season Finale) Dead- Men of a Certain Age “Mind’s Eye” Joe tries to teach Law & Order: Criminal Intent “Burn Card” A notorious TNT Wall” ’ Å of a gorge. ’ Å ly domestic violence case. (N) Å his son golf. (N) Å hustler is found dead. ’ Å (DVS) Dr. Seuss’ Grinch Ed, Edd ’n Eddy’s Jingle King of the Hill ’ Å King of the Hill ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å TOON ›› “Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London” (2004) Frankie Muniz. The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show Married... With Children Married... With Children Make My Day (N) Married... With Children Married... With Children Married... 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BROADCAST CHANNELS Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special Singer performs holiday songs. ’ Å FOX6 News at 9:00 PM FOX6 News at 9:30 PM FOX6 News at 10:00 PM TMZ (N) ’ Å & WBRC Seinfeld “The Subway” PBS NewsHour (N) ’ Å Nova Bonobo researchers return to the Congo to de- Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon Fortieth anniversary Frontline “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians” “Let the Reader Understand/Kingdoms in Conflict” The im_ WCIQ termine the effects of the civil war. Å (DVS) of the Apollo 8 mission. ’ Å (DVS) pact of the Gospels; the spread of Christianity. ’ (Part 2 of 2) Å Access Hollywood Å The Biggest Loser “Where Are They Now” Former contestants talk about their lives since they left the show. ’ The Jay Leno Show (N) ’ Å NBC 13 News at 10:00pm The Tonight Show With ` WVTM Å (N) Å Conan O’Brien (N) Å 90210 “To New Beginnings!” ’ Å Melrose Place “Pilot” ’ Å The King of Queens ’ My Name Is Earl Å The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show 5 WTTO Two and a Half Men ’ ●Auburn Football Review Cheers ’ Å Buster Miles Auto Most Wanted TV24 Local News TV24 Local News Rick & Bubba Å Rick & Bubba Å 8 WJXS A Night at The Grill Wheel of Fortune “Happy America’s Funniest Home Videos Boy steals Christ- Scrubs J.D. seeks Turk’s Better Off Ted Lem’s the forgotten “River John” John Doe, shot dead, is ABC 33/40 News at 10PM Nightline (N) Å H WJSU Holidays” (N) mas cookies. ’ Å approval. (N) ’ Å mother visits. (N) Å found in a drainage tunnel. ’ Å (N) Entertainment Tonight (N) NCIS “Silent Night” The team searches for a suspect NCIS: Los Angeles “Killshot” After a murder, secrets to The Good Wife “Crash” Proving that a train company is CBS 42 News at 10 (N) Late Show With David J WIAT ’ Å who is presumed dead. ’ Å classified software are thought to be lost. responsible for a freight train crash. Å Letterman (N) ’ Å Criminal Minds “A Real Rain” ’ Å Criminal Minds “Children of the Dark” ’ Å L WPXH Ghost Whisperer “Slam” Ghost Whisperer Melinda struggles to help a ghost. Criminal Minds “The Tribe” ’ Å Are You Smarter Are You Smarter Deal or No Deal ’ Å Deal or No Deal ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å House of Payne House of Payne ¥ WABM Are You Smarter? CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Local Programming Action News Nightbeat Local Programming ^ TV-2 Entertainment Tonight Paranormal State Å Paranormal State Å Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (N) Å Paranormal State (N) Paranormal State (N) Celebrity Ghost Stories Å A&E Paranormal State Å ›› “A Christmas Carol” ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy ›› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Comedy) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy AMC (1984) Å Quaid. A traditional Griswold yuletide backfires in comic fashion. Quaid. A traditional Griswold yuletide backfires in comic fashion. Monsters Inside Me “Sex Maniacs” ’ Å Monsters Inside Me Deceptive parasites. ’ Å Monsters Inside Me “Sex Maniacs” ’ Å ANPL Monsters Inside Me ’ Monsters Inside Me “Outbreak” Outbreaks. Å I’m a Boy Anorexic Å Britain’s Missing Top Model (N) BBC World News America Å I’m a Boy Anorexic Å BBC World News Monica: Still Standing Monica: Still Standing The Mo’Nique Show Å BET ››› “Coming to America” (1988) Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall. An African prince and his royal sidekick come to Queens. Å City Confidential Å Biography “Teri Hatcher” T Hatcher. ’ Å Biography Sandra Bullock soars to stardom. Å Biography “Meryl Streep” Actress Meryl Streep. Biography “Jennifer Love Hewitt” (N) Å BIO Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Managing a salon. Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Tabatha’s Salon Takeover ››› “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) Å BRAVO Tabatha’s Salon Take Nanny 911 “McKelvain Family” ’ Å ››› “Remember the Titans” (2000, Drama) Denzel Washington. A black man coaches high-school football after integration. ’ Are You Smarter? CMTV Are You Smarter? Futurama “Xmas Story” South Park Å South Park Å South Park Å South Park Å Daily Show- Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Å COMEDY Scrubs “My Monster” ’ Futurama ’ Å Dirty Jobs “Fireworks Technician” ’ Å Dirty Jobs “Worm Grunter” ’ Å Ghost Lab Haunted aircraft carrier. (N) ’ Å Dirty Jobs “Fireworks Technician” ’ Å DISC Dirty Jobs ’ Å Phineas and Ferb ’ Å ››› “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993, Fantasy) Voices of Danny Elf- Phineas and Ferb BalPhineas and Ferb A de- Hannah Montana HanWizards of Waverly Place That’s So Raven “Where’s DISN man. Animated. Halloweentown’s leader aims to kidnap Santa. ‘PG’ Å jeet’s science project. vice to find Perry. nah’s dislike of carrots. “Fashion Week” the Smoke” ’ The Daily 10 (N) The Wedding: Keeping Up With the Kardashians Keeping Up With the Kardashians Kardashian Chelsea Lately Bloopers Chelsea Lately (N) E! News E! ●SportsCenter Å ESPN ●College Football Live ●College Football MAACO Bowl Las Vegas -- BYU vs. Oregon State. From Las Vegas. 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The buddy cop genre lives once again on ‘NCIS’ spinoff By LYNN ELBER Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — If any series has a shot at singlehandedly reviving the buddy cop genre, it’s NCIS: Los Angeles. A spinoff of the durable NCIS, the newcomer is a hit that ranks as one of the fall season’s top-rated shows. Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, who star as slick federal agents, understand that their on-screen chemistry is a big part of the L.A. version’s appeal. Their off-screen charm isn’t shabby, either. When O’Donnell is quizzed about what his co-star’s stage name (he was born James Todd Smith) stands for, he doesn’t hesitate: “Ladies Love Cool James,” O’Donnell shoots back. “Ah, got ya! My man, Chris,” actor-rapper LL Cool J said, smiling. Ask the pair if their wardrobe on NCIS: Los Angeles (8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS) will approach the trendsetting fashions of Crockett and Tubbs on the uber buddy cop show of the 1980s, Miami Vice, and they’re off and running. “You never know. If we go undercover in a club and gotta shake it up a little, and Chris has to put his Flavor Flav clock on, I’m sure he’ll do it,” LL Cool J said. “They have a clock ready for him.” “When is Flav coming on the show?” O’Donnell said, responding in kind. “Every time his (LL Cool J’s) phone rings, I say, ‘Seriously, man, is that Hammer?’ It’s so funny, because the names I throw out are from 15 years ago.” Men bonding as they fight crime is a TV staple, but one that was eclipsed in recent years as ensemble series including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its spinoffs dominated. On NCIS, the quietly authoritative Mark Harmon rules his colorful subordinates. (Other buddy crime shows, like freshman White Collar, fail to meet the mandatory genre requirement of two men of equal law-enforcement status.) The NCIS spinoff, which features Oscar-winning actress Linda Hunt, needed to go in a different direction from the original, said executive producer Shane Brennan. Until he saw O’Donnell and LL Cool J as undercover special agents G. Callen and Sam Hanna, however, he wasn’t sure if the pairing would work — and it did, immediately, he said. LL Cool J offers a theory why. “I think Chris and I, we complement each other in

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‘Dr. Who’ writer Russell T Davies says it’s time to move on By Luaine Lee McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Chris O’Donnell portrays Special Agent “G” Callen in a scene from, ‘NCIS Los Angeles.’ many ways,” he said. “Forget the obvious visual differences; culturally, we’re so different, him being from the northern Chicago suburbs, me being from Queens, N.Y.,” he said. “It’s a cosmopolitan city, Midwestern kind of guy coming together on this show, so we see things so differently because of that.” “The hybrid vision, so to speak, is really cool,” he added. O’Donnell frames the contrast differently. “Todd is one of the great optimists of our time. I tend to be a little more pessimistic. It’s a great combo,” he said — and one he hopes will prove memorable. The genre has produced “great teams along the way,” O’Donnell said, and he’s hoping his partnership with LL Cool J is counted as one.

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PASADENA, Calif. — The writer best known for his unique take on Doctor Who thinks it’s a fate-driven partnership. “It’s literally the first thing I remember from when I was 3 years old,” says the jovial Russell T Davies in a quiet tea room in a hotel here. “I was born in 1963 so I can remember black-andwhite images of Doctor Who from that age. My mother used to sit and make me watch it, she loved it so. The whole of Britain watched Doctor Who. Now it does again, fortunately. In those days every child watched it. There was just no question, no debate. It was a show that everyone watched so a lot of people grew up and became teenagers. I just stayed with it.” Davies, who’s been writing the series for six years, is parting ways with his flashy hero. “I’ve loved it but it’s time to move on. I wanted to get out while I still loved it before I got bored. I’m excited. I feel like I made the right decision and it’s an achievement It’s been the No.1 program in Britain. Not the No.1 drama — the No. 1 program.” The last two of his episodes, “The End of Time,” air Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 on BBC America. As fond as he is of the character, writing is another matter. “It’s hard work,” he shakes his head, “it’s never enjoyable ... I like the end of it when something’s made and I’m happy with it and I watch it. And I’ve watched things I’ve made many times, mostly because I can’t believe the luck and the relief having gotten to the end of it. “I’m building up to writing a script right now, and I’m not liking this process. It’s nights of worry and torment. However, it’s better than being a nurse or a teacher in an inner city school,” he sighs with relief. “Writing is like putting your brain on paper, which is not natural and not easy but in the end, it’s the joy of it when it works, when it clicks. Then something magic happens.” The magic didn’t happen at first. Davies grew up in South Wales and never entertained the idea of being a writer. “It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I looked on it as a possible job never thinking it was possible (for me). Then fortunately I met the right people and worked hard to get the right contacts and opportunities. It took a long time to realize it was even an option,” he says. He started writing what he calls “properly” in 1981 and has been employed ever since. “The problem with the job is it teaches you nothing because every new script is a new set of characters, a new situation, a new story — a whole new world and every time you start from scratch,” he says.


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Comcast unveils online viewing of cable television programs By DEBORAH YAO Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast Corp. customers can now watch several cable TV shows and movies over the Internet, a move aimed at helping the cable TV operator manage the flight of viewers to online video. Comcast hopes that by making the service available starting Tuesday exclusively to subscribers, it can keep them from defecting to rival TV providers or the Internet. Comcast, which announced the service in July before reaching a deal for majority control of NBC Universal, becomes the first cable

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subscribed. Comcast said it will be adding more programmers to the lineup. Comcast itself owns such cable channels as The Golf Channel and E!, and if regulators approve a deal to buy a 51 percent stake of NBC Universal from General Electric Co., it’ll also have control of Bravo, CNBC and other popular channels. Comcast’s own cable entertainment channels, but not the sports networks, are being offered through the new service. NBC Universal’s cable channels aren’t included. Some cable channels are concerned that if they make shows available online, audiences will watch it there instead of on television, yet they won’t get credit for the online viewership in the Nielsen ratings, which help set advertising rates. Comcast said it’s working with Nielsen to address those concerns. Comcast declined to say which cable channels were worried about ratings. Subscribers can log on through Comcast.net and Fancast.com. Comcast said it’s working with other cable channels to provide access through their own individual Web sites. Some programs are available in high-definition and more HD content will be added. Comcast said there’s enough bandwidth to handle HD. Its Internet customers on average use about 2 gigabytes to 4 gigabytes of their 250 gigabytes monthly allotment.

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Philip Marlowe invesTCM Door” (1949) John Derek fools Nazis and flirts with a singer on Martinique. Å (DVS) tigates blackmail and murder. Å (DVS) Lottery Changed My Life “Janitor Millionaire” Å Accidental Fortune “Episode 1” ’ Å Mega-Tsunami: 5 Years Later ’ Å TLC Kidnapped for 18 Years Mega-Tsunami: 5 Years Later (N) ’ Å Bones “The Man in the ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1999, Fantasy) Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey. Crotchety Ebenezer ›› “The Nativity Story” (2006, Drama) Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass. Mary and Joseph TNT Fallout Shelter” ’ Å Scrooge experiences a holiday epiphany. Å travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Å Star Wars Clo. Ben 10 King of the Hill ’ Å King of the Hill ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å TOON “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” (2009) Robbie Amell, Kate Melton. The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show Married... With Children Married... With Children Make My Day (N) M*A*S*H Å M*A*S*H Å M*A*S*H Å TVLND Sanford and Son Å › “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007, Comedy) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel. Å ›› “Bruce Almighty” (2003, Comedy) Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman. Å USA NCIS “Frame-Up” Å ›› “Footloose” (1984, Drama) Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer. Hip teen moves to corn town where pastor taboos dancing. ’ Å ›› Wayne’s World ’ VH1 40 Greatest Pranks 2 ’ CABLE NEWS As Seen on TV The world of infomercials. American Greed Barry Hunt; art heist. American Greed Doctor-impersonator; bank robber. Mad Money CNBC Kudlow Report (Live) Campbell Brown (N) Larry King Live (N) Å Anderson Cooper 360 Å CNN CNN Tonight (N) Tonight From Washington Capital News Today CSPAN House of Rep. Tonight From Washington Capital News Today CSPAN2 U.S. Senate Coverage The O’Reilly Factor (N) Å Hannity (N) On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (N) Å The O’Reilly Factor FNC FOX Report Countdown With Keith Olbermann The Rachel Maddow Show Countdown With Keith Olbermann The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC Hardball Å


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BROADCAST CHANNELS Bones Psychic sees a mass grave. ’ (PA) Å Fringe “Night of Desirable Objects” ’ (PA) Å FOX6 News at 9:00 PM FOX6 News at 9:30 PM FOX6 News at 10:00 PM TMZ (N) ’ Å & WBRC Seinfeld “The Fix Up” PBS NewsHour (N) ’ Å Faith Hill, Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Fea- Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Christmas at Belmont Carols and seasonal favorites. _ WCIQ Event Faith Hill sings Christmas standards. ’ Å turing Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Herrmann Hope Abide ’ Å (N) ’ Å Christmas Special ›››› “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946, Comedy-Drama) James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. An angel saves a distraught businessman from suicide. ’ Å Yule Log Christmas Eve Mass ` WVTM (DVS) From Rome. (N) ’ Å The Vampire Diaries “Pilot” ’ Å Supernatural “A Very Supernatural Christmas” ’ The King of Queens ’ My Name Is Earl Å The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show 5 WTTO Two and a Half Men ’ The Rub Cardinal Corner Word Alive Cheers ’ Å TV24 Local News TV24 Local News Rick & Bubba Å Rick & Bubba Å 8 WJXS A Night at The Grill Wheel of Fortune “Happy Disney Prep & Landing The Middle “Christmas” ’ Modern Family “Undeck Cougar Town “Mystery Grey’s Anatomy Thatcher returns to the hospital with a ABC 33/40 News at 10PM Nightline (N) Å H WJSU Holidays” (N) ’Å Å the Halls” ’ Å Man” ’ Å failed liver; tumor-riddled patient. ’ Å (N) Entertainment Tonight (N) CSI: NY “Greater Good” Mac tries to convince an ex- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation “Disarmed & Danger- The Mentalist “Red Sauce” A mobster in witness pro- CBS 42 News at 10 (N) Christmas at the CatheJ WIAT ’ Å con to tell the truth. ’ Å ous” ’ Å (DVS) tection is murdered. ’ Å dral: Beacon of Hope (N) Ghost Whisperer “Stranglehold” ’ Å NCIS “Skeletons” ’ Å NCIS “Good Wives Club” ’ Å Criminal Minds “About Face” ’ Å L WPXH Ghost Whisperer Å 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Susan Lucci. ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å The Simpsons ’ Å House of Payne House of Payne ¥ WABM Are You Smarter? CABLE ENTERTAINMENT Local Programming Action News Nightbeat Local Programming ^ TV-2 Entertainment Tonight The First 48 Å The First 48 Home invasion. Å The First 48 “Missing Witness; Who’s Knocking” The First 48 “Get That Money; Senseless” Å A&E The First 48 Å ››› “White Christmas” ››› “White Christmas” (1954, Musical Comedy) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. Four entertainers try to save an innkeep- ››› “White Christmas” (1954, Musical Comedy) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, AMC (1954) Å er from ruin. Å Rosemary Clooney. Four entertainers try to save an innkeeper from ruin. Å The Blue Planet A battle for survival in the sea. ’ The Blue Planet “Frozen Seas” ’ Å Blue Planet: Seas of Life Unusual life forms. Å ANPL Blue Planet: Seas of Life Blue Planet: Seas of Life Unusual life forms. Å To Be Announced To Be Announced BBC World News America Å To Be Announced BBC World News The Game ’ Å The Game “Media Blitz” The Game ’ Å The Game ’ Å The Game ’ Å The Game ’ Å The Mo’Nique Show Å BET The Game ’ Å Ghostly Encounters Haunted History “Ghosts of Gettysburg” Å Haunted History “Tombstone” Tombstone, Ariz. Haunted History Mardi Gras spirits; voodoo queen. Haunted History “Haunted Philadelphia” Å BIO America’s Next Top Model “The Warrior Within” ›› “50 First Dates” (2004) Adam Sandler. A man falls for a woman who has short-term memory loss. ›› “50 First Dates” (2004) Adam Sandler. BRAVO Next Top Model Are You Smarter? Are You Smarter? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition The team revisits one family who has received a makeover in the past. Are You Smarter? Are You Smarter? CMTV The Singing Bee ’ South Park Å South Park Å Daily Show- Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Å COMEDY Jeff Dunham Christmas ›› “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (2001, Comedy) Ben Affleck, Jeff Anderson, Diedrich Bader. Å Deadliest Catch “Bitter Tears” ’ Å Deadliest Catch The opilio season is almost over. Deadliest Catch “Shipwrecked” ’ Å Deadliest Catch “Ends of the Earth” ’ Å DISC Deadliest Catch ’ Å › “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006, Comedy) Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell. Phineas and Ferb Å Phineas and Ferb Å Hannah Montana “Take Wizards of Waverly Place That’s So Raven Raven DISN Jack Frost wants to freeze Santa out of the North Pole. ‘G’ Å This Job and Love It” ’ ’Å skips school. ’ Å The Daily 10 (N) ›› “Evan Almighty” (2007) Steve Carell. God commands a newly elected congressman to build an ark. Kendra: Here Comes Baby Chelsea Lately E! News E! ●SportsCenter Å ESPN ●College Football Live ●College Football Sheraton Hawaii Bowl -- Nevada vs. Southern Methodist. From Honolulu. (Live) ●SportsCenter Å ●NFL Live (N) Å Super Bowl NBA Specials: ’Twas the ●SportsCenter Special (N) Å ESPN2 ●NFL’s Greatest Game Å Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town Å The Year Without a Santa Claus Å A Miser Brothers’ Christmas Å The 700 Club Å FAM Rudolph’s Shiny Year Iron Chef America Cat Cora vs. Joey Campanaro. Iron Chef America Mario Batali vs. Scott Campbell. Ace of Cakes Ace of Cakes Good Eats Fruitcake. Unwrapped FOOD Challenge ●ACC Basketball Tip Off Show ●ACC Road Trip Special ●ACC All-Access The Final Score Review ●Poker2Nite The Final Score Review FOXSS SEC Preview ›› “Night at the Museum” (2006, Comedy) Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino. ›› “Night at the Museum” (2006, Comedy) Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino. Museum exhibits spring to life when the sun goes down. Night at the Museum FX ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. A left-behind boy battles two burglars in the house. Å ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. A left-behind boy battles two burglars in the house. Å FXM ››› Home Alone Å Family Feud Å Family Feud ’ Å The Newlywed Game Catch 21 Å 1 vs. 100 ’ Å Deal or No Deal ’ Å GSN Deal or No Deal ’ Å “Meet the Santas” (2005, Romance-Comedy) Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, Dominic Scott Kay. A man, “Mr. St. Nick” (2002, Fantasy) Kelsey Grammer, Charles Durning, Katherine Helmond. The son of Santa Claus is reluctant to accept his HALL his fiancee and her mother plan a wedding. Å destiny. Å ›› “Mamma Mia!” (2008) Meryl Streep. A single hotelier prepares for her daughter’s wedding. ‘PG-13’ The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Concerts at Madison Square Garden. Å HBO ›› Pay It Forward Å To Be Announced House Hunters Å House Hunters Å House Hunters Income Property Å Property Virgins Å My First Place Å H&G House Hunters Å Modern Marvels “Toys” Å Pawn Stars “Fired Up” Å Pawn Stars “Old Man’s Pawn Stars “Pawn Shop Pawn Stars Santa Claus Pawn Stars “A Christmas Special” Å Pawn Stars 1965 Shelby Pawn Stars “A Shot and a HIST Booty” Å Pinot” Å makes an appearance. racecar. Å Shave” Å Grey’s Anatomy “Elevator Love Letter” ’ Å “12 Men of Christmas” (2009, Romance-Comedy) Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hopkins. Å Will & Grace ’ Å Will & Grace ’ Å LIFE Grey’s Anatomy Å ›› “Fred Claus” (2007) Vince Vaughn. Santa’s ne’er-do-well brother puts Christmas in jeopardy. ‘PG’ ›› “Yes Man” (2008, Comedy) Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper. ’ ‘PG-13’ Å Busty Cops: Protect MAX ››› Training Day ‘R’ 20th Century Battlefields “1968 Vietnam” ’ Å 20th Century Battlefields “1973 Middle East” Å 20th Century Battlefields “1951 Korea” ’ Å MILIT 20th Century Battlefields 20th Century Battlefields “1951 Korea” ’ Å South Park ’ Å Jersey Shore Roommates move in to their summer share. ’ Å Jersey Shore ’ Å MTV Real World-Road Rules South Park ’ Å Explorer “Secret History of Gold” Explorer The attainment of diamonds. Giant Crystal Cave NGEO Real George Washington Giant Crystal Cave “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008, Comedy) Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove. ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å George Lopez ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å The Nanny ’ Å NICK iCarly ’ Å Tarantulas and Their Venomous Relations ’ Å Killer Bees: Taming the Swarm ’ Å Giant Squid: Caught on Camera ’ Å Tarantulas and Their Venomous Relations ’ Å SCIENCE Squid Invasion ’ ›› “Why Did I Get Married?” (2007, Comedy-Drama) Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson. iTV. ’ ‘PG-13’ ›› “Meet the Browns” (2008) Tyler Perry. SHOW ››› “Stardust” (2007, Fantasy) Claire Danes, Charlie Cox. iTV. ’ ‘PG-13’ All My Children Wednesday ’ Å One Life to Live Wednesday ’ Å General Hospital Wednesday ’ Å Days of our Lives Today ’ Å SOAP Young-Restless SPEED Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction From Las Vegas. ›››› “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher. Darth Vader launches an attack to crush the rebellion. ’ SPIKE ›››› “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977) Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford. ’ Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn Poker -- Learn SPSO Poker -- Learn Ghost Hunters “Fort Mifflin” ’ Å Ghost Hunters “Garden State Asylum” ’ Å Ghost Hunters Tuberculosis hospital. ’ Å Ghost Hunters “Ghostly Conversation” ’ Å SYFY Ghost Hunters ’ Å Dr. David Jeremiah Å Winning With Wisdom This Is Your Day Å “The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue” (1996) Diana Scarwid, Robert Urich. Casting Crowns TBN Carman Christmas ›››› “A Christmas Story” (1983, Comedy) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon. ›››› “A Christmas Story” (1983, Comedy) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon. TBS My Name Is Earl Å ›› “Period of Adjust››› “Remember the Night” (1940, Romance-Comedy) Barbara Stanwyck, Fred ››› “Christmas in July” (1940, Comedy) Dick Powell, Ellen Drew. A man goes ››› “Chicken Every Sunday” (1949) Dan Dailey. TCM ment” (1962) Å MacMurray. An assistant DA takes a shoplifter home for the holidays. on a shopping spree, thinking he has won a contest. Man tries to get rich quick in circa-1900 Tucson. BBQ Pitmasters “Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off” BBQ Pitmasters “Decatur Jaycees Riverfest” Å BBQ Pitmasters “Smokin’ in Mesquite” ’ Å BBQ Pitmasters “Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off” TLC Heavy Haulers ’ Å ›› “Runaway Bride” Raising the Bar “Maybe, Baby” (N) Å Raising the Bar “O! Say Can You Pee” (N) Å Raising the Bar “Happy Ending” (N) Å ›› “Runaway Bride” (1999, Romance-Comedy) Julia TNT (1999) Julia Roberts. Å Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack. Å Bah-Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas King of the Hill ’ Å King of the Hill ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å Family Guy ’ Å TOON “Casper’s Haunted Christmas” (2000) Voices of Brendon Ryan Barrett. The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show Married... With Children Married... With Children Make My Day Married... With Children Married... With Children Married... With Children TVLND Sanford and Son ›› “National Treasure” (2004, Adventure) Nicolas Cage, Hunter Gomez, Diane Kruger. A man tries to steal the Declaration of Independence. Å ›› “Bad Boys II” (2003) Martin Lawrence. Å USA ›› The Game Plan 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s “Hour 2” ’ 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s “Hour 3” ’ 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s “Hour 4” ’ 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s “Hour 5” ’ VH1 Songs of ’90s CABLE NEWS Inside the Mind of Google Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: America Great The Oprah Effect Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing CNBC Illegal Gambling Campbell Brown (N) Larry King Live (N) Å Anderson Cooper 360 Å CNN CNN Tonight (N) Tonight From Washington Capital News Today CSPAN House of Rep. Tonight From Washington Capital News Today CSPAN2 U.S. Senate Coverage The O’Reilly Factor (N) Å Hannity (N) On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (N) Å The O’Reilly Factor FNC FOX Report American Story Caught on Camera A military plane crashes. Caught on Camera “Extreme Rescues” Caught on Camera Criminals are caught. MSNBC Remrkble Cook


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