What's Hot on the Box This Week – 20 December to 26 December
Pick of the Week
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Date: Saturday 22 December
Channel: OSN Premiere | Time: 1.15pm
At last, Hollywood has made a movie in which Dubai has one of the starring roles! Tom Cruise came to town to film this flick, the fourth in the movie franchise. And though not quite as good as their first couple, it’s worth seeing if only to say, “I live there”! The film has awesome action sequences, including one which features Tom scaling the outside of the Burj Khalifa. The flick was filmed in 2011 and Tom was also back in town this time last year for the premiere at DIFF. He spent two hours meeting fans on the red carpet, plus told Ahlan! all about hanging from the world’s tallest building. He said, “I trained for months, and I had the team build sections [of the Burj Khalifa], which I climbed up and down for hours. I had the temperature of the building tested to see if it was going to burn my skin at all. It was difficult to work out how not to come at the building head first. The first couple of times I just kept slamming into the window,” Better safe than sorry, Tom. The actor also gushed about how much he loved Dubai, saying it was somewhere he had always wanted to visit. “I remember when this city was being built and I was looking at photographs of it – I’ve been watching it for a very long time. I was very excited to have the opportunity to film here. It’s an incredibly beautiful, modern, cinematic city, and part of the aim of MI4 is celebrating the locations we film at,” spilled Cruise. He also recalled how ex-wife Katie was scared he’d fall during the stunts. How times change!
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough
Date: 25 December Channel: OSN Cinema
A remake of the 1984 classic film where a teenager moves to a town where dancing and music are banned. Don’t ask. Luckily for us, he rebels and breaks out his best moves as a protest. Cheesy yet excellent.
Starring: Matt Smith, Katherine Jenkins
Date: 25 December Channel: BBC Entertainment
A festive edition of the cult show from a few years ago, sees Amy and Rory trapped on a crashing space liner. Will put you in a festive mood.
GIRLS NIGHT IN
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
Date: Thursday December 20 Channel: OSN Premiere
Oscar-winning psychological thriller where ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on stealing the spotlight and edging her out. Scary stuff!
Check out Ahlan!’s exclusive videos here. From travel to celebrity interviews, we give you the inside view. This week make sure you watch the stylish video, dubbed Modern Gladiator, which sees Swiss designer Philipp Plein join forces with one of the world’s most famous football teams, AS Roma. Worth watching, ladies!
Starring: You being jealous
Date: 24 December Channel: MTV Arabia
Teen Cribs hooks up with ordinary teens who live in extraordinary homes, designed with them in mind. Expect lavish pads in this spin-off from the regular show, which has featured celebs such as Mariah Carey.
Thursday 20 December
Channel: Food Network HD | Time: 1.10pm
The smell of breakfast pastries is always a guaranteed way to get us out of bed. This show is delicious.
Touch - Ahlan! Loves
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland
Channel: OSN First | Time: 2pm
Popular US series in which seemingly unrelated events affect the lives of others.
Every Jack Has A Jill
Starring: Melanie Laurent, Justin Bartha
Channel: OSN Cinema | Time: 4pm
Romcom in which Jack wins a trip to Paris which turns into chaos.
The X Factor US
Starring: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell
Channel: OSN First | Time: 9pm
Contestants battle it out on stage to win a record deal.
Friday 21 December
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres
Channel: OSN First | Time: 10am
Popular US talk show hosted by Ellen featuring celeb guests.
30 Best & Worst Beach Bodies
Channel: E! Entertainment | Time: 12.15pm
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And these celebs did but we’d rather some of them didn’t.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Channel: OSN Movies HD | Time: 7.30pm
Biographical sports drama film starring Brad Pitt.
Glee - Ahlan! Loves
Starring: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
Channel: OSN First | Time: 10pm
Popular US TV show about a high school. singing club.
Saturday 22 December
Starring: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh
Channel: Star World HD | Time: 11am
Hit US drama series based around the lives of hospital interns at Seattle Grace Hospital.
Marley & Me : The Puppy years
Starring: Travis Turner
Channel: OSN HD+2 | Time: 2pm
Cute sequel to the original Marley & Me flick sees Marley creating mayhem.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Starring: Kim Kardashian
Channel: E! | Time: 8.55pm
Reality series following the crazy lives of the Kardashian family.
Saturday Night 80s Disco
Starring: You being silly
Channel: VH1 | Time: 11pm
We love a good disco, but more so when there’s Eighties music involved. Party time!
Sunday 23 December
CSI New York
Starring: Gary Sinise
Channel: OSN First | Time: 11am
Crime drama set in New York, based on the original CSI show where the evidence does the talking.
Iron Chef America Special
Channel: Food Network HD | Time: 2pm
It’s Flay Vs Morimoto in Stadium Kitchen for the ultimate Holiday Ice Battle!
The Ides Of March
Starring: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling
Channel: OSN Premiere | Time: 9pm
Drama starring Ryan and George. Swoon! Directed by Clooney.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
Channel: OSN Movies HD | Time: 12am
We love this remake of the top-selling book starring Daniel Craig.
Monday 24 December
Starring: Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston
Channel: OSN Comedy HD | Time: 1pm
Comedy sitcom about the crazy lives of six young friends living in New York.
Jingle All The Way
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Channel: MBC MAX HD
We love a good old Christmas movie, we do. Arnie rules, as ever!
Giuliana & Bill
Starring: Giuliana and Bill Rancic
Channel: The Style Network | Time: 5.40pm
Reality show about Giuliana and Bill’s married life.
Starring: Ryan Gosling
Channel: MBC MAX HD | Time: 10pm
A romantic love story and the first film we saw that made us fall in love with Ryan. Prepare to shed some tears.
Tuesday 25 December
Starring: Gary Mehigan
Channel: BBC Lifestyle | Time: 9.45am
Cooking game show based on the original British version of MasterChef.
Starring: Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt
Channel: Fox Series| Time: 2pm
US TV sitcom in which a recently divorced wife looks to inject some fun back into life.
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Ahlan! Loves
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe
Channel: OSN Movies HD | Time: 1.30pm
Part one of final book.
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Starring: Emma Watson
Channel: OSN Movies HD | Time: 4pm
The closing chapter.
Wednesday 26 December
Starring: Tom Welling, Allison Mack
Channel: OSN First
Popular US teen drama about the early years of Superman.
Channel: The Style Network HD | Time: 1.55pm
This is going to inspire us to tidy our home for the new year. Whether we act on it is a very different matter.
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith
Channel: Star Movies HD | Time: 2.30pm
Feel good musical involving a mob crime. And it’s funny too!
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz
Channel: MBC MAX HD | Time: 10pm
A father struggles to explain his impending divorce to his daughter.