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Movies on TV: Jan. 18-24

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 18th 2009 6:00AM
Don't miss George Clooney, Helen Mirren and more in this week's must -see picks ...

If you're looking to watch a light and easy movie this week, bet on 'Ocean's Eleven,' the 2001 remake starring -- among others -- George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Also airing this week is the political drama 'The Queen.' The film won an Academy Award for its star, Helen Mirren, and earned an additional five nominations, including Best Picture. Catch it when it airs on Bravo before this year's Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday.

See more of AOL's flick picks of the week after the jump.

'Ocean's Eleven'
Sun., Jan. 18, 8PM on TBS

Synopsis: A parolee (George Clooney) organizes a gang to steal $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos in a single heist.

What the Critics Said: The majority of critics were charmed by the film's light and breezy attitude -- enough to temporarily ease fears of the dreaded "remake curse."

Our Take: It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the star-studded ensemble is often too good to resist; standouts include Matt Damon and 'Benjamin Button' star Brad Pitt, who plays Rusty Ryan.

'The Queen'

Mon., Jan. 19, 8PM on Bravo

Synopsis: Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) try to reach a compromise in determining the royal family's public reaction to Princess Diana's death.

Number of Oscar-nominations: Six, including Best Picture and Best Actress, which Mirren took home amidst heavy competition from Meryl Streep and double Golden Globes-winner Kate Winslet.

Our Take: Oscar got it right that year. Mirren carries the film in a performance so powerful you'll be ready to cheer "All hail the Queen!"

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'
Tue., Jan. 20, 8PM on TCM

Synopsis: Parents (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) get to meet their daughter's partner (Sidney Poitier) in biracial marriage.

Notable Fact: This was Spencer Tracy's final movie; he died of a heart attack 17 days after filming had wrapped.

Our Take: Skip the remake and go straight to this original and moving story, which offers one last chance to see Tracy and Hepburn's indelible chemistry together.

More Movie Picks of the Week:

'Air Bud'
Wed., Jan. 21, 8PM on Disney

'The Untouchables'
Thu., Jan. 22, 8PM on AMC

'Catch Me If You Can'
Fri., Jan. 23, 8PM on TNT

Sat., Jan. 24, 1PM on TNT

'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins' (HBO premiere)
Sat., Jan. 24, 8PM on HBO

'Hoop Dreams'

Top TV Headlines

    '30 Rock,' 'Office' renewed by NBC

    '30 Rock,' 'The Office' and 'The Biggest Loser' apppear to be the biggest winners on NBC's primetime lineup. All three shows were renewed for another season, reports Variety, as confirmed during NBC's TCA press conference tour. Also announced during the conference: Amy Poehler's yet-to-be-titled comedy series will air Thursdays at 8:30PM, replacing 'Kath and Kim,' while 'Southland' will take over for 'ER' in the 10PM slot. Both shows are slated to premiere on Apr. 9. (Jan. 16)

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    Bonneville goes 'Mad' for new legal series

    Hugh Bonneville is set to co-star in David E. Kelley's (pictured) 'Legally Mad,' reports the Hollywood Reporter. Bonneville will play father to Charity Wakefield's Brady Hamm, a character whom Kelly says "is based on the true story of a real-life attorney who lives in my head." Most notably, Bonneville appeared opposite Kate Winslet in the Oscar-winning film 'Iris.' (Jan. 16)

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    Ryan back on 'Office' duty

    Amy Ryan is returning to Dunder Mifflin. Producer Greg Daniels confirmed the Oscar nominee "will be back" on 'The Office,' says the Ausiello Files, adding he's open to finding a more permanent place for her on the show. "We haven't written it yet, but we're discussing her coming back for the season finale. We're hoping she'll be available," he said. Ryan, HR rep Holly Flax on the Emmy-winning series, ended her guest run earlier this season. (Jan. 16)

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    Bakula to play 'Chuck''s father

    Scott Bakula is joining the cast of 'Chuck,' reveals the Ausiello Files. The 'Quantum Leap' star will play Chuck's (Zachary Levi) "disheveled," "paranoid" and trailer-bound father who thinks ex-business partner Ted Roark (Chevy Chase) stole his ideas. Bakula's guest appearance is scheduled to begin in April. (Jan. 16)

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    Baranski gets a mother of a role

    Big news for fans of 'The Big Bang Theory': Emmy winner Christine Baranski will guest on at least one episode of the hit comedy series, according to TV Guide. Baranski will reportedly play Leonard's mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstader, said to be "an acclaimed researcher of the brain." 'The Big Bang Theory' airs Mon. nights on CBS.
    (Jan. 16)

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    FCC to review Golden Globes telecast

    The FCC is looking to break up the Golden Globes' party. According to the LA Times, numerous complaints were filed regarding on-camera behavior during last weekend's telecast, which included Darren Aronofsky (above) giving the middle finger during Mickey Rourke's acceptance speech. After receiving the complaints, FCC spokeswoman Edie Herman says the commission is "reviewing the matter." (Jan. 15)

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    John Mayer to tape variety show pilot

    CBS has agreed to tape a "back-door" pilot for John Mayer's variety show, says TV Week. The pilot will tape in the spring, and the network will then use it to judge whether or not to greenlight the series. Our advice to Mayer: Whatever you do, don't listen to Rosie O'Donnell. (Jan. 15)

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    'Gossip Girl' spinoff details released

    More info on the 'Gossip Girl' spinoff has been reported by Variety: The show will center on Lily van der Woodsen's (Kelly Rutherford, above) younger days as a "wild teenager in 1980s Los Angeles." After moving in with her sister, the then Lily Rhodes will deal with -- among other things -- the San Fernando Valley and (gasp!) going to public school. The pilot will air May 11 as an episode of 'Gossip Girl.' (Jan. 15)

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    Elba to guest on 'The Office'

    Idris Elba is joining the cast of 'The Office.' Elba, best known for playing Stringer Bell on 'The Wire,' will reportedly play a corporate rival who makes life difficult for Michael Scott (Steve Carell), according to Variety. The six-episode gig is scheduled to air later this season. (Jan. 15)

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    Chase to appear on three episodes of 'Chuck'

    Emmy winner Chevy Chase has booked a three-episode run on 'Chuck,' says the Hollywood Reporter. Chase, who was previously seen on 'Brothers and Sisters,' is said to play a billionaire technology mogul "who is accused by Chuck's father of stealing his ideas." No word yet on when the episodes will air. (Jan. 15)

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