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- December movie premieres include family Hollywood hits THE LEGO MOVIE, and MUPPETS MOST WANTED
- Keep warm this holiday break with new movie premieres beginning Monday, Dec. 22 on The Movie Network, including THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2, TRANSCENDENCE,CUBAN FURY, and SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIE’S GREAT ADVENTURE
- It’s classic movie marathon mania on The Movie Network Encore this December with family favourites and the best of funnyman Adam Sandler
- Frank Martin delivers his final package in the TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES finale, while Showtime’s intoxicating drama THE AFFAIR wraps up
- Canadian Feature Films UVANGA; THAT BURNING FEELING; CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE; CAS & DYLAN; and EMPIRE OF DIRT premiere this month
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Below is achronological listing of The Movie Network programming highlights for December.Programming highlights for The Movie Network Encore follow. All programming issubject to change (all times ET; visit themovienetwork.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
9 p.m. –UVANGA (2013) – *Canadian Feature Film Premiere*
AMontreal woman (MarianneFarley, Imaginaerum) and her 14-year-old son (Lukasi Forrest)travel to the Canadian High Arctic sothat he can meet for the first time his late father’s Inuit family. Under theconstant summer sun, the joy of homecoming is tempered with disturbingmemories.
7:25 p.m.– THAT BURNING FEELING (2013) – *Canadian Feature FilmPremiere*
Adam Murphy (PauloCostanzo, ROYAL PAINS), a real-estate hotshot and confirmed bachelor, feels theburn of failed love(s), when a social disease takes him face-to-face with ahandful of one-night stands, revealing the shortcomings of his ownimage.
9 p.m. –THE RAID 2 (2014) – *Premiere*
Only a short timeafter the first raid, Rama (Iko Uwais, Man of Tai Chi) goes undercoverwith the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover thecorruption within his police force.
7:15 and 9p.m. – THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) – *Premiere*
In this animatedfilm, an ordinary Lego construction worker (Chris Pratt, Guardians of theGalaxy), thought to be the prophesied 'Special.’ is recruited to join aquest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell, Anchor Man 2: The LegendContinues) from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
9 p.m. –TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES – Season 2, Episode 11 of 12
Kentucky: Frank (Chris Vance, DEXTER) is hired totransport a thoroughbred racehorse worth millions from her stables in Kentuckyto the racetrack of the prestigious Belmont Stakes race in New York.
10 p.m.–THE AFFAIR – Season 1, Episode 8 of 10
9 p.m. –CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (2014) – *Canadian Feature FilmPremiere*
As the town of DogRiver goes bankrupt, residents must pack up and move out. However, our favouritecitizens make one last-ditch effort to save Dog River. Starring Brent Butt(No Clue), and Gabrielle Miller (Down River).
9 p.m. –BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY – *Premiere*
Directed byMichael Lee Nirenberg, this documentary follows the story of pornmagazine Hustler, from its nightclub inception to pornography in the21st century.
7:30 p.m.– SCOOT AND KASSIE’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE – *Premiere*
Kassie (ArianaBagley, Waiting for Forever), her friends, and her dog, Scoot, organizea holiday fundraiser, but must protect the cash from some crooks in order tosave Christmas. Also starring Luke Perry (Jeremiah).
9 p.m. –WOLF CREEK 2 (2013) – *Premiere*
The outback oncemore becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey forcrazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor (John Jarratt, DjangoUnchained).
7:30 p.m.– CAS & DYLAN (2013) – *Canadian Feature Film Premiere*
A dying doctor(Richard Dreyfuss, JAWS), who plans to check out on his own terms, takes areluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an'anything-but-normal' 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK).Directed by Jason Priestley (CALL ME FITZ).
9 p.m. –WINTER’S TALE (2014) – *Premiere*
A burglar (ColinFarrell, Total Recall) falls for an heiress (Lucy Griffiths, HBO’sTRUE BLOOD) as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift ofreincarnation, he sets out to save her.
9 p.m. –TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES – Season 2, Episode 12 of 12
New York: In thefinale, Frank and Caterina (Violante Placido, The American) attempt torecover their clients’ stolen diamonds. The job leads to Frank encountering hisformer lover, and a new dangerous mission.
10 p.m.–THE AFFAIR – Season 1, Episode 9 of 10
7:20p.m.–EMPIRE OF DIRT –*Canadian Feature Film Premiere*
Three generationsof First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of the past.
7:30 p.m.– NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS (2014) – *Canadian Feature FilmPremiere*
After a stray catadopts Zachary (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns), he meets Marliee(Kimberly Sustad, Down River) and realizes the single life is not asfulfilling as he thought it was.
9 p.m. –HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (2014) – *Premiere*
A small-townfather (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) must find the courage andconviction to share his son's (Connor Corum) extraordinary, life-changingexperience with the world.
7:10 p.m.– MUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014) – *Premiere*
While on a grandworld tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heistcaper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.Starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.
7:25 p.m.– CHRISTMAS ICETASTROPHE – *PREMIERE*
As a frozen objectslams into Earth, a small town’s dreams of a “White Christmas” turn into afrozen nightmare in this action/disaster flick. Starring Victor Webster(CONTINUUM) and Jennifer Spence (The Core).
10 p.m.–THE AFFAIR – Season 1, Episode 10 of 10 – *Season Finale*
9 p.m. –THE PRETTY ONE (2013) – *Premiere*
A tragedy presentsLaurel (Zoe Kazan, What If) with the chance to reinvent herself as heridolized twin sister, Audrey. As she eases into the life she has always wanted,she must decide between continuing the lie, or revealing herself as theperfect fraud.
9 p.m. –MOOD INDIGO–*PREMIERE*
Wealthy, inventivebachelor Colin (Romain Duris, L’auberge Espagnole) endeavors to find acure for his lover Chloe (Audrey Tautou, Amélie) after she's diagnosedwith an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
7:40 p.m.– SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIE’S ROYAL ADVENTURE (2014) –*PREMIERE*
Sophia Grace andRosie are sent to the fictional country “Switzelvania” by THE ELLEN DEGENERESSHOW as special correspondents tasked with covering the coronation of a newqueen.
9 p.m. –BEARS (2014) – *PREMIERE*
Directed byAlastair Fothergill (PLANET EARTH) and Keith Scholey (DEADLY ISLANDS), andnarrated by John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy), this documentaryfollows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's mostimportant lessons.
9 p.m. –THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014) – *PREMIERE*
When New York isput under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield,TheSocial Network) to save the city he swore to protect as well as his lovedones.
9 p.m. –TRANSCENDENCE (2014) – *PREMIERE*
A scientist's(Johnny Depp) drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implicationswhen his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
9 p.m. –CUBAN FURY (2014) – *PREMIERE*
Beneath BruceGarrett's (Nick Frost, Paul) under-confident, overweight exterior, thepassionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant, until one woman (Rashida Jones,PARKS AND RECREATION) ignites his Latin fire.
Classicsmultiplex channel The Movie Network Encore celebrates the holidays withfamily-friendly movies and marathons. Below is a chronological listing of The MovieNetwork Encore programming highlights for December. All programming is subjectto change (all times ET; visitthemovienetwork.ca to confirm localbroadcast times).
Friday,Dec. 19 –Wednesday, Dec. 31
1 p.m. –9p.m. DAILY FAMILY FUN EVENT
The Movie NetworkEncore amps up the family fun this holiday season with daily movie marathons foreveryone to enjoy.
Friday,Dec. 19:GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT, PETER PAN, SHORT CIRCUIT, MY DOG SKIP, LOONEYTUNES: BACK IN ACTION
Saturday,Dec. 20:LOONEY, LOONEY, LOONEY BUGS BUNNY MOVIE, MATILDA, MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN,MUPPETS FROM SPACE, UNCLE BUCK
Sunday,Dec. 21:STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, STAR TREK III:THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, THE MUMMY
Monday,Dec. 22:CORRINA, CORRINA, CATS & DOGS, A KNIGHT’S TALE, THE MUMMY RETURNS
Tuesday,Dec. 23:CURIOUS GEORGE, WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, DRAGON HUNTERS, EVANALMIGHTY, JACK FROST
Thursday,Dec. 25:BLACK BEAUTY, MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, MUPPETS FROM SPACE, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, ADENNIS THE MENACE CHRISTMAS
Friday,Dec. 26:BIG DADDY, HAPPY GILMORE, YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOUCHUCK AND LARRY
Saturday,Dec. 27:MY DOG SKIP, GREEN LATERN: FIRST FLIGHT, THE MUSKATEER, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAYOFF, STUART LITTLE
Sunday,Dec. 28:KANGAROO JACK, SEE SPOT RUN, JACK FROST, MEATBALLS, STUART LITTLE 2
Monday,Dec. 29:THE IRON GIANT, LADYHAWKE, SPEED RACER, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
Tuesday,Dec. 30:MADISON, STARDUST, A DENNIS THE MENACE CHRISTMAS, THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DOANYTHING, ELF
Wednesday,Dec. 31:MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, MUPPETS FROM SPACE, LOONEY, LOONEY, LOONEy BUGSBUNNY MOVIE, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, NANCY DREW
4 p.m. –7:10 p.m. – THE MUPPETS MARATHON
The Movie NetworkEncore teams up with the Muppets for a very special family marathon. Viewers canjoin the adventure with the lovable bunch in MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN(1984), followed by a quest to the stars in MUPPETS IN SPACE(1999), and end the night with the latest instalment MUPPETSMOST WANTED (2014) on The Movie Network.
8 a.m. –3:30 a.m. – ADAM SANDLER MARATHON
Boxing Day offershilarious company! Adam Sandler’s back-to-back comedies will keep viewerslaughing all day long. The marathon begins bright and early with theperfectly-matched Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore combo in 50 FIRST DATES(2004) and THE WEDDING SINGER (1998). Later, Sandlerplays a small-town guy who inherits $40 billion in MR. DEEDS(2002), becomes a foster father in BIG DADDY (1999),and then goes from rejected hockey player to golf pro in HAPPY GILMORE(1996). Next, viewers can experience the absurd with aSpecial Forces Soldier turned hair stylist inYOU DON’T MESS WITH THEZOHAN (2008), two straight men who pretend to be in a homosexualrelationship in I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY (2007), anda seasoned comedian become terminally ill in FUNNY PEOPLE(2009). Finally, the night finishes with the inspirational anduplifting comedies; REIGN OVER ME (2007), SPANGLISH(2004), and MIXED NUTS (1994).
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