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Thursday, December 25, 2014


Every month, Studio Universal glitzes up Wednesdays with a linked selection of big films starring the biggest names in showbiz.

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan on January 7: Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) is Israel’s finest counter-terrorist operative – until he fakes his own death and becomes a New York hairdresser! When a Palestinian cabbie (Rob Schneider) recognises him and blows his cover, old enemies learn that one thing hasn’t changed:

The Bucket List on January 14 pairs Hollywood elder statesmen Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as Carter Chambers and Ed Cole, who meet in hospital where both are being treated for terminal cancer. Wanting to make the most of their scant remaining time, they take advantage of Ed’s fortune to tick off a list of exciting things they’ve always wanted to do. A whirlwind tour taking in world landmarks, renowned restaurants and even a skydive is soon under way, but the men also realise they have a few quieter and more closely personal goals to accomplish before the end.

Chicago on January 21: The story of Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a vaudeville star on death row for the murder of her husband and his mistress. Roxie Hart (RenĂ©e Zellweger) joins her there after shooting dead Fred Cassely when she realises he will never make her famous. The two find themselves fighting for the limelight when slick Chicago lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) offers Roxie representation – and a piece of the showbiz action...

Bowfinger on January 28: This teams up comedians Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy for what is widely acclaimed as both men’s return to form. Martin, who also wrote the script, plays has-been filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger, convinced he can restart his career on the back of a new film starring hot property Kit Ramsey (Murphy). The only problem being that Ramsey doesn’t know he’s in the film – and once the other actors start ambushing him with their lines, he soon becomes convinced he’s the target of an alien conspiracy! Terence Stamp and Robert Downey Jr also feature in this hilarious Hollywood satire.