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Hey All,

Happy Monday! Well, at least try to make it Happy Monday, right?! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that the first day of the work week is treating everyone fine. Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor William Peterson will reprise his role of Gil Grissom in a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of CSI. (Lynette Rice at Entertainment Weekly)

TNT has extended the seventh, and purported final, season of The Closer by six episodes. Ten episodes will air this summer, followed by five in the winter and the final six in the summer of 2012. The six additional episodes (set for the summer of 2012) will be the last for Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson and will also likely serve as a platform to introduce a new central character for a spin-off. The spin-off is tentatively titled Major Crimes, and would see the show evolve into a more gritty drama, focusing on what happens when criminals aren’t sent to death row and the behind-the-scenes deal making. The justice system’s give and take will play a part in Brenda’s exit. (Entertainment Weekly and Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Actress Alana De La Garza will reprise her Law & Order role in the Los Angeles spinoff, teaming up with Terrence Howard’s Jonah Dekker. The series still has no return date. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actor Taylor Kinney (Trauma and The Vampire Diaries) will guest star on CSI: NY, playing Jayson Luck, who attacks and kills someone he believes to be an old man on a subway platform. Unfortunately for Jayson, the crime is witnessed by Ellie, the daughter of Sela Ward’s Jo. This episode is slated to air in April. (Adam Bryant at TV Guide)

Actress Laura Vandervoort (V) will reprise her role as Kara Zor-El (a.k.a. Supergirl) in one of final five episodes of Smallville. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias and Felicity) has landed the lead in the A&E hour-long pilot called Big Mike, which is about a plus-sized detective who is a force of nature in the San Diego PD. (Deadline)

Actress Camille Guaty (Prison Break) has joined the cast the USA Network hour-long pilot called Eden that centers on a young hotel worker (Nick D’Agosto) who, with the help of his escaped con artist cousin (Enver Gjokaj), gets a job as the concierge at an elite NYC hotel. Together they manage to provide the hotel guests with whatever they desire, at whatever the cost. Guaty will play a strong-willed, hard-working single mother who’s carved out a career in real estate to support her five-year-old son. (Deadline)

HBO is hoping to launch a new series by Aaron Sorkin (the man behind The West Wing and The Social Network) that will chronicle the backstage drama at a cable news network. (Lynette Rice and James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Jordana Brewster (Chuck) has scored the lead role in the TNT remake of Dallas. The story will center on feuding cousins John Ross and Christopher, the offspring of brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing, as they clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty. Brewster will play Elena, the gorgeous daughter of the ranch’s cook who is locked in a love triangle with Christopher and John. (TV Line and Dark Horizons)

CONDOLENCES

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films passed away over the weekend. He was 77. (Associated Press)

ME: Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE….

WINNERS OF SAG AWARDS

Congrats to all of the winners of last night’s SAG Awards. The following are the results of the annual fete from E! Entertainment Online:

TELEVISION

Ensemble, Comedy Series: Modern Family
Ensemble, Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire
Male Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Female Actor, Comedy Series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Male Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Female Actor, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Female Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Male Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Stunt Ensemble, Television Series: True Blood
Life Achievement Award: Ernest Borgnine

MOTION PICTURES

Ensemble: The King’s Speech
Male Actor, Leading: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Female Actor, Leading: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Male Actor, Supporting: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Female Actor, Supporting: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Stunt Ensemble, Motion Picture: Inception

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Looks like Halle Berry is out and Katherine Heigl is in as a cast member in the upcoming holiday –themed film New Year’s Eve that already boast the following cast members: Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Ice Cube, Jon Bon Jovi, Hillary Swank, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers and Abigail Breslin. Heigl will take over for Berry as a caterer who encounters her ex-lover at a party. (First Showing)

Actor Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the upcoming movie called Sassy Pants, which is to be a coming-of-age comedy starring Ashley Rickards, Anna Gunn, Jenny and Diedrich Bader. (Joshua Weinstein at The Wrap)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Sunday nights are typically filled with movies, sports, animation and news programs. Last night wasn’t any different with only one drama airing (albeit with a repeat) and the presentation of the latest Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Lost Valentine. Here is how both of those performed last night:

9 PM Movie (2 hours):
The Lost Valentine (CBS) – 14.3 million

10 PM Show:
Desperate Housewives (ABC) [repeat] – 3.6 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in movie theatres in February:

Waiting for Forever
Opens: February

The film follows Will Donnor (Tom Sturridge), a twenty-something guy who exclusively wears pajamas, juggles for a living, and has no motivation to do anything except follow struggling actress Emma Twist (Rachel Bilson), a childhood friend, from city to city because he believes that they are destined to be together. The film also stars Nikki Blonsky, Jamie King, Matthew Davis, Richard Jenkins and Blythe Danner.

London Boulevard
Opens: February

After being released from prison, a South London criminal (Colin Farrell) tries to give up the gangster life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive young actress (Keira Knightley). The movie also stars Anna Friel, Ray Winstone and David Thewlis.

The Roommate
Opens: February 4

This psychological thriller is about a demented college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly). Frances Fisher, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka and Matt Lanter co-star.

Frankie and Alice
Opens: February 4 (Limited Release)

This drama centers on a young woman (Halle Berry) with multiple personality disorder who struggles not to give in to her racist alter-personality. The cast includes Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson.

The Other Woman
Opens: February 4 (Limited Release)

The film stars Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow with the story revolving around a young woman who finds her relationship with her precocious stepson the key to recovering from a newborn’s death, family issues and her marriage.

The Eagle
Opens: February 11

In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, a young centurion (Channing Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father who commanded the team. The cast includes Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong.

Gnomeo and Juliet 3D
Opens: February 11

The greatest love story ever told, Gnomeo and Juliet are two garden gnomes who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness. The voices in the film are provided by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Jason Statham.

Cedar Rapids
Opens: February 11

The story centers on a wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man (Ed Helms), who, when his role model dies, must represent his company at a regional insurance conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the big-town experience. The film also stars John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat and Anne Heche.

In Her Skin
Opens: February 11

A drama about a missing 15-year-old in Melbourne, Australia in 1999 stars Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto.

Just Go With It
Opens: February 11

A successful plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) pretends to be unhappily married to get women. When he finally meets a girl he believes to be the woman of his dreams and is afraid of telling her the truth, he lies and says he’s in the midst of finalizing a divorce to which she requests to meet his soon-to-be ex. He ends up asking his office manager (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his wife. The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker and Dave Matthews.

The Resident
Opens: February 17 (Limited Release)

The film stars Hilary Swank as a beautiful young doctor who begins a new life in Brooklyn after separating from her husband. Her stunning loft seems too good to be true, until mysterious occurrences lead her to believe she’s not alone. The film also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace and Christopher Lee.

I Am Number Four
Opens: February 18

Nine infant aliens flee their home planet to hide out on Earth. The species that destroyed their planet, however, has followed them and sets out to hunt them down. As the infants grow into teenagers with special powers, three of them are killed. A fourth (Alex Pettyfer) has fallen in love and now has something to stand up and fight for. The film also stars Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand and Teresa Palmer.

Unknown
Opens: February 18

Liam Neeson stars in this thriller about a man who wakes up from a coma after a car accident during a business trip in Berlin to discover someone else has taken over his identity and left him on the run from mysterious assassins. The movie co-stars Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella.

Vanishing on 7th Street
Opens: February 18 (Limited Release)

Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton star in this horror thriller about what happens when an unexplained blackout plunges Detroit into total darkness. When the sun rises there are only a few people left, with most of the population seemingly having disappeared right out of their clothing. The survivors begin to discover that the shadows hold danger as the daylight begins to disappear. As darkness closes in, they soon discover exactly what they’re up against.

Big Momma: Like Father Like Son
Opens: February 18

FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them. The cast includes Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Max Casella, Tony Curran and Faizon Love.

Bereavement
Opens: February 18 (limited release)

This thriller stars Michael Biehn (Terminator) in a story about what happens when a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped and imprisoned by a psychotic recluse for years.

Drive Angry
Opens: February 25

A vengeful father hunts down the people who brutally killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. As the chase gets bloodier by the mile, his rescue spins out of control, leaving bodies strewn along the highway. The cast includes Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse, Billy Burke and William Fichtner.

Shelter
Opens: February 25

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished. The film stars Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Frances Conroy.

Movies coming out in March will be posted at the end of February.

Enjoy!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the fall season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:45 PM
The Blind Side movie on More Max

7 PM
Spider-Man 2 movie on HBO Family

7:10 PM
Dragonfly movie on Starz

8 PM
Chuck on NBC
NCIS on USA Network (reair)
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
Being Human on Syfy (reair)
Avalon High movie on Disney (reair)
Julie & Julia movie on Encore
Broken Arrow movie on G4

9 PM
The Cape on NBC
Greek on ABC Family
Being Human on Syfy
Valentine’s Day movie on HBO
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story movie on Lifetime (Debut)
Ghost movie on TV Land

10 PM
Castle on ABC (reair)
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (reair)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
Juno movie on Oxygen
Courage Under Fire movie on TV Guide Network

Enjoy!

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The Sundays

The Sundays were an English alternative rock group that was formed in the mid 1980’s by Harriet Wheeler (vocals) and David Gavurin (guitar) while they were at university. They became a duo who soon added Paul Brindley (bass) and Patrick Hannan (drums) to the roster.

The band was eventually signed to a contract with Rough Trade Records and released their debut album “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic” in 1990, which featured their first single “Here’s Where the Story Ends”. Due to financial troubles by their record company, The Sundays decided to manage themselves, which delayed their second single “Goodbye” from being released until 1992.

You can read the remainder of this article here.

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Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon is an American rock band from Washington, D.C. that was formed in 1991 by undergrads Matthew Scannell (lead vocals and lead guitar) and Keith Kane (backing vocals and guitar). After their graduation the following year, the duo relocated to Boston and self-released their debut album called “There and Back Again.” All the songs on this album were co-written by the duo and they played all the instruments themselves.

For the next few years, Scannell and Keith toured as a duo, they were joined by Ed Toth on drums in 1996 and then released a live album called “Live Stages” in 1997. It wasn’t that much later that they were signed to Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RCA Records and soon held auditions for a permanent bass player. Sean Hurley soon took on that role.

You can read the remainder of this article here.

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Dave Matthews Band

The Dave Matthews Band (otherwise known as DMD) is an American band formed in Virginia in 1990 by founding members Dave Matthews (lead singer and guitar), Stefan Lessard (bass), Boyd Tinsley (violin), Carter Beauford (backing vocals and drums) and the late LeRoi Moore (saxophone) [Moore passed away in 2008 due to injuries sustained in an ATV accident].

The band did their first in-studio demons early in 1991 and then made their first public appearance a few months later. During the band’s early years they performed at fraternity functions and at popular clubs in Charlottesville.

It was two years later that DMB released its first album called “Remember Two Things,” which debuted on college charts as the highest independent entry. The band continued to tour while their fan based grew.

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