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Movies on TV: May 31-June 6

by Andrew Scott, posted May 31st 2009 6:00AM
WALL-ETo help celebrate the release of 'Up!,' Pixar fans may want to revisit 'WALL-E,' one of the studio's most celebrated ventures to date.

The Oscar-winning feature mixes action, adventure and comedy, and is the perfect movie for both parents and children to watch.

Also airing this week: A classic '70s musical, along with Jimmy Stewart in arguably his best-ever big screen performance.

See more of this week's must-see flicks after the jump.


WALL-E'WALL-E'
Sun., May 13, 8PM on STARZ

What It's About:
After years of tidying up an Earth devoid of humanity, a robot janitor (Ben Burtt) meets a mechanical scout and chases her across the galaxy.

What The Critics Said:
Critics were universally wowed by 'WALL-E.' Case in point: the film took home the LA Film Critics' coveted Best Picture award in 2008.

Box Office Numbers:
'WALL-E' drew in some out-of-this-world numbers at the box office, earning over $200 million nationwide. For this weekend's latest Pixar release, 'Up!,' that's going to be some pretty tough results to live up to.

Rent It on Netflix | Buy It on Amazon

'Grease'
Mon., Jun. 1, 8PM on VH1 Classics

What It's About:
Nice Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny (John Travolta) try to be like each other in their 1950s high school.

Fun Fact:
'Summer Nights' was named one of the 100 greatest movie songs by the American Film Institute in 2004.

We Say:
With a slew of memorable songs (the Oscar-nominated 'Hopelessly Devoted to You,' 'Beauty School Dropout' and 'You're the One That I Want' -- just to name a few) and a young John Travolta in his prime, 30 years later 'Grease' is still the word.

Rent It on Netflix | Buy It on Amazon

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
Tue., Jun. 2, 10PM on TCM

What It's About:
A country bumpkin faces ridicule and corruption when he takes his idealistic views to the nation's capital.

Number of Oscars:
'Smith' won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but star Jimmy Stewart went home empty handed in what many consider to be an egregious snub. The following year, the Academy made it up to him with a Best Actor award for 'The Philadelphia Story.'

Fun Fact:
Stars Ralph Bellamy and Gary Cooper were originally considered for the title role.

Rent It on Netflix | Buy It on Amazon

More flick picks of the week:

'The Devil Wears Prada'
Wed. Jun. 3, 8PM on FX

'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'
Thu., Jun. 4, 8PM on TNT

'Casino Royale'
Fri., Jun. 5, 8PM on USA

'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2'
(HBO premiere)
Sat., Jun. 6, 8PM on HBO

'The Last Temptation of Christ'
Watch anytime on AOL TV

Check out our TV calendar for more movies on TV.

Top TV Headlines

    Meadows to Host 'Very Funny Show'

    Tim Meadows is heading a new late-night comedy series for TBS. According to Variety, the 'SNL' alum will host 'The Very Funny Show,' a 10-episode stand-up series with performances at Chicago's Zanies Comedy Club. The unscripted series is expected to launch in November. So now we can say TBS is officially 'Very Funny.' (May 29)

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    Willis to Guest on 'Teenager'

    The secret's out: Rumer Willis is set to guest star on 'Secret Life of the American Teenager.' Willis will reportedly play a pregnant teen, scoops the Ausiello Files, on an episode scheduled for sometime in mid-August. This should give her and Amy plenty to baby talk about. (May 29)

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    Phillips Joins 'Celebrity Rehab'

    Actress Mackenzie Phillips has joined the cast of 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.' Phillips will serve as this season's "sober coach," says TMZ, a role that was previously filled by infamous star Gary Busey. See whether Phillips can help stars like Dennis Rodman, Heidi Fleiss and Mindy McCready kick the habit when 'Celebrity Rehab' premieres in early 2010. (May 29)

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    ABC's Summer 'Crash Course'

    ABC is adding 'Crash Course' to its summer lineup. The car-competition series will profile five couples taking part in "four extreme driving challenges," says the Hollywood Reporter, and will be commentated by Orlando Jones and Dan Cortese (pictured). 'Crash Course' will debut later this season. (May 29)

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    'Three Rivers' to Replace Ormond

    Julia Ormond will not be featured on the upcoming CBS drama 'Three Rivers,' says the Hollywood Reporter. A replacement for Ormond, who played the chief of surgeon on the medical drama series about organ transplants, has yet to be announced. In the meantime, we'll cry her a 'River.' (May 29)

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    Prinze Jr. Lands '24' Role

    Freddie Prinze Jr. has landed a role on '24' season 8, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Prinze will play Marine Davis Cole, said to be the head of CTU Fields Ops who "wants to follow in Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) footsteps." Does that mean he has a blonde daughter who can't stay out of peril? (May 28)

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    Knight to Leave 'Grey's'?

    T.R. Knight may be checking out of Seattle Grace for good. According to E!, Knight will not be part of 'Grey's Anatomy''s sixth season in the fall. Meanwhile, sources now claim that tension has "become unbearable" between Knight and Shonda Rhimes, although reps for Knight and ABC have yet to comment. Based on this season's finale, we're guessing it won't be too hard to write him off the show. (May 28)

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    Lithgow Joins 'Dexter'

    Emmy winner John Lithgow has a booked a full-season gig on 'Dexter,' reports Variety. The '3rd Rock' star will play a man living a double life as the "Trinity Killer," a nickname given to him because he kills people in groups of three. The fourth season of 'Dexter' premieres Sept. 27 on Showtime. Talk about a killer role. (May 28)

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    Bravo Picks Up 'Miami Singles'

    Bravo is heading south to Miami for the new reality series 'Miami Social.' According to Variety, 'Social' will follow seven Miami locals, including past reality stars Katrina Campins ('The Aprentice') and 'Big Brother''s Hardy Hill. Look for 'Miami Social' to bring the heat when it premieres July 14 at 10PM. (May 28)

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    MyNetworkTV Makes a 'Deal'

    'Deal or No Deal' is switching over to MyNetworkTV, says Variety. The hit game show will return next season on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30PM, part of a new pick-up order that includes reruns of 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' and the recently canceled CBS drama 'The Unit.' By the way -- if you can't answer the questions on the 'Fifth Grader' reruns, you probably know the answer to the title's question. (May 28)

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