Tag Archives: The Family

New Roots a Slave to Scheduling

TVNZ Ondemand will not be fast-tracking Roots here ahead of its TV One premiere in July. The miniseries re-make goes to air today in the US and Asia, where it will air on four consecutive nights on the History Channel, and will screen in most territories in June. But NZ and Australian networks appear to […]

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Muppets High on Networks’ Hit Lists

It’s time to stop the music — cancellations are flying thicker than the Swedish Chef’s accent in the US today, with the networks axing a slew of shows, including The Muppets, Castle and Containment. Variety reports The Muppets’ cancellation came after a mid-season show runner change failed to turn around disappointing ratings. “The show underperformed following a […]

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This Week in HD: April 9 – 15

NZ’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) The Goldbergs (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, 5.1, R)  Hyundai Country Calendar (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Spider-Man 3 (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: Ice Age (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) Posh Pawn (TV1, 7.30) Father Brown (Prime, 7.30)  Partners in Crime (Prime, 8.35, F) Network Movie Premiere: Anchorman2: The Legend Continues (TV3, […]

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PHIL vs BILL The family that slays together stays together in this violent black comedy about a New Jersey mobster trying to live incognito with his wife and teenage kids in France. They’re in the FBI’s witness protection programme, struggling to get to grips with the Gauls and going straight, when their identities and whereabouts are inadvertently revealed to the gangsters they snitched on. When the old gang turns up to exact payback, the tone changes from fish-out-of-water to sleeping with the fishes. An engaging cast and some quirky touches compensate for a fitfully funny script that straitjackets writer/director Luc Besson’s action strengths.

Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: The Family

The Family | Value for money: $$ Written and directed by Luc Besson. Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, some kid from Glee,Tommy Lee Jones. When someone is pitching a movie idea to the folks with the money, a really handy idea is for the funders to say: “So where does this get filed in the […]

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