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1/01/2009

Season's Best

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Text by: Carren Jao
Published: MEGA December 2008

Holidays are made for relaxing. Claim your seasonal reward by taking time out for yourself.


Transformers

Premieres Sunday, 21 December; 9 p.m.
HBO
Time travel back to your childhood as Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) unknowingly steps between a centuries-old intergalactic civil war in an alien robot race and brings the battle to Earth by posting an old family relic online for auction. Discovering the key to their home planet’s source of power, both the Decepticons and Autobots race for control and consequent supremacy.

Classic plotline and astounding special effects combine to keep audiences on their toes in the midst of their childhood reverie. Dotted by recognizable stars such as awkward Shia LaBeouf, dreamy Josh Duhamel, and sexy Megan Fox, this movie is a sure ticket to adventure.

Shrek the Third
Premieres Sunday, 28 December; 9 p.m.
HBO
The full ensemble led by Mike Myers as Shrek returns in all its glory. This time, easygoing Shrek (Myers) faces the possibility of more responsibility as the King of Far Far Away (John Cleese) falls deathly ill. Unwilling to take on the yoke and running from the prospect of fatherhood, Shrek undertakes a mission with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss (Antonio Banderas) to find the missing successor to the throne, Artie (Justin Timberlake). Peppered with comical scenes and lighthearted fun, join Shrek as he searches for his happily ever after.

Surf’s Up
Premieres Sunday, 14 December; 9 p.m. HBO
Teenage surfer penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) dares to follow the footsteps of his surfer idol, Big Z - and fails, as he enters and wipes out in the famed Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Cody then leaves in shame and encounters Geek (Jeff Bridges), a mysterious recluse surfer who teaches him the real meaning of being a winner. This CGI rendered mock documentary directed by (Chris Buck) and Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2), holds audiences captive as life lessons are learned in the midst of raging waters. So, get your boards ready and prepare to ride the waves!

The Notorious Bettie Page
Premieres Friday, 5 December; 10 p.m. HBO Signature
This HBO Original Movie transports audiences to a time of burgeoning sexual awakening as world famous pin-up girl, Bettie Page (Gretchen Mol), takes center stage. Bettie is a conservative Tennessee girl who becomes a famous risqué photo model in 1950s New York. Buoyed by irrepressible optimism, she becomes the naïve courtesan capturing the imaginations of hapless men, earning her the moniker, “The Pin Up Queen of the Universe.” Journey with this erotic icon as she navigates the birth of a new era in American history and battles a nation’s conflicted moral code.

Storm Cell
Premieres Sunday, 7 December; 9 p.m. Cinemax
Plagued by her parents’ death in a massive twister, April (Mimi Rogers) becomes a storm chaser, seeking to understand the forces behind her personal tragedy. On the other hand, her brother Sean (Robert Moloney) relocates to Seattle, away from Tornado Alley’s destructive path. Through April’s rigorous research, she comes to the horrible conclusion that her brother may be standing in the midst of what is soon to be a category-defying twister. Dragging her boyfriend and rebellious daughter to Seattle, April must battle both the forces of nature and her own destructive demons to save her loved ones.

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