2015 Australian Open Tennis
You didn't have to work tomorrow, right? Those souls hardy enough to brave the wee hour will get to see a women's champion crowned this morning at the year's first major, the Australian Open. Last year, Li Na won her second and, as it turned out, last career Grand Slam by defeating Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets in the final at Melbourne. The 32-year-old Chinese would retire eight months later due to chronic knee pain.
The title also could describe the pace of Liam Neeson's action-hero work since his success with "Taken." This effective 2014 airplane thriller casts him as a federal air marshal who receives texts threatening fellow passengers will die unless a ransom is paid. Neeson expectedly is the main show here, but his impressive co-stars include Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Corey Stoll and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave").
Steve Carell has a good animated match for his vocal talents in Gru, a master criminal who wants to be immortalized as the greatest bad guy ever. A rival (voice of Jason Segel) has his own designs on that title, so Gru takes several orphans under his wing, intending for them to infiltrate his competitor's lair, but they end up having an effect on him that he never anticipated. Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Miranda Cosgrove also are heard in this 2010 comedy.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looks a little old next to all the teenagers in this movie. But no matter. He's still buff enough and tough enough to play the role of a juvie counselor who uses football to help the kids learn respect -- for themselves and others. Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Jade Yorker, Setu Taase and Jurnee Smollett also star in this inspirational 2006 drama.
McGarrett and Danny (Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan) find themselves trapped inside an abandoned building rigged to explode after Five-0 follows a bad tip. Rapper and television host Xzibit ("Pimp My Ride") guest stars as an informant in "Ku I Ka Pili Koko" -- Hawaiian for "Blood Brothers." Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Masi Oka also star.
Newly returned to the police force in Portland, Ore., Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) works with the other members of the Special Crimes Unit on the case of a college student's supposed suicide in "Dragon Slayer." The probe eventually indicates the death actually was a homicide. Backstrom may not pass his physical unless he starts following his doctor's orders. Kyle Secor ("Homicide: Life on the Street") guest stars. Dennis Haysbert also stars.
A Wish Come True
Environmentalist Lindsay Corwin (Megan Park) learns the truth behind the adage "Be careful what you wish for" in this 2015 romantic comedy. On the eve of her 30th birthday, Lindsay looks back on her long string of bad relationships and makes a mega-wish that all her past birthday wishes would come true. She's delighted when that starts to happen -- until she discovers that both the man and the life she's also wished for may not be the one she truly wants. Anthony Lemke and Benjamin Hollingsworth also star.
Beautiful & Twisted
Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation") gave a chilling performance as a convicted wife killer in the 2012 Lifetime movie "Drew Peterson: Untouchable," but this new TV movie -- again, based on an actual case -- finds him in the role of victim. Lowe stars as millionaire Miami hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., whose brutal murder stuns the city's upper crust. His ex-stripper wife, Narcy (Paz Vega), soon emerges as the prime suspect. Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") also stars.
Saturday Night Live
Since NBC has the Super Bowl the next day, it's little surprise that one of its staple programs gets in on the action with "SNL's NFL Saturday," a Seth Meyers-presented compilation of sports-related skits from throughout the show's history. A number of guest hosts also have had ties to the world of athletics, so excerpts featuring them are likely. So is an appearance by personal trainers Hans and Franz (Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon).
Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular
Since NBC has the Super Bowl the next day, it's little surprise that one of its staple programs gets in on the action with this Seth Meyers-presented compilation of sports-related skits from throughout the show's history. A number of guest hosts also have had ties to the world of athletics, so excerpts featuring them are likely. So is an appearance by Hans and Franz (Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon), the personal trainers who were "here to pump ... you up!"
Broadway director Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) has succeeded through sheer drive and talent, regardless of the fact that he is also a complete ham. When one of his discoveries, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), leaves his show for Hollywood, his career hits the skids. A chance meeting on a train gives him the idea to re-sign his former star to regain glory. Unfortunately, she'd rather pretend he didn't exist. Roscoe Kerns also stars in this 1934 comedy.
A Spanish general (guest star Colin Salmon) agrees to trade the formula for a unique and decidedly lethal gunpowder in exchange for the Musketeer's help in rescuing his kidnapped daughter. The mission -- already snarled by delicate trade policies -- is complicated even further, however, after Porthos (Howard Charles) is captured by Spanish agents. Tom Burke and Santiago Cabrera also star in this new episode.