Mr flicks

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Noon, Seven, Prime7

M. 2001. True life tale of two NFL foot­ballers – one white, one black – who forged a prickly friend­ship which de­vel­ops into a stronger bond when one con­tracts ter­mi­nal can­cer. A real tear­jerker but a pow­er­ful tes­ta­ment to the friend­ships which can de­velop in sport. Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer. 8.30pm, TCM

M. 1968. Clumsy In­dian ac­tor lands in Cal­i­for­nia hop­ing to make it big, but some­how ends up in­sult­ing, of­fend­ing, or oth­er­wise alien­at­ing most of the Hol­ly­wood film com­mu­nity. Peter Sellers is a de­light in this fish-out-ofwa­ter com­edy clas­sic. Blake Ed­wards di­rects. 9.30pm, Go!

M. 2007. Nicely en­vi­sioned but ul­ti­mately un­in­volv­ing adap­ta­tion of Richard Mathe­son’s clas­sic sci-fi novel about a world in­fected by plague. Lone sur­vivor Will Smith works on a cure while be­ing hunted by the dis­eased, vampire-like rem­nants who roam the de­serted streets. Third or fourth adap­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal novel again fails to con­jure up the gen­uine chills. Alice Braga. 11.05pm, SBS ONE

M. 2009. Amus­ing French crime thriller di­rected by Claude Chabrol. In­spec­tor Ger­ard Depar­dieu tries to solve a crime while hol­i­day­ing with his sexy wife Marie Bunel. The scenes with Bunel, as he ex­plains the in­tri­ca­cies of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, have a charm­ing, lived-in look, though this fades some­what when his al­co­holic brother ap­pears on the scene. Not Chabrol’s great­est work but an ac­com­plished one. HERE’S a glut of re­al­ity cook­ing shows these days, but none as trou­bled as Fa­mous Food, where seven celebri­ties try to start a res­tau­rant on Sunset Boule­vard.

Fa­mous Food has some well-known and not so well-known names, who are given the task of work­ing to­gether to start a Hol­ly­wood res­tau­rant from scratch.

They have to name and theme the eatery, put to­gether a menu, hire staff, and ob­tain health and fire depart­ment per­mits among other tasks.

The win­ner will get to run the res­tau­rant in part­ner­ship with the Dolce Group, which also owns and runs a string of no­table eater­ies in­clud­ing Ash­ton Kutcher’s Geisha House.

The D-grade Hol­ly­wood stars would be A-lis­ters in the shal­low Aus­tralian celebrity pool, which for some will be enough to watch – even if it’s only to see Academy Award-win­ning rap artists DJ Paul and Juicy J call for­mer call­girl Ash­ley Dupre a whore be­hind her back.

And if you don’t know who Dupre is, she shot to fame af­ter be­ing at the cen­tre of a call­girl scan­dal in­volv­ing for­mer New York gov­er­nor Eliot Spitzer in 2004 and is now a colum­nist for the New York Post.

The two DJS for­tu­nately pro­vide some comic re­lief dur­ing the in­ter­view seg­ments – which is a re­lief and brings some en­ter­tain­ment to this in­tense, and at times frus­trat­ing, re­al­ity show.

For­mer So­pra­nos ac­tor Vin­cent Pa­s­tore takes on his mob­ster per­sona from the out­set in an at­tempt to get some type of team­work go­ing as the dys­func­tional cast have only 28 days and $US150,000 ($A145,158) to open the res­tau­rant.

Danielle Staub, from The Real Housewives of New Jer­sey, has no in­ten­tion of play­ing ball with any­one and it’s very easy to take an in­stant dis­like to her over­bear­ing and opin­ion­ated per­son­al­ity.

She de­lib­er­ately ar­rives late to a meet­ing or­gan­ised by Pa­s­tore with a con­sul­tant, and this riles the for­mer So­prano and then be­gins to di­vide the group.

Plas­tic surgery spec­i­men Heidi Mon­tag, from The Hills, has re­al­life in­sight on restau­rants af­ter the demise of her par­ent’s eatery, but fails to of­fer any sub­stan­tial in­put in the open­ing episode.

Dupre, ridiculed by the DJS early in the show, scores an early win that only serves to rile Staub, who could eas­ily have ended up in a pair of con­crete shoes if she had ever been a char­ac­ter that crossed Pa­s­tore’s path in the So­pra­nos. Mean­while, Jake Pavelka, who has ap­peared on the US re­al­ity shows The Bach­e­lor and Danc­ing with the Stars, pro­vides the eye candy for the girls and does his best to stay out of trou­ble.

The open­ing episode is tame in com­par­i­son with the re­main­der of the se­ries, where celebri­ties abuse each other, and throw ta­bles and tantrums.

It’s one of the more pe­cu­liar re­al­ity shows you’ll see this year.

Wed­nes­days, 9.30pm, E! Chan­nel.

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