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8.30pm, Seven, Prime7

M. 2007. Two-bit Las Ve­gas ma­gi­cian Ni­co­las Cage hides a se­cret – he can see two min­utes into the fu­ture. Could this gift be just the thing to thwart ter­ror­ists about to nuke Los An­ge­les? FBI agent Ju­lianne Moore thinks so, re­cruit­ing him as an un­likely ally. Ridicu­lous story wins points for not tak­ing it­self too se­ri­ously, Cage’s boots’n’all per­for­mance and a knock­out end­ing. 9.10pm, Nine, NBN

M. 2010. Pro­duc­tion­line mis­matched cou­ple com­edy with Jen­nifer Anis­ton as a com­bat­ive re­porter who’s on the run for miss­ing a court date. Ger­ard But­ler plays her ex­hus­band, now bounty hunter, pur­su­ing her for the cash. This worked like a charm in movies like Mid­night Run. Here, you can hear the screen­play’s cogs and wheels drop­ping into place as it inserts cliche af­ter cliche. 9.30pm, Ten, Ten SC M. 2004. Con­tract killer Tom Cruise takes a taxi driver hostage and forces him to drive him as he makes his rounds from hit to hit dur­ing one night in Los An­ge­les. Cab­bie Jamie Foxx must find a way to save both him­self and one last vic­tim. Michael Mann di­rects this sharp, en­ter­tain­ing thriller. 9.30pm, SBS TWO

M. 2010. Award­win­ning car dealer Fran­cois Cluzet has the world at his feet un­til the mafia kill his busi­ness part­ner when a deal in­volv­ing stolen cars goes wrong. Forced to de­fend him­self, he dis­plays an un­ex­pected tal­ent wor­thy of Steven Sea­gal. AY-TV provider Fox­tel has se­cured co­me­dian and Us-based talk show host Rove Mcmanus for its com­men­tary team for the London Olympics.

Mcmanus will be part of Fox­tel’s team for the cov­er­age, start­ing on July 27, ahead of the sec­ond se­ries of Rove LA which launches in Septem­ber.

The three-time Gold Lo­gie win­ner told AAP he isn’t the most clued-up per­son on sport but he has al­ready set his sights on an un­usual event to cover.

‘‘I went to the women’s weightlift­ing at the Syd­ney Games and it’s as­tound­ing, ab­so­lutely as­tound­ing and I highly rec­om­mend it,’’ Mcmanus says.

‘‘You have not lived un­til you have seen a woman lift 10 times your body weight.’’

Mcmanus’s main role with the Fox­tel com­men­tary team is to pro­vide colour re­port­ing from a num­ber of events, so he won’t be limited to women’s weightlift­ing.

The un­flap­pable TV star was back in Australia on a whis­tle-stop tour which in­cluded at­tend­ing the Lo­gies in Melbourne on Sun­day night.

While he’s cov­er­ing the Olympics, the first se­ries of his celebrity-themed chat show, Rove LA, will de­but on Fox in the US on July 21.

The show’s for­mat pro­vides for three celebrity guests to chat panel-style with Mcmanus.

He knew a few weeks into the first se­ries of Rove LA, which aired in Australia in 2011 and fea­tured guests in­clud­ing Lisa Kudrow, Seth Green and will.i.am, that his show would be picked up again.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be­gin air­ing there in July, so they are go­ing to run the first se­ries and that will run into the sec­ond se­ries,’’ says Mcmanus.

‘‘It kind of hap­pened (be­ing re-signed) af­ter the first three episodes so that was nice.’’

Fox­tel’s Olympic cov­er­age will be avail­able over com­pan­ion de­vices, in­clud­ing tablets.

Nine, NBN, Fox Sports

Com­ing soon:

Rove Mcmanus.

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