Friday, 14 October 2016

Thursday's Family Night Counts Down To Christmas And Airs Double Bills All The Way Up To Christmas Plus More Action Weekends And Hollywood's Royalty Right Here On Studio Universal Africa In November 2016

THURSDAY’S FAMILY NIGHT
“Countdown to Christmas” - double bills all the way up to Christmas
Elf
10th November at 18:00
With Christmas right around the corner, set off on a festive adventure with Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell), who, after being raised in the North Pole for the last 30 years, discovers that he’s not just an abnormally tall elf, but a human! Armed with this life-changing information, Buddy sets off to New York City to look for his father (James Caan), a cynical businessman who was on Santa’s naughty list, and meets the beautiful Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). As Buddy navigates the delights of the city as only an elf can, will the Big Apple be able to cope with his unrelenting and infectious Christmas cheer?

The Santa Clause
17th November at 19:40
Single dad Calvin Scott (Tim Allen) has his share of parental duties to deal with every day, but when he accidentally kills Santa Claus one Christmas, Calvin is shocked to discover that he’s now responsible for delivering toys to children all around the world! Even though he’s determined to dismiss it, Calvin begins to grow a white beard and gains an inordinate amount of weight over the next few months. With Christmas Eve coming up and a large sack of presents to deliver, Scott slowly begins to realise that his new job is to put that red suit on and make sure everyone has the best holiday ever!

Jack Frost
10th November at 19:45
A full-time musician and part-time father, aging rock star Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) never seems to have much time for his family – until he’s killed in a tragic car accident on Christmas day. A year later, when his young son Charlie (Joseph Cross) plays a tune on his father’s harmonica, Jack is magically brought back to life as a snowman and given a second chance to be a better dad. With a school bully to defeat, snowball fights to win and a hockey game to finally attend, Jack and Charlie embark on an enchanted Christmas adventure to reconnect and make up for lost time.

Fred Claus
1st December
While Nick ‘Santa’ Claus is jolly, merry and full of Christmas spirit, Fred Claus is anything but. After growing up with an unbearably saintly brother, the fast-talking troublemaker Fred (Vince Vaughn) left home as soon as he could. However, when one of his shady dealings finally goes wrong, Nick (Paul Giamatti) bails him out on one condition: that he comes back to the North Pole to help with the preparations for Christmas. With no other choice, Fred begrudgingly returns home, but will his presence finally push the good-natured Nick over the edge just before the happiest time of the year?

WEDNESDAY’S HOLLYWOOD HITS
“Hollywood Royalty”
Apollo 13
9th November at 20:00
Delve into a real-life space adventure on board Apollo 13, with Ron Howard’s dramatic reinterpretation of America’s ill-fated lunar landing mission in 1970. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon star as the ship’s astronauts Lovell, Halse and Swigart, whose routine flight suddenly turns deadly when an explosion on board puts their lives in jeopardy. With the moon mission cancelled and a safe return home their main priority, tempers, tensions and technical problems threaten the astronauts’ survival as they struggle to maintain contact with mission control chief Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) and engineer Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise) over 200,000 miles away.

Two For The Money
23rd November at 20:00
After a devastating and career-ending injury, former college quarterback Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) discovers that he has another lucrative skill – picking winning football bets. He soon catches the eye of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), head of a large gambling operation, and rapidly becomes a star in the adrenaline-charged field of high-stakes sports betting. However, in a world where fortunes can be made – or lost – in a split second, when Brandon’s golden touch begins to falter, he finds himself in a deadly and intense match of wits with his former mentor. Also stars Rene Russo and Jeremy Piven.

Conspiracy Theory
16th November at 20:00
There’s nothing more disturbing than when your deepest fears and wildest suspicions turn out to be true, as eccentric New York City cabbie Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) discovers. An expert on numerous paranoid conspiracy theories and frequently labelled as crazy, Jerry suddenly finds himself captured and interrogated by a CIA psychiatrist (Patrick Stewart), leading him to believe that one of his theories is actually real. The only problem is, he has absolutely no idea which one. Joined by government lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts), Jerry must sift through everything he knows and believes before it’s too late.

The Nutty Professor
30th November at 20:00
Can you ever have enough Eddie Murphy? Well, you’re about to find out! Meet the kind-hearted and obese Professor Klump (Murphy), part of the larger-than-life Klump family – all played by him – whose feelings for his beautiful lab assistant Carla (Jada Pinkett Smith) are hampered by his embarrassment over his weight. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Klump concocts a miraculous weight loss solution that turns him into the slim and confident Buddy Love. However, when Buddy’s arrogance and disruptive behaviour begins to spiral out of control, Klump comes to realise that appearences can often be deceptive.

ACTION WEEKENDS
Chill Factor + Direct Action
19th November from 18:00
Get ready for a hefty scoop of action in Chill Factor, where ice-cream deliveryman Arlo (Cuba Gooding Jr) and waiter Tim (Skeet Ulrich) find themselves entrusted with a deadly virus that will detonate if it doesn’t stay below fifty degrees. With the icy weapon leaving a hot trail behind them, they race against time – and temperature – to keep it out of the wrong hands. The adrenaline rush continues in Direct Action, as honest cop Frank Gannon (Dolph Lundgren) is framed by his fellow officers after exposing the corruption in his department. With 24 hours left to prove his innocence and his former boss out to kill him, will Gannon make it through the toughest day in his career?

Dead Man Down + Rocknrolla
26th October from 18:00
Revenge is the driving force in neo noir crime thriller Dead Man Down, where mobster Victor (Colin Farrell) infiltrates a criminal empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard) in order to make him pay for murdering his family. However, when a mysterious young woman (Noomi Rapace) discovers his secret, she convinces Victor to let her join him. Next, it’s a step into the seedy London underworld in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, where a real-estate scam puts millions up for grabs and every criminal wants a piece of the action, from hustler One Two (Gerard Butler) to unpredictable punk rocker Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell).

20th November from 18:00 Welcome To The Punch + Absolute Deception + Detention

The Brave One
27th November from 18:00
Nothing is what it seems in Absolute Deception, as widowed journalist Rebecca Scott (Emmanuelle Vaugier) attempts to discover the truth behind her husband’s death. Joined by FBI agent John Nelson (Cuba Gooding Jr), she stumbles onto a shocking web of deception, and the two of them soon find themselves with a target on their backs. Later, the suspicion is stifling in satirical horror Detention, where students trapped after hours in the school building are slowly picked off one- by-one by a serial killer. As the bodies pile up, typical teen stereotypes brainy Riley (Shanley Caswell), hipster Clapton (Josh Hutcherson) and popular Ione (Spencer Locke) must survive long enough to stop the killer from getting out.
James McAvoy and Mark Strong face off in Welcome to the Punch, where family problems force a notorious criminal (Strong) to return to his hometown, giving the detective who worked on his case (McAvoy) one final chance to get his man. The cat-and-mouse game continues in gritty thriller The Brave One, where Jodie Foster shines as a New York radio host who turns into a vigilante after her fiancé is killed in a brutal attack. As she prowls the streets at night, anonymously dispensing justice as she sees fit, a determined detective (Terrence Howard) sets out to bring her in.

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