The Accidental Spy
(Fox Action Movies, Friday, 4 p.m.)
Bei (Jackie Chan) is a not very successful salesman. On the lookout for some excitement, he follows two suspicious looking men and foils their plans. Bei becomes a hero and catches the eye of a private investigator.
The detective leads him to his parents in Korea. Bei is the long lost son of a wealthy businessman and his wife. He is thrilled to find out that they are detectives and so becomes a spy too. His first assignment is to track down a new narcotic before it falls into the hands of drug lords.
(HBO Hits, Saturday, 5.30 p.m.)
Based on the life of Howard Hughes, business magnate, aviator and film maker, this biopic is directed by Martin Scorcese.
It begins when a young Hughes directs the film ‘Hell's Angels.’ Hughes is so obsessed with perfection in the aerial sequences that he waits forever for perfect conditions, right down to cloud formations.
The film ends in 1946, when Hughes is still a dashing young man and romancing actresses including Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hughes with support from Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale and John C. Reilly.
(HBO Hits, Sunday, 8.10 p.m.)
Five years on and the ghost busters are living in hard times. A restraining order has forbidden the boys to partake in paranormal warfare, and as a result, they have had to seek other lines of work. Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) spend their time performing at children’s birthday parties, and Egon (Harold Ramis) is busy conducting experiments investigating the effect of human emotions on the environment, leaving ghost busting behind. Venkman (Bill Murray) and Dana (Sigourney Weaver) have split up. Venkman now hosts a local cable show called The World of the Psychic. Dana now lives with her little baby named Oscar, works as an art restorer in a museum.
While Dana is restoring a portrait of a 16th-century tyrant by the name of Vigo the Carpathian, the portrait becomes hexed. The evil Vigo wants to return to life by taking over the body of Dana’s child.
New Year's Eve
(HBO, Saturday, 6.40 p.m.)
The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.
The cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Fiona Choi and Mary Marguerite Keane.
The Wilby Conspiracy
(MGM Movies, Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)
Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine deliver power-house performances in this provocative thriller set in modern South Africa, where racial tension is about to erupt into a full-fledged war.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
(MGM Movies, Sunday, 4.45 p.m.)
Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges) is a car thief who meets Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood) who had been hiding as a minister in a church.
Thunderbolt is also a thief who has been lying low before collecting the loot that he and his colleagues had stolen seven years ago. Unable to find the loot as the school that they had hidden it at has been replaced by another building, the men decide to steal again.