Noon, Seven, Prime7
M. 2006. Landscape architect Jude Law, his life a sterile roundabout of work and passionless family life, follows home a young thief who has robbed his office. He meets the boy’s refugee mother, Juliette Binoche, and life going off into a different direction. Or is he being played for a sucker? Interesting look at how the other half lives from both sides. 9pm, Seven, Prime7
M. 2009. Luckless-inlove exec Kristen Bell visits Rome and, during a midnight frolic in a fountain, picks up four coins, tossed by hopeful lovers. Back in New York, she’s pursued by hopefuls until she realises Josh Duhamel is the one, something you’ll figure five minutes after he appears. Four coins in this fountain is at least three too many. 9pm, Ten, Ten SC
M. 2006. Surprisingly attractive comedy built on a stupid premise. Sailboat broker Matthew Mcconaughey won’t move out of home so his parents hire Sarah Jessica Parker, who specialises in romancing such types and persuading them to get another life. What makes it work is the attractive leads. 9.30pm, SBS2
G. 2004. Exquisite animated adventure from Japan’s animation genius Hayao Miyazaki, based on a British children’s book about a girl who is transformed into an old woman by a witch. She engages the help of the magician Howl, who lives in a walking castle. A triumph of imagination. Would it kill SBS to put this on earlier in the night? N Australian series of of its hit reality television series The Ultimate Fighter will pit Australian and British mixed martial artists in a contest for the chance to secure a lucrative contract.
The new series is nicknamed The Smashes, a play on the 130-year-old cricket rivalry.
Undiscovered professional mixed martial artists from the rival nations will live together in a house in Australia to compete for AUFC contract.
This is only the second time in TUF’S seven-year history that teams represent their country of origin. The first was in 2009 when Team USA took on Team UK.
‘‘Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’S Octagon?’’ says the UFC’S Marshall Zelaznik.
‘‘The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the UK, with gyms opening all over the respective countries. There is an athlete in one of those gyms who hasn’t had the chance to show the world what he can do.
‘‘ The Ultimate Fighter is going give to him that opportunity. We’re going to discover the UFC’S future stars, you can bet on it.’’
The Ultimate Fighter debuted in 2005 and is the longest-running sports reality show in the US. Australians George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke broke into the UFC via TUF. Sotiropoulos, from Geelong, made the semi-finals of season six, while Noke, from Dubbo, made the quarter-finals in season 11.
Those who hope to join the series must register ahead of a live trial in Sydney on June 12. The try-outs are open to fighters ranging in weight from 61kg to 77kg.
Participants must be between 21 and 35 years of age and have had at least three verified professional fights – and won two.
Applicants can visit www.au.ufc.com/tufform
Kyle Noke and friends train at an Ultimate Fighting Championship gym.