This Week A Madea Christmas, Expendables 3 and The Giver debut on Video on Demand

This week Video on Demand serves up a variety of helpings including comedy, romance, action, sci-fi and horror films. It’s the perfect time to sit back with family and friends and pick out the movie that fits your mood.

New on Video on Demand

expendables 3The Expendables 3
It’s loud and silly and dumb. But it’s got movie stars with big guns and big explosions. If you liked the earlier “Expendables,” you’ll find comfort in Sly Stallone and his aging gang of action heroes saving the day. Available November 25

The Giver
Nicely done adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel about a seemingly utopian society. Stars Jeff Bridges (who struggled to bring the film to the screen for many years) and Meryl Streep. Available November 25.

The November Man
Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan does a cynical take on the spy genre as an ex-CIA operative who finds himself cast in a deadly game with his former pupil. “November Man” is not terribly original, but Brosnan does a good job, and fans of the thriller genre should enjoy. Available November 25.

madeachristmasTyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise appears to be running low of fumes. This is the seventh Madea film in just nine years, and “A Madea Christmas” is one of the weaker offerings. Still, Perry manages to entertain, so if you’ve enjoyed the other Madea offerings, you should check this one out as well. Available November 25.

What if?
Charming romance starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as two friends who wonder ‘what if’ they should be more than just ‘friends.’ It’s predictable, but still adorable. Available November 25.

100ftjourneyThe Hundred-Foot Journey
Set in France, this simple yet rich and entertaining film is about a feud between two restaurants – one a classic French establishment, and the other an Indian restaurant. Helen Mirren and Om Puri star as the two brilliant chefs who come to recognize and respect each others food and traditions. Available December 2.

As Above So Below
A pretty darn creepy horror film about a group of urban spelunkers who venture into the catacombs below Paris. The filmmakers effectively use the spooky tunnels to create an unnerving and claustrophobic atmosphere. Available December 2.

TV Highlights

gothamGotham
One of the year’s biggest hits wraps up with a mid-season finale. The networks have successfully mined the comic world (again) with the dark “Gotham” and the lighter “Flash.” Monday, November 24, FOX.

Dancing with the Stars
Who will win this year’s finale? It’s the 19th take for the venerable dance show. Alfonso Ribeiro, Janel Parrish, Bethany Mota and Sadie Robertson are battling it out for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Tuesday, November 25, ABC.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Thanksgiving tradition returns. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the entire gang as they find the real meaning of this American holiday. Wednesday, November 26, ABC.

The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Settle in for a Thanksgiving morning tradition as the “Today” crew introduces an assortment of marching bands, giant balloons and much more. Thursday, November 27, NBC.

grumpycatGrumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
Kick off the Christmas season with everyone’s favorite feline. It’s Grumpy Cat! It’s Christmas! Need we say more? Saturday, November 29, Lifetime.

Walking Dead
Can Rick and the crew rescue Carol and Beth. Egad! The suspense is killing us – and word is there will be some bodies dropping in the mid-season finale. Sunday, November 30, A&E.

News

Western cop drama “Longmire” gets a reprieve. The cancelled A&E series will return to Netflix in 2015 with 10 episodes.

The long-running “Hot in Cleveland” has been cancelled after six seasons. Also, the syndicated day time talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show” has been cancelled after two seasons. New episodes will continue through March of 2015.

AMERICAN DAD: From "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane comes the animated story of STAN SMITH, who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm in the new FOX animated series AMERICAN DAD premiering Sunday, May 1 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. L-R: Rodger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley and Steve. ?©2005 FOX BROADCASTING CR:FOXAmerican Dad” has been renewed by TBS for its 12th season. Other long time shows getting the green light for 2015 include “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Top Model,” and Showtime’s critically-acclaimed “Homeland.”

Starz has already renewed its pirate series “Black Sails” for a third season – three months before season two premieres.

HBO is hauling out the (sorta) classic sci-fi film “Westworld” and remaking it into a series. The impressive cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood.

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